Another super turnout at the parkrun and from our own club. There were 240 took part making it the second largest number of runners taking part. Fit Ayrshire Dads took over the stewardship of the event for the day and what a super job they did right up there with the high quality of stewardship we are used to so hats off to the new boys. Our club will be doing the same at the end of March so no pressure. On the day we had 13 members represent the club on a comparately dry day overhead but a lot of large puddles to contend with as well as a bit of a breeze.
Alan Douglas 19.38
Jim Sneddon 21.48
Joe McNamee 23.56 VM60-64
Peter Taylor 24.12 VM65-69
Stewart Devlin 25.00
John Surgenor 25.03
Alison Gartland 25.16
Jennie Jackson 26.46 VW55-59
Joyce Stewart 30.11
Layna Thompson 30.23
Catherine Moffat 31.28
Gillian Thomson 34.03
Jim White 34.59
Well done to all our runners who took part on Saturday on here's to the net one on the way towards the 300th Eglinton Parkrun.
Anyone wishing a challenging hill run then this is the race for you. Race is aptly named and includes two huge ascents to well over 250 metres. This is not for the faint hearted. Ten members of Irvine Running Club decided to take on this challenge.
The weather conditions were not ideal with heavy rain and a strong wind at the start of the race. Decisions were being made by all entrants on what to wear. Club vest, long sleeve, short sleeve, rain jacket or some combination of them all?
The men seemed willing to brave the elements with all wearing just the club vest. This proved no hindrance whatsoever with Ross Harvey, who although 13 years older than the winner, came a close second with only 36 seconds separating them. His time of 37m and 45 seconds saw him running on average a 6 -minute mile despite the huge hills, and rough terrain.
The remaining men of Alan Douglas, Owen McWilliams, Andrew Holloway and Mark Sands all came in the top twenty in a field of nearly three hundred runners with Alan third in his age group category.
The ladies did themselves proud with veteran runner Susan Rhodes completing the race in just over the hour and missing out on third place in her age category by seconds. She was quickly followed by Joyce Stewart, who although a much newer member of the club tackled the hills and steep muddy downhills and finished in a very respectable 1 hour, 7 minutes.
There was a little competition going on between two other new members, Catherine Moffat and Layna Thompson who crossed the line within metres of one another. Finally our newest veteran to the club (and Mum of Layna) managed to complete the course after a very nasty tumble at 9km. Despite having to attend hospital to have stitches for the wound she received, she showed true character and great courage to complete the challenging course.
A far better morning weather wise where we weren't shivering waiting for the off. The underfoot conditions were far better than last week but that was the worst I've run in for a while. There were still quite substantial puddles but a lot more shallow. We had 14 runners out of the 166 strong field. Here are our results:
David Blane 18.54 - 1st VM50-55
Lee Shaw 19.14 - 1st SM20-24
Alan Douglas 19.47 - 1st VM35-39
Jim Sneddon 21.45
Stuart Moffat 22.45
Peter Taylor 22.54 - 1st VM65-69
Jennie Jackson 23.13 - 1st VW55-59
John Surgenor 23.42 - 1st VM60-64
Joe McNamee 24.24
Joyce Stewart 30.02
Layna Thomson 30.38
Catherine Moffat 31.25
Liz Colquhoun 32.45
Gillian Thompson 33.14
We had 3 of the first four finisher with David and Lee giving us a 1/2. Quick progress for big Stu in his comeback from injury. David had a rating of 79.98% on the day while Jennie had a whopping 80.11% on a day which was better than last week but still challenging as it is even when the conditions are ideal. These are super marks considering the difficulty of the course. Once again our Susan represented us as a marshall. Well done to everyone on the day. Next week sees our club take over the stewardship for a day.
On Friday 22nd March Irvine’s Ross Harvey made the trip to Strathclyde Park for the inaugural Nite Lite 10k with nearly 400 taking part. From the start Ross took to the front alongside Douglas Roberts and battled it out for the first five miles race before Ross was able to establish a gap and cross the line in first place in a time of 35 minutes and 51 seconds.
At the 3k on the Green which is run on a route round Glasgow Green at lunchtime on the last Friday of the month, Irvine’s Colin Whitby ran a fantastic new PB of 9 minutes 30 seconds to finish in ninth place out of 250 runners knocking 6 seconds off his previous best time. He will now turn his attention to the Manchester Marathon where another PB will be in his sights.
David Millar travelled to Strathclyde Park for the Tom Scott 10 mile Memorial Road Races on Sunday 31st. David ran a very impressive time of 53:49, which earned him 9th place overall and 1st V40.
Owen McWilliams took part in the inaugural Roon the Park 5k at Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock on Sunday 31st. He managed to get in a podium position with his time of 19:13 earning him 3rd place
Once again the weather was ideal and the course was as dry as I've seen it so all good for a super run. Before the start there was a wee celebration for three of our young ladies about to complete milestones. Mother and daughter Janet and Layna were taking part in their 100 parkruns while rookie Catherine was running her 50th already. Congratulations and well done girls. Once again young Paul was first runner home, that now makes 35 times he has achieved this feat, well done young man. Big Stuart is now back to his pre-injury times. Just for the special day it was Layna had her 3rd PB in 6 weeks. Joyce who clocked the same time as Layna was doing her 2nd PB in three runs. Superb girls. For the second week I have run my best time of the year but still a long way to go to get back to my pre-injury times. Here are our times:
Paul Lafferty 18.38 1st SM25-29
Stuart Moffat 21.26
John Surgenor 23.09 - 1st VM60-64
Mike Flinn 24.01 - 1st VM65-69
Peter Taylor 25.52
Layna Thompson 28.30 PB
Joyce Stewart 28.30 PB
Catherine Moffat 31.50
Janet Robertson 32.36
Gillian Thomson 33.02
There was a field of 182 took part in the Parkrun with ten from our club. Well done and many thanks to all who represented the club at the weekend