London Marathon 2022 Club Ballot Now Open

Motherwell AC has one club place for this year’s London Marathon. Club members who were unsuccessful in the main public ballot may enter the club ballot (subject to requirements) for a second chance to gain a place. The ballot is now open, and will remain open until midnight on Wednesday 13th April. The draw will take place at the start of Senior Endurance training on Tuesday 19th April.


For full details, please check the club website (https://motherwellac.com/club/london-marathon/).

Last Call For LAAA XC Entries

As previously notified, the Lanarkshire AAA Cross-Country Championships will be held on Saturday 12th February. The venue will be Kirklandpark Primary School, Strathaven. Junior races commence at 11.10am. The senior race will commence at 1pm, and will be 6.4km.


Entry is free for Scottish Athletics members (£2 otherwise). Senior endurance athletes wishing to enter should email or private message Alan Strang (alanstrang@motherwellac.com) by Wednesday 26th January. Please also indicate your date of birth, as this is required on the entry form. Junior athletes should speak to their coach.


National XC Championships 2022


The National XC Championships will be held at Callendar Park, Falkirk, on Saturday 26th February. The deadline for entering is Thursday 10th February. It would be fantastic to see a great MAC turnout to finish the cross-country season.


https://scottishathletics.sportserve.net/pages/event/athletics/athleticsbookingdetails.aspx?id=11584


Clubs entering are asked to provide two marshalls to assist on the course. If you are not intending to run and are able to marshall on the day, please let Alan Strang as soon as possible.

LAAA XC Championships 2021

The delayed Lanarkshire AAA Cross-country Championships for 2021 will be held on Saturday 12th February. The venue will be Kirklandpark Primary School, Strathaven. This was the venue the last time this championship was held, back in November 2019, and a great location it turned out to be. The senior race (male and female combined) will commence at noon, and will be 6.4km.


Coming just two weeks before the National XC in Falkirk, this would be a great sharpener for that event. It would also make a lower-key debut for anyone wanting to try their first cross-country race. Indeed, due to the late announcement of this event, it will not be included in the club’s cross-country championship. So, in that respect, the pressure is off. But there ARE still LAAA XC medals up for grabs.


Entry is free for this race. Senior endurance athletes wishing to enter should email or private message Alan Strang (alanstrang@motherwellac.com) by Wednesday 26th January. Please also indicate your date of birth, as this is required on the entry form.

SENIOR ENDURANCE CROSS COUNTRY – NOVEMBER UPDATE

National Short Course XC Championships – Saturday 6th November


Fifteen senior endurance athletes will travel to Lanark Racecourse on Saturday to participate in the National Short Course XC Championships. Among them will be David Gardiner, defending the National M50 crown he won in Kirkcaldy in 2019. Best wishes to all representing MAC at the weekend.


West District XC Championships – Saturday 4th December


Entries remain open for the West District XC Championships, to be held at Balloch Country Park. They remain open until Thursday 18th November. Full details and booking link at:


https://scottishathletics.sportserve.net/pages/event/athletics/athleticsbookingdetails.aspx?id=11577

Senior Endurance Cross Country Championship 2021-22

Details of the upcoming Senior Endurance Cross Country Championship can be revealed. Not all ‘traditional’ XC races have been announced – no Lanarkshire AAA event – so the championship will be slightly shorter than normal. It will consist of a series of five races: two team relays and three individual races.


CHAMPIONSHIP RACES:


09/10/2021: West District Cross Country Relay Championships, Alexandra Park Sports Hub, Glasgow – details here


23/10/2021: National Cross Country Relay Championships, Scone Palace, Perthshire – details here


06/11/2021: Short Course Cross Country Championships, Lanark Racecourse, Lanark – details here


04/12/2021: West District Cross Country Championships, Maryhill Park, Glasgow – details here


26/02/2022: National Cross Country Championships, Callendar Park, Falkirk – details here


RULES:


Three points are awarded for participation in the West District XC Relays and the Scottish National XC Relays.


Points are scored according to finishing times for the individual races – 6 points for the fastest time, 5 points for second fastest, and so on, with 1 point for sixth. All subsequent finishers also score one point.


All races shall count towards your total. There are separate male and female championships.


ENTRIES OPEN:


With that in mind, entries for the first race of the season – West District Cross Country Relay Championships – ARE NOW OPEN. Full details are available here. Please note the affiliation rules regarding Scottish Athletics membership.


