TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP 5,000 METRES RESULTS 

‍TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP 5,000 METRES RESULTS

 

We had 8 athletes competing in this morning’s 5,000m Track Championship Race at Wishaw Sports Centre on what was a cold and windy morning. Well done to the athletes who braved the elements and the 12.5 laps on the track. Thanks to Joe Hoolaghan, Alan Strang, Robbie Pattinson, and Craig Morris for counting laps and timing the race.

 

1st Male – Jonathan Moore in 16:54

2nd Male – Paul Burns in 17:19

3rd Male – David Gardner in 17:50

 

1st Female – Emma Morris in 20:10

 

A link to the scratch and age graded results is attached and there is also link to the Track Championship Page on the website with the updated tables.

TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP PAGE

 

5,000m RESULTS

SVHC Masters Road Relays 2022 Sunday 24th July 2022, 11am

SVHC Masters Road Relays 2022 Sunday 24th July 2022, 11am

 

Usually held in January on a cold, wet and windy day, this year’s SVHC Masters Road Relays will (hopefully) be held in better conditions. Taking place on Sunday 24th July, it is great to see the return of this relay event on our doorstep.

 

One lap of the loch is all that is required here, something most of us have done on more occasions than we care to remember! So let’s put this local knowledge to good use and aim to field as many teams as possible. The team categories are:

 

Mens (35+) – 4 stage

Mens (50+) – 4 stage

Ladies – 3 stage

 

If you will be 35 or older on the day of the race and would like to take part, please inform Alan Strang (alanstrang@motherwellac.com) along with your date of birth. Even if you are not 100% sure, it is better to put your name down just-in-case rather than be guaranteed to miss out. The deadline for letting Alan know will be Tuesday 12th July. Teams will be formed later that week and finalised on the morning of the race prior to declarations.

 

Team Challenge Reminder & SVHC Masters Relays

Team Challenge Reminder & SVHC Masters Relays

 

MAC 5k Team Challenge 2022

This is a reminder that the 5k Team Challenge takes place this Thursday, 16th June 2022. Everyone is encouraged to attend and push themselves over the Strathclyde parkrun route. For full details, please check out this previous post.

 

MAC 5K TEAM CHALLENGE – THURSDAY 16th JUNE 2022

 

SVHC Masters Road Relays 2022

Usually held in January on a cold, wet and windy day, this year’s Masters Road Relays will (hopefully) be held in better conditions. Taking place on Sunday 24th July, it is great to see the return of this relay event on our doorstep. Keep the date free, further entry details will be forthcoming in the coming days.

 

https://scottishmastersathletics.webnode.page/products/lsk-road-relays/

 

Regards

 

Alan Strang

Roon the Toon 10K Road Race – The Results

Here are the official results from Roon the Toon 10K – Scottish National Road Racing Championship.

 

The full race results with gender and age categories can be viewed from the attached link below.  A number of photos from the day are attached.

 

51st Jonathan Moore 34:00

113th Jim White 37:32

135th Iain Campbell 38:22

258th Scott Kelman 43:30

267th Robbie E Pattinson 43:59

287th Scott Dickson 44:40

314th Maryann Trotter Milne 45:21

348th David Hoolaghan 46:19

391th Dr Ross McLean 47:28

573th Jac Molloy 51:01

Roon the Toon 10K Full Results

 

CSSAL AT LINWOOD 5 JUNE 2022 – AN UPDATE FROM EWEN CAMERON

CSSAL AT LINWOOD 5 JUNE 2022 – AN UPDATE FROM EWEN CAMERON

 

What a fantastic day of track and field athletics CSSAL match at Linwood today! With no less than 5 young people in their first competition, every single athlete excelled. Performances in every event were absolutely tremendous with a good many pb’s. The fact the weather was glorious was a bonus! ☀️

 

Lovely to have so many parents and family members cheering the team on and as always, very proud to see how well the athletes all support each other across the age groups. A massive well done and thank you to all who represented the club magnificently today. It’s a privilege for Scott and I to coach you and watch as you put the training into action in competition. Congratulations 👏🏻👏🏻

 

Ewen

 

SENIOR ENDURANCE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP 2022

SENIOR ENDURANCE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP 2022

 

The Track Championship for Senior Endurance is being extended for 2022, from a one-off 3000m race to a three-race series.

 

The races will be held at the Wishaw track, and the dates are:

Saturday 25th June – 5000m
Saturday 30th July – 1500m
Saturday 17th September – 3000m

 

The final race will be held on the morning of the Track & Field championship day, as is traditional.

 

Points in this championship will be awarded based on finishing position AND age-graded score, with the points for both being combined. The female and male athletes with the highest score after three races will be awarded the championship trophies. So the winners won’t necessarily be the fastest in the club, but the fastest for their age…

 

This is a great opportunity to give track racing a go, in a relaxed MAC-only atmosphere. An opportunity to put the recent track training to good use, for some to try something new, for others to try distances they have never raced.

 

Full details are available in the rules document, attached.

