Race Reports

Renfrewshire Road Race Championships 7/2/16

Individual & Team results attached

2016RenfRR

Emirates Indoor Meeting 16/1/16

Glenpark Youngsters Show Early Season Form

There was good early season form on the track from Alan Mollins and Harry McGill at the open graded meeting at the Emirates stadium, it was a indication of their hard work over the winter to record quick times without any speed work behind them.

In the 1500metres Alan ran a personal best of 5.01 minutes, taking 10 seconds off his previous quickest time to finish 2nd in his heat.

Harry equalled his best over the same distance running a time of 4.48min, and in his first time over 300metres he recorded 44.47seconds.  Not content with that he rounded the day winning his pool in the long jump with his top distance of 4.52metres in a consistent series of jumps.

Harris Trophy Junior Race 9/1/16

Junior Records Tumble at Coves

Scott Meechan produced an outstanding performance in Greenock Glenpark Harriers Harris Trophy Race on his way to setting an under 13 course record, covering the hilly 1.5 mile trail around Coves reservoir in just over 9 minutes.

And the quality didn’t stop there as Jude Dolan broke through the 10 minute barrier with a new under 11 record, outsprinting Cameron Patton in a very close finish. Anna Docherty now leads the girls’ championship following her win over Lucy McFarlane.

The performance of the youngsters was even more creditable given the conditions as they faced rain, and cold strong winds, with flurries of snow thrown in. In the earlier race which turned out to be very competitive, Ashlin Monaghan proved just to be too strong for Maria McCabe over the ½ mile distance, with Quinn Hegarty taking 3rd.  Alan Mollins was also in fine form mixing it with the seniors over 2 laps with a very creditable time, going under 20 minutes for 3miles.

½ Mile  Race: Ashlin Monaghan 4.20, Maria McCabe 4.23 Quinn Hegarty 5.21, Eden Hegarty 6.08,

1 ½ MileRace: Scott Meechan 9.09, Jude Dolan 9.56, Cameron Patton 9.57, Ewan Ferguson 10.02, Alex Wiseman 11.05, Jack McDaid 11.42, Anna Docherty 12.02, Shaun Hegarty 12.59, Lucy McFarlane 13.57,

 3MileRace: Alan Mollins 19.37

Wilson Trophy Junior Handicap Race 19/12/15

Eden Holds Lead to Win Final Race of the Year

There was a change of venue for the juniors annual Christmas race. Rather than the exposed moors above the “Cut” it was changed to 2 laps of the large Dam at Murdieston Park. The runners were set off at intervals with Eden Hegarty first away and the rest of the field given the task to chase her down, but despite the pressure , the youngster held her nerve to record a deserved victory.

In the scratch race it was extremely close with Alan Mollins taking the top spot by 5 seconds from Harry McGill, and Scott Meechan just a further second behind.  Under 11 boy Jude Dolan was also in fine form finishing with the 4th fastest time. Best girl was Ruby McGill who set the quickest time and finished 2nd in the handicap.

1400m Handicap  Race: Eden Hegarty 8.52, Ruby McGill 9.43, Jack McDaid 9.49, Shaun Haggerty 9.52, Jude Dolan 9.53, Charlie McQueen 10.01, Ewan Ferguson 10.09, Scott Meechan 10.10, Maria McCabe 10.17, Alan Mollins 10.34, Mia Forrest 10.39, Anna Docherty 10.43, Harry McGill 11.09.

 1400m Scratch Times: Alan Mollins 5.04,Harry McGill 5.09, Scott Meechan 5.10, Jude Dolan 5.23, Ewan Ferguson 5.39, Ruby McGill 6.13, Jack McDaid 6.19, Mia Forrest 6.39, Anna Docherty 6.43, Shaun Haggerty 6.52, Charlie McQueen 7.01, Maria McCabe 7.47, Eden Hegarty 8.52.

Colin Shields Road Race – 31/10/2015

The Harriers had another great turnout for their Colin Shields club race, with 78 runners in total (30 juniors and 48 seniors).

The senior race is run over a 4.5 mile course from Dunlop Street, out to Branchton, up over Larkfield Road and back round Cumberland Road, before returning along Inverkip Road to the start. The race is run as a time trial, with runners set off in pairs at 30 second intervals. The race was dominated by a trio of Scottish international veterans – Andrew Harkins, David Henderson, and Steven Campbell, who will be heading to Dublin in a fortnight to compete in the British and Irish XC International. These three set off last, but soon started to work their way through the field. They were chasing Paul Monaghan, who had started in determined fashion 30 seconds ahead. Paul would eventually pass all in front of him, and hold off the closing trio, to be first back. However, with a fast closing Andrew Harkins just a few seconds behind, having just managed to out sprint David Henderson, Andrew earned his first victory for the club. Less than 30 seconds separated these first 4, and on current form Paul Monaghan must be in with a good chance of joining his international club mates when he moves into the V45 age category next year.

The ladies race resulted in a convincing victory for Suzanne Coyle, who is returning to her best form. Suzanne was over 2 minutes clear of the improving Marian Monk, with new member Catriona Stirling putting in another strong performance to finish third.

Other notable performances came from Andrew Osborne, showing a return to form after injury, to finish 6th, and new members Daniel Doherty and Mark Vance finishing 7th and 9th respectively. Super veteran Robert Wilson was not only the first V60, but also first over-50 and 10th overall. Robert Dolan knocked a minute off his time from last year to finish 11th, and Susan Clark improved by nearly 2 minutes to finish 4th woman. David Carruthers also took 2 minutes off from last year to get the better of his brother John, but the biggest improvement came from Simon Hutton who took almost 5 minutes off his time from last year.

The junior race, also starting on Dunlop Street, features either 1 or 2 laps around the Murdieston reservoirs and up Murdieston Street. This year the juniors were competing for the new Lawrence Mulaghton Memorial trophy. The under-11s raced over 1 lap, with Fin Campbell finishing just ahead of Jude Dolan, and Capri Tallachia the first girl ahead of Ruby McGill. The older juniors competed over 2 laps, with under-13 Harry McGill finishing first ahead of under-15s Alan Mollins and Ryan Brown, with Beth McKenna the first girl.

Thanks to all the volunteers and helpers, race sponsor Robert Alexander Butchers, and the Lady Alice bowling club.

Results

Seniors (4.5 miles)
A. Harkins 24:51
D. Henderson 24:56
S. Campbell 25:15
P. Monaghan 25:18
A. White 26:41
A. Osborne 26:42
D. Doherty 27:28
C. Watson 27:38
M. Vance 28:09
R. Wilson Sr. 28:22
R. Dolan 28:37
B. Harkins 29:13
D. Roberts 29:13
A. O’Rourke 29:24
S. Marshall 29:24
R. Wilson Jr. 29:24
B. McCluskey 29:55
M. Dunn 30:11
G. McGrattan 30:35
D. Anderson 30:50
S. Crawford 31:09
R. Slater 31:40
S. Coyle 31:44
K. Gill 31:44
S. Watson 31:51
S. Austin 31:55
R. McAuslan 33:10
S. Smith 33:33
M. Monk 33:54
C. Campbell 34:12
P. Hegarty 34:31
C. Stirling 34:34
D. Carruthers 34:50
J. Carruthers 35:09
B. McKenzie 35:22
S. Clark 36:11
S. Hutton 36:37
L. Ruddy 36:46
K. Scott 37:12
A. Austin 37:27
I. Hanley 37:36
C. Monaghan 39:02
K. McLaughlin 39:29
E. O’Rourke 39:49
Y. Prager 40:15
G. Campbell 40:47
J. Dolan 42:12
T. Knight 52:41

Juniors
u11 girls (1k)
C. Tallachia 4:21
R. McGill 4:35
L. Knox 5:03
R. Harkins 5:09
M. McCabe 5:10
A. Monaghan 5:23
K. Ferguson 5:29
E. Hegarty 8:23

u11 boys (1k)
F. Campbell 3:40
J. Dolan 3:48
A. Wiseman 4:10
B. Harkins 4:34
D. Boparai 4:45
A. Monaghan 4:48
Q. Hegarty 5:45

u13 girls (1k)
A. Singleton 5:44
A. Morrison 5:44

u13 boys (2k)
H. MgGill 7:23
C. Paton 7:43
S. Meechan 7:58
E. Ferguson 8:45
N. Campbell 9:22
J. McDaid 9:44
S. Hegarty 4:48 (1 lap)

u15 girls (2k)
B. McKenna 9:23
R. Mulaghton 10:03
M. McCartney 10:07
M. Forrest 4:14 (1 lap)

u15 boys (2k)
A. Mollins 7:31
R. Brown 7:37

National XC Relays – Cumbernauld, 24/10/2015

Vets narrowly miss medal

The Harriers had a great turnout at Cumbernauld for the National XC relays, with 3 boys, 11 ladies and 27 men competing, including some promising performances from new members, with some making their XC debut at the Nationals.

First up were the junior boys, taking on the hilly 2.5k course, with under-13 Harry McGill leading the way with a strong run to put the boys in 10th position, from a field of over 100. Next up was under-15 Alan Mollins, who ran well to keep the team inside the top 25. Ryan Brown, although only 14, took on the tough task of running in the anchor leg against under-17 boys. Ryan fought hard and brought the team home in 42nd place.

Next up were the ladies, competing over the tough 4k course, in a field lead by GB international Laura Muir. The ladies A-team were lead by Suzi Coyle, showing continued signs of a return to form with the fastest leg of the Glenpark ladies, followed by new member Catriona Stirling with another strong performance in only her 2nd XC race, and then Marian Monk who always appears to run well in the short XC races. The ladies B-team was a Masters (over 40) team, with Susan Clark and Angeline Austin running well, before captain Rhonda White completed the anchor leg, just inside the 20 minute mark. The C-team saw a welcome return to competition from club president Yvonne Prager, and excellent runs from Lisa Ruddy, and another promising newcomer, Nicola Stevenson.
The incomplete D-team featured encouraging performances from two more recent recruits, with Lana Hanson running her 2nd XC, and Lesley Nelson her first.

The final race of the day was the senior and masters men’s race. With most of the club’s usual A-team unavailable, captain O’Rourke again went for a strong masters team in the hope of winning a national medal. Unfortunately, the quartet of Stevie Campbell, Andrew White, Stevie McLoone, and Paul Monaghan, just missed out on a medal, finishing 4th, behind perennial vets champs Cambuslang, Kirkintilloch and Corstorphine. With the focus on the vets team, Shaun Lyon was relegated to the B-team, but he didn’t let that deter him, running the club’s fastest time of the day. There were also good runs from Robert Wilson Jr., Mark Vance making an excellent XC debut, and David Roberts anchoring the B-team. The C-team was an over 50’s team, where only 3 runners compete, with Danny McLaughlin and over 60’s Robert Wilson Sr., and Micky Dunn finishing 7th.

Other notable performances came from Gordy Hepburn, Sean Marshall, Lewis Beck, Stuart Austin, Ryan Campbell, Stephen Reid, Paul Hegarty,and Simon Hutton, all running in their first XC race for the club. Special mention goes to Frank McMahon, who at 65 years of age, was also making his XC debut!

Results

Junior boys 30:48 (42nd)
Harry McGill 09:54, Alan Mollins 10:22, Ryan Brown 10:32

Mens A (Vets) 59:17 (4th)
Steven Campbell 14:05, Andrew White 14:54, Stephen McLoone 15:51, Paul Monaghan 14:27

Mens B 1:01:40 (50th)
Shaun Lyon 13:33, Robert Wilson 15:55, Mark Vance 15:46, David Roberts 16:26

Mens C (Vets 50) 49:30 (7th)
Daniel McLaughlin 16:01, Robert Wilson 16:30, Michael Dunn 16:59

Mens D 1:06:01 (69th)
Chris Watson 16:08, Gordon Hepburn 16:25, Sean Marshall 16:58, Alan O’Rourke 16:30

Mens E 1:09:20 (75th)
Duncan Anderson 16:41, Kevin Gill 18:15, Ross Neilson 17:06, Lewis Beck 17:18

Mens F 1:15:09 (80th)
Stuart Austin 18:00, Ryan Campbell 18:52, Frank McMahon 19:25, Stephen Reid 18:52

Mens G
David Carruthers 20:55, Simon Hutton 20:18

Mens H
John Carruthers 21:05, Paul Hegarty 19:26

Ladies A 56:03 (38th)
Suzanne Coyle 18:06, Catriona Stirling 19:16, Marian Monk 18:41

Ladies B (Vets) 1:02:02 (14th)
Susan Clark 20:35, Angeline Austin 21:36, Rhonda White 19:51

Ladies C 1:03:37 (51st)
Yvonne Prager 23:17, Lisa Ruddy 20:12, Nicola Stevenson 20:08

Ladies D
Lana Hanson 20:23, Lesley Nelson 23:03

Parkrun – 24/10/2015

With the majority of club runners at Cumbernauld, Daniel Doherty took the opportunity to record his second first place finish at Greenock Parkrun #76, with a fine solo run which saw him only 5 seconds outside his PB in less than ideal conditions.

Daniel DOHERTY 00:17:31
Stewart ANDERSON 00:20:48
Gill GILMOUR 00:27:20
Jo MCGRATTAN 00:35:25

Full results

Renfrewshire XC Relays – Pollok Park, 18/10/2015

Full report to follow…

Results
Mens
A: 63:03 (5th) – S McLoone 16:17, S Campbell 15:04, R Wilson Jnr 16:32, P Monaghan 15:10
B: 74:32 (13th) – D McLaughlin 18:58, D Roberts 17:17, M Dunn 20:48, A O’Rourke 17:29
C: 77:39 (14th) – J Stevenson 17:57, S Hanley 18:45, F McMahon 20:54, S Reid 20:03
D: incomplete – R Wilson Snr 17:05, P Hegarty 20:02, D Rafferty 21:09

Ladies
A: 61:11 (8th) – Marian Monk 20:11, Susan Clarke 20:00, Suzi Coyle 21:00
B: 65:48 (10th) – Lisa Ruddy 21:36, Lana Hanson 21:34, Emma O’Rourke 22:38

U17 Men: Joshua Ruddy 10:53
U17 Ladies: Megan Rodgers 13:35, Mia Forrest 13:16

U15 Boys: 35:11 (6th) – Alan Mollins 10:35, Ryan Brown 11:02, Robert Peterson 13:34
U15 Girls: Beth McKenna 12:58, Lucy McFarlane 8:33

U13 Boys: 35:02 (7th) – Harry McGill 10:24, Niall Campbell 12:26, Ewan Ferguson 12:12

U11 Boys: 24:58 (5th) – Cameron Patton 07:29, Shaun Hegarty 09:43, Finn Campbell 07:46

Rannoch Marathon – 18/10/2015
During a family holiday in Perthshire, Andrew White took the opportunity to run the new Rannoch Marathon, which took in a scenic lap of Loch Rannoch. Andrew finished 3rd in 2:57:40.
Full results

Parkrun – 17/10/2015

Paul Monaghan joined the elite sub-17 club at Greenock Parkrun, and there were PBs for Daniel Doherty, John Stevenson, Stuart Austin, Stephen Hanley and John Carruthers. Nicky Walker was the first lady, also running a new PB, just days after returning from the World Ironman championships in Kona, Hawaii.

Greenock Parkrun #75
Paul MONAGHAN 00:16:48
Daniel DOHERTY 00:17:26
Andrew OSBORNE 00:18:16
Christopher WATSON 00:19:22
John STEVENSON 00:19:51
Stuart AUSTIN 00:20:46
Stewart ANDERSON 00:20:47
Stephen HANLEY 00:20:54
Nicola Ann WALKER 00:21:06
Graham MCGRATTAN 00:21:49
Gregor ALEXANDER 00:22:11
David CARRUTHERS 00:22:16
John CARRUTHERS 00:22:20
Stephen REID 00:22:59
Lisa BOONSANONG 00:25:30
Gill GILMOUR 00:29:53
Angeline AUSTIN 00:29:55
Lesley NELSON 00:33:00

Harry and Ruby McGill were down in Wales at the Porthcawl parkrun.
Porthcawl parkrun #133
Harry MCGILL 00:19:20
Ruby MCGILL 00:24:58

West XC Relays – Hamilton, 11/10/2015

With several of his top men absent, due to holidays and injury, captain O’Rourke chose to put out a strong vets team, in the hope of securing a medal. Unfortunately, a further late call off in the shape of Stevie McLoone, who was still suffering from a chest infection, meant that the team just missed out on a medal. Paul Monaghan, out first, ran the club’s fastest leg on the day, putting the team 3rd of the vets teams. V60 Robert Wilson Snr, drafted in to replace Stevie McLoone, ran hard, but was passed by younger runners from Kirkintilloch, Garscube and Kilmarnock, falling back to 6th. Andrew White managed to pull the team back to 5th, and Stevie Campbell closed, but could not catch Kilmarnock and Garscube.

In the B team, Robert Wilson Jr had the fastest time, and Chris Watson made his XC debut – at last!

Ladies captain Rhonda White also put out a strong vets team, finishing 5th vets, and just ahead of the A team. An encouraging sign for the ladies was the XC debuts of several new members: Catriona Stirling, Nicola Stevenson, Angeline Austin, and Lesley Nelson, who all acquitted themselves well.

Junior boys Harry McGill and Ewan Ferguson both had good runs, with Harry finishing 8th fastest under-13.

Results
Men
A: 59:03 (24th, 5th vets) – 13:55 Paul Monaghan, 16:27 Robert Wilson, 14:38 Andrew White, 14:03 Steven Campbell
B: 64:01 (42nd) – 15:53 David Roberts, 15:27 Robert Wilson Jr, 16:31 Ross Neilson, 16:10 Chris Watson
C: (incomplete) – 17:07 Michael Dunn, 16:54 John Stevenson, 16:29 Duncan Anderson

Ladies
B: 60:00 (25th, 5th vets) – 21:19 Silke Loehndorf, 19:29 Susan Clark, 19:12 Rhonda White
A: 60:24 (26th) – 18:39 Catriona Stirling, 20:01 Nicola Stevenson, 21:44 Angeline Austin
C: (incomplete) – 23:37 Lesley Nelson

Junior boys (incomplete team) – 09:44 Harry McGill, 10:53 Ewan Ferguson

Full results

Great Scottish Run 4/10/2015

There were some outstanding performances from the Harriers at this weekend’s Great Scottish Run. First up were the junior races on Saturday, where Harry and Ruby McGill took part in the 2.5k race.

Harry and Ruby with half-marathon winner Moses Kipsiro

Harry and Ruby with half-marathon winner Moses Kipsiro

GSR Junior 2.5k
9:38 Harry McGill
14:52 Ruby McGill

GSR 10k
Next up on Sunday morning was the 10k. There was an impressive Harriers debut for new member Mark Vance, as he was first home for the club in 38:20. Robert Dolan and Brian McCluskey also had good runs to record new personal bests, and there were encouraging performances from Kirsty Ormond and Nicola Stevenson.

38:20 Mark Vance
38:45 Robert Dolan (PB)
39:19 Brian McCluskey (PB)
41:46 Ross Slater
47:19 Kirsty Ormond (PB)
48:51 Frank McMahon
49:58 Nicola Stevenson
51:11 Claire Monaghan
59:09 Nathalie Smith
66:59 Kimberley Stevenson
70:29 Pauline McCluskey

GSR Half Marathon
In the main event, the half-marathon, Shaun Lyon and Paul Monaghan produced the stand-out performances, which were beyond expectations, even given their recent good form. Shaun, following on from his recent 10k PB, knocked nearly 2 and a half minutes off his previous best half marathon finishing 27th in the high quality field packed with elite athletes. Paul improved on his previous best by 90 seconds, to dip under the 75 minute mark, which qualifies for a championship entry for the London marathon, finishing in the top 50 and 6th in his age category.

Gordy Hepburn and David Roberts also had good runs, both dipping under the 90 minute mark. There were also PBs for Steven Smith and John Carruthers, and good half marathon debuts from Stewart Anderson and Simon Hutton, and John Stevenson had another good run, only a week after completing the Loch Ness marathon.

1:11:56 Shaun Lyon (PB)
1:14:51 Paul Monaghan (PB)
1:19:48 David Henderson
1:28:26 Gordy Hepburn
1:29:57 David Roberts
1:35:45 Stewart Anderson
1:37:03 John Stevenson
1:40:40 Steven Smith (PB)
1:47:46 John Carruthers (PB)
1:51:29 Irene McVicar
1:56:38 Simon Hutton
2:03:16 Susie Gillies
2:04:05 Anne Anderson
2:04:10 Yvonne Prager
2:17:47 Ian Hanley

Neil McCover Half Marathon
Just North of the city, Danny McLaughlin had a good run in the Neil McCover half-marathon in Kirkintilloch, a race which also counts as the Scottish Vets half-marathon championship. Danny finished 15th overall and 2nd in the M55-59 age group.

1:24:09 Danny McLaughlin

Glencoe Marathon
Even further North, 4 hardy Harriers took on the very challenging Glencoe Marathon. Defending his title, Kevin O’Donoghue improved on his winning time from last year, but just missed out on a podium place, finishing 4th in a stronger field this year. Paul Beaton also improved on his time from last year to finish 13th.

Kev, Paul, Kev, and Boyd

Kev O, Paul, Kev G, and Boyd

3:31:37 Kevin O’Donoghue
3:55:09 Paul Beaton
4:49:01 Kevin Gill
5:59:45 Boyd MacKenzie

Kilbarchan Relays 26/9/15

Men Win Silver

The Harriers produced their best placing in recent years at the George Cummings Relays with an outstanding display by the Men’s A team to finish 3rd overall and also claim silver medal in the County Championship; at what was another strong showing from the club with 11 teams competing in the opening race of the short relay season at Houston.

The A quartet was led off by David Henderson who showed all his experience by starting steadily and working his way up the field to hand over to Shaun Lyon in 6th. Shaun then put in the teams quickest time of the day to place them into 3rd. It was now down to the clubs 2 top vets Steven Campbell and Paul Monaghan to hold on to the medal position, and they didn’t disappoint with both running almost identical times to finish behind winners Shettleston and Inverclyde and to hold off a strong Falkirk team.

The vets team of Andrew White, Stephen McLoone, Graham McGrattan and Alan O’Rourke were also to record a top 3 finish in their category, with Andrew the quickest in an excellent 14.34.

The Ladies had 4 teams contesting the 2.7mile hilly course, with the best placed  being the improving trio of Suzanne Coyle, Catriona Stirling and Marion Monk in 8th but not far behind in 11th were Irene McVicar, Susan Clarke and Rhonda White. Quickest in the C and D teams were Angeline Austin and Grace Campbell.

Results 2.7miles: Shaun Lyon 13.31, David Henderson 13.50, Paul Monaghan 14.25, Steven Campbell 14.26, Andrew White 14.34, Stephen McLoone 15.19, Chris Watson 15.39, Robert Wilson 16.00, Alan O’Rourke 16.30, David Roberts 16.46, Shaun Marshall 16.46, Ross Neilson 16.58, Duncan Anderson 17.01, Graham McGrattan 17.10, Mick Dunn 17.23, Kevin Gill 17.30, Mick Harrington 17.44, Suzanne Coyle 17.55, Stephen Reid 18.04, Steven Watson 18.05, Stuart Austin 18.17, Paul Hegarty 18.27, Catriona Stirling 18.34, Stephen Hanley 18.49, Rhonda White 19.04, Marion Monk 19.05, David Carruthers 19.53, John Carruthers 20.03, Susan Clark 20.13, David Rafferty 20.19, Irene McVicar 20.22, Angeline Austin 21.09, Fiona Cushnaghan 21.36, Grace Campbell 22.09, Lisa Ruddy 22.10, Lesley Nelson 23.15, Angela Hill 24.13, Tommy Knight 30.27.

JG Cameron 19/9/15

Henderson Caps International Call-Up with Esplanade Win

Greenock Glenpark Harriers kicked off the 2015-16 season on the Esplanade with 78 of their athletes young and old competing in the JG Cameron road race competition.

And it was no surprise to see Andrew Harkins and David Henderson, both recently selected to represent Scotland in the Masters Home International, take the lead and immediately spread out the field with an incredibly fast early pace, with only Steven Campbell and Paul Monaghan managing to stay in touch.  As the pace started to take its toll it was Henderson who was best able to maintain his form to steer 100m clear of Harkins. Behind them Monaghan came through strong, passing Campbell to claim 3rd spot dipping under 13 minutes for the 4km distance.  In 5th was Andrew White with a very evenly paced run underlining the strength in depth in the clubs veteran ranks.

