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Volunteers Wanted

Can you help? - Victoria Park Athletic Club is run by dedicated volunteers. The club would not exist or provide the service to athletes from the community we serve without the support of our volunteers.

 We're constantly recruiting and training coaches to support our athletes on each of our four training evenings. There is no minimum commitment required and you don't need to have a background in athletics in particular or sport in general. We welcome all volunteers and full training will be provided by the club.

If you would like to be involved in coaching at any level, please contact  Gordon Innes (Secretary).


Duncan MacFarlane

One of our life members who was part of the Victoria Park team that won the English AAA’s Cross Country Championships in 1952, Duncan MacFarlane, passed away on the 18th of August this year.  We’ve only now received an obituary which is shown below.  Duncan is shown in the center of the five at the back of the picture.

Duncan MacFarlane

The world was quite a different place 96 years ago when Duncan Macfarlane was born. His parents lived in a small tied cottage on the side of Loch Lomond. They had both served in the First World War, his father as a Lovat Scout at Gallipoli and his mother as a nurse, and this was in 1921, only 3 years later.

They almost lost him to pneumonia when he was small, before the days of antibiotics, but, after a long illness, he somehow survived.

His father moved to a post as driver and gardener for Lord Primrose in Garail House, Dunoon. He and his 2 younger brothers grew up running around the farms and hills, helping with the horses, hay cutting and harvests, working with their father in the gardens.

Then, when he was 15, the school science teacher brought in a cine projector and showed the boys a film of Jack Lovelock racing clear of the pack to win the 1500m in the 1936 Olympics. Young Duncan was transfixed, he'd never seen anything like it.

A passion was born. He loved racing, joining Athletics clubs at school and university and fitting in as much cross country and track racing as he could. Later he joined the Victoria Park Harriers, training with them twice a week and racing most weekends. Athletics was a huge sport in those days, with clubs in every wee town putting on race meets and young athletes travelling all over the country to compete, mostly by public transport. The prizes were often put up by local businesses, which sometimes led to interesting challenges like trying to get the first prize chest of drawers or armchair home on the bus!

He was a good enough runner to win several trophies and prizes, individually in Open Mile and Two Mile races, and also as part of teams which included the great Scottish athlete Andy Forbes, who was like the Calum Hawkins of the day, an inspiring local athlete who could take on the best in the world. Duncan loved to run as part of a team, whether it was the 4x1 mile relays on the track, the longer road relays (Edinburgh to Glasgow, Dundee Kingsway and London to Brighton for example) or cross country races where every single place you gained might make the difference that got your team onto on the podium. There was nothing like the present day tradition of 10k and half marathon road races every weekend and outside of the Cross Country season most racing opportunities were on tracks. He was generally considered a ‘miler’ but actually preferred running further and felt the longer distances of cross country (often 9 miles) and the legs in road relay races suited his strengths better.

So many athletes would gather for competitions that there was little space to change or warm up - the milers used to enter half mile races, not to compete but to get a warm up before their own races which were run later. It made for an exhausting day if they got caught up in the moment and ran well enough in the heats to get a place in the half mile final by accident!

Duncan was exempted from call-up in WW2, being in an ‘essential occupation’ in the Blood Transfusion Authority, but always thought he should have been allowed to go. He already had his train ticket to travel but it was cancelled at the last minute and he instead joined the home guard.  In later years he told stories of their Dad's Army style exploits, running around shooting at paper targets of German invaders in the woods, manning the Home Guard Hut in teams 24hrs a day, and being issued with a strict 4 bullets each for their rifles. He said there was also a Sten Gun in the Hut, but they had no bullets for that!

One of his favourite races was the Edinburgh to Glasgow Relay Race, and he ran 3 times  for Victoria Park A.A.C. on different legs of this in successive years. A very proud memory was running 3rd leg in the VP team who won the race, with a new course record time, in 1950. But the feat actually that got his name (as ‘Dunkie McFarlane’), into Scottish distance running history was being a ‘counter’ in the Victoria Park A.A.C. team who famously won the ENGLISH Club Cross Country championships in 1952.

