November 2016

4th November 2016

On Saturday 29th October, 26 green vests travelled to Kinross for the penultimate championship race. The Path of Condie half-marathon involved over 1200ft of climbs during the 13.1 mile route. Michael McConnell finished third overall in 1:24:20, followed closely by Stuart Robertson in fifth place with 1:25:03. Kevin Riddell was the third male road runner home in 1:30:16. Sonjia Crow was first club female in 1:42:50, followed by Heledd Rheinallt 1:55:44 and Ella Webley 1:56:18.
Elsewhere that day there was another good turnout at Perth parkrun where 18 road runners lined up alongside 180 other runners. Alistair Gudgin crossed the line in first place in a new personal best time of 17:33, just three seconds ahead of David Knight.
On tour, Eleanor Paul completed her 50th parkrun at Aberdeen in a time of 29:31. Claremont waterfront parkrun in Florida was again proving a popular destination, this time Fiona Morrison braved the early morning heat to finish in 34:59. Cheryl Gahan finished 46th out of 204 runners at the Lake Joondaloop parkrun in Australia.
Kenneth G Stewart travelled to Ireland to compete in the Dublin marathon, completing the 26.2 mile city centre course in 4:29:18.
Sunday 30th October saw the inaugural Grim Beaver Halloween trail race take place in the grounds of Balbirnie park. Paul Grace was the sole green vest who completed the tough two lap, four mile race in 25:13.
Mike Dales and Fiona Manson took part in the Wistow 10K race near Selby in North Yorkshire. In perfect conditions on a flat course, Mike came 86th in a time of 46.45 and Fiona ran 49.34 to finish 115th, 20th female overall.
Two Road runners headed to the Borders to run in the Jedburgh 3 peaks ultra-marathon. Brian Galletly finished the tough, hilly 38mile challenge in 7:40:54. Unfortunately Gair McCrostie had to withdraw after completing 27.5miles (5:21:30).
Finally, on Sunday 30th October three green vests ran the 6.66km Devil dash around the North Inch. Neil Muir, Kevin Riddell and Marianne McLevy joined in the Halloween fun, helping raise funds for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, CHAS.
The usual club meeting is Tuesday night, meeting at Bells sports centre for a 6.30pm start. Thursday night sessions throughout winter are track intervals at the George Duncan Arena. All new runners welcome.

Path of Condie
Path of Condie

11th November 2016

The first Saturday of the month meant it was pacer day at Perth parkrun. Nine pacers covered times ranging from 19 to 29 minutes. Mark Dunn was first green vest across the line, finishing third overall in a new personal best time of 18:04. Caroline Jones was first female finishing in 21:28. Other personal bests included Jason Blyth 19:50, Colin Wilcox 20:59, Stuart Neillands 21:33, Scott Connor 23:11 and Stephane Reid 28:30.
Elsewhere, Gillian Smith ran at Ayr parkrun finishing in 30:52. Ronnie Glen finished fourth overall in a time of 20:07 at Tollcross, Glasgow. Alistair Gudgin travelled to Kirkcaldy and finished second overall in a field of 187 with 17:58.
Also on Saturday, Daile Sipple was the sole green vest who travelled to Killin for the start of the Glen Ogle 33 Ultra. This ultra-marathon took in some of the scenic Stirlingshire countryside including the Glen Ogle viaduct.
Sunday saw a busy race day. Kevin Rogers and Martin McEwan travelled to the USA to compete in the New York Marathon. Kevin Rogers went sub- 3 hours finishing in a time of 2:58:17 and Martin McEwan finished in a new personal best time of 3:03:14.
Closer to home, 13 road runners travelled to Dundee to compete in the tough hilly Templeton 10 mile road race. Mike Carroll finished in first place overall in 56.09, followed by David Knight 66:21 and Stewart Reid 72:57 as second and third green vest home. Sonjia Crow was first female road runner to cross the line in 77:10, followed by Arlene McWalter 80:05 and Nicola Crowe 82:00.
On Sunday, Kevin Riddell ran the Southside 6. This tough hilly 26km route takes in six parks around Glasgow. Kevin finished in a time of 1:47:38.
Debbie Jackson ran the ‘Run With The Wind’ 10k on Sunday. Debbie finished the undulating race which started at Whitelees wind farm and finished in Strathaven in 56:06.
Stuart Fraser finished the Edinburgh Men’s Health 10k in 38:42. This is his 7th race for the British Red Cross charity.
John Rudd and Linda O’Neill travelled to the Lake District and completed the Lakeland trails double header. In the 15k Helvellyn challenge, on Saturday, John was 82nd in 1:22:31 and Linda was 359th in 1:48:03. Due to the steamer being unable to sail on Sunday there was an emergency back up course where John finished in 50:56 and Linda 1:03:34.
Tuesday night is usual club night, meeting at Bells for a 6:30pm start.

