Virtual Scottish Athletics Road Challenge 3

 The new year gets off to a ‘challenging’ start with the Virtual Scottish Athletics Road Challenge 3. To be held over the second weekend of January (8-11th), this event will see seniors/masters compete over a distance of 8km.

Unlike the previous challenge, covid restrictions now mean supervised club runs are not permitted. As a result, all attempts will have to be solo and self-timed.

So, if you fancy testing yourself over a distance that is not quite a 10k, why not give it a go?

https://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/60943-2/

SENIOR ENDURANCE – CHANGE OF MEETING PLACE FOR “HILLS OF HELL” ON TUESDAY 22 DECEMBER [AND FUTURE SESSIONS]

Due to a new customer parking system being introduced at Bellziehill Farm we can no longer meet there for our Hills of Hell sessions.

The new meeting place is PHILIP MURRAY ROAD, BELLSHILL, ML4 3HL. Just drive past Bellziehill Farm along the A721 (New Edinburgh Road) for less than half of a mile and take the first right into Philip Murray Road. There is ‘on road’ parking as you enter the street and we will meet there. Additional parking is available at the top of the street beside the factory units if required.

If you know the Bellziehill Farm you will find Philip Murray Road no problem.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Senior Endurance Christmas Handicap – Winners and Wooden Spoon

We managed to have our first time trial since February, and it was great to be back – of course following all Scottish Athletics Covid-19 Level Framework.

We had 19 competing in this morning’s event – 15 in one group at Strathclyde Park with another four competitors in our South Lanarkshire Group over in Palace Grounds.

1st Male was Alistair Loudon in 29:50. First female across the ‘line’ was Phyllis Hands in 31:44. The wooden spoon was picked up by Nick Hughes over in Palace grounds in 24;59 which is quite a respectful time but well off Nick’s best.

Alistair Loudon also won the Donald McCaffer Memorial Quaich. The Quaich was presented to Alistair by Donald’s daughter Gillian.

Ewen Cameron picked up his award for 2nd place in the 2019/20 Senior Endurance Cross Country Championship.

Thanks to Anne Hughes, Alan Strang, Jim Tracey, Ewen Cameron and Kevin Durnian for helping out wet Saturday morning. The full results and all of the photographs will follow later today.

VIRTUAL SCOTTISH ATHLETICS ROAD CHALLENGE 2 – THE RESULTS

The Virtual Scottish Athletics Road Challenge 2 was held over last weekend, and Motherwell AC had eleven athletes participating.

In the 3k event, the club had four scores:

David Gardiner – 9:46
Allan Cameron – 9:47
Evan Crane – 10:47
Alan Strang – 11:33

A team consisting of David, Allan and Evan placed 8th in the team event.  In the overall competition, David and Allan were the 2nd and 3rd fastest Masters athletes.  A huge well done to both!

In the 5k event, the club had seven scores:

Paul Burns – 17:38
David Hoolaghan – 21:07
Alastair Loudon – 21:11
Miranda Richmond – 22:13
Gary Arthur – 22:26
Scott Kelman – 22:33
Gillian McCaffer – 22:41

Paul, David and Alastair contributed to the A team, and finished 15th.  The B team of Miranda, Gary and Scott finished 20th.

Well done to all athletes who took part in this virtual competition.  Most ran as part of Saturday’s club session and enjoyed a rare chance to race against club-mates in 2020.

The Virtual Scottish Athletics Road Challenge 3 will be held over the second weekend in January.  Details will follow later this month.

VIRTUAL SCOTTISH ATHLETICS 3K CHALLENGE – THE RESULTS

Nine senior endurance athletes took part in the recent Virtual Scottish Athletics 3k Challenge. Some were attempting to qualify for the National Short Course XC Championships, others simply leaving it all out there to see what they had in their legs. The results were:

Stephen Allen – 9:32

David Gardiner – 9:57

Evan Crane – 11:06

Alan Strang – 11:41

David Hoolaghan – 12:38

Scott Kelman – 12:42

Gary Arthur – 13:01

Clare Barr – 13:22

Kevin Mcphillips – 14:03

 

Congratulations again to Stephen Allen on another age category overall fastest time. And well done to all members who took part in this challenge.

The next Scottish Athletics virtual event is in early December – Road Challenge 2. This time athletes have a choice of 3k, 5k and 10k distances. Entries will be encouraged for this event nearer the time.

Alan Strang

Senior Endurance Captain

VIRTUAL SCOTTISH ATHLETICS 3K CHALLENGE – THE RESULTS

VIRTUAL SCOTTISH ATHLETICS 3K CHALLENGE – THE RESULTS

Nine senior endurance athletes took part in the recent Virtual Scottish Athletics 3k Challenge. Some were attempting to qualify for the National Short Course XC Championships, others simply leaving it all out there to see what they had in their legs. The results were:

Stephen Allen – 9:32

David Gardiner – 9:57

Evan Crane – 11:06

Alan Strang – 11:41

David Hoolaghan – 12:38

Scott Kelman – 12:42

Gary Arthur – 13:01

Clare Barr – 13:22

Kevin Mcphillips – 14:03

 

Congratulations again to Stephen Allen on another age category overall fastest time. And well done to all members who took part in this challenge.

The next Scottish Athletics virtual event is in early December – Road Challenge 2. This time athletes have a choice of 3k, 5k and 10k distances. Entries will be encouraged for this event nearer the time.

Alan Strang

Senior Endurance Captain

Covid-19: New update and Guidance for athletics 4 November 2020

Scottish Athletics has now issued the updated Covid-19 Guidance and Framework for Athletics.  The links are attached.  A summary of the updates to the guidance issued last week is also set out below.

Updated Level Framework for Athletics 4 November 2020

Covid-19 New Update and Guidance 4 November 2020

Summary of Updates:

 

Training Groups

  • Age 11 and under – outdoor – coaches are included in the total group size of 30.
  • Level 4 – outdoor – training group sizes should be reduced as follows:
    • Age 11 and under – maximum group size of 15 (not including coach)
    • Age 12-17 – maximum group size of 8 (not including coach)
    • Age 18+ – maximum group size of 8 (not including coach)
  • Age 18+ – indoor – in Level 3 no group activity is permitted. You can participate following Scottish Government household guidance (2 households, maximum 6 people)

 

Physical Distancing

  • Level 3 – outdoor
    • Where athletes aged 18+ may be in close contact for an extended period of time (e.g. longer than 15 minutes) we strongly recommend enforcing physical distancing.

 

Travel

  • Coaches can continue to travel to coach (both paid & voluntary) across local authority boundaries in all levels.
  • Participants under 18 years of age can travel to and from Level 0-3 areas (not Level 4) to take part in athletics activity.
  • Participants aged 18 years of age or over should, where possible, minimise unnecessary travel between areas. You can travel into a Level 3 area for athletics activity if it is within 5 miles from your local authority boundary.
  • For participants 18+ in a Level 3 area travel is permitted within and around 5 miles from your local authority boundary for athletics activity.
  • In Level 4 travel is only permitted within your own local authority area.
  • You should avoid any unnecessary travel to a Level 4 area.

Covid-19: New update and Guidance for athletics 4 November 2020

Scottish Athletics has now issued the updated Covid-19 Guidance and Framework for Athletics.  The links are attached.  A summary of the updates to the guidance issued last week is also set out below.

Updated Level Framework for Athletics 4 November 2020

Covid-19 New Update and Guidance 4 November 2020

Summary of Updates:

  • Training Groups
    • Age 11 and under – outdoor – coaches are included in the total group size of 30.
    • Level 4 – outdoor – training group sizes should be reduced as follows:
      • Age 11 and under – maximum group size of 15 (not including coach)
      • Age 12-17 – maximum group size of 8 (not including coach)
      • Age 18+ – maximum group size of 8 (not including coach)
    • Age 18+ – indoor – in Level 3 no group activity is permitted. You can participate following Scottish Government household guidance (2 households, maximum 6 people)
  • Physical Distancing
    • Level 3 – outdoor
      • Where athletes aged 18+ may be in close contact for an extended period of time (e.g. longer than 15 minutes) we strongly recommend enforcing physical distancing.
  • Travel
    • Coaches can continue to travel to coach (both paid & voluntary) across local authority boundaries in all levels.
    • Participants under 18 years of age can travel to and from Level 0-3 areas (not Level 4) to take part in athletics activity.
    • Participants aged 18 years of age or over should, where possible, minimise unnecessary travel between areas. You can travel into a Level 3 area for athletics activity if it is within 5 miles from your local authority boundary.
    • For participants 18+ in a Level 3 area travel is permitted within and around 5 miles from your local authority boundary for athletics activity.
    • In Level 4 travel is only permitted within your own local authority area.
    • You should avoid any unnecessary travel to a Level 4 area.

 

Covid-19: New update and Guidance for athletics 30 October 2020

Scottish Athletics have received the latest agreed guidance for sport between Scottish government and Sports Scotland.

Links to the Covid-19: New update and Guidance for athletics, and the Covid-19 Framework for athletics are set out below.

The Scottish Athletics Development Team will be hosting two sessions next week to provide an update to the Strategic Framework as well as an opportunity for a Q and A session. The sessions will take place on Monday 2 November and Tuesday 3 November.  Motherwell AC will be represented at these sessions and any additional updates from these sessions will be issued on Wednesday 4 November.

Covid-19 Framework for Athletics

Covid-19 New update and Guidance 30 October 2020

VIRTUAL SCOTTISH ATHLETICS 3K CHALLENGE – ENTER NOW

Virtual Scottish Athletics 3k Challenge

Following hot on the heels of last weekend’s Virtual Road Challenge comes the next in Scottish Athletics’ series of virtual events – the 3k Challenge.

For those who ran the 3k in the Road Challenge, this is a chance to get your pacing better and hopefully improve your time. For everyone else this is a chance to find out how much speed you have in your legs.

The twist for this event is it also serves as a qualifier for December’s National Short Course XC Championships (follow link for details). So even if running a fast 3k isn’t your thing, maybe XC is.

Let’s strive for as many MAC entrants as possible.

Virtual Scottish Athletics 3K Challenge – ENTER NOW

Virtual Scottish Athletics Road Challenge – Results

Virtual Scottish Athletics Road Challenge

The recent Virtual Scottish Athletics Road Challenge saw 13 senior endurance athletes represent Motherwell AC over the three available distances.

In the 3k event, 7 athletes took part resulting in MAC scoring two full teams (finishing 21st and 49th):

Stephen Allen – 9:34

Alan Strang – 11:59

Lauren Wyllie – 12:15

Alastair Loudon – 12:17

Claire Pollard – 13:05

Clare Barr – 13:14

Kevin Mcphillips – 13:47

 

The 10k event saw three entrants, and they led the team to an 11th place finish:

David Gardiner – 36:50

Scott Kelman – 47:50

Gary Arthur – 49:51

 

The longest event – the half marathon – had a trio of males taking part, with their team in 7th position:

Paul Burns – 1:18:59

David Hoolaghan – 1:43:22

Douglas Samson – 2:03:47

 

A special mention has to be given to Stephen Allen, David Gardiner and Paul Burns, each of whom were fastest in their age category. Well done! Also worthy of note is Claire Pollard for representing MAC for the first time, having only joined the club last week.

 

The next virtual event is in just over a week, a 3K-only challenge:

Scottish Athletics 3K Challenge

Yet Another PB For William!

Big congratulations to William Bailey  who has PB’d again today at the Autumn Throws Competition in Linwood.
William smashed the 30m barrier with a 50cm PB, throwing 30.48 in his final throw. A great season for him. Well done again, William!

New Members

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we are not currently accepting any new members however, if you would like to be added to the member waiting list please contact membership@motherwellac.com and whenever a vacancy occurs we will be in touch.

Scottish Athletics Updated Covid-19 Guidance for Areas under Local Measures – 21 October 2020

Attached is the link to the updated guidance for athletics from Scottish Athletics issued on 21 October 2020.  It extends the changes for areas with local measures to Sunday 1 November.

LOCAL MEASURES AND RESTRICTIONS

The main change affecting adults in the 5 areas including Lanarkshire is:

*Adults (18 years of age or older) can take part in organised outdoor athletics and running training, competition or events if all relevant guidance is followed.

However, adults must maintain physical distancing at all times.

*Continue to follow existing guidance on training groups and sizes.

ANOTHER PB FOR WILLIAM!

Congratulations to William Bailey (U17) who has produced yet another fantastic javelin PB, with a throw of 29.98 – this time at the Autumn Throws Competition in Linwood on 10 October. This new PB is more than 2 metres over the last one at Meadowmill in August!

Great to see such fantastic improvements for William in both the javelin and shot putt this season despite the less than ideal training conditions. Excellent commitment and focus from him. Well done William!

LINDSAYS TEAM XC on 7/8 NOVEMBER (Rescheduled from 24/25 October)

LINDSAYS TEAM XC on 7/8 NOVEMBER – if you want to be considered for selection for the event and you haven’t already done so, let Tommy Sneddon know by Noon on 28 October. You can reply to the post on the Motherwell AC Facebook page or contact Tommy on 07396 599132.

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New schedule for #LindsaysXC with Cumbernauld weekend pushed back to November

We’ve had to make some changes to our cross country plans following the Scottish Government announcements yesterday with further Covid-19 restrictions.

The Lindsays National Team XC at Cumbernauld will now be at that venue on November 7/8. The Lindsays Short Course XC will now be pushed back to early December (with the District XC Champs due that weekend now cancelled).

We are also setting up Virtual Road Challenges to give as many members as possible a (semi) competitive race opportunity.

Read All About It here –

VIRTUAL SCOTTISH ATHLETICS ROAD CHALLENGE

VIRTUAL SCOTTISH ATHLETICS ROAD CHALLENGE

The latest Scottish Athletics virtual event comes up later this month with the Road Challenge. This event sees a choice of three distances for senior endurance members to tackle – 3k, 10k and half-marathon. Something for everyone.

Following a season of limited opportunity to compete, this is a great chance to participate for the club and encourage each other to run well. With team results including the fastest three athletes, it would be perfect if the club could field three entries for each race distance.

To help co-ordinate this, please reply to the post on Facebook or drop a message to Alan Strang (alanstrang@motherwellac.com) with your planned distance if you are intending to take part.

VIRTUAL SCOTTISH ATHLETICS ROAD CHALLENGE

Scottish Athletics Updated Covid-19 Guidance for Areas under Local Measures – 8 October 2020

Attached is the link to the updated guidance for athletics from Scottish Athletics issued on 8 October 2020.  It incorporates the changes for areas with local measures.

Scottish Athletics Covid-19 Guidance 8 October 2020

The main change affecting adults in the 5 areas including Lanarkshire is:

*Adults (18 years of age or older) can take part in organised outdoor athletics and running training, competition or events if all relevant guidance is followed.

However, adults must maintain physical distancing at all times.

*Continue to follow existing guidance on training groups and sizes.

Some More Motherwell AC History – Stephen Ross

Motherwell AC Sprinter Stephen Ross has provided us with an update of some outstanding performances at local, district and national championships.  There also some pictures of Stephen receiving his medals, and a picture of the results sheet when he first broke the 11 second mark for 100m.

Thanks Stephen for sharing another bit of Motherwell AC history with us.

Timeline:

01/09/2012 – Gold medal in the 100m and 200m at the LAAA Champs and won the Churchill Trophy for the 100m.

17/02/2013 – First National medal at the U18/U20 Scottish National Champs. Won a bronze medal in the 400m with a PB time of 51.84s.

22/05/2015 – Bronze medal in the 200m at the West District Champs in Kilmarnock.

03/09/2016 – Gold medal in the 200m LAAA Champs and Silver medal in the 100m.

02/04/2017 – First Sub 11s 100m with a time of 10.98s

 

Lindsays National Team XC Sunday 25 October (Senior Endurance)

Lindsays National Team XC Sunday 25 October (Senior Endurance)

Please find attached below two links with the fine detail about the Lindsays National Team XC, please have a read.  A few extracts from the event format follow.

  1. No Championship. Due to restricted entry numbers, no championship medals will be awarded at this event. The team event replaces the National XC Relay Championships for 2020.
  2. Unlike previous years where we have unlimited entries, there will be limit of ONE (3-person) team per club only. To ensure as many clubs as possible are given the opportunity to compete, clubs are limited to entering ONE team only per age group (Young Athletes Male and Female and Senior Male and Female – a maximum of four teams per club). If capacity is not reached in a particular age group, clubs will be offered the opportunity to enter a B team based on their 2020 club affiliation returns from largest to smallest clubs.
  3. The will be No Masters-specific Races. As capacity is restricted, no specific Masters races will be held. Masters athletes can be included within a club’s main team.
  4. Entries should be submitted by clubs via the club portal. No individual entries will be accepted for this event. Clubs may enter a maximum of one team per age group, and as many eligible athletes as they wish. The exact make-up of teams will be determined on the declaration form: clubs should simply register a pool of athletes on the registration form from which their final team will be selected closer to the event date.

Tommy Sneddon will be the Team Manager.  If you are interested in being considered for the National Team XC, please add your name to the post on the Motherwell AC Facebook page or contact Tommy by phone/text on 07396 599132 no later than Monday 12 October.  Our entries must be submitted by 15 October.

National XC Team Event Information

Scottish Athletics News

NEW OUTDOOR FACILITY AT STRATHCLYDE PARK

MOTHERWELL AC HAS ACCESS TO A NEW OUTDOOR FACILITY AT STRATHCLYDE PARK

Motherwell AC has secured the use of a new facility at Strathclyde Park from North Lanarkshire Sports Development for use on, Tuesdays Thursdays and Saturdays.  It is the area between the Boathouse and the first of the four big car parks.  This area is securely fenced off and gates can be closed to ensure no members of the public walk through, and it has Portaloos that will be regularly serviced. There is a marquee which we will have access to on Saturdays and a storage container for kit on Tuesdays and Thursdays when we do not have exclusive use of the area.  There will be a North Lanarkshire Council coach on site to clean equipment and provide support if required.

The new facility opens on Thursday 1 October.  Senior Endurance will start using it from Thursday and meet in the main car park at the Water Sports Centre then proceed to the new facility. The new area is large and will also be available to our Track and Field groups on a Saturday.

This is great news and we are grateful for the support from North Lanarkshire Council Sports Development as we continue with our return to organised group training.

SENIOR ENDURANCE – NEW MEMBERS

SENIOR ENDURANCE – NEW MEMBERS

If you are interested in joining Motherwell Athletics Club – Senior Endurance is open for new members.  You can have the opportunity to ‘try out’ with us for a few sessions to see if we are the club for you.

We are a community athletics club and have members with a wide range of abilities who are competitive at national level right through to runners who want to train to keep fit and active. If you can run 10K in under 60 minutes and are looking to improve, then there will be a group that you will fit in to.

Contact Joe Hoolaghan (one of our Senior Endurance Coaches) by email at joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com if you want to ‘try out’ and he will let you know what to do next.

In the meantime, you may wish to have a look at our website https://www.motherwellac.com/ or our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/MotherwellAC.  A link to the club membership page is attached for information.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/membership/join-us/

Covid-19 NO CHANGE TO SPORTS BUBBLES

Scottish Government advice – 23 September 2020

Rule of Six: Our sport has its own specific guidelines, agreed with sportscotland, which allow us to continue to run in bubbles of up to 15 when running, in accordance with the guidelines below.

The announcement of the ‘rule of six’ changes which came into place on 14 September do not mean any changes to the guidelines below.

Please continue to follow the existing phase 3 guidance (see link below).  Regarding local restrictions: We are now going to apply a standard approach across Scotland so groups and leaders in areas with local restrictions may now follow the general advice applying to the rest of the country.

T&F Athletes in Action at Meadowhill

A huge well done once again to our young athletes Lauren and William who both competed over the weekend in the final week of the 4J Studios Open Series at Meadowmill.
On what was a very windy day, Lauren (U13) came first in her 100m heat with a time of 15.35; so close to her 2019 PB of 15.32. Great run Lauren! An action shot (courtesy of Bobby Gavin) shows Lauren’s reach for the finish line!
William Bailey (U17) competed in throws once again, and in the shot putt delivered yet another PB with a throw of 8.76! He also threw a very respectable 24.07 in the javelin, but it’s fair to say he was a little off his usual recent performances. Think the wind may have had something to do with that too! 
Thanks again to the officials and other volunteers who helped make this Series happen in difficult circumstances. 

Senior Endurance Captain and Vice-Captain

Senior Endurance Captain and Vice-Captain

Just a brief note to let you know that following our recent call for volunteers, Alan Strang will become Senior Endurance Captain and Scott Dickson our Vice-Captain. Alan and Scott both expressed a keen interest in representing the Senior Endurance section and the coaches are pleased they have agreed to the new roles. A handover will take place between now and the AGM in October. Joe

T&F First Non-Virtual Competition of the Season at Meadowhill

Congratulations to Ross Duffin (U15) and Lauren (U13) who competed in their first official, non virtual competition of the season at Meadowmill today. Both athletes PB’d which is a real testament to their focus and commitment to training despite difficult circumstances over the spring/summer.

Ross went sub 26 in the 200m for the first time, with a time of 25.87 and Lauren knocked two seconds off her official 800m time with a 2.46. Delighted for them both!

William Bailey (U17) competed in both the shot putt and javelin at the same venue on 22/23 August and also set new PBs despite going up weights in both events this year. He threw 8.40m in SP, (a PB of almost 1.5m) and in javelin threw 27.23m – a PB by 1.34m! Well done William.

Great to see our young athletes doing so well!

Track & Field 18+ Update

On 28 August, Scottish Athletics distributed their update to guidelines regarding training. A letter detailing these updates in more detail will be forwarded to the contacts for Track & Field athletes.

For our T&F athletes, the most pertinent updates concern some changes to physical distancing requirements, and the ability to resume training for those aged 18+, although this is subject to athletes being invited to sessions by their coach.

Any adjustments to current training arrangements are a matter for coaches to communicate to their athletes.

Senior Endurance Return to Training on Tuesday 1 September at Strathclyde Park

Senior Endurance Return to Training on 1 September 2020 at Strathclyde Park

We will be returning to training on Tuesday 1 September 2020 at Strathclyde Park with a 6.30 PM sharp start, so please be there in plenty of time. Please note – Only club members or new starts who have contacted us in advance with track and trace information will be allowed to attend the session.

Coaches will have a supply of hand sanitizing gel if required, although it would be preferable if athletes brought their own.

Toilet facilities are currently unavailable; however, we are in regular contact with the Water Sports Centre and will update you if the situation changes.

A. Here is an outline of the Scottish Athletics Guidance:

  1. We will be allowed a maximum of 30 athletes at a session.
  2. Maximum group size (bubble) of 15
  3. You will not be required to physically distance when the session is taking place within the bubble.
  4. Normal physical distancing guidelines apply out with the session.
  5. Athletes must stay within their designated bubble for the duration of the session.
  6. There is now no requirement for 2m/5m gap within the bubble.
  7. Physical distancing as per Scottish Government Guidance must be maintained when the session is complete.

 

B. Good hygiene advice before, during and after training today

  1. Refrain from handshakes and high fives, hugs etc. i.e. no physical contact.
  2. Do not share food, towels, and drinks.
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes and dispose of any used tissue safely or take it home with you.
  4. Hand sanitize regularly.
  5. Avoid spitting unless into a tissue which you should take home and dispose of.
  6. Avoid touching your face.

 

C. Here is what will happen when you arrive at Strathclyde Park

  1. Please drive past the Boathouse to Car Park 4 (we may use Car Park 3 if maintenance is underway) .
  2. You will be met by a coach(s) and our registration secretary who will tick off your name from the list of members for track and trace, and ask you the health screening questions (see D below).
  3. You will be directed to one of two locations in the car park where the bubbles will be formed.
  4. When both bubbles are formed you will be met by a coach who will introduce the session.
  5. The warm up and cool down is part of the session and must be completed within the bubble.
  6. The bubbles will start their sessions at different times to ensure that no more than 15 Motherwell AC athletes are in the same proximity at any time.
  7. Please stay within your bubble of 15 for the duration of the session.
  8. When the session is finished, please return to physical distancing as per Scottish Government Guidance.

 

D. Please do not attend training if any of the following apply to you

    1. Have you been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
    2. Have you been overseas, or in any area of the UK highlighted as high risk, or exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
    3. Have you had COVID-19 symptoms (self-isolate for 7 days) or are you feeling unwell?
    4. Have you been told to self-isolate as part of the contact tracing measures in place?

 

E. Our Approach to Returning to Training

  1. Our return to training will be in line with Scottish Athletics guidance. Due to potential disparity in athletes’ level of fitness, we will treat our return to training as the start of a training year. This means our initial training period will be primarily around building an endurance base. Training sessions over this period will mostly include longer slower runs, where we will gradually increase the distance and intensity of our sessions. Any athletes who feel that their training is more advanced may wish to extend these sessions, but this would be considered separate from the club and not part of the club session.
  2. Please also remember that during club training sessions athletes should never be left to run on their own.
  3. The August and September Training Schedules are on the club website.
  4. Please be patient for the first few sessions while we work through any teething problems with the system.
  5. Here is a link to the August and September Training Schedules

August and September Training Schedules

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

The Senior Endurance Coaches

Return to Group Training for Senior Endurance and 18+ T&F

Scottish Athletics has published its updated Covid-19 Phase 3 Guidance for a return to group training for 18+ athletes.  There will be a series of Zoom conferences and Q&A sessions for clubs on Monday and Tuesday 24 & 25 August for detailed review of the guidance.  The outcome of the sessions is likely to be issued on Wednesday 26 August.  Our coaches will meet shortly after we receive the output from Scottish Athletics to finalise plans for a return to training.  We had originally thought we would have returned this week but that is not possible, however, we hope to be in a position to advise you about our plans by the weekend.

Scottish Athletics Updated Covid-19 Phase 3 Guidance 21 August 2020

Scottish Athletics Phase 3 Covid-19 Guidance is now available and a link is attached for your information.  Scottish Athletics has organised a series of Zoom conferences for Monday and Tuesday 24 & 25 August to review the guidance and provide clubs with the opportunity for Q&As in advance of implementing the recommendations. Further updates will follow.

Scottish Athletics Covid-19 Phase 3 Guidance 21 August 2020

SENIOR ENDURANCE CAPTAIN REQUIRED

For the AGM in October, we are looking for a current club member who wants be involved in the development and the smooth running of the Senior Endurance section of Motherwell AC. The individual provides the link between the club committee, our coaches, and the senior endurance athletes.

What will the person do?
1. Lead the process for selecting races and defining rules for annual Senior Endurance competition by working with coaches and athletes.
2. Provide input to Senior Endurance coaches on training schedules, and the development of new ideas to improve current practice.
3. Be the Senior Endurance Representative on the club committee.

Ongoing support and a full handover will be provided by Joe Hoolaghan who took over earlier in the year as temporary Rep till the AGM.

If you are interested contact any of our coaches to discuss the role. You can also contact Joe directly via Facebook messenger or email him at joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com

People Social Networking an Ideas Concepts

VIRTUAL 5K MACRUN IS ON FROM FRIDAY 14 – MONDAY 17 AUGUST

VIRTUAL 5K MACRUN IS ON FROM FRIDAY 14 – MONDAY 17 AUGUST

Our version of the Parkrun is happening this weekend, and hopefully it will be our final virtual event. This can be as easy or serious as you want it to be. I am going to be the tail runner. Here are the details, it is simple.

1. Just find a 5K route which suits you and starts and finishes at roughly the same point.
2. Do the run where and when you want from Friday to Monday. You might choose an existing Parkrun route (Strathclyde or Drumpellier Parks for example).
3. Just post your time and photo (optional) in MAC members or private messenger Joe Hoolaghan or email him at joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com.
4. Joe will post the results in finishing order on Tuesday 18 August.
5. Follow the Scottish Athletics Virtual Challenge Safety Guidelines (link attached).

Spread the the word, and have a go!
Joe

SA safety guidelines for virtual events

MOTHERWELL AC IS PLANNING TO RESUME SENIOR ENDURANCE GROUP TRAINING ON TUESDAY 25 AUGUST 2020

MOTHERWELL AC IS PLANNING TO RESUME SENIOR ENDURANCE GROUP TRAINING ON TUESDAY 25 AUGUST 2020

Scottish Government Phase 3 Covid-19 announcement on 30 July allows organised outdoor contact sport to resume for adults from Monday 24 August, following Sports Governing Body guidance.  Scottish Athletics believe this will enable adults (athletes, coaches, officials) to train, officiate and compete as per normal on the field of play and will confirm the exact detail when it has the information.

Senior Endurance coaches have met and are planning to restart group training on Tuesday 25 August.  Advice on Covid-19 protocols, venues, and training schedules will be provided in advance of our return.

Please Note – this may be subject to change, dependent upon ongoing announcements from Scottish Government and Scottish Athletics.

AUGUST VIRTUAL 4 MILES TIME TRIAL [FRI 31 JULY – TUE 4 AUGUST]

Remember this event is mainly for fun and to give you a challenge until we get back to organized group training. So give it a go if you are chasing a PB, just need a bit of exercise or fancy a fun run.
Please spread the word to our members who are not on social media or who are not into technology. They can email me at joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com. This post will also appear in Facebook and I will drop a note to the members I know who do not use social media.
Here is how it works (same as previous months with an update to the handicaps).
1. You will get a chance to run a 4 mile measured course (by you) on your own which starts and finishes in roughly the same place and it can consist of loops if that is easier.
2. Every club member can participate. For Handicaps we will use your July virtual time if you had a go last month. If you have not done a virtual TT, then your last handicap will be used even if you were a marker (m) or lapsed ** (Best of last three is not being used in the Virtual TTs).
3. If you are not on the Handicap sheet still have a go and your time will be used for the September Virtual TT (hopefully we will have returned to group training before then!).
4. Once you have completed your run just post your time and a photo in the MAC Members Facebook page as that seems to be the preference (Garmin records are fine but I will trust you if you just post the time). If you are not on MAC Members, a private Facebook message will do or just email me – joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com
5. On the morning of Wednesday 5 August, I will publish the full results in the virtual finishing order along with an album of your photos.
6. The Scottish Athletics Virtual Challenge Safety & Code of Conduct link is attached for your information.
7. You can access the August Virtual TT Handicaps in the TT Championship section of the Motherwell AC website (2020 Handicaps – July Virtual TT).
Thanks in advance for your participation.
Joe

UP & COMING VIRTUAL EVENTS

UP & COMING VIRTUAL EVENTS FOR YOUR DIARY INCLUDING THE SPRINGBURN HARRIERS 6K CANTER

We already have included in the suggested sessions, a Virtual TT (31 July – 2 August), and a Virtual 5K MACrun – our version of the Parkrun (13 – 16 August).

There is also the VIRTUAL 4J Studios Scottish Athletics 5K Challenge on 7 August

We now have a suggestion from Alan Strang & David Hoolaghan that we include the Springburn Harriers 6K Virtual Canter (21 -28 August) in the list of virtual events.

You may remember we had a great turn out at the Jack Crawford 10K (Springburn Harriers) – our first and last championship race of the season where David Gardiner was first MV50, Mark Gallacher was 2nd MV40, and we were 1st Men’s Team.

This one sounds like quite a good training run for all of our male and female athletes – there is no pressure.  Again no need to declare teams. It costs £2 which goes to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Neonatal Charity. I have attached the link for information.

Springburn Harriers 6K Canter

RETURN TO TRAINING

 Senior Endurance and Track & Field Over 17s

After careful consideration of Scottish Government Phase 3 Guidance and Scottish Athletics’ advice, the coaches have concluded, unfortunately, that it is not possible to return to organised group training, on any meaningful scale, before the next government review on 30 July.

The following guidance and advice highlight why it is impractical to return:

  1. At this stage organised outdoor sport for adults is not permitted.
  2. One coach is permitted to meet with a maximum of 4 other households, including their athletes, in any single day.
  3. Groups are not permitted to meet in the same location at the same time as this is considered to be organised training.

The Senior Endurance coaches will meet again on 1 August to review the updated guidance, and continue their planning for a return to training.  In the meantime, they will continue with  development of the popular virtual challenges and asking athletes for ideas on how to improve participation & stay connected while restrictions remain in place.

Under 18 Track & Field

Organised outdoor sport specific activity can now be undertaken by young people (U18) with no physical distancing required “on the field of play”.   Consequently, limited numbers of U18 athletes across the various groups will restart training on a trial basis, initially on Saturdays, commencing on Saturday 1st August.

Coaches will contact their own groups to confirm which athletes will take part in the first training session and every effort will be made to accommodate athletes who wish to train.  Every household will receive further information and guidance by email. These arrangements, and guidance for 18+ athletes, will be reviewed following the next Government review on 30 July.

