The third running of the Babcock Helensburgh 10k was full of promise and carried some major expectations and certainly didn’t disappoint. There were a record 702 entries and among them two names in particular that held major ambitions for a fast race. Inverclyde’s reigning Scottish Cross Country Champion, Adam Craig, was looking for a hard sustained run and Shettleston’s Olympian, Weynay Ghebresilassie, who was disappointed with his run in the London Marathon where he won the mass start/non elite race in 2:17:00 lined up alongside Paul Sorrie, a twice winner and a clutch of talented youngsters from Shettleston who made up the front row. They all had Rio Olympian, Derek Hawkins course record of 30:28 from 2015 in mind as the gun went.
Craig set off at a determined sub 30 minute pace but Ghebresilassie gave no ground and ran shoulder to shoulder with the Inverclyde man for the first 6km to Kidston Park. As they turned away from the seafront Ghebresilassie moved up a gear and powered round the final 4km at well inside 3 mins per kilometre to bring him home inside his own series record of 30:11 set on Glasgow Green in 2017. His record breaking run was timed at 29:32 and his final kilometre was probably his quickest.
Eighteen year old Lewis Raeburn surged to an impressive third place in 32.31 eight seconds ahead of Bellahouston’s Gregor Yates in fourth. Seventeen old Jamie Burns in sixth closed out the team counters for Shettleston and picked up the first U/20 prize into the bargain. Shettleston with ten points were comfortable team winners ahead of Bellahouston Harriers on 19 points and Inverclyde on 28 points.
Part two of the series moves to Dumbarton on Tuesday in which we celebrate a 100 years of the club. Each runner will receive a special tee shirt commissioned by the club.This series is an unique cooperation between three clubs Shettleston,Dumbarton and Helensburgh and shows what can be achieved by working together. Over 2000 runners will take part in the series. Club members can still enter and will get a £5 discount by entering discount code 1876 at www.entrycentral.com
Shettleston Harriers at Helensburgh
1st Waynay Ghebresilassie 29.32, 3rd Lewis Raeburn 32.21, 6th Jamie Burns 33.06, 17th Paul Sorrie 34.32, 43rd Andrew Gibson 36.10, 81st Mark McKenny 39.00, 146th John Oates 42.01, 172nd Joe Haughey 43.52, 173rd Richard Millar 43.44, 181st Craig Shannon 44.16, 463rd Joanne Harkins 59.29
Congratulations to Mike Deason who has been selected to represent Scotland at the Loughbrough international over the 3000m Steeplechase on the 19th May Mike has also been busy over 10km winning the Troon 10km on last Wednesday night with a fast time of 31.15.
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