The Last One – Queens Park Sx5
We finally closed out the 23/24 South By Series.
Here’s some numbers to crunch:
- 193 folk entered at least one event
- 171 different runners took part in a least one race
- 27 finished all 6 events and are Series completers
- An additional 35 are also Series completers having finished 5 of 6.
- Over 200 hours of volunteer time that helped the series be the success it is.
- 50 trees purchased to be planted in the Scottish Highlands rewilding project.
- Nearly 500kg of foodbank donations, enough to feed a family of 4 for the entire time Sx5 was on.
- £450 for Give A Dog A Bone
Another wee tweak from our route man, and a bit more elevation added to the race route. It’s slightly short of 5k, but the route flows much better, contains more trail. And with the race feeling more like a 5 miler rather than a 5k, there was no complaints of the missing 100m at the chequered flag.
There was some complaining about the missing downhill! 😝
Exhausted, wet and soggy. And that’s just the volunteers!
What a day to finish on. We’ve managed to dodge some weather during this series, but it caught up with us for the Queen’s Park finale.
The start/finish line exposed at the top of the hill left the timing team particularly at the mercy of the conditions. Even the piper had to stop to empty the rain out of his bagpipes!
As usual the volunteers endured, and all the course markings were dismantled. Arrows, tape, soaking flags and bunting was hastily packed into the car, and we retreated to the bowling club to warm and compile results.
The rain had also had it’s way with those, which left a bit of head scratching as the podium prizes were worked out.
It all came together quite easily for the series standing.
Individual Queens Park race results were a different matter! Some soggy bit of paper were retrieved from the debris in the car, and the trawling through Strava to find out who certain people were, began!
Once the laptop was removed from a bucket of rice nicely dried out, and runners all located, the final race results were compiled!
And here they are! Many apologies for the delay.
1st – Grant Jeans 19.59
2nd – Callum Wallace 20.15
3rd – Richard Cooper (Cambuslang Harriers) 20.21
1st – Lana Buchheim (Westerlands CCC) 22.42
2nd – Juliette Longford (Glasgow Tri) 23.50
3rd – Jennifer Conway (Bellahouston RR) 24.39
Podium Prizes (supported by Migo Sports)
Male 1st – Cameron Muir
Female 1st – Juliette Linford
Male 2nd – Grant Jeans
Female 2nd – Jennifer Conway
Male 3rd – Callum Wallace
Female 3rd – Julie Atkinson
Male 40 1st – John Murray
Female 40 1st – Sheila Murray
Male 50 1st – Richard Cooper
Female 50 1st – Sharon O’Leary
Male 60 1st – Robert Docherty
Female 60 1st – Pauline Henderson
Male 70 1st – Charles Gorrie
South by Fives has a list of additional prizes.
The actual prizes included prizes donated by our ReGift scheme which encourages folk to pass on unwanted gifts.
Also some great donations from local businesses:
- The Old Smiddy
- Church on the Hill
- Beauty with a Conscious
- Migo Sports
- The Tartan Coo
Winners of the following prizes were given the chance to select from the above prizes.
Runners Marshal: – Laura Lennon
Runners Runners: – Jenny Wan
Marshals Runners: – Jenny Wan
Best Dressed: – Colin Grey and Michael Devlin
Dirt Dodger: – Lukasz Pudlo
Mud Magnet: – Callum Roach
Wonder in the Wet: – Gayle Owens
Wander around the wet: – Laura Wallace
Race to Registration: – Derek Miller
Most Improved: – Nathalie Smith
Bib that saw the most action: – Julie Atkinson
Couch to Sx5: – Anna Deboub
Best Newcomer: – Gareth Clark
Sprint Finisher: – Kristin Sauer
Spirit of South By Five: – Mairi Milmore
Klinsman Cup, sponsored by Ray Loughran, and named in ‘honour’ of Jamie Wieland’s 2022 dive through the puddle which no one caught on camera!
This years winners were Steph and Lukasz, who both received a ‘Klinsman’ cup depicting their contrasting methods of dealing with the Linn Park duck pond.
We’ll start with you guys. Without the runners there’s no point putting in the effort that we do. Thanks for turning out and traveling through some rubbish weather. Whilst the race weather has been mostly good, the commute weather hasn’t always been ideal!
Obviously our army of amazing hi-viz heroes are invaluable. Throughout the series they’ve been second to none. At Queens Park specifically we’d like to thank:
Lynn Connor, Cedric Moreau, Brian Hughes, Nick Dowley, Debbie Wright and Paige, Jenny Brown, Steven Gilligan, Paul Fletcher, David Gemmell, Deidre Hoyle, Angus Robinson, Liz Deans, Tina Kinsey, Dad, Charlene Harris, Callum Wallace, Ruth Harrison, Zuzana Rencova
All through the series this team have popped up all over the routes, hiding in hedges, shouting encouragement and taking fabulous photos for you all to takeaway for free!
Huge thanks to Blythe Lindsay, Laura Lennon, Bill Oliver, Iain Murray, George Wilson and Kevin Queenan.
We’ve loved it! We can’t wait to see you all again.
See you at Pollok Park Trail Races on 10th March or Linn Park Trail Race on 7th April
If you’ve not signed up, don’t leave it long before you enter!