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- Edinburgh to Glasgow
Graham Smith sent in the
link to the Brittish Pathe News feature on the News Of
The World Edinburgh to Glasgow Road Relay Race from
If you didn't know the result, Victoria
Park won for the 5th year in a row and took over 2
minutes off the existing record.
The team on
the day was Bobby Calderwood, Jimmy Russell, Ian
Binnie and John Stirling.
Victoria Park won the
annual event seven times in total. Click on the
picture to view the Pathe News footage.
- Discount Evening
Katie has agreed to host a
shopping evening within the store at Kelvin Bridge on
Friday the 2nd of December. The shop will remain
open from 6.30pm till 9pm for members of VP-Glasgow.
All stock will be reduced by at least 15% on the
night (except Club Hoodies). Katie has a large
stock of kit for small kids aged 7 to 12 years and she
expects to sell much of that with a 50% discount.
Put the date in your diary now, it will be a great
opportunity to stock up for Christmas.
those who haven't been in before, Achilles Heel is at
593 Great Western Road, Glasgow.
All sizes are currently in stock, Katies staff
will accept cash from our members. You don't
need to order in advance.
Scottish Athletics National Cross Country
Scottish National Cross Country Relays took place in
its usual site in Cumbernauld on Saturday 22nd
Young Males and Young Females races were over a hilly
The only club medal of the day
was won by the boy’s A-team of Jamie MacKinnon (9:58),
Fraser Glass (10:00) and Lewis Boyle (8:53) who came
3rd, with Lewis running the 2nd fastest lap and Jamie
The remaining boys teams were:
12th Aidan Johnson (10:12), Scott McKay (9:59) and
Craig Young (9:57).
18th Lewis Serpell (10:47),
Craig Jardine (10:17) and Liam Johnson (9:49).
Ewan Rae (10:38), Calum McCormack (10:53) and Liam
41st Adam Brady (10:43), Ritchie
Austin (11:10) and Paul Harper (11:01).
Fraser (11:26) ran unsupported but came 41st in the
The girl’s A-team narrowly missed
out on a medal, finishing 4th with Holly Little
(10:56), Gillian Black (10:35) and Danielle Beattie
(11.48). Holly was the 3rd U13 and Gillian 2nd U15.
The remaining teams were:
11th Robyn Connolly (11.02), Melanie Chiswell (11.45),
Maria Milliken (11.48).
21st Cari Kiddie (12.07),
Anya Morrison (12.10), Eliza Chiswell (12.27).
Thom (12.56) and Iona Robinson (12.48) formed an
incomplete team but were 35th after lap2.
men and women raced over a 4km course. The results in
the Senior/Junior Men’s race were:
Vernon (13:03), Sean Fontana (13:30), Ethan
Sloan-Dennison (13:48) and Derek Gibb (14:20).
David ran the 2nd fastest lap.
50th Jason Boyle
(15:30), Gerry Craig (16:10), Crawford Little (16:08)
and Derek Watson (15:54).
58th Alex Potter (16:14),
Tom Ord (17:05), Allan Ramsay (14:20) and Ralph
Peter Ramsay (17:25) ran
In the Senior/Junior
11th Louise Warren (17:06), Claire
McCracken (17:06) and Sarah Potter (16:07).
Rhian Dawes (17:21), Hollie Young (16:47) and Deborah
46th Jennifer Hannah (18:44), Amy
MacLellan (20:03), Joanna Sutton (19:25).
Full results are at this
Photographs are at this
AAA Cross Country Relays
Saturday 15th October saw a return to Duchess Wood in
Helesburgh for the Dunbartonshire AAA Cross Country
Relays, with athletes aged 9+ competing over a tough
and demanding truly cross country course.
