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East Dunbartonshire County Championship

The County Primary School Championships were held at the Kelvin Hall on Tuesday 29th May.  Fraser Barbour won the 600m in a time of 1:46 which was 8 seconds faster than his previous PB.

Well done Fraser.

IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2008


The 2008 Cross Country Championships will be held in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh on March 30th 2008.

Volunteers to act as Marshals at this event are asked to contact Graham Smith or Alan Potts as soon as possible.  The only requirement is that the Marshals are over 18 years of age.

As well as the main event, the organisers are planning to run youth and community races to inspire grassroots involvement.  They will also run a home countries international for athletes who miss out on the Great Britain Team.

Scottish Schools Pentathlon - Relays

Katie RichesThe schools Pentathlon Championships were held at Grangemouth on Saturday 2nd of June and VP-Glasgow athletes were well represented.

Gregor Innes was 1st in the U17 competition with a total of 3199 points, just ahead of his brother Calum who was 2nd with a total of 3146 points.

Katie Riches was 2nd in the O17 competition with a total of 2218 points.  Lucinda Logan was 3rd in the U17 competition with a total of 2514 points and Lara Davidson was 3rd in the U15 event with a total of 2539 points.

Christina Clark was a member of the winning Lenzie relay team that won the U14 4x100m relay in a time of 54.02.

Aisling McGhee and her sister Abbey were in the High School relay team that finished 2nd in the 4x100m in a time of 51.74s just ahead of the Glasgow Academy team which included Emma Crichton and finished 3rd in a time of 52.32.

Congratulations to our medal winners.  The full results are available here.

Glasgow Schools AA Championships

Abbey McGheeThe Schools Championships were held at Scotstoun Stadium on Thursday the 10th of May. 

In S1, Georgina Sellyn was 2nd in the 800m in a time of 2:45.4.

In S2, Mairi Bowie was 1st in the 100m in a time of 13.1s and 3rd in the Long Jump with a distance of 4.71m.  Jax Thoirs was 1st in the Sprint Hurdles in a time of 13.1 and 2nd in the Long Jump with a distance of 4.90m.

In S3, Mairi Dean was 2nd in the 100m in a time of 13.5s, Gillian MacFarlane was 2nd in the 200m in a time of 27.5s. Rhian Dawes was 1st in the 1500m with a CBP time of of 5:14.3 and Lara Davidson was 1st in the Sprint Hurdles in a time of 12.6s and 1st in the High Jump with a CBP height of 1.5m.

In the Seniors, Rebecca Kay was 3rd in the 100m with a time of 13.8s, Gillian Galloway was 1st in the 200m with a time of 27.1s, Aisling McGhee was 1st in the 300m with a time of 43.7s, just ahead of her club-mate Hannah Campbell who was 2nd in a time of 43.8s.  Abbey McGhee was 1st in the 800m in a CBP time of 2:17.8, Rebecca Finch was 1st in the 1500m with a CBP time of 5:05.4 ahead of her club-mate Rachel McLellan who was 2nd in a time of 5:33.5.  A McGhee was 1st in the Long Jump with a distance of 4.93m.  Rebecca Kay added to her haul when she was 1st in the Shot with a throw of 8.63m ahead of Emma Crichton who was 3rd with a throw of 7m.  Martin Hayes won the Senior 1500m in a time of 4:11.9 and was 3rd in the Javelin with a distance of 30.17m.

4x100m relay – 1st Glasgow Academy - C. Smith, Gillian G, Emma C, Holly Belch 51.4 CBP

2nd High School of Glasgow – Abby and Aisling + 2

3rd Craigholme – Hannah Campbell, Rebecca Finch + 2

Polaroid 10K - Clydebank

Martin HayesThe second race of the series was held in Clydebank on Thursday the 31st of May.  740 runners turned out for the event.

Martin Hayes finished in 11th place and 2nd U20 in a time of 33:51.

Susan Finch was the 1st woman home in a time of 36:44.

Mark Ashby was 49th and 14th M40 to finish in a time of 37:36.

Jacqui Thomson was 6th woman and 3rd F35 home in a time of 38:19.

Duncan Thomson was 65th in a time of 38:23, just ahead of Allan Hamilton who was 67th in a time of 38:26 and Vernon Phoenix who was 69th in a time of 38:32.

Melanie Douglas who has been carrying an injury failed to finish.

Well done everyone, nice to see such a good turnout on a Thursday evening.

Ullevi StadiumGothenburg - 2007

The track and field timetable for Gothenburg is now available from this link.  More information can be found here.

Could all of the VP-Glasgow athletes competing send me the events they would like to be entered for and their PB's. 

I'll forward this to Brian Donaldson who will make the entries on our behalf.

Only one month to go.