Daile - Glen Ogle
Daile – Glen Ogle














Martin at New York
Martin at New York


























Templeton woods 10M
Templeton woods 10M


18th November 2016

The tenth and final club championship race of the season took place on Sunday 13th November with 26 Road Runners travelling to Glasgow to race in the Bella Jimmy Irvine 10K. The fast and flat course involved two loops within Bellahouston Park. Michael McConnell was first green vest home in 36:40, followed closely by Kevin Riddell in a new personal best time of 37:11. Ronnie Glen was third male road runner home, also clocking a new PB 38:34. Caroline Jones was first female road runner home in 42:08 followed by Sonjia Crow in 44:01 and Holly Bryon-Staples in 49:59. There were also personal best times for Richard Ward 40:33, Gillian Smith 50:01, Eleanor Paul 58:44 and Stephane Reid 59:55.
The weekend had started with a strong presence of green vests at Perth parkrun where there were 21 runners in a field of 158 and a further 6 taking on volunteering roles. Jason Blyth was first road runner across the line in 8th position with a time of 20:18 followed closely by Lisa Aikman who was second female overall in a new personal best time of 21:21.
Elsewhere, Debbie Jackson travelled to Dundee for Camperdown parkrun in 29:33; Kevin Riddell ran 24:45 at Gunnersbury; Gillian Smith 29:08 in Ayr; and Ronnie Glen got 21:58 at Linwood. Neil Muir and his grandson Cristian both finished Dunfermline parkrun in 24:57.
Duncan Ryan was also running in Glasgow on Sunday, where he came second in the Mo-Run charity 5K race in a time of 17:48 at Glasgow Green.
Myles Bax was the sole representative at the challenging Braids Hill 10k cross-country event which took place in the Pentlands, Edinburgh on Saturday. Myles finished 25th overall in the 184 strong filed with a time of 35:23.
Three Road runners travelled to the Perthshire hills to compete in the Glen Clova half marathon. Stuart Robertson was first green vest home and finished 7th overall in a time of 1:22:27, followed by James Fotheringham 1:45:12 and Bob Brown, who also finished 1st male in the V70 age category in a time of 1:53:30.
The club meets regularly on Tuesday nights at Bells Sports centre. Throughout the winter, the Thursday sessions will be track sessions at the George Duncan Arena. The start time is 6:30 sharp on both nights.

Jimmy Irvine
Jimmy Irvine



















25th November 2016

The weekend started with a very cold and frosty Perth parkrun where 26 road runners lined up in a 171 strong field. Duncan Ryan was first over the line in 18:09, while Richard Ward gained a new personal best time of 19:50. Karen Walters is currently second in the women’s annual point competition. Elsewhere, Mark Cooper finished eighth overall in a time of 18:58 at Beckenham place parkrun.
Also on Saturday, seven green vests travelled to Alloa for the East District Cross country League. Myles Bax was first road runner home. David Knight, Ronnie Glen and Neil Muir achieved 6th overall for the Masters (vet) team. Stewart Reid and Simon Grieshaber completed the men’s team line-up, which finished 15th overall. Angela Irving was the sole representative for the women.
The road runners had seven teams entered in the annual Hartley relays which was held on Sunday in Arbroath. The weather was sunny and freezing cold, perfect conditions for cross country. There were five trophies on offer and the green vests managed to win three of them: the men’s trophy and the U13 and U16 trophies. Michael McConnell captained the winning men’s team while Sonjia Crow captained the ladies team who finished second.
Matt Cawood was the sole road runner on Sunday at the Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile race, the UK’s oldest road race. Matt finished 177th out of 678 runners in an impressive time of 1.08.
On Sunday, six road runners travelled to the borders to race in the punishing Glentress Winter trail half-marathon. Battling freezing conditions and snow, Stewart Reid was first green vest home in 28th place with 1:53:38, followed closely by Kevin Rogers 1:56:03. Gillian Smith was first female road runner finishing in 2:57:27. Pete Ritchie finished in 3:08:45 with Caroline Ness and Kirsty Bogle finishing in 3:24:27 and 3:24:28 respectively.
Tuesday night is the regular club night, leaving from Bells at 6:30pm. Thursday night continues at the George Duncan track. All runners welcome.

Hartley team
Hartley mens team
Alloa XC mens team
Alloa XC mens team (minus Myles!)