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 7th woman 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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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)
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.
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 9th overall 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)
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
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 9th overall 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)
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 6th position after producing a strong sprint finish in the final 200metres.
Lauren, Nicola and Megan
Lauren, Nicola and Megan
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 at https://www.facebook.com/kenny.phillips.9256/media_set?set=a.268121883346356.1073741915.100004456382355&type=1 .
Steven Campbell with a strong finish. More Pictures at https://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
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 at http://www.thatonemoment.co.uk/
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.
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
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 3rd place 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.
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
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)
Graham was fastest in his age group and 6th overall, while Robin finished 21st setting a 20 second PB as he edges ever closer to the 20 minute mark.
Results: Graham McGrattan 18.07, Robin McAuslan 20.17
Angela, David, John and June at the Greenock Santa Dash on a wet cold and windy day on Greenock Esplanade.
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.
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
Triple Crown for GGH Men
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
58 Richard HODELET 29:51
75 Jim SHERIDAN 36:27
5 Graham McGRATTAN 18:20
11 Christopher WATSON 19:00
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.
Age No Barrier
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
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)
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/