Greenock Glenpark Harriers

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Race results & reports

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Troon 10K 6/5/09

O'Rourke hits form in run up to Marathon

It was a wild night in Troon for the 24th Troon 10K but that didn't stop Shettleston Harriers scoring a 1-2 with Tsega Tewelde in first place (30:45) and Amanuel Woldeselassie in second place (30:47).  David Phee (Giffnock North) followed up in a time of 32:04.   First lady was Toni McIntosh of Ayr Seaforth in 36:05

It might have been wet, cold and windy but Alan still ran his fastest 10K in 4 years, giving him a massive boost in the few weeks remaining until the Edinburgh Marathon. And Richard was back in action after a bit of a layoff beating his fellow +60 vet Tommy Knight

Oh I do Like To Be Beside The Seaside!!!

45 Alan O'rourke 609 Male 18-39 Greenock Glenpark Harriers 00:37:57
47 Robert Wilson 933 Male 50-59 Greenock Glenpark Harriers 00:38:06
96 Robert Wilson 961 Male 18-39 Greenock Glenpark Harriers 00:40:42
132 Robert  Mitchell 960 Male 50-59 Greenock Glenpark Harriers 00:41:58
251 Terry Wall 324 Female 35-44 Greenock Glenpark Harriers 00:46:13
300 Fiona Cushnaghan 319 Female 35-44 Greenock Glenpark Harriers 00:47:59
303 Dot Mccormick 353 Female 45-54 Greenock Glenpark Harriers 00:48:01
455 Richard Hodelet 938 Male 60-69 Greenock Glenpark Harriers 00:52:02
662 Thomas Knight 988 Male 60-69 Greenock Glenpark Harriers 00:59:37

Chisholm Mile 5/5/09

Mackay & Hay both break the 4 minute barrier

Inverclyde AC's Chris Mackay and Al Hay of Central AC both crashed through the magic 4 minute mark on a windswept Greenock Esplanade.

In a high quality field and a strong tail wind Mackay's course record of 4.05 looked certain to fall, but the big question was would they break 4 minutes? Right from the start the pace was blistering with Mackay and Hay being pushed along by Mark Pollard and Craig Ruddy, and and there was no let up as the leading pair first dropped Ruddy then Pollard.  And with the time keepers arriving with just a few seconds before the runners, Chris & Al made their own piece of history 

 

While the speed merchants were battling it out at the front the real race for the Chisholm trophies for the 1st Glenparkers was going on a little further back. The early leader was under 15 boy Craig Knight but he was soon passed by Stevie McLoone. His lead didn't last long when Peter Clare then took up the gauntlet. But McLoone fought back regaining the advantage after the 1/4 mile mark which he then held to the finish.

15 year old David Reay had the run of the night breaking through the 5minute mark with 4 seconds to spare, to finish 2nd, closely followed by another youngster, sprinter Matthew Deegan. They were followed by Robert Wilson and a trio of vets Peter Clare, Richard Davidson and a rejuvinated Mick Harrington who set a new personal best.

Fastest lady was Emily Pollock gaining the upperhand over Emma Baxter, but she was made to work all the way having to run a PB to take the ladies trophy. The veterans ladies race was just as close, with Silke Loehndorf and Terry Wall exchanging the lead several times, but it was Silke who proved to be the strongest of the pair on the night.

The clubs young athletes were out in force, setting a record attendance for the race, delighting all the coaches with their efforts on the night.

Special thanks on the night to the Time Keepers (Alan O', Andy MacLean, Sean Gaffney, & ?)  who had the difficult job noting the times as the runners all flashed by within a few minutes. Mick Harrington for preparing the juniors, Terry doing registration, & Dorothy for pictures. and to our Race sponsors Papyrus.  http://www.papyrusgifts.co.uk

 

Calum the only person to finish with a smile. Lauren & Lucy Dead-Heat

 

Mens & Womens Chisholm trophy winners Stevie & Emily

 

Top  boy David Reay. Rebecca & Michael &Shona

 

Michael & Silke with Terry close behind

 

1st over 60Tommy outsprints the youngsters

Robert being chased down by Mick.

C.Mackay 3.56.7
A.Hay 3.57
M.Pollard 4.07
C.Ruddy 4.12
A.Campbell U20 4.22
J.Cooke 4.32
C.Barlass 4.36
T.Jamieson 4.40
P.Currie 4.41
N.McLaughlin 4.42
S.McLoone V40 4.44
D.Reay U17 4.56
M.Deegan U20 5.03
J.Boulton 5.03
P.Clare V40 5.09
R.Davidson V40 5.11
C.Davies 5.15
R.Wilson 5.16
M.Harrington V40 5.17
E.Pollock U17 5.20
N.Mulholland U17 5.23
R.Dolan 5.25
E.Baxter U20 5.27
A.McCormick U17 5.30
C.Knight U15 5.35
M.McGowan U17 5.42
G.McManus V40 5.42
M.Isaac U13 5.42
M.McDade U15 5.47
S.Kangley U15 5.52
S.McDade 5.54
T.Jamieson U15 5.58
R.Forbes U13 6.00
T.McKitterick U15 6.01
G.Hegarty V40 6.03
C.Dalgleish U17 6.11
C.Abercrombie U13 6.20
M.Houlihan U13 6.21
S.Loehndorf V35 6.21
T.Wall V35 6.23
A.Fisher U17 6.35
L.Davies U13 6.42
N.Jamieson U13 6.45
L.Compston U13 6.46
L.Mulaghton U13 6.46
R.McDiarmid U13 6.55
M.O'Rourke U11 6.56
S.Webster U17 6.59
A.Houlihan U11 7.05
J.Hutton U11 7.06
T.Knight V60 7.10
C.Stevenson U11 7.12
R.Wilson U11 7.12
J.O'Rourke U11 7.17
Y.Prager V45 7.36
J.Skelton U11 7.38
C.Pollock U11 7.52
C.O'Neil U13 9.23

Race Round-Up April/May 09

Bupa Great Edinburgh 10k Run 3rd May 09

A Superb run from Lorna Coyle in 47.37 at Edinburgh, was rewarded with her finishing 1st in her age category in a large field at the televised event in the Capital.

Kaim Hill Race 29th April 09

After a few weeks break from training Andy McCall returned to defend his title at Kaim, but as expected the lack of training was to be his his downfall in a quality field, but he still managed to finish in 9th place in a time of 34.31.

 Edinburgh to North Berwick 20 mile Road Race 2nd May 09

3 Glenparkers travelled East for their final long preparation race prior to the Edinburgh Marathon at the end of the month. Alan and Stevie finished together with Kenny Pryde taking confidence that he can break 3.30 for the longer distance.

1. Ray Ward 1.53.18, 46. Alan Henderson 2.26.08, 47. Steven Campbell 2.26.11,  90. Kenny Pryde 2.39.36

Dusseldorf Marathon 3rd May 09

Well done to German Olympian Susanne Hahn who set a new personal best in winning the Dusseldorf Marathon in 2.29.26. She now waits to see if she has been selected for the World Championships which are being hosted in her home country in August later this year in Berlin.

 

Highland Fling 25/4/09

Thomas in 7th Heaven

 Greenock Glenpark Harriers Thomas Loehndorf produced the run of his career with breathtaking performance in the “Highland Fling”.  The Fling is a daunting 53 mile race over rough trail which also includes a climb of 6500 feet, along the Southern part of the West Highland Way from Milngavie to Tyndrum.

In a truly international field with 18 countries represented among the 243 athletes, which also included Britain best Ultra distance runner Jez Bragg, Thomas excelled himself by smashing his time from last year by 62 minutes finishing 3rd veteran and 7th overall in a time of 8hours 20minutes.

In a brilliantly paced run he passed 13 runners in the second half of the race from Rowerdennan which included the scalp of Welsh all round Internationalist Don Naylor- who was 6th in the 2002 Commonwealth Games steeplechase final and is now a highly experienced mountain runner.

The race was won as expected by Bragg who broke his own course record in an unbelievable 7.19hours

Running through the cheers of the crowd at Tyndrum Thomas’s words summed up his performance “I feel great, what day, what a race”

Thomas approaches the finish line at Tyndrum

Celebs Line up to get their Pics taken with Glenparkers

More pics from London

London Marathon 26/4/09

Well done to all our Marathon runners on a warm sunny day at London:

Veteran Phil Russell put in his best marathon performance in over 10years as he led home 11 Greenock Glenparkers at Sunday's London Marathon. Phil, a 2.36 man at his best was attempting to turn back the clocks and dip under the magic 3hr mark. On target at halfway he, like so many, suffered from the unusually high temperatures, eventually coming home in 3hr6mins. Next back for the club and arguably the best performance of the day was Robert Dolan Jr who ran the perfect race from start to finish, running all 5km splits in 22-23mins. Despite the heat he still managed to maintain his pace for the entire 26 miles to come home in 3hr13m, taking an incredible 8mins off his best to gain the only PB of the day.

 

Just behind Greenock Telegraph reporter and veteran Marathon runner Eric Baxter, came super vets Roberts Mitchell and Dolan Sr whose attempt of a good for age sub 3.15 crumbled in the heat. Mick Follan quickly followed behind.  On a disappointing note George Mitchell's injury woes continues, as he had to retire after 15km.

 

The battle for first female was a much closer affair with Eleanor Kane just edging club captain Terry Wall who closed within a few seconds over the last few miles. What was incredible about Eleanor's feat was the fact that her training had been badly hampered due to a back injury. Despite the lack of training and recommendations from her physio not to run a mile let alone a marathon she put it all in the back of her mind to cover the 26miles in 3hr42mins with the help of her husband Graham who followed her every step of the way. Fiona Cushnaghan was also on for a PB but like so many suffered in the latter stages to finish in 3hr47mins. Last but not least was Irene McDade who made her marathon debut, completing the course in 4hr29mins. Not bad for someone who couldn't even run a mile 2years ago. Commenting afterwards she remarked ‘"I loved every minute of it, but never ever again". As Sean Connery once said Never shay Never Again."

RESULTS: Phil Russell 3.05, Robert Dolan 3.13, Eric Baxter 3.33, Robert Mitchell 3.33, Robert Dolan 3.34, Mick Follan 3.35, Eleanor Kane 3.42, Graham Kane 3.42, Terry Wall 3.42, Fiona Cushnaghan 3.47, Irene McDade 4.29.

Fiona, Irene & Terry at the half-way waterstation

The Glenpark support team Andy & Jim unable to find the pub.

"If only we hadn't stopped for that pint I think we could have won!"

Graham, Eleanor, Robert, Robert, Phil, & Robert.

Germany's Irina Mikitenko wins the women's London Marathon in London, Sunday, April 26, 2009. The 36-year-old Mikitenko won the 42.2-kilometer (26.2-mile) race in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 11 seconds in sunny and still conditions.

Corlic Training run 19/4/09

In brilliant sunshine and a cool breeze a dozen harriers ran to the top of Corlic Hill on their Sunday morning jaunt. 

Every week there is an easy run/jog around the trails above Greenock. Everyone is welcome to come along, just meet at the watermans cottage at the "Cut" at 11.30am. Runs last around 45-60 minutes.

The Trig Point on the 303m summit of Corlic Hill

Alan leads Bernie and Jack on the final climb.

How cool are my shades?

Not as cool as mine

Heather makes easy work of the slight incline to the top.

Lochaber Marathon 19/4/09

Wilson Sets the Target for GGH Fastest Marathon Time of the Year

Robert Wilson was the fastest over 55 at a warm and breezy Lochaber finishing in a time of  2.56.42 hrs, which also placed him 13th overall from the 370 finishers. (An 8 minute improvement from his performance in January in Florida)

This puts Robert in pole position for the Dolan Shield presented to the Glenparker with the fastest Marathon time of the year. But how long will he remain in the lead with London coming in seven days time and Edinburgh at the end of May?

Richie Wannacott Race 12th April

Glenpark Trio Hit the Trails

In the 9 mile terrain race at Garelochhead training camp James Hendry and Micky Dunn finished 6th & 7th respectively in times of 66.15 and 67.07 respectively. The race was won by Kilbarchans Paul Arcari over 5mins clear of the next runner  in 50.54.

The Injured Danny McLaughlin ran in the shortened 5 mile version finishing in a respectible 4th place in 34.33mins, the winner was his work colleague Brian Gallagher of Clydesdale Harriers in 30.36.

Tom Scott 10mile 12/4/09

Roberts Wilson's good form continued on sunday morning when he finished 2nd over 55 and 42nd overall at Strathclyde park in a time of 60minutes and 3 seconds, in a field of 218 won by Shettlestons Tsegezeab Woldmickael in 49.24.

Rotterdam Marathon 5/4/09

Hendersons' go Dutch

Glenpark brothers David and Alan Henderson travelled to Holland at the weekend for the Rotterdam marathon. With both runners showing reasonable form a PB was the target and that’s exactly what the athletes achieved. David making the biggest improvement, slicing 12 minutes off his best with Alan reducing his by a further 2 minutes, both crossing the line together in a time of 3:10:27.

The day didn’t begin too well as both were crammed at the back of the 3:30 starting pen, which meant a very congested start, leaving them well down on their race schedule for the first 3km. Both rallied hard however to go through the first 10km in 43:15, further increasing the pace to 42:10 for the following 10km, reaching  the mid-point in a time of 1:30:31. A combination of the 21 degree heat and the fast early pace proved too much, as the pair slowed, covering the 2nd half in 1:39:57. However both men were delighted with the performance and should serve as good foundation for their next marathon in 8 weeks time at Edinburgh.

 

          David & Alan

Willie Jukes Road Race 4/4/09

Veterans Master Class at Dunoon

 What  promised to be a wide open contest  at Greenock Glenpark Harriers Willie Jukes 5mile road race at Dunoon turned out to be a head to head between the Harriers top two veteran runners. Stevie McLoone immediately went to the front but surprisingly only Robert Wilson was up for the challenge with the chasing pack led by Stevie Campbell opting for a more cautious start. After 1 mile a concerted effort by McLoone(pictured left) to pick up the pace saw him drop his rival on 5 occasions, but time and time again Wilson closed back onto his shoulder. Wilsons pre-race plan was to hold onto the leader until  ½ way at Inellan, to put him under pressure, and the tactics were certainly working, with McLoone starting to doubt if he was ever going to get free.

It was only after the turn that the pace proved too much for Wilson, and McLoone eventually made the break he needed to go onto retain the trophy.  Although Campbell closed the gap after the mid-point, Wilson’s early effort was enough to see off his challenge.

While the veterans dominated in the men’s event, it was the clubs youngsters that were to the fore in the women’s race. Emma Baxter and Emily Pollock were in close contention for the ladies trophy ahead of last years winner Sharron Skinner. In the end it was Emma, finishing strongly in 12th overall, who prevailed, 30 seconds clear of Emily.

Terry Wall was leading over 35, with Dorothy McCormick the top over 45 athlete. Tommy Knight was best of the over 60’s and was also a worthy winner of the handicap trophy. The veteran athlete, after having a pacemaker fitted at the turn of the year has made an amazing recovery, thanks to Dr Papa and staff at the cardiac unit at the IRH. It was a very close contest with just 12 seconds seperating the first 5 runners, which also meant that the first Championship trophy of year was won when Stevie McDade who scraped over the line by a single point from Tommy Knight and Robert Dolan for the overall handicap title.

The club were delighted to have Olympian Frank Clement along to present the trophies, he was introduced by his old adversary Dick Hodelet who gave a short account of Frank’s  star studded athletic career, the highlight being the 1500m Olympic final at Montreal in 1976  where he finished a few strides outside the medals in a race won by the legendary John Walker.

To watch Frank in the 1500m final click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg2d_s1wfcU

Senior 5Mile Race: S.McLoone 28.17, R.Wilson 29.05, S.Campbell 29.28, D.McLaughlin 30.17, G.Mitchell 30.21, A.O'Rourke 30.47, P.Clare 31.36, R.Adams 31.42, R.Dolan 31.51, M.Harrington 32.15, M.Dunn 33.03, E.Baxter 33.06, R.Dolan 33.11, K.Pryde 33.15, E.Pollock 33.37, C.Chalk 33.47, K.McCartney 34.31, S.Skinner 34.37, S.McDade 34.59, K.Bennet 35.14, J.Bennet 35.15, K.Scott 35.33, B.Kangley 35.47, T.Wall 36.05, J.Cuffe 36.59, L.Mitchell 37.10, F.Cushnaghan 37.16, D.McCormick 37.42, L.Marshall 38.51, K.Pollock 39.00, C.Guy  39.40, Y.Prager 40.56, T.Knight 42.45, R.Hodelet 44.34, A.Anderson 44.56, J.Sheridan 45.11.

  

Stevie Campbell and Sharron Skinner

 

Robert Wilson, and Stevie McDade 2008-09 overall Handicap champion

Alloa 1/2Marathon 22/3/09

 

Phil Russell  finished 63rd place at the Alloa 1/2 marathon, in 1hr 23mins 13 secs. A very good time, especially when he had to face strong head winds from five to ten miles,  and just when he thought the hard work was over, the infamous long hill at mile 11.

Docherty Cup 10mile road race 21/3/09

Handy Andy makes it 5 in a row

Andy McCall virtually sealed the club championship title with his 5th straight victory in the 11race series.

For more pictures(thanks to Thomas Loehndorf) click here  http://www.flickr.com/photos/35938782@N08/sets/72157615630130973/

THEY'RE OFF!!!!!!   The Harriers make their way in glorious sunshine from Gourock Pool towards Inverkip at the start of the 10 mile Road Race

Ladies winner Fiona Cushnaghan with 2 miles to go on Gourock shore.

Race winner Andy McCall at McInroys point just over 1 mile from finish.

James Hendry still smiling after the race.

Andy McCall retained Greenock Glenpark Harriers Docherty Cup to virtually seal this years club championship title. After making an early break at the start and quickly opening up a 200metres gap, in the 10 mile race from Gourock Pool, he looked to be heading for a comfortable win. He survived a scare at the ½ way turn at Inverkip, when he discovered Stevie McLoone  had closed down his lead to just 50 metres. Unfortunately for McLoone this just spurred on the youngster on the return leg leaving the veteran with the consolation of the runners-up spot.

 Robert Wilson showed a marked improvement from his last outing at Clydebank, holding off the challenge of Steven Campbell for third place.

Those with marathons on the horizon are all starting to show some promising form especially Robert Dolan jnr, Alan O’Rourke  and Kenny Pryde all setting new bests for the course.

 After a 2 year lay off George Mitchell made a welcome return with an impressive comeback to finish 6th.

In the women’s race the clubs most improved athlete Fiona Cushnaghan demolished almost 5 minutes from her time from 12 months ago to give her, her 1st win in this years championship, ahead of runner-up Irene McDade with Yvonne Prager close behind in third.

 Final finisher Jim Sheridan just a couple of months short of his 70th birthday, made light work of the 10miles, looking as fresh at the finish as at the start, just failed to break the 90minute mark.

Jim Sheridan Glenparks coolest runner.

Yvonne Prager sets personal best for Docherty Cup

The Harriers would like to thank Inverclyde Leisure for use of changing facilities at Gourock Pool, the friendly staff at the Spinnaker Hotel for refreshments and hospitality, and to race sponsors Anderson Carpets of Port Glasgow.

Results: 

A.McCall 54.35, S.McLoone 55.55, R.Wilson 57.34, S.Campbell 59.08, A.O'Rourke 59.23, G.Mitchell 60.55, R.Dolan 61.55, J.Hendry 65.11, K.Pryde 65.38, M.Dunn 66.07, M.Harrington 66.35, R.Dolan snr 67.50, F.Cushnaghan 71.26, B.Kangley 72.11, S.McDade 74.01, I.McDade 80.48, Y.Prager 82.18, J.Sheridan 91.56, I.Rankin DNF.

Glasgow-Edinburgh Double Marathon 14/3/09

Why run 1 Marathon when you can run 2

Well done to Thomas for a fantastic run in the Glasgow to Edinburgh Double Marathon on Saturday in horrible cold, wet and windy conditions . Finishing 4th in a fantastic time of  7.22.21 hours, only 3 1/2 minutes behind 3rd placed Kenny Valentine of Lasswade AC.

Go to Tom's blog and watch a short video of the race

http://runnertom.blogspot.com/

Dunky Wright 5K 14/3/09

Peter Clare had a solid performance to finish 51st at Clydesdale Harriers Dunky Wright 5k in a time of 19.45.

Meg McDade produced her highest finish in national competition when finishing 5th at the Scottish Schools XC held on Saturday at Irvine Beach. Lying in 3rd behind odds on favourite Gillespie for most of the race she faced heartbreak in the final half mile as she lost bronze medal position in the strong head wind. Meg should be pleased with her brave front running effort in blustery conditions.

Shannon Kangley finally transferred excellent training into an excellent race by finishing 10th in the same race and showed her strength in the final quarter mile by overtaking several tiring athletes. It was just a pity that their school failed to field a fourth runner as they would have surely guaranteed a team medal as they were the only school with 2 finishers in the top ten. Following Shannon’s example, Gabrielle Fisher also produced her best race to date to finish 45th and in the process not only closed the gap on her teammates but defeated several athletes who had beaten her at Falkirk 3 weeks ago.

