Sunday, 27 October 2013


Lewis in action
Despite having a lack of under 13 runners to put out multiple teams, the Calderglen Harrier Young Athletes returned to this annual event with a small and relatively new team at Cumbernauld for the 2013 National Cross Country Relays Championships. The 3 Young Harriers in action on Saturday 26th October were Calum & Lewis MacDonald and Drew Gordon.

The second race of the event was the Young Male athletes running the  2.5k course.  First up for the team was Calum MacDonald (under 13) in  his second cross country for the club. Calum repeated his good performance standard he did at the West Districts a few weeks ago and his debut on this difficult course he finished in 12:10, taking over was his brother Lewis MacDonald (under 15) who was running with difficulty as few weeks ago at the West Districts.  However that is all behind him and he put in a steady performance of 13:42 for his first time at Cumbernauld.  The final leg was ran by club stalwart Drew Gordon who is a second year under 15.  Drew ran the course in 12:41, a course PB by 22 seconds.  Total running time was 38:33.

Once again many thanks to the parents of the young athletes for supporting the club at this event. 

The Young Team....2013

Saturday, 26 October 2013


Craig Stewart
Saturday 19th October we had 2 under 17 Boys representing the Harriers in the Lanarkshire 3 "A's" annual road relay in Drumpellier Country Park in Coatbridge. In this event the under 17's do an out & back 4k lap straight race however in their race there is a mixture runners as the senior men & women start their lap along side the under 17s.
Craig Stewart continues improving his form through more regular training and training with the seniors.  In a field of 12 age group runners Craig ran (17:25) and new recruit Derek Scott ran an enthusiastic (19:44).  Again like Craig, once Derek continues with regular senior training and with a few races throughout the season he will  create a good foundation to work on as a target for 2014 and beyond. More to come from both boys.

Derek Scott
Well done boys and keep up the hard work.  It is good to see young athletes progressing and into the senior Harriers.

Sunday, 13 October 2013


The first cross country of the season we were greeted with sunny weather at Hamilton Park Racecourse. Its been 45 years since this venue was last used so it was new to us all and I must say its long overdue for its return.

We had 1 Young male team out with 2 new runners competing for the first time as Calderglen Harriers.  The first leg was under 13 new kid on the block Calum MacDonald who did the 2.5k route in a respectable 10.43.  Then big brother Lewis was our under 15 who took over with grit and enthusiasm however his lap didn't end well.  Lewis was struggling over the line with a recurring injury in 13.05.  The final honours for the last lap went to Craig Stewart now an under 17 training with the seniors.  Despite being one of the last runners to go he did his lap in 10.16 and managed to pull back a few places.

A big well done to the Harrier trio for racing for the club.  This is excellent experience for all 3 runners and good for their development as cross country runners.  They have all put a time down for the start of the season to test their early form and it is now up to them to attend all their training to keep being consistent as the season progresses.

Next race is the Lanarkshire AAA Road Relay on Saturday 19th October.  Only 2 people in the club have told me they want to race......where are the competitive runners? I need to know by Wednesday 16th October at training.


The above races will take place within Drumpellier Park in Coatbridge on roads which are not open to traffic.The event takes place on Saturday 19th October. Details are as follows:

Ages as at midnight 31 August 2013

Race Start Time Age Group Distance
11.30 Under 11 Girls 3 x 1200 metres
11.45 Under 11 Boys 3 x 1200 metres
12.00 *Under 13/U15/U17 Girls 3 X 2000 metres
12.20 Under 13 Boys 3 x 2400 metres
12.45 Under 15 Boys 3 x 2400 metres
13.15 Under 17 Men (4K straight race on 1st leg of senior mens relay.  U17 men will not be allowed to run in senior mens team)
13.15 Senior Men 4 x 4000 metres
13.15 Senior Ladies 3 x 4000 metres

* The girls race will consist of teams comprising of first leg Under 13, 2nd leg Under 15 or Under 13, 3rd leg Under 17 or Under 15 .