SE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP RULES 2022

MAC 5K TEAM CHALLENGE – THURSDAY 16th JUNE 2022

MAC 5K TEAM CHALLENGE – THURSDAY 16th JUNE 2022

OVERVIEW:
The Senior Endurance 5k Team Challenge returns for 2022. For the benefit of new members or those who just can’t remember, what is this thing? Well, this is a team event where everyone will set off at the same time and run the same distance. Like a race! The scoring system will allow a winning team to be determined. It is just a bit of fun, though, an excuse to push yourself over the 5k distance.

SCORING:
Points will be awarded to runners based on finishing position. First overall runner home scores 1 point for their team, second overall scores 2 points, etc. Points will be totalled up for each team with lowest total winning. So, to be clear: finishing position is key, not time.

TEAMS:
Attending members will be split into one of three teams at the start of the session using an ‘old school’ method. Coloured stickers will be provided to be worn front and back, to make team identification easy during the race.

ELIGIBILITY:
Only current members of Motherwell AC and ‘trialists’ can participate. All are encouraged to participate, regardless of pace. Everyone is welcome and everyone will be cheered across the line.

ENTRIES:
No pre-entries are required for this event. Anyone wishing to participate should just turn up to training on Thursday as normal.

START TIME:
This event will be the club training session for Thursday 16th June. Please meet at the Strathclyde Park Watersports Centre at 6.30pm. The action will commence after teams have been formed and everyone has had an opportunity to warm-up.

ROUTE:
The route to be used will be the ‘old’ Strathclyde parkrun route. That is, high path coming out of the woods, playpark loop, low path on return.

JUNE TIME TRIAL (200th) WINNERS AND WOODEN SPOON

JUNE TIME TRIAL (200th) WINNERS AND WOODEN SPOON

 

We had a superb turnout the 200th Time Trial Championship Race. There were 28 competitors, 4 Virtual entries, and 8 helpers. On the back of a heavy weekend of racing tonight’s race had an element of fun about it. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side and the rain poured down for the duration of the race.

 

First male across the line was Gary Wood in 37:01 and first female was Mae McIsaac in 31:54. Douglas Samson picked up the wooden spoon in good humour.

 

Charla Hands provided us with some fantastic commemorative biscuits, cookies and muffins. Thanks once again Charla.

 

A special mention was given to Lucy Hamilton who is leaving us for ‘The Land Down Under’ in July and this might be her last TT. Lucy you will be missed.

 

Thanks to our many helpers – Joe Hoolaghan Margaret Hoolaghan Mark Ellis John Burns Emma Morris Anne Hughes Jac Molloy and Dougie O’Hare.

 

A selection of photos are attached – courtesy of Margaret Hoolaghan.

 

MAC TEAM RELAYS -THE TEAMS

MAC Team Relays 2022 – The Teams

TEAMS:
The teams have been formed for this Saturday’s MAC Team Relays.  It is hoped the competition will be somewhat fruity…

Team Banana (Yellow): Iain Campbell, Pat Allen, Paul Burns, Ross McCaig
Team Blueberry (Blue): Alan Tait, Craig Morris, Graeme Kennedy, Phyllis Hands
Team Kiwi (Green): Brian McLinden, Charla Hands, John Hughes, Marcus Whyte
Team Orange (er, Orange): Clare Grehan, Ewen Cameron, Neil Richardson, Ross McLean
Team Strawberry (Red): David Gardiner, Gary Wood, Maryann Milne, Scott Dickson

RUNNING ORDER:

It is up to each team to decide on its running order.  The only requirements are that each team member runs at least one leg, and each team must run four legs.  So for incomplete teams, team members may run additional legs in order to complete the relay.

NON-ENTRANTS:

Members who do not enter prior to the deadline are still welcome to participate.  They will be used to make up any incomplete teams, replace injured runners, or make up their own team on the day with other non-entrants.  In the worst case scenario, they can run the two miles for the individual challenge.

ROUTE:

The route will be a mini version of the Strathclyde parkrun and can be viewed here: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1537352
Pay attention to the ‘parkrun turning loop’ next to the playpark on the far side of the loch.

START TIME:

This event will be the club training session for Saturday 30th April.  Please meet at the Strathclyde Park Watersports Centre by 10am.  NOTE THE LATER START TIME. (Some have said they will do Strathclyde parkrun as a warm-up; the timings allow this). The action will commence at 10.30am near the top of the loch.

ON THE DAY:

Please make every effort to wear your MAC vest.  If you do not have one, please make this known so something can be sorted out.

If you can also bring some safety pins for the home-made race numbers, that would be appreciated. Some will be available, however.

CSSAL 2022 – Competition Opportunities for Senior Endurance

CSSAL 2022 – Competition Opportunities for Senior Endurance

 

From Bob McCrum (MAC’s T&F Representative) to all Senior Endurance members:

 

The Central and South of Scotland Athletic League (CSSAL) was formed to offer competitions in the form of league matches for all clubs throughout the area. The first registered meeting was held in 1972 and at its peak had 6 divisions. It currently has 21 clubs competing in 3 divisions.

 

Motherwell AC are in Division 2 this season. (We should have been demoted to Division 3 but a club resigned from the league so we remain in D2 this season.) MAC usually ping pongs between D2 and D3 depending on how many athletes we have available for each meeting.