. In the 15-16 year race Emily Pollock finished in a creditable 15th spot whilst Ellidh Hamill continues to improve finishing 84th. Club champion elect Emma Baxter finished 12th in her final Schools XC race.

And the big question everybody was asking was …………

Where were the Boys?????

 

Inverness & Balloch 1/2 Marathons

Experience Shines Through

Glenpark Harriers veterans Thomas Loehndorf and Robert Wilson were in
outstanding form for the Greenock club in the Inverness and Balloch half
marathons on Sunday.

In the Highlands Thomas Loehndorf continued to impress when he set another best
time of 1.18.31 at Inverness, finishing 18th from over 1000 runners, and also
claiming the 2nd over 45 prize. Silke his wife also running well finished 21st
in her category in a time of 1.51.59. 

Closer to home Wilson(left) led the 14 Glenpark Harriers at the Balloch to Clydebank
Half Marathon. The omens didn't look good at the start as the masses were caught
in a sudden snow shower, and fast times looked unlikely as the runners struggled
into a strong head wind for the first 5 miles. Wilson, who is regaining some of
his old form, was accompanied for the entire race by Stevie Campbell. Feeling
fresh at the midway point Campbell failed to capitalise when the wind turned in
their favour and remained alongside his team-mate until the final 1/2 mile,
where Wilson used all his experience to pull clear to shade it, finishing in a
respectable 30th position from a field of 400. Alan O'Rourke, upset the formbook
to finish 3rd counter for Glenpark to bring the team home in 5th position. The
Henderson brothers entered the race with great hopes after an impressive race
last week at the Willow Bowl but both struggled in the wintry conditions with
Alan having the consolation prize of defeating older brother David in the
closing stages. Despite the weather 3 Harriers did manage to achieve PBs. Robert
Adams can finally bury the memory of last years Glasgow Half by slicing over
5mins from his best time. Robert Dolan ran alongside Adams until midway, but
still struggling with illness, tired in the 2nd half. Kenny Pryde is obviously
benefiting from his marathon training as he reduced his best by 4mins, and
teamwork came to the fore as Fiona Cushnaghan paced Dorothy McCormick to another
massive PB. Just in front Mick Follan came in ahead of training partner George
Cooke with Terry Wall a couple of seconds adrift, but finishing leading lady for
the Orangefield club despite a heavy cold, with finally Mick Skelton bringing
the Harriers back running alongside his brother James. Not for the first time
this season the women put one over the men in the team stakes by finishing a
place higher in 4th. 
 
The club would like to thank Wilson coaches and driver Ross for providing the
transport. 

Times: R.Wilson 1.22.58, S.Campbell 1.23.08, A.O'Rourke 1.25.17, A.Henderson
1.27.18 ,D.Henderson 1.27.24, R.Adams 1.31.54, R.Dolan 1.33.58, K.Pryde 1.34.31,
M.Follan 1.42.27, G.Cooke 1.42.49 , T.Wall 1.42.51 , F.Cushanaghan 1.45.16,
D.McCormick 1.45.18, M.Skelton 1.45.51

Thanks to Peter McLaughlin for the pictures.

Steven Campbell

Alan Henderson

David Henderson

Alan O'Rourke

It's a Dogs Life

Davie & Stevie get some unwanted attention at the start of the Willow Bowl race. But it was the closest they came to a sniff of winning.

Willow Bowl 7.75mile 28/2/09

Kangley snatches first Victory 

Thanks to Thomas for Race pictures. click here

Bernie Kangley  won Greenock Glenpark Harriers conceding handicap Willow Bowl race around the Greenock Cut leaving disappointment for club stalwart Tommy Knight.

The veteran athlete was first away in the race and had the extremely difficult task to hold onto a lead, knowing that 28 faster runners were all chasing him down over the 7 ¾ miles trail.

Behind him was Dorothy McCormick, who was on a mission from the off, she had put herself into a challenging position for the title by passing 4 of the early starters to send her soaring into 2nd place.

But behind her Bernie Kangley in his first season with the club, had also been quietly working his way through the field, and by the time he was above Branchton with less than 2 miles to go, he had moved clear of McCormick.

From then on it was a question of what was going to come first for Knight; the finish line and Glory or the fast finishing Kangley and despair.

After passing the waterman’s cottage on the Cut with a ¼ mile to go and a quick glance behind, Knight seemed to be heading for success. Unfortunately for Knight from seemingly nowhere Kangley’s sustained effort had hauled himself to within touching distance. And with one final burst he cruised past him on the Long Dam for a memorable win.

The Centenary cup for the fastest overall time went to Andy McCall, who like many others tired on the second half of the course, after going a little too hard for the first 3 miles into the strong head wind, with the runner up spot going to the new Scottish over 55 indoor 3000metre Champion Robert Wilson, ahead of fellow veterans Stevie McLoone and a rejuvenated Phil Russell.

 

 

 

Under 20 women Emma Baxter, stepped into unknown territory by racing over 7 ¾ miles when her previous longest training run had been only 6miles. She consolidated her position at the top of the womens championship, with a solid performance finishing a just over a minute and a half clear of an improved Sharron Skinner.  

Best other runs came from Kenny Pryde and Alan Henderson just 19seconds behind his brother David

The Harriers would like to thank race sponsors the Willow Bar, and all the volunteers on the day.                 

 

Results(handicap time in brackets) A.McCall 45.48(77.48) R.Wilson 49.33(77.33) S.McLoone 49.59(80.29) P.Russell 50.02(76.32) S.Campbell 50.28(78.58) D.Henderson 50.46(79.16) A.Henderson 51.05(78.05) A.O'Rourke 52.17(77.47) R.Dolan jnr 54.10(79.10) J.Hendry 55.13(76.43) K.Pryde 55.19(76.49) R.Adams 55.41(80.11) E.Baxter 56.02(79.02) R.Dolan 56.41(76.11) M.Harrington 56.50(78.50) S.Skinner 57.40(76.40) G.McManus 58.12(78.42) R.Mitchell 58.28(83.28) S.McDade 59.55(75.55) T.Wall 60.23(77.23) B.Kangley 62.04(74.34) A.McCall 63.56(88.26) D.McCormick 64.48(75.18) S.Gillies 66.30(76.00) Y.Prager 70.34(77.04) I.Rankin 72.08(91.08) T.Knight 75.10(75.10) K.Sinclair 81.56(86.56) J.Sheridan 81.57(81.57)

  Bernie and Andy with the trophy full of Beer at the Willow Bar after the race

Masters Indoor Championships

 Wilson's Treble Success

Kelvin Hall 21/2/09

Greenock Glenpark Harriers Robert Wilson, turned his attention to the Scottish Masters  indoor Championships at the weekend.

And the veteran athlete proved he can still perform over any distance, with a comprehensive victory to take the over 55 Scottish title in the 3000m in a time of 10.38 minutes.

On a busy day he also took silver in both the 800m (2.25) and 1500m (4.51) being pipped on both occasions by East Kilbride’s Derek Leitch.

National x-c championships 2009

Show of Strength from Thomas, the highlight of a disappointing Senior Mens turnout.

 Greenock Glenpark’s recent recruit Thomas Loehndorf, was the Harriers success story in what was a depleted men’s team at the Scottish National cross country championships. With very little cross country experience he was hoping to finish just inside the top 200, but he exceeded all expectations with a fantastic run to finish in 98th in a field of over 400 starters.

Thomas, who has a frightening race schedule  ahead of him which includes the Edinburgh to Glasgow double 55 mile race and the West Highland Way 95 mile Race, coped extremely well with the fast pace over the relatively short 12km,  in a break from his normal steady running that’s required for ultra distance racing.

Next home was Alan O’Rourke whose performance like Robert Dolan was badly affected by a heavy cold. Clearly struggling the pair put club before self to ensure the Orangefield club fielded a full team. On a brighter note Mick Harrington continues to improve whilst both Peter Clare and Stephen McDade had good National debuts with special praise going to McDade who pulled on his trainers at the last minute to fill the remaining team slot.

Sharron Skinner and captain Terry Wall ran out their skins to break into the top 100 for the first time, in the women’s 8km race with Wall running particularly well. Close behind came Fiona Cushnaghan, using the race for preparation for the London marathon, gave her the indication that her training is going well. In a strong turnout out from the Glenpark ladies Dorothy McCormick, was next back just ahead of president Yvonne Prager to bring the team home in 18th, a 6 place improvement from 2008.

Results:12km:T.Loehndorf 43.56, A.O’Rourke 49.15, P.Clare 52.27, M.Harrington 53.14, R.Dolan 56.26, S.McDade 58.29

8km:S.Skinner 36.39, T.Wall 37.28, F.Cushnaghan  39.38, D.McCormick 41.40, Y. Prager 44.24

                   Alan O'Rourke & Ladies Team

    

                                  Robert Dolan

     

            Glenparks Top Woman finisher Sharron Skinner

See Junior News for the young athletes race report and pictures

Renfrewshire Road Race, Battery park 8/2/09

Baxter & McDade win Gold

Emma Baxter added the County Road Race title to her her Cross Country title with another impressive performance at the Renfrewshire Road Race Championships at Greenock Battery Park. Meighan McDade was also in fine form collecting the Under 13's girls title.

              

                        Emma Baxter U20 winner

 Fantastic to see a big turnout from the club at the county Road Race Championships, with 21 juniors and 30 seniors wearing the blue and gold on a bitterly cold winters day.

The under 11 and 13s were our star performers with all 4 boys and girls teams winning medals, and Meighan McDade also winning the under 13 girls title.

 Aside Emma’s individual gold, the seniors were out of the team medals, but there were plenty of good performances nonetheless, with some massive personal bests.

Nicol Reid and Silke Loehndorf also made their club debut’s. Silke had an excellent run, finishing strongly by catching and passing team mate Irene McDade in the final ½ mile, but Irene was pleased to beat last years time by 2 ½ minutes.

Thomas & Silke

Alan, Davie, Sharron and Kenny had the the biggest improvements on last years times. (Thanks to Mick Follan for the photographs)

Click here for Results.

Some more pictures from the Race:

 

Terry Wall, Stevie Campbell, & Stevie McLoone

 

Yvonne Prager & Jim Sheridan.

 

Andy McCall,                                          Davie Henderson & Robert Wilson.     

 

Micky Dunn & Phil Russell.

 

Stevie McDade & Fiona Cushnaghan: Robert Dolan, Mick Harrington & Kenny Pryde.

Scottish Masters X-C, Irvine Moor 7/2/09

                   Wilson’s Master Class

      

Robert Wilson great start to 2009 continued at the Masters Cross Country Championships on Irvine Moor. Following his 2nd place in the Florida Marathon in January, he claimed Bronze in the +55 year group, behind veteran Internationalists Tom Scott from Fife AC and Doug Cowie of Forres Harriers.

 Ladies Captain Terry Wall was also in fine form finishing 9th in her age group, with team-mate Fiona Cushnaghan not far behind in 13th.

Race Report from the Apprentice Sports writer:

 "2 lovely ladies drove down the coast for their 1st race of the weekend, it was a lovely sunny but cold day.  Lining up with 70 other women in age groups 35 to 65 for the 4 mile tough course with 2 killer hills thrown in we got ready to roll.  On the gun we lead the group and continued to do so for 3.5 miles, feeling peckish we decided to stop for one of Terry's world famous smoked cheese and ham bagels, unfortunately doing this allowed a few to get past us, we packed up the picnic hamper and finished off our run, Terry running away from Fiona as usual.......Terry finished in 48th place and Fiona in 59th, both pleased with their races, they went home to prepare for a 5 miler the next day......"
 
Terry 30.10  Fiona  32.23

McDade storms to Victory at Notre Dame

Meighan McDade provided the outstanding performance at Inverclyde Schools Cross Country Series held on Saturday. Having won the Primary 6 and 7 titles in the last 2 years Meighan moved up to the more difficult 1st/2nd year races. Despite being a year younger McDade blew the opposition away in what was one of her most impressive performances to date. A 100m ahead by halfway she continued to keep the foot down eventually winning by over 40secs ahead of 2nd place. An unwell Shannon Kangley ran in the same race and battled round to finish 4th overall. Good performances also came from Louisa Davies and Danni.

Pocket Rocket Lauren Mulaghton narrowly missed out on gold in the P6 race. The winner from St Kenneths sprinted into a commanding 100m lead at the beginning of the race. Lauren began to eat into the lead from the halfway point and with 400m to go the lead had been reduced to 10m but the winner rallied with a sprint finish to hold the young Glenparker off in the sprint finish. Teammate Lucy Compston produced her best performance to date to finish 4th in the same race, narrowly missing out on bronze but along with Lauren they collected the team prize for St Josephs.

Another great performance came from Michael Isaac in the P7 boys race. In 3rd position at the start of the race Isaac battled brilliantly to hold of a chasing group for the whole race all the way to the finish. An unfit Ross Forbes also performed much better than hoped to finish high up in 6th spot.

Good performances also came from Rebecca McDiarmid and Jack Harrington.

This was the 1st of 3 races to be held at Notre Dame over the winter. The next race is scheduled for Saturday 28th February.

 

Robert Disney Disappoint

Robert Wilson completed his first 26miler of 2009 at the Walt Disney Marathon in Florida on 11th January. Glenparks top marathon runner set a time of 3hours and 5 minutes, just 3 minutes behind the winner in his 55-59 age group. With very little training in the last few months, this was an excellent start to the year for Robert finishing 105th out of the 15thousand starters.

Click  link for Race Photos of Robert.  http://www.asiorders.com/view_user_event.asp?EVENTID=40036&BIB=167&LNSEARCH=1

Russell first back at Jack Crawford Springburn Cup 10km

17th January 2009

Excellent performance from Supervet Phil as he was first home from the Harriers quartet at Saturday's 10km. David also setting another PB slicing off 9 seconds over a muddy wet trail.

Name                    Place    Time
Phil Russell             46        38.57
David Henderson     51        39.10
Robert Mitchell       73         40.28 
Robert Dolan Snr    94.        41.46

Shannon & Meighan give their all with Capital Display 

Interdistrict Championships 10th Jan 2009 Holyrood Park.

Greenock Glenpark Harriers Meighan McDade and Shannon Kangley had to  endure a testing time at the inter-district cross country championships as the bitter cold wind swept across Holyrood park.

 The pair, who had gained selection for the West of Scotland team after an impressive display in December at Irvine, arrived in Edinburgh on the morning of the race suffering very badly from travel sickness.

 But despite their difficulties the girls couldn’t have put in greater effort and more than justified their selection in the under 13 girls 2.4km race.  

 Clearly not at their best they still managed to produce fine performances finishing close behind the chasing pack in a race won by the impressive Kathryn Gillespie from Central AC.

 Meighan after moving through to 12th position suffered badly in the final 600m slipping back to 19th (10.52mins), while Shannon after a poor start, turned that around with a strong second lap to move up to 23rd place (11.08mins).

 

             

              Meighan battles against the wind

   

     All smiles after the race

Harrington wins Allan Cup

Mick Harrington scooped the Allan Handicap Cup for the 2nd time in 3 years at the Cove Reservoirs on Saturday. A ding-dong battle with Robert Dolan Jr helped Harrington knock 2mins off his 2008 time and seen him deservedly win the handicap title with Dolan Jr finishing 3rd in a race which also saw the first ten handicap places all finish within a minute of each other. 2nd in the handicap race went to Fiona Cushnaghan who, like Harrington, cut 2mins from her 2008 time.

The scratch races proved to be no contests as both Championship leaders Andy McCall and Emma Baxter recorded comfortable wins over the rest of the field. McCall soon eased ahead in the first of the four laps and with no competition cruised home almost 3mins ahead of David Henderson. Henderson, buoyed by his recent 10km PB was locked in a battle with veteran Robert Wilson but always had something in the tank and broke away from Wilson in the closing stages. Emma Baxter was also well clear of her rivals early in the race but was involved in the Harrington/Dolan battle until the final stages when the pair managed to break clear. Baxter is now the clear leader in the championship and is now a warm favourite to claim her first senior club title. Fellow junior Emily Pollock finished 2nd with a below par Terry Wall finishing 3rd Best of the rest included Kenny Pryde who slashed his best for the course and Irene McDade who made a fine debut at the event.

In the junior race U15 boy David Reay was the runaway victor, winning comfortably from Gerard Smith and Craig Knight. 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.

The club would like to thank all the volunteers on the day as well as Inverclyde Leisure who sponsored Saturday’s race.

Senior Results: A.McCall 33.09, D.Henderson 35.44, R.Wilson 35.51, A.Orourke 36.59, R.Mitchell 37.53, M.Harrington 38.47, R.Dolan Jr 39.02, Emma Baxter 39.18, R.Dolan 39.54, E.Baxter 40.28, K.Pryde 40.46, E.Pollock 40.58, K.Scott 41.18, T.Wall 43.43, F.Cushnaghan 45.25, D.Anderson 45.26, S.McDade 45.32, I.McDade 48.02, K.Pollock 49.24

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

 

 

 

McGowan Impresses at Kelvin Hall Indoor Meeting

U15 Novice Martin McGowan was the surprise package as 9 Glenpark Juniors competed at the Open Graded meeting held on 30th December 2008.

No starting blocks and very little specific training didn’t deter Martin from storming home in 26.95secs in what was a very impressive debut at the distance and the fastest club performance of the day. Training partner David Reay narrowly missed out on a PB despite suffering badly from the flu. Armed with his new spikes Ross Forbes chalked almost a second off his 200m best, narrowly losing to Meighan McDade in the process, whilst Gabrielle Fisher was forced to run a solo attempt from the front, just missing out on a PB.

An hour later McGowan looked set to break 2m40s on his 800m debut, cruising thru 400m in 77secs only for the wheels to come off at 500m and a huge lead was soon gobbled up. Nevertheless he dug in deep to record a 2m.46s in what was again the fastest Glenpark time of the day. Meighan McDade ran a controlled race, leading her race from the halfway point to record a comfortable win which will be a good confidence booster ahead of her Inter Districts debut. Both Gerard Smith and Shannon Kangley underperformed due to catching the Glenpark Flu epidemic.

The Long Jump proved to be the most fruitful event with both Gabrielle Fisher and Lauren Mulaghton both achieving new bests at the event, with Gabrielle finishing an impressive 2nd overall.

Results

200M – M.McGowan 26.95 (PB), D.Reay 27.96, M.McDade 31.57, R.Forbes, 31.70 (PB). S.Kangley 33.16, G.Fisher 33.60, G.Smith 33.68, L.Mulaghton 36.13, F.Fisher 42.60

800M – M.McGowan 2.46 (PB), M.McDade 2.48, G.Smith 2.50, S.Kangley 3.06, L.Mulaghton 3.14

Long Jump – G.Fisher 3.96 (PB), L.Mulaghton 2.92 (PB)

Henderson sets another PB at Cambuslang 10K

David and Alan Henderson travelled through to Cambuslang for the 'down by the river' 10Km on Sunday in cold conditions (-3.5Deg C) on a rolling out and in course along the clyde canal cycle path. Both went through 2k at 38min pace, for Alans first race since the kilmacolm 10k this was probably too agressive a start as he slipped back from the turn to finish in a time of 41:24.

 
David also couldn't maintain his 19:19 'front half' and struggled on the way back, sliping to 20mins dead for the final 5km, personally a dissapointing race as David wasn't able to keep to this race ethos of negative splits. Nonetheless his 'reasonable' form continues with another PB in a time of 39:19.

         Final Voyage

Robert Wilson onboard the QE2 during her voyage to Dubai.

 

Stevie runs away from wife to win Wilson Cup

Stevie and Irene McDade at start line

 Stevie McDade threw the form book out of the window, with a determined run from start to finish which saw him romp almost three minutes clear of his closest rival to win Greenock Glenpark Harriers Wilson Cup. There was no love lost as he started the race with his wife Irene, but soon ran away from her to build up an uncatchable lead.

 The conceding Handicap race held over 4.5 miles on the  trails above the “Cut”  has the runners set off at intervals, with the fastest runners starting later.  The heavy rain the previous day made underfoot conditions interesting to say the least with several competitors taking head long falls into the ice cold streams.

Robert Mitchell always a favourite for this race, rarely out the top 5 and a 4 times winner kept that incredible form going, with McDade out of sight he looked to be heading for the runners up spot until getting passed late on by Andy McCall and Davie Henderson.

McCall managing to pass everyone but McDade on the rough trail, unsurprisingly had the consolation of winning the Allan Cup for the days quickest time ahead of Club captain Danny McLaughlin.

Henderson is the man on form at the moment and this was highlighted by his highest ever placing in a club competition finishing with the 3rd fastest overall time.

Emma Baxter was fastest woman ahead of surprise runner up Dorothy McCormick who had her first ever win over Terry Wall, who discovered during the race that if you didn’t quite manage to leap the stream it went up to waste height at its deepest point.

Rebecca McDiarmid rounded off 2008 with her first club victory in the junior 1 mile handicap race. From the start knowing that the faster runners would soon have her in her sights, she went out extremely hard from the gun, and her tactics seemed to have worked as at half way she still held a considerable lead on the chasing pack. But as she tired and coming under pressure from the fast finishing Craig knight, her lead started to crumble on the long climb towards the finish, but one final kick in the home straight gave Rebecca a deserved first ever club win.

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.

Thanks to timekeepers Liz, Meighan and Adam and to  race Sponsors Millar Catering.