For the U11 race there was a fine turn out with
many young athletes competing for the first time. The
girls and boys both won 1st team medals and the boys
were also 2nd team. The winning girls were, Amy
Bissett (8:04), Mia Kennedy (8:25) and Beth Gibbons
(8:42). Amy also took individual gold and Mia won
bronze. The winning boys were John Lowe (7:51), Eden
Web (7:54) and Connall Whyte (8:21). The 2nd placed
boys team was Thomas Connolly, Finn Johnson and Lewis
Urquhart. Also competing were, Sophie Urquhart, Sophie
Jordan and Caitlin Keegan who were 4th team, and Amy
In the young athletes race the Girl’s A-team of
Holly Little (U13, 8:51) , Emma Ferrie (U15, 9:18) and
Gillian Black (U15, 8:39) won gold, with Holly and
Gillian both winning fastest lap in their age groups.
The Girl’s B-team of Cari Kiddie (U13, 9:56), Robyn
Connolly (U13, 9:26) and Anya Morrison (U15, 9:39) won
silver. The C-team of Kirsty Elliot (10:54), Kenna
Francis (U13, 11:09) and Iona Robinson (U15, 11:37)
was 7th. Nicole Waters (U13, 11:52) ran in a composite
team with Kirkintilloch Olympians (A) which came 8th.
The D-team of Anna Breckenridge (U13, 10:53) and
(U13, 13:32) who lost a shoe, was incomplete.
The boys A-team of Aidan Johnson (U13, 8:26), Euan
Urquhart (U15, 8:02) and Lewis Boyle (U17, 7:26) won
gold, with all three boys winning fastest lap in their
age group; and the B-team of Lewis Serpell (U13,
8:44), Scott McKay (U15, 8:11) and Liam Johnson, won
silver. The C-team of Ritchie Austin (U13, 9:13) and
Liam McKeown (U15, 9:02) was incomplete but was in 3rd
place at the end of lap 2.
In the senior’s race, the men’s A team of Sean
Fontana (13:06), Ethan Sloan-Dennison (13:49), Marc
Austin (14:24) and Allan Ramsay (13:51) won gold. Sean
was the fastest senior and Ethan was the fastest U20.
The B team of Crawford Little (15:21), Derek Watson
(15:44), Duncan Thompson (15:48) and Gerry Craig
(15:38) was 4th. Crawford was the fastest Vet. The C
team of Ralph Connolly (16:40), Joe Doyle (17:33),
Peter Ramsey (17:04) and Martin Hayes (13:46) was 9th.
Full results at this link:
Photos at this link:
123rd 14thLady 38:28.
176th 25thLady 40:37.
Great North Run.
178th. 1hr 21min 23sec.
Glasgow 5k Park Run.
11th 3rdV45 18:47.
21st 2ndV50 20:35.
2nd Ladies Team.
Donna Fynlayson 18:18.
Loch Ness Marathon.
13th 7thV40 2hrs 52min 24sec.
4thLady 3hsr 11min 54sec.
3hrs 21min 26sec. (PB)
223rd 18thLady 5thLV50 3hrs 26min
49th 2ndV50 3hrs 04min 58sec.
Cross Country Relays
Country season got off to a wet and soggy start on
Saturday 8th October at Drumpellier Park in
Coatbridge. There was an exceptional turnout from
VP-Glasgow this year, with a total of 18 teams entered
into the four races, and a medal winning team in each.
The Senior/Junior Women’s A Team won silver and
there were bronze medals for the Senior/Junior Men’s A
Team, the Young Females’ A Team and the Young Males’ A
Senior/Junior Females 3 x 4000m race:
Team A: 2nd in 47:33. Louise Warren (Sen, 15:42),
Rhian Dawes (U20, 15:54) and Claire McCracken (Sen,
Team B: 5th in 48:47. Sarah Potter (U20,
14:46), Amy MacLellan (U20, 18:05) and Holly Young
Senior/Junior Males 4 x 4000m
Team A: 3rd in 51:47. Sean Fontana (Sen,
12:44), Derek Gibb (Sen, 12:57), Alan Ramsay (Sen,
13:24) and David Vernon (U20, 12:42).
Team B: 10th
in 55:40. Ethan Sloan-Dennison (U20, 12:56), Ben
Stafford (U20, 14:03), Duncan Thomson (Vet, 15:29) and
Martin Hayes (Sen, 13:12).
Team C: 21st in 59:18.
