Sunday, 21 December 2014


Victoria Junior Parkrun #11, 9th Lewis Moir 9:30, 2k event

Well done to Lewis Moir for his first time doing the Victoria Junior 2k Parkrun, first junior Harrier and a top ten position.  Keep up the good work.

Tollcross Parkrun #85, 17th Emma Lawton 22:58, 25th Richard Lawton 24:42, 5k event.  Coach Richard and daughter Emma did Tollcross Parkrun for the first time.

Emma was 17th overall, 2nd female out of field of 65 runners and 1st in age group. Well done Emma.

Results Link:

Tuesday, 16 December 2014


A wet and windy day was forecast for Calderglen Harriers annual Christmas Fun Run on Sunday 14th December 2014.  Back due to the success from last year, the fun run for the young athletes took the format of a relay race to encourage participation from all age groups. The response from the young athletes was overwhelming with 33 taking part beating 2013’s record entry of 28.
Despite a few call offs due to seasonal colds & flu’s, we had 11 teams comprising of 3 young athletes under the guise of festive names.  The teams were Crackers, Elves, Christmas Puddings, Snowmen, Turkeys, Reindeer, Stockings, Brussel Sprouts, Sleighbells, Stars and Carol Singers.
2014 contenders
As always to get into the festive spirit of the event it was gently encouraged for all to wear festive fancy dress and there was a wide range of runners with festive costumes on display.  We had Thing 1 & 2 from Dr Seuss’s Cat in The Hat, Santas, Christmas Hat & Jumper runners, Batgirl and Michael Jackson in Thriller guise. I grant you the later not particular festive but this adds more fun and variety to the race.  Each runner in their team ran 1 lap of the Christmas Handicap route covering 1.3k totalling each team running 3.9k. In old money that’s 0.8 miles per lap totalling 2.4 miles.
Last minute check of leg 2 runners!
First leg runner Rudi Jordan had the hard job of setting a sustainable winning pace, leg two runner Holly McAneny had the hard job of maintaining the lead that Rudi worked hard for and Emma Lawton had the third leg glory run leading the Reindeer’s to victory in a total time of 16:56. Congratulations to the 2014 winning team, Reindeers. That’s now 2 years in a row Holly has been in the winning team so an extra well done to Holly.  In second place was Christmas Puddings who were Sarah Dunn, Fergus Kane and Helen Anderson and third place was Snowmen who were Benjamin Fegan, Libby Currie and Haleigh Muir.
Two of the older junior Harriers took on the seniors and did the full 4 mile (6.5k) individual course which consisted of 5 laps. They were Marc McQuade and Emma Lawton who both did a lap in the junior relay so they actually both did 6 laps.  Again both young runners showed they more than capable of holding their own on this fun but tough event.  Emma finished in a solid 4th place out of 19 runners and lost out to 3rd place to her Dad Richard.  This is the only chance Richard has to beat Emma in a race.  Emma’s time of 27:21 was the fastest female of the day. Marc McQuade returned to this event zipping round the big ones in a great time of 29:58.  Well done to both.
A big thank you to all the parents for bringing their kids along and supporters who there to cheer them running in this winter weather.  It is really appreciated.  Official photos should be in the EK News in the coming week, courtesy of John McIntyre.
Merry Christmas
See senior blog for report on the individual Christmas Handicap race with results.

Sunday, 14 December 2014


Strathclyde Parkrun #235, 30th Louis Blake 31:13, 28th Mark Phimister 31:07

Well done to Louis Blake and his cousin Mark for the first time running the 5k Parkrun at Strathclyde Park. Louis is under 11 age group runner and Mark is under 13.

Results Link:

Saturday, 13 December 2014


Xmas Fayre is being held on Saturday 6th December 10am-3pm
Santas Grotto by pre-booked appointment (list at the bar), craft stalls, tearoom, tombola.
I am aware that Harriers have a race on this day so may not be able to attend but we are looking for donations of bottles for the tombola & home baking for the tearoom, all donations would be greatly appreciated.

Xmas Lunch is being held on Saturday 20th December @2pm
3 course lunch £12.50 per adult £6 per child (under 10).
Soup, turkey or roast beef dinner & gateau
Drink on arrival

Hogmanay Party
Places must be pre-booked at the bar now as places are limited & sell fast.
£10 per adult, Kids FREE

Thanks & regards

Karen Slaven
Bar Manager - EKSC

Wednesday, 10 December 2014


Christmas 2013 starter's on their marks!
On Sunday 14th 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!
To remind folk and new members of this Harrier tradition.  Last year we introduced a a new format for the Junior section and did a Team Relay race which was a big hit.  We had record entry of 28 Juniors taking part which I am sure will be smashed this year.  How does it work?

