Press Release, Mon 19 Nov 2013

Last Sunday, 29 years after his first Renfrewshire Championship success, Robert Quinn again won the County Cross Country title.
Robert dominated from the start, covering the 3 laps of the hilly 2 mile circuit around Gourock’s Darroch Park in 34 minutes 17 seconds, finishing over 200 metres ahead of his nearest rival, Inverclyde’s Greg Williams. Glenpark Harriers won the team event.
The Senior womens race was won by Inverclyde’s Rachael Bushfield and although Kilbarchan didn’t have any individual medal winners, they packed well with Leanne Hamilton 4th, Jennifer Rooney 5th and Rebeca Fortes Martin 6th, to win Team Gold.
Other Kilbarchan event winners included Alisha Sivell, who won the under 11 girls race and Jack Patton, who won the under 11 boys event and there were also silver medals for Laura Stark (under 15 girls), Andrew MacAngus (under 13 boys), Conor Thomson (under 15boys) and Ewan Mckerral (under 17 boys).
Other Team winners for the Kilbarchan club included their under 13 boys team of Andrew MacAngus, Cameron Corrigan and Craig Kennedy.

Down south, at the prestigious Leeds Abbey Dash 10K which attracts top athletes from all around the UK, Callum Hawkins had a fine run for 3rd place, top Scot, in a time of 29 minutes 26 seconds and in the Womens race, Elspeth Curran was 7th, time 30.26, both times personal bests for the distance.

Elsewhere, Derek Hawkins was happy to return to competition after his recent stress fracture problem, by winning the Strathclyde parkrun 5K in a steady 15 minutes 10 seconds…

Arthur Smith

West District XC Championships, Sat 7 Dec 2013 – Senior & U20 Male Entries

A reminder that entries close this weekend for this event. If you have already submitted an entry you do not need to do so again.

Date: Saturday 7th December 2013
Location: Ayrshire Athletics Arena, Queen’s Drive Kilmarnock, KA1 3XF
Declarations Close: 1pm U20, 1:30pm Seniors
Race Starts: 1:30pm U20, 2:00pm Seniors

Closing date to confirm entry: Friday 22nd November 2013

Entry Fee: £5

Information Sheet

Course Map

To confirm entry in this race please fill out the following form*:

*Athletes must complete this form by the closing date to confirm entry. Any athlete that does not submit their details will not be entered and unable to participate (no exceptions).  If an athlete confirms entry and fails to show for the event they will be liable for the entry fee cost.

Renfrewshire AAA XC Championships Results

Renfrewshire AAA XC Championships Results, Gourock, Sunday 17 Nov 2013

Under 11 Girls

1st Alisha Sivell
Team 2nd (Alisha Sivell, Kimberley Gilchrist, Aurelia Tiffoney)

Under 11 Boys

1st Jack Patton
Team 3rd (Jack Patton, Harry Orr, Fraser Scott)

Under 13 Girls

Team 3rd (Kim Crawford, Leona Murray, Rachel Bannatyne)

Under 13 Boys

2nd Andrew MacAngus
Team 1st (Andrew MacAngus, Cameron Corrigan, Craig Kennedy)

Under 15 Girls

2nd Laura Stark
Team 2nd (Laura Stark, Kerry MacAngus, Rona Tytler)

Under 15 Boys

2nd Connor Thomson
Team 2nd (Connor Thomson, Jake Scott, Josh Hendry)

Under 17 Men

2nd Ewan McKerral
3rd Scott McLardie
Team 2nd (Ewan McKerral, Scott McLardie, Fraser Auld)

Senior Women

Team 1st (Leanne Hamilton, Jennifer Rooney, Rebecca Fortes-Martin)

Senior Men

1st Robert Quinn (and 1st Vet 40)

Full Results

Photos by Kenny Phillips (Facebook)

Club Jumps into Action

Kilbarchan AAC are looking forward to the visit of scottishathletics Performance Manager and Coach Mentor for Jumps Darren Ritchie on Thursday 21st November 2013.

Darren appeared at the 2002 & 2006 Commonwealth Games representing Scotland in the Long Jump, finishing 4th in 2002 narrowly missing out on the bronze medal by one centimetre. He holds the current Scottish long Jump record at 8.01 meters.

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The Club are keen to develop the horizontal jumps section with coach Jason Pender soon to be taking over as the lead coach for the jumps squad.
Jason has a multi-event background as an athlete with experience in jumps and will be heavily involved with the coaching of our horizontal jumps athletes moving forward.
Over the last 12 months Jason has been involved in coaching sessions with Olympic Triple Jump Champion Champion Christian Taylor and UKA National Coach Mentor Femi Akinsanya, as well as being scheduled to attend upcoming workshops in the latter part of 2013.

Darren will oversee the coaching session on the night (7pm-8:30pm) with a view to following up as a mentor to our jumps coaching team to take the development forward.

All athletes who have an interest in developing in horiazontal jumps are welcome to take part in this session. Coaches and parents are also welcome to take part.

scottishathletics recently announced their Impact 2018 Event Development Programme detailing their plans for the coaching of athletes across various track & field events including the appointment of Robert Hawkins as the Coach mentor for Endurance.

Scottish Athletics Hammer Development Group

Young Athletes Training Day
Grangemouth Stadium Sunday 24th November 2013

The second of a series training days for young hammer throwers will take place at the Grangemouth Indoor Arena on Sunday 24th November 2013.

All young hammer throwers – 18 years and younger are invited.

Coaches and those wishing to develop their knowledge of the event are very welcome.

Assemble at 09:30am for 09:45am start with a 1pm finish.

There will be a charge of £3:00 to cover the cost of the venue

Lead Technical Coach for the day will be Susan McKelvie with her own Coach

Lorraine Shaw and Andy Frost.

Bruce Robb, Scottish Institute of Sport Strength and Conditioning Coach will do a series of training sessions on the art of how to lift properly.

Any queries or a young athlete new to the event that wishes further information pleases contact Jim Green by email jim.green1@btinternet.com or phone 01505814409.

The dates for the remaining Training Days are as follows 15th December 2013,

19th January 2014, 16th February 2014 and 16th March 2014.

Jim Green
Scottish athletics
Hammer Development Group

Brian Graham … 100th parkrun

Congratulations to Brian who ran his 100th park run on Saturday 16th November 2013.

Brian Graham

Brian wrote on his Facebook page …..

That’s my 100th Parkrun. done and feeling a great sense of achievement to have reached that milestone. Got to Pollok Park at about 9am and had a 20 min pre run warm up. Got of to a good start and knew about halfway round that a PB was unlikely. I kept steady to finish in 23:04, my third fastest time at Pollok. A PB will just have to wait till another time, but, quite happy with my run today. Thanks everyone for all your support and best wishes.

Before the race Brian looked back on his park runs …

Just a few facts and figures about Parkrun. I took part in my first run at Pollok on 03/04/10 in a time of 26:05 with an age grade of 56.55%. I’ve completed 99 runs since then, my fastest being at Pollok on 31/08/13 with a time of 22:30 (AG 67.19) I’m hoping to be at Pollok this Saturday for my 100th run and hope to try for a PB. I’ve averaged 2.3 runs per month since I started Parkrun, I think that shows that I quite enjoy it! This year has been particularly good for improving my times and the knock on effect on my other race distance performances has been astounding. Running has helped me to overcome issues in my personal life this year and I hope to keep on improving as I get older. I feel like I’m in a good place just now and really starting to enjoy life again. Anyway, I’ve said enough, roll on Saturday!

I’m sure he’s looking forward to the next 100!!

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