Jason Boyle (Vet, 13:59), Derek Watson (Vet, 15:09),
Alex Potter (Vet, 15:15) and Crawford Little (Vet,
Team D: 33rd in 64:32. Ralph Connolly (Vet, 15:50),
Tom Ord (Vet, 16:34), Peter Ramsay (Vet, 17:07) and
Gerry Craig (Vet, 15:01).
Team E: Incomplete team
of Peter Dawes (Vet, 16:39), Kenny Mitchell (Vet,
15:06) and Kenny McVey (Vet, 17:57) were in 38th place
at the end of lap 3.
Young Females 3 x 2500m
Team A: 3rd in 28:16. Holly Little (U13,
9:26), Gillian Black (U15, 9:08) and Danielle Beattie
(U17, 9:42). Gillian recorded the fastest lap of the
race, despite having a cold.
Team B: 7th in 29:51.
Robyn Connolly (U13, 9:52), Emma Ferrie (U15, 9:45)
and Maria Milliken (U17, 10:14).
Team C: 14th in
31:11. Cara Thom (U13, 10:54), Anya Morrison (U15,
10:32) and Melanie Chiswell (U15, 9:45).
Incomplete team of Cari Kiddie (U13, 10.33) and Eliza
Chiswell (U15, 10:30) were in 14th place at the end of
Young Males 3 x 2500m race:
3rd in 25:00. Jamie MacKinnon (U13, 8:39), Liam Turner
(U15, 8:43) and Max Aitchison (U17, 7:38). Max
recorded the fastest lap of the race.
Team B: 5th in 25:21. Aidan Johnstone (U13, 8:58),
Fraser Glass (U15, 8:31), Lewis Boyle (U17, 7:52).
Team C: 7th in 25:35. Andrew Moreland (U13, 9:05),
Euan Urquhart (U15, 8:23), Liam McLoone (U17, 8.07).
Team G: 12th in 26:21. Lewis Serpell (U13, 9:03), Liam
McKeown (U15, 8:33), Liam Johnstone (U17, 8:45).
Team D: 13th in 26:36. Ewan Rae (U13, 9:06), Calum
McCormack (U15, 9:05), Craig Young (U17, 8.25).
Team E: 15th in 26:40. Adam Brady (U13, 9:17), Craig
Jardine (U15, 8:41), Keiron Rafferty (U17, 8:42).
Team F: 20th in 27:33. Guy Evans-Haggerty (U13, 9:23),
Paul Harper (U15, 9:10),
Andrew McCormack (U17,
Full results can be
found at this link:
More photographs can be
found at this link:
Youth Games – Isle of Man
Congratulations to Chloe Lambert and John McCall
on their performance at the Commonwealth Youth Games
After winning both her heat and
semi-final, Chloe won the Bronze medal in the 200m
behind Dina Asher-Smith, the English Schools Champion,
and Canadian Caroline Mourin-Houde. Chloe’s time
John finished fourth in the heats of
the 110m Hurdles and went onto finish a creditable
fifth in the final in a time of 14.22.
Congratulations must also go to coaches Bill Parker
and Colin Sinclair.
80 teams took part in this
years MacAndrew Road Relay Race in dreadful weather
conditions around Jordanhill and Scotstoun.
Ronhill Cambuslang won the mens race with a time of
1:06.03 and Garscube Harriers were the winners of the
womens race with a combined time of 59.38.
winning Ronhill Cambuslang team included Andrew
Coulter, Jack Kerr, Robert Gilroy and Stewart Orr.
Garscube Harriers winning team was Charlotte Wilson,
Kirsty Husband and Katie White.
2nd in both the mens and womens races. The mens
team of Sean Fontana, Derek Gibb, Max Ralston and
Ethan Sloan-Dennison finished in a time of 1:07.12 and
the womens team of Louise Warren, Aisling McGhee and
Claire McCracken finished in a time of 1:01.2.
The full results are
available at this link.
A couple of changes were made at 1500 hrs on the 2nd
as a result of data entry errors on the day.
Thanks to the 25 officials who gave up their time
to assist with a variety of duties, the 30 plus
Marshals who remained at their posts until the last
athlete was safely home and our members who served the
tea and cakes in the refectory.
