Monday, 23 December 2019


With Junior section closed for festive holidays here is a maintenance training plan if you need some help.

Saturday 28th December...... 5k Parkrun @ Strathclyde Park, Drumpellier Park Coatbridge, Pollok Park, Victoria Park plus many more.

Sunday 29th December.....Junior Parkrun at Rouken Glen Park in Giffnock, Victoria Park Glasgow, Barshaw Park Paisley or Stirling in Kings Park @ 0930. Remember Sunday events are 2k and only for runners aged 4-14 years old...Your choice. Note look at their websites to double check they are hosting a run as usual.

Wednesday 1st January 2020.......No formal session. For under 11s try a 1-2 mile or 15 minute steady run with parent supervision.  For under 13s and above try a 3 to 4 mile (about 35-40 minutes) steady run  solo run or with friends from your training squad.  Your choice.

5k Parkruns on at Strathclyde Park @ 0900; Victoria Park @ 0930; Pollok Park @ 0930;  Tollcross @ 1100;

Saturday 4th January 2020.........Training session, 10am to 1130am @ Calderglen Country Park with Mark

Sunday 5th January 2020.....Junior Parkrun at Rouken Glen Park in Giffnock or Victoria Park Glasgow @ 0930. Remember Sunday events are 2k and only for runners aged 4-14 years old...Your choice. Note look at their websites to double check they are hosting a run as usual.

Wednesday 8th Jan 2020.........No formal session. For under 11s try a 1-2 mile or 15 minute steady run with parent supervision.  For under 13s and above try a 3 to 4 mile (about 35-40 minutes) steady run solo run or with friends from your training squad.  Your choice.

Saturday 12th Jan 2020......Training session, 10am to 1130am @ Calderglen Country Park with Mark

Wednesday 15th Jan 2020.....Back to normal. Wednesday session, 1830 to 2000

Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas & New Year, and get all the Pbs you want in 2020.


Sunday, 15 December 2019


2019 Fun Runners
Once again we had a great turn out for the junior fun run this year with 28 runners turning up to run in their festive teams and get Christmas started with a bit of club racing.  This year we had 9 teams after a bit of last minute changes due attendance and one of the teams had four runners but we were still able to have good competitive fun.  The wet and windy weather over the past week caused a change of route.

This year it was 1k (well actually 1.06k on my Garmin) and started at the usual starting line taking the kids a first right towards zoo car park then the new route took off here where the kids ran up to Torrance House then turned left to come down the hill then turn left again to the same small loop then back to start.

The winning team this year was Christmas Puddings who were Zoe Hutton (leg 1), Hayden McBarron (leg 2) and Francis Santangeli (leg 3). The team winning time was 14.18 minutes.  The winners all received a voucher.

This year's winning team with Coach Richard
The other teams finished in the follow order:

2nd, The Elves (Eva, Kieran & Angus)
3rd, The Carol Singers (Orlagh, Emma & Orla)
4th, Christmas Trees (Dean, Katie, Gemma)
5th, The Reindeer (Dexter, Cara & Kai)
6th, The Crackers (Lucy, Sophie & Eva)
7th, The Snowmen (Euan, Rachel, Anna & Freya)
8th, The Sleighbells (Jack, Robbie & Olivia)
9th, Candy Canes, (Jack, Eve & Ben)

At the end all runners got a selection box, Calderglen Harrier Christmas fun run t-shirt and if you brought a pressie they all got a secret Santa pressie.

Thank you to all the parents for bringing their kids along and to everyone who  volunteered to marshall to ensure all the kids were safe, Graeme Lindsay for taking photos which are now on the junior FB page (if not a member email me and I will send you an invitation). Last but not least to my wife Sarah and daughter Emma for help before and on the day of the race.

