Friday, 30 December 2016


Ayrodynamic Triathlon Club held their annual Turkey Trot race on Boxing Day.  With 4 senior Harriers running the 10k race,  the junior Harriers had Chris McCarron running the 5k event.
The weather was really bad on the coast (pictures on Calderglen Harrier FB page) with a really terrible wind (nothing to do with brussel sprouts!)  Chris ran a respectable 22:22 acheiving 15th place out of 120 runners. The winning time was 20:19.

Well done Chris keep up the training.

5k results:

10k results:

Senior report:

Sunday, 18 December 2016


Rouken Glen Park Junior Parkrun #7 (2k) - 18/12/16

5th, Lewis Moir, 8.16, 23rd junior parkrun


Christmas fun run has been in the Calderglen Harrier calendar since the club started back in 1984 and remains to be a popular event for all members of the club.  The junior section carried on their Christmas tradition and for the 4th year the junior Harriers Relay Christmas fun run took place on Sunday 11th December with 25 athletes.  Depsite all the planning & organising there was last minute adjustment to team members with people pulling out for various reasons however with my daugther Emma managing this task it was sorted with minor delays.  As normal the teams age and ability were mixed up to try make it as fair and open as possible to all who took part. All the teams had festive names & pictures which were drawn by my other daughter in-house artist Melissa Lawton with a supporting role from Emma.  We had 6 teams of 4 runners with the Team Stockings having 2 last runners.

This year's teams were Christmas Puddings, Snowglobes, Gingerbread men, Turkeys, Snowmen & Stockings.

Weather conditions were good so the traditional route of starting on the main road in the park next to Sports Club car park running towards and taking a right to the Zoo car park then following the exit road to Strathaven Road and then along to main park entrance back to the start.

As per last year this year's winning team was Christmas Puddings although different team personnel. This year's winners were Gabrielle Coffey (Leg 1), Eve Lindsay (Leg 2), Renee Conneff (Leg 3) and Chris McCarron (Leg 4) who all received their Odeon Cinema vouchers for coming first.

The other teams finished in the following order: Snowglobes-2nd, Stockings-3rd (same as last year), Gingerbread men-4th, Turkeys-5th and Snowmen-6th.

To add to the race we continued with tradition of handing out a selection box and our newer traditions of a secret Santa present and Calderglen Harrier brand training T-shirt.

A big thank you to all the parents for bringing their kids along and supporters who there to cheer them running.  The parents who volunteered to be marshalls around the course and to my family Team Lawton for pre, during and post race support to get this event going.
It is really appreciated. 
Merry Christmas
See senior blog for report on the individual Christmas Handicap race with results:


Wednesday 21st December.....Last Wednesday club session of 2016, 1830 to 2000

Saturday 24th December......Last Saturday club session with Mark

Wednesday 28th December.......No formal session. Your chose but try a 3 to 4 mile solo run or with friends from your training squad

Saturday 31st December.........Strathclyde Parkrun @ 0930 or any other Parkrun you want to try. Remember Saturday events are 5k and if under 11 need to run with an adult...Your chose

Wednesday 4th Jan 2017.........No formal session. Your chose but try a 3 to 4 mile solo run or with friends from your training squad

Saturday 7th Jan 2017......Back to normal. Saturday session with Mark

Wednesday 11th Jan 2017.....Back to normal. Wednesday session, 1830 to 2000

Hope you all have a fanatastic Christmas & New Year, and get all the Pbs you want in 2017.



On Saturday 7th January 2017 there is a running festival organised by the Great running company. There is elite cross country races, inter district cross country championships and 5k for runners of all abilities.

For junior runners of all ability there is a  2.5k race. All races based in and around Holyrood Park, Edinburgh.
Entries are now open, see link below and make this your first New Year resolution.


Friday, 9 December 2016


Race date: Sunday 11th December

Arrive between: 9.30am & 9.45am

Race starts at: 10am

Attire: Fancy dress encouraged but optional

Race details:  Team Relay race.  Each runner does 1 lap (0.8 miles / 1.3k per lap).  Each team will cover 4 laps with prizes for the winning team only.

Secret Santa:  Participation in the Secret Santa is not compulsory but those who bring something will get to pick a present.  Presents should be to the value of around £5, suitable for a boy or girl and wrapped.   We will do the lucky dip after the race in the clubhouse.

Help on the day: Would appreciate a few parents being race marshalls at key points to make sure the kids are on course.  See me on Sunday.

Finally, if you said you are doing the race but now can't make it please let me know ASAP.

See you all on Sunday.


Wednesday, 7 December 2016


On Sunday 11th 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!
Last year we introduced for the juniors a free special edition Calderglen Harriers t-shirt and it was a success so we are doing again this year.