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 we have our our Secret Santa dip.  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 10am, Run 3 laps per team (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 Marc McQuade & Emma Lawton giving it a go.  Marc finished second in 28:14 and Emma finished 6th in 27:06, 3rd fastest time of the event!
So please let me know if you can do the Junior or Senior run  ASAP and by Wednesday 10th December at the very latest. Alot of organising is required before hand to make this work!

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).

Sunday, 7 December 2014


Unfortunately with no pictures to prove yesterday's West District Cross Championship was a very wet & windy day in Linwood Renfrewshire.  Going into the event we only had 7 athletes spread over the under 13 and under 15 age groups male and female but with call offs and injuries it was down to the trio of Lucy Saez (u13), Marc McQuade (u13) and Ross Cameron (u13).  They were left to battle against the other West District clubs in the wet and windy weather.
First up on the 3.2k course was Lucy Saez who committed to doing all the club races on a promise from her Dad Mark to get a fancy bag.  Lucy was happy with her performance as at the end she said there was a few runners who didn't complete the race.  Lucy's time of the day was 17:53.
Next up was the under 13 boys, Ross Cameron and Marc McQuade on the same 3.2k course.  Both athletes performed really well and didn't hold back.  Ross was the first Harrier home in 13:14 (with no xc spikes....Ross Christmas is round the corner hint hint) and Marc finished in 14:36. 
Really proud of Lucy, Ross & Marc for competing for Calderglen Harriers, as it is all part of your training and helps the club to raise our profile as a competing club in the West of Scotland.
This is last district cross country of 2014 which leads on to the National XC  Championship in Falkirk in February. So lets see if we can get all the under 13s, 15s and 17s racing for Falkirk.  Now that would be a nice Christmas present for John and I....

Thursday, 4 December 2014


This Saturday 6th December is the West District XC Championship

U13 Girls, race starts at 11.30am
U13 Boys, race starts at 11.45am
U15 Girls, race starts at 12pm

Can eveyone be there for 11am.  I will pick up the numbers as usual.

Below is a list of those entered and if anyone is no longer running if you can let me know.

U13 Girls, Lucy Saez & Haleigh Muir
U13 Boys, Ross Cameron & Marc McQuade
U15 Girls, Jada Amoah, Megan & Helen Anderson

Competition Information

Event: Scottish Athletics West District Cross Country Championships

Date:    Saturday 6th December 2014

Venue:             ON-X Linwood, Brediland Road, Linwood, PA3 3RA


Individual medals: 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each race except Masters Over 50 (1st only).

Team medals: 1st, 2nd and 3rd with 3 to count, except Senior Men (6) and Senior Women (4).

There will be team medals for the 1st Masters Team only (3 to count).

Important Notes
The Senior, Masters and Masters O50 races are combined for each gender.
All athletes may count in the Senior championship race (individual and team) as well as their own age category, therefore a Masters’ athlete can count in both the Senior AND Masters individual and team races.
However, a Masters athlete cannot compete in both the O40 and O50 individual championships – only their own age category.
In scoring the Masters team placings, only Masters athletes are considered.
Medals will be presented on the podium (near the Start/Finish area) shortly after each race.
Results will be posted on the Scottish Athletics website.
Postcode for Sat Navs is PA3 3RA.
Travelling on the M8 from Glasgow, go past the airport and exit at junction 28A, then merge onto the A737 (Irvine).
* After 1 mile branch left and at roundabout take the exit for A761 (Bridge of Weir, Linwood).
Continue straight into Linwood following the signs for the On-X Leisure Centre.
Travelling on the A8/M8 from Greenock, leave the M8 at Junction 29 then merge onto the A737 (Irvine), then directions are as above (from *). 
Please follow the directions of the car park marshals, then when on foot follow the signs to the rear of the centre.
Throughout the day, please enter the ON-X centre from the door at the back, NOT the main entrance at the front.
Buses should turn into the sports centre and will then be directed to the old exit road when they can drop off before proceeding around the loop to park at Clippens School.
Declarations are in the indoor sports hall from 10.00am. The hall can also be used as a club meeting area and for baggage. Please remove muddy shoes before entering.
Course maps and race details will be available at Registration and on the Scottish Athletics and Kilbarchan AAC websites one week prior to the race.
Changing and Toilets
Please use Changing Rooms 1-4 (toilets and showers), accessed via the door/corridor at the back of the building.
There are lockers in the changing rooms and in the corridor (£1 coin required).
First Aid
First Aid will be located near the Start/Finish area.
Club Tents
There is ample space for club tents near the Start/Finish area; please follow the signs.
Hot/cold drinks and snacks will be available from the ON-X café.
On the day, please address queries about the race to the Referee or Chief Timekeeper.
Many thanks to all the officials and volunteers for their invaluable and much-appreciated help, and to Kilbarchan AAC for generously hosting the event, plus Renfrewshire Leisure and Renfrewshire Council and the staff of ON-X Linwood.