 

As you can see from the Match 1 timetable (in the linked Handbook document), there are opportunities to compete in 3000m/800m for Senior Endurance athletes. If anyone wants to have a go, please contact Richie Leach (richieleach@motherwellac.com). He will have some athletes entered in 800m and will be happy to arrange entries for you.

 

CSSAL 2022 HANDBOOK

MAC Team Relays 2022

Saturday 30th April
The MAC Team Relays for Senior Endurance return for 2022. This will be exactly the same as the events last year that seemed to go down well.  So participating athletes will be formed into teams, and each team member has to run one leg of two miles.  First team home wins.ELIGIBILITY:

Only current members of Motherwell AC [on LoveAdmin] and approved ‘trialists’ can participate.  All are encouraged to take part – there are no minimum standards for participation.  It is primarily an event to get the club together and have some friendly competition.

ENTRIES:

Anyone wishing to participate (or to help out on the day) should indicate in the MAC Members Facebook group or send an email to alanstrang@motherwellac.com.  The closing date for entries will be midnight on Tuesday 26th April.

TEAMS:

Participating athletes will then be formed into teams with the intention to make all teams as similar in overall ability as possible.  Teams will be announced by Thursday 28th April.  Team size will ideally be 4, but this depends on the overall number of participants.

RUNNING ORDER:

It is up to each team to decide on its running order.  The only requirements are that each team member runs at least one leg, and each team must run four legs.  So for incomplete teams, team members may run additional legs in order to complete the relay.

NON-ENTRANTS:

Members who do not enter prior to the deadline are still welcome to participate.  But by not entering they cannot be placed in the initial team allocation.  Instead, they will be used to make up any incomplete teams, replace injured runners, or make up their own team on the day with other non-entrants.  In the worst case scenario, they can run the two miles for the individual challenge.

ON THE DAY:

This event will be the club training session for Saturday 30th April.  Please meet at the Strathclyde Park Watersports Centre by 10am (note the later meeting time). The action will commence at 10.30am.

Please make every effort to wear your MAC vest.  If you do not have one, please make this known so something can be sorted out.

If you can also bring some safety pins for the home-made race numbers, that would be appreciated. Some will be made available, but possibly not sufficient for all.

ROUTE:

The route will be a mini version of the Strathclyde parkrun and can be viewed here: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1537352

ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

INTRODUCTION

The Senior Endurance Road Running Championship got underway last weekend with the bonus points National Relays – three males took part and secured themselves an early lead in the standings.  The action proper commences on Sunday with the first of eight races – the Tom Scott 10 mile.  In recent years the championship has tended to start with a 10k event in March.  This year the start was delayed to allow the club to participate in the Allan Scally Road Relays.  Alas, only four members raced that day; this will very much be taken into consideration when planning the 2023 season.

LEAGUES

As for this season, the number of club entries for the races announced so far (nine for Tom Scott, four so far for Dunblane, eight so far for Roon The Toon) would result in having leagues of just two or three individuals, with everyone receiving medals.  For this reason, the sub-committee has decided not to have leagues this season.  If participation increases over the course of the year, they will of course be considered for a 2023 return.

SCHEDULE

The sub-committee is also pleased to announce the three events to complete the championship. The Paisley 10k returns after our successful outing in 2019, while two of the more local parkruns will make their championship debuts – Lanark Moor and Drumpellier Country.  The schedule now looks like this:

April 3rd – Tom Scott 10mile
May 6th – Scottish 5k
May 29th – Dunblane 12k
June 12th – Roon The Toon 10k
July 16th – Lanark Moor parkrun
August 21st – Paisley 10k
September 11th – Cumbernauld 10k
September 24th – Drumpellier Country parkrun

Remember, both marathons and half marathons count as ‘hypothetical’ races this season.  This gives ten opportunities in total to score points, with the best six counting.

SUB-COMMITTEE

Gayle Samson recently joined the sub-committee following the earlier departure of two members.  There remains one vacancy which would ideally be filled by another of our female members.  If you are interested, please get in touch with Alan Strang for more details, etc.

BREAKING NEWS – EVAN CRANE TAKES FIRST PLACE OVERALL IN THE 105 TRACK SERIES

BREAKING NEWS – EVAN CRANE TAKES FIRST PLACE OVERALL IN THE 105 TRACK SERIES

 

Evan managed to run a 4 minute marathon PB and take victory in the marathon race. His cumulative time across the track series 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon got him first place overall in the 105 Track Series.

 

Evan is absolutely delighted and he has done Motherwell AC proud. Well done on an outstanding series of performances from everyone at the club 👏👏👏👏

 

JUNIOR TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES DO MOTHERWELL AC PROUD AT THE EMIRATES ARE

JUNIOR TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES DO MOTHERWELL AC PROUD AT THE EMIRATES ARENA – 6 MARCH 2022

A big well done to our Under 13 Girls and Boys teams at the Scottish Indoor 4 x 200m Relays at The Emirates Arena today. Some excellent performances and club debuts for Ailsa and Andy. Great experience competing at national level and the youngsters should be very proud of their efforts.

Continue reading “JUNIOR TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES DO MOTHERWELL AC PROUD AT THE EMIRATES ARE”

Road Racing Latest Update

Allan Scally Road Relays

Entries remain open for the Allan Scally Memorial Road Relays. To date, six men have paid to confirm their entries. No women have done so…

One men’s team (of four) has been entered. Two more men are required, however, before a second team will be entered.