This Wednesday 18th December and Saturday 21st December are the last sessions of 2019. The Saturday sessions return on 4th January and the Wednesday sessions return on 15th January for a 6.30pm start.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Christmas Fun Run final reminder

Sunday 15th December
I am off to do a recce to see what route to use tomorrow. So here is a list of points to prep for tomorrow.
1. Sport clubs opens @ 0930 and race starts at 1000 2. Fancy dress is optional no matter how simple or complicated 3. 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 suitable for anyone and wrapped. 4. After race we will hand t-shirts, selection boxes and do Secret Santa
If anyone has to pull out please tell me now as sorting teams out this afternoon. Either on facebook or email
See you all tomorrow

Sunday, 8 December 2019


Updated: 9th December

Christmas Fun Run 
Sunday 15th December is the Christmas Fun Run so be there for 9.30am and race starts at 10am. Fancy dress is optional no matter how simple or complicated, remember 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 suitable for anyone and wrapped.  We will do the lucky dip after the race.

Wednesday sessions
Wednesday 18th December is last training session of 2019. We will return to training in New Year on Wednesday 15th January ready to start for 6.30pm.  So be here from 6.15pm

Saturday sessions
Saturday 21st December is last Saturday training session of 2019.  Mark will return on Saturday 4th January.

Please note: - Club 5k Parkrun alternative sessions on Saturdays will start again in February 2020.


Strathclyde Park Parkrun 5k #471 - 07/12/19

2nd, Mark Saez, 18.58, 13th parkrun
31st, Louis Blake, 22.06, 4th parkrun, Pb by 53 seconds
43rd, Kai Wheeler, 22.51, 18th parkrun 

Link to results:

Well done to everyone who ran. Good signs of early season performance with good times and several Pbs. 

Thanks to Coach Mark for looking after the Louis & Kai on Saturday morning.

West District Cross Championships - 07/12/19

Ben Buchanan was the solo junior Harrier in this event. In a strong field of 59 runners Ben achieved a time of 15.52 which looking at the report from the seniors event in this championship was a real XC cross and challenged all runners.

Hopefully we will get some team mates for you in the New Year Ben for the National XC Champs in Falkirk on Saturday 22nd February


Sunday, 17 November 2019


On Sunday 15th 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 availability 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 27th 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, facebook junior page (if a member) or 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 suitable for anyone and wrapped.  We will do the lucky dip after the race.

Race Details

Junior Harriers (Relay Team)
Starts at 10am (arrive for 9.30am) Each runner does 1 lap (0.8 miles / 1.3k per lap), which is 2.4 miles or 3.8k

Senior Harriers (Indiviudal 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 junior runners that are in Mark's training group will consider doing the 5 laps and challenge the "old" seniors.  In order to do this race I need your best 5k time for this year so you can be time handicapped i.e. slowest runners start first with the fastest last. The idea we all finish at same time....well we try.

If any young athlete wants to do the senior fun run then please let Richard know. If junior wants to both then no problem your choice.

Friday, 1 November 2019


Lanarkshire Cross Country Championships is a club event for running clubs in the area and is individual event with team prizes incorporated.

Link to last year's report:

This event will take place on Saturday 23rd November at Kirkland Park in Strathaven (new location). All the races are individual. Ages as at 31 August / 1 September 2019. 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_19.

Entries close on Wednesday 20th November


Wednesday, 9 October 2019


Please take note....Schools out for the October week next week so we have made the decision to have NO TRAINING next Wednesday 16th October. 

If you know anyone who wasn't at training tonight please pass on the news. I have put this on the juniors FB page.

Enjoy your night off. 

With regards to Saturday training on 12th & 19th October these training sessions are on as normal.


Monday, 23 September 2019

SL Super Race Series - Dirty Duo

Colin Girvan, Recreation Officer at Torrance House Golf Course sent me email inviting and raising awareness of South Lanarkshire Leisure's Dirty Duo event on Sunday 29th September in our very own Calderglen Country Park.

There are races from Primary 1 age through to adult.

