The new Babcock 10km series got off with a bang on the fast Helensburgh course .Recently measured along with the venues at Dumbarton and Glasgow Green all the runners were assured the IAAF measured courses are all the full 10km.
The first race of the series was due to be a battle of the Olympians – Derek Hawkins ,Tesgai Tewedle and Wayney Ghebreilassie but due to a number of factors this did not happen. This did not stop Wayney Ghebreilassie ,the 2012 London Olympian , dominant the field to run out an easy winner in 30.55 in front of Iain Reid of Cambuslang (32.13). The international feel to the race was completed with Daniel Johnson of Gateshead Harriers finishing 3rd in 32.18. Daniel is from a famous North East family with his brother a world class tri-athlete , his father and mother are former international athletes as well.
The top end of the race was dominant with Shettleston athletes, with Tewodle Mengisteab, starting to get back to his true form, finishing 4th ,Paul Sorrie 5th and Amanuel Hagos 7th. It was great to see Amanuel back out racing again after an absence of two years .With Wayney 1st and the support of Tewodle and Paul the club took the team prize .This was presented by a famous Shettleston Harrier ,Lachie Stewart, the winner of the 10000m at the 1970 Commonwealth Games.
The ladies race also saw a Shettleston athlete on the podium – Charlene Manley finished 3rd in a race won by Jill Knowles of the Scottish Prison service. One of the series organisers ,Charlene Kelly ,took sometime out to finish 2nd.
The series organisers are grateful to Babcock ,START Fitness, More Mile and Strathmore. Dumbarton and Shettleston have a lot to look up to, the Helensburgh event going like clockwork.
Please remember club members have the option of a discount to the Dumbarton event ( Thursday 11th May) and Shettleston event ( Sunday 28th May). With over £6000 of cash and vouchers on offer the series is of a Gold standard .The post race bags and spot prizes awarded to each runners make sure it’s not only the front end athletes who win. The Shettleston event has an elevation of only 11m with large sections of straight running and is a course where PB performances can be set.
Babcock Helensburgh 10km -Shettleston athletes and first three
1st Wayney Gherbresilassie 30.55
2nd Iain Reid (Cambuslang) 32.13
3rd Daniel Johnston (Gateshead) 32.18
4thTewodle Mengisteab 32.45
5th Paul Sorrie 32.49
7th Amanuel Hagos 33.45
41st John Duffy 39.02
48th Andy Jackson 39.37
106th Michael Blair 43.21
129th Richard Miller 44.21
1st Jill Knowles (Scottish Prison ) 37.35
2nd Charlene Kelly (Dumbarton) 39.51
3rd Charlene Manley 40.27
32nd Joanne Harkins 54.26
Further down the coast three Harriers went to the Troon 10km.The race which clashed with the Babcock race due to a late change by the Helensburgh event . Again Shettleston athletes picked up a number of prizes .It was Cambuslang turn to take the win with Robert Gilroy holding off Mike Deason (32.19) from the club.
Avril Mason finished 19th over all but was an easy winner of the ladies in a fast time of 36.32 and the prize winners were completed by Denis Williams ( M50) (36.48)
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