“Women’s League” took place on Sunday 17th April at
Meadowbank Stadium. Unfortunately VP-Glasgow
finished in last place, 317.5pts behind winners
For the Senior
Erin Leggate won the 400m in 56.71 and was 3rd in
the “A” 200m with 25.57s. Jennifer Mathieson won the
Pole Vault clearing 3.00m. Stacey Wilson was 2nd in
the Discus throwing 35.77m and Claire Cameron was
1st “B” (3rd overall) with 33.96m. Stacey was also
4th in the Shot Putt with 10.58m. Kirsty Barr was
3rd in the High Jump clearing 1.40m and Jane Scott
was 4th in the Long Jump with 5.02m.
U17s, Eilidh McEvilly won the 80m Hurdles in 12.08s
and won the Shot Putt with 8.91m. Meagan Heafey was
2nd “B” in the Shot with 6.83m. Mhairi Hendry was
2nd in the 800m in 2:21.84 and Danielle Beattie was
2nd “B” in 2:29.39.
For the U15s, Katie Ord
won the Shot Putt with 9.13m and Mariana Denton was
3rd “B” with 6.25m. Katie was also 4th “A” in the
Discus, throwing 16.78m and Mariana was also 3rd “B”
in the High Jump clearing 1.30m along with Jude
Sloan-Dennison who was 4th “A” clearing 1.35m. Abbie
McFarlane was 3rd in the “A” 200m in 28.09s, and
Anya Morrison was 4th “A” in the 1500m with 5:14.33.
For the U13s Holly Little was 4th “A” in
the 800m with 2:41.21 and Cara Thom was 3rd “B” in
2:49.80. Kirsty Elliot was 4th in the 70m Hurdles in
and Achilles Heel - Track Night
On Thursday the 12th of May, we will be hosting a
special Track Night at Scotstoun which will include
a visit from our sponsor Achilles Heel.
Brooks will have a selection of their spikes and
training shoes in all sizes. Athletes can
trial the shoes during their
if they like and once the session is completed they
simply hand the footwear back.
watches will have a
competition running at the end of the training
"Soleus Perfect Pace Challenge".
Athletes will be given the
opportunity to run a 400m lap with a Soleus watch
(and a pair of spikes should they choose) and they
will time themselves. They will then take the
watch off and try to run as close to the lap time
when wearing the watch (pace judgement miss (PJM)
The closest athlete will win a Soleus
watch and a pair of Brooks spikes.
Soleus will record an average PJM time for the club
and the result will be submitted to the national
Soleus and Brooks will be timing
and Soleus will post the winning times on the
Athletics Weekly website
at this link.
Have a look at the current leaders.
Harry Tosen of Winchester had a PJM time of
0.04s. The best Club average so far has been
Bracknell with a PJM of 3.62s.
A Powerade sports scientist will also be on hand
to discuss hydration techniques, tips and tricks to
improve performance and hand out
bottles of Powerade ION4.
It should be an exciting and fun
night, hope everyone can make it.
Scottish Athletics League
The first match of the “Men’s League” took
place at Grangemouth Stadium on Sunday 17th April.
Our men competed in Division 1 and finished 4th.
There were excellent individual performances.
David Martin and Steven
Beattie took full points in the 200m. David was 1st
“A” in 21.83s and Steven was 1st “B” with 23.60s.
Steven also won the 110m Hurdles in 16.09s and,
together with Martin Hayes who was 1st “B” in
19.68s, took full points in that event. Martin also
won the 3000m Steeplechase in 9:55.81 and Steven was
also 2nd “B” in the 100m with 11.66s.
John Mulhern was 3rd in the
400m Hurdles in 58.75s and Allan Ramsay was 1st “B”
in the 400m in 52.04s.
Thomas Campbell won both the
High Jump and Pole Vault, clearing 1.90m and 4.00m
respectively, and Martin Taylor was 2nd in the
Javelin with 46.39m.
The team of, Matthew
Hester, Steven Beattie, Allan Ramsay and David
Martin, was 2nd in the 4x100m relay in 45.29s.
Well done to those who took part and particularly to
those who tried to cover as many events as possible
for the sake of team points.
Alistair Douglas 12th. 2nd.V50. 18:24. Peter
Dawes 53rd. 1st.V55. 21:13.
Scottish Womens League
are competing in Match 1 of the Scottish Womens League on Sunday the
17th of April at Meadowbank Stadium.