Ages 5 – 7            200m run – 500m bike – 100m run            £6.00

Age 8                   400m run – 1.6km bike – 400m run           £12.00

Age 9-10              800m run – 1.6km bike – 800m run           £12.00

Age 11-14            800m run – 3.2km bike – 800m run           £12.00

Age 15-16            800m run – 4.8km bike – 800m run           £12.00

Adults (17+)       3.2km run – 8km bike – 3.2km run            £28.00

There is also a team option for the adults where you can team up with a friend or two and choose who runs and who cycles.

Colin advised they can provide bikes for anyone who requires them too.

So if you are interested you enter via the q-buster website and entries close on Saturday 28th September.


Sunday, 1 September 2019


I have put information on the junior Facebook page for winter XC races coming with dates, explanation on age groups and what they are for current new season 2019/20.

If anyone is running any events and wants to do a blog report with photos then let me know. If any athlete does a Parkrun to competitive running event and you want to tell your running community then let me know and we can put it on the blog .

Calderglen Harriers Junior section is open for business.


Monday, 1 July 2019


Just a reminder the Juniors are taking a short break from regular club sessions for 2 weeks. The Wednesday sessions will start back on Wednesday 17th July at 6.30pm and the Saturday session on 20th July at 10am (tbc). 

A well deserved break for the young athletes, parents and coaches.  For everyone who is going on holiday please enjoy yourselves and come back injury free (that includes the coaches!) 

We look forward to seeing you all then and I hope you all enjoy your summer break.

Monday, 1 April 2019


I had put this on FB and now  adding it to the blog in case people are not part of the FB group.   If you want to be added to the FB group please email me.

I told a few parents and the kids last week that attended training we are taking the school spring break off. This marks the end of winter with a rest and everyone to come break re-freshed ready to train for the club's Trail race on Friday 29th June.

So no training on the following Wednesdays, 3rd and 10th April, and we will return as normal on Wednesday 17th April.

Saturday session won't be on this week (6th April) as Coach Mark is doing the Manchester Marathon on Sunday 7th April and is making a weekend of it. So please join me in wishing Mark good luck and hope you have a good marathon.

Mark is planning to do a Saturday session on 13th April and will notify everyone on FB next week of further details.

Please pass this message onto anyone you know that attends the Harriers who might not be aware we are on a break.


Sunday, 17 March 2019


Scottish Young Athletes Scottish RR Championships - 17/03/19

Big finish to our winter season as we had 3 athletes battling out at the Scottish Young Athletes Scottish RR Championships at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingleston. It's was a  brand new location for this event and it looked like a very flat,made for speed,course.

Well done to everyone who ran the 3k course for under 13 athletes

60th, Lewis Moir, 11.15
79th, Aidian Hamilton, 11.39
96th, Kai Wheeler, 12.14

Link to results:


This is a good development race to do and the coaches are encouraging all young athletes who are 13 years plus to enter the Round the Loch 6k at Strathclyde Park in Motherwell. This event is on Sunday 31st March and race starting at 10am.

The Round the Loch 6k short, fun event which attracts runners of all abilities, from club runners who prefer a shorter distance to those who just want to run for fun!

Why sign up for the Round the Loch 6k?
  • The field has a good spread of abilities, everyone is welcome!
  • The course is is almost as flat as a pancake
  • Watch the conclusion to the thrilling 10 Mile race after you have finished!
  • Each runner will receive a memento to celebrate participation in the event - the memento will be unveiled on our Facebook page closer to the day of the event
  • Transport links are excellent with M74 and M8 motorways both a short distance from the park. Motherwell and Airbles Train Stations are both also just about within walking distance of the Park.
Link to online entry:

More race info:

Sunday, 3 March 2019


Victoria Park Junior 2k Parkrun #212 - 03/03/19

3rd, Kai Wheeler, 8.10, 56th parkrun

137 runners in field

Link to results:

