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Updated: 2017-12-14T10:32:13.477+00:00

 



LONDON MARATHON CLUB PLACE

2017-12-13T09:47:27.065+00:00

The Harriers again have secured 1 place in the Virgin London Marathon. Anyone who entered the ballot and did not secure a place will have a rejection email and will therefore if they wish go into a draw for the club place. Please show your rejection email to any of the committee ( Kenny, Hugh or Russell ) before the 14th December and you will be entered into the draw. The draw will take place after training and the winner informed.



Gothenburg Training Camp - Where will we run?

2017-12-10T20:59:57.288+00:00

For those wondering what sort of terrain we will be running through on the "GTC" in July, Johan sent a few pictures through from his training run yesterday in the fantastic Skatås country park on the outskirts of Gothenburg, a place where I do much of my running when in Gothenburg with work. This may also help anyone still considering attending make up your mind (but do so quickly)! Johan wrote the following report to accompany the photos.Skatås recreational area is part of the Delsjön nature reserve area, some 700-800 hectares in all. The length of the running tracks in Skatås is probably in the range of 100-150 k in total. In Tupp and Solvikingarna (the two club's the guys belong to) we usually run on the 8-20k tracks (the 8k is quite easy but is special as it has lights in the morning before daylight comes on) of which there are several with different grades of difficulties and challenges.As you see on the photos is a mix of forest, lakes and a hill (Brudarebacken - to large extent an old waste tip). The running tracks includes everything from very well prepared to wet and slippery forest paths. It's just to choose. Some of the lakes are part of the water reservoir for Gothenburg. Normally the city tap water comes from the river (originating from the largest lake in Sweden Vänern) and stays a couple of days in some of the Delsjö lakes to sediment before going out in the pipes serving the city. Skatås was beautiful today (9th December) but will be even more beautiful in early July.All the bestJohan[...]



West District Cross Country Championships - Freezing but Fun

2017-12-10T20:50:41.792+00:00

After a few year's absence, the West District XC returned to the firm and fast course at Irvine Bogside on Saturday. With a record total entry across all the District championships, Irvine played its part with a particularly large field for the senior and masters ladies' race. Calderglen continued the trend with a fine turn out from our ladies. With temperatures only just above freezing, the course was firm everywhere except for the usual place on the home straight. This was an excellent introductory, longer distance cross country race for many of our ladies, some of whom had made their cross country debuts earlier this season on the 4km relays at Hamilton Park Race Course. This time the distance was about 6.7km (2 laps of the course) over a mixture of firm grass, twisty narrow paths through the gorse covered dunes and up and down a couple of short, sharp hills.Kay leads Emma on the start of lap 2 (photo by Gordon McInally)Our leading ladies were Kay Conneff and Emma Craig, both of whom are relative newcomers to cross country running and get better and better with every race. After a fast initial start by Emma, Kay eased ahead as the race progressed but they remained close all the way to the finish with Kay finishing in 45th position overall and an excellent 5th F40 in 30:19 with Emma just behind in 47th in 30:24. Frances Ferguson was not that far behind and would have had the battle ahead in sight as she finished in 31:12 in 64th position and a fantastic 3rd F50. According to the official (provisional) results, Holly Rankin and Julie Thomson dead heated on the line in a time of 36:13, something that we don't see between Harriers very often in individual races! Lorraine Buchanan and Allison Johnston seemed to be smiling more than most out on the course (although Lorraine later claimed to hate it!) and through good pace judgement were working their way through the field as the race progressed. Lorraine finished in 39:04 and Allison in 39:32. All the ladies have progressed hugely since joining the Harriers and we expect to see this continue with every race.The senior and masters men's field was not as large as I had expected, given the record overall entries, with just over 200. However, that was perhaps no bad thing as the dunes section of the course was very narrow and impossible to pass on so the fewer in the race the better! Winter colds had knocked out a few of the Harries entries but we still had an impressive 11 men lining up in vests and shorts on the day for the 3 lap, 10km course (accurately measured too according to the Garmins). The first 150m was wide open and great running before narrowing slightly between the first of the gorse sections followed by a sharp right turn. I decided to go quite fast for that first 150m to establish a position and then ease back for the narrow bit. What I hadn't noticed on the recce warm up lap was that there was a deep "crater" after about 100m. Both myself and one of the Cambuslang runners both found ourselves airborne at this crater with nothing under our feet and legs spinning cartoon style, which generated a bit of a laugh for both of us but fortunately we both stayed on our feet. By the time we reached the narrow part, the field was still quite bunched and all of a sudden we came virtually to a stop with some accidental pushing and shoving going on. It was at this point that Andy Buchanan decided to dart past me and the few in front of me to get a clearer run. I was happy to take a wee rest in the queue though! Thereafter the field thinned out and the running was good. Andy stayed about 5 to 20m in front of me for much of the race and I maintained a pretty constant pace. I noticed that Andy was fading on the third lap and coming back to me but when he spotted me on a tight turn, he spurted away again, a pattern that continued to the end. As we approached the bigger of the two hills for the last time, about 50m ahead, I spotted the Shettleston vest of one of the M50 runners selected ahead of me for the Scotland team (who [...]



