Monday, June 25, 2018

Road Running Group

On Tuesday the 22nd of May, Victoria Park will be launching our new Road Running group.

Everyone is welcome to come along on the night to meet the jog leaders/coaches and join them on a training run.

We'll meet in the Stadium near to the reception.  There'll be a sign in book at the reception.

Even if you've no intention of joining the group, we'd be delighted if you can join us for this, our first session together.

The jog leaders have beeen busy over the last few weeks identifying routes that can be adapted for runners of all abilities.

Below is some additional information from the club website.



Victoria Park’s Road Runners meet at 7pm every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening within the reception at Scotstoun Stadium.

Everyone is welcome to come along for a few weeks to join in with the sessions before deciding if it’s the right club for you.

All you need to get started is a good pair of running shoes, a desire to run faster or just get a bit fitter.  Either way, you’ll be made very welcome by our coaches and jog leaders.

The cost of our annual membership is £25.  There are no additional training fees.

You don’t need to join Scottish Athletics to train with or compete for Victoria Park.  However, being a member of Scottish Athletics gives you a £2 discount at any event with a SA permit (nearly all road races in Scotland) and other benefits.  If you are a member of a running club, the membership fee for Scottish Athletics is halved.  If you think you might be racing more than half a dozen times per year, the membership will pay for itself.

For Beginners

You don’t have to be a runner before you come along.  If you’re not running already, you might want to look at some of the many “get you started” training regimes on the net that will help you off of the couch and onto the road.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with starting off with a run/walk plan where you run and walk in turns.  Until you’ve built up some basic fitness, it’s far more important to slowly increase the distance that you’re running each week than the speed. 

Our coaches and jog leaders are expecting runners of all abilities and will be prepared to put an exercise plan in place to help you get from couch to 5k in 10 weeks.  We hope that beginners will take part in our local Park Run to record their progress.

Training Sessions

We meet within the reception at Scotstoun Stadium (there’s a sign in book) before we warm up within the South West corner of the facility.  It’s always followed with some gentle stretching before we divide into groups of similar ability.  

We’ll have fast runners leaving the stadium to do a longer route and we’ll have slower runners missing out on additional loops.  The plan will be to have everyone warming up together, leaving the stadium together and arriving back for a cool down at the same time.

If you’re not sure we’re the right group for you, why not come along and meet everyone in person.  Then take a few weeks to think about it.  When you’ve made your mind up, we’ll be expecting you.

Road Running Update

The club’s endurance runners have run and competed at various distances from 5k to marathon in the last few weeks and I have listed below a number of the notable performances. Apologies if I have missed anyone.


The London Marathon saw record breaking temperatures but 4 of our athletes successfully completed the course in the heat. First of the club’s finishers was Iain Dunn in 3 hours 54 seconds, closely followed by Michael Craig in 3 hours 7 minutes 50 seconds. Alex Potter ran 3 hours 54 minutes 59 seconds and David Orr, 5 hours 36 minutes 29 seconds.


Claire Thompson was 3rd female and 1st vet female at the Ballock to Clydebank half marathon in a time of 84 minutes 57 seconds on 25th March.


Claire Thomson ran 63.01 and was 5th vet female at the Tom Scott Memorial race at Strathclyde Park on 1st April. Tom Ord was 4th Vet 60 in a time of 68:22.

10,000m TRACK

After competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2017 London World Championships, Beth Potter continued her impressive series of international appearances and competed for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, Australia, running the 10,000m in 33.26 days after also competing in the Triathlon.


Max Milarvie placed 11th in his first 10k, running 32.10 at Port Erin, Isle of Man on 30th March. Sarah Potter was first female at the Wakefield Hospice 10k running a PB of 35.45 on 25th March and on 8th April was 4th female in 36.29 at the Jim Dingwall “Round the Houses” 10k at Grangemouth. On 10th March Anna Tait was 1st Female in the Jack Crawford Springburn Cup 10k at Bishopbriggs in a time of 37.09.


