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Scottish National Short Course Cross Country Championships
Bellahouston Park, Saturday 15th November 2014
Performances of note at the above Championships were the following:-
Gold medal was won by our U17 men’s Team which consisted of Jamie MacKinnon (9.45s), Scott McKay (9.50s) and Max Milarvie (9.57s)
Silver medal was won by Gillian Black for her individual performance in a time of 10.50s in the U17 Women Age Group.
Congratulations to our medal winners and well done to all those who took part.
Linda Innes



Victoria Park City Of Glasgow – AGM           26th November 2014, Scotstoun
The Annual General Meeting of the Club and our awards presentation will be held on Wednesday the 26th of November 2014 on the Club Deck at Scotstoun Stadium, Danes Drive, Glasgow at 7.30pm.  All members are invited to attend.
Apologies for absence.
Welcome from Club President.
Minutes of the previous meeting and matters arising.
Secretaries Report.
Treasurer’s Report.
President’s Remarks.
Presentation of Annual Awards.
Confirmation of Subscriptions for the following year.
Election of Office bearers and Committee Members
Vice President
Assistant Secretary
Membership Secretary
Welfare Officer
Track and Field Secretary
Cross Country Secretary
Road Running Secretary
Junior Representative
Men’s Captain
Ladies’ Captain
Committee members (4 in number)
Appointment of Team Managers for Indoor and Outdoor Season.
Discussion regarding the future development of the Club.
Any other competent business.

Annual Awards
Our Annual Awards will be presented at the AGM on Wednesday the 26th of November.  New awards will once again be presentedTrophies this year.  Each athlete will receive an engraved trophy which they will be able to keep. 

This years trophies will be presented by Katie Alexander of Achilles Heel and Graham McKnight of McKnight Financial.

The historic trophies will be engraved with the winners names and remain on display within our trophy cabinet.
The following members will be presented with their Awards at this year’s AGM.
Jax Thoirs, Diane Ramsay, Ray Bobrownicki, Adam Boyle, James Stewart, Euan Urquhart, Claire Thompson, Gavin Wilson, Sean Fontana, Mhairi Hendry, Erin McIlveen, Gillian Black, Jade Henry, Emma Gilmour, Jill Cherry, Gavin Roberts, Hazel Ross, David Mott, Suzanne Stephen, Lynn McGarry, Beth Potter, Graham Smith and Hugh Stevenson.
Medals will also be awarded to our Club Champions from Track and Field and Cross Country.  The full list of medallists is as follows:

Cross Country

Jenna Little, Valencia Wright, Niamh Hay, Blane Wright, Jack MacKinnon, Euan McGivern, Emma Gilmour, Eilidh Boyd, Kirsty Boyd, Thomas Connolly, Edan Webb, Calum Brown, Holly Little, Adlina Callan, Anya Morrison, Crawford Little and Peter Jardine.

Club Championships

Catriona Scott, Romy Abu-Rajab, Skye Turner, Aaron Purba, Mathew Ireland, Scott Williamson,  Mairead Connolly, Niamh Hay, Grace Hamilton, Rogan Kelly-Vinaccia, Cameron Robertson, Simon Aitken, Gavin Wilson, Eve McCusker, Kiah Dunlop, Scarlett Green, Ben Baird, Adam Orr, Hector Shaw, Emily Gulland, Roseanne Urquhart, Karyn Glen, Ross Codona, Darren Carruthers, Krish Muir, Gavin Roberts, Alistair Larter, Ryan Cuzen, Shinead McDonald, Lauren Gallagher, Jessica Bradley and Charlotte Fenner.


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 cKatie Papworthomplained 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.

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



  3k on The Green.
 Fri. 36-09-14.
 Joe Doyle               41st.     6thSVet.     12:10.

 Pollok 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 11-10-14.
 Jaqui Thomson       9th.     1stLady.     19:30.

 Victoria Park 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 11-10-14.
 Joe Doyle           39th.       1stV60.       21:09.
 Colin Rae           40th.        3rdV45.      21:10.

 West Dist. CC Champ.
 Sat. 11-10-14.
 Team A.  14th.
 Fraser Glass            13:10.
 Kiern Rafferty        13:20.
 Crawford Little      14:15.
 Martin Hayes         12:33.
 Team B  7th vets.
 Ralph Connolly       15:03.
 Derek Watson        14:50.
 Gerry Craig             14:18.
 Duncan Thonson   15:11.
 Team C    32nd.
 Adam Redpath       14:37.
 Andy Law                 15:10.
 Tom Ord                   15:21.
 Damien Moore       15:44.
 Ladies  7th.
 Dannielle Beatie      14:41.
 Donna Finlayson       15:22.
 Clair Thompson         15:20.

 Victoria Park 5k Park run.
 Sat. 18-10-14.
 Louis Sharp               35th.     1stU10Boy.     21:29.