Saturday's training session was down at Strathclyde Parkrun for the endurance squad to test their early season form over 5k. The results are in:-

Strathclyde Park Parkrun 5k #441 - 02/03/19

54th, Patrick Saez, 22.09, 14th parkrun
56th, Aidian Hamilton, 22.13, 6th parkrun, Pb by 12 seconds
70th, Kai Wheeler, 22.38, 16th parkrun Pb by 24 seconds
226th, Lucy Saez, 27.38, 11th parkrun
266th, Lewis Knox, 28.42, 1st parkrun

Link to results:

Well done to everyone who ran. Good signs of early season performance with good times and several Pbs. Great run from Kai this weekend with a new 5k Pb and 2 seconds shy of equalling his Pb at Victoria Park Junior Parkrun.  Well done to Lewis for participating in his first parkrun and hopefully the start of many more to come.
Thanks to Coach Mark for looking after the squad on Saturday morning.

Monday, 25 February 2019


This annual event hosted by Falkirk Victoria Harriers is on Sunday 14th April.

The first event of the day is the 2k run starting at 12 noon with entries only on the day

The main event is the 10k road race which is pre-entry only starting at 12.30pm. Online entry is

Any junior Calderglen Harriers must be 15 years of age or older on the day of the race to do the 10k.

Both races are fast & flat and good for getting good times.

Full race info is available at

Closing date for 10k is Wednesday 10th April.


Sunday, 24 February 2019

Sun Always Shines on Falkirk (not always!)

Eve & Emma
At this year's National Cross Country Championships it was unusually warm which meant the course was nice and firm.  This meant rather than the usual tough slog in the mud it was fast and smooth for the athletes. However despite the lack of mud apart from the hill at the back of Callander House it still remained a tough event for all age groups from under 13s to Vets.
Its always hard getting the juniors to compete but today we had 5 young athletes representing the club in this crowning National event.  The roll of honour falls to Emma Hutton, Eve Lindsay, Lewis Moir, Aidian Hamilton and Max Jones.
This was always going to be a mental and physical test for these athletes as competing with peers from all over Scotland is a challenge that they meet and held their heads high.
Lewis & Aidian
The Scottish cross country season builds to this event and each district and national cross event gets longer and more difficult. Hence why you have to attend all training sessions and compete in as many cross country events in preparation.
The finishing times were Eve Lindsay 18:45 & Emma Hutton 18:47 for the under 13 Girls over 3.1k; Lewis Moir 13:41 & Aidian Hamilton 14:05 for under 13 Boys over 3.1k and Max Jones 17:34 over 4.1k
There is a range of photos the closed facebook page and thank you to all the parents for supporting their children, helping with the tent and if I have missed anyone I apologise.

Friday, 22 February 2019


Frances and I are leaving EK just after 9am to set up the club tent in the usual spot which is to the right of the Callendar Park House.  The tent is black in colour. Help to put up tent would be appreciated.

Can everyone be at Callendar Park for 10am.

The athletes are:

Under 13 Girls: Emma Hutton & Eve Lindsay
Under 13 Boys: Lewis Moir & Aidian Hamilton
Under 15 Boy: Max Jones

All athletes are pre-registered and I will pick up the numbers.

The under 13 Girls race starts at 11am
The under 13 Boys race starts at 11:16am
The under 15 Boys race starts at 11:53am

Tonight - pack your bag with the clothes and food you need; and get an earlier night

On the day remember

Calderglen Harrier black & amber vest - essential. Ideally black shorts / trousers
Safety Pins for pinning your number on your vest
Layers in case its cold and waterproofs in case of wet weather (weather forecast saying sunny and dry at 12c!)
Spikes, Trail shoes or if nothing else road running shoes
Spare shoes & socks if planning to walk the course
Food & drink for after the race
If you can't make the race please let me know ASAP - my mobile is 07849 231343

All race info:

Remember allow plenty of time to travel, find place and park.

