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Scottish Senior Indoor Championships and Junior Relays.

Saturday 6th February 2010. Linda with the cheque

VP-Glasgow athletes featured highly at the above Competition, gaining 47 points as part of LDC’s “Club First” programme which benefited the Club with the LDC “Club First Cup” and a cheque for £500.

Thank you to the medal winners who were as follows:-

Derek Gibb was 1st in the Men’s 1500m with a time of 4.08.79s

Chloe Lambert was 1st in the Women’s 200m with a time of 25.84s and 3rd in the Women’s 60m with a time of 8.04s.

Raymond Bobrownicki and Thomas Campbell were 1st and 2nd in the Men’s High Jump with heights of 2.17m and 2.00m respectively.  Ray once again setting a Club record.

Lucinda Logan was 2nd in the Women’s High Jump with a height of 1.71m. Derek Gibb

Andrea Gaffney was 2nd in the Women’s Long Jump with a distance of 5.71m.

Jennifer Graham was 3rd in the Women’s Pole Vault with a height of 3.50m.

Erin Leggate was 3rd in the Women’s 400m with a time of 59.84s.

David Martin and Calum Innes were 2nd and 3rd in the Men’s 60m Hurdles with times of 8.49s and 8.51s respectively. David was 3rd in the Men’s 400m with a time of 48.99s.

Last but not least was our U15 Girls 4 x 200m Relay Team who were first with a time of 1.49.73s. The winning team consisted of Eilidh McEvilly, Megan Heafey, Paige Dickson and Mhairi Patience.

The full results are available at this link. 

Linda Innes


Scottish 2 and 4k ChampionshipsGillian Black

The annual 4k Championships were held at Bellahouston on Sunday the 31st of January.  VP-Glasgow athletes had an excellent day with the highlight being team Gold for the U15 boys.

In the 2k development races, the U13 girls team won Silver with excellent performances from Gillian Black 4th 7:32 ; Millie Boyle 6th 7:57 ; Emma Ferrie 10th 8:05 and Kirsty Viera 16th 8:16.

The U13 boys failed to put out a complete team but were well represented by Liam Turner 2nd 6:44 and Jamie Middleton 17th 7:42.

The U15 boys finished in 1st place, winning Gold.  It was an exciting finish to the line between Max Aitchison and Ahmed Hassan from Shettleston for 1st place with Max finishing one second ahead to win gold.

The times for the U15's are as follows: Max Aitchison 1st 5:50 ; Lewis Boyle 3rd 6:01 ; CMax Aitchisonraig Young 4th 6:05 and Liam McLoone 6th 6:08.  Marc Rooney 10th 6:40 ; Kieron Rafferty 16th 6:59 ; Murray Sim 18th 7:14 and Jack Moreland 20th 7:31.

Only three athletes took part in the 4k events.  Rhian Dawes was 4th U20 to finish with a time of 15:30.

Derek Gibb was 20th in the Senior event with a time of 12:26 and Sean Fontana was 6th U20 with a time of 12:50.

Congratulations to our medal winners.  The full results are available at this link.

Michele Boyle


Club Road Race

The 2nd of this seasons Club Road Races was held on Thursday the 28th of January from Scotstoun Stadium.  The first athlete home was Max Aitchison who set a PB of 9:10 for the 2 mile course.

There was several excellent performances on the night with numerous PB's.  Well done to everyone who took part.

Pos Name Age M/F Time Lewis Boyle
1st Max Aitchison U15 M 9:10
2nd Ethan Sloan Dennison U17 M 9:19
3rd Lewis Boyle U15 M 9:29
4th Liam McLoone U15 M 9:54
5th Craig Prior U17 M 10:17
6th Mark Rooney U15 M 10:26
7th Paul MacFarlane U17 M 10:52
8th Murray Sim U15 M 11:09  
9th Ewan Urquhart U13 M 11:10
10th Gillian Black U13 F 11:12 Holly Little
11th Maria Milliken U15 F 11:37
12th Jack Moreland U15 M 11:54
13th Holly Little U11 F 12:03
14th Robyn Connolly U11 F 12:26
15th Iona Wilson U15 F 13:20
16th Daniel Sinclair U11 M 13:50
17th Michael Dunn U13 M 13:50
18th Marcus Macintyre U11 M 15:10
19th Nicole Waters U11 F 15:14  
20th Scott Goodman U11 M 16:59  
21st Georgia Dunn U11 F 17:31 Robyn Connolly
  2 and a half miles      
1st Ralph Connolly Sen M 18:03
2nd Sandra Branney Vet 55 F 18:09
3rd Allan Hamilton Sen M 19:40
4th Kenny McVey Vet 60 M 19:41
5th Rab Daly Vet 65 M 21:06

LSK Supplies Scottish Veterans Road RelayClaire McCracken

VP-Glasgow athletes took part in the Vets Road Relay races on Sunday the 24th of January.  The women's team of Sandra Branney, Kirsty Baird and Clair McCracken finished in first place and Clair had the 2nd fastest lap.

The women's team led from start to finish with Sandra completing the 3rd fastest lap in 23:15.  Kirsty ran leg 2 in 24:30 before Clair finished in 22:48.

