Track Challenge Gets Underway
The first races in Glenparks 2010 track challenge took place on Tuesday night with 24 junior athletes competing, and a few seniors also testing themselves against the youngsters. Top performer with 2 victories was Alan Gray.
Heat1: A.Gray 38.0, A.Sinclair 38.4, A.McCluskey 42.4, M.McGuinness 42.5
Heat2: C.Knight 28.2, A.Fisher 28.5, G.Smith 28.9, J.Harrington 28.9
Heat3: M.Deegan 24.0, D.Reay 26.0, M.Magee 28.5, M.McDade 29.5, S.Kangley 31.5
Heat4: A.McCormick 29.8, C.Abercrombie 32.0, S.Webster 33.0, L.Mulaghton 35.5, D.Hunter 37.2
Heat5: S.Clark 31.3, M.Forest 42.1, R.Mulaghton 43.4, C.Pollock 44.0, A.McArthur 44.5, C.Mulaghton 46.0
Heat1: A.Gray 3.29, R.Mulaghton 3.32, C.Pollock 3.41, M.McGuinness 3.44, M.Forrest 3.45, A.McArthur 3.47 , A.Sinclair 3.57, C.Mulaghton 4.12, A.McCluskey 4.37.
Heat2: G.Smith 2.25, J.Harrington 2.32, M.McDade 2.37, L.Mulaghton 3.11, C.Abercrombie 3.16, D.Hunter 3.17
Heat3: A.Fisher 2.26, P.Clare 2.27, M.Deegan 2.32, A.McCormick 2.33, A.O’Rourke 2.35, D.Reay 2.40, M.magee 2.55, S.Webster 3.24
Knock-out Performance from McCallion at Docherty Cup
25 juniors lined up at the start of the youngsters race along Ashton Promenade. The youngsters had to face a strong wind in the first half before turning back with a gale at their backs. The surprise winner in the 2 lap race was ex-boxer Sean McCallion who dominated from start to finish crossing the line over 100m clear of Dylan Moore, with Andy Fisher taking third place.
Meighan McDade was top girl ahead of Shannon Kangley and Luisa Davies picking up some useful points in the club championship.
In the 1200m race new boy Cameron Watson passed early leader Michael O’Rourke for an impressive debut, with his twin Jack taking third. Lauren Mulaghton was best of the younger girls with Danielle Hunter runner-up and Francesca Fisher just pipping Clara Pollock for the 3rd podium spot.
1200m: C.Watson 4.29, M.O’Rourke 4.41, L.Mulaghton 4.46, D.Hunter 5.17, J.O’Rourke 5.24, F.Fisher 5.25, C.Pollock 5.28, j.Skelton 5.43, M.McGuiness 5.47, C.Docherty 5.55, A.McArthur 5.59, M.Forrest 5.59, M.McColl 6.06, T.Forrest 6.33, J.Ruddy 6.36
2500m: S.McCallion 8.41, D.Moore 9.05, A.Fisher 9.10, C.McDonald 9.13, D.Reay 9.44, R.Forbes 9.53, M.Magee 10.13, M.McDade 10.22, S.Kangley 11.09, L.Davies 13.03
Sean Leads the U15/17race, while young Cameron in a fantastic debut chases down David.
Girl winners Meighan & Lauren
LtoR: Francesca, Clara, Jack, Luisa, Matthew, and Morgan.
Shannon Kangley was the star turn for the club as she made it 3 out of 3 at the final Inverclyde Schools Cross-Country races held on Saturday at Lauren Mulaghton, Daniella Hunter and Lucy Compston made it 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the P7 race to comfortably win the team title for St Josephs. Lauren and Daniella moving up an age group this summer will prove a welcome boost to the U13 girls squad. Rachel also ran well. Francesca Fisher put in another fine performance in the P6 race finishing 3rd, making it a 1,2,3 over the series. New member Cameron Watson ran brilliant to finish 2nd with Michael O’Rourke running his best ever race to finish 8th in a large P6 field. Good runs also came from Alan Grey and Mark Magee.
Shannon Kangley was the star turn for the club as she made it 3 out of 3 at the final Inverclyde Schools Cross-Country races held on Saturday at
Lauren Mulaghton, Daniella Hunter and Lucy Compston made it 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the P7 race to comfortably win the team title for St Josephs. Lauren and Daniella moving up an age group this summer will prove a welcome boost to the U13 girls squad. Rachel also ran well.
Francesca Fisher put in another fine performance in the P6 race finishing 3rd, making it a 1,2,3 over the series.
New member Cameron Watson ran brilliant to finish 2nd with Michael O’Rourke running his best ever race to finish 8th in a large P6 field. Good runs also came from Alan Grey and Mark Magee.
Top 10 Finish for Emily
Emily Pollock finished her last U17 race in style to gain a top 10 finish at the National Road Race Championships, held at Rouken Glen Park on Sunday. Despite having raced 8 miles around ‘The Cut’ the previous day Emily showed little signs of fatigue. Lying in 12th position as she entered the 2nd lap, her endurance strength came to the fore as she managed to overhaul 3 places to finish in 9th place. Encouraged by her team-mate Elidh Hamill managed to score a PB over the undulating 5km course.
Meighan McDade ended a difficult winter on a high to finish 23rd in the U15 race. Lying outside the top 30 at halfway she trailed training partner Shannon Kangley by 50m. Pushing on hard over the closing stages she took several places as she drew level with
Gerard Smith was the best of the Glenpark boys. Running alongside Dylan Moore he soon pulled clear and began shooting up the field. The endurance sessions provided by coach Stevie Campbell no doubt are paying off as he continued to improve his position in the last half mile, finishing in a very respectable 24th in his first year in the U15 category with
Sean McCallion continued his good form to be first U17 home. Starting off at the very back of the field he steadily worked his way through and despite suffering midway he rallied to take 20secs off his best 5km time, ahead of Andy Fisher and Chris McDonald who suffered due to his exploits at the National BB Champs the previous day where he finished in a fine 7th place. The team finished 6th and like the U15 girls are in their first year and with PBs being achieved every month hopes are high that the U17 boys will be a force next year. Jack Harrington signed off his U13 career in 36th ahead of team-mate Greg Black.
This was the largest Glenpark showing at the National Road Race for several years and another demonstration that the junior sections are heading in the right direction. The club is nevertheless always on the lookout for new talent and any parents with children interested in taking up the sport should contact Alan on 07789757313 or check the website for details (www.freewebs.com/glenparkharriers).
Gabrielle, Meighan, Shannon, Dylan, & Eillidh
Emily, Andy, and Chris
Gabrielle, Gerard and Gregor
Lucy, Shannon& Meighan, and Luisa
Rebecca and Shaun
U13s 2500m (Boys) 36. Jack Harrington 9.56, 66.Greg Black 11.27, (Girls 15th team)72. Lucy Compston 12.02, 75. Luisa Davis 12.23, 80. Rebecca McDiarmid 12.48
U15s 3700m (Boys) 24. Gerard Smith 13.15, 28. Dylan Moore 13.34, (Girls 8th team) 23. Meighan McDade 15.09, 24. Shannon Kangley 15.09, 44. Gabrielle Fisher 16.47
U17s 5000m (Men 6th team) 33. Shaun McCallion 18.34, 37. Andy Fisher 19.01, 38. Chris McDonald 19.19 (Women) 9. Emily Pollock 19.41, 29.Eillidh Hamill 25.16
Junior Men Win County Gold
Andy, Sean and David
Luisa, Francesca, and Jack
Andy Fisher paid for an over exuberant start in the under 17men’s race, opening up a considerable lead in the first kilometre, but his advantage was soon closed down by Kilbarchan’s Gary Rankin, then by team mate Sean McCallion. Sean produced his best ever run for 2nd place, and with Fisher in 3rd and David Reay a further place behind the young men claimed team Gold.
Emily Pollock just failed to hold off training partner Nynke Mulholland as the pair finished just a few strides apart at the head of the U17 women’s race.
Another showing considerable improvement was Dylan Moore placing 6th in the U15 two mile race, 40metres clear of Craig Knight and Gerard Smith.
There were good showings from Jack Harrington and Lucy Compston in the under 13’s, with Jack one minute faster than 2009.
A battling performance from Lauren Mulaghton saw her win silver in the under 11 one mile race, she exchanged the lead several times with Giffnocks Holly Still, but despite her efforts to hold on, her county rival broke clear in the final quarter. Glenparks top boy was Michael O’Rourke.
3mile: S.McCallion 17.00, A.Fisher 17.41, E.Pollock 17.54 D.Reay 18.25.
2mile: D.Moore 11.14, C.Knight 11.22, G.Smith 11.24, J.Harrington 11.51, M.Magee 12.37, M.McDade 11.56, G.Fisher 14.18, L.Compston 14.55, L.Davis 15.36.
1mile: L.Mulaghton 6.51, M.O’Rourke 7.32, J.O’Rourke 8.12, F.Fisher 8.03.
Last Gasp Shannon
Just as if it looked like Lauren would hold off Shannon in the conceding 1mile handicap race, Shannon's last desperate effort won her the day.
Shannon charges down Lauren in the last 100m. Full results and more pics on "Race Reports" page
A record 34 youngsters turned out for the first race in the 2009-10
Glenpark Club Championship. In the 1.1mile race it was an easy win
for David Reay as he cruised to victory well ahead of the field.