SVHC XMAS HANDICAP

2017-12-10T21:23:44.121+00:00

Kay Conneff and Russell Couper made their way to Clydebank for the SVHC 5mile race. As we all know it was very cold but as we headed down the M77 into town the fog awaited us and stayed with us as we arrived in Clydebank. Minus 3 at the start with freezing fog in the air giving the impression it was snowing. Kay had a 30 minute handicap from the first runner with Russell starting at 23 minutes. After keeping warm in the car for as long as possible we headed out for a short warm up just before my start time giving Kay a little longer. With 5 runners off in front of me I was starting at the same time as another 2 runners but got my usual quick start to establish a gap hoping they would lose sight in the fog. By the turning point at 2.5m I had caught 1 but the other 4 were still a long way in front and I also shortly noticed the runner starting 1 minute behind me was only about 15 secs down so I was going to get caught. Not long on the return and you get to see all the others that are chasing and the approximate gap you still have and this also let me see Kay running as always with a smile beaming across her face and closing at a rate that could make it close by the end. 2miles to go and as expected I was caught and couldn't keep up. Eventually out of the fog I could see Willie Drysdale the 1st starter and quickly passed and with 0.5mile to go I caught another but never seen the 3 still in front till the end. I crossed the line with a scratch time of 42.23 only 4 secs over my prediction and winning the trophy for closest to the predicted time. After a quick recovery of breathing Kay came over the line just 41 secs behind me with a scratch time of 36.04. This was Kay's first SVHC run and she thoroughly enjoyed it. We then had a laugh when we noticed I had drops of ice hanging from the hairs on my legs. Back to the Sea Scouts hall for a few hot cups of coffee and cake and the prizegiving and raffle. The winner was Gillian McGale from Springburn Harriers (you may know her husband Tony who came on the Brampton bus a few years ago) with a scratch time of 39.06 and the fastest runner of the day was Neil Robbins from Hamilton Harriers 30.36. Agood day despite the cold.



WEST DISTRICT XC ( IRVINE ) INSTRUCTIONS

2017-12-07T22:25:03.018+00:00

This years West District XC will be held in Irvine on the 9th Dec.
Race is 6.4k for Ladies and 10k for men.
Start times are 13.00 for Ladies and 14.00 for men.
Cost is £6.50 per athlete and should be paid in advance.
I need names by Thursday 23rd Nov.
If you wish entered please leave your name HERE.
Those already registered are listed HERE.

Some are leaving from the club at 10.45am so if you need a lift or wish to travel together be there for this time. I wish Ladies to be at the course for midday and the men by 13.00. I will pick up the numbers and be at the course.



Christmas Handicap 2017 -

2017-12-06T23:02:54.397+00:00

The Christmas handicap was another fun run in good weather with great support from the harriers friends and families. There was a fantastic turn out from the Harriers with a wide range of costumes from flying ladybirds to cheerleaders with the odd superhero and a large compliment of elves.
The winner was Neil Green in his 118 outfit. Neil wins the trophy to keep for the coming year. Martin Duthie was second, crossing the line together with Neil. The Geisha girl Marion O'Connor finished in third place.
The Harriers will be aware that Martin Duthie makes an annual award of £100 divided between the 1st three runners to give to charity.
Thanks go from all the Harriers to Martin for his kind donation.
Kenny
(ps - we need some better photos than this suspicious pair! Please e-mail them to Alan if you have any).

Thanks to Liz Simpson for the fantastic set of photos in this album.
Click here for results

Note that Richard's time should be 28:45 & Stephen Phimister 27:04.