 

https://www.entrycentral.com/AllanScallyRoadRace

 

If you would like to participate, please let Alan Strang know before the end of the month. The club will NOT pay for this event, so members are required to pay Alan the £8 fee to confirm their place.

 

National 6/4 Stage Road Relays

The TruWealth scottishathletics 6/4 Stage Road Relays take place on Saturday 26th March in Livingston. The 6/4 relates to the number of stages team have to run – male teams run six, female teams run 4. The legs are not of equal length, though – they alternate between short (approx 5k) and long (approx 9k).

More details available here:

https://scottishathletics.sportserve.net/pages/event/athletics/athleticsbookingdetails.aspx?id=11765

 

If you would like to participate, please let Tommy Sneddon know. The club will pay for entries, but members are required to pay Tommy a £5 deposit to secure their place; this will be returned to those who do take part.

EVAN CRANE ACHIEVES ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH

MORE BREAKING NEWS AS EVAN CRANE ACHIEVES ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH

 

Evan Crane completed the Chatelherault 6 Hour Ultramarathon yesterday, managing 37 miles in absolutely dreadful conditions and following up last week’s podium with another one finishing 3rd place overall. It will probably take till Monday for Evan to dry out.

 

Well done Evan on another fantastic performance 👏👏👏

FURTHER RACES ADDED TO THE ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP

FURTHER RACES ADDED TO THE ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP

Five of the eight races for the 2022 championship have now been chosen and can be revealed.

03/04/2022 – Tom Scott Memorial 10 mile (Nat, WD) – Strathclyde Park
06/05/2022 – Run and Become Sri Chinmoy 5k (Nat) – Silverknowes, Edinburgh
29/05/2022 – Dunblane 12k – Dunblane
12/06/2022 – Roon The Toon 10k (Nat) – Kilmarnock
09/2022 – Cumbernauld 10k – Cumbernauld

That leaves one more 10k race and two 5k races (or parkruns) to schedule in the second half of the year.

Entries are already open for Tom Scott, Dunblane & Roon The Toon on EntryCentral. Announcements will be made as entries open for the others.

 

Allan Scally Memorial Road Relay

Allan Scally Memorial Road Relay

 

What is it?
The Allan Scally Road Relay is a long-standing event on the Scottish athletics calendar. Indeed, the event to be held on Saturday 5th March will be the 51st! The format is 4 x 5k on a accurately measured, traffic-free course in Glasgow Green. When this event was first suggested to members back in October, interest levels were high. So it is hoped that MAC can enter teams in both the female and male categories. For more details, see https://www.entrycentral.com/AllanScallyRoadRace

 

Who is eligible?
Current members of Motherwell AC.

 

Am I good enough?
If you can run 5k, you are good enough. The aim here is to have as many MAC vests on show as possible. No-one should rule themselves out because they perceive themselves to be ‘too slow’ for such an event.

 

How much does it cost?
Each team costs £32 to enter, so that works out at £8 for each runner.

 

How do I enter?
If four club-mates want to form a team and run together, that is absolutely fine. One of the team members should let Alan Strang (alanstrang@motherwellac.com) know the names of the runners, and to arrange payment of the £32 team fee. Alternatively, the team can enter themselves directly, but please do still let Alan Strang know who the runners will be.

 

If you are happy to be placed in any team, let Alan Strang (alanstrang@motherwellac.com) know you wish to enter and to arrange payment of the £8 individual fee. Teams will then be entered and formed from these entrants.

 

The club closing date for entries will be Monday 28th February.

30th ANNIVERSARY CEILIDH ON SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY IN ST BRIDE’S HALL, COURSINGTON ROAD, MOTHERWELL ML1 1PP @ 7 PM

30th ANNIVERSARY CEILIDH ON SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY IN ST BRIDE’S HALL, COURSINGTON ROAD, MOTHERWELL ML1 1PP @ 7 PM

By now, you will probably have seen the email about the forthcoming 30th Anniversary Ceilidh. Scottish Government have relaxed the restrictions on hospitality and we can confirm that the Ceilidh will definitely be going ahead.

The Ceilidh is open to members and their family and friends. To book your tickets speak to any of the coaches to put your name plus number of tickets forward to the club secretary or alternatively email secretary@motherwellac.com. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children.

There will be a fantastic Ceilidh Band, Dancing, Haggis Neeps and Tatties (including a vegetarian version), Raffles, and lots of fun.

We need raffle prizes too, so please donate what you can – spirits, wine, chocolates, toiletries, gift vouchers etc. Elaine Jamieson will be happy to collect any raffle prizes from you at training.

We look forward to seeing you there for another great night.

