The 60th staging of the Glasgow parkrun 5k attracted yet another record field with a total of 286 participants, including 58 first timers.
Hawkins Did Run
According to the The Ballad of Young Hawkins the youngster "never did cheat and never did run," however nineteen year old Scott Hawkins of Kilbarchan AAC did most certainly run as he won the Glasgow parkrun on Saturday, February 13, with a seasonal best time of 16:19. This was Hawkins fourth attempt at the Pollok Park event and his first victory. In only his second outing, Shettleston Harrier Kenneth McCoy (33) took second with a new PB of 16:29. Andy Campbell (35) of Bellahouston Harriers also recorded a PB as he dipped below the 17 minute barrier to place third in a time of 16:59.
In her sixth appearance, Claire McCracken (35) of Victoria Park/City of Glasgow AC recorded her second victory, winning in a time of 18:52. Shettleston Harriers were runners up in both races with Avril Mason (VW35-39), continuing her record of improving with every race, finishing 20 seconds behind McCracken in the women's event. Also achieving a new PB was forty year old Mairi Stanley of Garscube Harriers who placed third in a time of 19:38, over two minutes behind her son Alastair but more than two minutes in front of her son James.
In the Age Graded competition, super veteran Phil Russell (50-55) of Greenock Harriers recorded a performance of 83.29% with his PB of 18:27.
Individual League Placings
In the points competition leader Bellahouston Road Runner Alastair MacLachlan and second placed John Gilhooly both recorded PBs to retain their place at the top with 807 and 728 respectively. Ian Goudie's SB was sufficient to retain third spot for the Kilmarnock Harrier on 588. It was also a case of new PBs for the top two in the women's league, where Jeanette Whiteside, now on 687 points, leads Sophie Mary Parcell by 33, with Bellahouston Harrier Erica Christie still in third with 578.
View From the Top
Winner of the women's event Claire McCracken told www.scottishrunningguide.com: "I am pretty pleased with my run on what is a tough course. My aim was to come out today and have a good run-out before the National Cross Country Race next weekend. Hopefully this bodes well for then! Well done to Glasgow parkrun for another great event!"