2nd place was a different kettle of fish with 4 runners exchanging
the spot during the race. Chris McDonald played the waiting game to
perfection to overtake Andy Fisher and Dylan Moore with quarter of
mile remaining to claim the runners-up spot as his own. Meighan
McDade bounced back to form to win comfortably ahead of Shannon
Kangley and Carly Dalgleish. Mark Magee had his best run yet with
Gabrielle Fisher also making an impressive return.
In the half mile race training partners Lauren Mulaghton and
Michael O’'Rourke were locked together until halfway at which
point Mulaghton - a martial arts expert - put in the decisive
kick to move clear, eventually winning by 10secs. O'Rourke should
however be happy with what was his best race to date. Danielle
Hunter made an impressive club debut to just edge out Megan and
Aidan Conway for 3rd spot. There was only in fact 10secs separating
3rd to 9th places with promising debuts coming from Joshua Ruddy
and Jennifer Skelton.
The club would like to thank yesterday’s race sponsor Anderson Carpets
as well as all the volunteers who ensured the day passed off successfully.
(1.1miles): D.Reay 5.38, C.McDonald 5.54, A.Fisher 6.03, D.Moore 6.03,
A.McCormick 6.09,C.Knight 6.20, R.Forbes 6.26, M.Magee 6.37,
J.Harrington 6.39, M.McDade 6.47, S.Kangley 7.04, C.Dalgleish 7.11,
G.Fisher 7.29 S.Webster 7.33, E.Hamill 7.45, L.Davies 7.54,
(0.5miles): L.Mulaghton 2.57, M.ORourke 3.07, D.Hunter 3.21, M.Conway
3.22,A.Conway 3.23,F.Fisher 3.23, J.Ruddy 3.24, A.Gray 3.25, J.Skelton 3.25,
J.ORourke 3.30,R.Mulaghton 3.34, C.Mulaghton 3.43, A.McArthur 3.47,
A.Sinclair 3.53, A.McCluskey 3.56, L.Harkness 3.57, L.Hamill 3.58
Juniors Enjoy National Day Out
Well done to all our junior athletes at the National cross country relays, after completing their races they cheered on the seniors to their best result in recent years. Busiest athlete of the day was Adam McCormick, despite not having a place in the boys team, he ran round on every lap of both boys and girls races urging on his team-mates.
Well done to all our juniors who took part in Inverclyde Leisures 3km road race at Kilmacolm
All results can be found at: http://www.inverclydeleisure.com/KILMACOLM2009
Adam, Andrew and Meighan
Great Glasgow Run from Shannon & Meighan
Meighan and Shanon travelled to an unseasonably wintry Glasgow Green on Saturday for the Great Glasgow Run 3k.
Both girls used their experience to elbow their way into the front row of their age group section ensuring a good,fast start.
Meighan went out hard with Shannon content to sit in and wait for the right time to make a move.
After 2k,the effects of Meighan's recent break from training kicked in and she understanably began to lose momentum.
Shannon now moved alongside and passed Meighan to finish powerfully with a pb of 12:25, a full 10 seconds better than her previous 3k time.
Meighan managed to keep her shape and finished in 12:38.
The girls finished in 5th and 6th places overall in their age group and should be pleased with their efforts in front of a very large crowd.
Scottish Junior International Trial Race
4 of the juniors travelled to Menstrie at the foot of the Ochil Hills to compete in the trial race for the Scottish team for the British International hill championships. In high quality field, it was an incredibly fast start on a wide landrover track, before the runners had to face some very steep climbs and descents on the higher slopes of the hillside. In what was their first hill race the youngsters should all be pleased with their performances.
Results: Eillidh Hamill finished 7th in the U16 Girls 4.1km/240m climb in a time of 28.14
U16 Boys 4.6km 280m climb, 9th David Reay 24.07, 13th Andy Fisher 26.18, 14th Adam McCormick 27.42
In the Open 6.3km race Stevie McLoone was 4th in 32.43, and Maria Reay 6th women 49.13.
|David Reay||2.16||25.60 PB||2.19|
|Adam McCormick||2.21 PB||27.10 PB||2.22|
|Craig Knight||28.81 PB||2.36 PB|
|Andy Fisher||30.44 PB||2.37|
|Jack Harrington||30.30 PB||2.39|
|Dylan Moore||13.76 PB||27.84 PB|
|Martin McGowan||13.08||26.40 PB||Not Known|
|Lauren Mulaghton||17.18||2.58 PB||
|Craig Oswald||39.50||3.26 PB|
|Lucy Compston||32.58 PB||3.28|
|Michael O'Rourke||37.44 PB||3.30|
|Jack O'Rourke||36.25 PB||3.31|
|Megan Conway||33.08 PB||DNS|
Glenpark Juniors at Rothesay Highland Games
Glenpark's young athletes enjoyed their 3rd highland games event of the year, this time sailing over to Rothesay for the Bute Highland Games. In a very busy day the youngsters took part in the 100m, 200m, 800m, Shot Put and Scots hammer. Best result came in the under 17, 800m race, where David Reay and Adam McCormick took the top 2 places.
AVIEMORE SEPTEMBER 2009
17 of Glenparks young athletes at their Highland training camp in Rothiemurchus Forest in the Cairngorms mountains.
The youngsters also took on the challenge of rock climbing, absailing, and Gorge walking.
Dylan's Promising Debut at Linwood
New boy Dylan Moore made his club debut at a windy Linwood stadium, and posted encouraging times in the sprint events. Moore used to running 5k's and 10k's, he proved to be no slouch finishing 2nd in both his heats, into a strong head wind. Best other run of the night came from Eillidh Hamill who came within a whisker of breaking the 3minute barrier for the 1st time. Veteran Peter Clare's recent speed work paid off, with a seasons best in the 1500m.
100M Heat 3: 1st. Martin McGowan 13.20 2nd. Dylan Moore 14.08 (wind speed -2.4)
100M GP Heat 2: 3rd Matthew Deegan 12.17 (wind speed -2.8)
200M Heat 3: 2nd Dylan Moore 28.54 (wind speed -1.3)
200M GP Heat 2: 1st Matthew Deegan 24.37
800M David Reay 2.20, Andy Fisher 2.35, Eillidh Hamill 3.00, Rebecca McDiarmid 3.18,
1500M: Peter Clare 4.46
YOUNGSTERS IMPRESS WITH PERSONAL BESTS
Adam McCormick was the star of the evening with 2 PBs as 15 Glenpark Juniors competed at the Linwood Open Graded Track Meeting on Wednesday evening.
With most athletes running tired after their School Sports Days earlier that day, hopes were not high amongst the coaches but they were pleasantly surprised by excellent performances by each and every athlete on the night.
7 athletes competed in the 100m. Fastest on the night was yet again U20 Matthew Deegan, running 12.36 into a headwind. Martin McGowan narrowly missed a PB despite a poor warm up and standing start. In heat 3 Carly Dalgleish was up against Shannon Kangley and Adam McCormick. Sprinter Dalgleish was one of the few to suffer from sports day exploits. Her loss was McCormick's gain however as he stormed past in the closing 10m. Brilliant performances kept coming as sprinter Shona Webster, fresh from running a schools 800m PB, had her best ever sprint performance. Flying out the blocks she held her form well to chop her PB. Not bad for a girl who 12mths earlier had competed for the first time at Linwood, finishing last and vowing never to return ever again. Just goes to show what a bit of effort and dedication will bring. U13 Saskia Cooper received a last minute coaching session on start techniques and was rewarded with a blistering PB of 15.24.
Attention now switched to the 800m. Having run 2.16 twice in succession, David Reay was determined to lower his PB. Once again he went out fast hitting 200m in 30secs, settling down to hit halfway in 65secs. As per previous attempts the wheels came off at 500m as the effects of lactic kicked in. Reay rallied on this occasion however and managed to pick it up again, sprinting home to a 2.14 PB. Encouraged by his training partner, Chris McDonald also had a real go and despite tiring badly in the 2nd half he also came back bravely to overtake 2 in the final stages to win his race in a new PB of 2.23. Next up was the girls. Best performance on the night came Luisa Davies, running a brilliant first 400m before holding on the second half to nip under the 3min barrier for the first time. Ellidh Hamill finished closed behind having already PB'd that day in the 800m at the Schools. Pocket Rocket Lauren Mulaghton in the same race stormed to a new best, as did Rebecca McDiarmid.
With 7 out of 8 athletes running quicker than ever before, the coaches attention to speed training has obviously been rewarded.
Meighan McDade earlier in the evening became the 1st Glenparker this year to compete in the Triple Jump and recorded a surprise win.
Luisa, Rebecca and Lauren only got minutes to recover before they were back on for the 200m but equipped themselves well nevertheless. Meighan McDade ran a solid race to record a surprise win over Shannon but the best girls time of evening came from Saskia Cooper who flew out the blocks, storming around the bend to record a comfortable win in her heat and her 2nd PB of the night. Matthew Deegan opened his 200m account for the year with a good performance considering the distance but will be looking to go below 24secs as we enter the summer.
The best was left to last however as Adam McCormick stormed to a new 1500m PB. Flying thru the 1st lap in 78secs, Adam kept it together to 900m when he hit a brief sticky patch. Under pressure from Inverclyde Athlete Ross Gray was the kick start Adam needed which saw him increase the pace again to record a massive new PB.