  Results:(scratch times in brackets)

Senior 4.5miles: McDade S 41:29(36:59) McCall A 44:11(26:56) Henderson D 44:19(29:19) Mitchell R 44:41(31:11) McCormick D 44:54(38:24) McLaughlin D 45:09(28:39) McDade I 45:13(40:43) Wilson R 45:14(29:29) Pryde K 45:20(33:50) Dolan R  45:58(34:28) Baxter E 46:11(33:11) Russell P 46:22(31:22) Harrington M 46:27(34:27) Adams R 46:55(32:40) Dolan R Jnr 47:08(34:08) Wall T 47:45(38:45) O'Rourke A  47:55(32:55)  Sheridan J 48:42(48:42) Prager Y 49:12(45:42) Knight T 50:48(48:18)

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)

Girls Set the Standard for Seniors at West District XC Dec 2008

 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 Irvine to compete at the weekend's West Districts Cross Country Championships. On that occasion the girls finished well down the field and in last team position. Armed with 12months of hard training, racing experience and an ever growing confidence, along with new girl Rebecca McDiarmid they produced what was the Orangefield Clubs best team performance in recent years and first West team medal since 2003. Star girls McDade and Kangley ran tactically brilliant from start to finish producing a faultless display. At the head of the field only 11 seconds separated the top 10 athletes and it was an agonising 2 seconds that denied Meighan picking up individual bronze with Shannon just a few strides behind in 5th. Top ten positions also meant that both girls gain their 1st West of Scotland vests in January at the prestigious Inter County Championships. It was now down to the all important 3rd counter and it was Gabrielle Fisher, pushed all the way by Rebecca McDiarmid, who produced the race of her life to secure 3rd team position. The bronze medal was no more than the girls richly deserved after all their efforts in recent months which has seen them step up to 4 training sessions per week, sometimes in the most horrendous conditions. Attention will now switch to the National Championships in February where all 4 will hope to take their performance to a higher level.
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.

 

Meighan & Shannon Gallop round the former racecourse at Irvine Bogside

Top senior position again fell to Emma Baxter who ran strongly throughout, taking a few notable scalps and finishing in a creditable 30th, followed by Sharon Skinner who struggled over the closing stages due to a fast start, with Captain Terry Wall bringing the Ladies team home in 10th place. 

 Men’s Captain Danny McLaughlin bounced back to form to finish top Glenparker in the senior men's event. Assisted by a ding dong battle with team-mate Thomas Loehndorf, both brought the best out of each other with McLaughlin’s faster sprint finish giving him the edge. Steven Campbell and Alan O'Rourke took the 3rd and 4th spots but would have been disappointed with below par runs. Making up the final 2 counting team positions were David Henderson and Mick Harrington, producing his best cross country run this year. Just outside the team places were marathon veteran Robert Dolan and new member Gerry McManus who continues to improve. The club would like to thank all the parents for their support.

RESULTS:
(3rd)U13Girls: 4. M.McDade 11.05, 5.S.Kangley 11.06, 31.G.Fisher12.25, 40.R.McDade 13.05
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
U15Girl: 45.C.Dalgleish 21.00

Women: 30.E.Baxter 26.46, 43.S.Skinner 28.09, 58. T.Wall 29.51.

Men: 61.D.McLaughlin 36.06, 63.T.Loehndorf 36.09, 87.S.Campbell37.25, 106.A.O’Rourke 38.31, 122.M.Harrington 39.51,  155.R.Dolan 42.48, 165.G.McManus 43.39

******The Harriers Prize Giving 2008*****

The Harriers held their Annual PrizeGiving in Greenock Sports Centre, where 200 family and friends enjoyed an evening of Disco, 5 a-side football, and jumping around on 2 massive bouncy castles. The kids just sat bemused watching the Adults.

A big thank you to Dorothy, Fiona, Yvonne, Stevie McD, Davy, and Alan for putting in an enormous amount of work in organising a great event. And a special thanks to all the staff at the Sports Centre for help in setting up and clearing up afterwards.

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

Emma wins Gold and girls add a Silver Lining at County Cross Country Champs

Greenock Glenpark Harriers Emma Baxter produced her best run on the country to win Gold as fastest U20 women at the Renfrewshire cross country championships at Roukenglen park. Over a testing trail of mud and hills, not her favourite terrain, much preferring the road, Emma was none the less impressive finishing 8th overall in the women’s race. Along with Sharron Skinner,Terry Wall (pictured left), and Irene McDade, the ladies managed to take 4th in the team competition.

 Stevie McLoone led the men back in 12th just ahead of Thomas Loehndorf  representing the Orangefield club in his first cross country race. Danny McLaughlin as consistent as ever proved to be too strong for Steven Campbell, while triathlete Davie Henderson (below) now concentrating specifically on his running, maintained his improvement with a close victory over Alan O’Rourke. Mick Harrington held off Robert Dolan with Kenny Pryde not far behind, also performing well was Gerry McManus another running his first x-c. Although all packing closely, the men were again just out of the team medals finishing in 4th.

 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 800 meters that she was passed by her rivals, but she showed great determination by holding on, and even putting in a late charge in an attempt to regain the lead with the finish tape in sight - only a few strides separating the trio at the line. Shannon Kangley almost back to full fitness was in contact with the leaders at half way lying in third, despite dropping off the pace in the latter half she still came home in an impressive 5th. The much improved Rebecca McDiarmid in her 1st year at the age group was the important final counter for the team securing the girls the County silver medal. Very little separated Craig Knight, Michael Grant, and Jack Harrington, with Knight getting the upper hand on this occasion.

 Under 15 boys Adam McCormick, David Reay and debutant Martin McGowan were surprise bronze medal winners, with McGowan showing great promise, scaring his team mates by leading them after the first lap.  Their counterparts Carly Dalgleish and Eillidh Hamill put in a steady display over the tough 2 lap course.

 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.

  

Alan O'Rourke, Danny McLaughlin outsprinting Steven Campbell, and Stevie McLoone.

Results:
Men(6mile):  S.McLoone 37.33, T.Loehndorf 38.19, D.McLaughlin 39.01, S.Campbell 39.04, D.Henderson 39.38, A.O’Rourke 39.47, M.Harrington 44.43, R.Dolan 44.48, K.Pryde 45.26, G.McManus 46.37.
Women(4mile): E.Baxter 29.05, S.Skinner 30.20, T.Wall 31.55, I.McDade 35.53,
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.

Davie Henderson Sets  1/2 Marathon PB

Davie Henderson continued his fine run of form by smashing his 1/2 marathon best by over 4 minutes to record a time of 1.27.42 at Buchlyvie. All the more impressive as the course is on trail, with the final section covering 2 laps of a muddy rugby field.

Also competing was club captain Danny McLaughlin, who went out with the leaders, but at 4 miles the leading 3 managed to make the break, but Danny was well pleased finishing 4th in 1.19.12

 

Davie at the recent Renfrewshire X-C relays

Daniella Gets Top Marks at University Road Race

Daniella was in fine form again finishing 15th lady at the Glasgow Univesity 5mile road race. A good turnout from the club including our over 60's trio of stalwarts Dick, Tommy and Jim. Tommy very quickly getting back to full fitness again. Steven Campbell was first back for the club finishing just behind former Glenparker Pat Duffy.

Results: 43. S.Campbell 29.32, 79. D.Henderson 31.45, 113. D.Hughes 33.45, 116. R.Dolan 33.49, 135.K.Scott 35.13, 142. E.Currie 35.35, 214. R.Hodelet 43.50, 236.J.Sheridan 52.47, T.Knight 45.21, & 40. P.Duffy 29.26

 

Tommy Knight

Dick Hodelet

Thomas makes Stunning Debut at Lochaber

Glenpark Harriers latest recruits Thomas and Silke Loehndorf made their debut in club colours at the weekend at Eddies Half Marathon in Fort William. Thomas an ultra specialist dropped down to the 13.1 mile distance  to produce an outstanding run finishing second veteran and 4th overall in a time of 78.56 minutes. His wife Silke with an excellent effort failed to beat the 2 hour mark by just 3 minutes. Thomas's time will have a few of his new team mates more than a little worried when they eventually go head to head in competition.

Thomas with Ben Nevis in the background

 Hughes that Girl!!!

Reigning Glenpark Harriers club champion Andy McCall (Pictured) got the defence of his title off to a winning start in the Colin Shields 4.5mile time trial.

            The race is unique with runners going off in pairs at 30 second intervals with the fastest starting last. The athletes set off at Notre Dame HS and loop around Larkfield before retuning back to the start point again. McCall couldn’t quite match last year’s performance when he passed all of the early starters but he still managed to catch all but 4 from the field of 34.

                        As expected Steven Campbell and Danny McLaughlin were the main challengers and it couldn’t have been closer between the pair. Campbell starting 30 seconds behind McLaughlin had the veteran in his sights the whole race but couldn’t close even an inch, with both recording the exact same time, 40 seconds behind McCall.

 Daniella Hughes was the surprise winner in the women’s race with an excellent performance, powering her way through the field crossing the line in second with only guest runner Des Smith managing to hold her off.

 Pre race joint favourites Alison King (pictured) was set off with Junior girl Emma Baxter, Alison had made a big lead by mid way but was put under pressure late on as Emma fought back to close the deficit to just 8 seconds, the longer distance working to Alison’s advantage on this occasion.

 Robert Wilson was back on form with his fourth place knocking Alan O’Rourke off his pedestal who paid the price of a too fast start. The strength of the clubs veterans was obvious with Phil Russell and Robert Mitchell along with Wilson making it 3 over 50’s in the top seven.

 Richard Hodelet was best over 60, ahead of the comeback kid Tommy Knight.

 Best other runs came from Davie Henderson training with the bit between his teeth again, Irene McDade with a personal best of 3 minutes, and Terry Wall again closing the gap on the leading women.

            

 

Kenny Scott, Robert Wilson, Davie Henderson

 

David Reay 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 Dunlop street in his stride.  

            Next to finish was Michael Isaac, holding off the strong challenge of Adam McCormick  who sliced 80 seconds from his best time.

            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.

 Thanks to the many volunteers who helped make the day run smoothly and to race sponsor Colin Shields.

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

Seniors 4.5miles: A.McCall 26.03, S.Campbell 26.42, D.McLaughlin 26.42, R.Wilson 27.28, A.O’Rourke 27.34, P.Russell 28.12, R.Mitchell 28.57, D.Henderson 29.07, D.McCorkindale 29.24, M.Dunn 29.56, M.Follan 30.15, R.Dolan jnr 30.19, D.Smith 30.20, R.Docherty 30.28, D.Hughes 30.36, M.Harrington 30.44, K.Pryde 31.02, K.Scott 31.23, R.Dolan 31.30, G.McManus 31.59, A.King 32.04, E.Baxter 32.12, Stephen Forbes 32.12, T.Wall 33.09, B.Gallacher 34.51, F.Cushnaghan 35.57, D.McCormick 37.09, I.McDade 37.38, S.McDade 37.53, D.Hodelet 39.05, I.Smith 39.59, W.Graham 41.33, T.Knight 41.51, J.Sheridan 46.03

(Thanks to Peter McLaughlin for the pictures.)

  

1st & 2nd over 60's Dick Hodelet & Tommy Knight

 

Robert Dolan and Joint 2nd Stevie Campbell

 

Billy Gallacher and Mick Harrington

 

Sisters Dorothy and Fiona

Greenock Glenpark Harriers are sponsored by Wilsons Coaches.

Inverclyde Leisure Fun Runs - Sunday 26 October 2008

Congratulations to all those who ran the Kilmacolm 3K & 10k fun runs on Sunday, especially those who ran the previous day at the Relays.

Full results can be found at:  http://www.inverclydeleisure.com/news3/

 

 

Stevie Campbell finishing in 2nd Place

McDade whips up a Storm at Cumbernauld

Battling gale force winds, torrential rain and up to your neck in energy sapping mud, not exactly a relaxing Saturday afternoon for the 23 hardy Glenparkers who competed at the National Cross-Country relays held at Cumbernauld.

Best performance of the day most definitely came from Meighan McDade who produced her top showing to date and bagged the club’s only top 20 individual time of the day. Lying in 30th at midway, the strength gained from her long Sunday runs up the ‘Cut’ kicked in as she overhauled a stack of tiring runners to bring the A team home in 18th. Shannon Kangley took over and despite recovering from a flu put in a gutsy run to hand over the Emily Pollock who pulled back one spot to bring the team home in 35th, the best team performance of the day. Best run from the B team came from Eilidh Hamill who delivered her finest run in Glenpark colours yet with more sure to come.

Gerard Smith was top boy in what was a steady performance for the A team. Only 12secs split the boys with both Craig Knight and David Reay recording the exact same time to bring the team home in 51st. Best of the B team was Jack Harrington with Adam McCormick making another improved performance. Special praise went to Cammy Black for getting round the boggy course in normal trainers.

The club also took through 3 of the younger members to taste the big national event and Rebecca McDiarmid, Ross Forbes and Greg Black didn’t disappoint with special praise going to McDiarmid.

On a day when most women would be sitting in the hoose with their knitting needles, three rock hard dames pulled on the blue and gold to ensure a full ladies team for the premier event. Hats off then to Fiona Cushnaghan, Dorothy McCormick and Sharon Skinner for bringing the team home in 45th with Skinner producing the best run of the day.

Rumours that Danny McLaughlan had turned to drink after his dramatic defeat last week at the hands of Alan O’Rourke were swiftly denied by the hung over captain who led the men’s team out in the main event and was despite a strong start the previous night’s celebrations soon resulted in an unusual sub-par performance, handing over to Alan O’Rourke in 79th spot. O’Rourke quickly set about eating into the field as if it was a tasty steak pie and managed to pull in 16 spots and comfortably claim the best senior time of the day. Robert Wilson managed to pull in another 3 spots in his first XC outing of the season, handing over to Robert Mitchell who brought the men home in 60th place.

A big thanks to all the athletes who made the effort to turn out in the Glenpark colours and to all the parents who helped on the day.

Results:

Girls A Team – M.McDade 12.43, S.Kangley 13.45, E.Pollock 12.33 (35th), Girls B Team – L.Davies 16.54, E.Hamill 15.08, C.Dalgliesh 15.58 (59th)

Boys A Team – C.Knight 12.20, G.Smith 12.08, D.Reay 12.20 (51st), Boys B Team – J.Harrington 12.53, C.Black, 14.08, A.McCormick 13.00 (64th)

Ladies Team – F.Cushnaghan 24.09, D.McCormick 24.51, S.Skinner 20.13

Mens Team – D.McLaughlan 18.37, A.O’Rourke 17.53, R.Wilson 18.38, R.Mitchell 19.31 

Ladies win Bronze as Men just fail to get in the Medals

 It was a bronze day for Greenock Glenpark Harriers at the County cross country relays at Linwood, where the Orangefield club took 4 team medals.

Fiona Cushnaghan on her first outing on the country this season put in a solid run to keep the Glenpark Ladies with an outside chance of a medal  finishing in 6th after leg 1.  Terry Wall gained one place to leave all the pressure on Sharron Skinner. And Sharron didn’t disappoint as she stormed round the course passing the teams from Bellahouston Harriers and Bellahouston Road Runners to bring the team home in 3rd.

Glenpark’s 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 Bronze 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.

Steven Campbell produced his best run of the season for the senior men finishing 4th after the opening leg, but an off day from veteran Danny McLaughlin saw them slip back to 5th. Stevie McLoone then Andy McCall managed to pull 1 place back, but just failed to close down Bellahouston for the elusive 3rd spot.

There was a steady all round performance from the men’s B team of Mick Harrington, Micky Dunn, Alan O’Rourke and Davie Henderson who finished 9th, with O’Rourke now in contention  for the A team in next weeks National Relays at Cumbernauld.

            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.

Results:

Senior Women: F.Cushnaghan 17.32, T.Wall 16.32, S.Skinner 15.13.

Senior Men: A:S.Campbell 12.45,D.McLaughlin 13.17, S.McLoone 12.45, A.McCall 12.07 B: M.Harrington 15.13, M.Dunn 13.57, A.O’Rourke 13.11, D.Henderson 14.10. C: K.Pryde  15.28, J.Sheridan 21.21

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

See Pictures of the young athletes in action in Junior Section

(AMENDMENT:  Every cloud has a silver lining - error in above report, the Under 11 girls actually won Silver - )

 Skinner Gallops around the bogside - West District relays 08

             Sharron Skinner was  Glenpark Harriers Ladies best performer at the West District cross country relays over the fast flat trail in warm autumnal sunshine at Irvine bogside racecourse

           

With just one season behind her she is now looking a more accomplished athlete, with the promise of more to come. She led the ladies team out on the first leg keeping the team in contention with the chasing pack, to bring the team home in 17th place. 

Dorothy McCormick worked hard to maintain this position but although losing 4 places, she kept the gaps to a minimum allowing team captain Terry Wall every chance on the last leg to capture the lost places. The team Captain set about with a steely determination pulling back the deficit in the first ½ mile, and by the time she had crossed the line 2 miles later she had hauled the team up to 13th.

            Irene McDade was the lone runner in the B team, fresh from her successful ½ Marathon debut at the Great North run last week where she comfortably broke her target time of 2 hours.       

Stevie McLoone was quickest in the men’s team but it was Alan O’Rourke just one minute adrift who was most pleased with his performance. Also performing well was Mickey Dunn, now back to his competitive best. With a few late call off's Stevie took the the course again on the 4th leg.

 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

Micky Dunn tries to recruit Shettleston's Eritrean athlete for the A teams 4th leg

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.

 Results:

MenA team:  S.McLoone 13.58, A.O’Rourke 15.03, M.Dunn 15.47, S.McLoone 14.35.

Ladies A team: S.Skinner 17.55, D.McCormick 20.34, T.Wall 18.31

Ladies B team: I.McDade 21.44

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

Foxy Cushnaghan Anchors Glenpark Ladies in their McAndrew Debut

After Sharron Skinner had got the Ladies off to a great start by finishing in 15th, and well in contention she passed on to Dorothy McCormick who hauled in another 3 places. On the final leg, Fiona set off in pursuit of the teams in front, but around the halfway mark, (blaming lack of stewards, but unlike Shettleston ) she took a "long-cut" running an extra 1/2 mile. She did have a bonus of seeing some local wildlife, as a black fox crossed her path, (obviously as lost as Fiona), although losing 1 place she should be well pleased with her time given the extra distance she had to cover.

The Mens team improved 8 places from last year to finish in 12th position. Very little separted the quartet but it was Stevie McLoone who just nicked the teams fastest time on the 4th Leg. Micky Dunn was quickest in the B team. 

(13th)Sharron Skinner 23.11, Dorothy McCormick 26.29, Fiona Cushnaghan 27.39

(12th)Danny McLaughlin 18.34, Andy McCall 18.24, Steven Campbell 19.00, Stevie McLoone 18.18

(35th) Micky Dunn 21.18, Mick Harrington 21.47, Andy MacLean 23.13

Irene McDade at Great North Run

Irene made her debut at the 1/2 marathon distance breaking her target time of 2 hours to finish in 1:56:02.  This placed her 10,202 from a field of 52,000. And she felt their she could have knocked a few more minutes from her time as she was slowed by the sheer numbers especially in the early stages.

So close but yet so far!!!!

Berlin Marathon 28th September 2008

This is your ultimate glorious failure, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory etc etc.
 
Picture the scene - I've just ran 42,185metres and here I am with less than 10 metres to go with the line in sight. I have 7 secs to get across the line and break the 3hr barrier in the marathon at my 4th attempt. I got it in the bag but what do I do, I COLLAPSE.
I ran really well up to 20miles, going thru in 2hrs 14mins but gradually slowed down from there in. Probably ran too quick between Halfway and 20miles which probably didn't help. Really began to overheat with 6miles to go and had to stop for a couple of seconds every km to take a full cup of water to try and rehydrate a little.
The last km was the most surreal experience in my life. The last thing I remember is seeing the Brandenburg Gate in the distance, looking at my watch and realising I have 5mins22secs to run the final 1195metres. I decide to give it one final effort and the rest is just a blur of which I have no memory of. I cannot even remember going thru the Brandenburg gate. As I approached the finish I couldn't hear the crowd (my ears stopped working) and I started getting tunnel vision (my eyes are now packing it in). With the finish within touching distance just when I thought it couldn't get worse it did. My brain was telling my legs "Just a few more steps" and my legs were saying "Go and take a good.... to yourself" (you know what I'm saying). The legs literally stopped working and I just collapsed.
Now this is when it becomes even more warped. When I passed out, blacked out, took a whitey, hit the wall (whatever happened) my mind has convinced me that a marshall came to my aid, picked me up and helped me across the line. But as you can see from the attached finish clip there was no marshal (maybe it was the guardian angel of marathon runners). All you have is the hilarious movie of me falling flat on my coupon and then dragging myself up and staggering like a guy, who has just downed a bottle of vodka, across the line whereupon I collapse again into the arms of 2 stewards obviously poised like coiled springs for diddy men like me. I should be gutted but to be honest I am chuffed and not down at all. I know in my head that I totally flogged myself out there to the point where my body could give no more. Just have to start making plans for my next sub 3 attempt.
From a racing point of view I would strongly recommend Berlin and I put it up there on par with London. The city was great and the race, the crowd and the general organisation was brilliant. To top the weekend we got upgraded at the Hilton and had free access all weekend in the Executive lounge which meant lots of free drink after behaving myself over the last few weeks. God bless Tesco Clubcard vouchers.
 