 Dumbartonshire CC Relay Champ.
 Sat. 18-10-14.
 Team A  1st.
 Martin Hayes           2nd.     13:54.
 Fraser Glass              1st.      14:09.
 Kiern Rafferty          2nd.     14:41.
 Allan Ramsay            1st.     14:08.
 Team B  9th.
 Adam Redpath        12th.    16:52.
 Callum Heirs             13th.    15:33.
 Patrick Bowman      8th.      14:59.
 Damien Moore         9th.     17:31.
 Team C   10th.
 Peter Jardine             11th.    16:32.
 Jonathan Millar         15th.    17:44.
 Duncan Thomson      11th.    16:28.
 Gerry Craig                 10th.     15:38.
 Team D.
 Stuart Gilmour           14th.    17:58.

Victoria park 5k Park Run.
Sat. 25-10-14.
Colin Rae 29th 3rdV45. 21:29.
Louis Sharp 34th. 2ndU10Boy. 21:51.
Russel Barnett 85th. 3rdU10Boy

 Pollok 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 25-10-14.
 Jaqui Thomson               20th.     1stLady      19:56.

 Scottish CC Relay Champ.
 Sat. 25-10-14.
 Team A  19th.
 Mark Austin           13:44.
 Craig Jardine          14:00.
 Kiern Rafferty        14:46.
 Patrick Bowman    15:47.
 Team B
 Paul MacFarlane    17:06.
 Adam Redpath        16:37.
 Damien Moore        17:43.
 Vets Team  9th.
 Crawford Little        15:42.
 Peter Jardine           16:33.
 Gerry Craig              16:06.
 Ralph Connolly        17:31.
 Vet50  Team.  10th.
 Derek Watson         16:50.
 Davie McCormack  16:07.
 Tom Ord                    17:20.
 Donna Finlayson      17:20.
 Clair Thompson        17:26.

 Great South Run.  10mls.
 Sun. 26-10-14.
 Sean Fontana          22nd.     51:06.

Pollok 5k park Run.
Sat. 01-11-14. 
Jaqui Thomson       18th.     2ndLady.     19:31.

Kenny McVey



National Cross Country RelaysRelays
This event was held on Saturday 25th October 2014 in the park surrounding Cumbernauld House.  The prevailing weather condition of the day was heavy rain with more heavy rain.  Sunshine was in very short supply though hills and mud were in abundance.
The event was well attended by VP-Glasgow athletes with a total of 12 teams competing across all the age groups.
Most successful VPG team of the day was our Young Female team which came 4th.  It consisted of Lily Jane Evans-Haggerty (5th) in a time of 10.52s, Holly Little (14th) in a time of 11.31s and Gillian Black (3rd) in a time of 10.22s.  (Individual positions in brackets.)
Very well done to all our athletes who competed in such wet weather.
Linda Innes



West District Cross Country Relay Championships 

11th October 2014
Victoria Park City of Glasgow was well represented with teams competing in every age group. The event took place in Kilmacolm instead of the original course in Port Glasgow due to it being unsuitable under foot.  Unfortunately there were no medals won on this occasion but everyone competed very well.
Young Female race 2.5kRobyn Connolly
VP Glasgow A (Jnr) finished in 5th place with Emma Gilmour (U13), Holly Little (U15) and Gillian Black (U17) (Gillian was 3rd fastest U17)
VP Glasgow B (Jnr) finished in 8th place with Lily Jane Evans- Haggerty (U13) (Lily was 4th fastest U13), Adrienne Murray  (U15) and Tessa Hickey (U17)
VP Glasgow C (Jnr) finished in 24th place with Jenna Little (U13), Amber Jardine (U13) and Reagan Binnie (U17)  
VP Glasgow D (Jnr) finished in 69th place with Niamh Hay (U13) and Amy Bissett (U15) Incomplete team              
VP Glasgow E (Jnr) finished in 70th place with Grace Thompson (U13)  Incomplete team
Young Male Race 2.5K
VP Glasgow A ( Jnr ) finished in 7th place with Blayne Wright (U13), Andrew Moreland (U15) and  Jamie MacKinnon (U17)  (Jamie was 5th fastest U17)
VP Glasgow B (Jnr) finished in 15th place with Calum Brown (U13), Lewis Priest (U15) (Lewis was 5th fastest U15) and Ewan Rae (U17)      
VP Glasgow C (Jnr) finished in 41st place with Jack MacKinnon (U13), Thomas Connolly (U15) and  Adam Brady(U15)
Senior Women race 4K
VP Glasgow (Sen) finished in 7th place with Danielle Beattie (U20) (Danielle was 3rd fastest U20), Donna Finlayson (Sen) and Claire Thompson (Sen)  
Senior Mens race 4K
VP Glasgow A (Sen) finished in 14th place with Fraser Glass (U20), Kieron Rafferty (U20), Crawford Little (V) and Martin Hayes (Sen)  
VP Glasgow C (Sen) finished in 32nd place with Adam Redpath (Sen), Andrew Law (V), Tom Ord (V) and Damien Moore (Sen)
VP Glasgow B (Vet) finished 7th placed Vet team with Ralph Connolly (V), Derek Watson Snr. (V), Gerard Craig (V) and Duncan Thomson (V)    

