SENIOR ENDURANCE CROSS COUNTRY – NEXT UP
Entries are now open for the 3rd and 4th events in the club’s Cross-Country Championship. The event at Lanark is probably the ideal ‘toe in the water’ for those unsure if XC is for them. It’s short, it’s local, and it’s not a relay (so no teammates depending on you to get round).
National Short Course XC Championships – Saturday 6th November
Entries are open for the National Short Course XC Championships, to be held at Lanark Racecourse. They remain open until Thursday 21st October. Not a huge entry window, so best act sooner than later if you want to compete. Full details and booking link – DETAILS AND BOOKING
West District XC Championships – Saturday 4th December
Entries are open for the West District XC Championships, to be held at Maryhill Park, Glasgow. They remain open until Thursday 18th November. Full details and booking link – DETAILS AND BOOKING
Ten seniors attended Alexandra Park on Saturday to represent Motherwell AC in the West District XC Relays. Each leg was 4km long. How hard could that be…?
First in action was the women’s team, with Joey Leach running the opening leg in a very strong 16:56. Phyllis Hands then took over and surprised herself with her time. Emma Morris brought the team home as 23rd Senior team.
16:56 Joey Leach
20:37 Phyllis Hands
17:31 Emma Morris
Later in the afternoon it was the men’s turn. The club had entered two teams – a full Masters team and, unfortunately, an incomplete Senior team. David Hoolaghan and Craig Morris got things underway. An impressively strong run from Craig saw him finish his leg a good distance ahead of David. It was then over to ‘young’ Scott Dickson and ‘old’ Mark Ellis. The wiser head prevailed and towards the end of the lap Mark had reeled in Scott and began to pull away. The third leg saw Alan Strang and John Burns in action, attempting to gain positions whilst also being passed by the leading whippets on their fourth legs! The final runner of the day was Robbie Pattinson who ran strongly to bring the Masters team home in 12th place.
19:27 David Hoolaghan
16:25 Mark Ellis
17:13 Alan Strang
17:08 Robert Pattinson
The Senior team was unclassified.
18:46 Craig Morris
17:16 Scott Dickson
19:53 John Burns
So how hard was it? Well, without exception, all the club’s athletes were shocked at how tough a course it was. Golf courses aren’t usually that hilly, right?
But more importantly, without exception, all the club’s athletes were glad they had taken on the challenge and enjoyed the team spirit on show in abundance.
If you haven’t tried cross-country before, why not give it a go? Then you will understand…….
GILLIAN McCAFFER AND MIRANDA RICHMOND DO MOTHERWELL AC PROUD AT THE VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON
Running alongside a bit more than another 40,000 competitors, club members Gillian McCaffer and Miranda Richmond had outstanding performances at today’s Virgin Money London Marathon.
Gillian completed the famous 26.2 miles course in an excellent 3 hours 41 minutes and 56 seconds while Miranda finished not that far behind in a very creditable 4 hours 5 minutes and 7 seconds.
Well done and congratulations to Gillian and Miranda from everybody at Motherwell AC.
A few pictures from earlier today are attached.
SENIOR ENDURANCE CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS – FURTHER UPDATE
West District XC Relays – Saturday 9th October
Entries are closed and MAC has sufficient numbers for two male teams and one female team. This is great!
Female: Emma Morris, Joey Leach, Phyllis Hands
Male: Alan Main, Alan Strang, Craig Morris, David Hoolaghan, John Burns, Mark Ellis, Robbie Pattinson, Scott Dickson, (Alan Tait – reserve)
If you are unable to attend the race for any reason, please let Alan Strang (firstname.lastname@example.org) know as soon as possible. Alan Tait can step in if notified prior to Saturday. Otherwise, please meet at the venue in plenty of time to allow teams to be finalised and running orders to be agreed before declarations.
Event information is available (as downloads) from here – EVENT DETAILS. It would be expected further information to be added (e.g. parking instructions, route maps) over the coming days.
