5 Harriers took to Bellahouston Park on Sunday to take part in the Jimmy Irvine 10k, organised by Bellahouston Road Runners.
The slightly later start meant any frost on the course had cleared, leaving a cold and sunny afternoon perfect for running. This is traditionally the last big 10k of the year for many and usually an ideal race to round off with a PB. This year, the course had been tweaked slightly with the old fast start replaced with a steady climb for the first mile up to the highest point of the park, before the rapid descent towards Paisley Road West. There are a few 180 degree turns round cones to contain with in the new route, but overall the changes in difficulty felt marginal.
Craig Perrie, on his Harriers debut, took off strongly and led the way with me following behind. I managed to stick within a reasonable distance of Craig for the first few miles before gradually falling back. The sharp turns presented plenty of opportunity to face the runners coming up behind you, where I spotted Alan picking off those in front after arriving at the start line 2 minutes late! James was not far behind followed by Cat.
Following a decent start, my energy disappeared and I trudged over the line in 41.50. Congratulations to Craig for a strong debut in Harriers colours, a sub 40 is definitely on the cards sooner rather than later. James continued his impressive recent form, chalking up yet another PB despite a hamstring injury holding him back at the beginning.
Harriers results :
85th – Craig Perrie – 40.21
114th – Scott Coulter – 41.50
Alan Richardson – Time not recorded
231st – James Prior – 47.12
371st – Cat Nisbet – 52.11