The mens team finished in 16th place overall.  Mark Ashby completed leg 1 in a time of 21:49, Peter Ramsay ran leg two in a time of 25:55, Ralph Connolly completed leg 3 in a time of 23:58 and Kenny McVey finished in a time of 25:27.

Rab Daly ran as part of a composite team and finished with a time of 28:16.

Daily Record - Young Athlete of the Year

Two members of VP-Glasgow have been nominated for the Young Athlete Of The Year award.  Both Jax Thoirs and Andrea Gaffney are in the running and in need of votes.

If you follow the link below, you can vote for your favourite.  The voting is about to close but you can still make a difference.

Good luck to Jax and Andrea.

Celtic Cross Country International

VP-GlasgowAbbey McGhee athletes were involved in the International event and round four of the McCain UK Cross Challenge in Antrim on Saturday the 23rd of January.

Abbey McGhee was 2nd in the U23 competition and 19th to finish among the senior women with a time of 20:51.  Nicola Hood was 4th to finish in the U23 competition and 25th overall with a time of 21:27.  Abbey and Nicola were part of the winning Scottish team.

Hollie Young was 7th to finish among the U20 women with a time of 14:26.

Max Aitchison was 4th in the U17 international event and 12th overall with a time of 19:20.

Liam Turner was 4th in the U13 event with an excellent time of 6:43.

Well done to everyone who took part.  The full results are available at this link.

Scottish Inter Regional ChampionshipsDianne Ramsay

The Championships were held on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of January at the Kelvin Hall and many VP-Glasgow athletes were in action representing West City.  West City finished in 4th place overall.

Dianne Ramsay was 1st in the 200m with a time of 26.41s and 2nd in the 400m with a time of 60.49 while her brother Allan was 3rd in the 800m with a time of 1:53.65.

David Martin was 2nd in the 400m with a time of 48.94s and Calum Innes was 2nd in the 60m Hurdles with a time of 8.44s.

Lucinda LoganRay Bobrownicki was 1st in the High Jump with a height of 2.08m and Lucinda Logan was 1st in the women's High Jump with a PB height of 1.73m.

Jax Thoirs was 2nd in the Pole Vault with a height of 4.20m and Jennifer Graham was 2nd in the women's Pole Vault with a height of 3.40m.

John McCafferty who was representing West Coast finished in 3rd place in the Shot with a distance of 13.23m, 3rd in the High Jump with a height of 1.95m and 3rd in the Pole Vault with a PB height of 4.20m.

The full results are available at the this linkOpen the day 2 PDF.

U15 and U17 Closed Championships

The Championships were held on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of January at the Kelvin Hall and as expected VP-Glasgow athletes were among the medals.Andrea Gaffney

Chloe Lambert was 2nd in the U17 60m with a time of 7.97s and was 1st in the 200m with a time of 25.92s.

Andrea Gaffney was 1st in the U17 Long Jump with a distance of 5.84m.

Eilidh McEvilly was 1st in the U15 Shot with a distance of 9.90m, 1st in the High Jump with a height of 1.50m and 3rd in the 60m Hurdles with a time of 9.70s.

Robbie Pollock was 3rd in the U15 60m Hurdles with a time of 10.42s.

John Mulhern was 2nd in the U17 60m Hurdles with a time of 8.77s.

Chris Barnes was 1st in the U17 Shot with a distance of 15:39m.

Congratulations to all of our medalists.

Induction GroupJanuary Newsletter - Newsletter

Ros Halliday has circulated the latest version of the Newsletter for new U11 and U13 athletes.  A copy is attached here for the information of parents and potential recruits.

George Gandy And Barry Fudge Seminar

The Glasgow Athletics Association, Endurance Sub Group have organised a seminar with George Gandy and Barry Fudge on the evening of 29th January 2010, the evening before the AVIVA International athletics match takes place in the Kelvin Hall ISA.

The GAA would like to invite coaches and athletes to attend the Seminar, being held in Glasgow. It promises to be an informative session and you will have time to ask questions regarding these coaches personal philosophies and the work that they carry out which has created a centre of excellence in Loughborough.

Times and venues will be confirmed to coaches and athletes who book a place at the seminar. Places will be limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

This is an opportunity for you to meet two of the UK's best Endurance coaches and to ask questions of them. Please respond to or by telephoning 0141 287 4725.

Scotstoun Stadium

TheCalum Innes and visitor new facility was officially opened by HRH Princess Anne on Thursday the 14th of January.  She was accompanied by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Sir Kenneth Calman (convenor of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution).  Sir Kenneth was heard remarking that he had been a member of Victoria Park back in 1954 when he lived in Danes Drive.

The Stadium is now fully open although much of the new equipment (hurdles etc) that has been ordered is still to arrive.

The cost of entry meantime is £1.95 for athletes 16 years and under and £3.90 for athletes 17 years and over.

Club Record

Congratulations to Ray Bobrownicki who on Wednesday the 30th of December set a new Club record for the High Jump.  Ray Bobrownicki

Ray was competing at the Glasgow Indoor Championship at the Kelvin Hall when he set a new Club indoor record of 2.09m.  Ray has a PB of 2.16m set in Philadelphia, USA in 2006.