4J Studios Virtual 6 Stage Scottish Athletics Relays

We had a fantastic turn out of 18 athletes in the Virtual National 6 Stage Relays with one Senior Women’s team and 2 Senior Men’s teams participating. As ever, we had some fantastic performances, but more importantly thank you to every one of you who gave it go. It looks as if well over 400 athletes from across Scotland participated in this Virtual Event.

Our men’s A team were 6th – Mark Gallacher (17:03), Ewen Cameron (18:16), Keith Crane (19:55), Paul Burns (36:18), David Gardiner (37:00), and David Hoolaghan (43:21)

Our women’s team were 10th – Clare Barr (22:30), Tracey Lamont (24:06), Fiona Greaney (24:28), Miranda Richmond (46:58), Emma Hunter (47:56), and Gillian McCaffer (48:15)

The final positioning of our men’s B team consisting of the following athletes is still to be posted – Gary Arthur (54:17), Kevin McPhillips (49:22), , Scott Kelman (49:16), Alan Strang (20:27), Steven McCaw (22:19) and Graeme Kennedy (21:20)

IME Group Weekly Virtual Challenges

New challenges this week: 800m and 80m. Great performances again by the gang!

800m:
Ross – 02.33.12
Lucia – 02.53.00
Ella – 03.18.97
Amy – 03.31.33
Ewan – 03.33

80m:
Ross – 10.68
Lucia – 11.25
Ewan – 11.00
Ella – 12.72
Amy 13.06

Next week is the first week of the virtual SUPERteams 2 events, which sees athletes competing in events over just two weeks this time. The competition has been extended to include the U11/13&15 age groups rather than just the usual U12s.

In Week 1, athletes are competing in an 80m shuttle run and target throw. I wonder if coach Joanne will retain her title in the throws! Challenge is on, Alison, right? 😂.

Week 2 is an 800m (U11/13) or 1k (U15) and the vertical jump! We’ll pause the usual weekly challenges until that event is over as most of our regulars are taking part. Good luck everyone, have fun, and well done for last week’s efforts! Remember to send photos to your coach if you can .

Covid-19 Status as of 12 July 2020

Scottish Athletics Phase 3 Covid-19 Guidance is attached for your information.

Scottish Athletics Covid-19 Phase 3 Guidance

There will be a series of Zoom Conferences between Scottish Athletics and member clubs on Monday and Tuesday 13 & 14 July to review the guidance and give clubs the opportunity of Q&As. Motherwell AC will have three representatives at the conferences.

Our committee and coaches will be having a Zoom Conference on Friday 17 July to consider the guidance.  There will be further discussions the following week (commencing 20 July) to decide the club’s approach to resumption of training.

 

THE RESULTS ARE IN FOR THE JULY VIRTUAL TIME TRIAL

We had a great turn out of 22 athletes taking part in the fourth Virtual TT during the Covid-19 restrictions. Well done to everybody who managed to take part this month.

We had some fantastic performances too – Allan Cameron 21:29, Mark Ellis 24:09, an Gillian McCaffer Sub 30.

However, Phyllis Hands won the female trophy in a time of 32:19 which is superb considering she was getting a hip replacement about this time last year – well done Phyllis. Keith Crane was first male in an excellent time of 25:45. Gary Arthur did not have his best of days picking up the Wooden Spoon in a well below par 34:16. Fair play to Gary who gave it a go even although he is not in his best form.

Full detailed results are available on the TT page of Motherwell AC website (Click on Time Trial Times and July Virtual TT)

TIME TRIAL TIMES

IME Group Weekly Virtual Challenges

The last week of the second block of challenges for the group has seen some further amazing results. Well done everyone!

For the boys this week, Ross has once again improved his time in the 60m with an impressive 08.20. Mum/coach, Alison is also a qualified timekeeper, so that hat trick of PBs over the last three weeks will be spot on. Cameron’s first event in this block was the 1K, recording an excellent time of 03.58.00.

The girls are going from strength to strength too. Ella has improved her time in the 1K for a third week in a row too and seems to have caught the bug for the longer distance runs again, which is great. She clocked a 04.15.57 making that around a 30 second improvement over the three weeks! Ella also ran the 60m in 9.56 which is another unofficial PB this week!

Lauren is also continuing to pull down her 60m time with a 09.56 and improved on her 1K with a time this week, running it in 03.50.00. She did all three events, which is fantastic, and jumped a solid 1.73m in the SLJ. Lucie went for the 1k this week, with a great first effort of 04.29.28.

Delighted to see these young athletes focused, having fun and improving. Next week the new block of weekly virtual challenges is the 80m and an 800m. Parents should have already received an email with further details. We’re looking forward to hearing how you all get on. If you are in Lesley’s group and haven’t taken part so far, give it a go! Remember to warm up and cool down/stretch too💪🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️.

Thanks for your support everyone! Don’t forget to confirm for the Virtual SUPERteams 2 too!

COVID-19 STATUS AT 4 JULY 2020

COVID-19 STAUS AT 4 JULY 2020

You will be aware that Motherwell AC training sessions are suspended until further notice.  However, we hope you are remaining fit, healthy and taking the opportunity to participate in the various virtual events and the suggested training sessions on offer to keep you ticking over while the Covid-19 restrictions are in place.  A link to the Scottish Athletics Covid-19 page with all of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 guidance is attached.

Scottish Athletics Covid-19 Guidance

However, there is a formal Scottish Government Phase 3 Review of the exit plan on Thursday 9 July, and there will be subsequent advice issued by Scottish Athletics following their consultation with clubs week commencing 12 July.  The committee will communicate how the changes are likely to affect our ability to return to training as soon as it can.

The committee and the coaches are working in the background to prepare for some form of phased return to training.  Lesley Ross has kindly offered to be our Covid-19 Coordinator, and Joe Hoolaghan has offered to provide the link for any Senior Endurance specific tasks.  In the meantime we are all working on areas such as:

Covid-19 Risk Assessments

Covid-19 Attendance Registers

Updating the Welfare and Childcare Policy to incorporate Covid-19 requirements

Acquiring Covid-19 First Aid Kit items, plus cleaning and sanitizing materials

Liaising with facility operators

STAY SAFE AND TAKE CARE!

 

Covid-19 and Scottish Athletics Phase 2 Guidance. Update: 20 June 2020

Scottish Athletics have updated their guidance for clubs, coaches, athletes and facilities in Phase 2 of the Scottish Government’s Exit Plan. This, and further details (including the route map guides) can be found here.

Motherwell AC training activities remain suspended until further notice. The committee and coaches are working hard behind the scenes to comply with the rules and guidance and we plan to provide further updates within the next few weeks.

Take care everyone!

JULY MOTHERWELL AC VIRTUAL TIME TRIAL IS ON BETWEEN FRI 3 JULY AND TUE 7 JULY

JULY MOTHERWELL AC VIRTUAL TIME TRIAL IS ON BETWEEN FRI 3 JULY AND TUE 7 JULY
Remember this is mainly for fun and to give you a challenge during the current restrictions, and is not part of the Time Trial Championship. However, the April, May and June events were quite competitive with some excellent times recorded. Virtual winners trophies and a virtual wooden spoon will be awarded.

Please spread the word to our members who are not on social media or who are not into technology. They can email me at joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com. This post will also appear in the Motherwell AC Facebook page and I will drop a note to the members I know who do not use social media.

Here is how it works (same as previous months with an update to the handicaps).
1. You will get a chance to run a 4 mile measured course (by you) on your own which starts and finishes in roughly the same place (as practically possible), consisting of one continuous loop or a number of continuous loops of no less then half of one mile.
2. Every club member can participate. For Handicaps we will use your June virtual time if you had a go last month. If you have not done a virtual TT, then your last handicap will be used even if you were a marker (m) or lapsed ** (Best of last three is not being used in the Virtual TTs).
3. If you are not on the Handicap sheet still have a go and your time will be used for the August Virtual TT (it is unlikely that we will be back to full group training by then).
4. Once you have completed your run just post your time and a photo in MAC Members as everybody preferred to do last month (Garmin records are fine but I will trust you if you just post the time). If you are not on MAC Members, a private Facebook message will do or just email me – joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com
5. On the morning of Wednesday 7 July, I will publish the full results in the virtual finishing order along with a collage or two of your photographs (you will probably have seen most of the photos by then).
6. The Scottish Athletics Virtual Challenge Safety & Code of Conduct link is attached for your information.
7. You can access the July Virtual TT Handicaps in the TT Championship section of the Motherwell AC website (2020 Handicaps – July Virtual TT).
Thanks in advance for your participation.
Joe

Time Trial Handicaps

SA safety and code of conduct for virtual events

VIRTUAL 4J Studios Scottish Athletics Relay Challenge 10-13 July

Motherwell AC participation in the VIRTUAL 4J Studios Scottish Athletics Relay Challenge 10-13 July – Entries are now open and close on 9 July

The race is now open for individual entries and it is free (no need for a club one this time as Scottish Athletics automatically roll up the results by club based on times and age if appropriate. There is no need to declare your distance either but I have set out below our entrants and their preferences. We can still add to the teams if other members want to compete. So here they are:

MEN 5K LEGS – Alan Strang, Keith Crane, Mark Gallacher, Ewen Cameron, Graeme Kennedy, & David Hoolaghan

MEN 10K LEGS – Scott Kelman, David Gardiner, Kevin McPhillips, Mark Ellis, Paul Burns, Gary Arthur, & Stephen Allen

WOMEN 5K LEGS – Clare Barr, Fiona Greaney, & Sophie Hall

WOMEN 10K LEGS – Gillian McCaffer, Miranda Richmond, & Emma Hunter.

Fortunately at the moment we have 2 men’s teams and one women’s team.  If  you haven’t put your name forward and wish to run you can still do so by accessing the following link.

https://scottishathletics.sportserve.net/pages/event/athleticsbookingdetails.aspx?id=10858

SUPERteams Results

A huge well done to all the U12 athletes who successfully completed the Scottish Athletics Virtual SUPERteams Challenge. With new distances attempted and some personal bests in the jumps and 800m! Thank you to all the parents for their continued support throughout the event and for being the unofficial officials.

IME Group Weekly Virtual Challenges

Week 1 of the new set of challenges for our Intermediate Multi Event Group had our athletes taking part in a 1k run, a 60m sprint and SLJ. Fantastic results and we’re looking forward to the next two weeks to see how things develop in these events! Cracking photos attached too.

1k:
Ross – 03.21.53
Lucia – 03.48.00
Lauren – 03.58.00
Ella – 04.45.00
Amy – 04.55.00
Ewan – 05.00.00
Great times! Will be interesting to see next week’s times for this new distance.

60m:
Ross – 8.45
Ewan – 8.60
Lucia – 8.72
Ella – 10.00
Amy – 10.18
Lauren – 10.24
Unofficial PBs for Ross Lucia and Ewan. Very close for the others. Great times all considering the lack of usual conditions!

SLJ:
Ewan – 2.46m
Ella – 2.29m
Amy – 1.82m
Lauren – 1.75m
A wee unofficial PB again for Ewan. “Coach” Mum, was strict too and deducted 1cm!

Thanks again Mums and Dads. Love the photos. Keep them coming!

Covid-19 and Scottish Athletics Phase 2 Guidance. Update: 20 June 2020

Scottish Athletics have updated their guidance for clubs, coaches, athletes and facilities in Phase 2 of the Scottish Government’s Exit Plan. This, and further details (including the route map guides) can be found here.

Motherwell AC training activities remain suspended until further notice. The committee and coaches are working hard behind the scenes to comply with the rules and guidance and we plan to provide further updates within the next few weeks.

Take care everyone!

SUPERteams and IME Group Virtual Challenges

IME Group Virtual Challenges

A big well done to our IME Group athletes who completed the fourth week of their weekly virtual challenges!

Results:
1200m –
Ross – 04.22
Cameron 04.38
Ewan – 06.20.

Great improvements again from Ross and Cameron! Ross jumped a whopping 2m 44 in the SLJ and Ewan had his best jump so far of 2.41! Ewan also managed 198m in the 30 second run. Another hat trick this week for Ewan!

1k, 60m and SLJ are the challenges now for the next three weeks. Good luck everyone! We’d love to see some other athletes in the group take part too! Some of our usual participants were focused on the 800m SUPERteams run this week and we hope to see them back again this coming week.

Virtual SUPERteams: Week 4

SUPER performances again from our youngest athletes in the 800m, in the final week of this vitual team competition too. Seems like a lifetime ago we all did this competition together at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow in February. Looks like all of our athletes have all grown since then too! Final results will be reported later this week on the leaderboard:

https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2020/GBR/steamsnational/scores/

Photos of our athletes are attached again! Thanks for your continued support and to the coaches who help make it all happen! Coaches will keep in touch about other events and activities coming up.

Well done everyone! It has been fantastic. We are all very impressed by your efforts and commitment. Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy what your doing.

Covid-19 and Scottish Athletics Phase 1 Update: 13 June 2020

We hope that members are keeping well and enjoying the range of virtual activities and suggested sessions being made available by coaches in both SEnd and Track & Field as well as those “hosted” by Scottish Athletics. It has been great to see the range of participation and achievement across the club to date despite the very challenging circumstances since we ceased activities on 16 March 2020.

Motherwell AC training activities do remain suspended until further notice. Scottish Athletics are posting relevant updates, and Phase 1 information and guidance can be found here. More details on these and future plans, and how they relate to what’s happening at Motherwell AC will be shared with you all as soon as possible.

The Committee and coaches are working hard to prepare for a return to group training in line with Scottish Government and Scottish Athletics restrictions and guidelines when this is permitted.

VIRTUAL 4J STUDIOS SCOTTISH ATHLETICS ROAD RELAY CHALLENGE II – 10th to 13th JULY 2020

Event Details for VIRTUAL 4J Studios Scottish Athletics Relay Challenge
VIRTUAL 4J STUDIOS SCOTTISH ATHLETICS ROAD RELAY CHALLENGE II – 10th to 13th JULY 2020
This one looks like something that Senior Endurance athletes could target for July. It appears to be a virtual version of the National Road Relays (see the SA link). The note is a bit long but unfortunately I think it needs to be.
1. It is free (unless you want to make a £2 donation to SA admin costs) and you enter directly with you name, club and SA number.
2. There is no need to pre-enter teams as Scottish Athletics automatically pool the results by time and age categories at the end of the challenge.
3. However, we do need to have equal numbers of 5K and 10K stage runners.
4. There is an opportunity for our female athletes too. Only 4 runners needed in the masters.
5. No need for a team manager for this one (Tommy is OK with this and will return when we get back to normal competition).
6. You have to be on Garmin or Strava -“Athletes must make their runs PUBLIC on their Garmin/Strava profile to allow results scrutiny.”
A. So, if you fancy competing for Motherwell AC in this challenge, can you let us know by replying to the post on the Motherwell AC Facebook page or email joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com with your preferred distance.
B. Please keep an eye on Facebook replies so that we can have equal number of 5K and 10K runners. We may have to ask runners to change their preferred choice if we don’t get the right mix.
C. Entries don’t open to 23 June and close on 9 July, therefore we have a bit of time on our hands.
D. Please spread the word to our non-social media athletes.
Joe
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CHALLEGE DETAILS:
6 Stage Relay – 3 Long (10km) and 3 Medium (5km) Legs – U20/Senior/Masters
4 Stage Relay – 2 Long (10km) and 2 Medium (5km) Legs – Masters
4 Stage Relay – 2 Medium (5km) and 2 Short (3km) Legs – U17/U15/U13
4 Stage Relay – 4 Short (3km) Legs – U13
*Masters performances will be eligible for teams in category 1 and 2

https://scottishathletics.sportserve.net/pages/event/athleticsbookingdetails.aspx?id=10858

IME Group Lockdown Challenge

Well done to our Intermediate Multi Event Group athletes who took part in Week 3 of the “Lockdown Challenges”. Results this week:

1200m:
Ross – 04.25
Lauren – 04.46
Cameron – 05.00
Ella – 06.07
Amy – 06.10
Ewan – 6.28
Lucia – 04.38

Great improvements on last week from Lauren and Ella! Ewan’s time was slower than usual having tackled it as a duathlon, with a cycle first!

30 second run:
Ewan – 201m
Lauren – 190m
Ella – 190m

Standing Long Jump:
Ross – 2.4m
Ella – 2.4m
Ewan – 2.35m
Lucie – 1.98m
Amy – 1.84m
Lauren – 1.71m
Lucia – 2.1m

Well done everyone!

After this week the events will change to 1k run and an 60m sprint. The standing long jump will continue. Lesley will email further info and guidance to parents shortly.

More photos/videos attached. Thanks to our ” virtual” assistants, otherwise known as Mums and Dads. We couldn’t do this without you!

SUPERteams Week 3

More SUPER efforts again in Week 3 of the virtual SUPERteams competition for our U12s. This week was the standing long jump challenge and our young athletes performed brilliantly!
The distances jumped ranged from 1.73 to 2.4m and the photos/videos show some great jumps and technique. Well done everyone!

The leaderboard can be accessed via this link: https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2020/GBR/steamsnational/scores/
Throws scores from last week are now included in the totals. The SLJ results will be added later this coming week.

The final week is the big one – the 800m run! Our athletes have been training well and doing regular 1k or 1.2k weekly runs, so we’re hoping that they will all enjoy this. Alison and Lesley will be in touch with reminders about guidance/information for this challenge. Good luck everyone! It would be great if we could get a photo of each of you in your MAC vest for this one.

Thanks to all of our parents again who have almost become like “virtual” coaching assistants and officials! If this has inspired any of you to get more involved in athletics (coaching or officiating) please contact Lesley (lesley.ross@motherwellac.com) for more information or to arrange a chat.

Volunteers’ Week

A huge thank you to all our volunteers at MAC, without you there would be no club. To our coaches and assistants for their dedication, passion and commitment they give to athletes, to our officials and timekeepers who without them competitions wouldn’t be able to run. Thank you to the committee for the work involved in the governance of the club and to parents of our athletes for your continued support. During the current situation we have seen the dedication shine through from our coaches by organising virtual events such as SUPERteams and monthly time trials thus ensuring our athletes are still engaged with the club. Thank you to you all.

4J Studios Virtual SUPERteams: Week 2

What a SUPER lot of young athletes we had taking part in week 2 of the virtual SUPERteams competition! This week was the target throw challenge from 5 metres. 20 attempts with 5 points for each throw landing successfully in the target. Not as easy as you might think! Even coaches, Alison, Joanne and Lesley had a go. Joanne was the winner! Think that means she has to do the 800m challenge in week 4, right?!

Well done to athletes Amy, Lucia, Lucie, Ella, Jack L, Sophie, Lauren, Kayden, Ben, Nathan, Eve, Niamh, Daniel, Maria, Joseph and Jack D. Great efforts again!

SA have now set up the leaderboard with scores from the first two events which can be accessed via this link: https://data.opentrack.run/x/2020/GBR/steamsnational/scores/

Week 3 is the standing long jump challenge. Good luck all! Thanks to parents for the great photos/videos and continued support this week. Great to see everyone having fun.

IME Group Lockdown Challenge

A big well done to all athletes in the Intermediate Multi Event Group who took part in week 2 of our “Lockdown Challenges”. Results as follows:

1200m:
Cameron –  04.44
Daisy – 05.19
Ewan – 05.40
Ella – 06.33

Great improvements on last week from Cameron and Ella!

30 second run:
Ross – 221m
Ewan – 199m
Lauren – 190m
Cameron – 150m

Standing Long Jump:
Ross – 2.49m
Ewan – 2.29m
Ella – 2.4m
Lauren – 1.71m

2 more weeks of these events and after that there will be a wee change to keep things interesting. We’d love to see more of the group getting involved and taking part next week. It’s a great way to help keep fit and motivated for getting back to training.

Some photos/videos attached. Thanks once again to the Mums and Dads.

June Virtual Time Trial is open between 29 May and 2 June

JUNE MOTHERWELL AC VIRTUAL TIME TRIAL IS ON BETWEEN FRI 29 MAY AND TUE 2 JUNE
Remember this is mainly for fun and to give you a challenge during lockdown, and is not part of the Time Trial Championship. However, the April and May events were quite competitive with some excellent times recorded. Virtual winners trophies and a virtual wooden spoon will be awarded.
Please spread the word to our members who are not on social media or who are not into technology. They can email me at joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com. This post will also appear in the news section of the Motherwell AC website and I will drop a note to the members I know who do not use social media.
Here is how it works (same as previous months with an update to the handicaps).
1. You will get a chance to run a 4 mile measured course (by you) on your own which starts and finishes in roughly the same place (as practically possible), consisting of one continuous loop or a number of continuous loops of no less then half of one mile.
2. Every club member can participate. For Handicaps we will use your May virtual time if you had a go last month. If you did not run in May, then your last handicap will be used even if you were a marker (m) or lapsed ** (Best of last three is not being used in the Virtual TTs).
3. If you are not on the Handicap sheet still have a go and your time will be used for the July Virtual TT (it is unlikely that we will be back to group training by then).
4. Once you have completed your run just post your time and a photo in MAC Members as everybody preferred to do last month (Garmin records are fine but I will trust you if you just post the time). If you are not on MAC Members, a private Facebook message will do or just email me – joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com
5. On the morning of Wednesday 3 June, I will publish the full results in the virtual finishing order along with a collage or two of your photographs (you will probably have seen most of the photos by then).
6. The Scottish Athletics Virtual Challenge Safety & Code of Conduct link is attached for your information.
7. You can access the June Virtual TT Handicaps in the TT Championship section of the Motherwell AC website (2020 Handicaps – June Virtual TT).
Thanks in advance for your participation.
Joe

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/time-trial-championship-2020/

https://salicence.sportserve.net/useruploads/eventinfo/Virtual%20Challenge%20Safety%20And%20Conducti.Pdf

4J Studios Virtual SUPERteams: Week 1

Super performances from our youngest MAC athletes taking part in the 75m shuttle run!
Times are being uploaded to the National Leaderboard. A huge well done to the sixteen young athletes who are taking part: Amy, Lucia, Ella, Lucie, Jack D, Sophie, Lauren, Kayden, Ben, Nathan, Eve, Niamh, Daniel, Maria, Joseph  and Jack L.

We will update on placings/final results in due course.

This coming week sees them all taking part in the throws challenge. Go for it everyone and have fun! Thanks to parents for your encouragement and support.

Intermediate Multi Events Group Challenge Results

Great efforts from some of our athletes in Lesley’s group who completed the group’s new weekly (optional!) virtual challenges. The three challenges in the first 4 week block are: 1200m TT, a 30 second run and standing long jump.

Numbers taking part were low but the weather wasn’t the best for much of the week, so we’re hoping that more in the group will take part next week! Some were also busy doing the first event in the virtual SUPERteams competition too. A separate post on week 1 of that to follow shortly!

Results:
1200m TT: 
Cameron – 4.56
Lauren – 4.56
Ewan – 5.31
Ella – 6.59

Ewan was the only one this week to also do the SLJ (2m36) and the 30 sec run (201m). Good job Ewan!

Well done to everyone and thanks to parents for their support once again! Looking forward to seeing next week’s results already.

 

The History of Motherwell AC Project

As the club approaches its 30th Anniversary in January 2022, the Committee is planning to draw together a history of the cub since its inception.  So it is calling on all club members past and present (friends and relatives too)  to get in touch if they have Newspaper Articles, Photographs, Memorabilia, or anything else you think might be relevant to the project.

We have a significant amount of photographs from 2005 to the present day thanks to John McCluskey who has been our photographer over the years. So the main focus of photographs should be from 1992 to the early 2000s.

If you are able to contribute to the project you can contact Lesley Ross for Track & Field at lesley.ross@motherwellac.com or Joe Hoolaghan for Senior Endurance/Road Runners at joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com

MAY VIRTUAL TIME TRIAL RESULTS

May Virtual Time Trial Results

We had 22 athletes taking part in this month’s VTT. First female across the virtual line was Shannon McDade in 45:42 (4 minutes off her April Time), and first male was Scott Kelman (who narrowly dodged the wooden spoon last month) in 31:27. The wooden spoon goes to Gary Arthur in a pretty decent time of 30:32. Well done to everyone who managed to participate.
Photos of our winners and wooden spoon recipient are attached. An album of all of your photos is in the Motherwell AC Facebook page. A link to the full detailed results is also attached (click 2020 Time Trial Results).

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/time-trial-championship-2020/

4J Studios Virtual SUPERteams Event

Good luck to our sixteen U12 athletes who will be taking part in the 4J Studios Virtual SUPERteams event starting tomorrow!

As in the traditional SUPERteams format, all athletes are expected to complete all four events which make up the SUPERteams competition. Each week the following events will be tackled by our enthusiastic young athletes:

  1. 75m Shuttle Run;
  2. Target Throw;
  3. Standing Long Jump, and
  4. 800m Run.

Points will be awarded based on our youngsters’ performances. Throughout the four weeks, our club results will be added by coaches to the National SUPERteams leaderboard co-ordinated by scottishathletics. The top four results in each gender will make up a club’s ‘A’ teams, the next four the club’s ‘B’ teams, and so on. All results need to be uploaded by 16 June at the latest.

We plan to post weekly updates, hopefully with some photos! Emails have been issued by coaches regarding MAC’s own arrangements during the four week event period. Many thanks to parents for their support and input. We’re hoping this will be a bit of fun for them too! 

Enjoy! Go MAC!

 

 

 

MAY VIRTUAL 4 MILE TIME TRIAL IS NOW OPEN

MAY VIRTUAL TIME TRIAL is now open and you can run any time between now and the evening of Tuesday 12 May. See the previous post for all of the details.
We have attached the Scottish Athletics Virtual Race Safety and Code of Conduct Guidelines for your information this time. We are sure you will find them useful.

https://salicence.sportserve.net/useruploads/eventinfo/Virtual%20Challenge%20Safety%20And%20Conductii.Pdf

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New L1 Track Official

Congratulations to Clare Barr who has recently completed her UKA L1 Track Official qualification!
We are delighted to have another volunteer official associated with the club! Events simply can’t go ahead without people like her and our other volunteer officials.
We were looking forward to Clare helping the club out at various track events during the summer season and hopefully it won’t be too long before we see her in action!
Well done Clare!

SENIOR ENDURANCE MAY VIRTUAL TIME TRIAL (8-12 MAY 2020)

MAY MOTHERWELL AC VIRTUAL TIME TRIAL IS ON BETWEEN FRI 8 AND TUE 12 MAY
Remember this is mainly for fun and to give you a challenge during lockdown, and is not part of the Time Trial Championship. However, the April event was quite competitive with some excellent times recorded. Virtual winners trophies and a virtual wooden spoon will be awarded.
Please spread the word to our members who are not on social media or who are not into technology. They can email me at joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com. This post will also appear on Motherwell AC Facebook page and I will drop a note to the members I know who do not use social media.
Here is how it works (same as last month with an update to the handicaps).
1. You will get a chance to run a 4 mile measured course (by you) on your own which starts and finishes in roughly the same place (as practically possible), consisting of one continuous loop or a number of continuous loops of no less then half of one mile.
2. Every club member can participate. For Handicaps we will use your April virtual time if you had a go last month. If you did not run in April, then your March Handicap will be used even if you are a marker (m) or lapsed ** (Best of last three is not being used in the Virtual TTs).
3. If you are not on the March Handicap sheet, just let me know what you believe would be your very best 4 mile time so that I can add it to the sheet and work out your handicap. A private Facebook message will do or just email me – joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com
4. Once you have completed your run just post your time and a photo in MAC Members as everybody preferred to do last month (Garmin records are fine but I will trust you if you just post the time). If you are not on MAC Members, a private Facebook message will do or just email me – joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com.
5. A Motherwell AC vest optional and serious sports wear or fun attire is acceptable.
6. On the morning of Wednesday 13 May, I will publish the full results in the virtual finishing order along with a collage or two of your photographs (you will probably have seen most of the photos by then).
7. You can access the May Virtual TT Handicaps in the TT Championship section of the Motherwell AC website (2020 Handicaps – May Virtual TT).
Thanks in advance for your participation.
Joe

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/time-trial-championship-2020/

Senior Endurance – May/June Suggested Training Sessions during Lockdown

MAY AND JUNE SUGGESTED TRAINING SESSIONS

Some suggested training sessions aimed at keeping athletes ticking over during current Lockdown are on the calendar page. The sessions can be completed whenever and wherever suits – within the Lockdown Exercise Rules. All sessions should include a 1 mile warm up and 1 mile cool down with stretching afterwards where possible.

Calendar

 

SENIOR ENDURANCE VIRTUAL TIME TRIAL

VIRTUAL TIME TRIAL IS ON BETWEEN FRI 17 AND TUE 22 APRIL
Remember this is for fun, and not part of any competition. We will award virtual winners trophies and a virtual wooden spoon.
Please spread the word to our members who are not on social media or who are not into technology. They can email me at joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com
Here is how it works.
1. You will get a chance to run a 4 mile measured course (by you) on your own which starts and finishes in roughly the same place (as practically possible), consisting of one loop or a number of loops of no less then half of one mile.
2. Every club member can have a go. We will use the March Handicap sheet for calculations (link attached). If you are on the sheet that estimated time and handicap will be used even if it is a marker or lapsed (**).
3. If you are not on the March Handicap sheet, just let me know what you believe would be your very best 4 mile time so that I can add it to the sheet and work out your handicap. A private Facebook message will do or just email me – joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com
4. Once you have completed your run just send your time to me (no Garmin records required – I will trust you), a private Facebook message will do or just email me – joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com.
5. Send me a photo too if you can. Club kit, serious sports wear or fun attire is acceptable.
6. On the morning of Wednesday 22 April, I will publish the full results in the virtual finishing order along with your photographs.
Thanks in advance for your participation. Joe

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/time-trial-championship-2020/

 

All Training Cancelled

Training at all venues cancelled with immediate effect.

Further to the Prime Minister’s broadcast on Monday evening, training for all Track & field and Senior Endurance has been cancelled with immediate effect until further notice.

If you have any questions, please ask any coach or committee member.

Be safe and take care.

More success on the Road and Track for Motherwell AC

Jack Crawford 10K (Championship Race)

We 19 athletes participating  in this this race on what was a great day for the club.

David Gardiner won the MV50 first prize, Mark Gallacher was 2nd MV40, and our men won the team prize (David Gardiner, Paul Burns, Mark Gallacher, and Chris Macdonald).

There was more success for Motherwell AC at the British Masters Indoor Track Championships at Lee Valley indoor Athletics Stadium, London.Stephen Allen picked up Silver in the M50 1500m in a time of 4:22:37. Allan Cameron was just outside the medals with a 4th place finish in 4:26:00 in the M45 race. Stephen went on to take silver in the M50 3,000m in 9:23:29. Congratulations to Stephen for a fantastic double silver medal effort, and to Allan who was just pipped at the post for a bronze medal.

MAC Ceilidh Latest

Ceilidh Update
1. Tickets sales are a bit slow with less than 2 weeks to go. So get your tickets from the T&F coaches or Elaine Jamieson for Senior Endurance.
2. If you cannot make it and want to support the event you can buy some raffle tickets from Lesley Ross (T&F) or Elaine Jamieson (Senior Endurance). Prices are £1/strip or 6 strips for £5.
3. Raffle prize donations will be greatly appreciated – Spirits, wine, confectionery, toiletries, gift vouchers etc . Again these can be handed in to the T&F or Senior Endurance Coaches.
Thanks again for your support
Elaine Jamieson

MAC CEILIDH 2020

BREAKING NEWS – David Gardiner wins Silver Medal at the Scottish Masters XC

BREAKING NEWS – David Gardiner wins Silver Medal at the Scottish Masters XC Championship in Johnstone, Renfrewshire.
Club member David Gardiner continues his amazing run of form today (8 February 2020) picking up the Silver Medal in the MV50 category in the 8,000 metres Masters XC Championship.
More to follow when the official results are published.

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Senior Endurance Training on Saturday 8 February is now at Strathclyde Park

Senior Endurance Training Session on Saturday 8 February will now be at Strathclyde Park.

We will meet at the Boathouse as usual and head to the bandstand to do Kenyan Hills x 5.

Success for Motherwell AC Masters Athletes at Emirates Arena

Results in for MAC masters athletes taking part in the Indoor Masters Champs today at the Emirates arena:-

Stephen Allen (V50): Gold medals in both the 800m (2.12.47) and 1500m (4.29.45). A superb last lap in his 1500m race!

Allan Cameron (V45): Gold medal in the 1500m (4.22.05), a huge PB!

Jim Smith (V75): Gold medal in both the 60m (9.67) and 200m (33.44). Superb given he has recently just recovered from a long term injury.

Fiona Steele (V50): Silver medals in the 60m (9.11) and 200m (29.57).

Well done everyone. A fantastic masters medal haul for the club once again!