A minibus will be leaving Scotstoun at 0900 hrs on
Sunday morning. If you would like to travel,
e-mail Gordon to
confirm your place on the bus. The cost of the
return journey will be £3.
Lorraine Dickson will be driving the minibus.
Good luck to everyone taking part.
Club Road Race
The medal winners of this years Road Race
series are listed below. Where there was a tie
on points, the athletes were separated by fastest
times. Congratulations to all our medal
winners, the medals will be awarded at an event to
be announced in the coming months.
Club Road Race
The third and last of this seasons Road
Race series was held on Thursday the 24th of March.
The results are listed below. Well done to
everyone who took part, a great effort as usual.
Athletics Junior Road Race Championships The Scottish Athletics Junior Road Race
Championships took place in Rouken Glen Park,
Glasgow, on 20th March. This was the last junior
fixture in the winter season.
Our U13 boy’s
team finished the season in the same style they have
become accustomed to, winning gold. Euan Urquhart
was 2nd in 8:54 (2.6km), closely followed by Jay Van
den Hoven, 3rd in 8:58 and Scott McKay who as 4th in
8:59. Calum McCormack was 9th in 9:07 and Jamie
MacKinnon was 14th in 9:20.
The U17 men won silver, with Marc Austin, 4th
in 15:55 (5km), Ethan-Sloan Dennison was 6th in
16:28 and Miro Ralston was 8th in 16:58.
U15 girls’ team won bronze, with Melanie Chiswell,
13th in 14:32 (3.6km) followed by Anya Morrison,
15th with 14:43 and Millie Boyle 18th with 15:07.
Jo Moultrie won individual gold in the U20
women’s 5km, in 17:44 and Rhian Dawes was 8th in
Debbie Hannah won individual bronze
in the U17 women’s 5km in 18:46 and Maria Milliken
was 9th in 20:14.
The U15 boy’s team was 6th
with Liam Turner who was 21st in 12:59 (3.6km),
Kieron Rafferty was 23rd in 13:03 and Fraser Glass
was 26th in 13:12.
For the U20 men Sean
Fontana was 9th in 16:03 (5km) and Max Ralston was
13th in 16:28.
For the U13 girls, Robyn
Connolly was 10th in 10.01 (2.6km) and Nicole Waters
was 62nd in 13:45.
Athletics Indoor League Final
Final took place at the Kelvin Hall on Sunday 13th
In the team event, the U11 and U15
girls were 2nd and the U13 girls were 3rd. Both
men’s and women’s U17 teams were 5th.
the U11 girls, Amy Bissett won the 600m (A) in
1:59.7 and Adrienne Murray was 2nd (B) in 2:07.0.
Amy was also 1st (B) in the 60m in 9.70s, while Erin
Ross was 3rd (A) in 9.92s. Erin was also 2nd (B) in
the Standing Long Jump, clearing 1.68m. Amy came 6th
in the 100 top performers list for the league. Also
contributing to team points was Monica Blair (SLJ,
For the U15 girls, Mariana
Denton won the High Jump clearing 1.40m and Katie
Ord won the Shot Putt with 8.92m. Abbie McFarlane
was 2nd in the 200m with 28.3s (also LJ, 4th,
4.19m). Eliza Chiswell was 3rd in the 800m with
2:30.1 and Caroline McKinnon was 3rd in the 60m
Hurdles with 10.21s. Also contributing to team
points were Melanie Chiswell (300m, 4th, 46.3s) and
Murray (60m, 5th, 9.10s),
For the U13
girls, Robyn Connolly won the 800m with 2:30.6 (AAA
Grade 1 performance and SAIL record). Erin Halliday
was 2nd in the 60m with 8.96s and 2nd in the Long
Jump clearing 3.90m (also 200m, 4th, 31.7s). Erin
was one of the competition’s highest points earners.
Jennifer Ord was 2nd in the Shot Putt with 6.74m.
Also contributing to team points were Devenee Sim
(HJ, 4th, 1.20m) and Nicole Waters (60mH, 5th,
For the U17 women, Eilidh McEvilly
won the 60m Hurdles in 9.22s and was 3rd in the High
Jump clearing 1.55m. Eilidh was 9th in the 100 top
performers list for the league. Also competing were,
Kim Creechan (300m, 4th, 44.1s; 60m, 5th, 8.60s),
Evelyn Bryce (LJ, 4th, 4.43m), Juliet Gold (200m,
5th, 28.7s) and Megan Heafey (Shot, 5th, 6.37m).
