Sunday, February 17, 2019

Endurance Update

Our club’s endurance runners don’t ease up in their training schedules during the winter months with a long sleeve top, beanie hat and pair of gloves typically being the only concessions to the cold weather.

The healthy growth in numbers attending the club’s Road Running Group, regularly taking part in a parkrun and the juniors attending midweek endurance training bodes well for the future as we look to develop the endurance side of the club.

At this time of year, the main focus for the club’s competitive endurance runners is cross country but we have still had a number of athletes competing on the road and I have listed below some notable performances:-

10K ROAD

The Ribble Valley 10k at Clitheroe on 30th December is one of the top 10k road races in the UK and Beth Potter (now concentrating on triathlon) ran a PB of 32.07 breaking the course record and posting the fastest female 10k road time in the UK for 2018. Sarah Potter was also well up the field finishing 15th female in a time of 36.30. Max Milarvie ran an excellent PB of 31.04 finishing 17th overall and 2nd in his age category.

Closer to home, Diane Ramsey, Thomas Connolly (running his first 10k) and myself all splashed our way round Bellahouston Park at the Jimmy Irvine 10k on 11th November and on Boxing Day, myself, Thomas and Robyn Connolly (running her first 10k) ran the 10k Turkey Trot at Ayr.

 

PARKRUNS

The last few weeks have seen VP-Glasgow athletes running at various parkruns with the biggest turnout at Victoria Park on New Year’s Day with over a dozen runners from the club taking part.

Rhian Dawes (Walmer & Deal Seafront parkrun), Claire Thompson (Pollok) and myself (Ayr) all posted first finishes. There was a 2nd place finish for Sandy Gardner at Ruchill, Sophie Sinclair at Springburn and an impressive 3rd place at Victoria Park for Craig Johnstone in 18.17. Louis Sharp (19.32) and Ella Sharp both ran course PBs at Ruchill on Saturday 19th January and on the same day Sandy Gardner (19.26) and Robyn Connolly (22.49) ran course PBs at Victoria Park. Well done to everyone from the club who has turned out at the parkruns recently, both running and volunteering.

Ralph Connolly

Endurance Update

Listed below are a number of the notable endurance running performances from the last few weeks. Apologies if I have missed any performances.

HALF MARATHON

Alex Potter competed in the Great North Run on 9th September, a race he has run a number of times, finishing in a time of 93.25 and 17th in his age category. He then ran the Great Scottish run on 30th September in 88.45. Also successfully completing the Great Scottish Run was Peter Ramsay, Diane Ramsay, Greg McAlister and Ann Caven.

10K ROAD

Max Milarvie ran a superb PB of 31.24 in the Great Scottish Run to place 4th overall and only 4 seconds off second place. In order of finishing, Graeme Laing, Robert Henderson, Claire Thompson, Ralph Connolly (2nd in age category), Becky Dunphy, Sandy Gardiner, Josh Kirk, Claire Brien, Neil Logan, David Orr, Grace Thompson and Yvonne Flynn all represented the club in the 10k

On 16th September, Josephine Moultrie was 3rd female at the Worcester 10k in a time of 36.50

10K TRACK

A day after running the West District XC relay race at Irvine, Andy Law ran 40.03 on the track at Cumbernauld in the Scottish Veteran Harriers “Andy Forbes Memorial 10,000m” He was first Vet 60.

PARKRUNS

Saturday 6th October saw the club “takeover” our local parkrun at Victoria Park. Coordinated by Mark Ashby the club provided all the volunteers for the event that had over 400 participants and we successfully promoted the Road Running group. There was a good turnout of our club runners on the day with Fraser Gilmour 2nd overall with a PB performance of 16.52. Saul McGlennan also smashed his PB running 18.32. Suzanne Gilmour was 2nd female with a time of 19.13.

The last few weeks have seen our road runners take part in various parkruns around the country. Notable performances include Josephine Moultrie being 1st female and 3rd overall (behind Derek Hawkins) at Strathclyde parkrun on 8th September with a time of 17.40 and over in Edinburgh Aisling McGhee was 2nd female in 19.10. On 15th September, Sophie Sinclair was 1st Female at Springburn, Roisin Cameron Coyle was 2nd Female at Ruchill and further afield Ralph Connolly was 3rd overall at Nidda parkrun in Frankfurt, Germany

 

Ralph Connolly

Road Running Update

Now that summer is drawing to a close, the focus of the club’s endurance runners switches to cross country with the district, regional and national relays in October now fast approaching. There are though still plenty of road running events most notably the Great Scottish Run at the end of September. Hopefully this year will see a good turnout of cross country runners across all age groups.

