Sunday, October 17, 2021

Endurance Update

Spring’s warmer temperatures and increased daylight make training for endurance runners a much more pleasant experience compared with the cold and dark of winter and the club’s runners have been taking advantage of the improved conditions.  I’ve have listed below a selection of performances.

MarathonsCraig Johnstone

Boston, Madrid and London all featured athletes from our club.

James Stewart, who ran 100k in 7 hours 25 mins at Perth on 24th March, stepped down a distance running  2 hours 39 mins for 15th place at the Madrid Rock ’n’ Roll marathon, on 27th April. Gerry Craig crossed the Atlantic to run Boston on 15th April in 3 hours 17 mins. In London on 28th April, Rhian Dawes making her marathon debut ran 3 hours 5 mins and Alex Potter, a London regular ran 3 hours 13 mins. Amanda McFarlane and Grant McGregor from our road running group both ran 3 hours 48 mins

Half Marathons

Claire Thompson ran 1 hour 28:57 at Alloa on 31st March

10K Road

Sarah Potter was our fastest athlete running 35.59 at Dumbarton on 16th May. Becky Dunphy ran a PB 38.14, Sandy Gardner dipped below 40 minutes for the first time running 39.33 with Alex Potter running 39.36 and Mark Ashby 42.03

The previous week at Helensburgh Donna Finlayson ran 45.04

10,000m Track

At Crownpoint on 19th April Sarah Potter ran a PB 35.47 in the BMC organised race.

5K Road

The Scottish 5k Championship took place at Cramond, Edinburgh on 3rd May. Max Milarvie ran 14.54 for 12th place. Ross Whitelaw ran 16.09, Graeme Laing 17.23, Holly Little 18.19 and Sandy Gardner 18.29Ralph Connolly


Our local parkrun at Victoria Park continues to be well attended each week by our athletes. Notable recent performances include Craig Johnstone (17.33), Finlay Waters (18.08) Saul McGlennan (18.16) and Sholto Kinghorn (18.47).

Elsewhere in the Glasgow area Claire Thompson was 1st Female at Pollock on 18th May, Becky Dunphy, 1st female at Tollcross on 11th May, Louis Sharp ran 18.06 at Springburn on 11th May and Finlay Waters was first finisher at Drumchapel.

Our club’s athletes ran parkruns at various locations around the UK and abroad in  the last few weeks including Ganavan Sands, Oban (Andy Law), Victoria Dock, London, (Louis and Ella Sharp), Harrow (Saul McGlennan), Plean (Sandy Gardner), Southport (Mark Ashby), Keswick (Finlay Waters), Kew Woods (Mark Ashby) and Stockholm’s Haga parkrun (Robyn Connolly).

Ralph Connolly

Endurance Update

Our club’s endurance runners don’t ease up in their training schedules during the winter months with a long sleeve top, beanie hat and pair of gloves typically being the only concessions to the cold weather.

The healthy growth in numbers attending the club’s Road Running Group, regularly taking part in a parkrun and the juniors attending midweek endurance training bodes well for the future as we look to develop the endurance side of the club.

At this time of year, the main focus for the club’s competitive endurance runners is cross country but we have still had a number of athletes competing on the road and I have listed below some notable performances:-


The Ribble Valley 10k at Clitheroe on 30th December is one of the top 10k road races in the UK and Beth Potter (now concentrating on triathlon) ran a PB of 32.07 breaking the course record and posting the fastest female 10k road time in the UK for 2018. Sarah Potter was also well up the field finishing 15th female in a time of 36.30. Max Milarvie ran an excellent PB of 31.04 finishing 17th overall and 2nd in his age category.

Closer to home, Diane Ramsey, Thomas Connolly (running his first 10k) and myself all splashed our way round Bellahouston Park at the Jimmy Irvine 10k on 11th November and on Boxing Day, myself, Thomas and Robyn Connolly (running her first 10k) ran the 10k Turkey Trot at Ayr.



The last few weeks have seen VP-Glasgow athletes running at various parkruns with the biggest turnout at Victoria Park on New Year’s Day with over a dozen runners from the club taking part.

Rhian Dawes (Walmer & Deal Seafront parkrun), Claire Thompson (Pollok) and myself (Ayr) all posted first finishes. There was a 2nd place finish for Sandy Gardner at Ruchill, Sophie Sinclair at Springburn and an impressive 3rd place at Victoria Park for Craig Johnstone in 18.17. Louis Sharp (19.32) and Ella Sharp both ran course PBs at Ruchill on Saturday 19th January and on the same day Sandy Gardner (19.26) and Robyn Connolly (22.49) ran course PBs at Victoria Park. Well done to everyone from the club who has turned out at the parkruns recently, both running and volunteering.

Ralph Connolly

Endurance Update

Listed below are a number of the notable endurance running performances from the last few weeks. Apologies if I have missed any performances.


Alex Potter competed in the Great North Run on 9th September, a race he has run a number of times, finishing in a time of 93.25 and 17th in his age category. He then ran the Great Scottish run on 30th September in 88.45. Also successfully completing the Great Scottish Run was Peter Ramsay, Diane Ramsay, Greg McAlister and Ann Caven.


Max Milarvie ran a superb PB of 31.24 in the Great Scottish Run to place 4th overall and only 4 seconds off second place. In order of finishing, Graeme Laing, Robert Henderson, Claire Thompson, Ralph Connolly (2nd in age category), Becky Dunphy, Sandy Gardiner, Josh Kirk, Claire Brien, Neil Logan, David Orr, Grace Thompson and Yvonne Flynn all represented the club in the 10k

On 16th September, Josephine Moultrie was 3rd female at the Worcester 10k in a time of 36.50


A day after running the West District XC relay race at Irvine, Andy Law ran 40.03 on the track at Cumbernauld in the Scottish Veteran Harriers “Andy Forbes Memorial 10,000m” He was first Vet 60.


Saturday 6th October saw the club “takeover” our local parkrun at Victoria Park. Coordinated by Mark Ashby the club provided all the volunteers for the event that had over 400 participants and we successfully promoted the Road Running group. There was a good turnout of our club runners on the day with Fraser Gilmour 2nd overall with a PB performance of 16.52. Saul McGlennan also smashed his PB running 18.32. Suzanne Gilmour was 2nd female with a time of 19.13.

The last few weeks have seen our road runners take part in various parkruns around the country. Notable performances include Josephine Moultrie being 1st female and 3rd overall (behind Derek Hawkins) at Strathclyde parkrun on 8th September with a time of 17.40 and over in Edinburgh Aisling McGhee was 2nd female in 19.10. On 15th September, Sophie Sinclair was 1st Female at Springburn, Roisin Cameron Coyle was 2nd Female at Ruchill and further afield Ralph Connolly was 3rd overall at Nidda parkrun in Frankfurt, Germany


Ralph Connolly

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.