The tough climb up to the Hospital Susan Clark, Anne Hay, Liz Mitchell.
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Pictures from Stephen Trainer: http://picasaweb.google.com/112348298079297576996/
Junior results and Report on "Junior Reports" page
David Henderson finally claimed his first club victory with a tremendous run at Greenock Glenpark Harriers Colin Shields 4mile time trial. After taking the runners up spot in four of last season’s races he finally made the breakthrough that his hard work deserved running half a minute clear of Shaun Lyon for the trophy.
There was a tremendous turnout in what was the first of the
The seniors were set off in pairs at 30 second intervals on the route that took them from
Alison King was winner of the new women’s trophy in a perfect start to a season in which she is determined to regain her club title. It was tough competition in the women’s race with a record turnout of eleven taking part. Guest runner Daniella Hughes was fastest round the course, but behind the pair just 23 seconds separated Terry Wall, Lorna Coyle, Anne Hay, Suzanne Coyle and Lynne Rogers.
Alan O’Rourke in his first year as a veteran leads the over 40’s championship after beating Peter Clare by a minute. Likewise Graham McGrattan was another of the veterans to impress, leading the over 50’s after a long time away from the sport, seemingly improving by the week. Tommy Knight holder of the over 60s title started where he left off last season by taking maximum points.
Others to show up well were new men Frank McKnight and David Carruthers with a couple of promising performances, and Ian Smith who doubted if he would complete the course but he battled manfully round, delighted to finish in one piece (just about).
Senior Results 4miles: G.Hyett 20.41, D.Henderson 21.57, S.Lyon 22.32, A.Henderson 22.42, A.McCall 23.15, K.Gill 23.47, A.O'Rourke 24.05, F.McKnight 24.43, G.McGrattan 25.07, S.Watson 25.18, D.McCorkindale 25.27, M.Harrington 26.02, P.Clare 26.15, K.Pryde 26.39, R.Docherty 26.40, K.McCartney 26.41, R.Mitchell 26.42, D.Hughes 26.44, A.King 26.55, R.Dolan 28.00, S.McDade 28.07, K.Scott 28.16, B.McCluskey 28.51, T.Wall 29.10, L.Coyle 29.14, D.Carruthers 29.18, A.Hay 29.30, S.Coyle 29.30, L.Rogers 29.33, A.McCall sen 29.54, L.Mitchell 30.06, K.Gill sen 30.53, F.Cushnaghan 31.15, S.Clark 31.49, Y.Prager 33.42, I.Rankin 34.00, T.Knight 34.44, I.Smith 37.49
Mens Strong Showing at Cumbernauld
Greenock Glenpark Harriers top team of Andy McCall, Stephen Trainer, Mick McLoone and Davie Henderson ran their hearts out at the National Cross Country relay championships on an autumnal sun drenched Cumbernauld park. The Orangefield quartet although dropping one place on last years 20th ran 90 seconds quicker, in a time that would have placed them 13th in 2009.
On the opening leg Alan Henderson lead runner in the B squad overlooked for a top team slot had a point to make, and he sure made it, pushing McCall all the way around the course. Early on they were locked together outside the top 50, but their strength in the final half saw the pair pull in 20 places. Stephen Trainer was again the quickest edging the team towards their target, but despite McLoone and Henderson setting personal bests the top twenty slot just eluded them.
It was another big turnout from the club having 5 men’s team competing, with newest recruits Kevin Gill and Frank McKnight performing well in their first National championships, they will no doubt be making a push up the club rankings in the near future.
Others to run well wereYvonne Prager setting a personal best and Steven Campbell.
Undeniably the vets E team (in their eyes) had the performance of the day. After some last minute changes when Danny McLaughlin made a miracle recovery, and Stevie McLoone deciding to run after a 5 month lay off joined Sam McVicar and Tommy Knight and duly finished 19th in the vets championship.
The Glenpark Ladies were well out of the medal positions, but they had their own personal tooth and nail fight to see who would come out on top between the A and B teams. The 6 evenly matched runners fought every twist and turn on the hilly course, and it looked as if the 48 second lead on the first leg by Terry Wall over Heather Kangley would be enough for the A team to prevail, even with Liz Mitchell up against Susan Clark closing the gap by 9 seconds.
But on the final 4km lap Silke Loehndorf set off with relish on the task of chasing down Fiona Cushnaghan. Even with Fiona running a personal best on the course it couldn’t prevent Silke drawing level and passing her in the final 400metres.
Fiona Cushnaghan and Heather Kangley
Janet Henderson and Kevin Gill
Liz Mitchell and Mick Harrington
Steven McDade and Frank McKnight
Danny McLaughlin and Stephen Trainer
Mick McLoone and Alan O'Rourke
See Junior Reports page for Junior Race Report and pictures.
Full results here
Men – (A 21st) A.McCall 14.31 S.Trainer
Best Ever By Lorna
Congratulations to Lorna Coyle who smashed her personal best by 91 seconds at the Aviemore 10k on Sunday. Lorna was rewarded with the supervets title winning in a time of 43.27, well clear of the 2nd placed runner by a massive 9 minutes.
2 weeks previously she ran 45.24 at the Loch Ness 10k finishing 5th supervet, and 330th overall from a massive field of 2600 runners.
Shazz & Lynne go Dutch
Well done to Sharron Skinner (3.53) and Lynne Rogers (3.59) in Amsterdam. A fantastic course record was run by Ethiopian athlete Getu Feleke in 2.05.44. Debutant Wilson Chebet came second in a time of 2.06.12. In the women’s category Alice Timbilil won in 2.25.03. There were a record number of entries this year a huge 31,463.
Greenock Glenpark Harriers scooped 4 bronze medals at the Renfrewshire XC Relays at a sun drenched Linwood on Saturday.
Despite having two of last weeks A team runners missing, the men gained a unexpected medal when Danny McLaughlin was drafted in for his first top team spot of the season and the old warhorse didn’t disappoint keeping the blue and gold not far off the leading clubs. Stephen Trainer, again nursing an ongoing hamstring injury, made short work of the opposition, dragging the club up 4 places into third. In doing so he recorded the fastest Glenpark time of the day. Alan Henderson’s rapid return to form also earned him promotion, and with this performance opens the door to a possible A team selection next week. On the penultimate lap he overhauled Kilbarchan in the closing stages to pass on to his brother David on the anchor leg who held position to grab bronze in front of a delighted Glenpark support.
There were some fine performances in the B team with only 13secs splitting Steven Campbell, Alan O’Rourke and Robert Wilson Jr, they along with Mick Harrington gaining 6th place. The biggest improvement among the Orangefield club came from captain Sam McVicar with Peter Clare the pick of the rest.
Stephen McDade ruined a much improved run by being beaten on the line for the 2nd week in a row by arch rivals IAC. He was spared the captain’s dreaded shame fine again, which was instead handed to Mick Harrington for who suffered the same fate to the hands of IAC this was despite being given a 100m start on his leg.
The Glenpark ladies had a solid all round performance with Terry Wall recording the teams quickest time, she along with Susanne Coyle on her first outing on the country and Susan Clark showing some promising form finished in 5th.
The B team of Heather Kangley, Nicola Collins back after a lengthy back injury and Janet Henderson placed 10th.
The first medal of the day was won by the U11 girls’ trio Mia Forrest, Francesca Fisher and Nicola Doohan. The girls looked well out of contention as Nicola started 45 seconds adrift of the 3rd placed athlete, but she ran a fantastic final leg eating up the ground as she stormed into an unexpected medal position.
Next on the podium were the U13s boys, led by Evan Warwick with another strong run, and backed up by twins Jack and Michael O’Rourke giving the youngsters their first ever county medal.
The unpredictability of U17s was shown again, with Sean McCallion going from slowest to fastest in a week and will now be making a strong case for a top team place at the Nationals. The team of McCormick, Reay and Fisher were rewarded with a deserved bronze.
Just missing out were the U15 girls and U13 boys finishing in 4th and 7th with Meighan McDade and Cameron Watson showing up well, with special mention to debutants Tom Forrest and Aidan Tolan giving their all.
Next week is the big one with the Nationals at Cumbernauld. The club has a total of 16 senior and junior teams entered and are looking to fill every single spot. All athletes are asked to confirm with the club captains and coaches if they are taking part.
Times: Men– S.Trainer 10.47 D.Henderson
Ladies– T.Wall 15.08 S.Coyle 15.25 S.Clark 15.27 H.Kangley 16.28 J.Henderson 18.40 N.Collins 20.09
Boys – (U11) C.Watson
Girls – (U11) F.Fisher 7.05 N.Doohan 7.09 R.Mulaghton
Under 11 girls, Meighan and David
Sean, Shannon and Sophie
Davie Henderson, Terry Wall and Stephen Trainer
I'M GONNAE GET YOU I & II
Stevie getting chased down by "Jack Nicholson" & Davie closes in on IACs Jamieson.
Greenock Glenpark Harriers led by Stephen Trainer finished a very creditable 11th place at Saturday’s West Districts Cross Country Relays at Rouken Glen. Despite nursing an injury Trainer ran the club fastest time of the day putting his team in 8th place on the opening lap. Handing over to veteran Mick McLoone on leg 2 who ran strongly only dropping 1 place. Andy McCall dug deep into his reserves and gave it his all, passing onto anchorman David Henderson in 14th position.
In the B team Kevin Gill and Alan Henderson produced their best runs so far this season and with only 3secs separating Gill and McCall, it now gives Captain Sam McVicar a welcome headache over team selection for the all important Nationals in a fortnight. Other good performances from the men came from Kenny Pryde and Kevan McCartney.
Alison King was the Harriers top woman, setting the team up nicely on the opening stage finishing in 15th. Captain Terry Wall and Susan Clark managed to hold losses to 1 place apiece placing them in a respectable 17th. The team should be at full strength in 2 weeks with the return of new girls Lynne Rogers and Susanne Coyle. In the B team Heather Kangley and Janet Henderson continue to improve with every outing.
The boys team set the standard earlier in the day, when Ross Forbes went off with the leading pack and hung on well to hand over to junior captain Gerard Smith in 10th spot. Smith, a doubt before the race, put aside any injury worries to run the clubs fastest time of the day taking the club up to 8th. On the final leg Andy Fisher worked hard to keep lost places to a minimum, the boys eventually finishing in 14th, an improvement of 10 places on 2009.
Under13 Evan Warwick had the surprise run of the day and gave Forbes a real fright in the closing stages of the 1st leg pushing him all the way to the finish. Others to run well were Kieran Munro, Mark Magee and Alan Gray. Like the adults all the U17 boys will be making a big play at next weeks Renfrewshire to claim the top spot for the National, with less than 30 seconds separating the quartet.
Lauren Mulaghton led out the girls A team and put in her usual gutsy performance before handing over to Meighan McDade who held position on the testing course. Luisa Davies was given the responsibility of the anchor leg and didn’t disappoint, as she delivered her best ever cross country performance to take the girls across the line in 24th.
Shannon Kangley in the C team was the fastest Glenpark girl passing 14 runners in a storming run, and will now be staking her claim for promotion to the A team. There were good runs also from the B team trio of Danielle Hunter, Gabrielle Fisher and Eilidh Hamill.This was yet more evidence of a fantastic transformation at Glenpark. Only 2years ago the club barely scratched a team for this competition. Compare that to now with 4 teams and several people battling for the all-important A team spots. With 6 mens teams entered for the premier events hopes are high of eclipsing the 20th placing in 2009. Likewise the womens team should be looking for a similar improvement.
Captain McVicar imposed shame fines on Stephen McDade for embarrassingly losing out to Irish George in a sprint finish.
Happiest athlete of the day was young Alan Gray who scooped a bargain at the local garden shop, buying a rock for only £2 for his Goldfish bowl.