Important Covid-19 Notification 14 January 2022

Please be aware of the following guidance from Scottishathletics-

You should stay at home and not attend training if you:

• Have tested positive for Covid-19

• Have Covid-19 symptoms

• Have been asked to self-isolate at home by the Scottish Government Test and Protect system

As of 13 January 2022 there was a change in the advice from Scottishathletics, which is if you are a household contact of a positive Covid-19 case, please follow the guidance in this NHS Inform link (please see the section titled ‘Self-isolation if you’re a close contact’) 

Scottish Athletics Covid-19 Guidance 22 December 2021

 

Below is a link to the latest guidance from Scottishathletics. There is essentially no change to indoor or outdoor training, apart from that adults must physically distance indoors (1m).
Events will be impacted, in particular adult indoor track races 200m+, are not permitted. Racing at the Emirates on 3rd (GAA 3000) and 8th (National Open) January is being looked at by Scottishathletics to hopefully still offer competition, but anyone competing should monitor any announcements.

Motherwell AC Athletes out in force at the Emirates Arena today 12 December 2021

Motherwell AC Athletes out in force at the Emirates Arena today 12 December 2021.

A strong MAC contingent visited The Emirates Arena today for the second Scottish Athletics Indoor League match of the winter season.

A number of young athletes from under 11 and under 13 were making their competitive debuts for the club and every athlete from under 11 through to under 20 competed superbly and as always, represented the club with pride.

Some tough competition and every one of the team gave 100% effort. Thanks to all the athletes who represented us so well, to all the coaches and team managers, and for terrific support from the parents. Well done to you all.

MOTHERWELL AC ATHLETES OUT IN FORCE ON SUNDAY 21 NOVEMBER

MOTHERWELL AC ATHLETES OUT IN FORCE ON SUNDAY 21 NOVEMBER

 

We had a MAC contingent of four running in the UK’s oldest road race The Brampton to Carlisle 10 Miler. The provisional results are in:

Jim White – 65:00

Scott Kelman -72:21

Alastair Loudoun – 73:53

Gillian McCaffer – 78:01

Well done troops 👏👏👏

 

Down in the Borders we had Evan Crane running in the Tweed Valley Ultra 65 KM race where he finished 18th in 6 hours 44 minutes and 31 seconds. A fantastic effort from Evan 👏👏👏

 

Keep the updates coming. Joe

 

 

Annual Prize Giving and Family Night – Next Friday 12 November

REMINDER – PRIZE GIVING AND FAMILY NIGHT IS AT 7.30 PM FRIDAY 12 NOVEMBER IN “100 CLUB” EDWARD STREET, MOTHERWELL, ML1 2PP

 

The event will take the usual format – Presentation of medals and awards, some food, music from the DJ and time for socialising. The bar will also be open.

 

We do hope yu will be able to attend and we look forward to seeing you there. Mums, dads, and other family members are, of course, invited.

 

Kindest regards

The committee

NOVEMBER TIME TRIAL SEASON FINALE RESULTS, UPDATED CHAMPIONSHIP TABLES, AND MEDALLISTS

NOVEMBER TIME TRIAL SEASON FINALE RESULTS, UPDATED CHAMPIONSHIP TABLES, AND MEDALLISTS

The detailed results and tables are now available on the Motherwell AC website (link attached).

Last night’s race concluded what has been a quite successful Championship as we emerged from the Covid restrictions in the spring. Thanks to everybody for their support.

In the Women’s Championship it came down to the wire with Pyhllis Hands managing to hold off Emma Morris to take this year’s trophy. Top three women were:

1. Phyllis Hands (74 points)
2. Emma Morris (67 points)
3. Gillian McCaffer (51 points)

In the Men’s Championship Scott Kelman consolidated a commanding lead from Alastair Loudon to win the men’s trophy. However, we had an unprecedented three way tie for 3rd place between Alan Main, Alan Strang and Iain Campbell. The third spot and medal goes to Alan Main as “the runner with the most high scoring results – a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.” The top three men were:

1. Scott Kelman (58 points)
2. Alastair Loudon (40 points)
3. Alan Main (35 points)

2021 TIME TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIP

SENIOR ENDURANCE CROSS COUNTRY – NEXT UP

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

 

 

West District XC Relays – Seniors Round-up

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

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

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 (alanstrang@motherwellac.com) 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 (alanstrang@motherwellac.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.

SENIOR ENDURANCE CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS – UPDATE

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 (alanstrang@motherwellac.com) 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 (alanstrang@motherwellac.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.

SENIOR ENDURANCE TRACK &MUD

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:

 https://motherwellac.com/senior-endurance-3000m-track-championship-2021/

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:

https://motherwellac.com/senior-endurance-cross-country-championship-2021-22/

SENIOR ENDURANCE TRAINING UPDATE 27 AUGUST 2021

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.

PBs and prizes for Motherwell AC athletes at Fleetwood Half Marathon

‏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

 

 

Superteams at Aberdeen

We had 2 girl’s teams and 1 boy’s team at the  Superteams Competition for U12s at Aberdeen yesterday. Each team had 4 athletes so 12 kids and 4 coaches, Alison Scott Alan and Ewen went up to Aberdeen by bus.
The kids had a great time and ran their hearts out for the club.  Lots of fun and singing on the bus, particularly on the way back.  I think some were probably still half asleep when the bus left Wishaw at 7am.
Many congratulations to the athletes and a huge thank you to the coaches for looking after the teams .

