Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Road Running Update

Now that summer is drawing to a close, the focus of the club’s endurance runners switches to cross country with the district, regional and national relays in October now fast approaching. There are though still plenty of road running events most notably the Great Scottish Run at the end of September. Hopefully this year will see a good turnout of cross country runners across all age groups.

Listed below are a number of the notable endurance running performances from the last few weeks.


Lewis Priest finished 2nd on his marathon debut at Fort William on 29th July. With the route described at scenic and undulating (i.e. hilly) and much of it on forest trails his time of 3 hours 1 minute 10 was most impressive.


Rhian Dawes was first female in the Sandwich (Kent) 10k on 24th June in a time of 41.13 and on 19th August Donna Finlayson completed the Paisley 10k in 44.40



Gerry Craig placed 4th in the John Lucas Memorial Round Strathaven ultra-run completing the 50 mile course in 7 hours 10 minutes



Club athletes took part in various parkruns in the UK and abroad during the summer months. Sandy Gardner travelled the furthest (over 4,000 miles) to Florida for the Clermont Waterfront parkrun beating the 2,800 miles that Thomas Connolly and I travelled to run in the Volgograd parkrun, Russia.  

Closer to home, Claire Thompson strung together a series of excellent performances finishing first female at Pollok (30th June and 7th July), Portobello (14th July) and Drumchapel (21st July). Becky Dumphy was 1st Female at Tollcross (28th July). 

Andy Law was 2nd male at Ganavan Sands, Oban (4th August) and Robyn Connolly was 2nd female (18th August). Saul McGlennan was 3rd at Harrow (25th August). The fastest time posted was Paul Lennie who ran 18.49 at Victoria Park on 18th August and with Peter Jardine running 19.02 at Springburn on 14th July and myself running 19.03 at Springburn on 4th August we are hopeful that we can get a strong Vet 50 team competing this year.

Road Running Update

With road running season now in full swing the club’s endurance runners have been competing at various distances from 5k to marathon in the last few weeks. Listed below are a number of the notable performances. Apologies if I have missed anyone.


Gerry Craig completed the Edinburgh marathon on 27th May in a time of 2 hours 58 minutes 44 seconds finishing in 155th place. Two weeks later he followed it up with 10th place in the Strathearn marathon in 3 hours 8 minutes and 10 seconds.


On 13th May, Gerry Craig was 17th in the Monklands half marathon in 84 minutes 20 seconds. Michael Craig finished 20th just over a minute behind Gerry and was 3rd in the Vet 50 age category. Abbey McGhee ran 87:46 in Salzburg, Austria on 6th May.


In the Dumbarton 10k on 17th May, Becky Dunphy was our best placed athlete in a time of 39:26 just ahead of Peter Jardine who was 8th Vet 50 in a time of 39:51. Peter finished 7th Vet 50 in the Kirkintilloch 10k in a time of 40:17 on the 14th June and the next evening Becky was 11th female in the Brian Goodwin Memorial 10k race at Pollok Park in a time of 39:53. Tom Ord was 3rd Vet 60 in a time of 43:49 at the Cambuslang Down By The River 10k on 20th May. Claire Thompson was 1st Vet 40 female in the Babcock Shettleston10k on 27th May in a time of 39:57 and Diane Ramsey’s time was 48:43. In the Scottish Women’s 10k on 10th June, Claire Thomson was 6th however Claire would have placed higher if she had not been sent in the wrong direction at the 8k point when running in 3rd place therefore adding an extra 600m to her distance!


Gerry Craig claimed 1st place in the 14.5 mile Glen Lyon race in a time of 1 hour 48 minutes and 47 seconds.


The Scottish 5K Championships were held at Crammond, Edinburgh on 4th May Our fastest athlete on the night was Max Milarvie in 15:45. Peter Jardine ran 19:02 and Claire Thompson was 19:03.


The last few weeks have seen VP-Glasgow athletes running at various parkrun locations. Pollok Park (Ralph Connolly), South Shields (Tom Ord) Ruchill (Sandy Gardner and Paul Lennie) where Paul Lennie finished 3rd, Drumchapel (Robert Daly), Springburn where Louis Sharp ran a PB of 18:52, Strathclyde (Tom Ord) Victoria where Finlay Waters ran a PB of 18:28 leaving Louis Sharp, Paul Lennie and myself all trailing in his wake and Pegwell Bay where Rhian Dawes was 1st Female finisher in 19:21.

Ralph Connolly

Road Running Group

On Tuesday the 22nd of May, Victoria Park will be launching our new Road Running group.

Everyone is welcome to come along on the night to meet the jog leaders/coaches and join them on a training run.

We'll meet in the Stadium near to the reception.  There'll be a sign in book at the reception.

Even if you've no intention of joining the group, we'd be delighted if you can join us for this, our first session together.