Senior Men: S.Trainer 14.11, D.Henderson 14.49, M.McLoone 15.00, K.Gill 15.18, A.McCall 15.21, A.Henderson 15.39 A.O’Rourke 16.14, T.Loehndorf 16.20, R.Wilson 16.28, S.Campbell 16.45, M.Harrington 17.06, K.Pyrde 17.43, K.McCartney 18.18, S.McDade 18.20, S.McVicar 18.41,
Senior Women: A.King 18.07, T.Wall, 19.41, S.Clark 20.54, H. Kangley 21.17, Y.Prager 23.11, J.Henderson 24.36
Girls: S.Kangley 11.33, L.Mulaghton 11.46, M.McDade 11.51, D.Hunter 12.13, L.Davies 12.45, G.Fisher 13.00, L.Compston 13.00, E.Hamill 13.19,
Boys: G.Smith 9.23, A.Fisher 9.47, D.Reay 10.01, R.Forbes 10.03, E.Warwick 10.08, K.Munro 10.10, S.McCallion 10.13, Mark Magee 10.46, M.O’Rourke 11.33 A.Gray 13.28, A.McCormick *7.45 Jack O’Rourke *10.17 (*misdirected on course, ran 500m short.)
Alison King, Yvonne Prager.
Janet Henderson, Stephen Trainer.
Kevin Gill, Mick Harrington, Susan Clark, Alan Henderson
Mick McLoone, Kevan McCartney, Andy McCall
Alan O'Rourke, Kenny Pryde, Thomas Loehndorf
Robert Wilson, Sam McVicar, Stevie Campbell
Juniors Turn Back Time
After their successful day at the West district relays, the juniors enjoyed an easy run around the moors and along the Cut, stopping for a re-enactment of one of the old club photos.
Greenock Cut 2010
Greenock Cut 1930
Shona, Eilidh, Adam, Ross, Andy, and Jack
Fisher Falls Flat
There was a good turnout of 9 juniors and 3 seniors for the weekly Sunday training run around the trails above the Cut. After the heavy overnight rain the day had brightened up and the sun was just about breaking through.
Following an easy run around the top reservoirs the group headed back down to the Cut just above Branchton. Gerard was first off the path into the Cut, and within seconds 7 of the juniors were all in, and finished the final 1.5 miles of their run splashing along the knee high water to the bemusement of the passing walkers.
After an early lead Gerard was overtaken by Andy, who held on to the finish at the Bridge at the watermans cottage, raising his hands in victory he subsequently tripped and fell flat on his face disappearing under the water. Unfortunately there was no cameras to get pictures
Glenpark Women & Men Improve
Another strong showing from Glenpark at the Relays with 4 mens and 3 womens teams at a surpringly warm and calm day at Jordanhill. New girls Lynne Rogers and Susanne Coyle were again in outstanding form for the A team along with Terry Wall . Lynne with the fastest time came home in 12th on the opening leg, passing on to Terry who advanced the team to 10th, and in just her 2nd race Susanne hauled in another 3 places on the difficult anchor stage to take the ladies into 7th overall.
Captain Sam McVicar Moving Mick McLoone onto the A teams opening leg gave the incentive for the top teams only vet to produce a much improved performance from last weeks Kilbarchan race , finishing with the 4th fastest overall veteran of the day. Steady runs from Shaun Lyon and Andy McCall, as well as Davie Henderson who ran the clubs fastest time on leg 3 moved the club up to just outside the top 10 target.
Danny McLaughlin, Alan O'Rourke and Kenny Pryde were quickest in the B,C, & D teams while Ann Hay (making a rare appearance) and Yvonne Prager doing like wise for the Ladies B & C.
11th (A) M.McLoone 18.07, S.Lyon 18.28, D.Henderson 17.54, A.McCall 18.24
22nd (B) S.Campbell 19.32, K.Gill 19.21, A.Henderson 19.46, D.McLaughlin 18.49
(C) J.Knowles 19.47, A.O’Rourke 19.28, B.Kangley 22.46, M.Harrington 21.00
(D) K.Pryde 21.36, E.Currie 22.45, T.Knight(pictured Left) 27.23, S.McVicar 23.02
7th (LA) Lynne Rogers 22.48, T.Wall 24.19, S.Coyle 23.06
17th (LB) A.Hay 24.20, F.Cushnaghan 24.41, H.Kangley 26.11
22nd (LC) Y.Prager 27.52, J.Henderson 30.14.
Lynne, Ann, and Yvonne
Danny & Shaun at Lochgilphead
Danny & Shaun at Lochgilphead
Well done to Danny McLaughlin & Shaun Lyon at the Mid Argyll Triathlon where they had top placings in the field of 86. The sprint triathlon covered a 500m swim, 20km cycle and a 6.5km run. The Glenpark duo suffered on their weakest discipline the swim, but restored their pride by taking the top spots in the run. Also competing was local runner Graeme Forbes who faster swim managed to split the pair. Top 7 times below:
Well done to Danny McLaughlin & Shaun Lyon at the Mid Argyll Triathlon where they had top placings in the field of 86. The sprint triathlon covered a 500m swim, 20km cycle and a 6.5km run. The Glenpark duo suffered on their weakest discipline the swim, but restored their pride by taking the top spots in the run. Also competing was local runner Graeme Forbes who faster swim managed to split the pair. Top 7 times below:
Top 7 times below:
Name Cat Swim Time Swim Pos Bike Time Bike Pos Run Time Run Pos Race Time T.Clyde Vet 0:08:07 12 0:29:53 1 0:27:18 7 1:06:45 D.Mclaughlin S/Vet 0:09:34 41 0:31:45 3 0:25:34 1 1:08:56 S.Whiston Vet 0:08:47 18 0:32:21 6 0:26:13 3 1:09:02 B.Greenhalgh Sen 0:08:06 11 0:30:09 2 0:30:09 23 1:09:54 G.Forbes Vet 0:08:04 10 0:33:54 14 0:26:43 5 1:10:19 C.Napier Vet 0:08:28 14 0:32:01 5 0:28:07 12 1:11:22 S.Lyon Sen 0:09:48 48 0:33:58 15 0:25:48 2 1:11:28
Harriers Show of Strength
It was a big turnout for the Harriers at the George Cummings relays with 9 teams(6 mens & 3 womens) on the start line at Houston, and it gave new club captain Sam McVicar a big selection headache. He decided to go with a mixture of youth and experience, which resulted in a 7th place for A team Davie Henderson, Stephen Trainer, Andy McCall and Mick McLoone. A big improvement on last years 15th placing. The B team also showed up well in 16th, led by Shaun Lyon, making a strong bid for promotion into the A squad for next week's McAndrew relays.
The clubs current strength in depth was demonstrated with the C & D teams led by youngsters Gerard Smith and Andy Fisher, placing 21st and 24th, a position a few years ago that the top team struggled to achieve.
The ladies team was boosted with the addition of Lynne Rogers and Susanne Coyle supporting the experienced Alison King. In a very strong all round performance by the trio, they finished 6th overall as well as securing the County bronze medal.
Looking back on last years race, the transformation has been nothing short of amazing with every runner showing improvement none more so than veterans Graham McGrattan and Billy McLaughlin, who are turning back the years.
A(7th) D.Henderson 14.09, S.Trainer 13.47, A.McCall 14.42, M.McLoone 14.55
B(16th) S.Lyon 14.24, K.Gill 16.08, D.McLaughlin 15.13, A.Henderson 15.20
C(21st) A.Fisher 15.19, J.Knowles 15.35, S.Campbell 15.46, A.O’Rourke 15.57
D(24th) G.Smith 15.05, S.Watson 16.28, M.Harrington 16.33, K.Pryde 17.12
E(31st) G.McGrattan 16.18, K.McCartney 16.18, E.Currie 17.56, B.McLaughlin 17.33
WA(39th) L.Rogers 18.17, A.King 17.13, Susanne Coyle 18.21
WB(49th) F.Cushnaghan 19.51, S.Clark 20.14, T.Wall 19.14
F(57th) B.Kangley 17.36, S.McDade 18.13, T.Knight 22.01
WC(62nd) H.Kangley 20.15, J.Henderson 24.56
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Ernie Currie, Danny McLaughlin, and Kevin Gill.
Chasing shadows Mick Harrington, Stevie McDade, and Heather Kangley
Janet Henderson, Alison King, and Tommy Knight
Lynne Rogers, Andy McCall and Terry Wall
Stephen trainer and Steven Watson
County Bronze medallists Lynne & Susanne
Fiona, Susan and Terry
15 Glenparkers took part in the annual Kilmacolm Running Festival. Andy Fisher was first back of 5 juniors finishing in a fine 3rd place missing out on 2nd by a whisker. Coach McLoone bought him a packet of TREBOR soft mints as a consolation.
Performance of the day came from Stephen McDade who finally broke his 10km best running 44.22. With a bit of commitment a sub 44 should beckon. First back for the club was Steven Campbell just nicking it ahead of Jack Knowles for 7th spot. Just behind M.Harrington outgunned his deadly rival David McCorkindale but was gutted at missing the sub 40 by just 1 cruel second. New member Frank McKnight also PBd breaking 41mins for the first time.
Only 4 took part in the Half with Robert Wilson and Alan ORourke running having a ding dong the whole race with Robert winning in the closing stages for the 2nd day in a row to finish in 7th overall. 16yr old Ross Forbes capped 250 days of consecutive running by completing his debut half marathon in an impressive 1.31.
3km – A.Fisher 10.18, A.McCormick 11.07, M.McDade 12.26, L.Mulaghton 13.11, J.Ruddy 15.42
10km – S.Campbell 38.38, J.Knowles 38.39, M.Harrington 40.01, D.McCorkindale 40.03, F.McKnight 40.33, K.Pryde 41.28, S.McDade 44.22
Half Marathon – R.Wilson 1.26, A.ORourke 1.26, R.Knight 1.31, S.Clark 1.55
Andy McCall 3rd at Urbanathlon 10k at Linn Park, Glasgow.
"I was in a group of 3 at the first few hurdles but they guys were taking it too serious I just wanted a laugh so let them go. The official results are not out yet but my watch time was 32:39 (turns out it was only 8.7k) The obstacles ranged from jumping through skips, to running inside a double decker bus climbing through the top window into another bus and running back down the stairs. And a huge bouncy castle with lots of foam everywhere. I would recommend this race to anyone!"
Andy would like to thank everyone who sponsored him at the race on Saturday, helping him to raise £43 for charity.
Trainer Takes Title
Craig Ruddy stamped his class in Saturdays 4km race on Greenock Esplanade with a comprehensive victory in Greenock Glenpark Harriers and Inverclyde AC’s inter club challenge.
In what was the first head to head between the two local clubs, the rivalry added an extra edge in this joint trial race for the forthcoming short relay season. A large turnout of 52 athletes lined up on the Esplanade in sunny conditions before charging out to the Battery park into a stiff breeze.
Inverclyde’s Ruddy immediately went to the front steadily moving away from the rest of the field. And with the wind behind him on the return, he stormed home in an impressive 11.57 for the 4km distance.
The Harriers Stephen Trainer looked comfortable in 2nd place as he went on to win the JG Cameron trophy. His form since his return to racing over the last 8 months after a long absence through imjury has been remarkable with progress shown every week. He will be an important member in the coming weeks as the Orangefield club strive to continue last years improvement in the team relays.
The on-form Veteran Mick McLoone more than a minute quicker than last year showed his turn of speed, beating Andy McCall for third.
Inverclyde filled the next 3 places in a blanket finish with Graham Hyett, and looking particularly impressive youngsters Greg Williams and Michael Houston
Glenparks Andy Fisher had his best performance finishing as his clubs top junior.
The first over 50 Danny McLaughlin, despite having a heavily strapped knee, put many youngsters in their place finishing 8th overall ahead of his opposite number at IAC Gerry Gaffney just 11 seconds adrift.
In the women’s competition guest runner Lyndsey MacNeill was first home, with Rhona Bushfield leading the way for Inverclyde. Alison King finished her season on a high with a determined display to hold off Emily Pollock to lead the Glenpark challenge. Fiona Cushnaghan was best over 45 ahead of clubmate Yvonne Prager
In what was the final race in the GGH club championship Tommy Knight and Jim Sheridan clinched the over 60 and 70 titles.
In an exciting 1km race new boy Evan Warwick almost made a dream debut, after leading the race from the start, he was agonisingly caught on the line by Cameron Watson. Ross Forbes having an off day lost contact at ½ way to finish third. Meighan McDade was first girl but was closely followed across the line by the improving Luisa Davis and Lauren Mulaghton.