He perhaps missed his best years of Cross Country when national competitions were suspended during the war, but, starting in the 1946/47 season, went on to compete in no less than 18 successive years in the Scottish Cross Country Championships at Hamilton Race Course. One memorable cross country race he recalled, there was a really hard winter (1951?) and the frost hadn't lifted for 10 weeks. The day of the race the snow was lying 18 inches deep, with the frozen ground like iron underneath it. Fortunately for the senior runners, their race was last and a narrow path through the snow had been beaten by the feet of the earlier racers. Even so, the going was so brutal that Duncan lost a toenail…his feet were so cold that he didn't realise until after the race when he took off his running shoes and saw the blood! They were made of sterner stuff in those days, nowadays races are cancelled for a couple of inches of snow!

He was proud to have been working in a public hospital, Ayrshire Central, the day the NHS began, and was a staunch supporter of the NHS and public medicine all his days. It was also there that he met his wife, Shirley, who came to work in the Pharmacy where he was Deputy Chief.

His running travels took him to Ireland where there was no rationing - this was just after the war when there were few luxuries here and he was able to bring back sumptuous gifts like boxes of chocolates to woo his sweetheart. She must have been impressed, because when it became clear he was expecting her to be his wife she didn't complain, despite telling people many times over the years that there never was an actual formal proposal! They went on to celebrate 64 years of marriage and 6 children together.

Before they could marry, Duncan thought he ought to have a ‘Chief Pharmacist’ post, and the post that came up first was in Dumfries. In 1951 he came down to start work, and discovered the pharmacy and surgical stores stacked to the ceiling with giant rolls of gauze and lint. Each hospital in the country had had a wartime ration of surgical supplies and they'd never been cancelled but just kept on arriving and being piled up. His brother came down and the pair of them rolled up their sleeves and spent a week hefting the huge rolls out before he started.

He was involved in setting up and running the Dumfries Amateur Athletics Club and made new running friends in the area, but still retained membership of Victoria Park as his first claim club. He ran in the first ever Brampton to Carlisle road race, and as secretary of the DAAC took a key role in organising the club and local races, as well as continuing to run with a new generation of younger athletes. One former clubmate, now in his 80s, remembers him as being a true gent, and surprisingly fast for an old guy!

Duncan reluctantly gave up competitive running when he was in his 40s, which was considered old for a runner at the time. He stayed involved with sports; curling, bowling and golfing as well as playing amateur football into his 50s. He was always willing to take responsibility and be one of the organisers in all his sports. He also had a sharp mind for detail and, as well as encyclopaedic knowledge of sport history, usually had up to date facts and commentary, getting into passionate debate about most sports with the slightest invitation, especially football, running and golf. A good man to have in your pub quiz team!

Although he played a bit of golf as a child, he only took it up seriously in his 40s when he felt he was too old for the running. Even so, he managed to play a mean game of golf to a handicap of 12 for many years. There was great excitement in the family when Duncan got a mention in the Sunday Post and special putter for getting a hole-in-one. He was still managing to regularly play a few holes well into his 80s and last played on his 90th birthday.

In his professional life he was promoted to Chief Administrative Pharmaceutical Officer for Dumfries and Galloway and was responsible for services across the region - including managing his own wife! - until he retired from the NHS at the age of 64.

He and his wife stayed active as they got older, climbing hills, finding flowers, especially orchids, all over Scotland. Their idea of a fun day out was hiking 10 miles through bogs to find a particular orchid that only flowered for a week every year! For Duncan's 70th birthday, they had a picnic. On top of Criffel, the highest local hill. In the snow!

He was quite envious of the greater opportunities that became available for veteran runners, and wished he had been able to run longer.