Some Brampton Photos

2017-12-03T19:28:46.498+00:00

Additional photos from the Brampton prize giving are now on-line here, courtesy of Frances.
Alan



Sports Club Charity Event

2017-12-03T19:08:03.766+00:00





Gothenburg Training Camp Update

2017-11-27T08:57:53.475+00:00

Update - note my typing error below - flights are 60 quid each way as said in the original GTC post, not 60 quid return as I said below.

Following a very encouraging expression of interest in the "GTC" (see the original post here), Johan has provisionally booked 2 harbour front cabins at the Kajkanten on the island of Vrångö from 6th to 9th July 2018. These cabins have two floors and can take up to 7 per cabin but Johan reckons that 5 is a comfortable maximum per cabin. We will also have accommodation on Johan's yacht and possibly one other, which will be berthed in the harbour. Johan is also trying to see if the holiday homes belonging to one of his running club members could be available, which are located about 100m from the cabins. If these options become available, the accommodation costs could come down but for now we will work on the basis of the guaranteed accommodation in the cabins. The refined costs are as follows (splitting the cabin costs across the number of people interested in going):


  • Flights (£60 per person EACH WAY at the moment. Could go up or down)
  • Baggage (£50 per person return)
  • Airport transfer (£16.50 return - may not be necessary if Johan and the guys can pick us up)
  • Local 3-day travel ticket (£15.23 for trams, ferries, etc. U20's go free with an adult)
  • Cabins Friday to Monday (£120/person)
  • Food and drink (Depends?????)

I would recommend that those who are still interested book the Ryanair tickets now whilst the prices are low (Friday 6th July, Edinburgh to Gothenburg Landvetter; Monday 9th July Gothenburg Landvetter to Edinburgh) and let me know when you have done so. You can add the baggage to your flight booking later.

If you have not put your name down yet but are interested, then please use the form link on the original GTC post to do so. If you are no longer interested, then please let me know and I shall cross you off the list.

I recommend we start saving/paying up the balance from January, giving us 6 months to save about £200 (excluding the flights and food/drink). As noted, the total could be less depending on final accommodation.
Alan



Brampton Race Report 2017

2017-12-03T19:21:37.468+00:00

More photos from Frances of the prize giving are here.It was a perfect day for a race. Sun shining, no wind and a bus load of race hungry harriers ready and primed for action. This race has changed start  times, and even race days, from Saturday to Sunday in recent years and still remains a huge favourite being the longest running 10 mile race in Britain.It has long been an annual fixture for the Harriers and against a high quality field we often pick up a few prizes.Gordon got us all together for  the annual communal photograph and at the insistence from a  demanding  set of runners Kenny roused us with an inspirational (?) refrain. ( I seem to remember he mentioned how it was a great day for a race )Our secret ( and not so secret ) warm ups underway we all started out on the first fast mile.  We had Chas, Gerry, Andy and Stuart with over a hundred Bramptons between and some of our more recent members running their1st  2nd or 3rd races. A key feature of this year was the very welcome record breaking numbers of women harriers who made their presence felt both on the run and on the bus, particularly on the way home. The lack of wind and the cold clear skies meant conditions were ideal for PBs.When the race started Ross Mullen, Andy Buchanan and Julie Beveridge were soon out of sight of the rest of us, and they each finished strongly in 58.59, 61.44 and 65.38  respectively. We really need to get Ross to join the Harriers.Kenny Leinster was next harrier home in 69.15  with Andy Henderson having a great run finishing in 71.24 and 4 th in his age group.Frances Maxwell was 2nd female harrier in 71.34 and second in her age group with Jim Holmes hot on her tail in a time of 72.14. Kirsty Wilson had a strong run coming in with 73.38 followed by Sharon Greig who gets stronger with each race in a time of 75.10. Sharon's strong finish meant that with Julie and Frances they picked up 2nd place in the  Masters team prize.Paul Rooney, making his own way down to Brampton, kept up his high standard in races by coming in on 77.15. With three family members in the race Gerry Mullen showed that experience can get the better of youth by finishing ahead of his son Michael in 78.08, Michael recording 78.59.Gerry now collects "Bramptons" as if they were Munros.On his way back from injury John Boyd was pleased with his strong finish and managed a time of 82.18 followed by Stuart Waugh who didnt feel great from the start  in a time of 83.43. He was probably contrasting the cold morning with the weather Maude and he  will be enjoying in The Bahamas for the next 10 days.Gordon McInally is still recovering from a series of injuries/operations but despite this managed a highly credible time of 84.43.Achieving  a PB by 6 minutes meant that Sandy Hayden was a happy harrier on the way home after finishing in 85.22. Shona Morton and AnnMcLellan finshed close together in 87.31 and 87.59 with Julie Thomson taking Russell Couper's scalp in 89.08. "These women are putting me under pressure" Russell was heard to (m)utter shortly after crossing the line in 89.38. This was reinforced by Lorraine Buchanan setting a five minute  PB in a time of 91.22.Alison Johnstone, in characteristic  style, came in with a smile on her face  in a time of 93.40 with Chas Steven completing over 30 Bramptons close behind in 95.04.Mary Goldsmith and Laura Gillies finished in the same time of 106.25.Eddie Reid has been struggling in recent weeks and soon after starting he opted for a lift to Carlise and gave encouragement to the Harriers as we came in to the finish line.Frances & Julie receive their prizesAt the prize giving Julie deservedly won 9th woman  and was also second in her age group. Frances was second in her age group and they were joined by Sharon[...]