4km Results: C.Ruddy 11.57, S.Trainer 12.46, M.McLoone 13.20, A.McCall 13.31, G.Hyett 13.34, G.Williams 13.34, M.Houston13.35, D.McLaughlin 13.44, T.Jamieson 13.47, G.Gaffney 13.55, J.Boulton 13.58, M.Thompson 14.03, R.Wilson 14.06, A.Fisher 14.12, R.Wilsonjnr 14.20, A.Henderson 14.22, A.O'Rourke 14.23, J.Knowles 14.26, L.MacNeill (Guest) 14.28, S.Campbell 14.44, M.Harrington 14.47, S.Watson 14.57, F.McKnight(Guest) 15.06, C.Cromar 15.08, G.McGrattan 15.13, R.Bushfield 15.18, D.Mallet 15.32, M.Follan 15.40, K.Pryde 15.40, A.McCormick 15.45, B.McLaughlin 15.55, A.King 15.59, K.Munro 16.07, R.Gray 16.11, E.Pollock 16.17, J.Smillie 16.25, E.Currie 16.28, K.McCartney 16.32, M.Magee 16.41, S.McDade 16.53, B.McCluskey 17.03, J.Crawford 17.09, F.Cushnaghan 18.21, H.Boulton 18.36, J.Bannister 19.04, R.Bushfield 19.21, T.Tracy 19.26, I.Rankin 19.42, Y.Prager 19.44, E.Fulton 19.51, T.Knight 20.52, J.Sheridan 23.25
1km Results: C.Watson 3.27, E.Warwick 3.28, R.Forbes 3.33, M.McDade 3.39, L.Davis 3.45, L.Mulaghton 3.46, M.O'Rourke 3.51, D.Hunter 4.05, J.O'Rourke 4.06, N.Doohan 4.10, R.Mulaghton 4.11, L.Hamill 4.12, M.Forrest 4.25, A.McCluskey 4.31, A.McArthur 4.32, L.McFarlane 4.45, C.Mulaghton 4.48, B.McDiarmid 5.05.
With a surprisingly low turnout from the club at Millport, Kenny Pryde who was our only representative, set a personal best for the 10 ¼ mile race around the
At the weekly parkrun at Pollok park we had 3 runners, where our top finisher Danny McLaughlin 6th in 18.14 set his his 2nd fastest time over the course, also with his highest placing in 11th was Jack Knowles in 18.52 just out side his best. Finally Susan Clark, 12th lady over the hilly course in her fastest time this year in 24.28.
Mick McLoone struggling with injury in the lead up to the Nottingham Marathon, disappointingly pulled out at 15miles. The race was won by Tommy Hughes of Leicester Corinthians in 2.29.13 the 17th fastest time ever in the world for an over 50 - incidentally Wellpark Harrier Bill Stoddart stands at 11th on the all time list at 2:27.53.
Well done to all our athletes at Glasgow at the weekend. Kevin Gill (pictured) was the clubs top man in the 1/2 marathon, while Meighan McDade took the runners up spot in the u14 girls category in the 3K.
1/2 Marathon Results: Kevin Gill 1.22.14, Alan O'Rourke 1.27.27, Jack Knowles 1.27.34, Robert Adams 1.31.49, Robert Wilson 1.32.46, Robert Dolan 1.36.08, Bernie Kangley 1.36.20, Alison King 1.38.16, George Mitchell 1.39.35, Stephen McDade 1.42.21, Terry Wall 1.47.49, Fiona Cushnaghan 1.52.00, Susan Clark 1.53.07, Eeyin Rankin 2.14.37, Joy Hodelet 2.32.17, Billy Hamill 3.06.26.
10K Results: Kevan McCartney 46.07, Heather Kangley 51.09,
3K Results: Meighan McDade 13.01 (2nd under 14 girl)
Race pictures by Westerlands Chris Upson on following Link: Alan O'at pic 527 & 528 , Jack Knowles at 543 to 546 Robert Adams at 607 Robert Wilson at 611&612 http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/chrisupson63/GlasgowHalfMarathon2010#5513605621960402786
Clare at Ayr
Well done to Peter Clare, on a fine performance - despite a delayed start- in the 400metres in the Ayr Open graded meeting. It was a big improvement by Peter down to a 59 & 60 seconds in the last few weeks, after twice running 61.7 secs last season.
Peters report: "A perfect evening, warm and still air. I managed 60.1secs, though my own watch said 59.78 (think i'll take my watch back to Aldi). It was my longest warm up - I started at 7.45pm and was still warming up at 9.30pm. No one could tell me how many races were planned so I kept warming up in case the race was called early - it was 30 minutes late. The senior men's and U15 boys' race was combined as there was only 2 in each race. The other senior man was I guess 20 years old and wore wrap around shades (even though it was dark and flood lights were on) so I knew he would be the winner. I came in 3rd, half a metre behind an U15 boy".
Wilson Top 3 at Paisley
Robert Wilson was top finisher at Paisley 10k finishing 3rd in the over 50 category. Fastest for the ladies was Terry Wall also a high finisher – 6th in her category. The 1000+ runners had the bonus of not having to run through new St Mirren park this year.
Results: Robert Wilson 37.57, Robert Wilson jnr 38.17, Robert Mitchell 42.17, Terry Wall 47.11, Fiona Cushnaghan 48.59, Susan Clark 49.45, Heather Kangley 50.51
Out With a Bang
It was a warm calm evening for the final Summer track time trial, and the conditions helped produce the perfect end to the 3 month long series of races.
Only 3 runners toed the line for the 3000m, all being regular attendees at the weekly races, and they have certainly shown the benefit with all seeing their times slashed over the period.
Unlike previous weeks, this time there were no tactics other than to run hard from the start. Robert Wilson meant business and immediately took the lead, with a gap to Mick Harrington with Peter Clare just trying to sit on his shoulder as long as he could.
By the 2k point, Robert and Mick - who had now put a little day light between himself and Peter- were both on for personal bests, but were looking very tired and beginning to slow. Sensing the pace was dropping, those at track side began shouting encouragement over the last couple of laps, and all 3 responded, picking up the pace for the long run-in to the tape. And their efforts were rewarded as Robert stormed through the finish with a 13second improvement, with Mick not far behind 29 second quicker than his previous best. Peter concentrating on the 400m this season can still be pleased with his time, just 1 second short of his best for the year.
Results: Robert Wilson jnr 10.37, Mick Harrington 10.56, Peter Clare 11.01
Another Improvement from Jack
Jack Knowles ran a second personal best in the space of a 7 days at the weekly Pollok Parkrun. On Saturday he went 2 seconds and 1 place better to finish 17th in a time of 18.39. It was another large turnout for the free race, with 290 taking part.
Stephen's Winning Streak Continues
Stephen Trainer's run of good form carry's on with a comfortable win at the Cowal Highland Games 5km in a time of 16.03 minutes. Stephen ran with Inverclydes Sean Gaffney for the first mile, before deciding to push on, eventually finishing 200m clear. David Henderson and new man Kevin Gill had a close battle for 3rd, with David's experience just giving him the edge. Robert Wilson was beaten by just 4 seconds for the fastest veteran by Gerry Gaffney of IAC. But the club did have 2 other winners, Andy Fisher 15th overall, claimed the prize for first youth, while Alison King took the honours winning the womens race by 80 seconds.
|15||Andrew Fisher||00:19:00||1st Jnr Boy|
|20||Alison King||00:19:59||1st Lady|
Matthew & Mark on Track
Under 20 man Matthew Deegan ran his 2nd quickest time ever - just 6 hundredths of a second off his best in the 200m at Crownpoint open graded track meeting. In the fastest heat he ran through the line 5th in 23.7 seconds. And he wasn't alone in burning up the track at the Shettleston harriers meeting as Under 15 boy Mark Magee who had equalled his personal best at the National Championships 2 weeks ago went 4 tenths of a sec better running 26 seconds dead. Their hard work with Duncan MacNeill over the last few months in particular paying great dividends.
Victory is Sweet for Clare
Peter Clare gained revenge in the weekly time trial at a chilly Ravenscraig stadium. In an exciting race Robert Wilson jnr set the pace on the first lap reaching the bell in 70 seconds with Peter right on his heels, with a further 2 seconds behind was a battling Mick Harrington. In the middle of the back straight Peter went onto the shoulder of Robert, but he immediately responded. Peter sensed a win and wasn't going to give up so easily, holding on around the bend, he sped down the home straight to reverse the result of July's 800m to gain his first win of the season. Mick Harrington had the consolation of the biggest improvement - a massive 10 seconds since June.
Result: Peter Clare 2.20, Robert Wilson 2.21, Mick Harrington 2.29
Andy Coasts to Win
Andy Fisher had his biggest success to date with victory in the Gourock Duathlon. After the swim he trailed the leader by 1 minute, but a smooth transition, and a strong run saw him power through for a convincing win. Lauren Mulaghton was the youngest girl in the field and finished 11th overall and third girl.
Jack Moves Up Rankings
Jack Knowles smashed his best time for the Pollok park run by 23 seconds, finishing 18th in a time of 18.41. The result moves him up to 9th in the Glenpark all time list for the race.
What a Bute of a Day
The threating grey skys cleared for another warm sunny day for the highland games at Rothesay on the Island of Bute. The club was well represented with 14 juniors competing in the track and field events, and another good turnout from the seniors in the 10k.
Stephen Trainer gained his best win of the season beating Bellahoustoun Harriers Ammanuel Zerzghi . After leading the the race out of the stadium Stephen had to play catch up after the Eritrean athlete took the lead. It was only on the long hill in the final kilometre back into the park did Stephen manage to break his challenge winning by 50metres. Shaun Lyon set a new personal best finishing 6th overall and taking the prize for the first local. Kevin Gill making his debut in club colours placed 12th just ahead of veteran Robert Wilson. Terry Wall was in fine form running a course best time.
Mark Magee had a succesful day in the sprints with a first in the Under 15s 200m and runners-up spot in the 100m. Calum Abercrombie surprised everyone with his form in winning both his heat and final of the Under13s100m sprint. Michael O'Rourke also made it through to both sprint finals taking 4th on each occasion. Under 15 girl Meighan McDade made it a clean sweep of 2nd places in her 3 track events.
David Reay although lacking on endurance this season as shown in his 800m race where Adam McCormick comfortably passed him on the 2nd lap, has still maintained his speed with two excellent 2nd places in the sprint events.
Other performances of note came from Ross Forbes who had podium places in the 200m and 800m, and new member Keiran Munro who on this showing looks to be a very good prospect , while middle distance runner Luisa Davies has continued her steady improvement over the summer,even gaining a 3rd place in the short sprint.
Laura Hamill , Josh Easton and Jack O'Rourke also looked good in the 100m heats, although just failing to make it through to the final round.
It wasn't only in the track events where the Harriers had success, Rebecca McDiarmid and Eilidh Hamill finished 2nd and 3rd in both the Shot and Scots Hammer.
10km: S Trainer 34.16, S Lyon 35.25, K Gill 37.18, R Wilson 37.22, A O'Rourke 38.27, R Wilson 39.37, G Kangley 40.45, K Pryde 42.03, F McKnight 42.31, B Kangley 43.36, T Wall 45.45,
Shot Putt: R.McDiarmid 2nd , E.Hamill 3rd
Scots Hammer: R.McDiarmid 2nd , E.Hamill 3rd
100m Final: (U13) C.Abercrombie 1st, M.O'Rourke 4th (U15G) M.McDade 2nd, L.Davies 3rd, (U15B) M.Magee 2nd, K.Munro 5th (U17M) D.Reay 2nd, A.McCormick 6th
200m Final: (U13)R.Forbes 2nd, M.O'Rourke 4th (U15G) M.McDade 2nd (U15B) M.Magee 1st, K.Munro 4th (U17M) D.Reay 2nd, A.McCormick 5th
800m: (U13B) R.Forbes 3rd, (U15B) K.Munro 3rd (U15G) M.McDade 2nd, L.Davies 4th (U17M) A.McCormick 4th, D.Reay 5th (U17W) E,Hamill 4th
Stephen Trainer leads out the field on his way to victory
Stevie McDade, Stephen Trainer, Kenny Pryde
Under 13 boys in the 100m
Luisa, Mark & Meighan
Rebecca preparing for throw of Hammer , Juniors relaxing before 100m finals
Ross on his way to 3rd in the 800m, Adam McCormick & David Reay
There was no end of season blues, with Glenpark athletes hitting personal bests at a cool and breezy Ravenscraig Stadium. Gerard Smith continued his good form after the weekend with a clear win over Peter Clare who went under the 1 minute barrier for the first time as a veteran. Dylan Moore and Adam McCormick were also delighted by putting one over Sean McCallion.
