Event Specific Coaching Days

scottishathletics has four more important Coach Education sessions lined up for December.

These dates are key learning steps for those involved in the four areas of Throws, Sprints/Hurdles, Endurance and
Jumps following the international gathering IFAC 2013.

Now our Director of Coaching, Stephen Maguire, has urged Scottish coaches to embrace the next stage of the
programme and interested coaches can email Mary Anderson on


So the weekend of December 7 and 8 and Sunday 15 December should already be ringed on the calendar as Event Specific Coach Education sessions take place across the disciplines at the various venues.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday 7 Dec: Throws – Grangemouth
Sunday 8 Dec: Sprints/Hurdles – Grangemouth
Sunday 8 Dec: Endurance – Stirling University
Sunday 15 Dec: Jumps – Pitreavie

‘Our dates in December are important,’ said Stephen Maguire.

‘We are getting into the nitty-gritty of events that weekend, looking at technical issues and the conditioning and planning aspects. We’re looking to move it on a bit from the sessions we had in September.

‘The messages are the same but it is about applying them. I feel people are getting to know each other better.
I’d ask coaches to come along and talk to the presenters. We’re trying to have continuity of presenters so it is not stand alone.

‘I will never be happy with the turnout. If we had 70 or 80 percent of all our coaches coming along that would be absolutely amazing – but I would still be disappointed.

‘My message to people is we are not putting this on, or organising education sessions, for the sake of the egos
at scottishathletics. Everything we are trying to set-up and arrange is for the benefit of our coaches and our clubs.

‘We are not going to get everything right. But we are striving to get it right. We want to try and make sure we are making the proper decisions and we appreciate the support we’ve had. ‘

The December sessions are open to all coaches. Athletes selected to be invited to attend will be contacted via
their coach.

For any more details on the programme please email Darren Ritchie on


Scottish National XC Relay Championships Report

On Saturday 26th October the Scottish Cross Country Relay Championships were staged at Cumbernauld over tough undulating terrain.

Kilbarchan ladies team, who are West District Champions, again performed well, finishing third, just inches behind Edinburgh Athletic Club, with the title going to Central AC, who also won the Men’s event. Still a fine effort by the team of Christina Rankin, Natalie Sharp and Elspeth Curran with Elspeth having the 4th fastest time of the day, 14 minutes 1 second.


Elspeth Curran – photo by Bobby Gavin

The Kilbarchan Mens team of Robert Quinn, Callum Matthews, Scot MacAulay and Andrew Dearie, were 10th.

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Kilbarchan Senior A team, (A Dearie, S MacAuley, R Quinn, C Matthews) – photo by Donna Matthews

The boys event was a repeat of the West result with Inverclyde AC winning from the Kilbarchan trio of Andrew MacAngus, Conor Thomson and Euan Gillham, with Euan having the fastest time of the day, 8minutes 9 seconds for the 2.5K circuit.


Euan Gillham – photo by Bobby Gavin

The Kilbarchan girls team of Rachael Curry, Laura Stark and Jemma Reekie, finished 6th, with Laura having the fastest time for an under 15 year old, 9.51.

Good strength in depth for the Kilbarchan young athletes with around 100 teams in each category, Kilbarchan boys had 3 teams in the top 13 and the girls had 4 teams in the top 17.

After Saturday’s race, Laura Stark travelled to Bristol to compete in the UK Challenge Cross Country meeting, finishing 4th against some of Britain’s top young athletes.

Scottish National XC Relay Results

UK Challenge Cross Country U15 Girls Results

Frankfurt Marathon Results

Congratulations to Hayley Haining, who achieved another Commonwealth Games qualifying time at the Frankfurt, Germany, marathon, on Sunday, 27th October 2013, with a time of 2 hours 36 minutes 40 seconds.

Also to Gemma Rankin, whose time of 2 hours 42 minutes 34 seconds was less than one minute outside her personal best, and Catherine Stewart, whose time of 3 hours 29 minutes 43 seconds was a personal best by 6 minutes 26 seconds.

The conditions were very windy i.e 12 miles per hour.

Full results

Report on Scottish Athletics web site ..

