Greenock Glenpark Harriers

"The Harriers"

1895 En Avant

Below are Pictures of the Harriers through the years. If anyone has old photographs of Greenock Glenpark Harriers, we would be delighted if you could scan and forward them to for inclusion on the website. Also if you can put any names to the faces below that would also be very helpful.

David McLelland Club Champion 1910/11, 11/12, 12/13


David McLelland was an impressive athlete, a 3 time GGH club Champion and also helped the Harriers to 4 West District Cross Country Championship medals and was at his peak of his athletics career just at the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. - Thanks to his Grandson Peter McLelland for providing the information and photographs - (click on pictures for larger images).

Brief bio and picture (provided by his son Joseph McLelland)

David McLelland was born in Greenock on February 11, 1884, and died in Hamilton, Ontario on March 29 1963. He served his apprenticeship to become a journeyman painter and decorator. He was active in the Glenpark Harriers until August 1914 when he went overseas with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He had joined the RNVR Clyde Division at its formation in 1903, becoming Petty Officer. He served in the Antwerp and Gallipoli campaigns, and from 1916-18 in Flanders. He was wounded three times in Gallipoli, and suffered twice from gas attacks in France.  After the War he tried to resume his harrier career but his health would not permit. He emigrated with his family to Hamilton, Ontario in 1927. Receiving the Greenock Telegraph weekly, he continued to follow the events in Greenock and especially the Glenpark Harriers.

1910 Western District Championship GGH 2nd.

1913 Western District Championship GGH 3rd.

1914 Western District Championship GGH 2nd.


9th Nov 2011 - 7 Mile Team Race - 3rd


4th Feb 2011 - Western District Championship


GGH Club Championship medal D.McLelland  21st January 2011


GGH 6th Nov 2009 5mile Novice Championship


Biscuit Barrel Trophy for GGH  5 mile Handicap 1910

ClockTrophy  for GGH 10 mile Cross Country Championship 1911

The club Championship Trophy won by David in seasons 1910/11, 11/12, 12/13

GGH Silver Jubilee 1895 - 1920

Below is the programme from the Harriers Silver Jubilee dinner held in the Tontine Hotel in November 1920

Some of the very earliest club photographs from 1897. Click on link for larger image. programme2web.jpg

Picture of D.W. Mill Glenparks very first Club Champion 1895/96/97. Also a picture of George Wallach and James Wilson  the Harriers 2 Olympians. Click on link for larger image. programmeweb.jpg

 Club Champion James Wilson , also a couple of pictures of races at Cappielow. Click on link for larger image. programme3web.jpg

 The menu which includes  the very appropriate Hare Soup as a starter. Click on link for larger image. programme4web.jpg




Olympic Double medallist James Wilson leads the flying Finn Paavo Nurmi at the 1920 Antwerp (VII Olympiad). James won individual Bronze in the 10000m and led the GB team to Silver in the 8000m X-C. (See club History page in Archive for article on Glenparks Olympians James Wilson & George Wallach)

William Stevenson ran with the Harriers in 1920 winning 2nd place in the GGH 10mile handicap race. He like most young men of that time served in the great War. Above is picture of his Gallipoli Campaign medal. Click HERE for letter written by his son , also William, telling of his eventful life.

1923 Scottish Cross Country Champions with the NCCU Shield.  The winning team (positions in brackets) consisted of (3)AB Lawrie, (6)AT Whitelaw(15) Davie Cummings, (21) Robb (24) Ben Dawson (25) A.Pettigrew

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Pictures of the National Gold Medal won by Ben Dawson for his part in Glenpark Harriers greatest team performance, also the trophy for the winner of GGH's 10mile handicap won by Ben on 9th April 1923 (the day before his 24th birthday). Thanks to Barbara , Ben's Daughter who sent in the pictures. 

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1925 Club photo: web.jpg

Start of Maryhill Harriers 15mile race from Drymen to Firhill in 1926.  Glenpark's Ben Dawson is lined up behind Triple Olympians Dunky Wright(No.1) and Ernie Harper (No.2). Thanks to Alex Wilson for providing the information on the picture. 

