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Dunbartonshire AAA Track and Field Championships - Sunday 17th July 2005.

The above Championships will begin at 12 noon on the 17th at Linwood Sports Centre.  Declarations are from 11am to 1145am.

You can download a copy of the entry form from this link: Entry Form

My apologies for this information being late.  Because of my holidays and G8 I have been home for only one night in the last three weeks.



Youth Athletes League - Dumfries

Congratulations to the boys team that competed at Dumfries and qualified for the YAL Final on the 31st July, the teams that have qualified are as follows;


Girls                                                                           Boys

Edinburgh Woolen Mill                                                 Shettleston

City Of Glasgow                                                          City Of Edinburgh

Kilbarchan                                                                  Giffnock North

Giffnock North                                                             Kilbarchan

City Of Edinburgh                                                        Clydesdale

Falkirk Victoria                                                            Victoria Park.



Inaugural Meeting of Glasgow Athletics Association

For all those interested in athletics in Glasgow be it track, field, cross country, road running, hill running or any other part of athletics a meeting to set up the Glasgow Athletics Association has been called for the evening of Wednesday 22cnd June 2005 in the Palace of Art at 7.30pm. The details and the draft constitution can be found on the Glasgow page.

Please spread the message as far and as wide as possible within the Glasgow Athletics community and encourage as many people to attend as possible. Enlarge the notice and place it on notice boards everywhere.

We are at an interesting juncture in Athletics in Glasgow and it is vitally important that there is a strong organised voice of those involved in Athletics in Glasgow to ensure we are heard.

Ronnie Stevenson,
Acting Chair, Glasgow Athletics Steering Group

See attached word documents: invitation.doc  -  draft constitution.doc



Track Closures - Training Venues

Scotstoun Stadium will be closed for the duration of the Special Olympics.  Each of the training groups will be making alternate arrangements for the following three training nights.

Thursday 30th June, Tuesday 5th July and Thursday 7th July.

Ricky's sprint group will meet at Crownpoint Sports Complex for all three nights.

Charlie's middle distance group will also meet at Crownpoint for all three nights.

Kate and Sheila have cancelled their training sessions for the above dates.

The other coaches have still to decide on their plans.

Crownpoint Sports Complex is shown on this map of Glasgow.



Mens League, 2nd match, Wishaw 12.06.05

Victoria Park were first out of 13 teams, an excellent result and now sit 3rd in the league after 2 matches.

The 16 athletes who took part, did very well.  It was pleasing to see 4 League debutantes on view: Thomas Campbell, Craig Shields, Alan Hamilton and Stuart Todd.

We received maximum points in the triple jump through Craig Shields (12.74) and Steven Beattie (10.79), both of whom set PB's, and the high jump through Thomas Campbell (1.75) and Mathew Harvie (1.70) whose performances were affected by the slippery take off.

Young Derek Watson showed his class with a searing sprint over the last 300m to take the 1500m in 3.59.00.

Neale Kelly had his first outing of the season after injury and won the 110m hurdles easily in 16.6.

Colin Severin who was still recovering from his double victory in the Scottish Schools on the two previous days, took the 'B' 200m easing down in 22.8.  He eased down a little too much in the 4x100m relay and we were pipped by Whitemoss who were running in race two by 0.1 seconds.

The 4x400m, the last event of the day was a real thriller with the places changing hands throughout.  Steven Beattie, taking over from 'Daddy' Derek Watson, moved up from 7th to 3rd, and young Derek Watson with a splendid leg set up Andrew Strain against leaders Highland AC.  He ran a great leg to hit the straight in the lead, but Ayr Seaforth came from nowhere to take us on the line as we recorded 3.35.2.


1. Victoria Park 451 pts,    2. Corstorphine 429 pts,    3. Whitemoss 426 pts,   

4. Lasswade 404 pts,    5. Ayr Seaforth 385 pts,    6. Highland AC 374 pts,

7. Falkirk 348 pts,    8. Clydesdale 296 pts.



Scottish Schools Championships

Congratulations to all of the medal winners.