For the saddos here was my kilometre splits -  4.12, 08, 15, 09, 12, 10, 11, 11, 09, 07, 04, 11, 19, 06, 01, 08, 08, 09, 07, 10, 11, 11, 12, 09, 13, 08, 16, 20, 20, 17, 19, 14, 22, 25, 29, 33, 33, 27, 34, 29, 29, 31, 5.29 (1.2km)

Alan Dorando O'Rourke lunges for the line in 3hours 00minutes 07 seconds

Orangefield Women go close in County Road Race Championships

George Cummings Relays 27th September 08

Emily Pollock leads the womens team off on the 1st leg followed closely by Mick Harrington.

The ladies A team finished 4th in the county championships,(8th overall) showing a big improvement on last year.

Emily Pollock was Greenock Glenpark Harriers top performer at the George Cummings road relays at Houston. Out on the opening leg she recorded the team’s quickest time finishing in 8thoverall and also lying 4th in the local county championship. Sharron Skinner and Alison King gave their all as they opened the gap on the chasing Bellahouston ladies team, but they couldn’t find enough to catch a strong Kilbarchan  trio. 

 A very experienced men’s A team were led off by club captain Danny McLaughlin, his impressive form this term, shown by his improvement of over 40 seconds quicker than last year.  Andy McCall took over on leg 2 catching five runners to pull the team up to 12th place. The final two runners, over 50 veterans  Robert Mitchell and Robert Dolan were surprised to be thrown into the top team at the last minute, but they stuck to their task matching the teams 21st position from last year. 

      Danny does the Hakka at the start of the race

Pat Duffy  was fastest man from the B team with a storming run on the anchor leg. William Graham who recently joined the club showed the most improved from last weeks trial race, and was quickest in team C. Ladies captain Terry Wall led the B team to 21st place in the women’s race. Results:

A team:  D.McLaughlin  14.48, A.McCall 14.29, R.Mitchell 16.18, R.Dolan 17.33.

B team: M.Harrington 16.59, J.Cuffe 18.01, A.MacLean 18.53, P.Duffy 15.26.

C team: R.Hodelet 22.18, W.Graham 21.34.

Ladies Ateam: E.Pollock 17.00, S.Skinner 18.15,A.King 18.02.

Ladies Bteam: T.Wall 18.48, D.McCormick 21.00, Y.Prager 21.41.

Campbell Climbs New Heights.

Congratulations to Steven Campbell who raced to his first ever win at the Richie Wannacott 5mile trail race at Garelochead training camp on Sunday 28th September.  After getting sent the wrong way by stewards in his last race at Newton Mearns which denied him victory, he got off to the worst possible starts.

On being told that his 5mile race would be starting 10 minutes after the 9mile race, he decided to shelter in his car from the rain. As he sat watching the start he soon realised that everyone had gone off together, which resulted in a mad dash to the the start line to catch the rest of the field who were quickly disappearing into the distance. He eventually hit the front just after 1/2 way and held on for a hard fought win in a time of 31.09, Andy MacLean finished in 14th (41.14).

Stevie Campbell leads the climb earlier this summer at Glen Masson

Micky Dunn  was in action in the 9mile trail race as he continued his comeback finishing in an excellent 3rd place in 65minutes.

 

 McLoone  wins final race in Championship 20/9/08
 Stevie McLoone returned from international duty in the Czech republic to
 cruise to victory in Greenock Glenpark Harriers 2.7mile JG Cameron road
 race, held on Saturday at the Esplanade.
 In perfect racing conditions a pack of 4 including McLoone soon broke
 clear of the field. Attempts by Mick McLoone and club champion Andy McCall
 failed to split the group who remained together until Stevie eased clear
 with 1mile to go. Running within himself he continued to pull clear to
 come home 12 secs clear of his cousin with Danny McLaughlin claiming 3rd
 spot ahead of McCall.
 Making an excellent return was Pat Duffy who put in a blistering finish to
 win the battle for 5th spot ahead of Steven Campbell and Alan O'Rourke.
 Good runs also came from Phil Russell, Robert Mitchell and Robert Adams
 who produced his best performance yet in Glenpark colours. Further down
 the field, but no less impressive, were Stevie McDade and Bernie Kangley,
 both parents of the clubs junior athletes, and happy taking the scalps of
 some established harriers.
 Whilst the men's race was dominated by the vets, the opposite was the case
 for the Ladies race. U17 Emily Pollock stamped her authority from the
 start and left the opposition trailing. For the 2nd race in a row she
 fought tooth and nail for the entire race with Mick Harrington only to
 break the veteran's heart at the end with a sprint finish. This capped the
 end to a very good summer season for Emily during which she has lowered
 her PBs at all distances from 800m to 5km. Coming home in 2nd and making a
 welcome return after a study break was Emma Baxter ahead of Alison King
 who did enough to retain her club champion title for a 3rd year in a row.
 Good runs also came from Natalie Donald and Fiona Cushnaghan who has
 obviously benefited from recent speed sessions. Making it a family affair
 was Irene McDade who used the race as a confidence booster ahead of next
 months Great North Run.
  The club would like to thank all the volunteers who helped on the day as
 well as Race sponsors www.papyrusgifts.co.uk .

(see junior section page for young athletes report and results)

 Senior results: S.McLoone 14.33, M.McLoone 14.45, D.McLaughlin 14.51, A.McCall 14.55, P.Duffy 15.08, S.Campbell 15.12, A.O'Rourke 15.31, J.Knowles 15.58, P.Russell 16.04, R.Adams 16.08, R.Mitchell 16.11, D.McCorkindale 16.41, R.Dolan 16.54, N.Orr 17.05, E.Pollock 17.07, M.Harrington 17.12, M.Dunn 17.22, S.Forbes 17.31, K.Pryde 17.34, E.Baxter 17.42, K.Scott 17.47, A.King 17.59, J.Montgomerie 18.18, J.Cuffe 18.41, N.Donald 18.47, T.Wall 18.55, f.Cushnaghan 19.52, M.McLoone 20.05, A.McLean 20.05, B.Kangley 20.44, I.McDade 20.58, Y.Prager 21.28, S.McDade 22.18, D.Hodelet 22.25, W.Graham 22.25.

Greenock Glenpark Harriers travelled far and wide at the weekend, with their biggest turnout reserved for Sunday's Great Scottish Run in Glasgow.

 

O'Rourke & Wall take the honours at Glasgow

Alan O'Rourke led home the 14 Harriers, and it was a result of his recent marathon training that bore fruit as he recorded 1hr23m his  fastest time in years,  finishing 125th from over 7000 competitors. Alan Henderson was next back for the Orangefield club despite a long absence he still managed to complete the 13.1 miles in 1hr30m, ahead of Phil Russell, Robert Dolan and Robert Mitchell.

                                       Robert Mitchell, Robert Adams & Allan Henderson
            Fairing less well were Robert Adams who had hoped to break 90minutes but fell short by 5minutes. Gerry McManus, performing in Glenpark colours for the 1st time also found the going tough over the hilly course, as did Iain Rankin who was totally unprepared for the race, having not pulled on his trainers for 2 months, but the veteran runner did well to break 2hrs. 

 

Ladies captain Terry Wall and Sharron Skinner showed what results that can be achieved by putting in punishing speed sessions. Terry reduced her best by 3mins to 1hr39m, and Sharron finished in 1.43hrs, some 5mins quicker than her previous mark. Also competing but just missing out on PBs were Fiona Cushnaghan and Yvonne Prager. 

 

 Danny Sails under the 1 hour mark

At Millport on Sunday in the Round Cumbrae 10 ¼ mile road race, men’s Captain Danny McLaughlin produced another excellent performance. In a quality field he went under 60mins for the 1st time in several years to finish 12th (2nd vet) in a time of 59.03. Following him were Steven Campbell, Davy McCorkindale and Micky Dunn who is quickly regaining his fitness. Making up the group was Kenny Pryde, the only man this weekend to gain a personal best, running 72mins. 

 

Campbell in the soup at Newton Mearns

Bad luck befell Steven Campbell the previous day at the Newton Mearns 5k, whilst running in the leading pack at 1km, his hopes of recording a first open win were quashed when poor stewarding sent the leaders a mile in the wrong direction.  Suffering to a lesser degree were David McCorkindale and Micky Dunn who although also going off course were able to recover lost ground to claim the 2nd and 3rd spots. 

 

 McLoone's Czech delight

Stevie McLoone delivered his best performance in his 5th World Masters Mountain Running Championships in the blazing sun on Mount Kralicky Sneznik. Starting in the eastern Czech village of Dolni Morava the race wound up the 11.3km mountain track to the exposed 1200metre summit.

With his recent good form he was hoping to improve on his previous best finish when he placed 37th at Innsbruck in 2002. After a steady start he quickly moved through the field to 13th, trying to hold onto English Internationalist Craig Roberts (who would eventually go on to claim the Bronze medal) at the half way stage.

But as the temperature soared to 30degrees, and the gradient on the upper slopes steepened to 25%, which brought most of the runners to a virtual crawl, he slipped back a few places, but still came home delighted with his 17th position.

  Stevie McLoone

 

McCall's at Fort William

It was an unhappy debut for Andy McCall at Ben Nevis. After a promising climb to over half way, an unexplained lack of energy caused him to struggle to maintain his early pace. Deciding to ease off, he waited and ran the remainder of the race with his dad Andy Snr, the pair finishing comfortably in just over 3 hours.

                                          

The club will now enjoy 2 weeks break from racing before they enter six consecutive Saturdays of Relay races which start with the club's 4km JG Cameron trial race on the 20th September.

Inverclyde Triathlon/Biathlon - Sunday 24th August

Great weather and some exciting competition at Inverclydes 2nd Triathlon made for a fantastic day out for everyone involved whether it was competing, watching or timekeeping. 11 Harriers took part in the Triathlon, and in the Biathlon, a new event for Junior athletes , Emily Pollock Matthew Deegan Lauren Mulaghton and William Graham made up a quarter of the field.

At the top of the field Hugh Stewart was cruelly passed in the last 200m of the run after leading from the start by Colin Wilson. David McCorkindale 3rd just ahead of Graham Forbes. Danny McLaughlin, David Henderson, Stevie Campbell finished in 8, 9 and 10th respectively. Stevie recording the fastest time on the run beating Danny by 40 seconds.

All the results can be found on the following links:

Triathlon results: http://www.inverclydeleisure.com/news3/read.asp?NewsID=143

Biathlon results: http://www.inverclydeleisure.com/news3/read.asp?NewsID=144

Cowal 5km road race 28th August 2008

Alison King was on winning form at Dunoon, over 2 minutes clear in the ladies race, while Danny had to settle for 3rd place, 7 seconds clear of Stevie Campbell. A total of 8 glenparkers took part from the 59 starters. Inverclyde ACs Thomas Jamieson 16.49 took the honours.

Results: Danny McLaughlin 17.24, Stevie Campbell 17.31, Micky Dunn 19.23, Alison King 20.27, Kenny Scott 20.53, Tommy Knight 25.27, Richard Hodelet 25.49, Jim Sheridan 28.

Bute Highland Games 23rd August 2008

30 Glenparkers friends and family travelled to Rothesay for the annual highland games. The Harriers had 7 youngsters competing in the track and field in front of 2000 spectators and 8 seniors in the 10k road race. Mick McLoone, Danny McLaughlin and Alan O'Rourke were in good form, all finishing in the top10 from the 140 starters.(full results later)

Eilidh Hamill had the busiest day, running a personal best in the 800m finishing 4th, competing in the Shot putt, and finally rounding off an excellent performance by taking 2nd place in the caber.

Shannon Kangley and Meighan McDade needed a photograph to seperate them in the 100 and 200m, the pair finishing 2nd and 3rd in both under 13 events. Rebecca McDiarmid saved her best performance for the 200m battling to 4th place.

Carly Dalgleish looked impressive, especially in her starts when taking 3rd in both under 15 sprints.

Calum Abercrombie had to show his toughness in the 200m final, after getting blocked on the bend he outsprinted his rival for a hard fought 4th.

Adam McCormick was unlucky in the U15 boys, 200m and 800m just missing out in the prizes with two fourth places, but showing a big improvement in this seasons form.

  Eilidh Takes second in the Caber

 

Meighan dips ahead of Shannon in the 100m final

 

More pictures of the Highland games can be found on the following link:

http://www.pbase.com/rothesay/butehighlandgames08

World  Trophy Trials  at Cairngorm  9th August 2008

It was an early start for Stevie McLoone, Andy McCall ,  Michael McLoone and John Kerr, as they made the long trip to Aviemore on Saturday morning. And they knew they were going to be in for a difficult time of it in the race, as even John's car struggled against an extremely strong head wind to make it up the road to the registration half way up the mountain. Conditions had got that bad over the exposed Cairngorm summit, that the organisers lowered the finish to the more sheltered Ptarmigan summit.

The route up the 4000 foot mountain, being used for selection to the Scottish team for the World Trophy and World Masters to be held in Switzerland and  the Czech republic in September, had ensured a top class field was assembled.

After Andy had killed off Stevie's hopes of the club title during the week at the Bill Elder 10K, Stevie produced his best performance in years with a top twenty finish, 4 minutes clear of Andy in 29th. The pair ran  together for the first 3 miles, but this time it was McLoone who broke away, getting stronger as the race went on, pulling in 10 places over the steepest top section.

Michael ran in the under 20 race, but after getting detached from the leading pack, he found it difficult to fight the headwind on his own, and did just enough to hold on for 9th position.

Cairngorm2008 (110) by Scottish Hill Runners.

   Stevie McLoone, 3rd vet behind Colin Donnelly and Bobby Quinn

Cairngorm2008 (121) by Scottish Hill Runners.

         Andy McCall with the start at Loch Morlich in the background

Cairngorm2008 (22) by Scottish Hill Runners.

                       Michael McLoone on the exposed mountain side

Helensburgh 1/2 marathon - Sunday 3rd August

A large field of almost 300, were met with warm sunshine at the start of the race, but that wasn't to last for long as torrential rain flooded the course . Some good performances - given the conditions, especially from Terry running a PB by 1 second,

16. Danny McLaughlin 1.20.15 (3rd Vet)

17. Mick McLoone 1.21.04 (4th Vet)

46. Alan O'Rourke 1.26.09

87.  Michael Dunn 1.34.18

106. Gerry McManus 1.36.19

152. Terry Wall 1.42.45

179. Fiona Cushnaghan 1.46.26

 

 

 Spectacular fall can't stop McCall

Bill Elder 2km/10km Road Race, 5th August 2008

Greenock Glenpark Harrier Andy McCall retained his club’s Championship title with a comprehensive victory in the Bill Elder 10km race along Greenock waterfront on Tuesday evening. With only 1 race now remaining in the 11 race series he finally put the title out of reach of veteran Stevie McLoone.

 McLoone never gave up without a fight, staying on his shoulder for the first 5km. But a fall on the wet cobbles at the turning point at custom house quay by the youngster was the kick start he needed, getting to his feet he immediately raised the pace eventually pulling clear by over a minute.

 Alison King moved a step closer to retaining her Women’s title with a determined run that was just too good for challenger Sharron Skinner. Alison under instructions from her coach, started more cautiously than her usual fast start, and it certainly paid dividends as she managed to maintain her pace throughout. Sharron can take great encouragement from setting a personal best for the distance in difficult conditions. Terry Wall who had 2 days earlier ran a PB at the Helensburgh ½ marathon continued her season’s fine form finishing just 15seconds behind.

 

          Race winners Andy McCall, Alison King, Gerard Smith and Jack Harrington

19 year old Michael McLoone who was left in no-mans land between the leaders and the chasing pack, stuck to his task running steadily for a comfortable third overall place.

 The next group was surprisingly led home by Alan O’Rourke, another who ran at Helensburgh, set off strongly opening up a lead, and despite a late scare when he was put under pressure from Robert Wilson he managed to hold his pursuers off.

 Duncan MacNeill held off Tommy Knight for fastest over 60, whilst the consistent Yvonne Prager wrapped up the women’s veterans championship title for the 2nd year in a row.

 In the Junior 2km race,  Under 13Gerard 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.

Top under 15’s in the wet and windy conditions were Eillidh Hammil and David Reay.

Results:

Seniors –  A.McCall 34.09, S.McLoone 35.18, M.McLoone 37.22, A.O’Rourke 38.52, R.Wilson 39.11, P.Clare 39.17, R.Davidson 39.40, D.McCorkindale 39.53, M.Harrington 42.53, G.McManus 43.08, A.King 43.17, R.Mitchell 43.17, K.Pryde 44.17, K.Scott 44.19, S.Skinner 45.05, T.Wall 45.20, D.MacNeill 47.53, T.Knight 51.33, Y.Prager 52.25, K.McEwan 56.30.

 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.

All smiles after the Edinburgh Marathon - that is except Fiona who quizzes Mick on how much he paid Stevie to let him win the club Handicap championship.

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 pack in 2.43minutes.

In their first ever official field event identical twins Jack and Michael O’Rourke leaped identical distances (2.56m) in the long jump.

Finally two second places for the seniors Peter Clare (2.27) in the 800M ran an even paced race just failing to catch Inverclyde ACs Robert Gray who put in a stunning 64 second first lap. And in the 1500m Stevie McLoone missed out in the dip to the line, with a seasons best of 4.25, in an exciting race where the lead changed 5 times in the last lap between the 3 leaders.

 

25th July - Aonach Mor Uphill Race near Fort William

Andy McCall(26.12) and Michael McLoone(27.02) finished 5th & 6th respectively, in preparation for the World trophy Trial race at Cairngom on 9th August.

21st July 08 - Saltcoats Round the Houses RR

A Glenpark 11 travelled down the coast to Saltcoats for the annual round the houses road race. Big surprise of the night was Stevie McLoone for once getting the better of Andy McCall jnr, passing him towards the end of the 2nd of the three laps. On a successful night the Harriers took the team prize with Michael McLoone first Junior.

2 S.McLoone 23:47:00
4 Andrew McCall 24:00:00
8 Michael McLoone 24:56:00
11 Michael McLoone 25:28:00
38 Andrew McCall 29:35:00
43 Sharron Skinner 30:52:00
45 Kenneth Scott 31:02:00
49 Terri Wall 31:52:00
55 Tommy Knight 39:40:00
56 Richard Hodelet 39:40:00
58 James Sheridan 42:08:00

20th July 2008 Inverclyde Leisure 5km Fun run

A big turnout from Glenpark at the Inverclyde Leisure 5km either running or helping out. Very windy on the way out meant that times were slightly down for most runners. Stevie Campbell was first back for the club finishing in 4th behind an Inverclyde trio led by Graeme Hyett.

 Stevie Campbell

 

Emily Pollock, Sharron Skinner and Alison King  taking the first three positions in the womens competition addressed the balance for the Harriers.

Sharron Skinner

Robert Wilson and Terry Wall also took the top spots in their veteran categories, whilst at the other end of the scale Meighan McDade and Jack Harrington took the prize for first under 14's, only 2 seconds seperating the pair.

Robert Wilson

Some belated results:

At the East Kilbride 1/2 Marathon, Danny McLaughlin was outstanding finishing 1st vet and 10th overall in a time of 1.19hrs. Stevie Campbell 1.23, Kenny Pryde 1.43 and in a course best for Yvonne Prager 1.58 .

 

 

 

Danny McLaughlin

At the Southampton 5km on the 2nd July, Stevie McLoone finished 7th in a seasons best time of 16.27

Stevie McLoone

Just Champion!!!

Congratulations to Andy McCall who claimed another Scottish Gold when he won the Under23 Hill Running title at the Dollar hill race on the 5th July.

Glen Masson trail race (singlehurst shield) 14th June 08

Club Champion Andy McCall’s rich vein of form continued as he recorded a new course record as he raced to victory in Glenpark Harriers Singlehurst Shield at Glen Masson on Saturday.

Whilst most competitors found the 6Mile undulating trail, which included a 800ft climb in the 3rd mile, daunting, McCall took it all in his stride. Opening up a gap right from the start he never looked back and had already gained a 30sec lead on his nearest rival Stevie McLoone at the top of the hill at mid way. Despite going slightly astray on the way home he continued to stretch his lead over McLoone and crossed the line 90 seconds inside the record.

The result also saw McCall take the lead in the Men’s championship for the 1st time this season, and with only 2 races left it would be a brave person who would bet against him to retain his title.

 Danny McLaughlin effectively ran a solo time trial and was rewarded with 3rd place, and his time four minutes quicker than 12 months ago an indication of the massive improvement he has made this season.

Good performances also came from Stevie Campbell in 4th and Kenny Pryde. Also Duncan MacNeill back in home territory, who took the first over 60 position from Tommy Knight.

In the ladies race the hotly anticipated battle between Ladies Champ Alison King and new girl Sharron Skinner came to nothing as King unfortunately retired injured after 2miles leaving the way clear for Skinner to record a comfortable win over Yvonne Prager current leader for the veterans title.

The 2Mile junior contests proved much more exciting  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.

The club would like to thank the many volunteers who ensured yet another successful away day and especially to Digby and Caroline Guy for their generous hospitality and to Robert Wilson who provided the transport to and from the event.

