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