Tuesday, 17 October 2017



Lucy in good form on Leg 3

Eve after turning point
The first cross country championship of 2017/18 season had a welcome return to the Hamilton Park Racecourse last being there in 2013. The weather  forecast was to be dry and thankfully the weather forecasters were right. This meant the middle part of the course was firm underfoot but the start and end of course was like a quagmire of mud as the horses don't race on these sections of the course. This year was another first for our junior endurance section returning to this event after a 2 year absence last taking part in 2014.
During this period the club has been developing with longer training sessions, regular drill work, Parkrun participation, increasing age group to join club, 2 regular training sessions (Wednesdays & Saturdays) which is a minimum for all other clubs, performance and development training groups and coach education.  The relays for the juniors are always hard to recruit from my point of view as you need all 3 age groups involved u13/15/17 which is a juggling act if one person decides to pull out or take part can have domino effect in organising the entry forms for teams.  Despite this we entered 2 Girls teams and 1 Boy teams.

Olivia after turning point
First out on the course was the under 13 girls were we had Olivia Hendry for team A and Eve Lindsay for team B. Both girls are 1st year under 13s and acquitted themselves well over the 2.5k course.  First and quickest female Harrier of the day was Olivia in 12.53 followed by Eve in 13.34. Next up for leg 2 was the Conneff sisters, Renee & Brooke, who were not phased about running the same leg. Renee was first back in 13.08 followed shortly by Brooke in 13.45 and this left the leg 3 runners to complete the relay. Normally this leg is primarily for under 17s but you can have an under 15 so you are up against experienced and strong runners. As the rest of the teams did both Freya and Lucy put in a good shift against the other clubs. Surprisingly Lucy ran a great leg and was second fastest female Harrier with a time of 12.55 with Freya, only being an under 15, completing her race in 13.06.  Team A's overall time was 39.07 and Team B 40.14. Next up the boys.

Patrick at start of leg 2
There was a few call offs with the boys and some persuading to encourage participation giving us 1 complete team. First up was Lewis Moir who had a plane to catch to the sun so was under orders to get round quick to get to the airport on time! This was Lewis's first cross country in this age group so he didn't know how he would fair amongst his peers. Lewis got round in 11.18 with training partner Patrick Saez taking the baton for leg 2. Patrick has had a good season and coming back to full fitness with a great time of 11.41 and taking on the last section of the relay was Louis Blake who like the girls race was up against some stiff competition. There was some confusion with Louis starting and he ended up going before Patrick returned so the officials don't have a time he left but only when returned. His official time was 8.49 but in real terms likely to be 11.49. These mistakes happen and this one of many reasons we encourage people to race to understand how the event goes on the day.
Overall great return for the junior endurance section to Scottish Athletics National Championships and the club goal is we continue this as the club and young athletes continue to develop.

Saturday, 14 October 2017


The teams are list here:

  Girls AGirls B
u13Leg 1Olivia HendryEve Lindsay
u15/13Leg 2Renee ConneffBrooke Conneff
u17/u15Leg 3Freya KaneLucy Saez

    Boys A Boys B
u13 Leg 1 Lewis Moir  
u15/13 Leg 2 Patrick Saez  
u17/u15 Leg 3 Louis Blake  

I need to declare these teams and running order in advance and collect your numbers, if anyone is no longer able to run, then please let me know this evening preferably and certainly by first thing tomorrow morning. 

As I said in the earlier blog we have 2 Young Female teams and 1 Young Male team running but have capacity for another team of 3 Young Male Athletes.

So if you want a run, please let me know this evening and I will update the teams.

This is a club event with juniors and seniors running, the weather is anticipated to be like today so lets see what Calderglen Harriers can do!



Teams for the XC relay on Sunday will be selected from the following names.

The plan is to meet at the main stand for 10:15am in Hamilton Park Racecourse (ML3 0DW). The 1st race is the Girls at 11.30am then the boys at 12:05pm. Can you remember to bring Calderglen Harrier vests and spikes/trail shoes.

Young Female entrants: Olivia Hendry, Eve Lindsay, Renee Conneff, Brooke Conneff, Freya Kane, Lucy Saez and Ashleigh Moir

Young Male entrants: Lewis Moir, Patrick Saez, Louis Blake, Ewan Tracey,  Fergus Kane, Chris McCarron

Will be running 2 Young Female Teams and 1 Young Male Team and there is option for a 2nd Young Male Team.