SENIOR ENDURANCE IS CURRENTLY RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS

SENIOR ENDURANCE IS CURRENTLY RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS

As we emerge from Covid-19 restrictions we are now in position to actively recruit new members to the club.  We cater for a mixed range of abilities for adults from 18-year-olds upwards within Senior Endurance.  If you are interested in joining us but are not sure if we are the club for you – we are currently offering a one month’s free trial for you to try out with us.  Just click on the membership Enquiries link below to find out more about us, fill out the enquiry form and we will contact you about the next steps.

Membership Enquiries – Motherwell AC

REMINDER – SENIOR ENDURANCE 5K CHALLENGE

MAC Senior Endurance 5k Team Challenge Reminder

Tuesday 15th June 2021

REMINDER:

A reminder that this evening sees the MAC 5k Team Challenge.  Please see the earlier post for full details.  Club kit is NOT required for this event.

ENTRIES:

No pre-entries are required for this event.  Anyone wishing to participate should just turn up to training on Tuesday as normal.

START TIME:

This event will be the club training session.  Please meet at the Strathclyde Park Watersports Centre by 6.30pm. The action will commence after teams have been formed and everyone has had an opportunity to warm-up.·

MOTHERWELL AC SENIOR ENDURANCE RELAYS – THE TEAMS

MOTHERWELL AC SENIOR ENDURANCE RELAYS – THE TEAMS

 

The teams have been formed for this Saturday’s MAC Team Relays!

Team A: Charla Hands, Emma Morris, Ewen Cameron, Jim White
Team B: Alan Tait, John Burns, Scott Dickson, Simon Marshall
Team C: Alastair Loudon, Gayle Samson, Mark Ellis, Scott Kelman
Team D: Gillian McCaffer, Iain Campbell, Neil Richardson, Phyllis Hands
Team E: Douglas Samson, Gary Arthur, Robert Pattinson, Steven McCaw
Team F: Alan Main, Brian McLinden, Lauren Wyllie, Miranda Richmond
Reserves: Alan Strang, David Gardiner

RUNNING ORDER:

It is up to each team to decide on its running order.  The only requirements are that each team member runs at least one leg, and each team must run four legs.  So for incomplete teams, team members may run additional legs in order to complete the relay.

NON-ENTRANTS:

Members who did not enter prior to the deadline are still welcome to participate, but only until the maximum bubble size of 30 (28 runners, 2 helpers) has been reached.  Such members will be used to fill up any incomplete teams on the day, but only after the reserves have already been used.  If no reserves are actually needed, then a Team G can be formed.

If you do intend to participate, best drop a message in advance to alanstrang@motherwellac.com to be sure of your place.

ROUTE:

The route will be a mini version of the Strathclyde parkrun and can be viewed here: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1537352

Note, for those that way inclined, a Strava segment (‘MAC Team Relays’) has been created for this route.  Luke Traynor holds the backdated record.  So that’s a nice target for us…

START TIME:

This event will be the club training session for Saturday 22nd May.  Please meet at the Strathclyde Park Watersports Centre by 9.30am. The action will commence at around 9.50am, and certainly by 10am.

ON THE DAY:

Please make every effort to wear your MAC vest.  This event is a great opportunity for the club to be seen as being back.

If you can also bring some safety pins for the home-made race numbers, that would be appreciated. Some will be made available, but possibly not sufficient for all.

HELPERS:

Joe Hoolaghan and John Hughes will kindly help on the day to ensure everything goes to plan.  Joe will also have his camera, so be sure to brush your hair…

Covid-19 Update from Scottish Athletics 14 May 2021

After the announcement from the Scottish Government on Tuesday 11 May Scottish Athletics confirms that from Monday 17 May:

 

  • Mainland Scotland and islands not moving to Level 1 will move to Level 2.
  • Orkney, Shetland, Na h-Eileanan Siar, all islands in Highland (except Skye) and the following islands within Argyll and Bute will move to Level 1– Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree and Ulva.
  • Moray is likely to remain at Level 3 for a further period due to the number of COVID-19 cases – Scottish Government will confirm this by the end of the week.

 

Please find attached a link to the Scottish Athletics Framework  –  Scottish Athletics Covid-19 Level Framework  The key changes are highlighted below:

 

Level 2

 

  • All age groups are now maximum group size of 30 (please remember to follow the coaching ratios)
  • Physical Distancing is suspended for the duration of the activity (athletes 12+ should continue to physically distance before and after the activity)
  • Athletics competition can take place for all event groups following the maximum bubble size of 50 and no more than 500 participants per day (follow the scottishathletics events guidance)

 

Level 1

 

  • All age groups are now maximum group size of 30 (remember to follow the coaching ratios)
  • Physical Distancing is suspended for the duration of the activity (athletes 12+ should continue to physically distance before and after the activity)
  • Athletics competition can take place for all event groups following the maximum bubble size of 100 and no more than 1000 participants per day (follow the scottishathletics events guidance)

SENIOR ENDURANCE SATURDAY SESSIONS WILL BE AT WISHAW TRACK DURING MAY AND JUNE FROM 9.30 – 11.00 AM

SENIOR ENDURANCE SATURDAY SESSIONS WILL BE AT WISHAW TRACK DURING MAY AND JUNE FROM 9.30 – 11.00 AM
Here is some information in advance our first session this Saturday:
1. Enter the track via the external gate on the Left Hand Side of the building as you approach from the car park.
2. The Exit is out the other side of the building (swimming pool end).
3. There is access to toilets in the team rooms – access via the corridor at the rear of the building.
4. There are no changing or shower facilities – as per Covid-19 protocols.
5. The cost is £2 per session, paid monthly in arrears by direct debit via your loveadmin.com account. The number of sessions you pay for will be taken directly from the training register.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 1 May – the session is 10 x 500m with a 100m walk back recovery.
Scott Kelman

PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR SENIOR ENDURANCE ATHLETES PARTICIPATING IN TRACK SESSIONS AT WISHAW SPORTS CENTRE

Senior Endurance members who participate in the Club Saturday morning summer training sessions at Wishaw Sports Centre will no longer need to pay at Reception to access the track.
Motherwell AC has booked and paid for exclusive use of the track for Club members.
Sessions will be £2 each. At the end of each month, participants’ attendance will be summarized from the club register and the relevant sum automatically collected by Direct Debit through LoveAdmin.com, which is an easy and convenient way of contributing the appropriate amount towards the cost of hiring the venue.

This Month’s Senior Endurance Time Trial takes place on Tuesday 6 April

We are returning to a ‘real’ version of the Time Trial on Tuesday 6 April @ 6.30 PM.

 

While the travel restrictions remain in place we will have one group starting in Strathclyde Park and a second group starting from the Mausoleum in Hamilton.

 

Due to individual concerns or medical advice, members who do not wish to participate in the group session may submit a virtual time, as per previous guidance.  Your run can be completed anytime between now and Tuesday and must be submitted to Joe Hoolaghan (via messenger or email – joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com) by close of play on 6 April.  Participants may do this on two occasions during the season.  This limit does not apply to entirely virtual time trials (see 2021 TT rules on the TT Championship Page for more details – link attached).

 

Time Trial Championship 2021

SENIOR ENDURANCE RETURN TO TRAINING FROM SATURDAY 20 MARCH @ 9.30 AM

Senior Endurance will return to training from Saturday 20 March @ 9.30 AM.  Due to travel restrictions across Local Authority boundaries until 26 April, we will have two training locations:

The Water Sports Centre in Strathclyde Park for North Lanarkshire Residents; and

The Mausoleum in Hamilton Palace Grounds for South Lanarkshire Residents.

There is no need to book in advance as we can have multiple groups of 15s and have sufficient coaching cover, if the demand is there.  Social distancing (2 metres side by side, and 5 metres when running in single file) must be maintained before, during and after training.  Hand sanitizing gel will be available but it is advisable to bring your own.

We will be continuing with the current March Training Schedule (see attached link) for the remainder of the month and new schedules for April and May will be published before the end of the month.

Senior Endurance Training Schedules

Please note – only current members on Loveadmin.com are eligible to attend training sessions.  Individuals on our waiting list are also eligible to attend, by invitation, for their free trial.

SENIOR ENDURANCE RETURN TO TRAINING IS PLANNED FOR SATURDAY 20 MARCH 2021

Following Scottish Athletics Updated Covid-19 Level Framework Senior Endurance return to training is planned for Saturday 20 March 2021.  The coaches will be reviewing the new Scottish Athletics guidance in the coming days to develop a detailed plan.  We will be back in touch by the middle of next week with the formal arrangements for our return.  We look forward to seeing you once again at organised group training.

Scottish Athletics Changes to Covid-19 Level Framework 11 March 2021

As of 11 March Scottish Athletics has updated it Covid-19 Level Framework which allows a return to training for all age groups from Friday 11 March 2021 within specific criteria.   A link to the Covid-19 Level Framework is set out below, and summary of key changes follow.

Further information on the plans for returning to training will follow from next week.

Scottish Athletics Covid-19 Level Framework

 

The key changes are summarized below:

 

From Friday 12 March,

 

Age 11 and under (Level 4)

  • Children aged 11 and under can take part in outdoor organised athletics training, group exercise and competition (internal only) within their usual club or facility environment.
  • An outdoor sporting ‘field of play bubble’ for children aged 11 and under can consist of up to 30 people, including coaches and officials, at any one time.
  • Children are not required to physically distance. Coaches and officials should maintain physical distancing where possible.
  • Where there are multiple bubbles operating at the same venue risk assessments must be completed to ensure there can be no mixing of participants before, during or after the activity.

 

Age 12+ (Level 4)

  • Those aged 12+ and over can take part in organised athletics training, group exercise and competition within their usual club or facility environment.
  • Group sizes of up to 15 people, including coaches and officials, are permitted at any one time.
  • Physical distancing should be maintained at all times.
  • Where there are multiple bubbles operating at the same venue risk assessments must be completed to ensure there can be no mixing of participants before, during or after the activity.

 

Travel

  • Children aged 17 years or under may travel into or out of a Level 4 area for organised athletics activity if that is where their club or activity normally takes place.
  • Adults (18+) should only travel locally (within their local authority area) to take part in organised sport or physical activity.
  • For informal exercise, people of all ages should only travel up to 5 miles from their local authority boundary.
  • Coaches and Jog leaders can travel across local authority boundaries to coach/lead. However, please remember to minimise travel where possible.

