It was a cold but sunny day for the Southside Six race on Sunday. Nearly 300 lined up at the flagpole in Queen’s Park for the annual 16 miler around 6 parks.
Andy Bonnar had a great run, keeping in touch with Harrier’s Cris Walsh for the entire course. A small error in navigation at the finish saw him lose some time to the eventual winner, but a very creditable second place to Giffnock North’s fastest finisher, with a time of 1.38.25.
Iain Carroll grabbed a third place only 30 sec behind his team mate meaning GN took 2 of the medal spots, with Jan Bienkowski finishing in 1.47 as Giffnock’s third placed runner.
No podium places for the Giffnock women in this one. Allie Chong was first over the line with a time of 1.53 taking 2nd female vet, and Li Wang had a great run to also take second place in her age group with a time of 2.15. Both had seen action in the short course XC the day before – a busy weekend.
Gordon Moir returned from injury with a strong run, crossing the line in 1.57.
An enthusiastic crowd lined the punishing uphill finish back to the flagpole, cheering in other GN runners including Ali Gordon, Linda Miller and Sarah Smith. Irene Zingone, as always, provided sustenance for runners and spectators alike in the form of a huge box of oranges. Much appreciated, as was the superb soup and cake laid on in the Glass houses afterwards.
A difficult race to get into, and a tough course to run, but well worth the effort for those lucky enough to run.
Report by Allie Chong