Tuesday, 15 January 2019

NATIONAL XC CHAMPIONSHIPS (FALKIRK)

The final big cross country event of the season is the Scottish National XC in Falkirk on Saturday 23rd February. This is only 5 weeks away.
 
If any of the regular competitive athletes are planning to do this event my advice is to train as much as you can.  It is a great running event competing against athletes in your age group from all over Scotland but it is a tough event.  So to give yourself a chance to perform as well as you can you need to do more than 1 Wednesday session per week.
 
You need to start attending the Saturday sessions with Mark at 10am, go out running yourself or get some parkruns in. All other clubs train twice a week and some do three sessions a week plus strength and conditioning session. So its up to each individual how much work they want to put in to do the best they can.
 
In addition the Senior section have fortnightly cross country sessions at Branchumhall football pitches.  The final session dates are:
 
Monday 21st January
Monday 4th February
Monday 18th February
 
We normally run from the clubhouse down to Branchumhall which is about 2 miles, do the planned session the run back to club. So this total distance can range from 6 to 8 miles on average.
 
Lewis Moir does this session with his Grandpa (who is a senior runner with club).  If any junior wanted to do this then I would suggest you meet at the car park at Branchumhall warmed up ready to do the session about 7:45pm and parents to remain in car park until session finished. Please speak to me if you want to do this.
 
If you only do Wednesdays then that's 5 sessions over 5 weeks
If you do Wednesday & Saturday sessions that's 10 sessions over 5 weeks
If you do Senior XC sessions, Wednesday & Saturday sessions that's 13 sessions over 5 weeks
 
Fitter, stronger and faster the more you train.
 
Once Scottish Athletics realise entry forms for this the Scottish National XC I will put the details out.
 
Richard

Sunday, 13 January 2019

KILMARNOCK XC

On Sunday 20th January is the Kilmarnock Cross Country Festival in the field next to the Ayrshire Athletics Arena.  For anyone who ran the West Districts in December its the same place and likely same race routes for each of the races.
 
Good thing about this event is it has races for everyone including the youngest age group, the under 11s.  This is rare so a good opportunity for any runners in my group to test their running chops on the cross country amongst their peers.
 
Also a good preparation cross country race for anyone planning to do the Scottish National XC in Falkirk on Saturday 23rd February.
 
See weblink for more details, how to enter and I know a few Calderglen Harriers that have entered all ready.
 
 
Richard

WEEKEND ROUND UP 12 /13 JANUARY

First round up of 2019 that I have done.  

Rouken Glen Park Junior 2k Parkrun #101 - 13/01/19

6th, Steven Cooper, 8.56, 22nd junior parkrun

152 runners in field

Link to results:
http://www.parkrun.org.uk/roukenglen-juniors/results/latestresults/

Well done Steven.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

JUNIOR FESTIVE TRAINING 2018/19

There has been some enquries regarding when the club is stopping for Christmas.  The Wednesday sessions will be on until 19th December and back on Wednesday 9th January at 6.30pm.

The Saturday sessions led by Mark Saez will remain on during the festive period.  If there is any changes to these sessions Mark will post on facebook secret group page. If you want in the group just email to let me know.

See below festive training plan if you need some help.

Wednesday 19th December.....Last Wednesday club session of 2018, 1830 to 2000

Saturday 22nd December...... Training session @ Calderglen Country Park

Sunday 23rd December.....Junior Parkrun at Rouken Glen Park in Giffnock or Victoria Park Glasgow @ 0930. Remember Sunday events are 2k and only for runners aged 4-14 years old...Your choice. Note look at their websites to double check they are hosting a run as usual.

Wednesday 26th December.......No formal session. For under 11s try a 1-2 mile or 15 minute steady run with parent supervision.  For under 13s and above try a 3 to 4 mile (about 35-40 minutes) steady run  solo run or with friends from your training squad.  Your choice.

Saturday 29th December.........Training session @ Calderglen Country Park

Sunday 30th December.....Junior Parkrun at Rouken Glen Park in Giffnock or Victoria Park Glasgow @ 0930. Remember Sunday events are 2k and only for runners aged 4-14 years old...Your choice. Note look at their websites to double check they are hosting a run as usual.

Wednesday 2nd Jan 2019.........No formal session. For under 11s try a 1-2 mile or 15 minute steady run with parent supervision.  For under 13s and above try a 3 to 4 mile (about 35-40 minutes) steady run  solo run or with friends from your training squad.  Your choice.

Saturday 5th Jan 2019......Training session @ Calderglen Country Park

Wednesday 9th Jan 2018.....Back to normal. Wednesday session, 1830 to 2000

Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas & New Year, and get all the Pbs you want in 2019.

Richard

Sunday, 9 December 2018

CHRISTMAS FUN RUN REMINDER

Just a reminder our annual festive event is now less than a week away on Sunday 16th December @ EKSC Clubhouse.

