2012 Jimmy Irvine Achilles Heel Bella 10K Race Report

An autumnal day greeted the runners for the 3rd running of the Jimmy Irvine Bella 10K on Saturday 10th November. Over 500 runners took to the start line in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow.  Music and commentary from club member Bryan Burnett got the runners set, with club founder Jimmy Irvine sending the runners on their way round the six and a bit miles within Bellahouston Park and the adjacent Mosspark Boulevard.

Commentator Bryan Burnett

In the men’s race Michael Deason from Shettleston Harriers led from the gun and finished the race 1st overall in a time of 31:52.  Second place went to Jozsef Farkas finishing in a time of 32:08.  The third man home was Chris Devenney from Kilbarchan AAC with a time of 32:19.  The veteran prizes went to Cris Walsh from Bellahouston Harriers (M40, 34:52), Graham McGrattan from Greenock Glenpark Harriers (M50, 37:24) and Norman Baillie from Garscube Harriers (M60, 42:57).

The women’s race was a close run affair with first and third only 31 seconds apart. First home for the ladies was Clare MacAuley from Bellahouston Harriers, with a time of 39:18.  The host club Bellahouston Road Runners provided the ladies in 2nd and 3rd with Deborah Gray, glowing from a recent PB run at the Dublin marathon, finishing in 39:36 closely followed by Romy Beard in 39:49 and with that Romy’s first sub 40 min 10K run.  Prizes in the veteran categories went to Ann Robin (F35, 41:12) from the host club Bellahouston Road Runners, Mary Western from Carnegie Harriers (F45, 42:08) and Denise Lindsay from ADAC (49:24).

The team prizes for both men and ladies went to Bellahouston Road Runners who were well represented throughout the whole field.  Men’s counters were Ciaran Dougherty, Mark Johnston and Scott Kennedy and the ladies team comprised Deborah Gray, Romy Beard and Ann Robin.

Iain and David

There was also a prize for the Bellahouston Road Runners 2012 race series which included the 5K race in August and today’s 10K.  These prizes also went to runners from the host club with Scott Kennedy taking the male prize and capping a very successful day, Ann Robin took the female prize.

Well done to all the runners who took part today.  Everyone who finished took away water, bananas and a goody bag, with some bags having surprise spot prizes.  Everyone was cheered home by an enthusiastic support and commentator Bryan Burnett.  After the race everyone headed to Mosspark Bowling Club to enjoy a celebratory buffet of sweet and savoury foods washed down with tea and coffee, followed by the presentation ceremony. 

Another highlight of the day saw Bellahouston Road Runners awarded the Club Accreditation Foundation Award from Scottish Athletics which completes two years of hard work.


A massive thanks from all at the club to those who assisted with the event.  Thanks to the runners for taking part, all the helpers from the club, their friends and family without which this event would not be able to take place.

Thanks to our race sponsors Achilles Heel who provide generous support for all the Bellahouston Road Runner races.  Tunnocks and Arran Aromatics assisted with the goody bags so thanks very much to them.  Every year we require assistance from Glasgow City Council, from permission to use the park, to the local park staff at Bellahouston who every year are so helpful in assisting with the race.

We are already looking forward to welcoming you back for our 2013 races.   Full results available here. (click on link).

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