National XC Relays – Saturday 23rd October
Entries for the National Cross Country Relay Championships remain open until midnight Tuesday 5th October. Full details are available here – FULL ENTRY DETAILS. Please note your Scottish Athletics membership must be current in order to participate.
If you want to take part, please let Alan Strang (email@example.com) know and arrange payment of a £5 deposit. This can be paid in person, by bank transfer, or by PayPal. This deposit will be refunded on the day of the race.
West District XC Relays – Entries
Our deadline for entering the season-opening West District XC Relays is midnight on Tuesday 21st September. Another couple of male and female entries would help the club field full teams. If you are on the fence, why not put your name down and decide closer to the day?
West District XC Relays – Marshalls
The organisers of the West District XC Relays require marshalls and are requesting assistance from the West District clubs. It would be great if the club could provide one or two marshalls to help this event run smoothly. If you are available and interested, please contact Alan Strang (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details.
National XC Relays – Entries
Entries for the National Cross Country Relay Championships are now open. This event takes place on Saturday 23rd October at Scone Palace, Perthshire. Full details are available here [https://scottishathletics.sportserve.net/pages/event/athletics/athleticsbookingdetails.aspx?id=11570]. Please note your Scottish Athletics membership must be current in order to participate.
As before, entries for team relays are submitted by the club. If you want to take part, please let Alan Strang (email@example.com) know and arrange payment of a £5 deposit. This can be paid in person, by bank transfer, or by PayPal. Only once this deposit has been paid is your place in the squad confirmed. This deposit will be refunded on the day of the race.
Our closing date for entries for this event is midnight on Tuesday 5th October.
Track & Mud
Two reminders for Senior Endurance members.
Firstly, the club’s 3000m Track Championship takes place on Saturday 18th September. That’s next weekend. It would be great to see as many members as possible support this race. Full details are available in this earlier post:
Secondly, team entries for the West District Cross Championship Relays are open and will remain so until Tuesday 21st September. The event itself is on Saturday 9th October in Glasgow. If you are not sure whether cross country is your thing, a relay event is probably the best ‘toe in the water’. Again, full details in this earlier post:
SENIOR ENDURANCE TRAINING UPDATE 27 AUGUST 2021
Over the next few weeks we will see a change in the emphasis of our training. We adopt a structured approach to training and encourage a short period of rest or easy training for a few weeks around this time each year. This will help to ensure you recover from a hard period of training and feel refreshed, ready for the start of a new season.
Obviously, some athletes will have their own targets and should adapt the training schedules to suit their needs. However, we would recommend they do consider a period of rest and recovery at an appropriate stage in their training.
Following our recovery period, the next phase of our training will be aimed at building an aerobic base, through progressively longer steady runs. We will start our cross country training on Saturday 25th September. This training will be mostly on grass and is aimed at preparing our athletes for a series of cross country and relay races over the Winter. The club hold a separate cross country championships over the Winter and you may wish to target some of the following races:
West District Cross Country Relays – 9/10/21
Lanarkshire Road Relays – 16/10/21 (TBC)
National Cross Country Relays – 23/10/21
National Short Course Cross Country – 6/11/21
West District Cross Country Championships – 4/12/21
Lanarkshire Cross Country Championships – (TBC)
National Cross Country Championships – 26/2/22
If you would like more information on our training, have a look at the annual training plan on the training schedule page of the website https://motherwellac.com/senior-endurance-training/ or have an interest in getting more involved, please contact one of our coaches.
Three Motherwell AC athletes (Alastair Loudon, Gillian McCaffer and Scott Kelman) made the journey to compete in the Fleetwood Half Marathon on Sunday 22 August 2021.
All three achieved PBs and Gillian McCaffer was 3rd Female in the race with 224 competitors. Well done and congratulations from all at the club. Times and finishing positions follow.
Scott Kelman (28th) – 1:36:38
Alastair Loudon (58th) – 1:45:08
Gillian McCaffer (3rd Female) – 1:46:03
Scottish Athletics has now issued its “COVID-19 BEYOND LEVEL 0” Guidance. You can access the details via the following link.
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