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Picture sent in by Michael Mearns, Taken on the Greenock "Cut" sometime in the 1930's. 2nd from left (at the back) Tom Harris, 3rd from left (at the front) Tommy Mearns, and Duncan Ewart 4th left (back row).
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Back row: Gillies, Kerr, Front row Currie, Gauldie, McCullach
Below some pictures circa 1930 - very little has changed in 80 years in the Greenock Hills
Possibly Renfrewshire X-C championships: Alex McLean, R.Shaw, D.Turner, J.Addison, D.Paton, R.Holmes, A.Pettigrew,?(Bobby McIntosh behind Addison&Paton)  
Renfrewshire XC Champions 1930-31, 31-32, 32-33. club picweb.jpg
The 1933 Renfrewshire cross country championships at "Gourock House" according to the Sunday Mail, not sure where that is, if anyone could tell us we would be grateful.
Tommy Mearns aged 19 in 1933, winner of Greenock & District Novice Championship with the McGregor Cup. Alongside team-mate xxxx? and runner from Auchmountain Harriers who were based at Carwood street until the club went out of existence in 1961. 

Title on back of photograph "They ran like the Hare"  The Glenpark Harriers Team of 1939 which won the Greenock & District Novice Championship and Metcalfe Trophy.

L to R; J.Hamilton, J.Rowan, (1st , winner of McGregor cup) R.B McIntosh, D.Ewart. Click on link to view larger image champs web.jpg



Picture sent in by Jim Ewart, possibly taken circa 1940. Alex MacLean,1st left Back row,Tom Harris 2nd left middle row. Duncan Ewart far right middle row. Anyone recognise where it was taken?Let us know.  *Maben Hartley (Alex MacLean's daughter)  thinks it may be on the Loch Thom road - a favourite run for the Harriers even to this day.

The Greenock and District Territorial Army, who at the time were the Scottish Army cross country champions, everyone of them a member of Greenock Glenpark Harriers. That same team also went on to represent Scotland and win the UK British Army Championship title three years in a row (This was actually taken circa 1938/39). Among the Harriers is John Wilson pictured seated 1st left next to the sergeant. John was a Lieutenant with the 127(Highland )Regiment Royal Artillery, and fought in North Africa & Italy, before Pilot  training. He gave his life for his country on the 15th Nov 1944 aged just 26, he is laid to rest in the Oploo (St Anthonis) RC churchyard in the Netherlands. - Thanks to John Burn for the information. 

The picture taken outside St. Patrick's church shows Duncan G Ewart (pictured standing 4th from right) was sent by his son Jim, who went to the Harriers with his dad as a 10 year old. The family emigrated to Canada in 1948.

Michael Mearns  says the photograph was taken in the Red tenament back green of Mrs Kirkwood. He suggests it was taken in 1946 as his father Tommy did not return from overseas until April 1946, and he still has a tan. The large Trophy on the right was for the club championship which Tommy Mearns won in 1947.
Tommy Mearns- Extreme left of everyone. Jimmy Grant? -Standing behind second trophy from left, front row. John G Cameron - Standing behind 4th @ 5th from left, front row, with black tie.
Donald Morrison - Second from right hand side at back, face partly obscured. Donald Kennedy? Front row standing, second from right hand side.
Duncan "Dunky" Turner - Bald man standing 3rd left. Tom Harris - Font row kneeling extreme right. (The Harris trophy is named after Tom) William Williamson - Front row with open necked shirt.
Tommy Mearns with ??trophy in 1946 (trophy is also on table in pic above) 
Picture taken in 1949 in front of the old clubhouse. sent in by Michael Mearns. Squatting left end - Jimmy Grant and at right end Tom Harris. Standing right end Jock Cameron, 4th from right Donald Kennedy, behind Donald - Alex McLean, next to Donald - Dunky Turner, holding the Shield Willie Williamson, behind him Willie Elder, next to Willie Williamson, Tommy Mearns.
Back:  W.Williamson, D.Turner, J.Addison, Front: Tommy Mearns, ? J.G.Cameron