Info and photos courtesy of Lesley Ross

MAC Ceilidh

The club ceilidh will take place on Saturday 22nd of February at St Brides Hall. Tickets are available from T&F coaches and Elaine Jamieson from Senior Endurance.

Membership Renewal & Monthly Standing Order

Thank you to everyone who has already renewed their 2020 MAC Membership. If you haven’t already done so this can be done at https://www.entrycentral.com/club/100119. Please can you ensure that you have also set up your £5 Monthly Standing Order which is payable from January 2020.

Reminder – Senior Endurance Road Racing Leagues for 2020 Sign Ups

Senior Endurance Road Racing Leagues for 2020
We are planning to take the same approach for this year’s leagues. Unlike the overall championship the leagues will be on an ‘opt in’ basis. Once we know who wants to compete, we will set up the leagues for the first race on 7 March – Jack Crawford 10K. If you are new to the club and want to see the format, have a look at the 2019 Road Racing Championship page on the club website.
To enter the leagues you must have joined the club or renewed your membership no later than 29 February as that is the absolute cut off date.
Once you have joined or renewed, and want to be part of the leagues set up this year, all you need to do is:
1. Reply to the post on Facebook, or
2. Send a private Facebook message to Joe Hoolaghan, or
3. Email Joe at joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com.
Once we have all of the names we will sort out the leagues and publish them prior to the first race of the season.

Motherwell Veterans take Bronze in the SVHC Road Relays at Strathclyde Country Park

SVHC Relays on Sunday 26 January @ Strathclyde Country Park
Congratulations to our Bronze Medallists – Alan Cameron, Stephen Allen, Paul Burns, and David Gardiner.Congratulations once again to David Gardiner for picking up the prize for fastest MV50 in an fantastic 19:26.
Thanks to all of our athletes who made it down to compete today. A photo album has already been posted on facebook and the results will follow in due course.
Thanks to our supporters and Team Manager Tommy Sneddon and, his assistants John Hughes and Patricia Allen.

Tom Scott 10 Mile Road Race Sunday 5 April 2020 (Motherwell AC Championship Race) Entries are now open

Tom Scott 10 Mile Road Race Sunday 5 April 2020 (Motherwell AC Championship Race) Entries are now open

Tom Scott Road Races Entries

MOTHERWELL AC ANNUAL CEILIDH ON SAT 22 FEB – TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

MOTHERWELL AC ANNUAL CEILIDH TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
Our annual ceilidh takes place on Saturday 22 February in St Bride’s Hall, Coursington Road, Motherwell, ML1 1PP.  There will be a fantastic Ceilidh Band, Haggis Neeps and Tatties (vegetarian option too), Dancing, Raffles, and lots of Fun.
Ticket prices are:
Adult – £10
Kids (up to 17) £5
Family of four £25.00
Family of five £30
To book your tickets contact Elaine Jamieson directly or get a message to her at training or call/text her on 07951 960469.
We need raffle prizes too, so please donate what you can – spirits, wine, chocolates, toiletries, gift vouchers, etc.
We look forward to seeing you there for another great night!
Elaine

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January and February 2020 Senior Endurance Training Schedules are now available

January and February 2020 Senior Endurance Training Schedules now available on the Calendar page of the club website. Detailed schedules for Jan/Feb and easy view monthly schedules are available too if you prefer.

Jan/Feb Training Schedules

20 SEPTEMBER 2020 @ 11 AM CONFIRMED FOR CUMBERNAULD 10K – CHAMPIONSHIP RACE

20 SEPTEMBER 2020 @ 11 AM CONFIRMED FOR CUMBERNAULD 10K – CHAMPIONSHIP RACE. ENTRY VIA Q-BUSTER. LINK ATTACHED.

Cumbernauld 10K

Cumbernauld 10K

7 MARCH 2020 @ 11 AM CONFIRMED FOR JACK CRAWFORD 10K – CHAMPIONSHIP RACE

Jack Crawford 10K confirmed as Saturday 7 March 2020 @ 11.00 AM. Entry is via Q-buster and the link follows.

Jack Crawford 10K

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1 MAY 2020 CONFRIMED FOR NATIONAL 5K ROAD RACE – CHAMPIONSHIP RACE

1 May 2020 confirmed as the date for the National 5K Road Race (Senior Endurance Championship Race). Entry details will be available in January and we will keep you posted. Details follow in the attached link.

Scottish National 5K Road Race

SENIOR ENDURANCE 2020 CHAMPIONSHIP ROAD RACES – EARLY NOTIFICATION

2020 CHAMPIONSHIP ROAD RACES – EARLY NOTIFICATION
After lengthy debate the Senior Endurance Subcommittee agreed the following races for next season’s championship. As soon as the date for Paisley 10K is confirmed we will let you know.
7 Mar Jack Crawford 10K
5 April Tom Scott 10 Miles
1 May Scottish National 5K
17 May Monklands 5K
19 June Brian Goodwin 10K
1 Aug Drumpellier Parkrun 5K
16/23 Aug (TBC) Paisley 10K
20 Sept Cumbernauld 10K
4 October Great Scottish Half Marathon
CHAMPIONSHIP RULES
It was also agreed that we would revert back to the previous set up – 2 relays, 9 races and a hypothetical marathon (best 6 from10 races including hypothetical marathon).
The website will be updated at the start of January for the 2020 season. Joe

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CHRISTMAS TIME TRIAL SUNDAY 8 DECEMBER – NEW TIME of 10.00 AM for a 10.20 AM START

CHRISTMAS TIME TRIAL will take place next SUNDAY 8 DECEMBER at Strathclyde Park Boathouse. Due to the Old Firm game we will be starting a wee bit earlier this year – 10.00 AM for a 10.20 AM START and meet afterwards in the ELECTRIC BAR @ 12 NOON for rolls and tea/coffee. All of the details about the event follow.

WHEN: Sunday 8 December, 10:00 am for a 10.20 am start.

WHERE: Meeting at Strathclyde Park Boathouse

WHO: Everybody is welcome to come along and run, or come along to cheer on your fellow athletes if you are unable to run. The emphasis is on fun and feel free to wear seasonal attire such as a Santa costume or Christmas top etc.

COURSE: The summer 4 mile route around the loch (usually run in reverse).

WINNERS & WOODEN SPOON: We will have a female winner, a male winner and a wooden spoon based on the current Time Trial rules (you must be a member and have completed two markers). Finishing times will be published but will not count towards the best of your last three runs or for markers.

DONALD MCCAFFER MEMORIAL QUAICH. In memory of popular and long term club member Donald McCaffer, his wife May donated a Quaich last year to be awarded at the annual Christmas Time Trial. The coaches decided that the first runner to cross the finishing line (you must be a member, ran in the last year and be on the handicap list) will be awarded this trophy. May will be coming along to present the trophy.

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED KIDS. Over the last couple of years we have swapped the Secret Santa for a donation of a small toy(s) for underprivileged kids in the Motherwell area who are likely to receive nothing or very little on Christmas Day. Please don’t wrap up any presents you bring so that they can be sorted into age categories by the charity(s). Any donations will be gratefully received but are entirely voluntary.

AFTERWARDS: We meet in the Electric Bar around 12 Noon where we will have a roll and a tea/coffee before we do the presentations.

ROAD RUNNER OF THE YEAR: We vote for the Road Runner of the Year in the Electric Bar in a secret ballot. However, if you cannot make along you can send your vote to Joe Hoolaghan (joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com, or send him a private facebook message). There is no set criteria for the road Runner of the Year. It is not a prize for our best athlete as we already have numerous prizes for our top performers. It may be the person who shows real commitment to the club, who makes you feel welcome, who shows a positive attitude to training, who represents the club while racing at every possible opportunity, etc, etc.

We hope to see you there. Joe

Motherwell AC Annual Ceilidh is Saturday 22 February 2020 – Save the Date

DATE FOR THE DIARY…
Next year’s annual ceilidh will take place on Saturday 22 February in St Bride’s Hall. Get the date in your calendar and ticket prices etc will be announced in January.

SENIOR ENDURANCE AVIEMORE TRAINING WEEKEND 2020

AVIEMORE TRAINING WEEKEND 2020

We have an opportunity to return to Glenmore next year during the weekend of 11-13 September. Unfortunately we can’t give an exact cost at the moment, but it is unlikely to be more than £140 per person and remember this includes all meals as well as accommodation.

Numbers are limited to 24, and to secure our booking we need to have the deposit paid asap – or at least in the next 7-10 days. If you are interested in going please contact Elaine Jamieson or reply to the Facebook post. Deposit will be £50 per person.

London Marathon 2020

If you would like to enter the club ballot for this, please submit your name to Barbara Hogg by Thursday 14 November.
To be eligible for this you must have an unsuccessful entry for the 2020 main London ballot.

YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU!

Your Club and Sport Need You!

As some of you may know, we have a few qualified officials in the club who all do a fabulous job of supporting events throughout the year. Most of them are also coaches who often have to juggle dual roles at events, which isn’t ideal.

We’re keen to encourage more volunteers as there is a requirement to have 4 or 5 officials at track and field league matches, and usually at least 2 at LAAA events and other Road/XC events. Whilst it’s not mandatory for clubs to provide formally qualified officials, it is preferred and it’s better for the sport to have properly trained people involved.

There are a variety of roles to take on or pursue and it would be great if our club could further support athletics by having more volunteers (from both Senior Endurance and Track and Field) willing to take on such roles. It’s also fun and very rewarding with lots of opportunities to progress and meet new people.

More information and details on some of the courses coming up in the near future can be found via this link:

Scottish Athletics Courses for Officials

If you think you could spare the time to support the club and athletics in this way, or if have any questions or just want to chat more about what’s involved, please contact Lesley Ross at lesley.ross@motherwellac.com.

Thank you for your support!

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LAAA XC on 23 November – the venue is Strathaven this year.

LAAA XC on 23 November (Motherwell AC Senior Endurance XC Championship Race) – the venue is Strathaven this year.  Entry is via Q-buster.

The course is in Kirkland Park. The start/finish area can be accessed easily from Lethame Road or from Threestanes Road. Post-code ML10 6DY should get you to Kirkland Park Avenue.

Parking Please avoid parking on Lethame Road, as it is quite narrow in places.
Suitable parking locations are:

1. Strathaven Sports Centre

2. Outside Kirklandpark School

3. Strathaven Park

4. Strathaven Town Centre

5. In the streets close to the course
Where parking in the housing estates, please remember to park with consideration for the residents and other road users.

RACE DISTANCES & TIMES BY AGE GROUP

12:00 U11G 1200m 1 Small lap,

12:15 U11B 1200m 1 Small lap,

12:25 U13G 2430m 1 Large lap,

12:45 U13B 2430m 1 Large lap,

13:00 U15G 3630m 1 Small lap + 1 Large lap,

13:00 U15B 3630m 1 Small lap + 1 Large lap,

13:20 U17W 4860m 2 x Large laps,

13:20 U17M 4860m 2 x Large laps, 13:50 U20W / SW / MW 7290m 3 x large laps,

13:50 U20M / SM / MM 7290m 3 x large laps

Road Racing and League Tables updated following the final race of the season at Drumpellier Park on 19 October 2019

Following the LAAA Road Relays at Drumpellier where our men’s and women’s teams picked up silver medals, the Championship and League tables (including Hypothetical Marathon) are now finalised with all the results and medallists for the 2019 season.

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Road Racing Championships

Track and Field update

As a long season draws to a close, MAC’s track and field squad were in relay action across the continent delivering some success…

In Venice at the European Masters Championships, Alan Robertson and Jim Smith are coming home with Gold and Bronze medals respectively for their performances in the 4 x 100m Relay.

At Pitreavie competing in the Scottish National Relay Championships, there was Silver in the Senior Mens 4 x 100m for Joseph McCluskey, Gabriel McCluskey, Adam Laird & Stephen Ross.

Unfortunately, MAC’s U15 girls were just edged out of progressing to the final of the 4 x 100m but that should not detract from the performances of Carla Verrecchia, Emma Gilchrist, Ava Lenzi & Emma Kelly who delivered a great time with some clean, slick baton changes.

Well done to all that competed. Rest, recuperate and recover before you get ready to go again!

Senior Endurance Road Racing Championship and League Tables Updated

Senior Endurance Road Racing Championship and League Tables updated following the Around Cumbrae 10 Mile Road Race

Senior Endurance Road Racing Tables

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: ANNUAL PRIZE GIVING

Just a quick reminder that our annual prize giving will take place on November 15th in Club 100 at Fir Park. 7pm until 12. More details to follow nearer the time.

September Handicaps and 12 Months Rolling Results are now available

September Handicaps and 12 Months Rolling Results are now available on the Time Trial page of the Motherwell AC website.  The Time Trial Championship race takes place on Tuesday 3 September, meeting at the Boathouse Gym reception at 6.30 PM.  We are looking forward to another good turn out.

Remember we will be having our second and final collection for the Scottish Huntingdon’s Association Charity at this Time Trial.

Paisley

Senior Endurance September and October Training Schedules Now Available

Senior Endurance September and October Training Schedules are now available on the club calendar page. They are in the new format we trialed for July/August.

Sept/Oct Training Schedules

Senior Endurance 3,000 metres Track Championship takes place on Saturday 14 September at Wishaw Track – registration at 10.30 AM with the race starting prompt at 11.00 AM

Senior Endurance 3,000 metres Track Championship takes place on Saturday 14 September at Wishaw Track as part of the club championships – registration at 10.30 AM with the race starting prompt at 11.00 AM.  Once again, we will have scratch and age-graded races (more details to follow about the format). We had a great turn out last year, so put this one in your diary and spread the word.

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Senior Endurance Session on Saturday 24 August is now at Strathclyde Park Boathouse @ 9.30AM

Wishaw Track is closed on Saturday – The Senior Endurance Session on Saturday 24 August is now at Strathclyde Park Boathouse @ 9.30 AM. Spread the word.

Senior Endurance Championship & League Tables updated following the Paisley 10K Road Race on Sunday 18 August 2019

Senior Endurance Championship & League Tables updated on the Motherwell AC Road Racing Championship page of the website following the Paisley 10K Road Race on Sunday 18 August 2019.

Please note for 2019, all of the designated races in the Championship count towards your total score, and in the leagues it is your best 6 performances out of 10 (including the Hypothetical Marathon).

Road Racing Championship Page

Sporting events

For anyone interested

https://www.letsdothis.com/

MASTERS CLASS

Scottish Athletics Masters Championships – Grangemouth Stadium 13th July 2019

As you may have noticed in this week’s local press, MAC athletes performed fantastically at the Masters Championships last weekend. Five athletes competed and their performances are listed below;

Jim Smith – Gold in 100m, 200m, Long Jump & Triple Jump.

Fiona Steele – Gold in 100m & 200m, recording a PB in the 100m.

Clare Barr – Gold in 400m.

Alan Robertson – Silver in 100m & 200m.

Allan Cameron – Season’s best in 1500m.

Well done to all athletes that competed, and to their coaches for giving up their time to assist. A great achievement once again and all a credit to the Club.

Senior Endurance Championship and League Tables Updated

Following the ‘Run the Blades’ 10K 0n Friday 19 July the Senior Endurance Championship and League Tables have been updated on the Road Racing Page of the Motherwell AC website.

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Final Reminder – Tonight’s Senior Endurance Session (Tuesday 23 July) is at Chatelherault Country Park

Reminder – Tonight’s Senior Endurance Session (Tuesday 23 July) is at Chatelherault Country Park and we will be meeting in the car park on the right hand side when you get in to the park. We look forward to seeing you there.

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July Time Trial Full Results and Championship Tables Are Now Available

July Time Trial Full Results and Championship Tables are now available on the TT Championship page of the club website.  For a recap – Miranda Richmond was first female in a new PB of 28:18 and Jim Tracey was first male in 34:32.  We had 22 competitors. Thanks to Phyllis Hands, Anne Hughes, Elaine Jamieson, Angela Downie and Allan Cameron for helping out.

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AVIEMORE WEEKEND 6-8 SEPTEMBER

AVIEMORE WEEKEND 6-8 SEPTEMBER
This is a reminder for anyone going to Aviemore – you only have four more days to pay the remaining balance of £85. This MUST be paid by 30 June.

We are also looking for volunteers to do a talk on the Friday/Saturday evening – preferably running/sport/training related, but if you have a hobby that you’re passionate about then we would be keen to hear about this too.

We had a great night a few years ago when one of our athletes brought their violin along and we were able to have a sing song on the Saturday evening, so if anyone coming along can play a musical instrument and has one they can bring, we would be keen to hear from you.

If you can assist with these matters please contact John Hughes or Elaine Jamieson. glenmore lodge

Senior Endurance Training Schedules for July and August 2019 – Alternative Format

A number of members have provided feedback that they would like to see a more detailed schedule of the planned sessions in the training plan.  The coaches have looked at alternatives and have issued the July and August schedules in a different and more detailed format as set out below.  Your feedback is welcome before we make any permanent changes to the set up.  The existing template will be issued in the next week on the club calendar as usual. You can speak to any of the coaches about the format at training or email (joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com) or send a private facebook message to Joe Hoolaghan who will collate the feedback for the coaches over the coming weeks.

Senior Endurance Training Schedules for July and August 2019

Tuesdays
Please note that the meeting place for all training sessions is The Boathouse Gym, Strathclyde Park (adjacent to the Watersports Centre and the entrance is to the left as you enter the car park) unless otherwise stated. Meet at 6.30 p.m.

Tuesday – 02 July – Time Trial (4 mile handicap round the loch plus)
Tuesday – 09 July – 8 x 3 minutes effort with a reducing recovery. Standing recovery between efforts is 90 seconds, 80 seconds, 70 seconds, 60 seconds, 50 seconds, 40 seconds and 30 seconds) Efforts will be on the path beside the loch starting at the end of the car parks.
Tuesday – 16 July – 10 x 2 minutes with 1 minute jog forward recovery. (Groups will be identified at the start of the session and allocated a coach. Each group will regroup at the end of each effort during the jog recovery and the group will start the next effort together until ten efforts are completed) The session will be round the loch path.
Tuesday – 23 July – MEET AT CHATELHERAULT (car park on right just before the house)
4 to 6 x 1 mile effort. Session will start at the back of the house and the first mile is along the top path (by the golf course) to the top of the ‘wooden steps’. Recovery will be walking/ jogging down the steps taking no more than 3 minutes. The second mile starts at the wooden sign at the bottom of the steps and finishes at the tree just before the gate at the end of the path. Walk/jog recovery to the start of the first mile and repeat.
Tuesday – 30 July – 2.5k warm up jog to the Strathclyde Caravan Park across the road from the Bothwellhaugh pavilion at the Raith Interchange end of the park. Session starts where the road meets the main road through the park. The session is 8 x 4 minutes. Each effort of 4 minutes will include 2 mins uphill and 2 minutes to return to the starting point. There is no break between efforts as you will be expected to judge your effort so that your recovery is during the downhill section of the effort.

Tuesday – 06 August – Time Trial
Tuesday – 13 August – Bandstand Loops – 35 minute session. The effort starts at the bottom of the path leading up to the bandstand, run to the railing where the path meets the road, turn left and run along the road to the path on the right hand side (before the top of the road down to the Watersports Centre) which is where the effort ends. The effort is approximately 520m. From here, jog down the path to the road and them down the road to where you started and immediately start your next effort. Each athlete should do between 8 and 10 efforts.
Tuesday – 20 August – 2 sets of 5 x 90 seconds with I minute recovery. 4 minute recovery between sets. This session is in groups and each group will regroup after each session during the minute recovery to start the next effort together.
Tuesday – 27 August – 20 x 40 seconds with 1 minute recovery. This session is in groups round the loch path.

July/August – Thursdays
Please note that the meeting place for all training sessions is The Boathouse Gym, Strathclyde Park (adjacent to the Watersports Centre and the entrance is to the left as you enter the car park) unless otherwise stated. Meet at 6.30 p.m.
Every Thursday the session is a steady run of between 8-10 miles or a 4-6 mile Fartlek/Progressive/Tempo Run. A decision is made on the night by those attending and the coaches available.

July/August – Saturdays
Please note the meeting place for all sessions unless otherwise stated is Wishaw Sports Centre Athletics Track. Alexander Road, Wishaw. Meet on the track. Participants need to pay the entrance fee individually on arrival. Meet at 9.30 a.m.
Saturday – 06 July – 12 x 500m with 100m walk back recovery. (Efforts should be at your 5k race pace.)
Saturday – 13 July – 3 sets of 4 x 300m with 100m roll on with a 400m walk/jog recovery between sets. (Efforts should be at your 1 mile race pace.)
Saturday – 20 July – 2 sets of 8 x 400m with 200m jog recovery. (Efforts should be at your 5k race pace.)
Saturday – 27 July – 4 x 1200m at increasing pace with 400m walk/jog recovery. (Effort should 400 at 10k race pace, 400 at 5k race pace and 400 at 3k race pace.)
Saturday – 03 August – 15 x 250m with 150m jog recovery. (Effort should be 3k race pace.)
Saturday – 10 August – 15 x ‘Tempo Twos’ – this 15 x 400m running the first 200m at pace and the second 200m at twice the time it has taken to run the first 200. (eg. If it takes 35 seconds to run 200m then your slow 200 is 70 seconds, if its 40 seconds to run 200m then your slow 200 is 80 seconds, 45 seconds means the second 200 is 90 seconds. The aim is to manage all 15 fast 200m efforts within 5 seconds or less of your first effort)
Saturday – 17 August – 3 sets of 5 x 300m with 100m roll on with a 400m walk/jog recovery between sets. (Efforts should be at your 1 mile race pace.)
Saturday – 24 August – 4 x 500m (at 3k pace) with 200m jog recovery
5 x 400m (at 3k pace) with 200m jog recovery
6 x 300m (at 3k pace) efforts with 100m jog recovery
6 x 200m (at 1500m pace) efforts with 200m jog recovery
Recovery between sets is 400m walk/jog
Saturday -31 August – 3 x 800m (5k race pace) with 200m jog recovery
3 x 400m (3k race pace) with 200m recovery
6 x 200m with 200m recovery
Recovery between sets is 400m walk/jog

July/August – Sundays
Please note that the meeting place for all training sessions is The Boathouse Gym, Strathclyde Park (adjacent to the Watersports Centre and the entrance is to the left as you enter the car park) unless otherwise stated. Meet at 9.00 a.m.
Each Sunday a group go out for an easy run of between 6 and 12 miles. Some people arrange to meet at different times depending on when you want to and are available to run. Speak to the other athletes at training if you wish to do a Sunday run with company rather than on your own.
STAY HEALTHY! STAY SAFE! HAPPY RUNNING!

Senior Endurance Training – 16th April

Main Session Information

  • 6 x 1/2 km Effort with 1/2 km Recovery

Logistics

Further Detail

  • Warm Up – approx 1.5-2km at easy pace followed by 6-10 strides
  • 1/2 km Efforts to be done at 5km pace
  • 1/2 km Recovery should be twice as slow
  • Cool down – approx 1.5-2km at easy pace

Example Pace Guide

  • If aiming for sub-20 5km / sub-40min 10km then efforts should be 2:00

BRIAN GOODWIN BUS – FRIDAY 21 JUNE

BRIAN GOODWIN BUS – FRIDAY 21 JUNE

For those who weren’t at training last night, there has been a slight change to the bus times as originally notified. The coach will still leave from the Electric Bar at 6.00 pm but will now leave for home at 9.30 pm sharp. Barbara is taking care of returning part of the deposits, which will be given out on the night.

 

YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU!

As we move into Summer, it is fast approaching the time of year where we begin to look for the injection of fresh blood to assist in the running of the Club.

One position that we have always tried to fill at the AGM, without any success as yet, is that of Vice Chairperson. There are a number of reasons for having this position filled;

  • To assist the current Chair.
  • To give someone an insight of what being the Chair of a successful athletic club entails.
  • To help in a smooth transitional period if the position of Chair becomes vacant.

If this sounds like something you would like to consider, please contact Tracey Lamont at traceylamont@motherwellac.com

June Time Trial Results and Tables Updated

June Time Trial Results and Tables Updated

The June Time Trial Results and Championship Table are now available on the Motherwell AC website Time Trial Championship page.

Time Trial Championship

AVIEMORE WEEKEND – BALANCE DUE BY 30 JUNE

AVIEMORE WEEKEND – BALANCE DUE BY 30 JUNE

A reminder for anyone going to Aviemore, £85 balance has to be paid NO LATER than Sunday 30 June 2019. £85 can be paid in cash to Elaine Jamieson or Mae McIsaac on any training night or if you wish to pay electronically then Elaine will provide bank details.

There is still one place available for the weekend, total cost is £135, which includes all meals, accommodation, training and a bit of fun thrown in.  If you are interested please contact Elaine or Mae as soon as possible.

glenmore lodge

Road Racing and League Tables Updated

Following the Ruchill Parkrun on Saturday 1 June the Road Racing and League Tables have been updated on the Road Racing page of the Motherwell AC website.

National 5K

Club Kit for Sale – Post Updated

Post Updated to clarify the situation regarding, ‘kit held in stock’ and ‘kit to be ordered’
The Kit shop is now open for one week and will close at 9pm on Monday the 3rd of June, please see the information below for details of what is available. To make a request for kit, please contact Alan Robertson via the e-mail address alanrobertson@motherwellac.com
Kit to be ordered
To make a request for;
1) A new Vest,
2) A new Hoodie or
3) An item from the clearance sale shown below, please contact Alan Robertson via the e-mail address alanrobertson@motherwellac.com
Stock clearance sale (Items currently in stock)
Kids Hoodie, 7-8 year old – £10
Ladies Crop top, sizes 8, 10 & 12 – £9 each
Ladies T-shirts sizes 8, 10 & 12 – £10
Mens T-shirts sizes Small & Medium – £10
Ladies Long Sleeve T-shirts sizes 8, 10 & 12 – £10
Please note that due to low demand for items such as Crop tops and t-shirts, we are not intending on placing a new order unless there is a significant increase in demand for these items.

 

 

Road Racing Championship and League Tables Updated

Following the Monklands 5K on Sunday 12 May the Road Racing Leagues and Championship Tables have been updated on the Motherwell AC website.

Road Running Championship and Leagues 2019

May Time Trial – detailed results and updated championship table now available

May Time Trial – detailed results and updated championship tables are now available on the Time Trial Championship page of the Motherwell AC website.  Remember to click the May tab in the workbook.

Time Trial Championship 2019

Road Racing Championship and League Tables Updated

Road Racing Championship and League Tables Updated on the Motherwell AC website following the weekend’s National 5K Road Race

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Hypothetical Marathon Rules 2019

Hypothetical Marathon 2019 Rules

The Hypothetical Marathon is part of this year’s Road Racing Leagues (it is no longer part of the main championship following a review by the sub committee in January).
Every Motherwell AC athlete who has registered for this year’s Leagues and completes a marathon between March 1 and 20 October (or the date of the LAAA Road Relays which is the final race of the season) has their time recorded, and at the end of the season the times are ordered from fastest to slowest. In effect this creates a “hypothetical marathon” race.

As per the nominated races, points are awarded on the basis of 10 points to the fastest male and female members to finish, 9 points for 2nd and so on, down to 1 point for those finishing 10th and over.  Marathon runners then use the points gained from their marathon time as one of their six point scoring races in the Leagues. If a member runs more than one marathon only the fastest time counts.

Unlike the rest of the League races the marathons are not designated in advance and can take place anywhere in world, therefore, you need to let us know if you are have completed a marathon with the location, date, and if possible a link to the official results so the we can record your time on the Hypothetical Marathon table.

We may pick up your time through Kevin Durnian’s weekly round up or via Nigel Hetherington’s new system for recording all of our athlete’s times at a range of classic distances. However, just to make sure that we definitely capture all athletes competing in this year’s leagues, please send the information about your marathon to Joe Hoolaghan too, via private facebook message or email him at joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com.

Good luck to all of our marathon runners in 2019.

Hypothetical Marathon Table Updated

Following the Belfast Marathon where Motherwell AC athlete Christopher Macdonald finished in an excellent time of 02:37:44 and set a new PB, the Hypothetical Marathon Table has been updated.  The table will appear on the Road Racing page in the near future.  A copy is set out below.

Hypothetical Marathon 2019

Men
Name, Marathon, Time
Chris Macdonald, Belfast, 02:37:44
Evan Crane, Manchester, 03:12:43
Mark Ellis, London, 03:13:47
Bobby Wotherspoon, Rotterdam, 03:23:57
Stuart Gordon, London, 03:57:07
Matthew Purser London 04:13:45
Steven Marshall London 04:18:52

Women
Name, Marathon, Time
Alison Jardine, London, 03:29:13
Tracey Lamont, London, 03:38:08
Angela Malcolm, London, 03:40:56
Fiona Greaney, London, 04:19:48

May Time Trial Championship Race

May Time Trial Championship Race

The handicaps and 12 months rolling results are available on the Motherwell AC website Time Trial Championship page (remember to click on the May tab in the workbook).  We hope to see you at the Boathouse Gym on Tuesday 7 May at 6.30 pm for another exciting race.

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April Time Trial results and updated League Tables are now available

April Time Trial results and updated League Tables are now available on the club website.  As ever, remember to click on the April tab in the results workbook.

Time Trial Championship 2019

 

Reminder Championship Eligibility

Reminder – Club Championships Eligibility

Thanks to everyone who has signed up for 2019.  However, just so that everyone is aware, if you wish to compete in and gain points in the various championships at all levels (Senior Endurance and Track & Field) throughout the club, you must join the club or renew your membership. Championship.jpg

Senior Endurance Championship and League Tables Updated

Following the Tom Scott 6K Road Race the Senior Endurance Championship and League Tables have been updated on the club website.

 

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April Time Trial Handicaps now available

The April Time Trial Championship Handicaps and 12 Months’ Rolling results are now available on the Time Trial Championship page.

This will be the first race on the summer route around the loch this year.  So set your reminder for Tuesday 2 April @ 6.30 PM at the Boathouse Gym.  Will Jim Tracey and Miranda Richmond become Treble Double winners?  Will Jim White avoid a Double Wooden Spoon?

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Motherwell AC welcomes new T&F coaching assistants

The club is delighted to welcome two new coaching assistants to T&F: Joanne McNair and Alison Duffin.

Joanne and Alison recently completed their coaching qualification and will coach in the two youngest groups with Lesley and Audrey. Their contribution to the team will hopefully facilitate further growth and development in the junior groups, in both the short and longer term.

Both are also currently training to be UKA Timekeeping Officials and will provide further important support to the club in this capacity at events throughout the year, alongside other club officials, Ross McLean and Bob McCrum.

Congratulations both and thank you!!!New coaches

U13 Boys – SAIL Relays 2019

Well done to MAC’s U13 boys: Liam, Nathan, Cameron and Ross who competed in the 4x200m SAIL Relays today at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow.

All four boys had great runs and handovers, and although they didn’t qualify for the final tonight, it was a great experience and a fun end to the indoor season for them.

Thanks also to parents and coaches for supporting this event.

Phyllis Hands awarded Clydesdale Sports Council Veteran Sports Personality of the Year

Senior Endurance Athlete Phyllis Hands was awarded ‘Clydesdale Sports Council Veteran Sports Personality of the Year’ at a prize giving dinner in the Cartland Bridge Hotel, Lanark on Friday 8 March.  The event was compered by former SFA Chief Executive and Glasgow Rangers player Gordon Smith.  The award was presented by council member Johan Steele.  Well done Phyllis from everybody at Motherwell AC.

Phyllis (2)

 

March Time Trial Results and Updated Table Now Available

March Time Trial Results and Updated Table are now available on the Motherwell AC website.  Remember to click the March tab in the workbook.

Time Trial Championship 2019

Senior Endurance – 2019 Leagues Participation

The cut off for registering for the 2019 seasons leagues is Thursday 28 February.  If you wish to be included in this year’s competition you have 4 days to put your name forward for inclusion in the process for deciding the league structure.  Nick Hughes will be taking the lead on the leagues this year.

So, if you wish to be included you just need to:

  1. reply to this post on the Motherwell AC facebook page
  2. Send a private facebook message to Joe Hoolaghan
  3. Email Joe Hoolaghan at joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com
  4. Let one of the coaches know at training this Tuesday or Thursday and they can let Joe know.

Here are the names we have so far.  If you think you are missing and should be there let Joe know asap.

Please spread the word at training so that we make sure that everybody who wants to has the chance to sign up.