Special thanks to Katie Alexander of Achilles Heel
for once again supporting the event and Julie and
Gordon McGhee for the supply of cakes and buns.
We're also very grateful to Ron Hunter for creating a
new spreadsheet which made recording of the results an
easier and faster process.
team of Claire McCracken, Donna Finlayson and Rhian
Dawes were second women's team, behind the home
club Kilbarchan, at the George Cummings Relays on 24
September at Houston.
Claire led the team off handing over in fourth
place just behind the second and third teams. Donna
ran a good solid leg to maintain our postion and Rhian
stormed round the last leg hauling in the runners from
Shettleston and Garscube to bring us home in second
place with an overall time of 51.31. Individual
times were Claire 16.21, Donna 18.18, Rhian 16.52.
Our Club is once again hosting the 72nd MacAndrew Road
Relay Race on Saturday the 1st of October. The
race as always is open to Senior and U20 athletes.
The race will start and finish on Helensburgh
Drive, Jordanhill, with registrations being accepted
on the day.
as always takes on a great responsibility when
organising an event like this and we have to cater for
about 500 competing athletes, supply 30 officials and
We now require volunteers to assist with
marshalling the course. We will have 4 Police
officers controlling what is potentially the busiest
Road crossings but we will require members of all ages
to assist with directing athletes along the route.
Can volunteers attend at the Refectory within
Jordanhill School, Chamberlain Road, for a briefing at
1330 hrs. Fluorescent Bibs, Maps etc. will be issued
to all our volunteers.
Sandwiches and refreshments will be provided within
The race is usually finished by about 1645 hrs.
If possible, please come along and support the Club.
If you can assist, please e-mail
Gordon Innes or
let him know at the trackside.
Mark ashby 36th 2ndV50 37:22.
Ralph Connolly 41st 13thV45 38:49 (PB).
Kenny McVey 96th 1stV60 42:43.
Mark Ralph &
Kenny 3rb Sen Men Team.
Paisley 3k Fun Run.
Kimberly Gilchrist 1st
Primary School Girl.
Holly Little 2nd
Jenna Little 3rd Primary School Girl.
Glasgow 5k Park Run.
Sloan-Dennison 2nd 1stU19 16:23.
Rhian Dawes 21st
Great Scottish Run
86th 14thV40 1hr 20min 41sec.
Mark Ashby 91st
2ndV50 1hr 21min 15sec.
Clair Thomson 265th
30thLady 1hr 28min 48s
Chris Sheridan 349th 1hr
Great Scottish Run 10k.
Barry Stewart 36th
Alistair Douglas 47th 3rdV50 38:12.
Connolly 51st 4thV45 38:20. (PB).
89th 10thLady 40:10.
Peter Dawes 140th 5thV55
David Vernon 4th 32:48. (PB).
Glasgow 5k Park Run.
Ethan Sloan-Dennison 4th
Crawford Little 12th 2ndV45
19:10.(Auld age PB)
Peter Dawes 31st 1stV55 20:17.
Holly Little 43rd 1stLU14 20:56 (PB).
Strathclyde 5k Park Run.
Ralph Connolly 3rd
2ndV45 18:34 (PB).
Tom Ord 9th 1stV50 20:34.
Martin Hayes 3rd 33:20.
Derek Gibb 4th 34:19.
Derek Watson 15th 37:25.
Tour Of Clyde Side 5k Gallop.
Mark Ashby 20th. 3rdV50.
Edinburgh 5k Park run.
Connolly 13th. 2ndV45. 18:25. (PB)
Devil Of The Highlands (43mls)
Tyndrum to Fort
Gerry Craig 10th. 6thVet. 6hr. 51min.
Scottish Gas 10k.
Jaqui Thomson 34th. 4thLady. 1st LVet45. 89:15.
Helensburgh Half Marathon.
Mark Ashby 28th.
Clair Thompson 67th. 10thLady.
Chris Sheridan 90th. 91:15.
Glasgow 5k Park Run.
Stewart 14th. 3rdV35. 18:19.
Ralph Connolly 22nd.
Christy Bloss 274th. 6thLU14. 31:54.
