11th May 2011

Westerlands on Top


Thanks for the big turnout from Westies at the Cornalees hill race, hope you all enjoyed the course, I even managed to keep the rain off for you. Really good competition between the 2 clubs, and especially well done to David & Catriona.

*Special thanks to all the race marshals and time keepers out on a cold and windy hillside, Jim Sheridan, Peter Clare, Duncan MacNeill, Peter Clare, Sam McVicar, David Carruthers, Liz McAusland and Yvonne Prager

Westerlands CCC had a successful visit to Greenock for Glenpark Harriers Cornalees Hill Race. With their biggest ever representation in the friendly annual interclub competition, the 20 strong squad claimed the team and individual titles.

Westies David Riach made his move ½ way on the climb, building up a big lead to the summit of Hillside above the Cornalees centre. The big question was could he hold his advantage against the fast descender local man Andy McCall. McCall started his charge on the steep drop off the moor, closing down with every stride in his bid to make it 7 victories in a row in this competition. But despite his best efforts he could only cut the gap to 100 metres, to the relief of the Glasgow man, who deservedly took the trophy.

It was a much improved performance from Junior man Andy Fisher in 12th taking a few notable scalps for the first time.

Westerlands made it a clean sweep in the ladies race with Catriona Miller taking the top spot a minute clear of team-mates Caz Whitten and Elizabeth Adams. Glenpark’s leading lady was Suzanne Coyle just 3 seconds clear of Lynne Rogers, a commendable performance from the pair in their first ever hill race, with Susan Clark running a personal best in 3rd.

In the veteran categories Chris Upson and Danny McLaughlin were first over 40 and 50 respectively, while Pauline McAdam was leading lady.

Even with the Greenock club filling four of the first five places in the team competition, it was the Glasgow club who came out on top winning by 28 points.

Gerard Smith was a comfortable winner in the Junior ½ mile race over the steep track from Woodstock road to the "Cut", but it was a much closer affair for the runners up spot as Keiran Munro, Ross Forbes and Evan Warwick, all sprinted across the line within a few yards of each other.

Lauren Mulaghton proved to be the strongest climber finishing ahead of Nichola Doohan and Shelby Morrison, while the best individual performance coming from Alexander Jamieson.

Team Competition (15 to count) Westerlands 217pts, Glenpark 245 pts

Senior Race (Westerlands in italics):

  1. D.Riach 33.30
  2. A.McCall 33.51
  3. A.Henderson 34.11
  4. S.Lyon 35.02
  5. S.Campbell 35.15
  6. C.Upson 35.16
  7. J.Denovan 35.29
  8. K.McMahon 35.34
  9. M.McLoone 35.48
  10. R.Bowman 35.52
  11. D.Henderson 36.30
  12. A.Fisher 37.02
  13. O.O’Neill 37.37
  14. D.McLaughlin 38.42
  15. R.Wilson 38.55
  16. D.Reid 40.49
  17. C.McDonald 41.35
  18. J.Orr 41.53
  19. B.Brennan 43.15
  20. J.Quinn 44.20
  21. P.Grassl 44.27
  22. C.Miller 44.42
  23. A.McCall 45.03
  24. C.Whitten 45.50
  25. E.Adams 46.23
  26. J.Hamer 46.23
  27. S.Coyle 47.17
  28. L.Rogers 47.20
  29. B.McCluskey 48.36
  30. P.McAdam 48.57
  31. S.Clark 51.04
  32. A.Cameron 52.10
  33. K.Gill 53.40
  34. R.Bennie 55.02
  35. P.McLaughlin 56.18

Junior Race:

  1. G.Smith 2.34
  2. K.Munro 2.51
  3. R.Forbes 2.54
  4. E.Warwick 2.55
  5. M.O’Rourke 3.12
  6. C.Watson 3.17
  7. M.Magee 3.30
  8. L.Mulaghton 3.33
  9. N.Doohan 3.42
  10. S.Morrison 3.51
  11. D.Hunter 4.22
  12. R.Mulaghton 4.24
  13. A.Jamieson 4.38
  14. C.Mulaghton 4.50
  15. L.McFarlane 4.52
  16. S.McLoone 5.10
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