Saturday, January 20, 2018

Indoor League Final

SAIL Final and relays were held at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday 20th March 2016.

Team and Relay medals won are as listed below.

Very well done to all athletes who competed in the Final and to all the Relay teams.  PBs were too many to mention but all athletes can be justly proud of their performances.

U13B won Silver Team medals and Bronze Relay medals. Both teams consisted of: Matthew Ireland, Connor McNally, Ben Chatham and Russell Barnett.

U15B won Bronze Team medals and Silver Relay medals.

Team consisted of: Aaron Belkevitz, Gavin Wilson, Pierre-Samy Eteiba, Jamie Stevenson, Adam Cleer, Edan Webb, Oliver Andrews, Rogan Kelly-Vinaccia and James Kemp.

Relay team consisted of: Aaron Belkevitz, Gavin Wilson, Pierre-Samy Eteiba and Jamie Stevenson

A special “well done” to Jamie Stevenson who broke the SAIL U15B 200m record of 23.84s by running 23.69s

U20M won Gold Relay medals.  Team consisted of: Iain Wilson, Chris Boyle, Ewan Hoy and Ramesh Sapkota

U17W won Bronze Relay medals.

Team consisted of: Robyn Taylor, Nicola Brechany, Jessica Mendonca-Gray and Jade Henry.

Stop Press – Late Result:

After much discussion, it was confirmed that the U13Gs did indeed win Bronze Team medals.  Team consisted of: Emma Williams, Holly Kirkwood, Nicola Fletcher, Catriona Scott, Abbey Orr and Skye Turner.  (Valencia Wright took part but not in the final due to injury.)  Well done girls.

 

Linda Innes

Scottish Athletic League Match 4

SCOTTISH ATHLETICS LEAGUE: BEST EVER RESULT FOR VPG MEN

The Club's men achieved a great result at the last meeting of the season at Meadowbank on 30 Aug 2015, coming second in the match, securing second overall for the season behind runaway champions Aberdeen and ahead of Central, Shettleston and Kilbarchan. This is our best finish in Division 1 since the League reformed way back in 1972. Having just been promoted from 2nd in Div 2 last season, we should be in strong contention for the Most Improved award at the League AGM - but we'll have to wait and see.

Once again our sprinters were supreme, despite several missing, scoring a near perfect maximum. Kade Thomas missed 1st A  100m by just 0.01 sec in 11.12 (wind +2.4), while League debutant Ashim Burungu waltzed away with the B in a pb equalling 11.02 (+3.5). Kade then took the A 200m in a legal 22.40 (+1.4) for a new pb by 0.01sec. Stephen Murphy took advantage of his first individual sprint outing in the league with a B victory by the smallest of margins in 23.51 (+1.7). Stephen and Kade joined with Euan Urquhart and David Martin to take the 4x100 in fine style in 43.78.  Though we didn't field anyone in the 400m, we fielded a strong 4x400 team of 800 runners and hurdlers; Robbie Barr, 50.66, Chris Boyle 51.66, Nathan Merchant 51.75 and David Martin 49.41 combined for 3:23.48, tailing the mighty Kilbarchan Scottish champions team all the way for second.

Robbie Barr was only 0.02 outside his best with 1:54.40 for 3rd A 800 in his first start at this event in the league. David Martin , reliable as ever, took the 400 hurdles in 52.67 after a ding dong with Kilbarchan's Martin Lipton, then he had a rare start in the 110 hurdles, 3rd A in 15.71 (+2.0). He looks to have secured the SAL Div 1 Track Athlete of the Season title with his 400H effort. Well done David!

High jumper Marcus Morton again showed his reliability in taking the A event with 1.95m. There was some surprisingly high scoring in the throws, pride of place going to Alexander Lewis for his A Javelin victory, 42.05m. Durable veteran Gerry Farrell took third in the A Discus, 35.33m, with young understudy Paul Wishart winning the B, 32.24m.

Good to see athletes filling up the slots to earn valuable points for the club. Tribute should be given to others not mentioned above - Max Ralston, Andrew O'Donnell, and Captain Martin Hayes - hope you recover from that argument with a steeplechase barrier which ended your race, Martin. Also hoping Sam Adams gets over the overnight tummy bug that put paid to his participation in the pole vault. Thankfully, these setbacks didn't affect the result, as we managed to stay ahead of Edinburgh by 6 points! 

Once again the youth of the team was remarkable - only 5 seniors, but 9 U20s and one U17. Thanks to our volunteer officials, Sheila Baillie (Field Ref), Hugh Baillie, Jacquie O'Donnell and Jim Harvie , without whom we could not contest the match. Also to the good number of parents, coaches, girlfriends and other club members who gave vocal support. Great to have something to cheer about, and we hope to build on this next year

Hugh Stevenson, Men's Team Manager

Track and Field Challenge Final

Sunday 9th August saw the YDL Final at Grangemouth Stadium where our U17s represented the club in the Track & Field Challenge Final. 

