Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Group Training suspended due to January Lockdown

 Following the announcement by the First Minister on Monday 4th January the instruction is from 00:01 on 5th January to midnight on the 31st January is to stay at home and only travel for essential purposes e.g. work, food shopping, care giving etc. This is being made a legal requirement and will be enforceable in law.

Further to this our governing body Scottish Athletics have advised all clubs in Scotland that under 11s aren't affected by this change and anyone 12 years and over can exercise outdoors with one other person from one other household but you must follow the physical distancing rules.  However as a further measure Scottish Athletics "STRONGLY recommend that ALL formal Club and Group activity is suspended from 00:01 on 5th January 2021 to midnight on the 31st January 2021".

Therefore Calderglen Harriers have decided that ALL training sessions are cancelled with effect from today, Tuesday 5th January.  This decision has been taken to comply with the new government directives and will be in force until further notice or at a time when restrictions are amended.

This instruction is applicable to ALL Calderglen Harrier athletes regardless of age or ability. This decision has been taken to protect all athletes, coaches and volunteers given the current transmission rate of the new strain of the virus. We will keep you informed of any further changes but in the meantime, please do all you can to stay at home and stay safe.


Richard Lawton, Covid Coordinator and Calderglen Harriers Committee

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Juniors are back....Wednesday 4th November

Yes we are back tomorrow night.  

We will meet in the committee room just next to toilets in Sports Club. So if the kids come in and wash their hands with the hand sanitiser and make their way into the committee room.

1st session is 6.15pm to 7.15pm for 11 and under

2nd session is 7.30pm to 8.30pm for 12 to 17 year olds.

I have put a message out on our Facebook page.  If you know any Harrier parents please spread the word.

Richard and on behalf of John and Frances

Monday, 26 October 2020



Further to the extension of the 16 day reset into this week by the Scottish Government, the EK Sports Club remains closed.
Therefore another week there will be no training for the juniors. Also there is personal issues effecting our coaching and volunteers which has added another level of difficulty to provide a safe training environment.
So we will wait and see the impact of the Scottish Government's new tier system has on the EK Sports Club and junior Harrier training sessions.
If we can we will try to be back on Wednesday 4th November still at the new times we have been operating, 6.15pm to 7.15pm for 11 and under and 7.30pm to 8.30pm for 12 to 17 year olds.
I will put this on the junior blog and if you know any other Harrier parents please spread the word.
I know its not news people want to hear but I hope you understand as you leave the coaches in charge with the most precious people in your lives. Safety first.
Any further updates I will let you know
Richard and on behalf of John and Frances

Tuesday, 13 October 2020


Please click on link to the Senior Harriers blog post on this event.


Our governing body Scottish Athletics are doing a virtual running event for all age groups starting from under 11s and upwards.  If your son or daughter wanted to do it then let me know as it is club entry only.

So,  your son or daughter will need to join Scottish Athletics as you need a SA number to enter. When joining enter Calderglen Harriers as their club.  If your son or daughter are members already make sure their membership is still in date and not expired. If expired you will need to renew online.  See link to Scottish Athletics membership page....


Please let me know if your son or daughter wish to be entered and let m know either via Facebook or email so I can ask our Event Organiser to enter them.




Since the announcement by the FM last week I was waiting to see if there was any changes to outdoors for the juniors. On the plus there is no change and we can carry on as usual.

However our club house, EK Sports Club, has no income if no one is using the bar or booking the hall and the FM announcement has led to the EK Sports Club being shut for 16 days with a view to re-open on Monday 26th October.
With no EK Sports Club open we don't have a safe indoor place to meet, no toilet facilities and no access to first aid. The external lights of the EK Sports Club are off and so there is an increased level of darkness around the area which we don't feel comfortable with to meet the juniors at start of a session.
So the plan is to be back on Wednesday 28th October still at the new times we have been operating, 6.15pm to 7.15pm for 11 and under and 7.30pm to 8.30pm for 12 to 17 year olds.
I know its not news people want to hear but I hope you understand as you leave the coaches in charge with the most precious people in your lives. Safety first.
Richard and on behalf of John and Frances

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

COVID-19 restrictions update - Facemask/covering mandatory

Our facility operator, East Kilbride Sports Club, has notified us that the wearing of a face mask/covering is mandatory at all times within the club.

It can only be removed if you are sitting at a table in the bar areas.

So when we meet in the gym area prior to Wednesday session you need to wear a mask.


COVID-Coordinator (Calderglen Harriers)

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Return of Club Training procedure: Wednesday 23rd September


I am sure you will be all pleased to hear the Junior Harriers can return to club training with COVID-19 restrictions on Wednesday 23rd September.


Facility changes

  • No access to club hall where we previously met 
  • MASK wearing in the Sports Club is voluntary
    Stage 1: Before you train

    • They have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in last 14 days
    • They have COVID-19 symptoms or are feeling unwell (high temperature, continuous cough, loss or change in taste or smell)
    • They have  been overseas to a country on the quarantine list 
    Stage 2: Check your pack allocation and new training time
    • Young Athletes have been organised into Packs A to E. An email was sent to all parents informing what pack your son or daughter is in and the packs were named on the junior section private Facebook page
    • Training will be every Wednesday only
    • New time and arrangements. 1st session will be 6.15pm to 7.15pm for Pack A and B. Coaches John and Richard
    • New time and arrangements. 2nd session will be 7.30pm to 8.30pm for Packs C, D and E. Coaches John, Richard and Frances
    Stage 3: Arrive for training
    • Parents please drop your son or daughter at front door. This is to ensure social distancing can be maintained in the gym area
    • When arriving please maintain a 2m physical distance from everyone else
    • Hygiene - On entering the Sports Club all Young Athletes please use hand sanitiser situated in the reception area (between toilet doors)
    • Young Athletes - Please meet up with your Coach and pack in the club gym area. Male members enter through Gents toilets and female members through Ladies toilets.  Join your Coach and pack before and during session. Everyone else maintain a 2m physical distance
    Stage 4: Training
    • With your Coach, the leaving order will be once all members of your pack have arrived 
    • Leave a minimum 3 minute gap between packs leaving the Sports Club
    • Packs will exit Sports Club through the fire exit door in the gym
    • Young Athletes aged 11 and under in Pack A and B are not required to physically distance during training sessions
    • Young Athletes aged 12 to 17 in Packs C, D and E must physically distance during training sessions (2m side-by-side and 5 m single file)
    • Stay in your packs at all times
    • Coaches and other adults (parent helpers) must continue to physically distance from Young Athletes
    • Maintain 2m physical distance with other packs when doing all aspects of your training
    Stage 5: Training complete
    • Once training has finished your Coach will bring your son or daughter back to the cricket pitch near the Sports Club building end for you to pick them up. Suggestion stand next to new decking area at back of Sports Club as a meeting point
    • Please maintain a 2m physical distance from everyone
    • Son or daughter hands should be washed and/or sanitised as soon as possible 
    • If you become unwell after training, with COVID-19 symptoms, you should first contact your GP/NHS 24 and then inform Richard Lawton, Calderglen Harriers COVID-19 Coordinator, on any of the following ways. Email: lawtons1@sky.com ; Mob: 07849 231343 

    Further information

    Scottish Government guidance: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/