Here are the 31 names we have so far:

Alan Strang
Alastair Loudon
Alison Jardine
Allan Cameron
Arthur Duggan
Barbara Hogg
Brett Lawson
Craig Mackenzie
David Hoolaghan
Evan Crane
Ewen Cameron
Gary Arthur
Gillian McCaffer
Jim Tracey
Joyce Allardice
Keith Crane
Kevin McPhillips
Marcus Whyte
Mark Ellis
Mark Gallacher
Nick Hughes
Patricia Allen
Phyllis Hands
Ross McLean
Ross Thomson
Scott Kelman
Stephen Allen
Steven Marshall
Steven McCaw
Stuart Dick
Tommy Sneddon

National 5K

HELP !!!    WE NEED SOMEONE TO MANAGE OUR KIT

HELP !!!    WE NEED SOMEONE TO MANAGE OUR KIT
Andrew Steel, who has been our kit manager since 2015, is no longer able to continue in the post. Andrew has done a wonderful job and we are very grateful to him for his long service both as Kit Manager and on the Committee.
Please note that this is a stand-alone job and you do not need to become a Committee Member.
Andrew has produced a job spec which is noted below.
He estimates that the time needed is as little as 2-3 hours per month,
and the space required to store the kit is about  2.5ft x 2.5ft x 3ft.

Kit Manager Role Description

·       Manage and maintain stock levels of club  clothing.

·       Explore opportunities and liaise with suppliers to introduce new kit into club stock .

·       Distribute club kit to new members

·       Maintain and grow the brand of Motherwell Athletics Club through the consistent look of the club kit.

Above role is an ideal opportunity for those with, or seeking to develop:

·       Interpersonal/communication skills by liaising with club members, treasurer and an external international supplier.

·       Good judgement on procurement decisions to maintain club stock levels with consideration to club finances; Liaising with club treasurer as required.    

·       Responsibility to oversee the procurement and delivery process.

·       Attention to detail to review quotations and kit designs are as per requested; ensuring the brand of Motherwell Athletics Club remains consistent.

·       Opportunities to conduct market research and explore recommendations and ideas for new club kit.

If you are able to help us by taking on this role or if you wish any further information, please contact Andrew direct or Jim Smith, our Treasurer.

Their contact details are on the website.

We rely on volunteers and we would be very happy to welcome you on to the Team.

Senior Endurance – Cross Country Championship 2018/19

The Scottish National XC Championships on 23 February brought the 2018/19 Senior Endurance Championships to a close.  The tables have been updated on the website and the details from all of the races are available to view.

Chris Macdonald is this year’s men’s champion with Allan Cameron 2nd and Craig Mackenzie 3rd.

Phyllis Hands is the women’s champion with Joyce Allardice and Emma Hunter in joint 2nd place, and Joanne Clark in 3rd.

Well done to all of our athletes who took part in this year’s championship.

XC Championship 2018/19

Male Endurance – Research Volunteers Required

Male Endurance – Research Volunteers Required (see below)

I am a final year Exercise Physiology PhD student from The University of the West of Scotland, and I am contacting you to ask if you could please share some information about a research study with your club members.

As you may know athlete oral health is poorer than that of the general population, and there is currently no solution to this problem. I am currently running  a study which is investigating whether consumption of nitrate rich beetroot juice can alleviate the oral acidity associated with sports drink and gel consumption.

We are looking for 10 -15 trained male endurance runners and have a few places left. Testing will take place in our new research facilities at The University of the West of Scotland and requires five visits to our laboratory. During the first session we will determine the participants VO2 max and perform a familiarisation session of the test procedures and exercise intensity, this will take around 2 h. Intensity of the exercise will be set at 90% of the participants ventilatory threshold obtained during the maximal test. Thefollowing four sessions will require the participants to run for 90 min at their pre-determined intensity, these sessions will take around 3 h each and should be completed at the same time of day on each visit with a minimum of 7 days between each session.

In return for participation the participants will receive their VO2 max test data and we will perform a lactate threshold test, the usual value of these tests through our commercial service is £150. All data will be released upon completion of the last testing session.

I have attached the participant information sheet which contains full details of the study and inclusion/exclusion criteria

I would be very grateful for your help in participant recruitment to allow us to answer this important athlete health question. If you require any further information please contact me.

Kind regards

Mia

Mia Burleigh
PhD Research Student
Postgraduate Student Representative
Institute for Clinical Exercise and Health Sciences
School of Health and Life Sciences
University of the West of Scotland
Hamilton Technology International Park
Stephenson Pl
Blantyre
Glasgow

Tel; 07530982882

Twitter; @miaburleigh8

Participant Information Sheet V3 (approved)

Reminder – Parkrun Volunteers Saturday 2 March

We are still looking for a few volunteers for various roles (pacers, marshals, scanners, etc) for the Strathclyde Parkrun which Motherwell AC is hosting on Saturday 2 March.  If you are free and would like to help out, please contact club member Andrew Scott on  Andrew@reynardnursery.co.ukStrathclyde Park

New Volunteer Official – Ross McLean

Congratulations to Ross McLean, (one of our Senior Endurance athletes) on completing his training as a UKA Starter’s Assistant and recently receiving his Level 1 Official’s license.

Ross not only attended training for his chosen discipline and general health and safety training, but he also undertook on the job training at various events before receiving this accreditation.

Motherwell AC will receive valuable league points as a result of his newly qualified status at events he attends, and we will be better able to comply with any requirements for volunteers at other events.

Well done and thank you Ross!

MAC currently has one other licensed Field Event Official and two timekeepers “in training”. Volunteer Officials play a very important role in our sport and without them many events just couldn’t take place.

It’s also a great way to get more involved in athletics and can often present opportunities to attend some exciting events all over the country.

If anyone is interested in volunteering, please speak to a coach or committee member.

Further information can also be found on Scottish Athletics website.

February Time Trial Full Results Available

February Time Trial Full Detailed Results are now available on the Motherwell AC website.  New tables will be added to the Time Trial page later this week.

 

 

Club Kit Announcement

A reminder some Club Kit is available to purchase, including training tops/race kit perfect for the spring/summer race season when it eventually arrives! Limited amount of club hoodies also remain available. All available kit can be reviewed in attachment. Kit Advert 03rd Feb 2019

Items are available to be viewed/ check for size before purchase; arrangements can be made ahead of club training sessions or at the MAC Ceilidh on 23rd February 2019, St Brides Hall, Motherwell. Orders can be placed in advance and collected on the night.

For item request of sizes not listed in current stock, request can be submitted and will be considered when next kit order is to be placed.

New members still to receive vest upon joining should submit request. Track and Field athletes can also enquire with Coach Lesley Ross.

E-mail Enquiries to be sent to andrew.steel@motherwellac.com

Glenmore Lodge Weekend 2019

The Club are once again planning a training weekend in Aviemore.

At the moment we are trying to gauge interest for numbers so that we can get prices and firm up on plans.

For those who haven’t been on one of these training weekends before, we head up to Aviemore on Friday, checking in by 2pm.

You make your own way there or arrange to car share.

There is usually a run organised at 3pm before heading back to get changed for dinner.

You then have Friday evening to do your own thing.

Saturday morning is an interval session after your breakfast has been digested, followed by a short Pilates class after lunch.

You then have a few hours to yourself in the afternoon before dinner and a fun quiz on Saturday evening.

Sunday morning starts with breakfast followed by a run or walk depending on your preference.

Lunch is also provided on Sunday before heading home.

Accommodation is shared and full board.

We will also try to organise one or two talks over the weekend relating to running/training.

This weekend is open to both T&F and SE athletes. Previous weekends have taken place in September and this is the plan again this year depending on availability at Glenmore.

If this is something you are interested in, or would like further information on, please comment below or speak to Elaine Jamieson or Mae McIsaac.

MAC Ceilidh 2019

This year’s ceilidh takes place on Saturday 23 February 2019 in St Brides Hall, Motherwell.

This is open to all T&F and SE athletes, friends and family.

Ticket prices are £10 for adults and £5 for kids 16 and under. A discounted price of £25 for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids). Price includes hot food, haggis, neeps and tatties or pizza.

For anyone who has been before you’ll know that it’s a fantastic band who explain and walk you through the less known dances and they get everyone involved. There will be a raffle and other games on the night.

As always, we would appreciate any donations for raffle prizes. For tickets speak to Elaine Jamieson (SE) or Lesley Ross (T&F).

Senior Endurance Leagues for 2019 Season

Senior Endurance Leagues 2019 Registration – due low participation in some of the leagues last season, the sub-committee has decided that the leagues will consist of members who register for this year’s competition.  This way we can optimise the number of leagues andhave a more competitive set up.

So if you wish to be included in a league this season, you need to be a member by 28 February and let us know you are in.  You can reply directly to this post on facebbook, send a private facebook message to Joe Hoolaghan, or email joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com.

The set up for the club championship itself remains unchanged.  If you are a member and run in a championship race you will be awarded points and added to the championship table.

 

January Time Trial Update

January Time Trial Update – the Boathouse Gym is closed for refurbishment next week.  Therefore we will need to meet in the main car park at the Boathouse. We will do our best to minimise any waiting time before and after the race. This race is not part of the Championship but does count for markers.

Scottish Athletics survey for sportscotland

Help us by taking sportscotland activity survey

Could everyone 13 years and over, please, complete this survey to give the club the chance of winning £1000.

Junior and Intermediate Development Group Training over Christmas

IDG and JDG Festive Holiday Training Arrangements

Please note that Thursday 27th December 2018 and Thursday 3rd January 2019 have been changed from 9:30am to 10:00am.

  • Wednesday, 19/12/18 – last session
  • Monday, 24/12/18 – no training
  • Wednesday, 26/12/18 – no training
  • Thursday, 27/12/18 – 10:00am Wishaw SC (both groups)
  • Saturday, 29/12/18 – 9.30am Hamilton Palace Grounds
    • Meet at sports centre entrance– IDG/U13+only.
    • No JDG/U11s
  • Monday, 31/12/18 – no training
  • Wednesday, 2/1/19 – no training
  • Thursday, 3/1/19 – 10:00am Wishaw SC (both groups)
  • Saturday, 5/1/19 – SAIL Match 2 for athletes chosen to compete
  • Monday, 7/1/19 – 6pm Wishaw SC (both groups)
  • Wednesday, 9/1/19 – 6pm Wishaw SC (both groups)

From Monday 14/1/19 normal weekly winter training sessions resume at 6pm Ravenscraig RSF.

Any further changes with be notified immediately but none are anticipated at this stage.

All best wishes for the holiday period,

Lesley and Audrey

Christmas Handicap Results are now available

The full Christmas Handicap Results are now available on the Motherwell AC website. As ever remember to click the Dec 18 tab in the workbook.  Please note these results are for information as the Christmas Handicap does not count for markers or towards the championship.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/time-trial-championship-2018/

Seniors’ Cross Country Tables Updated

Seniors’ Cross Country Tables have been updated and are available on the Motherwell AC website.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/cross-country-championship-2018-19/

 

Toy Donations at the Christmas Handicap

Toy Donations – the committee have decided that rather than doing a Secret Santa at the Christmas Handicap this year, we are asking for donations of a toy gift to help underprivileged kids in our area who wake up with little or nothing on Christmas day, please do not wrap your present. Please note that donations of nearly new toys will be welcomed too.

Christmas Time Trial – Full Details

Christmas Time Trial – Full Details

When: Sunday 9 December, 10:30 am for an 11.00 am start.

Where: Meeting at Strathclyde Park Boathouse Gym.

Who: Everybody is welcome to come along and compete, or come along to cheer on your fellow athletes if you are unable to run. The emphasis is on fun and feel free to wear seasonal attire such as a Santa costume or Christmas top etc.

Course: The summer 4 mile route around the loch (usually run in reverse).

Winners and Wooden Spoon: We will have a female winner, a male winner and a wooden spoon based on the current Time Trial rules (you must be a member and have completed two markers). Finishing times will be published but will not count towards the best of your last three runs or for markers.

New Trophy: The Donald McCaffer Memorial Quaich. In memory of popular and long term club member Donald McCaffer, his wife May has donated a quaich to be awarded at the annual Christmas Time Trial. The coaches have decided that the first runner to cross the finishing line (you must be a member, ran in the last year and be on the handicap list) will be awarded this trophy. May will be coming along to present the trophy.

Afterwards: We meet in the Electric Bar around 12.30 pm where we will have a roll and a tea/coffee before we do the presentations.

Toy Donations – the committee have decided that rather than doing a Secret Santa at the Christmas Handicap this year, we are asking for donations of a toy gift to help underprivileged kids in our area who wake up with little or nothing on Christmas day, please do not wrap your present.

Road Runner of the Year: We vote for the Road Runner of the Year in the Electric Bar. However, if you cannot make along you can send your vote to Joe Hoolaghan (joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com, or send him a private facebook message). There is no set criteria for the road Runner of the Year. It is not a prize for our best athlete as we already have numerous prizes for our top performers. It may be the person who shows real commitment to the club, who makes you feel welcome, who shows a positive attitude to training, who represents the club while racing at every possible opportunity, etc, etc.

Handicaps for the Christmas Time Trial are now online

The handicaps for the Christmas Time Trial on  Sunday 9 December (10.30 am for an 11.00 am start at the Boathouse Gym) are now available on the Motherwell AC Website. Full details about this year’s event will follow shortly. Joe

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/time-trial-championship-2018/

Seniors Cross Country Championship Tables Updated

Following the LAAA XC Races at Drumpellier Park, the Seniors Cross Country Championship Tables have been updated and are available on the Motherwell AC website.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/cross-country-championship-2018-19/

 

MAC London Marathon Ballot

The club was allocated 1 place for London Marathon 2019. 2 names were given to myself. The successful member picked at the presentation night was Mark Ellis. Well done Mark.

Tracey

MAC Prizing Giving 2018 Photos

A great night was had by all at last nights Motherwell Athletics Club Prize Giving.

Our thanks to John McCluskey who has provided photographs from the night.  You can see them all via the link below.

 

 

Annual Presentation Night

A reminder that Motherwell Athletic Club’s annual presentation night will be held on Friday 23rd November at 19:30 in the Electric Bar, Motherwell. All members, family and friends are welcome. As usual there will be a buffet and dancing till late.
Hope to see you all there.

Tracey

Senior XC Tables Updated

Following the National Short Course races the tables have been updated.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/cross-country-championship-2018-19/

London Marathon

MAC has been allocated 1 place for the London marathon 2019. If you would like to enter the club ballot for this place, please submit your name to myself before the club presentation.
To be eligible for this you must have an unsuccessful entry for the 2019 main London ballot.

Tracey

November Time Trial Results and Tables Updated

Following the final race in this year’s championship, the November Time Trial Results and Championship Tables have been updated. More to follow.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/time-trial-championship-2018/

Senior Endurance AGM 2018 Report

For those of you who didn’t get the chance to attend, Joe Hoolaghan (Senior Endurance Representative) has published his report for 2018 given at the recent AGM.

You can read it via this link.

 

Club Kit Annoucment

New club members who are to receive a club vest, please contact andrew.steel@motherwellac.com with size required so arrangements can be made for handover.

Club kit still available includes hoodies, lightweight vests, crop tops, short sleeved tees and long sleeved tees. Whether its for yourself or with Christmas approaching, an ideal gift for someone! For all kit enquiries contact the above e-mail address.

November Time Trial Handicaps

The November handicaps and the 12 months rolling results are now available.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/time-trial-championship-2018/

Returning of trophies

Could anyone who has trophies to return, please do so at the AGM. If unable to attend, please return to your coaches as soon as possible, Thanks

Attention Senior Endurance

Please note, due to the AGM being held at Ravenscraig Sports Facility on Thursday 25th October, training for senior endurance will meet there at the usual time.

First Aid Course

A reminder that the first aid course is on Sunday 21st October.

The following people are down to attend:

Mae McIssac
Tommy Sneddon
Richie Leach
Ross Thomson
Lesley Ross
Craig MacKenzie
Bob McCrum
Graham McEwan
John Hughes
Brian McLinden
Andrew Scott
Adele McCluskey

The course will be held in Dalzell Workspace in Motherwell from 09:30-16:00. The instructor Maurice will meet you in the foyer at 09:30. Lunch will be provided. If anyone has any special dietary requirements please let me know ASAP.

If anyone can no longer attend please let me know ASAP, either in person or email traceylamont@motherwellac.com

Annual AGM

In accordance with the constitution of Motherwell Athletic Club, the Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 25th October 2018 at 20:00, in Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre.

All members and parents are encouraged to attend and will be very welcome. It is important as many members and parents are in attendance to hear what their club has been doing over the last year and also to show your support for the development of the club. We would encourage more members and parents from Track and Field to attend the meeting. Members aged 15 years and over are eligible to vote.

We are always keen to recruit new members to the Committee for Office Bearers and general roles and we are keen to hear from anyone interested either before the meeting or on Thursday 25th October.

Particularly the roles of Treasurer, Webmaster, Media Manager and Kit Manager.

This announcement is to provide notice of the AGM and to invite any motions for discussion or decision.
Motions to be discussed must be submitted in writing to the Chair no later than Thursday 18th October 2018

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM. If you wish to submit apologies in advance or propose a motion for discussion, please contact traceylamont@motherwellac.com

Tracey Lamont
Chair

World Restart a Heart Day

Restart a Heart is a day of action with the aim to teach vital life-saving CPR skills to as many people as possible.

On 12th October, NHS Lanarkshire will be aiming to teach over 200,000 in vital life saving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

This will take place

  • At main entrances of Monklands, Hairmyres and Wishaw General Hospitals (between 9am-5pm)
  • Wishaw Sports Centre (5pm-9pm)

See Save a Life Scotland for more detail and other events to mark Restart a Heart day.

Membership open for new joiners

New joiners to the club can now apply for membership via Entry Central.

This membership will run til end of December 2019, giving you three extra months!

See the other reasons to Join Us which includes costs and member code of conduct.

Club Hoodie Orders

A kit order for more club hoodies is being investigated. If you are a member who would like to make a purchase or would like further details please send an enquiry by the end of the week (7th October) to andrew.steel@motherwellac.com.

Registration Helper required for Wednesdays

Please see the letter below from our Club Chair, Tracey Lamont about an opportunity to aid the safe registration of young athletes on a Wednesday evening.  It was given to parents on 5th September.

NOTE: the club is looking for volunteers for other positions too and is grateful for any and all help given.


Dear Parent / Guardian

I would like to ask you to please consider helping to support and ensure the safe running of Motherwell Athletics Club training for your child and the others who also attend on a Wednesday evening.

Motherwell Athletics Club relies on volunteers to enable the safe, quality coaching and positive learning experiences all athletes have when they come to training and are involved in other internal and external opportunities offered throughout the club.

On a Wednesday night at Wishaw Sports Centre we need people to undertake the registration and help keep the records up to date from 5.35pm to 6.15pm . This is a simple but essential role. At present Pauline Russell (Welfare Officer) has been helping out with this role on a short term basis. We need a couple of parents/guardians to now take this role on to continue enabling the coaches to concentrate on the coaching. This is particularly important for the continued coaching for children under the age of 16.

Anyone who is able to help with this please let any of the coaches know as soon as possible. Someone in the club will help support you in this role until you are confident to do it yourself.
Anyone who takes on this role would need to undertake a PVG disclosure which the club will arrange at no expense to the volunteers.

Yours sincerely

Tracey Lamont
Motherwell Athletics Club Chairperson

3rd September 2018

LAAA Results – 1st Sept

We had a number of medalists at the recent LAAA.

Gold

  • 100m Snr Men Churchill Trophy – Joseph McCluskey 12.17.
  • 800m Snr Men Tom Timmons 1.59.3.
  • 800m U17 Men Dylan Drummond 2.05.54.
  • 800m U17 Women Joey Leach 2.24.51
  • Shot Put u17 Men Jay Steele 8.43m.

Silver

  • 100m u15 Boys Matthew Taylor 12.86.
  • 100m u13 Girls Hannah Dwyer 13.83
  • 1500 Snr Men Stephen Allen 4.26.28.
  • 1500m U17 Women Cara Baldwin 5.40.68.
  • u13 Girls Shot Put Ava Lenzi  8.10m.
  • u13 Girls Javelin Lucy Robertson 20.68m.
  • u17 Men 200m Gabriel McCluskey.

Bronze

  • 100m Snr Men Christopher Yau 12.68.
  • 100m u17 Women Sophie Dwyer 13.62.
  • 200m u13 Girls Emma Gilchrist 29.13.
  • 1500m Snr Men Jim White 4.27.94.

Other notable performances

U11’s

60m

  • Lauren McNair 9.49.
  • Amy Finnigan 10-09.
  • Lucia McKenna 10.11.
  • Max Burbidge 11.41.

600m

  • Lucia McKenna 2.18.88.

Long Jump

  • Lauren McNair 3.14m.

U13s

100m

  • Emma Kelly 14.08.
  • Orla Wheatley 14.19.
  • Lucy Robertson 14.94.
  • Carla Verrecchia 15.41.
  • Ross Duffin 14.45.

200m

  • Hannah Dwyer 29.56.
  • Orla Wheatley 31.63.
  • Ross Duffin 29.73.
  • Liam Ross 35.64.

800m

  • Emma Kelly 2.36.19.
  • Ava Lenzi 2.43.01.
  • Liam Ross 2.55.9

Long Jump

  • Emma Gilchrist 3.70m.
  • Orla Wheatley 3.62m.
  • Ross Duffin 3.82.
  • Liam Ross 3.69m.

Shot Put

  • Nathan Steele 4.42m

U15

  • Cavan Marie Ryan 100m – 14.17 and Long Jump – 3.86m.
  • Matthew Taylor 200m 27.17.

U17

  • 100m Gabriel McCluskey 12.74.
  • 800m – Jay Steele 2.15.61.

n.b. – u15 Girls 200m – with 20m to go and in a clear 3rd place, Katie Howley tripped and fell. She showed true grit and determination by getting up and finishing the race. Although placed last she was a real winner with the spectators who gave her warm applause. Fortunately, she wasn’t injured. She recovered well to compete a week later in the CSSAL league match running a super 200m.

 

Club Positions looking for YOU

Treasurer

At the recent club committee meeting, the club Treasurer (William Martin) announced his intention to step away from the role for next year due to professional commitments.  Motherwell Athletics Club is grateful for William’s contribution as Treasurer (and other roles) over many years and wishes William continued good fortune with his business.

The club is seeking a new Treasurer for the up-coming AGM (October 25th).  The role involves management of the clubs finances inclusive of

  • liaising with the bank
  • ensuring auditing of the clubs accounts take place, and,
  • reporting on the club financial position
  • amongst other responsibilities.

William will aid in any handover of duties.  The role would be of interest to anyone with a desire to be involved with the running of a small not-for-profit organisation.

Anyone interested (athletes, coaches, parents/guardians or any other volunteer) should contact William Martin (Club Treasurer) and Tracey Lamont (Club Chair) for more information.

Kit Manager

Similarly the Club Kit Manager, Andrew Steel will vacate this position, and again Motherwell AC expresses it’s thanks to Andrew for his work since 2015 in this role.

The Kit Manager role involves

  • Manage and maintain stock levels of club clothing.
  • Explore opportunities and liaise with suppliers to introduce new kit into club stock .
  • Distribute club kit to new members
  • Maintain and grow the brand of Motherwell Athletics Club through the consistent look of the club kit.

And is an ideal opportunity for those seeking to develop:

  • Interpersonal/communication skills by liaising with internal customers, treasurer and an external international supplier.
  • Good judgement on procurement decisions to maintaining club stock levels with consideration to club finances; Liaising with club treasurer as required.
  • Responsibility to oversee the procurement and delivery process.
  • Attention to detail to review quotations and kit designs are as per requested; ensuring the brand of Motherwell Athletics Club remains consistent.
  • Opportunities to conduct market research and explore recommendations and ideas for new club kit.

Anyone interested (athletes, coaches, parents/guardians or any other volunteer) should contact Andrew Steel (Kit Manager) and Tracey Lamont (Club Chair) for more information.

Communications Manager

The club is grateful for Kevin Durnian who has been the primary source of club communications via Facebook.  Kevin will vacate this responsibility at the AGM.

The club website shall still be maintained at a technical level by the webmaster (John McParland) and some social media and website updates shall still flow through Emma Hunter and Joe Hoolaghan.  Motherwell AC is grateful for Kevin, Joe and Emma’s contributions.

However the club is seeking a Communications Manager to

  • Oversee the regular posting of news updates across web/social media
  • Be a first point of contact for enquiries from prospective athletes (both junior and senior)
  • Respond to requests to post information on the website/social media in a timely manner
  • Bring in fresh ideas of how the club web / social media presence can be managed

This would be an ideal opportunity for someone who

  • Enjoys interacting with potential customers/clients over social media and email
  • Would like to represent the club as a first point of contact
  • Would like to pursue a career in Publishing, Digital Media, Social Media or Marketing (or just take on aspects of those)

Any technical training required shall be provided, though note the barrier of entry in terms of technology (Facebook pages, WordPress sites, Google Drive/Docs) is low.

Anyone interested (athletes, coaches, parents/guardians or any other volunteer) should contact John McParland (webmaster) and Tracey Lamont (Club Chair) for more information.

Senior Endurance Training Sat 15 & 22 September

Senior Endurance Training Sat 15 & 22 September – there will be some disruption due to a Duathlon this Saturday and a 10K next Saturday.  The plan is to still meet at Strathclyde Park @ 9.30 am as usual and tailor a  (cross country training) session to suit the conditions.

First Aid Course

The club has secured places on a first aid course on Sunday 21st October for the following people.

  • Joe Hoolaghan

  • Mae McIssac

  • Jim White

  • Tommy Sneddon

  • Richie Leach

  • Ross Thomson

  • Lesley Ross

  • Craig Mckenzie

  • Bob McCrum

  • Graham McEwan

  • John Hughes

  • Brian McLinden

If anyone can no longer attend, please let Tracey Lamont know ASAP.

Senior / Master slots to fill for track league meeting

There are several available team spots for this last league meeting of the season – this Sunday, 9th September at Grangemouth.

Masters Women – 3000m A string, 1500m B string.

Senior Women – 3000m A & B strings, 1500m B string.

Masters Men – B string 1500m.

Senior Men – B string 1500m.

If your a re interested please let Bob McCrum know by Saturday afternoon.

Bob will need your Date of birth and Scottish Athletics number.

September Time Trial Results and Tables Now Available

The detailed September Time Trial Results and Tables are now available on the Motherwell AC website (remember to click the September tab in the results workbook).

British Masters Championships Birmingham 25th & 26th August

Congratulations to our athletes who competed at the British Masters Championships!
  • Jim Smith M70 – Gold – Triple Jump. Silver – 100m, 200, & Long Jump.
  • Alan Robertson M40 – Bronze – 100m, Silver – 200m, 4th – 400m (first time in a competition).
  • Clare Barr W50  – Silver – 400m, Bronze – 800m.
Well done to all the athletes and their coaches!

Come and Try – Masters Athletics

Are you aged 35 or over? Would you like to try athletics?

Our masters athletes are hosting a come and Try event

  • On Monday 20th August at 6:15pm
  • At Wishaw Sports Centre Track

Please see the flyer below for more details.

Club Kit Available

Club lightweight vests, short sleeved t-shirts, long sleeved tops, hoodies and crop tops are now in stock. If you are interested in purchasing any of these items or need further information please contact andrew.steel@motherwellac.com.

August Time Trial Cancelled

Sorry for the late notice on this one, but unfortunately due to the ongoing works and access to Strathclyde Park for the European Championships we have to cancel next Tuesday’s Time Trial.

I have been in touch with staff at Strathclyde Park by telephone over the last couple of weeks in hope that we could still stage our monthly Time Trial race.  However, I went down to Strathclyde Park on Thursday to speak to staff and they have confirmed that there I) the road will be closed from the main gates to the Boathouse, and ii) the path by the Sandy Beach will be closed for construction work on a Grandstand. Joe

We will meet at Palace Grounds as usual, and there will be an alternative session in place.

Men’s Running – Club of the Year Nominee

So our wee club has been shortlisted by Men’s Running magazine for running club of the year.

This is a national award and we are the only Scottish club to be shortlisted. From 10 year olds venturing into athletics for their first time, to senior runners racing parkruns one week then 96 mile ultras the next, to British Champions in their 70’s our club encompasses all.

If you could spare just a few minutes to vote for us, we’d really appreciate it, it’s easy to vote with just a simple registration on the website below:

One of our club members Mark Gallacher has also been shortlisted for “Influencer of the year” due to his popular blog markgallmac, so make sure you vote for Mark as well!

Thanks!

Men’s Running Awards 2018

Club Shop Reminder

A reminder that the club shop closes on the 13th June so if you haven’t already made your purchase, please do so before then. Link: https://www.kukrisports.co.uk/teamshop/motherwellac/productNavListNg.action

The last update received from supplier was that the Bobble Hat sales were low. If you advised on the Club Questionnaire in May you would like to buy one, please take this opportunity to do so. Low sales through this item will lead to cancellation/postponement of purchasing this item.

Sample of Mid-layer fleece is being investigated, if you would like to place your name on sample/order list, please contact me.

Please submit any enquires to andrew.steel@motherwellac.com

 

Club Questionnaire May 2018 Summary Responses

Below is feedback to the Club Questionnaire conducted in May 2018 for information.

Q1) Club Cap:
A sample cap in club colours will be ordered to promote further interest as a number of members expressed they would like to try item first before committing to purchase.

Q2) Club Winter Hat:
Is now available on club shop. Order going through successfully will be dependent on confirmed purchases. Only one design can be provided due to high minimum order.

Q3) Budget for other Kit:
Sizing issues noted including with lightweight vests. Lightweight Vest Fabric is confirmed as a tighter fitting, especially for Ladies Sizes. Intend to have spare stock in future in these items to allow members to check out sizing before placing order.

Q4) Other available kit:
Lightweight Vests, Short Sleeved T-Shirts, Crop Top and Bobble Hats available on Club Shop.

Link: https://www.kukrisports.co.uk/teamshop/motherwellac/productNavListNg.action
Shorts, Running Tights, Mid Layer Fleeces, Winter Jackets Gilets designs are included in below attachment. Given previous feedback on sizing and quality, the jackets are likely to be purchased as samples. (One only but multiple sizes possible). If you wish to make an order for the new items, contact me at e-mail address. andrew.steel@motherwellac.com. Orders for jackets will be taken on first come first serve basis. See  Motherwell AC Kit May 2018 Attachment for kit designs. Orders for above items expected to be separate order from the one ongoing via club shop.

Waterproof Jackets not available in club colours – black expected to be available in June.
Rain Jacket in club colours with high visibility/reflective stripes not available, would require a massive order which a club of Motherwell AC cannot achieve.
Black Kukri Base Layers are available. Club design being investigated. Technical T-Shirt also being investigated.
Buffs previously enquired – not available.
Poloshirts, Sweatbands– Not enough interest to pursue at this time.
Kit Bags – Black. Off the shelf available.

Q5) Other Suggestions
Spare/ sample kit for race items to assist members with sizing selection. At Kit Manager Discretion.

Any further questions, please contact andrew.steel@motherwellac.com.
Best Regards,
Andrew

Club Shop Open

Hi All,

Club shop is now open at the below link:

https://www.kukrisports.co.uk/teamshop/motherwellac

Additions to Club Shop include Lightweight Vests, Crop Tops and Bobble Hats. If you previously advised me of interest in any item or said ‘Yes’ to purchasing Bobble Hat, then follow link tto purchase items. This will allow for payment to be made directly through Kukri. The Club Shop will close 13th June 2018. Kit will be delivered to myself and I will distribute once received. Delivery time quoted is usually 13 weeks but previous orders have been quicker.

Note on Bobble Hats. If interest from Questionnaire is not followed through in orders then will be at discretion of myself as whether order proceeds. I will advise once orders have been received from supplier.

Feedback on Questionnaire will be posted in coming days once I get final clarifications from supplier.

Any questions then contact me at andrew.steel@motherwellac.com

Cheers,
Andy

Track & Field Training Venue Change: Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Unfortunately Wishaw Track is still closed this week.

T&F Training for ALL groups on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 will again take place at Dalziel Park Track, Dalziel Rugby Club, Hagen Drive Motherwell, ML1 5RZ from 6-7.30pm.

Athletes should bring £1 to offset the venue hire costs.

June Time Trial – Handicaps and 12 Months Results now available

June Time Trial – Handicaps and 12 Months Results now available on the club website.  As ever remember to click on the June tab in the handicaps workbook.  A reminder will follow later in the week.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/time-trial-championship-2018/

Interested in Coaching?

Have you ever considered volunteering as an Athletics Coach?

Motherwell Athletics Club is looking for volunteers to join the coaching team, as main coaches or as assistants.

There is required training coming soon from Scottish Athletics which the club would be able to support interested members, parents, guardians and others to attend.

Should you be interested please contact Tracey Lamont, Club Chair.

For more information please see

 

Wishaw Track Remains Closed – Alternative Training

Wishaw Track remains closed this week and alternative training venues are being arranged.

  • The Sprinters at Strathclyde Park “Bandstand” Hamilton Rd end.