All Calderglen Harriers young athletes should report to Drumpellier Park Visitor Centre , Townhead Road at 10.30 am to allow enough time for team selection and warm up.

Please note if you wish your child to be entered for this race I need names by Wednesday 16th October Please see John or Richard at the club.

Friday, 11 October 2013


Saturday 11th October 2013

Hamilton Park Racecourse
(Bothwell Rd, Hamilton, ML3 0DW)

Congratulations, you’re in the Calderglen Harrier team for the above event.

Please be at Hamilton Park Racecourse for 11.05am
I will be there on Saturday and will meet you in SILKS BAR in Hamiton Park Racecourse.  I will pick up the numbers to issue as I need to declare the running order.  

Teams will consist of three athletes: under 13/under 15/ under 17 in the boys race.
Race Timetable:   Young males, 12.05pm, 3 x 2500m

Friday night

ü  Remember to pack your bag on Friday night & don’t leave it late!
On the day please remember
ü  Calderglen Harrier black & amber vest - remember this is essential (phone if you need to buy one)
ü  Spikes or Trail trainers
ü  Safety pins for pinning your number on your vest
ü  Layers in case it's cold and waterproofs in case of wet weather
ü  Spare shoes if planning to walk the course (also spare socks)
ü  Food and drink for after your race
ü  If you can't make the race please let me know.   
Remember allow plenty of time to travel, find place and park. Hopefully there should be ample parking in the racecourse car park. 

Good luck on Saturday

Thursday, 10 October 2013


There is cycle cross and trail running event around Calderglen Country Park on Sunday 20th October.  It is based on the Triathlon and competitors will run, cycle and run again through the trails. If your child or indeed you or other members of your family wish to enter please find further information on how to get involved in the event please click on the to South Lanarkshire and Culture web site:


Calderglen's social event of the year (Parents Only) takes place on the evening of Saturday 9th November at the Sports Club with doors open at 6pm and seated by 6:30pm. A 3 course dinner will be served followed by the entertainment, a DJ this year, for the price of only £12.50 per person. The 3 course dinner is soup, a chicken dish and there is a vegetarian option and a pudding.  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.

Sunday, 6 October 2013


Well done to the 5 Harriers who did the 2.5k race on Saturday 5th October.  Great to see the young athletes race and put a good time down so you can work on improving running and and time to beat for the 2014 race.  Here are the times:

Lewis Harris (10.38), Drew Gordon (11.28), Mark Phimister (11.56), Lewis MacDonald (13.21) and Adrienne Harris (13.48)

Well done again!


This is the 3rd race of the season and the competition details are:

Registration is at Cumbernauld High School (South Kildrum Ring Road, G67 2UF) where all young athletes should report at 11am for relay team selection to take place. The park is approximately 1 mile from the school. Please arrive at the school in good time as car parking is very limited. The girls race start at 12.30 pm and the boys at 1.05 pm.

Venue: Cumbernauld Park
Date: Saturday 26th October 2013

All races are Teams of 3 athletes except the Senior/Junior Men which is a team 4 athletes

Race                           Age Group         Race Start         Laps
Young Females             u13/15/u17         12.30pm             3 x 2,500 metres
Young Males                u13/15/u17         1.05pm               3 x 2,500 metres Senior/Junior Women                              1.40pm               3 x 4,000 metres
Senior/Junior Men                                   2.40pm               4 x 4,000 metres

Deadline for entries are Wednesday 9th October.  Please let me know at training, by email or if your Coach is John then let him know and he will inform me.

Event Notes

Please note that the Young Athletes races will allow clubs to have a slightly more flexible format for age groups on each lap.

1st LAP Under 13, 2nd LAP Under 15 OR Under 13 and 3rd LAP Under 17 OR Under 15

Those wishing to run remember must be current members of the Scottish Athletics Membership Scheme.  Any members, new or exisitng, unsure of what this is please ask your Coach or myself for information.

All Young Athletes must wear their club colours running vest - these can be purchased from the club for £12.  Please see Richard on this matter.

Thank you for your attention.