The competition between the women was very keen with an impressive turnout of 19 taking part, Suzanne Coyle had set off in determined style along the Esplanade opening up an early lead which she would hold onto ahead of the improving Marion Monk. The final podium spot was filled by the experienced Lorna Coyle but she came under intense pressure from new member Catriona Stirling.

There were a number of encouraging performances including those of Daniel Doherty in 6th and under 15 boys Alan Mollins and Ryan Brown.

The young athletes’ races had got the day underway with a very close contest between Jude Dolan and Finn Campbell, so close that the timekeepers awarded a dead heat. Ruby McGill put daylight between the chasing girls to impressively win the girls 1km race. Emma Henderson took the runners up spot very closely followed by Priya Boparai, Kate Ferguson and Maria McCabe. Harry McGill set a course record in the 2km distance, with a very good run also coming from Scott Meechan, Niall Campbell finishing 3rd, with Beth McKenna fastest girl.

Thanks to our race sponsor Robert Alexander Master Butcher of Port Glasgow and Gourock , the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club for hosting the Barbeque and Club Prize Giving after the race, and most importantly all our volunteers on a very busy and successful day for the Harriers to the start of their 121st year

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4km: David Henderson 12.14, Andrew Harkins 12.37, Paul Monaghan 12.59, Steven Campbell 13.15, Andrew White 13.24, Daniel Doherty 13.49, Stephen McLoone 13.52, Chris Watson 14.09, Danny McLaughlin 14.20, Gordon Hepburn 14.25, Robert Wilson 14.34, Brian McCluskey 14.39, Robert Dolan 14.44, Alan O’Rourke 14.51, David Roberts 14.57, Robert Wilson 15.02, Alan Mollins 15.05, Ryan Brown 15.21, Lewis Beck 15.23, Duncan Anderson 15.25, Graham McGrattan 15.27, Mick Dunn 15.31, John Stephenson 15.39, Mick Harrington 15.40, Sam McVicar 15.42, Kevin Gill 16.04, Suzanne Coyle 16.07, Stephen Reid 16.11, Robin McAuslan 16.12, Stephen Hanley 16.13, Stephen Smith 16.23, Stuart Austin 16.27, Marion Monk 16.35, Ryan Campbell 16.37, Lorna Coyle 16.43, Paul Hegarty 16.45, Catriona Stirling 16.46, Frank McMahon 17.02, Rhonda White 17.09, Lana Hanson 17.31, Lauren O’Donnell 17.33, Boyd McKenzie 17.38, David Carruthers 17.50, Nicola Stephenson 18.16, Susan Clark 18.18, Liz McAuslan 18.18, Simon Hutton 18.24, Scott Forrest 18.44, Angeline Austin 19.00, Claire Monaghan 19.12, Silke Loehndorf 19.24, Fiona Cushnaghan 19.30, Aileen Stephenson 20.29, Lesley Nelson 20.29, Angela Hill 21.14, Lana McLaughlin 23.33, Neve Austin 26.00, Tommy Knight 26.38,

1km: Jude Dolan 3.55, Finn Campbell 3.55, Ruby McGill 4.24, Aeden Monaghan 4.26, Dylan Boparai 4.47, Shaun Hegarty 4.49, Emma Henderson 4.53, Priya Boparai 4.54, Kate Ferguson 5.00, Maria McCabe 5.10, Ashlin Monaghan 5.20, David McCluskey 5.27, Quin Hegarty 5.29, Harry Robertson 5.30

2km: Harry McGill 7.03, Scott Meechan 7.30, Ewan Ferguson 8.41, Beth McKenna 9.09, Niall Campbell 9.41.

Weekend Round-Up 13th September 2015

It was a successful day at Kilmacolm festival of running for the Harriers who had Paul Monaghan on top of the podium after winning the half Marathon, he was joined by Andrew White who finished 3rd. Success came for the vets as Danny McLaughlin took top spot in the over 50s and Micky Dunn likewise in the over 60s. Also competing were Eileen and John Stevenson getting in a sharpener before they take on the Loch Ness marathon. The biggest Personal Best came from Ian Hanley knocking 35minutes off to finish in 2.03hours

2015Kilmacolm Winners

Just missing out in the medals on the 10k course was Andrew Osborne in 4th, and there was a number of PBs too, from Simon Hutton, Emma O’Rourke, and John Carruthers. It was excellent to see a couple of new members Ryan Campbell and Kirsty Ormond representing the club for the first time, with both making their debut at the 10k distance.

2015Kilmacolm Group

At the Great North Run half marathon at Tyneside Phil Russell was 7th in the over 60s age group in a superb time of 1.32, he was joined by Gordon Hepburn 1.38, and George Mitchell 1.40.

In the Stirling 10k which incorporated the Scottish 10K championships David Henderson was disappointed with his performance; after going hard from the start he unfortunately faded in the 2nd half of the race to finish in a time of 34.25.

Gourock Duathlon 6th September 2015

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Well done to everyone competing at the club’s first official Gourock Duathlon today, and a huge thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this event such a success! We hope you all enjoyed the event, and welcome any feedback that can help us improve the event in future years.

Race Report to follow

Results:
Gourock Duathlon 2015 (XLS)

Results as PDF: Gourock Duathlon 2015 (PDF)

Ardrossan 10k, 6th September 2015

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5 Harriers made the trip down the coast to Ardrossan with best performances coming from John & Grace, both gaining a Personal Best for the 10k distance.

Results: Chris Watson 38.18, David Carruthers 46.29, John Carruthers 48.08, Grace Campbell 53.55, Angela Hill 58.21

Paisley 10k, 30th August 2015

It was another strong showing from the Harriers when they made the short journey for the Paisley 10k with 3 of our men finishing in the top 20. There was further success with Andrew White in 3rd in the over 40s and Robert Wilson again proving he is among the best in Britain in the over 60s by comfortably winning his age category.

Results: Shaun Lyon 33.29, Andrew Harkins 34.06, David Henderson 35.21, Andrew White 35.59, Robert Wilson 40.01, Steven Smith 45.45, Irene McVicar 50.52,Viki Wilkinson 51.43, Fiona Cushnaghan 55.02, Natalie Smith 60.33

Cowal Hill Race, 29th August 2015

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Steven Campbell, Paul Monaghan and Mick Dunn returned to Dunoon for the 2nd time in 3 days, this time for the Cowal Hill race. As in their previous races the competition between Steven and Paul was close as the pair battled it out for first place, with Steven eventually prove the stronger as the Glenpark duo took 1st and 2nd. There was also a good showing from veterans Danny McLaughlin and Mick Dunn.

Results: 1st Steven Campbell, 2nd Paul Monaghan, Danny McLaughlin, Mick Dunn. – Times TBC

Cowal 5k, 27th August 2015

It was a clean sweep for the Harriers at Dunoon on Thursday evening as Shaun Lyon raced clear for the win. Behind him came Steven Campbell followed quickly by Paul Monaghan. Surprise of the night and in 4th place overall was junior boy Alan Mollins, who also took the trophy as 1st local. His training partner Ryan Brown was close behind finishing 2nd junior boy and keeping veteran Mick Dunn at bay.

Results: Shaun Lyon 16.00, Steven Campbell 17.13, Paul Monaghan 17.27, Alan Mollins 19.57, Ryan Brown 20.32, Mick Dunn 20.51.

Bute Highland Games August 2015

Shaun Lyon produced the run of his life in the Bute 10k to not just go under 33 minutes for the first time ever, but to smash his personal best by over 40 seconds. He took full use of home town advantage, with only international runner Gilroy heading the Bute man who set a new course record to do so. It was a sterling performance all round from the Glenpark men who had Andrew Harkins in 4th place, David Henderson 6th, and with Steven Campbell and Paul Monaghan fastest veterans in the field, meant all finished in the top 10.

Lucy McFarlane in the Backhold wrestling competition

Lucy McFarlane in the Backhold wrestling competition

The Junior athletes also had a successful day out with the busiest athlete being young Lucy McFarlane who competed in the 100m, 200m, 800m, Scots Hammer, Shot putt, Caber Toss, and also put in a tigerish performance in the Scottish Backhold wrestling. Never having attempted it before it was respectable effort as she lost out in a very close contest with her more experienced opponent by 3 throws to 1.

Alan Mollins just takes the 800m

Alan Mollins just takes the 800m

Performances of note came from Alan Mollins who had the narrowest victory of the day, winning the 800m by a few inches in a tremendous race to the line with his Kilbarchan counterpart. Caitlin Marsh in her debut for the club finishing 3rd in both the 100m and 200m Under 13 sprints, and Ashlin Monaghan and Leah Knox in the Under 9 sprints.

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Cassie O’Neil gets to grips with the Scots Caber

Others competing and among the prizes were Aeden Monaghan, Shaun Hegarty, Cameron Patton, Beth McKenna, Cassie O’Neil, Ryan Brown, Robert Peterson and Chloe Hanlon.

10k results: Shaun Lyon 32.18, Andrew Harkins 33.30, David Henderson 34.02, Steven Campbell 34.20, Paul Monaghan 34.32, Paul Hegarty 47.30.

In the Scottish Track & Field Championships at Grangemouth, Harry McGill finished 12th recording a very respectable 5.03 minutes in the 1500m under 13s final. Harry has shown continued improvement all summer and can now look forward to the winters cross country competitions with plenty of optimism.

Bill Elder races 4th August 2015

Rampant Lyon as Trainer Takes Title

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Shaun Lyon approached the final race in Greenock Glenpark Harriers club Championship in confident mood on the back of an encouraging training period. And his hopes were not misplaced as he produced a well-judged race. He sat in beside Stephen Trainer and Andrew Harkins until just before the turning point at the Custom House Clock, when he decided to make his move, gradually increasing the pace he pulled clear, and against strong winds he increased his lead back to the Battery Park for an impressive win.

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Stephen Trainer, nursing an injury held on to second place, was not too disappointed as his runners up spot ensured he retained his club Championship title.

Steven Campbell in 4th place behind Harkins was fastest veteran, continued his good form with another fine performance following on from his victory in the club’s Singlehurst trail race.

Laura Devine of Garscube Harriers was first woman with a strong run completing the course in 40 minutes, ahead of Inverclyde’s Chloe Simpson, and the Harriers Veteran Lorna Coyle.

The winner of a very close Handicap competition was Viki Wilkinson, whose recent spell of injury free running helped her to the trophy ahead of Andrew White.

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Junior boy Alan Mollins paced his race perfectly recording the exact same time for both laps of the Battery Park, covering the 2 kilometres in just 7 ½ minutes ahead of Harry McGill and Ewan Ferguson, while Eillidh Harkness and Caitlin Marsh crossed the line together as joint winners in the girls’ race.

In the 1 lap race it was 2 Largs boys’ who were to take the top spots as Cameron Patton headed Finn Campbell. And the sea side town also dominated the girls’ race with Ruby McGill winning from Ava Beaton just getting ahead of Kate Ferguson in an exciting sprint finish.

The Harriers would like to express their gratitude to all the volunteers on the night and to race sponsors Brian Harkins Financial Services and Estate Agents, and photographer Rosie Jake .

Results 10k: Shaun Lyon 33.06, Stephen Trainer 34.32, Andrew Harkins 34.34, Steven Campbell 34.48, Shaun Gaffney 35.11, David Tamburini 35.24, Paul Monaghan 35.32, Andrew White 36.02, Robert Docherty 36.37, Jason Kane 37.14, Chris Watson 37.44, Kyle Rafferty 38.15, Paul Beaton 39.13, Daniel Doherty 40.06, Gordon Hepburn 40.17, Robert Wilsonjnr 40.22, Brian McCluskey 40.28, Laura Devine 40.34, Robert Wilson 41.10, Stewart Anderson 41.52, David Roberts 41.53, Stuart Crawford 42.00, Ross Slater 42.07, Chloe Simpson 42.09, Mick Dunn 42.23, Steven Watson 42.29, David McCorkindale 42.31, Alan O’Rourke 42.25, John Stevenson 43.10, Robin McAuslan 43.26, Kevin Gill 43.04, Colin Campbell 44.31, Lorna Coyle 45.05, Steven Smith 45.46, Cheryl Greenway 46.13, Catriona Stirling 46.13, Frank McMahon 46.34, David Carruthers 46.52, Donna Clark 46.58, Marian Monk 49.00, Boyd McKenzie 49.02, Sam McVicar 49.40, David Rafferty 50.29, Simon Hutton 50.53, Jon Stroemhylden 51.29, Viki Wilkinson 51.43, Angeline Austin 52.42, Ian Hanley 52.54, Eillen Stevenson 55.44, Gill Gilmour 58.39, Romina Scott 58.41, Lesley Nelson 61.03, Angela Hill 61.04, Eddie Devine 61.28.

2K: Alan Mollins 7.32, Harry McGill 8.01, Ewan Ferguson 8.47, Robert Peterson 9.03, Eilidh Harkness 14.10, Caitlin Marsh 14.10.

1K: Cameron Patton 3.45, Finn Campbell 3.52, Alex Wiseman 4.19, Ruby McGill 4.20, Aaron Harkins 4.24, Aeden Monaghan 4.42, Shaun Hegarty 5.02, Ava Beaton 5.08, Kate Ferguson 5.10,

Singlehurst 10km Trail Race 25th July 2015

Wins for Coyle & Campbell

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Lorna Coyle and Steven Campbell

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3rd placed Robert Docherty

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Ryan Brown leads Alan Mollins at the half way point

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Paul Monaghan & Steven Campbell head back along the Cut on the first lap

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Steven Campbell too quick for the camera man as he splashes through the Cut on the 2nd and final lap

A good turnout of over 20 junior and senior runners made it to the start line at the Waterman’s Cottage for the annual running of the clubs Singlehurst Trophy.
Over the testing course it was to be the veterans that dominated the main placings in both the men’s and ladies races, showing that their excellent seasons to
date shows no signs of tailing off. At the front, Steven Campbell had the fast starting Paul Monaghan for company up the stoney road and round the dam but as they
headed towards halfway, Steven had opened up a comfortable lead. Running well the result was never in doubt and in a new course PB it was indeed Steven who was the
worthy winner. Behind, Paul ran as strongly as ever to take runners up spot with Robert Docherty showing signs that he is now over a frustrating injury laden period
to take a well earned 3rd place. In the ladies race, Lorna Coyle ran two evenly paced laps which proved to be too much for her rivals and in doing so successfully
defended her title from last year to gain valuable points in the race for overall club and veteran honours. Behind, Susan Clark managed to catch Marian Monk on the
second lap in her now well renowned fast finish to take runners up place. V50 honours went to Richard Davidson in his first club race after a long absence ahead of
Robin McAuslan who managed to hold off cut specialist Kevin Gill in the closest battle of the day. Lorna and Steven with their race wins also scooped the points in
their veteran categories. In the junior races, Ruby McGill will gain confidence in completing the 1.5 mile course in an excellent time and will only improve in the
coming months. And starting out with their senior peers, the junior boys ran the first 5k lap and in the closest of finishes it was Ryan Brown taking first place
from Harry McGill and Alan Mollins. Only 2 seconds separated the three boys on the day. All three should be delighted with their recent form as a result of their
hard work and dedication to training. Special mention also to guest runner Anne Follan from Wales who after taking part in Parkrun in the morning completed in the
course in an excellent time of just under the hour. We hope to see you at future club races if in the area. A big thank you to everyone who took part in the club
cleaning on Friday, especially to Grace who managed the majority in the morning and also to all the marshalls, timekeepers, bakers and supporters that made Saturday
such a success.

The next club race is the Bill Elder 10k on Tuesday 4th August.

Junior Results
1.5mile
Ruby McGill 15.20

5k
Ryan Brown 23.00
Harry McGill 23.01
Alan Mollins 23.02

Senior Results
Steven Campbell 37.14
Paul Monaghan 38.42
Robert Docherty 40.11
Andrew White 42.01
Richard Davidson 43.33
Gordon Hepburn 43.37
Alan O’Rourke 45.01
Robin McAuslan 46.45
Kevin Gill 46.57
John Stevenson 47.42
Colin Campbell 48.33
Lorna Coyle 48.59
Frank McMahon 49.55
John Carruthers 51.15
Paul Hegarty 52.36
Susan Clark 53.40
Marian Monk 54.29
Anne Follan 59.49
Angela Hill 68.57

Milers Meet Glasgow 24th July 2015

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A delighted Harry McGill smashes through the 5minute barrier for the first time

3 personal bests on Friday evening with the best of all coming from Harry in the 1500m as he was just pipped into 2nd place, in a superb PB of 4:50.30. Training partner Alan Mollins also ran a PB in his race – 5:11.75. Their hard training throughout the summer has certainly paid off for the youngsters. Also competing was veteran David Tamburini in the 5000m with an impressive 16:54.70

Scottish Masters Track Championships – Sat. 11th July, 2015

Despite missing several athletes due to injury and holidays, GGH still sent a strong squad through to Grangemouth to contest the national Masters track champs, held on the same track as the Commonwealth Games.

All of the GGH athletes were competing in the 5000m, with Robert Wilson Snr. doubling up and also running in the 1500m. Standout performances in the 5000m came from David Henderson, taking silver in the M35-39 age group in his first masters competition, and Robert Wilson, also winning silver in the M60-64 category. There were also bronze medals for Andrew Harkins (M35), Steven Campbell (M40), Andrew White (M45), and Micky Dunn (M60), with David Tamburini just missing out on a medal, finishing 4th in his category.

In the 1500m, Robert Wilson went one better, winning gold in his age group.

5000m
16:14.8 David Henderson (2nd M35)
16:34.3 Andrew Harkins (3rd M35)
16:52.4 Steven Campbell (3rd M40)
17:16.8 David Tamburini (4th M40)
17:31.3 Andrew White (3rd M45)
19:30.0 Robert Wilson (2nd M60)
20:03.5 Micky Dunn (3rd M60)

1500m
5:17.3 Robert Wilson (1st M60)

Full results

Cornalees Hill race   27th June 2015

Thanks to al the volunteers out on the hill, the timekeepers, and Photographers Karen, Ewan, Liam and Thomas:

Shaun Lyon was a convincing champion in Greenock Glenpark Harriers Cornalees hill race, with the Bute farmer winning by over 4 minutes.

It was much closer contest for the runners-up spot between veterans Steven Campbell and Paul Monaghan who seemed well clear of the rest of the field, but Andy McCall who looked to be struggling at the half way point, somehow recovered to produce a fast downhill to get within touching distance of the pair.

Marian Monk was also a clear winner in the women’s race, her steady pacing saw her run 8 minutes clear of nearest challenger Libby Paterson.

There were quite a number taking part in the race for the first time and excellent performances throughout the field in one of the toughest of the Harriers races which covers a 1000 feet climb over 5miles in distance, and was made all the more challenging in the warm sunny conditions.

In the Junior 800m uphill race from Woodstock road up to the “Cut” it was a brother and sister victories for Harry and Ruby McGill. Harry had led from the start up the steep climb with Alan Mollins in hot pursuit. Battling hard behind for 3rd place were Ryan Brown and Cameron Patton, with Ryan just gaining the upper hand in the closest of finishes. Young Ruby McGill meanwhile had opened up an early lead from Kate Ferguson and held on comfortably to the finish.

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5Mile Race: Shaun Lyon 33.33, Steven Campbell 37.43, Paul Monaghan 38.02, Andy McCall 38.15, Andrew White 39.34, Alex Chisholm 40.00, Robert Wilson 40.38, Paul Beaton 40.45, Robert Dolan 40.57, Micky Dunn 41.13, Andy MacLean 43.38, Alan O’Rourke 43.40, Gordon Hepburn 43.51, Brian McCluskey 43.58, Mick Harrington 45.41, Kenny Pryde 45.46, Colin Campbell 46.32, Frank McMahon 47.04, Robin McAuslan 47.11, Paul Hegarty 48.29, Kevin Gill 49.00, Marion Monk 52.52, Simon Hutton 56.01, Libby Paterson 61.27, Irene Hamill 63.12, David Carruthers 63.12,

½ Mile Race: Harry McGill 2.56, Alan Mollins 3.03, Ryan Brown 3.09, Cameron Patton 3.10, Ewan Ferguson 3.37, Jude Dolan 3.41, Andrew McCluskey 3.50, Ruby McGill 4.00, Kate Ferguson 4.44, Sean Hegarty 5.06,Quin Hegarty 5.14,

Arran Man (Half Ironman) – 14th June 2015

Lewis Beck, Gregor Alexander and Colin Campbell competed in the Arran Man half iron distance triathlon on Arran on Sunday 14th June. The event comprised of a 1.9k mile swim around a triangular course in Lamlash Bay, a 90k cycle round the island and then a half marathon run.

The event started at 9am when Lewis, Gregor and Colin were amongst over a hundred competitors who launched themselves into the choppy, and jellyfish infested, water off the east coast of Arran.  The organisers had said that the water temperature was 14.5 degrees but most swimmers felt that was overly optimistic.  Conditions made for slow swim times.  Colin was first out of the water, followed closely by Lewis and then Gregor.

The bike leg was an anticlockwise circuit of the island which incorporated 1,000 metres of climbing.  Colin initially led the Harriers until he was overtaken by Lewis on the flat section between Brodick and Corrie.  However, when Lewis stopped for a ‘comfort break’ close to Machrie, Colin took advantage and became lead Glenparker for the remainder of the circumnavigation.

Gregor stopped on his bike circuit to assist another competitor.  The good deed cost Gregor a considerable amount of time.

The run comprised of two circuits of the four-loop course that the marathon runners had completed on the previous day.  However, the triathletes had to cope with the additional hazard of a heard of obstinate cows on the coastal path.

Colin managed to hold off Lewis until, with approximately half a mile to go, Lewis overtook and was the first Glenpark Harrier home in an overall time of 6:13:03.  Colin was close behind in a time of 6:13:35.  Gregor’s time was 8:11:48 but that included the lengthy period he had spent at the roadside helping another competitor.  Lewis was 26th in the men’s open category, Colin was 27th.  Gregor’s good deed meant that he was recorded as 81st.  Colin was particularly pleased to be 3rd super-vet to cross the finish line.

The Glenpark triathletes had a good weekend.  All three had travelled across to Arran with their wives on the previous day and had watched the marathon before competing in their own event.  The weekend was made all the better by fellow Glenparker, Kevin O’Donoghue, winning the marathon.

Weekend Round-Up 14th June 2015

It was a busy weekend for the Harriers with wins for Kevin O’Donoghue and Stephen Trainer

Ardgowan Hospice 5k 14/6/15

Stephen Trainer was a runaway winner at the Charity 5k race along Greenock waterfront winning in a time of 15.23, and there was success too for Angeline Austin finishing 3rd in the ladies race.

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Lochwinnoch 10k 14/6/15

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Arran Man Marathon 13/6/15

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Kevin O’Donoghue led from start to finish for a comfortable win at Lamlash. He set an even pace over the first 30km but such was his lead he was able to ease off in the last quarter to take the title 3 minutes clear of his nearest competitor. Robert Dolan was also to the fore, his tactics were to go out hard from the start, and although visibly tiring, he determinedly held on for 7th.

Results: Kevin O’Donoghue 2.52.20 Robert Dolan 3.27.41

#57 Greenock Park Run 13/6/15

14 Harriers took part, with Andrew Harkins and David Henderson impressive as both given 16mins 12 seconds as they crossed the line in 2nd and 3rd behind IACs Mark Pollard. Full results can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/greenock/results/eventhistory/

Polaroid 10k Series Clydebank 28/5/15 & Vale of Leven 7/6/15

Robert Wilson showed his class and consistency by winning his age category in all 4 races in the Series, and his time at Clydebank was particularly outstanding – the 2nd fastest Over 60 in Scotland and 13th in the UK.

Clydebank Results: Andrew Harkins 33.02, Shaun Lyon 33.29, David Tamburini 35.08, Mick McLoone 35.59, Andrew White 36.06, Robert Wilson 37.58, Brian McCluskey 39.52, Kevan McCartney 40.08

Vale of Leven Results: David Henderson 37.17, Mick McLoone 36.01, Andrew White 36.05, Robert Wilson 39.09, Brian McCluskey 39.59, Robert Wilson Jnr 41.10, Kevan McCartney 41.37, Lorna Coyle 43.23, Lynne Rogers 45.01

EDINBURGH MARATHON FESTIVAL REPORT – Sunday 31st May 2015

A bus load of relative half marathon and marathon novices made the early trip through to Edinburgh on Sunday for the yearly running festival. In what turned out to be good conditions for running there were to be a host of PB’s and great performances.