The juniors would like to thank Wilson Coaches
100M M.Deegan 12.36, M.McGowan 13.14, A.McCormick 14.76 (PB), C.Dalgleish 14.80, S.Cooper 15.24 (PB), S.Kangley 15.54, S.Webster 16.59 (PB)
800M D.Reay 2.14 (PB), C.McDonald 2.23 (PB), G.Smith 2.35 (PB), L.Davies 2.59 (PB), E.Hamill 3.04, L.Mulaghton 3.09 (PB), R.McDiarmid 3.12 (PB)
200M M.Deegan 24.81, S.Cooper 32.05 (PB), M. McDade 32.35, S.Kangley 32.62, L.Davies 33.03, R.McDiarmid 36.36, L.Mulahgton 37.41
Triple Jump M. McDade 7.81
Super Cooper sets new best
The 2nd round of the Harriers Track Challenge got underway with the 400m. The first 2 heats had the better of the conditions, as those in the 3rd were unlucky to get caught in a heavy shower. A lot of personal bests were set, the biggest coming from Saskia Cooper and David Reay, both knocking 9 seconds from their previous best.
400M Heat1: David Reay 60.41, Chris McDonald 65.35, Gerard Smith 68.54, Meighan McDade 69.05, Cammy Black 73.55, Michael Isaac 74.85, Shannon Kangley 74.85, Andy Fisher 74.12
400M Heat 2: Louisa Davies 74.91, Saskia Cooper 77.73, Lauren Anderson 80.91, Eilidh Hamill 82.54, Mairi Shaw 85.35
400M Heat 3: Ryan Sinnamon 68.71, Daniel Orr 73.18, William Graham 73.89, Calum Abercrombie 79.25, Greg Black 81.17, Daniel McGachy 84.26
Well done to our youngsters at the District championships, at a cold and wet Wishaw.
Emily improved her time in the 1500 metres to finish 8th in the final. Carly despite a bad start out of the blocks in her heat recovered well to make the final, and finally David although tiring in the 2nd half of the race can take great encouragement from a very quick 1st lap of 64 seconds.
Emily Pollock 1500m Heat (5th) 5.09.04 / Final (8th) 5.04.63mins
David Reay 800m (6th) 2.16.35mins
Carly Dalgleish 200m (5th) 29.61secs
Deegan shocks McCall in Downhill Race
Matthew Deegan broke his own World Record for the downhill run at Darroch Park in a time of 16.65 seconds. At 2/3rds way down the 180metre hill he was lying a couple of strides behind Andy McCall, but a final burst saw him fly by the Hill running internationalist to break the old record by 3 seconds.
The race is normally held after the saturday morning training sessions on Darroch Park. Over the last few weeks attendance has been growing with around 14 youngsters taking part in either the endurance or sprint session which lasts from 11am to around 12.15am.
The full training session usually consists of: (1)An easy 5min jog (2)Speed drills using hurdles/ agility ladders/and cones (3)Main session (4) 5-10 min Core exercises
All our young athletes should try and come along as the session is suitable for all abilities
David Reay was tops In the Junior competition, where there was a record turnout of 20 youngsters competing over 1mile. He was on target to break 5minutes at ½way, but the strong winds slowed him after the turn. Nynke Mulholland from Inverclyde AC was runner-up, doing well to hold off a late charge from Adam McCormick. Meighan McDade was clear in 4th before a blanket finish from Ross Forbes, Shannon Kangley and Cameron Black all going under 6 minutes. There was little to separate under 11 girls Lauren Mulaghton and Lucy Compston, while a good performance from Jack O’Rourke rewarded him with the handicap prize.
The first race of the day was the under 9's, 300m, and it was as closely contested as the following junior and senior races.
Junior 1Mile race: D.Reay 5:10, N.Mulholland 5:37, A.McCormick 5:39, M.McDade 5:51, R.Forbes 5:58, S.Kangley 5:59, C.Black 5:59, J.Pollock 6:19, C.Abercrombie 6:19, G.Black 6:24, A.Julian 6:25, K.Abercrombie 6:30, L.Mulaghton 6:35, L.Compston 6:37, L.Davies 6:39, E.Hamill 6:40, R.McDiarmid 6:47, S.Webster 7:02, J.O'Rourke 7:03, M.O'Rourke 7:14
Chris's Bronze has Silver Lining
Young Glenpark Harrier Chris McDonald was in exceptional form at the Boys Brigade National Coss Country Championships at Tulliallan. Running for the 3rd Greenock team, his third place inspired his team mates to team Silver, just behind winners Airdrie &Coatbridge.
Bronze Medallist Chris (2nd from right)
GLENPARK GIRLS LUCKY 7
Meighan McDade, Emily Pollock and Emma Baxter all finish 7th at National Road Race Championships.
Thanks to all the parents (Mick, Stevie&Irene, Jim & Dorothy, Anne, Bernie & Heather, Felicity, Eric , Susie, and David's Granda) for providing transport and shouting encouragement.
U13 Meighan McDade was top performer in the 16-strong squad who travelled through to East Kilbride on Sunday to compete in the National Junior Road Race Championships.
Unfortunately a few of the under 13's girls arrived suffering from travel sickness. With their confidence knocked the girls started off conservatively. Thankfully they managed to run off their illness and gradually started to plough through the field. Entering the track for the final 400m McDade managed to overhaul 5 girls to finish a commendable 7th with Kangley not far behind in 20th. Louisa Davies, Rebecca McDiarmid and Gabrielle Fisher ran neck and neck for most of the race, but it was Louisa who was the strongest leading the trio home in a final 200m sprint just nipping it ahead of Rebecca with Gabrielle in close pursuit. For their efforts the girls claimed 6th team, 4 places better than February's National Cross-Country champs.
Craig Knight and Jack Harrington ran well in their first major competition of the winter with Craig in particular finishing strongly, pulling in 4 runners in the home straight to finish 38th of 95 runners.
Anna Gillies made her club debut to lead home the U15 girls team, finishing in 46th spot ahead of Ellidh Hamill and Shona Webster who continue to make huge improvements with every race to bring the team home in 11th spot overall.
David Reay was pushed all the way by club debutant Chris McDonald as both boys sneaked into the top 30. Exchanging positions for the entire race Reay opened up a 30m lead on McDonald as they entered the stadium and despite a late charge managed to hold off his teammate for 28th position. It was a similar battle between Adam McCormick and Martin McGowan with Adam surprisingly pulling clear of sprinter Martin on the final lap. Four good performances were rewarded with an improved 8th team position.
Longest serving junior Emily Pollock battled hard in the U17 girls event. Lying as high as 5th spot she ended up slipping back a couple of places after the mid point to finish in 7th. Last up was Club championship favourite the ever consistent Emma Baxter who finished like McDade and Baxter before her in 7th spot.
Sunday's race marked the end of a long hard winter season and the juniors shall now switch their attention to the track and field in the summer months ahead. In what was Glenpark's best turnout at the National championships since 2002 the hard work of the athletes and coaches along with the support of parents is now finally beginning to bear fruit.
7.Meighan McDade 11.55, 19.Shannon Kangley 12.21, 57.Louisa Davies 13.39, 58.Rebecca McDiarmid 13.39, 65.Gabrielle Fisher 13.52,
38.Craig Knight 11.46, 56.Jack Harrington 12.25
46.Anna Gillies 20.22, 54. Eillidh Hamill 21.22, 63.Shona Webster 24.09.
28.David Reay 16.35, 29.Chris McDonald 16.37, 50.Adam McCormick 18.12, 53.Martin McGowan 18.26.
7.Emily Pollock 17.37
(6KM ) 7. Emma Baxter 23.56
The Chuckle sisters before the start of the under 13 girls race.
Chris points out that Morton are No.1
Adam & Martin
Craig & Eilidh
Louisa & Shona
Shannon , Gabrielle & Rebecca
3 in a Row for McDade in Inverclyde Schools XC Champs
Meighan McDade romped to her 3rd straight win at the Inverclyde Schools XC
held on Saturday 21st March. In doing so she has now won 3 championships in
a row (P6, P7 and 1st year) equalling junior legends Debbie Miller and Emma
O'Rourke. Shannon Kangley left her best performance in the series to last , to
finish 2nd overall ahead of club-mate Louisa Davies.
Lucy Compston produced her best ever performance to finish 2nd overall in
the P6 race, sprinting down the home straight to hold on to the silver
medal. Also in the top 10 were St Mary's recruits Clare and Jennifer Skelton
whilst Lauren Mulaghton suffered from an unusual off day.
Rebecca McDiarmid chased the two leaders for the entire P7 race but just
couldn't close the gap and had to settle for bronze medal for the 2nd race
in a row. Likewise Ross Forbes continues to be getting back to form and
would have been frustrated to once again narrowly miss the medals, finishing
in 5th spot again.
Glenpark's youngsters continued their recent good form at the local schools cross country race around the grounds of Notre Dame high school with most returning with team and individual medals. Some pictures below.
JUNIOR ATHLETES SHINE AT THE NATIONALS
Rebecca, Meighan, Shannon, Louisa, & Gabrielle
Adam, David, Ross & Martin
Greenock Glenpark Harriers Meighan McDade delivered the performance her training deserved with a stunning run to finish top local junior at this year’s National Cross Country Championships at Falkirk’s Callendar Park.
It was a mature performance way beyond her years. Lying 30th in the early stages she kept her cool and gradually picked her way through the field, making big gains on the energy snapping hill sections. By half way on the 2mile course she had moved up to 18th. She maintained her pace gaining with every stride to finish in a fantastic 8th place overall.