See you all tomorrow,

Sunday, 17 February 2019


Rouken Glen Park Junior 2k Parkrun #104 - 17/02/19

14th, Steven Cooper, 9.17, 23rd parkrun

159 runners in field

Link to results:


My hope is all the regular Parkrun attendees, anyone who attends the Saturday session and anyone that took part in recent races during the last 3-4 months 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 Calderglen Harrier young athletes. 

This event is on Sunday 17th March at Intl Building, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Newbridge, EH28 8NB.  Race fees as usual covered by club as it is a national event.

This is a pre-entry race and I will need names by Monday 25th February. 

On the day I have a voluntary vacancy for a Team Captain as I can't be there to collect numbers and chaperone the young athletes. The wages are poor but the joy is the reward seeing the kids taking part and being happy. Please contact me if interested.

Age Groups Explained

Under 13 born during 01/09/2005 to 31/08/2007
Under 15 born during 01/09/2003 to 31/08/2005
Under 17 born during 01/09/2001 to 31/08/2003

Both U13 races cover 3000 metres (3k)
U13 Girls declarations close at 11am and race starts at 11.30am
U13 Boys declarations close at 11.15am and race starts at 11.45am

Both U15 races cover 4000 metres (4k)
U15 Girls declarations close at 11:30am and race starts at 12pm
U15 Boys declarations close at 11:55am and race starts at 12:25pm

Both U17 races cover 5000 metres (5k)
U17 Women declarations close at 12:25pm and race starts at 12:50pm
U17 Men declarations close at 12:45pm and race starts at 1:15pm

Remember all athletes need to be registered with Scottish Athletics (see link for more info: and have a club running vest (see Richard).

Sunday, 3 February 2019


On Wednesday 6th February this week we have no access to the main hall we meet in.  It is the East Kilbride Sports Club AGM at 7.30pm and the hall has been booked to host this event.
So as an alternative we are holding a cross country session on the Branchumhall football pitches on Wednesday starting at 6.30pm and finishing at the earlier time of 7.30pm.
There is no indoor facilities so make sure your son / daughter are suitable dressed with layers they can take off if they get warm and make sure they have been to the toilet before they leave the house. Also if son /daughter have trail shoes or spikes then this might be more appropiate footwear but if not you can try in your normal running shoes.
Right next to the pitches is St.Leonards Primary School and I suggest you park you car in their car park and it is a short walk to the pitches.  The school address is Brancumhall, Calderwood, East Kilbride, G74 3YA. Depending on your commitments I suggest you just wait in the car for your son / daughter as it is a new location for the group.
I will be attending East Kilbride Sports Club AGM and the coaches at the session will be Frances Ferguson, John Mullen and Mark Saez.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019


Back in the day.......National XC 2014
The above event is the next race on the calender for the u13 and upwards age group.  It will take place on Saturday 23rd February 2019 at Callendar Park in Falkirk (postcode FK1 1YR) . Details are:

Under 13 Girls, starting at 11am, distance 3.1k
Under 13 Boys, starting at 11.16am, distance 3.1k

Under 15 Girls, starting at 11.32am, distance 4.1k
Under 15 Boys, starting at 11.53am, distance 4.1k

Under 17 Men, starting at 12.15pm, distance 6k
Under 17 Women, starting at 12.25pm, distance 6k

Under 20 Men, starting at 1:55pm, distance 7.5k
Under 20 Women, starting at 2pm, distance 7.5k

If your son or daughter want to enter please email their name and Scottish Athletics number to me on or reply on Facebook group page post by Monday 5th February .

Please ensure your son or daughter current Scottish Athletics membership is up to date. The club will pay individual race entry fee.

As always all entered athletes need to wear the Calderglen Harrier running vest. Our vest colours/design are declared to Scottish Athletics.   They can be bought for £12. If your son or daughter need one please see me ASAP in case we need to order your size.