Setting out at 8am were the half marathon runners heading along the Portobello coastline to finish amongst the crowds in Musselburgh. Leading the way was Chris Watson running another solid race to beat the 1.24 mark. Behind Chris, David Roberts and Duncan Anderson ran almost the entire race together in their search for sub 1.30 PB’s which proved a worthwhile tactic as they were both to achieve their goals. Despite an injury scare before the race Donna Clark ran well to break the 1.40 mark for the first time, thus setting a new PB and was supported well by David Carruthers running by her side.

Stuart Austin completed the race in an excellent 1.42, a time that should only improve later in the season while John Carruthers, a first timer, should also be pleased breaking the 1.50 barrier despite only taking up running a year or so ago. Like her husband, Angeline Austin surpassed her target time comfortably and in doing so along with Stuart have raised a fantastic sum of £1368 to date for the  charity “Brain Tumour Action”    www.justgiving.com/Angeline-Stuart/ to donate and to find out more.

Moira McCluckie also had a tremendous performance on her way to a 1.53 PB and despite a lack of training James Campbell can be proud of a time that showed grit and determination on his way to achieving a course PB.

Over the full marathon distance, Steven Smith paced his race to perfection running a 30 second PB and Chris Jones dipped under the 3 hour barrier for the first time. Both athletes can be very satisfied with their performances over the gruelling distance after months of dedicated training.

Half Marathon Results                                                   Marathon Results

Chris Watson                    1.23                                      Chris Jones         2.58 PBDavid Roberts                    1.29 PB                                 Steven Smith     3.46 PB

Duncan Anderson             1.29 PB

Donna Clark                       1.39 PB

David Carruthers              1.39

Stuart Austin                     1.42 PB

John Carruthers                1.49 PB

Moira McCluckie               1.53 PB

Angeline Austin                 1.57 PB

James Campbell                2.03

Chisholm Mile Road Race 2/6/2015

Despite the cold wet and windy conditions it was a very large turnout of 97 athletes for Greenock Glenpark Harriers annual Chisholm mile race along the Esplanade. In what turned out to be a high quality field it was local athletes that dominated with Inverclyde ACs Craig Ruddy setting a blistering pace to cross the line 1st ahead of team mate Jonny Glen who was closely followed by Cambuslang Harriers Al Campbell. Mark Pollard showed that he still has speed over the shorter distance by holding off youngster Michael Houston. Stephen Trainer in 6th ensured he remains in a strong position to retain his club title after taking maximum points among the host clubs athletes.

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The ladies race was won by Cambuslang’s Eve McKinnon with sisters Nuala and Cliona McCheyne taking the other podium places. The next girl back and first for Glenpark was Nicola Doohan back on top form with an excellent personal best. Marion Monk was delighted with her performance to come from behind to pass Rhonda White and Lorna Coyle in the last quarter mile in a close race between the Harriers top women.

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And it was a clean sweep for Glenpark’s veteran men as David Tamburini, Mick McLoone, Robert Wilson and Tommy Knight took the top places in the Over 40, 50, 60, & 70 age categories.

Thanks to the many volunteers on the night who helped with registration, marshalling and timekeeping.

Pos Name Time
1 Craig Ruddy 4.07
2 Jonny Glen 4.11
3 Al Campbell 4.12
4 Mark Pollard 4.16
5 Michael Houston 4.19
6 Stephen Trainer 4.21
7 Donald MacLeod 4.26
8 Stephen Cooke 4.28
9 Shaun Lyon 4.29
10 John Law 4.31
11 Andrew Harkins 4.33
12 John Ball 4.37
13 Sean Gaffney 4.38
14 Alistair Campbell 4.39
15 Paul Harper 4.39
16 Kevin O’Donoghue 4.42
17 David Tamburini 4.45
18 Kyle Rafferty 4.47
19 Steven Campbell 4.48
20 Jack Heathwood 4.48
21 Sammy Hearl 4.50
22 Jason Kane 4.52
23 Cameron Watson 4.53
24 Paul Monaghan 4.54
25 David McIntosh 4.57
26 Andrew White 4.58
27 Ian Littler 5.02
28 Mick McLoone 5.03
29 Eve MacKinnon 5.06
30 Gordon Hepburn 5.07
31 Duncan McFadyen 5.09
32 Peter Jardine 5.14
33 Nuala McCheyne 5.17
34 Harry McGill 5.20
35 Robert Wilson 5.21
36 Martin Campbell 5.23
37 Jim Gilhooly 5.27
38 Robert Dolan 5.28
39 Cliona McCheyne 5.29
40 Alan Mollins 5.30
41 Ryan Brown 5.31
42 Josh Law 5.32
43 Danny McLaughlin 5.33
44 Chris Watson 5.33
45 Nicola Doohan 5.33
46 Norman Graves 5.34
47 Mick Harrington 5.35
48 Andrew Winter 5.35
49 Robin McAuslin 5.37
50 Abigail McInnes 5.37
51 Alan O’Rourke 5.40
52 Stewart Anderson 5.44
53 Stephen Hill 5.45
54 Ross Slater 5.45
55 Leah Cameron 5.46
56 Jennifer Bichan 5.46
57 Zoe Renfrew 5.46
58 Jennifer Rooney 5.46
59 Sara O’Docherty 5.49
60 Craig Winter 5.50
61 Hannah McGeehan 5.51
62 Niah Gillan 5.52
63 Cameron Patton 5.54
64 Euan Ferguson 5.54
65 Clara Pollock 5.57
66 Ross Davidson 5.58
67 Paul Heggarty 6.00
68 George Hegarty 6.01
69 Stuart Crawford 6.02
70 Jude Dolan 6.03
71 Colin Campbell 6.09
72 Marion Monk 6.16
73 Rhonda White 6.23
74 Frank McMahon 6.25
75 Megan Rodgers 6.26
76 John Carruthers 6.27
77 Ian Hanley 6.32
78 Lorna Coyle 6.32
79 Ciaran Hogg 6.37
80 Beth McKenna 6.37
81 Lee Wilson 6.46
82 Alex Wiseman 6.48
83 Ruby McGill 6.59
84 Angelina Austin 7.04
85 Gill Gilmour 7.22
86 Alyshia Singleton 7.42
87 Aiden Monaghan 7.44
88 Rachel Ruddy 7.53
89 Mia Smith 7.53
90 Angela Hill 7.54
91 Kate Ferguson 8.20
92 Olivia Trainer 8.22
93 David Mushet 8.26
94 Ashlin Monaghan 8.57
95 Lesley Clark 8.58
96 Ruth Calderwood 9.29
97 Tommy Knight 10.12

West District Track & Field Championships – 22nd & 23rd May 2015

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Nicola & Shelby Scottish West District 800m Final

Shelby Morrison struck gold in the 800m at the West District T&F championships at Kilmarnock. In the warm sunshine of the Ayrshire Arena the Greenock Glenpark Harrier took control after 200metres when no-one was willing to take on the pace. Shelby led to the bell, then put in a surge which immediately opened up a 20m lead on her nearest challengers, a gap which they were never to close as she ran through comfortably to win in a new personal best. Also in the District final, and for the first time, was Nicola Doohan who was equally as impressive as she put in a battling display to slash 8 seconds from her best time to claim 6th spot.

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Harry McGill made sure of his place in the under 13, 800m final when he blasted away from the gun to easily win his heat. In that final he went all out for a medal chasing the leaders for the 1st lap. But over the last 400m he faded slightly for a very creditable 5th in his first major championship. In the under 15s Alan Mollins, who had set a 12 second PB the previous Wednesday at Linwood, continued his good form with another excellent time. On his debut on the track Ryan Brown (pictured above)was very quick over the first lap before noticeably slowing, but he should be well pleased with his 2.35minutes, and with a little more experience in pacing he will reduce this considerably.

It was difficult conditions for the sprinters on the previous Friday night as they had to face cold temperatures and a very strong head wind. Chloe Hanlon just failed to make the u17 women’s 200m final after finishing 9th quickest from all the heats. U20 Scott McCluckie also just missed out on a final after finishing 5th against strong competition in his race.

Although the temperatures had risen on the Saturday unfortunately for the sprinters so had the wind. And again Chloe and Scott narrowly missed out on a final, this time in the 100m. In the Under 20 men’s 400m final Mark Magee’s performance didn’t quite match his form in training, but he ran strongly for 300m but going into the home straight against the wind he faded to 6th.

Polaroid 10k series

14/5/15 Helensburgh10k (1 of 4)

Best performance on the night was from Robert Wilson who finished top over 60 with the 4th fastest time in Scotland and 20th this year in the UK in his age category.

Closely matching the effort from Robert was Lorna Coyle who was 3rd in the women’s over 50s age group, only being beaten by experienced international veterans Pamela McCrossan and Hazel Dean. Mick McLoone was first home from the Glenpark Contingent in 42nd place and 3rd in the over 50’s.

Results: Michael McLoone 36.21, Andrew White 36:41, Robert Wilson Snr 38:24, Robert Wilson 40:07, Brian McCluskey 40:09, Robert Adams 40:30, Duncan Anderson 40:59, Kevan McCartney 41:10, Lorna Coyle 43:10, Lynne Rogers 44:13, Kirstin Arthur 52:16.

21/5/15 Dumbarton 10K (2 of 4)

Shaun Lyon was top Harrier in 13th position despite losing a fortnights training due to a virus he still managed a PB for the distance on the road.

The veterans continue to be a force in Scottish athletics with Robert Wilson again finishing top over 60. Mick McLoone was 2nd in the over 50s, closing the gap to just a few metres on Garscube’s Robert McLennan who was fastest at Helensburgh. David Tamburini and Andrew White both gained top 10 finishes in the over 40s and there was also a fantastic PB from Simon Hutton, who has reduced his time for the distance by 10 minutes in the last 12 months.

Results: Shaun Lyon 33:28, David Tamburini 35:11, Michael McLoone35:43, Andrew White 35:48, Robert Wilson 38:53, Robert Wilson 39:48, Brian McCluskey 39:46, Kevan McCartney 40:06, Lynne Rogers 44:17, Simon Hutton 50:37, Kirstin Arthur 53:48.

#54 Greenock Parkrun 23/5/15

Well done to the quartet of Grace Harrison, Ian Hanley, Kenny Scott, and Robert Dolan for their Personal Best times at the weekly parkrun on the Esplanade. Also to Andrew White who was best in the age rated % performance on the day and 3rd overall quickest time.

Willie Jukes 5mile RR 9/5/15

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Stephen Trainer and Rhonda White held onto their race trophies at a warm and sunny Dunoon in the 10th running of the Willie Jukes road race, held in memory of the popular Glenpark Harrier.

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Once again it was another large gathering which travelled across the Clyde, with 84 competitors taking part over 3 races.

In the senior event, the 5mile out and back to Inellan, even a niggling injury wasn’t going to deny Stephen Trainer his 6th consecutive win in the race, as he eased away from Andrew Harkins. In 3rd was David Henderson finally getting back to his best, the latter two showing they were suffering no ill effects from their successful runs in the London Marathon two weeks earlier.

Rhonda White was made to work for her win as she was pushed all the way to the finish by Marian Monk with just 6 seconds separating them at the end. Susan Clark with a strong run earned her 3rd place a couple of seconds ahead of Silke Loehndorf.

Angeline Austin who has shown improvement in recent months was rewarded with the Kirkwood trophy when she emerged a clear winner in the handicap competition ahead of Simon Hutton.

The day got under way with the under 11’s 200metre dash along the promenade and the competition was just as keen with Sean Hegarty and Emma Henderson leading the way.

However the most exciting race of the day was the junior 1 mile which had local boy Alan Mollins, Harry McGill and Ryan Brown locked together at the head of the field until the closing stages. The decisive move came from Alan who managed to put daylight between himself and his training partners with a burst over the final 200m.

Megan Rodgers was to claim victory in the girls’ race holding off the challenge from Beth McKenna and Lucy McFarlane, with other performances of note were those of Cameron Patton, Jude Dolan and Ruby McGill.

The Harriers would like to thank all those responsible for a hugely successful day, the race sponsor Paul Hegarty, all the volunteers, all the staff at Argyll Ferries, Dunoon Riverside pool, and to the Brewery bar for their hospitality and to the Jukes family.

5mile results: Stephen Trainer 26.59, Andrew Harkins 27.23, David Henderson 27.36, Kevin O’Donoghue 28.58, Mick McLoone 29.31, Steven Campbell 30.07, Andrew White 30.11, Chris Watson 30.41, Danny McLaughlin 31.09, Sam McVicar 31.17, Robert Dolan 31.51, Robert Wilson 32.05, David Roberts 32.42, Grant McKellar 33.03, Ross Neilson 33.08, Duncan Anderson 33.14, Alan O’Rourke 34.07, Phil Russell 34.39, Charlie Collins 34.49, Colin Campbell 35.44, Stuart Crawford 35.52, Mick Dunn 36.46, David Carruthers 37.35, Steven Watson 38.01, Rhonda White 38.06, Marian Monk 38.12, Stuart Austin 39.46, Susan Clark 40.59, Silke Loehndorf 41.01, Simon Hutton 41.43, Lisa Ruddy 41.53, Angeline Austin 42.90, Nathan Shields 43.47, Ian Hanlon 43.48, Ronee McCarthy 46.18, Joanne McGrattan 47.23, Angela Hill 49.07, Lesley Nelson 49.19, Sabrina Brolly 51.15, Claire Bryce 53.22, Ann Keenan 55.28, Paul Shields 57.50, Magaret Shields 57.50, Aly McCrossan 57.59.

1mile results: Alan Mollins 5.22, Harry McGill 5.24, Ryan Brown 5.26, Cameron Patton 6.08, Jude Dolan 6.13, Megan Rodgers 6.21, Marcus Keith 6.26, Beth McKenna 6.28, Nathan Harkins 6.30, Alex Wiseman 6.32, Blair Harkins 6.39, Lucy McFarlane 6.53, Rachel Mulaghton 6.58, Ruby McGill 6.59, Lisa Hanlon 7.12, Dylan Boparai 7.25, Niamh Evans 7.25, Priya Boparai 7.40, Richard Reid 7.43, Jessica Marshall 7.44, Leo Fitzpatrick 7.45, Christie Mulaghton 7.51, Fraser Witherow 7.58, Ewan Witherow 8.08

200m results: Sean Hegarty 34, Andrew Henderson 34, Aaron Harkins 36, Emma Henderson 36, Quinn Hegarty 37, Leah Knox 41, Eden Hegarty 43, Carly Lauffer 45, Ruari Trainer 46, Lewis McGowan 51, William Lauffer 59, Logan O’Donoghue 60, Zak Dolan 65, Orla Trainer 84, Ruby Hegarty 110, Connie Dolan 122.

London Marathon 26/4/2015

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11 Harriers travelled to London for the 35th running of the London Marathon on 26th April.
With temperatures reaching 25C in the week preceeding the marathon, it was a relief to the
runners to awake to cool and overcast conditions on race day. The Harriers headed to the
start along with over 38,000 other runners, split between the red and blue starts.

Leading the way for the club was Andrew Harkins, starting just behind the elite men on the
championship start. Following his recent 10k PB, Andrew started strongly, going through
the half-way point in 1:18:28. Despite slowing over the last 10k, Andrew finished strongly
and was first home for the club in 2:42:12, taking a over 14 minutes off his previous
best.

Several of the Harriers were starting together in the Good for Age section at the front of
the red start – Steven Campbell, Paul Monaghan, Andrew White, Alan O’Rourke, and Robert
Dolan Jr. The congestion at the start caused these runners to start more slowly than they
would have liked. Steven and Paul pushed on, determined to make up the lost time. Steven
ran the first half in 1:20:10, with Paul just behind in 1:21:19. Further back, running at
a more conservative pace, Andrew made it to half-way in 1:24:57. Robert Dolan, running his
13th London Marathon, was on course for his sub-3 target, completing the half in 1:29:10,
while Alan was running a consistent pace.

Stevie reached 30k still on pace for a 2:40. From this point he started to fade, but was
still second from the club to finish in a PB of 2:48:26. Paul, who was running with an
injured thigh, was also slowing. Meanwhile David Henderson, who had started from the blue
start was making steady progress. Going through the half in 1:23:07, he would eventually
pass Paul in the final mile to finish in 2:49:48, another PB. Paul finished shortly after
in 2:50:35, taking over 13 minutes off his best. Further back, Andrew White, while also
slowing, had closed the gap on his club mates, and was next home in 2:52:53, also a new
PB.

Still on course for a sub-3 at 30k, Robert Dolan, like his club mates ahead, slowed in the
final miles to narrowly miss his target. His time of 3:02:05 was still a personal best by
over 8 minutes, and shows that a sub-3 time is well within his reach if he continues to
improve.

One of the performances of the day came from super veteran Robert Wilson. Showing his
years of marathoning experience, he was the only Harrier to avoid fading in the final
miles, running a very consistently paced race. Having gone through half-way in 1:31:18, he
finished in 3:03:30, taking 5th place in the 60-64 age category.

Brian Harkins, making his marathon debut, had started strongly, going out at just over 3
hour pace, and passing half-way in 1:34:39. He was still going strong at 30k, but like
many of his club mates, he too would struggle in the last few miles. Meanwhile, Alan
O’Rourke was still making steady progress, going through half-way just behind Brian in
1:35:31. He would eventually pass Brian in the final mile to achieve his target of sub-
3:15, with a well paced 3:14:49, earning him a Good-for-Age place for the next 2 years.
Cruelly, Brian would just miss the sub-3:15 mark, finishes only seconds later in 3:15:18 –
still an impressive marathon debut.

Also making his marathon debut was David Roberts. Perhaps showing his inexperience at this
distance, David started strongly, initially on pace for just over 3 hours. He reached the
half in 1:34:21, but started to slow once past 30k, and finished in 3:41:55, still a solid
marathon debut. The first half showing that David has the potential to go close to the 3
hour mark in the future.

The only Harrier lady competing in London was Kirstin Arthur. Kirstin ran a steady pace,
going through half-way in 2:06:15, and despite slowing slightly in the second half, she
picked up the pace in the final miles, to finish in 4:25:45, knocking almost 15 minutes
off her previous best.

Results:
Andrew Harkins 2:42:12 (PB)
Steven Campbell 2:48:26 (PB)
David Henderson 2:49:48 (PB)
Paul Monaghan 2:50:35 (PB)
Andrew White 2:52:53 (PB)
Robert Dolan Jr. 3:02:05 (PB)
Robert Wilson Sr. 3:03:30
Alan O’Rourke 3:14:49
Brian Harkins 3:15:18
David Roberts 3:41:55
Kirstin Arthur 4:25:45 (PB)

Round The Houses 10k 12/4/2015

There were outstanding performances from Andrew Harkins (33.14) and David Tamburini (35.08) in the Grangemouth 10k. Andrew sliced 25 seconds from his previous best time for the distance to finish 15th overall, and David was 5th veteran with his fastest time since 2008. Edinburgh Uni’s Kyle McLellan was the winner in 30.35 from a field of almost 800 runners.

#48 Greenock Parkrun 11/4/15

28 Harriers took part on a blustery day on Greenock Esplanade with Steven Campbell(15.59) and Rhonda White (21.59) coming out on top in the men and women’s race. There were three Personal Bests recoded, from Jude Dolan, Ian Hanley, and Viki Wilkinson, with Jude and Ian improving by over a minute – excellent given the windy conditions.

Further afield was Kimberely Stevenson who joined 3,000 runners from all over the world in the Paris 5km Breakfast Run, held the day before the city’s annual Marathon. Taking in many of the sites including the Arc de Triomphe, Foch Avenue, Trocadéro, and a fantastic finish at the foot of the Eiffel Tower

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Tom Scott 10Mile 5/4/15

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Stephen Trainer smashed his Personal Best to finish 6th in the Scottish 10mile road race championships at Strathclyde Park. His time of 51 minutes lowered his time by over 3 minutes. He wasn’t alone in running a PB as David Tamburini also went 2 minutes quicker. Robert Wilson (pictured above) was again in fine form, continuing to set a high standard in the vet 60 category.

Race Photographs from Kenny Phillips on Face Book https://www.facebook.com/kenny.phillips.9256/media_set?set=a.465477933610749.1073742061.100004456382355&type=1&pnref=story

Results: Stephen Trainer 51.31, David Tamburini 58.22, Robert Wilson 65.11

#47 Greenock Park run 4/4/15

Steven Campbell recorded his 8th win in his 10th appearance, completing the 5k course in 17.18.

The warm calm weather on Easter Saturday provided perfect conditions for fast times at the 47th Greenock Parkrun, and 5 of the 17 Harriers competing – Andrew White, John Carruthers, Robert Dolan, Neve Austin and Richard Hodelet –made the most of the favourable conditions by recording PB’s.

Full results can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/greenock/results/eventhistory/

29/03/15 Stirling Duathlon Sprint Distance (World championships qualifier/Scottish Championships) Sprint distance 5k-21k-5k

 Three’s Company

 Having the company of his team mates on familiar surrounding certainly pushed Kevan to produce a performance that seen him qualify for his a place on the GB Age group team going to Australia in October.

Danny McLaughlin and Shaun Lyon joined Kevan McCartney this week at the only Scottish Qualifier for the world Duathlon Championships.

It was Shaun Lyon who pushed the pack from the start, setting a blistering pace recording a time of 18.04 on a tough 5k route, Kevan and Danny paced the first run coming into transition seconds apart at 21.18 and 21.26

Once on the bike Shaun’s form continued as he set a new PB for the distance of 35.34. Both Danny and Kevan set good times, with Kevan taking 7th overall fastest of the 161 competitors with a 35.10 and Danny dipping under 37 with a 36.55.

Having made good time on the bike Shaun once again blasted round the two laps of the 5k route to win the race, however on arrival at the finish line a harsh decision by a motorbike marshal following an incident on the bike seen Shaun disqualified. Danny finished 3rd in his age group with 3 solid disciplines.

Kevan’s lack of running and the fatigue of racing over the last 4 weeks started to show; on the bike he moved from 34th to 11th however back on the run he lost 7 places on the final lap of the 5k route. This time though Kevan finished 3rd in his Age group which seen him qualify for the World Championships race in Adelaide later this year.

Times

          R1     T1    B      T2     R2    Total

Shaun    18:04  :44  35:34    :37   18:19  01:13:18 

Danny    21.26  :32  36:55    :25   21:31  01:20:49

Kevan    21:18  :26  35:10    :37   21:17  01:18:48

http://www.stirlingtriathlon.com/duathlon.html

Shaun and Kevan at Stirling below:

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21/03/15 Clumber Park Duathlon (World Championships Qualifier/ British Championships) Sprint distance 5k-20k-2.5k

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 Kevan made his was to Robin Hood country to try and steal a place in the Great Britain World championships team again at the weekend at the sprint distance this time. With his running form starting to return he did well to finish the undulating 5k in 20:29 passing a number of his GB competitors on the hills. Once on the bike he continued to move through the field and regain places lost in his weaker discipline. Back on the run he held his position and finished 11th Vet and 5th in his Qualifying set, which unfortunately resulted in no qualification again this week by one place.

Times R1 20:29  T101:02  B 34:20  T2 :57  R2 10:05 Total 01:06:51

http://www.onestepbeyond.org.uk/clumber-park-duathlon.php

Kevan at Clumber

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 Clydebank 5k 21/3/15

The veteran Harriers all produced solid performance at the Clydsdale Harriers 5k road race, but the only PB came from “youngster” Chris Watson who just failed to break the 18 minute mark.

Results: Steven Campbell 16.33, David Tamburini 16.47, Mick McLoone 16.59, Andrew White 17.05, Chris Watson 18.00, Graham McGrattan 18.29, Robin McAuslan 20.12, Rhonda White 21.38.

#45 Greenock Park run 21/3/15

The sun shone at long last as Lorna Coyle came out on top at the 45th Esplanade parkrun with a time of 21.52. It was a good turnout from the Harriers with 17 taking part. There were 4 personal bests recorded including those from our youngest competitor Neve Austin and oldest Richard Hodelet, with John Carruthers and Robert Dolan also lowering their best time for the course.

