Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Return to Training

I’m delighted to tell you that after another extended shutdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic, training will finally resume at Scotstoun Stadium from Monday the 15th of March 2021.  

Since you last trained at Scotstoun, we’ve had to make a few changes to our training regime to allow us to return to the track.  We’ve listened to local government advice and been advised by our governing body at Scottish Athletics to make everything as safe as possible for our members and volunteers.

For those who were training at Scotstoun in October, November and December last year, there is very little change to our procedures and hopefully you’ll be familiar with the practice.

Risk Assessment

A full and detailed risk assessment has been prepared for our coaches and volunteers and it can be accessed via our website at:  http://www.vp-glasgow.com/rules/risk-assessment-covid-19.html

Group Size

For U12's we’ll be restricting our group sizes to 12 athletes per coach and a bubble size of 30, our U18's are restricted to group sizes or bubbles of no more than 15 and our seniors are also restricted to group sizes of 15.  Although the athletes will be allowed to train in the same space as their peers in their training bubble, our coaches and volunteers will have to maintain physical distancing.

The track and infield will be divided into smaller spaces for sprints, hurdles and conditioning while the numbers running in lanes 1 and 2 will be reduced to allow 5m between each of the groups involved in repetitions of the track.

Booking System

A booking process has been introduced through our LoveAdmin system.  No longer will athletes be able to attend sessions without first booking online.  These bookings will repeat on the same day of the week until cancelled (by email).  Please only book sessions if you’re committed to attending.  A separate word doc will explain this procedure.

There is no longer a limit to how many sessions you can attend but you must first make sure you’re on the register by booking.

If you have previously booked to train with a specific group on a specific night, you don’t need to repeat this process unless you’re adding an additional session.

Attendance Register

Once you’ve signed up to attend our group sessions, you’ll be added to an attendance register which can be accessed at each session by your coach.  Your attendance will be recorded on the LoveAdmin app and the information will be retained for one month.  Our admin team will be able to access the register should there be any enquiries from the NHS.

Travel

The only group that are currently unable to cross local authority boundaries for organised sport are our members who are 18 years of age or older.  Athletes U18 years of age are allowed to cross into another local authority area for training.

Rendezvous Point

Prior to your attending at the track for the first time, you’ll receive an email directing you to a rendezvous point within the stadium where you’ll meet your coach and the remainder of your group.  You should remain physically distanced from your group until you’ve had a safety briefing from your coach.

Your coach will direct you to your dedicated training area.  You should leave any additional clothing and drinks at your rendezvous point.  Please ensure that all water bottles and clothing are labelled.

Equipment

Only coaches will be allowed into the equipment store.  Athletes will be encouraged to use their own equipment if possible.

Starting blocks can be used and if shared, they must be cleaned with anti-bacterial wipes/spray.  The track where the athlete has placed their hands will also be cleaned.

Throwers will be supervised cleaning their equipment at the start of the session and their hands cleaned using hand sanitiser.  Equipment will be marked with coloured tape and no sharing of throws equipment will be allowed.

A table will be situated at the entrance to the store with anti-bacterial sprays and wipes along with hand sanitiser.  The table will be sprayed and wiped down with anti-bacterial solution.

Hurdles can be used but must be cleaned with anti-bacterial solution or wipes before the session and Hurdlers must clean their hands regularly throughout the session.

Anyone handling equipment of any kind should clean their hands regularly.

At the end of every session, all equipment will be cleaned once again before it is stored away.

Long Jump

The long jump pits will be covered when not in use.  Athletes should sanitise their hands before their first jump and after each subsequent jump.

Only the coach or a selected athlete will handle the measuring tape or rake during the session.

After every jump’s session, the sand will be sprayed with sterilizing fluid and the sand raked and turned.  The pit will not be used for a period of 15 minutes before the next session begins.

Toilets

We’ll be using the toilets at the east end of the small North Stand.  Children are advised to go to the toilet before they attend but if they need to go, they should ask their coach for assistance.

Only one person is allowed access to the toilets at a time and hands should be washed with soap and water or anti-bacterial solution before returning to their group.

Covid-19 Symptoms

Before attending any of our sessions at Scotstoun, members or their parents should ask themselves the following questions:

  • Are you experiencing a persistent (dry) cough, fever or a lack of taste or smell?
  • Does anyone in your household have a persistent (dry) cough, fever or experiencing a lack of taste or smell?
    1. If the answer is ‘yes’, to any one of the above questions or conditions, do not come to the stadium, please stay at home!
    2. if you are shielding, ensure that you follow the advice on your letter which you should have received from the Chief Medical Officer (CMO). 
    3. In addition, everyone will be requested to ensure that they wash their hands for at least 20 seconds before coming to the stadium.