So for all PARENTS & YOUNG ATHLETES who read the blog for every child pre-entered for the Christmas Fun Run will get a free special edition Calderglen Harriers t-shirt.

To do this, we need to submit the order to our clothing supplier in plenty time so we need to have entries for the race, along with the athletes t-shirt size, by Friday 18th November at the latest. (T-shirt sizes are age 5/6, 7/8, 9/11, 12/13, small adult, medium adult, large adult).  Entries can be notified by e-mail or to Sarah at training. 
Following on from previous years, the Junior section will be doing a Relay race.  Each team will cover 3 laps with prizes for the winning team.  However all is not lost, everyone will get a treat at the end and for those of you wishing to participate, we will have a Secret Santa.  Participation in the Secret Santa is not compulsory but those who bring something will get to pick a present.  Presents should be to the value of around £5, suitable for a boy or girl and wrapped.   We will do the lucky dip after the race.
Race Details
Junior Harriers (Relay Team)
Starts at 10.00am (arrive from 9:30am), Each runner does 1 lap (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. 

If any young athlete wants to do the senior fun run then please let me know ASAP.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Parkrun-Saturday 3rd Decemember

It was another great day for racing on Saturday with the weather cold but sunny. We had a total of 12 junior harriers and several adults competing. It was the usual fast start with the strongest runners completing the course in just under 18 minutes. First to cross the line from Calderglen was Chris in a time of 21:04 and the closely followed by Fergus in 21:03 and then Patrick in 21:17. A short while later we had Lewis in 22:23, Freya in 22:56 and Aiden 23:49. The next batch of runners included Megan in 24:00, Renee 24:48, Lucy 25:54, Brooke 26:11 and Morgan 32:27

I couldn't see Callum's time on the site.

Overall we had 7 PBs and everyone else ran well and were close  to their fastest times. We are going in the right direction and the additional Saturday training session seems to be getting results.

Here is a link to the full results


Monday, 28 November 2016


The next scheduled Parkrun is Saturday the 3rd of December and it will be Strathclyde Park again. We will meet at the Watersports centre at  08.45 am and the race is at 09:30

This means there will no Saturday session



Thursday, 17 November 2016


This event will take place on Saturday 19th November at Drumpellier Park in Coatbridge (enter the park from Blair Road, opposite the derelict site where the old St Ambrose High School, Blair Road  Coatbridge, ML5 2EW).

The under 11 Girls start at 12pm

Emma Hutton is running this 1.2k race

The under 11 boys start at 12:15pm

Lewis Moir and Kai Wheeler are running this 1.2k race

The under 13 boys start at 12:45pm

Scott Barr and Fergus Kane are running this 2.5k race

The under 17 men start at 1:20pm

Callum Osterburg is running this 5k race

Please arrive no later than 1130am. All athletes please wear Calderglen Harrier running vest as other clubs competing will do the same.  Frances Maxwell will be there to collect numbers and meet & greet all Harriers on the course.

Our 2 volunteers for the event are Mark Wheeler & Chris/Debbie Hutton. Very greatful for stepping up and volunteer I am sure all the kids will be pleased so they can run.

Important Travel Information
Due to the continuing road works on the M8 M73 M74 the M74 will be closed between J5 Raith  and J4 Maryville the diversion route may have an  impact on people travelling from south of the M74 and those from Glasgow. I would suggest allowing more time to get to the course and find an alternative route.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016


This event will take place on Saturday 19th November at Drumpellier Park in Coatbridge (enter the park from Blair Road, opposite the derelict site where the old St Ambrose High School, Blair Road  Coatbridge, ML5 2EW). All the races are "head to head". Ages as at 31 August / 1 September 2016. 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/Vet Ladies
5000m (2 large laps)
Race 7
Sen/Vet 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.

Volunteers: The race organiser states that all clubs need to provide a minimum of 2 volunteers and failure to do so will result in club entries being declined.  So if you can volunteer please see Richard.

If you intend taking part in this race give your name to Richard  BY EMAIL or AT TRAINING BY  Wednesday 9th November at the latest.

Sunday, 13 November 2016


Fun In The Mud Kimarnock Cross Country Festival
Ayrshire Athletic Arena, 13/11/16

u11, 1.3k cross country course

32nd, Lewis Moir, 5.53
37th, Kai Wheeler, 5.57

58 runners in the field.

Provisional results

Victoria Park Junior Parkrun #102 (2k) - 13/11/16

13th, Ava Byrne, 9.04, 39th junior parkrun

124 runners in the field.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016


As our winter training progresses the autumn weather kicks in with lowering temperatures leading us to a cold winter you could benefit from keeping yourself warm and maximising your body heat during training nights. Then look no further than a Calderglen Harrier commemorative hat. In 2014 Calderglen Harriers had their 30th anniversary and as part of those celebrations we got commemorative hats for members.  I have a final stock of 21 commemorative hats which are available at a cost of £3.
If you looking for a Christmas stocking filler for your loved one(s), any new members to the club, existing members looking to renew their well worn hat or any other family or friends wish to purchase such a fetching hat then just speak to Sarah or I on Wednesday training nights. Alternatively leave a note on the blog.

