Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Mountain medal for Jamie Stevenson in Germany

This report has been abstracted from the Scottish Athletics website:

Jamie Stevenson was the star performer for Scotland at the World Mountain Running Junior Challenge in Ostheim vor der Rhoen (Germany) on Sunday (June 21st).

The course - in nearby Hausen - was very well planned on trails and grass to give a true test of hill running ability well suited to the 16 and 17 year age group of the competition.

In the men’s race, Andrey Rusakov of Russia had established a winning lead by the start of the final lap of the gruelling five lap course, but a chasing group of four ran determinedly to remain in contention for the silver and bronze medals.

Sergey Zvonerev, also of Russia, was the first to break clear from the group, but by the bottom of the main descent, Scotland's Stevenson had also broken clear leaving Italy’s Olocco Giovanni and England’s Billy Pinder to battle it out for fourth place.

Bronze medallist Stevenson was backed up by Adam Gatens (East Kilbride) in 19th and James Waldie (Cornwall) in 20th to give Scotland fourth place out of the ten national teams competing.

Key results are as follows:

Junior Men (4810m)

1. Andrey Rusakov (Russia) : 20:42
2. Sergey Zvonarev (Russia) : 21:16
3. Jamie Stevenson (Scotland):21:20

19. Adam Gatens (Scotland) : 22:47
20. James Waldie (Scotland): 23:01

1. Russia : 12 points
2. Italy : 27 points
3. England : 40 points
4. Scotland: 42 points

The complete results can be found here

Friday, 19 June 2009

SUMO Sports Masseurs

The following prices have been agreed with SUMO Sports Masseurs and are available now to all FVH members.

The prices are available for all Masseurs except Margaret Berry who still charges the normal rates.
SUMO Phone number is 01324 630888.

Initial consultation and treatment(approx 1 hour) - £30
Further appointments - £33 for the hour and £23 for the half hour for weekly appointments
between 9am and 4pm(this is including the 4pm slot).
Any appointments made after 4pm will be £35 per hour and £24 for the half hour.
£3 will be taken off any other treatments I.e. Acupuncture, Reflexology, Hot Stones etc.

When anyone is making their appointment they must tell the receptionist that they are a member of Falkirk Victoria Harriers and produce their membership card on the day of the appointment.
Out of date membership cards will not be accepted

SUMO have 4 sports massage therapists, here is some information about all of them:

Susan - Sports massage therapist and Advanced Remedial Therapist - Trained with Scottish Massage Schools for 3 years and a member of SMA (Sports Massage Association). The SMA are the professional body that will be working with the olympic teams. Worked with Philip Yeates, physiotherapist to Scotland football team and Rangers.

Amanda - Same as Susan, although not a member of SMA, she is a member of SMTO - Scottish Massage Therapists Organisation. Worked with Penicuik rugby club as their sports therapist.

Margaret - Sports massage therapist with over 15 years experience. Fitness instructor prior to doing sports therapy. Qualified in electrotherapy (ultrasound etc). Worked with a physiotherapist for over 10 years.

Brian - Sports massage therapist, trained with Scottish Massage Schools for 2 years and in house training at sumo.

We also provide acupuncture and relaxation therapies at sumo which will be offered at the same reduced rate.

Further information can be obtained from the
SUMO website here

Kirkintilloch Olympians 10k 18th June

Two Harriers, Alex Watson and Kenny Collins took part in the Kirkintilloch 10K race an established fixture in the road race callendar.

Alex submited this short report of the race:

The complete day was littered with strong winds and rain, and the 10K held in Kirkintilloch proved to be no exception.
It was very strong into the head wind for the first 4 miles and then crosswinds for the remaining race. The wet underfoot conditions along the canal towpath added to the discomfort.

The full results can be found here

Harriers Results:

Alex Watson4542:29
Kenny Collins15551:04

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Dechmont Law 10K Trail race 14th June 2009

A large contingent of 11 Harriers took part in the Dechmont Law 10K trail race at Livingston on what was a fine day, even warm enough for David to ditch his T-shirt and only wear his Harrier’s running vest.

For those who have experienced the winters X-country, many elements of the course were the same, with many turns, slopes but being summer, drier with the addition of nettles and midgies.

Regular roadrunner Tony Devlin was the first harrier home to finish in 6th place overall in a fantastic time,
given the nature of the course, of 36mins 42secs. Barry Paterson who also clocked a fabulous time, followed him close behind in 12th for a time of 37mins53secs.