Stadium Access

Anyone entering the stadium will do so via the main gate to the right of the main entrance.  This gate will be controlled by a Glasgow Life leisure attendant.

Please arrive at or after your start time and you’ll be allowed access without queuing, we need to discourage assembling outside the gate.

No access is allowed in the main building or inside track.  Parents are not allowed into the stadium.  They can observe our activities from outside of the perimeter fence at the east end of the stadium.

We’ll have a volunteer in position inside of the main gate to answer any questions and to direct athletes to their rendezvous points. 

Payments

No payments for track access will be taken on arrival.  Members will need to restart their direct debit for track access and coaching fees through our LoveAdmin system.  Members will also receive a reminder if their annual memberships have lapsed.

Leaving The Stadium

At the end of our sessions, members will leave via the same gate at the east end of the stadium which will be manned by a Glasgow Life leisure attendant.

Any junior members whose parents are not immediately visible outside of the gate should wait with our coaches until collected.

Safety

I’m sorry if the details in this email cause you any concern but we’ve made these plans to make the training environment as safe as possible.  Trust in our coaches to do everything they can to make the sessions fun while they develop our athletes for performance and good health.

We expect these restrictions or an amended version to affect us for at least another six months.  We’re determined to do as much as we can to keep our athletes fit and healthy and be prepared to enjoy a great summer of sporting activity in 2021.

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Booking Information

Booking Information

Athletes returning to training at Scotstoun will have to book their sessions via our LoveAdmin system.  The reason for this is to allow the club to create a separate attendance register for each group of athletes.  Athletes will meet and train with a maximum of 12 in their training bubble.  Their coach will be physically distanced throughout the session.

All sessions will resume from Monday the 15th of March 2021.  If you previously booked onto a group in the autumn of 2020, you do not need to book again.

The sessions will repeat on the same day of the week until you notify our admin team of a change to your plans (by email).

Booking Process

To book yourself or your child onto a session, you should login to LoveAdmin using your usual login information.  You should select “Events” on the menu bar at the top of the page.

You’ll then see a list of all of the sessions that can be booked.  We’ve added additional sessions from Monday till Thursday for U11’s and U13’s from 5.30pm till 6.55pm and Saturday mornings from 11am till 12.30pm.

You should select the training group you would like to join and click on the booking link.  You should select the number of athletes attending (1) and confirm your booking.  You will receive a confirmation email, if you do not, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you’re unsure of you or your child’s age group, when you login to LoveAdmin, click on the drop down menu next to “Viewing form for: ” and the age group should be visible.

Please check the time of your session when booking, some are from 5.30pm till 6.55pm.

This booking will only ensure that your child is training at a set time on a set day of the week.  The group will be divided into bubbles of 12.  If your child has a regular training partner, you can send a request for them to train together to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. although we may not be able to accommodate everyone.

Maximum Sessions

The limit of two sessions per week has been removed.

Briefing

Prior to attending your first session at Scotstoun, you’ll receive an email confirming how you’ll enter the stadium.  You’ll be given directions to a rendezvous point within one of the stands where you’ll be joined by your training partners and your coach.  If you attended the sessions in the autumn of last year, the rendezvous points are unchanged and you won’t receive further instructions.

Event Groups

Athletes who’re part of an event group led by the following coaches should not book into any of these sessions.  You will be manually added to your group’s attendance register and instructions for attending will be sent to you.

The Event Groups are coached by Bill Parker, John Wilson, Moira Jordan, Colin Spiers, Pamela O’Connor and Mick Turner.

The event coaches should send me a list of athletes in their training groups and the dates and times of their sessions.

 

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Virtual Superteams

Congratulations to our juniors who took part in the National Virtual SuperTeams Challenge organised by Scottish Athletics.

The athletes took part in four events and their performances recorded for a 75m sprint, a target throw, long jump and 800m run.

Our U13 Girls team of Aneesah King Oubacha, Anna Kelly, Holly Rowbotham and Anna Ross were 1st in their age group.

Our U13 Boys team of Rhuairdh Laing, Ollie Petrie, Andrew Bain and Gerard Gontor were also 1st in their age group.

Our U11 Girls team of Heidi Smith, Daisy Smith and Anna Rennie were 5th in their age group and our U11 Boys team of Fraser Parkinson and Mathew Finlay were 6th.

Impressively, Rhuairdh Laing and Ollie Petrie were 1st and 2nd respectively in their age group and Aneesah King Oubacha was 2nd in the girls event.

Another three who made their way to the top of the U9 leaderboard was Caitlin Laing(1st girl), Alexander Low (2nd boy) and Sophie MacGregor (3rd girl).

The full results are attached at this link.

Christmas RR Results

The Christmas Road Race proved to be very popular this year with 64 athletes taking part in person and another 6 virtually due to the restrictions on travel.

