Our first attempt at organising an official/authorised race was a great success with yesterday’s Wobbly 5K at Bella Huston Park in Glasgow. The course went past the Palace of Art, the magnificent House for an Art Lover based on the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Bob’s dad who looked magnificent in his yellow marshal’s bib.
The weather was perfect running (he says having stood at the side in a large coat clutching a cup of hot chocolate for dear life) and the only mishap was the organiser’s tent decided to go airborne in an effort to cross the finishing line and get a Wobbly beer cup complete with medal and creme egg (you didn’t honestly expect we would be giving out goody bags did you?)
Forty five runners took part and first home was Thomas McDonald in 17 min and 51 seconds, followed by Donald Kennedy in second with Alistair Kell third. Wobbly regular Matt Howick was pleased with his fourth place in 19 min and 43 seconds and asked whether he was the first veteran across the line. Unfortunately he was the third veteran across the line.
The ladies race was won by Angela Carson in 23 min and 12 seconds followed by Wobbly regular Sarah Bridge one second later. Marina Battaglia was third with another one Wobbly regular and creator of the new Mr Wobbly suit, Anita Neilson in fourth.
The first junior home was Harry Walsh in fifth place overall with a magnificent time of 21 min and 30 seconds.
Photographs of the event can be seen here at the Neilson Photography website. Individual pictures can be purchased five pounds by e-mailing Bryn@WobblyWilliams.com (all proceeds to Parkinson’s research) and the beer cups are also available at £5 each plus £1 P&P.
Thanks to Bob Forrester and his wife Gill for organising the event and leaving no stone unturned. It was fantastic occasion. Thanks also to Achilles Heel for donating prizes for the first three men and the first three women. Finally, special thanks to our stewards; Gayle, Sharon, Stevie and Bob Senior for keeping everybody on the right track, our two first aiders and to Andrew Neilson for the magnificent photographs.