Polaroid 10K - Helensburgh

Jacqui ThomsonThe first of the annual Polaroid 10K series took place at Hermitage Academy, Helensburgh on Thursday 24th of May.  850 athletes took part in what has become a very popular race series.

Jill Knowles delighted everyone connected with the Club by winning the Ladies event in a time of 37:08.  Sandra Branney was 2nd and 1st Vet 50 in a time of 37:34.

Martin Hayes was 18th and 1st U20 home in a time of 35:19.

Jacqui Thomson was 4th and 1st Vet 35 in a time of 38:18 with  Lindsay MacNeill close behind in 5th place in a time of 38:37.

Mark Ashby was 64th and 17th Vet 40 in a time of 38:27, Allan Hamilton finished in 94th place in a time of 40:07 and Melanie Douglas finished 200th in a time of 57:19.

And just for good measure, VP-Glasgow won the Ladies Team event.  Well done to everyone, next stop will be Clydebank on Thursday 31st of May.

Stefan HolmNorwich Union - Glasgow Grand Prix

Some of the best athletes in the World will be competing at Scotstoun on Sunday 3rd of June.  Stefan Holm, Tim Benjamin, John Steffensen and Kelly Sotherton to name just a few.

The Club has access to a limited supply of complimentary tickets.  If you would like to go, send an e-mail to Gordon stating your name and the number of tickets required.

Club Vests

Three athletes went home from Grangemouth still wearing their borrowed Club Vests, could you return these to your coach or team manager as soon as possible.

YAL Division 1, Grangemouth, Sunday 27th May 2007

Sarah McDonald in her new kitOur athletes competed very well in shivery weather this afternoon at Grangemouth. The new club colours were well in evidence and, as one athlete was heard to comment, the gear looked “relay” good (aye, right).

We had several winning performances. The full results can be found here, but these include David Law in the U17 1500m steeplechase in a time of 4:51.72, Suzanne Begg in the U17 100m and 200m in times of 12.80 and 25.89 respectively, Gregor Innes and Lorn Menzies in the 400m in times of 53.38 for the A and 54.88 for the B, Calum Innes in the 100m hurdles in a time of 14.18, Robbie Pollock in the U13 70m hurdles with a PB of 15.07, Jo Moultrie in the U17 300m, Lara Davidson in the U15 70m hurdles, Lucinda Logan in the U17 high jump with a PB of 1.60 and the B 80m Hurdles in a time of 14.24, and Stuart Ross in the U17 800m with a PB of 2.06.

Thank you to everyone for turning out today, including our officials who volunteer so readily. Everyone who takes part contributes to our overall score, and there were dozens of gutsy performances today; apart from the winners, special mention also goes to Gavin Murty, who ran an excellent 1500m steeplechase ‘out of event’, and Chris Barnes, who did likewise in the U17 Rhian Dawes100m. In the U13 800m, Eve Dunlop ran an excellent time of 2:54.1, in the U13 Shot Putt Robbie Pollok made a PB of 5.8m, and Michaela Stephen gained an excellent time of 13.88 and third place in the U15 100m. Eilidh McEvilly and Hope Kilgour both achieved PB’s in the U13 70m Hurdles with times of 13.61 and 16.52 respectively.

The relay teams all battled very well, and the U17 women and men both ended today’s proceedings victoriously, giving us fourth place overall for the day, subject to confirmation.

p.s. Athletes, please let us know if you achieved a PB today which isn’t noted here, and we’ll put it right.

Sheila McDonald (Roving Reporter)

YAL - Grangemouth

leaving at 9.30 amVP-Glasgow are competing in Match 2 of the Young Athletes League on Sunday 27th of May at Grangemouth Stadium.

Only one minibus is available and it will be leaving the car park at Scotstoun at 1000 hrs.

The cost of the journey will be £2 per head.  Please notify Gordon of your intention to travel on the minibus personally or by e-mail.

Erin LeggateNew Kit

The new kit has finally arrived at Achilles Heel and will be on sale from Saturday 26th of May.

The choices include vest, running shorts, long shorts, lycra crop top, lycra pants and lycra knickers.

Prices start at £11 for Children's Vests and £16 for adult sizes.  The Crop Tops are £20.

I passed the shop on Thursday morning and already some of our members are camping on the pavement to be 1st in the queue on Saturday morning.

I would just add a warning about noise and litter if you are one of those already in the queue.

CSSAL - Meeting 2

Sandra BranneyThe second meeting of the CSSAL was held at the John Wright Centre, East Kilbride on Sunday 20th of May.  The official results have still to be produced although we believe that VP-Glasgow finished in 3rd place overall. 

Below is a sample of the hard work that went into achieving this result for the team.

