11 Oct

Half Marathon Winners Win Glasgow parkrun

Mairi Stanley

The 43rd staging of the Glasgow parkrun was dominated by two runners more accustomed to winning Half Marathons than 5k races.

Carnegie's hill runner Andrew Wright won the Pollok Park event, held in excellent running conditions on the morning of Saturday, October 10. The 35 year old winner of this year's Isle of Coll Half Marathon won his first ever parkrun, crossing the finishing line in an impressive 16:12, more than one minute ahead of regular parkrunner George Taylor (Giffnock North) who claimed second in 17:17. The 46 year old, previous winner of the event, held off the challenge of Victoria Park/City of Glasgow youngster Ethan Sloan-Dennison (JM15-19) who earned third place with 17:36.

In an extremely close contest, Garscube Harrier Mairi Stanley, overtook her ex-work colleague Jane Simpson in the last five metres to win her first ever parkrun. The 40 year old Doctor, who has won the Stornoway Half Marathon women's race three times, completed the course in a time of 19:53. One second ahead of Bellahouston Road Runner Simpson, who improved her course PB by a massive 51 seconds, despite the Glasgow Club's Annual Award Dinner being held the night before. Another athlete to benefit from the excesses of the previous night was Jane's club mate Linda Kennedy who took 34 seconds off of her all time 5k PB to finish third in 21:47.

Women's winner, Mairi Stanley told SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE "If I had known it was Jane I wouldn't have overtaken her, she ran a great race. I was too late to put my name down for the West District Cross Country Relay Championships, so I thought I'd give the parkrun a try instead. I'm glad I did as I really enjoyed it. I'll be back and I'll encourage some of my running and non running friends to come along too."

A total of 178 participants completed the undulating course, with first timer Julie Myles closing the event in 45:06.