GGH at the Lady Alice Park for the pre-season photograph taken before the annual trial race "Round the Mariners" 2.5mile road race which was the trial for the Victoria park McAndrew relay race at the start of October, circa 1955 or 56. (Back row) Donald Kennedy, George Carly, Bill Kesson, Jim Callaghan, Bill Elder. (2nd row) unknown, Jim Spence, John Fraser, Dan Farren, Ian Osborne, Duncan Turner, Dunky McFarlane, Jim McDonald, Michael Thompson, Alex McLean - in  raincoat - (Seated) unknown, unkown, Tommy Mearns, John Cameron, Tommy Harris, Dan Canning, Charlie Mullen. (Front row) Norman Grant, George Spence, unknown, Robert Galloway, Robert Johnson, Colin Shields, Jimmy Grant, Bertie Cox.

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The Original Orangefield Clubhouse

The opening of the new clubhouse in August 1958

W.Williamson, T.Mearns, W.Elder, Miss Kirkwood, Mrs Morrison, D.Kennedy, J.Cameron, D.Morrison


Hamilton Race Course: Tommy Dobbin, Ronnie Arthur, Gordon Spence,Teddy Walker, Clive Turner  Click on link to view larger image r.arthur g.spence hamilton racecourse.jpg

Picture and details from John Burns (extreme left); Back row:  Unknown; Joe BLAIR; George SPENCE; Leslie MITCHELL; Bertie COX; Unknown.
Front row: John BURNS; Jim SPENCE; Ian HOPKINS; Tony GALLAGHER; Gordon SPENCE; Clive TURNER; Colin SHIELDS; Ronnie ARTHUR.
On bench: Bill ELDER, Secretary; John CAMERON, President; Donald MORRISON, Vice President; Willie WILLIAMSON, Treasurer. aprilweb.jpg

This photograph dates from circa 1961-62 again taken at the Lady Alice Park Bowling Green. Names are as follows :-

(Back Row) Dick Hodelet, Jim Sheridan, John Burns, Gordon Spence. (Middle Row) Colin Shields, Robert (Panda) Galloway, Sam Foreman, Jim Spence, Henry(Harry) McWilliams, Donald Kennedy, Jim Callaghan, Charlie Cannon.(Seated Left to right) Dougie Childs, John(Jock) G Cameron, Donald Morrison, Tommy Mearns, Bill Elder. (Bottom Row) David Hendry, Ian Murray, Robert Johnson.

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Another picture where you can attempt to name some of our past & present Harriers.(Thanks to Richard Hodelet for pic)

Standing: Jim Hoey, Bill Elder, Hammy Cox, Donald Kennedy, Alan Anderson, Bertie Cox, Dougie Childs, John Smith, Paddy McCarney, Andy Law, Jim Sheridan, Robert Galloway, Sandy Reddy, Richard Hodelet,? Middle: ?, Jock Cameron, Wallace Tosh (in front of Wallace is Callum Woglemuth), Bill Docherty, Tommy Black, Front Row: Graham Kendall, David Hoey, ?,Billy Dunn, Billy Balloch, Frank Simpson, ? ,Douglas Kennedy.

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Former club champion John Smith 2.34, with Bertie Cox 2.58, Robert Dolan 2.57, John McCready 3.09.

Can you name the Harriers below? Still quite a few running today. (thanks to Richard Hodelet for pics)

Back row: Robert Wilson, Pat Duffy, 2nd Back: Digby Guy, Willie Jukes, John Kerr, Joe Carruthers, Robert Mitchell, Graham McGrattan, Crawford Smith, Willie Hamill, ? , ? , Colin Granger, Raymond Johns. 3rd Back: Robert Cleary, Willie Hamill, Ian Cameron, Billy Paterson, Eddie O'Neill, Cliff Miller, Roger Boyd, ? , Kevin Duffy, Phil Russell, Robert Dolan, Brian McGuinness, Gerry Russell, Hammy Cox, 2nd Front: Bertie Cox, Tommy Knight, Richard Hodelet, Duncan MacNeill, Hugh Cameron, ? , Sid Tildesley, Jim Sheridan, Danny McLaughlin, Front row: Tommy Murray, Chris Hendry, Bobby Mooney, Gordon Robertson, Donald Shaw, Kenny Morrison, Andy Crossan.