UPDATE – 1pm (22nd May)

T&F Training for ALL groups on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 will take place at Dalziel Park Track, Dalziel Rugby Club, Hagen Drive Motherwell, ML1 5RZ from 6-7.30pm.
Instead of paying the more expensive NLL track charge, athletes should bring £1 to offset the venue hire costs.

Please look out for Facebook/website news posts and coaches instructions at training sessions.

Road Racing Championship and League Tables Updated

Following the Cambuslang DBTR the Championship and League tables have been updated on the club website.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/road-running-championship-leagues-2018/

URGENT – Track and Field Training 16th May

Wishaw Track is closed again tonight (16th May) for repairs. Alternative training venues are as follows:

Sprint Group:

Meet at the Bandstand at the Hamilton Road entrance to Strathclyde Park.

Middle Distance/Intermediate Development and Junior Development Groups:

Meet at Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds reception area (ML3 6EF).

Please contact your/your child’s coach if you have any questions.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Monklands 5K Championship Race

Monklands 5k Championship Race – Championship and League Tables are now available on the Motherwell AC website.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/road-running-championship-leagues-2018/

Road Racing Championship and League Tables

Following the National 5K Road Race on Friday evening the Road Racing Championship and League Tables have been update on the club website.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/road-running-championship-leagues-2018/

Club Kit Questionnaire

The club would like to gather your views on potential new club kit items, and general thoughts on club kit.

If you’d like to share your thoughts, please fill out our survey.

Thanks in advance.

May Time Trial Results and Tables Now Available

May Time Trial Results and Tables are now available on the Time Trial Championship Page.  Remember to click the May tab in the results workbook.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/time-trial-championship-2018/

LAAA Relay Championships 2018

Congratulations to our U13 4 x 100m Relay team who won silver in the championships on Saturday

  • Emma Kelly
  • Emma Gilchrist
  • Lucy Robertson and
  • Ava Lenzi.

The Senior men 4 x 100m also won Silver

  • Joseph McCluskey
  • Adam Laird
  • Stephen Ross and
  • Alan Robertson

Thanks to Coaches and Parents for their support and encouragement.

May Time Trial Handicaps and 12 Months Results are now available

The handicaps and rolling sheet are available on the Time Trial Championship Page.  Remember to click the May tab in the workbook! A reminder about next week’s race will follow later in the week.

ACTION REQUIRED – Update Contact Details with Club Secretary

The club requests that ALL members please send the following information to Barbara Hogg (babs@motherwellac.com), Club Secretary.

  • Phone Numbers for yourself
  • Next of Kin – name, relationship and phone number

These details are required to ensure that the club is able to contact members, their parents/guardians and next of kin in the unlikely event of someone falling ill during an event.

We have been prompted to ensure these are up-to-date following a discovery some details were out of date.

Details will be stored in compliance with data protection regulations.

 

Hypothetical Marathon Tables Updated

Following today’s London and Blackpool Marathons the Hypothetical Marathon Tables in the Road Racing Club Championship page have been updated.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/road-running-championship-leagues-2018/

Volunteers Required for Scottish Athletics District Championships

The Scottish Athletics FPSG District Championships take place on the weekend of 11-13th May.

MAC will be sending some athletes for the West District Championship however volunteers are needed for

  • Declarations and Admissions (Checking athletes in and distributing their numbers)
  • Field Judging
  • Track Judging
  • Timekeeping
  • Start Team
  • Photofinish

Any volunteers will be allocated AM, PM or all day slots and will work alongside experienced officials who will provide guidance and support – no previous experience necessary.

Please submit name, contact email address, preferred duties (if any) and preferred time slots to events@scottishathletics.org.uk by Tuesday 1 May.

See Scottish Athletics for more information.

New Club Kit Items – Crop Top and Jacket

Attached is a proposed designs for two new items of club kit.  See this flyer.

  • Crop Top.
    • Cost is £23.00
  • Running waterproof jacket.
    • The base/primary fabric is not available in maroon hence proposed design which reflects club colours closest has black as main colour.
    • Cost £42.00.

Another reminder that lightweight vests are now available and have been given positive reviews.  The cost of this item is £23.00.

If there is any other kit (Club Hoodie, Club Short Sleeved tops, Club Long sleeved tops and base layer (black only) is of interest, please contact Andrew Steel by sending all requests via email to andrew.steel@motherwellac.com.

Please submit kit requests and questions by end of Saturday 17th April.

Once received, Andrew shall review and decide best way forward with view of providing kit requested.

April Time Trial Results and Tables Updated

April Time Trial Results and Tables Updated on the Motherwell AC website – remember to click the April tab in the results workbook! The picture features Phyllis Hands, Kevin Durnian, and Barbara Hogg.

Upcoming T&F Competitions

The Track and Field competition season is about to start and thus the following dates should be added to your diaries!

Youth Development League

  • See Youth Development League for more details
  • 22nd April, Grangemouth
  • 20th May, Grangemouth
  • 17th June, Scotstoun
  • Teams still to be finalised

CSSAL

  • 27th May, Kilmarnock
  • 1st July, Kilmarnock
  • 9th September, Grangemouth (Motherwell Convening)
  • NOTE: These events require the help of as many parents as possible, mainly for field events – get in touch with a coach if you can help.

LAAA Relay Championships

  • 28th April, Venue TBC

West District Championships

Membership 2018 Reminder

At the recent club committee meeting it was noted we are several members down this year.

If you have not renewed, the club colours cannot be used for races, and no points shall be awarded for any club races (time trials or road racing championship/league races).

If you’d still like to renew please visit EntryCentral and recall the many benefits of Membership.

April Time Trial Handicaps and 12 Months Rolling Sheet

April Time Trial Handicaps and 12 Months Rolling Results are now available on the website Championship page. Remember to select the April tab in the workbook.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/time-trial-championship-2018/

Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility Athletics Provision Consultation

A recent consultation has determined the future of the athletics provision at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.

While for now the athletics provision shall remain, it will be continually measured and reviewed in one years time.

Please see the announcement from North Lanarkshire Leisure.

Thanks to all who responded to the consultation.

Senior Endurance League Tables

Senior Endurance League Tables are now available on the club website – please note they are sorted in alphabetical order.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/road-running-championship-leagues-2018/

March Time Trial Results

The detailed March Time Trial results are now available on the Motherwell AC website.  The tables will be updated shortly.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/time-trial-championship-2018/

Ceilidh Prizes to pick up

Tracey Lamomt has raffle prizes for people who weren’t at the ceilidh on Saturday. She will bring them down to training tonight (Tuesday 27th Feb) so if you’re there you’ll get first pick.

  • Gillian McCaffer
  • Mark Ellis
  • Neil Richardson
  • Benny Hands
  • Brian McLinden

Ravenscraig Athletics Consultation survey for users, parents and others

Ravenscraig Athletics Consultation survey for users, parents and others.

You may have seen the recent adverse publicity about North Lanarkshire Leisure’s plans for changes to the athletics hall at Ravenscraig.  Attached is a link to a survey about the use of Ravenscraig for athletics.  We are asking all members and parents to complete the following survey.

The link to access the survey is here:

https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=151782571419

 

February Time Trial

February Time Trial Full Results now available

Once again, congratulations go to first female Clare Hughes (25:10) and first male Paul Harkins (26:31). Patricia Allen picked up the wooden spoon following a well below par outing tonight. Thanks to all of the runners who made it down to Strathclyde Park and braved the Baltic conditions.

The detailed results are now on the club website and can be accessed via the following link.

https://www.motherwellac.com/index.php/championships/time-trial-championship-2018/

Uddingston Physiotherapy – Discount Available to MAC Members

Uddingston Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Clinic have kindly given members of Motherwell Athletics Club10% discount on any treatment.  Just let them know you’re a member of MAC when booking!

See other discounts available on the Shops page.

 

February Time Trial

February Time Trial takes place Tuesday 6 February from Strathclyde Park Boathouse Gym Reception @ 6.30 PM

A belated picture of last month’s winners (Gayle and Douglas Samson) and the wooden spoon (Dougie O’Hare) are attached.

The handicaps and 12 months rolling sheet can be accessed via the attached link.

Time Trial Championship 2018

 

Motherwell AC Out in Force at SVHC Road Relays

Motherwell AC were out in force at the SVHC Road Relays on Sunday 28 January 2018 with 21 athletes competing in this prestigious national event. All of our athletes did a great job representing the club and a special note of congratulations goes to our male team, Allan Cameron, Jim White, Mark Hand and David Gardiner on winning the silver medal today – the first time we have won a men’s relay medal at a National level in endurance!!

Here are the full results for all of our teams at the event.

Female
8th Motherwell A (0:79:46)
Joanne Clark 0:25:19
Joyce Allardice 0:27:12
Tracey Lamont 0:27:15

22nd Motherwell Composite (0:93:06)
Barbara Hogg 0:32:34
Phyllis Hands 0:28:16
C. Connelly 0:32:16

Male
2nd Motherwell A (0:81:22)
Allan Cameron 0:19:47
Jim White 0:21:13
Mark Hand 0:20:05
David Gardiner 0:20:17

21st Motherwell B (0:91:53)
Alan Tait 0:21:36
Ben Smith 0:22:26
Mark Ellis 0:23:48
Alan Strang 0:24:03

27th Motherwell M50 (0:92:59)
Brian McLinden 0:24:09
Stephen Allen 0:22:29
John Hughes 0:23:58
Graeme Kennedy 0:22:23

44th Motherwell C (0:102:09)
Graham McEwen 0:25:13
Kevin Durnian 0:25:39
John Burns 0:26:29
Marcus Whyte 0:24:56

Membership 2018 Reminder

A short reminder that membership for 2018 is now due.  Whether you are a new member, or renewing, you must be signed up by 1st March to participate in club competitions (e.g. Senior Endurance Road Racing Championship).

Membership is only £30 for senior and £15 for juniors.   See Join Us for full details.

So… please join or renew today on Entry Central.

 

Jim Smith in Sunday Herald

Motherwell ACs Jim Smith was features in today’s Sunday Herald, cited as inspiration, for his grand-daugher, long-jumper Amy Carr.

See The Sunday Herald for more information.

Well done to Jim, and Amy, for their recognition.

Amy Carr and Jim Smith  (c) Jeff Holmes, The Sunday Herald
Amy Carr and Jim Smith (c) Jeff Holmes, The Sunday Herald

 

NLL Open Grade Meets at Ravenscraig

Please note – Graded meetings at Ravenscraig have been cancelled.

If you require further details, please speak to a Motherwell A.C. Coach.

Senior Endurance January 2018 Time Trial Results

We had 23 athletes competing in the first Time Trial of the season.  This one was just a warm up for the competition proper which runs from February to November (no points awarded for this one).  None the less, we still have winners and the wooden spoon.

First male was Douglas Samson and first female across the line was Gayle Samson – well done to the Samsons and everyone who made it down to Strathclyde Park for the race.  Dougie O’Hare picked up the first wooden spoon of the season.

Thanks to Anne Hughes, John Hughes, Lynsey Sneddon and all of the helpers for getting the 2018 TT season underway.

See the full results and the 2018 Time Trial Championship page for all championship details.

Senior Endurance January 2018 Time Trial – Handicaps

Please see the handicaps for the senior endurance January 2018 Time Trial which takes place on Tuesday 9th January 2018 @ 6:30pm from The Boathouse Gym, Strathclyde Park.

Please remember this race does not count for points but does count for markers and as one of your last three best times.  We still have our male and female winners and the Wooden Spoon to present after the race.

There is also a new 2018 Time Trial Championship page which has the rules, handicaps and will have the rolling results/tables on it as the season progresses.

Remember – you must be a member to take part in the Championships so Join Us now!

 

2018 Membership

Membership is now open for 2018 via EntryCentral.

Membership prices have been frozen again for 2017.  New members who signed up after 30th September 2017, your membership includes all of 2018.

Current members must renew by the end of February 2018 or membership shall be deemed lapsed.

Senior endurance athletes will need to renew their membership to be included in the Leagues and to be included in any ballots for Club places at events (e.g. London Marathon and Clyde Stride Ultra Marathon).

You need to be a current member of Motherwell Athletics Club to compete for the Club.

Please see more information about Joining Us.

SAIL Meet – 6th Jan 2018

Congratulations to everyone who competed yesterday at SAIL Match 2. There were lots of PB’s and super performances.

Many thanks to Audrey, Adele, Richie and the parents for their hard work, great organizing skills and support.

The 3rd match takes place on Saturday 27th January – let’s “Just Do It” again.

January 2018 Time Trial

Reminder – The first Time Trial of the year takes place next Tuesday 9 January meeting at the Boathouse Gym reception @ 6.30 pm.

1. This race is not part of the championship.
2. It does count for markers and the best of your last three times.
3. We are planning to trial a new course which will be tested out again on Thursday night.
4. Remember to wear hi-viz and a head torch if you have one.
5. If you are free to help please reply to the post on Facebook.

We do need a couple of people with torches at the tunnel.

National Masters Cross Country 2018

The National Masters XC 2018 takes place on Saturday 3rd February at Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock.

  • Women – 6K – start 1pm
  • Men – 8K – start 1:45pm

Entry fee £7.

Names and entry fee to Benny, Phyllis or Pat by Thursday 18 January.

See Scottish Athletics for more details.

Interesting in Coaching?

Have you ever considered volunteering as an Athletics Coach?

Motherwell Athletics Club is looking for volunteers to join the coaching team, as main coaches or as assistants.

There is required training coming soon from Scottish Athletics which the club would be able to support interested members, parents, guardians and others to attend.

Should you be interested please contact Tracey Lamont, Club Chair.

For more information please see

Senior Endurance Christmas Time Trial 2017 and Road Runner of the Year

We had 22 athletes and a dog (Zara McIsaac) taking part in this year’s Christmas Handicap. Whilst this is a fun event we still have winners and a wooden spoon. So the first male was our very own Coach John Hughes (his first time trial win in 7 years) in 25:57 (his fastest time this year) and first female was Susan Stewart in an excellent time of 27:09. Winner of the wooden spoon was Mae McIsaac in a very mediocre time, although she was just pipped at the post by Peter Blackmore and Phyllis Hands.

Thanks to Santa’s helpers for making the race run so smoothly – Anne Hughes, Lynsey Sneddon, Tommy Sneddon, and Angela Downie.

See the full results (December tab) however note this is not a championship race.

Back at the Electric Bar Jim White was voted Road Runner of the Year by his fellow athletes. Well done Jim from your all in the Senior Endurance section.

Jim White is this years “Road Runners, Road Runner of the Year”

West District Provisional Results

The Senior Endurance XC Championship Tables have been updated following yesterday’s West District Championships.

Well done to all of our athletes who braved the elements and competed at Irvine yesterday.  See below for results.

Men

45 Paul Burns 36:07:00
63 Allan Cameron 37:21:00
107 Ewen Cameron 40:06:00
171 Scott Dickson 44:38:00
187 Graham McEwan 46:07:00
188 John Burns 46:18:00
205 Kevin McPhillips 49:17:00

Women

88 Phyllis Hands 33:08:00
96 Joyce Allardice 33:26:00

DW Fitness offer from Scottish Athletics

DW Fitness First have an offer for members of Scottish Athletics.  The below is taken from a message to be sent to their members.

Winter is the perfect time for any runner to take up a gym membership. For a successful spring and summer season, runners should incorporate a weekly indoor workout into their regime, working on core strength and mobility to help perform at a higher level and reduce the chance of injury. That’s why DW Fitness First are providing all scottishathletics members with an exclusive 4 month membership option saving up to 25% with no joining fee*

Every runner should incorporate a weekly indoor workout into their regime – working on core strength and mobility. Traditional weight training can do much of this, but also look to exercise classes such as Pilates and Yoga. Many of the country’s best long distance runners put their continued success down to core strength and flexibility while sprinters undoubtedly benefit from the explosive power a winter of weight training will provide. A treadmill is also a decent alternative to the road.

When choosing running gear, you need to think about your specific performance needs to ensure you run stronger, faster and longer. Jackets that allow performance movement, ventilation to manage heat and reflectivity for safety, tights that provide support and breathability and the right shoes to support you whether you’re on the tracks or off-road.

“I opt for the Nike Essential Flash Jacket” says Olympic 1500m finalist Laura Weightman. It offers breathability, reflectivity, venting to keep your body at the right temperature and a performance fit meaning you can run at pace. Read more on the best kit for winter running.
Go further and run anywhere with the DW Sports Winter Training Selection, with up to 50% off on selected prices.
*T&Cs apply.

DW Fitness First is the Official Fitness and Retail Partner of scottishathletics.

Club Feedback Poll

The new committee agreed recently that they would like to get some feedback on a couple of items:

  • What do we do well as a club?
  • What could we improve on?

We’re looking for opinions from members, coaches, volunteers, parents. In fact anyone who has any relationship to our club.

If you have any views please fill in the survey below (or via this direct link).

Test Facebook Sharing

Here’s a post for facebook.

Use easy fundraising

 

LAAA XC Results

Motherwell AC Results from the LAAA XC Championships on 25 November

U13 Girls
20 Emma Kelly 8:06
23 Katie Howley 8:15
27 Ava Lenzi 8:29

U15 Girls
7th Joey Leach 11:19
13th Cara Baldwin 12:07

U17 Men
9th Dylan Drummond 14:42

Senior Women
3 Clare Hughes 30:23
8 Emma Hunter 33:36
18 Phyllis Hands 36:23
20 Joyce Allardice 36:31

Senior Men
9 Allan Cameron 26:12
11 Paul Burns 26:49
18 Alan Tait 28:04
35 Ross Thomson 29:33
38 Ewen Cameron 29:59
56 Graham McEwen 33:27
57 John Burns 33:30
63 Kevin McPhillips 35:17

Congratulations go to Clare Hughes for her bronze medal in the individual race and the senior women’s team (Clare Hughes, Emma Hunter and Phyllis Hands) who also picked up a bronze in the team event.

The Senior Endurance XC Championship tables have been updated on the club website and can be accessesed on the Cross Country Championship page.

Toy Drive at Christmas Time Trial

It was decided at the committee meeting last night, that instead of a Secret Santa at the Christmas handicap race we’re going to do something a bit different.

We will be donating to a Toy Drive ran by the Motherwell Community Trust & the MFC Podcast to make sure underprivileged children in our area have a present on Christmas morning. All contributions are going to the Salvation Army in Bellshill.

So rather than bringing a gift for a fellow clubmate we ask that you bring a toy (any value, no matter how big or small) to the Xmas handicap race and the club will pass these gifts on.

Toy Drive!
Toy Drive!

2017 Prize Giving

Well done to everyone who received a prize at the annual prize giving.

Thanks to Adele McCluskey for the photographs, which you can see via the link below.

 

November Senior Endurance Time Trial & Time Trial Championship 2017 Results

November 2017 Time Trial

We had a brilliant turn out of 35 athletes for the final race in this year’s Time Trial Championship. The weather was cold but thankfully the ice had not affected the paths for the duration of the race. Well done to everybody who made it down for tonight’s race.

Tracey Lamont won the women’s race breaking the 29 minute mark for the first time, and John Burns won the men’s race in PB of 27:39. Gary Wood picked up the wooden spoon in a slower than usual time.

The full results with the winners of this year’s champions will follow tomorrow.

Thanks to Anne Hughes, Lynsey Sneddon, Ally Robb, and Angela Downie for helping the race go smoothly once again.

Full results on the 2017 Time Trial Championship Page.

2017 Time Trial Championship Winners

Following the race we are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s championship.

Female

  • 1st Equal – Elaine Jamieson and Tracey Lamont (52 points)
  • 2nd – Joyce Allardice (51 points)
  • 3rd – Patricia Allen (46 points)

Male

  • 1st – Jim White (52 points)
  • 2nd – Christie Nisbet (43 points)
  • 3rd – Dougie O’Hare (40 points)

Well done to our medallists and everyone who took part in this year’s championship. Over the course of the season 25 women and 59 men took part in the 10 championship races.

Thanks once again for positively supporting the event for another year.

Joe

As above see the 2017 Time Trial Championship Page for full details and past results.

Time Trial (and Foodbank Collection) – November 2017

Remember remember…it’s time trial night on Tuesday which also means we’re collecting as usual for the foodbank.

It tends to be the same things they are short on so the list this month is:

  • Milk (whole and semi-skimmed)
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned potatoes
  • Tinned fruit
  • Savoury rice

As always though, they are always grateful for donations of any non-perishable foods.

See the Time Trial 2017 Championship page for handicaps, recent results and the League Tables.

Fundraising for Motherwell AC Via EasyFundraising

Scottish Athletics have partnered with easyfundraising, which enables our clubs to generate free funding every time club members, athletes and their friends and family shop online.

Your club could raise thousands in the coming months!

easyfundraising benefits your club through:

  • Access to a funding source to invest in equipment, facilities, transport, coaching and more!
  • Exclusive resources and materials to help you get the whole club in support
  • Exclusive access to a fundraising coach to give you help and advice over the phone

Over 250 athletics clubs use easyfundraising, with sports clubs raising over £2.5m between them. Make sure yours doesn’t miss out!
Read more about our partnership on the Scottish Athletics website.

Sign up here to support your club

Senior Endurance Training – Th 26th Oct and Please Return Trophies

Senior Endurance Training on Thursday 26 October is at Ravenscraig as the AGM is taking place there that evening.

Furthermore, please can you return any trophies to the AGM tomorrow night (Th 26th) ahead of engraving for the forthcoming prize giving on the 17th of November, thanks.

LAAA Road Relays at Drumpellier Park, Coatbridge

Team gold for the ladies, bronze for the men and some all round great racing.

Women’s Gold Medal Winners

  • Jo Clark
  • Clare Hughes
  • Susan Stewart

Men’s Bronze Medal Winners

  • Allan Cameron
  • Craig Mackenzie
  • Alan Tait
  • Chris MacDonald

West District XC Results

In addition to supporting the event we had 17 athletes taking part in the relays. Well done to all our competitors and special mention to the Men’s Masters team (5th) and the Women’s Masters team (8th).

Sen Women 31st

  • Clare Hughes 17:15
  • Emma Hunter 19:50
  • Patricia Allen 25:50:00

Masters Women 8th

  • Joyce Allardice 19:39
  • Clare Barr 19:46
  • Phyllis Hands 21:18

Sen Men 21st

  • Chris Macdonald 14:35
  • Paul Burns 14:44
  • Graeme Kennedy 16:31
  • Craig Mackenzie 15:25

Masters Men 5th

  • Allan Cameron 14:40
  • Alan Tait 15:48
  • Jim White 15:50
  • Ewen Cameron 16:03

Masters Men Incomplete

  • Neil Richardson 16:45
  • John Burns 19:08
  • Craig Whiteside 22:11

Notice of AGM and Proposed Change to Constitution

In accordance with the constitution of Motherwell Athletics Club, the Annual General Meeting of the club will be held on Thursday 26th October 2017 at 8.15pm, in the College Lecture Room at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.

All members and parents are invited and will be very welcome.  It is important that we have as many members and parents in attendance as possible to hear what the club has been doing over the course of the year and to show support for the development of the club.  We would especially encourage more members and parents from the Track and Field section to attend the meeting which usually lasts no more than an hour.  Members aged 15 and over are eligible to vote.

We are keen to recruit new members to the Committee both in terms of Office Bearers and in general roles and we are keen to hear from you either before the meeting or on the evening itself.

Specifically, the roles of Chair and Secretary require to be filled at this meeting as both positions become vacant.

In addition, a change to the Club Constitution is proposed by the Chair.  The proposal is to amend the word “Chairman” to “Chair” to recognise equality guidelines.  It is hoped that a separate meeting is not required to make this change however if required, this will be held immediately after the Annual General Meeting.  Any objections to this proposal may be submitted at any time up until or during the meeting.

In the meantime, this announcement is to provide notice of the AGM and to invite any motions for discussion or decision.  Motions to be discussed must be submitted in writing to the Chair no later than Thursday 19th October 2017.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM. If you wish to submit apologies in advance,or propose a motion for discussion. please contact ewencameron@motherwellac.com

Ewen Cameron
Chair

Great Scottish Run Half Marathon Results

15 club members ran in the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon on 1st October.

This was the last race in the championship and leagues, however, there is still the Hypothetical Marathon to count in up to 21 October. T he LAAA Road Relays also count for bonus points towards the Championship. 

Results are below. The format is:
Name
Club
Position
Time

Stephen Allen
Motherwell AC
160
01:23:37

Jim White
Motherwell AC
169
01:23:52

Neil Richardson
Motherwell AC
209
01:25:04

Ewen Cameron
Motherwell AC
335
01:28:25

Graham McEwan
Motherwell AC
950
01:37:34

Alan Keachie
Motherwell AC
997
01:38:06

Alison Murray
Motherwell AC
1417
01:41:57

Joyce Allardice
Motherwell AC
1881
01:45:32

Tracey Lamont
Motherwell AC
1946
01:45:58

Nigel Hetherington
Motherwell AC
2041
01:46:39

Kevin Mcphillips
Motherwell AC
2281
01:48:27

Gillian McCaffer
Motherwell AC
2716
01:51:02

Angela Malcolm
Motherwell AC
2928
01:52:28

Robert Pattinson
Motherwell AC
3933
01:58:39

Barbara Hogg
Motherwell AC
5019
02:05:57

Bob McCrum – Club Coach of the Year Nomination

Congratulations to our very own Bob McCrum who has been shortlisted for the scottishathletics Club Coach of the Year award.

This nomination in itself is a fantastic recognition for Bob and all our coaches who generously give of their time, energy and expertise throughout the year.

Everyone at the club is delighted with the news and we wish Bob all the very best for the Awards Ceremony which will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on Saturday 4 November.

For more details, please see the Scottish Athletics post.

RR New Winter Time Trial Route

The next Road Runners Time Trial will be on our new winter route.

We will run the course next Thursday (28th September) to give runners the chance to try it out and give any feedback.

Paul Harkins has taken kilometre splits on his watch and logged it on TomTom

We’d encourage you to view this.

Screenshots of each km (and the last 400m-ish) are below.

1st KM

2nd KM

3rd KM

4th KM

5th KM

6th KM

Last 400m

Full Route

You can download all of the images from this link.

 

MAC Race Night – Sat 28th Oct

MAC RACE NIGHT – Saturday 28 October 2017 @ 7.30 pm

MAC is holding its first fund raising Race Night on Saturday 28 October in St Brides Hall. This is a fun, family evening and we hope as many athletes, friends and family will come along to support the club as possible.

Tickets are priced £5 per person and this will include a light buffet. A bar will also be available in the night.

There will be 5 races plus an auction race at the end of the evening, so we are looking for businesses/
individuals to sponsor a race for £20 and you can buy and name a horse of your choice for £5.

Elaine and Tracey are the contacts for the Roadrunners and Lesley for the Track & Field and anyone wishing to buy tickets/horses/races will be able to do so from next week.

LAAA T&F Championships, 2 September 2017

A huge well done to the 26 athletes who made the short journey to East Kilbride on Saturday, 2 September to take part in what was the last competitive athletic event of the summer season before our Club Champs. There were many truly impressive performances across the whole club with lots of new PBs and plenty of medals, however, we feel that Stephen Ross, one of our senior athletes, who won gold medals in both the 100m and 200m races,deserves a special mention.

Stephen not only PB’d and won the gold medal in the 200m but was also awarded the Churchill Trophy for being the first athlete over the line in his 100m race. This trophy is solid silver (named in honour of Churchill’s leadership during the war), was first presented in 1945 to the winner of senior men’s 100 yard dash (now 100m) and has inscribed on it the name of an Olympian who was part of the GB squad in the 1948 Olympics! Incredibly, this is the second time Stephen has won this award. Congratulations Stephen!!

Full results are as follows:

Seniors:
Stephen Ross: 100m – 11.41 gold medal and  awarded the Churchill Trophy; 200m – 22.58(PB) gold medal,
Joseph McCluskey: 100m -12.12 (PB) bronze medal;
Christopher Yau: 100m – 12.37; 200m – 25.08 (PB) bronze medal,
Emma Hunter: 800m – 2.32.17 gold medal,
Jim White: 1500m – 4.39.26 (PB) gold medal,
Mark Gallacher: 1500m – (SB) 4.49.91

U17s:
Michaela Dwyer: 100m – 13.47 (PB) bronze medal; 200m – 27.47 (PB) gold medal,
Gabriel McCluskey: 200m – 26.19 (PB) bronze medal; 400m – 59.29 (PB) silver medal,
Dylan Drummond: 800m – 2.11.94 (PB) bronze medal,
Christopher Pollock: 800m – 2.13.35 (PB)

U15s:
Sophie Dwyer: 100m – 13.31 (PB) gold medal; 200m – 27.78 (PB)
Jenna Booth: 100m – 14.50
Cavan Marie Ryan: 100m – 14.83 (PB); LJ – 4.00m (PB),
Joey Leach: 800m – 2.32.20 bronze medal,
Jay Steele: 800m – 2.19.40 (PB); SP – 8.58 (PB) gold medal,
Stuart Russell: 800m – 2.20.40 (PB),
Zaki Achat: 800m – 2.38.01 (PB)

U13s:
Lucy Robertson: Javelin – 16.51 (PB) silver medal,
Hannah Dwyer: 100m – 14.64 (PB) bronze medal; 200m – 30.40 (PB),
Emma Kelly: 100m – 15.01; 800m – 2.48.34 (PB),
Emma Gilchrist: 100m – 15.10; 200m – 31.62 (PB); LJ – 3.67 (=PB),
Ava Lenzi: 100m – 15.58; 200m – 31.95 (PB); 800m – 3.01.47,
Katie Howley: 100m – 15.58 (PB); SP – 5.20,
Emma Campbell: 100m – 17.31 (PB); 200m – 36.88 (PB)

U11s:
Nathan Steele: 60m – 10.60(PB); 600m – 2.11.24 (PB); LJ – 2.69
Liam Ross: 60m – 9.70 (PB); 600m – 2.12.78;LJ – 3.35m (PB)

These fantastic results are testament to the hard work and focus of our young (and not so young!) athletes throughout the year. Thanks to the team at the LAAA (Joanne, Steven and Bob) and to officials for their preparation and organisation on the day. Many thanks also to coaches and parent volunteers (David Gilchrist and Joe Lenzi) for helping out again, and to all parents for supporting this event. We hope you enjoyed the day.

Developing Training Regimes and Dealing with Injuries

During the club’s trip to Glenmore Lodge in Aviemore, Stephen Allen gave a talk on training regimes and injuries.  Please see the slides from the talk below.

LAAA Road Relays Date

LAAA Road Relays date confirmed as 21 October 2017 – more details about entries to follow when we get the information.

Please save the date.

Given that this race is taking place later than last year, the date for the results from Hypothetical Marathons will also be extended to 21 October 2017.

September 2017 Time Trial Results

We had 28 athletes taking part in this evening’s Time Trial Handicap Race. The weather gods were with us once again and we had some great performances (full results to follow tomorrow). Miranda Richmond won the women’s race in 30:37. John Burns won the men’s race in 29:12. Peter Blackmore picked up the wooden spoon in an uncharacteristically slow time. Well done to Miranda, John, Peter and everyone who made it down to Strathclyde Park tonight.

Thanks to Irene Kerr, Margaret Hoolaghan, Nick Hughes, Andrew Steel, and Douglas & Gayle Samson for helping make things run smoothly.

Please see the 2017 Time Trial Championship page for the league tables and full results.

Food Bank Collection – 5 Sept 2017

Carrying on with our foodbank donations on time trial nights, this month they are in need of the following non-perishable foods:

Tinned Custard, Tinned Potatoes, UHT Long Life Milk (whole, semi-skimmed and skimmed), Tinned Meat, Small jars of coffee, Savoury Rice and Cup-a-Soups.

Thanks

Elaine

Chair Vacancy – We want to hear from you!

Ahead of the Club Annual General Meeting which will be held on Thursday 26 October at Ravenscraig, the club committee are seeking interest from people interested in taking on the role of the Club Chair.

Our current Chair – Ewen Cameron – is standing down after four years in post and a successor is now being sought.  The new Chair will require to be approved by the club membership at the AGM.

This volunteer role is crucial in terms of leading the Club Committee throughout the year.  The role involves chairing meetings, representing the club at local and national meetings, creating and developing partnerships and co-ordinating and managing the development of the club.

The post holder should be able to commit around 8-10 hours per month to manage meetings, communications and club actions.  There is support from the committee members and the offer of help from the outgoing Chair remains available.

Effective communication skills, ability to manage meetings, a flexible approach to dealing with partners and a ‘can do’ attitude are the key requirements for the role so if you are interested, we want to hear from you!