Christmas Handicap Fun Run 2017

2017-11-26T17:32:51.406+00:00

Date for your diary.......

Just reminder about Christmas Handicap it is next week.
 
I have organised this years Christmas Fun Run at the Sports Club for Sunday 3rd December which is only 4 weeks away.

The rational for the date was all the cross country and road relays were a week later this year and the usual weekend the West District XC is on the Saturday.  This left me with choosing the Sunday after the Harriers Christmas Do or the earlier date. So to avoid people running with sore heads and post party dehydration I went for the later.

Another change this year is we will meet in the bar as there is another event booked in for the hall.
 
As usual the better the fancy dress the more consideration Alan will give to your time handicap. The bar will be open from 9.30am and our first event will be the Juniors followed by the Senior run.
 
The juniors will start for 10am with senior race at 1100am. 
 
As usual for the junior and senior races its bring a prize and receive a prize.
 
Richard



CALDERGLEN HARRIER HATS

2017-11-23T21:56:15.629+00:00


As our winter training progresses the autumn weather gets colder you could benefit from keeping yourself warm and maximising your body heat during training nights. Then look no further than a Calderglen Harrier commemorative hat. In 2014 Calderglen Harriers had their 30th anniversary and as part of those celebrations we got commemorative hats for members.  I have a final stock of 16 exclusive commemorative hats which are available at a cost of £3.
 
If you looking for a Christmas stocking filler for your loved one(s), any new members to the club, existing members looking to renew their well worn hat or any other family or friends wish to purchase such a fetching hat then just speak to me on Monday and Thursday training nights. Alternatively leave a note on the blog.
 
Richard



Brampton Race Archive

2017-11-18T17:00:51.086+00:00

As we have been running this race too long to fit all the Harriers' times on a single sheet of A4 paper, click this link to go to a searchable list of all the times recorded by Harriers since 1984 to 2016 (note that 2009 was a shortened course due to extreme floods). Click the "Filter" button to filter by surname, forename, year, etc (multiple fields can be added by clicking the "filter" button multiple times).

Best of luck to all running.
Alan



CALDERGLEN HARRIERS AGM

2017-11-16T22:38:02.305+00:00

The AGM this year will be held on Thursday 7th December at 8.15pm.
The run this night will start at 7.00pm to allow you time to get back and showered for the meeting.
Nominations are welcome for the committee posts and should be put in writing to the secretary.
Any proposals should also be put in writing to the club secretary.
Over the years its noticeable that a lot of members don't come to this and for many reasons.
Can I urge you to come along if you can as its your club and it needs your input.



BRAMPTON FINAL INSTRUCTIONS

2017-11-18T20:12:22.628+00:00

The timetable for Sunday is as follows
8.00  Bus departs the Sports Club ( DONT BE LATE )
11.15  Bus departs Brampton to go to Carlisle.
11.30   Race starts
15.30  Bus leaves Carlisle to go to Moffat
19.30  Bus leaves Moffat returns to East Kilbride.

The bus will go direct to Brampton so bring food and refreshments with you.

REGARDING THE COMMENT BELOW ABOUT SHOWERS/CHANGING AT THE SANDS CENTRE IVE SPOKEN WITH THE RACE DIRECTOR AND THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE.



