Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Scottish Mens League 3

GREAT DAY AT GRANGEMOUTH: VP GLASGOW STAR WINS SCOTLAND'S BEST EVER HIGH JUMP COMPETITION
 
Ray Bobrownicki is our latest club hero. Representing VP Glasgow in the Scottish Ahletics League Division 2 competition at Grangemouth on Sunday 13 July, he was up against fellow Commonwelth Games high jumpers David Smith (Giffnock North) and Allan Smith (guesting), both of whom had taken part in the Diamond League at Hampden. They were all chasing last minute European Championship qualification as well as a final work out before the Games, and David's League record of 2.17 was an added incentive.Ray Bobrownicki That fell as all three soared over 2.10, 2.15 and 2.20. Ray was leading as the bar went to 2.24, but David leapfrogged him with an earlier clearance, raising his arms in triumph. At the new Euro qualifying height of 2.28, however, Ray was the only one to clear, with a superb determined effort, typical of his confident demeanour throughout the afternoon, and he celebrated with a leap in the air that was almost as high. He then had a brave go at Geoff Parsons's Scottish National Record of 2.31, but this height, 9cm above Ray's previous best, proved to be over the limit. His 2.28 is the best ever by a Scot on home soil, tying Parsons's silver medal height at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games of 1986. It will go forward for ratification, but more importantly Ray now has the qualifier for Zurich, so let's hope the British selectors take heed.
 
How can we follow such a great athletic display? Not easily, but our Men's team did their very best, winning their match by a thumping 60 points from Pitreavie, with title chasers Shettleston a further 13 points behind (pending final results check). We had 16 athletes on parade, too many to detail individually, but apart from Ray, Calum Innes, back from Canada, cracked the Division record in 110m Hurdles with 14.44 secs, though assisted by a wind of +3.2. He felt he might have beaten his pb of 14.20 but for a stumble over the last hurdle. We took maximum points from A & B wins in the 400m Hurdles (David Martin 52.80 secs and John Mulhern 59.89) and in the Pole Vault (Sam Adams and Jamie Sinclair, back from USA, both 4.20m). Other A winners were David Martin (400m, 50.38secs) and Alex Lewis (Javelin, 38.05m). Our 4x400 relay team won again, while our 4x100 team was pipped by Pitreavie by a mere 3 hundredths, Scotland's top sprinter Ryan Oswald just getting the better of Jamie Sinclair in a thrilling finish, where we posted a time 4 hundredths faster than our Scottish Championship win on 15 June. It was good to welcome young athletes competing for the first ime in the Men's League - Chris Boyle, Fraser Glass, Craig Jardine and David Wilson, all of whom earned valuable points. Thanks also to Jim Harvie and Ken Gray, who joined me in performing the official match duties without which we are not able to compete in these matches. Also good to see a number of coaches, parents and supporters there to cheer us on. 
 
The last, deciding match is at Scotstoun on 30 August . We may not have so many stars on show, but must do well again to stay in the top two promotion spots. Top three contenders are Shettleston 25, VP Glasgow 22 and Pitreavie 21. Keep that date free!
 
Hugh Stevenson, Team Manager   

Scottish Mens League 4

VICTORY IN MENS LEAGUE AT SCOTSTOUN, 30 AUGUST 2014
 
Our Men's team had a great win in the final Division 2 match of the Scottish Athletics League, finishing 41 points ahead of Shettleston on the day and as runners up, one league point behind them over the four matches this season. Both of us will compete in Division 1 next season. Well done to all the athletes who shared in our success!
 
Fifteen athletes competed for us in the match, all earning a good haul of points. Top scorer with 40 points was Gerry Farrell (1st Discus 31.65m, 2nd Hammer 33.35m, 4th Shot 8.99m). Paddy Clark scored 31 (1st 400m Hurdles 59.10, 3rd B 200m 23.01pb, 2nd 4x100, 2nd 4x400). David Clark scored 27.5 (3rd 100m 11.19. 3rd 200m 22.97, 2nd 4x100). John Mulhern scored 27 (1st B 400m Hurdles 59.35, 5th 400m 52.95, 2nd 4x100, 2nd 4x400).
 
We took maximum points in three events, 110m and 400m Hurdles and High Jump. Other top scores not previously noted were Euan Urquhart, 1st B 400m (52.18) and 1st B 800m (2:05.56); Chris Boyle, 2nd 800m (2:00.52); Chris Watson, 1st 1500m (4:15.25); Neale Kelly, 1st 110m Hurdles (15.68); Steven Beattie, 1st B 110m Hurdles (16.27), 3rd B 100m (11.39pb); Corry O'Hara, 1st Long Jump (6.61m pb); David Wilson, 2nd Triple Jump (12.60m), 2nd B Long Jump (6.13m pb); Marcus Morton, 1st High Jump (1.85); Mark Revie, 1st B High Jump (1.70).
 
It was good to see several members making their debut in the Mens League - Chris Watson, fresh from his victory in the Scottish Senior 800m Championship and a sub-1:50 clocking midweek, strolled to and easy win in the 1500m after a slow early pace in windy conditions, then put in a great effort on the last leg of the 4x400 with a 49.57 split, where we just lost out to Giffnock North by 0.13 in 3:30.50. Ben Chan put in a solid 11.76 for 2nd in B Triple Jump. And Patrick Bowman, switching from his old speciality of jumps, took 2nd in B 1500m (4:33.25). 
 