Team-mate Shannon Kangley was also running strongly, only to twist an ankle during a downhill section at halfway. With team places in mind she battled on through the pain to finish in 31st. Team captain Gabrielle Fisher led by example pushing the pace extremely hard from the gun, she was closely followed by Rebecca McDiarmid and Louisa Davies. Rebecca proved to be strongest on the day, breaking clear, but with less than 20 seconds separating the trio. The spirit displayed by the under 13 girls was rewarded with 10th place in the team competition.
The Harriers youngest competitor Ross Forbes got the day off to an encouraging start in the U13 event. Starting off at the back he gradually worked his way past his competitors to gain a well deserved 94th place in his National debut with the future looking good for the youngster who has another 2years in the age category.
Best junior male performance came from David Reay who produced his very best on the biggest of occasions. A totally committed run from gun to tape saw him finish high up in 34th. Backed up by fellow debutants Ross Knight, Adam McCormick and sprinter Martin McGowan he steered the under 15’s team also to 10th position.
Martin pictured right had the fastest finish of the day, with an amazing burst of speed over the final 200m
U15 Sprinter Carly Dalgleish followed up on her good run at the Renfrewshire with yet another good show. Close on her heels was Elidh Hamill who like so many of the young athletes on the day had her best race in club colours. Special praise goes to Shona Webster, another sprinter, who rose to the challenge of the tough 4km course, and received the biggest cheer of the day as she stormed down the finishing straight.
A close contest was anticipated in the combined U17/U20 race between training partners Emma Baxter and Emily Pollock, and so it turned out. Both running smoothly in the top half of the field had Emily just holding the upper hand. But in the closing stages Emma full of confidence from recent results just edged past to finish 15th under 20 women, with Emily a few seconds behind, 19th under 17. Also running was Emily’s sister Katie competing for her University team finishing in 24th.
The club would like to thank all the parents who came through to support and to Wilson Coaches for providing the transport.
3.2km:R.Forbes 15.19, M.McDade 14.16, S.Kangley15.07, R.McDiarmid 16.41, L.Davies 16.57, G.Fisher 17.00.
4km: D.Reay 14.59, R.Knight 15.49, A.McCormick 16.45, M.McGowan 17.20, C.Dalgleish 18.46, E.Hamill 19.31, S.Webster 21.58.
4.8km: E.Baxter 18.39, E.Pollock 18.42, K.Pollock 22.14
The Harriers at the National X-C Championships 2009
The start of the under13 girls race in The magnificent setting of Callendar Park
Glenpark Youngsters at Kelvin Hall
GB Internationalist Susan Scott was the heroine for the home support with a superb win in the 800m as Great Britain took on Germany, USA, Sweden and a Commonwealth select at the Aviva Indoor International meeting at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall. Afterwards she took time to pose for pictures with the young Harriers.
Well done to all the Juniors with both under 11 and 13 boys and girls winning team medals.
Under 11 Girls Emily Lepick, Danni Ross and Francesca Fisher - Bronze
Under 11 Boys Ross Forbes Greg Black and Michael O'Rourke - Bronze
Under 13 Girls - Meighan McDade, Shannon Kangley, and Louisa Davies - Silver
Under 13 Boys - Gerard Smith, Craig Knight, and Jack Harrington - Bronze
Individual Gold - Meighan McDade
Thanks to Stevie McDade & Meighan for the photographs:
Click here for results. Unfortunately we do not have the results of the school race
Lauren Mulaghton and Michael Isaacs having excellent runs in the 1 mile race.
Glenpark Youngsters at Notre Dame X-C
There were some good performances by the young Glenpark athletes competing in the local schools cross country races at Notre Dame High School at the weekend. Over the various age groups the stand out performances came from : *Meighan McDade who made a break from the start winning by an impressive margin. *Lauren Mulaghton a close runner-up in the primary School race with Lucy Compston not far behind in 4th place. *Emily Pollock in a very close battle for 2nd place pipped Nynke Mullholland after a tremendous fight *Michael Isaac with a gutsy run coming through with a late surge for 3rd place, and * Jack Harrington also 3rd in his race. - Well done to everyone taking part!!!
David & Shannon start 2009 with wins at Harris
Harris Trophy Race 3rd January 2009
David Reay was the runaway victor, winning comfortably from Gerard Smith and Craig Knight in the clubs first race of the new year. Over the testing course with steep climbs and descents which follows the path that meanders around the Coves Reservoirs he was more than 30 seconds clear of his rivals. The best race of the day however came in the girls event as Shannon Kangley and Meighan McDade remained glued to each other for the entire 1.4mile loop. Kangley’s strength on the hills came into play however at the end as she broke clear of her team-mate with only 50m remaining. The race saw both girls record the most improved performances of the day with both girls taking almost 90secs of their previous best. This will hopefully give them a huge confidence boost ahead of their West of Scotland debuts at Saturday’s Inter Districts championships in Edinburgh. Youngest competitor Lauren Mulaghton impressed to finish 3rd girl overall whilst Gabrielle Fisher continues to improve, chalking a minute of last year’s time. Jack Harrington returning from a bout of flu was just glad to get round the course.
Junior Results: D.Reay 9.10, G.Smith 9.43, C.Knight 9.45, M.Isaac 10.03, S.Kangley 10.04 M.McDade 10.06, L.Mulaghton 11.04 R.McDiarmid 11.33, G.Fisher 11.36, C.Dalgleish 11.46, J.Harrington 11.54, L.McAuley 12.32, L.Compston 12.42
Rebecca wins Final race of 2008
Rebecca McDiarmid rounded off 2008 with her first club victory in the junior
David Reay recorded the days fastest time in a new course record, ahead of Craig Knight who just edged in front of Gerard Smith. Meighan McDade was fastest girl also in new record, with next quickest Shannon Kangley, who despite losing a shoe with 400m from the end had the biggest improvement from last years race. The best other run came from under 11 girl Lauren Mulaghton who continued her excellent form.
Results:(scratch times in brackets)
Junior 1mile: McDiarmid R 7:50 (6:35) Knight C 8:01(5:31) McDade M 8:10 (5:40) Mulaghton L 8:17 (6:32)Smith G 8:20 (5:35) Reay D 8:20 (5:20) Dalgliesh C 8:23 (6:23) Forbes R 8:25 (5:55) Kangley S 8:33 (6:03) McCormick A 8:41(5:56) Webster S 8:59 (7:44)
David Reay with the Fastest time on the Day
Rebecca on the home straight
That was easy
Glenpark Girls Successful Return to Irvine
Greenock Glenpark Harriers U13 Girls Meighan McDade, Shannon Kangley and Gabrielle Fisher returned to the place of their first major race a year ago at
Adam & Ross
Buoyed by the early success of their teamates U15s David Reay and Adam McCormick made major improvements in comparison to the Renfrewshire race two weeks earlier, with both closing the gap significantly on their County rivals. McCormick deserves special praise in what was in best run ever in Glenpark colours. Backed by new boy Martin McGowan the team finished 8th. Running solo for the U15 girls was Carly Dalgleish with the sprinter putting in an improved gutsy display. Gerard Smith and Ross Forbes also ran solidly in the U13 boys’ race.
U13Boys: 45.G.Smith 13.43, 48.R.Forbes 13.59
(9th)U15Boys: 36.D.Reay 17.23, 44.A.McCormick 18.08, 49.M.McGowan 20.18
PRE-RACE NERVES FOR THE U13 GIRLS
GREENOCK GLENPARK HARRIERS U13 GIRLS(Minus Gabrielle) SCOTTISH WEST DISTRICT BRONZE MEDALISTS
Meighan, Shannon & Rebecca's Silver Lining
The Harriers produced a good turnout of 21 junior athletes for the Renfrewshire county cross country championships at Roukenglen Park. And they were rewarded with 3 team medals and an Individual bronze.
Meighan McDade continued her current good form with another excellent run. She led for much of the under 13 girls’ race but was closely trailed by a highly rated pair of Giffnock athletes. It was only in the last
The clubs youngest athletes were out in force with ten under 11’s competing. Lauren Mulaghton was best placed in 5th. The youngster who has another two years at the age group, led her team mates Lucy Compston, Ashley Robinson, Bethany Anderson and Hannah Docherty to team Bronze.
Ross Forbes, Robert Ferrier, twins Jack and Michael O’Rourke, and Aidan Collins couldn’t quite match the girls finishing in 4th.
Adam closely followed by David on their way to team Bronze
Juniors(2mile): C.Knight 13.03, M.Grant 13.05, M.McDade 13.19, J.Harrington 13.21, S.Kangley 13.32, A.McCormick 13.38, D.Reay 13.40, M.McGowan 14.14, R.McDiarmid 16.04, C.Dalgleish 16.16, E.Hamill 17.11
Juniors(1mile):R.Forbes 6.14, L.Mulaghton 6.59, R.Ferrier 7.15, J.O’Rourke 7.52, M.O’Rourke 7.55, A.Collins 8.11, L.Compston 8.35, A.Robinson 9.31, H.Docherty 10.29, B.Anderson 11.18.