Suzanne Gilmour



VPG had a good deal of success on a lovely day at the Duchess Woods
Our Senior Men had a bit of luck in coming 1st, as Glasgow University went off course on Leg 4 when heading for a clear victory. Our slightly embarassed team was Martin Hayes 13:54, Fraser Glass 14:09, Kieran Rafferty 14:41, Allan Ramsay 14:08, total time 56:52. Garscube were 2nd and the unfortunate Uni 3rd. The result was accepted in sporting fashion by all concerned. Our B team was 9th in 64:55 (Adam Redpath 16:52, Calum Heirs 15:33, Patrick Bowman 14:59, Damien Moore 17:31). Our C (Masters) team was 10th in 65:52 (Peter Jardine 16:32, Jonathan Miller 17:14, Duncan Thomson 16:28, Gerry Craig 15:38). Stuart Gilmour ran a solo 17:58 on leg 1.

Our only Senior Woman Suzanne Gilmour was 3rd Woman on Leg 1 in an excellent 16:23. Stuart has a bit of catching up to do!

In the Young Athletes relays for mixed U13/15/17 teams our Boys were 3rd in 25:47 (Rogan Kelly 9:11, Adam Brady 8:41, Andrew Moreland 7:55). Jack McKinnon 9:47 and Thomas Connolly 10:11 also ran. Our Girls went one better with 2nd in 28:44 (Amber Jardine 9:54, Amy Bisset 9:35, Adrienne Murray 9:15). The B team was 6th in 33:44 (Grace Thompson 11:51, Jessica Cinnamond 11:51, Robyn Connolly 10:26). Abbie Leanard 10:46 and Cara McCauley 11:20 also ran.

A good number of our U11s got what was perhaps their first fun experience of cross country. The Boys swept to victory with an aggregate time of 21:37 (Fraser Gilmour 6:56 and Devan Miller 7:04 were first two home and Finlay Kelly did 7:37).Other boys to run were Russell Barnett 7:41, Joshua Cinnamond 8:00, and Callum McCauley 8:30. 

The U11 Girls were 3rd in 24:49 (Catriona Scott 7:55, Skye Stuart 8:18, Emma Williams 8:36). They were backed up by Skye Turner 8:50, Skye McCusker Young 8:58, Esteve Sudmale 9:25 and Jenny Brady 9:53. 

Hugh Stevenson


Great North Run Half marathon.
 Sun. 07-09-14.
 Sean Fontana               20th.                        67:15.
 Alex Potter                 375th.     16thV50.     85:53.

 Pollok 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 20-09-14.
 Alistair Douglas          13th.     3rdV50.        18:42.

 Victoria Park 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 20-09-14.
 Colin Rae                     46th.     6thV45.         21:45.
 Rosie Savage             129th.     2ndU10girl.   27:19.

 Victoria Park 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 04-10-14.
 Gillian Black                 2nd.      1stLady.       18:06.

 MacAndrew Road Relay.
 Sat. 04-10-14.
 Team A 8th.
 Calum Heirs               19:06.
 Fraser Glass               19:04.
 Kiern Rafferty             18:52.
 Martin Hayes             17:42.
 Team B 16th. 3rdVets.
 Ralph Connolly           20:27.
 Gerry Graig                 19:28.
 Crawford Little            19:18.
 Derek Watson             20:54.
 Team C 17th.
 Adam Redpath            21:31.
 Micheal Craig             19:28.
 Gregor Innes               20:09.
 Tom Ord                      21:58.
 Team D (Composite)
 Peter Jardine              20:16.
 Jonathan Millar          21:42.
 Tom Brady                   24:21.
 Lyn Doherty(Lady)      31:44.
Ladies Team 3rd.
 Danielle Beatie            19:24.
 Donna Finlayson          20:57.
 Clair Thompson            20:59.

 McCover Half Marathon.
 Sun. 05-10-14.
 Gerry Craig                     12th.     3rdV45.      80:28.
 Andy Law                        23rd.     5thV55.     84:30.

 Great Scottish Run 10k.
 Sun. 05-10-14.
 Sean Fontana.                   1st.       31:03.
 Clair Thompson              95th.       39:26.
 Ralph Connolly             106th.       39:41.
 Nicolla Gonnella          187th.       41:11.
 Donald Branney           671st.       46:04.

