Sunday, November 28, 2021

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

Endurance 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:


Leslie Pirie (2:48.06) was 1st female and 7th overall in the Loch Ness Marathon on 24th September 2017. Gerry Craig was (2:54.43) was 28th and 5th in his age category.


Alex Potter (88.49) ran the Great North Run on 10th September and was 8th in his age category and on 1st October Alex also ran the Great Scottish in a time of 88.08.

On Sunday 8th October the Neil McCover Memorial Half Marathon took place at Kirkintilloch. Gerry Craig (83.58) was 13th, Andy Law (85.15) was 21st and 1st Vet 60.

10,000m TRACK

The Scottish Veteran Harriers 10,000m track championship took place at Grangemouth Stadium on 15th October with Andy Law (39.21) 5th overall and 1st Vet 60


The Great Scottish 10k Run took place on 1st October. Diane Ramsey (44.09) in only her second 10k knocked almost 3 minutes off her PB. Grace Thompson (53.03), who normally competes in the high jump, ran her first 10k. On Sunday 8th October, Peter Jardine (40.43) was 46th at the Linlithgow 10k. Mark Ashby (38.12) was 15th and 1st in his age category in the Natterjack Seaside 10k at Southport on 24th September.


The last few weeks have seen VP-Glasgow athletes running at various parkrun locations around the UK and Ireland. Notable performances: 

On 14th October Daniel Kinniburgh (U15) was 3rd overall at Ganavan Sands parkrun (Oban) in a time of 21.09 and Finlay Watters was 8th at Druridge Bay parkrun (Morpeth) in a time of 19.58. On 7th October Rhian Dawes was 1st Female finisher at Pegwell Bay parkrun (Kent) in a time of 19.29, Emma Mathieson 2nd female at Naas parkrun (Ireland) in a time of 21.24 and Sandy Gardner was 2nd at Ruchill parkrun in 20.28


In the Kyles 10 mile race on 9th September, Lesley Pirie (63.50) was 1st Female and 7th overall.

Ralph Connolly

Endurance Report

The club’s endurance runners have been keeping active during the summer months competing in club colours all over the country and beyond. With the cross country season and the first of the relays only a few weeks away, it will be good to see as many of our endurance runners as possible getting the miles in; building their endurance strength.

I have listed below a number of the notable performances:


Alexander Lewis (U23) was 17th in the Isle of Mull Half Marathon in 1:38:50 on 6th August. Andy Law was 1st Vet 60 and 12th overall in the Mull of Kintyre Half Marathon in an impressive 1:29:56 on 28th May.

5000m TRACK

The British Transplant Games were held in North Lanarkshire from 27th July to 30th July. Daniel Smith won the Gold Medal in the 5000m track race in a time of 22:17 in the 15-17 age category.

The British Miler meet at Scotstoun Stadium saw Sarah Potter run a 17:32.42 PB and Claire Thompson ran 19:14.04 in the European Masters in Aarhus, Denmark gaining a bronze medal.


The Scottish Veteran Harriers 10K road race took place on 13th August round Pollok Park. Gerry Craig (38:20) was the fastest from our club in 8th place, followed by Michael Craig (39:18), Andy Lay (40:08) and Tom Ord (45:14). The Paisley 10k took place on 20th August with Mark Ashby (38.37) and Gordon Murray (47.20) both representing our club.


We continue to have healthy numbers turn out at our local parkrun in Victoria Park with Mark Ashby (18:28) the fastest of our runners in the last few weeks just ahead of Paul Lennie.

Abbey and Aisling McGhee both ran the Bushy parkrun in London on 12th August with Abbey (18:44) finishing just ahead of her sister. Four members of the Wright family ran the Springburn parkrun on 5th August with Blayne (19:15) finishing ahead of Valencia, Tuscany and Gavin. Staying with the family theme, Linwood parkrun on 26th August saw myself and Robyn Connolly, Jan Bissett and Amy Bissett all splash our way round a very wet course with Amy (21.17) finishing second female and breaking her parkrun PB.

Emma Kay has run the most parkrun locations recently with her best time being at the Preston parkrun where she was first female finisher in 21:24


Gerry Craig ran the 95 mile West Highland Way from Milngavie to Fort William in 21 hours 10 minutes and 17 seconds, finishing 22nd overall. Although it was in mid-summer on 24th June the cold wet weather made the race even tougher than normal.

Fully recovered, on 5th August Gerry ran the Devil o’ the Highlands trail race, a mere 42 miles in 6 hours 43 minutes, for 14th place and Mark Ashby was 1st Vet 55 in 7 hours 37 minutes. Ralph Connolly was 1st Vet 50 and 37th place overall in The New York Road Runners 4 mile road race in Central Park, New York on 8th July in a time of 25:55

Ralph Connolly

Road Running Update

I have pulled together a roundup of endurance running by our club athletes from the last few weeks. Apologies if I have missed anyone.


The London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April saw Mark Ashby (3.08.50) running his 23rd consecutive London Marathon.  He was closely followed by Abbey McGhee (3.10.56) and Alex Potter (3.14.17)

Lesley Pirie (2.47.48) was first female in the inaugural running of the Stirling marathon on Sunday 21st May, finishing almost 10 minutes ahead of the second placed female. James Stewart (2.40.26) ran an excellent race finishing in 5th overall and Donna Finlayson (3.33.46) also posted a good time.


The Monklands Half Marathon on Sunday 14th May saw a good turn out from the club. James Stewart finished 2nd in 76.38 (PB). Gerry Craig was 8th in 83.58, Duncan Thomson 16th in 87.52 and Alex Potter 18th in 88.38


Lewis Priest (U17) ran 34.47 (PB) to finish 14th in the Dumbarton 10k on 11th May with Gordon Murray (V60) running 47.24 to finish 166th. The previous week on 3rd May, Gordon ran the Helensburgh 10k in 46.51 and on the same evening, further down the coast, Emma Kay ran 44.12 (15th female) at the Troon 10k

10,000M TRACK

Congratulations to Beth Potter on qualifying for the 2017 World Championships after winning the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs (inc British Championships) in 32.04.63 on Saturday 20th May. Suzanne Gilmour (Vet 40) ran 38.01 at Crownpoint in the BMC / GAA Regional Races (Inc Scottish 10,000m Championships) on Friday 28th April


The Scottish 5k Road Championship took place on Friday 5th May in Edinburgh in very windy conditions.  Marc Austin (14.45) and Gillian Black (17.07) both came away with medals. Marc finished 3rd male and Gillian was 3rd female. Kieron Rafferty (15.42) and Rhian Dawes (18.19) both placed well in a high quality field.


The club always has a healthy turn out at our local weekly parkrun in Victoria Park and the pick of the bunch from the last few weeks is Finlay Waters who ran 18.52 on 22nd April breaking the “Aged 10” course record. Elsewhere, Marc Austin was 1st finisher at Strathclyde Park in 15.23 on 6th May. It is good to see our runners taking advantage of the geographical spread of parkrun with Saul McGlennan (U13) being the most adventurous recently, running 20.44 at Harrow on 15th April.


Gerry Craig ran the 53 mile Ultra Trail Highland Fling from Milngavie to Tyndrum in 9 hours 12 minutes and 12 seconds finishing in 58th place out of almost 700 finishers. The picturesque undulating route includes 7,500 feet of running uphill and 6,500 feet downhill.  In the Scottish Veteran Harriers 4.8 mile “Snowball” race on 3rd May Andy Law was 6th (41.41)


Ralph Connolly