Sunday, February 17, 2019

West District Cross Country

The West District Cross-country Championships were held on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at the Ayrshire Athletics Arena in Kilmarnock. It was a cold day and we had athletes representing the club across all the ages. This race was also important because the top 12 in each age group were being picked to represent the West of Scotland team in the upcoming Inter District Championships in January.

First up was the U13 girls and Amiya Patel was 1st, Sophie Sinclair was 11th, Rebecca Barnett was 19th, Amy Byrne was 39th, Erin Downie was 48th and Ella Sharp was 49th. The team of Amiya Patel, Sophie Sinclair and Rebecca Barnett won 3rd team.

In the U13 boys, Saul McGlennan was 3rd, Finlay Waters was 19th, Oscar Moogan Sharratt was 48th and Kyle Flockhart was 53rd. The team of Saul McGlennan, Finlay Waters and Oscar Moogan Sharratt were 4th.

In the U15 girls, Lucy Yeadon was 54th and Alice Williams was 56th.

In the U15 boys’ race, Fraser Gilmour was 11th, Ruairidh Allen was 33rd and Russell Barnett was 35th. They finished 6th team.

In the U17 girls, Lily-Jane Evans-Haggerty was 2nd, Emma Gilmour was 23rd and Jenna Little was 24th. They won 3rd team.

In the Senior Women’s race, Anna Tait was 6th, Stephanie Lawrie was 14th, Becky Dumpy was 20th, Erin McIlveen was 25th and Donna Finlayson was 52nd. The team made up of Anna Tait, Steph Lawrie, Becky Dunphy and Erin McIlveen finished 2nd.

In the senior men’s race, Graeme Lang was 77th, Crawford Little was 100th, Stuart Barnett was 136th, Peter Jardine was 158th, Sandy Gardner was 193rd and Tom Ord was 203rd. They finished 15th team.

It was a fairly successful day for Victoria Park. Well done to all those who turned up to represent the club.


Emma Gilmour

National Cross Country Relays

The National Cross-Country Relay Championships were held on the 27th October in Callender Park, Cumbernauld. It was a cold but dry day. There were a few competitors representing Victoria Park AC across the 4 races.

In the young female’s race, the ‘A’ team of Sophie Sinclair (24th), Amiya Patel (14th) and Isla Britton (13th) were 13th. The ‘B’ team of Amy Byrne (92nd), Roisin Cameron Coyle (69th) and Emma Gilmour (59th) were 59th. The ‘C’ team of Orla Stewart (95th), Lucy Yeadon (89th) and Alice Williams (81st) were 81st. Hazel Whitworth ran in an incomplete team and finished 103rd.

In the young male’s race, the ‘A’ team of Saul McGlennan (8th), Fraser Gilmour (10th) and Callum Byrne (12th) finished 12th. In the ‘B’ team, David Kirkpatrick, who was the leg 1 runner, dropped out. However, Callum Paterson (127th) and Ruairidh Allen (116th) were allowed to run at the back and finished 116th. The ‘C’ team of Finlay Waters (27th), Oscar Moogan-Sharratt (74th) and Louis Sharp (82nd) finished 82nd. Saul was the 8th fastest U13.

In the senior women’s race, the ‘A’ team of Mhari Hendry (6th), Phillipa Millage (3rd), Josephine Moultrie (2nd) and Gillian Black (2nd) finished 2nd. The ‘B’ team of Stephanie Lawrie (22nd), Holly Little (16th), Diane Ramsey (21st) and Becky Dunphy (20th) finished 20th. Mhari was 5th fastest on leg 1, Phillipa was 3rd fastest on leg 2, Jo was 1st on the 3rd leg and 4th fastest overall and Gillian was 8th fastest on the last leg.

In the senior men’s race, the ‘A’ team of Max Milarvie (10th), Christopher Boyle (24th), Callum Heirs (37th) and Martin Hayes (28th) finished 28th. The ‘B’ team of Duncan Thomson (131st), Thomas Connolly (118th), Charlie Murray (110th) and Peter Ramsay (105th) finished 105th. Max was 10th fastest on the 1st leg.

In the master’s men race, the Victoria Park team of Peter Jardine (11th), Ralph Connolly (12th) and Alex Potter (12th) finished 12th.

