Saturday, July 31, 2021

Queens Baton Relay

Queens Baton Relay

Victoria Park was well represented on the Queens Baton Relay as it travelled throughout the city on it's way to Celtic Park for the opening ceremony.Bobby Quinn

Bobby Quinn, a life member of the club who still assists at our annual MacAndrew Road Race was given the honor of carrying the baton along 200 meters of Paisley Road West on Tuesday the 22nd on July.  Bobby who is now 85 failed to match his pb of sub 11 seconds but thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

Needless to say, Bobby was accompanied along the route by his proud sons, daughter, grandchildren and friends and parishioners from his church, Our Lady & St George in Penilee.

Bobby's three Scottish Championship winning relay medals are within our display cabinet at Scotstoun along with his Scotland vest from his heyday in the 1950's.

Also carrying the baton along Kinfauns Drive, Glasgow on Monday the 21st of July was our past president Hugh Barrow.  Hugh was club president from 1972 - 1977 and again from 1986 - 1992.  Hugh first joined the club in 1958 and didn't hang up his spikes until 1993.Hugh Barrow

Hugh still features in three of our club records, the 4x400 yards relay time of 3:18.6 which was set in Glasgow on the 18th of May 1968, the 1600 meters medley time of 3:23.7 which was set in Glasgow on 24th May 1969 and the 1 mile medley time of 3:23.1 which was set in Liverpool on the 5th August 1967.

Hugh has remained very active and was a very successful secretary of Glasgow Hawks rugby club from 1997 to 2007.

Also involved in the event was the late Ronnie Whitelocks family. Sadly Ronnie passed away in December 2012 but he would have been immensely proud to see his granddaughter Fiona McCartney carrying the baton along Drymen Road, Bearsden on Saturday the 19th of July.

Also present in the picture (right) are Ronnie's son Donald, his daughter Elspeth and their families.

Ronnie won many Scottish Championships and was a Great Britain international.Whitelock Family

1957 was probably his best year on the track, winning gold at the Scottish Championships over 100 yards with a time of 9.8 seconds, winning gold in the 4x110 yards relay, competing for Scotland and competing for Great Britain against Russia at White City.  The latter earning him life membership of Victoria Park.

Several of Ronnie's trophies are within our display cabinet at Scotstoun where his running spikes and starting blocks have pride of place.

I know there were many others who had the privilege of carrying the baton, congratulations to everyone involved.


Stornoway Tri Club Event

Stornoway Tri Club Event

On the 12th September, a bus load of young athletes and old coaches set off for Stornoway. The event was the Stornoway RAC tri club invitational match.   The journey was pleasant, glorious sunshine, the sea calm and the food supplies were successfully transferred between bus, ferry and final destination.  

We had teams of U13, U15 and U17 boys and girls, and beautiful weather on competition day, great conditions for PBs.   It was a close competition but we performed well enough to bring back the shield, which is now in the club trophy cabinet. There were so many fantastic performances that I am just mentioning some of the highlights, apologies if I have missed anyone. The full results can be viewed by following this link:  

The U13 girls, Emma Gilmour, Niamh Hay, Jenna Little, Skye Turner and Grace Hamilton,  between them covered all events. 100, 200, 75hurdles, 800, long jump, high jump, javelin and shot putt. They had great fun trying out new events.  Victoria Park in Stornoway

Our U13 boys had an even bigger challenge as there were only 3 of them, Gavin Wilson, Rogan Kelly-Vinaccia (won the javelin with 21.43m having never thrown before!) and Jack MacKinnon, they gained a massive 7 PBs between them! Gavin also won 3 events.  

U15 boys performed well with PBs for Lewis Priest in 1500, Thomas Connelly in 200, javelin and long jump, Andrew Moreland in 400, Cameron McKnight in 100, javelin and shot putt, Adam Orr in long jump and Charlie Milarvie in shot putt.  

For U15 girls there were PBs for Sophie Jordan in 100m, Jade Henry in 200m, Adrienne Murray 800m, Nicola Brechany long jump, Amy Bissett shot put and Holly Little in the javelin.  

A few notable performances in the U17 girls, Gillian Black in the 1500, 3 PBs for Catriona Cuthbert, and Emily Gulland had a PB in shot put.  

The U17 boys had a great day with PBs for David Wilson and Lewis Serpell in long jump, Euan Urquhart and David Wilson in shot putt, Jamie MacKinnon and Ewan Rae in 1500m.   Click here for photos from the day:  

Stornoway were fantastic hosts. We were treated to a BBQ and ceilidh which was enjoyed by all and also a walking tour of the local beauty spots the next day.   A huge thanks to all the folks involved from Stornoway, especially Ross Munro who was instrumental in organising the whole meeting.

Janet MacKinnon

Katie Papworth

Katie Papworth

It's with great sadness that we learned last Friday that Katie Papworth, a member of our Disability Group and a very competitive Race Runner and Boccia player had passed away after a long illness.  Katie, who was 19 years of age, had been suffering from a brain tumour for the last 8 years of her life and she faced this huge challenge with bravery, patience and good humour.  She never, ever complained about the toll that her illness and its treatment put upon her.  In short, she was a joy to be with and often had us laughing out loud at her sharp one-liners.Katia Papworth

Katie joined our Wednesday night training group at Scotstoun about 18 months ago and immediately became a firm favourite within our Boccia and Club Throws group.  Much to everyone’s amusement she once broke one of the solid wooden clubs.  Respect!!  It was so easy then to believe (and hope) that this time would never come as she was always so positive and full of life and character.  The word ‘inspirational’ certainly does apply to Katie and she was an exceptional role model to all who came into contact with her.  Katie can only be described in positive terms – so funny, feisty, kind, thoughtful and immensely brave.  I am desperately sad that we will no longer see her smiley wee face on a Wednesday night.  We will all remember her with great affection and even greater admiration.
RIP, Katie.
Katie’s funeral will take place at 10.00am on Thursday 13th November at St Andrews Church, 29 Roman Road, Bearsden, G61 2SN.
Linda Innes

Christmas Road Race

Christmas Road Race

Everyone is invited to take part in our Christmas Road Race on Sunday the 21st of December.  If you would like to take part, you should meet on the Club Deck at Scotstoun Stadium in time for a 12.30pm start.

We're hoping for a large turnout on the day with competitors aged from 9 to Masters.  It's a special event and it's not just for the endurance Athletes. 

Competitors should arrive bearing a gift for the Lucky Dip. Value in the region of £5 - £6. e.g. Selection boxes/sweets/chocolates for the younger athletes and Bottle of Wine/Box of Biscuits, etc for the adults.  Competitors and their siblings can only collect a present from the lucky dip if they donate a gift on the day.Christmas Road Race

The event is a handicap race, with the slowest athletes and those not familiar with the distance starting first.

The distances for the event will be 2 miles for the juniors and the 3 and a quarter mile MacAndrew Course for the seniors.

Parents will be most welcome as are any volunteers to help with stewarding the course.

For any athletes with a disability and not able to take part, there will be a special Boccia competition on the Club Deck.

The Club Deck will be open from 11.30am for registrations.  Tea and coffee will be available.