Glasgow Park run 1/5/10
Shaun Lyon set a new personal best when finishing 6th at the weekly Pollok park run with an excellent time of 17.32. The Bute man was 37 seconds quicker than his previous best.
Great Edinburgh 10k 2/5/10
Colin Wilson was placed 77th over a very hilly Edinburgh completing the 10K in 38.53mins.
Linwood Open Graded Meeting 28/4/10
Some excellent performances from the Glenpark youngsters at a cold and windy Linwood
Long Jump: Mia Forrest 1.90m, Jack O'Rourke 2.65m, Michael O'Rourke 3.17m.
100m: Matthew Deegan 12.27, Saskia Cooper 14.65, Michael O'Rourke 16.26
200m: Matthew Deegan 25.37, Ross Forbes 32.77, Lauren Mulaghton 35.18, Jack O'Rourke 38.52, Mia Forrest 39.42
800m: Sean McCallion 2.20, Chris McDonald 2.20, Dylan Moore 2.20, Emily Pollock 2.23, Andy Fisher 2.24, Alan O'Rourke 2.30, Ross Forbes 2.42, Lauren Mulaghton 2.58, Michael O'Rourke 3.00, Luisa Davies 3.01
3000m: Stevie McLoone 10.09.
David Henderson was Glenpark's pick of the bunch at Sunday's London Marathon, smashing through the 3hr barrier for first time, with just 59secs to spare. Setting off at a brisk pace he soon reached the 10mile mark in 65mins. By the time he reached the turn in 1hr26, the muggy conditions were beginning to have an adverse affect. With over 3mins to play with Henderson wisely decided to drop a gear, running just under 7min mile pace. Despite slowing down over the final 10km he realised that by the time he hit birdcage walk that the sub 3 was in the bag allowing him the luxury to cruise down the mall to the finish in front of the television cameras. Henderson was by far the shining light as the majority of his teammates all suffered in the 20deg heat. Phil Russell has had an excellent season and was expected to go under 3hrs for the first time in 10yrs. Sadly he dropped out at 20miles. On paper Michael McLoone was expected to run close to 2hr50m and all seemed to be going to form with McLoone comfortably ahead of his Glenpark teammates at halfway. This remained the case until 5miles when his form deserted him, leaving him a long slog to the finish. To add insult to injury he missed the 3hr mark by all of 2secs. British Vets champion Robert Wilson continued to amaze. One week on from his triumph at Lochaber he had a more leisurely stroll round London, finishing in 3hr15. Robert Dolan Jr ran a steady race to record yet another sub 3.30 marathon but would have been even more proud to have raised in excess of £1500 for the Downs Syndrome Scotland charity. Robert Mitchell was another Glenparker who suffered. Going through halfway in 1hr33 it took him 32minutes longer to complete the 2nd half of the course. Last but not least it was good to see George Mitchell back in racing form finishing in 3hr 30mins.
The marathon runners will now take a break until Edinburgh comes round at the end of May. In the meantime there is no rest for the wicked as they will have the two club championship races to contend with in the next couple of weeks with the Chisholm Mile and the Cornalees Hill race.
No Doubting Thomas as he produces his best ever!!!
Thomas Loehndorf produced his best ever performance in Saturdays Highland Fling Race from Milngavie to Tyndrum. The Ultra distance specialist finished runner-up and first vet over the rugged course covering the first half of the West Highland Way. In slighty over a double marathon distance he covered the 53miles in 8hours and 10minutes, but throw in the rough path and the 6500ft of ascent and descent, and you start to realise the quality of his run. His wife Silke also took part, in only her 2nd ultra race she also put in a tremendous effort comfortably beating her target time of 13 ½ hours by 7 minutes finishing 46th in the women's race. In a record field of 254, the race was won by Forfars Craig Stewart in 7hours 46mins.
Silke still fresh at the race start, and Thomas getting mid race refreshments from Jude, and Thomas looking as if he could run back to the start.
Strong Display from Glenpark Girls
A few races from the last week, with pride of place going to our junior girls. Lauren, Danielle and Lucy were rewarded for all their hard training over the last few months.
Great performances from the young Glenpark girls all running for St. Josephs finishing in a highly respectable 6th team place, with Lauren just outside the medals. 7th Lauren Mulaghton, 28th Danielle Hunter, 47th Lucy Compston
Kaim Hill Race
21. Danny McLaughlin 37.01, 31. Stevie Campbell 38.44, 32. Mick Dunn 39.39
Pollok park run
13th Andy Fisher 19.06, 14th Stevie Campbell 19.14
Wilson is Best of British
British Marathon Champion Robert Wilson, with Robert jnr.
Greenock Glenpark Harriers returned with four fantastic results at Fort William, with not 1 failure. 4 runners, 3 personal bests and 1British title were the rewards for the months of hard training leading up to the Highland Marathon.
Robert Wilson took pride of place finishing 20th overall and taking the British Masters title in the 55-59 age category with a time of 2.57.
Alan Henderson was in the top 10 at half way but as the temperature rose, he faded slightly, but still slashed 20 minutes from his previous best finishing 14th in 2.49.
Robert Wilson junior in spite of low mileage in training, excelled himself with a PB finishing in 58th place in a time in 3.13
Ladies club captain Terry Wall just along for the day out and a picnic, in her own words just plodded along and was rewarded with a PB of 3.35hrs.
Also big thanks for the great support from the Glenpark girls Fiona, Heather, Anne, Yvonne and Susan, appreciated by all the runners on the course
Terry, Alan looking cool in their shades, and Robert (thanks to Ian Goudie for race pics)
* Robert presented a trophy to the long time organiser of the Lochaber Marathon to mark his retirement on behalf of GGH
AYR WE GO!!!
Glen Parker , Peter Clare, and Kevan McCartney opted out of the Marathon for the less strenuous 5krun/10kbike/5krun Ayr Duathlon. First home for the club was Glen Parker in14th overall and 2nd place in the over 50 category.
Little seperated the threesome in the first 5k run, with Glen recording 19.29, Peter 20.00, and Kevan 21.45. But it was on the bike that Glen was to make his mark completing the stage in 41.09, followed up by another fast 5k. Peter proved to be much stronger on the run to overtake Kevan after his faster cycling stage.
(Results: overall time, 5k/20k/5k)
14th Glen 1.20.44 19.29/41.09/20.06
47th Peter 1.30.40 20.00/48.33/22.07
51st Kevan 1.32.24 21.45/46.17/24.22
Trainer & King Reign at Dunoon
Stephen Trainer maintained his winning form in Greenock Glenpark Harriers
On the out and back course from West Bay to Inellan Alan Henderson and Stephen Trainer went straight to the front as expected, with a group of 4 led by Michael McLoone settling in 40metres adrift. After 1mile, David Henderson injected some pace to close the gap, taking Stephen McLoone along with him. These 4 remained locked together through the turn, but with Trainer gradually turning the screw he finally broke clear of the group, at the 3mile mark eventually running 150metres clear for his 2nd win in a row.
The surprise run of the day came from veteran McLoone who claimed the runners up spot with a strong 2nd half, leaving the two
Alison King won her first race in this seasons Championship with a convincing performance ahead of new girl Lynne Rogers, and Terry Wall taking the third spot.
In the various age categories top positions went to Sean McCallion and Eilidh Hamill in the under17’s, Yvonne Prager 45+, Robert Wilson 50+ Richard Hodelet 60+, and Jim Sheridan 70+.
In the Junior
In avery competitive 300m dash Rachael Mulaghton and Matthew McGuinness proved to quickest of the enthusiastic under 11 boys and girls.
Glenparks Marathon hopefuls after Saturdays race
Race photos on following link: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/falmouth11/WiilieJukes?authkey=Gv1sRgCMD4pc2HoerxKA&feat=directlink#
5mile: S.Trainer 27.29, S.McLoone 27.57, A.Henderson 28.08, D.Henderson 28.13, .McLoone 28.25, S.Lyon28.52, J.McFadden 29.38, R.Wilson 29.57, S.Campbell 30.16, D.McLaughlin 30.53, G.Forbes 31.16, S.McCallion 31.18, A.O’Rourke 31.37, S.McVicar 31.48, A.Fisher 32.11, R.Dolan 32.22, A.McCall 32.35, S.Watson 33.01, B.Kangley 33.08, A.King 33.19, K.Pryde 33.53, E.Currie 34.11, J.Smillie 34.24, K.McCartney 34.29, C.McDonald 34.58, B.Gilmour 34.43, B.McLaughlin 35.03, G.McGrattan 35.07, R.Dolan 35.29, S.McDade 35.58, A.McCormick 36.37, L.Rogers 37.04, M.Dunn 37.06, T.Wall 37.46, T.Keenan 38.20, N.Fitzpatrick 38.59, M.Magee 39.10, I.Rankin 39.48, R.Hodelet 40.01, Y.Prager 40.16, B.Allan 40.51, H.Kangley 41.13, S.Clark 41.16, K.Jagielko 42.21, T.Knight 42.23, A.Witherow 43.18, L.Docherty 43.19, J.Magee 42.33, N.Collins 43.49, E.Hamill 44.52, J.Henderson 46.00, J.Sheridan 49.21, K.Sinclair 57.16, J.Roebuck 57.16 Handicap: Robert Wilson
1mile: D.Moore 5.32, D.Reay 5.35, M.Magee 5.51, C.Watson 5.53, M.McDade 6.16, S.Kangley 6.24, L.Mulaghton 6.26, M.O’Rourke 6.34, D.Hunter 6.55, L.Davies 6.56, L.Compston 6.56, J.O’Rourke 7.26, M.Forrest 7.42, K.McLoone 8.44, S.McLoone 9.13, N.Fitzpatrick 10.40.Handicap:MarkMagee.
300m: R.Mulaghton 1.05, M.McGuinness 1.11, C.Mulaghton 1.12, J.Witherow 1.18, J.Lynch 1.22, N.Fitzpatrick 1.32, O.Trainer 1.37, M.Witherow 1.39, J.Dolan 1.54, ? 2.25
Stephen Back on Track
Stephen Trainer returned to winning ways in Greenock Glenpark Harriers
A group of five, Trainer, Alan Henderson, Andy and Chris McCall, and Colin Wilson, immediately set off from Gourock pool at a hard pace into the strong headwind towards Inverkip, leaving behind the chasing trio of Stevie McLoone Richard Davidson and David Henderson. For
By half way the tiring Andy McCall had started to drift off, leaving only Trainer and Henderson to fight it out on the return from the Holmston roundabout. Trainer was looking stronger at this stage, and powered away to finish a minute clear to reverse the previous week’s result where
McCall took the 3rd spot just holding off McLoone who had steadily worked through the field.
Emily Pollock in a big step up in distance, won her 3rd race in a row, showed along with her endurance that she still has a big turn of speed, passing two of her club mates in the last ¼ mile in a storming finish along Ashton front.
A strong run rewarded Dorothy McCormick with the runners up spot with Yvonne Prager setting a PB in 3rd place.
Phil Russell looking in good form in his build up for the London Marathon finished in 9th overall and top +50. Tommy Knight took 7minutes off his best course time for first place in the over 60 category.
Other good runs came from Bernie Kangley with a PB and young Andy Fisher, after finishing 3rd in the junior race, performed well against the seniors.
Thanks to all the timekeepers and supporters doing a difficult job on a cold wet windy day, and to Inverclyde Leisure and the staff at Gourock Pool for use of their facilities.
(see "Junior Reports" for young athletes results and pictures)
Emily receiving the Wallach trophy (named after Glenparks 1920 Olympian George Wallach) from President Yvonne
Emily receiving the Wallach trophy (named after Glenparks 1920 Olympian George Wallach) from President Yvonne
9.5mile: S.Trainer 53.30, A.Henderson 54.31, A.McCall 56.10, S.McLoone 56.33, R.Davidson 57.29, C.Wilson 57.55, D.Henderson 59.08, C.McCall 59.26, P.Russell 61.54, A.O’Rourke 61.57, R.Dolan 64.05, K.Pryde 65.51, E.Pollock 65.59, B.Kangley 66.03, E.Currie 66.12, A.McCall 67.03, K.Scott 70.10, A.Fisher 71.00, S.McDade 71.21, J.Devenney 73.16, D.McCormick 77.27, Y.Prager 81.42, T.Knight 85.05, I.Rankin 86.26.
