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Road Race - Thursday 17th November

The Club is holding the first of three Road Races from Scotstoun at 7pm on Thursday 17th November.  Remember and wear bright coloured clothing if at all possible.

The Road Races are open to all ages.


Closure Of Pavilion

Our let of the Pavilion at Scotstoun has been cancelled for one night only.  There is a special event on Thursday 15th December.  We will meet at the starters hut by the track on that date.


Dunbartonshire AAA Cross Country Championships - 12th NovemberMax Aitchinson

A good day had a great start when Max Aitchinson won the U11 event by 23 seconds from the rest of a large field.

Paul McFarlane was 3rd in the U13 Boys race and Michael Gray was 3rd in the U15's.

Well done to all of those who took part, especially Iona Wilson who was our only female runner with so many away representing their schools at the Scottish Schools Road Relay Championships at Grangemouth.

The full results can be downloaded here.



Retiral Presentation

Tony Grundy is leaving the Club and returning to his native Cornwall.  He will be calling into the Pavilion on Thursday the 17th November at 7pm.

We would like as many of the Coaches and athletes as possible to be present at this time as we intend to present him with a parting gift.


Scottish Athletics Indoor League - 6th November 2005

The results have finally arrived and make very good reading.  The full results and total scores can be downloaded from this link as an excel spreadsheet.
U11 Boys - 1st out of 16 Clubs U11 Girls - 5th equal out of 16 Clubs
U13 Boys - 3rd equal out of 13 Clubs U13 Girls - 4th out of 20 Clubs
U15 Boys - 1st out of 17 Clubs U15 Girls - 9th out of 21 Clubs
U17 Men - 3rd out of 13 Clubs U17 Women - 3rd equal out of 16 Clubs
U20 Men - 7th out of 12 Clubs U20 Women - 6th out of 6 Clubs


Dunbartonshire AAA Cross Country Championships

The Dunbartonshire AAA Cross Country Championships will be held on Saturday 12th November 2005 over a course adjacent to St Ninian’s High School, Bellfield Road, Kirkintilloch.  Everyone who would like to take part should contact their Team Manager, either Kenny McVey, Charlie Murray or Linda Innes.

The competition is open to everyone from U11's to Seniors.

Changing and Declarations: St Ninian’s High School - Charlie Murray has asked that all of the Junior boys and girls meet him at St Ninian's High School at 11am for a walk round the course.  Charlie will register all of the boys and girls before the races.

Directions to St Ninian’s High School : From Glasgow Road (A803) if travelling from Glasgow direction turn right into Washington Road just before roundabout at junction with West High Street. Bear right at end of Washington Road into Bellfield Road. The entrance to the School is on the left hand side of the road.

Race/Age Group

Declarations Close

Race Starts

approx distance

Under 11 Boys & Girls



1 mile

Under 13 Boys & Girls



2 miles

Under 15 Boys & Girls



3 miles

Under 17 Men & Women



3 miles

Senior, Junior & Veteran Men & Women



Men – 6 miles Women – 4 miles


Calendar for November 2005                             See Kelvin Hall closures below

All of the U11's to U17's should follow this plan unless they have made alternative arrangements with their individual coach.

For the information of our new members, when you attend training nights at the Kelvin Hall, you should pay for a junior ticket for the track at the reception and then make your way to our rendezvous point between sections K and L of the grandstand.

Tuesday 1st - Kelvin Hall Thursday 3rd - Scotstoun
Sunday 6th - Kelvin Hall - Indoor League  
Tuesday 8th - Kelvin Hall Thursday 10th - Scotstoun
Tuesday 15th - Kelvin Hall Thursday 17th - Scotstoun - Road Race
Tuesday 22nd - Scotstoun  [KH closed] Thursday 24th - Scotstoun
Tuesday 29th - Kelvin Hall  

The sprint group will also train at 10.30am on Sundays at the Kelvin Hall.  Ricky has asked for the sprint group to meet him in front of the pole vault mat at the 60m start.

KH Closures for November Sat 5/11 10.00am till 4.00pm Sun 6/11 10.00am till 6.00pm Sat 12/11 10.00am till 2.00pm Sun 13/11 10.00am till 2.00pm Wed 16/11 6.00pm till 10.00pm Thu 17/11 6.00pm till 10.oopm Tue 22 to Mon 28 (INCLUSIVE) Wed 30/11 2.00pm till 9.00pm



Fund Raising - Help Required

Victoria Park have been invited to take part in a Bag Packing afternoon at Sainsbury's store at Braehead on Sunday 27th November.

