Sunday, August 25, 2019

Youth Development League

Youth Development League – U13 and U15

The 2nd Match of the Scottish Division 1 competition was held at Kilmarnock on Sunday the 1st of June.  VP-Glasgow finished in 7th place overall.

The best performances were as follows:

Joshua O’Hare was 1st in the 300m with a time of 38.79s and Ruaridh Scott-Brown was 1st in the Javelin with a distance of 30.41m.

James Stewart was 1st in the High Jump with a height of 1.75m and Kirsty Elliot was 1st in the Long Jump with a distance of 4.76m.



Derby hosted Match 2 on Saturday the 8th June.  VP-Glasgow did well on the day, finishing fifth overall.Philippa Millage

The best performances were as follows:

Philippa Millage finished 1st in the 800m with a time of 2:06.52 and Danielle Beattie was 1st in the 2,000m Steeplechase with a time of 7:23.49.

Chloe Lambert finished in 2nd place in the 400m with a time of 56.54 and Mhairi Patience was 2nd in the 400m Hurdles in a time of 61.54s.

Nikki Manson finished 2nd in the High Jump with a height of 1.65m.

The 4x400m relay team of Julie Dobbin, Chloe Lambert, Mhairi Hendry and Philippa Millage finished in 1st place with a time of 3:47.89.


Scottish Mens League 3

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

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