Sunday, February 17, 2019

European Champs - Rehearsal Event

An exciting opportunity to assist with preparation for the European Athletics Indoor Championships has arisen with the chance for athletes (aged 17 and over) to participate in a test event on the eve of the Championships.  The test event is scheduled for Thursday the 28th of February 2019 (from 3pm).

scottishathletics members over 17 years of age can register their interest for this event by completing a Google questionnaire on the Scottish Athletics event section. Successful applicants will be contacted with further details by Friday 22 February 2019.

Please note that this is a fun event only and there will be no official results for ranking purposes.

More Details: http://events.scottishathletics.org.uk/events/21120-17955-european-athletics-championships-rehearsal-event

 

New Joma Training Tops

Our new Joma training tops have finally arrived at Achilles Heel. They're available now for collection from the store and will also be available online from Monday the 24th of December.

The tops are a polyester fleece with a half-zip opening and reflective detail. A full range of sizes is available now.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Road Race 2018

This is just a reminder that Victoria Park will be hosting our Christmas Handicap Race on Satrurday the 22nd of December.  If you would like to take part, you should meet on the Club Deck at Scotstoun Stadium prior to 12pm in good time for a 12.30pm start.

We're hoping for a large turnout on the day with competitors aged from 9 to Masters. It's a special event and it's not just for the endurance Athletes.Christmas Road Race

Competitors should arrive bearing a gift for the Lucky Dip. Value in the region of £8 - £9. e.g. Selection boxes/sweets/chocolates for the younger athletes and Bottle of Wine/Box of Biscuits, etc for the adults.

Competitors and their siblings can only collect a present from the lucky dip if they donate a gift on the day.

The event is a handicap race, with the slowest athletes and those not familiar with the distance starting first.

The distances for the event will be 2 miles for the juniors and the 3 and a quarter mile MacAndrew Course for the seniors.  Our Road Runners are welcome to take part in the competitive senior race or join in the fun with the juniors.

Parents will be most welcome and can either join the juniors on their run or assist with stewarding the course.

It's always a fun day with refreshments available on the Club Deck.

Hope to see you there.

Membership Record

While we're still celebrating another successful year on the track and on the roads.  Only one year on from reaching a total membership of 600, the highest in our history, we’ve now reached a new high of 650 members.  Traditionally our members have been recruited from local schools with our 600th member (Martin Ferrie) joining as an eight year old.

This year we decided to target a new group, the parents.  We were aware that parents were dropping their kids off at the Stadium and going for a run.  Many of the parents we spoke to thought that a club of our stature wouldn’t be interested in them.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  While we’ve been very successful at bringing young track athletes through to compete at the highest level we haven’t had the same success in bringing in and retaining older Road runners/joggers.

We advertised through our website and social media and found about 40 of our members or parents wanted to be involved in a new joggers network or Road running group.  14 of those expressing an interest also wanted to be jog leaders.  The club paid for the 14 volunteers to attend a Jog Leaders course and by the 22nd of May this year, we had a new road running group leaving Scotstoun at 7pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.  Our inaugural run attracted 30 jog leaders and road runners.

We can now offer the best leadership and coaching from some very experienced volunteers for only £25 per year.  Best of all, you can come along for a month for free before deciding on joining.  That’s fantastic value, when you consider some groups are charging £3.50p per session.

At this moment, the group is open to everyone 4 nights a week and the session plan reflects the level of runners that attend.  Whether you’re aiming to get under 30 minutes for a 10k or starting out with a couch to 5k fitness program, we’ve got enthusiastic leaders ready to help.

You shouldn’t be put off by our history and reputation for success, we didn’t get there by not being open to all and willing to work hard at everything we do.

A measure of the club’s success this year was the 45 medals won by our track and field athletes who competed at the Scottish Championships in August, reaching 650 members was another and next year we expect to report on the number of new road runners who have exceeded their expectations and achieved their own personal goals.

It was no coincidence that the 650th member to join this year was a 45 year old male who has just joined the Road Running group.

Glasgow Life have taken a keen interest in our success and only today sent out a media release which will hopefully be picked up by some of the local papers.  The event coincided with the supply of new hi vis shirts and jackets for our Jog Leaders.  As you can see from the attached pictures, it was a great success.