Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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 

Scottish Mens League - Match 3

Fab four perform miracle, but still much to do.

Our team was reduced to four by injury, holidays and unavailability, with only four making the long journey north to Aberdeen on Sunday the 21st of July. But how they rose to the challenge, securing our highest placing so far this season.

Martin Hayes played his usual captain's part, contesting the maximum of 6 events, amassing a fantastic 64 points from 2nd in 400m hurdles (59.45s) and Steeplechase (10:00.02), a surprising 4th in Javelin (34.80m) and 110m hurdles (20.63s), 5th in 1500m (4:14.19) and 3rd B Long Jump (5.15m).

Euan Urquhart came next, amassing 48 points from 3rd in Long Jump (6.72m) and Pole Vault (3.00m), then sprinted strongly into a tricky breeze to take 2nd in 200m (23.05s) and 4th in 100m (11.64s).

Paul Wishart was a happy man, at last achieving a new PB in the Shot, winning with 12.50m, surpassing his previous mark 3 times in the process. He followed this up with 2nd in Discus (32.76m), 3rd B Hammer (25.91m) and Javelin (26.10m) for a total of 46 points.  

Ever faithful Gerry Farrell completed our high scoring day in throws, yielding 18 points from 5th in Hammer (30.69m), 1st B Discus (31.99m) and Shot (9.04m).

This remarkable performance from such a small team put us 6th in the Division 1 match, 7th overall with one match left on 31 August at Grangemouth. We are one of 3 clubs left in a fight to avoid the 2 relegation spots, so a good turnout then is vital. And the example of the 'fab four' proves we can do it. 


Hugh Stevenson

Men's Team Manager      

SWAL Champions 2019

Victoria Park are the winners of this year’s Scottish Women’s Athletic League.  After finishing 2nd in the first match at Aberdeen in April and 2nd in the second match at Scotstoun in June, nothing less than a win was required at the third match at Grangemouth to win the trophy on Sunday the 21st of July.Meghan Porterfield

Despite many athletes being unavailable due to holiday commitments or competing at the Schools International in Swansea, the team managers performed a miracle and filled almost all of the places in the team.  Confidence wasn’t particularly high as we had failed to win our home match at Scotstoun, and Team West must have gained in confidence from their victory at match two.

The first track winner on the day was Chloe Lambert in the senior 100m with a time of 12.00s.  That win was followed quickly with a 1st place for Emily Miller who finished in 58.04s in the 400m.

We achieved maximum points in the U13 70m hurdles when Lucy Carr was 1st A in a time of 12.09s and Zoe Loughrey was 1st B in a time of 12.94s.

Chloe Lambert had her second win of the day in the 200m with a time of 24.39s.

Our senior women achieved maximum points in the hammer where Rachel Hunter was 1st A with a distance of 63.22m and Katie Ord was 1st B with a distance of 47.12m.

Meghan Porterfield was in great form, finishing 1st in the U15 Shot Put with a distance of 12.45m and 1st in the discus with a personal best distance of 33.44m which exceeds the UK Power of Ten target.

Maximum points were again achieved by our senior women in the Discus.  Mhairi Porterfield was 1st A with a distance of 34.99m and Katie Ord was 1st B with a distance of 32.86m.

Our senior women were in exceptional form and achieved another maximum score in the high jump where Niamh Cameron-Coyle was 1st A and Emma Thompson was 1st B while achieving the same height of 1.55m.Keira Maxwell

Our U17 women also took maximum points in the discus.  Keira Maxwell was 1st A with a distance of 31.20m and Haley Elliot was 1st B with a distance of 26.86m.

Holly Kirkwood was 1st in the U15 Long Jump with a distance of 5.31m.

Our senior women continued their success by achieving maximum points once again in the Shot Put where Mhairi Porterfield was 1st A with a distance of 12.87m and Rachel Hunter was 1st B with a distance of 11.81m.

There were many big points winners on the day with Eve Crawford finishing 1st B in the U13 100m race, Roisin Cameron-Coyle finishing 1st B in the U17 800m B race, Zoe Douglas finishing 1st in the U13 200m B race and Louise Anderson finishing 1st B in the senior Long Jump.

It had been a great day up to this point but the gap was very narrow going into the relays.  We needed a few more heroes to step up and that’s just what they did.

Our senior 4x100m relay team were 1st in a time of 47.78s, our U17 4x100m relay team were 3rd in a time of 51.83s our U15 4x100m relay team were 1st in a time of 51.99s, our U13 4x100m relay team were 1st in a time of 56.44s and best of all, our senior 4x400m relay team finished 1st with a time of 4:06.67.

We increased our lead over Aberdeen in the relays by 10 points to win one of the best league matches I’ve seen in years.

What a fantastic effort from everyone who took part on the day and credit also to the athletes who represented the club at the earlier two matches.

Bill Walker (League Secretary) sent a message to the Club following the match.Anna Cameron

"Subject to scrutiny I must congratulate VP Glasgow on their excellent  win today.  However, the match was further improved due to the battle from Aberdeen and Team West.  Prior to the relays it could have gone either way between VPG and Aberdeen but pure determination won the day".

The Points Score after 3 Matches is:

1 VP-Glasgow - 22 pts

2 Aberdeen     - 21 pts

3 Team West   - 19 pts

4 Edinburgh     - 14 pts

5 Tayside         - 13 pts

6 Fort Valley     -  9 pts

7 Pitreavie        -  6 pts

8 Lothian          -  4 pts


Just a brief reminder, the season’s not over yet and could get even better before it is.  We’re currently sitting in 2nd place in Division 2 of the UKWAL with only the home match to go at Scotstoun on Saturday the 3rd of August.  Promotion to Division 1 is within our reach if we can get our best team out on the day.

We’re also sitting 2nd in Division 1 of the CSSAL with only the match at Grangemouth to go on Sunday the 31st of September.  Winning that would be a great way to finish a fantastic season.



Thanks to Gary Leek for the great picture of the team celebrating at the end of the match.