Jack and I headed doon by the Broomielaw to take part in our fourth and windiest Great Run Local (GRL) Glasgow Quays 2k Race. For whatever reason, we were the only participants in the shorter of the two races, so a victory was assured but it would be a hollow one. To mix metaphors, Jack was guaranteed to be the top dog in a one horse race. If we wanted real success though, we would have to overcome the strong, icy cold, wind and run a PB.
I was just glad to reach the 5k runners before they set off and then concentrated on trying to get to the 1k turn, before the 5k leader, Richard Cooper, reached us. I was surprised but also delighted to do so. Now, with the wind behind us, we raced against time towards the Squinty Bridge and the finish line. We kept well to the left, to allow the 5k runners to pass us unhindered but we also kept our focus on that PB. We worked hard at our walking and reached the finish line in a time of 12:55, some 34 seconds faster than our last outing two weeks ago.
Of course, we’d rather be running but you’ve got to take positives from every race, especially if the records show that you won it and got a PB too.
Full 2k Results here
A healthy forty four runners took part in the 5k event, with Richard Cooper leading from the start and crossing the line with an excellent time of 17:36 and complete another three miles of racing, in his quest to race 366 miles in 2016 and raise money for the Moira Fund. You can sponsor Richard here
Irvine RC’s Paul Laverty chalked up his 21st GRL and earned Silver, with his time of 18:18, with Hamilton’s Richard Murciano placing third, in 18:35.
In the Women’s Race Bellahouston Harrier, Karen Speirs, ran a PB of 28 seconds to finish in a time of 24:52 and become a sub 25min runner for the first time. Karen also managed to get revenge on second place Karen Forsyth (25:17) of Carnegie Harriers, who had narrowly beaten her on Friday 1st April at the 3k on the Green Race.
In her fifteenth outing, Celia Thompson ran her second fastest time to earn Bronze with a time of 27:38.
Full 5k Results here
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