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 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/