Motherwell AC is growing and this an exciting time to get involved in leading the club going forward.  If you are interested and would like to discuss the opportunity in more detail, please contact Ewen via ewen.cameron@motherwellac.com or on 07979 149782

Rothesay Bus Pick-Up Times

The pick-up locations and times will be:

This should let us catch the 10:15 am ferry or the later one @ 11.00 am.

Returning home on Saturday evening, the bus will leave Wemyss Bay @ 8.00 pm PROMPT, so the latest ferry you need to be on leaves Rothesay @ 7.00 pm.  The earlier one leaves @ 6.15 pm.

If anything happens and you have to call off, please let Elaine Jamieson know by phoning or texting 07951 960469.

 

Rothesay Bus Arrangements

The next social event on the club’s calendar is Rothesay, on Saturday 19 August.

As in previous years, the club are paying for the bus, however, unlike previous years, a £10 (£5 kids) refundable deposit will be required to be paid before names are confirmed.

Deposits will be returned on the day.  We have introduced this policy to try to prevent a number of cancellations in the last few days leading up to the trip.

Deposits and names can be given to Elaine on any club night.

Pick up times and locations will be confirmed next week but are likely to be Wishaw Sports Centre, approx 8.15 am and Boathouse Strathclyde Park approx 8.30 am.  This event is for club members, friends and family.

CSSAL Match 3 – Grangemouth, 6 August 2017

What another great day for our athletes who competed yesterday at Grangemouth, with more impressive PBs and excellent performances all round.

We had a lower turn out than usual, (as a result of other events taking place and holidays) but a big well done to athletes across all age groups, from the U11s to Masters, who worked so hard and performed with such grit and determination.  You continue to inspire and encourage coaches and we are very proud of all of you!

Many thanks to our volunteer officials and the Admin team: Bob McCrum, Angela Downie, Pauline Russell, Ross McLean and David Gilchrist.  Your help is much appreciated.  Thanks also to parents, family and friends for your continued support and enthusiasm at events like these.

All results posted on the day are subject to scrutiny. Official results will be available shortly via the Po10 results pages.

August 2017 Senior Endurance Time Trial

The August 2017 time trial took place on 1st August.

There was a good turnout of 26 athletes on a pleasant evening for racing giving the conditions earlier in the day.

Jim Tracey won the men’s race in 35:30 and Angela Downie won the women’s race in 33:04.

Craig Mackenzie picked up the wooden spoon for a performance well below his best.

Thanks to Anne Hughes Lynsey Sneddon Catherine Kerr Thomas Sneddon David Gardiner and Andrew Steel for making the race run smoothly once again.

Please see the 2017 Time Trial page for full results and league tables.

Sandy Robertson

The sudden death of Sandy Robertson came as a great shock to those of us who knew
him.

Recently at the Scottish Master’s Championships he was chatting with great enthusiasm
about his role in the up and coming Celtic Games.

His love and involvement in Athletics, which integrated well with his 30-year career as a
P.E. Teacher, spanned several decades. As an Athlete, he was Scottish 400m Hurdles
Champion in 1972. As a Master Coach, his influence ranged from Motherwell A.C. to
Malawi. In September of 1972 he became National Athletics and Football Coach in Malawi
culminating in his squad setting 26 national records at the 1974 Commonwealth Games.

From a Scottish perspective, he coached the Athletics teams for the Commonwealth
Games in 1970, 82, 86 and also had a leading role in the Scottish Schools teams for the
International Schools Games and Indoor Pentathlon.

His technical knowledge and enthusiasm were second to none but he kept an open mind
when new training methods, backed by Scientific research, became a topic for discussion. He has been responsible for the development of many of our young Athletes, Coaches (old
and young) and School Teachers.

He is a great loss to his wife Evelyn, family and friends to whom we send our thoughts and
prayers.

The Athletics community has lost a great Coach, Mentor and friend.

Glenmore Lodge Itinerary 2017

For those travelling to the Glenmore Lodge trip on 1st – 3rd September, the itinerary and arrival information has been published.

Please see the links below.

 

Wishaw Track Closed on Saturday

Further to the announcement that the Senior Endurance athletes shall train at Strathclyde Park on Saturday, all athletes should note that Wishaw Track is closed.

Track and Field athletes should speak to their coach (if they have not already heard) for alternative arrangements (some are at YDL; for some the session is cancelled).

 

Senior Endurance – Change of Training Venue (Sat 29 July)

Please note that the Senior Endurance training shall take place at Strathclyde Park on Saturday 29th July (9:30am).

This is due to the closure of Wishaw Track on that day.

 

Aberdeen AAC Open Graded Meet: 23 July 2017

A huge well done to Alan Robertson who competed in the Aberdeen AAC OGM, as part of his preparations for the  upcoming European Masters Athletics Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. Unconfirmed results indicate that Alan clocked 11.44 in the 100m and 23.16 in the 200m, both times a fraction off of his current PBs, which is very encouraging indeed. His daughter Lucy, one of our U13 athletes, who is also competing in the javelin event at the YDL final in Grangemouth on Saturday, ran a PB 100m time of 16.13. Well done Lucy!

Livingston OGM: 19th July 2017

A few of our U13 T&F athletes made the journey through to Livingston and bagged some super new PBs!

Results (subject to scrutiny):

Ava Lenzi: 100m – 15.27 and LJ – 3.74m (PB);
Emma Kelly: 100m – 14.96(PB) and LJ – 2.94(PB);
Niamh Morris: 100m – 17.30(PB) and LJ – 2.87(PB).

A huge well done girls!

July 2017 RR Time Trial

We had a smaller than usual turnout of 20 athletes for tonight’s time trial.  Perhaps, the start of the school holidays and the rather strange weather for the time of the year had something to do with it.

That said, we had some great performances.

First male in a 26:11 was Lorne Crawford with 2 minutes off his PB and first female was Alison Murray in 29:19 which was a wee bit faster than last month’s time.  The wooden spoon surprisingly went to Susan Stewart who is training for next week’s Clyde Striders Ultra Relay.

Thanks to Lynsey Sneddon, Anne Hughes, Ross Thomson, Tommy Sneddon and Andrew Steel for making things run smoothly once again.

See the Time Trial 2017 Championship page for the full results and league tables.

MAC Race Night

The club will be holding a Race Night in St Brides Hall, Motherwell at 7.30 pm on Saturday 28th October.

Ticket prices and further information will be provided nearer the time but this is the first fund raising event the club has had in a number of years, so we are hoping you will all make a special effort to come along and support your club.

It is open to all members – Road Runners and Track and Field, friends and family, so please put the date in your diary and come along and enjoy a great evening.

We will be asking for raffle prizes and volunteers to help out on the night, but in the meantime, if you have any ideas for other fund raising games that we can do on the night, please speak to Elaine or Tracey.

Foodbank Collection at July 2017 Time Trial

The next time trial shall take place on Tuesday 4th July 2017 at 6:30pm, starting at The Boathouse.

The club shall be collecting for the local food bank again at the Time Trial.  The following items are required if you wish to donate.

  • Super Noodles
  • Tinned Custard
  • Tinned Meat
  • Tinned Potatoes
  • Savory Rice
  • UHT Long Life Milk (Whole and Semi Skimmed)

 

 

CSSAL Match 2, Kilmarnock 25 June 2017

What a great day for Team MAC in Kilmarnock today in the second league match. We were missing a few of our usual team members but despite this we did exceptionally well in numerous events. Well done to the whole team who did us proud with their positive attitudes and super performances in very windy conditions!

A huge thanks to our volunteer officials: Bob McCrum, Ross McLean, Andy Steel, Joe Lenzi and David Gilchrist. Your contribution is much appreciated and not only means that matches like these can run smoothly, but also earns the club valuable league points!

Many thanks too, to parents and coaches for their continued support and hard work.

Scrutinised results will be available shortly and recorded on the Po10 soon after that.

The next match is at Grangemouth on 6 August and coaches will keep their own groups advised about events and selection.

Go MAC!!

Change of Pick Up Venue for Brian Goodwin 10k

We have changed the pick-up venue for going to the Brian Goodwin 10K on Friday night.

Rather than getting the bus from the Boathouse, we will now leave from the Electric Bar at 5.30 pm.

Anyone bringing cars can park in the car park at the back of the bar.

clubsportnl Sport Summit 2017

clubsportnl are hosting a sport summit on 17th and 18th of June with free courses including child protection courses/ in safe hands and first aid courses.

Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Anyone interested should contact Kat Heron (Sports Development Officer (Athletics) for North Lanarkshire) via kat.heron@nlleisure.com

Please see the following for more information

Senior Endurance June 2017 Time Trial Results

We had a great turnout 37 runners taking part in this evening’s race. The weather was pleasant and we had some excellent performances (more about that in the full results tomorrow). Miranda Richmond won the women’s race in 33:51 and Neil Richardson won the men’s race in 24:41. Catherine Kolb had a bit of an off night and picked up the Wooden Spoon (The JIm Tracey Award).

Louise Speirs was presented with a cake on the occasion of her birthday.

Thanks to Anne Hughes, Lynsey Sneddon, Tommy Sneddon, Louise Speirs and Lesley Ross making things run smoothly on a busy evening.

A special mention to Neil Richardson who won the race and broke the 25 minute mark and Mark Gallacher who dipped under 24 minutes for the first time. Well done guys.

The results are now available on the 2017 Time Trial Championship page.  Remember to click the June tab at the top of the 2017 Time Trial Results spreadsheet.

Bus for Brian Goodwin 10k Race – Friday 16 June

A 30 seater bus has been booked for anyone wishing to go to the Brian Goodwin 10K on Friday 16 June.

Elaine Jamieson is co-ordinating and will be at training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to take payments for the bus which will cost £10.

Names will not be confirmed until money has been paid.

The bus will  leave The Boathouse at 5.30 pm prompt and will leave for the return journey at 9.30 pm, giving us a chance to enjoy a few well earned refreshments after the run.

If past years are anything to go by, we finish the night off in the Electric Bar when we arrive back in Motherwell, so there will also be a drop off at the Electronic Bar.

Please be aware the car parks at Strathclyde Park (including The Boathouse car park) close at 9pm!

 

June 2017 Time Trial and Food bank Collection

The next Time Trial takes place Tuesday 30th May at 6:30pm from The Boathouse, Strathclyde Park.

Please see the 2017 Time Trial page for handicaps and league tables.

The club will be collecting items for a local food bank at this session. Items required include

  • Super Noodles
  • Tinned Potatoes
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Tinned Custard
  • Tinned Meat
  • UHT Longlife Milk (Whole & Semi Skimmed)
  • Long Grain Rice
  • Savoury Rice
  • Cuppa Soup

CSSAL Match: 28 May 2017, Dam Park, Ayr

What a great day in the sunshine at our first league match in Ayr.  Lots of PBs and super performances from our athletes, both young and more mature! It was fantastic to see athletes enjoying themselves, particularly those who hadn’t previously competed for the club.

Thanks to coaches for all the pre-competition preparation work and, as always, for their support on the day.  Thanks also to our volunteer officials: coaches, Bob McCrum​ and Audrey McLaren; parents: David Gilchrist, Donna Marie McGovern, Garry Hawthorn, and Lauren Ross. Your efforts are much appreciated.  The club has gained valuable league points because of your contribution!

Official results, which are subject to scrutiny, will follow on the Po10 shortly.

The next match is on 25th June in Kilmarnock.

Senior Endurance – Change of Training Venue (23rd May)

Due to a cycling event in Motherwell on Tuesday 23rd May 2017, the Senior Endurance (Road Runners) training shall meet at Hamilton Palace Grounds.

Please be aware of local road closures in Motherwell from 7am ’til midnight.  See North Lanarkshire Council for more details.

 

Leading Athletics – Intro to Coaching

Are you interested in coaching in athletics?

If so Scottish Athletics have created a new certified workshop to introduce participants to coaching.

No prior knowledge is required and it will be delivered in a single 3 hour workshop (date and time TBA).

The club would be happy to cover the cost of any participants who are prepared to attend and subsequently help out the club.

Please see Scottish Athletics for further information on the course.

 

Wishaw Track Reopened

Good news! It has been confirmed today by management at Wishaw Sports Club that the track is now open and available for use.

Training for all T&F athletes will therefore revert to the usual venues and arrangements from Monday 15th May.

Please contact your coach if you have any questions.

Glenmore Lodge Training Weekend – 2017

Payment

There is still a fair bit of time until the deadline for the final payment of £70 per person on 1 July, however, Tracey Lamont is happy to take any partial or full payments between now and the deadline if anybody wants make an early payment.

Tracey can be contacted at training most Tuesday’s or you can contact her on 07854730347 to make arrangements.

Dietry Requirements

If anybody has special dietary requirements can you please email Joe Hoolaghan on joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com or send him a private facebook message and he will ensure that Glenmore Lodge gets the information well in advance of the weekend.

Senior Endurance Guest Run – May 2017

When: Sunday 21 May 2017

Where: Starting from Hermiston Park and Ride on the Western Edge of Edinburgh.  If you fancy running round the western edge of Edinburgh in a circle then this is the run for you!

Meeting Place: Hermiston Park & Ride, Riccarton Mains Rd, Edinburgh EH14 5PX (see below for directions)

Time: 9:30 AM

Post Run: Refreshments can then be purchased at The Corner Café (Dougie O’Hare’s favourite breakfast stop) before heading home.

Directions: To get to Hermiston Park and ride you go to the end of the M8 at Hermiston Gait, follow the signs for Kilmarnock A71 and you will see the Park & Ride about a mile back along to A71.

Transport: This is a good opportunity for car sharing to reduce our carbon footprint and minimise costs. Please liaise with your fellow runners or reply to the post on facebook to see who is interested.

Please contact Phyllis Hands for more information.

Message Board Closing Down

With greater use of social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, for communication between the club and it’s members (and between club members), it was decided at the recent committee meeting to close the rarely used MAC message board.

Motherwell AC will continue to offer a number of more popular ways to communicate with it including

as well as news updates on the website, Facebook and Twitter.

As a result, the Message Board shall be

  • Locked down with immediate effect (no more posts allowed / no more accounts created)
  • Removed on 19th May 2017.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask John McParland (webmaster@motherwellac.com).

RR May Time Trial 2017 Results

We had 33 athletes taking part at last night’s race on what was a fine evening for racing, although perhaps a wee bit windy at the lochside.

Joyce Allardice won the women’s race in 29:29 and Alan Keachie won the men’s race in 26:38. Well done Joyce, Alan and all of our athletes who made it down to Strathclyde Park for the race. The Wooden Spoon (The Jim Tracey Award) went to none other than Jim Tracey!

Thanks to Irene Kerr, Lynsey Sneddon, Tommy Sneddon, Anne Hughes and Robert Pattinson for making things run so smoothly once again.

The full results are available on the 2017 Time Trial Championship page.

YDL Match 1 Results

Official results from the YDL match at Dam Park, Ayr are now on the Po10 for the U13&U15 events.

Well done to those MAC athletes who competed for Team NL.  There were a lot of PBs and great performances!

The SA U17 Challenge results are not yet available but will be posted as soon as they are.

RR Time Trial May 2017 – Foodbank Collection Items & Helpers Wanted

The next road runners time trial takes place at 6:30pm on Tuesday 2nd May, meeting at The Boathouse Gym as usual.

Please see the 2017 Time Trial Championship page for handicaps, league tables and more.

We could be doing with a couple of helpers for the finishing line to make sure we capture all of the finishers in the correct order. If you are available please reply to the post on Facebook.  A bonus point is available to helpers.

Foodbank Collection

We will once again be taking donations for the Lanarkshire Foodbank at Tuesday’s Time Trial.  Any non perishable goods and toiletries are greatly accepted, however they are in particular need of the following items:

  • UHT Long Life milk (whole and semi skimmed)
  • tinned tomatoes
  • tinned meat
  • long grain rice
  • small jars of coffee and
  • super noodles.

LAAA Track Relays: 29 April 2017

A big well done to all the MAC athletes who competed at the LAAA track relays in a very cold and windy East Kilbride!  All of our five teams performed very well, with one of the two U13G’s 4x100m teams winning a bronze. The Senior Men’s team also took home the silver medal in a super race with a close finish.

Provisional Results:

U13G (A) 4x100m: (Bronze Medal)
Emma Gilchrist; Hannah Dwyer; Ava Lenzi and Emma Kelly (1.00.6)

U13G (B) 4x100m:
Amelie Kipre; Niamh Morris; Sophie O’Reilly and Katie Howley (1.05.0)

U13G 3x800m:
Ava Lenzi; Katie Howley and Emma Kelly (9.37.2)

U15G 4x100m:
Cavan Marie Ryan; Abbie Freel; Taylor Frame and Chloe Lang (1.00.0)

Senior Men: (Silver Medal)
Joseph McCluskey; Cameron Martin; Adam Laird and Christopher Yau (00.48.3).

Many thanks to everyone who helped at the event and came along to support our athletes. Thanks also to the organisers and officials for what was a fun competitive event.

Wishaw Track Closure – Track and Field

A reminder to all T&F athletes that the track at Wishaw is due to close from 1 – 14th May 2017.

A booking has been made during this closure period at Dalziel Park Track, Dalziel Rugby Club, Hagen Dr, Motherwell, ML1 5RZ.

All training sessions will take place at the usual times and athletes will be asked to pay £1 to contribute to the hire costs at this venue.

Training arrangements for the various groups will be therefore be as follows:

Sprint Group

  • Monday 1st & 8th May and Wednesday 3rd & 10th May: Dalziel Park track.
  • Saturday 6th & 13th May: check arrangements with coach directly.

Middle Distance Group

IDG (Lesley’s Group)

JDG (William’s Group)

Coaches will provide information about further arrangements in the (hopefully) unlikely event that the track at Wishaw does not reopen as planned.

Foodbank Collection – Tu 4th April – Change of Time

David Shaw will be down before the start of the TT rather than at the end.

Anyone who is donating, please bring your donations into the Boathouse with you at 6.30 pm.  He doesn’t have a lot of time to spare, so if you could be at the Boathouse for as close to 6.30 as possible, this will help get the donations in, and the TT kicked off at the usual time.

Any non-perishable foods and toiletries are welcome, but here is a reminder of the foods that are in high demand:

Tinned meat, small jars of coffee, tinned fruit, savoury rice, super noodles and UHT Long Life milk (whole and semi skimmed).

YDL Trials and Inter Club Championship 2017: Grangemouth 2 April 2017

Very well done to all our T&F athletes who competed at Grangemouth yesterday. What a fantastic effort from you all! Lots of medals and some exceptional performances. We are all very proud of your hard work and commitment.

Official confirmed results will be on the Po10 soon. Thanks to coaches and parents for their help and support.

Coaches will advise about Team NL qualification for the first Match at Ayr on 23 April as soon as possible.

Some photos from the day are attached – apologies if we’ve missed anyone. What a great day!

Football Collection – Tue 4th Apr

We will once again be taking donations for the Lanarkshire Foodbank at Tuesday’s Time Trial. Any non perishable goods and toiletries are greatly accepted, however they are in particular need once again of the following items:

Tinned meat, small jars of coffee, tinned fruit, savoury rice, super noodles and UHT Long Life milk (whole and semi skimmed)

David Shaw, Manager of the Foodbank has accepted our invitation to come down to the Boathouse at the end of the TT to receive our donations, and this will give us the perfect opportunity to get some photographs taken, and perhaps some publicity for The Motherwell Times.

Thanks,

Elaine

 

Open Graded Meet: Ravenscraig RSF, 29 March 2017

What another busy night for MAC at the last OGM of the winter season in Ravenscraig RSF on 29th March. Some more fantastic PBs for our T&F athletes, which is very encouraging for the forthcoming summer season. Official results will be on the Po10 soon, but results posted last night were as follows.

100m

Robyn Maze20.87(PB)
Niamh Morris17.55(PB)
Evan Wright17.34(PB)
Lucy Robertson16.60(PB)
Sam Kirkpatrick15.99(PB)
Katie Howley15.91(PB)
Ava Lenzi15.19 (PB)
Jenna Booth14.45PB)
Chloe Lang14.38
Amanda Nicol14.29
Alan Robertson11.69

60m

Robyn Maze12.81(PB)
Niamh Morris10.75(PB)
Evan Wright10.55(PB)
Lucy Robertson10.17(PB)
Ava Lenzi9.47(PB)
Emma Kelly9.31(PB)
Jenna Booth9.16
Chloe Lang8.90(PB)
Amanda Nicol8.81
Alan Robertson7.33

Long Jump

Chloe Lang3.86 (PB)
Ava Lenzi3.59 (PB)
Sam Kirkpatrick3.42m

Shot Putt

Katie Howley5.09m
Well done everyone!!

 

Scottish National 6/4 Road Relay Championships – Sunday 26 March

The Senior Endurance Section had 20 athletes (8 women and 12 men) taking part in the National Road Relay Championships at Livingston.  The Women’s W50 team (Mae McIsaac, Phyllis Hands and Joyce Allardice) picked up the bronze medal.

Our Men’s M40 team were fourth.

Well done to all of our athletes and organisers/marshals who made it through to Livingston.

The full set of results can be accessed on Scottish Athletics.

SAIL Relays: 26 March 2017

A big well done to the U13G team who represented Motherwell AC at the SAIL 4x200m relay event in the Emirates Arena on Sunday 26th March.

Although they didn’t make the final, the girls ran a super race with good technique and hand-overs and they all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Thanks also to parents for supporting this event, especially the Mums!

New Coaching Assistant – Audrey MacLaren

Many congratulations to Audrey MacLaren who completed the UKA two day Coaching Assistant course earlier this month in Carluke.

Audrey will be working mainly with the Junior Development and Intermediate Development Groups on Mondays and Wednesdays and we are delighted to welcome her to the T&F coaching team.

Changing Clubs – A Reminder

Hopefully those affected have joined Motherwell AC however we have been asked to remind all those changing clubs to complete a Change of Club form for Scottish Athletics.

All members need to fill out the Change of Club form if they are moving from another club within 3 years of leaving that club.

Please see the form on Scottish Athletics.

For more information see Scottish Athletics website.

Benny and Phyllis Hands pick up prizes

Benny won Clydesdale Veteran Sports Personality of the year and Phyllis received a merit certificate at the award ceremony on Friday 17 March.  Benny and Phyllis are pictured just before dashing off for a glass of champagne to celebrate!

Congratulations from all at the club.

SAIL Match 3 Results – 2017

Confirmed results from the third SAIL match at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on 19th February are now on the Power of 10.

Well done everyone!

British Masters Indoor Championships 2017

Following on from the Scottish Masters, at the British Masters at the weeked;

  • Jim Smith won Bronze in 60m and Silver in 200m, Long Jump and Triple Jump.
  • Fiona Steele was 5th in 60m and Gold with a PB in 200m.
  • Phyllis Hands won Gold in the 3000m.
  • Along with Alan Robertson, our Master Sprinters continue to perform exceptionally well at the top level of competition.

Many congratulations to all.

Scottish Indoor Masters Championships 2017

Motherwell A.C. Masters Sprinters Won 6 Gold and 2 Silver medals at the recent Championships in the Emirates Arena.

Alan Robertson (M35) won Gold and PB’s in 60m (7.26) and 200m (23.35s).  His 60m time in the heat was 7.24s equaling the Club record.

Alan was up against an ex-Scottish Internationalist and 2 current British Squad members.  He dominated the M35 Sprints with his superb start, drive, focus and control, particularly in the 200m being in the outside lane.

Jim Smith M70 won 4 Golds – 60m (9.05s), 200m (30.4); Long Jump & Triple Jump.  This success despite still recovering from a virus.

Jim, (72), sets a fine example of how Athletics can give a lifetime of fitness and fun.

Fiona Steele (W50) won Silver with a PB in 60m (8.93s).  She also won Silver in the 200m (29.42s). The strength and speed endurance gained from Rugby coupled with pure speed, improvement in sprint technique and starts from blocks, has resulted in a huge improvement for Fiona over the past year.

Jim & Fiona go on to compete at the British Masters Championships in London.

Our Road Running Section had 3 Athletes competing

  • Benny Hands (M55) won Gold in the 800m (02:23)
  • Phillis Hands (W60) won Silver in the 800m (03:09) and 1500m (06:23)
  • Jim White (M40) had PB’s in 800m (02:25) and 1500m (05:02).  This was his first experience indoors.

March 2017 Road Runners Time Trial

We had a fantastic turn out of 40 athletes at this evening’s Time Trial on a very nice night for this time of the year.  Louise Speirs won the women’s race in 34:50 and William Martin in a return to form won the men’s race in 30:51.  Chris Macdonald picked up the wooden spoon following a rare DNF.

Thanks to Anne Hughes, Lynsey Sneddon, Tommy Sneddon, James Proffitt, Irene Kerr and Wendy Kerr for making the race run smoothly.

We also had a small celebration for Angela Downie’s birthday.

Results and updated league tables to follow soon on Time Trial Championship 2017 page.

Track and Field Notice

Temporary suspension of membership for Track and Field

To ensure a manageable ratio of Coaches to Athletes we have had to start, with immediate effect, a waiting list for those who wish to join Motherwell A.C. Track and Field.

Please leave name and contact details with our Secretary, Committee member or any Coach. Bob McCrum, (Level 3 Development Coach), will be in contact when the situation changes.

If your child is at Primary School it may be of interest to contact Kat Heron of
N.L. Leisure (kat.heron@nlleisure.com) who will give you details of the Run, Jump, Throw Club which takes place at Ravenscraig Sports Complex on Tuesday evenings from 6pm.  Coaches from Motherwell A.C. take these sessions during which time, Athletics Events skills are coached over a 10 week period.

We will hopefully be in a position to review the situation during the Summer months after a period of active Coach recruitment.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Motherwell A.C. Coaches and Committee.

Senior Endurance Training Weekend 2017

  • Glenmore Lodge near Aviemore
  • 1st September to 3rd September
  • £120 pp

30 places on a twin room basis have been reserved for the above training weekend at Glenmore Lodge.

The detailed programme for the weekend has still to be finalised, however, the format will be similar to previous years – a mixture of training sessions, recreational activities (e.g. Yoga and Pilates), lectures, and some social activities in the evenings.

A discounted package of £120 per person has been negotiated with Glenmore Lodge for 2 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast with a packed lunch provided both days.

To reserve a place a non-refundable deposit of £50 is required with the balance to be paid in full no later than 1st July.

Tracey Lamont has kindly agreed to take names and collect the payments this year.

So if you want to go please reply to the post on Facebook or the message board on this website in the first instance, or let Tracey know in person or by text (07854730347) about your interest in the Training Weekend.

Your place will be reserved when Tracey receives your deposit.

 

MAC Ceilidh 2017 – Thanks

A huge thanks to club members, friends and family who came along to support last night’s ceilidh and to everyone who donated raffle prizes and bought tickets.  Andy Kane and his Band did a great job once again and going by the dancers on the floor I’m sure there are a lot of sore feet today.
A big thank you too, to the caters, Fine Choice for the excellent food.
Next year’s date will be announced in the next few weeks but until then, a selection of pictures from the night are below.
Elaine

Welfare Officer – Applicants Requested / Current Cover

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Motherwell Athletics Club have an immediate vacancy for the position of a permanent Club Welfare Officer.

This role is of priority importance to Motherwell Athletics Club as we strive to ensure our club members are safe at all times at club nights and events.  We require ideally two people who are willing to be trained for the role and who are able to be around training sessions on a regular basis.

The Welfare Officer does not need to be at every Monday and Wednesday session but regular attendance at track and field training is required.  You would be acting as the point of contact for any welfare related matter and will be supported by the Club Committee led by the Chair.

Two three hour training courses are required and a PVG check will also be carried out.  No previous experience is necessary and the role itself is not overly demanding.  You will act as a point of contact, report any matters which may arise, and ensure that PVG/Disclosure checks are carried out for all coaches and relevant volunteers.

You will likely have seen the media reports of sports failing in their duties to appropriately check those working with children and vulnerable groups.  However Athletics in Scotland operates to a high standard and Motherwell Athletics Club remain absolutely committed to safeguarding all of our members.

Full support and training will be provided and we would now ask that you consider stepping up to support the club. We cannot ask our coaches to assume this role along with existing commitments so please help us to ensure the club remains a safe and supportive environment for all our members.

In the interim club chairman, Ewen Cameron, shall fulfill these duties.  Scottish Athletics have been informed of this arrangement.

To discuss this role further, please contact Club Chair, Ewen Cameron on 07979 149782 or ewencameron@motherwellac.com

Final Reminder for MAC Ceilidh

A small number of tickets are still available for anyone who is thinking of going to the Ceilidh which is being held this Saturday in St Bride’s Hall, Motherwell from 7.30 pm.  Contact Elaine on 07951 960469 for tickets.  Anyone who has still to pay for tickets should pay their money to Elaine on either Tuesday or Thursday night at training.

Elaine will also be selling raffle tickets at training this week, so anyone who is not able to make it to the Ceilidh, remember to bring more than your £1!!  Tickets are £1 per strip or 6 strips for £5.

A big thank you to those of you who have already donated to the raffle, but we are still in need of raffle prizes for the night, so if you have anything to donate, please get it to Elaine or Tracey before Saturday.

 

Open Graded Meeting – 18th Feb 2017

A huge well done to the athletes who competed in the OGM at Ravenscraig earlier today. Outstanding results from members of the sprint group, especially in the 60m. Excellent effort from everyone with some fantastic PBs!

100m

Lucy Robertson16.70
Chloe Lang14.26 (PB)
Joseph McCluskey12.29 (SB)
Alan Robertson11.58 (SB)
Stephen Ross11.57 (SB)

60m

Lucy Robertson10.40
Amelie Kipre9.84 (PB)
Chloe Lang8.97 (PB)
Christopher Yau7.89 (PB)
Joseph McCluskey7.72 (SB)
Alan Robertson7.29 (PB)
Stephen Ross7.24 (PB)

 

Long Jump

Amelie Kipre3.04 (PB)

London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships Offer

The club has received a special discount offer for Athletics clubs to bring groups of officials and club members to attend the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships, taking place between the 14th and 23rd of July at the London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Park.

The Athletics Clubs offer

  • Tickets cost £3 per child (16 and under)
  • Tickets cost £5 per adult (Over 16)
  • Available for 5 out of 16 sessions
  • This offer is valid for group bookings of 15+ tickets.

To express interest, clubs should contact Calum Campbell at ccampbell@london2017.org.uk or complete the following form at: London 2017 Sports Group Application Form

 

Age Group Championships: 11&12 February 2017

Well done to the athletes from T&F who took part in the SAL Age Group Champs (U13/15/20) at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow at the weekend.

On Saturday, Katie Howley (U13G) smashed her recently achieved shot putt PB by throwing another (86cm!) PB of 5.36m. She set a further PB in the 200m race, running it in 33.78. William Bailey (U13B) also found good form in his 60m race, in a time of 9.92 and ran a SB in the 200m, clocking a time of 32.85.

On Sunday, two more athletes ran well in the U15G 800m race: Joey Leach in 2.37.80 and Cara Baldwin in 2.53.38.

It was a great weekend of athletics. Thanks to parents for their support and officials for a well run event.

Official SAIL Results from January 2017

Just a follow-up post to confirm that the official results from the SAIL matches in January have now been listed on Po10 and can be accessed via these links:

8 January 2017

21 January 2017

Well done everyone!

Ceilidh Reminder – 25 Feb 2017

A reminder to all Track and Field Athletes, Parents and Road Runners that the annual MAC Ceilidh will take place on Saturday 25 February at 7.30 pm in St Brides Hall, Motherwell.

This is a family social evening, and for anyone who has been before, you’ll know that a fun filled night is had by all.

We are keen to encourage more of the Track and Field Athletes, Parents and Friends to come along this year, so please come and give it a try.

We have a fantastic band, good food and raffles on the night. For tickets please contact Elaine on 07951 960469, or reserve your tickets in the comments below.

Tickets are priced

  • £8 adults
  • £4 kids under 17
  • Family of 4 £20
  • Larger family sizes should speak to Elaine.

We would also be grateful for any raffle prize donations, these can be given to Elaine or Tracey at any training night or given to any of the coaches from the Track and Field.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Road Runners February 2017 Time Trial – Handicaps and Traffic

The next time trial takes place on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 6:30pm, starting at The Boathouse Gym, Strathclyde Park.

Please see the handicaps and the Time Trial Championship page.

Access to Strathclyde Park for Tuesday’s Time Trial

The main entrance to Strathclyde Park is closed to traffic on Tuesday 7 Feb.  You can still get to the Boathouse one of the following ways.

  1. From the Bothwell end at the Raith interchange.
  2. By parking at the Palace Grounds and walking through the tunnel.
  3. From Community Road in Bellshill and driving past the new cemetery then on to the middle of the park.

Please spread the word.

