Friday, February 21, 2020

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


Scottish Mens League

Scottish Men's League, 2nd match, Aberdeen, Sun 18 May 2014
Well done to the seven athletes who did the club so proud at Aberdeen. They produced a great team effort, sometimes competing in unfamiliar events to lead the contest for most of the afternoon, only to slip to 3rd in the tightest of finishes, Shettleston 278pts, Whitemoss 277, VPG 274, Pitreavie 243 occupying the top 4 spots. Now after 2 matches we trail Shettleston but share 2nd spot on 13 league pts with Pitreavie, Whitemoss and Giffnock North.

Showing spirit like this in the remaining 2 matches will surely give us one of the coveted promotion places. Go to it, lads!

Here's how our heroes scored on a good day for athletics, with only a headwind causing some problems for the sprinters: Martin Hayes 46pts (2nd 800m, 2nd 1500m, 2nd steeplechase, 1st 4x400m); Paddy Clark 45pts (1st 400 Hurdles, 1st B 400m, 3rd 4x100m, 1st 4x400m); John Mulhern 45pts (2nd 110 Hurdles, 1st B 400 Hurdles, 2nd B 200m, 3rd 4x100m, 1st 4x400m); Steven Beattie 42pts (4th 400m, 4th Shot, 2nd B Discus, 3rd B 100m, 1st 4x400m); David Clark 37pts (2nd 100m, 4th 200m, 2nd B Shot, 3rd 4x100m); Alexander Lewis 35pts (3rd Long Jump, 3rd Triple Jump, 5th Discus, 3rd 4x100m); Mark Revie 24pts (3rd High Jump, 1st B Long Jump).

Each club must provide 3 officials to allow the athletes to compete, and these were Hugh Baillie, Hugh Stevenson and recovering distance runner David Vernon.

Mark your diaries for the last 2 matches, Grangemouth 13 July and Scotstoun 30 August.

Hugh Stevenson