Monday, 1 April 2019


I had put this on FB and now  adding it to the blog in case people are not part of the FB group.   If you want to be added to the FB group please email me.

I told a few parents and the kids last week that attended training we are taking the school spring break off. This marks the end of winter with a rest and everyone to come break re-freshed ready to train for the club's Trail race on Friday 29th June.

So no training on the following Wednesdays, 3rd and 10th April, and we will return as normal on Wednesday 17th April.

Saturday session won't be on this week (6th April) as Coach Mark is doing the Manchester Marathon on Sunday 7th April and is making a weekend of it. So please join me in wishing Mark good luck and hope you have a good marathon.

Mark is planning to do a Saturday session on 13th April and will notify everyone on FB next week of further details.

Please pass this message onto anyone you know that attends the Harriers who might not be aware we are on a break.


Sunday, 17 March 2019


Scottish Young Athletes Scottish RR Championships - 17/03/19

Big finish to our winter season as we had 3 athletes battling out at the Scottish Young Athletes Scottish RR Championships at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingleston. It's was a  brand new location for this event and it looked like a very flat,made for speed,course.

Well done to everyone who ran the 3k course for under 13 athletes

60th, Lewis Moir, 11.15
79th, Aidian Hamilton, 11.39
96th, Kai Wheeler, 12.14

Link to results:


This is a good development race to do and the coaches are encouraging all young athletes who are 13 years plus to enter the Round the Loch 6k at Strathclyde Park in Motherwell. This event is on Sunday 31st March and race starting at 10am.

The Round the Loch 6k short, fun event which attracts runners of all abilities, from club runners who prefer a shorter distance to those who just want to run for fun!

Why sign up for the Round the Loch 6k?
  • The field has a good spread of abilities, everyone is welcome!
  • The course is is almost as flat as a pancake
  • Watch the conclusion to the thrilling 10 Mile race after you have finished!
  • Each runner will receive a memento to celebrate participation in the event - the memento will be unveiled on our Facebook page closer to the day of the event
  • Transport links are excellent with M74 and M8 motorways both a short distance from the park. Motherwell and Airbles Train Stations are both also just about within walking distance of the Park.
Link to online entry:

More race info:

Sunday, 3 March 2019


Victoria Park Junior 2k Parkrun #212 - 03/03/19

3rd, Kai Wheeler, 8.10, 56th parkrun

137 runners in field

Link to results:

Saturday's training session was down at Strathclyde Parkrun for the endurance squad to test their early season form over 5k. The results are in:-

Strathclyde Park Parkrun 5k #441 - 02/03/19

54th, Patrick Saez, 22.09, 14th parkrun
56th, Aidian Hamilton, 22.13, 6th parkrun, Pb by 12 seconds
70th, Kai Wheeler, 22.38, 16th parkrun Pb by 24 seconds
226th, Lucy Saez, 27.38, 11th parkrun
266th, Lewis Knox, 28.42, 1st parkrun

Link to results:

Well done to everyone who ran. Good signs of early season performance with good times and several Pbs. Great run from Kai this weekend with a new 5k Pb and 2 seconds shy of equalling his Pb at Victoria Park Junior Parkrun.  Well done to Lewis for participating in his first parkrun and hopefully the start of many more to come.
Thanks to Coach Mark for looking after the squad on Saturday morning.

Monday, 25 February 2019


This annual event hosted by Falkirk Victoria Harriers is on Sunday 14th April.

The first event of the day is the 2k run starting at 12 noon with entries only on the day

The main event is the 10k road race which is pre-entry only starting at 12.30pm. Online entry is

Any junior Calderglen Harriers must be 15 years of age or older on the day of the race to do the 10k.

Both races are fast & flat and good for getting good times.

Full race info is available at

Closing date for 10k is Wednesday 10th April.


Sunday, 24 February 2019

Sun Always Shines on Falkirk (not always!)

