Corstophine’s 29 year old Calum McKenzie ‘gate crashed’ Shettleston’s party on the Green in the Babcock Shettleston 10k on Sunday 27th May, when he ran away from a field ‘loaded’ with internationals to triumph.
His time was a modest 31 mins 38 secs in the warm conditions, when temperatures nudged 20 degrees centigrade by the 10 am start but his victory was emphatic as he surged away in the last 3 km’s from last year’s champion and series record holder, Weynay Ghebresilassie, from host club Shettleston Harriers. Ghebresilassie represented his native Eritrea in the London 2012 Olympics in the steeplechase at the age of eighteen.
Weynay’s record of 30 mins 11 secs was never under threat but McKenzie, who is studying at Aberdeen University, produced a very mature performance to consolidate his rise to the top level. Improving steadily through schools and junior ranks, he was eighth in last Winter’s Scottish National Cross-Country Championships.
Stephen Trainer of Greenock Glenpark Harriers, the winner of the Babcock Dumbarton 10k last week was just edged out by Ghebresilassie for second in 32.08 to 32.10. These two took gold and silver respectively in the Scottish Athletics’ West District Championships which were incorporated in the event.
The ever consistent Mike Deason representing Shettleston picked up the Babcock 10k Series title and a bonus of £125 with 4th, following his second places in Helensburgh and Dumbarton. He also picked up the West District bronze medal.
Craig Ruddy held on well for 5th after his win in Helensburgh and third in Dumbarton. He lost out to Deason by a single point for the series prize.
Paul Sorrie closed out the Shettleston team in sixth place to easily take the team title in two out of three races, with only 12 points. Greenock Glenpark were second on 34 points with Stephen Trainer backed up by Chris Mooney in 13th and Andrew White in 18th. Inverclyde were third.
White was also first over forty in 34.39. Brian Scally of Shettleston made it three in a row in the over fifties in 35.59.
Cambuslang’s Brian Hughes prevailed in an impressive 37.52 to lead the over sixties home, as course measurer Les Hill was second for the third race in a row.
Martin Lynas of East Kilbride took the under twenty award in a promising 34.20 to make the top twenty overall.
Katie White of Garscube continued her unbroken run of victories after setting a course record in Helensburgh and holding off a resurgent Elspeth Curran from Kilbarchan in Dumbarton. This time the gap between them was only around five seconds with 3 km’s to go but once again White’s strength and resilience paid dividends as she held on for a well-earned victory by fourteen seconds in 36.20 to Curran’s 36.34. They also took gold and silver in the West District Championships.
Clare Moffett of Falkirk Victoria completed the top three in 37 mins precisely. Ruth Joss of Shettleston took the West District bronze medal.
Claire Thompson, seventh overall for Victoria Park City of Glasgow in 39.57 took the over forty honours.
Pam McCrossan from Clydesdale Harriers took her third over fifty title in 42.27 whilst Motherwell’s Phyllis Hands was leading over sixty in 49.53. Morna Holmes, Glasgow University was first under twenty in 45.49.
Katie White led Garscube to the women’s team title with 31 points, Mary Senior and Laura Gray backing up well. Shettleston were second on 88 points with Ruth Joss, Amy Maclellan and Cara McCafferty. Bellahouston Road Runners prevailed over Bellahouston Harriers, with Romy Beard Laura Henderson and Mandy Morgan, by dint of their third counter beating her Harriers counterpart, Gillian Glass.
Sponsors Babcock were well represented by Team Clyde runners out in force. Simon Foster, Managing Director Babcock Clyde said’ This year’s Babcock 10k series has involved more than a hundred runners from the naval base joining up to run for Team Clyde. That’s a significant increase from last year and a very positive result for us. The added benefit is that in the Year of Engineering we will use our association with the race to launch a number of STEM activities for young people in the local communities where the races have taken place. It’s rewarding to see that our commitment to health and wellbeing can work hand in hand with our other major priority of promoting careers in engineering to young people in our area. I’d like to pass on my congratulations to everyone who challenged themselves at one or more of the races.’
Almost 1900 runners entered for this year’s Babcock 10k Series, a 50% increase on last year and almost 1500 runners finished.
Other Shettleston Harriers’ finishers : 7th Tewodle Mengisteab 33.28, 9th Alistair Thurlbeck 33.44, 10th Gavyn Chalmers 34.17, 21st Brian McGarrity 35.05, 44th Chris Lipman 37.27, 58th Marc McColl 38.26, 63rd Andrew Jackson 38.47, James Thompson 38.53, 152th Richard Millar 45.09, 165th Mark Curran 45.53, 166th Michael Blair 45.43, 170th Amy MacLellan 46.10, 208th Craig Shannon 48.07, 247th Cara McCafferty 50.29, 274th John Milligan 51.52, 302nd Gillian McKinlay 55.01
Full results with photographs from Daren Borzynski.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS ON THE DAY, without people giving up their free time no athletic events could go ahead. Also a BIG THANK YOU to Babcock, Start Fitness, Strathmore Waters, More Miles, Arnold Clark, Tunnocks, Tesco Extra Parkhead
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