With the local Holiday September Weekend taking place, it was difficult to guess how many people would participate in the ninth 3k on the Green of 2015. Sixty seven had turned out last year but with the growing popularity of the monthly event, there was no real surprise when registrations reached 102 on Friday. It was also one of our youngest races with a number of younger runners, taking advantage of the school holiday to race, including representatives from Kirkintilloch Olympians; Victoria Park/City of Glasgow and Bellahouston Harriers.
Wihilst regular Race Director, Al Murray, was on holiday, the team of volunteers coped admirably with the large numbers on the day and the event went like clockwork. The morning rain abated and the runners were sent eastward along the Clyde walkway at 12:30.
Although forty one year old Steven Prentice established an early lead in the race and had built up a significant gap by the turn point, it was his, sixteen year old, Bellahouston Harrier club mate who finished stronger and crossed the line in a time of 9:37. Steven had to settle for the runner up spot, with a time of 9:41.
Giffnock AAC’s Chris Greenhaugh, who is becoming a regular on the local race scene, placed third, in 9:44.
In the Women’s event it was debutant Sarah Benson of Cambuslang who earned Gold. Just six months after giving birth to her son Tom, the athlete formerly known as Sarah Hood stormed to victory in a time of 10:11. Commenting after the race, Sarah, whose day job is Performance Pathways Manager at British Gymnastics, said that her ” fitness was slowly coming back”. We look forward to seeing how it progresses at future races. Having run 9:19:29 at the Glasgow Open 3000 in 2014, she could soon be challenging Lyndsay Morrison’s Course Record.
The runner up was no slouch either, with Falkirk Victoria’s Fiona Mathieson, crossing the line in 10:28. The UK’s top V50 female athlete, matched her previous time, recorded in the May 2015 event, to the second!
It was another debutant, in the form of Valencia Wright that placed third. The U11 year old Victoria Park/City of Glasgow youngster looks set to have a great future in athletics, completing the 3k in an impressive time of 11:35.
Many thanks to all the volunteers, runners, suppoorters and photographers, who once again showed why the event is gaining a reputation as the best wee race in Scotland. See you in October?