He loved the fact that his adult daughters and grand-daughter got into running, relished every muddy detail of each race report, and beamed with pride at every single medal, trophy, or personal best time. In recent years, when walking became increasingly painful and difficult for him, he often said (with a smile) that when he was dreaming he could still run fast enough to feel the wind in his face!

Well into his 90s, even when he was in constant pain, he battled for his mobility, and refused to just lie down. He fought and won several times with serious illness, regaining his sparky curiosity and humour, but losing a little bit more energy each time. He stayed closer to home, not liking old friends to see him diminished.

And he took hard the loss of his wee brother, sister in law and most of his lifelong friends. It's a hard thing to outlive so many people you love.

Duncanwas an immense life force who gave his energy, time and commitment without hesitation, to family, work, sport and community life over his whole, impressively long lifetime. He was true gentleman, a proud father and a loyal friend, loved and respected by everyone who knew him, and never had a bad word to say about anyone.

A good life, well lived. We will miss him.

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Julie McDevitt Barnett I am submitting the entries for the national cross country on Friday u20 through-to u13 female age groups - disappointing that we only have a handful in each age category - literally! At this rate we will never catch Giffnock North !
22 Jan 2018 - 23:01
Claire Thompson New date & distance
The 49th Allan Scally Road Race 4 x 5k (included The Scottish Universities Road Relay Championships and The Allan Scally Corporate Challenge)) Main Sponsors : Webhelp, retail sports partner Run4IT , Sports Council of Glasgow, support given by Milnbank Housing Association Start time 12noon Race Headquarters ,Glasgow Green Football Centre 28 King’s Drive Glasgow G40 1HB 4 x 5km Relay Certified IAAF measured course (AUKCM) traffic free course SA permit event Cost of pre – entry £28 per 4 person team with closing date is Thursday 1st March 10.00am, enter here https://www.stuweb.co.uk/events/2018/03/3/3099/ Enter on the day £36 closing time 11.30 am Collect race numbers from 10am on the day at Glasgow Green Football Centre £1500 Cash prizes and £180 vouchers for corporate Challenge Prize Structure for Male and Females 1st 4 team £160, £120, £80, £60 1st M/F40 Team £60 1st M/F50 Team £60 Fastest laps for 1st-3rd £50, £30, £20 U/20 -£20 U/17- £20 M/F40 -£20 M/F50 – £20 Corporate 1st Male team, 1st Female team and 1st mixed team of 2 +2 Parking in surround areas at Glasgow Green –No showers available on site but available at Gorbals Swimming Pool or Crownpoint Sports Park
20 Jan 2018 - 08:54
Mhairi Hendry http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/DISS2017/ Hi everyone, A friend has asked me to share this on the page in the hope that some of you may complete the survey for her dissertation. It will take less than 15minutes and all submissions are anonymised. It’s to do with doping in sport. Thanks in advance x
19 Jan 2018 - 18:22
Thando Jarvis Done! 19 Jan 2018 - 19:02 Sharon McEwan Done 19 Jan 2018 - 19:13
Claire Thompson Does the club have anything arranged where we can donate spare kit & old trainers to other athletes in need?
14 Jan 2018 - 19:50
Gordon Innes Yes we do Claire. Linda and I administer a small collection of training shoes for those who can't afford them. If you can pass any training kit or shoes on to me, I'll find a good home for them. If you won't see me, you could leave them with the reception staff at Scotstoun. 14 Jan 2018 - 21:50 Tricia Little I suggest a bucket every training day people can pick out when checking in we all hv lots 14 Jan 2018 - 22:26
Clare Campbell 300m of track open tonight west bend closed tho!
