On Sunday 3rd November was the inaugural event of the South Lanarkshire Super 4 combined events competition for under 10s and under 12s. The event was organised by the South Lanarkshire Athletics Partnership and was open to all 6 South Lanarkshire athletic clubs to encourage their young athletes to compete and have a taste of using a Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games facility. Alongside Calderglen Harriers 3 other South Lanarkshire athletic clubs attended this event which included East Kilbride AC, Law & District and Whitemoss AAC. All the athletes were entered as teams of 4 and all took part in the shot putt, long jump, 60m and 4 x 200m.
|Liam Wood leading his relay lap|
The Harriers had a total of 19 young athletes competing across the 2 age groups and for a club that was founded to promote cross country and road running in East Kilbride, all represented the club with great competitiveness, passion and determination. Throughout the day it was very busy so it made it difficult to keep up with everyone's progress on the track and field events however I noticed a few outstanding performances.
|3 of the Harriers u10 A Team|
|Harriers u12 A team|
Second performance of the day goes to the other the A team for the under 12 boys. First up was Liam Wood who quickly dominated the race and by the first bend was leading the race with great speed and determination against the other more experience track runners however his 10 metre lead was diminished due to a bad baton handover to Fergus Kane who despite this battled his way round in 4th place to handover to Mark Phimister who continued to do his best to stay in contention and then final handover to Marc McQuade who stormed his way round the 200 metre track nearly catching the 3rd place runner in the final straight. Excellent display of passionate running from the team who will do well in future events.
However the overall performance of the day goes to Katie Currie who was in the girls under 12 A team. Despite her condition of being blind in her right eye and wearing glasses she put in a moving performance in all 4 events. She may have finished last in her events however she was always determined just like all the kids to do well in each event, performed 100% with grit and effort and always doing it with a huge big smile on her face. It brought tears to the Harrier coaches, very proud of her and being a member of the club. It was a great day for the Harriers and the other South Lanarkshire athletic clubs.
|Calderglen Harriers under 10 & 12 Team|
I would like to thank all the parents supporting the club and bringing their children to this event. A big thank you to my fellow Coaches Frances Maxwell & Susan Pryce for their support preparing the athletes for this event, providing valuable support on the day and their continued commitment to being Coaches in the Junior section.