 

 

Dissertation Survey – Athletes Self-Esteem

Current Law AAC (and former Motherwell AC) athlete Jonathan Kennedy is currently researching his dissertation and would like athletes, over 18 years of age to undertake a survey.

Please see details below.

My name is Jonathan Kennedy and I am a 4th year Honours student at Stirling University, I run for Law AAC and a past member of Motherwell AC. I am currently doing my dissertation focusing on transformational leadership and the effects on athletes self-esteem. If at all possible could you share my link with anyone who would be willing fill out my survey. It should take no longer than 10 minuets for athletes to fill it out and it is aimed at athletes aged 18 and over at any level.

The survey can be found here:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VB2T5LX?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

 

 

Provisional RR Championship Races

Provisional races for the 2017 Road Runners championship and leagues.

Date Race Approx Price Comments
5 March Down by the River 10K£8/£10Confirmed Race
2 AprilTom Scott 10 Miles £12Confirmed Race
14 May Monklands 5K£5Confirmed Race
16 June (approx)Brian Goodwin 10K£9/£11Confirmed Race
11 July (to be confirmed)15K Moffat Hill Race£12 approxDate to be confirmed but it is always the 2nd Tuesday in July
23 JulyStrathclyde Parkrun 5KFreeConfirmed Race
12 August Linwood Parkrun 5KFreeConfirmed Race
10 September Stirling 10K Scottish Championship£16/£18Scottish Championship possible clash with club championship. Joe to speak to Ewen Cameron.
24 September (to be confirmed)Dumfries Half Marathon

 

£20 (in 2016)Date is always this weekend in September

Open Graded Meeting – Ravenscraig 25 January 2017

We had 21 athletes from T&F taking part in the OGM on 25th January, many of whom had never competed for the club before.  It was a great night and it was super to see so many athletes competing in MAC vests.  Well done all!

Thanks again to everyone who came along to support our athletes.  Thanks also to NLL and the SA officials for a well organised event.

Results will added to Power Of 10 profiles in due course.

100m

NameResult
Robyn Maze21.51 (PB)
Evan Wright17.99 (PB)
Nathan Steele17.47 (PB)
Orla Livingston17.15 (PB)
Rio Vaughan16.87 (PB)
Gabrielle Spiers16.79 (PB)
Lucy Robertson16.71
Katie Howley15.98 (PB)
Adam Sainsbury15.87 (PB)
Catherine Mackenzie15.85
Emma Gilchrist15.57
Ava Lenzi15.36 (PB)
Jamie Macinnes15.21(PB)
Cavan Marie Ryan15.04 (PB)
Jenna Booth14.85
Jay Steele14.66 (PB)
Chloe Lang14.35 (PB)
Christopher Yau12.64
Alan Robertson11.65

 60m

NameResult
Robyn Maze13.15 (PB)
Evan Wright10.84 (PB)
Nathan Steele10.64 (PB)
Lucy Robertson10.21
Adam Sainsbury9.79 (PB)
Ava Lenzi9.73 (PB)
Emma Kelly9.44 (PB)
Hannah Dwyer9.33 (PB)
Jenna Booth9.31
Jay Steele9.20 (PB)
Amanda Nicol8.80
Sophie Dwyer8.56 (=PB)
Alan Robertson7.33 (PB)

Long Jump

NameResult
Catherine Mackenzie2.40m (PB)
Emma Kelly2.69m (PB)
Emma Gilchrist3.16m
Cavan Marie Ryan3.37m
Ava Lenzi3.45m (PB)
Chloe Lang3.46m (PB)

Shot Putt

NameResult
Katie Howley4.49m

MAC Ceilidh – 25 February 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the annual MAC Ceilidh on Saturday 25 February 2017 in St Brides Hall, Motherwell.  Andy Kane and his Band will provide the entertainment.

Tickets are priced

  • £8.00 (Adult)
  • £4.00 (Child, under 17)
  • £20.00 Family of Four (2x Adult and 2x Children).
  • Larger families should speak to Elaine for prices.

Ticket price includes Haggis, Neeps and Tatties for the adults and Pizza for the kids.  This is a MAC event and all family and friends are welcome.  Please contact Elaine Jamieson (07951 960469) for tickets.

We would also be grateful for any raffle donations, so now is your perfect opportunity to get rid of any unwanted Christmas gifts.  Please pass on any donations to Elaine or Tracy Lamont at any training night.

Thanks,

Elaine

Foodbank Collection – January 2017

Apologies for this one being late.  Thanks to everyone who donated to the Foodbank at January’s Time Trial.  David Shaw, the Manager was delighted with MAC’s generous donations and was grateful to know that it will be a monthly going forward.  He asked me to pass on his heartfelt thanks.  They had a number of the supermarket donations over the Christmas period which they are still working their way through, so have asked that we skip a collection in February and before March’s Time Trial I will contact him for a list of the foods/toiletries they are running low on so that we can put a special emphasis on these.

Thanks

Elaine

Road Runners January 2017 Time Trial

There was a Record Turnout at the Senior Endurance January 2017 Time Trial.

We had 42 athletes competing in tonight’s Time Trial race.  That is beats our previous best by two since the monthly competition started in October 2004.

We had some great performance – too many to mention, and Susan Stewart won the women’s race in a PB of 27:23, and Ewen Cameron won the men’s race also in a PB of 23:53.  Mark Paterson picked up the Wooden Spoon [The Jim Tracey Award] in a slow time on his return from injury.  Well done to everybody who managed down for the race tonight.

Thanks to Irene Kerr, Anne Hughes, Lynsey Sneddon and Lesley Ross for helping out on what was a rather hectic evening.

Please see the full results.

2017 Membership

Membership is now open for 2017.  Membership prices have been frozen again for 2017.  New members who signed up after 30th September 2016, your membership includes all of 2017.

Senior endurance athletes will need to renew their membership to be included in the Leagues and to be included in any ballots for Club places at events (e.g. London Marathon and Clyde Stride Ultra Marathon).

You need to be a current member of Motherwell Athletics Club to compete for the Club.

Please see more information about Joining Us.

January 2017 Road Runners Time Trial Handicaps

The next time trial takes place on Tuesday 10th January 2017, 6:30pm at The Boathouse.

Please see the handicaps.

NOTE: there is a slight change in the Time Trial Championship Rules for 2017.

The December Time Trial is no longer part of the championship even for markers.

The January Time Trial has been reinstated to the championship and the times recorded will be used in the process for working out the handicaps (best of last three results).

The 2017 Time Trial Championship page has been created to reflect the new rules.

Food Bank Collection Jan 2017

The Committee have recently agreed to a proposal to support the Basic Food Bank, which is local to us, having bases in Motherwell, Wishaw, Airdrie and Bellshill.

We will be encouraging runners at the monthly Time Trials to bring along items of non-perishable foods, toiletries, nappies, etc. You can bring as many, or as little items as you choose, and Elaine will make sure these are collected on the night and dropped off at the local base in Motherwell.

We will put reminders out on Facebook and the website on the lead up to the Time Trial, but it is hoped that you will all support this venture, and help those less fortunate than ourselves, much of the time through no fault of their own.

This is also an excellent way to get rid of all those unwanted boxes of chocolates, biscuits and selection boxes that you’re never going to eat anyway because you’re a fine tuned athlete…simply put them away, and bring them down to January’s Time Trial on 10 January.

 

Provisional Races – RR Championships 2017

The Senior Endurance sub-committee recently published a provisional set of races for the up-coming 2017 Road Running Championship.

For more information about this, please read the minutes from the Senior Endurance Sub-committee meeting on 3rd December, which can be found on the Welfare and Management page.

T&F Holiday Period Training Arrangements

The last full T&F club training session will take place on Wednesday 21st December 2016 at Wishaw Sports Centre.  All groups return to usual training on Monday, 9 January 2017 at Ravenscraig RSF and Hamilton Palace Grounds and on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 at Wishaw Sports Centre.

Coaches for each group will be in touch directly with details of training arrangements over the holiday period, especially for those athletes competing in the first Indoor League Meet at the Emirates on 8 January 2017.  Please contact your/your child’s coach for further details, if required.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment during 2016. Wishing you all a happy and peaceful time over the festive season.

RR Christmas Time Trial 2016 Result

The 2016 Christmas Time Trial took place on Sunday 11th December.

We had 21 athletes competing in this year’s 4 Miles Christmas Handicap on a fine December morning.  Dougie O’Hare won the men’s race in 33:40 and Elaine Jamieson won the women’s race in 30:40 with Mae McIsaac picking up the Wooden Spoon (The JIm Tracey Award) in a time that would be easily forgotten.  Well done to everyone who made it down to Strathclyde Park this morning.

Allan Cameron was voted Road Runner of the Year by his fellow athletes. A photo of Allan being presented with the trophy by Jim Tracey is attached. Well done Allan.

Thanks to Anne Hughes, Lynsey Sneddon, Margaret Hoolaghan and Mark Paterson for helping out.

N.B. The Christmas Handicap is a fun event and is not part of the Time Trial Championship for markers.

Please see the full results.

RR December 2016 Time Trial

The December Time Trial takes place on Sunday 11th December, meeting at 10:30am at The Boathouse Gym, Strathclyde Park.

Please see the handicaps.

LAAA XC 2016

News in from the LAAA XC at Drumpellier Park on Saturday 19 November:

  • Clare Hughes took gold in the Senior Women’s 5,000 metres
  • The Senior Women (Clare Hughes, Joanne Clark and Emma Morris) won silver in their team event
  • Joanne Clark won silver in the Women’s Masters
  • The Senior Men (Chris Macdonald, Allan Cameron, and Alan Tait) took silver in their team event.
  • Stuart Russell won bronze in the U13 Boys
  • Emma Hunter won bronze in the U20 Women
  • Allan Cameron won bronze in the Men’s Masters

The Results

U11 Girls
17 – A Lenzi 3:22

U13 Girls
24 – 394 Cavan Ryan 11:04

U13 Boys
3 – Stuart Russell 9:12

U17 Men
5 – Luke Poutney 17:16

Senior Women
1 – C Hughes 18:46
9 – Joanne Clark 20:11
12 – E Morris 20:38
18 – Emma Hunter 21:13
20 – Clare Barr 21:26
26 – Phyllis Hands 22:32
30 – T Lamont 23:20

Senior Men
5 – C MacDonald 34:13
7 – A Cameron 34:25
16 – A Tait 36:11
40 – R Pattinson 42:10
41 – J White 42:30

 

Open Graded Meet – 30th November 2016

The next indoor Open Graded Meet at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility is on Wednesday 30 November at 6pm. Entry and further information can be found here: https://www.q-buster.co.uk/NLOGM30NOV16.

The deadline for entries is 28th November and declarations appear to be open from 10am on 30th November. Athletes declaring on the evening should attend at least an hour before the start time of their first event to allow sufficient time to pick up race numbers and warm up. A coach from MAC will be available on the night to assist as required.

Open Graded meetings allow athletes of all levels and abilities to compete against others of the same standard. This is a fantastic opportunity for athletes, U11 and above to gauge their competition times/distances in a variety of athletic disciplines under competition rules. Athletes have the opportunity to set personal best times and all results are submitted to Power of 10.

Training will be available as usual for Track and Field athletes not taking part in the OGM.

Please discuss any further questions you may have with your coach.

RR Time Trial – November 2016 Results

We had a great turn out of 32 athletes on a fresh autumn evening for the final race in the 2016 competition.  The conditions were pretty good for the 4 mile handicap race.  First female was Miranda Richmond in 34:24 and first male was Jim Tracey in 34:20.  The Wooden Spoon was picked up by Nick Hughes who has a bit of an off night.

We had some great performances and this season’s winning places were decided on the evening.  More to follow on this one.

Thanks to Lynsey Sneddon, Irene Kerr, Anne Hughes and Kevin Durnian for the smooth running of the race.

Please see the full results and the 2016 Time Trial Championship page for the final league tables.

November 2016

FINAL RR Time Trial – November 2016 Handicaps

The final Road Runners Time Trial takes place on Tuesday 1st November @ 6:30pm – starting at The Boathouse Gym, Strathclyde Park.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Please see the handicaps and the 2016 Time Trial Championship page for the current standings.

Track and Field Winter Training Arrangements

Mondays

From 14th November to 19 December 2016 and from 9 January to 13 March 2017 (6pm-7.30pm), the following groups will all train indoors at the Ravenscraig RSF track.

  • Sprint Group (coached by Bob McCrum)
  • Intermediate Development Group (coached by Lesley Ross and Steven McCaw) and
  • Junior Development Group (coached by William Martin).

For Monday Nights

LAAA Road Relays 2016

We had an excellent turnout of 26 Senior Endurance athletes participating.  The women took silver and bronze, and the men took bronze too.  Well done to all of our athletes for fantastic performances.

Women

Motherwell A – 2nd Place – 47:51

Katelyn McGeever 15:18 
Emma Morris 16:15
Jo Clark 16:18

Motherwell B – 3rd Place – 52:37

Clare Barr 17:30
Susan Stewart McKillop 16:35
Tracey Lamont 18:32

Motherwell C – 6th Place – 56:03

Gillian McCaffer 18:51
Mae McIsaac 18:55
Phyllis Hands 18:17

Motherwell D – 8th Place – 01:00:27

Elaine Jamieson 18:02
Barbara Hogg 20:29
Pat Allen 21:56

Men

Motherwell A – 3rd Place – 53:39

Allan Cameron 13:22
Craig McKenzie 13:23
Chris McDonald 13:19
Stephen Allen 13:35

Motherwell B – 7th Place – 01:01:18

Mark Gallacher 14:33
Scott Dickson 15:41
Brian McLinden 15:31
Stuart MacGregor 15:3

Motherwell C – 14th Place – 01:08:35

Jim White 16:17
Peter Blackmore 17:15
Tommy Sneddon 17:05
Ross McLean 17:58

Incomplete Motherwell D

Gary Wood 18:46
Andrew Scott 18:58

LAAAs

 

Cross Country Championship 2016-17 Start

The Cross Country season for senior endurance section is about to start soon.

The rules and the races remain the same as last season.  The dates will, of course, be different, You will be aware that Benny Hands is already in the process of taking names for the West District XC and Scottish National XC relays.  The club pays the entry for teams.  Athletes participating in the relays are awarded 5 bonus points.

There are four additional individual XC races in the championship with the best 3 points scores counting towards your total.  Individuals are responsible for making their own entries to the remaining events.  We will supply as much information as possible as it becomes available.

An additional 3 bonus points are awarded to athletes who take part in the Scottish National XC Championship.

The dates of all of the races are available on the new Cross Country Championship 2016-17 page.

More details regarding dates and entry requirements will follow as they emerge.

October 2016 RR Time Trial Results

We had a fantastic turn out of 40 Senior Endurance athletes (possibly a record) at this evening’s Time Trial Handicap Race which was our first race on the winter route.  The weather gods were with us tonight and the conditions were excellent for the race.

Peter Blackmore was first male (for the second consecutive month) in 27:28 and Gillian McCaffer was first female in 30:58.  Unsurprisingly, Jim Tracey picked up the wooden spoon (The Jim Tracey Award) in a slower than usual time.  Thanks to everyone who made it down to Strathclyde Park tonight.

Thanks to Anne Hughes, Irene Kerr, Lynsey Sneddon, Mark Paterson and Ross McLean for helping out on what was a busy evening.

Please see the full results and the 2016 Time Trial Championship page for the tables.

October 2016 RR Time Trial

The next Road Runners Time Trial takes place on Tuesday 4th October at 6:30pm, starting at The Boathouse.

Please see the handicaps and the 2016 Time Trial Championship page.

Glenmore Lodge 2016

A note for all attending the Endurance Training weekend this coming Friday to Sunday….

An afternoon session has been added for those who arrive early. The programme is the linked document.

Changing is available on arrival and rooms will be ready from 3pm onwards.

Directions

From Aviemore, turn right towards Glenmore at the mini roundabout before you head into the town (Italian restaurant is on the roundabout).  Follow this road out into the forest and along the side of Loch Morlich.  A few miles out you will past a campsite on the right, and the reindeer centre on the left after which the entrance road to Glenmore Lodge is on your left.

Address details

Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore,
Inverness-shire, Scotland, PH22 1QU

Contact Details

Web: http://www.glenmorelodge.org.uk/

Lodge Phone Number: 01479 861256

Amenities

There is no mobile phone reception at the lodge however payphones are available. If you need to be contacted, the lodge number is 01479 861256 – Free wifi is available so you can Whatsapp, Facebook and Skype til your hearts content!

All towels etc. are provided as well as meals.  Just bring your running gear and any sports drinks etc.

If anyone needs a lift back on Sunday, Ewen has 3 spaces in his car.

Looking forward to another great weekend!

Ewen Cameron

Chair, Motherwell Athletics Club

AGM Announcement 2016

In accordance with the constitution of Motherwell Athletics Club, the Annual General Meeting of the club will be held on Thursday 27th October at 8.15pm, in the College Lecture Room at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.

All members and parents are invited and will be very welcome.  It is important that we have as many members and parents in attendance as possible to hear what the club has been doing over the course of the year and to show support for the development of the club.  We would especially encourage more members and parents from the Track and Field section to attend the meeting which usually lasts no more than an hour.

We are keen to recruit new members to the Committee both in terms of Office Bearers and in general roles and we are keen to hear from you either before the meeting or on the evening itself.

In the meantime, this announcement is to provide notice of the AGM and to invite any motions for discussion or decision.  Motions to be discussed must be submitted in writing to the Club Secretary, Peter Blackmore, at least one week before the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM. If you wish to submit apologies in advance, please contact peterblackmore@motherwellac.com

Ewen Cameron
Chair

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September Trial Winners and Wooden Spoon

We had 17 participants on Tuesday’s 4 Mile Time Trial handicap race on what was a fairly dismal night as far as the weather was concerned. That did not deter our athletes from turning in some excellent performances.

Susan Stewart won the women’s race in 27:29 – 30 seconds faster than her PB for the course. Peter Blackmore won the men’s race in 28:46 – more than a minute faster than his estimated time. Angela Downie picked up thewooden spoon in a quite respectable time of just under 32 minutes. Well done to everyone who made it down to Strathclyde Park on such a dank and dreich evening.

Thanks once again to Irene Kerr, Wendy Kerr, Jim White and Jim Tracey for helping things to run smoothly once again.

Please see the full results and the 2016 Time Trial Championship page.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL T&F ATHLETES

T&F athletes will take their usual between seasons break from regular club training sessions following the Track and Field Annual Championships on 11 September, and will return on the following dates:

Junior Development Group: Wednesday, 5th October 2016 at 6pm, Wishaw SC;

Intermediate Development Groups: Wednesday, 5th October 2016 at 6pm, Wishaw SC;

Middle Distance Group: Saturday, 1 October 2016 at 9.30am, Hamilton Palace Grounds, and

Sprint Group: Wednesday, 12th October 2016 at 6pm, Wishaw SC (some Masters athletes have training sessions scheduled before this date).

The coaches would like to thank you for your commitment and hard work over the summer months. Stay active during the break and we look forward to seeing you all again soon to continue with preparations for the winter season!

September 2016 Time Trial Handicaps

The next time trial takes place on Tuesday 6th September, 6:30pm and the Boathouse, Strathclyde Park.

Please see the handicaps for the time trial.

See also the Time Trial Championship page for tables/previous results.

CSSAL Match 3 2016

Well done to everyone who competed in the final CSSAL Match of the season in Kilmarnock on Sunday 28th August.  The club was represented by athletes from both Track and Field and Senior Endurance.  We also had a number of athletes competing for the first time in their MAC vests.

Delays meant that there was a risk of the relays not going ahead, but thanks to the hard work of officials and helpers, they were all completed just before the deadline at 6pm.

There were some outstanding performances and new PBs made in a busy but fun environment. Official results will follow shortly.

Thanks again to parents, athletes, supporters and coaches for their valuable contribution to these events.  We are all now looking forward to the LAAA Champs on Saturday and the Club Championships on the 11 September.

3k Championships Rules 2016

In order to make the race more competitive and increase participation, the sub-committee decided to make the 3K Track Championship a standard scratch race and incorporate an age graded race in both male and female categories.  There will be medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places (male and female) in both events..

This means that our fastest runners get to compete against each other and there is the opportunity for all race participants to compete on a level playing field, regardless of age.  Everyone will start at the same time with it being clear who wins the prizes in the scratch event with the age graded times being calculated after race has finished.  More details will follow about the age graded times calculation.

We hope this will encourage our Senior Endurance athletes to participate in this years club championship.  Please spread the word to your fellow athletes and make this year’s 3K track championship race successful.

Please also see the previous post on the full timetable of events.

MAC Annual Club Championship 2016

The MAC Annual Club Championships will take place at Wishaw Sports Centre on Sunday 11 September 2016.

The first event will be the Senior Endurance/Road Runners 3K Track Championship Race and those taking part should attend by 9.30am for a prompt start at 10am.  Registrations open for Track and Field athletes at 10am in the portacabin by the track, with the first event of the day starting at 11am.  A draft order of events is attached.  We should be finished by 4pm at the latest.

A wee reminder too that everyone taking part must be club members and should make sure their annual membership is up to date.  As always, we will require lots of helpers to ensure that the day is a success and would appreciate offers of assistance from coaches, parents and senior athletes with various tasks including timekeeping, placing and at the various field events.

We would love to see as many athletes as possible competing on the day.  It’s usually lots of fun with medals and awards being presented at the club prizegiving night in November (details to follow). Home baking donations are very welcome too!

Here’s hoping we have good weather on the day.

National Age Group Championships – Grangemouth 2016

The U13s experienced some horrible wet and windy conditions on Saturday. Despite this, both Jenna Booth and Stuart Russell performed very well. Jenna qualified for the 100m semi finals with a time of 14.56, coming second in her heat. In the semis she ran a solid 14.96 into a strong wind, culminating in a very close finish over the line between her and three other athletes. Stuart faced driving wind and rain for his timed 800m final but ran with commitment in 2.31.96. He placed an excellent eighth overall out of a field of 43 runners.

On Sunday, U15 Iona Orr got to the final last three jumps in the Triple Jump with a first jump PB of 9.39m. Her last jump was another great PB of 9.49m to secure 6th place overall. Dylan Drummond secured a fantastic new PB time of 2.18.27 in the U15B 800m –  over seven seconds faster than his previous PB! Kirsty Irwin also ran in the U20W 800m race in a time of 2.40.35.

The weekend was a great experience for our athletes who enjoyed the buzz and atmosphere a national competition brings. Many thanks to our supporters and coaches as well as the SA officials, without whom these events couldn’t take place.

Bute Highland Games Bus Travel Arrangements

Pick-Up Times

Pick up times have been arranged as follows:

  • Wishaw Sports Centre Car Park – 8.30 am
  • Boathouse – 8.45 am

We are aiming for 10.16 am Ferry at Wemyss Bay.

Return Journey

  • No later than the 6.15 pm ferry from Wemyss Bay
  • Bus will leave at 7.00 pm SHARP!

Any last minute call offs etc should text or phone Elaine 07951 960469

Change of Training Venue – 22nd Aug

Training for the Intermediate Development Group next Monday (22nd Aug) will take place at Wishaw track rather than Hamilton Palace Grounds.

Training for the Middle Distance Group on this date is cancelled due to the group’s participation in an OG event at Crownpoint on the 23 August.

Please contact your coach if you have any further queries.

Wishaw OGM Results, 10 August 2016

The results are now available via the Po10 for the latest OGM at Wishaw.

There were plenty of PBs from athletes in both the T&F and Senior Endurance sections of the club. Well done everyone!

RR Championship Race Change of Venue (3rd Sept – Linwood Parkrun)

Due to the Inter Region Triathlon Championships being held at Strathclyde Park on 3 & 4 September the Parkrun has been cancelled that weekend.

The RRs Sub-Committee considered changing the date of our race, but voted narrowly in favour of a change of venue. We considered Livingston, Linwood, Pollock and Silverknowes.

Again by a slim majority, Linwood was the new venue approved by the sub-committee. Linwood is apparently a flat fast two lap course and the event takes place at ON-X Linwood, Brediland Road, Linwood, PA3 3RA at the usual time of 9.30 AM.Sorry if this causes you any inconvenience.

Joe Hoolaghan, on behalf of the RRs Sub-Committee.

LAAA T&F Championships 2016

Entries for the LAAA T&F Championships at Wishaw on 3rd September 2016 are now available via Entry Central.

This event is pre-entry only this year and all entries must be received by 27th August 2016, at the latest.  No entries will be taken after this date or on the day.

Only members of Lanarkshire clubs qualify for medals, so please make sure your membership is up to date.  If you are unsure of which event(s) to enter please consult your coach before doing so.

Once again, it would be great to see a good MAC turnout at this local event.

August 2016 Time Trial Results

We had 27 Senior Endurance athletes taking part in this evening’s Time Trial Handicap Race.  The weather was relatively kind to us with just a fine drizzle to keep the runners cool.  Tracey Lamont was first female in a PB of 29:08 and Dougie O’Hare was first male in 35:49 (not a PB). Jim Tracey picked up the Wooden Spoon (The Jim Tracey Award) in another uninspiring time.  Thanks to everyone who made it down to compete.

Thanks to Linsey Sneddon, Anne Hughes, and Irene Kerr for keeping everything running smoothly on the night.

Please see the full results and the 2016 Time Trial Championship page.

YDL Scottish Final 2016

What a great day for Motherwell AC athletes at the YDL Scottish final in Grangemouth on Sunday 31st July.  There were more fabulous PBs and medal winning performances.  Every single one of our athletes did the Club proud once again and it was great to see them all give their very best today.  Thanks to everyone who came along to support and help, and to all of Team NL for making the journey from the trials on 12 March, through the three matches to the final, a well organised and memorable one for us all.

The day got off to a good start with Stuart Hawkins bagging a massive 24cm silver medal winning PB in the long jump.  Stuart was also a member of the U13B 4x100m relay team which won a silver medal in an exciting race at the end of the day.  Stuart Russell also won a silver medal for another exceptional PB performance this year in the U13B 800m.

The 4x100m U13G relay saw a strong performance from Jenna Booth who also delivered a great PB in her 75m race.  Both Cavan Marie Ryan and Beth Agnew were delighted to achieve well deserved PBs in the LJ.

Results

Stuart Hawkins (U13B): LJ – 4.33 (PB and silver medal); 100m – 14.66; 4x100m Relay – (time tbc, silver medal).
Stuart Russell (U13B): 800m – 2.27.39 (PB and silver medal).
Jenna Booth (U13G): 75m – 10.77 (PB); 4x100m relay – (time tbc).
Cavan Marie Ryan (U13G): LJ – 3.74 (PB); 800m – 3.29.68.
Zoe Hawkins (U15G): 1500m – 5.43.97.
Beth Agnew (U17W): LJ – 4.33 (PB).
Christopher Yau (U17M): 100m – 12.61; 200m – 26.12 & 4x100m relay – (time tbc).

The next competition coming up in our calendar is the OG Meet at Wishaw on 10th August.  It would be great to see lots of MAC vests there competing and supporting a local event.

Entry is  available via Q-buster.  Please see the previous post for further details.

Starters Needed for Scottish Athletics

Scottish Athletics are running short of Officials to cover all the events that go on in Scotland.  One of the lowest groups is the Starter/ Starters Assistant.

Therefore Scottish Athletics are running a Come & Try Starting at the Age Group championships on the 20th and 21st of August. Interested people can come along between 11:30 & 2:30 and be shown the ropes from a UK Athletics qualified Starter.

Without the expertise of Officials athletics in Scotland would not exist.

Please see this poster for more information.

ComeAndTryStarters

NLL Open Graded Meet – Wishaw 10th August 2016

The next NLL Open Graded Meet will take place at Wishaw Sports Centre on Wednesday 10 August, 2016.  As a result, there will be no club training session that evening for the Junior and Intermediate Development Groups and the Sprint Group.  Middle Distance Group athletes should check arrangements with their coach.

This is another opportunity for everyone to compete outdoors in familiar territory and we would encourage athletes (including new and current non members) to take part in at least one event.

Events available are: sprint hurdles; 200m; 300m; 400m; 1500m; long jump; triple jump; javelin and high jump.

Further details, including the entry form and age restrictions, can be found on Q-Buster.

Events are PRE ENTRY ONLY by 8 August 2016.  Declarations open from 5.30pm.

Start lists and heat information will be emailed by NLL to those who have entered online, usually the day before the Meet.  Please arrive at least an hour before the start time of the event(s) you have entered to warm up and collect your race number.

Your coach will be happy to help if you require further information.

RR August 2016 Time Trial Handicaps

The August 2016 Time Trial takes place on Tuesday 2nd August at 6:30pm, starting at The Boathouse, Strathclyde Park.

Please see the handicaps and the 2016 Time Trial Championship.

Open Graded Result – 13th July 2016

Another great night for MAC at the latest Open Graded Meet in Wishaw on 13th July, with a number of PBs and lots of impressive performances across the age groups. Well done to everyone who competed and thanks again to our supporters and those parents who helped officiate at the field events.

The results were as follows:

100m

  • (U11) Emma Kelly: 15.90 (PB); Lucy Robertson: 17.35 (PB)
  • (U13) Taylor Frame: 15.16 (PB); William Bailey: 15.56; Katie Howley: 16.83
  • (U17) Katrina McEwan: 15.24; Christopher Yau: 12.75
  • (SW) Amanda Nicol: 14.24
  • (Masters) Alan Robertson: 11.56.

200m

  • (U11) Emma Kelly: 33.37 (PB); Emma Gilchrist 33.14 (PB)
  • (U13) William Bailey: 32.05; Taylor Frame: 32.20
  • (U17) Katrina McEwan: 31.58 (PB)
  • (Masters) Alan Robertson: 23.69

800m

  • (U15) Zoe Hawkins: 2.34.98; Joey Leach: 2.39.46; Natalie Hilton: 2.50.46
  • (U20) Daniel Martin: 2.09.65; Oliver Heaney: 2.13.32 (PB); Kirsty Irwin: 2.29.46
  • (SM) Tom Timmons: 2.05.37
  • (Masters) Claire Barr: 2.43.52

SP

  • (U11) Emma Gilchrist: 3.53m (PB)
  • (U13) William Bailey: 4.75
  • Katie Howley: 4.43m (PB)

The next Open Graded Meet at Wishaw is due to take place on 10 August 2016 and a further post will follow as soon as entries open on the Q-buster events page.

July 2016 Time Trial Result

We had 22 senior endurance athletes competing in the July Time Trial on what turned out to be a rather nice evening considering the rain was lashing down just prior to the start.

Roddy Quinn won the men’s race in 27:08 and Tracey Lamont was first female in 29:46 well done to both of them.  John Hughes picked up the Wooden Spoon (The Jim Tracey Award) in an uncharacteristically pedestrian time.  Thanks to everyone who made it down to the park to compete this evening.

Thanks once again to Irene Kerr, Anne Hughes and Lynsey Sneddon for helping out and making sure things ran smoothly.

Please see the full results and the 2016 Time Trial Championship league table.

July 2016 Time Trial Handicaps

The July 2016 Time Trial takes place on Tuesday 5th July, 6:30pm start at The Boathouse.

Please see the handicaps for the time trial, and the Time Trial Championship.

June 2016 Time Trial Results

The June time trial took place on Tuesday 7th June. The results in full are here.

33 athletes competed on a fabulous summer’s evening.  First male was Christie Nesbitt and first female was Mae McIsaac.  The wooden spoon went to Dougie O’Hare.

Thanks to Lynsey Sneddon, Irene Kerr, and Anne Hughes for helping out once again.

Thanks to Tommy Sneddon for putting them together.

The league tables are on the 2016 Time Trial Championship page.

Open Graded Meet: Wishaw Sports Centre, 13 July 2016

Another NLL Open Graded Meet will take place at Wishaw Sports Centre on Wednesday 13 July, 2016 at 6.30pm. As a result, there will be no club training session that evening.

This is an opportunity for everyone to compete outdoors in familiar territory and we would encourage athletes (including new and current non members) to take part in at least one event.

Events available are:
100m; 600m; 800m; 200m; 3000m; long  jump; shot putt and high jump.

Further details, including how to enter and any restrictions, can be found here: https://www.q-buster.co.uk/NLOGM13JULY16

Events are PRE ENTRY ONLY by 10 July 2016. Declarations open from 5.30pm. Start lists and heat information will be emailed by NLL to those who have entered online, usually the day before the Meet. Please arrive at least an hour before the start time of the event(s) you have entered to warm up and collect your race number.

Your coach will be happy to help if you require further information.