Harriers Go to Top of the Class at Schools Cross Country Championships
The Harriers Juniors were out in force at the Inverclyde Cross Country Championships at Parklea on wednesday(12th Nov). And there were plenty of individual and team medals gained for all their hard training over the last few months. Lauren Mulaghton and Meighan McDade took individual Gold, Michael Isaac silver with Ross Forbes and Shannon Kangley claiming Bronze. Their was great performances all round , but the biggest improvement was without doubt Rebecca McDiarmid who last year finished 56th, but a year of hard work saw her finish in an outstanding 8th. - ( Sorry for not mentioning everyone, but I'll try and get all results once they are published. - Stevie)
Reay Guns down the Oppostion
1st November 08
David Reay (pictured) growing with confidence in every race proved to be out on his own by smashing the course record for the Colin Shields junior 1500m race by 26 seconds.
After the flying downhill start, David soon broke clear from the rest of the field, and he was well clear as he took the tough long uphill finish from Notre Dame high school to the top of
Meighan McDade continued her dominance by winning the girls competition, setting an under 13 record in the process. Runner-up Shannon Kangley getting back to full fitness, was just 13 seconds off the pace, with last year’s winner Carly Dalgleish having to settle for 3rd place.
Top under 11’s were Lauren Mulaghton, and Greg Black with just a couple of seconds separating the pair.
A record turnout for the race saw fine performances from all of the youngsters who all went under the seven minute mark for this tough 1500m run.
Gabrielle and Greg Lunge for the Line
Juniors 1500metre: D.Reay 5.04, M.Isaac 5.16, A.McCormick 5.18, C.Knight 5.20, J.Harrington 5.24, M.McDade 5.37, C.Black 5.50, S.Kangley 5.50, C.Dalgleish 6.00, K.Abercrombie 6.09, L.Mulaghton 6.10, G.Black 6.12, G.Fisher 6.12, L.Davies 6.17, S.Forbes 6.20, R.McDiarmid 6.22, L.Compston 6.26, R.Ferrier 6.27, E.Hamill 6.34, A.Gray 6.40, F.Fisher 6.47, M.Conway 6.49, A.Conway 6.51, S.Webster 6.53
Inverclyde Leisure 3K Fun Run - Sunday 26 October 2008
Congratulations to all those who ran the Kilmacolm 3K fun run on Sunday.
4.Gerard Smith 11.40
5.Adam McCormick 11.54
6.Meighan McDade 12.13
7. David Reay 12.08
12. Shannon Kangley 12.55
22.Lauren Mulaghton 13.45
51. Lucy Compston 16.18
Full results can be found at: http://www.inverclydeleisure.com/news3/
Shannon & Meighan with their winnings for 1st & 3rd places.
Juniors medal rush at Renfrewshire cross country relays
Glenpark's junior athletes were in fine form at the county cross country championships, winning team medals at under 11 and 13 age groups. It was good performances all round, especially from the under 11's, most of whom were making their cross country debuts.
The under 11 girls got the day off to the best of starts with Lauren Mulaghton, Lucy Compston and Francesca Fisher all making light work of the heavy conditions, flying around the 3 one mile laps in 22 ½ minutes for a well deserved Silver medal.
And it was a day for the girls to shine as under 13’s Meighan McDade, on a outstanding first lap, Louisa Davies, Gabrielle Fisher and Rebecca McDiarmid also equalled the performance of their senior and junior team-mates.
Only the under 13 boys managed to medal to retain some honour for the Glenpark males, and again it was Bronze, for Michael Grant, Jack Harrington, and Craig Knight.
The under 11’s boys came close with their 4th place with the performance of note coming from Robert Ferrier making his club debut. Others to show good form were Emily Pollock who recorded the 3rd fastest lap in the girls under 17’s and under 15 David Reay who relished the heavy underfoot conditions.
U17G: E.Pollock 10.36
U15G: E.Hamill 10.42
U15B: D.Reay 8.27, A.McCormick 9.12
U13G: M.McDade7.52, L.Davies 10.57, G.Fisher 10.45, R.McDiarmid 8.22
U13B: M.Grant 7.37, J.Harrington 9.13, C.Knight 9.10, T.McKitterick 9.18
U11B: R.Forbes 6.31, A.Houlihan 7.59, R.Ferrier 7.13, M.O’Rourke 8.16, J.O’Rourke 9.13
U11G: L.Mulaghton 6.59, L.Compston, 7.47, F.Fisher 7.48
West District X-C relays 11th Oct 08
(Irvine Bogside race course)
Meighan McDade went out hard with the leaders in the young females’ race holding onto 4th place at the mid-way stage, although tiring slightly at the end her gutsy effort rewarded her with a top 10 finish. Eillidh Hamill, faced with the best runners in the West of Scotland, slipped back to 25th. Having only joined the club in the summer, in that very short time she has shown a steady improvement with every race. She passed onto the experienced Emily Pollock who ran the 9th fastest time steadily working through the field gaining six places to take the team back up to 19th.
Gerard Smith passed a late fitness test to lead out the boys team, and at half way it looked as he was going to be punished for his lack of training, as the pack of chasing runners moved onto his shoulder. But Smith rallied and held them off to finish in a creditable 17th. Adam McCormick and David Reay battled hard against more experienced and older athletes over the final 2 legs, finishing in 33rd. It was an excellent showing from sprinter David, in his first endurance race on the country.
Young Male team: G.Smith 9.49, A.McCormick 10.42, D.Reay 10.03
Young Female team: M.McDade 10.27, E.Hamill 11.52, E.Pollock 9.58
British Hill Running Championships 12th Oct 08
The following day Gerard and Adam attempted their first open Hill race, and it couldnt have been any tougher, the British Championship at Bonaly on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Both boys performed well in the under 14race where they were up against against top quality opposition. They enjoyed it that much they ran around the course again, with Team manager for the day Meighan McDade.
In the International race The Scottish team were in dominant form especially in the U19s where they took the first 4 places in the boys race, and 2,3&4 in the girls race, winning the overall title from England.
Another Fine Tuesday Knight
The Summer Track Challenge was wrapped up in style on Tuesday 7th October with another stack of PBs achieved by the club’s ever improving juniors.
Top performances of the night came from new recruit Ross Knight who sparkled in both the 100m and 800m races, and Shannon Kangley and Gabrielle Fisher who shone in both the 100m and 400m races.
Francesca Fisher kicked off the night in style by cruising to a new PB in the opening 100m ahead of Ellie Sinnamon. This was followed by PBs by Robert Ferrier and Jack O’Rourke. In heat 3 Gabrielle Fisher kept up the family winning streak with a fantastic PB and a surprise victory over Calum Abercrombie and Tom McKitrick. With gold medal points on the line Shannon Kangley picked the ideal time to lower her PB beating a quality field by almost 0.5secs. The premier 100m race saw a fantastic duel between the club’s new speed merchant David Reay and new boy Ross Knight. Racing neck and neck from the gun the two blitzed it down the home straight and crossed the line in a dead heat in a time of 13.29, with Reay scoring yet another PB. Spurred on by the leading pair Adam McCormick also dipped under 15secs for the 1st time.
Next up was the 200m opening up with a fine win for Louisa Davis who just nicked it from Elidh Hamill and Saskia Cooper whilst in the 2nd heat big William Graham proved a comfortable winner over the returning Paul McNeil.
In the 400M Robert Ferrier made it two wins in a row with Francesca Fisher rounding off a good night to come 2nd. The main race saw Ross Forbes act as the hare with Shannon Kangley in hot pursuit. Both set off at a blistering pace and went thru 200m in under 35secs, holding on well to to achieve major PBs and gold standard times on the night. Meanwhile back in 3rd Gabrielle Fisher kept up her earlier form to scalp no less than 10secs off her 400m PB.
Moving onto the 600m Meighan McDade fought a lone battle to reduce her PB. Going thru 400m in 78secs the PB looked on but with no competition Meighan faded in the closing stages to finish in 2.02. With stiffer competition she would surely have cracked the 2min mark. Coming home in 2nd spot was sprinter Saskia Cooper who had a worthy 1st crack at the middle distances, ahead of Louisa Davis.
The last two events of the night were the 800m. In the novice heat Tom McKitrick broke the 3min barrier at his 1st attempt. The battle for 2nd spot ended in a mad scramble of a dead heat between Lauren Mulaghton, Eilidh Hamill and Nicky Jamieson. In the final race of the night Ross Knight with the help of pacemaker Stevie McLoone broke the field early on going thru 400m in 76secs. In a show of strength he managed to maintain the pace before closing with a 14sec 100m finish to cross the line in an impressive 2.30. Running clear in 2nd Adam McCormick closed his summer season with yet another PB ahead of David Reay who made a fine debut at the distance.
That brought another successful summer challenge to a close. In all 41 junior athletes completed the challenge, our highest number yet. Of the 41 athletes 8 achieved Gold, 8 achieved Silver and 25 achieved Bronze standards, a fantastic effort by all the athletes taking part. All medals and certificates will be issued out at the club's prizegiving that will be held on Saturday 22nd November at the Greenock Sports Centre.
