December 2013 Newsletter for Juniors, & Parents/Guardians
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Important notice: Every junior (existing and new members) needs to fill out a new membership form so that contact details can be updated. Please hand completed form to your coach or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Membership form: https://webzoom.freewebs.com/glenparkharriers/2012Junior Membership Form.doc
Welcome Pack for new members - https://webzoom.freewebs.com/glenparkharriers/2012-GGH Welcome Pack.doc
Junior Section Greenock Glenpark Harriers Junior Section is open to any child aged 9 to 17. At present the club currently has approximately 70 junior members.
They train every Tuesday evening at Notre Dame High School, Greenock between 6.00 and 7.15pm. They also train at various other times throughout the year. Training is overseen by SAL qualified coaches, all of whom have been vetted by Disclosure Scotland. See Training Page for up-to-date training information.
Although Greenock Glenpark Harriers are traditional 'Running Club' coaching will also be given to juniors in other athletic disciplines e.g. jumps and throws.
The Juniors have opportunities to compete throughout the year. During the Winter the focus is mainly on Cross-Country & the Indoor Track at the Kelvin Hall. In the summer the attention switches to the track the roads as well trips to the Highland Games.
Newcomers to the club are entitled to a few weeks trial period there after take the opportunity to become a member of the club at the excellent value of just £40 per year.
Every child needs to fill out consent form, please download and return completed form to any of the coaches. - Link to form above:
It was a highly successful day for Glenparks young Harriers on their annual visit to Rothesay for the Highland Games. Click on LINK for pictures
The sun shone as 40 youngsters travelled over to Dunoon for the annual Willie Jukes road race, to compete in the 200m dash and 1 mile race along the promenade. There were great performances and plenty of smiles all round in the 2 keenly contested races.
There were excellent performances from Glenparks young athletes Zoe, Jack, Alan, and Harry when representing their schools at a sunny Kirkcaldy
Glenpark's young athletes prior to the 2013 Colin Shields Road Race
High resolution of picture can be found here, thanks to Thomas Loehndorf
Glenparks Juniors racing along Greenock Esplanade on the opening race of the 2013-14 season. Results on "Race Reports" page
Thanks to Alison Daisley for capturing a highly successful day for Glenpark's youngsters at the Bute Highland Games
Nathan Robinson leads the start of Junior 1 mile race at Dunoon 6th April 2013
Shelby Morrison leads the start of junior 2400metre race at Ashton promenade Gourock 30th March 2013
The Glenpark girls join in the celebrations after Shelby Morrison is crowned Scottish cross country champion at Falkirk.
The young Glenpark athletes at a cold and windy Battery Park for the County Championships
Glenpark's Young Athletes at Great Glasgow Junior Run Sept 2012
Evan Warwick, Gerard Smith, Tom Forrest, Shelby Morrison, Lauren Mulaghton and Mia Forrest.
17 Junior athletes and 3 of the club coaches, Yvonne, Alan and Stevie went on a very succesful 4 day summer camp to Ardeonaig in Perthshire. Some of the activies in which the youngsters took part were Gorge Walking, Kayaking, Sailing, High Beams, Raft building, and the low rope obstacle course. And in the evening there was hockey, volleyball, football, badminton, basketball, table tennis, and rounders to keep everyone busy.
More pictures from the weekend, click HERE
The boys attempt some somersaults into Loch Tay. Click HERE for video.
Girls Strike Gold
Eilidh, Carly and Shona
Under17s Eilidh Hamill, Carly Dalgliesh and Shona Webster were Glenparks golden girls, winning the clubs only top team honour on Saturday. Hamill led the charge with a terrific individual silver medal, due reward for the heavier training programme she has undertaken this winter. Dalgliesh also medalled with bronze with Webster bringing the team home for an unexpected team gold.
First U17 boy back was Sean McCallion who was lying 3rd until tiring badly in the 2nd half. McCallion has shown great promise this winter and a step up in training would surely take him to the next level. Bravest performance came from Andy Fisher who ran most of the race with a recurring foot injury to ensure the boys finished with a full team. His pain was rewarded as he just edged out training partner Adam McCormick for the boys to win another team silver.