Glen Ogle 33 Saturday 4th November

2017-11-14T15:33:50.415+00:00

The night before the race a friend described it as 'the last day of school' and, as the final ultra of the Scottish season, it did indeed have that end-of-term, don't take anything too seriously feel to it. It may have been down to business as usual for the front-runners but Ruth, Jim and I were just damned glad to be there. I had only managed around five weeks of  training since June and both Ruth and Jim had experienced their own injury problems in recent weeks, achilles and suspected shin splints respectively. Our longest runs since the summer were somewhere in the high teens for the two of them whereas I had only managed around 14, hardly ideal preparation for a hilly 33 mile race.Nonetheless we pitched up to the start line having seemingly recovered enough to give us hope we wouldn't embarrass ourselves too much, after all we do have reputations to keep up - Jim now being a WHWR finisher and Ruth having conquered the Great Glen. Not content with coping with injury Jim, due to childcare difficulties, also had to get out of bed at some ungodly hour in order to be at race registration in Killin for seven o'clock unlike Ruth and I who had a leisurely stroll across the road from our hotel.The start was typically BaM (standing for Bill and Mike, the joint organisers of four such ultras each year in Scotland, also known at their web address of www.runyabam), low-key and relaxed and we had plenty of time to have our photo taken together as we waited for the gun. I say gun but I think Bill simply shouted go and that was it, we were well back so didn't hear a thing!A picture of optimismIf you've read or heard the story of Gobi, the dog brought back to this country by his ultra running adopted owner Dion Leonard of Edinburgh, you'll understand dog-lover Ruth's excitement at finally meeting him at the start of the race, Gobi that is, not Dion. She dashed off into a crowd of people leaving Jim and I to stand there wondering what was going on.Canine celebrity meetings over the race was finally underway and the 423 starters ran, plodded and shuffled their way along the meandering road through Killin, over the bridge at the lively Falls of Dochart and eventually turning off the tarmac and onto the first of many forest tracks. This led almost immediately to the biggest climb of the race up and out of the village and had most of the field walking.We walked up the ascent and stayed together heading down the other side to the crossing over the A85, leading to the famous Glen Ogle viaduct, below.Other than a heavy shower of rain (I even had to take my sunglasses off) the first half of the race passed uneventfully except for meeting Gobi again on the road to Balquidder...You'll have to take my word for it that that is Ruth with Gobi. Apologies for perhaps the worst photo I've ever posted, my phone camera was playing up!Just after the road crossing around the half way point we had a slight mishap, climbing through the forest we intersected a forest road with no signage and the path we were on continued on the other side giving us a choice of three routes. Going with the 'if there's no sign telling you to turn off then stick to the way you're going' philosophy Ruth and I started to climb up the other side while Jim hung about at the junction waiting for a friend of mine I'd been talking to earlier who had done the race before. If you look closely at my Garmin trace you'll see an extra squiggle at the bottom which is where Ruth and I had to retrace our steps with our tails between our legs, it turned out we should have gone left, doh!Drama over we carried on for about two miles along a very pleasant gradual downhill, endured another [...]