In the 200m Mathew Deegan was flying dipping under 24 seconds, with fellow sprinter Mark Magee also showing excellent form running a personal best.
In the 1mile race Stephen Trainer ran well within himself for 800m before picking up the pace in the second half, dropping his 3 rivals, with Robert Wilson senior well clear of his son for the runners up spot.
400m: G.Smith 57.9, P.Clare 59.4, D.Moore 60.4, A.McCormick 61.5, S.McCallion 62.3, A.Fisher 63.5, K.Munro 65.0, C.Knight 65.4, M.McDade 66.0, J.Harrington 68.9, M.Harrington 69.1, R.Forbes 71.0, L.Davies 72.0, E.Hamill 74.0, L.Mulaghton 78.5.
200m: M.Deegan 23.7, M.Magee 25.6, D.Reay 26.2, D.Moore 26.2, G.Smith 27.2, C.Knight 27.5, J.Harrington 28.9, A.Fisher 29.2, A.McCormick 29.2, M.McDade 29.5, K.Munro 30.3, L.Anderson 31.3, L.Davies 31.5, R.Forbes 32.5, E.Hamill 33.9, S.Webster 34.9, L.Mulaghton 35.5. N.Doohan 37.4, J.Ruddy 40.3, R.Mulaghton 42.5, Beth 42.5, C. Mulaghton 44.4.
1 mile: S.Trainer 5.03, R.Wilson 5.21, R.Wilson jnr 5.30, M.Harrington 5.39.
Glenpark Juniors at National Championships
Greenock Glenpark Junior Gerard Smith exceeded all expectations to finish 4th at the weekends National Junior Track Championships held at Scotstoun stadium. Lack of race experience saw him race thru the first 200m of his semi at a suicidal pace however he settled down by the bell and managed to cruise home in a pack of 3, slashing 3secs off his PB in the process. A more tactically astute Smith lined up for the final with a bronze medal a realistic goal. Going thru halfway on the shoulder of Hill (Sunderland AC) he struck on the back straight and briefly opened up a 5m gap. Running on his limits he couldn’t however make the telling break and Hill rallied to nick it from Smith in a ding-dong battle to the finish, losing out by just 7/100s of a second. A 2nd PB in the space of hours lessened the blow slightly. Gerard should be extremely proud of his achievements. He is a great example to any young struggling athletes. Having joined the club in 2006 he has up until now made moderate progress without ever setting the world on fire. That all changed this summer as a taller, stronger, faster athlete emerged. His weekend exploits will propel him up the Scottish rankings and hopefully spur him on to greater achievements in the future.
Gerard wasn’t the only shining light with 3 other athletes producing their best at the premier event. New boy Kieran Munro was also in the same semi as Smith. Unphased by the quick pace, Munro held onto 5th spot until 500m before tiring in the closing stages. Nevertheless his efforts were rewarded with a 2nd PB in the space of a week. He has made fantastic progress in a short time and has proved to be the find of the summer season.
Five U17 boys struggled against a high-class field. David Reay and Andy Fisher made brave attempts at PBs only to tire on the 2nd lap. Sean McCallion ran a very conservative first lap and despite overtaking his teammates at 600m left himself too much to do to claim a new PB. Best run came from Adam McCormick who slipped in behind McCallion to take 4secs off his best. In the other semi Dylan Moore was left isolated but did well to run close to his best.
The best female performance came from Luisa Davies in the U15 800m semi. With a new found confidence gained from increased training she hung on to the leading pack until 500m. Despite tiring badly in the closing stages she did more than enough to knock another 5secs off her best.
Meighan McDade entered the U15 800m semi with hopes of a final spot. Giving it her best shot, she lay in 2nd spot at the bell but an interrupted training programme caused by late summer holidays put paid to any chances of a final spot. The performance was a blip on what was Meighan’s most successful summer season having jumped back up the Scottish rankings with fine performances at the Scottish school championships and will, like Luisa, hopefully head into the winter season with a renewed confidence.
The club also had 2 sprinters performing on the day. U15 girl Saskia Cooper pulled up with a thigh injury in the 100m heats. U15 Mark Magee’s form deserted him in the 100m but he pulled it back in fine style in the 200m semi to equal his PB. Both sprinters are still raw and have lots to learn which they should do under Duncan McNeil’s new sprint group this winter.
This marked the climax to the juniors summer season. It was also the first time in several years that the club had taken such a large squad to the blue ribbon event and provides clear evidence that the club is heading in the right direction. Running in the brand new Scotstoun stadium in front of big crowds and live commentary definitely inspired all the young athletes with everybody vowing to return next year. The club would like to thank all the coaches and parents for their help and dedication throughout the summer as well as Wilson Coaches for their continued sponsorship.
The juniors now head to Rothesay on Saturday for some well earned fun at the Bute Highland Games before one final track meeting at Linwood in September.
Times: 100m: M.Magee 13.23 ,S.Cooper 14.45, 200m: M.Magee 26.42, 800m – G. Smith 2.12, K.Munro 2.23, S.McCallion 2.17, A.McCormick 2.19, A.Fisher 2.20, D.Moore 2.20, D.Reay 2.26, M.McDade 2.38, L.Davies 2.46.
Click on pictures to view larger image (Thanks to Stevie McDade for photographs)
Andy Fisher Meighan McDade
Sean McCallion & Adam McCormick Dylan Moore
Keiran Munro & Gerard Smith Keiran Munro
Junior Boys in Police line-up. Andy does a very bad impression of the 'Fonz'
Meet Dave, he can swim like a fish!!
McCorkindale storms to 3rd
Well done to Glenparker David McCorkindale in his fantastic 3rd place at the annual Clyde charity swim from Kilcreggan to Greenock Esplanade. David completed the 2 mile swim in 48mins a long way in front of fellow Glenparker David Henderson in his 2nd race of the day who made it across in 70mins. Suffering lower leg cramp to both legs with roughly a mile to go meant for Henderson, it was out with the "time goal" and in with the "just making it across" goal!
Glenpark at Pollok & Strathclyde
It was lucky 13th position for Jack Knowles at the weekly Pollok park run setting a PB of 18.46 (an 18 second jump) ahead of Graham McGrattan who was 23rd also setting a new best time of 19.43 - an 11 second improvement on his only other attempt- while Susan Clark (25.04) was just a single second from her quickest time this year finishing 11th Lady.
Across at Strathclyde park we had a couple of high placings with David Henderson finishing 5th (17.29) and Stevie Campbell 7th (17.49)
In the final race in the Tour of Clydeside series Robert Wilson showed his consistency by running just 11 seconds slower than his Bill Elder time 3 days earlier. Robert finished 10th overall from the 102 starters and 2nd in his age category. Robert Junior couldn't match his Dad slowing up by 90 seconds on the B.E. Susan was 83rd not too far from her personal best for the distance.
Results: Robert Wilson 37.16, Robert Wilson Jnr 39.44, Susan Clark 50.04
Peter Smashes Season Best
Perfect conditions for the weekly time trial, but with no-one willing to take up the early pace and with everyone bunched together it looked at 1km that the competitors had decided the race was going to be a sprint over the last lap. But an unofficial pacemaker changed the pattern of the race with a 400m surge on the 3rd lap splitting the field apart. Robert looked as if he is getting back to his best form, running faster on each lap and just missing out on a seasons best, Robert junior managed to equal his season best, but biggest improvement came from Peter, who had previously ran 11.44 twice this season, with finally Mick just a couple of seconds adrift from equalling his best.
Results: Robert Wilson 10.32, Robert Wilson jnr 10.50, Peter Clare 11.00, Mick Harrington 11.25
No Path too Long or too High for Thomas
Thomas collects prize for first veteran
Thomas Loehndorf continues to be at the fore of Long Distance events in Scotland with another memorable performance, this time over the 43 miles of the northern half of the West Highland Way. His steely determination rewarded him with an improvement of 12 minutes on his 2008 time, completing the rough trail from Tyndrum to Fort William in 6 hours 22mins and 59 seconds taking 6th place overall, with 94 of the 103 starters completing the race. The Race with 2000m of ascent includes the steep climb out of Glen Coe over the Devils Staircase and the even steeper climb from Kinlochleven.
Perfect Preparation for Henderson
Glenpark Harrier David Henderson made the short trip down the Ayrshire coast for the Aerodynamcis Open water Sprint Triathlon. A British Triathlon Association registered event consisting of a 750m Open water swim/20km Cycle/5km run against some of the countries top age group athletes David demonstrated his triathlon credentials by taking the top spot - 1st SM and an impressive 5th overall from the 80+ field.
On the 2 lap open water swim it was difficult to establish real rhythm due to the pack being closely knit for the 1st lap with the usual kicking and punching antics still ongoing by the second lap as each athlete had fought for clean water. Despite stopping to fix dislodged goggles David exited the water in 25th position.
A slick T1 and out onto the challenging 20Km bike course with its steep climbs and twisting roads meant a spectacular bike time was out the question. A little cautions following his crash last weekend, David still arrived at T2 in 9th position overall thanks to the 3rd fastest bike split of the day.
Out onto the Run section, David’s restraint on the bike paid dividends as he ran the 5km of his life charging up to 5th position and simply running out of tarmac as he narrowly missed 4th position. A seasons best on the measured course of 17.17 saw David claim the 2nd fastest run split of the day for an overall time of 1:07:12 just 1.26 from overall winner Gordon Durnan of Fusion Tri club.
David heads into next weekends Inverclyde Triathlon in buoyant form as he endeavours to defend his title from last year.
Stephen Trainer took one step closer to his first club championship when winning Tuesday nights Bill Elder 10km, held at the Battery Park. A healthy field of 34 runners headed off from the park’s middle gate before heading out towards the Custom House Quay via the Esplanade. Trainer was initially joined by current champ Andy McCall and Mick McLoone but by the turn at the Custom House Clock he had managed to build up an unassailable lead. With the win no longer under threat Stephen cruised home to dip under 34mins. With one race remaining Trainer now goes level with long time leader Stevie McLoone in a fight for the title.
Alison & Emily Richard & Tommy
Stephen & Alison Stephen Leads Mick & Andy at 1Km
Mick McLoone completed a magic 48hrs of racing. Two days after an impressive 77mins PB at the Helensburgh Half McLoone pulled off the performance of the night to break 35mins for the first time and secure a well deserved 2nd spot well ahead of McCall in 3rd. A chasing pack of 5 was whittled down to 2 by halfway with Robert Wilson bouncing back to form after his World Marathon disappointments ahead of a much improved Steven Campbell who only lost contact in the closing stages. Robert Wilson Jr and Jack Knowles early efforts were also rewarded with improved times. Mick Harrington achieved his long-term goal by breaking the 40min barrier for the first time. Good performances also came from Graham McGrattan, Micky Dunn and Kenny Pryde. 1st 60+ back was Richard Hodelet.
In the ladies race, Alison King kept her slim championship hopes alive by cruising to victory. A fast first 5km eliminated any competition and despite tiring on the 2nd half managed to produce her best course time in years. Emily Pollock would have secured the title by just finishing but unfortunately dropped out with a recurring injury. Fiona Cushnaghan came home in 2nd and now leads the Vets championship with Jan McCorkindale just holding off Hazel Boulton for 3rd. Good runs also came from Katie Pollock and Emma O’Rourke.