Michael at his Best
Michael McLoone's purple patch continued with a superb personal best at the weekly Pollok Park run on Saturday. After taking runners-up spot at the 7.5mile Willow Bowl race last week, he smashed his previous best by almost 30 seconds when finishing 7th in a time of 17.33.
Also competing was the consistent Richard Hodelet 107th in a time of 24.30 from almost 300 runners.
Alan & Emily Bowl them Over
Greenock Glenpark Harriers Alan Henderson claimed his first Club trophy winning the Centenary cup in the 7.5mile Willow Bowl conceding handicap trail race around the Greenock Cut. The on-form
Starting alongside his main rivals Andy McCall, Stevie and Mick McLoone, with Stephen Trainer the scratch man a further 2 minutes behind. He wasted no time in stamping his mark on the race. He set off at a blistering pace, and opened up a 80m lead by the time he reached the climb over scroggy bank just
Seventeen year old Emily Pollock was in impressive form almost making it a double, by winning the women’s race and taking third in the handicap contest, beating her more experienced team mate Alison King, with Fiona Cushnaghan fresh from the Barcelona Marathon just behind in third.
Top in the +60 category was Richard Hodelet, and Jim Sheridan leading over 70.
There has never been a woman winner of the Willow Bowl Handicap trophy, and they came so close with 4 of the 5 women competitors getting in to the top 8 but they just couldn’t do enough to stop George Parker taking the lead in the final ½ mile to keep the men’s unbeaten run going.
A great turnout from the club, the largest since 1987, and the 35 runners were met with fine sunny conditions and a cool breeze, compared to 3 weeks earlier when the race had to be postponed due to heavy snowfall. And there was plenty of fine performances but most note worthy runs came from the veteran Richard Davidson, triathlete Colin Wilson and Shaun Lyon from Rothesay. Also making an appearance was Andy McShane a talented Glenpark youngster who was on a vist to the town.
Thanks to the many volunteers who helped with timekeeping, stewarding and catering and to race sponsors the Willow Bar.
Pictures of the race on following links, thanks to Thomas Loehndorf & Robert Dolan
Results (scratch times in brackets)
G.Parker 77.59 (49.59) E.Currie 78.20 (56.20) E.Pollock 79.10 (54.10) A.King 79.12 (57.12) Y.Prager 79.33 (68.33) R.Wilson 79.33 (50.33) T.Knight 79.40 (71.40) F.Cushnaghan 79.52 (64.52) C.Wilson 79.53 (47.53) R.Davidson 80.05 (48.05) B.Kangley 80.22 (54.22) S.Lyon 80.27 (48.27) A.McCallsnr 80.36 (56.36) A.Henderson 80.40 (45.40) R.Hodelet 80.52 (67.52) K.Pryde 81.05 (56.05) M.McLoone 81.06 (46.06) S.Campbell 81.16 (49.16) S.Watson 81.27 (55.27) S.Clark 81.29 (68.29) K.McCartney 81.35 (58.35) K.Scott 81.44 (59.44) J.Hedegaard 82.08 (59.08) J.Sheridan 82.09 (82.09) S.McDade 82.11 (59.11) A.O’Rourke 82.27 (52.27) A.McCall 82.37 (47.37) S.McLoone 83.11 (48.11) P.Clare 83.21 (55.21) S.McVicar 83.23 (56.23) R.Mitchell 84.15 (55.15) S.Trainer 84.23 (47.23) A.McShane 85.31 (77.31) I.Rankin 90.27 (68.27) J.Wyness 104.15 (89.15)
Alan sets new PB at Balloch 1/2 Marathon
Alan Henderson set a new Personal Best by going under 80 minutes for the first time, finishing in 19th place in a high quality field.
GGH Results: (19) Alan Henderson 77.35, (30) Mick McLoone 79.38, (39) Phil Russell 81.33, (52) Steven Campbell 83.54, (61) Robert Wilson 85.07, (64) Jack Knowles 85.25, (72) Robert Wilson 86.36 (114) Robert Mitchell 91.33, (130) George Mitchell 93.08, (131) Steven Watson 93.09, (153) Kenny Pryde 95.41, (315) Graham Campbell 109.34,
* Anyone who ran, can you pass on a race report, cheers Stevie
The race was won by Matthew Gillespie in his first 1/2 marathon in a time of 68 minutes. But his team Glasgow Uni had to settle for 2nd place (1,5, 9) 2 points behind Shettleston (2,3,8)
Alan Henderson & Mick McLoone at 3mile point in Renton
Lots more Photos on Chris Upsons Blog: http://picasaweb.google.com/chrisupson63/BallochToClydebankHalfMarathon#
Six of the Best at Schools X-C
6 of Glenpark's youngsters were competing in the National Schools X-C championships at Irvine Beach Park.
Top performer was Emily Pollock finishing 8th in her age category, while Under 15 girls Shannon Kangley 24th, Meighan McDade 32nd, helped Notre Dame H.S. to 8th team position, and the much improved Gabrielle Fisher 73rd, helped St Aloysius College to 9th.
Only 2 of our boys took part with Ross Forbes placing 62nd and Craig Knight 79th.
Youth over Experience
Alan O'Rourke set a new PB for the weekly Pollok Park run but it wasn't enough to beat junior boys Sean & Andy, who took sweet revenge on the old veteran who trounced them in the Wilson Trophy in December. Susan completed another Park run taking her total for the last 12 months to 27.
Results: Sean McCallion ?, 19th Andy Fisher 19.09, 22nd Alan O'Rourke 19.24, 149th Susan Clark 26.19
Ultra Impressive Thomas
Thomas Loehndorf got his first Ultra race of the year under his belt, and what an impressive peformance it was, covering the 56 miles at an average pace of 7.26 per mile. Thomas finished 1st veteran and 4th place overall in tremendous time of 6hours 55minutes 22 seconds, 25minutes quicker than last years course which was 2 mile shorter.
His splits were : 1st 26.2miles = 3.09 hours, 2nd 26.2miles = 3.20hours, final 5.6km = 26minutes.
This was the first race in the Scottish Ultra Marathon Series, and leaves Thomas well placed, with his next event the 53 mile Highland Fling race from Milngavie to Tyndrum on the 24th April.
Read Thomas's race report on his Blog at: http://runnertom.blogspot.com/
Good performances from the 3 Glenpark girls at the Edinburgh University KB 5mile road race. Emily & Emma taking podium finishes as 2nd & 3rd Junior women.
Results: 57th Emily Pollock 31.48, 72nd Emma Baxter 33.00, 126th Katie Pollock 40.44
The Barcelona Marathon, great race its only 40K (If your blonde).
The Glenpark Barca babes headed off early on Saturday morning for an action packed 48 hours in the Capital of Catalonia. It was Terry’s 13th (3. 45.43), Yvonne’s 12th (4.05.30), Fiona’s 9th (3.54.55), Irene’s 2nd (4.26.25) and Dorothy’s 1st (4.03.30) marathon.
Dorothy is already asking – where next?
Results: Terry Wall 3:45:43, Fiona Cushnaghan 3:54:55, Dorothy McCormick 4:03:30(PB), Yvonne Prager 4:05:30(PB), Irene McDade 4:26:25(PB).
Dylan gets Better and Better
Youngster Dylan Moore (left) was Glenparks top performer at the weekly Pollok Park run setting a new personal best time of 18.57 minutes. this was Dylans 4th park run and has improved every time since his debut in November when he ran 21.16mins.
Richard Hodelet also had an outstanding run recording his 2nd quickest time out of his 21 outings in the last 12months.
Results: 19th Dylan Moore 18.57, 128th Richard Hodelet 24.33, 161st Susan Clark 25.59, 208th Jim Sheridan 29.14
Free Entry/Pictures/results at website: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/glasgow
Over 1000 runners took part in the Maltese 1/2 marathon in 26 degree sunshine. Andy junior took 4th place in the under23 category, running well for the first 10miles, before the heat, and the drink from the night before had him struggling for the last few miles. Andy Senior with very little training still managed a respectable time
40th Andy McCall jnr 84.09min, 221st Andy McCall snr 101.35min.
More Pictures From Falkirk
(and a couple of short videos)
Senior Races: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5KDplOaVOQ
Junior Races: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkKPZX4zi6k
Andy Fisher, David Reay, Adam McCormick & Chris McDonald
Emily Pollock, Shona Webster, Katie Pollock, Carly Dalgleish
Alan O'Rourke, Stevie Campbell, Fiona Cushnaghan, Mark Magee
Emma & Katie medal at National X-C Champs
The senior mens top finisher Alan Henderson. Race pictures from Chris Upson on following link: http://picasaweb.google.com/chrisupson63/ScottishNationalCrossCountrySeniorMen#
Glenpark Ladies champion Emma Baxter was the club’s top performer at Saturday’s National Cross-Country Championships held at Falkirk. Running for Edinburgh University in the U20 race she made her endurance strength count as she ploughed through the field over the tough hilly course in sunny but cold conditions to finish 12th overall. In doing so she helped her team to a National team bronze medal with fellow Glenparker Katie Pollock making up the team in the all important last counter position. That makes it 2 national medals for Emma this year already, having won an U20 bronze at the 4km XC Champs.
Katie and Emma (centre&right)
The club had their best turnout in years with 27 runners competing in Glenpark colours on the day. The senior men had the most to prove having finished bottom in the team competition last year. Alan Henderson’s late decision to take a half day off work proved to be a master stroke as he fought tooth and nail with brother David and Stevie McLoone to be first back for the club. His strength paid off in the latter stages as he stormed away from hill runner McLoone on the 2nd last hill. Henderson never looked back and took even more places over the final straight to finish a highly creditable 110th overall. That makes it two in a row for Henderson having finised top club finisher at the relays. Making up the six counters were Stevie Campbell, who appears to be regaining his best form from last year along with Alan O’Rourke and Robert Wilson Jr. who edged out his dad again on the day. For their efforts the club erased the embarrassing result of last year to move up to 16th overall and with several big guns missing there is no reason why GGH can’t make the top ten next year. Sam McVicar had a fine National debut remarking on completion "brutal" and "never again", comments repeated by most debutants over the years but like Arnie Schwarzenegger said "He’ll be back". Last home for the men was Stevie McDade who had the consolation of being a minute quicker than last year.
Fiona Cushnaghan was the sole lady runner this year, using the race as preparation before her trip to the Barcelona Marathon in 2 weeks time.
The highest place Glenpark vest went to U17 Emily Pollock, finishing 13th. Backed up by Carly Dalgleish and Shona Webster the girls team finished 5th. If there was a club award for guts it would have went to U15 Shannon Kangley as she ran her final half mile with only 1 shoe, staggering over the line and straight into the first aid tent to have her shredded foot attended to. After a difficult winter both Shannon and training partner Meighan McDade bounced back to make the top 30. Sprinter Lucy Compston was the best of the U13 girls ahead of Luisa Davis and Rebecca McDiarmid.
David Reay made a return to form after a frustrating winter. Leading a young U17 team Reay put in his best run for months to finish 51st overall. Backed up by Sean McCallion, Andy Fisher and Chris McDonald who edged out team mate Adam McCormick for the final counter in a photo finish, the Glenpark boys finished in a promising 9th place. They should take heart from the fact that they all have another year in their age group and with other boys moving up the U17 boys could be the club’s best hope for a medal next year. U15s Dylan Moore and Mark Magee ran impressive national debuts whilst Ross Forbes ran his last U13 race to finish inside the top 50.