SVHC. Glasgow 800. 10k.
Gerry Craig 9th. 4thV40. 37:17.
23rd. 3rdLady. 39:46
Peter Dawes 37th.
Kenny McVey 44th. 3rdV60. 43:37.
Gerry Craig 11th. 5thVet. 16:13.
Bute Highland Games 10k.
McVey 40th. 18thvet. 43:42.
Glasgow 5k Park Run.
Connolly 15th. 4thV45. 18:42.
16th. 1stV50. 18:53.
Strathclyde 5k Park Run.
Tom Ord 13th. 2ndV50. 20:37.
Stewart 32nd. 18:18.
Strathclyde 5k Park Run.
Tom Ord 13th. 2ndV50. 20:07.
Sainsbury’s UK School
The UK School Games’ athletics, took place in
Sheffield over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th
September. Four VP-Glasgow athletes were selected to
compete for Scotland. Max Aitchison won a gold medal
in the 1500m with 4:08.67, and Eilidh McEvilly
returned with a silver medal for her part in the
4x100m team (48.31s). Eilidh was also 6th in the 80m
Hurdles with 12.25 and Sam Adams was 4th in the Pole
Vault with a (3rd equal) jump of 4.15m.
to Lewis Boyle, Gillian Black and Emma Ferrie; our
podium finishers in the Junior Great Scottish Run
races which took place on Saturday 3rd Sept at Glasgow
1.5K (to 20th gender place overall):
Girls: Emma Ferrie 2nd 4:53
Amy Bissett 5th 5:29
Sophie Urquhart 13th 6:09
Jenna Little 15th 6:14
3K (to 10th place in
Lewis Boyle 1st (1st overall)
Liam Turner 3rd 10:06 (8th overall)
Fraser Glass 5th 10:12
Euan Urquhart 6th 10:13
Jamie MacKinnon 2nd 10:21
Ewan Rae 6th 11:12
Adam Brady 7th 11:17
Andrew Moreland 10th 11:39
Amy MacLellan 4th 12:12
Gillian Black 2nd 10:53 (3rd Girl)
Millie Boyle 6th 12:27
Holly Little 2nd 11:23
Monica Blair 6th 14:46
Beth Gibbons 9th 15:07
Triathlon European Championships
Congratulations to Marc Austin who, as a member of the
British Youth Triathlon Relay Team, won a gold medal
in Tours, France. Marc is currently in Beijing, having
been selected to compete for GB (one of only two in
the junior men age group) at the ITU Triathlon World
Athletics Relay Championships
The Scottish Athletics Relay Championships took
place at Grangemouth Stadium on Sunday 21st August.
VP-Glasgow’s men and boys did exceptionally well.
There were gold medals for: the U14 3x800m team of
Calum McCormack, Jamie MacKinnon and Euan Urquhart
(7:00.94); the U16 3x800m team of Fraser Glass, Liam
Turner and Marc Rooney (6:28.19); and, the Senior/U20
4x400m team of Stuart Ross, Danny Cairns, Andy
McFarlane and David Martin (3:16.93).
National Combined Events Championships took place at
Grangemouth Stadium over the weekend of 20th/21st
Eilidh McEvilly won the women’s U18
Heptathlon with 4009 points, coming first in the
100mHurdles (15.26s), Shot (9.65m), Long Jump (4.96m)
and 200m (27.57s).
Jane Scott was 3rd in the Senior
women’s Heptathlon with 3714 points.
(SAL) – Grangemouth – Sunday 14th August 2011
VP-Glasgow athletes were placed 5th on the day
and were 4th overall in Division 1 for the season
having scored 17 league points.
the day was Jax Thoirs who set a new League and Club
Record of 4.85m in the Pole Vault – the previous
record of 4.70m was set in 1977! (The Scottish
native record is 5.06m so Jax just narrowly missed
it.) Very well done, Jax.
excellent performances included:-
Martin’s 21.87s win over Ryan Oswald’s 21.88s in the
200m. A thrilling race!