Full results can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/greenock/results/eventhistory/

 Danny’s Duathlon 22/3/15

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14/03/15 Oulton Park Duathlon (World Championships Qualifier) Standard

Distance 8.6k-39k-2.7k

Race at Oulton Parkway Race Circuit

Kevan McCartney travelled to the Oulton Park Motor racing circuit with 300

others for his second and final qualifier at Standard Distance. Having a

little more confidence in his injured foot, Kevan went out hard and

maintained a 6.22min mile pace to produce a 35m run, once on the bike he

moved well through the field and produced a 1h 4minute cycle, averaging

around 23mph. Back on the run he produced a solid run at 6.18min mile pace

to finish time of 1:58:18. This resulted in 12th in his age group and

disappointingly 6th again in his Age group set. Kevan will need to wait and

see if he has done enough to qualify at this distance to represent Team GB

in Adelaide with a fastest finisher position, being outside the top four

counters.

Times R1 35:05 T1 :57 B 1:04:00 T2 1:07 R2 17:02 Total 1:58:18

http://www.xtramileevents.com/files/4414/2651/5398/OP_Spring_Du_results.xls

Photo Oulton Park Below

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Docherty Cup 14/3/15

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Stuart Crawford had a dream debut for Greenock Glenpark Harriers in their 10 mile road race when he lifted the Connie Gavin memorial trophy for finishing first in the conceding handicap competition.

It wasn’t until the last mile that Stuart finally hit the front when he overtook longtime leader David Carruthers, who at least had the satisfaction of a revenge win over his brother John.

Showing his class was Stephen Trainer, returning after a bout of flu, proved that he was fully recovered when he comfortably won the Docherty Cup for the fastest time, in a new course record of 51.59 minutes.

Behind him the race for the runners up spot was incredibly close, with Steven Campbell just edging it by a single second from Andrew White, with both athletes running extremely well at the moment in preparation for their upcoming marathons.

In the women’s race Rhonda White continued her dominance when she recorded a personal best to win the Wallach trophy for fastest lady ahead of Donna Clark and Marian Monk.

Proving that age is no barrier, Robert Wilson seems to have gone from strength to strength since he moved up to the over 60s category, when he took just over the hour mark, a time that puts him in the top ten in the UK for 10miles in his age group.

A special mention to Stuart Anderson, Stuart Austin, Gordon Hepburn, Gregor Alexander, Angeline Austin, and Ian Hanley who all took part in their first club race and showed plenty of potential in what is the Harriers longest event.

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In the Junior 1200m race Cameron Patton just had the extra speed at the finish to ease away from Jude Dolan while Kate Ferguson was fastest girl. Over 2500m nothing could separate under 13 girls Beth McKenna and Lucy McFarlane, with judges declaring it a dead heat. Under 13 Harry McGill broke away on the 2nd lap to win from Alan Mollins and Ewan Ferguson, with the top under 15 places going to Nicola Doohan and Ryan Brown.

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The Harriers would like to thank to Stewart McCartney and all the staff at the Spinnaker Hotel for race sponsorship and hospitality, and to Lesley Roberts of Rosie Jake Photography.

The Connie Gavin trophy was donated by Inverclyde downs syndrome support group in memory of Connie who was a member of the group and sadly no longer with us, this race was chosen as it’s the closest to world downs syndrome awareness day on the 21st March.

10Miles (scratch times): Stephen Trainer 51.59, Stephen Campbell 58.35, Andrew White 58.36, Paul Monaghan 58.48, Robert Dolan 60.57, Chris Watson 61.17, Robert Wilson 63.25, Graham McGrattan 64.35, Gordon Hepburn 66.15, Danny McLaughlin 66.51, Stuart Crawford 67.32, Duncan Anderson 67.55, Alan O’Rourke 68.30, Robin McAuslan 69.04, Colin Campbell 69.48, Stuart Anderson 70.19, Rhonda White 72.18, Gregor Alexander 73.50, Stuart Austin 73.59, David Carruthers 74.24, John Carruthers 74.57, Donna Clark 76.54, Stephen Smith 77.33, Paul Hegarty 77.42, Marian Monk 79.54, Liz McAuslan 79.56, Silke Loehndorf 82.20, Susan Clark 84.18,Kirstin Arthur 85.15, Fiona Cushnaghan 87.03, Simon Hutton 88.20, Angeline Austin 89.02,Ian Hanley 90.37,

Juniors 1200m: Cameron Patton 4.52, Jude Dolan 4.53, Kate Ferguson 6.31, 2500m: Harry McGill 10.04, Alan Mollins 10.14, Ryan Brown 10.34, Nicola Doohan 10.35, Ewan Ferguson 11.00, Beth McKenna 13.09, Lucy McFarlane 13.09,

Weekend Round-Up 8/3/15

Ballock to Clydebank ½ Marathon 8/3/15

Steven Campbell was in the form of his life to record a 2 minute PB to finish 6th at the B2C half Marathon. Also in the top 10 was Andrew Harkins with David Henderson a few places behind. Robert Wilson had another excellent performance that places him among the top Over 60s in the UK.

Results: Steven Campbell 74.40, Andrew Harkins 76.02, David Henderson 76.45, Andrew White 78.49, Chris Watson 83.57, Robert Dolan 84.40, Robert Wilson 86.11, Brian Harkins 88.56, Duncan Anderson 94.20, Rhonda White 97.32

07/03/15 Dambuster Duathlon (World Championships Qualifier and English National Championships) Standard Distance 10k-42k-5k

First of Many

 Kevan was nervous going into this Leicester race, his first race since November 1st 2014 due to a plantar fasciitis injury, which stopped him running for over three months. However it was a cold and windy race which favoured the token Scotsman amongst the English field all attempting to gain positions in the English national Championships and places in the GB team.

With niggles remaining, Kevan was less than confident going into this race with 400 hundred competitors.  Luckily his foot held together as he ran the first 10k in 41.31 which seen him finish 107th overall, once on the bike he quickly moved through the pack regaining over 40 places on the rolling route in a time of 1:15:31. Back on the run he just about held this position with a 19:43 narrowly loosing one place to a faster runner at the turn. This seen him finish 11th in his age group and 6th in his Qualification set. With an overall time of 2:18:21 Kevan didn’t qualify this time; however he will try again next weekend near Chester.

Times R1 41:31 T1 55 B 1:15:31 T2 :41 R2 19:43 Total 2:18:21

http://www.pacesetterevents.com/dambuster-duathlon-live.php

Kevan at Dambuster

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Jack Crawford 10k 7/3/15

In wet and windy conditions Robin McAuslan was the clubs top finisher at the Springburn Harriers 10k road race, but best result of the day came from Simon Hutton whos hard work in training was rewarded with a PB.

Results: Robin McAuslan 43.17, Liz McAuslan 49.21, Simon Hutton 51.51, Susan Clark 52.47.

#43 Greenock Park Run 7/3/15

It was a Glenpark 1,2,3, at a wet, windy, and cold Esplanade. Andrew Osborne was a clear winner in 18.20, followed by David Henderson and Ross McDonald who crossed the line together. Full results can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/greenock/results/eventhistory/

National Schools Cross Country – 7/3/15

At a windswept Irvine Beach park, there was a marked improvement in the Junior boys performance compared to just last month at Falkirk. The hard work put in by the youngsters over the last few weeks has seen a big gains in their endurance and speed. Top finisher was Harry McGill in 25th position, but not too far behind came Alan Mollins, and Sean Fischer Keogh, who were locked together. Ryan Brown in the older age group was also running with more confidence to round up an encouraging day for the youngsters. The only disappointment came from Nathan Robinson, after challenging with the leading pack early was forced to pull out with a recurring injury.

Willow Bowl 7.5mile Trail 28th Feb 2015

Robert Bowled Over

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Robert Dolan claimed the top prize in Greenock Glenpark Harriers Willow Bowl race when 29 athletes braved the winter conditions around the Greenock Cut. The challenge of the trail race was made all the tougher with freezing winds and heavy rain blasting in to the face of the runners.

Robert had set off with the 2nd last group and had the enormous task of chasing down the19 earlier starters and at the same time to hold off the fast pack of quality runners which included Steven Campbell and Kevin O’Donoghue, members of the team that took 10th place at the National XC championships the previous week.

In relentless pursuit Robert pulled them back one by one until the last mile of the 7½ mile race when he finally hit the front, and with renewed confidence he pushed on for a deserved victory, with his closest challenger Chris Watson, just under 1 minute behind.

Quickest time of the day was recorded by Steven Campbell who was pushed close by Kevin O’Donoghue and Paul Monaghan. Fastest lady was Rhonda White, and in an identical result from last week she was followed by Lorna Coyle then Liz McAuslan.

The most keenly fought contest was between brothers John and David Carruthers who both had started off together, but it was John who was to be rewarded with the win in their personal duel after he made the early break on the long climb just after the start and held on for a 100metre lead at the finish.

In the veteran categories the top men were Andrew White, Graham McGrattan and Robert Wilson in the over 40, 50, and 60 age groups respectively. A special thanks to all the volunteers on the day who had the more difficult task of timekeeping and stewarding on the exposed hillside.

Results (scratch times in brackets): R.Dolan jr 64.07 (52.07) C.Watson 64.56 (52.56) K.O’Donoghue 65.48 (48.48) K.Gill 66.11 (61.11) P.Monaghan 66.21 (49.21) R.Wilson Sr 66.34 (54.34) G. McGrattan 66.38 (54.38) A.Osborne 66.45 (49.45) C.Campbell 66.50 (59.20) R.McAuslan 67.04 (59.34) A.O’Rourke 67.17 (56.47) K.Pryde 67.21 (59.51) G.Alexander 67.49 (61.49) J.Carruthers 67.53 (64.53) D.McLaughlin 67.58 (55.58) R.White 68.12 (62.12) D.Carruthers 68.18 (65.18) S.Campbell 68.29 (48.29) A.White 68.56 (51.56) S.Loehndorf 69.02 (69.02) L.McAuslan 69.26 (66.26) F.McMahon 69.39 (64.39) S.Hutton 69.51 (69.51) S.Crawford 70.04 (59.34) A.MacLean 70.08 (59.38) L.Coyle 70.39 (64.39) S.Austin 71.45 (65.45) S.Clark 72.34 (71.34) R.Slater 74.02 (63.32)

National XC Championships 22/2/15

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Greenock Glenpark Harriers came away delighted after achieving their top ten target at the National cross country championships in brutal conditions at Falkirk’s Callender Park.

It was their strength in depth that was apparent with their top 8 men all grouping well at the finish in the bitterly cold conditions, and constant rain, with underfoot conditions resembling a sea of mud after having been earlier churned up by the 9 previous races, which only got progressively worse as 600 senior men battled around 3 laps of the hilly course.

The result was extremely pleasing after the major blow of losing Stephen Trainer to flu, in the lead-up to the race, but they weren’t to be denied with the whole team raising their level of performance to secure 10th.

Shaun Lyon typified the determination in the squad, although a doubt from starting as he had been struggling with injury for the previous few months and had only run 10 miles in the last week, he put club before self, and delivered a stunning run to lead the men home, and with Andrew Harkins, David Henderson, Steven Campbell, David Tamburini and Kevin O’Donoghue all close behind they headed Bellahouston Harriers to again finish the top team in the County.

Another positive result was that of the veterans, demonstrating the Greenock clubs quality over all the age groups with Robert Wilson 3rd fastest over 60, Michael McLoone repeating that in the over 50s. Andrew White and Graham McGrattan also having top 10 finishes in the O45s and O55s.

Rhonda White was leading Glenpark woman, but her club mates Lorna Coyle and Liz McAuslan followed her close behind as all 3 produced very respectable times over 2 laps of the testing course.

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There was encouragement from the Junior boys, who are starting to show gradual improvement, with all producing speedy finishes, but with a little more work on their endurance will see even better results in the season ahead. Ryan Brown was top under 15 with Harry McGill quickest under 13.

Results: Men 12km: Shaun Lyon 43.29, Andrew Harkins 44.22, David Henderson 45.16, Steven Campbell 45.21, David Tamburini 46.40, Kevin O’Donoghue 47.07, Michael McLoone 47.13, Andrew White 47.50, Graham McGrattan 52.47, Robert Wilson 53.43, Alan O’Rourke 54.51, Mick Harrington 57.16, Kevin Gill 61.30, Jeremy Deveney 63.16

Women 8km: Rhonda White 37.51, Lorna Coyle 38.11, Liz McAuslan 39.50

U15 Boys 4km: Ryan Brown 16.50, Jonathan Slater 17.31

U13 Boys 3.2km: Harry McGill 13.01, Alan Mollins 13.58, Ewan Ferguson 14.53

14/2/15 Greenock Parkrun #40

Steven Campbell recorded his 7th win at the weekly run in his 9th appearance. And it was large turnout from the Harriers with 19 in attendance from the 64 entrants’. There were just 2 personal best’s from Andrew Osborne in 4th place with a 12 second improvement to take him down to 17.34 and youngster Nathan Harkins who went 8 seconds quicker. Full results and race history can be found at : http://www.parkrun.org.uk/greenock/results/eventhistory/

1/2/15 Renfrewshire Road Race Championships – Battery Park, Greenock

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The Harriers Men completed the Renfrewshire treble by taking the County Road Race Championship to add to their Cross Country and Relay titles. On a bitterly cold day at the Battery Park, Stephen Trainer, David Tamburini, Andrew Harkins, David Henderson, Steven Campbell, and Shaun Lyon comfortably took the title for the third year in four, with another strong performance.

It was success too for the veterans with Steven Campbell and David Tamburini taking Gold and Bronze in the over 40s category, and Robert Wilson adding County Gold to his National Bronze won the previous day.

Rhonda White in a personal best led the Glenpark women who packed well to take 5th in the team competition.

There was very close competition among the boys with just 24 seconds separating all 4 youngsters in the under 11s one mile race with Jude Dolan recording the quickest time, and even closer in the 2 mile distance with Harry McGill edging out Ryan Brown and Alan Mollins.

5mile: Stephen Trainer 24.53, Andrew Harkins  26.51, Shaun Lyon 27.11, Steven Campbell 27.36, David Henderson 27.39, David Tamburini 28.13, Andrew White 28.15, Robert Dolan 30.36, Daniel McLaughlin 31.55, Robert Wilson 32.18, Brian McCluskey 32.33, Alan O’ Rourke 32.55, Ross Slater 33.11, Robin McAuslan 35.12, Rhonda White 35.19, Donna Clark 36.06, John Carruthers 36.36, Marian Monk 37.29, Grace Campbell 44.17, Angela Hill 47.13,

Junior results U11s 1mile: Jude Dolan 7.05, Nathan Harkins 7.15, Blair Harkins 7.22, Jack Nelson 7.29, Olivia Trainer 10.07, Josephine Young 10.40. Under 13s 2miles: Harry McGill 12.26, Alan Mollins 12.48, Cameron Patton 14.04 Under 15s 2 mile: Ryan Brown 12.34

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Scottish Masters National Cross Country Championships 31/1/15

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Glenparks Veteran men claimed a brace of medals with a very strong display at Kilmarnock in the National cross country Championships. First on the podium to collect his bronze medal in the over 60s category was Robert Wilson, followed by the men’s team of Steven Campbell, Mick McLoone, Andrew White and Paul Monaghan who also took bronze.

The women also put up a very strong showing with Lorna Coyle just out of the medals in 4th in her age group, and the women taking 6th place, very commendable in a National Championship competition.

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5mile XC: Steven Campbell 31.10, Mick McLoone 32.32, Andrew White 32.42, Paul Monaghan 32.49, Robert Wilson 36.57, Graham McGrattan 38.22, Alan O’Rourke 38.56, Kevin Gill 42.57

4mile XC: Lorna Coyle 30.26, Rhonda White 30.52, Liz McAuslan 33.01, Susan Clark 35.58

#38 Greenock ParkRun 31/1/15

14 Glenparkers’ gathered on the Esplanade for the weekly 5km race up and down the promenade, and as happened so often in the past, it was Chris Watson who was the first back in Glenpark colours to finish in 4th in 20.04 with Danny McLaughlin just 20 seconds behind in 5th. It was good to see all our over 70s out competing, with Richard Hodelet coming out on top from Tommy Knight and Jim Sheridan. Full results for this and every Parkrun can be found here:

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/greenock/results/eventhistory/.

24/1/15 South of England XC Championships – Brighton

Stephen Trainer running in the 15km South of England Championships finished in 25th position to help his English club Belgrave Harriers to team silver.

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14 Harriers took part in the latest 5km run on the Esplanade with Chris Watson the top finisher in 3rd with a time of 18.51. There were 2 PBs recorded from veterans Kenny Scott and Robert Dolan

25/1/15 Scottish Vets Road Relay Race

Mick McLoone had run of the day in the 3.8mile road relay at Strathclyde Park. His time of 20.55 was 3rd fastest in his age category as the team of Graham McGrattan, Danny McLaughlin, and Robin McAuslan took 6th place in the over 50s. David Tamburini is also looking to be in good form with the 12th quickest time in the over 35s.

The Glenpark Ladies also put in a good performance to finish in 12th, with just 2 seconds separating Liz McAuslan and Marian Monk.

David Tamburini 20.28, Mick McLoone 20.55, Graham McGrattan 23.45, Danny McLaughlin 23.47, Robin McAuslan 25.16 Liz McAuslan 28.09, Marian Monk 28.11, Kirstin Arthur 30.57

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Senior /Junior Men Inter District Edinburgh 10th January 2015

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Stephen Trainer’s  had his best race of the winter with an impressive run at the Interdistrict cross country at Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park. Representing the West of Scotland he finished 23rd in the high quality field as he competed over the 8km course which had long stretches of ankle deep mud ,  recording a time of 28.51, taking a number of notable scalps in the process.

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It was a good day for the sprinters at the indoor arena in Motherwell, as three of our young athletes made their debuts for the Harriers. Overcoming their understandable nerves, the girls all performed creditably against their more experienced opponents. Scott McCluckie’s hard work in training paid off with a PB in the 60m dash, although a long delay prior to the start of the 100m affected his performance over the longer distance. Mark Magee lacking race practice delivered two steady sprints and set a platform to build on for the rest of the season.

(Results 100m / 60m): Scott McCluckie 12.33/7.77: Mark Magee 13.20/8.21: Katy Stirling 14.93/9.33: Cassie O’Neill 15.42/9.59: Claire Steele 16.56/10.07

#36 Greenock Parkrun 10/1/15

11 Harriers braved the wintry conditions on Greenock Esplanade, and with a strong cold wind blasting the runners it was no surprise that there were no PBs recorded from any of the competitors in the 36th running of the event. Harriers David Henderson and Paul Monaghan secured the top 2 places with Chris Watson in 5th.

Results: David Henderson 18.50, Paul Monaghan 19.24, Chris Watson 21.09, Danny McLaughlin 21.37, Stewart Anderson 21.45, Robin McAuslan 21.59, Jim Cuffe 22.46, Gregor Alexander 23.22, John Carruthers 24.26, Liz McAuslan 24.56, Robert Dolan 25.41.

Harris Trophy Race 3/1/15

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Stephen Trainer was a runaway winner in Greenock Glenpark Harriers 1st race of 2015. In perfect weather for racing he coasted around four laps of the Coves reservoirs to set a new course record to easily win the Harris Trophy.

Behind him it was a battle of the vets with only 30 seconds separating Steven Campbell, Paul Monaghan and Andrew White, with Steven eventually pulling clear to come out on top.

Rhonda White continued her run of good form, yet again setting a personal best, to win the ladies race ahead of Lorna Coyle and Marian Monk, the win puts her into the lead in the club championship for the first time this season.

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In a very close handicap competition Paul Beaton claimed the Russell trophy by just a few seconds from Silke Loehndorf.

With the juniors and seniors starting together but doing a different number of laps, this is one of the few chances where the youngsters get the chance to put one over their older club-mates, and they certainly took the opportunity leaving many trailing behind them. Over one lap a fit again Harry McGill was first back ahead of the improving Alan Mollins and Ryan Brown, with Zoe Renfrew clear in the girls’ race.

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Thanks to race sponsors WB Smith Trees &Turf Ltd of Kilbarchan, and to all the volunteers who helped with the successful event.

Results – 5.5miles: Stephen Trainer 29.39, Steven Campbell 33.00, Paul Monaghan 33.15, Andrew White 33.30, David Henderson 34.44, Paul Beaton 35.34, Chris Watson 36.38, Brian Harkins 36.47, Thomas Loehndorf 37.17, Robert Dolan 37.24, Robert Wilson 37.37, Alan O’Rourke 38.41, Ross Slater 38.58, Ross Nielson 39.14, Danny McLaughlin 40.05, Colin Campbell 40.25, Kenny Pryde 40.43, Robert Mitchell 41.15, Rhonda White 42.00, Lorna Coyle 42.54, Kevin Gill 43.41, Marian Monk 45.03, Liz McAuslan 45.21, Frank McMahon 45.02, John Carruthers 46.33, David Carruthers 47.02, Silke Loehndorf 47.43, Ernie Currie 49.00, Simon Hutton 51.00, Lisa Ruddy 52.40, Fiona Cushnaghan 52.40, Robin McAuslan DNF.

3 miles: Nicola Doohan 22.01, Jonathan Slater    22.35

1.5 miles: Harry McGill   9.30, Alan Mollins 10.09, Ryan Brown 10.36, Connor Black 10.40, Zoe Renfrew 10.42, Blair Harkins 10.46, Jack McDaid 10.56, Ewan Ferguson 11.00, Jude Dolan 11.05, Alex Wiseman 11.13, Sean Hegarty 13.54, Rebecca Harkins 14.03.

0.5 miles: Ruth Calderwood 3.14, Kate Ferguson 3.24,

Indoors 3000m Emirates Arena 3/1/15

In the milers meet at the Emirates Stadium, Shaun Lyon ran his first PB on the track for 2years with an excellent 9.10 minutes for 3000 metres. Veteran David Tamburini was well clear in his heat running an even paced race to win in 9.43 minutes.

#35 Greenock Parkrun 3/1/15

With the club race at the Coves Reservoirs later in the day there were only 3 Harriers taking part in the weekly run along the Esplanade; Brian McCluskey 19.50, Stewart Anderson 21.00, and Romina Scott 38.42 volunteering as the tail runner.

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Steven Campbell started 2015 with a win on the New Year’s Day run along the Esplanade

Results: Steven Campbell 17.23, Brian McCluskey 19.44, Robin McAuslan 20.27, Alan O’Rourke 21.38, John Carruthers 25.38, Romina Scott 27.47

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Results: Stewart Anderson 20.56 Graham McGrattan 21.09, Gregor Alexander 21.18, David Carruthers 23.42, Jo McGrattan 26.00, Romina Scott 27.26

#32 Greenock Parkrun 25/12/14

19 Harriers took part in the Christmas morning park run, even though most were taking it less serious, there were 4 PBs recorded, from David Tamburini, Stewart Anderson, Simon Hutton and Silke Loehndorf. Stephen Trainer was leading Harrier in 3rd place in a time of 16.14

Full results history on the Greenock Park run can be found here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/greenock/results/eventhistory/

Wilson Trophy Race 20/12/14

Taxi driver Kevin Gill sped his way around the moors above Greenock in the Harriers conceding handicap race to claim the Wilson trophy. As he set about catching all those who started earlier and at the same time holding off the chasing pack he finally hit the front when he passed long-time leader Susan Clark in the final stretch to the finish line for his first victory.

The quickest man on the 4.5mile course was Shaun Lyon making this race all his own with the fastest time for the 4th year in a row in a new personal best time. Andrew Harkins was 2nd also with a PB, with veteran Steven Campbell taking the 3rd spot. Top in the other veteran categories were Robert Wilson (Over60) and Mick Harrington( Over 50).

It wasn’t just the men setting PBs as Rhonda White took over 3 minutes from her previous quickest time for the course to record the fastest women’s time of the day, comfortably clear of Lorna Coyle and Gillian Forrest.

Rebecca Harkins was set away first in the young athletes’ 1 mile handicap race and it was a lead she was to hold on to; with all the quicker boys chasing her down she held her nerve to run out a deserved winner with only her brother Blair coming close. Harry McGill had the quickest time just a few seconds off the course record with Cameron Paton just edging ahead of Ryan Brown. Ruth Calderwood had the quickest girls time.

