Renfrewshire AAA 5 mile road race Greenock 7 Feb 2016

The Renfrewshire AAA 5 mile road race took place at Battery park in Greenock on 7 Feb 2016.
The wind is always a challenge for this Club Championship race, but this year high winds and heavy rain had caused the approach road to Greenock to be blocked causing long travel delays. Just getting to the start line was therefore a major achievement and unfortunately not everyone made it, with several turning back or arriving after the race had started.

Battery Park had its own flooding problems with 30m long puddles, knee deep in places, a major obstacle for runners not expecting “cross country on the roads” as one competitor put it. In the latter stages of the race, submerged kerbs in these water features were tripped over causing a number of runners to fall and one competitor even broke his ankle. Although the rain held off for the race, the wind was particularly brutal this year. On re-entering the park after the out-and-back along the esplanade the gale force wind was like a solid wall slowing everyone’s progress.

Well done to everyone who took part but particularly well done to Ann, Claire and Katie who took Bronze medals in the ladies competition, with Claire coming 2nd V40.
The men’s team were 4th for the second year running.

Refrewshire AAA 5 mile road race Gourock - Female results
6Ann RobinFSen00:33:39
9Claire WhartonFW4000:35:11
11Katie MathiesonFW4000:35:15
16Alexandra YoungFSen00:35:45
17Shona DonnellyFW4000:36:12
34Jackie McGuireFW4000:41:29
37Jill HerbertFSen00:43:50
Renfrewshire AAA 5 mile road race Gourock 2016 - Men's results
17Iain BurnsMSen00:29:27
30Andy CampbellMM4000:30:35
43Gerard ScullionMM5000:32:17
45Henry MerriweatherMM4000:32:38
61Kevin QueenanMM4000:34:30
62David HulseMSen00:34:31
65Richard LeytonMM4000:34:41
75Keith GibbMM5000:36:21
81Tony BreslinMM4000:37:45
82Will MoirMM4000:37:48
84Christopher DoakMSen00:38:11
85Michael LancasterMM4000:38:16
89Stephen BellMM6000:40:33

Full results Runbritain Rankings

Photo by Gordon Goldie