Saturday, January 25, 2020

Stornoway Tri Club Event

Stornoway Tri Club Event

On the 12th September, a bus load of young athletes and old coaches set off for Stornoway. The event was the Stornoway RAC tri club invitational match.   The journey was pleasant, glorious sunshine, the sea calm and the food supplies were successfully transferred between bus, ferry and final destination.  

We had teams of U13, U15 and U17 boys and girls, and beautiful weather on competition day, great conditions for PBs.   It was a close competition but we performed well enough to bring back the shield, which is now in the club trophy cabinet. There were so many fantastic performances that I am just mentioning some of the highlights, apologies if I have missed anyone. The full results can be viewed by following this link:  

The U13 girls, Emma Gilmour, Niamh Hay, Jenna Little, Skye Turner and Grace Hamilton,  between them covered all events. 100, 200, 75hurdles, 800, long jump, high jump, javelin and shot putt. They had great fun trying out new events.  Victoria Park in Stornoway

Our U13 boys had an even bigger challenge as there were only 3 of them, Gavin Wilson, Rogan Kelly-Vinaccia (won the javelin with 21.43m having never thrown before!) and Jack MacKinnon, they gained a massive 7 PBs between them! Gavin also won 3 events.  

U15 boys performed well with PBs for Lewis Priest in 1500, Thomas Connelly in 200, javelin and long jump, Andrew Moreland in 400, Cameron McKnight in 100, javelin and shot putt, Adam Orr in long jump and Charlie Milarvie in shot putt.  

For U15 girls there were PBs for Sophie Jordan in 100m, Jade Henry in 200m, Adrienne Murray 800m, Nicola Brechany long jump, Amy Bissett shot put and Holly Little in the javelin.  

A few notable performances in the U17 girls, Gillian Black in the 1500, 3 PBs for Catriona Cuthbert, and Emily Gulland had a PB in shot put.  

The U17 boys had a great day with PBs for David Wilson and Lewis Serpell in long jump, Euan Urquhart and David Wilson in shot putt, Jamie MacKinnon and Ewan Rae in 1500m.   Click here for photos from the day:  

Stornoway were fantastic hosts. We were treated to a BBQ and ceilidh which was enjoyed by all and also a walking tour of the local beauty spots the next day.   A huge thanks to all the folks involved from Stornoway, especially Ross Munro who was instrumental in organising the whole meeting.

Janet MacKinnon

Katie Papworth

Katie Papworth

It's with great sadness that we learned last Friday that Katie Papworth, a member of our Disability Group and a very competitive Race Runner and Boccia player had passed away after a long illness.  Katie, who was 19 years of age, had been suffering from a brain tumour for the last 8 years of her life and she faced this huge challenge with bravery, patience and good humour.  She never, ever complained about the toll that her illness and its treatment put upon her.  In short, she was a joy to be with and often had us laughing out loud at her sharp one-liners.Katia Papworth

Katie joined our Wednesday night training group at Scotstoun about 18 months ago and immediately became a firm favourite within our Boccia and Club Throws group.  Much to everyone’s amusement she once broke one of the solid wooden clubs.  Respect!!  It was so easy then to believe (and hope) that this time would never come as she was always so positive and full of life and character.  The word ‘inspirational’ certainly does apply to Katie and she was an exceptional role model to all who came into contact with her.  Katie can only be described in positive terms – so funny, feisty, kind, thoughtful and immensely brave.  I am desperately sad that we will no longer see her smiley wee face on a Wednesday night.  We will all remember her with great affection and even greater admiration.
RIP, Katie.
Katie’s funeral will take place at 10.00am on Thursday 13th November at St Andrews Church, 29 Roman Road, Bearsden, G61 2SN.
Linda Innes

Christmas Road Race

Christmas Road Race

Everyone is invited to take part in our Christmas Road Race on Sunday the 21st of December.  If you would like to take part, you should meet on the Club Deck at Scotstoun Stadium in time for a 12.30pm start.

We're hoping for a large turnout on the day with competitors aged from 9 to Masters.  It's a special event and it's not just for the endurance Athletes. 

Competitors should arrive bearing a gift for the Lucky Dip. Value in the region of £5 - £6. e.g. Selection boxes/sweets/chocolates for the younger athletes and Bottle of Wine/Box of Biscuits, etc for the adults.  Competitors and their siblings can only collect a present from the lucky dip if they donate a gift on the day.Christmas Road Race

The event is a handicap race, with the slowest athletes and those not familiar with the distance starting first.

The distances for the event will be 2 miles for the juniors and the 3 and a quarter mile MacAndrew Course for the seniors.

Parents will be most welcome as are any volunteers to help with stewarding the course.

For any athletes with a disability and not able to take part, there will be a special Boccia competition on the Club Deck.

The Club Deck will be open from 11.30am for registrations.  Tea and coffee will be available.

Achilles Heel Shopping Evening

Achilles Heel  - Shopping Evening

Our sponsor, Katie Alexander has arranged a special Christmas shopping night at Achilles Heel for our members only on Thursday the 11th of December.  

The shop will be open exclusively to our members or their parents from 6pm till 9pm.Great Western Road

Katie will be offering a 20% discount on all of her stock except for Victoria Park training and competition kit.

Any member or parent purchasing items on the night will also receive a 15% discount card for use on their next visit.

A new stock of training tops has arrived in time for Christmas.

Katie and her staff are aware that this is a training evening and will welcome any of Santa's helpers.

For anyone who hasn't been in before, the shop is situated at 593 Great Western Road, Glasgow, at it's junction with Southpark Avenue.