A big thank-you goes to the large Glenpark support who travelled through to cheer on their clubmates, with shouts of "Mon the Glenpark" as well as the odd harmless insult being heard all over the two and half mile course (even the commentator announced it during the race). Finally, a big thanks to Robert Wilson for providing transport. GGH may not have won any medals on the day but it was a considerable improvement on recent years and hopefully the sign of even better things to come.
Phil Russell's up a new PB
Phil Russell set a new PB by 18 seconds at Pollok Park 5km , finishing in 17th overall in 18minutes 17 seconds, his 83.29% was also the best Age Grade time on the day. Mick Harrington also set a new best by a single second, and just failed to break the 20 minute mark.
Results: (17) Phil Russell 18.27 (27) Danny McLaughlin 19.01 (46) Mick Harrington 20.01 (163) Susan Clark 26.06
Old for Gold
Stevie McLoone, David Henderson and Colin Wilson at the head of the chasing pack.
More pictures from Thomas Loehndorf on the following link. http://www.flickr.com/photos/35938782@N08/sets/72157623372627152/
Stevie McLoone 9th overall in the senior men’s 5mile race finished as top veteran, holding off his cousin Michael to take the gold. The first Glenpark finisher was David Henderson, slicing almost 3 minutes from last years race, passed McLoone in the final
These 4 along with Steven Campbell and Richard Davidson secured team Bronze. The best other run came from Colin Wilson, just missing out on a medal on his club debut.
Andy Fisher paid for an over exuberant start in the under 17men’s race, opening up a considerable lead in the first kilometre, but his advantage was soon closed down by Kilbarchan’s Gary Rankin, then by team mate Sean McCallion. Sean produced his best ever run for 2nd place, and with Fisher in 3rd and David Reay a further place behind the young men claimed team Gold.
Emily Pollock just failed to hold off training partner Nynke Mulholland as the pair finished just a few strides apart at the head of the U17 women’s race.
Another showing considerable improvement was Dylan Moore placing 6th in the U15 two mile race, 40metres clear of Craig Knight and Gerard Smith.
There were good showings from Jack Harrington and Lucy Compston in the under 13’s, with Jack one minute faster than 2009.
A battling performance from Lauren Mulaghton saw her win silver in the under 11 one mile race, she exchanged the lead several times with Giffnocks Holly Still, but despite her efforts to hold on, her county rival broke clear in the final quarter. Glenparks top boy was Michael O’Rourke.
Results: 5mile: D.Henderson 27.40, S.McLoone 27.42, M.McLoone 28.03, A.Henderson 29.00, S.Campbell 29.12, R.Davidson 29.41, C.Wilson 30.02, A.O’Rourke 30.25, R.Wilson 30.41, R.Wilson snr 31.11, J.Knowles 31.23, P.Clare 31.43, M.Harrington 31.45, R.Dolan jnr 32.21, K.Pryde 32.40, R.Mitchell 33.47, R.Dolan 34.02, S.McDade 35.58, J.Hodelet 45.21, J.Sheridan 47.54.
3mile: S.McCallion 17.00, A.Fisher 17.41, E.Pollock 17.54 D.Reay 18.25.
2mile: D.Moore 11.14, C.Knight 11.22, G.Smith 11.24, J.Harrington 11.51, M.Magee 12.37, M.McDade 11.56, G.Fisher 14.18, L.Compston 14.55, L.Davis 15.36.
1mile: L.Mulaghton 6.51, M.O’Rourke 7.32, J.O’Rourke 8.12, F.Fisher 8.03.
Emma Wins National Bronze
Emma Baxter won Bronze Medal in the Under 20 category at the National Short Course Cross Country Championships at Bellahouston Park. The race was won by Lothians Sarah Inglis who the day before set a national 3K indoor record while running for the Commomwealth select team at the AVIVA indoor international. A fantastic achievement for the young Glenpark athlete, who is in the form of her life. Emma was competing for her Edinburgh University team, with her team mate Steph Davis taking silver just 2 seconds in front.
Chris Wins BB Title
Chris McDonald showed some unexpected early season form to win the Inverclyde Boys Brigade cross country championships at Ardgowan estate. In a battling display he held off the challenge of last years champion D.McGachy to take the title. His company 3rd Greenock also took the team title, with Chris fittingly winning the William Elder Memorial Cup.
Jessica Ennis Leads GB to Victory
Lisa Dobrinskey leads the 3000m
26 Glenparkers were at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall to watch Great Britain & Northern Ireland take on USA, Sweden, Germany & a Commomwealth select. And it was a home victory, inspired by team captain Jessica Ennis who not only leapt to a life time best in the High Jump, she also set a new National record in the 60m Hurdles.
Another PB for Michael
267 runners took part in the latest Pollok parkrun, with Mick McLoone setting a new PB, slicing 4 seconds from his previous fastest time.
GGH Results: (8)Michael McLoone 18.00,(149) Richard Hodelet 25.05, (163) Susan Clark 25.53, (219) Jim Sheridan 30.23
McCall Wins Harris Trophy
Race winners Emily Pollock and Andy McCall
Andy McCall was made to work hard all the way for his victory in Greenock Glenpark Harriers Harris Trophy Race around the 4 laps of Coves Reservoirs.
In perfect conditions the pre-race favourite immediately made his way to the front, but he was quickly followed by Stevie McLoone and David Henderson. McLoone briefly took the lead, as the trio stayed locked together after the first lap of the
Under 11 athletes and Luisa
Andy, Gabrielle, Sean & Andy
Steven Campbell, Richard Davidson & Robert Dolan
Ernie Currie, Mick Harrington, Davis Henderson
Andy McCall, Stevie McLoone & Sam McVicar
Alan O'Rourke, Kenny Pryde & Stephen Watson
and finally the timekeepers Ian David, Ross & Yvonne
Results(handicap time in brackets) A.McCall 32.41(32.41) D.Henderson 32.48(32.48) S.McLoone32.57 (32.27) R.Davidson 35.24 (32.24) A.O’Rourke 36.16 (32.46) S.Campbell 37.00 (33.30) S.McVicar 37.21 (30.51) R.Dolan 38.37 (31.37) M.Harrington 39.14(32.14) K.Pryde 39.50 (32.59) S.Watson 40.02 (34.02) E.Pollock 40.52 (33.52) A.McCall 41.06 (35.06) B.Kangley 41.49 (35.19) E.Currie 42.03 (33.03) T.Wall 45.17 (35.47) R.Hodelet 48.41 (32.41) T.Knight 52.40 (33.40) J.Sheridan 58.14 (31.14) B.Downie 58.46.
Juniors: (1.5miles) L.Mulaghton 11.12, M.O’Rourke 11.17, D.Hunter 12.10, L.Compston 12.12, M,McGowan 12.16, J.O’Rourke 12.26, M.McColl 13.41, J.Lynch 17.02, (3miles) G.Smith 19.00, S.Kangley 20.26, C.Knight 20.55, M.McDade 20.56, G.Fisher 24.37, L.Davies 25.01,(4.2miles) A.Fisher 28.00, S.McCallion 29.56
Emily's Slide Show at Holyrood
Emily with team-mate Nynke
On a snow covered Holyrood park Emily Pollock (Glenpark's only representative) finished in a very creditable 16th position in the U17 Womens inter district X-C race. Her West team finishing runners up to a strong East District . The conditions were not as bad as forecast for the runners or spectators. Emily imporoved from her 10th at the West district X-C, this time finishing 6th from West. She now hopes to improve on that for the nationals in February if she can manage to get some training in.
*In the Bupa Great Winter run Robert Wilson finished 58th from a field of over 1500, while his son, Robert jnr finished 15th in the under 10 race.
* Also beating the snowy conditions was Danny McLaughlin who finished 5th in the Pollok parkrun in 22.27mins for the slightly longer than normal route (5.5km)
Very few races have been on due to the icy underfoot conditions, but one race that did beat the weather (just) was the weekly Pollok parkrun. Richard Hodelet completed his 18th of the year while his wife Joy took part in her first. Despite the slippy paths Joy ran a PB for the distance in an excellent time of 29.26, with Richard finishing in 34th in 26.15
Website of the Glasgow Parkrun: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/glasgow/Home.aspx
Henderson Bigfoots it to Victory
Results(scratch time in brackets) Juniors: Kangley.S (5:39) 6:39 Mulaghton.L (5:55) 6:40 Knight.C (5:17) 6:47 O'Rourke.M (6:19) 6:49 Magee.M (5:43) 6:53 Forbes.R (5:44) 7:04 McDiarmid.R (6:49) 7:19 FisherF (6:51) 7:21 O'Rourke.J (7:24) 7:39
Seniors:Henderson.D (27:42) 44:42 Baxter.E (32:05)45:05 Mitchell.R (30:11) 45:11 MacNeill.D (35:12) 45:12 Moore D (31:29) 45:29 Campbell.S (30:37) 45:37 Kangley.B (33:08) 45:38 Wilson.R jnr (30:12) 45:42 McLoone.S (27:43) 45:43 O'Rourke.A (29:51) 45:51 Currie.E (33:56) 45:56 McCall.A (27:10) 46:10 Dolan.R (33:12) 46:12 Pryde.K (33:18) 46:18 G.Smith (30:24) 46:24 Davidson.R (29:31) 46:31 McLaughlin.B (34:36) 46:36 Pollock.E (33:45) 46:45 Harrington.M (33:22) 46:52 McVicar.S (32:54) 46:54 Clarke.S (40:58) 46:58 Prager.P (41:05) 47:05 Wilson.R (31:36) 47:06 Fisher.A (31:10) 47:10 Russell.P (31:12) 47:12 Orr.N (32:24) 47:24 Knight.T (43:38) 47:38 Hodelet.D (41:07) 48:07 Scott.K (36:25) 48:25 Cushnaghan.F (39:57) 48:57 King.A (36:06) 49:06 Loehndorf.S (41:44) 50:44 McCallion S (35:10) 51:10 Sheridan.J (51:43) 51:43
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Davie Henderson passes Sean McCallion
David Henderson rounded off his most successful year with another tremendous performance to win Greenock Glenpark Harriers Wilson trophy race.
David and the 34 competitors had to deal with a biting arctic wind and snow and ice as well as the tricky underfoot conditions over the 4 ½ miles trails on the
The challenge was for the slower athletes who were given an early start to hold off the faster runners chasing them down. And it was one of the early starters Duncan MacNeill who looked as if he was going to snatch the trophy in his first race for over a year, as he led the race with just 500m remaining, but the steady stream of runners led by
Taking the runners-up spot was Edinburgh University student Emma Baxter (pictured left) who smashed her own course record by over a minute, just ahead of fastest over 50 Robert Mitchell.
Holding onto the trophy for the fastest time was Andy McCall, 30 seconds quicker than Henderson who just nicked 2nd place from veteran Stevie McLoone by a single second.4 of the junior men took part in the race for the 1st time, all giving a good account of themselves, with Gerard Smith coming out on top.
A nail biting finish in the junior race saw Shannon Kangley leave it to the last few yards before drawing level then passing Lauren Mulaghton. Young Lauren had the satisfaction of a PB of 37 seconds on her 2008 time. Quickest overall was Craig Knight.
Michael and Lauren share an early lead. Quickest junior Craig Knight
Thomas shows off his ice skating skills
Latest results from Pollok parkruns, no personal bests but Mick coming close to Glenpark winning the race for the first time
(10) Danny McLaughlin (92) Richard.Hodelet 25.07 (153) Jim Sheridan 32.09
(2) Mick McLoone 18.06,(13) Danny McLaughlin 19.52
West District X-C Championships
A great days racing at one of the best cross country courses in the country. Plenty of twists and turns, hills and mud for everyone to "enjoy" at Irvine Bogside racecourse.
There were no disappointments (except for the poor turnout from the senior members) with everyone showing improvement, but the Best runs coming from Stevie McLoone finishing 6th veteran, and Emily Pollock, despite not feeling 100% she still managed to secure a top 10 spot in the u17girls race. Shannon Kangley was also returning to her best form finishing 19th in her first year at the U15 category.
