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.


Steven Cooper on the start line for under 11s
Sunday saw 5 Harriers head down the A77 to Kilmarnock for Roon the Country - Kilmarnock Cross Country Festival.  The weather forecast was to be cold and dry, however arriving at the venue at 11.15am the weather was very cold and raining. At least we had the Junior's new tent to keep us dry! After registration the warm ups got underway in time for the first race due to start at 12pm. The first race was 1500m for the under 11 boys. Steven Cooper got a bit of a fright when the starter' s gun was fired. However, this didn't put him off and he went on to run a very well paced run to finish in a time of 7.24 and 11th place.

Emma Hutton

Next up was Emma Hutton in the under 13 girls. The course was well marshalled this time and the girls all got to run the correct distance. Emma showed great strength and pace throughout the race and crossed the line in a time of 16.44 and 29th place.
Kai & Lewis on start line
Lewis Moir and Kai Wheeler had 3200m to run in the under 13 boys race. Both under 13 boys race. oth boys started well controlling their pace. Lewis had a very steady and strong run gradually picking his way through the field to finish in 12.44 and 11th place. Kai continued to work hard until the end with a very impressive sprint finish. 
Max Jones
He finished in a time of 14.43 and 23rd place.  Finally, it was the turn of Max Jones to make his way to the start line.  Max in the under 15 boys had to run 4400m. Max started well and began overtaking a number of other runners at various sections of the course to finish in 9th place in a time of 19.07. The new route was not as muddy as before however, still a tough course.
Well done to everyone who ran on Sunday.  This was great preparation for the National XC at Falkirk in February.  Keep up all your hard work as it's great to see you all out there giving your all for the Club! 
Thank you to Frances Ferguson for the report and being team captain on the day supporting the junior Harriers. Thank you to all the parents and their family for cheering the Harriers around the course.

Friday, 18 January 2019

European Athletics Indoor Championships 2019 - Kit Carriers

Scottish Athletics are notifying all clubs about the recruitment of Kit Carriers for the European Athletics Indoor Championships which is taking place at the Emirates Arena between 1-3 March 2019.
An exciting opportunity has arisen through EAIC 2019 for athletics clubs in Scotland to provide kit carriers for the event becoming part of the 400 strong volunteer team.
EAIC 2019 are looking for teams of 8 volunteers plus one team leader to put themselves forward to assist. All volunteers must be 14 years or older. Further details on the roles can be found on the attached PDF.
If your club is interested in putting forward one or more teams to volunteer then please complete the attached excel application form and return the details to by Friday 25th January 2019. If you have any queries in regards to the roles then please contact Claire Shiel at
See link to Scottish Athletics article on this which has links to the forms:

Tuesday, 15 January 2019


The final big cross country event of the season is the Scottish National XC in Falkirk on Saturday 23rd February. This is only 5 weeks away.
If any of the regular competitive athletes are planning to do this event my advice is to train as much as you can.  It is a great running event competing against athletes in your age group from all over Scotland but it is a tough event.  So to give yourself a chance to perform as well as you can you need to do more than 1 Wednesday session per week.
You need to start attending the Saturday sessions with Mark at 10am, go out running yourself or get some parkruns in. All other clubs train twice a week and some do three sessions a week plus strength and conditioning session. So its up to each individual how much work they want to put in to do the best they can.
In addition the Senior section have fortnightly cross country sessions at Branchumhall football pitches.  The final session dates are:
Monday 21st January
Monday 4th February
Monday 18th February
We normally run from the clubhouse down to Branchumhall which is about 2 miles, do the planned session the run back to club. So this total distance can range from 6 to 8 miles on average.
Lewis Moir does this session with his Grandpa (who is a senior runner with club).  If any junior wanted to do this then I would suggest you meet at the car park at Branchumhall warmed up ready to do the session about 7:45pm and parents to remain in car park until session finished. Please speak to me if you want to do this.
If you only do Wednesdays then that's 5 sessions over 5 weeks
If you do Wednesday & Saturday sessions that's 10 sessions over 5 weeks
If you do Senior XC sessions, Wednesday & Saturday sessions that's 13 sessions over 5 weeks
Fitter, stronger and faster the more you train.
Once Scottish Athletics realise entry forms for this the Scottish National XC I will put the details out.

Sunday, 13 January 2019


On Sunday 20th January is the Kilmarnock Cross Country Festival in the field next to the Ayrshire Athletics Arena.  For anyone who ran the West Districts in December its the same place and likely same race routes for each of the races.
Good thing about this event is it has races for everyone including the youngest age group, the under 11s.  This is rare so a good opportunity for any runners in my group to test their running chops on the cross country amongst their peers.
Also a good preparation cross country race for anyone planning to do the Scottish National XC in Falkirk on Saturday 23rd February.
See weblink for more details, how to enter and I know a few Calderglen Harriers that have entered all ready.


First round up of 2019 that I have done.  

Rouken Glen Park Junior 2k Parkrun #101 - 13/01/19

6th, Steven Cooper, 8.56, 22nd junior parkrun

152 runners in field

Link to results:

Well done Steven.