Under 13Ross Forbes produced the individual performance of the day, winning an excellent bronze in a high quality field. Buoyed by his schools bronze medal on Wednesday Forbes latched on to a breakaway lead pack early in the race. Lying in 3rd with half a mile to go the result was finely balanced with Forbes coming under extreme pressure from Kilbarchans Trout, but he hung in valiantly before putting in a killer kick on the heartbreak hill to the finish to claim his 2nd medal in 4 days. Backed up by another great performance by Evan Warwick and the fast improving Stephen Edmond, earned the trio another Bronze team medal. With Michael O’Rourke also finishing well up the club now has an U13 team that could figure well in February’s Nationals.
In the U11s race Cameron Watson yet again impressed but narrowly finished outside in the medals in 4th place. Andrew McCluskey made up the incomplete team with a fine debut at this level. Glenpark are starting to form a good squad of U11 girls and this was clearly demonstrated on Saturday with 9 competing. First back was young Nicola Doohan in 5th and looks to be a star in the making. Just behind was Mia Forrest in her strongest finish to date with Francesca Fisher making up the trio claiming a surprise team silver these 3 were pushed hard by Megan Rodgers, and Clara Pollock. Twins Rachel and Christie Mulaghton also ran well as did Sophie McLoone with the club’s youngest performer Lucy McFarlane getting the biggest cheer of the day.
The medal rush continued with U13 girls Lauren Mulaghton, Danielle Hunter and Laura Hamill who also claimed team Silver.
Bad luck hit both U15 teams with both Gerard Smith and Shannon Kangley dropping out mid-race through injury resulting in the teams losing out on guaranteed medals. Meighan McDade showed form of old but tired in the 2nd lap to finish 4th with Luisa Davies back in 9th. Kieran Munro managed to sneak into the top 10 with Jack Harrington just 100m adrift.
Well done to Glenpark juniors Cameron Watson and Steven Edmond, who along with David Macquat finished 7th at the Scottish primary school road relay race at Grangemouth. The trio running for Ardgowan primary school came close to the medals finishing just 30 seconds behind the 3rd placed team.
Young Cameron earlier in the season at Bill Elder race
Stroll in the Park for Gerard
Andy Fisher almost paid the price of a poor middle lap but recovered well on the 3rd to hold off Adam McCormick. It was another exciting contest between Ross Forbes and Evan Warwick, again the twosome were locked together for most of the race, only Ross’s extra strength giving him the edge, in the final run up Murdieston street. Eillidh Hamill looking stronger in each race gave another improved display with an even paced run over the 3 laps.
In the two lap race the on-form Lauren Mulaghton came up trumps with a convincing win. Meighan McDade had started very quickly opening up a sizeable lead but by the half way point Lauren pacing her race better pulled level then passed Meighan. In third was Luisa Davies who ran a very strong first lap before tiring in the later stages.
In the 1.1km race competition was fierce with quite a few photo finishes as the youngsters lunged towards the line. 1st home was sprinter Lucy Compston who had to use all her speed at the end just to hang on from the fast finishing Nichola Doohan who came storming through from 4th place at the bottom of the final 300m hill, both being given the same time with Danielle Hunter taking 3rd place. Clara Pollock and Meighan Rogers couldn’t be separated as the pair sprinted over the line for joint 5th just behind Rachael Mulaghton.
Junior Race 3.2km: G.Smith 11.11, S.McCallion 11.37, A.Fisher 11.43, A.McCormick 11.48, R.Forbes 12.08, E.Warwick 12.21, K.Munro 12.27, J.Harrington 12.34, E.Hamill 15.21, 2.1km: L.Mulaghton 8.44, M.McDade 9.11, L.Davies 9.37. 1.1km: L,Compston 4.15, N.Doohan 4.15, D.Hunter 4.22, R.Mulaghton 4.25, C.Pollock 4.29, M.Rogers 4.29, R.McDiarmid 4.45, C.Mulaghton 4.45, A.McCluskey 4.45, L.McFarlane 5.10, S.McLoone 5.20, A.Tolan 5.35.