WHO STOLE ALL THE MUD

2017-11-11T18:10:17.377+00:00

I don't think ive ever ran a drier cross country as the one we had today in Kirkcaldy. Shoes are still clean and no mud to clean off the legs.It was a relatively flat course of 2 laps with a couple of twists and turns with the only real uphill off the start line. After the Junior races the Ladies lined up alongside Olympian Laura Muir. This was Calderglens chance to put themselves on the world stage but it wasn't to be as Laura won the race by a distance but we had some great performances from our Ladies. Julie Beveridge who has been suffering with a cold this week still came out on top and looked strong throughout finishing in 16.50.Joanne continues to look stronger every race she does just now and with another fine performance today finishing in 17.11. Frances Ferguson never one to miss a race will remember the days when she was the solo representative for the club in races like this. She had a bit of a race on today with Kirsty Wilson who after a good start picked up an ankle injury due to a photographer getting too close to the athletes. Eventually Kirsty was overhauled by Frances and had to get the ankle strapped up by the medical team once finished. Frances ran 17.58 with Kirsty 18.07 (hope the ankle recovers quickly). Sandy Hayden was our next harrier to finish but after admitting she had been out all night on Thursday I'm surprised she made the start line. Better rested I'm sure she will continue to reduce her times (20.20). Finally Lorraine Buchanan taking approx. 2 mins off her time at Hamilton continues to go from strength to strength and wont be long before shes clipping my heels in other races running a time today of 22.22.Next up was the mens race and we had 6 running in this too. A field of just over 400 so the usual cavalry charge up the hill to the 1st corner and I found myself dropping towards the back as expected. The rest of the Harriers I could see in front finding there places within the field. I found myself with a 25metre gap in front and a couple of guys on my shoulder so had to keep working hard to keep them behind ( didn't want to drop to the back as ive been there before in this event). Eventually I had moved away from them by the end of lap 1 and had the 25 metres to the next couple in front of me so started to pull them in with a little bit extra effort and passed them early on the 2nd lap and found I had a 40 metre gap to the next one up but felt I was running faster than him so kept working and got him with a fair bit to go probably about 700m. My next target was another 40 metres in front but was running out of race and so it was to be as he finished about 15 metres in front of me but satisfied that I was catching and passing on the 2nd lap. Our 1st Harriers was Andrew Buchanan continueing his strong performances this year with 15.01. Next in was Stephen Phimister who decided after Cumbernauld he needed more of these races ran another great race coming home in 16.13 a big improvement on Cumbernauld. Making one of his rare race appearances was Geo Ferguson giving Richard Lawton a run for his money. The 2 of them had a close battle most of the way with Goe moving well enough clear on the 2nd lap Geo running 18.14 and Richard 18.32. Gordon McInally is still a wee bit out of sorts with his running but his performances are still strong and will get better. He was the only one I kept in sight throughout the race with him going well clear early on but the gap staying much the same on lap 2. Gordon finished in 19.31 with myself finishing in 20.30.A good course for the event but could do with about 10 days rain on it. I know we moan about mud but it is cross country an[...]



NATIONAL SHORT COURSE XC ( KIRKCALDY ) FINAL INSTRUCTIONS

2017-11-09T22:38:00.786+00:00

Some are leaving from the Sports Club at 10am for anyone needing a lift.
On Saturday we have 7 Ladies and 9 Men running at Kirkcaldy.
I will pick up the numbers from registration and bring them to the course.
No one else will be allowed to park at registration
You can park at NHS car park off Whytemans Brae next to the course.
You will get a number and disposable chip. For the Veterans there will also be an age category number for your back.
Ladies start at 12.40 with the Men at 13.05 but I would like you to be there for 11.50 at the latest to allow warm ups etc. Please allow plenty travel time.

Those running are F Ferguson, K Wilson, S Hayden, J Beveridge, J McEvoy, E Craig and L Buchanan.
R Couper, A Derrick, G McInally, A Buchanan, J Holmes, G Ferguson, R Lawton, A McLellan and S Phimister.

If anyone is not going to make it please let me know asap and at the latest early Saturday so I don't register you.

For those wanting to travel from the Sports Club arrangements will be made on Thursday night.



