Friday, 30 November 2018


From the youngest to oldest under 11s to seniors this is truly a championship event that promotes an individual sport as a team event. With every inch all athletes are running to get a good time, good position, where ever they finish counts to the bigger picture of placing your club nearer to being the Lanarkshire Cross Country Championships. Inspirational.  Teamwork is dreamwork!   Calderglen Harriers had 10 young athletes and 2 coaches running aiming to do there best. Winning is giving your Best, not a Position. 
Rachel & Anna
This year we had more than double from last year participating in this event which is encouraging.  First up we had the under 11 Girls setting the standard. We were represented by Anna Lindsay and Rachel Biggs who were running there first competitive club race. In the field of 68 runners Anna was first Calderglen Harrier home in 5.56 and Rachel completing in 6.43.
Following was the under 11 Boys duo of Ben Buchanan and Steven Cooper.  Steven was returning to this event as a 2nd year under 11 and determined to show his improvement over the last 12 months.  The course has been correctly measured this year giving more accurate and correct 1.2k course.  With 37 runners Steven crossed the line in the same position as last year 13th and his time was 4.55 which was more than last year but the course change explains.  Ben Buchanan packed well with his team mate finishing in 15th in 4.59. Well done Ben & Steven, under 13s for you both next year.
The under 13 Girls event moved up the distance to 2.5k and we had a team of 3 running so we could be in with a shout for a team prize in this race. Daisy Blake ran this event last year as an under 11 so this marked her progression to under 13 level. In a field of 49 Daisy found herself starting off at good pace and slowly passing others who ran too fast and finishing with a sprint achieving 10.47 and 20th position.  Next up was Emma Hutton who moved up age groups this year too and finishing in 11.27 and final Harrier to complete the team run was Eve Lindsay in 12.05. 
Aidian & Kai
It was the under 13 Boys turn to run the same distance and course.  This year we had new boy Aidian Hamilton and club stalwart Kai Wheeler making a challenge in this competitive age group. Both boys achieved running times of under 10 minutes.  Aidian was first Harrier home in 9.23 and 12th position and Kai ran a great time of 9.59 for a 24th place finish.
Last of the junior events for us was the under 15 Boys were we had Max Jones returning as a second year under 15 running the new 3.7k course. Max looked really comfortable and in control on the course and he was rewarded with a 12th position in 14.32.  His time was slower this year but was due to change in course but his position was higher. 
Last but not least we had Coach Richard & Frances joining in this year competitively rather than cheer leading on the side lines.  The course was 7.5k over 3 large laps over a mixture of terrain so trail shoes were the call of the day.  It was a really challenging course and certainly my first time doing this event.  Both Frances & I were doing this on the back of Brampton 10 mile from the previous weekend and both found the final lap strength sapping with heavy legs. Frances got the better of me today with a time of 32.24 and I finished in 33.07. Frances's time was only 1.11 minutes behind 3rd Female Master showing how she is running into good form.

The combined Calderglen Harrier Female team was 9th and Male team was 10th out of 13 clubs. Next year more Harriers higher places.  We can do this.
Thanks to all athletes and parents for supporting the club and your son or daughter at this event and in their hobby.  This was a great opportunity for all athletes who did this to get a competitive run in before West Districts on Saturday 8th December.

Monday, 19 November 2018


Rouken Glen Park Junior 2k Parkrun #94 - 18/11/18

8th, Steven Cooper, 8.51, 20th parkrun

127 runners in field

Link to results:


Last chance closing date Tuesday 20th November at 7pm!

On the back of a successful Lanarkshire Road Relay Championships the next big local event is the Lanarkshire Cross Country Championships.  This is an individual event with team prizes incorporated.  So I am going to bold I want everyone (unless you have a doctors line) to enter to make a big Calderglen Harrier club event.  Link to last year's report:

This event will take place on Saturday 24th November at Drumpellier Park in Coatbridge (enter the park from Blair Road, arriving near Blairhill railway station & car park). All the races are individual. Ages as at 31 August / 1 September 2018. 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 Men
5000m (2 large laps)
Race 6
U17 Women
5000m (2 large laps)
Race 6
Sen/Vet Ladies
7500m (3 large laps)
Race 7
Sen/Vet Men
7500m (3 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 or Veteran.

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.

Race Entry

This year everyone needs to enter the race themselves. You can enter the race via Q-Buster using the code laaaxc_18.

Entries close on Tuesday 20th November


Sunday, 11 November 2018


Last chance closing entries today, Monday 19th November

Attention please a quick turn is needed for this.

We are now taking entries for the West District Cross Country Championships, which will be held at Ayrshire Athletics Arena, Queens Drive,Kilmarnock KA1 3XF on Saturday 8th December, first race starts at 11.30am.

There are cross country races for age groups U13, U15, U17, U20 and seniors/masters.

Your membership with Scottish Athletics needs to be paid up to date to enter this event.

Closing date for entries is Monday 19th  November, no late entries will be accepted.

Please let me know at training, via facebook or email.

Link for more info

Link to join Scottish Athletics


Victoria Park Junior 2k Parkrun #197 - 11/11/18

2nd, Kai Wheeler, 8.18, 54th parkrun

97 runners in field

Link to results:

Strathclyde Park 5k Parkrun #424 - 10/11/18

26th, Patrick Saez, 22.19, 13th parkrun
37th, Kai Wheeler, 23.02, 15th parkrun, Pb by 28 seconds
75th, Freya Kane, 24.48, 8th parkrun

275 runners in field

Link to results:

Well done to Patrick, Kai and Freya for attending this month's Saturday session Parkrun event and to Mark for being the responsbile adult turning up to support.  This is great running from all runners and good way to monitor your progress in fitness and running improvement.  Please more juniors go along and get involved in doing this club event or even when its not.

Well done to Kai for being on double duty with 2 parkruns.  Great result in both a Pb and 2nd place. Maybe this is Kai going through a purple patch.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018


On Sunday 16th December Calderglen Harriers will be holding their annual Senior and Junior Christmas Fun Run in Calderglen Country Park.  Junior event will start at 10am.  So now is the time to get thinking of a costume which is optional.

Juniors Xmas squad 2017
All pre-entered junior runners for Christmas Fun Run will receive a free special edition Calderglen Harriers t-shirt. So in order for this to happen I would like cooperation from athletes and parents in terms of your availabity to take part and runner t-shirt size.

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 Wednesday 28th November at the latest. (T-shirt sizes are age  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 and be unisex, suitable for anyone 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 Richard know.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Training back on Wed 7 November

Just a reminder to athletes and parents now that Halloween is over the treat of training is back on this Wednesday. Please see up and coming events we are looking for availabilty of all runners.
Up and coming events in November
Saturday 10th November - Club 5k Parkrun @ Strathclyde Park be there for 9am to allow a warm up and as usual the event starts at 9.30am. Everyone is welcome and remember to register with parkrun as no barcode no time.
Saturday 24th November - Lanarkshire AAA XC Champs - all info on earlier blog post. Lets make this a club event to remember and everyone get involved, coaches, parents and athletes. I can bring club tent and maybe we can have hot drinks and food afterwards in the tent?  Something to think about.


Rouken Glen Park Junior 2k Parkrun #92 - 04/11/18

30th, Emma Hutton, 9.52, 33rd junior parkrun, Pb by 1 second
43rd, Zoe Hutton, 10.15, 35th junior parkrun

170 runners in field

Link to results:

Well done Emma, a Pb is a Pb no matter how big or small.  Just shows every second counts when you run through the line. The difference of not a getting a Pb, a podium position, individual or team medal or qualifiying for another race.