Euan Martin now injury free finished in 25th place overall to be the 1st Junior (Under 20) male.
John Martin who along with Dave Robertson judged their pace well, moving steadily through the field to finish 35th and 36th respectively followed by John and David closely behind for fear of missing out on the feast at the finish.

New member Neil White a prolific race participator followed with Christine and Elaine being nip and tuck as throughout this year with Christine prevailing on this occasion.

After the drinks and eats we were all presented with a goody bag, with some containing the additional surprise of a spot prize voucher which could be redeemed for a prize of your choice which for many was another T-shirt.

some race pictures just click to expand:

The race results:

Anthony Devlin636:42
Barry Paterson1237:53
Euan Martin
John Martin
Dave Robertson3640:53
John Denholm5642:36
David Bunyan8245:40
Neil White9447:03
Christine Eadie
Elaine Thomson
Graham Hamilton

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Corstorphine 5 10th June 2009

On the overcast evening of Wednesday 10th June, five Victoria Harriers turned up to compete in the Corstorphine 5 (A five mile road race).

This is a report from one of them, David Bunyan:

Another extreme male veteran and I had competed in the race the previous year and had found it to be a well organised and friendly event.

The course is undulating with some flat straights so Personal Bests were not expected. The race starts with a long fast straight heading towards the Airport then turning east towards Barnton with some ups and downs to the half way mark.

With the temperature decreasing and the sweating increasing, a welcoming sight was the final straight and with good encouragement from the spectators on the corner just a final kick to the finish was required.

With finishing the 4th Harrier out of 5 the after race eats supplied by the host club Corstorphine had been considerable reduced by Barry, Dave and John by the time I finished.

On reflection everybody was happy with their times, organisation was good and friendly so a return next year is on the calendar.

Positions and Times:

Barry Paterson 19th Time 29.13
Dave Robertson 45th Time 32.29
John Denholm 59th Time 33.33
David Bunyan 72nd Time 35.14
Neil White 80th Time 36.25

Total field:119 Runners

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Dumbarton 10K Thursday 4th June

Two Harriers: Mike McQuaid and new Road running section member Alex Watson, headed to Dumbarton on Thursday evening 4th June to participate in the Polaroid 2nd series 10k race.

On a clear evening although a little warm, Mike posted a time of 34mins 25 secs to finish in 13th place, while Alex also made good headway, in a busy field.

He finished in 41mins 5 secs which is a PB to be 161st, and is delighted that his short time with the club is starting to reap rewards.

The full results can be accessed here

Albert Bartlett Edinburgh Marathon 31st May 2009

As road runners go, we are a hardy bred and like a challenge, so 4 of us decided to give the 2009 Edinburgh Marathon a go. Unfortunately a month before the off , one of the hardy crew had to pull out with injury. This is the second year Colin Thomson has had bad luck with the Edinburgh Marathon, but never one to give up a challenge, he has vowed to return next year.

Sunday arrived, and the excitement was building. We had fuelled out bodies up with pasta the night before, but as we left at 8 am to make our way to the start, the temperature was already close to 20 degrees. We realised the times that we wanted might not be achievable, it was more survival in the heat.

The route was scenic, and pretty flat. The first 5 miles of the course are practically downhill, which enabled the runners to get warmed up and a nice pace going. When we got onto Portobello promenade, runners hoping for a breeze by the seaside were disappointed, as the wind and sea were still, and it was getting hotter!!

When we reached Musselburgh, a welcoming breeze picked up to cool the runners...slightly. There was some shade on the way out to Longniddry which enabled us to hide from the evil sun, but as we turned and headed back, the remaining 8 miles was in the afternoon heat. Just add sand and it would have felt as hot as the Sahara!

As the legs tired, the crowds gathered, and this enabled us to continue on to the finish, where a massive crowd met us at Musselburgh Racecourse, where we collected our medal and an endless supply of water and lucozade to aid our recovery.

Our finishing positions and times are :

pos name time

490 Barry Paterson 03:21:04
10k: 00:42:14
Half: 01:31:10
30k: 02:10:59
Marathon: 03:21:04

518 Stephen Oliver 03:21:57
10k: 00:43:48
Half: 01:35:46
30k: 02:18:22
Marathon: 03:21:57

5353 Rhona Penman 04:40:52
10k: 00:54:51
Half: 02:04:02
30k: 03:04:16
Marathon: 04:40:52

Reporter: Barry Paterson