Eve & Emma
At this year's National Cross Country Championships it was unusually warm which meant the course was nice and firm.  This meant rather than the usual tough slog in the mud it was fast and smooth for the athletes. However despite the lack of mud apart from the hill at the back of Callander House it still remained a tough event for all age groups from under 13s to Vets.
Its always hard getting the juniors to compete but today we had 5 young athletes representing the club in this crowning National event.  The roll of honour falls to Emma Hutton, Eve Lindsay, Lewis Moir, Aidian Hamilton and Max Jones.
This was always going to be a mental and physical test for these athletes as competing with peers from all over Scotland is a challenge that they meet and held their heads high.
Lewis & Aidian
The Scottish cross country season builds to this event and each district and national cross event gets longer and more difficult. Hence why you have to attend all training sessions and compete in as many cross country events in preparation.
The finishing times were Eve Lindsay 18:45 & Emma Hutton 18:47 for the under 13 Girls over 3.1k; Lewis Moir 13:41 & Aidian Hamilton 14:05 for under 13 Boys over 3.1k and Max Jones 17:34 over 4.1k
There is a range of photos the closed facebook page and thank you to all the parents for supporting their children, helping with the tent and if I have missed anyone I apologise.

Friday, 22 February 2019


Frances and I are leaving EK just after 9am to set up the club tent in the usual spot which is to the right of the Callendar Park House.  The tent is black in colour. Help to put up tent would be appreciated.

Can everyone be at Callendar Park for 10am.

The athletes are:

Under 13 Girls: Emma Hutton & Eve Lindsay
Under 13 Boys: Lewis Moir & Aidian Hamilton
Under 15 Boy: Max Jones

All athletes are pre-registered and I will pick up the numbers.

The under 13 Girls race starts at 11am
The under 13 Boys race starts at 11:16am
The under 15 Boys race starts at 11:53am

Tonight - pack your bag with the clothes and food you need; and get an earlier night

On the day remember

Calderglen Harrier black & amber vest - essential. Ideally black shorts / trousers
Safety Pins for pinning your number on your vest
Layers in case its cold and waterproofs in case of wet weather (weather forecast saying sunny and dry at 12c!)
Spikes, Trail shoes or if nothing else road running shoes
Spare shoes & socks if planning to walk the course
Food & drink for after the race
If you can't make the race please let me know ASAP - my mobile is 07849 231343

All race info:

Remember allow plenty of time to travel, find place and park.

See you all tomorrow,

Sunday, 17 February 2019


Rouken Glen Park Junior 2k Parkrun #104 - 17/02/19

14th, Steven Cooper, 9.17, 23rd parkrun

159 runners in field

Link to results:


My hope is all the regular Parkrun attendees, anyone who attends the Saturday session and anyone that took part in recent races during the last 3-4 months will seriously consider this event.  If you can do a 5k parkrun and train twice a week you can do this.  This event is a development race for our Calderglen Harrier young athletes. 

This event is on Sunday 17th March at Intl Building, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Newbridge, EH28 8NB.  Race fees as usual covered by club as it is a national event.

This is a pre-entry race and I will need names by Monday 25th February. 

On the day I have a voluntary vacancy for a Team Captain as I can't be there to collect numbers and chaperone the young athletes. The wages are poor but the joy is the reward seeing the kids taking part and being happy. Please contact me if interested.

Age Groups Explained

Under 13 born during 01/09/2005 to 31/08/2007
Under 15 born during 01/09/2003 to 31/08/2005
Under 17 born during 01/09/2001 to 31/08/2003

Both U13 races cover 3000 metres (3k)
U13 Girls declarations close at 11am and race starts at 11.30am
U13 Boys declarations close at 11.15am and race starts at 11.45am

Both U15 races cover 4000 metres (4k)
U15 Girls declarations close at 11:30am and race starts at 12pm
U15 Boys declarations close at 11:55am and race starts at 12:25pm

Both U17 races cover 5000 metres (5k)
U17 Women declarations close at 12:25pm and race starts at 12:50pm
U17 Men declarations close at 12:45pm and race starts at 1:15pm

Remember all athletes need to be registered with Scottish Athletics (see link for more info: and have a club running vest (see Richard).