Results:

Seniors - A.McCall 33.54, S.McLoone 34.54, D.McLaughlin 36.50, S.Campbell 38.04, R.Wilson 38.41, M.McLoone 39.08, R.Davidson 39.32, A.O’Rourke 39.43, D.McCorkindale 41.36, K.Pryde 43.47, M.Harrington 44.42, D.McNeil 45.42, S.Skinner 47.41, Y.Prager 55.20, T.Knight 56.47.

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

 

Danny receives his medal for 3rd place.

Craig Knight  in full flow

Davy McCorkindale 1/2 way up the "small" hill.

The leaders in the junior race

Mick Harrington on the return to the finish.

Michael McLoone

Our hosts for the day Digby & Caroline

All smiles before the start - that wouldn't last long!

Stevie Campbell leads Robert Wilson and Richard Davidson

Tommy Knight on the forest trail.

 

Race Results - May/June 2008

 17th May Cape Wrath Challenge full marathon with 2500ft ascent

 Bill Downie 5:03, William Downie 4:06 (P.B)

 5th June Dumbarton 10k

Stevie Campbell 36.52, Robert Wilson 37.58, Mick Follan 42.19, Kenny Pryde 44.11, Sharron Skinner 45.43, Terry Wall 45.46, Lorna Coyle 48.59, Irene McDade 51.05, Kirsty Jagielko 52.02, Yvonne Prager 53.05

 7th June Under 17 Scottish 3000m Championships

7th Emily Pollock 11.09

King leads the way

Race For Life 8th June 2008

Alison King inside the final kilometre with Kirsty McClurg closing her down.

 

 

Alison King just missed out on winning the Glasgow Race for Life on Sunday, where an amazing 13,000 women started the 5km race at Glasgow Green.
 
The Greenock Glenpark Harrier led the race until the last 400m, when Kirsty McClurg eventually pulled level then passed the tiring King.
 
Although outside her best, she was happy with her time of 19.48, an indication of her continuing improvement after a lengthy lay off.
 
 
Spot the young Glenparkers in this short video from the race.
 

 Kilpatricks Hill Race 4th June 2008

Greenock Glenpark Harriers Andy McCall despite running a personal best at the Kilpatricks Hill race was denied victory by mountain specialist Jethro Lennox.

 

 The Shettleston Harrier currently lying second in the British Championship blasted away from the rest of the field right from the start opening up a large lead by the first long climb up onto the Kilpatricks plateau above Erskine.

  McCall a relatively slow climber was back in 12th position at this stage, and when team mate Stevie McLoone pulled level, he got the wake-up call he needed and he pushed on pulling in the runners in front. But it wasn’t until the long drop off the hillside that he came into his own passing the rest of the chasing pack and actually closing the gap on Lennox, to take the runners up spot.

McLoone just failed in his quest for the first veteran’s prize. He caught and passed Carnethy’s veteran internationalist Ronnie Gallacher, and Kilmarnocks Haining, but lost the lead just before the final drop off the summit, and was unable to get back on terms with the pair finishing 8th overall.

 

The Orangefield club had six competing among the record 94 runners, Danny McLaughlin, having his best season in years, was next in 22nd, while Mick Harrington despite suffering cramp on the descent, put in a strong run to come home in 58th.

 

Sharron Skinner and Terry Wall after competing in their first hill race at Cornalees the previous week were back for more, over the longer, tougher and higher 10k course. And the pair showed a marked improvement, with both having enough energy to put in a blistering finish to gain a number of places on the final ½ mile road section. Against quality opposition Skinner finished in 11th with Wall taking the 4th vet’s position.

  

 Results: A.McCall 45.55, S.McLoone 48.14  D.McLaughlin 52.36, M.Harrington 62.08, S.Skinner 67.35, T.Wall 69.44.

Frank Sinclair 10K Road Race – 31st May08

 A blistering hot day for Inverclyde AC’s annual 10km saw Danny 1st back for the club finishing in 3rd place.

Results

1.S.Miller IAC 33.50, 3.Danny McLaughlin 35.18, 10.Chris McCall 40.43, 11.Andy McCall 40.43, 16.Robert Mitchell 42.40, 18.Ernie Currie 44.57, 25.Davie Henderson 49.33, 31.JimSheridan 61.43

Clydebank 10K Road Race – 29th May08

A warm evening for the 2nd in the Polaroid 10K series, an excellent run from Stevie, while Robert was still suffering from the Hill race the night before.

Results: Stevie Campbell 36.46, Robert Wilson 38.57, Yvonne Prager 53.23

 Andy's 4 in a Row - Cornalees Hill Race 28th May 2008

Greenock Glenpark Harriers Andy McCall claimed a record fourth victory in the 12th running of the Cornalees hill race.

 

Westerlands Chris Upson leads Andy, Danny and Stevie up the first climb.

McCall took the lead after the first half mile steadily opening up the gap on the chasing group of Stevie McLoone, Danny McLaughlin and Westerlands Chris Upson. He never looked back finally winning with a comfortable 2 min lead over McLoone, with Upson not far behind in 3rd.

 Robert Wilson had a race long battle with Scott McKendrick only to finally break clear for 5th place when McKendrick took a spectacular fall just before the line.

Robert Wilson & Scott McKendrick before the final descent to the finish.

 Westerlands Elsie Reilly won the Women’s race in a new course record, 10 seconds ahead of teammate Catrina Miller, While Glenpark’s Sharron Skinner held off the fast finishing Terry Wall.

Sharron Skinner attempts to fly down the final hill.

 Low lying cloud on the hill caused a number of the 23 runners problems as visibility was down to 30 metres on the summit, but after a few unintentional detours everyone managed to get back off the hill safely.

 In the annual interclub challenge the Harriers took revenge on last years winners Westerlands winning by 106 to 112 pts.

Thanks to stewards and timekeepers Jean, Jim, Davy, Mick, Andy, Irene, Dorothy, and Yvonne who braved the wet and cold conditions and midges.

Stevie passes over the bridge on the Greenock "Cut" - Thanks to Charlie Campbell for race photographs!!!

Results: Seniors: A.McCall 32.13, S.McLoone 34.36, C.Upson 35.16, D.McLaughlin 37.12, R.Wilson 38.01, S.McKendrick 38.06 , M.McLoone 38.11, D.Riach 38.12, S.Triger 38.33, J.Penderis, A.O’Rourke 41.19, J.Kashoul 41.34, D.Calder 41.54, P.Clarke 42.12, M.Harrington 42.32, E.Reilly 43.27, Catrina Miller 43.37, C.Menhennet 47.35, S.Skinner 49.04, T.Wall 49.22, P.McAdam 52.59, T.Knight 63.26, P.McLaughlin 63.31.

Women's Glasgow 10K 18th May 2008

Results of Glenpark women and other local runners at the Glasgow 10k. J.Knowles 37.24, R.Bushfield 38.31, A.King 42.57, M.Campbell 44.51, L. Rogers 45.04, T.Wall 45.05, L.Coyle 46.44, F.Cushnaghan 47.13, E.Murdoch 47.47, K.Jagielko 51.22

Helensburgh 10km 22nd May 2008

Only a trio of Glenparkers made it to Helensburgh for the first of the Polaroid 10k series while the rest of us watched the Premier League deciders.

Stevie Campbell 37.27, Mick Follan 41.01, Robert Dolan(sen) 41.44

Kircudbright 11.2km 24th May 2008

Robert Wilson claimed victory in the new11.2km Kircudbright road race winning easily in 41.37, 2 minutes clear of the 2nd place athlete. His wife Carol finished in 73 .47.

Ben Lomond Hill Race 10th May 2008

Andy McCall goes 1 place better than 2007 to finish runner-up in this years Ben Lomond race in 75.26, for the 9 mile/3100ft run.  22nd Danny McLaughlin 83.58,  71st Davy Ballantyne 1.40.10.

Race report and more pictures on the Scottish Hill runners website:

http://www.shr.uk.com/NewsItems.aspx?NewsItemID=255

Troon 10K 7th May 2008

Personal best's from Mick McLoone  and Davy Ballantyne at the Troon 10k where almost 1000 starters took to the streets for the popular race. Results: 20.Mick McLoone 35.43, 88.Davy Ballantyne 40.07, 149. Robert Dolan 42.49, 2.88.Terry Wall 46.36, 595. Sharron Skinner 54.19

 Chisolm Mile Tuesday 6th May 2008

As the mini heat wave hit the country the pace was just as hot in Glenpark Harriers Chisolm Mile race along Greenock Esplanade last Tuesday evening.

After the initial mass charge at the start the Harriers Robert Docherty and Chris McCall showed briefly at the front early on, but their lack of training soon put paid to any realistic challenge.

It was guest runner John Cooke who made the early break from Andy McCall, with Stephen McLoone, looking out of it in a distant 3rd. But just as the race looked as if it was over as a contest, McLoone made his move at half way to close down the gap on the leading two. Hopes of gaining a place floundered when McCall sensing the Inverclyde athlete in front tiring moved up a gear in the final quarter mile. It was despair for McCall, who had left his effort too late but joy for Cooke who crossed the line 4 seconds clear.

There was delight too for Mick McLoone, Steven Campbell and David Ballantyne who all dipped under the 5minute mark for the first time, as they were closely chased by Robert Wilson who was first over 50.

 Under 17 girl Emily Pollock won the Women’s race for her second time in a new personal best, with her main challenge coming from junior girls Meighan McDade and Shannon Kangley. Alison King who had only recently returned to training just held off the fast finishing Sharron Skinner to finish as first senior woman.

 Craig Knight produced the biggest surprise of the night winning the junior boys contest. After being put under extreme pressure from Ross Forbes, Michael Isaac and Jack Harrington he kept his nerve to hold off the challengers, with only 3 seconds separating the quartet. Craig also taking great delight in beating his Grandad Tommy, who was first over 60.

There was plenty of promise shown by the youngest athletes competing, Francesca Fisher, Olivia Black , Clara Pollock and Calum O’Neill.

The race was moved to a midweek slot for the first time and the numbers were boosted to a record attendance of 46, with all the entry fees being donated to Inverclyde Cardiac Unit. The Harriers would like to express their thanks to all the volunteers, the cyclists for clearing a path for the runners through the busy Esplanade, and timekeepers and stewards, and a special thanks to Race sponsors Papyrus.

 

 

Results: J.Cooke 4.25,A.McCall 4.29, S.McLoone 4.36 C.McCall 4.47, M.McLoone 4.48, S.Campbell 4.56, D.McLaughlin 4.58, D.Ballantyne 4.59, R.Wilson 5.02, G.Morrison 5.06, R.Docherty 5.11, E.Pollock 5.24, M.Harrington 5.24, M.Follan 5.32, G.Cooke 5.37, C.Knight 5.39, R.Forbes 5.40, M.Isaac 5.41, J.Harrington 5.42, K.Pryde 5.43, M.McDade 5.44, S.Kangley 5.48, A.King 5.50, S.Skinner 5.51, C.Dalgleish 5.55, J.Pollock 6.26, T.Wall 6.30, K.Abercrombie 6.41, G.Black 6.47, A.Gray 6.50, L.Mulaghton 6.52, T.Knight 6.58, G.Fisher 7.01, C.Abercrombie 7.02, R.Fulton 7.03, A.Taylor 7.04, L.McCready 7.15, Y.Prager 7.30, A.Fisher 7.32, M.Shaw 7.36, F.Fisher 7.36, R.McDiarmid 8.04, O.Black 8.33, A.Russell 8.35, C.Pollock 8.37, C.O’Neill 8.44.

London Marathon 13/4/08 – Wilson breaks 3hours

 Six Glenpark Harriers travelled to London for Britain's biggest and one of the world’s major Marathons on Sunday 13th April, which had more than 34,000 people finishing this years event.

There was no surprises as Robert Wilson was first back for the club with a time of 2.56.10, although not as fast as in previous years, this was due to his cut back on training this season, followed by Phil Russell and Robert Dolan who both achieved the qualifying time for “good for age” with times of 3.11.17 and 3.14.30 respectively. Best personal performance from the club came from Robert Dolan jnr who achieved a personal best and his fastest London from 6 attempts with a time of 3.21.09. Michael Follan in 3.27.38 who was pleased with his time after having a few months out due to injury, and finally Eeyin Rankin  soaked up the atmosphere and enjoyed the sights as he strolled round the course in 4.55.53.

 Lochaber Marathon 27/4/08 – Glenpark Ladies Claim Silver

Six commited (and so they should be- but who let them out?)Glenparkers, accompanied by a band of loyal supporters, made their way to Fort William last weekend – most of them by car and a crazy couple on a tandem!

 The day started off overcast and cool but soon warmed up and by the time the runners reached the first water station most had discarded gloves and extra layers.  For those handing out drinks and encouragement it was very pleasant standing in the warm sunshine, but hard for the runners as the route offers very little shade on an out and back course.  

 But they battled on with Robert Wilson in the top 7 all the way to within 5 miles of the finish.   Unfortunately coming just two weeks after the London marathon he was unable to maintain his position and ended up finishing in 15th place, and 2nd in his age category, still an admirable achievement.    

 There was a close battle between Anne Hay and Terry Wall who finally passed Anne just before the turn at half way. Terry then surged on to finish in a fantastic 3hrs 37mins, taking 7 mins off her pb and giving her a guaranteed entry to next year’s FLM.   Anne was 2nd in her age category and Terry was 3rd in hers.   Fiona Cushnaghan was disappointed to finish a few seconds slower than last year and just over a minute outside the London qualifying time but resolved to do better at the Edinburgh marathon later this month.   And the ladies team were delighted to come away with Silver behind Metro Aberdeen.

 

Iain Rankin was the next Glenparker home in 4hrs 22mins just two weeks after London and the day after a hard cycle ride to Fort William.   And finishing with another pb was Margaret MacCabe who took 3 mins of her previous best time.

 Times:   Robert Wilson 2.56.06; Terry Wall 3.37.45; Anne Hay 3.41.47; Fiona Cushnaghan 3.46.13; Iain Rankin 4.22.01; Margaret MacCabe 4.37.50.

 Blackpool ½ Marathon 27/4/08 – Ballantyne becomes untied

 Davy Ballantyne was the lone Glenparker, to travel south to Blackpool for this year’s half-marathon. With a time just off his personal best he was more than pleased considering his lack of quality sessions this year. Like the true Glenparker he is, he enjoyed too much of the local lager the Friday before the race, but a 30 minute run on the Saturday had him raring to go come Sunday morning. He would have been quicker, but the numpty had to stop and re-tie his shoelaces mid way through the race.

 

Kaim Hill Race 30/4/08 – Andy McCall claims Hat-trick of wins

 Andy McCall was in top form at Fairlie on Wednesday evening winning the Kaim Hill race for the 3rd year in arrow. Once again his main opposition came from prolific Hill runner Alan Smith from Aviemore (useless piece of information: He is the owner of the only Reindeer herd in the UK). Despite falling on his backside 5 times on the descent Andy managed to run clear for his hat-trick of wins in a time of 31.31mins. And Glenpark also took the team prize, with Danny McLaughlin in 10th 35.35, and Michael McLoone jnr 15th 37.09, on a rare outing this year due to his university studies.

 

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.  

 Is there no levels that club secretary Stevie McLoone will stoop to gain a victory? After the planned 5k race was cancelled at the last minute, he managed to get a run in the 1500m. With no time to warm up for the 1st race, his only other option was for the 3rd race. So up against the best under 13 boys and girls in Renfrewshire, the veteran runner warned them all that in no circumstances were they to pass him (which they all ignored).

After 100m he was lying in 7th place, but using all his experience he kicked, nudged, tripped and pushed them off the track to eventually hit the front.  With the crowd all booing, McLoone led to the end to break the tape in 4.31minutes. - It is rumoured that he will be auditioning for the next series of “Shameless”.

Special thanks to all the parents who came through to provide transport and support the young athletes.

Edinburgh 10K 4/5/08 – Glenpark pair in capital show.

 Only two from the Harriers went through for the Great Edinburgh run, Mick Follan in 42.56 minutes led Lorna Coyle 50.28.

 Mainz Marathon 4/5/08 – Susanne wins Hahn’s down!!

Congratulations to Susanne Hahn who is now on her way to Peking in August for the 2008 Olympics. Her target was not only to win the German Marathon title at Mainz, but also to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard of 2.31 hours.

Susanne, Glenpark Harriers "Adopted Athlete" at the World x-c championships, produced the performance of her career to smash her personal best by 3 minutes, winning in a time of 2.29.35 hours.

 http://www.leichtathletik.de/index.php?NavID=1&SiteID=28&NewsID=16936

Willie Jukes  Memorial 5 Mile Road Race, 5th April 2008
Guest runners Lyndsay MacNeill of City of Glasgow and Inverclyde's John Cooke claimed the top spots in Greenock Glenpark Harriers Willie Jukes 5 mile road race at Dunoon on Saturday.  Given the cold and windy conditions MacNeill's performance was particularly impressive finishing 7th overall on her way to smashing the women's course record.
An unexpected blast of winter hit Dunoon just before the start, but thankfully cleared in time for the beginning of the 3 races. With the wind at their backs the opening pace was quick with Inverclyde's John and Stephen Cooke and Glenpark's Stevie McLoone and Andy McCall breaking away at the start from the rest of the field of 42 runners. First to drop from the group was Stephen Cooke then at 2 miles it was McCall's turn to fall off the pace. The remaining pair reached the turn point at Inellan level, but immediately Cooke put in an attack into the strong headwind to which McLoone was unable to respond. By the finish Cooke had eased clear by 200metres.
Sharron Skinner won her first club trophy as the 1st Glenpark lady home, but was made to work for it all the way by Terry Wall, Skinner eventually opening up a gap of 30 seconds, with Fiona Cushnaghan a well-deserved third. In the veterans categories Robert Wilson was top over 50, while Jim Sheridan took the 1st over 60 spot.
There was a fine performance from youngster Steffan Tormar who won the prize for the best local runner, finishing in 12th place.

Most improved performance of the day came from Phil Russell. With his best winter’s training behind him the Marathon runner gradually pulled in the fast starters to break the 30min mark and finish 10th overall. Good club debuts also came from new girl Sharon Caldwell who just edged out Bernie Campbell in a sprint finish. Bernie made up for it on the trip home when he led a fine rendition of ‘You’ve lost that loving feeling’ to his wife Heather.

Robert Dolan jnr showing a big improvement was rewarded with the Kirkwood trophy in the handicap competition, but it was heartbreak for Fiona Cushnaghan, after leading the overall handicap championship, she was pipped at the post by a single point by the on-form Mick McLoone.

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 line.
Thanks to Race sponsor David Hamill of TeamAndy and staff at Riverside Pool, and to hosts the View Bar for post race refreshments
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Senior Times: J.Cooke 26.59, S.McLoone 27.35, A.McCall 27.10, D.Riach 28.13, C.Upson 28.14, M.McLoone 28.15, L.MacNeil 28.19, D.McLaughlin 29.09, R.Wilson 29.20, P.Russell 29.51, S.Campbell 30.18, S.Tormar 30.34, A.Orourke 30.40, G.Forbes 30.48, E.Homewood 31.54, R.Dolan Jr 32.04, D.McCorkindale 32.20, S.Way 33.09, R.Dolan 33.25, M.Dunn 33.47, J.Bennet 34.28, M.Harrington 34.55, K.Pryde 35.27, S.Skinner 35.27, T.Wall 35.55, K.Scott 36.15, S.Lewis 36.50, S.Robinson 36.58, F.Cushnaghan 38.52, A.Witherow 40.34, S.Caldwell 41.05, N.Fitzpatrick 41.10, B.Kangley 41.10, K.Jagielko 41.12, L.Robinson 41.24, S.Ireland 41.39, I.McDade 41.41, L.Marshall 44.16, J.Sheridan 45.55, A.Ireland 55.32.

Junior Times: R.Forbes 8.33, J.Harrington 8.34, C.Knight 8.55, M.McDade 9.02, S.Kangley 9.15, R.Todd 9.25, J.Pollock 9.29, G.Fisher 10.01, L.Davies 10.10, L.Mulaughton 10.35, A.Salom 11.57, K.Bryce 12.21

 

 

 World X-C, Edinburgh, 30th March 2008

The Harriers were out in force to give their support to Susanne Hahn, Germany’s lone representative at the IAAF World cross-country championships.

 Against the scenic backdrop of “Arthur’s seat” (the 251 m hill which rises above Edinburgh’s city centre) on one side and the modern Scottish Parliament building on the other, and with an estimated 15,000 enthusiastic and colourful supporters filling Holyrood park, the stage was set for an exciting Championship.

 Over a tough hilly course in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, which was to prove a true test of strength and endurance for the world’s best runners, was made all the more difficult after heavy early morning rain caused some athletes major problems with the underfoot conditions, with quite a few fallers on the tight turns around the course.

 Susanne, being supported by her coach and husband Frank, and national coach Detlef Uhlemann, along with her new found Scot’s fans from Greenock also giving their full backing, were hoping to urge her on to meet the high target of a top 1/3 placing she had set herself.

 The Women’s course consisted of 2 small flat laps around the park, followed by 2 large laps, which included the short but extremely steep climb up and over the volcanic outcrop  “Haggis Knowe”.

 And Susanne lived up to expectations, as she moved strongly through the field from 55th after the first lap, gaining places lap after lap to eventually finish the 8km race in a time slightly over 27 minutes, in 33rd position from the 99 starters.