We had 6 medal winners in all. Andrew O’Donnell won silver in the Pole Vault, clearing 2.70m, and bronze in the Shot Putt with a PB of 10.05m; particularly impressive in that he competed in both at the same time!  There was a Silver medal for Liam Wynne in the Long Jump with 6.19m and for Robyn Connolly in the Hammer with 34.36m.

There were bronze medals for Holly Little in the 1500m, Reagan Binnie in 800m and Nicky Brechany in 200m.  Others worthy of a mention are: Charlie Milarvie, who ran a PB by 15s in the 1500m with 4:32.87; and Lewis Serpell who ran a PB of 24.03s in the 200m and also successfully multi-tasked running a PB of  2:07.69 in the 800m at the same time as competing in Long Jump.

Against strong opposition the club came 7th overall but a healthy 2nd in the field events.

UKWAL Match 3

VP-Glasgow hosted Match 3 of the UKWAL at Scotstoun Stadium on Sunday 9th August.  The teams attending the final Division 2 match were Bedford & County AC, Crawley, Harrow AC, Havering AC, Marshall Milton Keynes, Newham & Essex Beagles and Reading AC. The weather was dry, sunny but quite windy with some wind readings during the Long Jump gusting at +6.1.  The stadium was in perfect condition and the visiting teams were very impressed with the facilities.

Our athletes were on great form and there were many notable performances and excellent team spirit contributing towards a points score which saw us lying 3rd at the end of the match and 5th overall (prior to scrutinising).  Worthy of comment were the following performances:-

Jill Cherry was 4th “A” and Caroline George was 3rd “B” in the 100m with times of 12.28s and 12.31s respectively.

Chloe Lambert was 2nd “A” and Hollie Lister was 3rd “B” in the 200m with times of 12.69s and 25.97s respectively.

Mhairi Hendry and Andrea Gaffney were 1st “A” and “B” in the 400m with times of 56.15s  and 58.01s respectively.

Philippa Millage was 1st “A” in the 800m with a time of 2.09.34s.

Mhairi Patience was 2nd “A” in the 400m Hurdles with a time of 1.01.27s.

Hazel Ross was 3rd “A” and Mhairi Patience was 2nd “B” in the 100m Hurdles with times of 14.16s and 14.79s respectively.

Mhairi Porterfield was 1st “A” and Paula Murray was 2nd “B” in the Hammer with throws of 50.27m and 32.21m respectively.

Paula Murray was 3rd “A” and Holly Morgan was 1st “B” in the Javelin with throws of 34.93m and 28.41m respectively.

Mhairi Porterfield was 1st “A” in the Shot Putt with a throw of 13.10m.

Our Relay teams ran particularly well….

Jill Cherry, Chloe Lambert, Caroline George and Hazel Ross were 2nd in the 4 x 100m with a time of 47.78s

Philippa Millage, Jill Cherry, Chloe Lambert and Mhairi Hendry were 1st in the 4 x 400m with a time of 3.47.32s.

A huge round of applause must go to the following athletes for participating above and beyond the call of duty!

Karen Glen who opted to fill the “B” 400m Hurdles and came 4th in a time of 1.27.39s.  She then went straight to the High Jump with jelly legs and managed to clear 1.40m making her 4th = .  Hats off to you, Karyn.

Andrea Gaffney who opted to fill the “B” 1500m and came 6th with a time of 5.51.34s.  We can’t imagine that she will ever want to do that again but a gold star for effort, Andrea.

Sandra Branney who multi tasked by Team managing and also competing in the “B” 800m and 3000m, gaining valuable points.

Very well done to all our female athletes who competed so enthusiastically and made spectating very enjoyable.  Also, thank you to all our Officials who turned out and made the day run smoothly and successfully.

And lastly, a wee word of thanks to our 2 runners, Amy Bissett and Adrienne Murray who ran up and down the stairs all day posting results and never lost the smiles on their faces.  Thanks, girls.

 

Linda Innes

 

Some of the pictures taken on the day are on the below links:

 

Hollie Lister in the Long Jump

Hazel Ross in the long jump

Hazel Ross in the 100m Hurdles

Mhairi Patience in the 100m Hurdles

Jill Cherry in the 100m

Caroline George in the 100m

Mhairi Hendry 4 x 400m Relay

Becky Dunphy in the Steeplechase

Chloe Lambert in the 4 x 100m Relay

Philipa Millage in the 800m

Andrea Gaffney in the 400m

Karyn Glen in the 400m Hurdles

Donna Finlayson in the 3k

Sandra Branney in the 3k