Sunday, 30 November 2014


Joe (98) standing his ground with number 204
We started going into this event with a record entry of 24 athletes (in 2012 we had 20) and good medalling pedigree with the under 15 Girls getting a Silver Medal for 2nd team in 2013 so no pressure!  Unfortunately I couldn't be there but my partner in crime I main my partner in coaching John Mullen stepped into the breach and by all counts did a stirling job. 
The key performance of the day came from the under 11 boys who ran a 1.2k distance.  After pulling off a silver team medal in the Road Relay in October (Joe Jackson, Patrick Saez & Fergus Kane), 2 of the boys did it again with Patrick Saez not in action this time round with Cameron Green taking the 3rd place in the trio.  Cameron was first Harrier home and first club race finished overall in a super 6th place in 3:15 (only 12 seconds adrift from the winner).  Then finishing in 13th in a time of 3:20 (Pb by 41 seconds from last year) was Fergus Kane;  Joe Jackson 15th, 3:20;  Dillion McAuslin 16th, 3:22; Joseph Fegan 26th, 3:39; Aiden Howell 28th, 3:39 and Rio Jordan 30th, 3:41.
Going by the under 11 Girls times they were working hard and making it hard for the other Lanarkshire clubs to beat them. Best performance for the girls goes to Holly McAneny who was first Harrier home, 14th overall from a field of 46 and her time was 3:30 (Pb by 49 seconds from 2013). Next up was Libby Currie finishing 19th in 3:36; Cara McAneny 23rd, 3:47; Sophie Williamson 26th, 3:47 and Holly Williamson 41st in 4:16. The trio of Holly McAneny, Libby Currie and Cara McAneny were 6th team out of 8.
Haleigh Muir who only joined the club this year was our solo under 13 girl.  She ran the longer course of 2.5k and finished in 13:17.  As Haleigh continues to train and do the races she is putting times down to beat next year, it just takes hard work. Keep going Haleigh.  Our u13 boys duo of Ross Cameron and Marc McQuade were pounding the 2.5k course with Ross Cameron finishing in a top ten position of 8th in 9:25 and Marc McQuade in 18th place with a time of 10:27. 
Last but not least our under 15s were out to end Calderglen's participation at this event.  Best performance of the day goes to Kate Kane who had a top five finish in 5th place with a time of 14:22 and Louise Brown had Pb of 14 seconds from last year finishing in 17:08.  Jack MacBain was back for this event after running as a under 13 last year.  So this year he was running 3.7k for the first time finishing in 18th place in a time of 14:02.
Really a great set of results that I am proud of all that ran.  You have all increased your training time since the summer, working on your drill techniques and core strength with John supported by Robert Hawkins.  Hard works pays off!  Without a doubt I believe if we had more of our under 15 Girls out we would have won a team medal.  So this is what running is all about pushing yourself to the limits at training, doing this at races and constantly improving your times by running the best you can shaving off seconds here and there.  So once more well done everyone.

Thursday, 27 November 2014


Please be at Drumpellier Park for 11:30am.  Enter from Blair Road and the course is opposite the old St Ambrose High School on Blair Road Coatbridge, ML5 2EW.  John Mullen will be the Team Manager of the day supported by Mark Saez, Kirsty McAneny and Jude Amoah.
Meet John on the course in the Drumpellier Park and he will pick up the numbers to issue.
Lanarkshire AAA states every club must provide a minimum of 2 officials / volunteers.  FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN CLUB ENTRIES BEING DECLINED.  The Calderglen Harrier volunteers are Mark Saez, Jude Amoah and John Mullen.  Please report to John on the course and he will direct to you to the race organisers.   Race Timetable:            

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)

Awards-First three & First three teams (All teams 3 to count).  Presentation ASAP after each race at the course
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 - I gave John the club owned vests to be issued & returned same day. If have your own wear it. Alternatively wear your Calderglen Harrier yellow training T-shirt if have 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 on road parking. 
I won't be at Drumpellier Park to watch the Harriers in action, so my message is, have your usual meals, make sure you warm up as usual, focus on the best run you've ever had, think of someone you'd like to dedicate the race to, and when the moment comes let go with all that hard training you've done this year. You're fit, fast and strong so get out there and,  smash it. Good luck everyone, see you next Wednesday to hear your tales of glory.