Monday, 7 November 2016


Lanarkshire Cross Country team 2015
Sunday 13th November: Fun In The Mud Kimarnock Cross Country Festival, Ayrshire Athletic Arena, Kilmarnock – for all age groups from 9 years of age (on day of race ), if you want to do this it is personal choice and parents will need to take you to the event unless a group of athletes are doing it and parents can co-ordinate car lifts.  Check event out:
Saturday 19th November  Lanarkshire AAA Cross Country Championships, Drumpellier Park, Coatbridge – open to anyone who will be 9 and older (on day of race), looking for everyone to compete. 
**NEED 2 ADULT VOLUNTEERS TO PROVIDE TO RACE ORGANISER OR ATHLETES CAN'T RUN**   Speak to Richard to enter , entry deadline is Wednesday 9th November at training.
Saturday 3rd December: Club 5k Parkrun at Strathclyde Park, will confirm this date very soon.
Sunday 11th December: Club Christmas Fun Run Relay at Calderglen Country Park, for mini and junior harriers, be there for 10am with a 1030am start. More info coming soon.
There are a number of other events which can be found at the Scottish Athletics website:

Sunday, 6 November 2016


Victoria Park Junior Parkrun #102 (2k) - 06/11/16

7th, Kai Wheeler, 8.41, 35th junior parkrun
16th, Ava Byrne, 9.13, 38th junior parkrun

133 runners in the field.

Well done both runners. Especially Kai who only did the 5k parkrun at Strathclyde yesterday.

Saturday, 5 November 2016


Saturday 5th November was our first club supported Parkrun event for the junior Harriers. Although a cold morning the sun was shining on Strathclyde Park and a hard core squad of 11 turned up to test themselves against Parkrun's finest and each other. You can't be free advertising so as instructed most Harriers either had club vests or training T-shirts on to promote the club.

Team photo pre race
All club junior coaches were there in support and 3 of the parents were there Karen McCarron, Les Kane and Paul Kane who also ran the event. Les & Paul both help John regularly on Wednesday training nights. John opted to run to support his training squad and see how he fared amongst his athletes.  Richard and Mark were there in non running capacity as both were running the National Short Course Championship in Renfrew later in the day. Frances Maxwell took on the role of official photographer but by the end of the event her fingers had almost frozen off as it was sunny but cold.

The turnout and the results were impressive. So proud of all that turned up to run the best they could and duly some got Personal bests. No less than 6 Pbs from the junior Harriers and senior Harrier Julie Beveridge achieved a Pb.

Chris first junior Harrier home
245 runners in the field.

Strathclyde Park Parkrun #329 (5k) - 05/11/16

19th, Chris McCarron, 20:47, 1st parkrun
23rd, Lewis Moir, 21:17, 12th parkrun, Pb by 46 secs
26th, Fergus Kane, 21:37, 1st parkrun
35th, Patrick Saez, 22:11, 3rd parkrun, Pb by 1min 17 secs
45th, Freya Kane, 22:45, 2nd parkrun, Pb by 59 secs
67th, Kai Wheeler, 24:10, 6th parkrun, Pb by 5mins 19 secs
88th, Megan Anderson, 25:01, 1st parkrun
138th, Lucy Saez, 27:47, 2nd parkrun, Pb by 2mins 9 secs
146th, Brooke Conneff, 28:19, 5th parkrun, Pb by 24 secs

Missing times for Morgan Beaton & Renee Conneff (if you have them let me know).  I need to mention there was senior Harriers out yesterday who were:

9th, Julie Beveridge, 19:31, 85th parkrun, Pb by 4 seconds
29th, Jamie McMonagle, 21:49, 35th parkrun
33rd, Stuart Waugh, 22:07, 36th parkrun
36th, John Mullen, 22:12, 1st parkrun (coach for u13-17 squad)
109th, Paul Kane, 26:12, 1st parkrun (parent helper)

Kai with good running style racing to a Pb
The next club supported Parkrun event is likely to be Saturday 3rd December at Strathclyde Park.  Will confirm this date very soon. Link to more pictures coming soon.