Juniors on the Up
Glenpark boys achieved their highest position in years with a top 20 at Saturday’s National Cross Country relays held at Cumbernauld. Ross Forbes exceeded all expectations in a high quality U13 leg to hand over to Gerard Smith (pictured left) in 17th. Boy’s captain Smith made short work of hauling in 6 places to take the boys up to a lofty 11th place. It was always going to be difficult for anchor leg Sean McCallion and hopes sank as the boys slipped to 19th , but former boxer McCallion responded showing his fighting spirit in the closing stages to pick off the Shettleston and Edinburgh teams to bring the boys back up to 17th, seventeen places higher than 2009. Smith also ran the 8th fastest U15 leg of the day and should be drawing the attention of the West of Scotland selectors if he hasn’t done so already.
It wasn’t just the A team who excelled. U13 Evan Warwick yet again pushed Forbes all the way to bring the B team back in 19th with Michael O’Rourke also improving greatly. Kieran Munro continues to make progress whilst sprinter Mark Magee has typified the Glenpark team spirit by turning out for every relay race this season. In the U17s Adam McCormick had an absolute blinder, finishing only 6 secs behind McCallion.
The Harriers youngest athlete in action Lauren Mulaghton provided the shock of the day by delivering the fastest Glenpark girls time. Lauren struggled at the West two weeks ago but made huge improvements at last week’s Renfrewshire and did so again yesterday to come home in 26th. Backed up by Meighan McDade and Shannon Kangley the girls finished in a creditable 32nd. In the B team gutsy runs from Danielle Hunter and Luisa Davies set up Eilidh Hamill for her best ever run in Glenpark colours, almost collapsing over the line after an immense effort. Carly Dalgliesh and Gabrielle Fisher setting off together were evenly matched still within 20metres of each at the end of the 2400m lap.
The coaches were thrilled with all the performances yesterday with many juniors excelling in the relay climax. With more juniors competing and both boys and girls teams performing better than last year, it demonstrated again that the young athletes continue to move in the right direction.
Boys – (A 17th)R.Forbes
Gerard, Keiran and Mark. Meighan, Lauren and Shannon
Gerard, Keiran and Mark. Meighan, Lauren and Shannon
Adam and Eillidh
Adam and Eillidh
Keiran and Luisa
Keiran and Luisa
Ross with Evan close behind
Ross with Evan close behind
Sean and Shannon
Sean and Shannon
Hat-trick of Bronze at Linwood
26 boys and girls took part in the Renfrewshire XC Relays scooping a hat-trick of bronze medals. Mia Forrest and Nicola Doohan made winning debuts for Glenpark winning U11 team bronze. Francesca Fisher ran the fastest leg and Nicola ran a fantastic final leg overtaking Giffnock to guarantee the medals. Zara Weir, Sophie McLoone and Mulaghton twins Rachel and Christie also had fine country debuts.
Lauren Mulaghton had a much improved run in the U13 event handing over to sprinter Lucy Compston who brought the girls back in 3rd. Unfortunately the lack of a final counter ruined any hopes of a medal. The club can only hope that we can encourage some of our U13s in the club to start taking part in races.
Meighan McDade and Shannon Kangley are quickly regaining fitness and their runs should guarantee A team spots at next week’s Nationals. Luisa Davies completed the U15 team and continues to improve bringing the team home 4th just outside the medals. Gabrielle Fisher ran well for the B team alongside Rebecca McDiarmid who made a welcome return after injury.
Cameron Watson had another excellent run in the U11 race placing 3rd in the opening leg before handing over to youngsters Aidan Tolan and Tom Forrest who both had fine debuts.
Evan Warwick could prove to be one of the junior finds of the season as he blasted round the course finishing 3rd in the opening leg of the U13 race handing on to Michael O’Rourke who’s improved run on last week kept the team in medal contention. Twin brother Jack was given the anchor leg and put in his best ever performance to secure the bronze for the boys.
Again an incomplete U15 boys team meant no medal with Jack Harrington making a rare but impressive appearance with sprinter Mark Magee putting himself through another marathon effort for the team. The biggest surprise of the day came in the U17s with Sean McCallion and Andy Fisher reversing the first/last positions of last week. McCallion gained the fastest time beating his three team-mates in the A team. Out in the first leg he had a ding dong battle with Adam McCormick, breaking clear of him in the closing stages. David Reay then secured bronze medal with a strong second leg and with silver out of reach Andy Fisher had to just cruise home for 3rd spot.
