Scotland's World Long Distance Mountain Running Champion, Jethro Lennox, finally managed to win the Glasgow parkrun on Saturday, February 6.
Third Time Lucky
This was the 33 year old games marathon hopeful's third appearance at the Pollok Park event and the first time that he has won the event, previously finishing second to fellow speed merchants Allan Adams and David Phee. The Shettleston Harrier crossed the finish line in a time of 15:31, five seconds ahead of ten time winner Robert Gilroy (33) of Ron Hill Cambuslang Harriers, who was only one second out of his PB. In his third attempt Kilbarchan AAC youngster Scott Hawkins (19) placed third in a time of 16:20.
Ellie Storms to Victory
In her fourth appearance, Ellie Homewood (32) of Westerlands Cross Country Club had an amazing second half to win the race, for the first time, with a new course PB of 20:03. In her second attempt, Susan McGillvray (SW 25-29) placed second with a new PB of 20:47. Also recording a new PB was Kirkintilloch Olympian Annmarie McCaffrey (41) who earned third in her fifth attempt with a time of 21:00.
This week's Age Graded competition was also won by Jethro Lennox (33) who recorded a performance of 84.10%
All Important League Places
In the men's points competition Bellahouston RR Alastair MacLachlan has leaped John Gilhooly to lead by 32 points with a tally of 718. Kilmarnock Harrier Ian Goudie remains in third place, with a new total of 554. Jeanette Whiteside's lead over Sophie Mary Parcell has narrowed to 53 points in the women's competition. Parcell's volunteering duties being rewarded with 100 points, whilst non-runner Erica Christie of Bellahouston Harriers remains in third place on 485.
A new record of 269 runners took part in the 59th staging of the event, which coincidentally attracted 59 first timers.
64 PBs including Carolyn
A total of 64 runners recorded new PBs, including Carolyn Boyd (30-34) who, at the ninth time of asking, finished ninth woman in a time of 24:44. The Glasgow athlete told www.scottishrunningguide.com "I'm delighted to have managed to get another new parkrun PB by a whopping 36 seconds! I finished second in my age/gender group and ninth out of 80 women. I'm finally getting the hang of this running malarkey! The volunteers do a great job, it's just a shame I can't make it more often. I'm now off to celebrate.."