Sunday, 9 December 2018


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 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 and deadline is Friday 14th December or via facebook.

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

Friday, 30 November 2018


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


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

8th, Steven Cooper, 8.51, 20th parkrun

127 runners in field

Link to results:


Last chance closing date Tuesday 20th November at 7pm!

On the back of a successful Lanarkshire Road Relay Championships the next big local event is the Lanarkshire Cross Country Championships.  This is an individual event with team prizes incorporated.  So I am going to bold I want everyone (unless you have a doctors line) to enter to make a big Calderglen Harrier club event.  Link to last year's report:

This event will take place on Saturday 24th November at Drumpellier Park in Coatbridge (enter the park from Blair Road, arriving near Blairhill railway station & car park). All the races are individual. Ages as at 31 August / 1 September 2018. Details are as follows:

Age group
Race 1
U11 Girls
1200m (1 small lap)
Race 2
U11 Boys
1200m (1 small lap)
Race 3
U13 Girls
2500m (1 large lap)
Race 4
U13 Boys
2500m (1 large lap)
Race 5
U15 Girls
3700m (1 small + 1 large lap)
Race 5
U15 Boys
3700m (1 small + 1 large lap)
Race 6
U17 Men
5000m (2 large laps)
Race 6
U17 Women
5000m (2 large laps)
Race 6
Sen/Vet Ladies
7500m (3 large laps)
Race 7
Sen/Vet Men
7500m (3 large laps)

Age groups are u11 (9 & 10 yrs), u13 (11 & 12 yrs), u15 (13 & 14 yrs), u17 (15 & 16 yrs) and everybody else is Senior or Veteran.

Volunteers: The race organiser states that all clubs need to provide a minimum of 2 volunteers and failure to do so will result in club entries being declined.  So if you can volunteer please see Richard.

Race Entry

This year everyone needs to enter the race themselves. You can enter the race via Q-Buster using the code laaaxc_18.

Entries close on Tuesday 20th November


Sunday, 11 November 2018


Last chance closing entries today, Monday 19th November

Attention please a quick turn is needed for this.

We are now taking entries for the West District Cross Country Championships, which will be held at Ayrshire Athletics Arena, Queens Drive,Kilmarnock KA1 3XF on Saturday 8th December, first race starts at 11.30am.

There are cross country races for age groups U13, U15, U17, U20 and seniors/masters.

Your membership with Scottish Athletics needs to be paid up to date to enter this event.

Closing date for entries is Monday 19th  November, no late entries will be accepted.

Please let me know at training, via facebook or email.

Link for more info

Link to join Scottish Athletics


Victoria Park Junior 2k Parkrun #197 - 11/11/18

2nd, Kai Wheeler, 8.18, 54th parkrun

97 runners in field

Link to results:

Strathclyde Park 5k Parkrun #424 - 10/11/18

26th, Patrick Saez, 22.19, 13th parkrun
37th, Kai Wheeler, 23.02, 15th parkrun, Pb by 28 seconds
75th, Freya Kane, 24.48, 8th parkrun

275 runners in field

Link to results:

Well done to Patrick, Kai and Freya for attending this month's Saturday session Parkrun event and to Mark for being the responsbile adult turning up to support.  This is great running from all runners and good way to monitor your progress in fitness and running improvement.  Please more juniors go along and get involved in doing this club event or even when its not.

Well done to Kai for being on double duty with 2 parkruns.  Great result in both a Pb and 2nd place. Maybe this is Kai going through a purple patch.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018


On Sunday 16th December Calderglen Harriers will be holding their annual Senior and Junior Christmas Fun Run in Calderglen Country Park.  Junior event will start at 10am.  So now is the time to get thinking of a costume which is optional.

Juniors Xmas squad 2017
All pre-entered junior runners for Christmas Fun Run will receive a free special edition Calderglen Harriers t-shirt. So in order for this to happen I would like cooperation from athletes and parents in terms of your availabity to take part and runner t-shirt size.