In the junior 1km race Sean McCallion led from the start and maintained his form to hold off a strong challenge from C.McDonald and Dylan Moore with Andy Fisher following closely behind. Most improved was Kieran Munro with U11 Cameron Watson yet again defeating many of his older teammates. Lucy Compston scored her first ever victory in the girls race. Other good performances of note came from Stephen Edmond, Clara Pollock and Andrew McCluskey.
The club would like to thank all the volunteers who helped on the night with timekeeping, marshalling and to Peter for the photos.
Lucy & Sean - winners of the Junior race
10km Times - S.Trainer 33.53, M.McLoone 34.48, A.McCall 36.18, R.Wilson 37.05, S.Campbell 37.23, D.Henderson 38.04, R.Wilson Jr 38.15, J.Knowles 38.32, A.ORourke 38.42, K.Gill 38.55, M.Harrington 39.49, D.McCorkindale, 39.54, G.McGrattan 40.11, J.Boulton 40.21, A.McCall Sr 40.32, R.Mitchell 40.53, M.Dunn 41.15,M.Follan 41.37, A.King 41.50, K.Pryde 42.03, G.Hegarty 42.26, J.Smillie 43.35, E.Currie 43.55, B.Kangley 44.33, K.Scott 44.41, F.Cushnaghan 48.12, J.McCorkindale 48.30, H.Bolton 48.36, H.Boulton 48.36, R.Hodelet 52.26, K.Pollock 52.47, E.ORourke 53.46, T.Knight 57.43, C.McLaughlin 58.36 E.Pollock DNF
1km Junior Race – S.McCallion 2.58, C.McDonald 3.03, D.Moore 3.03, A.Fisher 3.08, K.Munro 3.23, J.Harrington 3.27, C.Watson 3.36, S.Edmond 3.38, M.ORourke 3.50, L.Compston 3.55, D.Hunter 4.18, C.Pollock 4.29, A.McCluskey 4.33, Z.Weir 4.59
McLaughlin sets course record
Danny receives his Prize
Glenpark Harrier’s triathlete contingent of Danny McLaughlin, David Henderson, Stevie Campbell and Mickey Dunn headed south for the Carlisle sprint triathlon – 500m pool swim/20km cycle/5km run.
It was Danny who stood out from the crowd winning for the 2nd consecutive year the Supervets title further lowering his pervious course record of last year to finish 11th from 131 starters.
It was a long day for the quartet who left Greenock at 8.30am expecting a noon start, but due to the pool being so small the swim was in heats of 9 people set off at 15minute intervals and it was Henderson who had the longest wait due to his swim seeding, not setting off until 15:30...
With the race underway it was Dunn who set the early swim pace exiting the pool ahead of any pre race prediction, taking a slender lead over McLaughlin and Campbell. An hour later Henderson reduced this benchmark by some 45seconds exiting the pool in 20th position overall and looking forward to the cycle.,,
It was a tough day for Campbell who suffered cramp on the bike which destroyed any hope of a strong run leg coming home in a time of 1:10:26 for 35th overall a little further back was super vet Mickey Dunn who despite trying to exit T1 with the wrong footwear rallied hard to finish 44th overall in a time of 1:12:54.
This left only McLaughlin and Henderson out on the course fighting for that most coveted “1st home for the club” due to his swim seed it was Danny who posted first with a tremendous time of 1:04:04 finished 1st Supervet and 11th overall.
Despite eating tarmac on the cycle leg, David showed his triathlon pedigree by posting one of the fastest bike and run splits of the day and eased home a little battered and bruised 2 minutes ahead of McLaughlin for 8th overall in a time 1:02:04.
8th D. Henderson 1:02:04, 11th D McLaughlin 1:4:04, 35th S Campbell 1:10:26, 44th M Dunn 1:12:54
Mick Wins West District Silver
Mick McLoone is in the form of his life at the moment, setting a personal best at Helensburgh when winning West District 1/2 Marathon silver medal in a time of 77 minutes. Steven Watson has benefited with his regular speed sessions going under 90minutes for the first time.
Results: (6) M.McLoone 1.17.50, (64) Robert Wilson 1.27.39, (77) S.Watson 1.29.05, (111) M.Follan 1.34.17,
Robert Wilson Jr made it 4 out of 4 at the Tuesday night time trial. In breezy conditions he went out hard finishing the first lap in 74secs with Mick Harrington and Peter Clare keeping close order. Robert slowed slightly going thru 800m in 2.33 and had to dig deep over the final 400m to finish under the 5min mark. Mick Harrington was on for another PB but suffered badly in the last 500m thanks to a fast first lap. In the end missing his PB by a couple of seconds but still just holding off Peter Clare in the run in. The only PB of the night came from John Magee he did well on his solo effort. Please note there will be no time trial this Tuesday because of the Bill Elder.
Times - R.Wilson Jr - 4.55, M.Harrington 5.13, P.Clare 5.15, J.Magee 6.15
Danny on his bike
The first of Danny's Duathlons took place with 6 competitors taking part, Danny's strength on the bike was enough to overturn Shauns advantage on the run. Biggest disappointment was for Kevan McCartney, after an excellent run and cycle, he suffered a painful calf tear on the final run. Carrie was the only Lady athlete with 2 very strong runs, let down slightly by her weaker discipline on the bike.
Name 1st 5k tran. 12mile bike tran. 2nd 5k total
Danny McLaughlin 18.07 0.21 31.20 0.29 18.12 1.08.30
Shaun Lyon 17.08 0.24 34.18 0.24 17.56 1.10.10
Kevan McCartney 20.26 0.44 34.09 0.37 22.50 1.18.04
Carrie G 20.33 0.43 41.05 0.51 21.16 1.22.28
(1st 5k and bike only)
Davie Henderson 18.02 1.19 31.07 50.28
Mick Harrington 19.56 0.51 38.43 59.30
Stephen Trainer smashed the course record to win the Greenock Ardgowan Hospice 5km on Sunday. Running comfortable for the first half he shared the lead with Inverclyde AC’s Sean Gaffney to halfway when he took off on the way back. The injection of pace was too much for Gaffney with Trainer cruising to victory by 34secs.
It was a great day for the club overall with 5 top prizes going to the blue and gold. It would have been a happy home in the Trainer/King household as Allison claimed 2nd spot in her best time for a number of years. U17 Sean McCallion smashed his 5km best to finish 6th overall and win the top junior prize. There were also two veteran prizes for Steven Campbell (4th overall) and Micky Dunn.
There was more good news with several Glenparkers smashing PBs with U15 Gerard Smith finishing 9th overall just ahead of Robert Wilson Jr. More PBs were to follow with Mick Harrington and Steven Watson taking almost a minute off their best. New member Brian McCluskey’s introduction to interval training in recent weeks saw him smash his PB ahead of Kenny Pryde who reduced last years time by nearly 2mins. Not far behind was the club’s youngster competitor 10yr old Cammy Watson in 21.15.
Good runs also came from Graham McGratton, running under 20mins for the first time in years, and Micky Dunn, in yet another comeback. Emma Baxter made a welcome return in Glenpark Colours. The most disappointed Harrier was Robert Mitchell who endured the shame of Irish George beating him in a sprint finish
Times – S.Trainer 16.15, S.Campbell 17.37, S.McCallion 17.57, G.Smith 18.14, R.Wilson Jr 18.23, J.Knowles 18.41, M.Harrington 19.03, S.Watson 19.06, D.Moore 19.38, D.McCorkindale 19.38, A.King 19.46, B.McCluskey 20.00, A.Fisher 20.06, M.Dunn 20.10, K.Pryde 20.11 E.Baxter 20.22, R.Mitchell 20.35. R.Dolan 20.51, C.Watson 21.15, Jim Sheridan 28.44
Wilson Just Misses Out
Congratulations to Robert Wilson on Saturday with his 12th place finish in the Marathon at the European Masters Athletics Championships in Nyiregyhaza Hungary. Times went out the window as the temperatures soared with no-one able to break the 3hour mark. There was disappointment for Robert as the British team finished just outside a podium place in 4th. Robert was 2nd British finisher in a time of 3:38:31
Robert's report: "A bit disappointed, starting too fast in the heat and paying the price in the later stages, from 2.57 at Lochaber to 3.38.31, all the participants times were slower with warm weather conditions. 1st mv55 was 3.01.19 (RUS) 2nd 3.02.58 (POL) 3rd 3.04.50 (UKR) in the competition book the UKR had a 2.44 marathon time. The course was an out & back of 7k each way, having to complete 3 full stages of 14k after completing the second stage of 28k and one to go and knowing I was out of the medals . I continued with third and final stage just to finish. The closest I have ever come to not finishing a race. The marathon is a tough game, but we all have to take the good runs with the bad runs .after you get over the demoralisation you just have to dust yourself down & get back to training, I am not the first to have a bad run & I won’t be the last. Unfortunately the marathon is not like the 800m where you can just try again. Its back to the drawing board & to round things off the last 3 days since the marathon has been very cool with plenty of rain. Just like the old Scottish weather we are used to. I was going to buy a fishing rod but ill put it on hold just now as I feel there is still a good marathon in me yet."
McLoone On Form
Mick McLoone was top performer at the Irvine 5 miler with a top 10 finish, ahead of Steven Campbell and Micky Dunn. Richard Hodelet won the battle for the clubs first over 60 proving too strong for Tommy Knight. It was a good turnout of 10 athletes from Glenpark only bettered by host club Irvine with 12 runners.
Results: (10)M.McLoone 28.14, (17) S.Campbell 29.55 (43) M.Dunn 33.50 (48) G.Cooke 34.08 (50)M.Follan 34.19 (56) K.Scott 35.49 (70) M.Skelton 38.30 (71) T.Skelton 38.30 (81) R.Hodelet 42.10 (83) T.Knight 44.17
Robert on Winning Streak
Robert Wilson followed up last week's win in the weekly time trial over 800m with another over 3000m. Mick Harrington just back from his holidays did enough to hold off Peter Clare & Kevan McCartney
Kevan, Mick, Peter and Robert
Results: Robert Wilson Jnr 10.59, Mick Harrington 11.23, Peter Clare 11.45, Kevan McCartney 11.50
Shaun 3rd at Pollok
Shaun Lyon smashed his best time in the weekly park run by 23 seconds to leap ahead of Mick McLoone in the Glenpark rankings at Pollok, he now lies second to Stephen Trainer. Shaun has come back stronger than ever after a short lay-off suffering from shin-splints. Jack Knowles also ran well, just outside his best in the race won by Cambuslang's Stephen Wylie in 16.17
Results: (3)Shaun Lyon 17.09, (25) Jack Knowles 19.10
Moss o’ Balloch turned into Bog o' Balloch, as the heavy rain over the previous few days had left the Games field wet and sodden in places making conditions tough for the athletes and cyclists.
The Glenpark athletes suffered from some very challenging handicaps, none more so than Nichola, Collins but, she did well on the bumpy, wet and muddy grass track. The only athlete to get among the prizes was Gerard Smith who came through from 3rd last to pass 15 runners to snatch 3rd spot in the 800m.
Also competing were Kieran Munro, Adam McCormick, Andy Fisher, David Reay, Mark Magee, Meighan McDade, Carly Dalgleish, Dylan Moore, and Sean McCallion. It was a good learning experience, especially for the 16 year olds who were up against senior opposition which included two Scotland International’s Michael Gillespie and Mhairi Inglis.
"your only as good as your last race"
Robert Wilson soon found out you can't live on past glories as he suffered defeat to his son Robert. With a rivalry as fierce as Vettel and Webber, Robert jnr crossed the line shouting "not bad for the No.2 runner"
Joking aside, Robert with legs still tired from the exertions from his 3 races on Sunday at Pitreavie, didn't hold back and set a fast pace on the first lap opening up a 5metre lead, but with 200m to go young Robert who was growing in confidence, put in a surge to fly by him on the bend, a late charge from Peter Clare down the home straight saw him too pass a tiring Wilson and briefly looked as if he could snatch an unlikely win , but Robert rallied over the last few metres in a hard worked for victory. In the breezy conditions Brian McCluskey ran well for his first time on the track, Stephen McDade recorded a seasons best, and finally John Magee took satisfaction with a new personal best going under the 3 minute mark for the 1st time.