New boy Sean McCallion performed well on the country running neck and neck with Andy Fisher over a long tough 4miles.
*Thanks to the Great support from Heather, Felicity, Matthew, and Gabrielle's dad.
Emily, Shannon & Carly
Stevie McLoone 36.27, Robert Wilson 40.57
Maria Reay 32.27, Nichola Collins 37.40
U13girls Luisa Davies 17.19, Rebecca McDiarmid 17.28
U15 girls Shannon Kangley20.40, Gabrielle Fisher 24.48
U17girls Emily Pollock 19.49 Carly Dalgleish 22.37
U13 boys Ross Forbes 13.40
U15 boys Dylan Moore 18.35, Mark Magee 20.20
U17 boys Andy Fisher 27.53, Sean McCallion 27.52
The mens start at a wintry Irvine Bogside.
Senior men Stevie McLoone and Robert Wilson
Carly Dalgleish & Dylan Moore
Emily Pollock & Andy Fisher
Luisa Davies & Maria Reay
Mark Magee & Gabrielle Fisher
Rebecca mcDiarmid & Ross Forbes
Sean McCallion & Shannon Kangley
2 PB's at Latest Park Run
Mick McLoone and George Cooke both set new PB's at Pollok park, Mick slicing 25 seconds off, and George just dipping 4 seconds under his previous best time.
Full Details: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/glasgow
Results: (4) Mick McLoone 18.04, (14) Steven Campbell 19.44, (17) Danny McLaughlin 20.14, (44) George Cooke 21.51, (104) Richard Hodelet 25.09, (169)Jim Sheridan 31.44
Danny & George
O'Rourke Top Turkey
Alan O'Rourke desperate for his first win as a veteran, since turning 40 this month, has spent his time scouring the world for a race he might have a chance of winning. And he plumped for the "Run the Turkey Off" 6mile road race in Las Vegas.
He didn't quite manage to win the overall race - finishing 7th, but he did take the prize for 1st in the 40-44 category, in a time of 39.35. He said disappointingly afterwards "I was a bit tired at the start, because of the jet-lag, i'm sure I could have caught the leaders, if I had a few days rest, as I was just gobbling up the ground at the end".
Alan alongside the first six finishers of the race.
Latest Pollok Park Run
5 Harriers took part in this weeks Park run at Pollok park, with Mick McLoone the top performer finishing 6th in his parkrun debut in a time of 18.29. George Cooke improved his best time by 22 seconds.
Results:6th M.McLoone 18.29, 45th G.Cooke 21.55, 84th S.Clark 24.16, 93rd R.Hodelet 25.03, 158th J.Sheridan 32.10.
Harriers Celebrate Successful Season
The girls with coach Alan O'Rourke
The Harriers held their annual prizegiving in the Greenock Rangers supporters club with 200 members, family and friends.
As well as the trophys for all the individual race and championship winners throughout season 2008-09, the Meritorious awards for Summer & Winter were announced on the night. David Henderson for PBs at every distance and a winning performance in the Inverclyde Duathlon secured him the summer award. While Shona Websters perseverance and determination, eventually leading to a massive improvement gained her the Winter award.
The final award for the best overall Junior went to Meighan McDade for her 3 top Ten finishes in the West District , National, and Schools cross country championships.
A highly succesful night was had by all, with special thanks to all who helped organise the event, especially Stevie &Irene McDade, Dorothy McCormick and Fiona Cushnaghan, Alan O'Rourke, and Yvonne Prager.
Muddy Marvel Mulaghton
Well done to everyone on the toughest course of the year. Plenty of mud and hills for everyone.
Lauren Mulaghton was the sole individual medal winner taking gold in the under 11 girls race, but in the team competition it was the boys and men who managed to gain 3 bronze medals.
Stevie McLoone finishing in 8th led the Mens team to 3rd . Thomas Loehndorf, Alan O'Rourke, Robert Wilson jnr, Robert Mitchell and Sam McVicar - gaining his first medal- the counting six.
Gerard Smith, Dylan Moore and Craig Knight were the medal winners in the Under 15 race. While David Reay, new boy Sean McCallion, and Andy Fisher took the honours in the under 17 competition.
Michael O'Rourke just got the better of his twin Jack in the under 11 boys race completeing the course in 17th.
The ladies just missed out placing 4th. There was very little to choose from Terry Wall and Maria Reay, who exchanged places several times around the muddy course, with Maria just having the extra strength in the last 200m to hold off Terry, final team counter was Susan Clark.
Run of the day came from Yvonne Prager who came within 100m of catching Dorothy & Fiona. Nichola Collins also put in an exceptional run finishing 31st.
In the girls races top finishers in the U17, U15 and U13 races were Carly Dalgleish (5th), Shannon Kangley (5th) , and Luisa Davies (19th)
Gerard Smith leads out the under15 team
Craig Knight & Gerard Smith
Dylan Moore, Jack Harrington & Mark Magee
Jack O'Rourke & Lauren Mulaghton.
Michael O'Rourke & Shannon Kangley, & the U17Boys.
Glenparks only Gold winner, Lauren Mulaghton. Luisa Davies & Rebecca McDiarmid.
All the results from Bellahouston on the following link.
Emily's Run of Form Continues
Emily Pollock was in fine form when competing in a large field of 117 in Edinburgh University's 3mile Braid Hills X-C race, won by Fiona Thompson in 18.52. Also competing -for the University Hares & Hounds team - were Emma and Katie.
Results: 13th Emily Pollock 20.22, 28th Emma Baxter 21.27, 84th Katie Pollock 24.46.
PB for Dylan
Well done to 14year old Dylan Moore, in his second park run he improved by 66 seconds on last weeks attempt to finish 24th and was top finisher for the club, beating all his senior team mates.
Next home was Davy Ballantyne, in his first outing in club colours since becoming a dad. While Danny McLaughlin managed his first race since undergoing the surgeons knife.
Results: Dylan Moore 20.10, Davy Ballantyne 21.07, Mick Follan 22.04, George Cooke 22.17, Susan Clark 24.33, Danny McLaughlin 24.34
Glenpark Youngsters go Top of the Class
Meighan McDade headed a bunch of superb performances at Inverclyde Schools XC Championships held at Parklea on Wednesday, 11th November as the Glenpark juniors collected 1 gold, 3 silvers a bronze and numerous top 10 finishes.
Leading from the start, McDade produced a controlled performance to comfortably regain her S1/S2 title. Training partner Shannon Kangley produced her best race in months to finish 3rd. Improved runs also came from Luisa Davis and Rebecca McDiarmid.
In the S1/S2 boys race Craig Knight who has made huge advancements, was top finisher for the club getting inside the top 10 with Ross Forbes further back producing a great finish to hold off three challengers.
Earlier in the day Lauren Mulaghton ran a fantastic race to finish in the silver medal position. Sharing the lead with Emma Mitchell, Lauren found the pace just too hot to handle but would be delighted to finish so close to the reigning Scottish schools champion. Backed up by Danielle Hunter and Lucy Compston should have guaranteed a team prize for St Josephs. Francesca Fisher continued her terrific form to finish in the top 10 in the girls primary school race. Alan Grey and Joshua Ruddy gave gutsy performances in the primary school boys race in what was very boggy conditions.
Another silver medal was added to the haul by David Reay in the S5/S6 age category. Leading early doors, he allowed the St Columba rival take the lead. With only 100m to spare he put in his now famous sprint finish and managed to close the gap down to just a couple of seconds as he crossed the line. Andy Fisher continued to show improvement as he finished well up the field just ahead of Ross Knight. In the girl’s race Emily Pollock continued in sparkling form to win silver just behind Emma Rice.
In the S3/S4 girls race Carly Dalgliesh just held off Shona Webster as both comfortably made the top 10 ahead of Ellidh Hamill. In the boys race Gerard Smith also made top 10 and was top finisher ahead of Alan Frizzell and Mark Magee.
Overall, a very good mornings work by the club’s juniors.
The Big Bad Ben
Forget about your marathons, get out in the hills and enjoy the fun .
One of the best race videos ever.!!!!!!
Among club members (past & present) to compete in the 10mile 4400feet ascent to the country's highest mountain are Bertie Cox, Colin Shields, Jean Smith, Danny McLaughlin, Robert Wilson, Andy McCall Senior & Junior, and Stevie McLoone
You will have to be quick when the entrys for the 2010 race open in January as they are snapped up right away. - Go on I dare you!!!!
Shock For Wilson senior in the Big Apple
It was a Wilson family affair as the 2 Robert's and Carol took to the streets of New York City for the NYC Marathon. And their was a shock in store when Robert Sen 3.42, was beaten over his favourite distance for the first time, by his son, Robert Jnr 3.23. But the best run from the trio came from Carol who set a personal best time of 5.07 over the very hilly course.
Team Andy at Tinto
A record field of 293 runners competed in the Annual Tinto hill race, including our own Team Andy(McCall & MacLean)
Andy McCall just recovering from a virus, and without a run for 2 weeks, not surprisingly struggled on the 2.2mile long 1500 feet ascent, but showed his superb downhill skills to finish 35th in 37.58. Meanwhile Andy MacLean had a great climb, but took a tumble at the turn, but he still finished in a respectable 48.38 in 199th place.
Andy forgets he should be running!!!
Dylan & Stevie at Pollok Parkrun
184 starters in the 47th Parkrun of the year. Steven Campbell finished 8th in 19.32mins in a PB by 17seconds, and well done to 14 year old Dylan Moore who was 34th in 21.16mins.
Register on-line for the weekly 5km race around Pollock Park: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/glasgow
8th placed Steven Campbell
Andy & Fee at New York Marathon
Andy & Fiona Cushnaghan.
Long Journey, Long Race - but worth every step of it.....
Two intrepid marathon runner's - well 1 in the making, left on Friday 30th October to fly to New York to take place in the 40th New York marathon, excitement in the air.
Met at the airport by Events 2:09 staff - would recommend this sports tour company - very well looked after.
Headed to our hotel, we stayed in the Westin a new built hotel in New Jersey, 2 mins walk from the Path train which took 10 mins into the heart of New York.
Saturday Expo, got our numbers, t-shirts and a few freebies, then shopping, pre-race glass of wine, turned the clocks back and hour and tried to sleep.
Up at 5.30, middle of the night, had a wake up black coffee and tried to eat a bagel!!
Buses straight to Staten Island from our hotel, to meet our fellow 42,000 runners..............
I was in the blue start and Andy in the green, but as it was his first marathon I thought I'd start with him for a bit of encouragement, put my kit bag into the lorry and headed to the green start, again well looked after, coffee, bagels, juice etc, our start time was 10.20ish.
The race began, I gave Andy a good luck kiss and said see you at the Natural History Museum - we had arranged this on the Saturday, and we went on our long separate ways, dont think I realised how mixed the race would be, quite a few up hills, was on target for sub 4 hrs upto about 16 miles, then I seemed to slow down, I was pleased with my 4hrs 3mins as one of my tougher marathons. Once I worked my way through the park and got my kit bag back I was very sick, think it was the Gatorade, this continued for a few hours, at least I can say I was sick in a few famous places in New York.
Got my phone out my bag and had a text from Terry Wall, she informed me that Andy was at 23 miles, he was doing great, she then texted me to say he had finished in a fab 4hrs 53mins for his 1st and last marathon! When Andy got to the meeting point I said that was a fab time, he said how do you know, his watched had got knocked and he didnt know his time, I said someone from Greenock told me, technology is a wonderful thing.
Reality kicked in, with me being sick and Andy having just completed his 1st marathon, his legs and feet were a bit sore, we had to start our return journey to New Jersey - a long way away ! Spending the best $40 dollars of our life, we got on a rickshaw with a mad rastafarean driver who whizzed us from central park down to 33rd street, right through bustling Times Square and stopping was not really in his menu, but he was a life saver.
Train back to New Jersey including a few chuck up's in my hubby's empty kit bag - dont think I'll drink gatorade ever ever again.