U17 men, Russell Findlay was 3rd in the High Jump
clearing 1.60m (also 60m, 5th, 7.97s) and Jamie
Robinson was 3rd in the Triple Jump with 10.69m
(also 200m, 5th, 27.4). Other team members were
Michael Murray (400m, 4th, 57.22s; Shot, 5th,
6.76m), Matthew Jordan (60mH, 4th, 10.80s), Patrick
Bowman (LJ, 4th, 5.09m).
In the relay
competition, teams reaching the final were: U11G
(A); U11G (B); U15B; U17G; U17B. The U11 (A) team
of, Erin Ross, Adrienne Murray, Monica Blair and Amy
Bissett was 1st, and unfortunately the B team was
disqualified. The U15 boys team of Euan Urquhart,
Ross Black, Arron Dickson and Liam Turner was 3rd
and the U17 men’s and women’s teams were both 4th.
SSAA Secondary Schools’ Cross Country
VP-Glasgow Athletes competed for their respective
schools in the SSAA Secondary Schools’ Cross Country
Championships in Irvine on Saturday 12th March.
Euan Urquhart won the boys U14 race (3km) in 11:54,
followed by Calum McCormack in 2nd with 11:58. Scott
Rankine was 62nd. In the boys age 14/15 (4km) race,
Jay Van den Hoven was 10th in 15:55, Scott McKay was
12th in 16:05 and Fraser Glass was 19th in 16:30. Liam
Turner was 27th, Liam McKeown 32nd and Craig Jardine
33rd. In boys age 15-17 (5km), Liam McLoone was 5th
in 18:29 and Lewis Boyle was 6th in 18:32. Keiron
Rafferty was 33rd, Jamie Robinson 64th and John Barnes
66th. In boys over 17 (6km), Marc Austin was 7th in
22:01, Ethan Sloan-Dennison was 8th in 22:03 and Miro
Ralston was 14th in 23:24.
In the girls U14
race (2.4km), Millie Cunningham was 13th in 11:57,
Abbigail McInnes was 30th and Nicole Waters was 68th.
In girls age 14/15 (3km), Emma Ferrie was 18th in
13:32, Anya Morrison was 27th, Millie Boyle was 29th,
Abbie MacFarlane 54th, Jude Sloan-Dennison 65th,
Kirsty Viera 73rd and Christy Bloss 80th. In girls
15-17 (4km), Danielle Beattie was 14th in 18:29,
Rachel Dick was 31st and Eilidh McEvilly was 45th.
In girls over 17 (4km) Deborah Hannah was 12th in
17:45 and Amy MacLellan was 20th in 20:20.
Schools Cross Country
Glasgow Primary Schools Cross Country took place at
Nether Pollock on Friday 11th March.
10 finishers were:
P7B: Jamie MacKinnon 1st,
Andrew Moreland 2nd, Ewan Rae 3rd (all Jordanhill
Primary). P7G: Cari Kiddie 1st (High School).
P6G: Anna Breckenridge 1st (Jordanhill), Lucy Rankin
2nd (Kelvinside), Anna Fleming 7th (High School).
Well done to all who took part.
Alexander Naylor MBE
21st November 1929 - 7th February 2011. Age 81.
Scottish Athletics and
Shettleston Harriers have lost one of the most
influential and respected coaches in Scotland.
Bornin the East End in
Bridgeton he qualified to be an optician, initially as
a manager of Lizars and finally as a shop owner in
Tollcross Road, Glasgow & Church Walk in Denny ,
Alex Naylor was a revered name
in coaching circles throughout the UK, being held in
great esteem by all his peers. His first involvement
with athletics began in 1953 when he joined Glasgow
YMCA as an athlete, before joining Shettleston
Harriers in 1957. Never likely to be an athlete of
International standing, Alex’s love and dedication for
the sport over a period of 58 years was never
diminished. He strived to be the best at whatever he
did, and on a coaching aspect, he certainly achieved
that receiving an MBE in the 2007 New Year’s Honours
list for services to athletics.