 Great Scottish Run Half Marathon.
 Sun 05-10-14.
 Susan Partrage               26th  5thLady.  72:12.
 Beth Potter                     35th  6thLady.   73:29.
 Terry Coyle                      107th.                  80:52.
 Mark Ashby                     225th.                  86:01.
 Sarah Potter                   329th.                  88:38. 
 Damien Moore               670th                   93:51.
 Cory O'Hara                    1257th.                99:34. 

Kenny McVey



The Achilles Heel - MacAndrew Road Relay Race 2014

The sun shone for most 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, Paul SorrieBryan 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. 



 Scottish Masters 3000/5000m Championships.
 Sat. 5-07-14.
 Tom Ord               5000m.     10th.      3V55.     19:52.
 Clair Thompson    3000m.       3rd.      2LV35.   11:06.

 Pollok 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 23-08-14.
 Ralph Connolly      18th.     3rdV45.     18:55.
 Damien Moore      29th.                       20:11.

 Springburn 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 23-08-14.
 Lynn Doherty         33rd.     9thLady.     19:27.

 Victoria Park 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 23-08-14.
 Fraser McDonald    43rd.     2ndU14.     20:55.
 Joe Doyle                44th.     1stV60.      21:01.
 Chris Sheridan        91st.   (With pram) 23:47.
 Cara Thom              117th.   1stU17W.  25:16.
 Rab Daly                 124th.   2ndV70.     25:44.
 Nina Slowe             173th.    1stU10G.   29:15.

 Pollok 5k Park run.
 Sat. 30-08-14.
 Alister Douglas       11th.     2ndV50.     19:05.
 Emma Kay               128th.   15thLady.   24:04.

 Victoria Park 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 30-08-14.
 Rab Daly                 121st.     2ndV70.     25:18.

 Barry Buddon Half Marathon.
 Sun. 31-08-14.
 Emma Kay               119th.     23rdLady.   1h 15m 35s.

 Paisley 10k.
 Sun. 31-08-14.
 Alex Potter           57th.     7thV50.     38:41.
 Mark Ashby          71st      8thV50.     39:35.
 Donna Finlayson  96th.     8thLady.    40:58.
 Damien Moore.    120th                      41:51.

 Junior Home International Hill Race Trial.
 Sun. 31-08-14.
 Craig Jardine      U19-7k.    1st.     31:33.

 Doonans Doodle Hill Fun Run.
 Sun. 31-08-14.
 Amber Jardine    4th.     1stGirl.      7:21.

 Pollok 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 06-09-14.
 Alistair Douglas       14th.      2ndV50.     18:57.

 Strathclyde 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 06-09-14.
 Emma Kay                24th.     2ndLady.     20:31.

 Victoria Park 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 06-09-14.
 Ralph Connolly           7th.     2ndV45.     18:44.
 Peter Jardine             12th.    3rdV45.      19:01.
 Mark Ashby.              13th.    3rdV50.      19:02.
 John McDonald         31st.    1stU17.      21:50. 
 Amy Bissett              67th.    1stU14G.    24:31.
 Rab Daly                   78th.    1stV70.       25:15.
 Rosie Savage            134th.  1stU10g.     29:15.

 Glenmore 24 Hour Trail Race.
 Sat. 06-09-14.
 Gerry Craig               4th.     116Miles in 24hrs.

 Pollok 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 13-09-14.
 Alistair Douglas.        18th.     4thV50.     18:57.

 Strathclyde 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 13-09-14.
 Tom Ord                   17th.     2ndV55.      20:30.

 Victoria Park 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 13-09-14.
 Daniel Smith            46th.      2ndU17.      21:03.
 Maggie Sinclair       99th.      19thLady. 1stLV60.   24:31.



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:  

TheStornoway 2014 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.  

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



National Age Group Championships 23rd and 24th of August

The Championships for U13's to U20's was held at the Aberdeen Sports Village and was well attended by members of VP-Glasgow.

Congratulations to the 17 athletes who returned to Glasgow with hard won medals.

U13 Medal winners:
75m Hurdles (M)          Gavin Wilson                3rd        13.23s
1500m (F)                    Emma Gilmour             2nd        5.10.59s
Discus (F)                     Grace Thompson         1st        22.87m
U15 Medal winners:
High Jump (M)               James Stewart            1st        1.70m
Javelin (M)                    Adam Boyle                  3rd        42.84m
U17 Medal winners:   
300m (F)                      Jill Cherry                     1st        40.21s
400m Hurdles (M)        Iain Wilson                   3rd        58.77s
Long Jump (M)             Euan Urquhart              3rd        6.29m
Triple Jump (M)            David Wilson                2nd        12.62m
U20 Medal Winners:
100m (F)                      Laura McCracken          1st        12.28s
100m (F)                      Arlene Barr                   2nd        12.34s
800m (F)                      Mhairi Hendry               1st        2.10.87s
800m (M)                     Christopher Boyle        2nd        1.57.24s
400m Hurdles (M)        Patrick Clark                 2nd        59.30s
Shot Putt (F)                Katie Ord                      2nd        10.28m
Shot Putt (F)                Holly Morgan                3rd        9.46m
Discus (F)                     Katie Ord                      3rd        31.85m
High Jump (M)              Marcus Morton             2nd        1.90m