18 Jan 2018 - 17:05
Julie McDevitt Barnett Calling all u13/u15/u17 and u20 women who want to race the nationals - please email or message me your request to be entered- name, dob and saf number pls to julie@hbell.email seniors and masters to suzanne gilmore
10 Jan 2018 - 22:41
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Tricia Little Hi Julie Holly n Jenna will run x 10 Jan 2018 - 22:56 Lara Callan Rhian will run Julie . Thanks x 11 Jan 2018 - 16:21 Susannah Stewart Hi Julie! Apologies, am new to this! Please can you let me know what the nationals are? My daughter is keen to start competing, she did the West Dunbartonshire cross country prior to Christmas. Her dob is 17/02/07. Would this make her u13 or still too young? 12 Jan 2018 - 16:32 Colin Byrne Joanne Byrne amy ?? 12 Jan 2018 - 19:48 Colin Byrne Julie McDevitt Barnett what/when are distances? Trying hard to get Amy running again 12 Jan 2018 - 19:53 Julie McDevitt Barnett Tel her she gets no choice and is entered regardless! I think it’s a little over 3k! 12 Jan 2018 - 20:52 Julie McDevitt Barnett Nationals February 24th Falkirk Callander Park - callum will be running too I hope 12 Jan 2018 - 21:57 Trevor Bushell Hi Julie. Beth up for this. Emailed you her details. As always thanks for organising. Trevor Bushell 13 Jan 2018 - 09:12 Tricia Little Yes jenna ta 17 Jan 2018 - 18:36 Julie McDevitt Barnett I honk she may be able to run if she is already 11 - just waiting in confirmation that she can run in the u13 race 17 Jan 2018 - 21:51
Julie McDevitt Barnett In tricia for both girls 17 Jan 2018 - 21:51 Tricia Little Oh yes ha forgot about Holly well remembered 18 Jan 2018 - 13:01
Kelly Anne Hi there looking to get my daughter into Athletics club could someone tell me who i should contact to do so. Thanks
16 Jan 2018 - 13:52
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Christopher Watson Motherwell AC and Law and District both run clubs out of Wishaw sports centre during the summer - info should be on their website 16 Jan 2018 - 14:51 Clare Barr http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/athletes/get-involved/club-finder/ 16 Jan 2018 - 15:12
Linda Innes Hi Kelly Anne. Can you please email me at linda@vp-glasgow.com 16 Jan 2018 - 16:15 Tricia Little I’m one of the coaches just bring her down any day Mon to Thur times are on the website. I’m there Tues and Thursday. What age is ur daughter ? 16 Jan 2018 - 16:23
Cuzen Ryan With the snowfall, will their be only indoor work going on?
16 Jan 2018 - 17:44
Clare Campbell Three inside lanes have been cleared, although this is a battle with the on slaughter of snowfall ☃️❄️ 16 Jan 2018 - 18:06
Stuart Barnett Pics of Under 13 VP athletes competing at the Inter Districts and a couple of pics of Russell & Valencia competing at the British X Antrim.
14 Jan 2018 - 19:33
Georgina Bushell Ken can u show mum please? Xx 16 Jan 2018 - 09:32
Jennifer Love Good luck to all the athletes competing at Emirates tomorrow in the National Open !
12 Jan 2018 - 19:30
Bill Parker And running in Edinburgh CC ! 12 Jan 2018 - 19:38
Mark Ashby I have volunteered to organise our teams for the Scottish Veteran Harriers road relays at Strathclyde Park on Sunday 28th January. Men and Women over the age of 35 on 28/1/2018 are eligible. Men’s race is 4 stage and women’s 3 stage. If you are able to compete then can you please let me know asap and no later than Sunday 14th January. Thanks
04 Jan 2018 - 21:46
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James Stewart Planning on running Mark if you have room for an aging ultrarunner! What distance is it? 04 Jan 2018 - 21:49 Gerry Craig I am fine Mark , and Michael will be available too so good addition to the V50s👍 05 Jan 2018 - 00:30 Andy Law Hi Mark – Guid New Year to you,, thanks for doing this and put me down for a RUN IF THAT’S ok aNDY lAW Sent from Mail for Windows 10 05 Jan 2018 - 05:52 Crawford Little Hi Mark, count me in for this one please. 05 Jan 2018 - 10:18 Duncan Thomson Hi Mark, thanks for doing this and I will be there too 05 Jan 2018 - 14:31