The “Harriers” dressed in Deutschland hats and flags cheered on their new favourite, around the course, who later met up with her delighted Scot’s fans, who presented her with a small gift to remember her visit.  She proved herself to be the perfect ambassador by chatting with the youngsters before taking them along on her warm down, after her gutsy performance. Her next big target is to achieve the Olympic qualifying time of 2.31 hours at the Mainz Marathon in May.

  Results: 1 Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 25.10; 2 Mestawet Tufa (ETH); 3 Linet Masai (KEN) 25.17……..33.  Susanne Hahn 27.09

 Docherty Cup 15th March 2008

Skinner's a Winner as McCall gives his All

 Andy McCall blew away the opposition to triumph at the weekend in Greenock Glenpark Harriers 10mile Docherty Cup. In very windy conditions starting from Gourock pool he soon broke clear of Stevie McLoone, reaching the turn point at Inverkip in 25.00. There was no let up from the youngster who increased his lead into the strong head wind on the return journey to win in convincing style in an impressive 51.44 minutes. There was no disappointment from runner-up McLoone, as the veteran was more than happy in setting a personal best of 53.28.

 

Sharron Skinner produced what was arguably the run of the day.  After Eleanor Kane had set the early pace in the women’s race closely followed by Terry Wall, Skinner was looking well out of the reckoning, even at the half way stage. But it was remarkable turnaround from midway as Skinner went from strength to strength as she saw the gaps disappear. She eventually caught then passed the leading pair, running clear by over a minute. Kane can be pleased with her second place, taking into account her short lay off.

Danny McLaughlin and Robert Wilson had a tremendous battle for 3rd place. The on-form McLaughlin had set off at a blistering pace, actually leading the race for the 1st half mile, to build up a considerable lead on Wilson. But the tenacious Wilson remained focussed on closing down the gap, eventually getting within just 100 metres of McLaughlin.

 

The new venue for the race was voted a big success with numbers doubled on previous years when it was held at Millport. Of the 20 starters, those showing the biggest improvement were Kenny Pryde and Yvonne Prager who put in a tremendous sprint finish to defeat training partner Irene McDade.

 

            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 mention 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.

 Thanks to Race sponsors Inverclyde Leisure and staff at Gourock Pool, and to hosts Spinnaker hotel for post race refreshments.

 Results:

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

 10mile: A.McCall 51.44, S.McLoone 53.28, D.McLaughlin 56.36, R.Wilson 57.01, S.Campbell 59.28, A.O’Rourke 60.12, P.Russell 61.39, R.Dolan jnr 66.30, R.Mitchell 66.30, A.McCall snr 68.57, K.Pryde 69.52, S.Skinner 70.06, E.Kane 71.09. T.Wall 71.28, F.Cushnaghan 75.34, I.Rankin 82.53, Y.Prager 82.59, I.McDade 83.04, T.Knight 92.36.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 9th March

A hat-trick of 3rd places at yesterdays Balloch to Clydebank 1/2 Marathon. Well done to Mick, Danny and Robert finishing 3rd team behind a very strong Bellahouston, and Kirkintilloch. Mick also finished 3rd over40, and Robert 3rd over50. Almost 400 runners took part. Positions and times below, also another reminder for Saturdays Junior & Senior Club Race. Please come along and help out if you are not competing!!!

 
 
15 Michael McLoone Greenock Glenpark Harriers M40 M 01:18:49
19 Danny McLaughlin Greenock Glenpark Harriers M40 M 01:19:40
28 Robert Wilson Greenock Glenpark Harriers M50 M 01:21:54
29 Steven Campbell Greenock Glenpark Harriers M M 01:22:15
78 Alan Henderson Greenock Glenpark Harriers M M 01:29:40
141 David Henderson Greenock Glenpark Harriers M M 01:37:21
183 Kenneth Pryde Greenock Glenpark Harriers M40 M 01:41:11
213 Eeyin Rankin Greenock Glenpark Harriers M40 M 01:43:59
332 Bill Downie Greenock Glenpark Harriers M50 M 02:00:18

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 girls give a cheesy grin before the start.

 

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.

 

Surprise performance of the day came from Morag Campbell in her first outing in club colours this season, where she was the first back for the ladies team. For the opening 6km of the 8km course, Morag, Terry Wall and Sharron Skinner were joined at the hip as the trio moved steadily around the course, but with the finish approaching Morag pushed the pace on, bringing them back in 24th in the team race.

Morag at the head of the pack

 

In the Senior men's event won by Inverclyde's Mark Pollard in the most exciting finishing in years, a field of 400 of the country's top runners pounded around the testing trail. Stevie McLoone, after a cautious start moved steadily through the field to finish in a respectable 78th.  He managed to gain the advantage on Andy McCall jnr, midway around the first lap, finishing 200m clear. The final 2 from the club were Danny McLaughlin who continued his good run of form, with Steven Campbell putting in another solid performance in his build-up to the Clydebank ½ marathon.

 

 

 Andy McCall, Stevie McLoone, and Danny McLaughlin (thanks for pictures from David Bauchop, @ www.http://www.roadrunpics.com/ScottishCCChampionships.html

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, Sen Women(8Km): M.Campbell 38.22, T.Wall 38.29, S.Skinner 38.36, Sen Men(12km): S.McLoone 43.47, A.McCall 44.25, D.McLaughlin 45.58, S.Campbell 47.42.

Scottish Masters X-C Championships - 9th February, Irvine Academy

A quartet of Glenparks vets travelled to Irvine for the National masters x-c championships. Over a cracking course in unseasonally mild conditions, with the Sun just about breaking through, Kilbarchan's Bobby Quinn held off the challenge from Irvine's David Miller to win in in a top quality field of 200 runners. 

The Orangefield  team managed to finish a respectable 13th overall. Run of the day came from Stevie McLoone finishing 5th in his age group, after a steady start he moved through from 50th position mid way through the 1st of the 3 laps to pick his way through the field to finish in 24th overall.

His younger cousin Mick continued his good run of form finishing 2nd for the club, ahead of Danny and Robert.

24. Stevie McLoone (5th, +45) 35.56

56. Mick McLoone (18th, +40) 37.41

75. Danny McLaughlin (17th, +45) 38.46

98. Robert Wilson (17th, +50) 39.52

Renfrewshire Road Race 3/2/08 - Battery Park, Greenock

 

 

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.

 

The Harriers senior women were delighted to take team Silver in the County Championships at a windswept Battery Park and Esplanade. Led home by Alison King in 9th place, Terry Wall(13th), and Sharron Skinner (15th) they managed to pip Kilbarchan who were the same points, on countback.

 

Rounding off a great team performance were Fiona Cushnaghan, slashing a minute from her best time  for the 5 miles, all the more impressive considering the atrocious conditions. Kirsty Jagielko, and Irene McDade, also beginning to show big improvements.

 

In the men's race Andy McCall couldn't drop Stevie McLoone despite  numerous attempts to break the veteran runner on the return journey back to the finish in the Battery park. But eventually in the last half mile, one final effort by McCall, managed to put some daylight between the pair to finish in 10th. McLoone had the consolation of taking Gold for the top veterans spot.

 

Most improved display came from Michael McLoone, who managed to hold off five of his team-mates led by Robert Docherty who were all packed closely together 30 seconds behind him. And finally after long lay off the club was delighted to have stalwart Jim Sheridan back in action once again showing all of his usual enthusiasm.

Results:

     

9 Alison King 33:38
13 Terry Wall 36:31
15 Sharron Skinner 36:58
16 Fiona Cushnaghan 38:11
21 Kirsty Jagielko 40:56
24 Irene McDade 42:28
10 Andy McCall 27:19
12 Stevie McLoone 27:27
24 Michael McLoone 28:52
30 Robert Docherty 29:20
31 Andy Morrison 29:25
33 Robert Wilson 29:37
34 Steven Campbell 29:49
35 Daniel McLaughlin 29:54
48 Alan O'Rourke 32:01
49 Dav McCorkindale 32:06
63 Kenny Pryde 34:54
66 David Henderson 35:25
76 James Sheridan 44:58

Saturday 26th January 2008

Davy Ballantyne finished 34th from the 370 starters at the Buchlyvie 10 K finishing in 40.42, whilst Stevie McLoone was helping Westerlands CCC to 6th place in the Devils Burden Relay race

Danny's Duathlon Round 2

The second race race in Danny's Duathlon series produced an exciting contest with the outright winner still in doubt all the way to the finish line.  In the end  after a 5km run, 20km cycle, and another 5km run, only 86 seconds seperated  the first 3. But it was down to Danny McLaughlin's quicker transitions between the stages that was to give him his 2nd victory in the series.

Again only 4 Glenparkers contested the race, (Danny McLaughlin, Davy McCorkindale, Andy McCall and Mick Harrington) with Stevie McLoone joining in for the two 5km runs either side of the bike stage, Cold conditions with strong winds slowed the times a little from round 1, especially on the bike ride.

Stevie was 1st back after the 1st run with Andy 24 seconds adrift, and Danny a further 90 seconds behind. Davy and Mick  were again closely matched. The big surprise came in the cycle stage around the "Cloch" loop where Davy came storming past the leading pair to take the lead only to be passed again by Danny just before the final change over. 

On the final section it was anyones guess who would prevail as they left the Greenock sports Centre. Davy was a few seconds behind Danny, with Andy chasing down the 2minutes deficit on the pair, and Stevie rejoining the race 1 minute behind Andy.

Andy managed to pass Davy on Union street, but couldn't do enough to catch the tiring Danny. Mick with no-one in sight for most of the race, was unfortunate not to break 90minutes.

Thanks to Andy MacLean for carrying out the timekeeping duties.

Times:(run, change, cycle, change, run, Total)

Danny McLaughlin     18.46, 0.55, 38.23, 0.35, 19.23, 78.02

Andy McCall             17.15, 1.40, 41.15, 0.40, 17.58, 78.48

Stevie McLoone         16.51,  45.01                   17.17, 79.07

Davy McCorkindale   19.54, 0.49, 37.27, 0.35, 20.43, 79.28

Mick Harrington         20.23, 1.48, 46.26, 0.56, 22.11, 91.44

 

Harris Memorial Trophy 5.5 mile trail race 5th   January 2008

Stevie McLoone and Alison King claimed top spots in Greenock Glenpark Harriers opening race of 2008, in the Inverclyde Leisure sponsored Harris memorial trophy race over 4 laps of the undulating paths around Coves reservoir.

 From the start McLoone hit the front and was quickly followed by Andy McCall and Andy Morrison. McCall, just returning from injury, took the lead midway on the opening lap, but it was only short lived as McLoone and then Morrison took full advantage as they passed the struggling youngster on the first hill. McLoone finally broke clear of Morrison at the beginning of lap 2, and gradually opened up a winning margin to give him the win and an early lead after stage 3 of the club championship.                      

Alison King was in a determined mood as she recorded her 3rd consecutive win as she again sets about to retain her women’s championship title, finishing clear of Fiona Cushnaghan who continues to improve with each race.

 Andy MacLean’s hard training over the winter months paid dividends as he produced a massive improvement for his best ever run, finishing in 6th place in what was considered the outstanding run of the day. His performance just failed to win him the handicap trophy as it was snatched away by Greenock Waterfront manager David McCorkindale who returned after a lengthy spell of injury.

In the veteran categories Phil Russell was 1st over 50 from Bill Downie, while Duncan MacNeill after a long term absence returned to take top spot from Dick Hodelet in the over 60’s.

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. 

Senior Results (Handicap time in brackets )

 S.McLoone(31:13)33:13 A.Morrison(30:39)34:39 A.McCall(32:49)34:49 M.McLoone(31:09)35:39 S.Campbell(31:15)36:45 A.MacLean(30:29)36:59   N.Orr(32:30)37:30 D.Ballantyne(31:05)37:35 P.Russell(31:03)38:03 D.McLaughlin(33:19)38:49 D.McCorkindale(30:04)39:04 A.O'Rourke(31:28)39:28 M.Harrington(31:48)40:48  E.Baxter 41:04 A.King(31:54)41:24 D.MacNeill(31:59)41:29 K.Pryde(31:11)42:11 D.Hodelet(30:50)43:50 E.Currie(32:37)44:07 F.Cushnaghan(30:40)47:10 B.Downie(36:55)55:25

 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 

 

Stevie  McLoone breaks clear of the 2 Andy's.

Alison on her way to 3rd win in a row.

Runner-up Andy Morrison

3rd placed Andy McCall discovering the after effects of WordUp nightclub.

Eric Baxter closes down on Duncan MacNeill.

Beith Road Race 2nd January 2008

Stevie McLoone was top finisher at the Annual Beith Road Race. 4 times round the 1.2 mile Lochshore Industrial estate.  Finishing 6th overall and 1st vet in 25.22mins. Steven Campbell 27.52, Mick Harrington 31.24 and Kenny Pryde 31.53 were the other men competing.

Emma Baxter  stepping up to the senior event ran steadily finishishing 4th lady and 2nd junior, she also showed the biggest improvement from the Wilson trophy race with her time of 33.25.  (see junior section for the under13&under15report)

Neil Skates to Xmas Victory

Thanks to timekeepers Eric Baxter, Eleanor Kane, Felicity Pollock, Gordon Grey,  and stewards Billy Gallacher, Mick Follan, Jim Sheridan, Robert Dolan, (apologies if I missed anyone) you all done a fantastic job!!!

 

     Wilson Trophy 4.5 mile trail race 22nd  December 2007

                        Neil Orr mastered the treacherous underfoot conditions to win Glenpark Harriers Wilson trophy race. With large stretches of the paths covered in sheets of ice, and freezing wind and rain lashing across the exposed Greenock hillside, there ended up more fallers than at Beechers Brook at the Grand National.

 

The runners were set off at intervals with the quicker runners away last. At the mid stage it looked as if the women were going to record a 1,2,3, as Dorothy McCormick, Fiona Cushnaghan and Yvonne Prager, seemed to have enough of a gap to hold on to the end. But they never reckoned on a rejuvenated Neil Orr who was steadily reeling them in one by one. The pain of being passed on the finishing straight up to New Yettes reservoir hurt McCormick more than her two earlier falls on the ice.

 

For the 4th year in a row Alison King was fastest lady around the trail, 2 minutes quicker than junior athletes Emily Pollock and Emma Baxter who were separated by only 16 seconds.

Stevie McLoone recorded the day’s fastest time to win the Allan Cup for the sixth time setting a new veterans record for the course.

Phil Russell and Robert Mitchell were as competitive as ever with only 4 seconds splitting the veterans’. Other good performances came from Andy MacLean and Irene McDade

 

                        Gabrielle Fisher claimed her first club win as she held off the fast finishing Keir Abercrombie in the junior 1mile handicap race. She had to hold her nerve with Keir closing her down with every stride, but one final effort was enough for Gabrielle to cross the line to take victory.

 

It was always going to be close for the quickest time, and after the calculations had been worked out, Craig Knight took the honours just getting the edge on Michael Isaac and Jack Harrington. The girls times were even closer with Meigan McDade pipping Carly Dalgliesh by one second.

 

There were excellent debuts from Mairi Shaw and Alan Grey while Shannon Kangley and Clair Nelis put in their usual 100% effort in the difficult conditions.

 

 

 

Senior Results (scratch time in brackets ) Orr N (29:54) 40:54 McCormick D (39:16) 41:16 Cushnaghan F (39:30) 41:30 Morrison A (28:34) 41:34 Campbell. S (29:44) 42:14 Prager Y (41:15) 42:15 McLoone M (28:56) 42:26 McLoone S (27:01) 42:31 Mitchell R (31:04) 42:34 MacLean A (31:38) 42:38 Hodelet R (35:46)  42:46 King A (33:52) 42:52 Russell P (31:08) 43:08 Pryde K (34:19) 43:19 McLaughlin D (30:12) 43:42 Rankin I( 35:35) 44:05 Baxter E (36:12) 44:12 Wall T (37:30) 44:30 Pollock E (35:56) 44:56 McDade I (45:48) 45:48 O'Rourke A (34:07), 46:07

 

Junior Results (scratch time in brackets) Fisher G, 7:02 (6:32) Abercrombie K, 7:04 (6:19) Knight C, 7:08 (5:53) Isaac M, 7:12 (5:57) McDade M, 7:13 (6:13) Grey A, 7:18 (6:48) Dalgleish C, 7:29 (6:14) Harrington J, 7:30 (6:00) Kangley S, 7:43(6:43) Nelis C, 8:12 (7:42) Shaw M, 8:50 (8:20)

 

 

Danny's Duathlon Round 1

The first in Danny's Duathlon series got underway on Saturday in perfect racing conditions.

Danny who's idea it was to start this series because he couldn't win a normal race took the honours convincingly, recording the fastest times on both the 5km run and the 12 mile cycle. Mick Harrington and Davy McCorkindale were almost evenly matched after the run with Dick Hodelet seemingly out of it by over 3 minutes. But the veteran athlete stormed back streaking past Mick in the finishing straight to take 3rd place by 3 seconds.

Mick who borrowed a childs bike for the race, is now feeling confident enough to take off the stabalisers for the next race in the series on the 19th January 2008. Lets see a bigger turnout for the next race. Thanks to Stevie Campbell for the timekeeping.

Times: (run, change,bike,total)

          Danny McLaughlin 18.25, 0.57, 35.03, 55.22

           Davie McCorkindale 19.42, 1.38, 36.40, 59.38

           Dick Hodelet 22.18, 1.50, 40.48, 1.04.56

            Mick Harrington 19.59, 0.31, 44.29, 1.04.59

West District x-c championships 8th December 07, Irvine.

Meighan, Shannon, and Gabrielle, displayed a steely determination when they braved the icy wind and rain of Irvines Bogside cross country trail. The under 13 girls were competing in their first District championships, and they came through with flying colours.  Meighan led the team home over the 2 mile course, after a tough battle with Shannon  followed by Team captain for the day Gabrielle to give the girls 8th place in the team competition.

Emily Pollock and Emma Baxter found the bitter cold conditions difficult, but both should be pleased with their results just finishing outside the top ten in their under 15 and 17 races.

The senior men went out  determined to better the earlier performance by their younger team mates. Andy McCall, Stevie McLoone, Andy Morrison, Stevie Campbell  Alan O'Rourke and Micky Dunn came close but could only manage the 10th spot. It was still a good solid performance from the men with  signs of improvement on the way. But to get beat by the under 13 girls.......Come on guys!!!! 

    

Ho Ho Ho! Santa Dash 9th December 07

 Robert Wilson sprinted round the 5km course to win the 2nd Inverclyde Santa Dash in just over 16 minutes. Luckily for the 100 Santa's taking part the seasonal snow had melted overnight , providing perfect running conditions. Robert was almost caught napping when the Kirkintilloch Santa sprinted away to the finish, but he reacted just in time to cross the line first by the narrowest of margins.

Renfrewshire X-C championships 24/11/07

 

Emily Pollock was the star performer for Greenock Glenpark Harriers on Saturday where the club hosted the Renfrewshire Cross Country Championships at Ardgowan estate in Inverkip. Emily, who was recently awarded the new  Duncan Morrison BEM  Trophy for the clubs top  junior, fought a tough battle with Lynch from Kilbarchan all the way round the muddy 2 mile course before finally moving clear on the heartbreak hill just before the finish.

Striking gold before Emily however were the U13 boys who won the team event headed by Michael Grant in what many agreed was the most improved performance of the day as he just edged it from team-mate Gerard Smith to win a deserved individual bronze. Backed by Cammy Black the boys comfortably won what was the first junior team title in recent years. Just outside the medals were Jack Pollock and Keir Abercrombie who added strength in depth to the squad. Special praise goes to Keir for finishing with a smile on his coupon despite getting lost near the end.

Hard luck story of the day fell to the U11 boys who narrowly lost gold to Inverclyde AC by just 1 point. First back for the club was Jack Harrington who finished in 4th spot. Close behind 3 Glenparkers battled all the way round for the last 2 counting places with only 5 secs separating them at the finish with Michael Isaac finishing 6th and Ross Forbes in 7th just holding off the fast finishing Calum Abercrombie. Sean 'Soup' Campbell also made an impressive debut in club colours. Louisa Davis also lucked out in the girl's race finishing a fine 4ths.  Louisa actually led for most of the first lap but the early pace took it out of her resulting in the more experienced Kilbarchan pair to bypass her with 600m to go. Lucy McCready put in yet another improved performance.

Pals Meighan McDade and Shannon Kangley took friendship to the extreme as they stuck like glue to each other from start to finish with McDade again just nipping it on the final hill to finish in 4th spot. Shannon can take credit from yet another improved performance that duly deserved the cream cake that her coaches promised her beforehand if she ran well. With Shannon now pushing Meighan it should now hopefully push both girls to faster times. Backed by the bravest performance of the day from Claire Nelis (with a little help from Claire's aunt - Sergeant Major Liz Mitchell) ensured that the girls grabbed a well-deserved bronze team medal. Emma Baxter in 5th just missed out in the very competitive U17 girls race where a minute seperated places 2 to 6.

    With 2 individual and 3 team medals this was by far the best performance from Glenpark juniors for several years and is hopefully a clear sign that the club is starting to turn the corner in the redevelopment of the junior section.