MARCH VTT RESULTS AND TABLES HAVE BEEN UPDATED ON THE TT CHAMPIONSHIP PAGE OF THE MOTHERWELL AC WEBSITE

We had 25 athletes participating in this month’s VTT; 18 men and 7 women. We had some excellent times, and the first 4 four females across the line were separated by just 13 seconds. Thankfully, the weather gods were a bit more kind to us this month.

First female across the line was Gillian McCaffer in 29:35, and first male was Evan Crane in 24:20. This month the wooden spoon goes to Alan Strang who was about 6 minutes off his regular pace as he returns from injury. Well done to everybody for giving the March VTT a go.

The results and tables can be accessed from the following link.

Time Trial Championship 2021

 

 

THE VIRTUAL MARCH TIME TRIAL IS ON FROM FRIDAY 5 – TUESDAY 9 MARCH

THE VIRTUAL MARCH TIME TRIAL IS ON FROM FRIDAY 5 – TUESDAY 9 MARCH

 

There are three options for submitting your time (Garmin or Strava are preferred but a note of your time is also acceptable).

  1. Post it in MAC Members preferably with a photo so we can remember what you look like.
  2. Send a messenger message to Joe Hoolaghan
  3. Email Joe Hoolaghan at joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com

Joe will publish the results on Wednesday 10 March on the website and Facebook.

 

Eligibility: Only the times of current members of Motherwell AC [on LoveAdmin.com] will count towards the Time Trial Championship.

 

The rules for the championship have been updated to take into account the changes and flexibility required this year. These are available on the website along with the handicaps [Time Trial Championship 2021] and all members are encouraged to read them.

 

PLEASE NOTE the following Scottish Athletics Safety Advice:

  • Plan your route in advance
  • Let someone know when you expect to be back – contact them to check in when you return
  • All participants should carry an ICE (In Case of Emergency) card with your name, address,

any medical information and an emergency contact number.

  • As per UKA Road Running Rules athletes must NOT run with Headphones

THE RESULTS ARE IN FOR THE FEBRUARY VIRTUAL TIME TRIAL

THE RESULTS ARE IN FOR THE FEBRUARY TIME TRIAL

We had 14 athletes participating in the February VTT. The horrendous weather conditions put paid to any chance of a high turn out. Four braved the elements yesterday, whilst the other 10 managed to complete their VTT before the Beast from the East hit the Motherwell area. Oh well, there is always March to have another go!

 

Emma Morris won the women’s race in an excellent time of 27:30 for the 4 miles. Nick Hughes, who is returning to a wee bit of form, won the men’s race in 25:43. Jim Tracey in his own inimitable fashion picked up the wooden spoon.

 

Thanks to everybody who took part, including Alan Strang who registered a DNF while picking up an injury half way round the Loch before walking back in the freezing cold.

 

The full detailed results and championship table have been updated on the club website:

Time Trial Championship 2021

 

THE VIRTUAL FEBRUARY TIME TRIAL IS ON FROM SATURDAY 6 – TUESDAY 9 FEBRUARY

THE VIRTUAL FEBRUARY TIME TRIAL IS ON FROM SATURDAY 6 – TUESDAY 9 FEBRUARY

There are three options for submitting your time (Garmin or Strava is preferred but a note of your time is also acceptable).

  • Post it in MAC Members preferably with a photo so we can remember what you look like.
  • Send a messenger message to Joe Hoolaghan
  • Email Joe Hoolaghan at joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com

Joe will publish the results on Wednesday 10 February on the website and Facebook.

The Virtual Time Trials were quite successful during the first lockdown with an average of 24 participants over the 5 races. So give it a go and set yourself a target for March.

The rules for the championship have been updated to take into account the changes and flexibility required this year. These are available on the website along with the handicaps (https://motherwellac.com/cha…/time-trial-championship-2020) and all members are encouraged to read them.

PLEASE NOTE the following Scottish Athletics Safety Advice:

  • Plan your route in advance
  • Let someone know when you expect to be back – contact them to check in when you return
  • All participants should carry an ICE (In Case of Emergency) card with your name, address, any medical information and an emergency contact number.
  • As per UKA Road Running Rules athletes must NOT run with Headphones

ALL FORMAL MOTHERWELL AC CLUB ACTIVITY IS SUPSPENDED FROM 5 JANAURY TO 31 JANUARY 2021

Scottish Athletics has advised us that all formal club activity should be suspended 00:01 on 5 January 2021 to midnight on 31 January 2021.  The club committee has agreed that all club activity should be suspended until further notice, and will update members when new information becomes available.

The statement and a link to the Scottish Athletics Covid-19 page follows.

Scottish Athletics Latest Lockdown Measures

We are sure most of you are aware already there have been some further changes announced today (Monday 4 January) in the fight against Covid-19.

The changes announced by the First Minister take us to a similar return to the position we were in March.

Our current Framework FOR MAINLAND SCOTLAND is therefore put on hold till 31 January 2021 at the earliest.

Here’s what this means for members and clubs/groups within Mainland Scotland:

*Although those aged 11 and under are largely unaffected within an exercise context, we STRONGLY recommend that ALL formal Club and Group activity is suspended from 00:01 on 5 January 2021 to midnight on the 31 January 2021.

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