Shower's, bit of a rest and we were able to go for some food and join our fellow marathon runner's in the bar for a chat and photo call.
All in all a fab time, my 8th marathon may not have been my best time - infact it was my worst - but it was definitely the Best. Andy has said he would never ever do another marathon, but admires everyone who does them, will hopefully do a few 10k's and maybe even a half or 2, with thanks to his knee surgeon, who obviously worked miracles on his knee in July.
More pictures from Shields Race
Steven Campbell, Kenny Pryde, Kenny Scott, & Maria Reay
Billy McLaughlin, Yvonne Prager, & Terry Wall
Jack Knowles, Steven Watson, Graham McGrattan, & Davie Henderson
Stevie McLoone, Robert Mitchell & Alan O'Rourke
Hodelet's Pesonal Best at Pollock Park
Richard Hodelet completed 3 of the Glasgow Park runs in Pollock park in the month of October taking his total for the year to 14.
And it was lucky 13 for the over 60 athlete as he sliced a mammoth 48 seconds from his personal best for the route to record a time of 24.12minutes
Register for the weekly Saturday morning race on line, entry is free. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/glasgow/Home.aspx
Top 20 Finish for David & Alan
Glenparks newest member Graham Campbell joined fellow team mates Alan & David Henderson for the annual Eddies Half marathon in Ft William on Sunday. Even the torrential rain couldn’t dampen Graham’s enthusiasm for his debut in club colours. In what was going to be a tough day’s racing due to the small field, the heavy rain and the added pressure of the club vest on his back he ran a controlled race from the start showing the fighting spirit ingrained in the blue and gold towards the end, finishing in a very credible 1:44:41 a new personal best by some 3mins from his only other outing at the distance the Great Scottish Run back in September.
Club mates Alan and David, after a hard days racing the day before were treating the race as a hard training run, and that’s what the pair did, clocking mile after mile at the same pace, with the pair giving the last three mile some attention as both men crossed the line in 1:23:31 - 19th and 20th position. A Solid performance with both men setting new PB’s, Alan by 90 seconds and David slicing over4 minutes from his.
Also making the trip to Ft William was Graham’s workmate Garry Clark who ran a fantastic first half marathon in 1:40:58, with this sort of performance it will hopefully not be too long before Glenpark’s membership count increases by another one.
On the same day Susan Clark travelled to the Strathaven 10k where over 300 runners competed in wet and windy conditions. She finished in the top half, in a time of 49.30 in156th position.
GLENPARK MENS SEASONS BEST
Greenock Glenpark Harriers enjoyed their best National cross country championship in recent years, which was rounded off with a battling performance by their men’s team.
12 months ago at the same Cumbernauld course the men hit an all time low when they ended up in 64th position, but this time team captain Stephen Trainer, had set them up to turn that day into just a distant memory
Alan Henderson who has only recently made the break through to the top team, kept up his recent high standards, setting the clubs fastest time on the blistering opening 4km leg, finishing in 34th. Veteran Stevie McLoone kept the momentum going attacking the field from the changeover, hauling in 8 places before passing onto Andy McCall. McCall didn’t disappoint taking the Orangefield club into 20th place. The pressure was then all on anchor runner Davie Henderson to hold off the chasing teams hot on his heels. With 6 runners all closing him down, he gave everything, being roared on every step of the course, successfully keeping them at bay, before collapsing over the line exhausted.
Mens A-Team: Alan Henderson, Stevie McLoone, Andy McCall, & Davie Henderson
The mens B team had their own battle with local rivals Inverclyde AC’s B, with never more than 20 seconds between the outfits it was down to the final pairing of Robert Shaw and the chasing Glenparker Robert Mitchell. In an exciting finish Mitchell finally hit the front with just 300metres to go.
The ladies team also improved on last year, with only 25 seconds separating top trio of Maria Reay, Terry Wall, and Sharron Skinner, as they finished in 41st. Susan Clark was quickest in the B team, but Dorothy McCormick was also delighted with her 3.5 minute improvement on last year.
There was great encouragement from the boys, with Ross Forbes, Gerard Smith and David Reay, all in the first year of their age groups finishing in a creditable 34th place, an improvement of 17 positions from last year. Craig Knight Dylan Moore, and Mark Magee were the pick of the B and C teams.
Luisa Davies, Meighan McDade, and Emily Pollock, put in a solid performance to bring the girls home in 45th. Lucy Compston was the surprise of the day finishing the clubs quickest under 13 girl, while Shona Webster and Eillidh Hamill gave their best run of the season for the girls B team.
34: Ross Forbes 11.02, Gerard Smith 10.27, David Reay 9.49
57: Jack Harrington 11.33, Dylan Moore 10.44, Andy Fisher 11.17
65: Craig Knight 10.11, Mark Magee 11.42, Martin McGowan 12.31
41: Luisa Davies 15.16, Meighan McDade 12.04, Emily Pollock 11.04
61: Rebecca McDiarmid 14.31, Shona Webster 14.10, Eillidh Hamill 13.37
Lucy Compston 14.21
41: Maria Reay 20.08, Terry Wall 19.43, Sharron Skinner 19.55
57: Dorothy McCormick 21.24, Susan Clark 20.46, Yvonne Prager 23.02
20: A.Henderson 14.48, S.McLoone 14.57, A.McCall 14.59, D.Henderson 15.20
59: M.McLoone 15.38, A.O'Rourke 16.33, P.Russell 17.06, R.Mitchell 17.05
81: M.Deegan 17.00, P.Clare 17.06, B.McLaughlin 19.10, A.McCall 17.53
S.McDade 18.58, A.McCormick 19.35, A.MacLean 18.48
Meighan & Shona
Eillidh & Emily
Mark, Adam & Dylan
Dorothy & Maria
Susan & Sharron
Phil & Billy
Robert Mictchell chases down Inverclyde AC
Andy McCall Snr
Surprise Choice Henderson Earns Team Bronze
Alan Henderson leads the race on the first leg of the senior mens race
Juniors:U11 Boys M.O’Rourke 5.36, J.O’Rourke 5.49, U11 Girls C.Rogers 5.39,
7thU13Girls L.Davis 8.35, L.Compston 8.45, R.McDiarmid 8.42.: U15 Girls M.McDade 7.18
4thU15 Boys G.Smith 6.08, C.Knight 6.09, J.Harrington 6.50: 2ndU17 Boys D.Reay 5.32, A.Fisher 6.19, G.Smith 6.04
GLENPARK TRIO COMPLETE DUATHLON
Glenpark brothers Alan and David Henderson travelled through to Stirling on Sunday morning for the National Duathlon Championships - 10km run/40km bike/5km run. With the field containing many internationally recognised athletes; several of the of the British Triathlon Development squad and with 2 time UK ironman 70.3 champion Frazer Cartmell the man to beat it was going to serve as a good yard stick for the harriers duo. The run course was within the grounds of Stirling University with the athletes completing a challenging 4 loop run for the opening 10km. Alan took a 20 second lead into T1 in a time of 39:05, David, known for his slick transitioning exited T1 with a slender lead and out onto the 2 lap bike course. The bike course was designed to be very fast with virtually no technical aspects. However the strong windy conditions meant only the strongest of cyclist where able to post low numbers with the fastest split of the day an astonishing 54mins. Further down the pack David was able to open up a considerable lead on younger brother Alan, with a bike split of 1:09 taking a 7 minute lead into T2. Out onto the final leg of the day the pair were able to demonstrate there running credentials with both men dipping well under the 20min mark and moving up several places on the final 5km of racing. David was 1st home for the club in 22nd place overall in a time of 2:07:53 beating British internationalist James Harrison. Alan, only separated by his bike split deficit came home in a very respectable 44th from the 100+ finishers in a time of 2:14:11.
Also dabbling in the world of Duathlon was Glenpark’s Peter Clare who opted for the shorter sprint distance race - 5km run/20km bike/5km, which set off 5 minutes in front of the championship race. Peter set off at a strong pace posting a solid opening 5km time, the bike course which was a single lap of the championship course meant the same windy conditions with Peter rallying hard to stay in the top quarter of the field, however not being too accustomed to the bike/run situation his final 5km was shy of his usual high standard, but he fought hard for a very respectable 27th place from 129 finishers in a time of 1:23:57
Burnley 7 mile road race 4/10/09
Alan Henderson's recent good form was highlighted the previous Sunday when running a 7 mile road race for strathclyde fire and recue. Over a very hilly and testing course, he finished 8th overall out of 200+ and 3rd fireman home in a time of 42.44
Harriers Make Forward Stepps
Emily Pollock produced the star performance for Greenock Glenpark Harriers at the West Districts cross country relay championships on Saturday at Stepps. Lying in 23rd in the Young Female athletes race, she overtook 11 runners in the final leg to propel the Glenpark girls up to 12th spot in what was the club’s best team placing. She also ran the championships 5th fastest time, which would have no doubt have drawn the attention of the West of Scotland team selectors. Emily was ably backed up by the club’s youngest performer Lauren Mulaghton who made a splendid major championship debut, and Meighan McDade. Another girl running well was Carly Dalgleish. On the difficult 3rd leg she managed to run down 6 teams to move the B team up to 32nd.
There were encouraging signs from Glenpark’s boys, with the A team of Ross Forbes, Dylan Moore, and David Reay, improving from last years 33rd to 20th place. Ross set the scene with a fantastic 1st leg. Going with the leaders from the start he was lying as 9th at halfway and despite tiring still managed to bring the club home in 20th spot. He passed onto new boy Dylan Moore, what he lacked in experience he more than made up with determination as he recorded the clubs 3rd fastest time. David Reay made up for last weeks poor run, storming round the trail, gaining 5 places on the anchor leg. The B team consisting 3 debutants Michael O’Rourke, Mark Magee and Andy Fisher, all enjoyed their first outing at cross country.
Spurred on by the juniors, the men’s team went 3 places better than last year to finish in 18th spot. Andy McCall, who struggled last week after donating blood, bounced back to form to run the club’s fastest club time before handing over to Stevie McLoone who moved the club up 2 places with a run only 3 seconds slower. David Henderson ran a solid 3rd leg gaining another place to take the club to 14th spot. Alan O’Rourke gave his usual all out effort, limiting lost places to just 4 on the final leg. The best B team performance came from Mick McLoone who ran the 3rd fastest Glenpark time and will surely be promoted back to the A team. Also worthy of note were Phil Russell, Bernie Kangley, Stevie McDade and Ernie Currie.
Terry Wall, who was quickest of the women, captained the A team to 15th. Alongside her was Heather Kangley who, with more experience, will no doubt progress, gave a gutsy performance in her first top team appearance. Good runs also came from Dorothy McCormick and Susan Clark who has significantly improved during the relay season.
With only 2 relays remaining Glenpark now head to Lochinch next Sunday for the County Championships. Support for the relays this year has been fantastic and Saturday was definitely a step in the right direction with 3 teams all improving on 2008. Next week’s performances will no doubt influence the captains’ selections for the all important Nationals, so a full turnout can be expected.
The club would like to thank Wilson Coaches for transport and to the very vocal support that travelled to Glasgow to cheer on the blue and gold.
Results: A.McCall 13.27, S.McLoone13.30, M.McLoone 13.53, D.Henderson 14.00, A.O’Rourke 14.38, S.McVicar 14.55, P.Russell 14.57, R.Mitchell 15.28, E.Currie 15.55, B.Kangley 16.01, S.McDade 16.07, A.McCall snr 16.14, T.Knight 19.55, H.Kangley 17.17, T.Wall 17.35, D.McCormick 18.58, S.Clark 18.59, Y.Prager 19.53, A.Anderson 20.46, N.Collins 22.00
Juniors: D.Reay 8.19, E.Pollock 9.06, D.Moore 9.12, R.Forbes 9.16, A.Fisher 9.31, .McDade 10.09, M.Magee 10.25, S.Kangley 10.31, C.Dalgleish 10.33, L.Mulaghton 10.44, M.O’Rourke 12.05, MR.McDiarmid 12.06, E.Hamill 12.14.