    12 senior men competed in the gruelling 6mile race and it was club champion Andy McCall Jr who was first back for the dirty dozen finishing just outside the medals in 4th place. The race also seen the welcome return of former national champion Chris McCall who on the back of no training still managed to finish 9th. The ever-improving Mick McLoone bounced back from his under-par performance at Glasgow last week to finish 13th overall. Robert Wilson was in next followed by Andy Morrison who was making a welcome return in the Glenpark colours. The battle was now on for the all- important 6th counter with Dunn, Ballantyne, Campbell and O'Rourke all slugging it out with the lead being exchanged time and time again during the first 2 laps. With just over a lap to go Dunn made the decisive break and despite a valiant effort from Ballantyne he did enough to secure the final counting spot that in turn secured the team silver for the Orangefield outfit emulating the juniors in having their best team performance for a couple of years. The clubs final 3 finishers were Mick Harrington, Kenny Pryde and Richard Hodelet putting the B team into 6th place 1 point behind Kilbarchan B. Spare a thought for Kenny however. He absolutely blasted round the 1st lap thinking that the race was only one lap. Imagine his face after sprinting to the line only to be told that he had another 2 laps and 4 miles to go.

Sharon Skinner finished a fantastic 10th place taking the team to 4th spot in the ladies 4mile race just ahead of captain Terry Wall who unfortunately twisted her ankle in the heavy mud. Making up the trio of hardy wummin in her cross-country debut was Kirsty Jagielko who relished the tricky conditions and stated "That was magic" (in her best Paul Daniels impression). 

    The club would like to thank the Lady Shaw for hosting the event at the beautiful Ardgowan estate and to the dozens of volunteers who helped with stewarding, timekeeping and catering and ensured that the day was a success. There are too many to mention but special praise should go to captain Danny McLaughlan who hobbled about in pain all day ensuring that the course was well marked and marshalled.

All I can say is thank god we don't have to do that again until 2009.

     

Glasgow University 5mile Road Race

Danny McLaughlin continued his good run of form with the top placing for the Harriers in the Annual Varsity 5 mile road race finishing in 30th position (12th vet) in 28.48minutes. Results of the 6 Glenparkers were: Danny McLaughlin 28.48, Mick McLoone 29.55, Micky Dunn 31.52, Robert Dolan 33.22, Richard Hodelet 36.55, Tommy Knight 39.45.

Handy Andy wins Shields trophy for 1st time

 

A big thank you to all the volunteers we pressed ganged at the last minute to help with the time keeping, (Margaret,  and Emma, Carly and Claire's parents- you did a great job).  Also Thanks to Davy and Jim stewarding out on the course, Danny for the soup, Pamela and Yvonne for registration and catering afterwards, Alison for the food and everyone else who helped make the day go well, and Alan for his race report. See you all for the Prize Giving on Friday 16th November at 7pm, at Lady Alice Bowling club.

Colin Shields 4.5 mile road race 3rd November 2007

                             

                            Greenock Glenpark's reigning club champion Andy McCall Jnr kicked off his title defence in style on Saturday as the Harriers opened their 2008 Championship with the 4.5m Colin Shields Road Race.

The race is unique with runners going off in pairs, starting at Notre Dame HS with the fastest going off last. Pre-race favourite McCall soon shook off his partner Stevie McLoone but asthey climbed towards the hospital McLoone put in a sustained effort which saw him take the lead. His joy was brief however as McCall moved up a gear to regain what would be a close but commanding lead all the way back to the finish at Notre Dame, overtaking the entire field in the process. Fresh from his impressive half marathon at Jedburgh captain Danny McLaughlin maintained his current form to finish a comfortable 3rd well clear of Richard Davidson who now looks likehe will have a serious battle to hold onto his vet's title this year. Best debut of the day came from new member Robert Adams who narrowly failed to break the 30min mark. Good performances also came from Steven Campbell, David Ballantyne and Dick Hodelet.

Ladies champ Allison King also made her intentions clear by recording a comfortable win in the female race ahead of youngster Emma Baxter. With almost a minute separating the two King may feel confident about retaining her title, however Baxter cut her time from last year by 2minsand is improving all the time. The next 3 places were separated by just 7secswith vet Anne Hay just having the edge over Liz Mitchell and the improving Terry Wall. Inspired by her daughter, Irene McDade made a fine debut, as did Holly Brown.

In the 1500m junior race the athletes made hectic work for timekeepers withonly11secs separating the top 7 athletes. The fierce competition obviously inspired the youngsters with no fewer than eleven of them beating the existing course record. Gerard Smith shot to the front racing downhill at Dunlop Street and never looked back. Reaching the turn at Waverly Street he had the entire field breathing down his neck but the youngster kept his cool to maintain the narrow lead from Jack Harrington to reduce the course best by a fantastic47secs. Best performance of the day most certainly came from Michael Isaac who ran the top pair close and almost snatched 2nd on the line. Cammy Black also made a welcome return to form after what has been a frustrating year at the longer distances whilst Michael Grant did not disappoint on his debut.1st girl home was sprinter Carly Dalgleish who had her best performance over the longer distance, followed by Meighan McDade and Shannon Kangley. Most improved junior performance of the day came from newU11 champ Lucy McCready.

The next major club race will be the Renfrewshire Cross-Country championships at Ardgowan estate on 24th November. The club would like to thank all volunteers who helped make the day a success as well as Myra and the Upper Port Glasgow Social Club for sponsoring Saturday's race.


Senior Times: A McCall 24.55 SMcLoone 25.06 D McLaughlin 26.33 R Davidson 27.20 S Campbell 27.51 G Mitchell28.07 D Ballantyne 28.30 A O'Rourke 28.46 M Dunn 29.04 R Mitchell 29.16 MHarrington30.15 R Dolan 30.27 R Adams 30.36 K Scott 31.17 W Downie 31.29 A King31.58 K Pryde 32.02 E Baxter 32.41 R Hodelet 33.07 A Hay 34.05 L Mitchell 34.11T Wall 34.12 D Henderson 34.36 T Knight 35.26 Y Prager 38.03 W Downie 39.00 ISmith 39.25 L Knight 39.27 Y Davis 39.45 E Rankin 39.51 I McDade 40.23 H Brown42.40 A Conway 43.44 D Blair 43.49


Junior Times: G Smith 5.30 JHarrington 5.32 M Isaac 5.32 C Dalgleish 5.34 C Black 5.36 M Grant 5.39 R Forbes5.41 C Knight 5.52 M McDade 5.53 G Black 6.10 S Kangley 6.14 L McCready 6.26 CNelis 6.31 R Wilson 8.50

 

Ladies do Relay well!

 25 Harriers went through to Cumbernauld compared to last weeks 16.Great peformances all round especially from the Girls and Ladies.
And a Special thanks to all the parents for their support on Saturday.
 
National x-c relays, Cumbernauld 21st Oct  2007

Daniella McKendrick was the star performer for Glenpark Harriers at
the National cross-country championships at Cumbernauld on Saturday. For the
first time ever at the Nationals, the Orangefield club fielded two ladies
teams, and it was the much improved McKendrick who got the A team off to a
flying start over the strength sapping 4km course, taking them home in a
fantastic 24th position after leg 1. Terry Wall took the 2nd leg and played
the captains role, to record the 2nd fastest time of the day. Out last was
the competitive Fiona Cushnaghan who brought the ladies team home in 41st,
an improvement of 11 places on last year.

Dorothy McCormick led off the B team, finishing strongly she passed
on to Sharon Skinner. Running in only her first race in club colours, and
also in her first cross country competition, Sharon recorded the clubs 3rd
fastest time, before handing over to Yvonne Prager who brought the trio back
in a respectable 49th position.

The men set out with the aim of making an improvement on last years
poor showing where they finished a very disappointing 67th. Andy McCall had
the men's outstanding performance of the day on stage 1, moving the A team
well up the placing's, by handing over to veteran Stevie McLoone in 24th,
who managed to keep the losses down to 1 place at the half way stage. The
experienced Danny McLaughlin and Mick Dunn despite losing ground had the
satisfaction of improving the teams standing from last year to 42nd overall.
Veteran Robert Mitchell had the best run in the 2nd string, matching the
time of Alan O'Rourke on the anchor leg.

In a very inexperienced junior squad where 9 of the 11 were
competing in national championships for the first time, there were
encouraging performances from all of the young athletes.  Again the club
fielded 2 girl's teams for the 1st time at the nationals. Out 1st was
Meighan McDade who justified her selection for the A team by putting in a
gutsy performance to finish just ahead of her 2 team mates Louisa Davis and
Claire Nelis.  McDade handed over to the experienced Emily Pollock who ran
the fastest junior leg of the day clawing back 13 places in the process to
hand over the Emma Baxter who also put in a strong performance just 10secs
behind Pollock, pulling back 2 teams to finish 38th overall, which was top
Glenpark team performance of the day. Excellent runs also came from Shannon
Kangley and Carly Dalgleish, especially Dalgleish who was well out of her
normal sprinting role.
A very young boys team were thrown into the big arena for experience
and didn't disappoint. Fastest on the day was Jack Harrington with only
20secs separating him from Gerard Smith and Cameron Black with Adam
McCormick bringing home the team in 66th spot. 

Results:
Boys: C.Black 11.59, J.Harrington 11.34, G.Smith 11.39 A.McCormick 13.36

Girls: C.McNelis 13.59, M.McDade 12.24, E.Pollock 11.14, E.Baxter 11.24
 L.Davis 13.31, S.Kangley 13.03  C.Dalgleish  12.19

Senior Women: A team D.McKendrick 17.59, T.Wall 20.28, Fiona Cushnaghan
21.56, B team:  D.McCormick 21.35, S.Skinner 20.36, Y.Prager 22.34.
Senior Men, A team: A.McCall 14.17, S.McLoone 15.18, D.McLaughlin 16.34,
M.Dunn 17.34. B team: Mick Harrington 18.12, R.Mitchell 17.45, T.Knight
21.56, A.O'Rourke 17.45

Jedburgh 1/2 Marathon
The following day, seven of the Harriers travelled to the borders for the
Jedburgh ½ marathon. Jill Knowles in outstanding form at the moment was
runner-up the ladies race in an excellent 82minutes, while Danny McLaughlin
produced the surprise result in the men's race when he finished first back
for the club, just outside 81 minutes to finish 19th overall.

½ Marathon results: D.McLaughlin 81.03, J.Knowles 82.34, R.Wilson 83.57,
G.Mitchell 88.03, M.Dunn 89.21, D.Ballantyne 98.21, C.Wilson 2.34. 

Juniors outshine the golden Oldies at Lochinch

Renfrewshire x-c relays, Lochinch 21st Oct  2007

 

                        Greenock Glenpark Harriers took a depleted squad to Pollock Park for the Renfrewshire cross-country championships, where in perfect running conditions the young athletes outshone their senior counter parts.  

                        Top performances came from junior girls Emily Pollock who led the under 15 girls race after the 1st leg of the 1.5 mile course, and Megan McDade in her debut at under 13 level, crossing the line third after her 1 mile stage.

 

                        Out performing their senior club mates were Under 13 boys Gerard Smith and Jack Pollock who were placed 4th with under 11's Jack Harrington and Ross Forbes going one place better finishing in 3rd.

 

                        The senior athletes had to cover 2.5 miles over a very testing course, but Terry Wall and Dorothy McCormick in the ladies team can both be pleased with their efforts on their first outing over the country this season.

 

                        The Orangefield clubs A team made up from a very experienced quartet with a combined age of 198, had their best result of the relay season so far finishing in 6th.

                        The youngster of the team Michael McLoone at 44, was the surprise of the day, recording the clubs quickest time just a couple of seconds ahead of Robert Wilson.  Danny McLaughlin continued his weekly progress while Micky Dunn's performance justified his promotion to the top team.

 

                        The B team consisting of Over60 veterans, the ever dependable Richard Hodelet and Tommy Knight, along with Alan "Jocky at the Oche"O'Rourke and Davie Henderson, all put in solid runs with Alan recording the fastest time on leg1.

 

 

Results: U11: J.Harrington 5.28, R.Forbes 5.35.

U13: G.Smith 8.59, M.McDade 10.28, J.Pollock 11.04,

U15: E.Pollock 8.58.

Seniors:M.McLoone 13.35, R.Wilson 13.37, D.McLaughlin 14.05, M.Dunn 15.04, A.O'Rourke 15.46, D.Henderson 16.38, D.Hodelet 17.45, T.Wall 18.27, D.McCormick 19.30, T.Knight 20.19

West District x-c relays 13/10/07

While most of the club were sat in the pub watching Scotland hammer Ukraine, Eight of us managed to make the trip down the coast to Irvine Beach Park for the West District cross country relays.

The A team produced their best performance of the relays so far after Stevie McLoone (12.55) had led them off with another strong run, finishing in 13th place after leg 1. The distance, a bit on the short side for Robert Wilson(14.00), lost a little ground and passed onto Danny McLaughlin(14.20) in 17th. He managed to hold this position for Andy McCall jnr (13.22) on the anchor leg who recovered a couple of places to finish in 15th overall.

There was little to seperate the B team of Alan O'Rourke(15.30), Mick Harrington(15.41), Robert Mitchell(15.54), and Micky Dunn(15.28) as all ran within 26 seconds of each other to finish in 27th position.

Race Updates

George Cummings Trophy Race 07

The Harriers had 4 teams competing in Kilbarchan’s  George Cummings annual relay race.

The A team were boosted with 2 of their veteran athletes back from competing in the masters world championships, Robert Wilson in Italy for track and road and Stevie McLoone in Austria for mountain running. And there was little surprise as the pair recorded the clubs fastest times, with Stevie just getting the edge on Robert by 7 seconds. Danny McLaughlin and Mick McLoone making up the quartet that finished 19th.

Steven Campbell was fastest man from the B team with Micky Dunn quickest in the C teams that finished 32th and 43rd respectively.

The women’s team had Emma Baxter competing with them for the first time and the youngster did well helping her experienced team-mates Alison King and Anne Hay to 18th place.

Results:

A team: Mick McLoone 15.14, Danny McLaughlin  15.24, Robert Wilson 14.38, Stevie McLoone 14.31.

B team: Steven Campbell 15.45, Alan O’Rourke 16.10, James Hendry 16.59, Mick Harrington 16.36.

C team: Micky Dunn 16.57, Kenny Scott 17.34, Richard Hodelet 18.26, Tommy Knight 20.07.

Ladies team: Alison King 17.33, Emma Baxter 19.19, Anne Hay 19.41

 McAndrew Relay 07

 The Harriers had 3 teams out for the toughest of the short relays,the 3.2 miles around the hilly streets of Scotstoun. And for the second week in a row, with the advantage of a 1st leg run, Stevie McLoone recorded the clubs fastest time. Andy McCall jnr held the team’s 18th position on the 2nd leg. Danny McLaughlin at last running injury free gained 1 place before passing on to Alan O’Rourke, who after arriving late was thrown in at the deep end on the difficult anchor leg. Despite his best efforts he couldn’t keep clear of the closing pack, slipping a few places to bring the A team home in 20th position.

 Very little separated the B and C teams, with Robert Mitchell and Davy McCorquindale recording the quickest times for their respective teams.

 Micky Dunn demonstrated how not to prepare for a race. Arriving at the start line still in his warm-up kit only to discover the first leg runners just a dot on the horizon. Deciding to run in his tracksuit bottoms he recorded the C-team’s slowest time.

 Results:

A team(20th): Stevie McLoone 17.37, Andy McCall jnr 18.06, Danny McLaughlin 18.51, Alan O’Rourke 20.24.

B team (37th): Robert Wilson Jnr 20.41, Robert Mitchell 20.38, Robert Dolan 20.55, Tommy Knight 25.12.

C team (39th): Micky Dunn 22.20, Mick Harrington 21.17, James Hendry  20.55, Davy McCorquindale 20.39.

British & Irish Fell running Championships

Glenpark Harrier Michael McLoone returned with team Silver from the British & Irish fell running championships in Abergavenny in south Wales at the weekend.

Along with Central AC duo Mathew Gillespie and Scott McDonald, the Scots under18 men finished well ahead of the other Celtic Nations but were beaten by a strong English squad. The youngster was pleased with his overall performance, especially on the steep climbs and descents, where his strength lies, but lost ground to the leaders on the long flat sections of the course where he finished 13th.

Loch Ness Marathon

 

Not a Monster in sight!!

Terry “the terminator”  Wall, 3.45.43, was the clubs leading finisher at the very hilly Loch Ness Marathon, and along with Fiona Cushnaghan 3.50.40, and Yvonne Prager 4.17.21, they left  Iain Rankin 4.36.31 trailing in their wake.

JG Cameron Road Race - 22 Sep 07

Ladies Day at Glenpark

Greenock Glenpark Harriers kicked off their winter season in dramatic style on Saturday with Lindsay McNeil becoming the 1st ever female in the club’s 112yr history to win a senior club race, when competing for the 4.5km JG Cameron Trophy.

In perfect racing conditions a group of 5 including Scottish Internationalists McNeil and Jill Knowles were joined by Danny McLaughlan and Michael McLoone Jr and Sr. They soon split from the pack halfway along the esplanade and on entering the Battery Park had opened up a 100m gap ahead of the 2nd group headed by Steven Campbell. First to drop from the lead pack was McLaughlan who couldn’t replicate the form that seen him win the Docherty Cup earlier in the month. Still locked together as they re-entered the Esplanade for the last kilometre McNeil injected some speed which proved too much for pre-race favourite Knowles. With 200m to another kick by McNeil saw the end of McLoone Srs challenge leaving his son to battle it out with McNeil. With the line now in sight McNeil put the foot down one final time which proved decisive in seeing off McLoone Jr by all of 3secs.

Further back Davy Ballantyne continues to improve finishing just behind Campbell whilst Robert Dolan completed his preparations for this weeks Berlin marathon with a steady performance. Also making a welcome return were Graham McGratton and James Hendry who both posted respectable times.  In the female race Allison King edged out young Emily Pollock to 3rd place with Emma Baxter back in 5th. Former president Tommy Knight turned back the clock to see off his grand-daughter who nevertheless made a fine debut in Glenpark colours.

Prior to the main race 12 juniors raced in an equally exciting race with young Jack Harrington clinging on to victory from a fast finishing Carly Dalgliesh. Leading from the start with Cammy Black, Harrington opened up a winning margin at the turn and despite tiring did just enough to hold on to victory. Dalgliesh would be annoyed however at letting the winner get away early as she powered home comfortably the fastest in the field. Black meanwhile did enough to hold off Ross Forbes. Good performances also came from Megan McDade and Craig Knight with the most improved performance most certainly coming from Shannon Kangley who has made major improvements during September. Biggest cheer of the day went to the youngest competitor on the day Olivia Black.  

The club would like to thank all the volunteers who ensured that the day passed off successfully as well as Bradley Campbell and Co. for sponsoring Saturday’s race.

Results:

Seniors - L.McNeil 15.28, M.McLoone Jr 15.31, M.McLoone Sr 15.37, J.Knowles 15.41, D.McLaughlan 16.00, S.Campbell 16.23, D.Ballantyne 16.29, Jack Knowles 16.47, R.Wilson Jr 16.57, A.O’Rourke 17.04, M.Harrington 17.09, R.Dolan 17.15, J.Hendry 17.27, M.Dunn 17.39, G.Cooke 17.46, A.King 18.02, K.Scott 18.06, K.Pryde 18.40, E.Pollock 18.44, R.Hodelet 18.48, G.McGratton 19.04, E.Baxter 19.21, A.Hay 19.48, T.Knight 20.37, C.Reid 21.00, L.Knight 22.50, W.Downie 23.11.

Juniors – J.Harrington 4.52, C.Dalgliesh 4.54, C.Black 4.58, R.Forbes 5.03, M.McDade 5.09, S.Kangley 5.11, C.Knight 5.12, J.Pollock 5.24, G.Black 5.33, L.McCready 5.42, C.Nellis 5.43

GGH / Inverclyde AC Track Meeting - Ravenscraig Stadium - 11 Sep 07

Greenock Glenpark Juniors all but wrapped up their summer season with an informal open-graded match with Inverclyde AC held at Ravenscraig Stadium on Tuesday 11th September.

For once in what has been a dreadful summer the gods shined down and provided perfect weather conditions. In turn the juniors grabbed the rare opportunity of good conditions and a match against their local rivals to deliver no fewer than an amazing 37 PBs in total in races over 100, 200 and 800 as well as the Long Jump.

First up in the 100m with the two clubs big guns up against each other in the form of Glenpark's Carly Dalgliesh and Inverclyde's Scottish 200m Champion Sarah Glenny. For once she got off to a great start and powered down the straight just behind Glenny before tiring in the closing 30m. As consolation Dalgliesh managed a new PB breaking the 14secs mark for the 1st time. The weather conditions must have been perfect for the sprints as no fewer than 12 PBs being set by the young Glenparkers on the night. Ross Forbes, Craig Knight, Jack Harrington, Gerard Smith and Shannon Kangley scored major breakthroughs with the most impressive and surprising performance on the night coming from Gabriella Fisher.