Ray is a Canadian citizen currently studying in Glasgow.  He recently completed his level 1 coaching course.

The existing outdoor record of 2.07m was set by Crawford Fairbrother in September 1964 at Scotstoun.  Crawford represented Scotland and GB during a very successful career.

Scotstoun Stadium

The official opening of the new Stadium will take place on Thursday the 14th of January.  The facility is being opened by Princess Anne and will be open to the general public from Saturday the 16th.  Scotstoun Stadium

Our U11 and U13 group return to Scotstoun on Tuesday the 19th of January and revert to their traditional training nights of Tuesday's and Thursday's from 7pm.

The Middle Distance group, the Sprint Group, the Combined Events group and the U15's and U17's group will all return to Scotstoun from Tuesday the 19th.

Discussions are still ongoing with Culture and Sport about the introduction of a Club swipe card but in the meantime entry will be by cash at the door.

I would suggest that coaches who have not yet had a tour of the facility arrive early on Tuesday to familiarise themselves with the layout.

England Athletics - AAA'sJohn McCafferty

John McCafferty finished in 4th place among a strong field at the Indoor Combined Events Championships at the EIS, Sheffield on the 9th and 10th of January.

John's results were as follows, 7.57s for the 60m, 6.03m for the Long Jump, 13.97m for the Shot and 4.20m for the Pole Vault on day 1.

On day two he achieved 8.95s for the 60m Hurdles, 1.84m for the High Jump and 2:54.03 for the 1,000m.

His total points score was 4,825 which was a new Scottish U20 heptathlon record.

Inter District Cross Country

TheLiam Turner Bupa Edinburgh International Cross Country and Inter District Cross Country Championships were held within Holyrood Park, Edinburgh on Saturday the 9th of January.  Several athletes were selected for West District and performed admirably in the snow and ice.

Gillian Black was part of the winning West District U13 team, finishing in 6th place with a time of 12:21 for the 2,600m course.

Liam Turner was 1st to finish among the U13 Boys with a time of 10:39 for the 2,600m course and was also part of the winning West District team.

Max Aitchison was 2nd among the U15 boys with a time of 9:49 for the 2,600m course.  Max was also part of the West District team that finished 2nd overall.  His club-mate Lewis Boyle finished in 6th place with a time of 10:08.

Hollie Young was 5th to finish in the U17 event.  She completed the 3,900m course in a time of 17:24.  Max Aitchison leading the fieldHollie was part of the West District team that finished in 2nd place.  Her club-mates, Deborah Hannah (17:46) and Sarah Potter (18:51) were also part of the same team.

Nicola Hood was part of the West District team that finished 3rd in the Senior/Junior Womens race.  She finished in 20th place with a time of 24:26 for the 5,800m course.  Rebecca Finch was 28th to finish in a time of 25:01.

Allan Ramsey was 46th to finish in the Senior/Junior Mens race with a time of 36:23 over the 9,000m course.

Well done to everyone who took part in what must have been horrendous conditions and congratulations to all of our medal winners.

The full results are available at this link.

Club RecordJax Thoirs

Congratulations to Jax Thoirs who on Wednesday the 30th of December set a new Club record for the Pole Vault. 

Jax was competing at the Glasgow Indoor Championship at the Kelvin Hall when he set a new PB of 4.63m.  Jax improved on his PB by .03m on the day.

Jennifer Graham is still the holder of the Womens record with a best of 3.95m which she achieved in Manchester in July 2007.

Well done Jax.

Indoor League - Cancelled

The Indoor League meeting on Sunday 3rd of January at the Kelvin Hall has been cancelled because of the deteriorating Road conditions.

Please pass this information on to everyone who was planning on attending.

West Highland WayPeter Wilson

Many thanks to Peter Wilson who posted a link on the Message Board to a well edited video from 1987.

The occasion was a successful relay attempt at the West Highland Way and included many familiar names and faces including Neil Hogg, Tony Malloy, Peter Wilson, Barry McKay, Stuart Barnett (speedo), Jason Logan, David Innes and Robert Blair.

The video itself is dedicated to the memory of Wallace Crawford 1940-2000, a past Secretary of Victoria Park who remained in post for more than 25 years.

Follow this link to see the full 15 minute video.


Good news received on Friday the 18th of December from Scottish Athletics, the Club has successfully completed the Clubmark accreditation process.

This is just oneClubmark more step in providing a safe, effective and child-friendly environment for our members.

The objectives of the Clubmark Programme are to:

  • Guide clubs to achieve a set of nationally recognised minimum operating standards 
  • Modernise club infrastructures
  • Assist with club development planning
  • Help clubs identify their aims and resource requirements

The focus of the changes within the Club have included 'Management', 'Care and Welfare' and 'Coaching'.

A great deal of work was involved in changing many of our procedures and we are very grateful to Ros Halliday who worked tirelessly to achieve our objectives.

The standards now set by the Club will continually be monitored by the Committee and it's hoped this will drive everyone on to greater success.


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