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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



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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