Handicap: Rebecca Harkins 7.50, Blair Harkins 8.09, Cameron Paton 8.55, Harry McGill 8.56, Jack McDaid 9.05, Ewan Ferguson 9.15, Jude Dolan 9.23, Ryan Brown 9.30, Alan Mollins 9.38, Ruth Calderwood 9.39,

Scratch 1 mile: Harry McGill 5.26, Cameron Paton 5.55, Ryan Brown 6.00, Jack McDaid 6.05, Alan Mollins 6.08, Blair Harkins 6.09, Ewan Ferguson 6.15, Jude Dolan 6.23, Ruth Calderwood 7.26, Rebecca Harkins 7.50,

Handicap: K.Gill 42.50, S.Clark 43.04, R.White 43.23, R.Mitchell 43.53, L.McAuslan 44.00, R.McAuslan 44.12, M.Harrington 44.16, R.Slater 44.22, L.Coyle 44.33, K.Pryde 44.39, R.Wilson Sr 44.47, S.Loehndorf 45.10, R.Dolanjr 45.13, D.Roberts 45.19, G.Forrest 45.20, J.Carruthers 45.42, I.Higgins 45.44, C.Campbell 45.45, S.Lyon 45.53, S.Campbell 46.03, D.Anderson 46.06, A.Harkins 46.17, A.White 46.22, D.Clark 46.34, P.Monaghan 46.38, Y.Prager 47.07, A.O’Rourke 47.13, A.MacLean 48.36, D.McLaughlin 51.17,

Scratch 4.5miles: S.Lyon 26.23, A.Harkins 27.17, S.Campbell 27.33, P.Monaghan 28.38, A.White 28.52, R.Dolanjr 31.13, D.Roberts 31.19, R.WilsonSr 31.47, M.Harrington 32.16, D.Anderson 33.06, R.McAuslan 33.42, R.Mitchell 33.53, A.O’Rourke 34.13, R.Slater 34.22, K.Pryde 34.39, R.White 35.23, I.Higgins 35.44, C.Campbell 35.45, K.Gill 35.50, D.McLaughlin 36.17, L.Coyle 36.33, G.Forrest 37.20, A.MacLean 38.06, L.McAuslan 38.30, D.Clark 38.34, S.Clark 40.04, J.Carruthers 40.12, S.Loehndorf 42.10, Y.Prager 45.07,

Fulham Palace Park-Run 14/12/14

Robin and Liz McAuslan on hearing the Greenock Parkrun was cancelled due to ice, managed to get last minute flights to London and reached the start line with seconds to spare, and their efforts were rewarded as both recorded Personal Bests for the distance. Robin dipping under 20 minutes for the first time – 19.59 and Liz 23.07

West District Cross Country Championships 6/12/14

Glenpark’s Muddy Marvels

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Greenock Glenpark Harriers men produced a stunning team performance in the mud at Linwood when they took Bronze in the West District cross country championships. This was their best team result since 1989, when that successful squad included top internationalists Tommy Murray, Alan Puckrin and Hammy Cox; such is the quality required to medal at these championships.

This home grown squad had already shown their worth this season through their hard work and team spirit by taking the Renfrewshire County title, and it was this spirit again that was needed in the mud, wind and rain of Linwood. This team also included its own share of Internationalists with Stephen Trainer and more recently Andrew Harkins and Steven Campbell who gained the first National call ups for the Scottish Veterans team at the British & Irish Masters International at Nottingham.

For 4 laps these three along with Shaun Lyon, David Henderson, and David Tamburini battled the strength sapping conditions of relentless ankle deep mud, to earn their coveted medals, with all six finishing in the top 50 and Trainer leading the way in 7th.

But it wasn’t just these six, as there was also considerable strength in depth with Kevin O’Donoghue, Paul Monaghan and Andrew White also packing well behind them.

There was a bitter blow for the Veteran men who were level on points with Cambuslang Harriers for the Bronze but lost out on count back by a single place.

Last finisher for the Harriers was Danny McLaughlin returning to action after surgery, but still showing his longevity, although not quite as fast as when he was the 6th counter for the silver medal winning team 25 years ago.

The Glenpark Women also performed well taking 10th place overall and 6th in the veterans’ competition, but run of the day came from Lorna Coyle who was first back from the club and fastest over 55 in the race. There was also creditable performances from Gillian Forrest and Rhonda White who both made the top 10 in the over 40s category.

There were excellent runs from all the youngsters in particular Nicola Doohan who was the clubs highest finisher and there were big improvements from Ryan Brown, Beth McKenna, Christie Mulaghton and Megan Rodgers, with an encouraging return from Harry McGill after a long layoff. Special mention goes to Zoe Renfrew whose competitive spirit saw her run through the pain barrier, and doing extremely well to finish.

10km: Stephen Trainer 35:42, Shaun Lyon 37:51, Andrew Harkins 38:26, David Henderson 38:39, David Tamburini 39:33, Steven Campbell 39:37, Kevin O’Donoghue 40:21, Paul Monaghan 40:54, Andrew White 41:40, Duncan Anderson 46:11, Alan O’Rourke 46:29, Daniel McLaughlin 49:47,

6.4km: Lorna Coyle 31:31, Gillian Forrest 31:54, Rhonda White 32:09, Donna Clark 32:23, Marian Monk 32:44, Lisa Ruddy 35:39,

5km: Lauren Mulaghton 24:18,

4km: Nichola Doohan 16:59, Megan Rogers 18:46, Rachel Mulaghton 19:58, Ryan Brown 17:09,

3.2km: Beth McKenna 14:50, Zoe Renfrew 16:06, Harry McGill 12:56,

 Win on the Way

The West Highland Way Race took place on Saturday 21st June and for the first time a relay option was included which was aptly name Mid Summer Highland Relay. The relay race was divided in to 3 stages of the West Highland Way which started in Tyndrum and finished in Fort William. There were 32 teams entered for this inaugural race and Glenpark Harriers had one team competing, Andrew White, Paul Monaghan and Kevin O’Donoghue.

Andrew took on the first 17.5 mile leg from Tyndrum to Glencoe which by comparison to the other 2 legs was the flattest stage but with over 2000ft of ascent was still as challenging. The first check point was in Bridge of Orchy, 7 miles in to the race, and Andrew came through in the lead in 43 minutes but hot on his heels were 2 runners from Kilbarchan and Carnegie. After leaving  Bridge of Orchy there was a steep climb and technical terrain through Rannoch Moor and the lead changed a couple of times between the three in the leading group.  Andrew won his battle and came to the first handover point in 2.05.57, with a one and a half minute advantage over Carnegie with Kilbarchan coming in third.

Paul Monaghan took up the challenge for the second stage from Glencoe to Kinlochleven. In true Monaghan style Paul took off at a blistering pace covering the first mile in under five and a half minutes. Just after crossing the main road, Paul took a tumble but his gritty determination helped him conquer the Devils Staircase. The descent in to Kinlochleven is particularly steep and even Paul had to slow the pace down to avoid any incidents. The Carnegie harrier who was a minute and a half behind at the start of the leg made up some time on the descent. Paul was first to the change over point in 1.15.44, with the Carnegie runner just 5 seconds behind.  The challenging terrain proved tough for the Kilbarchan team who came in 22 minutes later in 3rd place.

Kevin O’Donoghue took up the reigns for the anchor leg to Fort William with the Carnegie team just behind.  Kevin, an expert on tough terrain, made his mark on the race and took off at the foot of the hill out of Kinlochleven, leaving the Carnegie runner in the distance. Kevin increased his lead over the 14.5 mile stretch, proving that despite some time out due to illness, his hard work in training is paying off. Coming off the final hill through the Braveheart carpark Kevin looked relaxed and had built up quite a lead over the 2nd placed team. Kevin reached the finish line at the Sports Centre to take the team title for this inaugural race in 1.44.42, a total time of 5.06.23, where he was greeted by his fellow teammates. The terrain proving a little tough for Carnegie saw them finish in 2nd place 10 minutes behind in 5.16.09 with a mixed team from Irvine taking the 3rd spot in 5.42.49. Kevin can now take some confidence in this win to The Devil O’ the Highlands Race in August.

The Glenpark club were also represented in the marshalling of the event with Silke Loehndorf and Yvonne Prager who were at 2 of the check points along the route.

GGH Ravenscraig 1500m 19/6/14

Henderson Returns with Win

It was a disappointing turnout at Ravenscraig on a perfect night for fast times as the early summer heat wave continued. But certainly not disappointed was Davie Henderson who marked his comeback from injury with a solid win. He along with Kevan McCartney ran steadily for the first 2 laps, before the pair steadyed themselves on the 3rd for a burn up over the final 300m. Despite his long layoff Davie found enough to run clear of Kevan  crossing the line 5.02, with Kevan a couple of seconds behind.

The diminutive Nicola Doohan was closely trailed by veteran Rhonda White until half way, but she couldn’t maintain the challenge as the youngster powered away to set a new personal best, with Rhonda dipping under the 6 minute mark.

Results: David Henderson 5.02, Kevan McCartney 5.04, Nicola Doohan 5.34, Rhonda White 5.56

Greenock Parkrun 14/6/14

David Tamburini and Rhonda White both claimed runners up spots in the 5th Greenock Park run along the Esplanade,  but for Graham McGrattan a PB is a PB even if it is by just 1 second which he achieved when finishing 6th overall.  Also setting a PB was Angela Hill but chopping almost 1/2 a minute from her previous best.

Results: David Tamburini 17.27, Chris Jones 18.01, Graham McGrattan 18.14, Robert Wilson jnr 18.54, Alan O’Rourke 21.25, Rhonda White 21.28, Ross McDonald 21.41, Chris Watson 21.45, Steven Watson 21.56, Jim Cuffe 22.07, Iain Rankin 27.49, Angela Hill 28.56, Jo McGrattan 37.57

Photos from John Bannister: https://www.flickr.com/photos/125359632@N02/

GGH Ravenscraig 800m 12/6/14

Scott’s Winning Step Up

The first of the Thursday evening time trials got underway in calm mild conditions at Ravenscraig Stadium.  Sprinter Scott McCluckie stepped up to the longer distance and produced an encouraging result for his debut over 800m. He was kept company by Nathan Robinson for the first lap, with both going through the bell in 65 seconds, but while Nathan tired Scott maintained his pace to set the fastest time by a Harrier this season.

The other seniors taking part were Kevan McCartney who crsossed the line in 3rd, Duncan Anderson who was run down by Shelby Morrison in the home straight and Robin McAuslan enjoying his first race on the track.

In the 2nd of the races Tom Forrest and Ryan Brown had a ding dong battle throughout the last 200m with Tom’s determination seeing him across the line first by a single stride. Beth McKenna also ran well to dip under the 3 minute mark.

Race 1: Scott McCluckie 2.11 Nathan Robinson 2.18, Kevan McCartney 2.28, Shelby Morrison 2.28, Duncan Anderson 2.30, Lauren Mulaghton 2.35, Robin McAuslan 2.40, Nicola Doohan 2.42, Mark Magee 2.48.

Race 2: Tom Forrest 2.47, Ryan Brown 2.47, Joshua Ruddy 2.53, Jack McDaid 2.56, Beth McKenna 2.56, Craig White 3.03, Rachel Mulaghton 3.05, Lisa Hanlon 3.20, Christie Mulaghton 3.39, Faith McGeachie 3.40

Polaroid 10K series May/June 2014

20 Greenock Glenpark Harriers had success when they took part in the recent 10k four race series held at Helensburgh, Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven.

Again the Glenpark men dominated in the Veteran categories with Steven Campbell, Mick McLoone and Robert Wilson claiming top places in the over 40, 50 and 60 categories respectively.

It was at Dumbarton where the club had their best success when led by Stephen Trainer in 5th place, they took the team prize with veteran Campbell in particular impressive finishing 11th overall from the 800 runners, closely followed by Andrew Harkins in 12thwith all 3 recording personal best times.

It wasn’t just these 3 that were at their best, as 14 of the Harriers all set their quickest times over the distance.  There was intense competition from the Glenpark women Rhonda White, Donna Clark and Lynne Rogers with just seconds separating the three of them.

(Fastest time in series) Stephen Trainer 31.27, Steven Campbell 33.37, Andrew Harkins 33.39, Mick McLoone 35.04, Paul Monaghan 35.06, Andrew White 35.24, David Tamburini 36.14, Andrew Osborne 36.27, Graham McGrattan 36.45, Kevin O’Donoghue 37.31, Kevan McCartney 37.56, Duncan Anderson 39.38 Brian McCluskey 39.41, Robert Wilson 40.10, Robert Wilson snr  41.01 Euan Leslie 42.37, Rhonda White 44.02, Donna Clark 44.33, Lynne Rogers 44.36, Kirstin Arthur 54.09.

Chisholm Mile Race 3/6/14

Ruddy Makes a Splash on Esplanade

Craig Ruddy stamped his class on Glenpark Harriers Chisholm Mile race along the Greenock Esplanade. The Inverclyde AC athlete ran alongside team-mate Jonathan Glen and the host club’s Stephen Trainer after the trio had broken clear of the rest of the field early in the race. Biding his time he stayed in the small group for ¾ of the distance before striking for home, and it was to prove decisive as neither could respond and he crossed the finish comfortably in front, with Jonathan holding off Stephen for the runners-up spot.

In the women’s race Nynke Mulholland came under a late challenge from Shelby Morrison, but Nynke’s strength was enough to hold off the fast finishing youngster.

The Glenpark veteran men are in outstanding form with over 40’s Steven Campbell, Paul Monaghan and Andrew White all running sub 5 minutes. Mick McLoone was just pipped by fellow veteran Internationalist Chris Upson for the top over 50 position with Graham McGrattan just a further 30metres behind.

IAC’s Ross Forbes was top junior edging out Luthais Arthur who was making his first appearance since last summer.

The popular race had 88 competitors taking part with many of the clubs from the West of Scotland represented, and it was a quality field with half the runners breaking 6minutes for the mile.

The Harriers would like to thank race sponsors Travis Perkins Builders Merchant of Bogston Lane Greenock, and all the volunteers on the evening especially the time keepers who had the difficult task of recording the hectic finish.

Results: Craig Ruddy 4.17, Jonathan Glen 4.22, Stephen Trainer 4.23, Callum Hunter 4.38, Shaun Gaffney 4.41, Andrew Harkins 4.42, Greg Hastie 4.43, Bruce Carse 4.45, Thomas McDonald 4.47, Ian Burns 4.48, Steven Campbell 4.49, Ross Forbes 4.53, Danny Ashworth 4.54, Luthais Arthur 4.55, Paul Monaghan 4.56, Andrew White 4.57, Nathan Robinson 4.58, David Tamburini 5.01, Chris Upson 5.02, Robert Rossborough 5.03, Chris Jones 5.04, Mick McLoone 5.05, Graham McGrattan 5.13, Cameron Watson 5.14, Nynke Mulholland 5.15, Brian Douglas 5.16, Shelby Morrison 5.22, Tony Quin 5.23, Brian McCluskey 5.27, Graeme Gemmill 5.28, John Gilhooly 5.29, Claire Thompson 5.32, Jennifer Lyne 5.33, Chris Watson 5.35, Duncan Anderson 5.36, Barney Gough 5.41, Ross Slater 5.43, Nuala McCheyne 5.44, Sammy Hearn 5.48, Harry McGill 5.49, Robert Peterson 5.50, Alan Mollins 5.51, Nicola Doohan 5.54, Cliona McCheyne 6.00, Andrew Winter 6.05, Nyah Gillan 6.06, Gillian Forrest 6.08, Ryan Brown 6.11, Jack McDaid 6.12, Colin Campbell 6.14, Gillian Carmichael 6.15, Clara Pollock 6.16, Nikki Walker 6.17, Ewan Ferguson 6.18, Rhonda White 6.19, Josh Love 6.19, Ross Davidson 6.22, Zoe Renfrew 6.23, Beth McKenna 6.25, Craig White 6.26, Donna Clark 6.28, Marion Monk 6.30, Lorna Coyle 6.32, Andrew McCluskey 6.35, Suzanne Boyle 6.35, Frank McMahon 6.37, Jude Dolan 6.39, Cassie O’Neil 6.40, Catriona Daisley 6.42, Nieve Docherty 6.44, Lisa Hanlon 6.49, Liz McAuslan 6.56, Ciaran Hogg 7.16, Jo McGrattan 7.40, Ruby McGill 7.46, John Magee 7.47, Abbie Logan 8.14, Olivia Trainer 8.15, Alison King 8.15, Alyshia Singleton 8.16, Abbi Noone 8.30, Tommy Knight 8.32, Dick Hodelet 8.58, Kate Ferguson 9.47, Hannah Nelson 10.32, Ruth Calderwood 10.35, Jim Sheridan 11.56, Claire Steele 11.59,

Results from Chisholm Mile Race

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Greenock Parkrun 31/5/14

Paul & Gillian 1st on the Splash

There was a big turnout out of 19 Harriers for the Greenock Parkrun, who made up a ¼ of the competitors for the third of the new weekly race. Warm summer weather greeted the 74 competitors for the early morning start on the Esplanade and there were victories for Paul Monaghan and Gillian Forrest, along with Personal Bests for 7 others. Also prominent was Veteran Graham McGrattan who was a clear third behind Inverclyde’s Graham Hyett. The Glenpark women made it a 1,2,3, with Donna Clark and Nikki Walker following close behind.

Results: Paul Monaghan 17:08, Graham McGrattan 18:31, Duncan Anderson 19:28, Phil Russell 19:44, Christopher Watson 19:51 Colin Campbell 20:27, Alan O’Rourke 20:43, Gillian Forrest 21:03, Donna Clark 21:49, Nikki Walker 21:59, Frank Mcmahon 22:51, John Carruthers 26:32, Jo McGrattan 26:53, Eeyin Rankin 28:29, Thomas Knight 29:01, Fiona O’Donnell 29:11, Richard Hodelet 30:03, Romina Scott 31:31, Jim Sheridan 36:16.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival Sunday 25th May 2014

Capital show from Harriers

There was a healthy turnout from the Harriers at the Edinburgh Marathon on a sunny but breezy day on the east coast. David Tamburini was the first Harrier to finish, just ahead of Andrew Osborne  while Robert Wilson recorded an excellent PB. Terry Wall was first lady home for the club in 3.59

Results David Tamburini 2.59.40, Andrew Osborne 3.00, Robert Wilson 3.09.57, Robert Adams 3.33, Terry Wall 3.59, Kevin Gill 4.10, Graham Adams 4.29, Kirstin Arthur 4.40

Mull of Kintyre 10k,  25th May 2014

GGH 1-2-3-4

It was great day for the Harriers as they travelled to Campletown and all placed well in their categories, with pride of place going to Lorna Coyle (pictured left) who won the over 50 women’s trophy.

Results: Kevan McCartney 38.38 (3rd o40), Robin McAuslan 44.03 (2nd o50), Lorna Coyle 44.47 (1st o50), Liz McAuslan 49.23 (4th o40)

West District T&F Championships 23rd/24th May 2014

Shelby’s Bronze & Silver

It was a successful weekend for Glenpark Juniors at the West District Track & Field Championships at the Ayrshire Arena at Kilmarnock.

In the middle distance events Shelby Morrison returned home with Silver in the 1500m on the Friday evening and then bronze in the 800m the following day. Her even pacing was the key especially in the 800m where she was in last place after going through the bell in 71 seconds and seemingly heading for disappointment. But while all in front tired considerably Shelby carried on with her pace relentlessly picking off her rivals one by one, before striding down the home straight in the bronze position covering the last lap in exactly same time. It was a carbon copy the night before, when she picked off 2 places in the home straight to grab silver in the 1500m equalling her PB in very blustery conditions.

Lauren Mulaghton was in good early season form to comfortably ease into the under 17s 800m final, and rounded off the day with another strong run to place 7th. Nicola Doohan missed out on qualification for the final by just a second, but the satisfaction from the improvement in her time far outweighed any disappointment. Youngest competitor Alan Mollins  competed well in his first major championship and will certainly improve as the season progresses.

In the sprint events Rachel McKenna in her first year as an under 20 was in excellent form in her first outdoor event of the season recorded two personal bests in the 100m and 200m Finals.

Chloe Hanlon despite a poor start from the blocks in the under 15 girls 200m recovered well to set a new best. The following day she claimed second place in a very tight finish in her heat to proceed to the final. The final was another tense affair, with Chloe and 2 other athletes dipping at the line for the bronze medal position. After an agonising wait on the official results she was to miss out on a medal by a tenth of a second, but with the consolation of yet another PB.

Scott McCluckie’s championships came to an unfortunate end in the 200m, after a very promising opening start, coming off the bend in contention he pulled out with a hamstring injury.

Shaun Lyon was the only Glenpark senior taking part was pleased to set a season’s best with a big improvement in his 1500m time since his last outing in April.

Results:

100m/200m: Chloe Hanlon 13.43, 13.39/27.86, Rachel McKenna 14.39/29.83

800m: Lauren Mulaghton 2.33, 2.37, Shelby Morrison 2.32, 2.22, Nicola Doohan 2.36, Alan Mollins 2.47

1500m: Shaun Lyon 4.19, Shelby Morrison 4.55.

Greenock Park Run 24th May 2014

At the Greenock Parkrun on the Esplanade 14 Harriers competed in the 5k race. Paul Monaghan was top finisher in 2nd place 100 metres behind Inverclyde ACs Sean Gaffney.

Results: Paul Monaghan 17.17 Michael McLoone 18.00, Graham McGrattan 18.22, Brian McCluskey 19.37, Alan O’Rourke 20.53, Jim Cuffe 21.09, David Carruthers 23.46, Frank McMahon 24.22, Katie McAuslan 25.48, Robin McAuslan 25.48, Iain Rankin 27.19, Fiona O’Donnell 30.04, Richard Hodelet 30.47, Liz McAuslan 39.24

Clydebank 10K, 22nd May 2014

Andrew Harkins was delighted with a massive personal best at the Clydebank 10k. In the second of the Polaroid four race series he slashed over a minute from his previous quickest performance. Mick McLoone was 2nd place again in the over 50s category, while Robert Wilson matched that in the over 60s category. Personal bests came thick and fast with Andrew White, Kevan McCartney and Duncan Anderson all lowering their times for the distance. Rhonda White was quickest women from the Greenock club but there was little to separate her, from Donna Clark and Lynne Rogers.

10k Results: Andrew Harkins 33.45, Mick McLoone 35.29, Andrew White 35.45, Kevin O’Donoghue 37.31, Kevan McCartney 37.56, Duncan Anderson 39.38, Brian McCluskey 40.06, Robert Wilson 41.01, Euan Leslie 42.37, Rhonda White 44.24, Donna Clark 44.33, Lynne Rogers 44.36,

Weekend Round-Up 18th May 2014

Helensburgh 10K, 15th May 2014

The night following the Cornalees Hill race Andrew and Rhonda White had recovered sufficiently to both record personal best times at the Helensburgh 10k, the first of the Polaroid 4 race series. Mick McLoone also ran well to take 2nd place in the over 50s category.

10k Results: Andrew White 35.50, Mick McLoone 36.09, Andrew Osborne 37.14, Kevan McCartney 38.19, Brian McCluskey 40.10, Rhonda White 44.15

Greenock Park Run 17th May 2014

At Greenock’s inaugural weekly Parkrun along the Esplanade Steven Campbell took the honours winning the 5km race in 16.53. A total of a 13 Harriers took part in the race which will be held every Saturday morning at 9.30am

Results: Steven Campbell 16.53, Graham McGrattan 18.15, Jim Cuffe 20.54, Alan O’Rourke 21.10, Lorna Coyle 21.54, Lynne Rogers 22.13, Stephen McDade 23.10, Liz McAuslan 23.11, Ernie Currie 23.23, Grace Harrison 27.08, Richard Hodelet 31.16, Thomas Knight 31.16, Jim Sheridan 37.37.

Strathclyde Park Triathlon 18th May 2014

At Strathclyde Country Park Gillian and Scott Forrest completed the Olympic standard distance triathlon. At the venue for the upcoming Commonwealth Games course both covered the course in 2hours 15 minutes, with the splits being 36.38 for the 1500m open water swim, 1:24:58 for the 38km cycle and rounding off with 48.05 minutes in the 10km run.

Commonwealth Games Quad T&F meeting 18th May 2014

There were some fine performance at the 2nd of the 4 track & field meetings at Ravenscraig stadium. All the competitors took part in the High Jump, Turbo Javelin, 200/150m sprint and 800m finishing with a 4x100m relay. Alan Mollins had the biggest personal best of the day slicing 16 seconds off his 800m.

The 8 young Harriers taking part were Jude Dolan,  Catriona Daisley, Harry McGill, Zoe Renfrew, Jack McDaid Alan Mollins, Chloe Hanlon, and Shelby Morrison,

Great Manchester 10K run 18th May 2014

Kimberley Stevenson travelled south to compete in the Great Manchester 10k, and successfully completed the course in just over an hour in the scorching conditions.

