Tuesday, 18 December 2012


Over 18 junior Harriers took part in the 2012 Calderglen Harriers Christmas Fun Run.  This year the popular costume was a Onesies (think a baby gro for teenagers & adults), we had a pirate, Santa’s helpers and an Olympic Torch.  Most of the runners tackled 2 laps of the Christmas Handicap route covering 1.5 miles (2.4k) in perfect running conditions.
This year 3 of our junior Harriers took on the seniors and did the full 4 mile course which consisted of 5 laps. The brave Harriers were Craig Stewart, Alistair Crawford and Emma Lawton.  All 3 did brilliant in the first attempt at this distance with Emma Lawton becoming the youngest ever winner of the Christmas handicap.  Emma’s time was the 4th fastest time overall (26:51), Alistair’s time was 27:13 and Craig was 29:23.
Well done to all and a big thanks to all the supporters.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012


I would like to draw your attention to a few key items.  There as follows:

Annual Club Christmas Handicap race incorporating a Kids fun run - is on this Sunday 16 December, starting at 11am so be there for 10.30am (fancy dress is optional)

NO weekly £1 fees are due between 1st December 2012 to 31st March 2013 but still register your name with Sarah so we know you have attended

Last training session of 2012 is Wednesday 12 December 2012 and return on Wednesday 9 January 2013.
See you all on Wednesday,


On Sunday 16th December the Calderglen Harriers will be holding their annual Christmas Handicap Race at 11am (be there for 10.30am) which incorporates a fun run for the junior section.  The young athletes will do either 1 or 2 laps of the course and festive fancy dress is optional .  Previous years the costumes have been Santas, the Hulk, a Ghostbuster, Christmas fairy and even Nuns.

Race Details

Senior Harriers: Run 5 laps, which is 3.75 miles or 6k

Junior Harriers: Run 1 lap,which is 0.75 miles or 1.2k (under 9s & 11s)

Hopefully some of the older more able junior runners will consider doing the the 5 laps and challenge the "old" seniors.  If the older more able junior runners wish to take up the challenge let me know by Wed 12th December.

As from previous years the race will be in cold conditions. So if you fancy joining us in this festive running event please come along and you may even get a treat at the end...........

Dont' be shy to dress up!

Monday, 10 December 2012


As usual this time of year the weather is always challenging however after a week of minus figures the Junior Harriers were faced with milder racing conditions in Greenock this afternoon.  With a few call offs, 4 die hard Harriers took part to test themselves against the rest of the young athletes within the West of Scotland.

The first race of the day was the Under 13 Girls who had the luxury of being the first runners on the course so parts of the course were still firmer on foot and less muddy.  The Under 13 Girls were represented by sisters Megan & Helen Anderson and Louise Brown.

In a field of 77 runners all the girls did really well to complete the 3.2k course and maintained good form throughout. The course was flat but not a fast course with deep & shallow soggy sections and some still icy sections.

My predication of Helen being the first Harrier home was correct and a great improvement for Helen as last year she was the last home amongst her peers.  Helen’s time was 15:54 followed by a close battle at the back of the pack between Megan & Louise.  Towards the end Megan was leading and Louise put in a challenge to beat her.  Megan was 67th and Louise 69th but they were both awarded the same time of 16:14.

Well done Helen for biggest improver!

The next Harrier up was u15 boys where Drew Gordon ran the race for the first time in this age category and stepped up to the bigger 4k route in a field of 55 runners and achieved a time of 21:04.  Well done to Drew for continuing to do well.

Well done to all on a fantastic effort on a tough course.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012


This Saturday is the Harriers dinner/dance at the Sports Club. Could everyone be seated by 6:30pm when dinner will be served. If there are any special dietary requirements, then please contact Frances or me asap. If you can, please bring a prize for the raffle.

Finally, bring your dancing rather than running legs. Richard

Sunday, 2 December 2012


Calderglen's social event of the year (Parents Only) takes place on the evening of Saturday 8th December at the Sports Club from 6:30pm. A two course dinner will be served followed by the entertainment, a DJ this year, for the price of only £7.50 per person. The main course is home made steak pie and there is a vegetarian option.  If you have any other specific dietary requirements please let me know ASAP.

If you want to buy tickets please see myself or Frances on Wednesday club nights and we will arrange to get the tickets.  You can buy as many tickets as you want all Harriers, families and friends welcome. Richard.