Central & South of Scotland Athletics League (CSSAL)   3rd Match 31st August 2014
VP-Glasgow were 5th on the day at a sunny Kilmarnock, and therefore finished 6th overall in this league, a big improvement on 8th last year when we were lucky to avoid relegation. With a good turnout for each match, and maybe some more Masters athletes deciding to have an outing (?!), we should be able to feature much further up the table next season.
Well done to everyone who took part over the 3 matches.
Some results are below and the full match results are available on Scottish Athletics / Events and Power of 10.
u11 Boys
600m Fraser Gilmour 4th A 2.00.0, Matthew Ireland 2nd B 2.01.9, Long Jump Ben Chatham  3rd A 3.43m, Conor McNally 2nd B 3.39m.
u13 Boys
100m Donald Scott 2nd B 14.4s, Gavin Wilson Shot Putt 3rd A 6.32m, High Jump 2nd B 1.30m and Javelin 3rd A 19.41m, Simon Aitken 4th A High Jump 1.30m, 4x100m 3rd 58.9s.
u15 Boys
100m Adam Orr 2nd B 12.9s, 800m Andrew Moreland 2nd A 2.12.3, Adam Brady 3rd B 2.18.9.
u17 Men
Ewan Hoy 100m 5th A 12.5s and Long Jump 1st B 5.51m, David Wilson 100m 1st B 12.4s, Long Jump 1st A 5.90m and Javelin 2nd A 30.57m, 400m Euan Urquhart 1st A 51.1s, Iain Wilson 1st B 54.5s, 800m Calum McCormack 3rd A 2.05.5, Lewis Serpell 800m 1st B 2.10.4 and Javelin 1st B 23.47m, High Jump Keir King 1st A 1.70m, 4x400m (u17 / Senior) 3rd 3.34.4.
Senior Men
100m  David Clark 2nd A 11.6s, Stephen Murphy 1st B 11.9s, High Jump Mark Revie 1st A 1.70m
Masters Men
800m Ralph Connolly 2nd A 2.19.7, Tom Ord 3rd B 2.38.7
u11 Girls
Skye Turner 80m 3rd A 12.6s and 1st A Long Jump 3.71m, Catriona Scott 3rd A 600m 2.01.8 and 3rd B Long Jump 3.30m
u13 Girls
Emma Gilmour 3rd A 800m 2.34.0, Grace Thompson 2nd A Javelin 16.59m and 2nd A shot Putt 6.56m
u17 Women
100m 1st A Emily Gulland 13.5s, Emma Thompson 3rd B 13.9s and 1st A High Jump 1.60m, Reagan Binnie 1st A 800m 2.22.2, 4x 100m 2nd 54.3s
Christine Scott



Our Men's team had a great win in the final Division 2 match of the Scottish Athletics League, finishing 41 points ahead of Shettleston on the day and as runners up, one league point behind them over the four matches this season. Both of us will compete in Division 1 next season. Well doneDavid Clark to all the athletes who shared in our success!
Fifteen athletes competed for us in the match, all earning a good haul of points. Top scorer with 40 points was Gerry Farrell (1st Discus 31.65m, 2nd Hammer 33.35m, 4th Shot 8.99m). Paddy Clark scored 31 (1st 400m Hurdles 59.10, 3rd B 200m 23.01pb, 2nd 4x100, 2nd 4x400). David Clark scored 27.5 (3rd 100m 11.19. 3rd 200m 22.97, 2nd 4x100). John Mulhern scored 27 (1st B 400m Hurdles 59.35, 5th 400m 52.95, 2nd 4x100, 2nd 4x400).
We took maximum points in three events, 110m and 400m Hurdles and High Jump. Other top scores not previously noted were Euan Urquhart, 1st B 400m (52.18) and 1st B 800m (2:05.56); Chris Boyle, 2nd 800m (2:00.52); Chris Watson, 1st 1500m (4:15.25); Neale Kelly, 1st 110m Hurdles (15.68); Steven Beattie, 1st B 110m Hurdles (16.27), 3rd B 100m (11.39pb); Corry O'Hara, 1st Long Jump (6.61m pb); David Wilson, 2nd Triple Jump (12.60m), 2nd B Long Jump (6.13m pb); Marcus Morton, 1st High Jump (1.85); Mark Revie, 1st B High Jump (1.70).
It was good to see several members making their debut in the Mens League - Chris Watson, fresh from his victory in the Scottish Senior 800m Championship and a sub-1:50 clocking midweek, strolled to and easy win in the 1500m after a slow early pace in windy conditions, then put in a great effort on the last leg of the 4x400 with a 49.57 split, where we just lost out to Giffnock North by 0.13 in 3:30.50. Ben Chan put in a solid 11.76 for 2nd in B Triple Jump. And Patrick Bowman, switching from his old speciality of jumps, took 2nd in B 1500m (4:33.25). 
Thanks for a good team effort, showing commitment to the club. Don't forget the officials who also turned out as a vital part of the team to help me as Team Manager, Sheila Baillie (Field Referee), Hugh Baillie, Joe Doyle, Anne Ferrie. It was also good to see coaches and parents present to help and encourage the team. All contributed to a successful day, which we hope bodes well for next season's league.
Hugh Stevenson