To do this, we need to submit the order to our clothing supplier in plenty time so we need to have entries for the race, along with the athletes t-shirt size, by Wednesday 28th November at the latest. (T-shirt sizes are age  9/11, 12/13, small adult, medium adult, large adult).  Entries can be notified by e-mail or to Sarah at training. 

Following on from previous years, the Junior section will be doing a Relay race.  Each team will cover 3 laps with prizes for the winning team.  However all is not lost, everyone will get a treat at the end and for those of you wishing to participate, we will have a Secret Santa.  Participation in the Secret Santa is not compulsory but those who bring something will get to pick a present.  Presents should be to the value of around £5 and be unisex, suitable for anyone and wrapped.   We will do the lucky dip after the race.
Race Details
Junior Harriers (Relay Team)
Starts at 10.00am (arrive from 9:30am), Each runner does 1 lap (0.8 miles / 1.3k per lap), which is 2.4 miles or 3.8k
Senior Harriers (Individual race):
Starts at 11am, Run 5 laps (0.8 miles / 1.3k per lap), which is 4 miles or 6.4k
Hopefully some of the older more able junior runners will consider doing the 5 laps and challenge the "old" seniors. 

If any young athlete wants to do the senior fun run then please let Richard know.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Training back on Wed 7 November

Just a reminder to athletes and parents now that Halloween is over the treat of training is back on this Wednesday. Please see up and coming events we are looking for availabilty of all runners.
Up and coming events in November
Saturday 10th November - Club 5k Parkrun @ Strathclyde Park be there for 9am to allow a warm up and as usual the event starts at 9.30am. Everyone is welcome and remember to register with parkrun as no barcode no time.
Saturday 24th November - Lanarkshire AAA XC Champs - all info on earlier blog post. Lets make this a club event to remember and everyone get involved, coaches, parents and athletes. I can bring club tent and maybe we can have hot drinks and food afterwards in the tent?  Something to think about.


Rouken Glen Park Junior 2k Parkrun #92 - 04/11/18

30th, Emma Hutton, 9.52, 33rd junior parkrun, Pb by 1 second
43rd, Zoe Hutton, 10.15, 35th junior parkrun

170 runners in field

Link to results:

Well done Emma, a Pb is a Pb no matter how big or small.  Just shows every second counts when you run through the line. The difference of not a getting a Pb, a podium position, individual or team medal or qualifiying for another race.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Training rest due to Halloween

Just a reminder to athletes and parents training is off this Wednesday as its Halloween. I hope all athletes, young and older, enjoy Halloween and be safe. Saturday 3rd November training will be on as planned and Wednesday 7th November as usual.
Up and coming events in November
Saturday 10th November - Club 5k Parkrun @ Strathclyde Park be there for 9am to allow a warm up and as usual the event starts at 9.30am. Everyone is welcome and remember to register with parkrun as no barcode no time.
Saturday 24th November - Lanarkshire AAA XC Champs - all info on earlier blog post. Lets make this a club event to remember and everyone get involved, coaches, parents and athletes. I can bring club tent and maybe we can have hot drinks and food afterwards in the tent?  Something to think about.

Sunday, 21 October 2018


Lanarkshire Road Relays - 20/10/18

Under 11 Girls, 1.2k

Leg 1, Sophie Buchanan, 6.26, finished in 17th
Leg2, Anna Lindsay, 6.14, gained 1 place finishing in 16th
Leg 3, Zara Howell, 5.43, gained 2 places finishing in 14th

Overall team time was 18.23

Under 13 Boys, 2k

Leg 1, Aidian Hamilton, 7.10, finished in 6th
Leg 2, Kai Wheeler, 7.41, maintained 6th
Leg 3, Lewis Moir, 7.23, gained 2 places finishing in 4th

Overall team time was 22.14

Both teams did a great job yesterday representing the club in a local club championship. For the girls this was their first taste of competition in a club environment and all 3 coped well.  Hopefully this can be a positive start for the girls and keep progressing up the age groups in the future.  For the boys this age group is always very competitive with local rival East Kilbride AC and slightly further afield Cambuslang Harriers and Shettleston Harriers. However as Coach I was positive that the boys would run a good race with their individual recent performances, their metal was being tested and securing a fabulous 4th place, 1.05 minutes behind 3rd place team Shettleston Harriers.
Link to senior report for Lanarkshire Road Relays:

