Some134 runners took part in the August 3k on the Green, up 31 from last year’s race. The sun was shining as the runners lined up under the iconic McLennan’s Arch and even the Race Director, Al Murray’s announcement that the course had recently been re-measured and found to be 15m short couldn’t cast a shadow over the event and neither could the ‘Fun in the Mud’ recycled numbers used for the event.
The tall figure of Richard Carr quickly took the lead and at the turning point headed a strong pack which contained Grant Baillie, Darren McQuade and Jason Bell. It wasn’t much later when Cambuslang’s Carr and East Kilbride’s Baillie broke away from the other two. In the final kilometer, Baillie took the lead and sprinted home crossing the new finishing line in a time of 9:13, three seconds in front of Carr.
Bellahouston Harrier, Darren McQuade earned the third spot with a time of 9:26, with Helensburgh’s Jason Bell claiming fourth in 9:31. The first ten runners all ran under 10 seconds.
The best age-graded performance was run by Shettleston’s Dennis Williams (MV55) with his time of 10:20 equating to a wava of 84:54%
Race winner, Grant Baillie said:
I loved the race, I’ve done it a few times now and there’s always a good standard with someone to push you on to a good time. I didn’t notice the extra 15m but my time was slightly slower, I just thought it was due to me not being as fit. Credit to the organisers for the work they do, especially as the entry money goes to charity which I think is an amazing gesture.
August 2018 3k results summary (2)Women’s Race
In the Women’s race, two English engineers made their debuts with Cat MacDonald of Bellahouston Road Runners taking an early lead and holding off a strong finish from Ruth Crewe of Westerlands to earn gold with a time of 10:57. Crewe crossed the line in 11:02 to earn silver, Gill Blee placed third with a time of 11:43, with Garscube’s Mary Senior finishing in fourth place in 11:55.
The best age-graded performance was run by Erica Christie (FV60) with her time of 12:17 equating to a wava of 92:80%
Race winner, Cat MacDonald said:
It was a good day for the best wee race in Scotland, nice and sunny. I really enjoyed it. I’ll definitely be back whenever I can. Many thanks to the organisers for such a great event.
No September Race
Please note that due to the Great Scottish Run and associated events there will be no 3k on the Green in September but we will be back on Friday 26th October and we look forward to seeing you then.
Ian Goudie’s photos