The jog leaders have beeen busy over the last few weeks identifying routes that can be adapted for runners of all abilities.

Below is some additional information from the club website.



Victoria Park’s Road Runners meet at 7pm every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening within the reception at Scotstoun Stadium.

Everyone is welcome to come along for a few weeks to join in with the sessions before deciding if it’s the right club for you.

All you need to get started is a good pair of running shoes, a desire to run faster or just get a bit fitter.  Either way, you’ll be made very welcome by our coaches and jog leaders.

The cost of our annual membership is £25.  There are no additional training fees.

You don’t need to join Scottish Athletics to train with or compete for Victoria Park.  However, being a member of Scottish Athletics gives you a £2 discount at any event with a SA permit (nearly all road races in Scotland) and other benefits.  If you are a member of a running club, the membership fee for Scottish Athletics is halved.  If you think you might be racing more than half a dozen times per year, the membership will pay for itself.

For Beginners

You don’t have to be a runner before you come along.  If you’re not running already, you might want to look at some of the many “get you started” training regimes on the net that will help you off of the couch and onto the road.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with starting off with a run/walk plan where you run and walk in turns.  Until you’ve built up some basic fitness, it’s far more important to slowly increase the distance that you’re running each week than the speed. 

Our coaches and jog leaders are expecting runners of all abilities and will be prepared to put an exercise plan in place to help you get from couch to 5k in 10 weeks.  We hope that beginners will take part in our local Park Run to record their progress.

Training Sessions

We meet within the reception at Scotstoun Stadium (there’s a sign in book) before we warm up within the South West corner of the facility.  It’s always followed with some gentle stretching before we divide into groups of similar ability.  

We’ll have fast runners leaving the stadium to do a longer route and we’ll have slower runners missing out on additional loops.  The plan will be to have everyone warming up together, leaving the stadium together and arriving back for a cool down at the same time.

If you’re not sure we’re the right group for you, why not come along and meet everyone in person.  Then take a few weeks to think about it.  When you’ve made your mind up, we’ll be expecting you.

Road Running Update

The club’s endurance runners have run and competed at various distances from 5k to marathon in the last few weeks and I have listed below a number of the notable performances. Apologies if I have missed anyone.


The London Marathon saw record breaking temperatures but 4 of our athletes successfully completed the course in the heat. First of the club’s finishers was Iain Dunn in 3 hours 54 seconds, closely followed by Michael Craig in 3 hours 7 minutes 50 seconds. Alex Potter ran 3 hours 54 minutes 59 seconds and David Orr, 5 hours 36 minutes 29 seconds.


Claire Thompson was 3rd female and 1st vet female at the Ballock to Clydebank half marathon in a time of 84 minutes 57 seconds on 25th March.


Claire Thomson ran 63.01 and was 5th vet female at the Tom Scott Memorial race at Strathclyde Park on 1st April. Tom Ord was 4th Vet 60 in a time of 68:22.

10,000m TRACK

After competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2017 London World Championships, Beth Potter continued her impressive series of international appearances and competed for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, Australia, running the 10,000m in 33.26 days after also competing in the Triathlon.


Max Milarvie placed 11th in his first 10k, running 32.10 at Port Erin, Isle of Man on 30th March. Sarah Potter was first female at the Wakefield Hospice 10k running a PB of 35.45 on 25th March and on 8th April was 4th female in 36.29 at the Jim Dingwall “Round the Houses” 10k at Grangemouth. On 10th March Anna Tait was 1st Female in the Jack Crawford Springburn Cup 10k at Bishopbriggs in a time of 37.09.


The last few weeks have seen VP-Glasgow athletes running at various parkrun locations from the Ayrshire coast to the Channel coast and the Gold coast, Australia. Notable performances included a good run from Becky Dunphy (1st Female and 6th overall) at Tollcross parkrun on 21st April whilst on the same day Louis Sharp (4th) and Ella Sharp (1st Female) both ran well at Troon. The 14th April saw Claire Thompson (1st Female) put in her fastest parkrun of the year at Pollok park. Also, on 14th April, Peter Jardine, who was down in Australia for the Commonwealth Games, ran the Main Beach parkrun. On 10th March, Peter was 3rd finisher at the Springburn parkrun.

Our athletes have also run at the following parkruns during the last few weeks: Bressay parkrun (Emma Mathieson), Linwood (Amy and Jan Bissett), Southwark and Croxteth Hall (Carys Murrison), Victoria Park (Finlay Waters, Mark Ashby, Danny Smith, Saul McGlennan, Thomas Connolly, Caitlin Cameron Coyle, Rab Daly), Bournemouth (Emma Mathieson), Greenock (Ralph Connolly), Ruchill (Sandy Gardiner), Ganavan Sands (Daniel Kinniburgh), St Andrews (Finlay Waters) and Strathclyde (Tom Ord).

Ralph Connolly