Greenock Glenpark Harriers

"The Harriers"

ATHLETE PROFILES

GGH since 1895

If you want your profile included (Harriers Past & Present - young & ancient) just send an email to  steviemcloone@ntlworld.com  with any info you want added (funny or serious) - see below for examples(I have photos of most people but send me your preferred picture if you have one.)

Shelby Morrison

The 2013 under 13 Scottish Cross Country Champion. The Harriers first ever female to win a National title, and the first Glenpark junior athlete to win the National XC title since D.Addison in 1931. A stunning display at Falkirk, where she judged her race to perfection to come from 7th at half way to win in convincing style. 

Shelby also gained selection for the West District team in the Interdistrict championships at Holyrood park in 2012 and 2013. A counter in the Gold medal winning West team in 2013.

Dick Hodelet

Richard (Dick) Hodelet,  Greenock Glenpark Harrier

Winner of the most club championship titles in this famous club's history a feat which is unlikely to be ever matched.

He has beaten world champions at his best, he still holds Scottish records over middle distance, and the dogged athlete has peresevered over numerous injuries  to compete year after year, collecting titles in every age group he has competed in. A True Greenock Glenpark Harrier (Dick always insists that the club is called "Greenock Glenpark Harriers" - never shorten the famous name - 

En Avant

Click on link to article on Dick Hodelet on the Ardbruach website: http://www.ardbruach.org.uk/Dick%20Hodelet.htm

David Henderson

Been a member of Glenpark since 2004 and one of the clubs multi sports althletes. Notible achievments to date:

1 x  Ironman Nice 2007 Triathlon (2.4 mile swim /112 mile cycle/ 26.2 mile run)

2 x Half Ironman (2005 & 2007)

1 x Big Triathlon (Billed Britian's toughest event 2006)

16 x Marathon

Swam across Clyde & Firth of  Forth

Cycles stages of the TDF (2005)

PB's

Ironman 12:42:19 (2007)

1/2 Ironman 6:09:49 (2005)

Marathon 3:21 (2007)

1/2 Marathon 1:31:12 (2006)

10K 39:54 (2006)

 

 

Stephen Trainer

Stephen’s first notable success was when he won Bronze at the National cross country Championship at Irvine Beach Park in the Under13 age group. More recently he took Scottish track Under 20 titles over 5km.

  

Favorite Race - Scottish National Cross Country Championships

Favourite Athlete -  Hicham El Guerrouj

Best Performance - winning the Willie Jukes 5mile road race with one shoe, losing it just after ½ way....ouch!

Biggest Disappointment - letting Stevie McLoone beat me in the Singlehurst race not knowing he would retire after it.

Best Glenpark memory - being on the buses packed with 30 juniors going to races.

Alan O'Rourke

Bullied into joining the club in 1998 by Jim Cuffe and Danny McLaughlin. Started out initially to get fit and lose weight (1 out of 2 is not bad - I'll never be skinny). Grew to love the club and now understand it when club vets say "If I was a rock and you cut me down the middle it would read Greenock Glenpark Harriers".

PBs - 1Mile - 4.59 (McLoone swears it was 5mins), 3Km - 10.22, 5km - 17.52, 10km - 36.50, 10M - 60.19, Half - 1.22.50. Marathon 3.00.07. Best Memory - Breaking the 37min for the 10km.

Biggest Disappointment - Collaspsing at the Berlin Marathon with 20metres to go and a sub 3hr marathon in my grasp,

Ambitions - Just get a PB. A sub 3hr marathon effort would go down on my memorial bench that would read 'Loving Husband, Father, Stone Roses Fan, Greenock Glenpark Harrier and sub 3hr Marathon runner" A sub 3hr and it wouldn't bother me if people sat on my memorial bench and farted all day.

Quote - "Carling don't normally do running clubs but if they did they would be called Greenock Glenpark Harriers" 

 

 

Andy McCall Snr

Andy with Blackpool tower in the background

Andy has been overshadowed recently by his son Andrew, but he has shown he is no slouch himself with impressive times in both his Marathon & 1/2 marathon.