David Martin was first in the U17's 100m hurdles for men in a time of 14.12s

David was also first in the U17's 400m hurdles in a time of 54.46s

Colin Severin was first in the over 17's 100m in a time of 10.93s.

Colin was also first in the over 17's 200m in a time of 22.60s.

Ciaran Kohli Lynch was second in the U15's long jump with a jump of 5.63m

Abbey McGhee was first in the U17's 800m in a time of 2.18.10

John Grier was second in the over 17's hammer with a throw of 34.87m

Chris Bennett was third in the U17's hammer with a throw of 45.60m

Gregor Innes was second in the U15's 400m in a time of 55.99s

Martin Hayes was third in the U17's 1500m Steeplechase in a time of 4.43.73

Calum Innes was first in the U15's long jump with a jump of 5.99m

Calum was also first in the U15's 80m hurdles in a time of 12.51s, a performance which led to him being presented with the Ross Baillie Quaich for the best Sprint Hurdles performance in the Championships.

If there are any mistakes or omissions in the above list, please update me by email.




Scottish Schools Championships - 9th and 10th of June

Good luck to all of our athletes who are competing at Grangemouth this weekend.

You can download the timetable from this link.   http://sbe.napier.ac.uk/rontest/info_timetable.pdf




(From the Scottish Athletics web page)

VICTORIA PARK'S CHRIS BAILLIE was the leading Scottish performer at a meeting in Bratislava on Tuesday. The 24-year-old athlete was third in the 110m hurdles in 13.95 seconds, just ahead of fourth place training partner Allan Scott who clocked 14.15.

The latter ran better in the heats, where he was timed at 13.94. Meanwhile, fellow Scots Gary Carr and Andrew Brown were also in action. Carr was sixth in the 200m B with 22.27 and Brown was 10th in the 800m in 1:53.44.



Results from Sunday's Norwich Union International, Scotstoun:-

200m Invitation for men - Gary Carr was 3rd in a time of 21.12s

200m Invitation for women - Lisa Whigham was 2nd in a time of 24.99s
100m Invitation for women - Sara Whigham was 6th in a time of 12.22s
Sara also ran the third leg of the GB under-23 relay against GB Seniors, USA and Russia.

Team GB at Scotstoun, click to enlarge.






Training - Thursday 2nd June

As a result of doubts about the availability of the track ahead of the International this weekend, Kate Young has cancelled the Youth Group training session.

The sprint group should meet in the car park at the rear of the main stand.  Graham Smith will be standing in for Ricky as he is on holiday.



Baillie leads the way on good day for Scots

DOUG GILLON - Glasgow Herald - 30th May 2005

CHRIS BAILLIE regained the UK Inter-counties 110m hurdles title yesterday at Bedford, inside the Commonwealth Games qualifying standard for the second time in eight days.
Though Nick Smith surrendered his 100 metres title, it was a satisfying day for the Scots. Kevin Sheppard, a soldier based in
Oxford, won the steeplechase with 8min 44.24sec, second quickest in these championships in quarter of a century.

The 24-year-old Baillie, from Clydebank, held off Athens Olympian Andy Turner with 13.85 seconds, to 13.93 (wind +0.5m). This was a hundredth quicker than Baillie's winning time in 2001. Fifer Francis Smith won bronze, his first medal here, with third in 14.28. Yet this was not the quickest Scottish hurdling of the weekend. Allan Scott logged a wind assisted 13.65 (+3.1) when second in Riga.

Baillie had immune system problems last year. "I'd no power, and nothing was happening," he said. "It's good to be winning again, and if everything goes right, I could go close to the world qualifying [13.55]."



Loughborough International

Chris Bailey finished 3rd in the Mens 110m hurdles in a time of 13.88 which is inside the Commonwealth Games Qualifying mark.

Sara Whigham was 6th in the 100m for women in a time of 12.03.

Lisa Whigham was 4th in the 400m for women in a time of 55.10.

Alison Roger was 5th in the shot putt for women with a throw of 13.95.

and Joanne Ross was 2nd in the 800m for women in a time of 02.07.98.



West District Championships - 14th & 15th May

All of the results from Saturday 14th are available if you follow this link.