Scottish National Championships

The Scottish National Senior Championships were held at Kilmarnock on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August is absolutely atrocious weather conditions with torrential rain and headwinds of up to -7.2 hampering performances.  Very well done to all VP-Glasgow athletes who competed.
Notable performances were as follows:-
Calum Innes was 1st in the 100m with a time of 11.43s (W -6.1).
Diane Ramsay was 1st in the 400m with a time of 55.52s.
Phillipa Millage was 3rd in the 800m with a time of 2.08.04s.
Hazel Ross was 1st in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 14.75 (W -6.2).
Mhairi Patience was 3rd in the 400m Hurdles with a time of 60.73s.
Christopher Watson was 1st in the 800m with a time of 1.56.25s.
Sean Fontana was 1st in the 5000m with a time of 15.07.40s.
David Martin was 1st in the 400m Hurdles with a time of 52.91s.
Mhairi Porterfield was 2nd in the Shot Putt with a throw of 12.74m.



Pollok 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 27-07-14.
 Clair Thompson              26th.     2ndLady.     19:42.
 Damien Moore              31st.                            20:05.

 St. Andrews 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 27-07-14.
 Ralph Connolly               12th.     2ndV45.     19:25.

 Victoria Park 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 27-07-14.
 Andy Law                         19th.    1st55.        19:02.
 Fraser McDonald           45th.    1stU14.     20:05.
 Rab Daly                        116th.    1stV70.     24:48.

 Tollcross 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 02-08-14.
 Emma Kay                       19th.     1stLady.    21:27.

 Victoria Park 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 16-08-14.
 Allison Kerr                     12th.     2ndLady.     18:56.
 Mark Ashby.                   15th.     2ndV50.      19:07.
 Blayne Wright               20th.     1stU14.        19:39.
 Gavin Wright                 26th.     4thV45.        19:58.
 Fraser McDonald          40th.    2ndU14.        20:37.
 Robert McDonald        57th.     2ndU17.        21:34.
 Valencia Wright           59th.     1stU10Girl.   21:35.
 Rab Daly                      119th.     1stV70.          25:15.
 Tuscany Wright         145th.     1stU10Girl.    26:42.

 Pollok 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 16-08-14.
 Ralph Connolly           13th.        1stV45.          19:24.

 Greenock 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 16-08-14.
 Sharon Turner            39th.      5thLady.          25:52.

 SVHC. Glasgow 800. 10k.
 Sun. 17-08-14.
 Cartha Queens Park.
 Andy Law                    31st.        4thV55.          38:38.
 Tom Ord                      55th.       7thV55.          42:19.    

Kenny McVey    


Return To Scotstoun

VP-Glasgow will be returning to Scotstoun on Tuesday the 12th of August.

Knightswood, Nethercraigs and Crownpoint have been excellent hosts but it'll be great to get back to Scotstoun.

Hopefully everyone will find their way back after the extended break.

Remember, we will have a lot of new starts coming down to the track, please be patient and help them learn the track etiquette so as to avoid any incidents.


SVHC. 5ml. Road Race.
 Wed. 04-06-14.
 Andy Law          44th.     3rdV55.      31:31.

 Strathclyde 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 21-06-14.
 Erin McIlveen      8th.     1stLady.      18:50.
 Tom Ord             19th.     2ndV55.     20:45.

 West Highland 96ml Race.
 Sat. 22-06-14.
 Milngavie to Fort William.
 Mark Ashby         55th.     6thV50.     22hr. 45m. 34s.

 SVHC. 5k Championships.
 Wed. 25-06-14.
 Andy Law            29th.     6thV55.    18:31.
 Clair Thompson  31st.     4thLady.    18:44.

 Calderglen 10k Trail Race.
 Fri. 27-06-14.
 Tom Ord            59th.     3rdV55.      45:49.

 Pollok 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 28-06-14.
 Damien Moore   27th.                          20:06.
 Emma Kay          120th.    14thLady.     23:50.

 Victoria Park 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 28-06-14.
 John Law           2nd.     1stU17.        17:30.

