Tuesday, 20 November 2012


Drumpellier Park in Coatbridge was host again to this annual head to head cross country race which is an excellent preparation for the West District XC on 8th December and the National XC in Falkirk in February.  My persistence has paid off on this occasion and we had a record number of 20 Calderglen Harrier athletes who were out and all competing to high standards mixing it up with the other Lanarkshire clubs.

Even though we were outside of any medal contention there were still some strong competitive performances and good signs that athletes’ training is improving their race performance.

First to go was the Under 11 Boys with event debuts from Marc McQuade (17th, 4.11), Luca Pacitti (24th, 4.26), Chris Brady (32nd, 4.45) and Joseph Fegan (34th place, 6.36). 

The hardcore under 13 female runners were in force with Megan Anderson (12.08, 21st), Helen Anderson (12.08, 22nd), Louise Brown (12.14, 23rd), Claire McMillan (24th, 12.26) and Anna Fegan (13.12, 25th).  Well done girls!

For the u13 boys Allan Woodhouse was in good form running alongside with the Lanarkshire elite Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers and getting in between Cumbernauld runners finishing a credible 6th in 9.37.  Almost a minute down, Kevin McGurk continues his winter season racing and achieving a time of 10.40 & 17th place. Brilliant!

For the u15 boys, Harrier stalwart Drew Gordon (23rd place) only in his second race as 1st year u15 recorded a time of 16.34 in a tough field as the winning time was 11.54. Craig Stewart joined him in this race and being his second year in the u15 age group showed and he achieved a time of 14.01, (16th place), 49 second pb from last year.  Well done to Drew & Craig for continuing to do well and progressing through the age groups.  The senior Harriers are watching!

We had 2 of our under 17 runners out today. Paul Mullen was home first in 20.54, 16th place and Andrew McGurk came home in 18th place in a time of 21.32.  Great 5k times on cross country terrain.

A few of our 2nd claim runners were out competing for their 1st claim clubs today.  First up was Abbie Kirwan in the u11 girls race who came 18th with a time of 4.22 representing EKAC.  Also for the same club Jessica Hagan did the u13 girls race in 11.46, 16th overall. 

On behalf of the Calderglen Harriers, I would like to thank John Mullen for being the Team Manager on the day, all the young athletes for turning out to do the race, Linda McGurk & Barry Gordon for volunteering their services to Lanarkshire Amateur Athletic Association (LAAA) and all the supporting parents / carers for making this another successful event.

Friday, 9 November 2012


UPDATE: 09/11/12

Confirmed location : Ravenscraig Sports Centre,GREENOCK, PA16 0JE

Confirmed Race start times: see below

The date of the race is Saturday 8th December.

Details are as follows:


Under 13 Girls
3,200 metres
Under 13 Boys
Under 15 Girls
4,000    "
Under 15 Boys
4,000    "
Under 17 & Under 20 Women


5,000    "
Senior Women
6,400    "
Under 17 & Under 20 Men

       6,400    "
8,000    "
Sen/Jun Men
10,000   "

If you intend taking part in this race give your name and Scottish Athletics number to Richard Lawton by Wednesday 21st November at training at the latest. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Club vests (black & amber with vertical strip) for this event are compulsory. They can be bought for £12 however the junior section have a number of vests that can be borrowed but these are only 30" chest. If you need to buy a vest please see me on Wednesday with money so I can organise the purchase.

Friday, 2 November 2012


This event will take place on Saturday 17 November at Drumpellier Park in Coatbridge (enter the park from Blair Road, opposite St Ambrose High School, Blair Road  Coatbridge, ML5 2EW). All the races are "head to head" and not relays like the recent race. Ages as at 31 August /
1 September 2012. 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 M
5000m (2 large laps)
Race 6
U17 F
5000m (2 large laps)
Race 6
Sen Ladies
5000m (2 large laps)
Race 7
Sen Men
10000m ( 4 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.

If you intend taking part in this race give your name to Richard Lawton by Wednesday 14 November at training at the latest or by email.

Parkrun 5k - Strathclyde Park & Pollok Park Glasgow

I would like to recommend for our older athletes in the u13/u15/u17/u20 age groups who are looking to improve their race times, do a new activity in their training or just to have a regular time trial through the winter on a officially measured course a company called Parkrun organises a free 5k race in Pollok Park & Strathclyde Park every Saturday morning starting at 09:30. The only entry requirement is that you fill in the simple on-line entry form before 6pm on the Friday night before the race. There is no on-the-day entry.
This is a popular social running fixture in the running calendar since 2009 and many people from complete beginners to experienced club runners take part.  Many of the senior Calderglen Harriers have done both events on a regular basis to help improve their running, and I include myself.  Already some of the young athletes have done both Parkruns in Pollok Park & Strathclyde Park.
Any young athlete under 11 can do it but Parkrun state you need to run with an adult.  So encourage / challenge your Mums & Dads to take part in it as it is event for all.
Pollok Park 5k start line is on the road in front of the Burrell Collection/Burrell Car Park. Please follow the directions on the above web site link for parking instructions though. The Strathclyde Park 5k the start line is down from the boat house.
More Info see links below
Glasgow Parkrun: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/glasgow/
Strathclyde Parkrun: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/strathclyde/home

Please let me know if you take up the Parkrun challenge.