As the clouds opened and the crowds gathered, there was a noticeable sea of blue in Pollok Park. Thirty Bella Harriers made their way to park for the club’s winter ‘mass parkrun’ and the vests were out in force – albeit over several other layers. I was gutted not to be joining them myself but I decided to take the sensible approach and listen to the physio. I figured that the Runbetweeners would be well represented in the event by Kenny without the need for me to risk further injury! Not wanting to be completely left out, I ventured down and volunteered as photographer for the morning.
While plenty of the photos were rubbish – a combination of bad weather and worse photographer – I did manage to get a few decent ones which I have uploaded here. Feel free to save and share as you wish! I also took to opportunity to have a play around with the GoPro. I realised when I got home that I had accidentally turned it off for the majority of the race and so, rather annoyingly, I only had footage of the start and finish of the event! All of my fantastic, atmospheric ‘in-race’ action shots would not make an appearance in the final video! Still, I think the final video gives an idea of the conditions that the race took part in!
There were some fantastic performances in the event with Neil Renault crossing the line first in a fantastic time of 16:19. He was then followed by a mass of Harriers as the Bella Boys made up 8 of the remaining top 10 positions. Particularly noteworthy performances were put in by David Mackintosh, who smashed his Pollok PB with 16:49, and Cris Walsh who followed him across the line with an age graded score of 82.58%. Stuart Miller also scored a big PB by dipping under 18minutes with a 17:56 finish.
The Bella Girls also secured some brilliant results with Erica Christie smashing out an age graded performance of 88% and Jenny Hoyle who managed to shatter her previous PB by over 3 minutes! Other Bella PBs were recorded by Linda Moffat Anne Mcfie, Karen Speirs and Russell Greig – all in horrific conditions! Bring on the warm weather racing…