 Springburn 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 05-07-14.
 Lynn Doherty     51st.     14thLady.     29:10.

 Victoria Park 5k Park Run. 
 Sat. 05-07-14.
 Lucy Gardner     123nd.    1stU14Girl.   30:51.

 Springburn 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 12-07-14.
 Gavin Wright      9th.     3rdV45.     19:50.
 Blayne Wright    16th.    1stU10.     22:20.
 Tuscany Wright  42nd.   1stU10girl.  28:33.

 Tollcross 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 12-07-14.
 Nathan Merchant    6th.     1stU17.     20:09.

 Victoria Park 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 12-07-14.
 Ashling McGhee       15th.     1stLady.     19:23.
 Emma Kay                 36th.     6thLady.     21:47.

 Pollok 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 19-07-14.
 Ralph Connolly         12th.     3rdV45.     19:17.

 Springburn 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 19-07-14.
 Gavin Wright             4th.     2ndV45.     19:54.
 Blayne Wright           12th.   1stU10.      21:40.
 Valencia Wright        22nd.   1stU10Girl 23:26.

 Victoria Park 5k Park Run.
 Sat. 19-07-14.
 Paul Harper                7th.      1stU17.    17:33.
 Fraser McDonald       31st.     1stU14.     19:59

  Kenny McVey                                                                                                                              



Commonwealth Games 2014Beth Potter

Congratulations to all of our athletes who represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games and made us all feel very proud.

Jax Thoirs was fourth in the Pole Vault with a height of 5.45m, setting a new Scottish Native Record, breaking the one he set two weeks ago in the Diamond League at Hampden.

Beth Potter was fifth in the 10,000m final in a personal best time of 32.33.36 and 9th in the final of the 5,000m in a personal best time of 15:44.72.  Beth will now go on to represent Team GB at the European Championships.

Susan Partridge was 6th in the Marathon with a time of 2:32.18, just two seconds outside of her personal best.

Ray Bobronicki Juliet and Usainwas 9th in the High Jump final with a height of 2.21m.
Dianne Ramsay ran the second leg of the 4 x 400m relay team that set a Native Record for the event with a time of 3:33.91.

Congratulations also to our officials who played some key roles in organizing events in track and field, our members who gave their time to support the games as Clydesiders and especially Juliet Gold who landed the best job of them all as kit carrier to Usain Bolt.

It's been great fun but everything returns to normal when we return to Scotstoun on Tuesday the 12th of August.


Queens Baton RelayBobby Quinn

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, 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 Hugh Barrowcarrying 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 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 presentThe Whitelock family 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.

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.


Ray Bobrownicki is our latest club hero. Representing VP Glasgow in the Scottish Ahletics League Division 2 competition at Grangemouth on Sunday 13 July, he was up against fellow Commonwelth Games high jumpers David Smith (Giffnock North) and Allan Smith (guesting), Ray Bobrownickiboth of whom had taken part in the Diamond League at Hampden. They were all chasing last minute European Championship qualification as well as a final work out before the Games, and David's League record of 2.17 was an added incentive. That fell as all three soared over 2.10, 2.15 and 2.20. Ray was leading as the bar went to 2.24, but David leapfrogged him with an earlier clearance, raising his arms in triumph. At the new Euro qualifying height of 2.28, however, Ray was the only one to clear, with a superb determined effort, typical of his confident demeanour throughout the afternoon, and he celebrated with a leap in the air that was almost as high. He then had a brave go at Geoff Parsons's Scottish National Record of 2.31, but this height, 9cm above Ray's previous best, proved to be over the limit. His 2.28 is the best ever by a Scot on home soil, tying Parsons's silver medal height at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games of 1986. It will go forward for ratification, but more importantly Ray now has the qualifier for Zurich, so let's hope the British selectors take heed.
How can we follow such a great athletic display? Not easily, but our Men's team did their very best, winning their match by a thumping 60 points from Pitreavie, with title chasers Shettleston a further 13 points behind (pending final results check). We had 16 athletes on parade, too many to detail individually, but apart from Ray, Calum Innes, back from Canada, cracked the Division record in 110m Hurdles with 14.44 secs, though assisted by a wind of +3.2. He felt he might have beaten his pb of 14.20 but for a stumble over the last hurdle. We took maximum points from A & B wins in the 400m Hurdles (David Martin 52.80 secs and John Mulhern 59.89) and in the Pole Vault (Sam Adams and Jamie Sinclair, back from USA, both 4.20m). Other A winners were David Martin (400m, 50.38secs) and Alex Lewis (Javelin, 38.05m). Our 4x400 relay team won again, while our 4x100 team was pipped by Pitreavie by a mere 3 hundredths, Scotland's top sprinter Ryan Oswald just getting the better of Jamie Sinclair in a thrilling finish, where we posted a time 4 hundredths faster than our Scottish Championship win on 15 June. It was good to welcome young athletes competing for the first ime in the Men's League - Chris Boyle, Fraser Glass, Craig Jardine and David Wilson, all of whom earned valuable points. Thanks also to Jim Harvie and Ken Gray, who joined me in performing the official match duties without which we are not able to compete in these matches. Also good to see a number of coaches, parents and supporters there to cheer us on. 
The last, deciding match is at Scotstoun on 30 August . We may not have so many stars on show, but must do well again to stay in the top two promotion spots. Top three contenders are Shettleston 25, VP Glasgow 22 and Pitreavie 21. Keep that date free!
Hugh Stevenson, Team Manager    



