Monday, December 06, 2021

Together Apart - Day 1

Thanks to a great deal of help from Scottish Athletics and their wonderful officials, competition returned to Scotstoun on Thursday the 20th of May.

This was day one of our Together Apart series.  We had great performances in all of the events which included Sprint Hurdles, 100m, 200m and 800m.

It really was great to see about 90 athletes taking part in two events each.

We're now looking forward to all of the field events on Saturday the 22nd and a further return to the track events on Tuesday the 25th of May.

The results are below:  Apologies for the cold easterly wind that everyone faced in the home straight, it wasn't planned.

The Sprint Hurdles results were excellent with a very strong field in the U15 girls 75m hurdles heat.  Ben Chatham completed his first full run over the senior men's High Hurdles with a time of 16.4s.

The results of heats 1 to 4 of the 100m are on this card.

The results for 100m heats 5 to 8 are on this card.

The results for heats 9 to 13 of the 100m are on this card.

The results of the 800m heats are on this card.

The results of heats 1 to 4 of the 200m are on this card.

The result of heats 5 to 8 of the 200m are recorded on this card.

 

 

Club Kit - Achilles Heel

This is just a reminder that club competition vests and all of our other training gear can be bought online from our sponsors website at this link.

The shop is currently open for business but you have to book before attending.  If you plan to visit in person, you can book at this link.

Club vests are not compulsory for our Together Apart District series but they are for all other events organised by Scottish Athletics.

 

Together Apart Districts

Entries are invited for our Together Apart Districts series.  We’ll be hosting our own Track and Field events at Scotstoun Stadium on Thursday the 20th of May, Saturday the 22nd of May and Tuesday the 25th of May.

The events are open to all of our athletes from U13 to Seniors.  We’d like to see as many of our athletes as possible getting an opportunity to record an early season personal best performance.

Athletes can enter a maximum of two events on each of the three dates.  There is likely to be a high demand for places and everyone is advised to enter early as we may invite guests to fill any gaps.

Both the Thursday and Tuesday sessions will be track only events with all field events being held on the Saturday.

The events will be organised by graded officials and performances will be shared with Scottish Athletics and the Power of Ten.

These events are only for 1st and 2nd claim members of Victoria Park City of Glasgow or athletes from other clubs who’re currently paying training fees to the club.

Training will be cancelled on these dates to allow the officials to prepare for the competition.

All competitors will need to be members of Scottish Athletics.  If you’re not currently a member, you can join at this link. The current cost of a membership for U13’s is £9 per year.

To enter these events, you should login to your LoveAdmin account and click on “Events” on the menu bar.  The three sessions should be at the end of the list.

Under the current Covid regulations, athletes aged 18 and over are not allowed to compete in track endurance events.  We are however inviting these athletes to enter now, ahead of a possible change to the rules from the 17th of May.

More information about the Together Apart series can be found on the Scottish Athletics website at this link.

Scotstoun - A Field of Dreams

Participating v Spectating.

Here is why I care about Scotstoun and the ongoing debate on usage between athletics and rugby.

For generations of young Glasgow sportsmen and sportswomen Scotstoun Showgrounds provided a field of dreams as they aspired in their sporting careers through school and club.

I was very fortunate, as I was one of them from school at Glasgow Academy, then through the medium of Victoria Park AAC now Victoria Park City of Glasgow who have been there for over 90 years.  I cannot claim to speak for them but I can certainly speak of them

The current Club came about following an amalgamation between Victoria Park and City of Glasgow Athletics Club.Hugh Barrow

This Club and its predecessors provided our City and Scotland with generations of international competitors who competed with distinction, winning honours at Olympic, European and Commonwealth level, very much the level that the Warriors currently aspire to.

It saddens me, that in recent times, the arrival of Glasgow Warriors has caused conflict.  When the move was announced, I thought that it would present a wonderful opportunity for both sports to work together, in fact I said as much in articles written at the request of the Warriors Press Officer of the time Mark Palmer (now Rugby Correspondent Sunday Times) and posted on the official Warriors website in August 2012.

Athletics and rugby have coexisted in Scotland since Victorian times with many examples of overlap personified by the likes of Robert Stronach, Eric Liddell and Frank Dick.  In fact many of the founder clubs of the Scottish Amateur Athletics Association in 1883 were rugby clubs like West of Scotland, Glasgow Accies, Watsonians and Edinburgh Accies.

At the end of the days march, Scotstoun is a publicly funded sports facility for the benefit of all, it is not a dedicated rugby stadium built and funded by Scottish Rugby, albeit they pay a rental as tenants.

The Warriors have brought great honour to Glasgow in recent times but this should not be at the expense of other users.

Athletics and rugby can thrive together with goodwill, good management and mutual respect, the last being one of the SRU's core values and after all, much of the modern fitness programmes used in rugby are based on athletics principles of yesteryear.

One of the Warriors favourite sons and Scottish Cap, now rugby pundit John Barclay, may owe some of his sporting ability to his father Graham who was a British Youth High Jump Champion and a member of Victoria Park.

I am not blind to the pressures of the modern professional rugby era, having been involved since 1997 with Glasgow Hawks, a club that has provided the Warriors with a steady flow of players, probably more players than any other club, the latest being Ross Thompson.

Just as Warriors want to follow their ambitions into Europe on the pitch so do others on track and field and now with Rugby Sevens included in the Olympic programme the synergy is complete.

The Warriors have a huge opportunity to build bridges with athletics as they have the professional setup which other users do not enjoy.

Let's hope this opportunity is grasped for the benefit of sport in our City and that this leads to more honours on pitch, track and field.  Surely that's what we want to see, Athletics and Rugby flourishing side by side.

It would be a tragedy if through Rugby's pursuit of finding the next Finn Russell, Athletics are denied finding the next Laura Muir.

Here lies the dilemma; is the purpose of Glasgow Life to provide facilities for a professional sports franchise with emphasis on spectating or is it providing facilities for community sport with the emphasis on participating.

I hope Glasgow Life will stay true to the Legacy of Glasgow 2014 where the increase in participation was at the beating heart of the endeavour and should still be post COVID.

 

By Hugh Barrow - Past President of Victoria Park A.A.C