Sunday, 13 September 2009

Turbo X Mugdock park Glasgow 10mile race

On what turned out to be a glorious day, two of the veteran Harriers travelled to Mugdock Country Park to take part in the Saab Saloman Turbo X trail race a distance of 10 mile.

Some other Harrier’s runners had recommended the race - wait till I see them.

After an unremarkable run along a trail there was suddenly a sharp turn into the long grass winding through the trees and down muddy paths.

From there you were firmly in David Attenborough country, sinking down in the mud and sphagnum moss and being forced to crisscross to avoid the worse parts.

This was followed by scrambling up hills and down through forest trails.

Several places it was like quicksand and some of the competitors had to be pulled free.

We did fine on straight but overtaken on obstacles by seasoned hill and fell runners over the assault course

Covered in mud from head to tail maybe looked 10 years younger after all the mud but legs felt 10 years older.

Eventually finished to great cheer from the crowd to receive a goody bag and technical top - shame about the colour.

No shower, so back in car, just as well David had seat covers and then hours of steeping the kit - really thankful that Harriers colours are predominately black.

Our results:

Age Group
Start to Turbo XTurbo XTurbo X to finishFinish
John Denholm10761:12:0521:1507:161:40:37
David Bunyan13081:14:4321:1107:461:43:41

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Glasgow Half-Marathon 6th September

A large contingent from the road running section took part in the Glasgow Half-Marathon, one of them Barry Paterson kindly submited this short report:

The Glasgow 10k and Half Marathon runs have always proved popular with runners due to its fast flat course, and this year it proved to be no exception, with nearly 15000 runners competing on Sunday, either in the 10k or half marathon that was on offer. The 10k'ers managed to get a dry run, where as the half marathoners got me.

The half marathon went back to its original route, so there was no mountain to climb that was St Vincent Street as per last year. As it ran its way out onto Paisley Road, so the rain began. More of a slight drizzle then onto proper rain. By the time the runners went through the half way marker in Pollock Park, the damp, dreary conditions turned the surface a little slippy. As usual, the support around Glasgow was fantastic, with encouragment being shouted at you from left and right, with pipers at every mile marker, bands, guitarist and even DJ's braving the rain to entertain the runners. The last 1.1 mile in Glasgow Green seemed to go on for ever, around one corner, then another, then another! Plenty of people lined the side, even alot of 10k athletes cheering on friends and family into the finish. A good day out, the weather suiting some people...maybe not others.

Times and positions are:

Half Marathon (7724 runners)

Barry Paterson - 66th - 1:18.54 PB
Steven Oliver - 464th - 1:31.49
Tracey Newman - 951st - 1:37.53 PB
Andrew McVicar - 1468th - 1:42.29 PB
Magali Fleche - 2485th - 1:49.30 PB
Rhona Penman - 3151st - 1:53.18
Michelle Taylor - 3301st - 1:54.04 PB
Christine Eadie - 4859th - 2:03:04

The complete set of results can be found here

Only one photo (click to expand) but after that fantastic time just had to publish it:

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Club Championship Arrangements

Please take note of the following information relating to the Club Championships on Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th September.

Declarations - Will open at the announcers box at 18.00. Could we please ask all athletes to declare by 18.45. The same numbers are to be used on both nights, If you are competing on both nights there is no need to declare on the Thursday. Each number should be attached by four pins

Timetable - There are likely to be some alterations to the timetable so please listen for announcements.

If you are competing in two events at the same time please report to your field event, tell the lead official and you will be collected for your track event. If in any doubt please ask Graham Learmonth and Paul Boggan who will be assisting with this.

Safety - You should only be on the track or field when competing please stay in the stands at all other times this also applies to spectators.

Indoor Arena - This is not covered with our meeting booking so could all athletes and others please stay away from it.

Club Clothing - A selection of club clothing will be available to order, where this will be is dependant on the weather.

Good luck to all and enjoy the meeting