Personal Bests

Marathon 2:44:59 Lochaber 1999
1/2 marathon 1: 16: 52 Glasgow 1998
10k 35: 44 Dumbarton 2001
Favourite athlete: Steve Ovett+Haile Gebrselassie.
Memorable moments: finishing joint 3rd with Andrew junior in Rothesay 1/2 mar 2006.
4th in Lochaber marathon 1999
Biggest dissapointment: Not running sub 2:40 for marathon... but hopefully next year !!

ALISON KING

Alison rejoined the club in 2004 after a long spell away.  Alison was ladies champion in 1997 -1998 and regained this title in 2004 - 2005,

then 2006 - 2007. 

 

Alf Tupper - Tough of the Track

Alf joined the Greenock Glenpark Harriers (for legal reasons history was rewritten and Greenock Glenpark were called Greystoke Harriers) paying a subscription fee of half a guinea, he was only a member of the Harriers for three weeks and was instructed to return his membership card by Bob Richards the Hon Secretary, following an ontrack fight with Vic Mason in the 440 yards at the Glenpark Harriers Sports meeting. Alf's staple diet was fish and chips wrapped in newspaper.

Major Honours: World Mile record holder & 1500m Olympic Champion at Barcelona.

(His likeness to Stephen Trainer is purely co-incidental - Stephen insists he would have "run em"

Jim Sheridan

One of the Harriers most senior members.

 

Danny McLaughlin

Club captain.

 

Sharron Skinner

Joined the Harriers in 2007, and had a fantastic debut season, winning her first  trophy at the Willie Jukes road race at Dunoon in 2008.

Robert Wilson

Talented veteran runner, winning Scottish Master titles in various distances from 800m to the Marathon. In 2007 he was part of the GB team that took Gold in the Marathon at theWorld Masters Championships. 

 

James Wilson

James (in white) is the Harriers only Olympic medallist. He won Bronze in the 10000m behind "Flying Finn" Paavo Nurmi (far right) at the 1920 Games in Antwerp. he also collected a team Silver in the 8km X-C, finishing first counter for the GB team. He is also the only Scot to have competed in the Olympic cross country event . His Clubmate George Wallach ran the 10000m in the 1912 Olympics at Stockholm.

Final Lap Nurmi leads Guillemot & James Wilson. In April the same year in the International XC (the forerunner to the World XC Championships) James led from start to finish beating Guillemot.

Andy McCall Jnr

Andy won his first club Championship title in 2006-07 and retained it the following season. He specialises in Hill running, and represented Scotland at Under 20 level in the World Mountain Trophy in Turkey in 2006.

  

Stephen McLoone

Took up running quite late in life, aged 29 and joined the Harriers in 1991. The club was full of talented athletes at the time Tommy Murray, Alan Puckrin, Hammy Cox, Pat Duffy, John McFadden, and Billy Jenkins to name but a few. Now involved in coaching and acts as club secretary.

Favourite Race – Ben Nevis – apart from not being able to walk the following few days after it.

 

Favourite Athlete(s) -  Haile Gebreselassie / Jonathan Wyatt 6 times world mountain running champion (should have been 7, was bitten by a dog in his warm up in Turkey and had to have injections which affected his performance).

My Real Favourite Athlete - Andy Ritchie  , the "Idle Idol" The greatest footballer to walk the planet - Greenock Morton's Super Star of the 70/80s' -

 

Best Performance(s) – Nothing spectacular but it was in two races where I achieved results beyond my expectations -Getting under 1hour 50minutes at Ben Nevis and finishing 3rd in the 2003 Renfrewshire X-C championships, helping the team to the County title.

 

Biggest Disappointment – Failing to finish the Devil O’ the Highlands race. I gave up with severe cramp in both legs after 36 miles, 7 miles short of the finish.

 

Best Glenpark Memory – Shelby Morrison winning the Scottish Cross Country title in 2013.