Thanks for a good team effort, showing commitment to the club. Don't forget the officials who also turned out as a vital part of the team to help me as Team Manager, Sheila Baillie (Field Referee), Hugh Baillie, Joe Doyle, Anne Ferrie. It was also good to see coaches and parents present to help and encourage the team. All contributed to a successful day, which we hope bodes well for next season's league.
 
Hugh Stevenson

 

CSSAL

Central & South of Scotland Athletics League (CSSAL)   3rd Match 31st August 2014
 
VP-Glasgow were 5th on the day at a sunny Kilmarnock, and therefore finished 6th overall in this league, a big improvement on 8th last year when we were lucky to avoid relegation. With a good turnout for each match, and maybe some more Masters athletes deciding to have an outing (?!), we should be able to feature much further up the table next season.
 
Well done to everyone who took part over the 3 matches.
 
Some results are below and the full match results are available on Scottish Athletics / Events and Power of 10.
 
u11 Boys
600m Fraser Gilmour 4th A 2.00.0, Matthew Ireland 2nd B 2.01.9, Long Jump Ben Chatham  3rd A 3.43m, Conor McNally 2nd B 3.39m.
 
u13 Boys
100m Donald Scott 2nd B 14.4s, Gavin Wilson Shot Putt 3rd A 6.32m, High Jump 2nd B 1.30m and Javelin 3rd A 19.41m, Simon Aitken 4th A High Jump 1.30m, 4x100m 3rd 58.9s.
 
u15 Boys
100m Adam Orr 2nd B 12.9s, 800m Andrew Moreland 2nd A 2.12.3, Adam Brady 3rd B 2.18.9.
 
u17 Men
Ewan Hoy 100m 5th A 12.5s and Long Jump 1st B 5.51m, David Wilson 100m 1st B 12.4s, Long Jump 1st A 5.90m and Javelin 2nd A 30.57m, 400m Euan Urquhart 1st A 51.1s, Iain Wilson 1st B 54.5s, 800m Calum McCormack 3rd A 2.05.5, Lewis Serpell 800m 1st B 2.10.4 and Javelin 1st B 23.47m, High Jump Keir King 1st A 1.70m, 4x400m (u17 / Senior) 3rd 3.34.4.
 
Senior Men
100m  David Clark 2nd A 11.6s, Stephen Murphy 1st B 11.9s, High Jump Mark Revie 1st A 1.70m
 
Masters Men
800m Ralph Connolly 2nd A 2.19.7, Tom Ord 3rd B 2.38.7
 
u11 Girls
Skye Turner 80m 3rd A 12.6s and 1st A Long Jump 3.71m, Catriona Scott 3rd A 600m 2.01.8 and 3rd B Long Jump 3.30m
 
u13 Girls
Emma Gilmour 3rd A 800m 2.34.0, Grace Thompson 2nd A Javelin 16.59m and 2nd A shot Putt 6.56m
 
u17 Women
100m 1st A Emily Gulland 13.5s, Emma Thompson 3rd B 13.9s and 1st A High Jump 1.60m, Reagan Binnie 1st A 800m 2.22.2, 4x 100m 2nd 54.3s
 
 
Christine Scott

Indoor League Final

Scottish Athletics Indoor League

Final and Relays, Sunday 8th February 2015

The Final and Relays of the SAIL were held on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.  The match was well attended with 17 Clubs entering teams at various age groups and the standard was very high.  VP-Glasgow had 6 teams entered in the main competition – U11Gs, U15Gs, U15Bs, U17W, U20W and U20M – and Relay teams entered at every age group except U13Bs and U17M.

There were many impressive performances and PBs achieved over the day’s competition and it was a pleasure to watch our athletes do so well.  Notable performances to be highlighted were Jade Henry’s 60m Hurdles timed at 9.23s which is a new SAIL Record.  Also worthy of note were the U11G’s 600m performances of CatrioU11 Girls Teamna Scott (1.56.75s) and Valencia Wright (2.03.70s) who were both 1st in the “A” and “B” Strings;  Robbie Barr – 1st in the U20M 800m in a time of 2.00.33s;  Emma Scott – 1st in the U15G Long Jump with a distance of 4.94m;   Heather Baird – 1st in the U20W High Jump with a height of 1.60m;  Karyn Glen – 1st in the U20W Shot Putt with a throw of 7.01m.

Medals won were as follows:

Gold won by the U11Gs for both their Team and Relay performances.

(Beth Bushell, Niamh Finnieston, Catriona Scott and Valencia Wright)

Silver won by the U15Gs for their Team performance.

(Alice Baxendale, Amy Bissett, Jade Henry, Rebecca Love and Adrienne Murray)

Silver won by the U15Bs for their Relay performance.U17 Men

Jamie Stephenson, Aaron Belkevitz, Daniel Reda and Adam Orr)

Silver won by the U20M for their Team performance.

(Robbie Barr, Paddy Clark, Euan Urquhart, Iain Wilson and David Wilson)

Silver won by the U20W for both their Team and Relay performances.

(Heather Baird, Melanie Chiswell, Karyn Glen, Caroline MacKinnon and Anya Morrison)

A big thank you to all our athletes who took part with enthusiasm and real team spirit on the day.  The U11G’s team were a stand-out with their excited smiley faces and great performances.  A wee mention also to our U17W’s Relay team who were involved in the athletic equivalent of a motorway pile-up on the last leg involving a very unfortunate Bethany Buchanan who, although injured, continued with the race.  So although there was no gold medal, they were very definitely due a gold award for determination and support for each other in the aftermath.  Well done, girls.

Linda Innes

 

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