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Training Resumes - 5th January

Training resumes on Thursday the 5th of January at the Kelvin Hall.  Unless you've made special arrangements with your coach, everyone will be at the Kelvin Hall on that date.


 

Kelvin Hall - Closures for January 2006

28/12 Wednesday Closed from 2.00pm (OGM)
29/12 Thursday Closed from 6.00pm
30/12 Friday Closed from 6.00pm
31/12 Saturday Closed from 5.00pm
01/01 Sunday Closed
02/01 Monday Closed
03/01 Tuesday Closed 2.00pm to 5.00pm (OGM)
08/01 Sunday Closed 9.00am to 6.00pm (SAIL)
14/01 Saturday Closed (SAL Districts)
15/01 Sunday Closed 9.00am to 6.00pm (SAL Districts)
19/01 Thursday Closed 6.00pm to 10.00pm (??)
22/01 Sunday Closed 9.00am to 6.00pm (SAL Seniors)
23/01 to 31/01(incl) Closed (UK International on 28th)

 

Scottish Athletics Indoor League - Sunday 8th January

The last meeting of the indoor league takes place on the above date.  With 7 of our teams challenging for a place in the final, we need to have as many of our athletes available for selection as possible.

Please notify your team manager on or before Thursday the 5th of January if you are available for selection.

Kate Young is the Team Manager for the Men and Boys and Linda Innes is the Team Manager for the Ladies and Girls.


 

Death of Chick Forbes

We received the sad news yesterday, Thursday the 22nd, that Charles Forbes died aged 80 at Greenbank Nursing Home, Irvine.  Chick as he was known, was a Life Member of Victoria Park.

Chick and his brother Andy were members of the famous Victoria Park Relay team that in 1952 became the only Club outside of England to win the English National Cross-Country Championship.  The other members of that winning team were John Stirling, Ronnie Kane, Jimmy Ellis and Ian Binnie.

He had been ill for some time and was unable to attend the 75th Anniversary Dinner but we are reliably informed that he enjoyed having the signed menu cards read out to him.  His former team mates spoke very fondly of him and he was greatly missed on the night.

We have sent a message of condolence from the Club to Chick's daughter Rosalind Dunn and her husband Steve, but should anyone wish to send their own personal message, please contact Gordon Innes for their current address.

His funeral has been arranged for Thursday the 29th December 2005 at 3 P.M. at Holmsford Bridge Crematorium, by Dreghorn, Irvine.  An announcement has been placed in the Glasgow Herald and the Scotsman stating "all friends respectfully invited".

An obituary will appear in The Herald this week.


 

Jigsaw Puzzles

Follow this link and try out our jigsaw puzzles.  More familiar faces of course.


 

Christmas Road Race - Result

Lord Provost, Liz CameronWell done to all of those who took part in this years Christmas Road Race, especially the sprinters who made up the numbers and created a wonderful Christmas spirit.

It turned out to be more like a Christmas Panto when The Lord Provost of Glasgow, Liz Cameron who was passing by in her Chauffeur driven car, saw our junior athletes about to start the race at the entrance to Scotstoun.  She stopped the car and offered her services to the Club as the official starter.  The race was thereafter started in some style by the Lord Provost.

Unfortunately she didn't have 10 minutes to spare or she would have seen Martin Hayes come home ahead of the field in a time of 10.01.

"This story is likely to feature in the West End Mail on Wednesday 28th December"  along with the Club Photograph taken at the Club Championships.

U11 Girls       U13 Girls    
1st Iona Wilson 15.31 1st Sarah Gray 13.54
2nd Eve Dunlop 15.38 2nd Alison Innes 19.59
           
U17 Ladies     U11 Boys    
1st Abbey McGhee 11.30 1st Max Aitchison 10.45
2nd Aisling McGhee 11.52 2nd Robbie Pollock 14.02
3rd Moira Burton 14.18 3rd Steven Thistleton 16.50
4th Yvonne McFarlane 15.25      
5th Gillian Galloway 15.38 U13 Boys    
      1st Paul MacFarlane 12.10
U15 Boys     2nd Lewis Wilson 12.21
1st Michael Gray 10.44      
2nd Calum Innes 11.08 U17 Men    
3rd Gavin Murty 11.18 1st Martin Hayes 10.01
      2nd Niall Murray 11.06
Senior Men     3rd Stewart Booth 11.36
1st Stuart Barnett 14.36
2nd Rab Daly 14.41
3rd Drew Nicol 15.03  
1st Vet Kenny McVey 15.06


 

Training

Training will be at the Kelvin Hall on Tuesday 20th December as usual.  Unless you have made other arrangements with your coach, we will not train again until Thursday 5th of January at the Kelvin Hall. 