Ladies win Bronze at Kilbarchan Relays
A very positive sign was the sheer numbers wearing the blue and gold, boosted with 6 of the under 17 boys and girls making their first step into the senior ranks, bringing the total to 6 men’s and 4 ladies teams competing, the best showing for over 10 years. David Reay and Shona Webster were the pick of the junior athletes, with Reay making significant improvements from the trial race two weeks previously and was over the moon to be 1st Glenparker back on the opening leg, scalping the A Team in the process. Likewise Webster’s dedicated training is beginning to bear fruit.
Several members were taking part in their first ever relay with the stand out runs coming from Jack Knowles, Stephen Watson, Heather Kangley and Anne Anderson.
Not to be outdone there were some stalwart performances from the old guard with Andy McCall Sr, Phil Russell and Anne Hay all knocking on the door for team promotions next week. Graham McGratton hadn’t run the event in over 12 years but showed that he hasn’t lost any of his competitive spirit.
Special praise goes to Stephen Trainer acting in his capacity as club captain for the first occasion.
Next Saturday Glenpark will be hoping for another big turnout when they head to Scotstoun to compete at the McAndrew Relays.
Results: Stevie McLoone14:45, Davie Henderson 15:29, David Reay 15:40, Mick McLoone 15:49, Peter Clare 15:55, Alan O'Rourke 16:03, Sam McVicar 16:03, Phil Russell 16:22, Andy McCall 16:34, Mick Harrington 16:34, Robert Mitchell 16:35, Jack Knowles 16:47, Andy Fisher 16:58, Steven Watson 17:03, Adam McCormick 17:03, Bernie Kangley 17:23, K Pryde 17:24, Ernie Currie 17:28, Emily Pollock 17:35, Graham McGrattan 17:57, Billy McLaughlin 18:24, Stephen McDade 18:28, Terry Wall 18:45, Maria Reay 19:11, Anne Hay 19:22, Fiona Cushnaghan 20:05, Heather Kangley 20:28, Richard Hodelet 20:49, Dorothy McCormick 20:57, Carly Dalgleish 21:16, Tommy Knight 21:49, Shona Websrter 21:52, Eilidh Hamill 21:53, Susan Clark 21:58, Anne Anderson 23:01, Nichola Collins 25:45.
Phil Russell, Mick Harrington and Robert Michell being shadowed by Danny McLaughlin on his bike.
Carly Dalgleish making her senior debut
A smiling Heather Kangley
Heather leads David Reay and Robert Mitchell at the start.
Thomas & Silke Set New Bests at Berlin
Congratulations to Thomas & Silke Loehndorf in setting fantastic new personal best times at Berlin at the weekend. Thomas in the Marathon taking just over 2 minutes from his previous quickest time to finish in a time of 2.46.06. And Silke skated the Inline Marathon in 1.41:41, in her three previous attempts she failed to break 2 hours.
Glenpark Out in force at Kilmacolm
There was a great turnout from the Harriers at the Inverclyde Leisures 3km, 10km and 1/2 marathon races.
Top performers were:
3km BOYS: David Reay 2nd, Andy Fisher 4th, Adam McCormick 7th. 3km GIRLS: Shannon Kangley 2nd, Meighan McDade 4th
10km Men: 3rd David Henderson, 4th Alan Henderson, 5th Alan O'Rourke, 10km Women 3rd Maria Reay
1/2 Marathon: 3rd Terry Wall , 1st 46-55age category Robert Wilson
Terry Wall , David and Alan Henderson all set personal bests as well as Yvonne Prager, Andy Cushnaghan, Joy Hodelet,
All results can be found at: http://www.inverclydeleisure.com/KILMACOLM2009
David Continues to Improve
Stevie 17th at World Masters
Stevie McLoone finished in 17th place in the over 45category at the Masters World Mountain Running Championships in Croatia, a repeat performance from last years championship at the Czech republic where he finished in the same position.
650 runners from 29 countries participated at this festival of Mountain Running in the Croatian Capital Zagreb. The 8,5km long course started at 250m above see level on the border between the city and the neighboring mountain Sljeme. The finish was just below the peak of the mountain, which is the starting point of Alpine Ski World Cup slalom competitions. The venue is famous because of the the local Olympic medalists Janica and Ivica Kostelic.... The runners started the race on an asphalted road and after half a kilometer they left the road and followed an undulating trail through the forest that eventually took them to the finish 850m higher up the mountain.
Stevie at the finish
Maria Produces Reay of Sunshine in Esplanade Trial
Andy McCall cruised to yet another victory at Greenock Glenpark Harriers JG Cameron 4km road race on Saturday. Leading the 38 runners out into the warm breeze from the Midpoint of the Esplanade towards the Battery Park, he very quickly opened up a gap, stretching it to a comfortable 100m lead by halfway. Pat Duffy, who has enjoyed an excellent summer season, decided enough was enough and broke from the chasing pack in pursuit of McCall. Despite cutting the gap, McCall’s lead was never seriously questioned as he cruised home 19secs ahead of Duffy.
Making a welcome return after a lengthy injury, Michael McLoone came back with a bang and appeared to have secured a well earned 3rd place only to be outdone in a late sprint finish by Peter Clare whose track work served him well to earn him his highest finish to date. U17 Middle Distance runner David Reay stepped outside his comfort zone and despite struggling midway he rallied well to finish top junior on the day. The warm conditions produced several excellent performances, most notably from Sam McVicar who delivered his best performance yet in Glenpark colours taking several scalps in the process. Worthy mentions also go to Mick Harrington, Stephen McDade and Billy McLaughlin who put in a solid race after 2yrs out with injury. Shock of the day came from young Andy Fisher who upset the form book to narrowly defeat training partner Adam McCormick by the narrowest of margins.
1st Lady home winning comfortably was guest runner Daniella Hughes who it is hoped will be a very welcome addition to the ladies team in the upcoming short relays. 1st Glenpark lady home was Maria Reay who continues to improve with every race and finished well clear of Ann Hay who just managed to hold off fast finishing junior girl Carly Dalgliesh. Excellent performances also came from Elidh Hamill, Shona Webster and Heather Kangley who is by far the most improved female athlete this summer.
Gerard Smith dominated the 1km junior race from start to finish and comfortably won ahead of Craig Knight and Michael Isaac with Mark Magee making an excellent racing debut in 4th place.
Meighan McDade bounced back to form to secure 1st place in the girls race ahead of Shannon Kangley who just held off Lauren Mulaghton. Excellent performances also came from Lucy Compston, Michael ORourke, Francesca Fisher and Matthew McGuiness.
Andy McCall Jr 13.21, P Duffy 13.40, P Clare 14.17, M McLoone 14.26, D Reay 14.35, S McVicar 14.37 A ORourke 14.41, A Henderson 14.47, M Harrington 14.55, A Fisher 15.00, A McCormick 15.01, J Knowles 15.08, R Mitchell 15.13, R Wilson Jr 15.18, S Watson 15.31, K Pryde 15.31, D Hughes 15.34, R Dolan Jr 15.37, A McCall Sr 15.50, E Currie 16.02, S McDade 16.25, G McGratton 16.30, B Kangley 16.31, J Cuffe 16.34, K Scott 16.36, B McLaughlin 17.12, M Reay 17.48, A Hay 18.10, C Dalgliesh 18.14, F Cushnaghan 18.22, D McCormick 18.51, R Hodelet 19.01, H Kangley 19.28, T Knight 19.44, E Hamill 19.50, S Webster 20.08, Y Prager 20.15, E ORourke 21.40
G Smith 3.57, C Knight 4.08, M Isaac 4.18, M Magee 4.27 M McDade 4.29 S.Kangley 4.33, L Mulaghton 4.36, C Abercrombie 4.47, S Edmund 4.49, L Compston 4.54, M ORourke 4.58, J ORourke 5.08, R McDiarmid 5.09, R Wilson 5.20, F.Fisher 5.22, M.McGuiness 5.26, O.Black 5.29, C Pollock 5.32, L Hamill 6.15, M McVicar 6.18, C Mulaghton 6.19 R Mulaghton 6.20
Bernie & Heather Make it a Kangley PB Day
Andy McCall Jr was 1st home for the club at the Glasgow Half Marathon, finishing in 1hr 24mins. Inconsistent training and too much partying put paid to any ambitions of a top finish by our club champion. A
Terry Wall led the ladies home finishing just 10secs slower than last year, followed by wee Fi and Maria Reay who produced yet another PB.
Lorna Coyle led home six ladies in the earlier 10km race with an excellent 45min to finish 1st in her age category. Lorna certainly set the standard as the Heather Kangley training group all achieved fine PBs, all having improved on their Womens 10k times with Heather reducing her best for the 3rd race in a row by yet another 2mins. Sub 50 must surely be the target. Finally Joy Hodelet ran an excellent time supported by Dick.
A big thanks to Wilson Coaches for providing the transport for the event.
Half Times - A McCall Jr 1.24.07, A Henderson 1.26.25, R Wilson 1.27.11, D Henderson 1.27.52, A ORourke 1.28.06, P Russell 1.30.56, S Campbell 1.32, A McCall 1.33.11, K Pryde 1.35, B Kangley 1.37.27, T. Wall 1.39.40, S McDade 1.40.58, F Cushnaghan 1.45.31, M Reay 1.49.12, I McDade 1.56.20, Y Prager 1.58.13, A Cushnaghan 2.07.35,
10km Times - Lorna Coyle 45.49, Heather Kangley 51.28, Ann Anderson 55.21, Emma O’Rourke 62.39, Susanne O’Rourke 66.50, Joy Hodelet 69.10
S.McLoone V 9.53, P.Clare V 10.40 , A.O'Rourke 10.56 , R.Wilson 11.02 ,
M.Harrington V 11.09 , S.Campbell 11.37 , B.Kangley V 12.19 , K.Pryde V 12.31
M.Olde-Olthof L 14.03 , D.McCormick LV45 14.51 , M.Reay LV35 14.51.
Eillidh breaks the 3 minute Barrier
After trying all season to dip under 3minutes for the 800m, under 17 girl Eillidh Hamill finally achieved her target, with just a tenth of a second to spare. A very quick start- running the first 200m in 40 seconds- almost ruined her chances as she slowed considerably over the next 400m, but she gritted her teeth to recover strongly with a storming finish.
It was another excellent turnout with 16 competing over the 2 lap distance. Peter Clare timed his race to perfection by following the leaders for 700m before hitting the front on the home straight and holding off Stevie McLoone by 1/2 a second. In 3rd wasJunior Boy Davie Reay who's time of 2.24 was not too bad considering he had just completed his training session before the race.
Harriers run through Hell
Well done to all the Glenparkers who competed in the Paisley 10k.The Men finished 6th in the team competition, with Robert Wilson and Robert Mitchell going well with their 3rd and 6th places in the over 50s age group, and Terry Wall in 4th O45. All deserved their medals after the runners were forced to run through St.Mirren's new lego stadium, (must have been nice for them to get a good crowd for once)
Results: Robert Wilson 38.09, Alan Henderson 39.18, Davie Henderson 39.22, Robert Mitchell 41.03, Robert Wilson jnr 41.42, Kenny Pryde 43.22, Terry Wall 46.39
*On Saturday Richard Hodelet ran a new best time in his 11th Glasgow Parkrun of the year bringing his time down to 25.00 for the 5km course. Lana McLaughlin completed her first in 36.33
Bute of a Run from Pat
Pat Duffy continued his good form in 5k races with a runners-up position in the Cowal highland Games 5k road race. He finished 17.44mins just 21 seconds adrift of Inverclydes Graham Hyett. Robert Wilson was 6th in 18.11, Steven Campbell 8th 19.32, and finally Richard Hodelet running with his wife Joy, who was making her race debut with an excellent 30.16 in the wet and miserable conditions.
Personal Bests at Latest Park Run
Well done to Pat, Danny, and Jim who all ran PB's at Pollock Park in the latest Glasgow park run.
