Sunday’s Babcock Shettleston 10k at Glasgow Green produced yet another record, following series records from Weynay Ghebresilassie in Helensburgh and Fionnuala Ross in Dumbarton. The two Shettleston Harriers were victorious once again on their home course. Ghebresilassie eased to his second victory in this year’s series whilst Ross set about demolishing an international standard field with a new course record of 34 mins 12 seconds, taking 13 seconds off her previous best from 2017 and defeating Fife’s Annabel Simpson who won the overall series title after a win in Helensburgh and third in Dumbarton. Kilbarchan’s Elspeth Curran was as consistent as ever in third place.
Stuart Gibson of Cambuslang broke up the Shettleston domination in second four seconds ahead of the host club’s Peter Avent in third. Whilst outstanding junior prospects Lewis Raeburn and Jamie Burns, both of Shettleston, took fourth and fifth places. Raeburn picking up the series title after third places in Helensburgh and Dumbarton. Burns was rewarded for his efforts with the first Under Twenty award.
Shettleston ran out easy team winners in the men’s race from Bellahouston Harriers and Cambuslang with first, third and fourth places.
Kilbarchan prevailed in the women’s team event from Shettleston and Dumbarton, who featured in the top three in all three races.
Brian McGarrity of Shettleston was first local runner in eleventh place overall and Claire Wharton of Bellahouston Road Runners took the women’s title with eighteenth overall.
Almost six hundred entries for the Babcock Shettleston 10k race brought the series entries to 2,100. Series sponsors Babcock were delighted with the feel good community spirit evident on the day and will hopefully decide to continue their role for several years. Babcock Managing Director, Gavin Leckie was eighth over fifty in 42 mins 34 seconds just outside his best from Helensburgh.
A big thank you to all the club members and friends who gave up their Sunday morning to help – These events can only take place if we all take our turn to help.
As well as a big thank to Babcock, mention and thank you also to Start Fitness, Strathmore Water, Tunnocks, Arnold Clark and Caroline O’Neill for their support.
1st Weynay Ghebresilassie, 3rd Peter Avent, 4th Lewis Raeburn , 5th Jamie Burns, 11th Brian McGarrity, 13th Fionnuala Ross 1st Female, 16th Paul Sorrie, 24th Tewodle Mengisteab, 32nd Dan Lowe, 33rd Ruth Joss, 42nd Adam Peters, 52nd Andrew Waite, 67th Theo Carter, 81st Lachlan Calder, 83rd John Oates, 118th David Murphy, 132nd Amy Maclellan, 150th Craig Shannon, 159th Simon Gay, 298th Joanne Harkins, 319th Stephanie Zihims
Returning to their home town the Turners brothers took part in the Mull of Kintyre 10km with Matthew winning in 33.34 and Gary just failing to break the 40 minute barrier when running 40.41. Club member Jennifer Martin taking the ladies win with a time of 40.4.
On Friday night Under 13 Matthew Fox made the trip to Stirling for the Monument Mile Races where he recorded a time of 5.46.20 smashing the 6 minute mark for the 1st time.
Hannah Struthers and Scott Anderson were competing at the Throws Grand Prix at Livingston, unofficial a PB for Hannah Struthers in the Discus but results currently not available.
1st Dan Lowe PB, 6th Gareth Ellor, 11th Erin Ellor (1st F), 16th David Murphy, 40th Jessica Grant
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