The Bella 5K and Bella 10K races took place on Sunday 1st September in Bellahouston Park. The weather stayed dry but the races were impacted by strong winds at various parts of both courses. This was the first time that two races were hosted by the club on the same day giving the runners the choice of the 5K or the 10K distance. The runners responded well with almost 330 runners taking part in the races.
This years Bella 5K was run on a new course with almost 120 finishers taking on the shorter distance. The winner was a delighted Graeme Cameron from Kilmarnock Harriers completing the distance in 15 mins 44 secs. A strong run from Kevin Brydon from Shettleston Harriers took 2nd place thirteen seconds behind the first man home. Kieran Docherty from the host club Bellahouston Road Runners took the last placing with a time of 16 mins 09 secs.
There was impressive runs in the Ladies 5K race with Jessica Oliver-Bell from Shettleston Harriers winning the event in a time of 17 mins 35 secs. Jenny Bannerman from Inverness Harriers also ran well clocking inside the 18 minute mark by 5 seconds. The third place went to Clare MacAulay from Bellahouston Harriers in 19 mins 41 seconds.
The hooter set the 10K runners off at 11am, one hour after the 5K race. Over 200 runners completed the race. David Savage took home the first prize in 34 mins 16 secs, with second place runner Ross Christie from Stirling University exactly one minute behind. Bellahouston Road Runner Grant MacDonald had a strong run after recent injury problems finishing in 35 mins 51 seconds.
In the Ladies 10K race Julie Doncaster, a previous winner of the Jimmy Irvine 10K race, ran well to finish in 38 mins and 25 secs. Over one minute behind was Louise Mitchell of Bellahouston Harriers who ran 39 mins and 34 secs. Donna Finlayson from Victoria Park City of Glasgow completed the podium with a frustrating three seconds over the 40 minute mark.
All runners received technical t shirts and were able to enjoy a feast after both races.
The Jimmy Irvine Bella 10K takes place on Saturday 9th November 2013 and entry is available here.