GTC (Gothenburg Training Camp) 2018

2017-11-05T18:47:59.355+00:00

Having participated in the TTC for the past two years, Johan and our running friends from Sweden are very keen to host a number of us (say 5 to 10) for a running/socialising weekend in the vicinity of Gothenburg next Summer.The suggested venue is the island of Vrångö, just outside Gothenburg (Swedish lesson #1, the word for island is in fact the letter "ö") which can be accessed via the commuter ferry service (we can get a 3 day public transport pass for about £17 each which covers the ferry, buses and trams in and around Gothenburg). At least one of the runs would be on the island (Johan reckons an 8km run can be squeezed in on the island without running laps, so good for a Friday night), the rest of the runs would be on the mainland, most likely in the Skatås country park which has miles and miles of trails; I have been lost there many times).The difficult thing as always is finding a date. Due to Johan's holidays (along with most of the rest of Sweden), we have to be early July or mid-August (by which time Scottish schools are back so likely not to be suitable). Therefore, the initial proposal is Friday 6th to Monday 9th July 2018. Why those days? The only direct flights from Scotland to Gothenburg are with Ryanair from Edinburgh Airport and they fly only on Fridays and Mondays, a route I am all too familiar with through work. The current cost of the flights on these days is a very reasonable £59.99 each way (plus luggage cost each way). On top of that there would be the accommodation costs on the island, local transport and some meals which is very roughly in the £150 to £200 range depending on what we manage to arrange for accommodation.Here are Johan's initial thoughts:Accommodations and base camp. Stuga (Swedish for cabin) would be best for sure. My preference would be hosting you on Vrångö http://www.styrso.info/vrango/ (in Swedish but you will understand). There are some options like http://kajkantenvrango.se/en/ which is quite new and fresh. If we have base on Vrångö I could go with my saling boat (some extra beds) and Mats could do as well. Selfhousing with breakfast and us arranging dinner (barbeque etc) will be convenient. The costs looks like 1 000 SEK/person/3 nights. Maybee we can do it cheaper, Philip (Tupp) owns at least 3 houses on the island. I will check with him.Liseberg Camping next to Skatås is also an option http://liseberg.com/en/home/Accommodation/ What I could see the cost level looks at same level as Vrango.Logistics. If you don’t come all harriers (which would be great) we will solve the transportation up to Skatås (from Saltholmen where the ferry from Vrångö comes in) using private cars or fix a couple of vans (Volvo…). You will need a ticket for the ferry which is approx. 170 SEK for a 3-day full Gothenburg travel.Food. Breakfast we buy and arrange ourselves if you stay in Stuga. Same as TTC. Lunch we could also prepare and bring to keep costs down. Three dinners could very well be arrange at selfcartering if we stay at Vrångö. Ulf promise to be barbeque chef one evening, myself I can arrange a seafood evening and together we surely fix the third dinner. Refreshments we buy (systembolaget) ourselves.Costs all in all. A wild guess would be something in range of 150-200 GBP for accommodation, transport and food. Then comes “out of pocket” expenses but it’s personal anyhow.Could those who are interested and think they have a realistic chance of attending (i.e. don't put your name down if you think it is a great idea but know you can't participate) [...]



A TTC date for next September

2017-11-05T18:04:52.435+00:00

To avoid being pushed into October again, we have already booked the Leny Estate cabins for next year's Trossachs Training Camp. Even then we are on to our second choice weekend. The dates for your diary are Friday 14th September to Sunday 16th September 2018. We shall take bookings from around May next year.
Alan



Quiz Night - This Friday

2017-10-31T22:16:25.883+00:00

The annual quiz to raise funds for Jim Holmes' mum's church takes place at 19:30 this Friday in the British Legion in EK. Entry is £5 per person at the door. Lets try to get a team or two together. No race on Saturday to save yourself for. Calderglen have regularly displayed their ability (I'm not saying what level of ability though) at this fun event!
Alan



Wind Swept in Cumbernauld

2017-10-31T22:26:04.150+00:00

Joanne on a charge downhillIt is often wet and windy in Cumbernauld for the annual National Cross Country Relays, so we had to count ourselves lucky that on Saturday it was just windy. Very windy! After a strong start to the season by our ladies, we had a somewhat reduced turnout for Cumbernauld with only Joanne McEvoy and Frances Ferguson taking part to form half a team of four. However, this meant that there were good Grand Prix points available for both Joanne and Frances. Joanne was on the first leg of the undulating 4km course. Underfoot conditions were not as muddy as they sometimes are however, the winds were gusting to 50mph and were directly against the runners on the longest ascent up the middle of the course, making forward progress difficult in some cases. Joanne ran strongly to finish in 17:15, 12 seconds faster than last year and one of her fastest times on this course. Frances also set one of her fastest times for some years, gaining a few places to cross the line in 18:11. Although difficult to work out from the official results (as W50's running for senior or F40 teams are listed separately), this looks like a 6th best F50 time in a very large field.Frances on leg 2 (leg 1 is off the ground)The men had two teams of 4 and an M50 team of 3 competing. However, first task of the day was putting up the club tent which had been driven to the venue by Kenny and then manhandled cross country by Eddie and Gordon to our chosen spot in a natural hollow slightly out of the wind. All would have been well had we not lost all the tent pegs meaning that the club tent briefly became the club hang glider as it took off in a strong gust (we were not the only club to suffer this). Top scavenger Jim Holmes and others came to the rescue, finding several large tree branches with which to weigh the tent down. We also needed Harriers on permanent ballast duty, sitting on a chair inside the tent. I acted as a tent peg for a while too and that was pretty much my best contribution of the day as I was struggling on the running front.This tent is going nowhere!The A team was led off by Mark Saez who battled in the midst of a huge field to finish in 14:57 in 69th position. Andrew Buchanan intention was to run a more consistent effort than he had the previous week and this he did, pulling back 11 places to finish in 14:50. Stephen Phimister had not raced here since 2008 and due to recent injuries/missed training was not particularly looking forward to the race. However, he is now back and has the taste for these short, sharp races after running a time of 16:51 and 68th position, a drop of only a minute in 9 years which is not at all bad. Finally, having provided the branches to anchor the tent, Jim Holmes now had to anchor the team. Jim finished in 18:41 and 73rd position.Andy Buchanan stretches outRichard Lawton was first leg runner for the B (Masters team) and demonstrated that although he is not yet in the form of last year, he is running well enough, recording a time of 18:45. Gordon McInally continued his Grand Prix campaign on leg 2 with a time exactly one minute behind Richard, 19:45. Russell had a chance to shine on leg 3 for a change and hauled himself around in 21:14, only about 48 seconds down on last year. Finally, John Boyd did his first every cross country race. The last leg is a lonely experience and pace judgement is difficult with no runners around to latch on to. Therefore John ran well to record a time of 21:04 and he will hopefully get the chance to bui[...]