All of the results from Sunday 15th are available if you follow this link.

The medal winners are listed below:

Chris Baillie was 2nd in the Senior 100m in a time of - 11.15

Chris Baillie was 1st in the Senior 200m in a time of - 21.76

Sara Whigham was 1st in the Senior 200m in a time of - 24.45

David Martin was 2nd in the U17 200m in a time of - 22.78

David Martin was 1st in the U17 400m in a time of - 50.41

David Martin was 1st in the U17 400m Hurdles in a time of - 56.89

Abbey McGhee was 2nd in the U17 800m in a time of - 2.19.54

Catriona Donald was 2nd in the Senior Javelin with a throw of - 31.22

Alison Innes was 3rd in the U13 Shut Putt with a throw of - 6.53

Colin Severin was 2nd in the U20 100m in a time of - 11.62

Aisling McGhee was 2nd in the U17 300m in a time of - 41.94

Gregor Innes was 1st in the U15 400m in a time of - 56.20

Gregor Innes was 3rd in the U15 Long Jump with a distance of - 4.83

Liam McDermid was 1st in the Senior 400m Hurdles in a time of - 54.43

Michael Gray was 3rd in the U15 800m in a time of - 2.19.74

Craig Loney was 1st in the Senior Hammer with a throw of - 39.41

Christopher Bennett was 1st in the U17 Hammer with a throw of - 46.40

John Grier was 1st in the U20 Hammer with a throw of - 37.85

Thomas Campbell was 1st in the U17 High Jump with a height of - 1.85

Jax Thoirs was 1st in the U13 Long Jump with a distance of - 4.73


The list above doesn't mention some gritty performances that led to some new PB's.

Congratulations to all of the VPAAC athletes who competed at Scotstoun.



Committee Meeting

The Committee meeting will take place at Hillhead Sports Club, Hughenden on Monday 16th May at 7.30pm.



Coaches Committee Meeting

There is a coaches committee meeting on Wednesday 4th May at 7:00pm in the bar area of  Scotstoun Leisure Centre.



Strength Conditioning  Workshop

On Thursday 28th April we hosted a Strength Conditioning Workshop in the pavilion, the workshop was delivered by George Byng the National British Amateur Weightlifting Association Staff Coach for Scotland a respected authority in the field of Strength Conditioning. The workshop was well attended by athletes and coaches, and covered the basic physiological and practical requirements of a structured Strength programme. George began with a warm up routine, and then followed with a breakdown of the Power Clean, one of the most important lifts in any routine. He continued his delivery with the Back Squat, Push Press and demonstrated the Clean & Jerk and the Snatch, emphasising the proper form and technique required and what muscle groups and prime movers the different lifts affected.
After the lifting he demonstrated a warm-down through stretching and a 45 second angle run that all the athletes really enjoyed although they discovered it was not as easy as it sounded
He ended the evening with a question and answer session, and received a warm and appreciative thanks for his expertise and demonstration. Later in the year I am hoping to invite him to return and aim the evening toward coaches and let them see the benefits of including  Strength Conditioning work into their athletes programmes.

1. Sunday saw the start of the SWAL at Scotstoun with 10 VPAAC athletes representing Team West.  Also on the same day, Team Glasgow competed at Newcastle with Moira Burton representing Team Glasgow for the fist time. Results are posted below.

2. On Friday night 6 athletes from VPAAC had a training session with Lee McConnell at the Spar Sprints initiative at the Kelvin Hall. With Lee taking time to speak to Moira, Gillian, Rebecca, Caitlin, Fraser and Ross. Rebecca had her picture taken with Lee at the end of the session (which made up for her disappointment of missing out getting her picture taking with Mr Blobby) The session was taken By Hugh Watson and covered warm up, drills and acceleration work.

3. Entries for the district champs have to be in by the 27th of April. All athletes are encouraged to enter this event lets see a big turn out of VPAAC athletes as this is held on our home track at Scotstoun on 14/15 th of May

4. If athletes wish to get equipment out (hurdles, starting blocks etc) at Scotstoun or KHISA when their coach is not at the session they have to fill in a athletes user card this has to be counter signed by the coach. Forms are available from the stadium reception area. Coaches have to fill out a coaching form to verify their signature but can get equipment out with their coaching pass.