We will train that night at the Kelvin Hall in preparation for the last meeting of the indoor league on Sunday the 8th of January.  Please inform your coach if you will be available for selection on that date.  Remember, a good performance can get up to 7 of our teams into the final.

Sprint Group

Rickys sprint group will train as usual on Thursday 22nd December at Scotstoun from 7pm.  On Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th December they will train at the Kelvin Hall from 10.30 am.


 

Annual Christmas Road Race - Saturday 17th December

Thanks to Jordanhill Gardening SuppliesEveryone is invited to take part in our Christmas Road Race on the 17th.  If you would like to take part, you should meet in the Pavilion at Scotstoun in time for a 12pm start.

Competitors should arrive bearing a gift for the Lucky Dip. (Value in the region of 4 - 5. e.g. Selection boxes/sweets/chocolates for the younger athletes and Bottle of Wine/Box of Biscuits, etc for the adults.

We're hoping for a large turnout on the day with 100 in cash prizes up for grabs.  We're very grateful to Gerry Craig of Jordanhill Garden Supplies for making such a generous cash donation.

The senior winner will receive 25 after handicapping.

The fastest Senior will receive 15.

The fastest among the U17/U15 males will receive 10

The fastest among the U17/U15 females will receive 10

The fastest among the U13/U11 males will receive 10

The fastest among the U13/U11 females will receive 10

There will also be 4 spot prizes of 5 each.  (A draw will be made and four finishing places in the field will be winners)


 

Scottish Athletics Indoor League - 4th December 2005

Here are the results of the 2nd meeting of the indoor league.  Download here.

With one more league meeting to go several of our teams are looking good for a place in the final.  The first two teams in the AM league will meet the first two teams of the PM league in the final along with the highest scoring of the two 3rd placed teams at each age group.
AM League 2005 - 2006  
U11 Boys - 3rd on the day, 2nd overall U11 Girls - 2nd on the day, 3rd overall
U13 Boys - 2nd on the day, 3rd overall U13 Girls - 2nd on the day, 3rd overall
U15 Boys - 1st on the day, 1st overall U15 Girls - 10th on the day, 9th overall
U17 Men - 1st on the day, 1st overall U17 Women - 1st on the day, 2nd overall
U20 Men - 6th on the day, 6th overall U20 Women - 5th on the day, 4th overall

Well done to everyone who competed for the Club at this meeting especially the athletes who filled in with unfamiliar events and picked up valuable points.  Thanks to them, 7 of our teams still have an excellent chance of reaching the final.


 

Annual Christmas Road Race - Saturday 17th December

Everyone is invited to take part in our Christmas Road Race on the 17th.  If you would like to take part, you should meet in the Pavilion at Scotstoun in time for a 12pm start.

Competitors should arrive bearing a gift for the Lucky Dip. (Value in the region of 4 - 5. e.g. Selection boxes/sweets/chocolates for the younger athletes and Bottle of Wine/Box of Biscuits, etc for the adults.

We're hoping for a large turnout on the day with cash prizes up for grabs.

 


 

Calendar for December 2005                             Link to Kelvin Hall closures (December)

All of the U11's to U17's should follow this plan unless they have made alternative arrangements with their individual coach.

For the information of our new members, when you attend training nights at the Kelvin Hall, you should pay for a junior ticket for the track at the reception and then make your way to our rendezvous point between sections K and L of the grandstand.

 
  Thursday 1st - Scotstoun

Sunday 4th - Kelvin Hall - Indoor League

Tuesday 6th - Kelvin Hall Thursday 8th - Scotstoun
Sunday 10th - Schools Pentathlon International KH / West Dist X Country - Irvine
Tuesday 13th - Kelvin Hall Thursday 15th - Scotstoun (Starters Hut)
Saturday 17th - Xmas Handicap - Scotstoun
Tuesday 20th - Kelvin Hall Thursday 22nd - No training

Thursday 15th - Starters Hut (Pavilion Closed)

The sprint group will also train at 10.30am on Sundays at the Kelvin Hall.  Ricky has asked for the sprint group to meet him in front of the pole vault mat at the 60m start.

 


 

Coaches Meeting - Wednesday 7th December

A reminder to all of the club coaches that a meeting will take place in the Pavilion from 7pm on Wednesday the 7th of December.  Please attend if at all possible.


 

Special Training Event - Kelvin Hall - Friday 16th December

Joanna RossJoanna Ross, our current club record holder at 800m and 1500m and a current GB international athlete and her coach (John Lees) have accepted an invitation from Graham Smith to host a training session at the Kelvin Hall on Friday 16th December at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

This is an excellent opportunity for any of our young athletes to come along and get the experience of working with and listening to one of our top athletes.

