The final race of the Babcock Series switched to Glasgow to a new venue in the historic Glasgow Green. With a promise of flat fast course and a time bonus structure the top athletes delivered some fantastic performances.
The men’s race was dominated by London Olympian ,Wayney Ghebresilassie ,of Shettleston Harriers. Winner of the previous two races in Helensburgh and Dumbarton he clichéd the series prize with easy and just missed out on the time bonus. He was very unlucky not to break the 30mins barrier when clocking 30min10secs .This was the fastest time ran in Scotland this year for 10km and puts him in the top 20 in the UK. Considering he was 1min 48sec clear of GB internationalist,Mike Crawley (Corstorphine), and ran the whole way himself it will not be long until he cracks the 30min barrier.Wayney led his club to 6 athletes in the top 7. Shettleston had 4 of their former Eritrean athletes who have enhanced the athletics scene in Scotland for many years in the top 6. With this kind of packing they easily won the team prize.
If the men’s race produced an quality race, the ladies race was even better. Fionnuala Ross of Shettleston ran over a minute inside the time bonus requirement when she clocked 34.23 .This places her in the top 12 in the UK and 2nd in Scotland so far this year .Her time is actually the fastest time ran in Scotland this year as Eilish McColgan ran her number 1 ranking time in Doha. The times produced by Wayney and Fionnuala justify the organisers claims of a fast course .The course was measured to IAAF standards.
Second in the ladies race was Scottish marathon medallist, Katie White , (36.06)of Garscube Harriers followed by Elspeth Curran (36.42) of
Kilbarchan.The host club Shettleston Harriers also took the ladies team prize with 4 of their ladies in the top 10
Jill Knowles of the Scottish Prison Service won the series prize picking up valuable points in Helensburgh ,Dumbarton and finally on Glasgow Green .
See highlights below, Shettleston unless stated
1st Wayney Ghebresilassie 30.10
2nd Mike Crawley ,(Corstorphine), 31.58
3rd Abraham Tewelde 32.09
4th Daniel Bradford 32.23
5th Tewodle Mengisteab 32.24
6th Amanuel Hagos 32.59
7th Paul Sorrie 33.14
29th David Houston 36.20
60th Andy Jackson 38.49
80th Chris Mutch 40.55
134th Stephen Clark 44.25
150th Richard Millar 42.29
167th Anton Manley 46.40
183rd Gerry Mason 48.26
1st M40 Bruce Carmichael (Bellahouston)
1st M50 Robert McCulloch (Kilbarchan)
1st M60 Graham McGrattan (Greenock)
1st Fionnuala Ross 34.23
2nd Katie White ,(Garscube) ,36.06
3rd Elspeth Curran ,(Kilbarchan), 36.42
4thFiona Matheson ,(Falkirk),36.54 1st F50
5th Jill Knowles ,(Scottish Prison Service),37.56 1st F40
6th Jessica Martin 38.49
8th Carol Setchell 40.41
9th Charlene Manley 40.55
57th Francis Maguire 55.13
67th Joanne Harkins 56.35
70th Gillian McKinley 57.08
The series could not have happen without the cooperation of Helensburgh AC ,Dumbarton AC and Shettleston Harriers .Kevin Johnson ,series director, was a major driving force and all the club look forward to next year. Shettleston Harriers would like to thank all the individuals who gave up their Sunday morning to help organise the race – without you the event could not take place. Close to 80 clubs members were running or helping – thank you. This number was supplemented by friends and other volunteers – thank you to you all.
At the Edinburgh EMF 1/2 marathon Avril Mason took first place in the event in a time of 79.49 – A great weekend for the club.
The morning was round off by a great occasion when the club awarded two life memberships. Wayney Ghebresilassie who recently won the Scottish 10 mile championships was first up for his award .It was great to have club legend Lachie Stewart (winner of the 1970 Commonwealth Games 10000m and still holder of the native record for this event 47years later !) present to see Wayney following in his steps as 10 mile champion.
Next up was George Redmond who until recently served Dalmarnock and the Bridgton on Glasgow City Council .George stepped down from politics at the recent council election. He undertook a number of key positions in his 20 years on the council – sport, regeneration and transport. His contribution to the East End can be seen by the regeneration of the area. The Glasgow Commonwealth Games saw Dalmarnock hosting the athletes ,new facilitates at the Emirates and our own Crownpoint Stadium. He often gave up his free time to attend club events and worked with the club to identify funding. He is proud of his links to the area with his parents being active community workers before he followed them into political life. It was only fitting the club honoured him with this award .
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