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Back Row: Neil Orr, Alan Puckrin, Jean Gallacher,? , Eleanor O'Brien, John McPaul, Robert Cleary, Russell Fleming, Pat Duffy, Graham McGrattan, Jean Smith, Kenny Scott, Crawford Smith, George Ormond, Billy Paterson, George Mitchell, John Russell, Tommy McCallion, Phil Russell, Joe Carruthers, John Kerr, Danny McLaughlin, Tommy Knight, Richard Hodelet, Jim Sheridan. Front Row: Brian McGuiness, Gerry Russell, Ian Cameron, Robert Shaw, Harry Fenion, Hugh Cameron, ? , ? , ? , ? , ? , ? .

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Scottish X-C Relay Champions 1988, Hammy Cox, Alan Puckrin, Tommy Murray, and Phil Russell.

A couple of pictures from the  1986 Glenpark Singlehurst race on the original route at the finish on Nelson Street. Raymond Johns 1st winner of the Bill Elder 10K trophy (1988), and Tony Curran 1st winner of the Chisolm mile (1987)


Richard Hodelet holder of the most Glenpark club titles leads Brian McGuinness (winner of the Bill Elder 10k in 1989)


The new millenium provided a highly successful period for the Glenpark Juniors.

2001 Stephen Trainer Winning the U13 Bronze Medal at the National x-c championships

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2001 U17 Scottish Road Race Champions Paul Bryson (8th) David Butcher (3rd) Chris McCall (4th)

2001 Sam McGuinness helping Scotland to U18 Team Silver in the British Hill running Championships in Belfast.

2001 Chris McCall just about to pass Alistair Hay to finish 4th and lift Under 16 team Gold for Scotland. David Butcher at edge of picture finishes 7th.

2002 Under 15 Scottish Road Race Bronze medal winners Alyn McCall, Stephen Trainer, Jamie Cuffe: 2002 Debbie Miller National Road Race Bronze medal winner

Glenpark youngsters David Butcher, Paul Bryson, Chris McCall and Debbie Miller all gain selection for the Scottish Schools International in 2004

Club photo 2003: Back Row: D.MacNeill, A.Hay, H.McLaughlin, H.Rafferty, E.Currie, A.Moore, N.Hay, A.McCall, D.Butcher, T.Knight, Barry McLaughlin, R.Davidson, K.Scott, R.Hodelet, A.Morrison, H.Gibson, A.O'Rourke, A.MacLean, R.Wilson, M.Harrington, R.Mitchell, S.Deane, C.Mackay, Rob? , Dougie Campbell

2nd Front Row: J.Bradley, L.McCall, A.McCall, J.Kerr, J.Cuffe, W.Jukes, R.Dolan, S.Peacock, C.McCall, C.MacLean

Front Row: ?, ?, S.Orr, C.Williams, A.McCall, S.Trainer, D.Miller, E.O'Rourke, K.Roy

Club photograph 2003, click on link to view larger image: 2003webs.jpg

2009: Back Row: Alan Henderson, Steven Watson, Graham mcGrattan, Robert Mitchell, Stephen Trainer, Bernie Kangley, Alan O'Rourke, Stephen McLoone, Kenny Pryde, Ernie Currie, Kenny Scott, Ian Rankin, Peter Clare, Phil Russell. 

Front Row: Jack Knowles, Andy McCall, Robert Dolan, Steven Campbell, Tommy Knight, Stephen McDade, David Henderson, Billy McLaughlin, Robert Dolan. Click for larger image: Men1.jpg

Back row: Dorothy McCormick, Irene McDade, Heather Kangley, Anne Anderson, Nichola Collins, Susanne O'Rourke. Front: Alison King, Yvonne Prager, Ann Hay, Emily Pollock

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Club Photographs taken prior to the Colin Shields Road Race in November 2012 at the Lady Alice Bowling Green in Greenock. (Click on picture for larger image)

Excellent photographs taken at the Lady Alice Bowling Club by Thomas Loehndorf: prior to the 2013 Colin Shields Road Race  - (Inside due to the torrential Rain)