D.Reay 13.29, R.Knight 13.29, S.Kangley 14.31,C.Knight 14.41, M.McDade 14.76,A.McCormick 14.96, G.Fisher 15.04M.Grant 15.31, R.Forbes 15.44, M.Isaac 15.63, T.McKitrick 15.84, C.Abercrombie 15.94N.Jamieson 15.96, L.Mulaghton 16.24, R. Ferrier 16.40, J.O’Rourke 17.10, A.Grey 17.85, A.Saalom 18.10, F.Fisher 18.66, E.Sinnamon 19.58, N.Kangley 21.11, A.McArthur 22.15
W.Graham 31.16, P.McNeil 34.90, L.Davis 33.85, E.Hamill 33.90, S.Cooper 34.02, L.Compston 35.06, R.McDiarmid 36.37, M.O’Rourke 36.91
R.Forbes 71.14, S.Kangley 72.89, G.Fisher 76.61, R.Ferrier, 90.12, F.Fisher100.12, N.Kangley 105.50, A.McArthur 107.50, Ellie Sinnamon 107.50
M.McDade 2.02, S.Cooper 2.12, L.Davis 2.20, P.McNeil 2.21, R.Ferrier 2.29, A.Grey 2.30, F.Fisher 2.48, A.McArthur 2.59
Gold – Carly Dalgliesh, Ross Forbes, Jack Harrington, Michael Isaac, Shannon Kangley, Craig Knight, Meighan McDade and David Reay.
Silver – Cammy Black, Louisa Davis, Gabrielle Fisher, William Graham, Michael Grant, Adam McCormick, Tom McKitrick and Gerard Smith
Bronze – Calum Abercrombie, Greg Black, Olivia Black, Lucy Compston, Aidan Conway, Joanne Coyle, Francesca Fisher, Robert Ferrier, Alan Grey, Eildh Hamill, Nicky Jamieson, Nicole Kangley, Allison McArthur, Rebecca McDiarmid, Ross McManus, Betheny McNeil, Lauren Mulaghton, Jack O’Rourke, Michael O’Rourke, Calum O’Neil, Jack Pollock, Saskia Cooper, Ellie Sinnamon, Shona Webster and Craig Stevenson.
David produces Reay of Sunshine
McCormick Claims First Victory at JG Cameron Race 20/9/08
Juniors before start of race
Only 3secs separated the top five athletes in the 1km junior race.
Pre-race favourite Gerard Smith led the record turnout of 24 young
athletes from the start and maintained this lead until beyond halfway with
a posse of young Glenparkers clicking at his heels. With 300m to go the in- form Adam McCormick went to the front and began to move clear. With the
field closing McCormick had to move up a gear in a sprint to the line just
ahead of Smith and Craig Knight to claim his 1st ever race victory. In the
battle for the U11 Boys championship, Jack Harrington just edged it ahead
of Ross Forbes, a result that meant the friends shared what was the closest title race in this year's club championship.
In the girls race Meighan McDade showed her dad how it should be done to
win comfortably ahead of sprinters Carly Dalgleish and Shannon Kangley.
Most impressive performance came from U11 Lauren Mulaghton who finished
4th. Other good runs came from David Reay, Alan Grey, Michael O'Rourke and
the youngest competitor of the day Nicole Kangley.
Junior results: A.McCormick 3.28,G.Smith 3.30, C.Knight 3.31, J.Harrington 3.31, R.Forbes 3.31, M.McDade 3.42, D.Reay 3.49, C.Dalgleish 3.50, S.Kangley 3.54, J.Pollock 4.04, S.Forbes 4.09, L.Mulaghton 4.11, G.Fisher 4.16, M.Conway 4.18, R.McDiarmid 4.23, E.Hamill 4.23, L.Compston 4.28, A.Gray 4.30, F.Fisher 4.32, M.O'Rourke 4.52, R.Wilson 4.53, H.Ramsay 4.54, J.O'Rourke 5.02, N.Kangley 5.04.
Linwood open graded meeting 27th August 2008
Sprinter Matthew Deegan was the Harriers top performer at a very windy Linwood in the final open grade meeting of the season. Against a very strong wind(-3.2mps) he blasted home to win his heat in 12.52 seconds. He followed that up with a solid run in the 400m. Training with Craig Fleming among the best sprinters in Scotland has certainley paid dividends for the talented youngster.
Peter Clare running his first 400m in 20 years surpassed his expectations running 61 seconds for the 1 lap race while William Graham set a new personal best in both 400 and 100m. There were also excellent debuts from George Taylor and David Reay in the jumps and sprint.
Long Jump - George Taylor 3.99m, David Reay 3.71m, Meighan McDade 3.82m, Shannon Kangley 3.65m, Michael O'Rourke 2.37m, Jack O'Rourke 2.12m.
High Jump - David Reay 1.30m
100m - Matthew Deegan 12.52(wind -3.2), David Reay 14.28, Carly Dalgleish 15.05, Gerard Smith 16.04, Shannon Kangley 15.89, Meighan McDade 16.36, Jack Harrington 16.46, William Graham 15.74, Lauren Mulaghton 17.78, Shona Webster 16.99, Michael O'Rourke 17.99, Jack O'Rourke 18.83
400m - Matthew Deegan 55.60, Peter Clare 61.73s, William Graham 75.16s
600m - Lauren Mulaghton 2.14mins
800m - Gerard Smith 2.35, Adam McCormick 2.40, Jack Harrington 2.42, Meighan McDade 2.47, Eilidh Hamill 3.07
1500m - Emily Pollock 5.09mins
BILL ELDER 2KM ROAD RACE 5/8/08
Prior to the seniors 10km race the Junior ran their 2km race, Under 13 Gerard Smith led from start to finish around the two laps of the Battery park. Smith proved too strong for the rest of the field, finishing clear of Craig Knight who did manage to close the gap in the closing stages. First girl home was Meighan McDade finishing 5th overall just ahead of Shannon Kangley.
In the under 11’s Jack Harrington was made to work all the way against a strong challenge from Ross Forbes, with Lauren Mulaghton finishing in front of Francesca Fisher.
Gerard & Jack with seniors Andy & Alison
Top under 15’s in the wet and windy conditions were Eillidh Hammil and David Reay.
Ross does his best to hide his disappointment in finishing 2nd to Jack (Don't worry he was only acting)
Results: Juniors – G.Smith 7.36, C.Knight 7.48, J.Harrington 7.52, R.Forbes 8.00, M.McDade 8.06, S.Castles 8.25, S.Kangley 8.36, D.Reay 8.45, N.Moore 8.51, G.Taylor 9.02, L.Mulaghton 9.40, G.Fisher 10.05, E.Hammil 10.10, A.Fisher 11.00, S.Webster 12.07.
Bute Higland Games
The club will be travelling to Rothesay for the Bute Highland Games in August. After glorious sunshine in 2005 and 2006 games, heavy rain the whole day at last years competition couldn't dampen the spirits, as the young athletes recorded numerous victories in the track events. Below pictures of Cammy, Carly, Jack, Gerard, Ross and Shannon.
Linwood Open Graded Meeting 30th July 08
Matthew Deegan was the Harriers star performer at Linwood on a warm humid evening. He made his stunning Glenpark debut finishing 3rd in 100m in 12.34, then later in his preferred event he posted 24.31seconds to win the 200M. In a blanket finish, just 0.3 of a second separated the first 5 across the line.
In the 100M new girl Shona Webster did well in her first club race, finishing just over a second behind Jack Harrington (16.05)
Eillidh Hamill found the 800M tough, but can take encouragement from a very strong first lap, she recovered quickly to take 5th place (4.96M) in the Shot putt.
Still to get back to full fitness after their summer holidays Gerard Smith, Jack Harrington and Meighan McDade all in the same 800M heat crossed the finish line within 4 seconds, Gerard leading the trio in 2.43minutes.
In their first ever official field event identical twins Jack and Michael O’Rourke leapt identical distances (2.56m) in the long jump.
Harriers take a Run and Jump!!!!
The junior athletes and the club coaches recently had the priviledge to have the National jumps and throws coach Sandy Robertson (Far left) down at Ravenscraig stadium. On a scorching summers day, Sandy passed on his considerable knowledge on a variety of events including the High jump, long jump, hurdles, javelin, pole vault, shot put, and sprint starts. A long exhausting but enjoyable day was had by all.
Sinnamon & McDade take the honours in close finish at Glen Masson - 14th June08
The 2Mile junior contests proved much more exciting than the senior race with only one second separating 1st and 2nd in both boys and girls races. New boy Ryan Sinnamon and Gerard Smith quickly opened up a gap on the rest of the field. Smith bravely pushed the pace in an attempt to drop Sinnamon, but he could not shake his rival on this occasion, as Ryan held on through the forest section, before injecting a sprint finish to just edge ahead of the out of luck Smith. Third place was just as hotly contested with Craig Knight just holding off Ross Forbes and Jack Harrington. Taking a break from football, and in first race for a while Cameron Black was next ahead of Keir Abecrombie.
In the girls race, speed merchant Shannon Kangley, with her new found confidence, had opened up a 20m gap on Meighan McDade and looked certain to record her 1st victory over the longer distance. But with 300m to go however she began to tire, giving McDade a new incentive to chase her home. In what was the most dramatic finish of the day McDade mustered just enough in the end to overpower her friend in the home straight. Kangley should however take great credit for what was yet another improved performance. Gabrielle Fisher another who continues to progress took the bronze medal for 3rd spot. Others who ran well in what was a big step up in their usual distance were Greg Black, Lauren Mulaghton and Mari Shaw.
In the junior fun run Calum Abercrombie led home the cavalry charge of youngsters across the line.