Rouken Glen Park Junior 2k Parkrun #90 - 21/10/18

11th, Steven Cooper, 9.21, 19th junior parkrun

111 runners in field

Link to results:

Victoria Park Junior 2k Parkrun #194 - 21/10/18

7th, Lewis Moir, 7.58, 37th parkrun

98 runners in field

Link to results:

Sunday, 14 October 2018


Rouken Glen Park Junior 2k Parkrun #89 - 14/10/18

1st, Aidian Hamilton, 7:57, 10th junior parkrun

118 runners in field

Link to results:

Strathcarron Trail Race - 2.5k - 14/10/18

4th, Kai Wheeler, 10:04

Victoria Park 5k Parkrun #245 - 13/10/18

46th, Kai Wheeler , 23:11, 14th parkrun

334 runners in field

Link to results:

Friday, 12 October 2018


Due to the school October week and people away for holidays during this time we have decided to have a rest this week for athletes and coaches and take a short break.
We will be back on Wednesday 24th October at 6:30pm as usual.
The following week is Halloween so we are asking now if anyone will be up training or all out trick a treating?
Let me know to gauge potential attendance.

Sunday, 7 October 2018


Rouken Glen Park Junior 2k Parkrun #88 - 07/10/18

1st, Aidian Hamilton, 7:39, 9th junior parkrun, Pb by 10 seconds

Great performance by Aidian.  Over the last 2 months 5 consecutive sub 8 min runs on this course. Plus a Pb in the 5k Strathclyde Park Parkrun yesterday.

157 runners in field

Link to results:

Strathclyde Park 5k Parkrun #419 - 06/10/18

76th, Aidian Hamilton, 22:25, 4th parkrun, Pb by 15 seconds
332nd, Eve Lindsay, 32:00, 8th parkrun
353rd, Anna Lindsay, 33:24, 9th parkrun

409 runners in field

Link to results:

Victoria Park 5k Parkrun #244 - 06/10/18

106th, Kai Wheeler, 22:41, 13th parkrun

407 runners in field

Link to results:

Saturday, 6 October 2018


This years National short course XC will be held on the Lanark Race Course, Hyndford Road, Lanark, ML11 9TA on Saturday 10th November. 
Start times & distance are:
under 15 Girls, 12pm, distance 2k

under 15 boys, 12:15pm, distance 2k
under 17 women, 12:30pm, distance 3k
under 17 men, 12:50pm, distance 3k
Senior/Junior Women, 1:10pm, distance 4k
Senior/Junior Men, 1:35pm, distance 4k

This is the first of the straight/individual races for cross country. Cost is covered by club.

I need names by Wednesday 17th October which is 2 weeks as this is a club pre entry only.


Friday, 5 October 2018


Further to my last announcement about race entry decisions for relay races here is a list of Scottish Athletics National Championships and Lanarkshire Amateur Athletics Association (LAAA) Championships coming up for individuals.

Saturday 10th November - National Short Course XC Championships in Lanark (age groups u15/u17/u20 (Jun) + Masters/Sen)

u15 - born during 01/09/03 to 31/08/05
u17 - born during 01/09/01 to 31/08/03
u20 - born during 01/09/98 to 31/08/01

Further info on this event:

Saturday 24th November - LAAA Cross Country Championships in Coatbridge (all age groups u11/u13/u15/u17 + Masters/Sen/Jun)

Saturday 8th December - West District Cross Country Championships in Kilmarnock (age groups u13/u15/u17 + Masters/Sen/Jun)

Saturday 23rd February - National Cross Country Championships in Falkirk (age groups u13/u15/u17 + Masters/Sen/Jun)

Sunday 17 March - Young Athletes Road Races in Edinburgh
(age groups u13/u15/u17)

All these races you will require a Calderglen Harrier running vest, register to be a member of Scottish Athletics and I recommend running in spikes or trail shoes for cross country races.
Once entry forms become available I will notify young athletes and parents and if your child is interested let me know as I need to do a club entry.
Thank you


Weekend round up from last week.  Better late than never!

