A lovely sunny and warm morning awaited the nine harriers who made the trip east to Coatbridge for the Drumpellier 5k. Like last year this was our chosen 5k race to decide our 2019 5k men’s and women’s champions.

It was shaping up to be a good one……I was hoping to defend my title from last year, Finn threw down a PB the week before with his first sub-19min 5k, James clocked a 5k PB the week before as well plus Scott was only a handful of seconds behind me last year and had some fresh racing in his legs after the Helensburgh 10k a few days earlier. Cat was back to defend her women’s title but possibly wasn’t fully recovered and back to her full 5k pace yet after the London Marathon. We also had a great set of results last year so were keen to get the club’s name high on the results sheets once again.

The course is a lovely route and features a roughly downhill & flat first half with a gentle uphill profile for the second half – nothing scary in terms of elevation but surprisingly taxing after a fast start. I reckoned my best chance was to go off fast and try and keep the pace up when the gradient started to come into play. In the end the strategy worked and I managed to open up a gap to Finn and Scott over the second half of the route – I couldn’t close the gap to the Motherwell AC runner in front but still came home in 6th overall with a PB which was encouraging. Finn and Scott were just behind me in 7th and 8th positions which gave us three harriers in the top ten – brilliant! James was next home and dipped under 22 mins again – great stuff. Chris came out on top in the latest episode of the ‘Chris-Cat-Kenny epic’ – a great run (especially after this year’s bias of longer ultra-training miles) and no need for a dip for the line this time :-). Kenny finished just ahead of Cat whose legs decided at around 3km that they were indeed not fully recovered from the London Marathon and weren’t keen to run fast uphill. She’d done enough though to retain her 5k title for 2019 – many congrats! Margaret was next home in 44th overall after another strong run. Two weeks after her knee operation Lynsey was ‘just there for a walk and the social element’ but tried a tentative easy jog after a while which felt good then jogged some more……and still finished in the top half of the field!

A huge thanks to the organising team and all marshals out on the route – the whole event was again very well organised and had a great vibe to it.

A total of 155 runners completed the race which was won by Darran Muir (Law & District AAA) in a time of 16.31 with the first female being Janine Porter in a time of 20.27.

MARYHILL RESULTS:

6th Craig Perrie 18.40 (PB)   2019 Men’s 5k Champion

7th Finn Boyd 19.13

8th Scott Coulter 19.26

18th James Prior 21.59

26th Chris Hever 23.09

29th Kenny Henderson 23.24

32nd Cat Nisbet 23.43   2019 Women’s 5k Champion

44th Margaret Peebles 26.04

71st Lynsey Parker 28.58

Photos at Drumpellier 5k 2019

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