Five harriers made the trip east on Sunday 13th May to compete in the Drumpellier 5k which this year was chosen as the race to decide the Club 5k Championship.
The weather was nice and dry and not yet too hot to adversely affect times. The race started outside the Lochview Family Golf Centre and, after a short spell on the pavement next to a road, headed into the Park and around the loch before exiting the Park and climbing through a residential area and back to the finish line at St Ambrose High School.
It was a very narrow start on the pavement hence Scott and I ensured that we were right at the front to get going quickly and avoid having to work around runners on the pavement. Chris, Kenny and Cat were a few rows behind us and busy listening to Chris’s pre-start advice to ‘stay calm and take it easy’ only to then watch the flag drop and warp-drive-Hever engage as Chris took off like a whippet! Elsewhere Scott and I went off quickly and pretty much defended our positions for the rest of the race. The first 3.5k was generally flat and gently downhill but the last 1.5k was uphill – not that steep but enough of a gradient to sap the legs after being at pace up to that point. The final 200+ metres were on long grass which everyone agreed was actually quite hard to sprint on after transitioning from tarmac.
I was aware of Scott a very short distance behind me for the whole race and had to try to gauge where to make my efforts – after being out-sprinted by Scott on the track at the club relays three days earlier I was nervous to leave my big effort to the final grassy stretch hence tried to open as much of a gap as I could just before the grass and try to hold-on. Luckily this worked and I managed to hold on with Scott finishing just 11 secs later. Out on the course Chris had built-upon his sprint-start gains and came home in a great time and his fastest for a few years hence big congrats to Chris! Next up was a very close battle between Kenny and Cat – Kenny had been sitting behind Cat for the first 3k or so but made his move on the start of the uphill section for home. Kenny came into the grassy home straight with a few metres advantage over Cat and managed to hold that position, crossing the line 2 secs ahead of Cat, the grass taking the edge of all sprint finishes. Congratulations to Cat as the new Ladies 5k Champion as well as being the 6th female home so a great result. Kenny also clocked another great time and continues his fantastic form this season, Scott was 1 sec away from a PB and came home 7th overall so a great run was had by all.
It was brilliant to see blue vests and ‘Maryhill Harriers’ so prominent at the front of the race and in the results sheets – all five harriers finished in the top 29 places (out of 104 runners) with two harriers in the top ten so a great result all-round.
Thanks to Caroline who was also there to support us – your shouts of encouragement on the home straight were very welcome!
The race was contested by 104 runners – first male was Allan Cameron (Motherwell AC) in 16.59 with the first female being Clare Hughes (also Motherwell AC) in 19.52.
A big shout out to the organisers and volunteers for putting on an enjoyable race plus all the marshals around the course. The half marathon took place at the same time as well as shorter races beforehand hence there were plenty of opportunities for all ages to compete and enjoy a spot of running in a nice environment.
6th Craig Perrie 18.59 (PB)
7th Scott Coulter 19.10
24th Chris Hever 22.54
28th Kenny Henderson 23.34
29th Cat Nisbet 23.36