Weekend Races Roundup

Sunny Day for Harriers at Jimmy Irvine 10K

It was appropriate that local rivals Bellahouston Harriers should take home the men’s and women’s team prizes at Bellahouston Road Runners’ Jimmy Irvine 10K on Sunday (17 November). The autumn event pays tribute to one of the Road Runners’ founding members but Jimmy Irvine was also a very successful Harrier for many years too. It was Jimmy himself who sent the runners on their way on a bright, crisp morning where a field of over six hundred  were tested by an undulating and compact two and a half lap course around the historic Bellahouston Park.

A strong showing of top club runners meant healthy competition at the front of the field. Cambuslang Harrier Alasdair Campbell (32:09) prevailed ahead of Bellahouston Harrier Gregor Yates (32:57). Kilbarchan AAC’s Robbie Ferguson (33:03) finished 3rd.

Leeds City’s Lorna Young (36:09) was fastest woman with Fife AC’s Sheena Logan (36:59) taking silver. Bellahouston Harrier Kristina Greig (40:34) completed the podium places.

First female finisher for the club was Evie Harrison (47:30) who, exactly one year on from her first race, set a new PB and into the bargain managed to get the better of her Mum, Lynne (47:56). Next in was Nathalie Smith (50:55) who’s consistent training is paying off, setting yet another 10km PB! Good runs followed from Susie Gillies (54:20), Lynsey Mooney (55:26) and Eileen Stevenson (56:39) who’s form is improving from week to week. The Ladies Team finished 4th overall, just missing out on a medal.

Evie with Mum and Dad before the start

Jimmy Irvine 10km Ladies Results
In the Mens race, first in for the club was Wes Pattison (35:09), finishing 3rd  in his new V40 age category. A phenomenal PB came from another of our juniors, Lewis McRae (37:28). Lewis broke his previous PB by 35 seconds which is a great indication that the increased training is paying off. Next in, with yet another PB was Stephen Harrison (40:17) who was tantalisingly close to breaking the 40 minute barrier. Just 44 seconds behind Stephen was Colin McKnight in 41:01.  A special mention goes to Andy Smith who wore a club vest for the first time after many years coming along to races to support his wife Viki. Viki helped pace him around the course. Welcome to the club Andy! The Mens Team finished 6th overall.
Andy Smith celebrates his first race for the club with wife Viki
Jimmy Irvine 10km Mens Results
Newton Road Runners 10km
Looks like David Thomson took it comfortably ahead of his marathon in 3 weeks time, finishing with a time of 54:11. Oliver Reilly was running a cracker of a race until 5km. At the turn Oliver felt a niggle in his hamstring, but managed to hobble his way to the finish. Having said that, Oliver still managed to finish a full minute ahead of his time last year!
Newton Road Runners 10km Results

The John Muir Way Nocturnal Ultra Marathon 2023

New member John Logan is certainly getting around the races lately. Novice ultra runner John smashed the Nocturnal Ultra, finishing 3rd overall from a field of 118!  John managed this with very little specific training; an incredible achievement! Watch this space…

John Logan getting ready to run the Nocturnal Ultra

Results of Nocturnal Ultra showing John Logan’s 3rd Place

La Traviesa Trail, La Palma

This weekend La Palma, Isla Bonita in  the Canary Islands hosted La Traviesa Trail – 23km, 15km and 10km races. It’s been 4 years since our much-missed Glenparker, Silke Loehndorf pinned a number on. Silke’s a very experienced ultra runner. However, on the plane to the Canaries enjoying double helpings of pasta, her husband pointed out that carbo-loading wasn’t really necessary for a 10km race ! As it turned out, it was a tough race and most definitely a good idea after all ! Silke ran a tremendous race, finishing third – a fabulous way to start the holidays. Try to relax now Silke!