The last few weeks have seen VP-Glasgow athletes running at various parkrun locations from the Ayrshire coast to the Channel coast and the Gold coast, Australia. Notable performances included a good run from Becky Dunphy (1st Female and 6th overall) at Tollcross parkrun on 21st April whilst on the same day Louis Sharp (4th) and Ella Sharp (1st Female) both ran well at Troon. The 14th April saw Claire Thompson (1st Female) put in her fastest parkrun of the year at Pollok park. Also, on 14th April, Peter Jardine, who was down in Australia for the Commonwealth Games, ran the Main Beach parkrun. On 10th March, Peter was 3rd finisher at the Springburn parkrun.

Our athletes have also run at the following parkruns during the last few weeks: Bressay parkrun (Emma Mathieson), Linwood (Amy and Jan Bissett), Southwark and Croxteth Hall (Carys Murrison), Victoria Park (Finlay Waters, Mark Ashby, Danny Smith, Saul McGlennan, Thomas Connolly, Caitlin Cameron Coyle, Rab Daly), Bournemouth (Emma Mathieson), Greenock (Ralph Connolly), Ruchill (Sandy Gardiner), Ganavan Sands (Daniel Kinniburgh), St Andrews (Finlay Waters) and Strathclyde (Tom Ord).

Ralph Connolly

Road Running Group

This is just a brief update about our Road Running Group.

Eleven Jog Leaders met on Monday the 5th of March on the Club Deck at Scotstoun and we discussed how the group would be organised.

We hope to offer Road Running on Monday’s, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s from 7pm. Joining the rest of the club for the long Sunday run is also likely.

The management at Scotstoun have agreed to allow the group to meet, leave belongings and warmup within the facility.

They’ve also agreed to advertising signs being attached to the outside fence. Once the start date is confirmed, we’ll arrange for leaflets to be printed.

Some of the jog leaders are keen to meet up and explore routes in advance of our plans. If anyone has any experience of using route logging apps, they could maybe make themselves known to the group.

I’ve setup a “Victoria Park Road Runners” Facebook group and would encourage everyone to join. This will allow everyone to see what preparations are being made. If you have used Facebook before, you’ll find the group at this link:

A Jog Leaders Training course has been arranged for Saturday the 21st of April and we hope to have as many attend as possible. If you had previously stated an intention to run with the group but would now like to go on the course, let me know and I’ll send out the Joining information.

So far, 40 people have expressed an interest in joining the group. It’s all very positive.

If all goes to plan, we should have the group up and running by the beginning on May.

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Scottish Veteran Harriers

The Scottish Veteran Harriers Club held their annual LSK Road Relays at Strathclyde Park on Sunday 28th January and the club had three teams competing on the 6k (approx) course. Constant rain and wind provided an extra challenge for our athletes as they splashed  their way round the tarmac and gravel paths surrounding Strathclyde Loch and a series of short but steep hills between 4k and 5k helped to make it a tough circuit.

James Stewart (19.46) was our fastest athlete finishing 3rd in the first leg and he was 5th fastest overall out of the 218 male finishers. In the week that he he was selected to represent Great Britain in the European 24 hour Championships he successfully debunked the myth that ultra runners lack speed. Gerry Craig, Sandy Gardiner and Duncan Thomson completed the line up for our Vet 40 Team who finished 18th out of 51 teams.

Crawford Little (22.25) was out fastest Vet 50 and along with Alex Potter, Michael Craig and Andy Law combined to finish 7th Vet 50 team out of 15 teams..

Lisa Doyle (24.02) was our fastest female athlete finishing 5th in the first leg and she was 11th fastest overall out of the 75 female finishers. Louise Gibson and Emma Kay completed the line up for our Female Team who finished 9th out of 23 teams.

Thanks also to Mark Ashby who took some excellent photos of the action.

Ralph Connolly