Next up was the 800m with Harrington and Smith out in the first race. The two pals have been slugging out all season and had clocked up no fewer than 8 times in sub 2.50. On this occasion it was Smith who led all the way with Harrington on his tail. A sprint finish was enough to see Smith gain another PB in a time of 2.44 for the best club time of the night. The 800m also saw one of the best races of the evening between Glenparkers Ross Forbes and Craig Knight. With both agreeing to drag each other round to a quick time it was Forbes who quickly built up a lead and hit the bell in under 80secs. Tiredness quickly kicked in with 300m to go at which point Knight went to the front. This proved a lifeline for Ross however as he clung onto Knight all the way down the home straight with Knight just edging it in a 2.49 with both boys slashing more than 10secs off their best. Lucy McCready, Megan McDade continued their improvement with PBs, as did Robbie Fulton and Alan Grey who made the biggest improvement on the night.

The climax of the night was the 200m with the 2nd match between Dalgliesh and Glenny. Dalgliesh had high hopes of causing an upset but that a poor lane draw in lane 8 put paid to that as Glenny powered by her around the 1st bend. With the race over Dalgliesh battled to stop the gap from widening and despite tiring in the last 20m was able to break 30secs for the first ever. Surprise package of the night was Keir Abercrombie who took almost 3secs off his best. Young Megan McDade again showed her potential by wiping off 2secs with Cammy Black Shannon Kangley and Claire Nellis also achieving PBs.

The night gave the youngsters the valuable opportunity to score points in the summer track challenge and they've left it late but 2 juniors finally achieved overall gold in the form of Carly Dalgliesh and Jack Harrington, thanks to their PBs in the 100 and 200.

Just to round the night off the juniors got a try out at the javelin and long jump with the gold diggers Dalgliesh and Harrington producing the best jumps.

Next Tuesday will see the final night of this year's summer challenge. Juniors will get every opportunity to either achieve their bronze medal or improve to silver or gold.

A big thanks to all the parents who helped make the night such a great success.

 

Glasgow Half (2nd Sep) & Docherty Cup (9 Sep)

Steven Campbell led home 21 Glenpark Harriers at the recent Glasgow Half Marathon. Campbell, who has taken chunks off his 10Km and Half Marathon times this year and is enjoying his best season since joining the club ran strongly for the majority of the race, reaching the 10Mile mark in 62mins and was on schedule for yet another PB. A lack of training over the summer however soon had Campbell toiling and he slowed dramatically over the final 3 miles but still managed to complete the course in a highly respectable 1hr22m, finishing a fantastic 107th in a field of 6600 runners.

Several PBs however were achieved by his teammates with the best coming from David Ballantyne who finally managed to smash his 1hr30m barrier doing so in dramatic style by slashing his time by over 5mins to 1hr26m, with the help of his pacemaker Danny McLaughlin.

Fresh from his 3rd spot at the Inverclyde Triathlon, David McCorkindale was narrowly edged out by George Mitchell in 1hr28m, which was a fine achievement when you consider the furthest he had run in training was 4miles. Charlie McLaughlin also achieved a PB. Special mention should go to Ian Smith who was making his debut at the distance. Having just joined the club in the last 12months local referee Ian has worked extremely hard on his fitness and is now half the man he used to be. His endeavors were duly rewarded with a fine time of 2hrs 5mins.

Morag Campbell yet again showed her potential to lead home the ladies in an impressive 1hr42mins just ahead of Terry Wall who also achieved a course best. Third home for the club was Fiona Cushnaghan (PB) followed by PBs by Dorothy McCormick, Kirsty Jagielko and a fine debut by Mary Cox with Yvonne Prager bringing home the ladies in yet another PB.

Glenpark also had 2 ladies competing in the earlier 10km race with admirable performances coming from youngster Emma Baxter and Lorna Coyle. 

 

Roll forward a week and 8 Glenparkers headed to the Millport 10.25mile road race to compete for the club's Docherty Cup. Pre-race favourite Campbell held high hopes of winning his first club title but knew he would have a battle on his hands from Danny McLaughlan. True to form the two slugged it out for the entire race. Keeping close quarters was George Mitchell who began to close the gap on the pair quickly in the closing stages. With the finish in sight Campbell put in his final kick in the hope of shaking his team-mate off but the old warhorse wasn't finished as he initially clung on then put in his own final kick to bypass Campbell and cross the finish line 5secs clear of Campbell with Mitchell 5secs further back. McLaughlan's reward was his 1st club trophy in several years.

Robert Wilson Jr and Alan Henderson had their own personal battle for 7miles at which point Wilson put the foot down to finish in 67mins. Henderson's consolation was a new PB of 69mins closely ahead of Alan O'Rourke completing his 1st race in 6mths. Allison King didn’t have one of her better days and struggled throughout with the added insult of being pipped on the line by George Hegarty. Jim Sheridan completed the Glenpark team.

Glasgow Half Marathon Results - 

S Campbell 1.22.50, D Ballantyne (PB) & D McLaughlin 1.26.21, R. Mitchell 1.28.29 G Mitchell 1.28, D McCorkindale 1.28, R Wilson 1.28., A Henderson 1.34., C McLaughlin 1.38, I Rankin 1.40, M Campbell 1.42.18, T Wall 1.42.50, F Cushnaghan 1.44.54, D Henderson 1.44.59, K Pryde 1.45.11 D McCormick 1.49.40 (PB), K Jagielko 1.51.23, Y Prager 1.56.21, I Smith 2.05.34

Paisley 10K 26th August 2007

24. Robert Wilson 35.45 1st over 50

65. Robert Mitchell 39.32

78. Robert Wilson jnr 40.00

216. Terry Wall 47.13

365. Yvonne Prager 52.08

August Race reports

Bute Highland Games Rothesay 19th August - rain , rain and more rain couldn't dampen the spirits' of Glenparks young athletes at a drenched Rothesay on Saturday.

The most successful athletes on the day were under13 Gerard Smith taking gold in the 100m and silver in the 800m, and Cameron Black totally dominating the 200m, with only the thickness of Smith's vest denying him in the 100m.

Jack Harrington almost made it a clean sweep in the 100m, but was caught on the line in the closest of contests, but he took consolation with 3rd in the 800m.

 

Carly Dalgliesh in her debut season at under15 level, was up against tough opposition from the Kilbarchan and Motherwell teams in the sprints. In her first event the 100m, she cruised through her heat and finished a well-deserved 3rd in the final. By the time of the 200m the conditions had deteriorated with the grass track in a treacherous state.  On the first bend a number of athletes went crashing to the floor and only some evasive action by Carly prevented her suffering the same fate, as she strode through for 4th.

 

 Shannon Kangley still with another couple of years at under-13 level can be proud of her performances in the sprint doubles. Narrowly missing out in the final with a 4th place in her heat, and a 5th place in the 200m final,

Grittiest run came from Craig Ellis in the 800m, having missed a lot of training recently he stuck to his task finishing in a highly respectable 5th place.

Also performing admirably despite the conditions were our youngest athletes Greg Black and Ross Forbes in the sprints.

 

No official times for the 10km yet, but Robert Wilson jnr was first Glenparker to finish. Also running were Dick Hodelet, Billy Gallacher, Tommy Knight, Ian Smith, Jim Sheridan, and Terry Wall who spent the afternoon chasing a guy in a batman mask and a tiger skin thong. - Well done to Ian who set another PB.

 

Aberfeldy Triathlon 18th August

On Saturday, Glenpark's Iain Rankin and David Henderson travelled to Aberfeldy to compete in the Scottish middle distance triathlon championships. Contested over the half Ironman distance of 1.2 mile swim 56  mile cycle and 13.1 mile run.....conditions  were far from ideal for  racing with  a  torrential downpour  throughout the day.

The heavy rain took its first victim when David took a nasty fall at the first sharp turn leaving him with some nasty road rash to his shoulder blade and hip. Undeterred he got back on his bike and continued the event. Iain having had difficulty breathing in the swim and then chasing from well behind during the cycle decided that the conditions were just too shocking and decided to retire at transition 2 some 4 hrs and 45 mins soaked to the skin leaving only David to carry the flag and complete the entire event. David finished in a time of 6 hrs and 40 mins a disappointing time overall which left him well down in the overall standings but on reflection pleased he managed to hang in there and finish.

 

Inverclyde Triathlon 19th August

 

53 starters in the Inverclyde triathlon with fastest for the club being David McCorkindale in 3rd place, and Julie McGonigal finishing 4th lady.

Best family performance came from the Downie's with William first u20 and Bill the oldest competitor and first over 55 !!!!!

Photos from the race can be found on "Inverclyde now" website

 

 

 3. David McCorkindale            1.01.20

10. William Downie                   1.06.17

13. Michael Dunn                      1.07.30

14. James Hendry                     1.08.10

17. Richard Davidson                1.08.55

20. Jim Cuffe                             1.09.42

21. Ernie Currie                         1.09.54

29. Julie McGonigal(4th F)         1.14.29

45. Bill Downie                          1.26.45

 

World trophy selection race Aberfoyle 11th August -In the selection races for the World Trophy we had 4 Harriers competing. Held in the forests of Aberfoyle Michael McLoone began the Junior mens' race well and after the first lap was still in contention behind the leading pack. The long gradual climb followed by a very steep descent took its toll, and he faded badly on the second lap to finish in 5th in a time of 38:19, 4 minutes behind winner Scott McDonald of Central.

 

In the Senior race Andy McCall, Chris McCall and Andy MacLean lined up with best of the best which made Andy almost not start the race because there was not a fun runner in sight. The race started off at a very fast pace with Chris keeping with the leading pack of 8. But as the race progressed, like Michael previously, he started to suffer on the 2nd lap.

 

By comparison the 2 Andy's started off right at the back of the field. McCall began to pull in some vests by the top of the first climb and by the end of the second lap had pulled level with his tiring cousin, the pair were neck and neck after the final climb, but Andy's superior descending edged him in front for a very respectable 10th in 54 minutes, with Chris just 30 seconds adrift.

 

 Andy MacLean meanwhile managed 2 really good laps with the last lap just too much for him, and he pulled out happy with his performance.

 

Photos from race can be found on "Scottish hill runners" website

 

Lomonds of Fife 19th August - 3 great performances from the boys in the Lomonds of Fife hill race, a real test of endurance covering 11 miles with a climb of 3400feet It attracted a record turnout of 132 starters and for Chris McCall and Michael McLoone it was the longest race they have ever run! Chris was 10th in 1:39:30, Andy McCall was 16th 1:42:38, and Michael 60th 2:05:32, finishing 1st 2nd and 3rd u23's (but taking a bit of the shine off that achievement - they were the only ones running.)

Having recently beat multi-world mountain champion Jonathon Wyatt in a European Grand prix race, the on-form Andy Symonds won the race in a new course record of 1:29:22.

Bill Elder 10KM - 7th August 07

 

Glenparkers Robert Docherty and Daniella McKendrick both romped to victory in the club’s Bill Elder 10km Road Race, held last Tuesday.

The race which is ran in the memory of the club’s former Secretary and one of Glenpark’s greatest servants started at the Battery Park, heading along the Esplanade to the Custom House Clock before heading back and finishing at the Battery Park.

Former club champion Docherty set off at a scorching pace and by the 1mile mark had already opened up a 100m lead over Stevie McLoone and Andy Morrison. Any hopes of closing the gap disappeared as Docherty continued to stretch ahead to take a full minutes lead going into the 2nd 5km. With the wind now behind and the pressure off Docherty cruised home, to win by almost 2mins in a very impressive time of 33.32. His return to form will be seen as a very welcome tonic to the Glenpark faithful.

Further back McLoone and Morrison secured their places in 2nd & 3rd whilst Robert Mitchell continued his good season to finish 4th and 1st o50. Good runs also came from Dick Hodelet and Ian Smith who took over 3mins off his PB.

In the Ladies race it was Liz Mitchell who went to the front, a lead that she held for nearly 4km. Daniella McKendrick took a totally different approach from Docherty, running a very conservative controlled race. By half way she had broke clear of Mitchell and went on to dominate the race, winning her 1st club title by over 2mins. Daniella has made big improvements and the nature of her victory hopefully suggests that there are big improvements yet to come. Making a welcome return from her studies was Natalie Donald who came home in 3rd spot behind Mitchell.

The 2km junior race seen probably the most competitive race of the night between Emma Baxter and Emily Pollock. Pollock shot into an early lead and opened up a 20m gap. Baxter however doggedly held on and refused to allow the lead to be extended. Her determination was rewarded in the home stretch as she utilised her new found sprint finish to sneak past Emily with only 50m left. Gerard Smith was 3rd home just ahead of Jack Harrington with both breaking the 8min mark. Good runs also came from Ross Forbes, Cammy Black and Megan McDade and there was a good debut from the races youngest competitor Alan Gray. The club can now look forward to their annual trip to Rothesay on Saturday for the Bute Highland Games.

Times: 10km – R. Docherty 33.32, S. McLoone 35.46, A. Morrison 37.37, R. Mitchell 39.54, W. Downie 40.22, D. McCorkindale 40.57, R. Dolan 41.53, D. McKendrick 43.40, R. Hodelet 44.08, E. Mitchell 45.30, N. Donald 46.25, T.Wall 46.49, T.Knight 48.13, R.Campbell 50.39, B.Downie 52.51, J.Sheridan 53.47, I.Smith 54.19

2km – E. Baxter 7.35, E.Pollock 7.39, G.Smith 7.49, J.Harrington 7.58, C.Black 8.12, C.Dalgliesh 8.21, R.Forbes 8.26, A.McCormack 8.27, M.McDade 8.47, J.Pollock 8.48, G.Black 9.00, R.Fulton 9.31, C.McNellis 9.32, L.McCready 9.42, A.Gray 10.34

 

Helensburgh 1/2 Marathon 5th Aug 07

Terry Wall had the clubs best individual performance at Helensburgh running a personal best, finishing in 139th position in1hour 42.40. Fastest time was set by Mick McLoone in 1.26.19 (39th), followed by Robert Wilson jnr 1.30.09 (65th), and Fiona Cushnaghan 1.50.46 (176th)

British Masters, Birmingham 28/29 July 07

Robert Wilson after his success at the recent Scottish masters where he took silver in the 400 and 1500 and Gold in the 800 and 5000 at Grangemouth, had another busy weekend when he travelled to the British Masters track & field championships at Birmingham.

On the Saturday he warmed up in the 1500m finishing 6th in a time of 4.39, quickly followed by a fourth place in the 5000m in 17.03. But the disappointment of missing out on a medal on day 1, was soon forgotten when he claimed silver in his final event the 10000m. Sitting in behind the chasing pack until the halfway point he picked up the pace to ease away, for a comfortable second place.

Robert's next target is the World Masters in Italy in September where he will tackle his favourite distance the Marathon.

Singlehurst Shield, 10km  trail race  9/6/07

 

Former Glenpark Harriers Club Champion Stevie McLoone wiped away 2 years of injury and frustration by storming to victory at Dunoon in Saturday’s Singlehurst Shield. Held for the first time on a 10km forest trail at Glen Massan, the race has already collected the title as the most stunning course on the club’s calendar, and also the most gruelling.

 

Hell-bent on beating his senior colleagues U20 John Cooke stormed to the front and had opened up what appeared to be a winning lead by the 2Mile mark. What John and his fellow competitors didn’t realise however was that whilst the course was an obvious beauty it also had a 400ft beast of a hill starting just before the halfway mark. Cooke by now was reduced to walking sections of the climb. The only person in fact not forced to walk was McLoone who smelled blood and soon reduced the gap to metres.

 

Meeting the runners at the top was host Digby Guy with a welcome drink of water and some words of encouragement for the return. McLoone again used his hill running experience to great effect on the descent, as he stormed past Cooke at the top of the hill to open up a winning 100m gap as he reached flat ground again, a lead he maintained all the way to the finish.

 

For the mere mortals the testing course proved to be a major challenge especially with the 80deg temperatures on the day. Robert Docherty bounced back to form and worked hard to pull in Andy Morrison over the closing stages. Robert Wilson also impressed to finish first vet and was unlucky not to pull in Morrison in the home stretch.

 

Hats off to Terry Wall and Yvonne Prager who were the only females brave enough to tackle the course with Wall back home first commenting that it was harder than a marathon. Biggest cheer of the day went to Ian Smith who found the major step up in distance tough but dug deep to complete the course. 

 

Also performing well were Davie and Alan Henderson, showing that they are prepared and ready for an Ironman challenge in Nice in a fortnight’s time, the pair started the race within 5mins of arriving from a 75mile cycle.

 

In a very competitive 1.5M junior race Alan Frizzel hung on to victory from Jack Harrington. Pre-race favourite Gerard Smith took a spectacular tumble resulting in an injured knee that saw him bravely hobble home in last place. Carly Dalgleish was 1st girl home ahead of cousin Kelli McFarlane whilst good runs came from Jack Pollock and Keir Abercrombie.

 

In the 800M fun run Adam Frizzel made it a double for the family as he narrowly won from Calum Abercrombie.

 

The day was rounded off with a barbecue and well deserved refreshments before the pleasant journey back across the Clyde.

Glenpark would like to thank hosts Digby and Caroline for putting on an unforgettable day, also to club sponsor Robert Wilson for providing transport.

 

Times –

Senior Race – S.McLoone 35.29, J.Cooke 36.03, R.Docherty 36.42, A.Morrison 36.55, R.Wilson 37.04, S.Campbell 38.47, D.McLaughlan 40.47, D.Ballantyne 41.52, M.Dunn 42.09, R.Wilson Jr 43.13, M.Harrington 44.01, D.McCorkindale 44.18, I.Rankin 44.31, D.Henderson 45.07, C.McLaughlan 45.17, K.Pryde 49.17, N.Frizzel 49.17, T.Wall (F) 53.49, A.Henderson 54.14, Y.Prager 61.25, I.Smith 66.04

1.5 M Junior Race – A.Frizzel 11.04, J.Harrington 11.13, C.Black 11.58, C.Dalgleish 12.08, J.Pollock 12.43, K.Abercrombie 12.49, G.Black 13.39, G.Smith 13.55, K.McFarlane 16.02

Fun Run – A.Frizzel 2.44, C. Abercrombie, 2.49, R.Fulton 2.51, N.Carbury 3.09, K.Pryde 3.09, M.O’Rourke 3.24, R.Wilson 3.28, K.Bryce 3.32, J.O’Rourke 3.48

                                                                    
Colin Shields Trophy Race Saturday 4th November 2006
 
Stephen Trainer claimed his first senior Trophy with victory in Greenock Glenpark Harriers Colin Shields 4.5mile time trial race. The 18 year old blazed around the course in just 23.41 minutes, a new junior record. Andy McCall took the runners up place with Andy Morrison a four times winner of the race, stopping the under 20’s making a clean sweep of the top spots by taking 3rd from Michael McLoone.
The runners were set off in pairs at 30second intervals with the slowest away first. So it was a long 8 minutes wait before Trainer was set loose on a mission to pull in the early runners. It wasn’t long before he started catching them one by one, before finally hitting the front with ½ mile to go. A clearly pleased Stephen, saying “it’s just a good feeling to cross that line first” 
In the ladies race Alison King repeated last year’s success with another comfortable win, finishing 13th overall from the 35 starters, ahead of junior girl Emma Baxter. King delighted with another big improvement taking 30 seconds from last year’s time. Julie McGonagal looking very strong at the finish put in a very good performance just pipping Daniella McKendrick for 3rd spot. 
Richard Davidson was the overall veteran winner for the 3rd consecutive year and there were no real surprises in the other categories as the consistent pair Robert Wilson and Duncan MacNeill taking the honours in the Vet 50 and 60 age groups. 
Cameron Black held on under extreme pressure from Jack Harrington to win the inaugural 1mile Junior race. The pair ran together exchanging the lead several times, until the tough uphill finish on Dunlop street, where Cameron managed to get a clear gap. But with the finish line in sight and the crowd roaring them on, Jack attacked again closing with every stride and just when he looked as if he could snatch the win, a final effort from Black was enough to hold on. It was equally exciting for third place Greg Black dipping over the line just in front of Adam McCormick, with Ross Forbes just off the pace. In the girls race Melanie Morgan was impressive running just outside the 7minute mark with the biggest cheer reserved for 2nd placed Katrina Bryce.
Thanks to the many volunteers on the day and special thank you to Donald and Ruby Morrison for marking the special occasion of the clubhouse reopening, and presentation of the prizes.
 
Results:
Seniors: S.Trainer 23.41 A.McCall 24.42 A.Morrison 26.30 M.McLoone 27.08 R.Davidson 27.11 M.McKendrick 27.34 R.Wilson 27.36 S.Campbell 27.39 A.McCall 28.28 R.Mitchell 29.10 M.Harrington 29.21 W.Downie 29.21 A.ORourke 29.40 M.Follan 30.04 Iain Rankin 30.05  A.King 30.13 M.Dunn 30.23 R.Dolan 30.38 K.Scott 31.15 D.MacNeill 31.22 D.Henderson 31.22 E.Currie 31.58 K.Pryde 32.02 G.McManus 33.21 E.Baxter 34.51 C.McLaughlin 34.08 J.McGonagal 35.15 D.McKendrick 35.33 T.Knight 36.09 D.McLaughlin 36.47 J.Kerr 37.15 B.Downie 37.30 F.Cushnaghan 37.37 J.Sheridan 44.05
Juniors: C.Black 6.17 J.Harrington 6.18 G.Black 6.37 A.McCormick 6.38 R.Forbes 6.43 M.Morgan 7.05 G.McManus 7.08 K.Bryce

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