Gerry Craig Time trial needed for the V50s 😀🤔 05 Jan 2018 - 14:39 Sandra Branney Hi Mark I've always organised the women's teams and said I would do it for the last time this year. I have two interested and still waiting to hear back from another. Will email you details 05 Jan 2018 - 15:11
Gordon Innes
SCOTLAND LAND FIVE OUT OF SIX AT CELTIC XC: Read all about it after some terrific performances by Scottish athletes in various age groups at Antrim in the British Cross Challenge event. There were team golds in five of the six races for Scotland at U23, U20 and U17 level and no fewer than four individual gold medals, too ! http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/super-scots-win-five-six-celtic-xc/
07 Jan 2018 - 20:06
Christine Scott Well done to Gillian, Lily, Valencia and Russel in Antrim for XC, and to everyone at Emirates for the SAIL. Another very busy and successful for VPG athletes / officials/ managers / general dogs bodies. Thanks to you all.
07 Jan 2018 - 17:47
Paula Lee Hamilton Warming up ❄️
06 Jan 2018 - 21:53
Gordon Innes Congratulations to Leslie on the award of her MBE, very well deserved.
MBE MOMENTS FOR LESLIE AND STEF: Read all about the great news in the New Year Honours List, with this story now on our website: http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/special-mbe-moments-leslie-stef/
03 Jan 2018 - 22:51
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Hugh Barrow Great effort well deserved some innings 03 Jan 2018 - 22:53
Linda Innes Well deserved, Leslie. We are very proud of you! Xo 03 Jan 2018 - 23:52 Derek Watson Snr Well deserved Leslie,all the best from clan Watson 04 Jan 2018 - 08:23
Mhairi Hendry Is the track covered in the rubber from the AstroTurf? Saw a couple photos from the rugby today and track looks a mess!
30 Dec 2017 - 20:27
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Mhairi Hendry 30 Dec 2017 - 20:35 Bill Parker The drains being covered could have cause a problem , then the micro rubber bits would get washed off onto the track 30 Dec 2017 - 20:35 Philippa Millage What a mess. The track looks totally flooded too. That can’t be good for it. 30 Dec 2017 - 20:50
Sharon McEwan What a mess! 30 Dec 2017 - 22:09 Mickey Wright Hopefully that's cleared by wed 01 Jan 2018 - 14:11
Hugh Barrow Re the track melting at Scotstoun here was the man in the middle of it all Mind you he has travelled in some very good company and he is not a bad athlete
03 Jan 2018 - 22:03
Claire Thompson Does anyone know if Scotstoun track is open this AM before the rugby?
30 Dec 2017 - 09:43
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Mhairi Hendry Doubt it... 30 Dec 2017 - 09:44 Philippa Millage I believe it’s shut 30 Dec 2017 - 10:13 Bill Parker Not x 30 Dec 2017 - 10:38
Claire Thompson 3 track sessions accomplished this month, not for the want of trying 👀 30 Dec 2017 - 11:22 Lisa Doyle Have you tried the track at huntershill (next to stobhill hospital) ? I suspect you can use it even if the centre is shut. 30 Dec 2017 - 13:25
Gordon Innes The disability group will be on as usual on Wednesday the 20th of December. The group will miss the following Wednesday and resume their regular sessions on Wednesday the 3rd of January.
19 Dec 2017 - 22:38
Paula Lee Hamilton Hi Gordon, will that be the same for ALL Wednesday training sessions (U11,13,15 Groups)? 19 Dec 2017 - 22:56 Mickey Wright Is access to track still an option if wanna continue training alone? 21 Dec 2017 - 11:45
Gordon Innes Training for the U11's, U13's and U15's will end on Thursday the 21st of December and resume on Wednesday the 3rd of January.
20 Dec 2017 - 13:23

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