The purpose of this fundraising is to purchase a stock of a new style tracksuit and training tops which we can sell to our members, hopefully at a generous discount.

Sainsbury'sWe are looking for as many volunteers as possible.  The bag packers must be at least 10 years of age on that date.  We also need some parents to come along and help with the supervision (no age restriction).

We will be allowed into the store from 1200 hrs till 1800 hrs.

Our packers must wear their Club colours, which would be either the last Club tracksuit top or the Club running vest over a T shirt.

I would ask any of our older members who have grown out of the last tracksuit top and are finished with it, to return it to Linda or Gordon and we can arrange for someone to wear it on the day.

We would like as many of the U17 and U15 athletes as possible to make themselves available for the full 6 hours if possible (with breaks).

We would like to break the participation of the U13 and U11 athletes down to a maximum of 3 hours starting at either 1200 hrs or 1500 hrs.

We expect the afternoon concerned to be hard work but also very enjoyable, if you are available, please give your name to Linda or Gordon.  The more packers we have in the store, the more money the Club will make.

Braehead Shopping Centre

The following athletes have volunteered to help on the day of the bag packing.  Any other volunteers will be added to the list.  We now need volunteers from the U11's, U13's and parents to come forward.

Abbey McGhee U17 Aisling McGhee U17 Calum Innes U17
Gregor Innes U17 Stewart Booth U17 Rebecca Riches U17
Katie Riches U17 Alison Innes U15 Gillian Galloway U17
Moira Burton U20 Caitlin Tullett U15 Yvonne McFarlane U17
Rebecca Kay U15 Calum Hamilton U15 Michael Gray U15
Jonathan Byrne-Leitch U15 Chris Bennett U17 Jamie Sinclair U17
Sarah Simpson Gray U17 Niall Murray U17 Paul McFarlane U13
Martin Hayes U20 Lewis Wilson U13 Sam Andrew U13
Abby Marshall U15 Max Aitchinson U11  
Arriving after 1500 hrs    
Andrew Craib U15 Daniel Craib U13 Lorn Menzies U17
Parents - Supervisors    
Gordon Innes Christine Stoops Margaret Bennett
Linda Sinclair Linda Innes Kenny Gray
Jim Harvie Donald Lewis Catherine Marshall
Cathy Menzies Robert Andrew  



Glasgow City Council; Indoor Open Graded Meetings 2006.

Date, Start Times and Events.

30 November 2005 - 19:00 - 200m, 800m, 2000m, 60H (2 runs),  High Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Putt.

28 December 2005 - 14:00 - 400m (U20/Senior), 200m, 1500m, 3000m, 60H, High Jump, Pole Vault, Triple Jump, Shot Putt.

3 January 2006 - 14:00 - 60m (2runs), 300m, 600m (U17/20/Senior), 2000m, High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Shot Putt.

15 February 2006 - 19:00 - 200m, 400m (u20/Senior), 1500m, 3000m, 60H, High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Shot Putt.

Registration begins two hours before the first timetabled event and closes one hour after the first timetabled event.

Entry is £2.00 per event.

Track events will be run from fastest to slowest heats.

Field events will be organised so that Senior and Under 20 athletes compete against each other if numbers and time permit.


Glasgow City Council - Coach Education Courses

The courses are;
Level II on 12/13 November - £120.00
Level I Course 0n 20 November - £50.00

Grants of up to 50% of costs, will be available from Glasgow City Council (as long as you meet requirements). You should also be able to get assistance from Victoria Park to attend such courses (usually 50%).

Coaches within the City, in particular technical field events are in very short supply. Athletes and Coaches interested will be given as much assistance from Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Athletics Association to support your coaching development.

Brian Donaldson, Athletics Coach and Development Officer, Sport and Recreation, Cultural and Leisure Services, Glasgow City Council, 20 Trongate, Glasgow.  G1 5ES

Tel. +44 (0)141 287 4725                                 Fax. +44 (0)141 287 3558


Glasgow Throws Sessions

Sunday 6th December sees the start of the Glasgow Throws Sessions.  They take place at Scotstoun from 11am till 1.00pm. The sessions are for athletes aged 15 and upwards.

The sessions are designed to support coaches and athletes in their development and I would strongly ask you to ensure coaches working with young athletes know that these sessions are available.

