Saturday, July 31, 2021

Joint Scottish League

Men's League (Joint Scottish Leagues) meeting No 2, Grangemouth, Sun 13 July 2021

 VPG men were well represented in this meeting, which took the form of an OGM with a selected number of events. It was good to see a number of new members taking part, some under our club name and some for the Team West combine in which we compete in the new Scottish National Junior League for U17 & U20 age groups. It was a great day and a host of PBs were set, some however with wind assistance over the 2.0mps limit.

 In the 100m Jamie Stevenson ducked under 11 secs for the first time when taking 4th in Race 1 with 10.97 (wind +2.4). New member Ethan Pottie scorched to a legal PB of 11.00 (+1.7) in winning Race 2 and Euan Urquhart was 6th in 11.55 . Alkali Jammeh was 7th in Race 3 in 13.01 (+4.3). Then Ben McGuire, another new member, surprised himself by winning Race 4 in a PB of 11.20 (+2.3). Sol Stewart was 2nd for Team West in Race 2 in a legal PB of 11.17 (+1.7) and Dakota Sattar posted a PB of 12.04 (+5.1) for 4th in Race 8.

 Christpher Boyle, 4th in 52.38 and Ewan McArthur 6th in 54.29,  had their work cut out in windy conditions of 400m Race 2, in which Zoey Clark was a surprise entrant in 3rd place.

 The U20 110m Hurd;les was a triumph for our runners. Ross Morgan for Team West won in 14.73 and Ben Chatham was 3rd for VPG in 15.34 (wind assistance of +2.4). These are massive PBs and doubtless herald even greater improvement. Not since Chris Baillie's days have we had a high hurdles breakthrough like this.

 Our high jumpers occupied the top 3 positions. Lewis McGuire won with 2.05m, Marcus Morton took 2nd with 1.95 and Gavin Wilson took 3rd for team West with 1.90, both season's bests. Well done to all.

 Hugh Stevenson

Men's Team Manager

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.