Another busy weekend with one of biggest events the Great Scottish Run and people still found time to do parkruns again Aidan Hamilton on double duty, 5k on Saturday and 2k on Sunday with a Pb and 1st place.  Keep up the good work everyone, participation and performance, brilliant.   There are pictures but are on our closed facebook page for our young members and parents to see. Richard.

Great Scottish Junior Run - 29/09/18

Lewis Moir, 11:05
Eve Lindsay, 14:00
Emma Hutton, 14:13
Anna Lindsay, 14:41

Link to results:

Rouken Glen Park Junior 2k Parkrun #87 - 30/09/18

1st, Aidan Hamilton, 7:49, 8th junior parkrun
8th, Steven Cooper, 8:40, 18th junior parkrun

143 runners in field

Link to results:

Victoria Park Junior 2k Parkrun #191 - 30/09/18

5th, Kai Wheeler, 8:38, 53rd junior parkrun

113 runners in field

Link to results:

Victoria Park 5k Parkrun #243 - 29/09/18

39th, Aidan Hamilton, 22:26, 3rd parkrun, Pb by 34 seconds

274 runners in field

Link to results:

Monday, 24 September 2018


Rouken Glen Park Junior 2k Parkrun #86 - 23/09/18

24th, Zoe Hutton, 10:18, 34th junior parkrun
29th, Emma Hutton, 10:30, 32nd junior parkrun

103 runners in field

Link to results:

Victoria Park Junior 2k Parkrun #190 - 23/09/18

5th, Kai Wheeler, 8:32, 52nd junior parkrun

108 runners in field

Link to results:

Victoria Park 5k Parkrun #242 - 22/09/18

46th, Lewis Moir, 21:20, 26th parkrun

365 runners in field

Link to results:


I recently communicated to the young athletes at training and to parents through are usual social media channels that we were looking to recruit teams to take part in the West District Cross Country Championships Relays on Saturday 13th October.
With regret due to low numbers for a variety of reasons including no responses and I believe a lack of interest I have decided not enter any Calderglen Harriers young athletes for this event.
The next 2 events in the race calendar are also team relay races and so have decided in advance not to enter any Calderglen Harriers young athletes for these events.
The first individual cross country championship is on Saturday 10th November for under 15 and under 17 age groups and seniors & masters. This event is in Lanark and closing date is Wednesday 17th October.  If anyone young athlete is interested in this event please let me know.
If anyone wishes to speak to me about my decision on a one to one basis parent or young athlete please approach me.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018


Due to the current severe weather we have had so far today I have decided to cancel tonight's training.
There is likely to be alot of tree debris around Calderglen Country Park, I know train services have been cancelled so home time for parents might be a nightmare, rush hour on the roads might be worse and I don't anyone risking themselves to get their son or daughter to running if delayed getting home from work.
Also I don't want to put any young athletes or coaches at risk in this weather tonight. 
Saturday session still planned to be on and any changes Mark will communicate through Facebook group. 

Please spread the word.  See you all next week

Thank you and stay safe.



I need names by Wednesday 19th September at training at the very latest as this is pre-entry. A simple yes or no is good enough for me.

Any questions from athletes or parents please ask any of the Coaching team including myself, Mark, John or Frances.


This year's West District XC relays Championships will take place at Sports Scotland Centre, Burnside Road, Largs, KA30 8RW on Saturday 13th October.

14/09/18-NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE: Scottish Maritime Museum, Beach Park, 6 Gottries Rd, Irvine, KA11 8QE

Young Females race starts at 12:30pm
Young Males race starts at 1:05pm

Distance is 2.5k per leg

Lap 1 need a under 13
Lap 2 need a under 15 or 13
Lap 3 need a under 17 or 15

3 athletes from one club are a team and there is team prizes as well as individual.

Junior Endurance Section will cover race cost to help encourage participation.


You have to run in a club vest and need cross country spikes or trail shoes.