It should be stressed that you do not need to be amongst the fastest to participate. This is about representing the club, racing hard, and having a lot of fun with your teammates. The more the merrier!


Entries for the team relays are performed by the club. So 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 is Tuesday 21st September.

Senior Endurance 3000m Track Championship 2021

Saturday 18th September 2021


OVERVIEW:


The 3000m Track Championship is an annual race for Senior Endurance, held during the club’s Track & Field Championships. After a year’s absence, the race returns for 2021. It is the culmination of the summer track training block, and gives members one last chance to push themselves around the track. Prior attendance at track training is not required, however, and ALL members are invited and encouraged to participate in this traditionally competitive race. A large attendance would be great to see.


This will be a scratch race, but finishing times will also be age-adjusted afterwards. In that way, prizes can be awarded to the male and female race winners, as well as to those who score most highly for their age. The track championship trophies will be awarded to the scratch race winners. Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in the age-graded results.


Please make every effort to attend this event and support your club.


ELIGIBILITY:


Only current members of Motherwell AC [on LoveAdmin] and approved ‘trialists’ can participate. Only current members of Motherwell AC can be awarded prizes.


ON THE DAY:


This event will be the club training session for Saturday 18th September. Please meet at the track at Wishaw Sports Centre (Alexander Street, ML2 0HQ). Registration for the race will be from 9.30am, with the race starting at 10.00am prompt.


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


Drinks and snacks will be provided after the conclusion of the race, so no need to rush off.

MAC Senior Endurance Relays – The Teams

Saturday 7th August 2021

 

REVISED TEAMS:

The teams have been formed for this Saturday’s MAC Team Relays. It is hoped they will be even closer matched than the ones from May.

 

Team Jamaica (Yellow): Craig Morris, David Hoolaghan, Paul Burns, Ross McLean

Team Netherlands (Orange): Alan Strang, David Gardiner, Scott Dickson, Tommy Sneddon

Team Ethiopia (Green): Alastair Loudon, Graeme Kennedy, Neil Richardson, Phyllis Hands

Team Kenya (Red):  Iain Campbell, Jim Scougal, Marcus Whyte, Scott Kelman

Team Poland (White): Alan Main, Charlotte Hands, Emma Morris, Jonathan Moore

Reserve: John Hughes

 

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 are still welcome to participate in the session. 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. Alternatively, they can run a timed 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 7th August. 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. If you do not own a vest, please let this be known and something can hopefully be sorted out.

 

If you can also bring some safety pins for the home-made race numbers (colour coded by team), that would be appreciated. Safety pins will be made available for those who do not have them.

 

HELPERS:

Joe Hoolaghan, Brian McLinden and John Hughes will kindly help on the day to ensure everything goes to plan.

MAC Senior Endurance Relays – 2 Miles

Saturday 7th August 2021


OVERVIEW:

The fourth MAC Team Relays for Senior Endurance take place next month. This will be exactly the same as the event back in May 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.


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 3rd August.


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 5th August. 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 7th August. Please meet at the Strathclyde Park Watersports Centre by 9.30am. The action will commence at approximately 9.50am, and certainly by 10am.


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

Upcoming Events for Senior Endurance

Senior Endurance members have enjoyed some internal club competition recently, such as the relays and the team challenge. The action continues over the next few months. In addition to the monthly Time Trial Championship, here are some dates for your diary.


Tuesday 20th July – Pace Judgement Session


This is not an ‘event’ as such, but unusual enough to warrant a mention. Predict your time for the 4-mile route and then see how close you can get to it. No watches or phones will be allowed. Who will be closest?


Saturday 31st July – John Lucas Memorial Relay


Senior endurance is looking to enter one or more teams into this Strathaven-based 46-mile relay event.


Tuesday 17th August – MAC Team Relays – 2 mile (TBC)


The popular relay event from May returns; this time on a Tuesday to avoid any possible parkrun clash.


Saturday 18th September – Senior Endurance 3000m Championship Race


Traditional annual track race for Senior Endurance, held during the T&F Club Championship event at Wishaw.


Saturday 16th October – MAC Team Challenge – 5k (TBC)


June’s 5k Team Challenge is back. If parkrun has returned, our challenge will be done as part of that. Otherwise, we will do our own thing again.

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