Thursday, August 16, 2018

Western Recreation Trust

The Club received an early Christmas present in the form of £644 worth of conditioning equipment thanks to a grant from the Western Recreation Trust.  The Trust exists to support recreational activities in the West of Scotland.  The Trustees prefer to contribute towards specific items of equipment or projects to organised clubs or teams where a number will benefit rather than to individuals.

We're very grateful for their support which has allowed the Club to buy 3 training benches, 3 excercise mats, 8 medicine balls, 6 rubber dumbbells and four sets of resistance bands.

As always the equipment will be kept within our locked cabinets where they should be accessible to all of our coaches.


Achilles Heel Discount Shopping Night

Katie Alexander of Achilles Heel has arranged for a special discounted shopping night for members of Victoria Park Glasgow and their families.
The exclusive shopping night will be this Friday, the 2nd of December from 6pm till 8pm.
Bargain rails will be stocked with training gear, priced as low as £3 per item.

All of Katies current stock will be discounted by at least 20% with the exception of current club kit.  Previous versions of club training gear will be on sale for as little as £5 per item.  
There will be plenty of bargains available, especially for our younger members at the best possible time, just before Christmas.  Children's training tops and vests will be on sale from as little as £3.
If you can't attend after 6pm, Katie has advised that you won't be turned away if you come a little earlier.
If you haven't been into the store before, you really should go along to get the best advice from the best sales team in Glasgow.  The shop is situated at 593 Great Western Road, Glasgow, near to Kelvinbridge.
Gordon Innes

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Club and our awards presentation will be held on Wednesday the 23rd of November 2016 on the Club Deck at Scotstoun Stadium, Danes Drive, Glasgow at 7.30pm.  All members are invited to attend.




  1. Apologies for absence.
  2. Welcome from Club President.
  3. Minutes of the previous meeting and matters arising.
  4. Secretaries Report.
  5. Treasurer’s Report.
  6. President’s Remarks.
  7. Presentation of Annual Awards.
  8. Confirmation of Subscriptions for the following year.
  9. Election of Office bearers and Committee Members
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Secretary
    • Assistant Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • 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.



If you received this letter by post, it means that we do not have a current e-mail address for you.  Communication is faster and cheaper by e-mail, if you do have access to the internet, please send your address to Ralph Connolly (Membership Secretary) at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Members are reminded that all of the information regarding upcoming events, results and news can be found on our web site at www.vp-glasgow.comwhich is updated on a daily basis.


Annual Awards

Our Annual Awards will be presented at the AGM on Wednesday the 23rd of November.  New awards will once again be presented this year.  Each athlete will receive an engraved trophy which they will be able to keep.

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.

Mhairi Hendry, Ben Chatham, Jade Henry, Ross Maxwell, Valencia Wright, Andrew Larter, Jill Cherry, Darren Carruthers, Jamie Stevenson, Abbey Orr, David Wilson, Lily-Jane Evans-Haggerty, Gillian Black, James Stewart, Claire Thompson, Philippa Millage, Martin Hayes, Alice Baxendale, Andrew Peck, Max Milarvie, Josephine Moultrie, Chloe Lambert, Adam Boyle, Beth Potter, Sandra Branney


The following will be awarded medals for success in this years Club Championships.

Fraser Morgan, Ben Thomson, Saul McGlennan, Christian McKay, Zoe Wilson, Rebecca Elsby, Louise Kemp, Mathew Ireland, Ben Chatham, Connor McNally,

Holly Kirkwood, Ellie Davidson, Catriona Scott, Evie Greig, James Kemp and Sean McGraw, Adam Cleer, Oliver Andrew, Alice Baxendale, Lucy Gardner, Rachel Gillespie, Keaton Donnelly, Tim Cham, Josh Kirk, Iona Cleer, Niamh Cameron Coyle, Poppy Dempster, Ramesh Sapkota, John Scanlon, Alexander Lewis, Sean McCormick, Darren Carruthers, Gavin Roberts, Lauren Gallagher.


The following will be awarded medals for success in this years Club Cross Country Championships.

Saul McGlennon, Christian McKay, Ben Thomson, Sophie Sinclair, Rebecca Elsby, Zoe Wilson, Fraser Gilmour, Russell Barnett, Devan Miller, Valencia Wright, Beth Bushell, Nicole McGilp, Calum Byrne, Blayne Wright, Jack MacKinnon, JoJo Littlefield , Rhian Callan, Jenna Little, Robbie Smith, Calum Brown, Fergus Blyth, Beth Gibbons, Max Milarvie, Kieron Rafferty, Calum Heirs, Crawford Little and  Kenny McVey.