Results: Robert Wilson jnr 2.20(PB), Peter Clare 2.21(SB), Robert Wilson snr 2.22, Brian McCluskey 2.34(PB), Stephen McDade 2.45(SB), John Magee 2.58(PB).
Picture; Robert jnr leads Peter in the home straight.
Robert Scottish Champion Again
Robert Wilson added to his incredible tally of Scottish Titles, when he took Gold in the 5000m and 1500m at the Masters track & field Championships at Pitreavie on Sunday. In an exhausting day he also had time in-between his Golden performances to win Silver at the 800m distance. It should have come as no surprise as his form in the weekly club time trials showed he was hitting peak fitness at just the right time.
Results 5000m: 18.34.61, 1500m: 5.10.24, 800m: 2.31.44
Susan's Late Show
Robert junior showed an improvement of 8 minutes on last years time on the tough Girvan course to finish in 18th place. In the womens competition Susan ran well to come home in 16th.
This was after a bad start - she was still in the changing rooms when the field were sent on their way.
Susan's report -----
" I emerged late from the changing area at the Girvan half to an abandoned track….The race had started promptly and I had missed it.So playing catch up I ran to the start line set my Garmin and continued on the one lap of the track alone before heading out of Hamilton Park. I steadily made my way through the field of runners arriving at the 6mile mark at 49.57….which is 27 secs off my 10k PB. It was a difficult undulating course run in very windy conditions and by the time I finished I had caught and overtaken 41 runners. I finished in 1.51.55, 2 mins and 54 secs off my half PB
Results: Robert Wilson jnr 1:28:10, Susan Clark 1:51:22
245 runners at the weekly parkrun, Steven was just a few seconds outside his best, while Jim had his fastest run since August last year. Richard is turning into Mr Consistency with his 10 runs in 2010 all within 43 seconds.
Results: (27)Steven Watson 20.02, (61) George Cooke 22.00,(112) Richard Hodelet 24.46,(176) Jim Sheridan 28.48
It's A Wilson One Two
Typical Greenock Fair weather, also with many people on Holiday, caused the field to be reduced to 2 solitary runners. Robert Wilson Senior & Junior took to the puddle strewn track, as the wind blew and heavy rain fell from the heavens. Wilson senior wasn't hanging about and set a quick opening lap (73secs) taking a two second lead. On lap 2 he slowed slightly going through 1/2 way at 2.28. Now 30metres clear it was just a battle against the clock, (not forgetting the wind & rain) as expected the pace dropped in the second half, but he still looked comfortable as he cruised through the line in 5.17, Robert Junior holding on well to finish in 5.24.
Robert will be competing in the Veterans National Track Championships at Pitreavie on Sunday in the 800,1500, and 5000m, also taking part will be Peter Clare in the 400m. Good Luck to both!!
Fair Weekend for Glenpark
A second place and a trio of personal bests at the weekly Glasgow parkrun, saw Danny cutting his best by 18seconds, Steven 1minute and David 16 seconds. But the top performance came from Mick McLoone with a runners-up spot - Glenpark still wait for that elusive victory , 3 second places is the closest they have come in this competition.
(2) Michael McLoone 17.32 (5) Danny McLaughlin 18.00 (7) Steven Campbell 18.17 (35) David McCorkindale 20.16.
Meighan & Sean Shine in 800m
Meighan McDade and Sean McCallion took the the eye when setting personal bests in their 800m races at a cool and gusty Linwood. McDade in particular made an agressive start covering the 1st lap in 70 seconds, having taken the lead at the bell she toiled into the wind on the back straight, but after rounding the bend she sprinted home slicing a second off, taking her best down to 2.26.
Sean also started quickly against some strong opposition, sheer determination on the last lap saw him just manage to dip under the 2.17 by the smallest of margins - his official time 2:16:99.
But there were other personal bests too including Jack Harrington, and Glen Thompson, and it wasn't just the youngsters performing well, as John Magee went 30 seconds quicker than his predicted time. One other run of note was Mathew Deegan going under 12 seconds for the first time this season - and that was after running the 800m.
Results: 800m: S.McCallion 2.16, D.Reay 2.18, M.Deagan 2.20, P.Clare 2.22, M.McDade 2.26, G.Thompson 2.28, J.Harrington 2.29, S.Kangley 2.52, L.Davies 2.53, J.Magee 3.00
1500m: A.Fisher 4.50
100m: M.Deegan 11.95, M.Magee 12.71, G.Thompson 13.26, S.Keen 13.89, S.Kangley 15.01
Wilson's Late Surge
Robert Wilson is looking in great shape as he prepares for the National veterans Championships, with a perfectly executed race in the weekly Glenpark time trial. Lapping consistently along side Steven Campbell in 87 second laps, he put in a surge of 3.20minutes for the final kilometre taking him 6 seconds clear of Campbell in a time of 10.30min. Robert Wilson Junior(10.50) set a seasons best, an improvement of 17 seconds from 3 weeks ago. In a small field Kevan McCartney made his first appearance on the track, with a promising run, recording a time of 11.46.
Mick Harrington eventually dipped under the 20 minute barrier at Pollok Park on Saturday. After twice coming within a couple of seconds of his target, he easily beat his best by 17 seconds. Graham McGrattan one of Glenparks top runners in the 80's, showing his grittiness of old also joined Mick along with son-in-law Steven Watson to dip under the mark. Making his first appearance at Glasgow was Kenny Scott, with Jim Sheridan in his 17th race finishing 187th from the 250 starters.
Results: 20th M.Harrington 19.44, 21st G.McGrattan 19.54, 22nd S.Watson 19.55, 49th K.Scott 21.48, 187th J.Sheridan 29.41
Top Six Finish - Thomas runs through Pain Barrier
Silke's report on the Race can be found on link http://www.blog-silke.blogspot.com/ The report also contains a short video of the finish and presentation. Have a look at the pace of Thomas at the end of 18 hours of running, you would have thought he had just been out for a 1/2 hour run. A truly inspiring run from Glenparks Ultra Champion.
Thomas & Silke at start of Race at Milngavie
Congratulations to Thomas Loehndorf for a superb effort to complete the West Highland Way race at the 3rd attempt. Not only did he complete the 95miles, he surpassed all pre-race expectations to finish 6th in an astonishing 18hours 49minutes and 42 seconds.
139 runners lined up at Milngavie at the 1am on Saturday morning for the Epic Scottish trail race to the foot of Ben Nevis. But in the very warm and sunny conditions only108 managed to complete the Ultra Challenge; the last athlete crossing the finish 34 hours later.
I'm sure there will be a Full report and pictures to follow once Thomas recovers... AgainWell Done Thomas!!!,
Thomas (centre) with fellow competitors Kilbarchan's John Kynaston, and Garscubes Marco Consani
Gerard Smith set a new personal best on a warm and breezy night at Ravenscraig in the latest Glenpark Time Trial. The first lap was led out by pace maker Matthew Deegan, but at the bell the under 15 boy pulled away from the pack stretching away a full 5 seconds clear of sprinter Matthew who surprisingly kept going after the 500m point. He just managed to dip over the line in front of Robert Wilson junior and senior who recorded the same time. Robert Junior taking 6 seconds from his previous mark. On a night for PB's the improving Mark Magee went under 3 minutes for the first time, recording a massive improvement of 16 seconds.
Results 800m: Gerard Smith 2.14, Mathew Deegan 2.19, R.Wilson jnr 2.20, Robert Wilson 2.20, Andy Fisher 2.24, Peter Clare 2.24, M.Harrington 2.39, Mark Magee 2.44, Stevie McDade 2.46.
Sun Shines at Glen Massan
Stephen Trainer makes it look easy
More pictures from Robert Dolan on link: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/falmouth11/GlenMasson?authkey=Gv1sRgCLrJnd37xvfk4AE&feat=email#
Stephen Trainer Greenock Glenpark Harriers top runner this year recorded his 4th win in a row on Saturday at Glen Massan, and moved another step closer to his first club senior title. But he still needs to avoid injury and complete the final 2 races to clinch the Championship from current leader Stevie McLoone.
Trainer led the record field of 25 out towards the steep climb into the Glen, in stifling hot conditions, followed unexpectedly by Sean Lyon, then a group containing Andy Fisher, Danny McLaughlin, Robert Wilson, Alan O’Rourke and Steven Campbell. The positions in the chasing pack changing constantly throughout the race as they all fought for 3rd.
Ahead of them Trainer continued to extend his lead, with Lyon looking safe in 2nd, but a wrong turning on the quiet country roads lost Sean 2 places, but thankfully there was enough time for him to recover and re-take Wilson then McLaughlin. O’Rourke set a new personal best holding off the challenge from
Under 17 Fisher although tiring retained his lead over Sean McCallion for the top junior spot, finishing 7th overall.
Alison King with her 2nd win in this year’s club championship moved in to second place behind Emily Pollock in her challenge for the club title. Looking strong until the turn she found the steep descent difficult losing ground to her male team-mates, but a determined effort saw her recover back on the road.
Susan Clark had an excellent day finishing well clear for the runners-up spot. But it was much closer for 3rd as Heather Kangley getting the verdict over Fiona Cushnaghan in the photo finish for the bronze medal.
Glenpark Harriers would like to thank Digby and Caroline Guy for their hospitality and club sponsor
RESULTS; 5.5mile/1400ft ascent: S.Trainer 34.13, S.Lyon 36.58, D.McLaughlin 37.08, R.Wilson 37.16, A.O’Rourke 38.25, S.Campbell 38.46, A.Fisher 39.04, R.Davidson 39.15, R.Wilsonjnr 39.55, D.Henderson 41.52, B.Kangley 42.44, S.McVicar 42.48, K.Pryde 43.25, M.Dunn 44.04, B.McCluskey 44.58, R.Dolan 45.09, S.McCallion 46.06, A.McCormick 46.21, A.King 47.04, S.McDade 47.44, S.Clark 50.40, H.Kangley 55.15, F.Cushnaghan 55.16, I.rankin 59.32, J.Sheridan 74.32
3rd Place for Mick
With most Harriers at Glen Massan, only 3 Glenparkers made the short trip to
Results: 3rd M.McLoone 17.33, 38th M.Follan 20.58, 39th G.Cooke 20.59
Fisher Almost Caught
Andy Fisher took top honours in the 2nd of the weekly time trials, winning the 1500m in a new personal best of 4.47minutes. Right from the start the youngster hit the front setting an ambitious pace, completing the first lap in 71 seconds, leaving the rest of the field trailing by 6 seconds, and by the 2nd lap it had increased to 8 . But he was to suffer badly in final part of the race as veterans Alan O'Rourke and Robert Wilson sensed he was beginning to tire. With the race heading for a procession to the finish, Robert Wilson, incredibly somehow picked up the pace and covered the last 300metres in 52 seconds dropping O'Rourke and just failing to catch Fisher. O'Rourke was close to tears after his winning streak came to an abrupt halt as quickly as it started. Peter Clare struggled a little but can be excused as he had just completed a tough speed session 20minutes beforehand.
1500m Results: A.Fisher 4.47, R.Wilson 4.50, A.O'Rourke 4.56, R.Wilson 5.01, P.Clare 5.14, S.McDade 5.39.
Next weeks race at Ravenscraig at 7.15pm is 800m - Everyone welcome.
Emily Goes So Close
Emily Pollock after setting a new Personal best in the 800metres at the schools championships on Saturday, again went better, this time in the Scottish under 20s championships at Grangemouth. In the 1500m she just failed to repeat her medal winning performance finishing in 4th, but Emily had the consolation of lowering her best to 4:51:02.
Polaroid Series Ends with Wilson on Top
Robert Wilson, Robert Mitchell, Steven Campbell, and Robert Wilson jnr
Robert Wilson finished top Glenparker at a drizzly Vale of Leven on Sunday morning, as he did in all the races in the Polaroid 10k series. 21 runners from Glenpark took part in the series, with Steven Campbell and Robert Mitchell also completing all 4 races.
Pictures of every runner at the Vale 10k race can be found on following link: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/davidhall1956/Polaroid10k2010Vale#
Results: Robert Wilson 37.46,Steven Campbell 38.49, Robert Wilson jnr 39.46, Robert Mitchell41.01, Andy McCall snr42.13, Fiona Cushnaghan 49.44, Silke Loehndorf 49.49, Yvonne Prager 54.11.
