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Young Athletes League - Linwood - 6th May

Two minibuses have been arranged for Sunday 6th of May.  They will be leaving the car park at Scotstoun on Sunday morning at 10.30am.

If you intend travelling on the bus, send an e-mail to Gordon and I will confirm your seat is booked.

This is an important meeting and we are expecting everyone to turnout and represent the Club.

Scottish Power Cross Country Championships - Grangemouth - 29th April

Congratulations to Max Aitchison on winning the Scottish Primary Schools Cross Country Championships at Kirkcaldy on Saturday 28th of April.

Max completed the course in a time of 6:44. 

National Junior League - Grangemouth - 29th April

Aisling McGheeGreat result for Team Glasgow in the National Junior League and some great individual performances.  The result of the first meeting is:

  • Team Glasgow 562 points

  • Forth Valley 425 points

  • Northern Reivers 392 points

  • Tees Valley Tigers 363 points

  • Team Tyne & Wear 219 points

Max Ralston was the winner of the 1500m in a time of 4:19.24, Martin Hayes won the 2000m S/C in a time of 6:30.40, Suzanne Begg won the 100m in a time of 12.51, Danielle Osborn won the 200m in a time of 26.02, Aisling McGhee won the 400m in a time of 1:00.91, Heather Rankine won the 100m hurdles in a time of 17.14, Erin Leggate won the High Jump with a height of 1.69 and Eve Carrington won the Shot Putt with a throw of 9.53m.

The Ladies team of Suzanne Begg, Rebecca Riches, Heather Rankine and Danielle Osborne won the 4x100m relay with a time of 50.42 and the team of Aisling McGhee, Abbey McGhee, Danielle Osborne and Erin Leggate won the 4x400m in a time of 4:06.25.

The full result can be seen at this link.

CSSAL - Linwood - 29th April

VP-Glasgow were well represented at Linwood on Sunday despite many of our U17's and U20's representing Team Glasgow at Grangemouth.

Fraser BarbourHannah Campbell had an excellent run when winning the U17 300m in a time of 43.8s.  Lee Cassidy had his first outing of the season in the Mens 400m and won with a new PB of 51.9.

In the U15 girls High Jump, Caitlin Welsh and Catherine Clark could not be separated and won maximum points for the team with jumps of 1.40m.

Fraser Barbour had an excellent win in the U13 800m, well ahead of the rest of the field in a time of 2:34.8.

Liam Turner won the U11 Long Jump with a distance of 3.23m, came second in the 80m sprint and placed 3rd in the 800m.

Charlotte Logan continued our success in the Senior Womens High Jump with a height of 1.45m on her way to winning maximum points.  Her sister Lucinda was also a winner of the U17 Ladies High Jump with a height of 1.55m.

Mairi Bowie won the U15 Long Jump with a distance of 4.39m ahead of her team-mate Sarah Gray who was 1st B with a distance of 3.97m

Catriona Cicero SolaMaximum points were won in the Senior womens Javelin when Catriona Cicero Sola achieved a distance of 30.07m and Susan Freebairn reached 26.13m.

Chris Barnes had a mixed day, after 3 no throws in the U15 Discus before he won the Shot Putt with a distance of 9.6m

The day didn't go to plan for everyone though, Kirsty Dinsmore was competing in the U11 800m and making a bold bid for the front of the leading group when she lost her footing and had a major collision with the new Linwood Track.  She'll have two lovely black eyes to show off at School on Monday morning.

All of the results had not been submitted by the time we left but we will be comfortably in the top four places.  Our Ladies appeared to be the highest scoring female team on the day.

Well done to everyone who took part.

CSSAL - Linwood

This meeting starts at 11am.

We have booked two minibuses for the League meeting at Linwood on Sunday 29th of April.

Both buses will be leaving the car park at Scotstoun at 9.30am prompt as we are the convening Club.  Donald and Gordon are the drivers.

If you would like to travel on the bus, contact Gordon by e-mail or telephone 0141 563 7013.

The cost of the travel will be £2 per head.  There are plenty of seats available.

London Marathon

Well done to Gerry Craig 899th and Mark Ashby 903rd for completing the London Marathon in respective times of 2:59.56 and 3:00.01. 

The warm weather must have been a factor as both were about five minutes outside last years times.  Well done.

Scottish Womens Athletic League

Sarah GrayLara Davidson was the star of the show when VP-Glasgow had their opening meeting of the Womens League at Meadowbank on Sunday 22nd April.