Zac Smith was the winner of the junior race and Douglas Bain won the senior event.  As usual, the race was handicapped and this allowed for a very close finish in Danes Drive.

Special thanks to the 16 marshals who made the route as safe as possible and the 8 officials who organised the start, finish and time-keeping.

The full results are below with the respective handicap time in the margin.

Pictures from the event can be found on our Facebook Group at this link:

VP-GLASGOW CHRISTMAS ROAD RACE - SCOTSTOUN - SUNDAY 20TH DECEMBER 2020

SENIOR RUNNERS

     

PLACE

NAME

TIME

HANDICAP

 

1

DOUGLAS BAIN

26.39

5.00

 

2

GRANT MCGREGOR

26.43

4.00

 

3

LOUISE LOVE

26.52

2.30

 

4

STUART KELLY

26.57

4.00

 

5

AMANDA MCFARLANE

27.01

4.00

 

6

ALEX POTTER

27.19

7.00

 

7

TOM SMITH

27.29

8.00

 

8

NEIL LOGAN

27.32

0.30

 

9

CRAIG JOHNSTONE

27.34

7.30

 

10

DOUGLAS GRIEVE

27.36

9.30

 

11

GAVIN ROBERTS

27.41

0.30

 

12

SANDY GARDNER

27.55

7.30

 

13

MARTIN HAYES

27.56

11.00

 

14

HOLLY LITTLE

27.59

8.00

 

15

STUART BARNETT

28.05

8.00

 

16

THANDO JARVIS

28.06

0.00

 

17

CHRISTY MCDERMOTT

28.36

8.30

 

18

GRAEME LAING

28.42

9.30

 

19

RALPH CONNOLLY

28.57

6.30

 

20

ALASDAIR LARTER

29.09

0.30

 
         

SENIOR RUNNERS - VIRTUAL

     

 

ANDY LAW

22.44

   

 

ANN CAVEN

32.42

   

 

TAMARA KENNEDY

32.53

   

 

MIKE KENNEDY

32.53

   

 

SHARON MCEWAN

31.50

   
         

 

 

VP-GLASGOW CHRISTMAS ROAD RACE - SCOTSTOUN - SUNDAY 20TH DECEMBER 2020

JUNIOR RUNNERS

     

PLACE

NAME

TIME

HANDICAP

 

1

ZAC SMITH

13.01

0.30

 

2

FINLAY WATERS

13.10

3.00

 

3

RHUAIRDH LAING

13.25

3.00

 

4

ANNA ROSS

13.32

1.30

 

5

TOM SMITH

13.43

0.30

 

6

ALEX LOW

13.48

0.30

 

7

ABIGAIL KERR

13.58

1.30

 

8

ANNA RENNIE

14.05

0.00

 

9

LOUIS SHARP

14.12

4.30

 

10

AARON RENNE

14.28

0.30

 

11

ANNA SYME

14.37

0.00

 

12

ROSS BARNETT

14.57

0.30

 

13

ISLA THOMSON

15.02

0.00

 

14

ANGUS MCINDOE

15.24

2.00

 

15

GERARD GONTOR

15.27

2.00

 

16

CHARLIE MACKENZIE

15.31

0.30

 

17

NOAH FREER

15.35

0.30

 

18

GAVIN ANGUS

15.44

4.30

 

19

KIRSTY HASTIE

15.49

1.30

 

20

REECE HAMILTON

15.58

3.00

 

21

ANGUS BAIN

15.58

3.00

 

22

RORY JACKSON

15.04

2.00

 

23

ANEESAH KING OUBACHA

16.12

1.30

 

24

MARTIN FERRIE

16.36

2.00

 

25

ELLA SHARP

16.41

2.30

 

26

ISLA RENNIE

16.43

2.30

 

27

KATE WILSON

16.54

0.00

 

28

ROSIE LISTON (NM)

16.59

2.30

 

29

EILIDH COMERFORD

17.09

2.30

 

39

CALUM GRIEVE

17.11

0.30

 

31

DOUGLAS HASTIE

17.14

0.30

 

32

HANNAH LISTON

17.18

1.30

 

33

POPPY MCGUIRE

17.18

0.00

 

34

SEB CRAIG

17.21

0.30

 

35

KATIE SELLAR

18.32

1.30

 

36

KATE MARTIN

18.32

1.30

 

37

MAISIE FREER

19.30

1.30

 

38

LUCY BEATTIE

19.36

0.00

 

39

SOPHIA MCGREGOR

19.42

0.00

 

40

AMY MURRAY

19.49

0.00

 

41

ABBY SCOTT

19.50

0.00

 

42

GREGORY GONTOR

20.58

4.30

 

43

MICHAEL BAILLIE

22.30

4.30

 

44

PEARCE VAUGHAN

23.04

3.00

 

VIRTUAL

EWAN KENNEDY

16.13