Glenpark Trio on Track
The Harriers had 3 young athletes at the Annual Scottish School Track and Field Championships at Grangemouth, and they gave their all, setting new best times in their events.
Emily Pollock (Greenock Academy) sliced another second from her 800m time, winning the Bronze medal in 2.20.8.
In the sprints Glenpark youngsters Saskia Cooper (St.Columbas) and Mark Magee (Inverclyde Academy) competed in both the 100 and 200metres over two days. Saskia's best performance came on day 2 in the 100m, after comfortably easing her way through her heat where she placed 2nd in 13.77, she then finished 5th in the Final in 13.83, just a tenth of a second from a podium place. She also made the final in the 200m, again another 2nd place in her heat in 28.70, before finishing 6th 28.89 in the final.
Mark in his very first year of competition, although unable to progress through the heats had two very creditable 5th places recording times of 26.42 and 13.11 seconds.
Joy for Hodelet
Joy Hodelet had a fantastic run at the weekly Pollock parkrun beating her previous best by 1 ½ minutes. She finished in 176th out of the 264 starters with an excellent time of 28.00 minutes. Husband Richard was not too far off his best in 24.37 in 103rd place.
A look back to 2 years ago when Robert Wilson struck Gold at the Masters World Championships in Italy in 2007. In (1st picture) his warm up event, the 800m he unexpectedly found himself in the lead after 1 lap, unfortunately he couldn't hang on to a medal position. Better was to come when Robert helped the British team to Team Gold in the Marathon.
SHOCK !!! O'ROURKE WINS
The 1st time trial of the season got underway at a wet Ravenscraig stadium on Tuesday evening, with just 4 Glenparkers taking to the track. Alan O'Rourke led from the front keeping a steady pace throughout to run his best time in over 4 years crossing the line to a standing ovation from the massive crowds in the stand. Robert Wilson jnr followed a 1/2 minute later, then a similar gap to Peter Clare. Stevie McDade making his debut on the track giving a tremendous effort on the last lap to dip under 12 minutes.
Alan O'Rourke 10.39, Robert Wilson 11.07, Peter Clare 11.44, Stevie McDade 11.57.
* The Next Weekly time trial (1500m) at Ravenscraig is on Tuesday 15th June at 7.15pm. Everyone should try and get along and see how you progress throughout the summer. Last year the races started of with small numbers but got up to 20 competing, the more the merrier just turn up and run!
Trainer in Easy Street
Stephen Trainer made easy work of his debut at the 10k distance by convincingly winning the Frank Sinclair 10K two minutes clear of Inverclydes Gerry Gaffney. Robert Wilson continuing his heavy racing schedule was next Glenparker to finish in 6th overall ahead of Steven Campbell in 9th. Only 2 of the Glenpark Ladies took part with Terry Wall finishing 2nd behind Clydesdales Pamela McCrossan, and Fiona Cushnaghan running well to place 4th.
Stephen leads the field at the start of race.
Stephen comes home well clear, and Terry receives her prize.
Thanks to Peter McLaughlin for photographs.
Results: 1. Stephen Trainer 33.51, 6. Robert Wilson 37.51, 9. Steven Campbell 39.24, 11. Robert Wilson(jnr) 40.48, 13. Robert Mitchell 41.30, 14. Bernie Kangley 41.49, 17. Graham McGrattan 42.07, 22. Mick Harrington 43.28, 23. William McLaughlin 43.44, 24. Mickey Dunn 44.22, 25. Kenny Scott 44.28, 27. Stephen McDade45.21, 31. Theresa Wall 46.58, 36. Fiona Cushnaghan 49.53
Alison 2nd at Glasgow Green
Alison King finished 2nd in 19.00mins in the Race For Life 5km where 16,000 women gathered at Glasgow Green. Alison paced her race well, sitting in 3rd place until the last 2k when she put in an effort moving into second and closing down on the winner Lisa Moodie of Giffnock North, who broke the course record. Fiona and her daughter Eve, completing her 4th RFL at just 12years old, jogged around the course in 35minutes. Also running was Heather, Suzanne, and Nicola but no results yet.
Alison , Eve and Fiona
Swim Sinks Danny's Chances
Hopes of good performance weren’t looking good for Danny McLaughlin at the Stirling Sprint Triathlon. But his undoubted endurance and grit and determination recovered the situation to see him finish second in the superveterans category.
On his weakest discipline the swim, he dragged himself out of the water in 170th position from the 230 starters, and things didn’t get any better with a poor transition into the run. But if anything Danny is a battler and he powered his way around the 20km course recording the 17th fastest bike time to pull himself up to 56th overall. Yet again he had another poor transition into the run where he was 4th slowest of all the competitors, but he more than made up for that error with the 13th fastest 5km run of the day to finish 35th overall and 2nd supervet. An improved swim and slicker transitions would surely have given Danny the supervets title.
Splits:750m Swim 17.04, T1 1.17, 20km Bike 34.18, T2 1.29, 5km Run 19.26, Total=73.37
Jim (pictured left) & Richard were the only two Glenparkers competing this week along with 302 runners in the latest free Parkrun at Pollok Park.
Link to website: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/glasgow/Home.aspx
Richard completed his 26th Pollock park run, while Jim got number 16 under his belt.
Results: 121st. Richard Hodelet 24.48, 237th. Jim Sheridan 30.38.
Déjà vu at Dumbarton
It was a case of Déjà vu for Robert Wilson on a warm sunny evening at Dumbarton. Just like last week he was first Glenparker home in front of Steven Campbell in exactly the same time 37.12.
Robert has been the busiest Glenparker in recent weeks showing good form when competing in 10ks, 1/2M and the club hill race.
The summer weather brought out a large turnout of 15 from the Orangefield club. The best run of the night came from the outstanding Lorna Coyle (pictured left), finishing 3rd fastest in her age category, and recording a faster chip time than the consistent Terry Wall - who's last three 10ks were all within 30 seconds.
Sharron Skinner made a long awaited return giving a solid performance as she starts her preparation for an Autum Marathon.
R.Wilson 37.12, S.Campbell 38.10, A.McCall 39.42, R.Wilson 39.58, S.McVicar 40.35, R.Mitchell 41.13, B.Kangley 41.34, M.Follan 42.57, G.Cooke 42.56, L.Coyle 45.19, T.Wall 45.41, S.Skinner 47.12, S.Loehndorf 49.05, F.Cushnaghan 49.34, Y.Prager 53.08
Robert Wilson completed the Kircudbright Half Marathon in 81.53minutes, finishing 12th overall, and 3rd over 50, just 2 minutes behind Englishman Mark Hall of Otley AC.
Trainer Sets New Club Best
Stephen Trainer knocked Mick McLoone from the top spot in the Glenpark rankings for the Pollok park run with a time of 16.21. In his first run over the hilly 5km course, victory just eluded him by 3 seconds, finishing close behind Giffnocks Martin Fishwick.
There were a couple of PBs set with Danny McLaughlin cutting 14 seconds, and David McCorckindale 19 seconds. Alan O'Rourke would also have got a PB but he forgot his barcode label so his time won't count
Results: S.Trainer 16.21, D.McLaughlin 18.18, A.O'Rourke 18.30, D.Henderson 18.59, D.McCorkindale 20.32, J.Knowles 21.23
Wilson puts teammates in Shade at Polaroid
Robert Wilson was the top Glenparker at Clydebank, the 2nd in the Polaroid 10k series. Danny McLaughlin is at last starting to get back to some form after his recent operation dipping under 38minutes. Terry Wall showed a remarkable recovery from her Edinburgh Marathon just 4 days earlier, to record a very respectable 45 minutes.
Results: R.Wilson 37.12, D.McLaughlin 37.51, S.Campbell 38.39, J.Knowles 39.11, R.Wilson 39.24, A.McCall 40.22, R.Mitchell 40.37, T.Wall 45.30.
Glenpark’s marathon runners got fried for the 2nd year running at the Edinburgh Marathon held on 23rd May. The band of spectators who travelled through definitely got the best deal as settled down at the 10/25 mile mark with their picnics and refreshments to cheer on their teammates and loved ones, bathing in the 80deg temperatures.
First home was David Henderson who took the event a little less seriously than his sub 3hr at
Things didn’t go to plan for the Glenpark ladies with all suffering badly in the heat. In what was her 3rd marathon in the space of 3 months Terry Wall could only manage 4hrs well below her best set earlier in the year at Lochaber. Likewise Yvonne Prager and Fiona Cushnaghan found the oven like temps too hot to handle with both well outside their PBs.
Robert Dolan Jr took it easy as well as he helped a mate on his marathon debut, with both raising thousands for charity. Last but not least was Eeyin Rankin who reached a major landmark having ran his 50th marathon.
Even though temperatures were even hotter than last year it is to the athletes great credit that nobody dropped out and special praise should go to Robert Adams in what was probably the best performance of the day as well as Bernie and Sam for excellent debuts at the distance. The club seemed to have found yet another pair of marathon junkies with both talking about a foreign expedition in the next 12mths.
The report would not be complete without mentioning the fantastic Glenpark support who got a special mention from the nearby local radio station for their unbelievable support (Sam admitted in the pub later that he was grateful he had his sunglasses on at 25miles or his wife and daughter would have seen tears streaming down his cheeks). All I can say is if you want a good day out next year, head to
Post race celebrations were in full flow on the bus home before heading to the Willow Bar where Henderson and O’Rourke fought for the biggest drunk title.
The club would like to thank Wilsons Coaches once again for providing transport to the event.
Times: D.Henderson 3.25.46, R.Adams 3.35.34, B.Kangley 3.35.51, S.McVicar 3.43.05, T.Wall 4.00.06, F.Cushnaghan 4.14.02, Y.Prager 4.54.34, R.Dolan Jr 5.13.02, E.Rankin 5.31.36
Its been a while since we had a top 20 placing at the Helensburgh 10km but like the buses, you wait for one for ages and two come along from Michael McLoone and Shaun Lyon, with both significantly reducing the best times.
Following a cracking run at the Glasgow parkrun McLoone was confident off going under 35mins for the first time and his confidence matched his performance as he went thru 4km well under the pace. The new hilly section between 4-6km saw Mick just drop off the pace slightly but he came home strong to take 30secs off his PB to finish in 9th position. New boy Shaun is obviously still on a learning curve as he remained ahead of McLoone til halfway. Again he dug deep to take almost 2mins off his best. Over a flatter course both will no doubt be recording 34mins this summer.
All in all there nine Glenparkers made the trip across the water. Robert Wilson ran an almost identical time to last year ahead of Steven Campbell who probably still had some Berlin beer in his legs.
Surprise performance of the night came from Andy McCall Sr who did well to dip under 40mins for the first time in years, an achievement just missed by Robert Mitchell. Robert Wilson Jr ran well under par mainly due to suffering badly due from illness. Hopefully things will improve this Sunday when he lines up for the Edinburgh Half. Last but not least Micky Dunn continued his latest comeback, finishing in 43mins.
Times: M.McLoone 35.11, S.Lyon 35.40, R.Wilson 37.20, S.Campbell 37.54, J.Knowles 38.41, A.McCall 39.14, R.Mitchell 40.07, R.Wilson 43.01, M.Dunn 43.30
Not to be outdone the juniors won medals galore on Friday at the Inverclyde Schools track championships. In the 800m Meighan McDade kick started her season proper by winning the gold in a time of 2.35, a new personal best. The recent bout of sprint training came in handy as she surprised everyone to take the 200m as well. Her pal Shannon Kangley did equally well, winning the 100m before pulling off a surprise win at the Long Jump. Both then teamed up to help the Notre Dame 4x100m to the gold medal.
Mark Magee was another busy boy finishing 2nd in the 100m, 4th in the 200m before helping his school to the team relay gold.
Luisa Davies’ new regime of 4 training sessions per week certainly paid off as she smashed her 800m time in what was the most improved PB of the day, reducing her best by a full 10secs.