5. Some complaints were made against VPAAC athletes when warming up in lane 1 last week from a coach from another club (although this coach was out of order with his ranting and raving 2 wrongs do no not make a right) Please be aware of your track etiquette if you are not sure about it or have a complaint about another group see your coach


Ricky Miell


Gateshead - 24th April 2005

3 VPAAC athletes were at Gateshead with Team Glasgow

Moira Burton             100m A  13.4 5th
         200m A  27.7 5th
Gillian Galloway        100m b 13.3 3rd
                                 200m B 27.1 3rd

all pbs

Fraser Grier             100m a 12.2
                200m a 24.4



Scottish Women's Athletic League - Scotstoun

VP athletes helped Team West to win the opening match in SWAL with some fine performances. 

Rebecca Riches     u-17 100mA    2nd    13.41s

Katie Riches          u-17  80mHB   3rd     15.44s

                                    S.P.A     3rd      8.19m

Sara Whigham      Sen.    100mA    1st    12.74s

                                        200mA    1st    24.93s

Lisa Whigham       Sen.    400mA    1st    54.90s

                                        200mB    1st    25.28s

                                    L.J.A       1st    5.11m

Joanna Ross        Sen.    1500mA   1st    4.25.51

Jane McCrorie      Sen.    1500mB   3rd    5.11.84

Catriona Donald  Sen.    H.T.B       5th    21.52m

                                    J.T.A        3rd    29.74m 

In addition, Sara and Lisa were part of the winning 4x100m relay, and Lisa and Joanna were part of the winning 4x400m relay. 

The full results are on the results page.




The following article is copied from the Scottish Athletics Web Site.  Graham Smith asked that I pass on his personal, and the Clubs congratulations to John for his contribution to Athletics being recognised at last.

VICTORIA PARK AAC’S John Innes has been recognised on the UK stage for the enormous contribution he makes to the sport as a volunteer.

John was named the Volunteer Co-ordinator of the Year at the inaugural UK Athletics club awards.

Sponsored by the Foundation for Sport and the Arts, the prestigious awards ceremony took place in Birmingham at the weekend and saw clubs, officials, coaches, partnerships and volunteers pick up prizes for their contribution to athletics in the UK.

The immense support from The Foundation for Sport and the Arts has allowed athletics to pay due recognition to the people and communities who make our sport happen week in week out and from season to season.

Winners from each of the 10 english regions and 3 celtic nations were selected last month, sending them through to the shortlist for the national awards on Saturday evening at the NEC in Birmingham.

John, who could not attend due to a holiday, will collect a fine trophy (pictured) and a cheque for £500. The full list of winners are displayed below:

CLUB AWARDS: Track and Field – Milton Keynes AC, Off track – Crowborough Runners, Junior – West Cheshire AC, Club Innovation – Holmfirth Harriers.

OFFICIALS: Services to officiating – Roz Randle, Beds AC, Newcomer - Gavin Berry of Basingstoke and Mid Hants, Off track official – Ted Butcher EAA.

VOLUNTEERS: Club Officer – Dave Varney – Newquay & Par AC, Club volunteer – John Driscoll, West Cheshire AC, Emerging Talent – Kevin Skinner of Exeter Harriers, Strategic leader – Peter Masters Lewes AC, Young Volunteer – Claire Brennan Havering Mayesbrook, Volunteer Coordinator – John Innes Victoria Park AAC.

PARTNERSHIPS: Facility – Bedford International stadium (Manager Brian Cotterill), Athletics Partnership – Somerset Active Sports.

COACHES: Performance – Mike Leonard – Milton Keynes AC, Development – Brian Burgin of Halifax Harriers, Emerging – Zoe McKinnon of Horsham Blue Star Harriers, Services to the development – Bill Whistlecroft of Yeovil Olympiads.



Dunbartonshire Relays

Victoria Park U15 boys finished first in the 3x800 metre relays at Linwood Stadium on Sunday 10th April.  The winning team was Michael Gray, Lorn Menzies and Gregor Innes.