Please Note, these sessions are not come and try days.

Brian Donaldson, Athletics Coach and Development Officer, Sport and Recreation, Cultural and Leisure Services, Glasgow City Council, 20 Trongate, Glasgow.  G1 5ES

Tel. +44 (0)141 287 4725                                 Fax. +44 (0)141 287 3558


Scottish Athletics Indoor League

Victoria Park have once again entered teams for males and females from U11 to U20 in the Scottish Athletics Indoor League.  Three meetings over the winter at the Kelvin Hall arena will decide which teams make it through to the final on the 12th of March.

Anyone who would like to take part should contact their team manager as soon as possible.  Kate Young for the Boys and Linda Innes for the girls.


On Saturday the 22nd of October the National Cross Country Championships were held at Cumbernauld.

Victoria Park entered two teams in the young males category and were placed 12th and 52nd out of over 60 teams.

The senior mens A team finished 27th out of over 90 teams.

Full results can be found here.


Gregor InnesOn Saturday the 15th of October, the Dunbartonshire Cross Country Relays were held at Garscube Estate with Victoria Park co hosting the event with Garscube Harriers.

Victoria Park U13 boys team comprising of Paul McFarlane, Jax Thoirs and Lewis Wilson finished in 2nd place with an individual 2nd place going to Paul McFarlane.

Gregor Innes took first place in the U15 race.

The U17 mens team comprising of Martin Hayes, Stewart Booth and Niall Murray finished in 1st place.

For the girls, Emma Mills finished 2nd in the U15's, Laura Jean Struthers finished 10th in the U13's and Iona Wilson finished 8th in the U11's.

In the senior mens race, Victoria Park ‘A’ comprising of Andy Young, Derek Watson Jnr, Gordon Moore and Gerry Craig finished in 2nd place with Victoria Park ‘B’ finishing in 9th place.

Derek Watson Jnr recorded the fastest individual time of the Championships.

Full results can be found here.


Michael GrayOn Saturday the 8th of October, the West District Cross Country Relays were held at Ayr.

Victoria Park had two young male teams competing and finished 13th and 32nd  out  of 48 teams.

The senior men’s A team finished 19th in a field of 54 teams.

Full results can be found here.


75th Anniversary Dinner

The Piping Centre, CowcaddensTickets are now on sale for the 75th Anniversary Dinner which will take place on Saturday the 5th of November at the Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater Street, Cowcaddens, Glasgow.

Tickets are £25 each and can be acquired from Kenny Gray on our usual training nights or by calling him at home on 0141 586 5224 or email - ksgray@ntlworld.com .

We're hoping for a large turnout on the night with a good mix of new and old faces.

If you need reminding of how it all started, visit the History page.


Strength and Conditioning

Graham and Ricky have made arrangements for the U17's and above to attend strength and conditioning training at the Palace Of Art, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow on Friday evenings and on Sunday mornings.

All of the relevant information is at this link:


Club Championships - PicturesPictures from the Club Championships

Pictures from the Club Championships are now online at this link: 

Thanks to Donald Wilson for sending in the pictures.


Training Nights

For the foreseeable future, the Club will be meeting within the Pavilion at Scotstoun on our training nights.

We would appreciate it if each of our athletes signs the attendance register when they arrive and again when they are leaving.


McAndrew Road Relay Race

Victoria Park hosted the annual McAndrew Road Race on Saturday 1st October.  86 teams competed for the prizes on offer.  The full results are posted at this link:

86 teams line up for the start of the McAndrew


Steven Beattie

Some of you may have heard about Stevens visit to the Southern General on Saturday 24th September.  To clarify matters, Steven was a victim of an assault on that date which resulted in him receiving lacerations to both arms.

He was released from hospital on Tuesday 27th and we are told by his mother, he is expected to make a full recovery within six weeks.

We wish Steven a speedy recovery and hope to see him back at training as soon as his injuries allow.


VPAAC Trophy Awards - September 2005

The following trophies will be presented at the Half Yearly meeting on Wednesday 22nd September at 1930 hrs within the Pavilion at Scotstoun.  Please come along to support the winners.

Medals will also be presented for the first three places in the Club Championships and Gift Vouchers will be presented to the following individuals who participated in the most events at the four SYAL and three CSAL meetings.

