Orpheus, the Three Graces and 3k on the Green – Feb 2015

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McLennan Arch
McLennan Arch

After last week’s race and a hard hill session on Tuesday, I decided to rest on both Wednesday and Thursday, however my muscles were still aching as I warmed up on Glasgow Green, before joining another 62 runners under the Mclennan Arch for the 12:30 Start of the February 3k on the Green Race.  The arch was originally part of the facade of the Assembly Rooms built in Ingram Street in 1792. It was loosely based on the triumphal arches of ancient Rome, and features classical reliefs of Orpheus and the Three Graces. When the Assembly Rooms were demolished in 1892 the Arch was rebuilt in Greendyke Street at the entrance to Glasgow Green. In 1922 it was moved to the end of Charlotte Street,  I’m sure no-one expected that part of an 18th century building would end up as the Start line for a race.

The running conditions were more favourable than my recent races, it was dry, cold, breezy but ice free.  I wasn’t sure how the old body would cope, so I didn’t think a PB would be on the cards.  It wasn’t long into the race when I was overtaken by Keith Gibb, which gave me enough incentive to raise my game a little and overtake the Bellahouston Road Runner.  I could hear someone working hard behind me and I tried to keep them at bay too but about 1k into the race he overtook me and I realised that it was a club mate, Gordon Gallacher.  I was pleasantly surprised to be able to keep fairly close to him as the race progressed.  We caught a few runners but Emma Kay caught us not long after the turn and David McIvor came sprinting past us in the last 300m or so.   A little further on and I decided to go for it and I sprinted past Gordon, who was clearly short of hist best, and over the Finish line.  I was shattered and took a little longer than normal to get my breath back before exchanging congratulations with my fellow runners.  Whilst I was happy with my race, I was slightly dissapointed with my time of 11:55 but the wind had taken its toll on a number of runners’ times.

That said, the first three finishers all completed the course in under ten minutes, this month’s plaudits going to Shettleston Harrier, Peter Mackie, who won with a time of 9:42, seven seconds ahead of Central’s Alan Hume (9:49), with Richard Cooper earning 3rd spot with 9:54 (his first sub 10)

In the women’s race, it was Victoria Park’s Emma Kay, who took gold, crossing the line in a time of 11:48, Springburn Harrier, Joanne Forbes placed 2nd in 12:29, with Kirkintilloch Olympian Ada Stewart earning 3rd, with a time of 12:59.

Full Results here:
1 Peter Mackie Senior M Shettleston Harriers 00:09:42
2 Alan Hume Senior M Central AC 00:09:49
3 Richard Cooper Veteran M 00:09:54
4 Alasdair Campbell Senior M Ron Hill Cambuslang 00:10:00
5 Steven Prentice Veteran M Bellahouston Harriers 00:10:01
6 Andy McGhee Senior M Police Scotland AC 00:10:09
7 Stuart MacDougall Senior M 00:10:11
8 Niall Campbell Senior M Dumfries Running Club 00:10:12
9 Rob Mclennan Super VeteranM Garscube Harriers 00:10:14
10 Ted Gourley Super VeteranM Giffnock North 00:10:18
11 Mark Macaulay Veteran M 00:10:27
12 Ian Sim Senior M Bellahouston Harriers 00:10:39
13 Anthony Quinn Super Vet M Kirkintilloch Olympians 00:10:47
14 Alastair MacLachlan Super Vet M Bellahouston RR 00:10:51
15 Steven Taylor Senior M 00:10:53
16 Ian Thurlbeck Super VeteranM Westerlands 00:10:54
17 Bruce Smith Super VeteranM Carnethy HRC 00:10:56
18 Jacob Lovatt Veteran M 00:10:57
19 Gary Shaw Veteran M Kirkintilloch Olympians 00:10:57
20 Rob Mussett Super VeteranM Central AC 00:11:05
21 Andy Law Super VeteranM Victoria Park 00:11:19
22 Tony McGale Veteran M Springburn Harriers 00:11:23
23 Paddy Gibbons Veteran M 00:11:25
24 Allan Mooney Veteran M Clyderunners 00:11:26
25 Andrew Cook Senior M 00:11:27
26 Paul McGunnigle Senior M 00:11:30
27 David Murphy Veteran M Shettleston Harriers 00:11:31
28 Emma Kay Senior F Victoria Park 00:11:48
29 David MacIver Veteran M 00:11:52
30 Ian Goudie Super VeteranM Bellahouston Harriers 00:11:55
31 Alan Strang Veteran M 00:11:56
32 Gordon Gallacher Veteran M Bellahouston Harriers 00:11:58
33 Edwin Walker Veteran M 00:12:02
34 Iain Crawford Veteran M 00:12:15
35 Keith Gibb Super Vet M Bellahouston Roadrunners 00:12:19
36 Neil thomson Senior M 00:12:21
37 Joanne Forbes Senior F Springburn Harriers 00:12:29
38 Michael Young Super VeteranM 00:12:38
39 Tony Breslin Veteran M Bellahouston Roadrunners 00:12:40
40 Alasdair Murray Veteran M Kilmarnock Harriers 00:12:43
41 Ada Stewart Super VeteranF Kirkintilloch Olympians 00:12:59
42 David Stirling Veteran M 00:13:15
43 Keith MacKenzie Veteran M 00:13:17
44 James Boyce Senior M 00:13:25
45 Mark Wallace Veteran M 00:13:38
46 Dianne Kelly Senior F 00:13:52
47 Lynn Casey Veteran F 00:13:53
48 Morag Casey Veteran F Garscube Harriers 00:13:54
49 Russell Couper Super VeteranM Calderglen harriers 00:14:04
50 Gillian Wallis Senior F Springburn Harriers 00:14:05
51 Russell Morrison Super VeteranM 00:14:16
52 Jacqueline Casey Senior F 00:14:19
53 Brian Graham Super VeteranM Kilbarchan 00:14:26
54 Tom Keenan Super VeteranM Bellahouston Harriers 00:14:30
55 Aynsley Sharp Senior F 00:15:09
56 Tony Hamilton Senior M 00:15:11
57 Heather Angelopoulos Super VeteranF 00:15:12
58 Catriona Gourley Super VeteranF 00:15:18
59 Lynsey Williamson Senior F 00:15:42
60 John Softley Super VeteranM Bellahouston Harriers 00:15:56
61 Lynne Malcolm Veteran F 00:16:15
62 William McInnes Senior M Sweatshop Running 00:18:14
63 Walter Ewing Super VeteranM Shettleston Harriers 00:20:19

Many thanks to all that ran or organised the event, including, regular runner, Margaret Hutchinson who helped with the marshaling duties.

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