9th P.Duffy 17.35: 8second PB
18th D.McLaughlin 18.32: 13 second PB
172nd J.Sheridan 27.53: 5 second PB
Record Turnout at Club Time Trial
A great turnout for the weekly club time trial with 20 starters. There has been a trial race every tuesday at 7.15pm over distances from 400m to 3000m at Ravenscraig stadium as the Harriers get ready for the short relay season which starts on September 12th with Glenparks 4km JG.Cameron race.
In very calm and mild conditions, which would have been ideal if it weren't for the swarms of blood sucking midges, Andy McCall took an early lead, before Stevie McLoone took to the front after 500m and pushed on trying to open up a winning lead. Although he did manage to put a little daylight between himself and Andy, it wasn't enough as McCall kicked away round the final bend and down the home straight. Peter Clare was the only other to dip under the 5 minute mark. Terry wall was first lady with Maria 40metres adrift, with Dorothy getting the 3rd spot just ahead of Fiona Cushnaghan.
Glenpark at Rothesay Highland Games
While the junior athletes were competing in the track and field events (see Junior news for pictures), there was a very good turnout from the Harriers at Rothesay for the Bute Highland Games 10k road race. The race was won by Robert Gilroy of Cambuslang just ahead of Shettlestons Jethro Lennox who was given the same time 32.12minutes. After a previous few days of rain, the runners were blessed with a warm and sunny conditions, which saw Stevie McLoone first man back for the club in 3rd place with Terry the clubs top lady. There were 2 personal bests on the day, coming from Heather Kangley and Maria Reay.
Plenty of pictures at following link: http://www.pbase.com/rothesay/butehighlandgames09
Meighan takes on the Scottish Heavys
|20th||R Wilson jnr||41.12|
David's Triathlon Success
David punches the air with joy as he crosses the winning line
Congratulations to David Henderson for his fantastic win at the weekends Inverclyde triathlon. The race consisted of a 750m swim/16km cycle and 5km run starting from Gourock's outdoor pool. The man to beat again this year was two time winner Colin Wilson with last years 3rd placed David McCorkindale and Danny McLaughlin proving the quality of the chasing field. In very difficult conditions it was david who was able to take advantage of his strongest discipline, the cycle, and with a very slick transition he had moved up from 20th after the swim leg to take a slender lead going into the run.
Showing good form of late David was able to extend his lead on the run, as one of the few able to dip under the 18 minute mark for the 5km. Runners-up spot went to defending champion Colin Wilson with Glenpark's David McCorkindale equalling his 3rd place from last year, just getting the better of team mate Danny McLaughlin.
Natalie Donald also showed a big improvement from last year, taking 3rd place in the women's race.
In a large field of 70, all of the Harriers finished comfortably in the top half.
In the junior Duathlon one of Glenpark's youngest athletes, Lauren Mulaghton finished 4th girl, and there was also a good performance, especially in the swim, from Victoria McLaughlin in 10th place.
1st David Henderson (59:17) 3rd David McCorkindale () 4th Danny McLaughlin () 11th Alan Henderson ()15th Natalie Donald ()22nd Jim Cuffe () 26th Peter Clare () 28th Julie McGonigle()
183 runners took part in this weeks 5km park run with the best performance coming from Steven Campbell, starting to get his fitness back since suffering injury after the Edinburgh marathon. Mick Harrington was also pleased improving his personal best by 19 seconds.
Results: 29. Steven Campbell 19.49, 33. Mick Harrington 20.02, 35. Alan O'Rourke 20.08, 97. Richard Hodelet 25.48
Details of the FREE weekly park run can be found on this link: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/glasgow/Home.aspx
Wilson's disappointing FINNish
Robert Wilson completed the World masters marathon in Lahti Finland in a time of 3hrs 8mins 16sec finishing 13th, in the 55 age group. Robert was a little disappointed with his performance, saying not "not my best time,but not my worst either". But he shouldn't be to hard on himself, as it was an excellent performance considering he suffered leg cramp during the race.
Robert's next major target is the British masters which will be held at Lochaber 2010, with next world masters in Sacramento USA in 2011. He hopes to see more Greenock Glenpark Harriers competing in SVHC,Brittish and world masters events. He said "I'm sure the club could get a good team together for the British championship at Lochaber". He also passed on his congratulations to new member Thomas "Well done to Thomas Loehndorf for his 2hr 50min run in Edinburgh marathon this year. who barring any surprise results, looks like he will be on track for the Dolan Shield for the clubs quickest Marathon over the season."
Devil O' the Highlands Foot Race
Congratulations to Silke Loehndorf for completing the Devil O' the Highlands foot race on Saturday. Along with her friend Andreas Ruhnke they completed the 43 mile run along the West Highland Way from Tyndrum to Fort William in just 9 hours and 22 minutes. A brilliant achievement, comfortably beating their target time of 10 hours.
The pair encouraged each other all through the 43 miles along the rough trail of the West Highland Way from Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy, Glencoe, Kinlochleven, before the journey ended in Fort William. Finishing 78th from the 100 starters.
Hot Soup as the rain pours down on the start of the final 7 mile section from Lundarva
Silke & Andreas in the final few metres under the shadow of Ben Nevis
And the sun finally shines!!!
Champion Display from Emma & Andy
Emma Baxter and Andy McCall both recorded personal best performances for the
The result was never in any doubt as McCall immediately put distance between himself and the rest of the field, leaving IAC’s Thomas Jamieson, Neil McLaughlin, and Glenparks Stevie McLoone to battle it out for the minor places. This trio ran together until ½ way when an injection of pace, caused McLaughlin to lose contact. Jamieson and McLoone stayed side by side until Jamieson broke clear in the final kilometre to take the runners up spot.
Pat Duffy was fastest over 50 with an impressive time breaking 37 minutes. And in the over 60 category Richard Hodelet was quickest, comfortably beating his training partners Tommy Knight and Jim Sheridan.
Emma Baxter won the Bill Elder trophy for 1st lady, which also saw her crowned as the clubs Senior Women’s Champion for the first time, ahead of Daniella Hughes, with Terry Wall in 3rd, and the improving Maria Reay in 4th.
The Junior Races gets underway.
2km race winner David Reay
Meighan McDade clear winner in the Girls race.
David Reay was top boy in the 2km race closely followed by Chris McDonald and Adam McCormick, with Meighan McDade finishing fastest girl. Runner up was Carly Dalgleish with the most impressive run coming from Lauren Mulaghton.
Ahead of the pack in the 1km race around the Battery park were Daniel Orr and Lucy Compston.
10km: A.McCall 34.05, T.Jamieson 35.11, S.McLoone 35.18, N.McLaughlin 35.34, P.Duffy 36.39, R.Davidson 37.49, J.McFadden 38.41, P.Clare 38.52, P.Thorburn 40.46, R.Mitchell 40.49, R.Wilson jnr 40.52, S.McVicar 41.02, R.Dolan 41.13, M.Harrington 41.15, S.Campbell 42.07, B.McLeod 42.26, Emma Baxter 42.27, Eric Baxter 42.38, S.Watson 42.49, D.Hughes 42.55, G.Hegarty 43.18, J.Cuffe 44.55, S.McDade 45.05, B.Kangley 45.10, J.Smillie 45.45, T.Wall 46.03, M.Reay 47.49, J.Robertson 51.29, R.Hodelet 51.57, T.Knight 56.07, J.Sheridan 58.12
2km: D.Reay 6.52, C.McDonald 6.57, A.McCormick 6.59, C.Knight 7.02, G.Smith 7.16, A.Fisher 7.22, M.Deegan 7.28, J.Harrington 7.59, M.McDade 8.06, R.Forbes 8.13, C.dalgleish 8.25, M.Houlihan 8.28, L.Mulaghton 8.30, S.Kangley 8.36, L.Davies 9.09, G.Fisher 9.20, R.McDiarmid 9.46.
1km: D.Orr 4.16, G.Black 4.17, L.Compston 4.32, A.Houlihan 4.33, F.Fisher 4.34, R.Wilson 4.35, O.Black 4.36, R.Mulaghton 4.46, M.McVicar 4.56, B.McNeill 5.09, C.Mulaghton 5.23, L.Harkness 5.25.
Glenpark at Creag Dhubh
While the junior athletes were taking part in the track events at the Newtonmore Highland Games, the coaches were taken apart in the Creag Dhubh hill race. In a high quality experienced field which was won by top British junior hill runner Robbie Simpson, the Glenpark quartet struggled over and under fences through rivers and woods and a near vertical climb to the summit of what is billed as one of Scotland's toughest hill races.
Stevie McLoone had a good ascent, but came down the hill like a big woos, losing half a dozen places, while Alan managed to keep on his feet the longest to keep ahead of Mick Harrington and Stevie Campbell.
Results: 17th S.McLoone 34.27, 43rd A.O'Rourke 40.24, 54th M.Harrington 42.29, 73rd S.Campbell 47.23
Duffy Continues to Improve
216 starters at this weeks Glasgow Park run, with good performances from Pat Duffy recording yet another PB, and Robert Wilson finishing 13th in his debut park run.
Results: 5.Pat Duffy 17.43, 13.Robert
For more information: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/glasgow/Home.aspx
Glenpark Ladies Make Clean Sweep at Hospice 5K
In a large turnout from the Harriers in a field of 350 at the Ardgowan Hospice 5k at Greenocks Waterfront, Robert Wilson looked impressive finishing 2nd in wet wind swept conditions.
15 year old David Reay had possibly the run of the day with his 4th place, while Terry, Maria and Meighan made it a 1,2,3 for the girls. Sam McVicar spurred on by all the encouragement from the crowds had an excellent top10 finish on his club debut and 1st race since leaving school, - a fair number of years ago. Final mention goes to 8 year old Emma Reay, fresh from her 2nd place in yesterdays 200m race, beat her gran finishing just outside the top half.
Maria,David, Meighan, Robert and Terry
Lauren slowing down so her uncle and grandad can keep up.
Glasgow 5k Park Run
Pat & Richard missed the heights of Glen Massan to join the 250 runners in the increasingly popular Free, weekly Pollock Park 5k.
Results in warm conditions: 9th Pat Duffy 17.52, 153rd Richard Hodelet 25.38
Pat 1st Left
Pat 1st Left
Richard 4th left
Richard 4th left
Photo Finish as Reay Holds Off Deegan
Group photo at the end of the day
Andy McCall retained his title in Greenock Glenpark Harriers
Emma Baxter, despite a fall, set a new women’s record by over 2 minutes, ahead of Terry Wall who was also inside the previous best.
It was good all round performances from the clubs juniors with eleven of the young athletes all managing to break 6 minutes. Meighan McDade took the honours in the girls race with Lauren Mulaghton a close second.
In a very competitive and sporting under 9’s 200m dash, Olivia Black ran like Usain Bolt to claim the top spot and gold medal.
Glenpark Harriers would like to thank Digby and Caroline guy for their hospitality and to Driver Stephen of club sponsors
In a large turnout from the Harriers in a field of 350 at the Ardgowan Hospice 5k at
15 year old David Reay had possibly run of the day with his 4th place, while Terry Wall, Maria Reay and Meighan McDade made it a 1,2,3 for the Glenpark girls.
Digby is presented with gift
Photo finish for Emma & Rachael
Terry, Irene, Emma, Silke, and Maria
Tommy Knight clinches the over 60's club championship title
Matthew & David stretch out the field in the junior 1mile race
5.5mile/1400ft ascent: A.McCall 34.15, S.McLoone 36.01, T.Loehndorf 40.49, A.O'Rourke 41.46, S.Campbell 42.58, K.Pryde 43.40, E.Baxter 45.04, E.Baxter 46.30, S.McDade 47.02, T.Wall 47.34, M.Reay 50.59, A.MacLean 51.37, S.Loehndorf 52.23, I.McDade 56.54, T.Knight 59.49,
Life's a Beach for Terry
Seven Harriers travelled down the coast on Monday evening for a hilly 5mile road race around the Beach park area of Irvine
First home for the club was Sharron, ahead of Terry who struggled with a stitch from 1/2 way, with the most improved run coming from Maria.