U11 Girls - Rosie Thoirs,  U13 Girls - Alison Innes and Caitlin Welsh tied,  U15 Girls - Emma Mills,  U17 Ladies - Katie Riches,  U11 Boys - Robbie Pollock,  U13 Boys - Jax Thoirs,  U15 Boys - Lorn Menzies and Rory Stewart tied and U17 Men - Chris Hayes.

Jubilee Trophy Most Outstanding Performance Chris Bailie
Alan Ballantyne U20 men Neale Kelly
Wallace Crawford Memorial   Calum Innes
Bob Johnston U13 - U17 David Martin
Jim Bailie Youth U17 men Chris Bennet
Veterans   Derek Watson Snr
Horn Trophy 9 - 13 boys Jax Thoirs
Cascarina Shield 10K + Gordon Moore
Bill Armour U15 boys Calum Innes
George Munro Handicap   Steven Beattie - Charlie Murray
Berry 400 Senior Men David Rodger
Jim Baillie Sprints David Rodger
Founder Members Most Meritorious Performance Sara Whigham
Alan Paterson (Field) Alison Rodger
Captains Rose Bowl Middle Distance Abbey McGhee
Jim Todd U11 girls No Award
McGowans U13 girls Alison Innes
McCracken U15 girls No Award
Baker Sound U17 women Abbey McGhee
CMT Senior women Sara Whigham


Fixture List 2005 - 06

The fixture list has been updated at the following link.


Senior Men - Revised Result

One of the score sheets was temporarily misplaced.  The return of this sheet affected the final positions of the Senior Mens competition.

The changes are now reflected accurately in the table below.

Club Championships - Scotstoun - 18 September 2005

VPAAC 18.9.2005, click here to see a larger image.The Club Championships came to a conclusion today with many new PB's being achieved.  This was likely to be the last meeting in the current Stadium with the old stand due to be demolished in February 2006.

The meeting coincides with the Club's upcoming 75th Birthday celebrations.  We were able to update the Club photograph which is shown here and one from the early 1950's shown below.  I think that Charlie Murray is the only Athlete to appear in both.  Click on the images to see a larger version.

The results of the Club Championships are as follows:

U11 Pts: U13 Pts:
Girls Girls
1st Rosie Thoirs 39 1st Sarah Gray 100
2nd Eve McAlpine 37 2nd Caitlin Welsh 89
3rd Oyiza Fakunle Momoh 33 3rd Alison Innes 87


U15   Pts:   U17   Pts:
Girls       Ladies    
1st Emma D Mills 76   1st Aisling McGhee 164
2nd Maria Hayes 69   2nd Rebecca Riches 153
3rd Corrine McConnachie 40   3rd Abbey McGhee 145


U11   Pts: Click here to see a larger image.
1st Max Aitchison 85
2nd Steven Thistleton 70
3rd Robbie Pollock 61
This is how the Club looked in the early 1950's at Scotstoun.
U13   Pts:   U15   Pts:
Boys       Boys    
1st Jonathan Byrne - Leitch 135   1st Calum Innes 217
2nd Paul MacFarlane 102   2nd Gregor Innes 208
3rd Lewis Wilson 96   3rd Lorn Menzies 160


U17   Pts:   Senior   Pts:
Men       Ladies    
1st David Martin 315   1st Alison Rodger 154
2nd Steven Beattie 254   2nd    
3rd Martin Hayes 229   3rd    


Senior (Revised)  
1st David Rodger 248
2nd Liam Milligan U20 208
3rd Charlie Murray 203

Congratulations to the winners and everyone who took part in the Championships. 


Scotstoun Stadium

The latest news about Scotstoun from a meeting Ronnie Stevenson had with Glasgow City Council is that they plan to begin work on the new Scotstoun Stadium in early 2006, about six months later than they originally intended. 

Scotstoun StadiumGlasgow City Council will sign separate agreements with the Scottish Rugby Union and Glasgow Athletics, hopefully offering the same sort of access as was 'agreed' before with rugby.  GCC will maintain the new Scotstoun.  

They are trying, with a clear expectation they will succeed, to maintain the same design as before although the north stand may go.

They hope to offer us (Glasgow Athletics) a draft heads of agreement by the end of October.


A4 Poster

Click here to download a copyScotstoun Leisure Centre have agreed to display a new poster advertising the Club Web Site.  Copies can be downloaded here if your local school, Sports Centre or other suitable location is agreeable to it's display.

Copies can also be obtained from Gordon or Linda.


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