6 Mar

Bella Mobs Well-Matched At Pollok parkrun

runners from Bellahouston Harriers and Bellahouston Roadrunners after the Pollok parkrun mob match

Saturday's Pollok parkrun (4 March 2017) had an extra dimension as the free weekly 5k event was used to stage the hotly-anticipated mob match between Bellahouston Roadrunners and Bellahouston Harriers. The Harriers dominated at the head of the results list with a 1-2-3 courtesy of Robbie Ferguson (16:46), Gregor Yates (16:52) and Chris Walsh (16:57).

However Roadrunner pride was maintained with four top 10 places courtesy Ciaran Dougherty, Russ Whittington, James Montgomery and David Hulse, and fastest mob match female, Claire Wharton who finished just ahead of club mate Louise Ross.

The Roadrunners were also represented by their new president Richard Leyton, the man who brought parkrun to Scotland, and broadcaster Bryan Burnett. Leyton was delighted to post a PB of 20:18.

40plus contingents from both the Harriers, in their historic dark vests with Saltire and the Roadrunners, in their bright purple tops, added a splash of colour to a gloomy March morning as they battled around the undulating Pollok Park course.

Post-run veteran Roadrunner Stevie Bell told runABC Scotland: "Saturday's parkrun was a brilliant occasion. Lots of pre-run banter, serious effort around the course and post-run photo bombing. It all went off in a great spirit. I hope we can do it again next year."

After the allocation of points based on where runners from both clubs finished, Bellahouston Roadrunners claimed victory in the inaugural mob match.

A healthy 462 participants took part in the event with Jonathan Herriot the mid-point runner on 29:54. 22 volunteers made Saturday's event possible.

Image courtesy Gordon Goldie