Anyone that wants to run let me know ASAP.

Anyone listed above that cannot race let me know asap.

Teams and running order will be posted later today (Saturday)

Monday, 2 October 2017


It was a fine Saturday morning for the Great Scottish Run (2.5k) in Glasgow city centre.We met up for 9am and proceeded to go for a warm up round the course. Racers were then called into pens depending on age (9-11) and (12-15). The call went out for the more serious  runners to be at the front. The gun went off and it was a  frantic dash along George Square before heading off into the Merchant City , along Argyle Street before heading back to George Square. 
There was some fine performances from the Harriers and hopefully we can build on this. The results were as follows:

Patrick 10.42
Fergus 11.27
Kai  11.42
Lewis 11 43
Ben 11.53
Freya 12.34
Lucy 12.59
Sophie  13.14
Anna 14.06
Ashley  14.08
Eve 14.34
Emma 14.52

Link to results page: http://greatscottishrun.com/results/
Thanks Mark for the report and good performances from all with big improvements from athletes from last year.



The Lanarkshire Road Relay Championship will take place within Drumpellier Park in Coatbridge on roads which are not open to traffic.The event takes place on Saturday 21st October. Details are as follows:

Race Start Time Age Group Distance
11.30 Under 11 Girls 3 x 1200 metres
11.50 Under 11 Boys 3 x 1200 metres
12.10 Under 13 Girls & Boys 3 X 2000 metres
12.45 Under 15 Girls & Boys 3 x 2400 metres
13.30 *Under 17 Men & Women 
13.30 Senior Men 4 x 4000 metres
13.30 Senior Ladies 3 x 4000 metres

* U17 men/women will not be allowed to run in Senior Men’s/Women’s teams.

Please note if you wish your child to be entered for this race I need names by Wednesday 11th October or make a comment on closed FB page post.

Mums & Dads, any family members:  LAAA state every club must provide a minimum of 2 officials / volunteers. Failure to do so will result in your club entries being declined. Let me know if you can.

Please see Richard at the club.


Rouken Glen Park Junior 2k Parkrun #45 - 01/10/17

Well done to Olivia for achieving Pb.

16th, Olivia Hendry, 9:21, 2nd junior parkrun & Pb by 10 seconds

102 runners in the field

Link to results: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/roukenglen-juniors/results/latestresults/

The Great Scottish Junior run was on Saturday 30th September. Photos and report pending.....

Tuesday, 26 September 2017


This time of year is very busy as it is the start of Cross Country and road racing championships. So over the next weeks & months there will be a constant request for young athletes to take part in races.  So to start looking ahead and putting the dates in the calendar here are dates & what details I have about races. As closer the race is and I will get more details to pass on.

1. West District XC Relay Championship, Sunday 15th October, Hamilton racecourse, (u13/15/17)

2. Lanarkshire AAA Road Relay Championship, Saturday 21st October, Drumpellier Park, Coatbridge (u11/15/17)

3. National XC Relay Championship, Saturday 28th October, Cumbernauld, (u13/15/17)

4. National Short Course XC Championship, Saturday 11th November, Kirkcaldy, (u15 & u17)

5. Lanarkshire AAA XC Championship, Saturday 25th November, Drumpellier Park, Coatbridge, (u11/15/17)

6. West District XC Championship, Saturday 9th December, Irvine, (u13/15/17)

7. National XC Championship, Saturday 24th February 2018, Callander Park, Falkirk (u13/15/17)

8. National Young Athletes Road Championships, Sunday 18th March 2018, Battery Park, Greenock, (u13/15/17)

Any athlete that is my training group will only be eligible to do the 2 under 11 races organised by Lanarkshire AAA. So there is limited races for this age group so bear in mind about deciding to run.

All the events are open to the older age groups coached by John & Mark. We recently split this group into a Performance Group & Development Group. Mark is coaching the Performance Group and all the athletes in this group should be racing unless you have a good excuse!  The Development Group is coached by John and this is optional to race but I would like everyone to try a race. Remember running is a solo sport so only you can push yourself to get better. Applying your training and practice racing is all part of your training.