Graham is hoping to arrange more of these training sessions with our other international athletes in the near future.

 

 


 

Glasgow City Council; Indoor Open Graded Meeting

Date, Start Times and Events.

30 November 2005 - 19:00 - 200m, 800m, 2000m, 60H (2 runs),  High Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Putt.

Registration begins two hours before the first timetabled event and closes one hour after the first timetabled event.

Entry is 2.00 per event.

Track events will be run from fastest to slowest heats.

Field events will be organised so that Senior and Under 20 athletes compete against each other if numbers and time permit.


 

Bag Packing Sunday 27th November

What a result, a tremendous effort by all the bag packers.  We were so proud of everyone who was able to attend. Over 30 athletes, parents and coaches turned up on the day.

We appreciated all of the help we received from those who manned the checkouts from 12pm till 6pm, those who managed a few hours between their other commitments and parents who helped out with duties from bag packing to providing the transport.

It was a great success, I can tell you that it took a family of five over 3 hours to count the takings which are listed here:

10 notes 30
5 notes 15
2 coins 50
1 coins 594
50p coins 272-50p
20p coins 230
10p coins 116-10p
5p coins 55
2p coins 24
1p coins 18-3p
3 Francs (French)  
75 Cents (Euros)  
32 Cents (USA)  
Total: 1,404-63p

Well done to everyone who helped with an enjoyable and profitable day.  It came as no surprise to anyone connected with the Club that the behaviour of the athletes was a credit to Victoria Park.


 

Kelvin Hall - Closures for December

03/12/2005 Saturday 2.00pm -4.00pm
04/12/2005 Sunday 10.00am -6.00pm
10/12/2005 Saturday 9.00am - 6.00pm
11/12/2005 Sunday 9.00am - 4.00pm
25/12/2005 Sunday All Day
26/12/2005 Monday All Day
27/12/2005 Tuesday All Day
28/12/2005 Wednesday CLOSED from 2.00pm
29/12/2005 Thursday CLOSED from 6.00pm
30/12/2005 Friday CLOSED from 6.00pm

 


 

Found Property - Running Spikes

Two pairs of running spikes were left behind at Scotstoun on Tuesday 22nd November.  If you know who they belong to, contact Linda or Gordon on 563 7013.


 

New Club Tracksuits

VPAAC tracksuitVPAAC training topWe will be ordering the first batch of the new tracksuits and training tops in the next couple of weeks.  If all goes well with the bag packing at Sainsbury's on Sunday 27th, the cost of the tracksuits on the left will be 20 and 15 for the new training tops on the right.

Please speak to Linda or Gordon at one of the training nights if you want to order any of the new kit.

 

 

Size Chart
                   
Tracksuit Jacket 128cm 140cm 152cm 164cm S M L XL XXL
  26/28 28/30 30/32 32/34 34/36 38/40 42/44 46/48 50/52
                     
Tracksuit Trouser 128cm 140cm 152cm 164cm S M L XL XXL
  24 24/26 26/28 28/30 30/32 32/34 36/38 40 42
                     
Training Top 128cm 140cm 152cm 164cm S M L XL XXL
  26/28 28/30 30/32 32/34 34/36 38/40 42/44 46/48 50/52

 


 

Concentration Game

Try out this interactive game and see how many faces you can recognise.

If you take less than 18 tries, you really need to brag about it on the message board.


 

Scottish Athletics - Annual AwardsDavid Martin

Scottish Athletics held their Annual Awards Ceremony at the Strathclyde Hilton in Bellshill on Friday 18th November.

Around 300 people attended the evening including athletics legends Liz McColgan, Yvonne Murray and Steve Cram and prominent politicians Patricia Ferguson MSP and Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell MP.

Victoria Park's David Martin won the Bank Of Scotland U17 Male Athlete Of The Year award as a result of his successes at the British Schools, AAA's in Birmingham and for Scotland at the Celtic Games in Carmarthen.

John InnesMore success followed for Victoria Park when it was announced that John Innes had won the Services To Officiating Award.  John who is currently our Membership Secretary has many other responsibilities including being Vice Convenor of Scottish Athletics Officials Commission and Chairman of the Central and South Of Scotland Athletic League.

Congratulations to David and John, everyone at Victoria Park is delighted at their success and very proud of their strong links with the Club.

The full list of Award winners can be found on the Scottish Athletics Web Site.