Ross Houston has staked his claim for a Glasgow 2014 place with a superb performance in the Frankfurt Marathon.
The Central AC athlete posted a PB of 2.18.28 in Germany to get inside the 2.19 being asked of Scottish men.
Hayley Haining and Joasia Zakrzewski joined Houston in posting a qualifying times under the 2.40 being asked of Scottish women for the Commonwealth Games.

Kilbarchan AAC veteran Haining was at 2.36.40 – faster than she ran in the London Marathon earlier in the year. And Zakrzewski, from Dumfries, dipped under the target with 2.39.15 to stake her claim for Glasgow 2014.

All three performances drew amazing support on our Facebook channel and Twitter feed as the athletics community in Scotland revelled in a great weekend.

For Central stalwart Houston it was a breakthrough moment in a 24-hour period which saw his club win three National titles at the Relays and then claim the Off Track Club of the Year award for 2013.

Ross, remember, went desperately close to the qualifying standard at the London Marathon when there was a chip timing issue.

Congratulations to all three athletes, coaches and their families on pushing the marathon barriers towards Glasgow 2014.

Edinburgh’s Neil Renault wasn’t too far away, either, with 2.21.47 while Kilbarchan’s Gemma Rankin was similarly close to the women’s standard at 2.42.34. Central’s John Newsom ran 2.34.17.

Scottish National XC Relays, Cumbernauld, Sat 26 Oct 2013

Venue, changing & Declarations at Cumbernauld High School G67 2UF.

If you are running this Saturday please turn up at the school in plenty of time so that teams can be selected and they can get to the course on time. The start line is 1.5 miles from the school changing facilities.

Bus Times Leaving From
Bulls garage Br of Weir 10.00am
Kilbarchan library 10:10am
Beith Rd garage 10.15am
Thorndene 10.20am
Canal St bus stop 10.30am
Race Times
Girls 12:30pm
Boys 1:05pm
Senior Women 1:40pm
Senior Men 2:40pm

Expect to be at Cumbernauld HS for 11.15 where we will get numbers and everyone ready.

Bus £5, if going direct £4
There should be spare seats on the bus.

Return journey provisionally leaving around 4:00pm.

Please fill out the form below to confirm your participation in this event.

Renfrewshire AAA XC Relays Report

After so much rain in the previous week, underfoot conditions were very heavy for the Renfrewshire Cross Country Relay Championships at Pollok Estate last Sunday.

Greenock Glenpark Harriers won the Mens race with the Kilbarchan team of Robert Quinn, Tony Carroll, Alan Craig and Steven Hill, 7th, though veteran Robert, had the fastest time of the day, 12 minutes 21 seconds for the 4K circuit..

Kilbarchan Athletic Club ladies team of Elaine Eadie, Leanne Hamilton and Jessica Martin team, finished a close 2nd to Inverclyde AC.in their event, Elaine’s 14.43, the 2nd fastest of the day.

Kilbarchan’s boys were in fine form, with under 13 team of Cameron Corrigan, Craig Kennedy and Andrew MacAngus winning as did the under 15 boys team of Sam McNair, Aidan Comerford and Conor Thomson, with Aidan and Conor having the joint fastest time of 9.04. The under 17 race was won by Inverclyde AC with the Kilbarchan team ofEwan McKerral, Tom Murray and Cameron Dickson, 2nd..

For the girls, the under 11s team of Alisha Sivell, Kimberley Gilchrist and Aurelia Tiffoney, just lost out in a close finish to Giffnock North though Alisha had the fastest time of the day, 6.32. It was a similar result for the under 15 girls trio of Rona Tytler, Kerry MacAngus and Laura Stark though Laura had the fastest time of the day, 9.22. The Kilbarchan B team of Emma Fulton, Lucy McKellar and Katie McGinn was 4th.

There were other good Kilbarchan  performances by the under 13 girls team of Eilidh Gibson, Bethany Craig and Eve Griffiths, who were 4th and there was also 4th place for the under 11 boys team of Jack Patton, Fraser Scott and Calum Fleming with Jack’s time of  6.05, the fastest of the day..

Full Results

Photos by Donna Matthews (Facebook)

Photos by Anne Dale (Flickr)

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