Sandra Branney had the best results on the day, 1st in the Masters 800m and 1st in the 3000m with a time of 10:45.8.  Kirsty Baird was 1st in the Snr 3000m in a time of 11:29.9.

Sarah Gray was 1st in the U15 girls High Jump with a new PB of 1.53m.

Alison Innes and Hannah Moultrie had a double 1st in the A and B U15 Shot Putt with distances of 7.78m and 7.09m respectively.

Eve Carrington had a 1st in the 100m Hurdles in a time of 16.2s and a 2nd place in the Shot Putt with a distance of 8.27m.

Kurt KilgourCatriona Cicero Sola was 2nd A in the Snr Discus with a throw of 22.4m ahead of her team-mate Jill Dinsmore who was 1st B with a new PB of 18.78m

For the men, Neale Kelly was 1st A in the 110m Hurdles with a time of 15.8s just ahead of his team-mate Liam McDermid who was 1st B in a time of 16.1s.

Martin Hayes was 1st in the Steeplechase in a time of 10:45 ahead of Niall Murray who was 3rd B in a time of 12:55.

Kurt Kilgour (pictured right) and his sister Hope continued their improvement in the Hurdles.  Ross Galbraith in his first outing for the Club tied for 1st place in the U11 Boys 80m in a time of 12.07s.

Special mention for Simone Lallaway who made a determined effort in the U17 200m and finished 4th.  Niamh Webster was another who contributed an unaccustomed 1500m and picked up some valuable points.  Well done girls.

Well done to everyone who turned out to represent the Club.  I'll post the link to the results as soon as I have it.

Loughborough International

Thomas CampbellVP-Glasgow was well represented at the Loughborough International.

David Martin was 6th in the 400m in a time of 49.16s,  Thomas Campbell was 7th in the High Jump with a height of 1.90m, ahead of Ben Challenger who was 8th.  Nice one for the scrapbook TC.  Calum Innes was 5th in the U18 110m Hurdles in a PB time of 14.99s.

Alyssa Fullelove was 3rd in the 100m Hurdles in a time of 13.92s.  A nice scalp too for Ashley Austin who finished 8th in the Javelin with a distance of 38.63m, just ahead of Jessica Ennis.  Katie Horne was 6th in the Hammer with a throw of 47.18m.

Chris Bennett was in action at the Hammer Grand Prix at Grangemouth on Saturday 19th of May.  Two excellent throws of 58.05 with the 6kg hammer and 63.56 with the 5kg hammer have left Chris tied for the lead in the Championship after 2 meetings.

The next meeting will be at Elgin on 30th of June.

Scotstoun Closure

The track will be closed on Tuesday 22nd of May.  The Under 11's, U13's and U15's will now meet at the Kelvin Hall at 7pm for training.

All other groups should contact their coaches for further advice.

Douglas Academy

The Douglas Academy PTA Fun Run Results can be found at this link.

Well done to everyone who took part.

Shine Awards - 2007

The Norwich Union Shine Awards were a great success last year with all of our Induction Group recording their improvement over the summer in Running, Jumping and Throwing. 

This year the athletes will repeat the challenge and their success will be recorded on the Shine Awards page which will be updated with all of the personal best performances and Awards won.

David MartinLoughborough International

Congratulations to Thomas Campbell, Ashley Austin, Katie Horne and Alyssa Fullelove on their selection to the Scottish Senior squad competing at Loughborough this weekend.  Thomas has been selected for the High Jump, Ashley the Javelin, Katie the Hammer and Alyssa the 100m Hurdles.

David Martin has been picked to represent Great Britain in the U20 4x400m relay team at the same meeting.

Calum Innes has been invited to guest in an U18 110m Hurdles.

Congratulations on their selection and we wish them the best of luck.

CSSAL - John Wright Centre

leaving at 9.30 amVP-Glasgow are competing in Match 2 of the CSSAL on Sunday 20th of May at the John Wright Centre in East Kilbride.

Two minibuses are available and will be leaving the car park at Scotstoun at 0930 hrs.

The cost of the journey will be £2 per head.  Please notify Gordon of your intention to travel on the minibus personally or by e-mail.

Norwich Union Festival - George Square

Brian Donaldson is looking for volunteers from the Athletics Community in Glasgow to assist at the Norwich Union Festival which will be taking place in George Square on 24, 25 and 26 May 2007.

The organisers are looking for ten people aged, from 14 - adult on these days.  Each day has two shifts; 08:30 to 14:00 and 13:30 to 19:00. . (The weekend includes the Friday Holiday.)

If you think that you would be in a position to assist at one (or more) of the sessions please contact Brian.