Scottish Athletics have identified two printing errors in the recently published Summer 2005 Entry Forms. The timetable for day one of the District Championships, featured on Page 3 and days one and two of the Senior Championships, featured on page 6 can now be found in their correct form by clicking on the two links below.





Mens 5 Mile Road Race - 5th April 2005

Race 3 Scratch

1st Drew Nicoll 30m 10s

2nd Phil Carter 30m 24s

3rd Alan Hamilton 32m 40s

4th Kenny McVey 33m 56s

5th Rab Daly 36m 00s


Winner Of The Crawford Shield

1st Drew Nicoll 16pts

2nd Phil Carter 15pts

3rd Alan Hamilton 11pts



Race 3 Handicap

1st Phil Carter 23m 34s

2nd Drew Nicoll 23m 45s

3rd Kenny McVey 24m 36s

4th Alan Hamilton 25m 10s

5th Rab Daly 25m 20s


Winner Of The Knightswood Shield

1st Phil Carter 18pts

2nd Alan Hamilton 10pts

3rd Kenny McVey 9pts



Scottish Athletics League - Final 19th March 2005

The winning boys teamCongratulations to everyone who represented the Club on Saturday.  I'm sure everyone connected to the Club would have been very proud. 

The U15 boys were first in the relay and first overall at the Kelvin Hall final.  The boys team is pictured right.

Male Results

Read Michael Gray's Report for the Bearsden and Milngavie Herald

Four of the successful girls teamThe U17 ladies were third in the relay and third overall in the final at the Kelvin Hall.

The 4 girls from the relay team are pictured left.

Female Results



Open Graded Meetings - Summer 2005

Download the details of the Glasgow City Council Open Graded meetings and the entry form in PDF format.

Details and Entry Form



VPAAC will be competing again this summer in the Women's League as Team West in conjunction with Ayr Seaforth, Giffnock North and Kilbarchan AC.

Some athletes will be receiving letters shortly about this, but all coaches and athletes are asked to keep me informed of good performances over the summer, so that I can give  as many VP athletes as possible a chance to compete in this League, which caters for u-13 up to senior age groups.  We are usually in need of hurdlers and field eventers in particular, but all information will be welcome. 

Kate Whigham
Ladies' Secretary



Nethercraigs Sports Complex

The new sports complex at 255 Corkerhill Road, Glasgow is now open to the public.

It includes a Glasgow Club fitness suite similar to Scotstoun and an all weather athletics track.

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Alison Rodger

Alison was competing for Team Glasgow in the Inter City Cup last week and won the Shot Putt with a throw of 13m49.

Team Glasgow came in 2nd to Birmingham in what was a close and exciting competition. 

Yesterday she competed in the Scottish Universities Championship for Strathclyde University at Kelvin Hall and won the Shot Putt with a new PB of 13m76. 



Summer Events

The programme of events has been updated to include the Summer Season.

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Results from 'British Universities' Sara Whigham in action

Indoor Championships:

Alison Rodger     2nd     Shot Putt      13.64m

Sara Whigham    2nd     200m     24.36s

                           4th      60m     7.73s 

Both were competing for Strathclyde University. 

Also, Sara made the final of the AAAs senior indoor champs, finishing 5th in 24.41s (24.26s in semi).



75th Anniversary Event

The Club has booked the National Piping Centre in McPhater Street, Cowcaddens, Glasgow to host it's 75th Anniversary event on Saturday 5th November 2005.

The organisers would welcome any suggestions regarding the nature of this event.  We would particularly like to hear from ex members with whom we have lost touch.  There must be a lot of you stretching back 75 years.

If you might be interested in attending this event please intimate your interest to a committee member or by email to Kenny Gray.



Winter training pays off for Victoria Park Athletes

A summary of our recent efforts at the Indoor Scottish National Championships.

by Michael Gray.

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Thomas Campbell winning the High Jump

Competing in England

Could all members of VPAAC, when entering events in England ensure that they are entered as VPAAC and not Victoria Park as athletes are being shown on results as VPTH which is Victoria Park Tower Hamlet Harriers.

John Innes







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