Thursday, 3 November 2016


Following on from speaking to the under 11 & under 13-17 squads on Wednesday I want to further promote our club initiative to get the athletes involved in more running events. This is help further their training, develop experience running in a competitve environment and socialising as club out with training nights.
We are piloting taking part as a club in Parkruns and the 1st will be this Saturday 5th November at Strathclyde Park (5k distance). We chose this one as it is the only Lanarkshire based event.
The start time is 09:30 and the plan is to meet at the watersports car park in Strathclyde Park at 08:45.
Critical Information

Your child will need to be registered before their first run.  
Only ever register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode. If you forget it you won't get a time. 
See link: and go to section on front page that say "What does it cost to join in?" and click the word "register".
Club coaches John, Richard, Mark & Frances will be there to meet & greet Harriers at 0845. Lets promote the club! If you have a club vest, yellow training t-shirt or your Christmas Fun Run t-shirt from last year please were it.
Hopefully see some of you on Saturday.

Monday, 31 October 2016


The inaugural junior Parkrun event started at Rouken Glen Park on Sunday 30th October at 0930. This event is for (4-14 year olds) only. 

There was 199 runners in the field which is brilliant for a first time event focused on junior runners. More amazingly there was only 11 club runners in the field with 188 non club runners. Just shows you there is an appetite for kids to run and experience the sport for the first time. Long may it continue.

Great results from all Harriers. Patrick has set his benchmark high for next time, great effort from our girls and unofficial Harrier Ben Buchanan.

Rouken Glen Park Junior Parkrun #1 (2k) - 30/10/16

2nd, Patrick Saez, 7.54, 2nd junior parkrun
35th, Lucy Saez, 9.39, 1st junior parkrun
117th, Brooke Conneff, 12.39, 2nd junior parkrun

I need to mention to Andrew Buchanan's son Ben.

18th, Ben Buchanan, 9.03, 1st junior parkrun (we will get him into the club)

199 runners in the field.


Pollok Park Parkrun #403 (5k) - 29/10/16

373, Anna Lindsay, 37.55, 1st parkrun
373, Eva Linday, 37.55, 1st parkrun

400 runners in the field.

Well done to both girls for coming out and doing the Parkrun. Small steps lead to bigger things.



Sunday, 23 October 2016


Victoria Park Junior Parkrun #100 (2k) - 23/10/16

7th, Lewis Moir, 8.22, 22nd junior parkrun

Saturday, 22 October 2016


On Sunday 13th November, Kilmarnock Harriers & A.C. are hosting their annual Cross Country Festival. 
The location basis is the Ayrshire Athletic Arena and declarations start at 11am with first race at 12:30pm. Races for under 11s to Seniors/Vets. Race fees are £4 up to and including u17s. 
All junior Harriers in under 11 squad (Coach: Richard) and under 13-17 squad(Coach:John) are able to do this event.  It is a low key local running festival and good event to have a go at competing.
See link for further details:

Friday, 21 October 2016


We are intending to take part in Parkruns and the 1st will be on Saturday 5th November at Strathclyde Park.The start time is 09:30 and the plan is to meet at the watersports car park at 08:45

You will need to be registered and further details can be found on the Parkrun website.



**Major news for all mini & junior Calderglen Harriers**
There is a new junior Parkrun event starting at Rouken Glen Park on Sunday 30th October at 0930. This event is for  (4-14 year olds) only. 
The course is a 2 lap, anti clockwise course, which starts in front of the clock archway. It follows the broad path up and round to the left then passes the skatepark on the right, before turning left at the gateway and left again before the pavilion towards the centre of the park. There is then a right turn past the playpark and then left again back to the start point for the second lap. The second lap repeats the first but finishes before the start point on the path to the right, beside the large tree.
This is a great new weekly regular local event for all mini & junior Calderglen Harriers to do wither you are a beginner, experienced or fun runner. As Nike would say it "Just Do It".
Coach Richard

See link for more details:

Monday, 3 October 2016


Harrier Junior Squad post race
It was a cold but sunny when we met up at George Square. We had a warm up around part of the 2.5k course and thanks to Stuart Waugh for helping out with this. The groups were split into two based on ages of 9 to 11 and 12 to 15. The runners were asked to go into relative pens depending on their age. Tension was high and there wss alot of jostling for position.  At one point the compare (Radio Scotland's own Bryan Burnett) had to restore order!!. The older group set of first and quickly followed by the younger ones. It only seemed a matter of minutes before the first runners started to come through. There was fine performances from the Harriers and the times were as follows:
Aidan Howell in action
Chris McCarron 10:24
Lewis Moir 11:05
Patrick Saez 11:08
Fergus Kane 11:43
Freya Kane 11:57
Ava Byrne 12:46
Aiden Howell 13:31
Francis Santangeli 13:40
Lucy Saez 13:54
Eve Lindsay 16:05
Anna Lindsay 16:05
Emma Hutton 16:07

It was a great day and hopefully we can build upon this.
Thanks Mark for the report.