Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Sports Club Closed Wednesday Night due to Weather

In addition to my communication cancelling the junior session, I have been informed by Suzanne Burleigh, Bar Manager at Sports Club, that the club will be closed tonight. She advised there's been red weather warnings so they don't want to take the risk of anyone getting stuck at the club. 


Tuesday, 27 February 2018


The Sports club sent an email to all on members on the email distribution list on Monday 26th February. 

As part of a number of applications for financial support, East Kilbride Sports Club is undertaking consultation with 1) sports club members and 2) members of the public about the sports club's activities. 

This is an important opportunity, particularly for members, to share their view on how sports club goes forward. 

We would be grateful if you could complete the survey by Monday 5th March.

Sport Club Members Survey: and

Members of the Public Survey:




In light of the pending weather over the next 24 hours the forecasted temperature during training could be as low as minus 5c with heavy snow showers & breezy forecasted throughout the day tomorrow. I am cancelling the session. The weather could be too cold for some if not dressed correctly and the areas we use around Calderglen Country Park could be dangerous underfoot or we all get caught in one of these sudden snow blizzards, so we'll be cautious and give you all A NIGHT OFF!
Mark will let everyone know about the Saturday sesssion as there is a big senior club race on that day which both Mark & I are racing.
I have put this message out on email and facebook group page. Please spread the word.

Sunday, 25 February 2018


Two Calderglen Harrier juniors ran in this year's National Cross Country Championships.  Here is the low on the day and race from Lewis Moir.
On Saturday 24th February I participated in the Lindsays National Cross Country event in Callendar Park Falkirk.  The weather conditions were good as it was cold but sunny.  I was taking part in the U13 boys 3k race and although I was the only Harrier in my event it was good to have the company of Skye Mulholland who was running in the U15 girls event.
The start line was really crowded with 181 boys participating.  The race began and after a short distance we were straight into the first hill where I got spiked in the leg but I was determined to keep running and get myself out of the crowd and into my own space.  The race consisted of 2 smaller laps where everyone started to settle down into their own pace and then 1 larger lap.  The ground was mainly hard with some soft muddy patches and there was three challenging hills.
I was pleased with how I ran on the day and I finished in 97th place out of 181 boys in a time of 13mins 34secs.  It was a challenging race with a great atmosphere and I would encourage all other Harriers to participate in the future.

By Lewis Moir

As mentioned Skye Mulholland was racing in the U15 girls race running a distance of 4.1k.  Skye is carrying an enduring injury on both knees just now so her enforced period of rest was not ideal race preparation. However after a family holiday she turned up on the start line to test herself amongst the rest of the Scottish girls in her age group. She completed her first race and first for the club on a hard course with a bit of luck having good weather.  Skye enjoyed the race and was 110th place out 133 girls in a time of 19mins 45secs.

Well done Skye


Some of the juniors took part in this 3k event last year so if you are looking for an early road race with spring round the corner and that its 5 mins from East Kilbride then give it a try.  Racing is another form of training and good to develop & improve a young athletes running, bring focus to training and working towards a goal. 

Down By The River races on Sunday 4th March 2018 is the 12th year Cambuslang Harriers have hosted this event and the 3k race starts at 11:10am.  The race is open for 11 to 17 year olds.  Minimum age: 11 yrs on 04/03/2018, Maximum age: 16 yrs on 04/03/2018
This local race is suitable for our under 13/15/17 endurance runners in Mark & John's training squads.  Depending on your date of birth some of the under 11 endurance runners in Richard's training squad maybe eligible.

There is a 10k race open to 16 year old plus. Minimum age: 16 yrs on 04/03/2018. The 10k race starts at 11am. 

See link for all details:
See link to go direct to pay for a place. 
Closing date Thursday 1st March. 

Friday, 9 February 2018


My hope is all the regular Parkrun attendees and who attend the Saturday session will seriously consider this event.  If you can do a 5k parkrun and train twice a week you can do this.  This event is a development race for our athletes as they don't compete in races out of choice and need to learn their race craft.  Lets get alot of you out there to create a more supportive and club atmosphere in a competition.

This event is on Sunday 18th March at Battery Park, Eldon Street, Greenock, PA16 7QG. This is a pre-entry race and I will need names by Wednesday 28th February.  Race fees as usual covered by club as it is a national event.

I hope that we can fill the field with Calderglen teams in all the age groups as we have over 25 young athletes in the club who could do this race.  Our strongest age groups in terms of numbers of athletes are under 13 Girls and Under 15 Girls. As well as individual prizes there is a team prize for each team of 3 young athletes in each age group.

Both U13 races cover 2500 metres (2.5k)
U13 Girls declarations close at 11:50am and race starts at 12.20pm
U13 Boys declarations close at 12:05pm and race starts at 12.35pm

Both U15 races cover 4200 metres (4.2k)
U15 Girls declarations close at 11am and race starts at 11:30am
U15 Boys declarations close at 11:25am and race starts at 11:55am

Both U17 races cover 4900 metres (4.9k)
U17 Women declarations close at 12:20pm and race starts at 12:50pm
U17 Men declarations close at 12:45pm and race starts at 1:15pm

I spoke to the athletes from John & Mark's squad at Wednesday night training to let them know about this race and to have a think about it.

Remember the race criteria (apart from set age groups) is all athletes need to be registered with Scottish Athletics (see link for more info: and have a club running vest (see Richard).