Christmas Handicap

Everyone is invited to take part in our Christmas Road Race on Saturday the 17th of December.  If you would like to take part, you should meet on the Club Deck at Scotstoun Stadium in 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. 

Competitors should arrive bearing a gift for the Lucky Dip. Value in the region of £6 - £7. 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.

Parents will be most welcome as are any volunteers to help with stewarding the course.


Gordon Innes

Club Secretary



Dunbartonshire XC Championships

This winter season’s Dunbartonshire AAA Cross Country Championships for will be held over a course at Balloch Castle Country Park on Sunday 13th November 2016 organised by Dumbarton AAC.  The event will double as VP-Glasgow's annual Cross Country Championships.

All competing members of VP-Glasgow are invited to attend.  If you would like to take part, please notify one of the three team managers.  For all female athletes, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for junior males, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and for senior males, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please notify the team managers as early as possible to allow them to prepare team sheets.  Entries will be allowed on the day if you haven't had time to notify your team manager.

The entry fees will be paid by the club.

All competitors must wear suitable footwear (ie not trainers, spiked shoes recommended).

Declarations: In a gazebo near the start/finish area which is adjacent to Balloch Castle where race numbers are to be collected by Team Managers. Please note declarations close 30 minutes prior to the start of each race. Club Team Managers only allowed in the gazebo for registration  


Directions to BALLOCH CASTLE COUNTRY PARK : Follow signs for A82 Loch Lomond, at Stoneymollen roundabout take a right, follow road for Stirling A811

Follow road ahead for 1 mile through 2 roundabouts, 200m after 2nd roundabout take a left , head up hill for 1mile, turn left into Balloch park  proceed downhill to car park.   


Parking: There is limited parking at a car park adjacent to the Balloch Castle Garden Buildings for 100 cars. This is a popular car park shared with other users and competitors should car share where possible or use public transport. No parking on the grass verges in the park.  Balloch Castle and the start/finish area are downhill from the Balloch Castle Garden Buildings. Please come changed and ready to run as there are no showers or changing facilities at this venue.


Tea and coffee and sandwiches will be available for race officials only in a gazebo near the start/finish. 


Public Transport: Trains go to Balloch train station from Glasgow, Queen Street and all stations en route via Singer leaving Queen Street station at 12 and 42 minutes past the hour.     

On leaving station for Balloch Road, turn right and proceed for 250 metres, enter park on the left, proceed uphill for 800 metres to start area.


Details of the races, age groups, starting times, entry fees and awards are contained in the attached Competition Information Sheet.


Individual awards for competitors in the U11, U13, U15 and U17 Age Groups will be presented as they cross the finishing line. Individual awards for the Senior/Junior Veteran Race and team awards will be presented in a large gazebo near the start/finish . 


Teams:4 to count in the Senior/Veteran/Junior Men’s race. All other race categories 3 to count.



Race/Age Group

Born during

Declarations Close

Race Starts



Under 11 Boys & Girls

1/9/2005 to 31/8/2007



1 mile

Under 13 Boys & Girls

1/9/2003 to 31/8/2005



2 miles

Under 15 Boys

& Girls,

Under 17 Men & Women

U15: 1/9/2001 to 31/8/2003

U17: 1/9/99 to 31/8/2001



3 miles

Senior, U20 & Veteran Men & Women

U20: 1/9/1996 to 31/8/1999

Seniors: 14/11/1976 to 31/8/1996

Veterans: on or before 13/11/1976



Men age 60 and over & Women – 4 miles


Men U60 – 6 miles


AWARDS (Male & Female):


  • U 11, U13 - 1st 2nd & 3rd Individual, 1st 2nd & 3rd Team
  • U15, U17 - 1st 2nd & 3rd Individual, 1st Team
  • Seniors - 1st 2nd & 3rd Individual, 1st 2nd & 3rd Team
  • 1st U20,
  • 1st V40, 1st V50, 1st V60


  • Team scores will be on a points basis determined by adding the finishing positions of the first 3 runners from each Club to finish (first 4 in the Senior/U20/Veteran Men’s Race). In the event of a tie on points the team whose last scoring member is nearest first place shall determine the result.


·         Under 15 Boys and Girls and Under 17 Men and Women will run in the same race.