MacAndrew Road Relay Race - Cancelled
Victoria Park City Of Glasgow is very disappointed to bring the news that our much loved and historic MacAndrew Road Relay Race has been cancelled.
We applied for permission to hold the race with the local authority on the 1st of July and received confirmation of its receipt.
We made all of the other arrangements as normal, permit application, facility hire, car parking, first aid and risk assessment.
This week however, the Police called to say that this was not their responsibility and the local authority called to say that it was not theirs either.
The final decision from the Police was that they would attend but would not and could not stop traffic other than in an emergency.
As a result of this decision, we were forced to review our risk assessment for this event and have reluctantly decided that it would be too dangerous to allow runners to cross Southbrae Drive near to its junction with Hallydown Drive with only marshals and signage for protection. We have reluctantly decided that the race cannot go ahead.
Our event has been held around Scotstoun and Jordanhill since the early 1930’s with only the 2nd World War interrupting our unbroken run.
The race was first held with the support of the local MP for Partick, Charles MacAndrew who gifted the trophy which still survives and was fought over annually.
The race was traditionally held two weeks before the West District Cross Country Championships and was held under Cross Country Rules. As recently as four years ago, 80 teams of 4 athletes completed the race over the three and a quarter mile course.
The race has always been held annually on the 1st Saturday of October . Mid afternoon to allow time for the workers from the Clyde shipyards to get to the start line on time.
The race was always very competitive with the best athletes from around the country taking part. The course record was held by none other than the great Olympian Steve Ovett.
Looking back over Victoria Park’s record of the event in the Club’s minute books we found an unintended but amusing entry from the 1950’s. The committee were concerned that giving a cash prize to the winners of the MacAndrew might affect the athletes amateur status. After much deliberation the ill informed members of the committee overruled any fears that the athletes growth might be stunted by deciding to award packets of cigarettes to the winners.
It’s worth pointing out that throughout the 1950’s Victoria Park were regarded as having the best endurance group in Scotland and were the 1st club from outside of England to win the AAA’s Cross Country Championship. Now we know what their secret was.
Once again, we are very sorry for the cancellation of the event and the short notice provided.
Victoria Park City Of Glasgow is once again hosting the 76th annual MacAndrew Road Relay Race on Saturday the 19th of September 2015 around Jordanhill and Scotstoun.
The start time of the race is 1300 hrs. * New Earlier Date *
Registrations will be accepted on the day on the Club Deck within Scotstoun Stadium, Danes Drive, Glasgow. Athletes should register for the event before 1230 hrs. Registration Forms can be downloaded here.
Parking is available within the Stadium for Officials and organisers only. Due to the limited space available within the car park at Scotstoun during a busy period, staff have asked that competitors use the pre-arranged overflow spaces available within the playground of St Thomas Aquinas School in Mitre Road.
The School/Car Park is shown on the attached map and is less than 400m from the Stadium.
The Start line will be on Danes Drive, near to the entrance to the Stadium.
Changing and showers can be accessed within the Stadium. Refreshments will be provided as part of the entry fee on the Club Deck after the race.
Teams of 4 men or 3 women will circuit the three and a quarter mile course. The cost of entry will be £20 for a male team and £16 for a female team.
** There will be two new team prizes for 2015. The first male composite team finishing with athletes whose club is not represented in the race and the first female composite team finishing with athletes whose club is not represented in the race. ** There's now no excuse for not forming a team with your training partners.
Vets are 35 years for women and 40 years for men.
A full map of the route can be downloaded here.
Last years winning team was Inverclyde AC who finished with a combined time of 1:08:13.
Glasgow University Hares and Hounds won the senior women's race, finishing in a combined time of 58.01. The finishing positions are recorded below.
Just under 100 teams competed for the prizes on offer in 2013. This year we expect to exceed that number.
The Race is held under UKA Cross Country Rules and as such Rule 507 stipulates the youngest athlete should be a 2nd year U20 who turns 17 on or before the 31st August 2015.
Who says we don't remember past winners, right is a picture of Andy Forbes winning the MacAndrew Relay for Victoria Park in 1951.
£700 in vouchers to be spent at Achilles Heel on Great Western Road, Glasgow, will be awarded in prizes to the winning teams and individuals on the day.
Hope to see you there.
Unusually, the sun was shining brightly for the greater part of the day and the MacAndrew passed off safely once again for the 75th annual road relay race.
The new venue at Scotstoun being an especially good host once again.
Corstorphine AAC won the senior men's race in a combined time of 1:08.48. The team of Moray Anderson, Bryan Clark, Scott Pilkington and Howell Craske finished over a minute ahead of 2nd placed Shettleston.
Shettleston finished in a combined time of 1:10.22 with Ronhill Cambuslang in 3rd place with a time of 1:12.05.
Inverclyde AC won the senior women's race with a combined time of 59.61. The team of Sharon Muir, Rachael Bushfield and Julie Gordon finished 35 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed Dumbarton AAC.
Dumbarton AAC finished in a combined time of 1:00.26 with the hosts VP-Glasgow finishing 3rd in a combined time of 1:01.20.
The best time of the day was set by Paul Sorrie of Shettleston Harriers who completed his leg in a time of 16.19. The fastest time set by a woman was Carla Molinaro who was competing in a composite team who completed her leg in a time of 18.28.
Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers won the vets race with a time of 1:13.15 while Jamie Reid won the individual vet competition with a time of 17.13.
The best performance by a woman vet went to Julie Gordon of Inverclyde AC who completed the course in a time of 19.28.
The winning juniors were Jonathan Glen of Inverclyde AC who completed his leg in a time of 16.27 and Danielle Beattie of VP-Glasgow who completed her leg in a time of 19.24.
Well done to everyone who took part. The full results are available at this link.
Thanks once again to the army of officials, marshals and caterers who try very hard to make the day a great success for the athletes. Their time is greatly appreciated.
Special thanks of course to Katie Alexander of Achilles Heel who is a very generous and supportive sponsor of Victoria Park and the MacAndrew Road Race.
We hope to see you all back again next year for the 76th MacAndrew Road Relay Race.
Victoria Park City Of Glasgow is once again hosting the 75th annual MacAndrew Road Relay Race on Saturday the 4th of October 2014 around Jordanhill and Scotstoun.
The start time of the race is 1300 hrs. New Start Time
Parkingis available within the Stadium for Officials and organisers only. Due to the limited space available within the car park at Scotstoun during a busy period, staff have asked that competitors use the pre-arranged overflow spaces available within the playground of St Thomas Aquinas School in Mitre Road.
The Race is held under UKA Cross Country Rules and as such Rule 507 stipulates the youngest athlete should be a 2nd year U20 who turned 17 on or before the 31st August 2014.
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