Well done to all our juniors (more results to follow)
Emily's Fine Run Continues
Well done to Emily Pollock Emily who reduced her PB for 800m, set just 3 weeks ago, by 2 seconds to 2.21 minutes, to record a new club best for the 2 lap event. Competing for the West Coast team in the Inter-region T&F championships she finished 2nd in the B race.
Mick Sets New Club Record
Mick McLoone set a new Personal Best and the fastest time by a Glenparker for the weekly Pollok Park Run. Finishing 5th overall, his 17.25, took 8 seconds off his previous best and saw him leap frog Pat Duffy's time of 17.29. Shaun Lyon remains in 3rd on 17.32, and Susan Clark the only woman to compete so far on 24.09.
Mick Follan showed a big improvement slicing off 40 seconds from his best, while David McCorkindale completed his first.
5. M.McLoone 17.25,
30. J.Knowles 19.20,
65. D.McCorkindale 20.51,
79. M.Follan 21.23
Results from Monklands 1/2 Marathon, and in the words of Andy "it was bloody hilly"
35th Andy McCall 95.22 49th Kenny Pryde 99.34
The Joy of Six
Andy McCall’s long winning streak continued when he won Greenock Glenpark Harriers Cornalees hill race for the 6th year in a row.
On the steep climb from Pennyfern, McCall along with team-mates Alan Henderson and Stevie McLoone, and Westerlands Chris Upson set a steady pace for the first half of the contest. But on picking up the tempo from the communications mast, the Glenpark trio pulled away from their
Westerlands Paula Cowan triumphed in the women’s race ahead of Terry Wall, with Susan Clark enjoying her first hill race finishing strongly in 3rd.
Robert Wilson’s error of running slightly off course, cost him the top over 50 spot, as he allowed Danny McLaughlin to overtake him in the last ½ mile, but despite a valiant effort he couldn’t quite pull back the lost ground.
Best other runs came from Alan O’Rourke who set a new personal best by over 3 minutes, Micky Dunn on yet another comeback, and guest runner Brian McCluskey who didn’t know what he was letting himself in for, and the final finisher Jim Sheridan in his 50th year as a Glenpark Harrier.
Extra special thanks to Duncan MacNeill and Peter Clare for stewarding out on the hillside, and to the timekeepers, and photographer Peter McLaughlin.
In the Junior race Sean McCallion claimed another win when he came from behind to overhaul early leader Andy Fisher. Meighan McDade prevailed in the girls race with Lauren Mulaghton taking a well deserved 2nd place. There was tremendous effort from all 21 youngsters - a record turnout – over the lung bursting 600m steep climb from Pennyfern up onto the Cut, but stand out performances came from Cameron Watson and Laura Hamill
Results: A.McCall 34.18, D.Henderson 34.50, S.McLoone 35.26, C.Upson 37.24, D.McLaughlin 37.30, R.Wilson 37.36, R.Kelman 37.50, D.Reid 38.02, A.O’Rourke 38.05, R.Wilson jnr 38.35, S.Campbell 39.09, A.McCall snr 39.10, S.Gorgas 39.45, M.Dunn 41.26, M.Harrington 41.50, E.Currie 44.14, S.McDade 46.29, P.Cowan 46.36, B.McCluskey 47.55, T.Wall 48.02, S.Clark 51.36, C.Doak 51.45, P.McLaughlin 54.20, T.Knight 61.01, J.Sheridan 76.55.
S.McCallion 2.33, A.Fisher 2.38, J.Harrington 2.49, C.Watson 2.56, R.Forbes 3.02, M.O’Rourke 3.05, M.McDade 3.09, L.Mulaghton 3.20, M.Magee 3.21, S.Edmond 3.26, S.Kangley 3.32, D.Hunter 3.44, L.Davies 3.47, J.O’Rourke 3.49, J.Ruddy 4.09, R.McDiarmid 4.08, A.McCluskey 4.11, L.Hamill 4.12, M.Forrest 4.13, E.Hamill 4.21, S.Webster 4.35.
*Greenock Glenpark Harriers are sponsored by Wilsons Coaches.
Emily Gets Top Mark in the Park
All the Glenpark women are running well at the moment with no fewer than 5 personal bests on Sunday at Bellahouston Park from Emily, Silke, Heather, Anne and Nichola. Also on Thursday Yvonne broke 50 minutes for the first time at Troon.
The cameraman says look right: Terry's not sure, Fiona's not got a clue(god bless her!)
40:24 EmilyPollock, 45:14 TheresaWall, 45:57 LornaCoyle, 48:15 FionaCushnaghan, 48:55 SilkeLoehndorf, 47.08 Lynne, 49:27 HeatherKangley, 50:05 SusanClark, 50:56 YvonnePrager, 54:24 AnneAnderson, 55:13 NicholaCollins, 60.01 Rosemary Fyfe
Emily takes the prize for fastest Junior.
Emily Pollock reached new dizzy heights on Sunday when she finished 28th and more importantly 1st Junior at the prestigious Glasgow Women’s 10km. Running with a new found confidence the middle distance specialist smashed her PB to finish in 40.24mins, even more impressive given the undulating nature of the course which took the 13,000 field through Bellahouston and Pollock Park. For her efforts Emily received a fabulous bouquet of flowers from the race sponsors. A Hat trick of PBs at 800m, the mile and 10km will be an excellent boost as Emily prepares for the national stage at 1500m later this summer.
Emily wasn’t the only Glenpark girl to drive back down the M8 happy with no fewer than 5 Glenpark ladies achieving personal bests with Silke Loehndorf, Heather Kangley, Anne Anderson and Nicola Collins all reducing their 10km times which was just rewards for all the extra training they have done in recent months. New lady member Rosemary Fyfe also ran a fantastic debut at the distance but also the unluckiest as she missed her 60min target by a miserable one second.
The more established ladies didn’t disappoint either with captain Terry Wall running sub 46mins for the umpteenth time just ahead of Lorna Coyle and Fiona Cushnaghan. After a lengthy injury period Susan Clark was relieved to come through unscathed and even happier to be only 30secs off her best with very little training. Last but not least club president put in yet another steady performance but could be forgiven given the fact that she had achieved two fantastic PBs in the previous week at the mile and more importantly 10km where, after 12yrs of trying she finally broke the 50min barrier at Troon. Finally, congratulations to all the other ladies who have trained with Glenpark in recent months for the 10km.
Emily sets new record
Alan Henderson, Robert Wilson, Chris McDonald, Alan O'Rourke, Emily Pollock, Robert Wilson and Matthew Deegan and Peter Clare all closely packed together.
More race pictures at: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/falmouth11/Chisholm?authkey=Gv1sRgCI2h3trBqsLojwE# thanks to Robert Dolan.
A record 89 runners took part in Greenock Glenpark Harriers annual Chisholm mile, with the best Glenpark performance coming from Emily Pollock who set a new club record for the distance.
Up at the sharp end spectators witnessed a fantastic race with no fewer than 5 runners breaking 4m10s with a further 17 runners breaking 5mins. The race itself was fought out by several of the nation’s top runners, which saw last years runner-up Ali Hay of Central AC (pictured left) just failing to repeat another sub 4minute run by just 1 second. He was pressed all the way by Inverclyde ACs Kevin Kane, Mark Pollard, Craig Ruddy.and Kilbarchan’s Derek Hawkins.
Stephen Trainer was the first Glenpark man back and despite virtually no speed training still managed to run 4m27secs to move further ahead in the club championship. Trainer won comfortably ahead of David Henderson who rallied well in the final straight to hold off Stevie McLoone. New member Shaun Lyon was rewarded with an arduous journey from Bute to comfortably go under 5mins at his first attempt before jumping back in his car to catch the last ferry home. Sean McCallion was the best of the junior men. Running a controlled race he managed to shoot past several training partners who all suffered from sprinting in the opening exchanges. Fellow juniors Andy Fisher and Gerard Smith hung on well to also break 5mins for the first time with Fisher taking a whopping 80secs off his previous attempt.
Emily Pollock made it two club records in the space of a week. Having broken the 800m record last week she continued in blistering form to reduce her mile time to 5mins 11sec. Emily, like many, probably suffered from an aggressive start and a more measured approach should see her smash her own 1500m club record as well this season. Emily was followed home by Inverclyde AC’s Emma Rice and Nynke Mulholland. One of the numerous battles between seniors and juniors saw Allison King and Meighan McDade split by just a second as they crossed the line for the 2nd and 3rd Glenpark lady spots.
Glenpark had over 40 juniors taking part, with many running their first ever mile race. U11 Cameron Watson ran an impressive 5.49 edging out his coach Stephen McDade in the process, which was enough to clinch the junior handicap prize. Ross Forbes bounced back to produce his best performance in ages. Consistent training over the last couple of months also helped Michael O’Rourke, Stephen Edmonds, Lucy Compston and Luisa Davies all smash their PBs. At the younger end of the scale Andrew McCluskey, Clara Pollock, Laura Hamill and Zara Weir all peformed well in their mile debuts.
In the battle of the presidents, the former, Tommy Knight pushed the current, Yvonne Prager all the way to the finish. For their efforts Yvonne was rewarded with a PB whilst Tommy broke 7mins for the first time in a number of years. How many men in their 60s can claim that!
A Massive thanks to all our volunteers on the night especially the 4 time keepers who did a fantastic job of recording the 89 runners who all flashed by within a few minutes. Thanks also go to www.papyrusgifts.co.uk for sponsoring last nights race for the 4th year in a row. The final winner of the night was Inverclyde Royal Hospital Cardiac Unit who will receive all the entry fees from the night’s event.
There’s no rest for the wicked as the club head to the hills next Wednesday for the club’s annual Cornalees Hill Race.
A.Hay 4.01, K.Kane 4.02, M.Pollard 4.03, D.Hawkins 4.05, C.Ruddy 4.08, S.Fontana 4.23, D.Gibb 4.24, L.Wilson 4.25, S.Trainer 4.26, A.Campbell 4.32, P.Currie 4.35, S.Gaffney 4.37, R.Kelham 4.40, D.Henderson 4.45, S.McLoone 4.47, S.Lyon 4.51, S.McCallion 4.55, D.Watson 4.55, A.Fisher 4.56, G.Smith 4.56, M.Thompson 4.57, D.Moore 4.57, R.Wilson 5.00, C.McDonald 5.03, A.Henderson 5.04, A.O’Rourke 5.05, R.Wilson 5.08, M.Deegan 5.09, E.Pollock 5.11, D.Reay 5.11, P.Clare 5.14, E.Rice 5.15, R.Gray 5.20, R.Gray 5.24, G.Morrison 5.25, N.Mulholland 5.29, D.McKenzie 5.30, S.Watson 5.33, R.Gray 5.34, K.Pryde 5.38, R.Forbes 5.40, K.Munro 5.41, M.Magee 5.43, M.McDade 5.43, A.King 5.44, C.Watson 5.49, S.McDade 5.50, M.O’Rourke 6.12, S.Edmonds 6.21, L.Compston 6.23, S.Kangley 6.25, L.Davies 6.35, J.O’Rourke 6.47, F.Cushnaghan 6.49, Y.Prager 6.50, T.Knight 6.51, A.Gray 6.55, G.Fisher 6.56, D.Hunter 6.57, J.Magee 7.02, R.Hodelet 7.03, J.Hutton 7.08, E.Hamill 7.08, R.McDiarmid 7.08, A.McCluskey 7.22, B.McCluskey 7.24, A.Sinclair 7.27, J.Skelton 7.28, C.Pollock 7.34, F.Fisher 7.38, L.Hamill 7.39, M.Forrest 7.43, J.Sheridan 7.46, N.Morrison 7.49, A.McArthur 7.52, M.McColl 7.54, R.McFarlane 8.02, S.McLoone 8.20, M.McGuinness 8.21, N.Doohan 8.24, K.McLoone 8.26, Z.Weir 8.46, R.Doohan 8.55, L.McFarlane 9.16, A.McClure 9.22, R.McClure 9.58, L.Fyffe 10.10, Callum.D 10.25, S.Morgan 10.36.
Glenparks leading 3 men Stephen Trainer, David Henderson, & Stevie McLoone
Below some of the Glenpark youngsters in action.
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.