New Training Tops

Our new Nike training tops and Hoodies are now in stock at Achilles Heel in Great Western Road, Glasgow.

The new training tops bear the logos of both of our sponsors, Achilles Heel and McKnight Financial.

They're modelled in the attached pictures by our athletes while training at Scotstoun Stadium.

Thanks to Gregor Innes for the quality images, a selection of the pictures can be seen at the following links.

Image 1, Image 2, Image 3, Image 4, Image 5, Image 6, Image 7, Image 8, Image 9.

The prices hadn't been announced when the website was updated but a call or visit to Achilles Heel will satisfy your curiosity.

Contact details for the shop can be found on the Achilles Heel website at this link.

Our Hoodies are once again supplied by Nike and are £25 for all childrens sizes and £32 for adult sizes. 

A full stock of hoodies are currently available. 

For those who haven't visited the shop before it's at 593 Great Western Road, Glasgow, you must go in, the staff are marvelous. 



Youth Development League – U13 and U15

The 2nd Match of the Scottish Division 1 competition was held at Kilmarnock on Sunday the 1st of June.  VP-Glasgow finished in 7th place overall.

The best performances were as follows:

Joshua O’Hare was 1st in the 300m with a time of 38.79s and Ruaridh Scott-Brown was 1st in the Javelin with a distance of 30.41m.

James Stewart was 1st in the High Jump with a height of 1.75m and Kirsty Elliot was 1st in the Long Jump with a distance of 4.76m.



Youth Development League

Match 2 was held on Sunday the 1st of June at St Mary’s College, Spinkhill.  Team Glasgow finished in first place on the day and are now top of the league.

The best performances were as follows:

Ross Maxwell was 1st in the 100m with a time of 10.88s and 1st in the 200m with a time of 21.79s.

Alexander Lewis was 3rd in the Javelin with a distance of 38.17m and 3rd in the triple jump with a distance of 13.17m.

Marcus Morton was 3rd in the High Jump with a height of 1.85m and Mhairi Patience was 2nd in the 400m Hurdles with a time of 62.02s.

Holly Morgan was 1st in the Discus with a distance of 29.69m and 1st in the Javelin with a distance of 27.80m.

Bethany Buchanan was 3rd in the 300m Hurdles with a time of 47.88s.




Match 2 was held at Philippa MillageDerby on Saturday the 8th of June.  VP-Glasgow did well on the day, finishing fifth overall.

The best performances were as follows:

Philippa Millage finished 1st in the 800m with a time of 2:06.52 and Danielle Beattie was 1st in the 2,000m Steeplechase with a time of 7:23.49.

Chloe Lambert finished in 2nd place in the 400m with a time of 56.54 and Mhairi Patience was 2nd in the 400m Hurdles in a time of 61.54s.

Nikki Manson finished 2nd in the High Jump with a height of 1.65m.

The 4x400m relay team of Julie Dobbin, Chloe Lambert, Mhairi Hendry and Philippa Millage finished in 1st place with a time of 3:47.89.



Announcing Our New Sponsor - McKnight Financial

McKnight Financial is a Glasgow based Independent Financial Adviser firm, formed in 2009 by principal adviser and director Graham McKnight, that offers clients a "Private Client” service.

After 20 years McKnight Financialworking for RBS in financial services, Graham made the decision that in order to continue to provide the highest level of customer service and advice that he would need to provide these services under his own brand.  McKnight Financial has now grown to a team of five, working from their head office in Central Glasgow.  

With an excess of 70 years financial services and business experience, the team at McKnight Financial develops long lasting relationships with clients by sharing the passion and drive they have for 1st class service delivery.  With clients located across the UK, the team work tirelessly to provide structured and tailored advice and stewardship.

No individual is the same, therefore each of us has highly specific financial planning needs. Clients benefit from an intimate relationship with their Financial Adviser that develops longevity and trust enabling clients to have confidence that their longer term planning is being looked after by someone that knows them well and understands their specific requirements. 

Victoria Park hopes to have a long and successful partnership with Graham and his team at McKnight Financial.  New training kit bearing the new logo is already at the printers and should be available by the middle of June.



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