Friday, September 18, 2020

Scottish Athletics Indoor League

While everyone was disappointed with the way the SAIL was concluded this year following the closure of the indoor track. I do have some good news.Thanks to Gary Leek for the picture

Billy Glasgow has been working away on the results of a paper match. He has compared the times, heights and distances achieved over the three league matches and awarded points accordingly.

All of the teams that were placed in the first three of their age group will receive medals.

Our U11 Girls will receive Silver medals, our U13 Girls will receive Silver medals, our U15 Girls will receive Silver medals, our U17 Women will receive Gold medals, our U17 Men will receive Gold medals and our U20 Women will receive Silver medals.

The full results are recorded on the above attachments.

It can't make up for the dissapointment of competing in the final but congratulations to everyone for a fantastic indoor season.

New - Scottish Junior League

There are major changes to the league structure for U17 and U20 athletes for 2020.  All of the Scottish teams have resigned from the YDL Upper League and a new Scottish Junior League has been formed.

For athletes who enjoyed the long journey south and the overnight stay in Carlisle there will be some disappointment in this change.  For those athletes who have been disappointed by the standard of competition in the YDL Upper they’ll be delighted as the new competition is designed to raise standards by opening the competition up to larger composites from a greater area of the country.

Victoria Park has joined our neighbours, Giffnock North in creating a composite team called Team West.  Unlike other composite competitions, athletes will wear their own club vest in each match.

All U17 and U20 athletes who would like to compete will get a place in the team.  Athletes will be allowed to enter 3 events plus a relay.

There will be a reduced programme of events at each match which will allow for an unlimited number of athletes to compete in the events that are available.

Each event will be contested in two of the three matches with the exception of the 1500m Steeplechase which will feature in only one.

Track event athletes will be seeded ahead of the match according to their PB’s to allow the best U17’s to compete against the best U20’s although their scoring in the competition is measured by their performance against the performance of their own age group.

Field event athletes will be allowed three trials and the top three U17 and the top three U20 athletes will get a further three attempts.

Only the best two U17’s and the best two U20’s in each event will score points for their team.

In this system, in some events, several Victoria Park athletes will be lining up against their team-mates.  One representative from each team is no longer guaranteed a place in the fastest heat.  That right will have to be earned.

One of the benefits of the new league is that athletes shouldn’t miss out on competition opportunities because there are two athletes in their own team ranked ahead of them.  There will be no limit to the number of athletes competing for the composite team.

The dates and venues for the three matches are as follows:  

Match 1 is at Grangemouth on Sunday 26th of April and will be convened by Team North Lanarkshire.

Match 2 is at Aberdeen on Sunday the 24th of May and will be convened by Team Aberdeen.

Match 3 is at Grangemouth on Sunday the 21st of June.  Convening team is still to be identified.

We’ll be sharing a bus to all three venues with our team-mates from Giffnock North.  I’ll identify a pick up point in the Scotstoun area prior to each match.

The below table shows the teams and clubs that have already entered.

Team

Clubs within Team

 

 

Clydesdale

Clydesdale, Garscube, Helensburgh

Team West

Giffnock North, Victoria Park Glasgow

Inverness Harriers

To be provided

North Lanarkshire

Airdrie, Motherwell, Cumbernauld

South Lanarkshire

East Kilbride, Hamilton, Larkhall, Law, Whitemoss

Team Aberdeen

Banchory, Stonehaven, Elgin, Aberdeen

Team Ayrshire

Ayr Seaforth, Kilmarnock Harriers, North Ayrshire AC

Team Edinburgh

Edinburgh AC, Harmeny, Lasswade, Corstorphine


I’ll be acting as team manager for the Victoria Park athletes and Billy Glasgow will perform the same function for Giffnock.  Prior to each match, we’ll share our declaration sheets and submit to the convening club.

At this time, I’m looking to compile a list of athletes who intend to compete in this league.  Please let me know by email toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to take part and I’ll add you to the mailing list.

Once I have the timetables for each match, I’ll contact the mailing list and you can feed back which events you would like to enter.


Gordon Innes

Club Manager - 07983360804

CSSAL Champions 2019

Victoria Park athletes picked up their 2nd League title of the season when winning the Central and South of Scotland Athletic League with 21 pts, 2 pts clear of their nearest rivals, North Ayrshire.

Going into the last match at Grangemouth on Sunday the 1st of September while sitting in 2nd place and without many regulars who had made the journey south for the English Championships, confidence wasn’t particularly high.