In a highly competitive over 60s race Glenparks 3 amigos packed well for 2,3,&4th places, with Richard top counter.
Results: Women: 7th Sharron Skinner 34.22, 10th Terry Wall 36.12, 12th Maria Reay 37.44, 18th Yvonne , Prager 41.30
Over 60s: 2nd Richard Hodelet 41.42, 3rd Tommy Knight 45.35, 4th Jim Sheridan 46.31
7 Face Trial as Harriers Return to Ravenscraig
7 seniors braved the cold wet and windy conditions for the summers first time trial at Ravenscraig. Stevie McLoone was quickest, with Stevie Campbell still nursing an injury, taking it steady in 2nd place. James Hendry had his first race on the track, since he was a highly promising junior, just failed to hang onto Mick Harrington. Terry got the better of Maria , with both still a litttle tired after running a 5mile race at Irvine the previous night.
Next Tuesday nights time trial at Ravenscraig at 7.15pm will be over the classic 1500m distance.
3 PB's at Pollock Park
247 runners took part in this weeks Glasgow Park run. Pat Duffy was Glenparks top performer finishing 14th in a new PB of 17.59. The biggest improvement (22 seconds)came from Danny McLaughlin, not far behind in 18.45 (25th position). Mick Harrington made it a treble of PBs, a few seconds quicker in 20.21, (53rd). Richard Hodelet made up the quartet at Pollock Park finishing midfield in a time of 25.55
You must Register on line for this free race. Check the website for details: http://www.parkrun.com/glasgow_home.aspx
Duffy Just a Blur
5 Harriers took part in the increasingly popular weekly Glasgow 5k Park runs at Pollock Park. Pat Duffy was the leading Glenparker finishing 9th overall and first in the O50 category.
Check the website for details: http://www.parkrun.com/glasgow_home.aspx
(Why pay £20-£30 for the criminally priced mass fun runs for the pockets of Capatalists and not for the benefit of Athletics, when you can register on line and race for free - Stevie McL)
Jim & Richard have been our most prolific runners so far, having completed 6 of these races. Get along on Saturday mornings if you are looking for a fast run out and give it a try.
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This weeks results with 193 starters.
Pat Duffy (9) 18.07, Danny McLaughlin (18) 19.07, Mick Harrington (38) 20.24, Richard Hodelet (109) 25.41, Jim Sheridan (154) 29.26.
Richard Hodelet (far right)
Deegan & Reay Hit Top Form
Glenpark juniors Matthew Deegan and David Reay both produced quality displays at a warm and breezy Linwood stadium at the monthly open graded meeting on Wednesday evening.
Matthew was first up in the 100m, not feeling very confident beforehand, as he was just back from his holidays, had put down 13 seconds for his estmated time. After a false start by Kilbarchan's Joseph Samuel in the next lane, the runners took to their marks again. Matthew was shaky out of the blocks, but he soon got into his stride, powering down the lane and dipping over the line in 11.63 seconds, just behind Joseph for 2nd place, but delighted to smash his seasons best, and just a fraction outside his lifetime best. With the wind speed dropping to just 0.4mps, the signs are looking good for the rest of the 17 year olds season.
15 year old David's training has been going well all year, but his results on the track had been slightly disappointing, with his best for 800m stuck at 2.14mins. But he was determined to better this before heading off on holiday the following day. From the gun, he settled into his own pace as the rest of the field pulled away leaving him stranded at the rear. At the bell he crossed the line in 65 seconds, in every previous race he faded badly on the 2nd lap, but this time it was different, he kept his concentration, and in the final 200m he actually picked up the pace storming down the home straight pulling in and passing the back markers to smash his personal best by 3 seconds to bring it down to 2.11mins.
Robert Jnr was also in fine form finishing 2nd in the 4 mile run in 25mins 30sec.
The final race of the Poloroid 10k series concluded with the Vale of Leven race. Well done to the Ever~presents in the 4 races; Robert Wilson jnr, Robert Mitchell, and Maria Reay
EMMA SETS PERSONAL BEST IN GLASGOW
Well done to all the Glenpark Girls and Ladies who were among the 17000 females running around Glasgow on Sunday. Especially to Emma Baxter who won the race in a new best time of 18.57.
Below are links to videos and pictures from the race. As well as picture of Emma, at the front of the main field are our junior girls Meighan, Shannon, Rebecca and Carly.
Evening Times..... http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/display.var.2513095.0.0.php
WILSON IN DOMINANT FORM
Robert Wilson has been very busy lately completing three races in the Poloroid 10k series, and on saturday he finished 11th overall at the Stranraer 1/2 marathon, in a time of 82.53. he was also 2nd veteran and 1st over 50.
And Congratulations to Robert Dolan junior - breaking through the 40 minute barrier for the 1st time (just)
|HELENSBURGH 10K||CLYDEBANK 10K||DUMBARTON 10K|
|A||O'ROURKE||37:34||R||WILSON j||39:54||R||WILSON j||39:33|
|R||WILSON j||39:46||R||DOLAN j||40:30||R||DOLAN j||39:59|
SUNSHINE & SHOWERS AT INVERCLYDE 10K
The runners made the most of the warm sunshine and following wind in the first half out towards the Loch Thom turn. But it was a different story on the way back as the skies opened up with a heavy downpour, and the athletes having to face a strong head wind all the way back. Stevie McLoone managed to stay with the leaders until 1/2 way in just over 17minutes, but Inverclydes Graham Hyett proved to be too strong picking up the pace from the 6k mark. Fiona a little tired 6 days after her Edinburgh Marathon, still produced an outstanding run to finish 2nd in the ladies race. (thanks to Stevie McDade for pics)
Fiona Cushnaghan runner up in the Ladies race
Stevie McLoone with leading group
Andy McCall senior
Peter Clare Glenparks 2nd finisher
Mick Harrington with Andy McCall closing just behind.
Tommy Knight first over 60.
Dorothy McCormick 3rd Lady
|3||S McLoone (mv 40)||Glenpark Harriers||35.08|
|11||P Clare||Glenpark Harriers||39.45|
|19||A McCall||Glenpark Harriers||42.21|
|20||M Harrington||Glenpark Harriers||43.05|
|25||F Cushnaghan (lady)||Glenpark Harriers||47.42|
|28||D McCormick (lady)||Glenpark Harriers||49.42|
|30||T Knight (mv 60)||Glenpark Harriers||54.48|
Greenock Glenpark Harriers Thomas Loehndorf produced the club’s run of the day, in Sunday’s Edinburgh Marathon, scorching round the course in 2hours and 50minutes. Thomas well placed in 55th place overall and 13th veteran, was more than satisfied with his performance as he used the race as a training run in his final preparations for the
Times tumble as Edinburgh Approaches
Robert Wilson returned to fine form after his recent marathon exploits to record his fastest half marathon and 10km times of the season, all in the space of 2 days!!
On Saturday he travelled down to the borders to compete in the Kirkcudbright Half and his long journey was rewarded with a fantastic time of 1hr21mins and 13th position overall earning him 1st Vet prize. The result would surely be a great confidence booster ahead of his attempt in the World Veteran’s Marathon Championships later this summer.
Robert was joined by 8 Glenparkers 48hrs earlier running at the 2009 Helensburgh 10km where all runners reaped the benefits of perfect conditions to record fast times. Again it was Scottish Vet Marathon champ Wilson who recorded the fastest club time of the evening. In a role reversal of the Troon 10km 2weeks ago he tracked Alan O'Rourke to 7km before cruising by with relative ease. Picking it up over the final mile he did just enough to sneak under 37mins and finish 38th in a field of 800 runners. Making a welcome return and just behind Robert was former Glenpark middle distance great Pat Duffy with O'Rourke seconds behind again. O'Rourke would be buoyed by his best 10km time in 5yrs and boost his hopes of a good Edinburgh Marathon this week. In only his 2nd run back after injury Robert Wilson Jr broke the 40min barrier, a 2min improvement since Troon. Wilson Jr would then go on to join his dad at Kircidbright, running in the 11.2km and finishing 3rd overall in 44mins.
Ladies captain Terry Wall and Fiona Cushnaghan were also using Helensburgh as a final warm-up before Edinburgh and were over the moon to record surprise PBs. Wall's racing had been up and down since the London Marathon but she finally put all the high mileage to good effect as she broke an 8yr PB to run all the 4s (44.44). Likewise Cushnaghan has been attempting to break the 47min barrier for some time, only to narrowly fail on each occasion. At Glasgow she had the heartbreak of running 47mins dead but with 1km to go at Helensburgh one final effort and surge saw her cross the line in, wait for it, 46.59. Both ladies have improved greatly this season and should make further improvements with a bit more speed training once they get the Edinburgh Marathon out their system. Maria Reay made a welcome return after a lengthy injury whilst Robert Mitchell played the good Samaritan to pace his sister to a good time.
Helensburgh Times: R.Wilson 36.54, P.Duffy 37.26, A.O'Rourke 37.34, R.Wilson Jr 39.46, T.Wall 44.44, F.Cushnaghan 46.59, R.Mitchell 48.24, M.Reay 52.04
5 in a Row for McCall at Cornalees
A big thanks to Alan O'Rourke, Andy MacLean, Irene McDade, Lawrence Mulaghton, Yvonne Prager, Alison King, Dorothy McCormick. for stewarding and timekeeping.
Andy McCall made it 5 wins in a row in Greenock Glenpark Harriers Cornalees hill race. But he didn’t have it all his own way, as leader Dougal Ross of Bellahouston pushed the early pace closely followed by Stevie McLoone leaving McCall toiling back in 3rd.
McLoone then took the lead just after ½ way on the climb and looked to be heading for an unexpected win, but McCall wasn’t going to give up his trophy without a fight, and by the time the leaders had the summit cairn in sight McCall had pulled level. McCall grew with confidence and increased his lead on the descent to comfortably to retain the title.
Ross after losing his lead, had kept McLoone in his sights and made a frantic charge down the final hill to close within metres but his effort came too late as McLoone’s desperate lunge to the line held him off.
Westerlands Ellie Homewood broke the ladies record for her second win, with Glenparks Terry Wall delighted to take 2 minutes from her previous best.
Peter Clare showing a big improvement since last year was next Glenparker to finish in 7th closely followed by Mick Harrington who has been setting best times in every race this year.
Glenpark took the honours in the team competition ahead of Westerlands with Bellahouston in 3rd.
David Reay stretches out the field on his record breaking run
In the junior 800m race David Reay was the top boy smashing the old course record by 34 seconds. Matthew Deegan’s speed & strength gave him the advantage until 600m but it was David’s endurance that saw him move clear in the final stages for his record breaking run. A much improved Adam McCormick finishing in third.
Shannon Kangley without a win in this years girls championship led for 650m of the race before being passed by Meighan McDade, but the youngster fought back for a well deserved first victory, with Rebecca McDiarmid a surprise 3rd. Top under 11’s were Calum Abercrombie and Lauren Mulaghton
A record turnout of 18 juniors sprint off from the start.
Ladies winner Ellie Homewood
The locals wonder what all the fuss is about
Mick Harrington's good form continues as he sets another pb by almost 2 minutes.
A determined looking Tommy Knight
Terry on her way to another PB
|Junior 1/2mile uphill race|
Lorna Coyle was the Clubs top performer at the womens 10k in Glasgow on Sunday finishing in 108th place from the 13500 runners in a time of 44.58.
Other results: Terry Wall 46.30, Fiona Cushnaghan 47.00, Dorothy McCormick 47.41, Irene McDade 51.42, Yvonne Prager 52.19. Also running were Susanne, Heather, Ann and Emma.
The Ladies combine their Sunday run with a bit of shopping.
Dorothy, Fiona, Terry, Lorna, Irene, & Yvonne delighted with their bargains from ASDA.