This year’s Bellahouston Harriers’ Brian Goodwin 10k incorporated the West District Championship thus ensuring that some of the countries top runners would participate in what is always a popular event.
It was hard to decide who would be the favourite in the Men’s Race with Tusla University based Luke Traynor securing a late entry to the event which saw him going head to head with Scotland international Tewolde Mengisteab. Both runners were shoulder to shoulder as they completed the first 5k of the two lap course. However in the latter part of the race Luke’s thirty hour journey from Oklahoma took its toll and the Giffnock North athlete dropped off the pace as he struggled with back pain.
Shettleston’s Tewolde Mengisteab stuck to his task and earned Gold with a time of 31.06. Giffnock North’s Jack Taylor placed second in 31:42, with Edinburgh AC’s Junior, Gavin Bryson, earning Bronze and Gold with a time of 31;54
In the women’s event, Inverness AC’s Jenny Bannerman, who equalled the Women’s course record at Victoria parkrun (17:21) last week, went one better by setting a new course record of 35.37 at the Pollok Park race. Michelle Sandison, Springburn Harriers, claimed second spot with a time of 36:16. Shettleston’s Avril Mason placed third and first V40 in 36:33.
With prizes for the first placed in the various male and female age categories and an internal race for Bellahouston Harriers, there were plenty of prizes being awarded in the evening sunshine.
West District Results
Tewodle and Jack were joined by Iain Reid of Cambuslang (32:02) on the West District men’s podium.
With Jenny ineligible, Michelle and Avril took Gold and Silver and were joined by Shettleston’s Jessica Oliver-Bell (36:51)
Congratulations not just to all the winners on the night but to all of the 388 participants who started the race. Well done to Tom Keenan and everyone else at Bellahouston Harriers for superb organisation of a hugely successful event which saw finishers receiving a Brooks running top, and a beer and burger.
Thanks to Claire Barr for presenting the prizes for the West District Championships.
Thanks also to the race sponsor, Achilles Heel, for continuing to support the local running community. Also personal thanks from me to Katie for the free burger and beer.
Jenny’s father Charlie Bannerman who had once again driven his daughter down (and back) from Inverness to Glasgow commented on just how lucky we are in Glasgow to have such wonderful races, with competition throughout the field. A mix of club and non affiliated runners and the chance to socialise with your fellow runners after the race.
All photos by Ian Goudie Photography see all my Brian Goodwin photos here