Great Scottish Run

There were some terrific performances at the biggest race in Scotland as over fifty Harriers competed over 10k and half marathon distance at the Great Scottish Run. A top 15 finish from Gregor Yates led the club home in the 10k while Crispin Walsh was first across the finish line in the half marathon, winning a National silver medal in the masters category to boot.

Starting in a packed George Square, both races ascended St. Vincent Street towards Finnieston before climbing over the Clyde and across the Kingston Bridge. The 10k then looped round on itself while the half marathon took in our home surroundings of Pollok and Bellahouston Park all before a fast finish across the Squinty Bridge and along the Broomielaw into a noisy Glasgow Green.

Gregor Yates finished in 13th place, unluckily equalling his personal best of 33:36. Closely following him home were the Ferguson brothers, Robbie and Calum - both slicing a minute off their previous bests - impressive performances given the two challenging hills on the course.

Fraser Armstrong also recorded a personal best while Ian Anscombe, after a spate of 5k PBs, cut two minutes from his 10k best.

On the women's side, Jayne McNamara was first for the club in a time of 41:51 while Katherine Hylands and Suzanne Boyle dipped under 44 and 45 minutes for the first time, respectively.

The half marathon saw a sizeable field headed up by an elite field that included Kilbarchan's Callum Hawkins, fresh off a ninth place in the Olympic marathon just six weeks prior.

The Harriers had a strong presence towards the front of the field with Crispin Walsh and Jack Heathwood finishing in the top 40. Stuart Miller continued his good recent form with Darren McQuade a minute further back.

Tom Smith was another Harrier to impress while Neil Nairn and Kenny Taylor were comfortably inside the 90 minute barrier.

The women's race was a tight affair between the Bella ladies as four crossed the line in the space of four minutes with Christine McKay in 1:51, Karen Speirs in 1:52, Rebecca Simister in 1:53, and Ilse Meijerink in 1:54. Claire Fitzsimmons narrowly missing out on the sub 2 barrier but was rewarded with a new personal best.

The half marathon also marked the start of the club's winter championship which will culminate in March at the Scottish Athletics National Road Relays.

Full results for the 10k and half marathon can be found here.

TV coverage by the BBC can also be found here for a limited time only.

 

Interested in Joining?

Bellahouston Harriers are an amateur running club based on the south side of Glasgow.

Our friendly atmosphere and great coaching make us a great choice if you are looking to start running for a club or if you have run with a club before.

Click here to find out more...

Twitter Feed