Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Scottish Womens Athletic League

The first match of the SWAL was held at Grangemouth Stadium on Sunday 17th April.  Performances of note are listed below. 

 

U13G – 800m:  Valencia Wright and Nicola Fletcher were 3rd A and 2nd B with times of 2.40.98 and 2.44.59 respectively.

U13G – 70mH:  Catriona Scott was 3rd A with a time of 13.08s

U13G – Long Jump:  Holly Kirkwood was 2nd A with a distance of 4.40m (PB)

 

U15G – 1500m:  Lily Evans-Haggerty was 1st A with a time of 4.59.34

U15G – Javelin:  Alice Baxendale was 2nd A with a distance of 23.01m (PB)

U15G – Shot Putt:  Alice Baxendale and Grace Thompson were 2nd A and 2nd B with distances of 9.50m and 8.79m (PB) respectively.

 

U17W – 100m:  Robyn Taylor and Jade Henry were 3rd A and 1st B with times of 12.70s (PB) and 12.72s (PB) respectively.

U17W – 80mH:  Jade Henry was 1st A with a time of 11.65s (PB)

U17W – 300m:  Nicola Brechany was 2nd A with a time of 42.14s

U17W – 800m:  Adrienne Murray and Amy Bissett were 2nd A and 1st B with times of 2.19.45 and 2.32.08 respectively.

U17W – Javelin:  Charlotte Steele was 1st A with a distance of 33.22m

U17W – 4x100m Relay:  Team was 1st with a time of 51.55s

 

Sen W – Hammer:  Mhairi Porterfield was 1st A with a distance of 48.86m

Sen W – Shot Putt:  Mhairi Porterfield and Katie Ord were 1st A and 1st B with distances of 12.77m and 10.11m respectively.

Bronagh Docherty took part in her first competition for VP-Glasgow and was 1st B in the Sen W Discus with a distance of 25.58m (PB).

Very well done to all who took part in this first League match of the season.

 

Linda Innes

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.