Tuesday, 24 December 2013


Junior athletes on there marks for the 2013 Christmas Fun Run
Sunday 15th December saw a record entry of 28 junior Harriers taking part in the 2013 Calderglen Harriers Christmas Fun Run.  To make more fun of the event this year we introduced a new relay format with 7 teams of 4 athletes named after Santa's reindeers and we had Donner, Blitzen, Comet, Dancer, Prancer, Cupid and Dasher and a Secret Santa dip.  Again this year we wide range of runners with costumes.
We had, again, the Onesie brigade, the 118 118 runners, a clown, a professional footballer, a jester, and a few athletes sporting the traditional Christmas jumper.  All the runners tackled 1 lap of the Christmas Handicap route covering 0.8miles (1.3k) in perfect running conditions.
And the reindeer team that was victorious was Cupid.  Team mates Adam Stewart, Holly McAneny, Joseph Fegan and Gavin Herbertson all worked hard individually and collectively to be this year's first ever winning relay team.
This year 3 of our junior Harriers took on the seniors and did the full 4 mile (6.5k) course which consisted of 5 laps. The brave Harriers were Craig Stewart, Marc McQuade and Emma Lawton.  All 3 did brilliant with Craig Stewart finishing the Christmas handicap first 27:28 closely followed by 1st timer Marc McQuade finishing second in 28:14, Emma  finishing 6th in 27:06 3rd fastest time of the event.  Well done to all the junior trio.

See senior blog for report on the individual Christmas Handicap race with results.

Saturday, 14 December 2013


Seniors from 2012s Fun Run
On Sunday 15th December the Calderglen Harriers will be holding their annual Senior and Junior Christmas Fun Run so time to get thinking of a costume!  Previous years the costumes have been Santas, the Hulk, a Ghostbuster, Christmas fairy and even Nuns!

This year we trying a new format for the Junior section and are doing a Relay race.  Each team will cover 3 laps and I will mix the teams up.  The first team back will all get a medal. However all is not lost everyone will get a treat at the end and for this year we will have a Secret Santa.  If everyone brings a small value prize up (max £5), those that bring a present then get to choose one in the lucky dip at the end.  Please wrap the present and make the present unisex - suit a boy or girl.

Race Details

Junior Harriers (Relay Team)
Starts at 10.30am, Run 3 laps (0.8 miles / 1.3k per lap), which is 2.4 miles or 3.8k

Senior Harriers (Individual race)
Starts at 11am, Run 5 laps (0.8 miles / 1.3k per lap), which is 4 miles or 6.4k

Hopefully some of the older more able junior runners will consider doing the 5 laps and challenge the "old" seniors.  Last year we had Emma Lawton & Craig Stewart give it a go...and Emma won!
So please let me know if you can do the Junior or Senior run  ASAP and by Wednesday 11th December at the very latest.

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 in fancy dress (optional) and you may even get a treat at the end...........


Tuesday, 10 December 2013


On Saturday 7th December the excellent Ayrshire Athletics Arena in Kilmarnock was host to runners from all over the West of Scotland – no comfy track but in the challenging wide open spaces of the Ayrshire countryside.  A combination of a bright crisp winter day and the venue proved precisely the right conditions required for cross-country running cool and lots of mud!  The host club Kilmarnock Harriers put on a real hard core cross country course for all age groups from under 13 to Seniors and only a select few junior Calderglen Harriers took up the challenge to see who is best in the West!
First race of the day was the under 13 girls who had a take on a strength sapping 1 lap 3.2km course.  The Calderglen Harriers had training partner Emma Lawton and 2nd claim runner in this race running for her 1st claim club Giffnock North.  Emma had a strong run from start to finish running close to Ayr Seaforth’s Emma Frew for the majority of the race and took a decisive surge with 200 metres to take the fantastic victory with a time of 11.15 minutes.  This win contributed to the team prize for Giffnock North.
Emma Lawton & Marc McQuade

Next up was the under 13 boys running the same course as the girls.  Marc McQuade and Calum MacDonald running in the Calderglen Harriers bumblebee coloured vests. Marc McQuade was our first boy home in 12.23 minutes improving on his performance from the Lanarkshire Cross Country the week before and handling the deep mud very well.   Calum MacDonald completed the team and finished with a time of 12.56 minutes.

For the under 15 athletes we had Megan Anderson, Louise Brown and Lewis MacDonald. The under 15 course distance was 4km and for the girls this was their only second race in this age group.  Megan Anderson was in first with a time of 18.30 minutes followed by Louise Brown in 19.04 minutes. 

The final race the Harriers had young athletes competing was the u15 boys where Lewis MacDonald ran the race for the first time in this age category and stepped up to the bigger 4k route in a field of 61 runners and achieved a time of 20.05 minutes. Well done to Megan Anderson, Louise Brown and Lewis MacDonald for continuing to do well.

On behalf of the Calderglen Harriers, I would like to thank all the young athletes and parents for making this another successful event. Hopefully valuable experience was gained by all which will lead us to future successes.
Well done to all on a fantastic effort on a very tough course.


Friday, 6 December 2013


This Saturday 7th December is the West District XC next to the Ayrshire Athletics Arena, Kilmarnock KA1 3XF.

Race timetable is

under 13 boys start at 11.45am (Marc McQuade & Calum MacDonald)
under 15 Girls start at 12pm (Louise Brown & Megan Anderson)
under 15 boys starts at 12.20pm (Lewis MacDonald)

Please arrive an hour before your race to allow parking and time to warm up
I will be there early and will collect the numbers and be at the course in the tent area (look out for the big yellow Harrier tent)

If anyone can no longer make it please let someone know.

Remember that this is the main selection event for Team West for the inter district event at Holyrood, Edinburgh in January 2014.