The March edition of 3k on the Green surpassed all others, by being the first to attract more than 80 runners. A record turnout of some 83 completed the fast and flat, out and back course. The absence of, last year’s ever present duo, Steven Prentice and Al MacLachlan did little to detract from the occasion.
It was a bit of a tight squeeze under the McLennan Arch for the pre race announcements but we made it and at 12:30 Al Murray sent us on our way down towards the River Clyde.
Fears af overnight ice and frost proved to be unfounded but there was a strong cross wind which made fast times more difficult.
With the absence of most of my adversaries, my main objective was to keep club mate Bernie O’Neil in sight as long as possible. I knew that wouldn’t be an easy task, as not only had she run a time of 11:44 in her only previous outing, in less than perfect conditions in January, but she also ran her fastest 5k in 13 years at Clydebank last week, finishing in a time of 19:40!
Whilst I worked hard from the off, after about 500m I could see Bernie and Emma Kay picking up the pace and the gap widened from there on in. That said, I still managed to focus on Bernie, which helped to pull me around the 3k course. At the turning point, a quick glance to my right revealed that my old rival, Carnegie’s Kieran Morgan, was a few places behind me.
Although Bernie was now a good bit in front of me, I could still see her and kept my focus on finishing as close to her as possible. I was also determined not to be overtaken in the second half of the race. I thought that I was doing my best but with the Finish Line in sight, I could do nothing to stop being overtaken by Edwin Walker in the final strait. However, I managed to find an extra gear, from somewhere, and sprinted past Edwin just before we crossed the line.
I joined the others who were lying on the grass getting their breath back. I was dissapointed when I looked at my watch to see a time of 11:54, well short of the 11:48 PB that I was hoping to achieve.
I grabbed a bottle of water and chatted with friends as we cheered the other runners across the line. Whilst Bernie had taken 15 seconds off of her PB, other runners advised me that the wind had taken it’s toll and that their times were down. I suppose, with that in mind, I should be happy with yet another sub 12min time.
Up front, East Kilbride’s Grant Baillie had stormed to victory, crossing the line in a time of 9:12, one of nine runners who recorded sub 10:00. Runner up was Chris Greenhaugh, in 9:34, with Law’s Darran Muir placing third in 9:40.
In the women’s race it was Shettleston’s Emma Dunnet, who took Gold, crossing the line in 10:55. Linlithgow’s Charlotte Fortune, recently returned from earning Bronze in the Fortuna one mile race in Spain, placed second, with a time of 11:04 and Victoria Park’s Emma Kay placed third in 11:26. (Bernie finishing fourth in 11:29).
Full results here
Photos by Matthew Brown
Once again thanks to everyone who particpated in the event and in particular to the small number of volunteers, who give up their lunch break to allow us to race.