Sunday 1 December
The Glasgow Parks Championships is an annual competition, with three separate short events in one day. It’s always an enjoyable and sociable day. Start times are allocated for the first two races, with a chasing start for the final race.
The first race was at Glasgow Green, by the River Clyde southeast of the city centre. The terrain here is mostly flat, open parkland, giving easy navigation.
The second race was across the river Clyde, at Queen’s Park, which is quite hilly, and has some formal paths and gardens, as well as rougher wooded areas. Many enjoyed the welcome warmth of the glasshouses, where there was also an interesting reptile house.
The third race was nearby, in Pollok Country Park, with the start and finish beside playing fields in the east of the park. Pollok Park has many tracks and paths through varied terrain including woodland and open parkland. Courses looped around the woodland, past the Burrell Collection buildings, which are currently closed for refurbishment.
The weather was very cold and frosty, with beautiful tracery on spiders’ webs and vegetation. It was misty for the first race, but the sun broke through later on. Underfoot conditions were mostly good, with some ice on paths.
Congratulations to the ESOC trophy winners:
Alison Cunningham (Super Veteran Women)
Les Dalgleish (Ultra Veteran Men)
Margaret Dalgleish (Ultra Veteran Women)
Ian Pyrah (Hyper Veteran Men)
Eleanor Pyrah (Hyper Veteran Women)
Rachel Brown (Junior Star trophy - 2nd out of 14 in Open Women)
Other ESOC members in the top half of the overall results were:
Open (16 competitors) – Richard Purkis 4th
Veteran Women (13) – Heather Thomson 3rd, Helena Nolan 4th
Super Veteran Men (19) – Keith Brown 3rd, Crawford Lindsay 10th
Ultra Veteran Men (13) – Martin Caldwell 2nd
Ultra Veteran Women (7) – Anne Stevenson 3rd
Junior (13) – Jamie Lawlor 2nd, Connor Lupton 4th, Fraser Lupton 6th, Calum Robertson 7th
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