Lara won both the U15 Hurdles in a time of 12:40s and the B High Jump with a height of 1.45m, only losing to her team-mate Sarah Gray, who won the A High Jump on count back.

Rebecca Riches won the Senior 100m in a new personal best time of 12:49s, well ahead of her nearest challenger.

Hollie Young was our only other winner in the U15 800m in a time of 2:20.??.

Michaela StephenThere was also a strong showing in the 1500m, where Michaela Stephen was 2nd and Sarah Potter was 4th.  Unfortunately our roving reporter failed to record their times.

A couple of good PB's were achieved by Mhairi Bowie who was 4th in the U15 100m in a time of 13:20s and Gillian MacFarlane who was 6th in the U17 300m in a time of 44:90.

The highlight of the day was the Senior 4x400m relay team finishing in 1st place well ahead of their nearest rivals.

I'll post the points total and placing when I have them.

David MartinMens League

VP-Glasgow had a great start to the season by winning the 1st Match of the Division 2 Mens League at Grangemouth on Sunday 22nd April.

The day started well with a win in the 400m hurdles for Liam McDermid in a time of 56:45.  David Martin followed that with a win in the 200m in a time of 22:25.

Chris BennettMaximum points were achieved in the Long Jump with a 1st for Liam McDermid with a distance of 6.29m and a 1st in the B Long Jump for Calum Innes with a distance of 6.16m.

Maximum points were also achieved in the Pole Vault where Thomas Campbell was 1st with a height of 4m and Jamie Sinclair won the B event with a height of 3.70m.

Chris Bennett and Gerry Farrell also walked off with maximum points from the Hammer with distances of 48.95m and 33.50m respectively.

Martin Hayes had another fine win in the 3,000m steeplechase, he led from the front and was never challenged by the rest of the field in what was a very comfortable victory.

Colin SinclairColin Sinclair had a walk on part and was 2nd in the B Javelin where he finished 2nd with a distance of 29.02m.

The day finished on a high note when the 4x400m relay team of Gregor Innes, Derek Watson, Mathew Hester and David Martin won in a time of 2:28.43.

After one match, the league places are, 1st VP-Glasgow, 2nd Whitemoss and 3rd Lasswade.

Click for larger imageLondon Mini Marathon

Max Aitchison was 1st in the 11-12 age group race of the London Mini Marathon with a time of 14:31.  Sadly I missed his post race TV interview.  Max is pictured right with his fan club.  Click on the image to enlarge.

Beth Potter was a magnificent 3rd in the 15-16 age group in a time of 14:37.  Josephine Moultrie was 24th in the same age group race with a time of 15:47, just ahead of her team-mate Nicola Hood who was 26th in a time of 15:54.

Well done to all four athletes who made the most of their invitations to participate in this event and represent Scotland.

League Meetings - 22nd April - Grangemouth and Meadowbank

We have finally acquired a second minibus for the SWAL on Sunday 22nd April at Meadowbank.  Kenny Gray will be your driver for the day.  If you are planning on travelling on the minibus, you should contact Linda Innes on 0141 563 7013 or your team manager to confirm if there are seats available.

The bus will be leaving Scotstoun car park at 9.30am.  The cost per head will be £3.

Gordon Innes will be driving the minibus for the Mens League at Grangemouth on Sunday 22nd of April.  It will be leaving the car park at Scotstoun at 10am.

The cost per head will be £3.  There are plenty of spare seats available on the mens bus.

AAA's of England - U20 and U23 Championships

Margaret Bennett (VP-Glasgow Committee) is assisting Brian Donaldson (Glasgow Athletics) to arrange a bus and accommodation for the Championships at Bedford this summer.

The bus would be travelling south on Friday 22nd of June and returning late on Sunday the 24th.  The cost is expected to be £140 per head for Dinner, Bed and Breakfst.

Athletes are reminded that financial assistance of £40 can be applied for from the committee to assist with this journey.

If there is enough interest from the athletics community in Glasgow, Margaret will organise the transport.  If you or your coach or parent would like to travel on this bus, you should contact Margaret Bennett by e-mail or mobile: 07763060097 as soon as possible to reserve a place.

Sprints Page

Ricky has updated the information on the Sprints page to include an article by Walter Bissett and a link to this article on the Great Britain's Athlete Prospects web site.


West District Championships - Saturday 12th May

A reminder to everyone that entries for the District Championships will now close on the 24th of April.  The application forms were sent out with the latest edition of the PB magazine.

This is an ideal opportunity for our younger athletes to experience the Championships at our home track.  Scotstoun will be the venue for the last time before the bulldozers move in later this year.