Brian Donaldson
Athletics Coach and Development Officer
Culture and Sport Glasgow
Tel:   +44 (0)141 287 4725

Glasgow Womens 10K

SSusan Finch behind Aslefech Mergia No9usan Partridge was the 1st Scot home in the Glasgow 10K on Saturday 13th of May, finishing 7th in a time of 34:15.

Susan Finch was 16th in a time of 36:51, just ahead of her team-mates Jill Knowles who was 17th in a time of 37:28 and Lynne MacDougall who finished in 18th place in a time of 37:34.

The winners of the event were:

1st - Vivien Cherioyout - 32:08

2nd - Aslefech Mergia - 32:19

3rd - Hilda Kibet - 32:25

Well done to everyone who took part.  The full results can be found at this link.

Road Running Roundup

Ronnie Johnstone was in action in the Balfron 10k on Sunday 22nd of April where he finished in 35th place (2nd Vet 50) in a time of 40:11.

Susan Finch completed the Barrhead 5K on Sunday 29th April in a time of 18:15 and was the 1st Lady home.

Jill Knowles took part in the Troon 10K on Wednesday 9th of May and finished 43rd overall and 2nd Lady in a time of 37:13.  Jim McAlgavy was 480th in a time of 50:30.

West District Championships

Jonathan Byrne Leitch13th and 14th of May

Another excellent performance from VP-Glasgow athletes in the West District Championships with the sprinters and middle distance runners very much to the fore.

Calum Innes was 1st in the U17 100m Hurdles in a time of 13.99s, 1st in the 100m in a time of 11.62s and 1st in the 200m in a time of 23.16s.  John Craig was 2nd in the 100m in a time of 11.70s.

Lara Davidson was 2nd in the U15 75m Hurdles in a time of 12.59s.

Jonathan Byrne Leitch was 1st in the U15 400m in a time of 57.21.  Gregor Innes won the U17 400m in a time of 50.61 and was 1st in the 400m Hurdles in a time of 55.63s.

Suzanne Begg was 1st in the U17 100m in a time of 12.49s and 1st in the 200m in a time of 25.52s.  Hannah Campbell was 1st in the U17 300m Hurdles in a time of 47.41s and 2nd in the U17 300m with a time of 42.77s.

Jo MoultrieThere was more success in the middle distance events with Jo Moultrie winning the U17 1500m in a time of 4:43.52 and the 800m in a time of 2:16.95.  Max Aitchison was 1st in the U13 800m in a time of 2:20.32.  Max Ralston was 1st in the U17 3000m in a time of 9:13.67 just ahead of his team-mate Sean Fontana who was 3rd in a time of 9:16.16.  Holly Young was 1st in the U15 800m in a time of 2:19.11.

In the Jumps, Lucinda Logan finished 2nd in the U17 High Jump with a height of 1.50m, Lara Davidson was 2nd in the U15 High Jump with a height of 1.50, just ahead of her team-mate Sarah Gray who finished 3rd with a height of 1.45m.  Lara was also 2nd in the U15 Long Jump with a distance of 4.66m

In the throws, Alison Innes was our only medallist, finishing 3rd in the U15 Javelin with a distance of 23.94m.

Well done to everyone who turned out to represent the Club in poor weather conditions.  The full results can be found at this link.

Allyssa FulloveScottish Closed Senior Championships

13th and 14th of May

VP-Glasgow had an excellent weekend at the Senior Championships with the spotlight once again falling on Nicola Hood while breaking her own U20 2,000m Steeplechase record in a time of 7:13.86.  Martin Hayes was 2nd in the Mens 3,000m in a time of 9:55.23 and Pamela Nicholson won the 5,000m in a time of 17:35.06.

Alyssa Fullelove won the 100m Hurdles in a time of 14.25s, ahead of her team-mate Eve Carrington who was 3rd in a time of 16.47s.  Liam McDermid was 3rd in the 400m hurdles in a time of 54.39s and Sarah Quinn was 3rd in the final of the Womens 400m in a time of 56.42s.

Fraser GibsonIn the Jumps, Erin Leggate won the High Jump with a height of 1.70m (while wearing her new kit), Fraser Gibson was 2nd in the Mens Pole Vault (1st U20) with a height of 3.80m and Thomas Campbell was 3rd with the same height and Jennifer Graham was 1st in the Womens Pole Vault with a height of 3.90m

In the throws, Ashley Austin was 1st in the Javelin with a throw of 43.69m, Claire Cameron was 2nd in the Shot Putt with a distance of 10.67 and 3rd in the Discus with a distance of 35.70m, Gerry Farrell was 3rd in the Senior Mens Hammer with a throw of 33.60m and Chris Bennett was 1st in the U20 Hammer with a distance of 59.77m.

Congratulations to our medal winners and everyone who represented the Club.  The full results can be found at this link.

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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