Cornalees Hill race 14/5/14

Young Lucy looking strong on the climb up to the Cut

Shelby Leads with Nicola close on her heels

 

Lyon’s “Mist” Opportunity

Greenock Glenpark Harrier Steven Campbell claimed his first if unexpected win in this season’s club Championship. Following two previous second places he emerged in front after leaving it late, coming from 3rd with a late surge to take the Cornalees trophy.

Weather conditions were to play a major factor in the Harriers 5mile Cornalees Hill race, after they worsened dramatically in the hours before the race. There was perfect conditions earlier on, but as race time approached the cloud level dropped significantly reducing visibility on the hillside down to just a few yards, which was to cause a number of the runners to lose their way.

Shaun Lyon had started strongest building up a large lead reaching the cairn at the 1000 foot summit above Cornalees, in front of the on-form Paul Monaghan, who was in turn well clear of the closely packed quartet of Steven Campbell, Andrew White, Mick McLoone and Chris Jones.

But at the turn Shaun became disorientated, he took a wrong bearing which was to prove costly, resulting in him eventually covering an extra mile.

Paul Monaghan unaware that he was now in the lead, charged downhill through the mist, but behind him Steven Campbell was relentless in his pursuit, finally closing him down with a ½ mile to go, to snatch an unexpected victory.

Rhonda White the Harriers leading woman at the moment continued her dominance and despite the conditions she set a new Glenpark women’s record by 90 seconds.  Behind her Gillian Forrest, Nikki Walker and Donna Clark reached the turn together, but it was Gillian who was to take the runners up spot with the quickest descent.

Shelby Morrison became the first girl to be outright winner of the Junior hill race, which follows the track from Woodstock Road up on to the Cut. She cruised effortlessly up the steep muddy climb holding off her nearest challenger Nicola Doohan who had kept close on her heels, but just couldn’t narrow the small gap.

Alan Mollins was first boy, but he had to survive a late challenge from the trio of Jack McDaid, Ewan Ferguson and Connor Black who were closing him down in a chase to the finish line.

Thanks to the many volunteers on the night for providing another successful event.

Senior 5mile race: Steven Campbell 36.03 Paul Monaghan 36.18 Mick McLoone 37.13 Andrew White 37.32 Chris Jones 37.49 Shaun Lyon 43.18 Danny McLaughlin 43.23 Kenny Pryde 43.54 Colin Campbell 43.55 Rhonda White 44.18 Ross Neilson 45.49 Gillian Forrest 52.41 Nikki Walker 52.57 Donna Clark 54.07 Kevin Gill 58.37

Junior ½ mile race: Shelby Morrison 3.11 Nicola Doohan  3.13 Alan Mollins 3.22 Jack McDaid 3.29 Ewan Ferguson 3.32 Connor Black 3.34 Zoe Renfrew 3.46  Ryan Brown 3.52 Craig White 3.59 Jude Dolan 3.59 Mia Forrest 4.06 Lucy McFarlane 4.20 Beth McKenna 4.25 Olivia Steele 4.25 Brooke Gallacher 4.53 Francesca McKay 5.19 Hannah Nelson 6.22

Kintyre Way Ultra Marathon 11/5/14

AWAY WITH THE FAIRIES!!!

The L team: Liz, Lorna and Lynne

Once upon a time…..three little Glenpark fairies from Gourock headed across the sea for a great adventure. Lynne, Liz and Lorna, one ‘L of a team, fluttered in to Tayinloan to share their fairy magic with runners taking part in the Kintyre Way Ultra Marathon.

Being only little fairies they decided to split up and cover the 35 miles in a relay. Lynne mingled quietly with the other runners at the start, before flapping her wings and setting off on the first leg that was to cover the 15.5 miles to Carradale on the opposite side of the peninsula. A solid 7.5 mile stretch almost straight from the start set the tone, going up and up, and up and, towards a land far away.  The next few miles were almost unbearable over the now undulating route. Lynne could have been forgiven for wanting to just fly to the finish, but remembering the fairy code she gritted her teeth and battled on to the finish, keeping the Glenpark girls up in 3rd place at the changeover.

Despite the agony at the final set of steps, Lynne was able to flap her fairy wings once more, and with that she could momentarily forget how tough the run had been, allowing her encourage her fairy teammates with stories of how wondrous the journey had been.

Lynne passed the magic dibber on to Liz to run the shortest of the 3 legs, 6 miles from Carradale to Ifferdale. Liz was the fairy who was most comfortable with dipping her toes in water, which was just as well as the early part of the route took her along rocky beaches and narrow cliffs. After skipping delicately through this first mile, Liz soared up the hills so high and through the forest of blackness before the sharp descent towards the finish, with a sprint along the farm track with her customary fairy smile to hand over to Lorna. Liz had run the 2nd leg in the quickest time of all the runners, and moved the team up to second, and first all ladies team.

Poor fairy Lorna set off in anticipation of what was to come, having trained on the hills just a few weeks before. Again there was a long uphill section to begin with, so long and so tough it was impossible to believe in the Land of Make Believe. Miles 7 – 10 of the 14 mile section were long and desolate, but Lorna must have had a Buck’s Fizz for breakfast, because the belief soon returned. With most of the last 3 miles downhill Lorna started picking the pace up. Former West Highland Way race winner Les Hill, running the full race, could be seen about half a mile ahead, but was surely out of reach. Not for our fairies; Lorna pulled him in and passed him with a mile still to go, before galloping on to the finish where she was reunited with her fairy pals, finishing 1st Ladies Relay Team and 2nd overall.

Times;

Lynne Rogers   15.5 miles  2hrs 41mins

Liz McAusaln       6   miles   1hr   07mins

Lorna Coyle        14 miles    2hrs 07mins

Weekend Round-Up 11/5/14

At the weekly parkruns Mick McLoone made a rare outing to Pollok where he finished 7th in a time of 17.43. Across the city at the inaugural Springburn parkrun Graham McGrattan covered the 5km course in 18.34 to finish 10th, while his daughter Jo was 17th lady in a time of 28.56.

In the BUPA Great Women’s 10k there were 5 Harriers competing, with the best of the crop being Suzanne Coyle finishing 64th from over 6000 runners taking part.

Results: Suzanne Coyle 44.48, Terry Wall 49.04, Pauline McCluskey 68.16, Kimberley Stevenson 69.54, Elaine Balzan 71.25

Troon 10k 7/5/14

Top Ten for Shaun & Andrew

Shaun and Andrew stride along Troon Promenade

The first big race in the 10k season got underway in the typical windy conditions of Troon seafront. The Harriers men were once again high up in the leading pack with Shaun Lyon and Andrew Harkins particularly impressive taking 3rd and 7thplace.

Even in the difficult conditions there were 2 PBs recorded on the night from Donna Clark and Lisa Ruddy. Kimberley Stevenson also gained a season’s best, by improving by 8 minutes on her Dublin 10k last month.

The race was won by Shettleston Harriers Michael Deason in 32.18

Shaun Lyon 33.56, Andrew Harkins 35.22, Donna Clark 44.15, James Campbell 54.51, Kimberley Stevenson 68.12

Willie Jukes Races 3/5/14

Stephen’s 5 in a Row

Greenock Glenpark Harriers once again travelled in large numbers to Dunoon for their annual Willie Jukes Road race. In what is the clubs largest family day outing, there was 70 competitors and dozens of family and friends along supporting.

In the main event, the 5 mile out and back race to Inellan, Stephen Trainer winner on the last 4 occasions showed his intent by immediately hitting the front. Full of confidence after setting a personal best on the track at the National 10000m championships last week, he pushed on and was soon clear of the field.

His win was never in doubt, but behind him an intense battle was taking place for the runners up spot, in which Shaun Lyon was to eventually claim, no doubt benefitting from his sharpness from his midweek 1500m win at Linwood. Andrew Harkins well and truly recovered from injury was delighted with his 3rd place ahead of Inverclyde’s Shaun Gaffney who reversed last week’s result with club mate Neil McLaughlin. The pair were separated by veterans Steven Campbell and Paul Monaghan.

Into strong winds on the way out quick times weren’t expected, but with the wind at their backs on the return, the leading men  all showed they are running exceptionally well with some stunning times, with all 7 of the top finishing Harriers recording their quickest times on the course. Most notable is the high standard of the Veteran men with four going under 29 minutes.

The women’s race was a much closer affair with just over 30 seconds separating Rhonda White, Donna Clark and Gillian Forrest.  Rhonda eased away gradually from the pair and running relaxed was never put under too much pressure. Behind her Donna and Gillian were continually swapping places; that was until the last mile when Donna finally got the upper hand and she then began to make inroads on Rhonda’s lead. But Rhonda had done enough in the early stages to win by a clear 100metres.

The winner of the Kirkwood cup in the closely fought handicap competition was Andrew White

Dunoon boy Nathan Robinson retained his 1mile title in impressive style, winning in a new personal best from Harry McGill and another local Alan Mollins, who was quicker by ½ a minute on last year. In the girls’ race Shelby Morrison continued her dominance in this event with her 3rd win in successive years, with Nicola Doohan and Mia Forrest following closely behind for the medal positions.

It was a satisfying day for the Glenpark coaches who saw 10 of the young athletes all record new bests for the race, with biggest improvement coming from Lisa Hanlon and Catriona Daisley.

The most competitive race came in the under 11s 200m dash, where it took a photo finish to separate Bradley McLees from Aeden Monaghan and Jack Singleton. Ashlin Monaghan was pushed equally as close in the girls’ race by Emma Henderson.

The Harriers would like to thank all those responsible for a hugely successful day, all the volunteers, the race sponsors Inverclyde Leisure, all the staff at Argyll Ferries, Dunoon Riverside pool, and to the Brewery bar for their hospitality.

5 Mile race results

Stephen Trainer 25.30, Shaun Lyon 26.31, Andrew Harkins 27.14, Sean Gaffney 27.23, Steven Campbell 27.35, Paul Monaghan 27.43, Neil McLaughlin 27.52, Andrew White 28.17, Mick McLoone 28.43, Chris Watson 30.15, Graham McGrattan 30.36, Danny McLaughlin 31.34, Duncan Anderson 31.55, Ross Slater 32.24, Colin Campbell 33.45, Alan O’Rourke 34.11, Robin McAuslan 34.38, Rhonda White 34.57, Donna Clark 35.16, Robert Mitchell 35.17, Gillian Forrest 35.34, Lorna Coyle 36.37, Susan Slater 37.40, Liz McAuslan 38.56, Katie McAuslan 42.03, Lisa Ruddy 43.31, Susan Clark 43.36, Stephen McDade 46.33, Angela Hill 46.55, John Carruthers 49.08, Tommy Knight 51.45

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200 metre  Under 11 race results

Bradley McLees 36 seconds, Aedan Monaghan 36, Jack Singleton 37, Ashlin Monaghan 38, Emma Henderson 39, Aaron Harkins 40, Carly Lauffer 41, Kate Ferguson 42, Sophie Campbell 43, Quinn Heggarty 44, Ruari Trainer 54, Amie Campbell 62, Eden Heggarty 63, William Lauffer 71.

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1 Mile race results

Nathan Robinson 5.22, Shelby Morrison 5.50, Harry McGill 6.06, Nicola Doohan 6.08, Alan Mollins 6.11, Tom Forrest 6.12, Ewan Ferguson 6.15, Jack McDaid 6.22, Mia Forrest 6.39, Beth McKenna 6.42, Jonathan Slater 6.43, Zoe Renfrew 6.44, Emily Pugh 6.46, Craig White 6.49, Jude Dolan 6.53, Sarah Pugh 7.01, Markus Keith 7.01, Lisa Hanlon 7.06, Catriona daisley 7.07, Alysha Singleton 7.11, Nathan Harkins 7.38, Sean Heggerty 7.57, Olivia Trainer 8.41, Andrew Henderson 9.19,

It’s a Fling Thing

The HOKA Highland Fling is a 53 mile ultra race that starts in Milngavie and follows the West Highland Way and finishes in Tyndrum.  Glenpark Harriers had 3 members taking part in the full Fling, Sam McVicar, Scott Forrest and Kevin Gill, all for the first time. The club also had 2 relay teams taking part with each taking a half marathon distance each, breaking it to 4 separate legs.

The three harriers began their epic journey at 6 am on Saturday 26th April with relay runners Anne Anderson and Yvonne Prager starting an hour later. Sam  was the first harrier to the checkpoint at Balmaha 19 miles into the race. Kevin and Scott, running together, following a short time later. Yvonne, who is just back from injury, and Anne finishing their challenging section in Drymen  passed on to the 2 Dunoon Hill Runners David Walsh and David Wilson, who stepped in at the last minute to replace injured team members to take on the hillier section of Conic Hill.  By the next checkpoint at Rowardennan, Sam was still going strong, proving that his training over the last few months had paioff. Kevin had pulled just ahead of Scott who was suffering badly from cramp by this point. All three runners met up with their supporters and took on the necessary nutrition and fluid to keep them going.  At Rowardennan the Dunoon boys handed on to Kirstin Arthur and Rhonda White for the leg taking the technical lochside route to Bein Glas Farm. Kirstin had to dig deep as she suffered in the latter stages in this leg. Sam was again the first to reach the final check point at Bein Glass. Kirstin and Rhonda followed a short time later to hand over to the final relay runners of Susan Clark and Fiona Cushnaghan. Fiona had only been drafted in at the last minute to replace an injured Silke Loehndorf who had suffered a sprained ankle only days earlier, but in true harrier fashion Silke was there supporting her fellow Glenparkers and was designated driver between handover points. Kevin was next to arrive at the checkpoint, looking strong he took on some food before heading out for the final stretch of hilly miles. Scott, having recovered, followed shortly after and managed to take on some more fuel before setting off and managed to catch Kevin for the last few miles.

Sam was first harrier to experience the red carpet treatment – that is the finish of the Fling. Susan and Fiona followed an hour and a half later, finishing together in style. Kevin and Scott crossed the finish line together, applauded by their fellow harriers who were waiting to congratulate them on their achievement.

The whole day from start to finish was a fabulous experience for the club, from those taking part in the full 53 challenging and gruelling mile trail race, to those taking a relay section each, which is definitely not easy by half marathon standards. The Glenpark support teams who were on hand to supply food and support throughout were outstanding and a huge thank you is owed to them. At the end of the day all those who were there were impressed and in awe of the event and the camaraderie of those taking part and it has left us thinking can I ??….

Results:Sam McVicar 9:48:04, Kevin Gill 13:26:08, Scott Forrest 13:26:09

Glenpark Harriets Relay Team 1 10:18:52, Relay Team 2 10:18:52

BUPA Great Edinburgh Run 27th April 2014

David Tamburini was well placed to mark his return to Glenpark colours finishing 22nd in the large field of 5000 runners in Edinburgh. Finishing 2nd veteran he just failed to break the 1 hour mark for the 10mile hilly course from its start in Holyrood Park through the city centre.

Results: David Tamburini 60.17, Robert Wilson 66.06, Suzanne Coyle 81.54, Kimberly Stevenson 123.11

Linwood 10k  27th April 2014

Results: 2nd  Paul Monaghan 36.58

Crinnan Puffer 8.5mile 27th April 2014

Results: 60th Liz70.28 and 33rd Robin McAuslan 63.18

3k Race on the Green 25th April 2014

Andrew White equalled his personal best as he finished 3rd and fastest veteran at the monthly 3km race around Glasgow Green. Chris Watson was also well placed although just outside his PB

Results: 3rd Andrew White 9.57, 7th Chris Watson 10.53

10000m Scottish Championship 25th April 2014

Stephen Trainer ran a personal best when finishing 7th at the National Championships. In conditions which were much less than ideal at the Hutcheson Grammar School track he sliced 4 seconds from his best to record a time of 31.35. The race was won by Giffnock North’s Luke Traynor in 30.13.

London Marathon 13th April 2014

At Sundays London marathon Mick McLoone was the leading Glenpark Harrier with an outstanding run, the veteran completing the 26.2 mile course in 2hours 55 minutes. Paul Monaghan’s marathon inexperience on his London debut was to be his downfall, as he had started fast and hard and had already built up a 2 minute lead on his team-mates Andrew Harkins(pictured left) and McLoone, who had taken a more conservative approach going through the first 10km together in 39 minutes.

By half-way Paul was still maintaining his fast pace, but almost immediately the writing was on the wall that he would suffer for his over eager start, as each kilometre that passed was showing him slowing considerably. And by 18miles his club mates had passed him, but at this point Harkins was also going through his own hell when a pre-race injury re-occurred forcing him to limp his way to the finish line.

By contrast to Paul, Andrew Osborne ran at an almost metronomic pace going through half way in 89 minutes, and covering the second half in just a minute longer.  It was solid performances all round from the Glenpark men with all finishing within 3hours 10, especially from Robert Dolan who recorded a 4 minute personal best.

London: Mick McLoone 2.55.32, Andrew Harkins 2.58.22, Andrew Osborne 2.59.51, Paul Monaghan 3.03.49, Liam Smart 3.07.34, Robert Dolan 3.10.35.

Tom Scott 10mile Carluke 13th April 2014

Stephen Trainer was in fine form when finishing 8th in the Tom Scott 10 mile road race at a cold, wet and windy Carluke. Showing signs that he is slowly getting back to his best he recorded a time of 54.51 minutes.

Ravenscraig T&F meeting 13th April 2014

Shelby Morrison put on a powerful display of front running to win the 1500m in 5.23 in the miserable winter like conditions, but with a promising debut at the distance, Nicola Doohan was well clear of the 3rd placed runner, to take the runners-up spot in 5.45. In the boys’ race Harry McGill also took top placing after a cat and mouse battle, he burst to the front at the bell and never looked back. Tom Forrest held on with the leaders until ½ way before fading slightly to take 4th. Declan Devine and Beth McKenna also took the honours in impressive style, winning the 100m dash.

Parkruns 12th April 2014

At the weekly Victoria Park 5km run in Glasgow, Graham McGrattan was quickest in his age category and finished 7th overall in 18.59, his daughter Jo McGrattan was 27.34 and Angela Hill delighted with a personal best of 28.32.

Lochaber Marathon 6/4/14

Campbell Takes Title

Steven Campbell claimed the Scottish Veterans Marathon trophy after setting a new personal best by 10 minutes at a rain drenched Fort William. Completing the course in 2 hours and 49 minutes he finished in 6th place overall, after his months of meticulous training in the lead up gave him the reward he richly deserved.

The extremely strong veteran group within the Orangefield club at present was further emphasised when Andrew White making his debut at the distance finished 2nd in the Vet 45 category and 20th place overall.  Danny McLaughlin a major doubt before the race, having missed a fortnights training with a sprained ankle, overcame his difficulties to take 7th in the Over 50s. Terry Wall 3 weeks after her Marathon in the sun of Barcelona went a minute quicker to finish just ahead of team-mate Fiona Cushnaghan.

Results: Steven Campbell 2.49.47, Andrew White 2.59.25, Danny McLaughlin 3.17.44, Terry Wall 4.09.31, Fiona Cushnaghan 4.16.30

Weekend Round-Up 28th-30th March

It was a much quieter weekend with only a few Harriers venturing out. Those that were racing were again facing strong cold easterly winds. On Friday lunchtime at the 3k on the Green Andrew White was just short of his best time finishing 7th (2ndVet) in a time of 10.05. Also taking part was Chris Watson (15th) in 11.02, and Jeremy Deveney making his debut in the race (31st) in 12.21.

In the weekly Saturday 5km Parkruns, Angela Hill set a 2 minute personal best of 29.10, while Chris Watson was 13th in 19.10 at Pollok: Over at Victoria Park Robin McAuslan was 19th and fastest over 50 in 20.29, with Liz McAuslan also high in the vet rankings with a 2nd place in the FV45-49, in 24.24 just 19 secs outside her PB.

This is a great comeback from Liz who the week before made her return to racing for the first time in 6 months. At Eglinton Park Kimberley Stevenson completed the muddy trail in 34.59.

Kevan McCartney has been busy over the last few weekends competing in Duathlon’s around Britain.

Showing steady improvement each week as his fitness returns, he finished 10th vet at Oulton Park, 7th vet at Clumber Park, over the sprint distance. On Sunday he stepped up in distance to covering the 10k run/ 40k cycle/ 5k run in 2 hours 13 minutes placing 43rd overall and 12th in the veteran category in the Scottish Duathlon Championships at Stirling.

Duncan Leaves it Late

Duncan Anderson & Rhonda White

A hardy bunch of junior and senior Harriers headed to Gourock promenade on Saturday in cold and windy conditions for Greenock Glenpark’s annual Docherty Cup 10 mile road race.

With the women dominating the Willow Bowl earlier in the month, the men had a point to prove and were keen to contest the top positions this time around, and this indeed proved to be the case.

First off from the 20 senior athletes was Susan Clark. Running to Inverkip into a strong head wind in the first half of the race, Susan was to hold the lead till the later stages of the race eventually being passed by some of the later starters. With around three miles to go Robin McAuslan took the lead, running confidently he would prove to be a worthy contender for the handicap trophy. Close behind however was Brian McCluskey and Duncan Anderson who were both running well and it was anyone’s race with only 2 miles to go. McCluskey took the lead from McAuslan before Anderson dug deep to catch McAuslan with just one mile to go. At this point it remained to be seen whether Anderson had the required strength to catch McCluskey with the finish line in sight. However, with one final effort he passed McCluskey just before re-entering the promenade and never looked back along the finishing straight to lift his first ever running trophy, the Connie Gavin Memorial Trophy.

Steaming in behind, completing the second half of the race 5 minutes faster than the first half was Stephen Trainer smashing the course record by 3 minutes with the fastest time of the day to win the men’s scratch trophy and in doing so strengthened his position at the top of the overall club standings. The men’s V40 and V50 honours went to Paul Monaghan and Danny McLaughlin respectively who look like the men to beat in their age categories as the season moves into its second half.

Fastest lady on the day and winner of the scratch trophy and also in a course record was on fire ladies captain Rhonda White. Drawing confidence from her dominant Willow Bowl victory and personal best in every race in March, Rhonda can be very satisfied with her performance once again as she adds to her earlier success.V35 honours went to Marion Monk who has upped her training in recent months and is now reaping the rewards. Victor of the V45 category went to long distance specialist Fiona Cushnaghan returning to club colours after winter marathon training.

In the junior races over one lap of the promenade for the younger athletes and two laps for the older juniors, Harry McGill lead a total field of 22 juniors home in front of a fast finishing Jack McDaid in the U11s category. Ruby McGill was first girl in a competitive U11s girls’ race. U13s winners were the improving Alan Mollins and Beth McKenna. Moving to the U15s category, Shelby Morrison took first place but was made to work hard by Nicola Doohan. Both girls have been training with the seniors lately and it is hoped they will both go from strength to strength.

The biggest improvements though came from Catriona Daisley and Shaun Hegarty. Catriona over 1 minute quicker than in 2013, and Shaun by 50seconds.

A big thank you to time keepers Liz McAuslan and Gillian Forrest and on coursemarshalls David Carruthers, John Carruthers, Richard Davidson, Katie McAuslan, Silke Loehndorf and to all supporters who cheered the athletes round in testing conditions.

Greenock Glenpark Harriers would also like to thank The Spinnaker Hotel for their continued sponsorship of this annual race. It is very much appreciated from all at the club.

Next club race is the Willie Jukes Road Race over in Dunoon on 3rd May and the club is hoping for a big turnout of runners and supporters that day.

 (Scratch time in brackets): Duncan Anderson 90.18 (68.18) Brian McCluskey 90.37 (67.37) Robin McAuslan 91.08 (71.38) Danny McLaughlin 91.26 (62.56) Paul Monaghan 91.28 (58.28) Stephen Trainer 91.31 (53.31) Chris Jones 91.53 (63.23) Colin Campbell 92.04 (70.10) Andrew White 92.30 (61.30) Chris Watson 92.44 (64.14) Rhonda White 92.50 (73.20) Kevin Gill 92.59 (73.29) Paul Beaton 93.06 (66.36) Robert Dolan 93.38 (65.08) Susan Clark 94.37 (91.37) Sam McVicar 94.44 (63.44) Marian Monk 98.14 (83.14) Steven Campbell 99.14 (64.14) Jacqueline Haggerty 99.25 (78.55) Fiona Cushnaghan 101.56 (86.56)

U11s: Harry McGill  4.39, Jack McDade 4.51, Ewan Ferguson 5.06, Andrew McCluskey 5.25, Sean Haggerty 6.02, Ruby McGill 6.07, Bradley McAleese 6.20, Amy Cummings 6.38, Laura McFarlane 6.39, Francesca McKay 6.45, Olivia Trainer 6.47, Kate Ferguson 7.15, David McCluskey 7.31, Sophie Allan 7.42 U13s: Alan Mollins 10.29, Tom Forrest 10.53, Beth McKenna 12.03, Lisa Hanlon 12.30, U15s:Shelby Morrison 10.12, Nicola Doohan 10.18, Mia Forrest 11.11, Catriona Daisley 12.01.