Alex’s accolades were many,
being awarded the Honorary title Master Coach for
Middle distance, from UK Athletics, and from Scottish
athletics just some of his awards and titles are
listed below: Scottish Amateur Athletics
Association Coaching administrator for 20 years
Coaching lecturer receiving an award for 30 years of
service Chairman of Scottish Joint Coaching
Committee Interim National Coach Honorary Life
Member of SAAA Senior coach for Scottish Schools
residential camps for 10 years. Invited Coach to
Irish Schools Summer camps for 2 years Team coach
to many British and Scottish Teams Won Betty
Clapperton Trophy for services to coaching on two
occasions Was given a Life Time award by Scottish
Athletics in 2002 Secretary of West District
Committee for 4 years Won Tom Stillie Trophy for
services to athletics in 1985 Founder member of
first Scottish Young Athletes League in the 1960s
Scottish Secretary of British Milers Club for 3
Alex was one the few early
coaches who were inclusive and he coached various
athletes outwith Shettleston Harriers in his training
groups, including several international athletes and
club athletes from Victoria Park City of Glasgow.
Including one of our Life Members Los Angeles
Olympian, Lynne MacDougall who ran (4.05.96)1500m &
(2:01.1) 800m in 1984 at the age of 19, Dave
McMeekin (1:46.8) and Susan Scott, for a short period
as a youngster when she moved to Glasgow from Ayr
Seaforth. She went on to become an Olympian in
Beijing and Scottish record holder (1:59.02) 800m.
Possibly his major individual
coaching success. amongst his many achievements, was
coaching Nat Muir who set a Scottish record at 5000m
13:17.9 in Oslo in 1980, which still stands today. Nat
also won 8 Scottish Senior Cross Country Titles under
Alex’s guidance, he could only manage 3rd place in
1982 after being hit by a trolley bus during a New
Year’s Eve race in Madrid and had hardly any training
prior to the National XC. In 2003 Alex also coached
Allan Stuart to a World Record at 400m for athletes
with learning difficulties and Olympic silver medal at
the Sydney 2000, LD Paralympic Games.
In his capacity as a coaching
lecturer he must have influenced the lives of
thousands of athletes and coaches both directly and
indirectly, through Schools residential camps, and the
coaching weekends at Largs. He once told me that “If
you want to become a good coach, you have to remember
it’s a commitment for life”, it certainly was for him.
On a personal note, I had known Alex for more
than 30 years initially as a member of one of his
coaching groups, and then as a coach tutor when I came
into coaching in the mid 80’s. He became my mentor and
friend travelling with him to many B.M.C. conferences,
seminars and training camps, introducing me to his
peer group of Peter Coe, Harry Wilson, Frank Horwill
et al. some of the greatest endurance coaches of
Britain’s “Golden Era”, they all thought of Alex as a
friend, such was his standing in the coaching
Everyone will remember his
“Naylorisms”, there are hundreds of examples that
everyone here can recall like “I have seen milk turn
faster” “Don`t lie there on the track, my athletes
will get blood on their spikes” and “I don’t know what
you are whinging about, I can’t feel any pain”, but
they were delivered with comedic timing, so the
acerbic wit was never deemed offensive. In
later years, Alex’s health declined, but he still
managed down to coach at Crownpoint Track on a Tuesday
and Thursday night. I used to pick him up from his
flat in Cumbernauld, and woe betide me if I was more
than 5 minutes late arriving, though he could stroll
down 15 minutes late and ask if I had been waiting
long. I remember one journey, I had just collected my
car from the garage after a service, and as we were
driving I heard this “loud ticking “noise in the car,
I proceeded switching off the radio, the heaters, air
con etc. to no avail. I started off by saying to Alex,
what I was going to tell that garage the next morning,
that they hadn’t checked the car thoroughly and hadn’t
completed the job. When we arrived at the track, I
lifted the bonnet, checked all around the car, but
every time I went inside I still heard the ticking
even with the car stopped. I helped Alex out of the
car, and then he produced an old clockwork stopwatch
from his pocket, and said “Is this the ticking sound
you mean” both of us burst out laughing, he had me
going for the full journey from Cumbernauld to
When my wife and I used to
visit him in the care home he could still have us
laughing and reflective on our journey home after his
tales and one liners, “There you are you see”.