Juniors – R.Sinnamon 11.26, G.Smith 11.27, C.Knight 11.43, R.Forbes 11.48, J.Harrington 11.49, M.McDade 11.59, S.Kangley 12.00, C.Black 12.32, K.Abercrombie 13.46, G.Fisher 14.10, L.Mulaghton 14.35, G.Black 15.05, M.Shaw 15.46
Warm sunny weather met the 11 competitors in the club’s 2nd Orienteering run over the Greenock hills on Sunday.
The run followed a similar format to the previous week with each team consisting of 2or3 juniors with a senior along side, having to locate 9 control points on the moorland, this occasion on a different area of the hillside.
And for the 2nd week in a row it was a girls team who were victorious. Team C consisting of Shannon Kangley, Meighan McDade,(and Stevie McLoone), were first back 3 minutes ahead of Team A’s Gerard Smith, Jack Pollock, Adam McCormick (and Alan O’Rourke).
In 3rd were Team B with Rebecca McDiarmid, Gabrielle Fisher,(and Ian Smith, and Irene McDade) although the most inexperienced team, they did exceptionally well, with the youngsters keeping the adults from getting too lost. Their only error was having to double back after dropping their control and card losing around 5 costly minutes.
Smith- King of the Hill - Cornalees Hill Race 28th May 2008
Gerard smith leads Ryan, Shannon, Jack and Meighan at 1/2 way stage
Gerard Smith secured victory by the closest of margins in a tremendously exciting junior uphill race.
The race starting at Woodstock road followed the path up over yellow hill to the bridge on the “Cut” covered a distance of 600m with a steep ascent of 80m.
The young athletes set off at a frantic pace with the leading 6 all closely packed together. By the half way stage Smith had made a sizeable lead, but as hill got steeper and the finish approached Ryan Sinnamon and Shannon Kangley were closing the gap to within metres with Jack Harrington, Craig Knight and Meighan McDade all close behind.
As he reached the finish line at the bridge he was put under tremendous pressure from Sinnamon, but Smith had done enough to hold on by less than a stride, with Kangley almost living up to the coaches pre-race predictions of a surprise victory finishing in third.
The rest of the field followed close behind with youngest runner Callum O’Neill recording an impressive 4.36minutes.
Juniors .G.Smith 2.52, R.Sinnamon 2.53, S.Kangley 2.54, J.Harrington 2.55, C.Knight 2.57, M.McDade 3.03, A.McCormick 3.07, L.Davies 3.40, R.Fulton 3.43, R.McDiarmid 4.03, C.O’Neill 4.36,
Fishers' Net First Victory - 25th May 08
The Glenpark juniors held their first Orienteering competition on Sunday morning over the moors above the Greenock "Cut". The 9 starters were split into 2 groups, Team (A) Alexandra and Gabrielle Fisher, Dorothy McCormick and Stevie McLoone and Team(B) Gerard Smith, Adam McCormick, Shannon Kangley, Meighan McDade, and Alan O'Rourke.
Team B looked to be odds on favourites to complete the course in the quickest time, but in Orienteering it's not always the quickest runners that win, as Team B were to find out.
Both teams had to locate 9 control points hidden around the moorland using their maps, and choosing the best route between the points, - which was left down to the junior runners to make the decisions.
At the half way stage Team A got a massive boost when they saw their rivals coming down off the wrong hill (after making a navigation error and costing them precious minutes) Spurred on Alexandra and Gabrielle reached each of the remaining controls with pinpoint accuracy. But it was very close in the end, with less than a minute separating the teams.
Chisolm Mile 6/05/08
See "Race Report" section for results and full report
The juniors all smiles before the start of the Chisolm Mile Race
Linwood Open Grade Track Meeting 30/4/08. – Juniors 1st outing of the season
Wet cold and windy conditions met the Glenpark youngsters for the first open graded meeting of the season. 10 youngsters travelled up to Linwood to compete in the 100m, 200m and long jump, (and 1500m for Emily).
Greg Black 16.37, 36.42, Jack Harrington 31.73, Ross Forbes, 32.74,Craig Knight 14.94, 31.67, Rebecca McDiarmid 16.99, 37.85, Shannon Kangley 14.92, 31.74, 3.37M, Meighan McDade 15.15, 32.68, 3.73M, Gabrielle Fisher 15.03, 33.15, 3.70M, Emily Pollock 5.17, and Ryan Sinnamon 14.47,29.99.
The youngsters have been all training for endurance events over the winter, so the sprints provided a chance to put a bit of speed into their training, and this resulted in a few personal best’s. A Special mention to Rebbeca McDiarmid, in her club debut, who showed a great competitive attitude in both her sprint races, and to Ryan Sinnamon also his debut who recorded the quickest Glenpark times of the night.
Special thanks to all the parents who came through to provide transport and support the young athletes.
Scottish Primary Schools X-C Championships Kirkcaldy, 26th April 2008 - CHAMPIONEES!!!!!!!!!!
St Patrick's girls (a.k.a. Glenpark Harriers under 13's) were triumphant at the National primary schools x-c championships. Meighan McDade 4th, Shannon Kangley 5th, Gabrielle Fisher 35th, and Lucy McCreadie 80th were crowned National champions after a stunning team performance by the young quartet. Only 1 second separated Meighan and Shannon who were only 5 seconds off the winning girl. Stepping up their training to 4 days a week has certainly paid off the youngsters who have done themselves their family and school proud.
Showing Glenparks strength in depth, we also had Louisa Davies (for Ardgowan), finishing between Gabrielle and Lucy with another excellent run. Jack Harrington was in good form in the boys P7 race finishing in 21st against some tough competition, also competing was Jack Pollock in 141st place for Ardgowan. Another St.Pat's boy Greg Black was in action in the P6 race finishing strongly in 86th.
Glenpark’s Summer Track Challenge kicked off on Tuesday night with a stack of personal bests and excellent debuts from the club’s rising superstars.
The 1st race of the night, the 800m, set the scene with 6 PBs and 2 excellent debuts from the 8 runners. Gerard Smith took yet another expected best, leading the race from start to finish to cross the line in 2.42 to chop another couple of seconds of his time. Better pacemaking by club champion Andy McCall should have taken the youngster under the 2.40 mark but that will no doubt come in the coming months. Ross Forbes and Craig Knight started where they left off last year joined at the hip to drag each other to new PBs to finish in 2nd and 3rd with the surprise performance coming from sprinter Carly Dalgliesh, finishing 4th. Biggest improvements came from Meighan McDade and Louisa Davies who both took a whopping 18secs off the 2007 times. Fine debuts came in the form of Jack McClarty and Dylan Campbell.
Next up was the 600m. Joanne Coyle cruised to victory in 2.18 some 9secs ahead of debutant Rebecca McDiarmid. Alan Grey grabbed 3rd spot. Good performances also came from Lauren Mulaughton, Ross McManus and Johnny McDonald.
After a break the athletes finished off the night with a 200m sprint. Carly Dalgliesh opened up her campaign with a comfortable with crossing the line in 30.13. Making his debut at the distance was Craig Knight who was well clear of the chasing Gerard Smith and Meighan McDade crossing the line in 31.39. In the 2nd race Louisa Davies carried her excellent form from the 800m to storm to victory in 34.37 almost 3secs ahead of Joanne Coyle. Good performances also came from Johnny McDonald and Aaron Salom.
The summer challenge will run until September and is open to all juniors. Juniors can score points at track events ranging from 100-800m as well as long jump, shot putt and javelin. The next known track challenge will take place on Wednesday 30th April at Linwood.
800m – G.Smith 2.42(PB), R.Forbes 2.47(PB), C.Knight 2.48(PB), C.Dalgliesh 2.48(PB), M.McDade 2.50(PB), J.McClarty 3.06, L.Davies 3.09(PB), D.Campbell 3.15
600m – J.Coyle 2.18, R.McDiarmid 2.27, A.Grey 2.31, L.Mulaughton 2.39, A.Campbell 2.47, J.McDonald 2.57, J.Devlin 3.15, K.Bryce 3.18, R.McManus 3.20, A.Salom 3.43
200m (Race 1) – C.Dalgliesh 30.13, C.Knight 31.39, G.Smith 33.34, M.McDade 34.26, R.Forbes 34.26, M.Grant 34.26, J.McClaty 36.00, D.Campbell 36.70
200m (Race 2) – L.Davies 34.37, J.Coyle 37.27, R.McDiarmid 38.03, A.Grey 40.62, L.Mulaughton 41.31, J.Devlin 44.56, A.Campbell 40.37,
200m (Race 3) – A.Salom 41.29, J.McDonald 45.93, R.McManus 47.77, K.Bryce 48.47, L.Smith 50.06
Willie Jukes 1.5 mile road race
In a fiercely contested 1.5mile junior race it was Ross Forbes who came out
on top to claim his first ever victory after a titanic battle with Jack
Harrington. Neck and Neck for the entire race Forbes turned into the home
straight just ahead of Harrington. His chances of glory looked doomed as
Harrington edged up alongside him with only 20m left, however Forbes had one
final kick inside him to get across the line by the narrowest of margins.
Closely following in 3rd spot was Craig Knight.
Meighan McDade gave the boys a run for their money but found the fast pace
in the closing stages too hot to handle. She was nevertheless happy to come
home in 4th and leading girl. The In-form Shannon Kangley continues to edge
ever closer to McDade, on this occasion only13 seconds adrift, just ahead of
the improving Gabrielle Fisher.
Whilst the group are still all relatively young they have made incredible
progress during the winter and their coaches can't wait to see the juniors
track times tumble in the forthcoming summer season.