Listed below are a number of the notable endurance running performances from the last few weeks.

MARATHON

Lewis Priest finished 2nd on his marathon debut at Fort William on 29th July. With the route described at scenic and undulating (i.e. hilly) and much of it on forest trails his time of 3 hours 1 minute 10 was most impressive.

10K ROAD

Rhian Dawes was first female in the Sandwich (Kent) 10k on 24th June in a time of 41.13 and on 19th August Donna Finlayson completed the Paisley 10k in 44.40

 

OTHER ENDURANCE

Gerry Craig placed 4th in the John Lucas Memorial Round Strathaven ultra-run completing the 50 mile course in 7 hours 10 minutes

 

PARKRUNS

Club athletes took part in various parkruns in the UK and abroad during the summer months. Sandy Gardner travelled the furthest (over 4,000 miles) to Florida for the Clermont Waterfront parkrun beating the 2,800 miles that Thomas Connolly and I travelled to run in the Volgograd parkrun, Russia.  

Closer to home, Claire Thompson strung together a series of excellent performances finishing first female at Pollok (30th June and 7th July), Portobello (14th July) and Drumchapel (21st July). Becky Dumphy was 1st Female at Tollcross (28th July). 

Andy Law was 2nd male at Ganavan Sands, Oban (4th August) and Robyn Connolly was 2nd female (18th August). Saul McGlennan was 3rd at Harrow (25th August). The fastest time posted was Paul Lennie who ran 18.49 at Victoria Park on 18th August and with Peter Jardine running 19.02 at Springburn on 14th July and myself running 19.03 at Springburn on 4th August we are hopeful that we can get a strong Vet 50 team competing this year.

Road Running Update

With road running season now in full swing the club’s endurance runners have been competing at various distances from 5k to marathon in the last few weeks. Listed below are a number of the notable performances. Apologies if I have missed anyone.

MARATHON

Gerry Craig completed the Edinburgh marathon on 27th May in a time of 2 hours 58 minutes 44 seconds finishing in 155th place. Two weeks later he followed it up with 10th place in the Strathearn marathon in 3 hours 8 minutes and 10 seconds.

HALF MARATHON

On 13th May, Gerry Craig was 17th in the Monklands half marathon in 84 minutes 20 seconds. Michael Craig finished 20th just over a minute behind Gerry and was 3rd in the Vet 50 age category. Abbey McGhee ran 87:46 in Salzburg, Austria on 6th May.

10K ROAD

In the Dumbarton 10k on 17th May, Becky Dunphy was our best placed athlete in a time of 39:26 just ahead of Peter Jardine who was 8th Vet 50 in a time of 39:51. Peter finished 7th Vet 50 in the Kirkintilloch 10k in a time of 40:17 on the 14th June and the next evening Becky was 11th female in the Brian Goodwin Memorial 10k race at Pollok Park in a time of 39:53. Tom Ord was 3rd Vet 60 in a time of 43:49 at the Cambuslang Down By The River 10k on 20th May. Claire Thompson was 1st Vet 40 female in the Babcock Shettleston10k on 27th May in a time of 39:57 and Diane Ramsey’s time was 48:43. In the Scottish Women’s 10k on 10th June, Claire Thomson was 6th however Claire would have placed higher if she had not been sent in the wrong direction at the 8k point when running in 3rd place therefore adding an extra 600m to her distance!

OTHER ENDURANCE

Gerry Craig claimed 1st place in the 14.5 mile Glen Lyon race in a time of 1 hour 48 minutes and 47 seconds.

5K ROAD

The Scottish 5K Championships were held at Crammond, Edinburgh on 4th May Our fastest athlete on the night was Max Milarvie in 15:45. Peter Jardine ran 19:02 and Claire Thompson was 19:03.

PARKRUNS

The last few weeks have seen VP-Glasgow athletes running at various parkrun locations. Pollok Park (Ralph Connolly), South Shields (Tom Ord) Ruchill (Sandy Gardner and Paul Lennie) where Paul Lennie finished 3rd, Drumchapel (Robert Daly), Springburn where Louis Sharp ran a PB of 18:52, Strathclyde (Tom Ord) Victoria where Finlay Waters ran a PB of 18:28 leaving Louis Sharp, Paul Lennie and myself all trailing in his wake and Pegwell Bay where Rhian Dawes was 1st Female finisher in 19:21.

Ralph Connolly