 

Coaches Meeting - Wednesday 7th December

A coaches meeting will take place in the Pavilion from 7pm on Wednesday the 7th of December.  All of the coaches are invited to attend.

 


 

Road Race - Thursday 17th November

Well done to everyone who took part in the first of our series of Road Races.  The results are recorded below.

 
U11 Time U11 Time
Girls Boys
1st Iona Wilson 16.16 1st Max Aitchison 11.03
2nd Ruby Gray 17.49 2nd Robbie Pollock 14.34
3rd Danielle McLellan 17.59   3rd Steven Thistleton 16.10
4th Eve Dunlop 18.14      

 

U13   Time   U15   Time
Boys       Boys    
1st Fergus Paterson 11.12   1st Gregor Innes 10.36
2nd Paul McFarlane 11.58   2nd Michael Gray 10.47
3rd Lewis Wilson 12.42   3rd Lorn Menzies 10.56
4th Grant McConnachie 12.43   4th Andrew Craib 11.34
5th Daniel Craib 13.01   5th Mathew Pollock 11.39
6th Sam Andrew 13.12   6th Gavin Murty 11.46
7th Adam Mills 14.24   7th Rory Stewart 12.36
8th Peter Smith 15.19   8th Dominic McLaughlin 12.36

 

U15   Time   U17   Time
Girls       Men    
1st Emma Mills 14.02   1st Martin Hayes 9.54
2nd Kirsten Walker 16.34   2nd Ross Gibson 13.28
3rd Charlotte Lennon 16.34   3rd Stewart Booth 15.16
4th Abbey Marshall 17.06   4th    

 

U17   Time   Senior   Pts:
Women       Men    
1st Sarah Simpson Gray 17.04   1st Stuart Barnett 9.42
2nd       2nd Drew Nicoll 10.59
3rd       3rd Kenny McVey 12.03
4th       4th Rab Daly 13.04

 


 

Closure Of Pavilion

Our let of the Pavilion at Scotstoun has been cancelled for one night only.  There is a special event on Thursday 15th December.  We will meet at the starters hut by the track on that date.


 

Dunbartonshire AAA Cross Country Championships - 12th NovemberMax Aitchinson

A good day had a great start when Max Aitchinson won the U11 event by 23 seconds from the rest of a large field.

Paul McFarlane was 3rd in the U13 Boys race and Michael Gray was 3rd in the U15's.

Well done to all of those who took part, especially Iona Wilson who was our only female runner with so many away representing their schools at the Scottish Schools Road Relay Championships at Grangemouth.

The full results can be downloaded here.

 


 

Retiral Presentation

Tony Grundy is leaving the Club and returning to his native Cornwall.  He will be calling into the Pavilion on Thursday the 17th November at 7pm.

We would like as many of the Coaches and athletes as possible to be present at this time as we intend to present him with a parting gift.


 

Scottish Athletics Indoor League - 6th November 2005

The results have finally arrived and make very good reading.  The full results and total scores can be downloaded from this link as an excel spreadsheet.
   
U11 Boys - 1st out of 16 Clubs U11 Girls - 5th equal out of 16 Clubs
U13 Boys - 3rd equal out of 13 Clubs U13 Girls - 4th out of 20 Clubs
U15 Boys - 1st out of 17 Clubs U15 Girls - 9th out of 21 Clubs
U17 Men - 3rd out of 13 Clubs U17 Women - 3rd equal out of 16 Clubs
U20 Men - 7th out of 12 Clubs U20 Women - 6th out of 6 Clubs


 

Glasgow City Council; Indoor Open Graded Meetings 2006.

Date, Start Times and Events.

30 November 2005 - 19:00 - 200m, 800m, 2000m, 60H (2 runs),  High Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Putt.

28 December 2005 - 14:00 - 400m (U20/Senior), 200m, 1500m, 3000m, 60H, High Jump, Pole Vault, Triple Jump, Shot Putt.

3 January 2006 - 14:00 - 60m (2runs), 300m, 600m (U17/20/Senior), 2000m, High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Shot Putt.

15 February 2006 - 19:00 - 200m, 400m (u20/Senior), 1500m, 3000m, 60H, High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Shot Putt.

Registration begins two hours before the first timetabled event and closes one hour after the first timetabled event.

Entry is 2.00 per event.

Track events will be run from fastest to slowest heats.

Field events will be organised so that Senior and Under 20 athletes compete against each other if numbers and time permit.


 

A4 Poster

Click here to download a copyScotstoun Leisure Centre have agreed to display a new poster advertising the Club Web Site.  Copies can be downloaded here if your local school, Sports Centre or other suitable location is agreeable to it's display.

Copies can also be obtained from Gordon or Linda.

 


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