Cumbernauld Teams 2017

2017-10-27T22:37:08.059+01:00

The teams for tomorrow are listed here. Note that M50 teams are three legs, all other senior and M40 teams (as far as our entrants are concerned) are 4 legs.

Check out this important Final Information issued by Scottish Athletics regarding the shuttle bus service, parking, chip timing, numbers, etc. Other information, maps, etc are here.

The parking/shuttle bus is at:
St Maurice’s High School
North Road
Cumbernauld
G68 9AG

See post below for further details of when to be there, car sharing, etc.
Alan



National XC Relays ( Cumbernauld )

2017-10-27T22:36:27.258+01:00

A few withdrawals due to injuries and illness tonight so even more places available for anyone that wants to run. Also note that cars will be leaving sports club at 1200 on Saturday for anyone needing a lift. Russell needs the men to be there at 13:45 at the latest (i.e. one hour before the race start) to hand out numbers. I will post the teams Friday evening. Alan

The following are entered for the National XC Relays this coming Saturday.
Alan will select the teams and running order and post on Friday evening.

F Ferguson, E Craig and J McEvoy.
R Couper, A Derrick, R Lawton, G McInally, A Henderson, J Holmes, A Buchanan.
A McLellan, S Phimister, M Saez, K Leinster and J Boyd. E. Reid

There are 6 places left for the Ladies and 6 for the Men so if anyone wants a run let me know and I will check your on the reserve list.
Anyone named above that can no longer make it let Alan or Russell know.



Performance Award Self-Service

2017-10-27T21:41:32.682+01:00

Time to think about performance awards  and pb's set during the season from 1st October 2016 until 30th September 2017. Can I ask everyone to follow the instructions below and enter any performances which you believe are eligible. Note the special instructions below in red for those of you using iPhones or iPads to enter the date data (which is assumed to be still valid for even the latest iPads and iPhones). Some of you have already been entering the data as the year has progressed. You can see all the data already entered using the links in the original post below. Thanks to both Julies (Beveridge and Thomson) for entering their performance award and PB data recently. Ask me if you have any questions or problems. You can also start entering data for 2017-2018 season using the same forms below.

I have now had the opportunity to try the data entry forms on an iPhone and can see what the problem is with iPhones and iPads. The problem is that any dates have to be entered in American format (Month/Day/Year) rather than UK format (Day/Month/Year). For example, to enter a race date of 20th November 2016, fill in the date field as follows: 11/20/2016. The iPhone/iPad also seems to default to displaying the current year 2017. Delete that and replace with 2016 or whatever the year you need is.

To make gathering the data for the annual performance awards more efficient, could I ask all who believe they have set a performance standard at 5k, 10k, 10 mile, half marathon or marathon to:

  1. check your performance against the tables for the various age groups (women, men)
  2. use this form to enter the details of your performance.
  3. repeat steps 1 and 2 for each race.

You can see the data gathered so far in this spreadsheet.

Similarly for new absolute or age group pb's, use this form to record the PB details. All the data gathered since we started this system last year are listed here.

Any questions or problems then leave a comment or get in touch with me. As always, these forms are untested on Apple devices but do work fine on Android devices and Windows PC's running the Chrome browser.
Alan