Neale Kelly just
lost out in the 110m Hurdles with 15.11s (1/100th
outside his P.B.) to Francis Smith of Pitreavie’s
We welcomed 2 debutantes in this
Jamie Robinson – Long Jump of 5.87m (a
P.B.), Triple Jump and 4 x 100m.
Hugh MacKenzie –
P.B. achieved in the 3,000m Steeplechase.
Considering that we only covered 24 of the 34
individual events, those who turned out did very well
and we look forward to doing even better in 2012.
UKWAL Match 3
Grangemouth 7 August
magnificent effort in the final match this year,
at a very wet Grangemouth, saw our Senior Women’s
team win the match outright and along with Wigan will
be promoted to Division One for next season.
Surprisingly the challenge didn’t come from Harrow or
Havering Mayesbrook, it came from City of Portsmouth
but we managed in the end to beat them by over 20
points. Overall we had five A String wins, eight B
string wins and a second and a first in the relays.
There was one PB. In the B string 800m where Erin
McIlveen took over a second off her previous best when
winning her race in 2: 13.57.
again contributed good points. Diane, moving
down from the 400m, along with Chloe scored good
points in the 100m but went better in the 200m with
Chloe taking second place in the A string and Diane
winning the B string. In the 400m, Erin L and
Sarah S both won their 400m races quite comfortably.
In the Hurdles Hazel and Jane were third in their
races contributing valuable points and Fiona stepped
down from 2000 S/C to 400mH to get us more valuable
Hazel and Jane were in action again
together in the High Jump finishing second and third.
In the long jump Jane again was in good form coming
third and Jen came in to cover the B string. Jen
also covered the triple jump where she got more
valuable points. Because of the bad weather, the pole
vault was moved to the indoor arena. The rules
state that the points are shared amongst the
competitors so although Jen and Courtney won both the
A string and B string, they didn’t get the points they
deserved. However It was a welcome return to
competition for Courtney after being sidelined for a
year with injury.
Our middle distance was
much stronger at this match. Aisling and
Erin L were third and first respectively in the
800m, Hollie and Rhian fourth and second in the 1500m
with Sarah P winning the 3000m. Aisling
again agreed to do the B string 3000m as her warm down
and this time was third! Fiona was a good second in
the Steeplechase which I think this is the best
position we have ever come in this event.
throwers again were in good form with Rachel and
Stacey winning both A and B Hammer, Michelle and
Rachel winning both Shot Putt, and Stacey winning B
string Discus with Michelle in second place in the A
string. Paula and Aileen both scored well
in Javelin. In all they contributed a total of 66
points - the maximum possible over the four
events is 72.
Our 4x100 team of Jane, Sarah,
Hazel and Chloe were a close second with Chloe just
being caught on the line by Hayley Jones of Wigan.
The 4x400 team of Erin L, Sarah, Erin McI and Diane
led from the start to finish well clear of the rest of
Jane won the Points Princess tiara
for her tally of 21 points and for the first time this
award hasn’t gone to a thrower. There was a lot
of good performances but after much discussion it was
decided to award the Athlete of the Match to Diane for
her 200m victory. The full results are
available at this link.
Despite the weather and my
stress levels, it was a great day and we are all
looking forward to Division One completion next year.
Thanks must go to our officials; Pam, Magnus,
Christine, Donald, Ricky, Alasdair, Joe, Kate, Gordon
and Margaret (any anyone I have forgotten) and
to the Declaration/Results team; Gordon, Linda,
Julie, Agnes and Hugh.
Congratulations to Scott McKay who won his age group
in the Scottish Triathlon Championships on Saturday
6th Aug. Scott won the swim, dropped to 6th in the
cycle and finished with an excellent run to win
overall. He will now join the Scottish team for the
British Triathlon Inter Regional Championships next
Association Metric Mile Meet
The 2nd Glasgow Milers Meet of the summer took place
at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday 5th August. Highlights
included PBs for the following athletes in the 1500m:
Gillian Black (U15) 4:51.43
Lewis Boyle (U17)
Max Aitchison (U17) 4:01.29
Euan Urquhart (U15) 4:37.21
Rafferty (U17) 4:42.60
Liam McKeown (U17) 4:47.34
Calum McCormack (U15) 4:51.96