Brian Graham … 100th parkrun

Congratulations to Brian who ran his 100th park run on Saturday 16th November 2013.

Brian Graham

Brian wrote on his Facebook page …..

That’s my 100th Parkrun. done and feeling a great sense of achievement to have reached that milestone. Got to Pollok Park at about 9am and had a 20 min pre run warm up. Got of to a good start and knew about halfway round that a PB was unlikely. I kept steady to finish in 23:04, my third fastest time at Pollok. A PB will just have to wait till another time, but, quite happy with my run today. Thanks everyone for all your support and best wishes.

Before the race Brian looked back on his park runs …

Just a few facts and figures about Parkrun. I took part in my first run at Pollok on 03/04/10 in a time of 26:05 with an age grade of 56.55%. I’ve completed 99 runs since then, my fastest being at Pollok on 31/08/13 with a time of 22:30 (AG 67.19) I’m hoping to be at Pollok this Saturday for my 100th run and hope to try for a PB. I’ve averaged 2.3 runs per month since I started Parkrun, I think that shows that I quite enjoy it! This year has been particularly good for improving my times and the knock on effect on my other race distance performances has been astounding. Running has helped me to overcome issues in my personal life this year and I hope to keep on improving as I get older. I feel like I’m in a good place just now and really starting to enjoy life again. Anyway, I’ve said enough, roll on Saturday!

I’m sure he’s looking forward to the next 100!!

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Renfrewshire AAA XC Championships, Gourock, Sun 17 Nov 2013

Sunday 17th November 2013, at Darroch Park, Gourock

Details of the race

Bus starting at Paisley and going reverse from usual direction.
Leaving from:

Paisley Canal St bus stop – 9.30
Thorndene – 9.40
Beith Rd garage – 9.45
Kilbarchan library – 9.50
Bridge of Weir Bulls garage – 10.00
Kilmacolm Cross – 10.10

Bus £5 incl race .. Seniors £7
Those going direct please pay £3 to help cover costs.

Race timetable:
Boys u11 ie 9-10 on 1/9/13 1mile 12.00
Girls u11 ie 9-10 on 1/9/13 1mile 12.05
Boys u13 ie 11-12 on 1/9/13 2 miles 12.20
Girls u13 ie 11-12 on 1/9/13 2 miles 12.25
Boys u15 ie 13-14 on 1/9/13 2 miles 12.45
Girls u15 ie 13-14 on 1/9/13 2 miles 12.50
Men u17 ie 15-16 on 1/9/13 3 miles 1.15
Women u17 ie 15-16 on 1/9/13 3 miles 1.15
Sen Men (incl u20s) 6 miles 1.40
and Senior Women 4 miles 1.40
Note .. Age categories – age at 1st September 2013 .. min age 9 on the day.
Some boys and girls races may go together.
Presentations for young athletes at approx 1.45pm, Seniors at approx 3pm.

Maps of the course –

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Press Release, Mon 12 Nov 2013

There was a fine performance by Kilbarchan Athletic Club Ladies team at Bellahouston Park last weekend, when they won Silver Medals at the National 4K Cross Country Championships . First home for the team was Natalie Sharp who had a fine run for 5th place and Natalie had good back up support from Christina Rankin and Elaine Eadie.

Kilbarchan younger athletes were also prominent in the Scottish Schools Road relay championships at Grangemouth. It was a glory day for Gryffe High School winning both boy’s and girl’s medley relay titles and both in convincing style. To win one of these titles is something special but to win both boys and girls races is quite exceptional.

The girls team included Rona Tytler, Katie McGinn, Kerry MacAngus and Gwen Gillham and the boys quartet was Andrew MacAngus, Scott Ritchie, Euan Trout and Euan Gillham,  all members of Kilbarchan Athletic Club.

And there was also a great performance by the Castlehead High School boy’s medley team, the quartet of Jake Scott, Stuart Chalk, Callum Matthews and Sam McNair, finishing 3rd.

Last Sunday, there were more successes for the Kilbarchan club at the Kilmarnock Open Cross Country races.

Leanne Hamilton was a clear winner of the Senior Women’s race and Callum Matthews won the Men’s race in convincing style. The Gillham twins concluded a successful weekend by winning their respective under 17 races with Sarah Dempsey 2nd in the girls event and Euan Trout and Cameron Dickson 2nd and 4th in the boys race, which won them the team event.

The under 15 girls race was a 1-2-3 for Kilbarchan with Laura Stark leading home Rona Tytler and Emma Fulton while Conor Thomson won the under 15 boys event with Aidan Comenford 3rd and both boys and girls winning their team events.

There were also medals for Craig Kennedy, 3rd in the under 13 boy’s race and Alisha Sivell, 3rd in the under 11 girls event.

Arthur Smith

Kilmarnock Open XC Races, Sun 10 Nov 2013

Congratulations to everyone who ran.

Medal Winners:

Sen Mens winner  Callum Matthews

Sen Womens winner  Leanne Hamilton

u17 boys 1 Euan Gillham, 2 Euan Trout and 1st team

u17 girls 1 Gwen Gillham, 2 Sarah Dempsey 

u15 boys 1 Conor Thomson, 3 Aidan Comerford  and 1st team

u15 girls 1 Laura Stark, 2 Rona Tytler, 3 Emma Fulton and  1st team 

u13 boys 3 Craig Kennedy 

u11 girls 3 Alisha Sivell

Photos by Donna Matthews

Full Results

Photos by Kenny Phillips (Facebook)

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