That all changed with some excellent performances which resulted in the team finishing 1st on the day with 974.25 pts ahead of Law and District who had 828 pts and Cumbernauld who had 813 pts.

Our biggest points winners on the track were:

Jamie Stevenson, who was 1st in the Senior 100m with a time of 11.3s

Jake Speirs, who was 1st in the U15 800m with a time of 2:12.1

Christopher Boyle, who was 1st in the Senior 800m with a time of 1:56.8

Cerise MacIntosh, who was 1st in the Senior 3000m with a time of 11:12.3

Zoe Wilson, who was 1st in the U13 800m with a time of 2:33.5

If we did well on the track, we did even better in the field where our top performers were:

Adam Boyle who was 1st in the Senior Shot Put with a distance of 10.57m.

Emma Thompson who was 1st in the Senior High Jump with a height of 1.55m.

Zoe Douglas who was 1st in the U13 Long Jump with a distance of 4.52m.

Meghan Porterfield who was 1st in the U15 Shot Put with a distance of 11.90m.

Kiera Maxwell who was 1st in the U17 Javelin with a distance of 28.25m.

Holly Hailstone who was 1st in the U13 Javelin with a distance of 23.97m.

Katie Ord who was 1st in the Senior Discus with 34.53m.

Hayley Berry who was 1st in the U17 Shot Put with a distance of 11.77m.

Our U13 girls 4 x 100m relay team were 1st with a time of 54.4s and our U17 women’s 4 x 100m relay team were 1st with a time of 53.6s.

It was of course a great team effort with many athletes filling in with unfamiliar events and competing with injuries.  Everyone who contributed over the three matches should be very proud of their success.

Thanks also to our officials, Hugh Stevenson, Alison Gardner, Diane Ramsay, Adam Khan and Sue Miller, who without their support the match couldn’t have gone ahead or we might have incurred a penalty score.

VPG Men Relegated

Our men went into the 4th match of the Scottish Athletic League at Grangemouth on Saturday the 31st of August knowing that two out of three clubs in the drop zone would go down and that we had to beat both Falkirk and Corstorphine on the day to survive in Division 1 for next year. It soon became clear that Falkirk had mustered a superstrong team, which threatened champions Aberdeen throughout the afternoon, while we held third for a while but gradually slipped as we were unable to cover all events. We finished 5th equal on the day but 8th for the season, so it's Division 2 competition next year.

Despite our disappointment there were good aspects, as all of our 12 athletes gave their best and we achieved some fine results. David Wilson, for the second time this season, was our top points scorer with 38. Our two league debutants did us proud. Jamie Stevenson took 2nd B 100m in 11.19 secs +5.0mps and 2nd A 200m in 22.77 +2.4, fine sprinting though wind assisted. Neil McLean, one of Tommy Boyle's coaching group, fulfilled his promise by surging past the fancied Aberdeen runner to take the A 400m after fighting a punishing wind in the middle 200 to win in 51.57. We had 5 A string winners (eclipsed only by Aberdeen) and one clean sweep (Discus). Lewis McGuire had a fine High Jump win with 2.10m, before unsuccessfully attempting 2.14m, which would have equalled his own Div 1 record. 

We went out with a bang in the second last track event, the 4x100 relay. Jamie led us off superbly, a good change to David put us in a clear lead down the back straight, then Chris Boyle took the baton cleanly and consolidated round the bend. The change to Niall, who is not used to relays, was not the slickest, but once he knew it was safe he showed his class to hold off Aberdeen to win in 44.32. This was our most satisfying, if surprising win of the day and the time was affected by the strong headwind in legs 2 & 3.

Other results not noted above were:

100m 6A Euan Urquhart 11.42 +3.4; 400m 2B David Wilson 53.22; 800m 3A Christopher Boyle 2:00.75, 4B Steven Bryce 2:05.70; 400m Hdls 1A Martin Hayes 60.24; Long Jump 3A Euan Urquhart 6.56m +4.6, 2B David Wilson 6.14m +4.2; Triple 2A David Wilson 12.85m +2.1; Shot 3A Paul Wishart 12.10m, 4B Gerry Farrell 9.24m; Discus 1A  Andrew Peck 42.72m, 1B Paul Wishart 32.41m; Hammer 5A Gerry Farrell 29.73m; Javelin 5A Martin Hayes 32.73m; Guest 100m 3rd Race 2 David Clark 11.97 +3.6

As usual we were well supported by coaches, parents and family. Thanks to all on a windy and wet (at the start) day, with special note to our officials Sheila (Field Referee) and Hugh Baillie and Susan Miller

Hugh Stevenson, Men's Team Manager