4 Feb

Records Smashed in a Day to Remember

Pic by Gill Williamson

The 58th Glasgow parkrun was a day to remember as a record 267 runners took part in the weekly, free 5k race. Robert Gilroy won the event for a record tenth time and Lindsay MacNeill maintained her 100% record in the women's race.

Number 10 for Gilroy

The volunteers coped admirably with the cold weather and the influx of participants, which included an excellent turnout from the brightly coloured Motherwell AC and a total of 52 new parkrunners. However it was parkrun regular Robert Gilroy, making his 14th appearance that led the mass ranks around the icy course and over the finish line, the 33 year old Ronhill Cambuslang Harrier winning the Pollok Park event for a record tenth time in 16:16. Six seconds behind was his club mate Jamie Reid (36) who had to settle for runner-up position, with a time of 16:22. Another six seconds later was Danny Whitehead (37) of Cosmic Hillbashers who placed third in a time of 16:28.

Three Out of Three for MacNeill

In her third appearance, Shettleston Harrier Lindsay MacNeill (31) kept up her 100% record by winning in a time of 18:41. The Glasgow PE teacher beat Claire McCracken (35) of Victoria Park/City of Glasgow AC by 35 seconds recording a time of 19:16 in the process. Marina McCallum (38) of Clydesdale Harriers placed third in a time of 20:13.

Age Matters

In the day's Age Graded competition, Victoria Park/City of Glasgow AC junior Ethan Sloan-Dennison recorded a performance of 84.43%.

It's All About Points

In the men's points competition John Gilhooly with 647 points has a lead of 11 over second placed Bellahouston Road Runner Al MacLachlan, with Ian Goudie of Kilmarnock Harriers in third place on 528. In the women's competition Jeanette Whiteside on 553 points leads Bellahouston Harrier Erica Christie by 67, with Sophie Mary Parcell in third place on 462.

Your Say

Motherwell's Carole Munro who had a strong finish to place 75th in 22:04 told www.scottishrunningguide.com "This was only my second time of competing in the parkrun but I loved it. It's so well organised and friendly. My club usually have a speed session on a Saturday morning but we've agreed to come to the parkrun once a month instead".