I have all the names of the junior athletes taking part in the relay race, t-shirts and the selection boxes are in.  If anyone has changed there mind and is available to do it let me know ASAP as it's a nightmare organising teams! Likewise if you can't make let me know. My email is richard.lawton3@btinternet.com and deadline is Friday 14th December or via facebook

The clubhouse opens at 9.30am and the junior event starts at 10am and senior event starts at 11am.  Remember to wear something festive for the run wither it is a full costume, a hat or a bit of tinsel.  If you want a present bring a present costing max £5 and wrapped.

If any of the under 13s and above want to take part in the senior event which is 5 continuous laps covering a distance of 6.4k or 4 miles then let me know and your best 5k time this year so you can be suitably timed handicap i.e. slowest runners go first right up to the fastest last. So far Lewis Moir is the only junior athlete doing both events.
 
My email is richard.lawton3@btinternet.com and deadline is Friday 14th December or via facebook.

There will be mince pies and tea/coffee post race in the Sports Club bar...so bring all the family for a morning of festive frolics and fun.

Friday, 30 November 2018

LANARKSHIRE XC CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 report

From the youngest to oldest under 11s to seniors this is truly a championship event that promotes an individual sport as a team event. With every inch all athletes are running to get a good time, good position, where ever they finish counts to the bigger picture of placing your club nearer to being the Lanarkshire Cross Country Championships. Inspirational.  Teamwork is dreamwork!   Calderglen Harriers had 10 young athletes and 2 coaches running aiming to do there best. Winning is giving your Best, not a Position. 
 
Rachel & Anna
This year we had more than double from last year participating in this event which is encouraging.  First up we had the under 11 Girls setting the standard. We were represented by Anna Lindsay and Rachel Biggs who were running there first competitive club race. In the field of 68 runners Anna was first Calderglen Harrier home in 5.56 and Rachel completing in 6.43.
 
Following was the under 11 Boys duo of Ben Buchanan and Steven Cooper.  Steven was returning to this event as a 2nd year under 11 and determined to show his improvement over the last 12 months.  The course has been correctly measured this year giving more accurate and correct 1.2k course.  With 37 runners Steven crossed the line in the same position as last year 13th and his time was 4.55 which was more than last year but the course change explains.  Ben Buchanan packed well with his team mate finishing in 15th in 4.59. Well done Ben & Steven, under 13s for you both next year.
 
The under 13 Girls event moved up the distance to 2.5k and we had a team of 3 running so we could be in with a shout for a team prize in this race. Daisy Blake ran this event last year as an under 11 so this marked her progression to under 13 level. In a field of 49 Daisy found herself starting off at good pace and slowly passing others who ran too fast and finishing with a sprint achieving 10.47 and 20th position.  Next up was Emma Hutton who moved up age groups this year too and finishing in 11.27 and final Harrier to complete the team run was Eve Lindsay in 12.05. 
 
Aidian & Kai
It was the under 13 Boys turn to run the same distance and course.  This year we had new boy Aidian Hamilton and club stalwart Kai Wheeler making a challenge in this competitive age group. Both boys achieved running times of under 10 minutes.  Aidian was first Harrier home in 9.23 and 12th position and Kai ran a great time of 9.59 for a 24th place finish.
 
Last of the junior events for us was the under 15 Boys were we had Max Jones returning as a second year under 15 running the new 3.7k course. Max looked really comfortable and in control on the course and he was rewarded with a 12th position in 14.32.  His time was slower this year but was due to change in course but his position was higher. 
 
Last but not least we had Coach Richard & Frances joining in this year competitively rather than cheer leading on the side lines.  The course was 7.5k over 3 large laps over a mixture of terrain so trail shoes were the call of the day.  It was a really challenging course and certainly my first time doing this event.  Both Frances & I were doing this on the back of Brampton 10 mile from the previous weekend and both found the final lap strength sapping with heavy legs. Frances got the better of me today with a time of 32.24 and I finished in 33.07. Frances's time was only 1.11 minutes behind 3rd Female Master showing how she is running into good form.

The combined Calderglen Harrier Female team was 9th and Male team was 10th out of 13 clubs. Next year more Harriers higher places.  We can do this.
 
Thanks to all athletes and parents for supporting the club and your son or daughter at this event and in their hobby.  This was a great opportunity for all athletes who did this to get a competitive run in before West Districts on Saturday 8th December.

Monday, 19 November 2018

WEEKEND ROUND UP 17 / 18 NOVEMBER

Rouken Glen Park Junior 2k Parkrun #94 - 18/11/18

8th, Steven Cooper, 8.51, 20th parkrun

127 runners in field

Link to results:
http://www.parkrun.org.uk/roukenglen-juniors/results/latestresults/