Everyone who knew, or met Alex could tell a story, he
was a true legend in his life time, a great man, a
great coach and a good friend. He will be sadly
missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
President Victoria Park City of Glasgow
From Alex’s Order of Service – a philosophy he
If you think you are beaten -
you are If you think you dare not – you don’t If
you like to win but you think you can’t, It’s
almost certainly you won’t. If you think you’ll
lose – you’ve lost; For out of the world we find –
Success begins with a fellows will, It’s all in the
state of mind. If you think you’re outclassed – you
are; You’ve got to think high to rise; You’ve
got to be sure of yourself Before you can win a
prize. Life’s battles don’t always go To the
strongest or fastest man; But soon or late the man
who wins Is the man who thinks he can.
Road Running Results
12.5K Road Race.
10th. 10thV40. 48:34.
Park Run. Saturday 26-2-11.
17th. 5thV45. 18.58.
243rd. 8thU14. 28:23.
Glasgow 5K Park
Run. Saturday 5-3-11.
Connolly 15th. 4thV45.
18:48. Joe Doyle
32nd. 2ndV55. 20:30. Christy
Nigel Barge 10K
Memorial Road Race and 3K Junior Race
The Nigel Barge Memorial 10K and 3K races took
place in and around Garscube Estate on Saturday 5th
In the 3K, Holly Little was 1st girl
in 11.52 and Craig Jardine was 2nd boy in 10:41.
In the 10K Alison Kerr was 4th female in 39:54.
VP-Glasgow Display Cabinet
The management at Scotstoun
have very generously agreed to allow the Club to
construct a display cabinet at the entrance to the
Graeme Turner prepared detailed
plans and drawings, some of which are attached below.
We're very grateful to Graeme for his efforts, as you
can see he has spent a great deal of time and effort
in preparing his presentation.
As you can see
from the drawings, the cabinet can be viewed from both
sides of the entrance, with glass panels facing into
the track and into the foyer.
The cabinet, when finished, will be used to
display trophies and club memorabilia dating back to
1929. If any members, past or present, have any
interesting items which would be suitable for display,
please contact the Club Secretary.
Under 15 Indoor Championships (and U13 Open Meeting)
On Sunday the 6th March, the Kelvin Hall was host
to the Scottish U15 Championships.
Bryce was 4th in the Shot Putt with a PB of 7.57m and
Liam Turner was 5th in the final of the 800m, having
run a PB of 2:11.74 in the heat.
was 2nd in the Shot Putt with a PB of 9.44m and Kate
Kennedy was 3rd in the High Jump with a PB of 1.58m.
Eliza Chiswell was 4th in the 800m final with 2:34.07
and Melanie Chiswell was 4th in the 1500m with a PB of
In the U13s, Robyn Connolly was 2nd in
the 800m with a PB of 2:31.82.
Scottish U20 / Senior Indoor Relay
Also in the
Kelvin Hall on Sunday 6th March was the Scottish U20 /
Senior Relay Championships.
Senior men’s team of Allan Ramsay, Stuart Livingston,
Martin Hayes and David Martin was 1st in the 4x400m
relay in 3:24.73, and the Senior men’s team of Stuart
Laing, John Mulhern, Jax Thoirs and David Martin was
2nd in the 4x200m relay in 1:32.18.
Scottish Under 17 / Under 20 Indoor
In the U20
women, Chloe Lambert won the 200m with a PB of 24.68s
and Rachel Whittle was 3rd in 25.57s. Chloe was also
2nd in the 60m with another PB of 7.75s and Rachel was
5th with 7.97s. Diane Ramsay won the 400m in 56.91s
and Jade Barclay was 4th in the final with 61.48s
(running a PB of 60.89 in the heats). Kirsty Yates
won the Shot Putt with 12.45m. Hazel Ross was 3rd
in the High Jump clearing 1.60m and reached the final
of the 60m Hurdles, coming 4th in 9.22s.
the U17 women, Eilidh McEvilly won the 60m Hurdles in
9.11s, was 3rd in the Shot Putt with 8.76m and 4th in
the High Jump with 1.55m.
In the U20 men, Jax
Thoirs was 1st in the Pole Vault clearing 4.51m and
John Mulhern was 2nd in the 60m Hurdles with a PB of
For the U17 men, John McCall won the
60m Hurdles with a PB of 8.24s, Sam Adams was 2nd in
the Pole Vault clearing 3.61m, and Jamie Robinson was
5th in the Triple Jump with 11.69m.
include: Megan Heafey, U17W Shot Putt 6.98m.
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