If you're short of time, you can visit the scottishathletics web site and enter online.

A reminder for the busy mums and dads, most of the upcoming events can be found on the Calendar link above, or if you click on Events on the menu you will see all the dates of the league competitions and Championships.


Glasgow Open Graded - 11th April

VP-Glasgow was well represented at the first outdoor Open Graded meeting of the season at Scotstoun.  Lots of new PB's were recorded and it bodes well for the new season.

Martin HayesThe meeting started extremely well with Martin Hayes and Nicola Hood both recording PB's of 6:10 and 7:24 respectively in the 2000m steeplechase.  Nicola's time broke her own U20 2000m-steeplechase record  of 7.39.50.  Nicola has now qualified for the Scottish Athletics performance bonus of £1000.  Well done Nicola.

David Martin led the VP-Glasgow men home in the 400m in a time of 49:38, closely followed by new PB's for Gregor Innes in 51:02 and Stuart Ross in 54:85.

Emma Crichton recorded a time of 46:02 in the 300m, just ahead of her club-mate Yvonne MacFarlane who finished in a time of 46:55.

Stuart Ross recorded a time of 1:33:57 in the 600m with Paul MacFarlane not far behind in a time of 1:45:37.

David Martin was 1st home in the 150m in a time of 16:78 ahead of Gregor Innes who recorded a time of 17:61.   Nicola Gossman recorded a time of 19:12 in the same event with Erin Crichton setting a new PB in a time of 26:49.

In the Long Jump, Calum Innes achieved a distance of 6.06m, Katie Riches jumped 4.68m,  Stephanie O'Neill jumped 4.44m, Alison Innes jumped 4.07m and Eilidh McEvilly achieved a distance of 3:89m.

Apologies for missing some of the results.


Gerry CraigRoad Running Roundup

Only two of our members were in action over the Easter weekend.

Donna Finlayson took part in the "Tom Scott" 10 mile Road Race at Strathclyde Park which incorporated the West District 10 mile Championship.  Donna was 8th lady over the line in a time of 69:44.

Gerry Craig took part in the Heaven and Hell Half Marathon organised by Perth Road Runners on Easter Sunday.  He finished in 6th position in a time of 1:27:16.  The race more than lived up to it's name as the route incorporated 8 miles of climbing and 5 miles descending.


Club Sponsor - Kit Supplier

KatieKatie Alexander of Achilles Heel has agreed to be our sponsor, making a very generous financial contribution to the Club.  Katie, who is well known to most of the athletics community in the Glasgow area and a great supporter of athletics in general is, like ourselves, delighted to be involved in this new and exciting partnership.

As well as being our sponsor, she has agreed to stock our new kit which has already been ordered from Ronhill with the date of delivery expected to be near the end of April.  Achilles Heel will hold a full stock of Vests, Shorts and Crop Tops.  As soon as we have a delivery date, I'll post the information on this page.

For those of you who don't know, Achilles Heel is based at 593 Great Western Road, Glasgow, which is about 100m west of Kelvin Bridge.  I'll post more information about our new sponsor in the near future, however, in the meantime you can visit their web site by following this link.

I'm sure everyone connected to the Club would like to thank Katie for this valuable contribution and hope that we have a long and successful partnership.


Beth PotterSchools and Celtic Universities Cross Country International

Several members of VP-Glasgow were in action at the International Cross Country in Dublin on Saturday 31st of March.

The best performance of the day came from Beth Potter who was 2nd over the 4,500m course in a time of 15:53.

Hollie Young was 10th in the Junior 3,000m in a time of 11:47 with her club-mate Michaela Steven close behind in 16th place in a time of 12:01.

In the University 4000m, Pamela Nicholson finished in 5th place.

Well done to everyone that was selected for this competition.


Representing VP-Glasgow Summer 2007

Katharine Crichton (track and field secretary) has created a spreadsheet and e-mailed it to our athletes.  If you have not received this, you should send an email to John Innes (membership secretary) and have him add your e-mail address to the database.

You can download the spreadsheet here.  It lists the competitions in which the club is entering teams this coming season.  Katharine has listed the events (as far as we know them) that the athletes will compete in each league.

Please indicate your interest and availability by putting an X against the events for which you wish to be considered.  Showing interest doesn’t mean definitely competing! Individual team managers will select their team for each match closer to the date of competition and list the team selections on the website and by email.

You should return the completed spreadsheet to by 31st March at the latest. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please email her or talk to your coach.



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