Barcelona Marathon – 16/3/14

3 Amigos Run in the Sun

3 Glenparker’s escaped the Scottish wind and rain to compete in the warmth of Barcelona. Birthday boy Sam and Lynne were both rewarded with huge personal bests, but the heat and missed training reflected on Terry’s slower than normal performance.

Sam McVicar 3:06:21, Lynne Rogers 3:42:01, Terry Wall 4:10:58

Junior National Road Race Championship, Edinburgh – 16/3/14

Glenpark girls Shelby, Lauren, Nicola, and Mia all in their first year at the under 15 age group finished a very respectable  6th team in the National age group championships at Heriot Watt University campus. In the mild windy conditions Shelby went out hard with leading pack hanging on for the first mile before drifting off to finish 14th . There was not much separating Lauren (32nd) and Nicola (38th), while Mia(43rd) continued her steady improvement after her injury.

Shelby Morrison 16.50, Lauren Mulaghton 18.14, Nicola Doohan 18.39, Mia Forrest 19.39

Oulton Duathlon – 16/3/14

Lacking some race fitness Kevan McCartney finished 10th in his age group in the trial race for the world masters championships. His performance was not enough to make qualification, but he was still content with his first duathlon of the year and will be hoping for improvement in the coming months.

Inverclyde Schools XC, Tower Hill – 15/3/14

At a wet and windy Tower Hill the Glenpark youngsters were in outstanding form in the Inverclyde Schools XC races. It was a 1, 2 from Zoe Renfrew and Lucy McFarlane with Lisa Hanlon close behind in 5th, with the team Gold going to Zoe and Lisa’s Ardgowan Primary school.

Not to be outdone the boys also recorded a 1, 2 with Euan Ferguson and Connor Black leading the field. Euan perfectly pacing his run to gradually move through from 5th into the lead. Also competing was Andrew Millar, newly joined the club, who had a great run to finish 12th.

Clydebank 5km road race – 15/3/14

Mick McLoone continues to dominate in the veteran ranks, this time by finishing 1st v50 at Clydebank 5k in 16.59 – this was the 2nd fastest O50 time in the UK this year. In the difficult windy conditions Stephen Trainer was the leading Harrier in 8th in a time of 15.37, a good early season marker for him.

There were 3 other Personal Bests with biggest coming from Rhonda White with a 2 minute improvement.

Results: Stephen Trainer 15:37, Mick McLoone 16:59, Andrew White 17:30, Graham McGrattan 17:53, Chris Watson 18.13(PB), Duncan Anderson 19:30, Rhonda White 21:20 (PB), Robin McAuslan 20:29, Frank McMahon 22:55 ( PB)

D33Ultra – 15/3/14

Robert Adams completed the D33 ultra, a 33mile run along the Deeside Way. His time of 4.49 saw him finish in 83rd position from over 300 runners

Balloch to Clydebank ½ Marathon – 9/3/14

Harriers on  Best of Form

Andrew Harkins & Rhonda White at previous week’s Willow Bowl race

There was a great turnout from the Harriers at the Balloch to Clydebank Half Marathon with 15 runners competing, with good results all round as the first 10 men all went under the 90 min mark.

The standout performance from the Glenpark men came from Andrew Harkins with a 4 minute improvement, taking his personal best time down to 75mins and finishing in 8th place.

Equally impressive was Rhonda White who followed up last week’s Willow Bowl victory with a stunning 10 minute improvement lowering her best for the distance to 97mins.

The hard work in training was certainly paying off as the personal bests came thick and fast from Ross Slater, Robert Dolan, Paul Beaton and Brian Harkins.

Results: Andrew Harkins 1:15:02 Andrew White 1:21:57 Danny McLaughlin 1:23:15 Andrew Osborne 1:23:53 Chris Watson 1:23:54  Robert Dolan 1:24:12 Robert Wilson 1:24:38 Robert Adams 1:26:21 Ross Slater 1:28:51 Paul Beaton 1:29:39 Brian Harkins 1:32:00 Rhonda White 1:37:41 David Carruthers 1:40:31 Kirstin Arthur 1:55:59 Susie Gillies 2:04:43

Scottish Schools XC Championships 8/3/14

Shelby Morrison and Lauren Mulaghton both put in sterling performances at an exposed Irvine Beach Park as the strong westerly winds battered the competitors in the National Schools cross country championships. Shelby was always in touching distance of the leaders finishing 9th with Lauren further back in 50th.

Jack Crawford 8/3/14

Donna Clark was just ½ a minute away from her PB when finishing 7thwoman in Springburn Harriers annual 10k race. This was impressive given the tough conditions in which the wind seemed to be in their face for the entire race. Robin McAuslan was also 7th – in the over 50s category, just a couple of places in front of Donna. Making up the Glenpark trio was Viki Wilkinson with a solid performance.

(Picture: Robin being chased by Donna)

Results: Robin McAuslan 45.10, Donna Clark 45.25, Viki Wilkinson 53.50

Parkrun 8/3/14

Richard Hodelet continued his comeback from injury with a 13 second improvement to 33.13 over the same 5km course at Pollok Park as last week.

IAC 5 Miler 8/3/14

Stephen Trainer was quickest in Inverclyde AC’s 5mile conceding handicap race covering the distance in a respectable 27.10, where at times he felt as if he was running on the spot into the strong wind.

Windmill10km 3/2/14

Andrew McCall managed to squeeze in a 10km road race on his San Francisco holiday . He was just glad to finish after spraining his ankle days before flying out. He finished 13th in a time of 40.02.

Park run 1/3/14

No Holding Hodelet Back

It may not have been Richard Hodelet’s quickest run over 5km, but it was probably one of his most satisfying. After undergoing foot surgery, it was never certain whether the veteran athlete would be able to run again. But never one to shirk a challenge he wasn’t going to give up easily on his passion. So despite taking 33 minutes to get around Pollok park, he was pleased to finish unscathed and so begin another chapter in his long athletic career.

Torremolinos ½ Marathon 2/2/14

Emma’s Top 10 Debut

Emma Baxter took a big step up to the ½ marathon distance, but despite mixed feelings on her performance she can take great confidence knowing she almost equaled her 10km PB during the race, and with this experience behind her she can look forward getting close to the 90 minute mark at her next attempt in April. Here is Emma’s report on what was a great time for her debut at 13.1miles where she finished 9th in the women’s race.

I’ve been lucky enough to have been living in Malaga, in the Costa del Sol, since the end of September. I’ve been doing a lot of training over the last few months, and on Sunday the 2nd of February I took part in my first half marathon in Torremolinos.

Many Brits head to this tourist hot-spot to spend 2 weeks lying on the beach, but the weather was rather different at the start of February! It was cold and very windy when I arrived about an hour before the 10am start. Thankfully the wind died down before the start of the race and, although the sun came out during the second part of the race, the temperature probably didn’t rise above 15 degrees, so the conditions were pretty good.

I started off very quickly and was running with my training partners for the first 6km. I then decided to drop back a bit from them, but continued at about 4 minute kilometre pace. I passed the 10km marker in exactly 40 minutes, and by the time I reached the 11km marker I knew I couldn’t keep that pace up for the remaining 10km. Unfortunately, I’d run out of steam and I had to start walking. For the rest of the race I walked for about 30 seconds almost every kilometre. However, I was determined to finish and I crossed the line in a respectable 1 hour 35 minutes.

My first feeling was one of disappointment because I had been hoping to do around the 1 hour 30 mark, but I paid the price for setting off far too quickly. It was a very hilly course and the last 3km were pretty much all uphill.

I’m now training for my second half marathon – the Malaga half marathon on the 6th of April. I definitely won’t start so quickly this time, and I hope to be able to get a new PB!

Willow Bowl – 1/3/14

Men Left Weeping at Willow Bowl

It was a clean sweep of the top positions for Greenock Glenpark Harriers women as they totally dominated at the 7 ½ mile Willow Bowl race around the Greenock “Cut”.  All the more remarkable as Rhonda White’s victory was the first time in the race’s long 32 year history that a woman had taken the title.

Tommy Knight was first athlete away in the conceding handicap race and was to hold that lead for over 4miles, until the inevitable as the faster runners closed him down, first to pass was Marian Monk who stayed in front to just above Ravenscraig, that was until Rhonda White came storming through. With just 2 miles to hold on she was running that strongly her win was never in any doubt as the expected challenge from the men didn’t materialise. Her closest rival was Jacqueline O’Donoghue 30 seconds behind who just managed to pass Donna Clark on the Long Dam with 400m to go. O’Donoghue had the satisfaction of recording the fastest women’s time reversing the positions with White.

Stephen Trainer bounced back from his injury to claim the Centenary Cup with the fastest overall time, his nearest challenger was the on-form Andrew Harkins. Steven Campbell was the quickest veteran with the 3rd fastest time overall. In the other veteran categories Mick McLoone, Robert Mitchell and Tommy Knight were tops respectively in the over 50s, 60s and 70s.  Gillian Forrest and Nikki Walker taking the honours’ in the women’s over 35 and 45s. The Harriers would like to thank The Willow Bar for race sponsorship and post race refreshments.

RESULTS (scratch times in brackets): R White 76.13 (59.36) J O’Donoghue 76.45 (59.08) D Clark 76.54 (60.17) R Slater 77.25 (53.48) M Monk 78.12 (64.35) A O’Rourke 78.52 (57.15) D Anderson 78.59 (58.22) R Wilson Snr 79.12 (58.35) K Arthur 79.17 (65.40) S Forrest 79.20 (57.43) G.McGrattan 79.30 (51.53) S Mcloone 79.31 (77.54) A Harkins79.35 (45.58) P Monaghan 79.47(48.10) K Gill 80.05 (59.38) G Forrest 80.12 (62.35) M McLoone 80.16 (47.49) S Campbell 80.21 (46.44) S.Trainer 80.42 (44.05) R Mitchell 80.57 (57.20) R Adams 81.02 (51.55) R.McAuslan 81.08 (59.31) J Bolton 81.30(49.53) C Jones 81.35 (52.38) A McCallan 81.59 (58.22) C.Campbell  82.01 (58.34) K Thomson 82.05 (58.28) K McAuslan 82.18(75.31) D Carruthers83.14 (52.37) N Walker 83.58 (69.21) K O’Donoghue84.03 (50.26) V Wilkinson 84.53 (72.16) A White 84.55 (53.18) G Parker 85.26 (74.49) S McDade 86.47 (66.10) T Knight 86.55 (85.18) J Carruthers 89.03 (77.36)

National XC – Falkirk 2014

Greenock Glenpark Harriers Andrew Harkins was the men’s stand out performer at Falkirk in the National cross country championships. In the slippy muddy conditions, his improvement over the last year saw him cut his time by 3 minutes to lead the team to 13th.   Steven Campbell, Shaun Lyon all finishing in the top 100, along with Mick McLoone, Paul Monaghan, and Sam McVicar were the counters in the team competition.

In the veteran categories the Greenock men continue to impress with Steven Campbell finishing 10th fastest in the over40s and Mick McLoone 3rd in the over 50s.

Robert Wilson  also performed well and had been holding on to the final counting position for the most of the race, but a late surge by McVicar running a 3 minute PB edged him back to 7th.

Rhonda White running strongly for a personal best over the course was first home for the Orangefied club heading Donna Clark and Marian Monk.

Andrew Harkins

Donna Clark

First up were the under 13s Alan Mollins and Jonathan Slater who acquitted themselves well in their first National XC. Beth McKenna  was the leading girl just a second in front of Sarah Pugh.

Shelby Morrison’s turn around in form over the last 2 months has been remarkable. The under 13 Scottish Champion moving up to the U15s this year had been struggling in training and little was expected of her for this championship, but an increase in the intensity of her sessions saw her hard work rewarded with a magnificent top 10 finish with team-mates Nicola Doohan and Catriona Daisley supporting her well. Dunoon boy Nathan Robinson continues to improve, going 30 seconds quicker on his time last year

Under 13s/3.2km: Alan Mollins 15.03, Johnathan Slater 16.59, Beth McKenna 17.48, Sarah Pugh 17.49, Emily Pugh 19.29, Rachel Mulaghton 19.41, Christie Mulaghton 21.58

Under 15s/4km: Nathan Robinson 15.37, Shelby Morrison 16.19, Nicola Doohan 18.17, Catriona Daisley 21.26.

Women 8km: Rhonda White 38.33, Donna Clark 39.37, Marian Monk 42.03

Men 12km: Andrew Harkins 44.29, Steven Campbell 45.09, Shaun Lyon 45.26, Mick McLoone 47.05, Paul Monaghan 47.26, Sam McVicar 49.33, Robert Wilson 49.46, Danny McLaughlin 50.53, Graham McGrattan 52.30, Ross Neilson 52.52, Scott Forrest 57.49, Alan O’Rourke, 58.02, Kevin Gill 61.33

Under 15 girls race start

National Indoor Age Group Championships – 16/2/14

Scott McCluckie, Lee Gibson and Chloe Hanlon all produced PBs at the National age group championships at the Emirates arena in Glasgow. Scott suffering from a bad cold knuckled down in the under20 men’s 200m and flew around the track taking ½ second off his previous best. Lee in his first competition since last summer didn’t show any signs of rustiness as he also showed a big improvement in the short sprint. Luisa Davies and Rachel McKenna although not at their best ran well and can look forward to the outdoor summer season. The following day in the under 16s Chloe Hanlon took 2nd place in her heat going under 28 seconds for the first time, finishing 2nd to reach the next round. She couldn’t quite reproduce the same form in the semi-final, but it was a good end to her winter season.

Scott McCluckie (200m) 24.51 (PB), (400m) 55.03,

Luisa Davies (400m) 66.93,

Rachel McKenna (200m) 30.35

Lee Gibson (60m) 8.42 (PB)

Chloe Hanlon  (200m) 27.94(PB), 28.80

Parkruns 15/2/14

At Pollok Park in wet windy and cold conditions Graham McGrattan (18.48) and Chris Watson (19.21) were both at the sharp end of the field with Graham in 9thoverall and Chris just 2 places behind.

Schools Indoor National Championships 6/2/14

Shelby Morrison was impressive when finishing just a 1/10th of a second behind the winner in her 1500m heat to easily qualify for the final in a new indoor best. Lacking some race fitness she couldn’t quite manage to track the leaders in a quality packed final. Nonetheless she produced a solid performance a further indication she is not far away from her very best in her build up to the National xc championships. Her training partner Nicola Doohan was also showing good early season form with a 1 second PB in the 4 lap 800m.

In the sprints Chloe Hanlon eased through to the semi-finals of the 60m sprints after finishing 2nd in her opening heat. Another quick time followed in the semi-final but not quite enough to progress through to the final. Despite a long wait for the 200m event she demonstrated her consistency with a run a fraction off her best.

Shelby Morrison (1500m) 4.59 (indoor PB) / 5.02

Chloe Hanlon (60m) 8.48/ 8.58 / (200m) 28.22

Nicola Doohan (800m) 2.45 (PB)

PARKRUNS 8/2/14

There was just the 2 Harriers out this Saturday in the wind and rain at the weekly 5km parkruns.  Quickest was Graham McGrattan who finished 3rd at Victoria Park in a time of 18:23, and across at Pollok on a hillier course Ross McDonald was 13th in 18.48.

National Veterans Cross Country Championships – Hawick 1/2/14

Trio Top Ten at Veteran National XC

It was a successful Borders raid for the Greenock Glenpark Harriers trio who travelled down to Hawick for the Veterans National cross country championships. Over 6 miles of testing cross country Steven Campbell, just 2 weeks into the start of his veteran career was impressive as he finished 8th fastest over 40. Mick McLoone was left frustrated after holding on to the bronze medal position for much of the over 50s race only to be passed late on and having to settle for 4th. Finally Graham McGrattan also made the top 10 in his age group(o55s) finishing a highly respectable 7th.

Results: Steven Campbell 32.05, Mick McLoone 33.30, Graham McGrattan 36.19

Steven, Mick & Graham

Renfrewshire Road Race Championships 2/2/14

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Shelby’s Silver Lining

Shelby Morrison ran a well paced race to come strongly through the field in the 2nd half of the 2 mile Under 15s event to convincingly win the silver medal in the county championship road races. Her team mates Nicola Doohan, Megan Rodgers and Lauren Mulaghton all packed well with just 30 seconds separating the three, enough to capture team bronze. Catriona Daisley showed the most progress in the junior ranks with a 94 second PB.  Nathan Robinson had his best performance to date in Glenpark colours. The powerfully built multi sportsman finished in 6thposition after producing a strong sprint finish in the final 200metres.

Lauren, Nicola and Megan

Shelby

Alan Mollins was first home for Harriers under 13s boys team, and that brought them the first medals of the day as along with Robert Peterson and Andrew McCluskey they collected Bronze. Emily Pugh was the leading girl.

The under 11 boys  led by Jack McDaid again were all challenging in the leading group, but were unfortunately just outside the medals with only a few points of a difference between the 2nd and 4th placed teams. Alyshia Singleton was the clubs top under 11 girl but faced a strong challenge from Grace Deveny, just holding her off by a few metres.

In the 5mile race Steven Campbell showed his powers of recovery, by producing a 13 second personal best just 24 hours after his 8th place in the veterans’ national cross country championships at Hawick.

Steven Campbell with a strong finish. More Pictures athttps://www.facebook.com/kenny.phillips.9256/media_set?set=a.268121883346356.1073741915.100004456382355&type=1 .

It was an under strength senior men’s squad that lined up at a wintery Battery park, and any prospect  of retaining their country crown for a third successive year was always going to be wishful thinking.  But nonetheless there were still some fine individual performances, especially from Paul Monaghan, another who has come on leaps and bounds in just over a year since joining the Harriers. He was 2nd finisher for the Orangefield club again holding off the consistent Andrew White who has been pushing him close in every race.

In the senior women’s race like the men, they were somewhat under strength but with Gillian Forrest running strongly and well placed in the veteran category, along with Rhonda White and the much improved Marion Monk, they kept the team in contention and  were just outside a podium finish, a few points behind Bellahouston Harriers.

Under 11s  1mile: McDaid, Jack 06:56, Ferguson, Ewan 07:03 White, Craig 07:05 Connor Black 07:29 Dolan, Jude 08:02 Hegarty, Sean 08:58

Singleton, Alisha 08:38 McGeachie, Faith 08:41 Deveny, Grace 10:08 Moore, Mhairi 10:09 Trainer, Olivia 10:40

Under 13s 2miles: Mollins, Alan 13:14 Peterson, Robert 13:50 McCluskey, Andrew 15:10 (Team Bronze)

Pugh, Emily 14:18 Renfrew, Zoe 14:38 McKenna, Beth 15:10 Steele, Olivia 15:44 Lisa Hanlon 16:06 McFarlane, Lucy 16:52 Clair Steel 17:03 Mulaghton , Rachel 17:29 Mulaghton, Christie 18:06

Under 15s 2miles: Robinson, Nathan 11:19

Morrison, Shelby 11:39 Doohan, Nichola 13:11 Rogers, Megan 13:21 Mulaghton, Lauren 13:40 Daisley, Catriona  15:16 (Team Bronze)

5mile Senior Men: Campbell, Steven 27:41, Monaghan, Paul 28:26, White, Andrew 29:16, Dolan, Robert 30:52 Watson, Chris 30:53 Wilson, Robert 30:57 McCall, Andrew 31:49 Harkins, Brian 32:16 Beaton, Paul 32:22 Slater, Ross 32:33 McCluskey, Brian 33:31 Colin Campbell 33:36 McAuslan, Robin 34:38 Adam Real 34:52 Harrington, Michael 35:21 Carruthers, David 36:36 Fisher, Andrew 38:13 Carruthers, John 42:35 5mile Senior Women: Forrest, Gillian 36:01 White, Rhonda 37:00 Monk, Marian 38:53 Wilkinson, Viki 40:39 Ruddy, Lisa 44:19 McVicar, Irene 45:33 Dalziel, June 46:31Hill, Angela 46:49

National Open Emirates 18/1/14

Well done to all our junior athletes at the Emitrates Arena. Especially Scott McCluckie with a 2 second PB in the 400m (55.22secs) and dipping under 25 (just) for the first time – 24.99 in the 200m. Chloe Hanlon 28.13 & Rachel McKenna 29.88 also set new PBs in the 200 with both coming close in the 60m dash( 8.67 & 9.15). Luisa Davies despite missing a great deal of training rose to the occasion just missing out in a best for the 200 (29.94), and also giving a good account of herself in the 2 lap 400m 68.73) event. Finally Shelby Morrison demonstrated a brilliant display of even paced running in the 1500m going from last to third with metronomic pacing covering the 7 ½ laps in 5:02 well inside her expected time.

Photographs below Scott dips through the line to win his 400m heat. & Shelby on her way to running her second quickest 1500m.

Photographs of the event from Bobby Gavin athttp://www.thatonemoment.co.uk/

Parkruns 18/1/14

At Victoria Park in Glasgow there were 4 Harriers competing with Graham McGrattan leading the way in 7th (18.28), followed by Chris Watson in 14th (19.07). While Mick Harrington (20.42) again kept his dominance over Robin McAuslan (21.06). Making a return to racing was Ross McDonald at Aberdeen  where he covered the 5km in 20.05 finishing 13th.

Parkruns 11/1/14

As the winter chill returned Graham McGrattan, Chris Watson and Ross Neilson had their first outing to Eglinton Park. All 3 placed well on the muddy trail, with Graham finishing in 6th (and best in the Age Grading) Chris 8th and Ross 12th. Over at Pollok  Danny McLaughlin and Robin McAuslan produced a couple of solid runs.

And Well done to Kimberley Stevenson who had an early start to get to the Edinburgh Great Run.

Results: Graham McGrattan 19.32, Chris Watson 19.50, Danny McLaughlin 19.56, Ross Neilson 20.21, Robin McAuslan 21.57

Graham, Chris, and Ross at Eglinton.

New Year Bash 4/1/14

3 of the Glenpark Sprinters made their way to the Emirates Arena in Glasgow for the New Year indoor open graded meeting.

Scott McCluckie got off to a good start by blasting down the 60m track in under 8 seconds to match his personal best. But in only his 2nd 400m, and his first one indoors he misjudged his pace with splits of 26/31, but given his inexperience he will be confident he can go under 55 seconds in his upcoming competitions.

Rachel McKenna and Mark Magee had both been nursing injuries, and had to curtail their training recently, nonetheless Rachel put in 2 consistent times over the short sprint, while Mark’s 400 wasn’t too far off his best.

With only a few minutes recovery after their 400m it was little surprise that Scott and Mark were sluggish in the 2nd round of the 60m dash.

Rachel McKenna 60m: 9.35, 9.38

Scott McCluckie 60m: 7.85, 8.04, / 400m: 57.35

Mark Magee 60m: 8.51, 9.18, / 400m: 61.90

Harris Trophy Race 4th January 2014

Lyons pride after 2 trophy haul

Shaun Lyon emerged as the Harriers top dog after an eventful days racing for the Harris Trophy at Coves Reservoir. The Bute man hit the front early on the 5.5 mile course and held on to his advantage as he scooped the trophies for both the fastest scratch time and the fastest handicap time on the day. Andrew Harkins took second place with Stevie Campbell pipping Kevin O’Donoghue for the 3rdplace spot

Paul Monaghan was top V40 ahead of Andrew White while Danny McLaughlin edged out Graham McGrattan and Micky Dunn for the V50 prize. Tommy Knight was the winner in both V60 and V70 categories

In the ladies race preparations were disrupted after Rhonda White was bitten by a collie during her warm up but the captain showed her mettle by battling through the pain barrier to finish 3rd – also winning the V35 prize before heading off to A&E. Donna Clark ran an excellent race to take second, behind Emma Baxter who won the prize for first female for the second year in a row. Silke Loehndorf took the prize in the V45 category

The junior races saw Jack McDaid win a very competitive U11s race just ahead of Craig White and Ewan Ferguson. In the U13 category Alan Mollins finished just in front of Tom Forrest. Zoe Renfrew was 3rd overall and also scooped the prize for top U13 girl. Shelby Morrison finished first in the U15 category.