Special praise goes to Aaron Salom and Katrina Bryce who successfully
completed the distance for the first time.
Biggest cheers of the day went to the mini Glenparkers who ran a 300m race
prior to the main event with Michael O'Rourke leading the charge to the
Welcome the World X-C relays
The world X-C championships in Edinburgh were preceded by the Junior relay race the day before, and the Harriers took 3 teams through, the under 11 boys and under 13 boys and girls. After an unintentional detour towards Stirling, and several tours of Edinburgh the teams eventually arrived at Holyrood park
Jack Harrington had a cracking first leg for the under 11's finishing in 9th before passing onto Ross Forbes, without doubt the star of the day recording the 3rd fastest time on his leg to bring the team into 5th position.
Both Under 13 teams finished 12th, Gabrielle Fisher, Shannon Kangley and Meighan McDade, for the girls, and Gerard smith, Craig McKnight and Michael Grant for the boys. All showing big improvements from their performance in the National x-c a few weeks earlier, with Shannon and Michael probably just shading it for the best runs.
After the races the youngsters met up with a strange character called Raven, and someone even stranger Bryan Burnett of STV's Holiday programme who interviewed the unimpressed young Glenparkers, who asked "Who's he?"
Ashton Prom 3/4 mile (Docherty Cup) 15th March 08
The Juniors at the start line of their 3/4 mile dash along the front of Gourock.
Following his impressive run at the National Schools Championships Gerard Smith claimed the honours in the Junior ¾ mile race along Ashton Promenade. He did it the hard way, running from the front all the way. Pursued by a group of 4 including the vastly improved Meighan McDade, Smith was made to work all the way to the line with Ross Forbes snapping at his heels. This pair were closely followed in quick succession by Craig Knight and Meighan McDade. The diminutive Lauren Mulaughton and Alexandra Fisher were worthy of special mentions in their first club race, even though they were almost blown to a standstill by the strong wind on the 2nd half of the race, a fantastic effort saw Lauren go comfortably under 6 minutes.
¾ mile: G.Smith 4.25, R.Forbes 4.28, C.Knight 4.32, M.McDade 4.33, M.Isaac 4.43, C.Dalgleish 4.45, S.Kangley 4.47, G.Fisher 4.54, L.Mulaughton 5.44, A.Fisher 6.03, H.Rankin 6.42
Juniors Girls Shine at the National Cross Country Championships - 23rd February 2008
Meighan McDade was Greenock Glenpark Harriers top finisher as the Orangefield club travelled through to Callendar Park Falkirk for the National cross-country championships.
Meighan along with the rest of the under 13 junior boys and girls squad, displayed no signs of nerves, despite it being their first National championships, performed beyond expectations in the top domestic event of the year.
The best team performance came from the girls, where they judged their 2mile race perfectly. They never got carried away in the early cavalry charge at the start, but held back in the early stages, and their tactics paid great dividends, as at midway Shannon Kangley closely followed by Meighan McDade were lying in 70th position. With athletes all around beginning to tire the pair dug deep into their reserves and picked up the pace, passing runner after runner, all the way to the finish in front of Callendar House with Meighan just edging ahead of Shannon to finish 46th and 50th respectively. Gabrielle Fisher had the outstanding run of the day of all the Glenparkers, finishing just over a minute behind, a massive improvement from her previous run in the district championships.
Very little separates the junior boys in training and the same can be said when it comes to racing. However Michael Grant managed to put some daylight between the chasing trio of Craig Knight, Gerard Smith and Jack Harrington. Michael's lead was 12 seconds while all 3 of the boys were given the same time as they crossed the line together in a blanket finish.
Results: U13Boys(3.2km): M.Grant 13.35, C.Knight 13.49, G.Smith 13.49, J.Harrington 13.49. U13Girls(3.2km): M.McDade 14.20, S.Kangley 14.25, G.Fisher 15.49,
Training sessions for February 2008. For further details of the training sessions contact any of the coaches.
Time / Details
Thu 07 Feb
6pm to 7pm
Dunlop Street Hills
(Circuit Session in Club if conditions are bad)
Sat 09 Feb
11am to 12pm
Sun 10 Feb
11.30am to 12.15am
Easy Run / Conditioning
Tue 12 Feb
6.15pm to 7.15pm
Thu 14 Feb
6pm to 7pm (As per 7 Feb)
Sat 16 Feb
Race – Inverclyde Schools
Cross – Country
Cove Reservoirs /
St Columbas (TBC)
1st Race starts at 10am
Open to all junior athletes
Sun 17 Feb
11.30am to 12.15am
Tue 19 Feb
6.15pm to 7.15pm
Thu 21 Feb
6pm to 7pm (As per 7 Feb)
Sat 23 Feb
Race – National Cross Country Championships
Travel Details to follow,
By selection only
Sun 24 Feb
11.30am to 12.15am
Tue 26 Feb
6.15pm to 7.15pm
Thu 28 Feb
6pm to 7pm (As per 7 Feb)
Renfrewshire Road Race Championships, Battery Park, 3rd February 2008
Meighan McDade was the star performer for Greenock Glenpark juniors on Sunday when she stormed to victory in the Renfrewshire Primary Schools Road Race held at the Battery Park.
Shooting straight into the lead, the only athlete able to live with her blistering pace was her friend and team-mate Shannon Kangley. With the wind behind her McDade turned up the heat again and soon opened up a 50m gap, a lead she maintained all the way to the finish. Kangley suffered from the fast pace at the start and with 400m to go was down in 4th place. To her credit however she rallied fantastically and picked off the leaders one by one to claim a superb silver medal. Both girls performances came as no surprise to the coaches however as they had stepped up their training in recent months and are now reaping the benefits. Gabrielle Fisher, Louisa Davis also put in terrific performances, resulting in top 10 places for the pair, just ahead of young Melanie Morgan, Kathern Carberry and Lucy McCready who did well to beat much older girls.
Under 11 boys Jack Harrington, Michael Isaac and Ross Forbes claimed team Gold in the closest of contests with only 2 points separating them from County rivals Inverclyde and Kilbarchan. Harrington decided to go with the leaders and remained in 3rd spot until half way. Isaac, tracked by Forbes ran more conservatively gradually pulling in Harrington, who had now dropped to 4th. With 100m to go Isaac mounted his charge and overtook Harrington just before the line with Forbes close behind, with Gregor Black providing the necessary back up in a promising first outing of the year.
Gerard Smith and Craig Knight both put in strong performances in the U13 race at the longer distance. Both found the cold, windy conditions tough but did well to finish in 7th and 8th respectively.
Rounding off the day for the juniors was their elder stateswoman U17 Emma Baxter who put in her usual gutsy performance only to narrowly miss out in a bronze medal to finish 4th.
Glenparks top finishers at a windswept Battery Park.
7 2miles Gerard Smith 13:24 13:44 4 3miles Emma Baxter 21:01
Gerard Smith was made to work all the way to the line by Michael Isaac and Jack Harrington in the 1.5mile junior race. The trio had earlier broken the challenge from Craig Knight, and as they approached the final 100 metres only a few strides separated the three. Smith responded best to the uphill finish and powered away for a hard fought double victory as he also won the handicap competition. Ross Forbes edged ahead of Jack Pollock for 5th place.
Meighan McDade kept her unbeaten run going, and she had to be at her best to hold off the dual threat from Shannon Kangley, and the improving Gabrielle Fisher in 3rd, with Claire Nellis further behind in 4th.
In the 3mile girls race Emily Pollock completing the course in just over 20 minutes, retained her title from last year, clear of runner-up Emma Baxter and her sister Katie.
Junior Results (handicap time in brackets)
1 Lap race: G.Smith 09:51(09:51) M.Isaac 09:54(09:54) J.Harrington 09:58(09:58) C.Knight 10:14(10:14) R.Forbes11:06(10:41) M.McDade11:25(10:45) J.Pollock 11:27(10:57) S.Kangley 11:40(10:20) G.Fisher 12:24(11:39) C.Nelis 14:01(10:31)2 Lap race: E.Pollock 20:34 E.Baxter 22:03 K.Pollock 25:34
Below: the Junior athletes in Action at Coves Reservoirs.
7 juniors travelled down to Ayrshire for the Annual Beith Road Race for their 1st race of 2008.
The most successful were the under 13 boys where the young Harriers took 2,3,4 and 6th places in the 1.2 mile race. Gerard Smith (7.30)managed to hold off Craig Knight (7.34)and Jack Harrington (7.36)on the finishing straight, and just behind the trio was Jack Pollock(8.35), who despite suffering a bad stitch put in a brave effort just failing to catch the 5th placed athlete.
Meighan McDade (8.28)and Shannon Kangley (8.40)were closely matched again, with the pair shaking off the effects of a cold to finish 6th & 7th in the girls race.
Emily Pollock was just off the pace when finishing 3rd in the under 15girls race in 7.10 minutes for the undulating lap of the Lochshore industrial estate.
Wilson Trophy Race 22nd December 2007
Wind rain and hail didn't stop a dozen of the juniors turning out for the 2nd race in the club championship. In a very close race Gabrielle Fisher held off the fast finishing Keir Abercrombie to win her first club race. Fastest runners on the day providing an upset to the pre-race favourites were Craig Knight and Meigan McDade
The Juniors just before the start of the 2007 Wilson Trophy Conceding Handicap Race above the Greenock Cut.