Sunday, 3 February 2019


On Wednesday 6th February this week we have no access to the main hall we meet in.  It is the East Kilbride Sports Club AGM at 7.30pm and the hall has been booked to host this event.
So as an alternative we are holding a cross country session on the Branchumhall football pitches on Wednesday starting at 6.30pm and finishing at the earlier time of 7.30pm.
There is no indoor facilities so make sure your son / daughter are suitable dressed with layers they can take off if they get warm and make sure they have been to the toilet before they leave the house. Also if son /daughter have trail shoes or spikes then this might be more appropiate footwear but if not you can try in your normal running shoes.
Right next to the pitches is St.Leonards Primary School and I suggest you park you car in their car park and it is a short walk to the pitches.  The school address is Brancumhall, Calderwood, East Kilbride, G74 3YA. Depending on your commitments I suggest you just wait in the car for your son / daughter as it is a new location for the group.
I will be attending East Kilbride Sports Club AGM and the coaches at the session will be Frances Ferguson, John Mullen and Mark Saez.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019


Back in the day.......National XC 2014
The above event is the next race on the calender for the u13 and upwards age group.  It will take place on Saturday 23rd February 2019 at Callendar Park in Falkirk (postcode FK1 1YR) . Details are:

Under 13 Girls, starting at 11am, distance 3.1k
Under 13 Boys, starting at 11.16am, distance 3.1k

Under 15 Girls, starting at 11.32am, distance 4.1k
Under 15 Boys, starting at 11.53am, distance 4.1k

Under 17 Men, starting at 12.15pm, distance 6k
Under 17 Women, starting at 12.25pm, distance 6k

Under 20 Men, starting at 1:55pm, distance 7.5k
Under 20 Women, starting at 2pm, distance 7.5k

If your son or daughter want to enter please email their name and Scottish Athletics number to me on or reply on Facebook group page post by Monday 5th February .

Please ensure your son or daughter current Scottish Athletics membership is up to date. The club will pay individual race entry fee.

As always all entered athletes need to wear the Calderglen Harrier running vest. Our vest colours/design are declared to Scottish Athletics.   They can be bought for £12. If your son or daughter need one please see me ASAP in case we need to order your size.


Steven Cooper on the start line for under 11s
Sunday saw 5 Harriers head down the A77 to Kilmarnock for Roon the Country - Kilmarnock Cross Country Festival.  The weather forecast was to be cold and dry, however arriving at the venue at 11.15am the weather was very cold and raining. At least we had the Junior's new tent to keep us dry! After registration the warm ups got underway in time for the first race due to start at 12pm. The first race was 1500m for the under 11 boys. Steven Cooper got a bit of a fright when the starter' s gun was fired. However, this didn't put him off and he went on to run a very well paced run to finish in a time of 7.24 and 11th place.

Emma Hutton

Next up was Emma Hutton in the under 13 girls. The course was well marshalled this time and the girls all got to run the correct distance. Emma showed great strength and pace throughout the race and crossed the line in a time of 16.44 and 29th place.
Kai & Lewis on start line
Lewis Moir and Kai Wheeler had 3200m to run in the under 13 boys race. Both under 13 boys race. oth boys started well controlling their pace. Lewis had a very steady and strong run gradually picking his way through the field to finish in 12.44 and 11th place. Kai continued to work hard until the end with a very impressive sprint finish. 
Max Jones
He finished in a time of 14.43 and 23rd place.  Finally, it was the turn of Max Jones to make his way to the start line.  Max in the under 15 boys had to run 4400m. Max started well and began overtaking a number of other runners at various sections of the course to finish in 9th place in a time of 19.07. The new route was not as muddy as before however, still a tough course.
Well done to everyone who ran on Sunday.  This was great preparation for the National XC at Falkirk in February.  Keep up all your hard work as it's great to see you all out there giving your all for the Club! 
Thank you to Frances Ferguson for the report and being team captain on the day supporting the junior Harriers. Thank you to all the parents and their family for cheering the Harriers around the course.

Friday, 18 January 2019

European Athletics Indoor Championships 2019 - Kit Carriers

Scottish Athletics are notifying all clubs about the recruitment of Kit Carriers for the European Athletics Indoor Championships which is taking place at the Emirates Arena between 1-3 March 2019.
An exciting opportunity has arisen through EAIC 2019 for athletics clubs in Scotland to provide kit carriers for the event becoming part of the 400 strong volunteer team.
EAIC 2019 are looking for teams of 8 volunteers plus one team leader to put themselves forward to assist. All volunteers must be 14 years or older. Further details on the roles can be found on the attached PDF.
If your club is interested in putting forward one or more teams to volunteer then please complete the attached excel application form and return the details to by Friday 25th January 2019. If you have any queries in regards to the roles then please contact Claire Shiel at
See link to Scottish Athletics article on this which has links to the forms:

Tuesday, 15 January 2019


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.

Sunday, 13 January 2019


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.


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:

Well done Steven.