Monday, 20 February 2012


Drew's good running technqiue

Well done to the Under 13 team of athletes Megan Anderson, Helen Anderson, Louise Brown and Drew Gordon and solo Under 15 Boy Alistair Crawford for representing the Harriers at this years National XC Championship.

The young athletes started preceedings with the under 13 Boys and we were representated by race regular Drew Gordon running 3200 metres in a time of 18:12 making this a course best by 1 second  showing he is fine steady performer and displaying good running technique (see picture) well done Drew.

Next to run was our under 13 Girls trio of Helen, Megan and Lousie who were all debuting at this event showing they have strong desire to compete.  First Harrier home was Megan in a time of 18:24 followed closely by Louise in 18:39 then Helen in 19:33.  All three are were good times with Helen being the biggest improver.  At the West District XC she was 2 minutes down on her time to Megan and Louise and now she is only a minute down so well done Helen.


Our only under 15 boy  running 4000 metres course was Alistair Crawford  in his first year in this age category.  Alistair is returning to form after breaking his colllar bone (I think) and recorded a good time of 17:58. This time is on par with the under 15s from last year so I am sure Alistair will improve more next year with more training and  better fitness. 

Any of the other young athletes that are interested in competing in these type of events please feel free to ask any of the coaches how to get involved.

Thank you to Andy and Frances for setting up the tent for the young athletes.

Saturday, 18 February 2012


On Sunday 18th March at Rouken Glen Park, Giffnock, Glasgow (postcode G46 7UG)the National Young Athletes Road Race Championships will take place.  This is a pre-entry race and I will need names by Wednesday 29th February.  Race fees covered by club.

As the race is local, I hope that we can fill the field with Calderglen teams in all the age groups as we have over 50 young athletes in the club who could do this race.  Our strongest age groups are under 13 Girls & Boys and Under 15 Boys. As well as individual prizes there is a team prize for each team of 3 young athletes in each age group.

The more Calderglen Harriers running makes all the better chance of success for the club and show the bigger clubs we have strong young athletes coming through the ranks.  So lets go for a record of high entries to the race, all working hard changing your running passion for glory!

Both U13 races cover 2500 metres
U13 Girls declarations close at 11:45am and race starts at 12:15pm
U13 Boys declarations close at 12pm and race starts at 12:30pm
Both U15 races cover 4000 metres
U15 Boys declarations close at 12:30pm and race starts at 1pm
U15 Girls declarations close at 12:15pm and race starts at 12:45pm

Both U17 races cover 5000 metres
U17 Women declarations close at 12:45pm and race starts at 1:15pm
U17 Men declarations close at 1:05pm and race starts at 1:35pm

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

NATIONAL XC (FALKIRK) - Saturday 18th February 2012

The Calderglen Harrier team for this XC Championship is:
Under 13 Girls:     Helen Anderson, Megan Anderson, Louise Brown  
Under 13 Boys:     Drew Gordon  
Under 15 Boys:     Paul Mullen, Alistair Crawford and Andrew McGurk 
You can pick up the race numbers from the registration point Graeme High School (FK1 1SY) and the race takes place at Callendar Park in Falkirk (postcode FK1 1YR) .   I have pre-registered all the above athletes.
The first race, u13 Boys, starts at 11.30am and declarations close at 11am
The second race,  u13 Girls, starts at 11.45am and declarations close at 11:15am
The third race, u15 Boys, starts at 12pm and declarations close at 11:30am
On the day please remember
Ø  Calderglen Harrier black & amber vest - remember this is essential (phone if you need to buy one or see me at training tomorrow night)
Ø  Safety pins for pinning your number on your vest
Ø  Layers in case it's cold and waterproofs in case of wet weather
Ø  Wellies or spare shoes if planning to walk the course (also spare socks)
Ø  Food and drink for after your race
Ø  Spikes if you have them
If you can't make the race please let me know you.
I won't be there on Saturday however John Mullen who coaches the older training group will be there as his son is racing and our club President Francis Maxwell will be there early to help put up the new club tent and is racing in the Senior Women race at 1.25pm.  So look out for our club tent which I believe in the club colours and have the name/logo on it.
The journey will take approx 50 mins from EK so allow plenty of time to travel, find place and park. 
Good luck on Saturday,