Sunday, 13 September 2009

Turbo X Mugdock park Glasgow 10mile race

On what turned out to be a glorious day, two of the veteran Harriers travelled to Mugdock Country Park to take part in the Saab Saloman Turbo X trail race a distance of 10 mile.

Some other Harrier’s runners had recommended the race - wait till I see them.

After an unremarkable run along a trail there was suddenly a sharp turn into the long grass winding through the trees and down muddy paths.

From there you were firmly in David Attenborough country, sinking down in the mud and sphagnum moss and being forced to crisscross to avoid the worse parts.

This was followed by scrambling up hills and down through forest trails.

Several places it was like quicksand and some of the competitors had to be pulled free.

We did fine on straight but overtaken on obstacles by seasoned hill and fell runners over the assault course

Covered in mud from head to tail maybe looked 10 years younger after all the mud but legs felt 10 years older.

Eventually finished to great cheer from the crowd to receive a goody bag and technical top - shame about the colour.

No shower, so back in car, just as well David had seat covers and then hours of steeping the kit - really thankful that Harriers colours are predominately black.

Our results:

Age Group
Start to Turbo XTurbo XTurbo X to finishFinish
John Denholm10761:12:0521:1507:161:40:37
David Bunyan13081:14:4321:1107:461:43:41

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Glasgow Half-Marathon 6th September

A large contingent from the road running section took part in the Glasgow Half-Marathon, one of them Barry Paterson kindly submited this short report:

The Glasgow 10k and Half Marathon runs have always proved popular with runners due to its fast flat course, and this year it proved to be no exception, with nearly 15000 runners competing on Sunday, either in the 10k or half marathon that was on offer. The 10k'ers managed to get a dry run, where as the half marathoners got me.

The half marathon went back to its original route, so there was no mountain to climb that was St Vincent Street as per last year. As it ran its way out onto Paisley Road, so the rain began. More of a slight drizzle then onto proper rain. By the time the runners went through the half way marker in Pollock Park, the damp, dreary conditions turned the surface a little slippy. As usual, the support around Glasgow was fantastic, with encouragment being shouted at you from left and right, with pipers at every mile marker, bands, guitarist and even DJ's braving the rain to entertain the runners. The last 1.1 mile in Glasgow Green seemed to go on for ever, around one corner, then another, then another! Plenty of people lined the side, even alot of 10k athletes cheering on friends and family into the finish. A good day out, the weather suiting some people...maybe not others.

Times and positions are:

Half Marathon (7724 runners)

Barry Paterson - 66th - 1:18.54 PB
Steven Oliver - 464th - 1:31.49
Tracey Newman - 951st - 1:37.53 PB
Andrew McVicar - 1468th - 1:42.29 PB
Magali Fleche - 2485th - 1:49.30 PB
Rhona Penman - 3151st - 1:53.18
Michelle Taylor - 3301st - 1:54.04 PB
Christine Eadie - 4859th - 2:03:04

The complete set of results can be found here

Only one photo (click to expand) but after that fantastic time just had to publish it:

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Club Championship Arrangements

Please take note of the following information relating to the Club Championships on Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th September.

Declarations - Will open at the announcers box at 18.00. Could we please ask all athletes to declare by 18.45. The same numbers are to be used on both nights, If you are competing on both nights there is no need to declare on the Thursday. Each number should be attached by four pins

Timetable - There are likely to be some alterations to the timetable so please listen for announcements.

If you are competing in two events at the same time please report to your field event, tell the lead official and you will be collected for your track event. If in any doubt please ask Graham Learmonth and Paul Boggan who will be assisting with this.

Safety - You should only be on the track or field when competing please stay in the stands at all other times this also applies to spectators.

Indoor Arena - This is not covered with our meeting booking so could all athletes and others please stay away from it.

Club Clothing - A selection of club clothing will be available to order, where this will be is dependant on the weather.

Good luck to all and enjoy the meeting

Sunday, 30 August 2009

The Falkirk Cup Wednesday 26th August

The Falkirk Cup had some interest in the "Falkirks Fastest Kid" event an 80m sprint run prior to the main evening event, as 5 of the 6 medals awarded went to U13 Harriers.

In the girls race Nicola Milne took the Gold, Olivia Graham the Silver and Selina Henderson the Bronze.

On to the boys with Bradley McCabe taking the Silver and Baillie McRoberts taking the Bronze.

Well done to the young Vics as the qualification for this event started with over 300 kids.

The U11s who also competed did themselves proud. They were Emma Johnston and Laura Fegan the latter managed to finish 4th and was only beaten by 1 100ths of a second a great achievement for her age as she is only 10 years old.

There was also interest in "Falkirks Strongest Kid" where congratulations are due to Clare Anderson who won the girls event.

Scottish Young Athletes League Final 23rd August

The SYAL final took place at Grangemouth on Sunday the 23rd August with some noteable performances from the Vics in what was a hard day against the big guns.

Starting with the U13 girls on the track, there was a 2nd and 3rd place in the 800m for Julie Hunter and Natalie MacLeod both meeting G2 standard with PB's. Alana Boggan and Kelly Bisset both went in the 1500m and made the G4 standard with Alana beating her PB coming 5th. The U13 girls also came 3rd in the 4 x 100m relay whilst on the field Nicola Milne came third in the Long Jump with a performance of 4.26m.

The U13 boys weren't as sucessfull on the track with no medals acheived, although Baillie McRoberts took 4 secs off his PB in the 800m with a time of 2.38secs coming 5th. Ceiran Wright took a 3rd place on the field in the Shot, meeting G1 standard with a 9.51m.

A similar story with the U15 girls with no medals on the track although Amy Manson made the G4 standard in the 200m coming 4th and Holly Lister the same in the hurdles and the Long Jump.

On to the U15 Boys who faired better with the performance of the day going to Dale Colley who has only been doing athletics for a few weeks but made the G1 standard for the 1500m with a time of 4.26, this also sits him 7th in Scotland this year on the Power of 10. In the 800m Gavin Weir ran well to make the G2 standard and Mark Govan came second in the B race making the G4 standard. Also making this grade were Kevin Woods in the 200, 400m and Taylor Nimmo in the Shot Putt.

In the U17's Abby Kemp came 5th in the 800m and Ben Stevenson a respectable 4th, both making G4. On the field and Eddie Reid came 4th in the Discus and took a second in the Hammer meeting G2 standard.

Also in the U17's Jacqueline Plain threw well to break the league record for the hammer and won gold and she finished 2nd in discus and 3rd in shot.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Club Championships

The Club's Track and Field Championships will take place on Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th September at Grangemouth Stadium.

This is a reminder that the closing date is Tuesday 1st September with late entries taken up till and including Tuesday night.

The entry form with the £3 charge should be submitted to Willie Day.

For anyone who wishes to enter but does not have a form it can be downloaded from here

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Graham Clark Memorial 3.9 mile Road Race Thursday 20th August 2009

On what was definitely a night for the T-shirt under the vest, four Harriers took part in the annual Graham Clark Memorial 3.9 mile Road Race consisting of 3 laps round Knockhill race circuit near Dunfermline.

A record entry of over 200 ran over a route which is not what you would perceive for a race track being surprisingly hilly.

Everyone battled against the wind and occasional rain to turn in good personal performances.

Some pictures from the race, just click to expand:

The complete set of results can be found here

John Denholm6925:23
Neil White9726:33
David Bunyan9926:39
Kenny Collins15329:42