Congratulations to all who competed and those who supported the club. It was a great day out for everyone.


Emma Gilmour

West District Cross Country

It was a successful start to the cross country season for the club with medal winning performances from our Senior Women and Young Males at the West District Cross Country relays in Irvine on Saturday 13th October.

Despite torrential rain throughout much of the day the course was remarkably mud free with the main challenge being the short sharp climbs and very steep descents.

The Young Male team of Saul McGlennan, Fraser Gilmour and Callum Byrne combined to claim silver. David Kirkpatrick,  Ruairidh Allen and Eoghan Connolly finished in 31st place. Oscar Moogan Sharratt (36th) ran as an incomplete team.

The senior women’s team of Mhairi Hendry, Philippa Millage and Josephine Moultrie claimed silver with Stephanie Lawrie, Holly Little and Gillian Black just missing out on a medal in 4th place. Donna Finlayson, Grace Norman and Diane Ramsey finished 23rd.

The young female team of Sophie Sinclair, Amaya Patel and Roisin Cameron Coyle finished a credible 12th out of 45 complete teams. Amy Byrne, Liya De Laet-Pinder and Emma Gilmour were 34th.  Ruth Walsh (36th) and Zoe Loughry (45th) ran as an incomplete team.

There was a decent turnout for the club of 16 senior men. Christopher Boyle, Max Milarvie, Kieron Rafferty and Martin Hayes combined for 8th place out of 85 complete teams. Our “Masters” team of Crawford Little, Peter Jardine, Andy Law and Alex Potter were 52nd overall and 11th Master team.  With the Masters age category being 40+ our team did particularly well given that they are all 50+. Steven Bryce, Ralph Connolly, Charlie Murray and Peter Ramsay finished 61st place and making their senior debuts for the club, Fergus Blyth, Calum Brown, Thomas Connolly and Danny Smith finished in 67th place

All athletes and their support crews greatly appreciated the efforts of Charlie Murray and Martin Hayes who erected the club tent and after finishing their runs stayed behind to dismantle it. It allowed us all to have a dry area to change and store our bags.


Ralph Connolly


National Cross Country Championships

The 2018 National Cross Country Championships took place at Callendar Park, Falkirk on Saturday 24th February and the club continued the success of recent years with a number of individual and team medals.Valencia Wright

With over 2,000 athletes aged from 10 to 80+ descending on Falkirk from all over the country, many in the athletics community regard this event as the highlight of the athletics year in Scotland and it would be difficult to argue against that view this year. Perfect weather meant the conditions were ideal for spectators and combined with the recent dry spell the course was remarkably free of mud, meaning athletes were happy to hang around to cheer on our athletes in the later races helping to create an excellent atmosphere.

Valencia Wright got the day off to a great start winning the silver medal for the U13 Girls (at the time of writing the U13 girls results are not available).

Fraser Gilmour was 6th across the line in the U13 Boys race and combined with Saul McGlennan, Finlay Waters and Jake Speirs to get team bronze.

Lily-Jane Evans-Haggerty won the gold medal in the U15 Girls, repeating her gold medal winning performance from the last two years and along with Joanna Littlefield, Jenna Little and Rhian Callan the U15 Girls just missed out on a team medal with 4th place.

Callum Byrne (12th), Blayne Wright (24th) and Jack McKinnon (55th) were our top U15 boys.Anna Tait

In the U20 Women’s race, Gillian Black was 6th and Holly Little was 11th.

Anna Tait won the bronze medal in the Senior Women’s race with Donna Finlayson 134th out of 271 finishers on the 10k course.

In the Senior Men’s race, Keiron Rafferty ran well, finishing in 21st place out of 623 finishers. Peter Jardine was our top “veteran” finisher just ahead of Gerry Craig. Duncan Thomson and Tom Ord were our other veteran finishers.

Thanks to Charlie Murray and Jim Harvey who organised the delivery and removal of the club tent, all our athletes who competed and the family and friends who came along to support them and contribute to the great atmosphere. Injuries and lack of availability this year meant our numbers were down in the older age groups but hopefully next year we will have a larger turnout.

Ralph Connolly