Thursday, January 17, 2019

National Cross Country Relays

The National Cross-Country Relay Championships were held on the 27th October in Callender Park, Cumbernauld. It was a cold but dry day. There were a few competitors representing Victoria Park AC across the 4 races.

In the young female’s race, the ‘A’ team of Sophie Sinclair (24th), Amiya Patel (14th) and Isla Britton (13th) were 13th. The ‘B’ team of Amy Byrne (92nd), Roisin Cameron Coyle (69th) and Emma Gilmour (59th) were 59th. The ‘C’ team of Orla Stewart (95th), Lucy Yeadon (89th) and Alice Williams (81st) were 81st. Hazel Whitworth ran in an incomplete team and finished 103rd.

In the young male’s race, the ‘A’ team of Saul McGlennan (8th), Fraser Gilmour (10th) and Callum Byrne (12th) finished 12th. In the ‘B’ team, David Kirkpatrick, who was the leg 1 runner, dropped out. However, Callum Paterson (127th) and Ruairidh Allen (116th) were allowed to run at the back and finished 116th. The ‘C’ team of Finlay Waters (27th), Oscar Moogan-Sharratt (74th) and Louis Sharp (82nd) finished 82nd. Saul was the 8th fastest U13.

In the senior women’s race, the ‘A’ team of Mhari Hendry (6th), Phillipa Millage (3rd), Josephine Moultrie (2nd) and Gillian Black (2nd) finished 2nd. The ‘B’ team of Stephanie Lawrie (22nd), Holly Little (16th), Diane Ramsey (21st) and Becky Dunphy (20th) finished 20th. Mhari was 5th fastest on leg 1, Phillipa was 3rd fastest on leg 2, Jo was 1st on the 3rd leg and 4th fastest overall and Gillian was 8th fastest on the last leg.

In the senior men’s race, the ‘A’ team of Max Milarvie (10th), Christopher Boyle (24th), Callum Heirs (37th) and Martin Hayes (28th) finished 28th. The ‘B’ team of Duncan Thomson (131st), Thomas Connolly (118th), Charlie Murray (110th) and Peter Ramsay (105th) finished 105th. Max was 10th fastest on the 1st leg.

In the master’s men race, the Victoria Park team of Peter Jardine (11th), Ralph Connolly (12th) and Alex Potter (12th) finished 12th.

Congratulations to all who competed and those who supported the club. It was a great day out for everyone.


Emma Gilmour

West District Cross Country

It was a successful start to the cross country season for the club with medal winning performances from our Senior Women and Young Males at the West District Cross Country relays in Irvine on Saturday 13th October.

Despite torrential rain throughout much of the day the course was remarkably mud free with the main challenge being the short sharp climbs and very steep descents.

The Young Male team of Saul McGlennan, Fraser Gilmour and Callum Byrne combined to claim silver. David Kirkpatrick,  Ruairidh Allen and Eoghan Connolly finished in 31st place. Oscar Moogan Sharratt (36th) ran as an incomplete team.

The senior women’s team of Mhairi Hendry, Philippa Millage and Josephine Moultrie claimed silver with Stephanie Lawrie, Holly Little and Gillian Black just missing out on a medal in 4th place. Donna Finlayson, Grace Norman and Diane Ramsey finished 23rd.

The young female team of Sophie Sinclair, Amaya Patel and Roisin Cameron Coyle finished a credible 12th out of 45 complete teams. Amy Byrne, Liya De Laet-Pinder and Emma Gilmour were 34th.  Ruth Walsh (36th) and Zoe Loughry (45th) ran as an incomplete team.

There was a decent turnout for the club of 16 senior men. Christopher Boyle, Max Milarvie, Kieron Rafferty and Martin Hayes combined for 8th place out of 85 complete teams. Our “Masters” team of Crawford Little, Peter Jardine, Andy Law and Alex Potter were 52nd overall and 11th Master team.  With the Masters age category being 40+ our team did particularly well given that they are all 50+. Steven Bryce, Ralph Connolly, Charlie Murray and Peter Ramsay finished 61st place and making their senior debuts for the club, Fergus Blyth, Calum Brown, Thomas Connolly and Danny Smith finished in 67th place

All athletes and their support crews greatly appreciated the efforts of Charlie Murray and Martin Hayes who erected the club tent and after finishing their runs stayed behind to dismantle it. It allowed us all to have a dry area to change and store our bags.


Ralph Connolly


National Cross Country Championships

The 2018 National Cross Country Championships took place at Callendar Park, Falkirk on Saturday 24th February and the club continued the success of recent years with a number of individual and team medals.Valencia Wright

With over 2,000 athletes aged from 10 to 80+ descending on Falkirk from all over the country, many in the athletics community regard this event as the highlight of the athletics year in Scotland and it would be difficult to argue against that view this year. Perfect weather meant the conditions were ideal for spectators and combined with the recent dry spell the course was remarkably free of mud, meaning athletes were happy to hang around to cheer on our athletes in the later races helping to create an excellent atmosphere.

Valencia Wright got the day off to a great start winning the silver medal for the U13 Girls (at the time of writing the U13 girls results are not available).

Fraser Gilmour was 6th across the line in the U13 Boys race and combined with Saul McGlennan, Finlay Waters and Jake Speirs to get team bronze.

Lily-Jane Evans-Haggerty won the gold medal in the U15 Girls, repeating her gold medal winning performance from the last two years and along with Joanna Littlefield, Jenna Little and Rhian Callan the U15 Girls just missed out on a team medal with 4th place.

Callum Byrne (12th), Blayne Wright (24th) and Jack McKinnon (55th) were our top U15 boys.Anna Tait

In the U20 Women’s race, Gillian Black was 6th and Holly Little was 11th.

Anna Tait won the bronze medal in the Senior Women’s race with Donna Finlayson 134th out of 271 finishers on the 10k course.

In the Senior Men’s race, Keiron Rafferty ran well, finishing in 21st place out of 623 finishers. Peter Jardine was our top “veteran” finisher just ahead of Gerry Craig. Duncan Thomson and Tom Ord were our other veteran finishers.

Thanks to Charlie Murray and Jim Harvey who organised the delivery and removal of the club tent, all our athletes who competed and the family and friends who came along to support them and contribute to the great atmosphere. Injuries and lack of availability this year meant our numbers were down in the older age groups but hopefully next year we will have a larger turnout.

Ralph Connolly

Scottish Masters Cross Country

Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock was the venue on Saturday 3rd February for the Scottish Masters Cross Country championship for athletes aged 40+.

Five of our athletes bravely tackled what was an extremely challenging course with the mud, steep hills and obstacles combining to provide a real test of their strength and endurance.

Peter Jardine (Vet 50) was 16th out of 84 in his age category and 86th overall out of 237 finishers. Tom Ord (Vet 60) was 160th, Duncan Thompson (Vet 45) 165th and Sandy Gardner (Vet 45) 210th.

In the female’s race, Louise Gibson (Vet 45) finished 12th in her age category and 42nd overall in a field of 106 finishers.

For those Masters who did not fancy the outdoors, the Emirates Indoor arena was the venue on Sunday 4th February for the Scottish Masters Indoor championships for athletes aged 35+.

Lisa Doyle (Vet 35) was 1st in the 400m (61.18) and 1st in the 200m (27.73), Claire Thompson (Vet 40) was 2nd in the 800m (2.39.19) and Mhairi Porterfield (Vet 35) was 1st in the shot (13.15m)

Well done to everyone who competed at the weekend.


Ralph Connolly