The Harriers would like to thank WB Smith Trees and Turf for sponsoring the race – their continuing support is much appreciated by all at the club. Thanks also go to all those who assisted with clubhouse duties, registration, timekeeping, stewarding and post-race catering.

Results:

U11 -Jack McDaid 2.16, Craig White 2.17, Ewan Ferguson 2.19, Connor Black 2.20, Jude Dolan 2.26…

U13 – Alan Mollins 10.03, Tom Forrest 10.13, Zoe Renfrew 11.24
Jonathan Slater 11.35, Beth McKenna 12.08, Lucy McFarlane 12.30
U15 – Shelby Morrison 20.02

Seniors (Scratch) – Shaun Lyon 31.51, Andrew Harkins 32.02, Stevie Campbell 32.36, Kevin O’Donoghue 32.44, Andrew Osborne 34.03, Paul Monaghan 34.31, Andrew White 35.05, Danny McLaughlin 35.45, Robert Wilson Jr 37.00, Graham McGrattan 37.25, Micky Dunn 37.51, Paul Beaton 38.08, Emma Baxter 38.15, Brian Harkins 38.58, Ross Slater 39.11, Colin Campbell 40.06, Alan O’Rourke 41.09, Robin McAuslan 41.21, Scott Forrest 41.51, Kevin Gill 42.14, Donna Clark 42.56, Rhonda White 43.31, David Carruthers 44.52, Frank McMahon 45.49, Duncan Munro 47.19, Kirsten Arthur 47.49, Marion Monk 48.43, Vicky Wilkinson 48.59, Lisa Ruddy 50.18, Silke Loehndorf 51.36, John Carruthers 52.29, June Dalziel 55.34, Tommy Knight 60.03

Seniors (Handicap) – Shaun Lyon 29.51, Donna Clark 29.56, Andrew Harkins 30.02, Andrew Osborne 30.03, Tommy Knight 30.03, Danny McLaughlin 30.15, Paul Monaghan 30.31, Stevie Campbell 30.36, Paul Beaton 30.38, Ross Slater 30.41, Kevin O’Donoghue 30.44, Andrew White 31.05, Colin Campbell 31.06, Micky Dunn 31.21,Brian Harkins 31.28, Robert Wilson Jr 31.30, Rhonda White 31.31, Kirsten Arthur 31.49, David Carruthers 31.52, Graham McGrattan 31.55, Kevin Gill 32.14, Robin McAuslan 32.21, Alan O’Rourke 33.09, Emma Baxter 33.15, Scott Forrest 33.21, John Carruthers 33.29, Lisa Ruddy 33.48, Frank McMahon 33.49, Vicky Wilkinson 33.59, June Dalziel 34.34, Marion Monk 34.43, Duncan Munro 35.19, Silke Loehndorf 35.36

Festive Park Runs

At Pollok park on the 28th December there was a couple of fine performances from Stevie Campbell and Graham McGrattan with both finishing in the top 10. They were close to PB’s with Steven 4th (17.10) and Graham 9th (18.34) and top in his category.

Euan Leslie and Lynne Rogers were the clubs only First Footers in the Ne’er day run at Pollok, with Euan recording a time of 21.07 and Lynne 23.01.

Inverclyde AC Boxing Day 3 Miler

4 Harriers ran off the Christmas day excesses with some fine performances. Kevin was our top finisher in 3rd, Robert Wilson was 2nd Glenparker  back, with Mick & Robin having a great battle spurring Robin onto a 44 second PB

1st J Glen 14.36

2nd S Gaffney 15.49

3rd K O’Donoghue 15.51 GGH

4th D McFadyen 16.56

5th C Hunter 17.04

6th G Gaffney 17.12

7th R Wilson 17.31 GGH

8th D Johnston 17.48

9th G Morrison 17.51

10th M Harrington 19.05 GGH

11th R McAuslan19.09 GGH

12th J Smillie 20.07

13th J Colquhoun 22.10 Guest

14th G Newman 31.09

Wilson Cup Race 21st December 2013

It’s a Dunn Deal

Micky Dunn overhauled long time leader Viki Wilkinson to win the Wilson Cup by 30 seconds, in Greenock Glenpark Harriers 4.5 mile conceding handicap race.  In blustery cold conditions in the hills above the “Cut” Wikinson had already caught five of the earlier starters but her hopes of glory vanished with ½ mile to go, as the chasing pack headed by the veteran Dunn eventually caught her and moved clear, with the much improved Kevin Gill then Robin McAuslan taking 2nd and 3rd .The trio were then quickly followed home by the rest of the field. There couldn’t be a more deserved winner than the tenacious Dunn, who has waited over 30 years to get his hands on his first club handicap trophy.

The fastest time overall came from Shaun Lyon but it was a close run thing with very little separating the top 4 men. Jacqueline O’Donoghue was fastest lady, with the runners-up spot decided by a single second, as Gillian Forrest literally snatched the fastest veteran’s trophy from Rhonda White’s grasp.

The evenly matched Paul Monaghan and Andrew White renewed their rivalry for the veterans men’s over 40 title, but this time it was Paul who came out on top. In the other categories Danny McLaughlin edged out Graham McGrattan in the O50’s while Tommy Knight gained maximum points in the O60’s.

The Junior race was moved off the hill due to the strong winds, and thankfully the hail and rain had eased off by the time they got underway. Nathan Robinson was last to get under orders in the 1800m conceding handicap and soon made progress in closing down the younger athletes in front. And just as it looked like Catriona Daisley would hold on for the win, the 2 Dunoon boys came to the fore as Nathan prevailed catching Alan Mollins then Catriona only yards before the line. In an exciting finish all the runners crossed the line within ½ a minute of each other. Shelby Morrison recorded the quickest girls’ time.

Thanks James Campbell of Keyline Builders Merchants for race sponsorship, the small army of volunteers who braved the wintry conditions and to Robert Alexander Butchers for after race catering.

Results, Scratch time in brackets: Juniors:  Nathan Robinson 8.56 (5.56), Alan Mollins 8.57 (6.27), Catriona Daisley 9.02 (7.42), Craig White 9.04 (6.44), Shelby Morrison 9.05 (6.25), Ewan Ferguson 9.09 (6.49), Jack McDaid 9.19 (6.49), Kate Kilpatrick 9.22 (7.12), Beth McKenna 9.27 (7.37), Lucy McFarlane 9.28 (7.58)

Seniors: Micky Dunn, 44.40, (33.10), Kevin Gill, 45.12, (36.42), Steven Campbell, 45.14, (28.44), Robin McAuslan, 45.26, (35.26), Viki Wilkinson, 45.34, (42.04), Robert Wilsonjnr, 45.57, (31.27), Andrew Harkins, 46.01, (28.31), Danny McLaughlin, 46.15, (31.15), Kevin O’Donoghue, 46.21, (28.51), Shaun Lyon, 46.22, (28.22), Sam McVicar, 46.24, (30.54), Rhonda White, 46.29, (38.59), Ross Slater, 46.31, (35.01), Paul Monaghan, 46.32, (30.02), Robert Mitchell, 46.36, (35.06), Scott Forrest, 46.43, (35.13), Graham McGrattan, 46.45, (31.45), Jacqueline O’Donoghue, 47.00, (37.00), Liam Smart, 47.04,  (30.34), Andrew White, 47.06, (30.36), Donna Clark, 47.20, (39.50), Colin Campbell, 47.29, (35.59), John Carruthers, 47.34, (45.34), Gillian Forrest, 47.58, (38.58), Ross Neilson, 48.11, (34.41), Susan Clark, 48.22, (45.52), Lisa Ruddy, 48.38, (45.08), Chris Watson, 48.55, (34.25), Robert Wilson, 49.34, (37.04), Davie Carruthers, 50.15, (41.45), Katie McAuslan, 52.41, (47.41), Tommy Knight, 53.20,  (60.02)

Victoria Park Run 14/12/13

Graham was fastest in his age group and 6th overall, while Robin finished 21stsetting a 20 second PB as he edges ever closer to the 20 minute mark.

Results: Graham McGrattan 18.07, Robin McAuslan 20.17

Santa Run Greenock 8/12/13

Angela, David, John and June at the Greenock Santa Dash on a wet cold and windy day on Greenock Esplanade.

Ravenscraig OGM 7/12/13

Steely Display at Ravenscraig

Sprinters Scott McCluckie and Rachel McKenna in their first indoor competition of winter were in outstanding form at Ravenscraig,  Motherwell.

In the 100m Scott blasted down the straight winning easily in a Personal Best 0f 12.44 seconds. Rachel also set a new best when finishing 3rd in her heat in 14.79.

In the 60 metres, Scott, despite sitting a fraction too long in the blocks quickly recovered to gain his 2nd win of the day, going under the 8 second mark for the first time.

Rachel again repeated her 3rd place with another personal best in the short sprint.

West Distict XC , Kilmarnock 7/12/13

Shaun Lyon led the Glenpark men to 9th place in the West District cross country championships in what was another test of strength for the athletes as they struggled through stretches of mud, knee high in places, at the course at Kilmarnock. Paul Monaghan showed that he is almost back to his best after being out with a stress fracture to finish just ahead of Andrew White.

Rhonda White was first back for the ladies team, she along with the improving Marion Monk, Silke Loehndorf and Susan Clark placed 10th.

The under 15 girls were the Greenock clubs top placed team finishing in a highly creditable 7th with all the girls packed close together behind Shelby Morrison.

The under 13 girls continue to improve with sisters Sarah and Emily Pugh heading the team to 12th overall. Alan Mollins was the most improved athlete finishing mid-way up the field in the boys race.

Senior Men (9th): 39:35 Shaun Lyon, 42:52 Paul Monaghan, 43:07 Andrew White, 44:50 Daniel McLaughlin, 46:18 Robert Wilson, 49:54 Scott Forrest,

Senior Women (10th): 28:03 Rhonda White, 29:46 Marian Monk, 31:29 Silke Loehndorf, 32:43 Susan Clark, 33:27 Lisa Ruddy,

Under 15’s (7th): 15:06 Shelby Morrison, 15:25 Nichola Doohan, 15:40 Lauren Mulaghton, 17:03 Mia Forrest,

Under 13’s (12th): 12:05 Alan Mollins, 14:12 Sarah Pugh, 14:24 Emily Pugh, 15:06 Lucy McFarlane, 15:25 Christie Mulaghton, 15:32 Olivia Steele, 16:05 Rachel Mulaghton.

Silke Loehndorf, Marion Monk, Susan Clark, Lisa Ruddy, and Rhonda White

Robert Wilson, Danny McLaughlin, Andrew White, Scott Forrest, Shaun Lyon, and Paul Monaghan

30/11/13 Pollok Parkrun

Graham McGrattan 18.37, Robin McAuslan 20.57, Johann McGrattan 29.34

23/11/13 Victoria Parkrun

Graham McGrattan went under the 18 minute mark for the first time at a Parkrun, at his first outing at Glasgow’s Victoria Park.

3rd Graham McGrattan 17:57, 8th Chris Watson 18:24

10/11/13 National 4k XC Championships

The Harriers men at last made the top 10 after 3 years of finishing 11th at the National short course cross country championships. Stephen Trainer was the clubs first man home, followed by Andrew Harkins who is now established as one of the clubs top runners. Just 1 second behind was Kevin O’Donoghue with Shaun Lyon the final counter to place the Men 10th best in Scotland.

6 of the Glenpark women took part, led by Jacqueline O’Donoghue, they were all closely grouped to take 15th position in the team competition. Marion Monk continues to improve as she again closed the gap on her team-mates

Stephen Trainer 12.46, Andrew Harkins 13.52, Kevin O’Donoghue 13.53, Shaun Lyon 14.04, Andrew White 14.42, Graham McGrattan 15.19, Ross Slater 16.40, Scott Forrest 16.53, James Campbell 21.27.Jacqueline O’Donoghue 17.37, Gillian Forrest 18.24, Rhonda White 18.50, Donna Clark 19.05, Marion Monk 1952, Viki Wilkinson 21.24

Renfrewshire XC 17/11/13

Triple Crown for GGH Men

Greenock Glenpark Harriers recorded a historic treble when their senior men completed the treble of County titles in the mud and hills of Gourock’s Darroch Park. After convincingly winning the Road Race title in January, then the cross country relays last month at Pollok, their hardest challenge was always going to be the 6mile event. After 2 of the 3 laps of the challenging course they were trailing local rivals Inverclyde AC by a single place, but with the treble within touching distance, it took an inspired final lap by all six counting athletes to overhaul the deficit to go 10 points clear. It was impressive packing by the men, led by Kevin O’Donoghue in 4th place, benefitting from his intensive training over the course for the last few weeks, then in quick succession Shaun Lyon, Steven Campbell and Andrew Harkins. Andrew White, also winning the veterans bronze, had his best ever run over the country, while final counter Captain David Henderson typified the spirit in the team, defying an injury, he pushed through the pain barrier to secure the win.

The Orangefield club’s women were also among the medals as Jacqueline O’Donoghue recorded a top 10 finish along with Lorna Coyle and Rhonda White took team Bronze, with Coyle also being awarded Gold for the fastest over 50.

The standout performance of the day was undoubtedly from Kilbarchan’s veteran athlete Bobby Quinn who 29 years ago won his first senior County title, spectacularly left his opponents trailing in his wake.

The under 11 boys are proving to be a force to be reckoned with as they added the xc title to their previous relay victory. Led by Harry McGill who won the individual bronze, only 25 seconds separated the first 6 boys. Rachel Robertson was Glenpark’s top girl as her team-mates all packed closely behind.

The under 15’s girls team claimed bronze medals with Shelby Morrison starting to show signs of returning to form after injury, and the consistent Lauren Mulaghton and Nicola Doohan.

Sarah Pugh and Alan Mollins were the clubs quickest under 13’s on a day where even the youngest athletes had to face an extremely challenging course which had steep climbs, fast descents and stretches of mud that brought all but the strongest to a virtual standstill.

It was a successful Championships hosted by Glenpark Harriers with 10 races and 300 athletes competing from all over the County, with that success down to the countless volunteers, with thanks also to Gourock YAC for use of their clubhouse, and Inverclyde Council and staff for their assistance.

More on the Harriers can be found at www.glenparkharriers.webs.com

Under 11s: Rachel Robertson 10:51 Faith McGeachie10:58 Abi Noone 11:05 Aylish Singleton 11:08 Mhari Moore 12:00: Harry McGill 6:56 Jack McDaid 7:01 Sean Fisher-Keogh 7:07 Craig White 7:09 Ewan Ferguson 7:20 Conor Black 7:21 Jude Dolan 7:48 Sean Haggerty 8:57

Under 13s: Sarah Pugh 16:55 Rachel Mulaghton 18:01 Christie Mulaghton 18:11 Lucy McFarlane 18:28 Beth McKenna 18:39 Gracie McGill 18:40: Alan Mollins 15:02 Jonathan Slater 17:22

Under 15s: Shelby Morrison 14:30 Lauren Mulaghton 15:01 Nicola Doohan 15:30 Catriona Daisley 18:45

Under 17s: Laura Hamill 26:04

Women: Jaqueline O’Donoghue 30:22 Lorna Coyle 30:29 Rhonda White 31:07 Gillian Forrest 31:41 Suzanne Coyle 31:58 Donna Clark 33:46 Lynne Rogers 34:22 Viki Wilkinson 36:44

Men: Kevin O’Donoghue 35:24 Shaun Lyon 35:29 Steven Campbell 35:33 Andrew Harkins 35:37 Andrew White 38:16 David Henderson 38:34 Paul Monaghan 39:06 Chris Jones 40:10 Michael Dunn 42:10 Robert Dolan 43:31 Gordon Morrison 43:54 Scott Forrest 44:05 Colin Campbell 45:22 Kevin Gill 46:47

For Full Renfrewshire full results click Race Results,

British & Irish Masters International XC 16/11/13

Michael McLoone (No 5047) placed 19th overall in the 8km course at Cardiff finishing 3rd Scot in 27.51, as the team narrowly missed out on the medals.

Park Runs 16/11/13

Steven & Johann were furthest travelled as they took in the Melbourne Parkrun, while closer to home  Richard & Jim went to Eglinton, and Graham & Chris headed to Pollok.

Albert Melbourne Parkrun.

51 Steven WATSON 22:47

105 Johann McGRATTAN 27:21

Eglinton parkrun.

58 Richard HODELET 29:51

75 Jim SHERIDAN 36:27

Glasgow parkrun.

5 Graham McGRATTAN 18:20

11 Christopher WATSON 19:00

Jimmy Irvine 10k 9/11/13

Campbell Feeling Greight

Steven Campbell just keeps getting better, the hard working athlete recorded yet another personal best, this time at Bellahouston’s Jimmy Irvine 10k, where he knocked off 19 seconds to finish eighth. He edged out Irish athlete Nicola Duncan who posted the qualifying time for the 2014 European Marathon Championship after running 2.36 hours at Amsterdam a few weeks ago. Now much more experienced Campbell’s even paced running saw him move steadily through the field from back in 15th to catch the faster starters.

Gillian Forrest was in top form also running a new PB when finishing 20th lady with a 1 minute improvement. Another PB followed from Robin McAuslan by 31 secs. There were fine performances in the rain from new members Euan Leslie, Sara McGonigle, and John Carruthers who made the biggest gain by an incredible 7 minutes.

Results: Steven Campbell 34.17, Euan Leslie 42.25, Robin McAuslan 42.55, Gillian Forrest 43.46, David Carruthers 44.30, John Carruthers 53.51, Sara McGonigle 54.39, Susan Slater 54.40.

Parkrun 9/11/13

Age No Barrier

At Pollok Park in the wind and rain Richard & Jim finished 2nd and 3rd in the &70 category behind another athlete that continues to defy his age, their long-time adversary veteran internationalist Bobby Young of Clydesdale Harriers.

Results:  Richard Hodelet 30.11 Jim Sheridan 34.57

South Side Six 3/11/13

Harriers on Tour
Feeling less than optimistic following Saturdays weather for the Colin Shields race.  Four harriers competed in the popular 26km South Six event on Sunday.

Lynne Rogers, Donna Clark, Lorna Coyle and Kevan McCartney took a tour of the Glasgow’s Queens, Kings, Pollock, Rouken Glen, Bellahouston and Linn parks in a mixture of physical, emotional, and hydrated conditions.

Never the less the weary four worked well together moving steadily form park to park passing numerous runners sometimes twice who perhaps pushed too hard in the earlier stages.

The most inspired run of the day came from Donna Clark who had not ran more than 7 miles in training and feared her over indulgence of an apple beverage at the GGH Halloween party would impair her run.

Taking in the autumnal sights of the Glasgow parks and even taking time for photo shoots and a couple of emergency detours the team of four still crossed the line in 2 hours 19 minutes, and 32 seconds.

Lorna Coyle (4th Super Vet)
Donna Clark (23rd senior)
Lynne Rogers (24th senior)
Kevan McCartney (67th senior)

Lochaber Half Marathon 3/11/13

Robert Wilson took wee trip up to Fort William on Sunday for Eddies Half Marathon where the sun was shining but with gusting winds times were slightly down, Robert  finished in 14th place in a time of 1.27.44

Colin Shields 2/11/13

Trainer Bowls Them Over

Greenock Glenpark Harriers Stephen Trainer just 5 days after completing the Dublin Marathon, showed his remarkable powers of recovery by winning the Colin Shields Road Race.

Trainer lined up with 42 others at the top of Dunlop Street for the testing 4.5mile course which looped around Larkfield. It was the Harriers newest members Lesley Mackay and Sarah McGonigle who got the time trial under way with the rest following them in pairs at 30 second intervals, but it was soon clear that Trainer was feeling no ill effects from his top ten finish at Dublin where he recorded a personal best of 2 hours 26 minutes – the 4th fastest by a Scot this year – when he eased away from Steven Campbell. He then proceeded to catch and pass everyone else to go a minute clear of runner up Campbell. The final podium place went to Mick McLoone who edged out Kevin O’Donoghue by a single second.

Jacqueline O’Donoghue continues to dominate the women’s competition this time with a 90 second personal best, but with Alison King and Gillian Forrest improving fast, she will come under increasing pressure as the season continues.

An encouraging sign for the club was that 20 of the 24 athletes who ran the race last year were quicker, with the biggest improvement coming from Scott Forrest taking off 4 minutes.

The youngest athletes had earlier got the proceedings underway in the worst of the weather as torrential rain pounded down on them. Christy Campbell crossing the line to be first winner of the day, on the tough 300m race up Dunlop Street.

In the 1500m metre boys race it was Dunoon pair Nathan Robinson and Alan Mollins who dominated, Nathan retaining his title from last year, ahead of Jack McDaid in 3rd.

Lauren Mulaghton claimed the win in the girls race, with the on form Nicola Doohan running Lauren close, and just ahead of Megan Rodgers, who continues to improve after her return from injury. Competition was keen among the 41 youngsters with their hard work in training being rewarded as all recorded impressive times.

It was a massive effort by everyone in the club on Saturday to organise so many things in a short space of time. Registration, club photographs, 3 races with 84 runners competing, Race presentation, and then rounded off with a Halloween Party.

 

And with torrential rain most of the day, the added problems of getting everyone up and down to the start.

 

A special mention to Liz McAuslan and Duncan Anderson who pulled everything together, gave everyone their tasks whilst at the same time selling kit and gathering in membership fees. Also to the Lady Alice Bowling club for hosting us.

 

 

Without members and their families support we would be unable to function as a club…so once again a very big thank you to everyone who came along on Saturday whether it was timekeeping, marshalling, DJ’ing, home baking, organising party games, supporting or running.

Race Report to follow:

1500m: Nathan Robinson 4.26, Lauren Mulaghton 4.50, Nicola Doohan 4.55, Megan Rogers 4.56, Alan Mollins 5.02, Luisa Davies 5.04, Jack McDaid 5.05, Tom Forrest 5.05, Sean Fischer Keogh 5.06, Craig White 5.09, Ewan Ferguson 5.14, Connor Black 5.22, Kate Kilpatrick 5.23, Jude Dolan 5.26, Jonathan Slater 5.41, Laura Hamill 5.42, Beth McKenna 5.44, Emily Pugh 5.45, Christie Mulaghton  5.55, Lucy McFarlane 6.03, Alistair White 6.05, Catriona Daisley 6.07, Rachel Mulaghton 6.09, Olivia Steele 6.16, Rachel McFarlane 6.16, Lucas Fischer Keogh 6.17, Sarah Pugh 6.20, Alisha Singleton 6.21, Laura McFarlane 6.32, Mhairi Moore 7.03, Olivia Trainer 7.05, Zoe Crighton 7.09,  Eve Crighton 7.14, Amy Lee Black 7.17,  Priya Boparai 7.27, Kristin Delussey 7.33.

300m: Christy Campbell 1.30, Ava Beaton 1.46, Kate Ferguson 1.53, Mia Smith 1.57, Francesca MacKay 1.59.

4.5miles: Stephen Trainer 23.43, Steven Campbell 24.49, Mick McLoone 25.25, Kevin O’Donoghue 25.26, Andrew White 26.33, Alan Henderson 26.43, Andrew Osborne 26.44, Graham McGrattan 27.07, Danny McLaughlin 27.30, Chris Watson 27.45, Robert Dolan 28.35, Ross Slater 29.40, Kevan  McCartney 29.56, Scott Forrest 30.09, Mick Harrington 30.22, Micky Dunn 30.22, Robert Mitchell 30.35, George Mitchell 30.43, Jim Cuffe 30.56, Jacqueline O’Donoghue 31.04, Colin Campbell 31.09, Ewan Leslie 31.09, Robin McAuslan 31.39, Alison King 31.47, Gillian Forrest 32.09, Kevin Gill 32.29, Donna Clark 33.10, Stephen McDade 33.17, Lorna Coyle 33.23, David Carruthers 33.28, Rhonda White 33.41, Charles Kerr 34.08, Marion Monk 35.06, Lesley Mackay 35.35, Kirsten Arthur 35.51, Viki Wilkinson 37.28, Sarah Aitken 38.02, Lisa Ruddy 38.36, Susan Clark 38.41, John Carruthers 38.57, James Campbell 40.35, Sarah McGonigle 40.55, Richard Hodelet 46.05

Excellent photographs taken at the Lady Alice Bowling Club by Thomas Loehndorf:http://www.flickr.com/photos/35938782@N08/sets/72157637229905776/

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