Performance of the Day – Sean McCallion
Under 11 girls
Juniors practice their tree climbing
Juniors turn Back Time
After their successful day at the West district relays, the juniors enjoyed an easy run around the moors and along the Cut, stopping for a re-enactment of one of the old club photos.
Greenock Cut 2010
Greenock Cut 1930
Shona, Eilidh, Adam, Ross, Andy, and Jack
8 Glenpark Juniors returned from the Linwood open graded track meeting on Saturday with no fewer than 8 PBs. First up was the trio of U17 boys Sean McCallion, Andy Fisher and Dylan Moore who were all seeded in the same race. With Tweedie of Giffnock North out of sight it was left to Sean to lead the chasing group on his own, reaching halfway in 64secs with Fisher and Moore just 1second behind. McCallion dug in deep but dropped to third briefly on the final bend as Dylan made his move.
Not a great deal was expected from U13 Lauren Mulaghton having only returned to training on Thursday but the pocket rocket surprised everyone by taking 4secs off her best in what was a great warm-up for next week’s Inverclyde Biathlon. Meighan McDade was the only athlete to suffer from holiday blues but will no doubt produce a better result next week with a weeks training under her belt. Last up in the 800m was Michael O’Rourke. Having narrowly missed sub 3mins on three occasions this summer he finally smashed through it, reducing his best by an incredible 12secs. Michael’s brother Jack decided to opt for the 200m and the High Jump and was rewarded with 2 PBs reducing his 200m best by 2secs.
800m - S.McCallion 2.16, A.Fisher 2.17, D.Moore 2.18, K.Munro 2.25, M.McDade 2.46, M.O’Rourke 2.48, L.Mulaghton 2.53
200M/High Jump – J.O’Rourke – 35.36, 1.10m
One of the toughest races on the track is the 400m, too long for a sprint, and not long enough to relax during the lung bursting 1 lap effort. So well done to all 19 young athletes for their 100% effort.
Heat 1: Greg Black 74, Fiona King 78, Eilidh Hamill 83, Danielle Hunter 86, Sam King 86, Lauren Anderson 86
Heat 2: Steven Edmond 74, Cameron Watson 75, Alan Gray 82, Craig Oswald 86, Aiden Conway 96, Francesca Fisher 97, Olivia Black 100, Niall Morrison 100, Megan Rodgers 100, Laura Hamill 101,
Heat 3: Matthew Deegan 58.2, Mark Magee 67.4, Gerard Smith 67.4
4 New Bests in the 800m at Linwood
Sean, Dylan, Andy and Meighan all defied the conditions to record new personal bests in the 800m at a very windy and chilly Linwood on Wednesday evening. The strong winds made fast times impossible especially for the sprinters who had to run the 100 and 200 against it on the home straight.
David Reay stepped back into competition winning in his heat with a workman like performance, but with the promise of much more to come, - if he gets back down to serious training.
Mia Forrest just failed to beat her best by a few hundreths of a second in the 200m, but given better conditions will dip well under, but she did have a consolation of adding .70metres to her LJ best. Youngsters Nicola and Lucy performed exceptionally well in their very first open competition both taking part in the 100m sprint and long jump.
Emily Pollock was drawn in to a difficult heat in the metric mile, and suffered after a blistering pace was set on the first lap, but she hung on well to dip under 5minutes.
100m: M.Deegan 12.68, S.Kangley 15.38, M.O'Rourke 16.95, N.Doohan 18.81, L.Hamill 19.56, L.McFarlane 21.21.
200m: M.Deegan 25.26, A.Fisher 29.62, M.McDade 30.74, S.Kangley 33.74, M.Forrest 39.53,
800m: S.McCallion 2.17.95, D.Moore 2.19.88, A.Fisher 2.22.59, D.Reay 2.23.84, M.McDade 2.30.51, M.O'Rourke 3.01.07, R.McDiarmid 3.24.07, E.Hamill 3.27.11
1500m: E.Pollock 4.58.92
Long Jump: M.Forrest 2.60m, N.Doohan 2.60m, L.McFarlane 2.00m