CSSAL Results 29th May

Results from the first CSSAL Match at Grangemouth on 29 May 2016 are now available and are shown via the attached link on the Power of 10. Well done everyone! It was a very promising start to the league season with lots of impressive performances and more PBs!

http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=174091

Club BBQ 2016 Reminder

t’s been a few years since we had our last MAC BBQ, so now that we have all this good weather, it has put us in the mood to rectify that. The 2016 MAC BBQ will take place on Sunday 3 July at Flower Fairies Garden Centre, Rosebank (next to The Popinjay Hotel) from 1.00 pm.  Club member Andrew Scott, has very kindly offered his premises, which means even if it isn’t quite the BBQ weather we’re all hoping for, it can still go ahead!!!

The club will provide disposable BBQs, all you need to bring is your own food, drink and seating.  This is a club BBQ, so is open to Track & Field and Endurance Runners, family and friends.  The Hughes Family have very kindly, once again, offered to arrange the ‘Traditional Games’ on the day!!  Have dry clothing at the ready!!

Previous BBQs have been well attended and enjoyed by everyone who’s been there, so we hope this one won’t be any different.

We look forward to seeing you all there, but in the meantime, if you have any questions, please speak to Elaine Jamieson.

LAA Relay Results 2016

The confirmed team results have been made available tonight for the LAAA Relays which took place at Wishaw Sports Centre on 10 May 2016.

What a great night for MAC – well done everyone! Apologies to those medalists who didn’t get photographed on the night with their medals.

Results (All 4x100m):

CategoryTimePositionAthletes
U13B1.00.33rdStuart Russell; William Bailey; Calum Agnew; Stuart Hawkins.
Senior Men45.71stJoseph McCluskey; Tom Timmons; Stephen Ross; Alan Robertson.
U11G1.04.72ndAva Lenzie; Hannah Dwyer; Emma Gilchrist; Lucy Robertson.
U13G1.01.86thCavan Marie Ryan; Katie Howley; Taylor Frame; Jenna Booth.
U15G(A)56.23rdSophie Dwyer; Iona Orr; Joey Leach; Rachael Knox.
U15G(B)59.111thNiamh McGinn; Jenny Ferguson; Christy Davis; Amie Gallacher.
U17W56.52ndOlivia McKale; Michaela Dwyer; Katrina McEwan; Olivia Kydd.
Senior Women57.32ndAmanda Nicol; Claire Ross; Fiona Steele; Kirsty Irwin.

 

CANCELLED – Open Graded Meet, 8th June

We have today been advised that the OG Meet, which was due to take place at Wishaw Sports Centre on Wednesday, 8 June 2016, has been cancelled.  Apologies for the short notice and for any disappointment or inconvenience.  Future Wishaw OG dates are listed on the Club’s website calendar.

Training on Wednesday evening will go ahead as usual for the Junior Development Group (coached by William & Vicki) and the Intermediate Development Groups (coached by Lesley, John, Craig and Steven) and we look forward to seeing you there.  Training arrangements for other groups will be confirmed by the coaches for those groups.

Thank you.

June 2016 Time Trial Handicaps

The June 2016 Time Trial is next Tuesday 8 June at 6:30pm, starting at The Boathouse, Strathclyde Park.

Please see the handicaps and the 2016 Time Trial Championship page.

MAC BBQ – 3rd July 2016

It’s been a few years since we had our last MAC BBQ, so now that we have all this good weather, it has put us in the mood to rectify that.   The 2016 MAC BBQ will take place on Sunday 3 July at Flower Fairies Garden Centre, Rosebank (next to The Popinjay Hotel) from 1.00 pm.

Club member Andrew Scott, has very kindly offered his premises, which means even if it isn’t quite the BBQ weather we’re all hoping for, it can still go ahead!!!

The club will provide disposable BBQs, all you need to bring is your own food, drink and seating.  This is a club BBQ, so is open to Track & Field and Endurance Runners, family and friends.  The Hughes Family have very kindly, once again, offered to arrange the ‘Traditional Games’ on the day!!  Have dry clothing at the ready!!

Previous BBQs have been well attended and enjoyed by everyone who’s been there, so we hope this one won’t be any different.

We look forward to seeing you all there, but in the meantime, if you have any questions, please speak to Elaine Jamieson.

Bute Highland Games 2016

The club is running a bus to the Bute Highland Games for a club day out on Saturday 20th August.  There is the 10K Road Race (not part of the championship) for those who want to compete and there are various other track races available for all age groups.

The bus is open to members, family and friends.  The bus will be free, although a small deposit may be required to secure a seat, this is due to the large number of late call offs in recent years.  Folk will pay for the ferry from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay themselves.

What we need at this stage is a note of the numbers who will be requiring the bus.  Elaine Jamieson has once again kindly offered to organise the bus.  If you would like a seat(s) please reply to the post on Facebook, speak to Elaine directly, or text her on 07951 960 469. Please spread the word.

More details about pick up points, times, and the return journey will be published a bit nearer the time.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL TRACK AND FIELD AHLETES: Open Graded Meet: Wishaw Sports Centre, 8 June 2016

Details and entry are available for the next Open Graded Meet which will take place at Wishaw Sports Centre on Wednesday 8 June, 2016 at 6.30pm. As a result, training that evening for those in the Intermediate Development Group (coached by Lesley, John and Craig) and Junior Development Group (coached by William and Vicki) will be cancelled. Middle Distance and Sprint Group athletes should check with their coaches about possible alternative training sessions.

This OG is another opportunity for everyone to compete outdoors in familiar territory and we would encourage athletes (including new and current non members) to take part in at least one event.

Events available are:70/75/80/100/110m hurdles; 200m; 300m (U15B&G) 400m (U17W&M+); 1500m; shot putt; javelin (U13+) and triple jump (U15+). Further details, including how to enter, can be found here: https://www.q-buster.co.uk/NLOGM8JUN16

Events are PRE ENTRY ONLY by 6 JUNE 2016. Declarations open from 5.30pm. Start lists and heat information will be emailed by NLL to those who have entered online, usually the day before the Meet. Please arrive at least an hour before the start time of the event(s) you have entered to warm up and collect your race number.

Your coach  will be happy to answer any further questions you may have.

Bus for Brian Goodwin 10k (17th June)

A 33 seater bus (same as last year) has been organised for the Brian Goodwin 10K.

It leaves from the Electric Bar at 6.00 PM on Friday 17th June, which will get us to The Cartha Queen’s Park Rugby Club in plenty of time for the 7.30 PM start.  The bus will be returning to the Electric Bar at 10.00 PM.  The Boathouse Car Park closes before our return from the race so please do not park there if you are leaving your car.

If you wish to book a seat(s) on the bus please reply to the post on Facebook or text Jim White (who has kindly agreed to sort out the numbers this year) on 07725262878.

Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Ben Smith’s 401 Marathon Challenge

Our very own Everest Marathon Man Nigel Hetherington is organising Ben Smith’s 277th marathon on his 401 epic marathon journey on Friday 3 June.

If you fancy being part of this unique experience it starts at 10.00 am at Bell’s Sports Centre in Perth.

Please contact Nigel on 07938 921045 or email him on nigel.hetherington@hotmail.com. More info can be found at :

http://www.400400challenge.co.uk/marathons/marathon-277-perth

 

Wishaw Open Graded Results

With apologies for the slight delay, here’s the link to the results page from Po10  for the OG Meet at Wishaw on 27 April 2016, in event/heat order:

http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=164392

We had around 35 athletes competing, which was tremendous and a number of PBs and SBs to boot! Well done everyone! Looking forward to more like this in the future. What a great night for MAC.

If you do not have a Po10 profile, please register – its free to do so and is a very useful tool for both athletes and coaches to moniter results and set targets. There’s a helpful FAQs section on the website, but if you have any questions please speak to a coach.

May 2016 Time Trial Result

We had 24 Senior Endurance athletes competing in Tuesday nights May Time Trial on what was horrendous weather for a good part of the the time – high winds, rain and hailstones.

That said we still had some great performances with Phyllis Hands winning the women’s race in 29:42, her best run for a while, and Robert Pattinson winning the men’s race in a new PB of 25:56.  Ian Young picked up another wooden spoon to add to his collection! Well done to everyone who braved the elements to take part this evening.

Thanks once again to Anne Hughes, Irene Kerr, Lynsey Sneddon and John Hughes for helping out on such tough conditions.

Please see the full results and the up-to-date league table.

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May 2016 Time Trial Handicaps

The May 2016 Road Runners Time Trial takes place on 26th April at 6:30, starting at the The Boathouse Gym, Strathclyde Park.

Please see the handicaps and the upated time trial championship page for leagues tables/12 month rolling sheet.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL TRACK AND FIELD AHLETES: Open Graded Event: Wishaw Sports Centre, 27th April 2016

Details and entry have just been released by NLL regarding the next Open Graded Meet which will take place at Wishaw Sports Centre on Wednesday 27 April, 2016 at 6.30pm. It should be noted that TRAINING IS CANCELLED ON 27th APRIL FOR ALL GROUPS EXCEPT THE SPRINT GROUP given that the Meet takes place at our usual training venue that night. An alternative training session will be available for the sprint group at the Bandstand, Strathclyde Park at 6pm.

This OG is a good opportunity for everyone to compete outdoors in familiar territory and we would encourage all athletes (including new and current non members) to take part in at least one event.

Events available are: 100m; 200m (U13+); 600m (U11s only); 800m; shot putt; long jump and high jump. Event times and further details, including how to enter, can be found here: https://www.q-buster.co.uk/nlog27apr16 .

When registering online, you will be asked for your Personal Best (PB). If you have competed previously you can get this from Power of 10: http://www.powerof10.info or check with your coach. As usual, for track events, athletes are grouped into heats based on their PB and will compete with people of a similar ability.

Each event costs £3 to enter and it is appears to be PRE ENTRY ONLY by midnight on 25 April. Please arrive at least an hour before the start time of the event(s) you have entered to warm up and collect your race number. MAC coaches will be there to assist and support athletes as required.

Future OG Meet dates throughout the summer at Wishaw Sports Centre are already in the website calendar. These will take place on 8 June, 13 July, 10 August and 28 September. Event details will be added as soon as they are available.

Please speak to your coach if you have further questions. Thanks.

May 2016 Time Trial Change of Date

Given that the Snowball 5 Mile Race (Championship Race) in Coatbridge takes place on Wednesday 4 May, it has been decided that the May Time Trial which was planned for Tuesday 3 May should be moved to the previous Tuesday 26 April.  From a coaching perspective it is not a realistic or sensible option to race on consecutive days.

So the May time Trial will take place on TUESDAY 26 APRIL.

Please note this in your schedules; the training schedule has taken this into account.

Snowball Race 2016 (RR Championship Race)

The Snowball Race (Championship Race), organised by Scottish Veteran Harriers Club, takes place on Wednesday 4 May and starts at 7.30 PM.

Registration takes place at the Coatbridge Outdoor Centre (Coatbridge Track) on the night. Pre-registration is not required.  The race starts approximately 1 mile away at the entrance to Drumpellier Park so please allow time for registration and getting to the start line.

That is all of the detail available at the moment – if there is any more info we will keep you posted.

April 2016 Time Trial Results

The April 2016 Time Trial took place on Tuesday 5th April, and it was remarkable for the fact that over half the field obtained times faster than their handicaps!

The first male was Jim Tracey and Louise Speirs was first lady.  The Wooden Spoon went to Ian Young.

See the full results and the 2016 Time Trial Championship page.

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UKA Track and Field Affiliated Club Representative, Celtic Nations

At present the UK Athletics, UK Members Council has a vacancy for an Affiliated Club Representative and this position is not due for election until 2017, with the successful candidate taking up their position at the AGM in December 2017.

Following consideration of this situation the Council members unanimously decided at their meeting on 28 February 2016 to seek nominations for a new role to fill this vacant position with an individual to be nominated by the Affiliated Clubs of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales who have Track and Field as a discipline.

Nominations are, therefore, invited for one Track and Field Affiliated Club Representative for the Celtic Nations.

A shortlist of two nominees from each Celtic Nation will be put forward for interview, subject to this number of nominations being received by each Celtic Nation.

The nomination form, details of the role and of the appointment process are enclosed and are also available from the British Atheltics website.

If you wish to put yourself forward as the Motherwell Athletics Club nomination, please submit your personal resume to Peter Blackmore by Friday 22nd April.

Open Graded Event, Ravenscraig RSF: 30 March 2016

The results from the last Open Graded event of the Indoor Season at Ravenscraig on the 30th of March are as follows:

60m:
Stephen Ross 7.35(PB)
Alan Robertson 7.39
Jenna Booth 9.04(PB)
Grant Mudd 9.18(PB)
Emma Gilchrist 9.65(PB)
Katie Howley 10.00
Lucy Robertson 10.66(PB)
Poppy Booth 12.07(PB)

100m:
Stephen Ross 11.53
Alan Robertson 11.62
Christopher Yau 12.76
Jenna Booth 14.47(PB)
Grant Mudd 14.76(PB)
Jay Steele 15.27(PB)
William Bailey 15.56(PB)
Aidan Boyle 15.99(PB)
Katie Howley 15.99
Sam Kirkpatrick 16.07(PB)
Niamh Tuddenham 16.39(PB)
Lucy Robertson 17.45(PB)
Poppy Booth 18.97

Long Jump:
Lauren Ross 4.67(PB)
Aidan Boyle 3.49(PB)
Sam Kirkpatrick 3.15(PB)
William Bailey 3.00(PB)
Emma Gilchrist 3.19(PB)
Jenna Booth 2.96(PB)
Niamh Tuddenham 2.68(PB)
Katie Howley 2.63

Shot Putt:
William Bailey 4.81(PB)
Sam Kirkpatrick 4.58

Well done everyone. Lots more PBs and tremendous performances. A couple of young athletes made their competitive debut, while others were pushing hard to create new PBs. Thanks again to our very supportive (and patient!) parents and friends. Bring on the outdoor season!!

April 2016 Time Trial Handicaps

The April 2016 Time Trial takes place on Tuesday 5th April at 6:30pm, starting at the Boathouse Gym, Strathclyde Park.

The handicaps have been published.  Please see the 2016 Time Trial Championship page for 12 month rolling sheet, league tables and more.

New Motherwell AC Shop

The new Motherwell AC shop is now open for business!

On this web shop you can order club vests, hoodies and the NEW Motherwell AC short sleeve and long sleeve t-shirts.  Sizing for the new t-shirts are the same as your vest size.

To order you need to setup a simple account with Kukri.  All kit will be delivered centrally and then distributed by the club kit manager and their helpers!

The consolidated order can’t be processed for manufacturing until the shop has closed, therefore, the shop will close on Sunday the 10th of April.

It should be really self explanatory to use, however if you’re really stuck email Kevin Durnian or contact Kukri direct on 01772 338899 if you have any payment issues

Visit the club shop now: http://www.kukrisports.co.uk/teamshop/motherwellac/productNavList.action

Open Graded: Ravenscraig RSF 6.00pm, 30 March 2016

A wee reminder to encourage athletes to attend the Open Graded at Ravenscraig on Wednesday 30th March 2016.

It’s a great opportunity to compete for the first time or to get a new personal best.

The style of an open grade competition means that athletes are matched with other athletes on ability rather than by age or gender. As a result, athletes who are competing for the first time or who have had limited experience are able to be competitive against others who are in the same position. It also means that those who are more experienced and have been training longer can be pushed hard by competing against others in different age groups.

We would love to see lots of MAC athletes at this local event. Closing date is 27th March. Entries can be made online at http://www.nlleisure.co.uk/nll-events/open-graded-athletics-events.

SAIL Relays: Emirates Arena, 20 March 2016

Two U13 relay teams represented MAC at the Scottish Athletics Indoor League relay competition on Sunday 20th March.

The girls team (Jenna Booth, Taylor Frame, Katie Howley and Cavan Marie Ryan) ran a fantastic race, finishing 13th in a field of 27 teams with a time of 2.09.23.

The boys (Stuart Russell, Sam Kirkpatrick, William Bailey and Stuart Hawkins) also performed very well with a time of 2.10.01 and placed 14th out of the 22 teams taking part.

Thanks once again to parents and friends who supported this event and well done to the teams for such a great effort.

YDL Trial/Inter Club Challenge Results: 12 March 2016

We had around 40 athletes competing in MAC vests on Saturday 12th March at Wishaw. The results included lots of PBs, medals and performances full of promise for the upcoming summer season.

A huge well done to everyone who competed and many thanks again to parents, friends and athletes/coaches for their much appreciated help and support.

Please continue to keep an eye on the website calendar for future events.

See the full results and photos from the day.

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Scottish National Indoor Age Group Championships: 5 & 6 March 2016

Some of our youngest athletes made their first ever appearance in a national competition at the U13/U20 and U15/U20 Age Group Championships in the Emirates Arena, Glasgow at the weekend. Great performances all round and some PBs too.

On Saturday, our youngest athlete, Stuart Hawkins, made it to the semi-final of the 60m and although he didn’t make the final, he achieved his second PB of the day in that race. Taylor Frame also bagged two great PBs in her 60m and 200m races. Cavan Marie was very close to her PBs in both events she competed in and performed well in a tough 800m race.

On Sunday, Zoe Hawkins knocked almost two seconds off her indoor PB in the U15G 800m race and was only three hundredths of a second off her previous best time outdoors.

A very worthwhile experience for all athletes in a slightly more formal race setting. Very well done everyone!

Results:

  • Stuart Hawkins (U13B): 60m(h): 9.36 (PB); 60m(sf): 9.21(PB); 200m: 31.34 ; LJ, 3.98m.
  • Taylor Frame (U13G): 60m: 9.62 (PB); 200m: 32.19 (PB).
  • Cavan Marie Ryan (U13G): 800m: 2.54.47; LJ: 3.53m.
  • Zoe Hawkins (U15G): 800m: 2.36.46

Phyllis Hands and Fiona Steele recognised for outstanding achievement

Two of our Senior Athletes received Merit Awards at the Clydesdale Council Sporting Achievement Awards Dinner last night.

Congratulations go to Phyllis Hands and Fiona Steele for their their excellent performances during the season.  Well done from everybody at the club.

Phyllis Hands and Fiona Steele

Open Graded Event: Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, 30th March 2016

The next Open Graded event is at Ravenscraig RSF on 30th March at 6.30pm. This is another great opportunity for everyone to compete indoors and get a time/distance registered.

Events available are: 60m; 100m; shot putt; long jump and high jump. Event times and further details, including how to enter, can be found here: http://www.nlleisure.co.uk/nll-events/open-graded-athletics-events .

When registering online, you will be asked for your Personal Best (PB). If you have competed previously you can get this from Power of 10:  http://www.powerof10.info  or check with your coach. For track events, athletes are grouped into heats based on their PB and will compete with people of a similar ability.

Each event costs £3 to enter and it is usually pre-entry only. Please arrive an hour before the start time of the event(s) you have entered to warm up and collect your race number. One of our coaches will be there to assist and support athletes as required.

It would be great to see lots of Motherwell AC vests at a local event, but if you can’t make it, there is still the opportunity to train as normal.

March 2016 Time Trial Results

We held the March Trial, the first competitive one of the season, on a cold, wet and windy night at Strathclyde Park.  That said we still had a really good turnout of 31 athletes taking part in the 4 mile handicap race.

Congratulations go to Allan Cameron who won the men’s race in an excellent time of 22:06, and Susan Stewart won the women’s race in a PB of 27:59.  Peter Blackmore picked up the wooden spoon in an unremarkable time that would be easily forgotten.  Thanks to everyone who made it down to compete this evening.

Thanks to tonight’s helpers too – Jim Tracey and John Burns who were on torch duty at the underpass, Anne Hughes for starting the race and timing the finishers, Brian McLinden for stepping in to the breach and ensuring we got the names of every finisher in the correct order, and Lynsey Sneddon for videoing the finish to back up the manual process.

March Time Trial

See the full results and the 2016 Time Trial Championship page.

Team NL – Youth Development League Trials Timetable

The timetable for the Team NL Youth Development League Trials has been published.

The trials take place on the 12th of March, starting at 10am, in Wishaw Sports Centre.  Athletes should arrive at the event at least one hour before competing, in order to warm up properly.

Please see the following for more details

March 2016 Time Trial

The March 2016 Time Trial takes place this Tuesday 1 March at 6.30 pm, meeting at the Boathouse. The handicaps remain the same as the February ones.

See the Time Trial Championship 2016 page for more.

Youth Development League 2016

The Team NL Youth Development League 2016 Trials and NL Club Challenge Championships will take place at Wishaw Sports Centre at 10am on 12 March 2016 for athletes from Motherwell AC, Cumbernauld AAC and Airdrie Harriers.

The Scottish Youth Development League (Div.1), includes the composite Team NL, made up of athletes from MAC, Airdrie and Cumbernauld.  Qualifying for Team NL presents a great opportunity to train with athletes from other NL clubs and represent NL in three top quality competitions;

 

Although the YDL fixtures during the season are only for the U13, U15 and U17 age groups, this competitive and fun event is open to all from U11 through to U20 and we would encourage all athletes to take part, if possible.

There will be no registration for events on the day, so all entry forms must be completed and returned NO LATER THAN WED 2nd MARCH.

A pre-entry form can be obtained from your coach.

Proposed Road Runners Leagues 2016

The proposed road runners leagues for 2016 have been decided.

You can see the proposed leagues here.

Runners must be a member from 1st March 2016 to be eligible to be included in the leagues, and should this be missed, runners shall not be included later.

Therefore it is important that you renew your membership!

However runners who join later than 1st March are included in the Road Runners Championship, Time Trial Championship and Cross Country Championship for the races following their joining.

See also the 2016 Road Runners Championship and Leagues page.

Scottish Indoor Masters Results

Motherwell AC had a day littered with outstanding performances at the Scottish Indoor Masters (held at the Emirates) on 14th February.  Our athletes achieved many medals and PBs.

AthleteEvent 1Event 2Event 3
Jim Smith60m Gold 9.03 PB200m Gold 30.57 PBLong Jump 4.09 PB
Alan Robertson60m Silver 7.36 PB200m Bronze 23.83 PBLong Jump 4th 5.88
Fiona Steele60m Silver 9.21 PB200m Gold 29.39 PB
William Martin60mH Silver 11.08 PB200m Silver 28.35400m Silver 62.32 PB
Clare Barr800m Gold 2.34.96 PB
Benny Hands800m Silver 2:28.41

Alan was the fastest Scot.  The guys who beat him were from England and in the GB squad.

Thanks to Bob McCrum and Jill Logan for supplying the times/positions.

SAIL Match 3 Results, 31 January 2016

The results from the SAIL Match 3 which took place at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow on 31st January 2016 are as follows:

U11G

  • 60m, Hannah Dwyer: 9.82 (PB)
  • 60m, Emma Gilchrist: 10.10
  • 600m, Emma Gilchrist: 2.21.87

U13G

  • 60m, Katie Howley: 10.01
  • 200m, Taylor Frame: 34.31 (SB)
  • 800m, Cavan Marie Ryan: 3.00.40
  • LJ, Taylor Frame: 3.19m (PB)
  • SP,  Katie Howley: 3.98m (PB)

U15G

  • 60m, Rachael Knox: 9.02 (PB)
  • 300m, Joey Leach: 50.59 (PB)
  • 800m, Zoe Hawkins: 2.38.42 (SB)
  • LJ, Joey Leach: 3.59m (SB)

U17W

  • 60m, Olivia McKale: 9.17( PB)
  • 200m, Michaela Dwyer: 28.38(PB)

U13B

  • 60m, Sam Kirkpatrick: 10.24 (PB)
  • 200m, Stuart Russell: 30.47 (PB)
  • 800m, Stuart Hawkins: 2.55.55 (PB)
  • LJ,  Stuart Russell: 3.42m
  • SP,  Sam Kirkpatrick: 4.13m

U15B

  • 60m, Gabriel McCluskey: 9.18 (PB)
  • 800m, Dylan Drummond: 2.29.32

U17M

  • 60m, Evan Bridges: 8.29 (PB)
  • 200m, Lewis Gray: 37.06
  • 800m, Luke Poutney: 2.09.72 (PB

U20M

  • 60m, Michael Thomson: 7.35
  • 200m, Stephen Ross: 23.09 (SB)
  • 800m, Tom Timmons : 2.04.06 (SB)
  • 400m, Adam Laird: 56.55 (PB)

Again, lots of PBs and a particularly significant one for Adam Laird who knocked almost 5 seconds off his 400m time in the last match!  Luke Poutney has also since smashed this 800m PB in a fantastic performance at the Scottish Schools Championships on 4th February, with a time of 2.07.85!

Best wishes for a speedy recovery go to Lewis Gray who sustained an injury during his 200m race. Huge thanks and very well done to everyone who competed in events over the 3 matches. We also very much appreciate the support of family and friends and the work and support of our volunteer coaches before, during and after these competitions.

RR Training – Saturday 13th Feb

Training on Saturday 13th February is at Lanark Racecourse.
3x2K – 2min recovery – on flat grass surface.

The address is Hyndford Road ML11 9WN.
Directions are:

  • Head for Lanark – at the top of the main street veer right (signposted Carlisle).
  • Go past train station, supermarket and petrol station.
  • At roundabout take second exit (signposted Carlisle).
  • Go about 1 mile along the road to Lanark Loch.
  • Go past this entrance and as you go over the hill there will be a sign for Lanark Racecourse  Facility/Scottish Equestrian Centre
  • Turn in left and follow the road round to the car park at the all-weather football pitches.

Others in lycra will be there awaiting your arrival.

MAC Ceilidh 2016 Countdown

A reminder to all road-runners, track and field athletes and your friends and family; this year’s Ceilidh will be on Saturday 27 February in St Bride’s Hall, Motherwell at 7.30 pm.  Tickets £7 for adults and £4 children, family of 4 £20.00.  Anyone with more than 2 children should speak to Elaine for a discounted price.  Great Ceilidh band, Haggis, neeps and tatties as well as kids meal all on offer.  Anyone with any special dietary requirements should speak to Elaine

Raffle prize donations would be greatly appreciated, just hand them into Elaine on any training night.  Elaine will also be selling raffle tickets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from now until the ceilidh.

MAC Corporate Membership for SRC Fitness – Boathouse Gym, at Strathclyde Park

Members of Motherwell athletics can obtain a reduced rate corporate Membership available at SRC fitness Strathclyde park (the boathouse gym).

The cost is £17 per person per calendar month by direct debit saving £14 per month on a full membership.

The gym offers Cardio, fixed resistance, free weights and stretching area.

SRC Fitness offer gym based training programs specific to the user needs integrating core cardio and strength training.

Cross training using strength and conditioning helps prevent injury and adds to break performance plateaus.

Group S&C sessions are available in group of 5/20 including a instructor. Price on request.

Locker changing room and shower facilities are also included with the membership.

People interested in finding out more or to join should contact John Blair via one of the following means.

Scottish National Senior Championships

We have another couple of confirmed results from the Scottish National Senior Championships at the Emirates Arena on 30 January 2016. Both Alan Robertson and Jim Smith represented the Club at this event and competed in the 60m. Alan (V35) achieved a season’s best time of 7.45 and Jim (V70) secured another PB with a time of 9.05. Well done guys!

Annual Training Plan

Coach John Hughes recently gave a well received talk on the clubs annual training plan.

The slides for this talk are now available on the website.

A link shall remain on the Calendar page for future reference.

Open Graded at Ravenscraig (27th Jan) Results

The results from the Open Graded on 27th January 2016 at Ravenscraig RSF are now available, and are as follows:

60m:
Emma Gilchrist (U11) 9.98
Katie Howley (U13) 9.75 PB
Sam Kirkpatrick (U13) 10.32 PB
Stuart Russell (U13) 9.31 PB
William Bailey (U13) 9.85 PB
Katrina McEwan (U17) 9.45 PB
Michael Thomson (U20) 7.26 PB
Stephen Ross (U23) 7.36 PB
James Smith (V70) 9.20 PB

100m:
Cavan Marie Ryan (U13) 15.72
Stuart Russell (U13) 15.09 PB
William Bailey (U13) 15.93 PB
Jenna Booth (U15) 16.49 PB
Sophie Inglis (U15) 16.12 PB
Katrina McEwan (U17) 15.00 PB
Olivia Kydd (U17) 14.92
Olivia McKale (U17) 15.05
Christopher Yau (U17) 12.99 SB
Stephen Ross (U23) 11.47 PB
James Smith (V70) 14.78 SB

Long Jump:
Emma Gilchrist (U11) 2.96 PB
Katie Howley (U13) 2.70 PB
Cavan Marie Ryan (U13) 3.33 SB
Sam Kirkpatrick (U13) 3.14 PB
Stuart Russell (U13) 3.24
William Bailey (U13) 2.79 PB
Sophie Inglis (U15) 3.13 SB

Shot Putt:
Sam Kirkpatrick (U13) 5.08 PB

There were lots of PBs (some already surpassed at subsequent events) and it was fantastic to see so many MAC vests at a local indoor event. It would be great to see even more athletes at the next one on 30th March. Well done everyone and thanks to all our supporters once again.

Time Trial Cancelled

Tonight’s Time Trial Cancelled

We have had the tunnel connecting Strathclyde Park and Palace Grounds checked out twice today and the conditions in the tunnel are far to dangerous for racing (perhaps OK for passing through walking or jogging in daylight).

The Time Trial will be rescheduled and details will follow as soon as we sort something out.

I will get in touch with John Hughes about an alternative session for this evenings training.

Sorry if this causes you any inconvenience.

Joe

MAC Newsletter issue 2 February 2016

Please find the latest issue of the club newsletter with relevant info for all athletes and families.

MAC February 2016

Thanks, Mark

February 2016 RR Time Trial

The first competitive race of the Time Trial Championship takes place this coming Tuesday at 6.30 pm at the Boathouse as usual.

The Road Runners Sub Committee approved a proposal to change this year’s rules.

  1. The December and January Time Trial results will not count towards the best of the last 3 results used for working out the handicaps. Given that these results are not part of the championship they should not count in the handicap process.
  2. The times of Individuals completing a 1st and/or 2nd marker will continue to count for handicaps.
  3. The new 12 month rolling results sheet has been updated with the December and January results highlighted for information only.

Essentially the February Handicaps will be the same as the December ones for all runners except those who achieved a 1st and/or 2nd Marker in December and January.  A new 12 month rolling sheet for 2016 and the February Handicaps has been published.

Open Graded at Ravenscraig – 27th Jan

It was a great night for MAC at the second Open Graded event in Ravenscraig RSF on 27th January.

It provided a perfect introduction to competition for one or two of our young athletes as well as a way for some of our more experienced runners to push boundaries and test their training targets.

Official results to follow, but well done to those who participated and thanks to everyone who came along to support our athletes.

The next one takes place at the same venue on 30th March.

MAC Ceilidh – Helpers Wanted

Elaine is looking for volunteers to help on the night of the ceilidh.  Duties up for offer are:

  • Raffle tickets (selling and being responsible for the takings, 2 people)
  • Handing out the raffle prizes
  • Collecting and counting the money from nearest to bottle game

If you can help out, comment below or speak to Elaine.

See the previous post for details of the Celidh.

 

MAC Ceilidh – Saturday 27th Feb 2016

Ticket prices have been set for this year’s Ceilidh – £7 for adult tickets, £4 children (16 and under).   Family of four £20.00.   Anyone with a family of three or more children should speak to Elaine for a price.   Please contact Elaine for tickets.

The usual Haggis, Neeps and Tatties will be on offer, with Pizza and Chips for kids.  A vegetarian option will be on offer if required so if you have any special diet requirements please let Elaine know at time of booking tickets.

SAIL Match 2 Results, 10 January 2016

The results from the SAIL Match 2 which took place at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow on 10th January 2016 are as follows:

U11G

  • 60m, [A String] Hannah Dwyer: 9.69 (2nd) (PB)
  • 60m, [B String] Emma Gilchrist: 9.93 (1st) (PB)
  • 600m, [A String] Ava Lenzie: 2.25
  • 600m, [B String] Emma Gilchrist: 2.21.16 (8th) (PB).

U13G

  • 60m, Taylor Frame: 9.86
  • 200m, Katie Howley: 34.51 (PB)
  • 800m, Cavan Marie Ryan: 2.54.93 (10)
  • LJ, Katie Howley: 2.55m (PB)
  • SP, Taylor Frame: 4.98m (10th) (PB)

U15G

  • 60m, Rachael Knox: 9.02 (8th) (PB)
  • 200m, Rachael Knox: 30.21
  • 800m, Joey Leach: 2.48.16
  • 300m, Zoe Hawkins :47.61 (6th) (PB)
  • LJ, Zoe Hawkins: 3.65m

U17W

  • 60m, Olivia McKale: 9.56( PB)
  • 200m, Michaela Dwyer: 28.92 (9th)
  • 300m, Katrina McEwan: 50.56 (PB)

U20W

  • 60m,  Jennifer Vaughan: 9.28 (7th) (PB)
  • 400m, Kirsty Irwin: 64.99 (5th)
  • 800m, Jenny Ireland: 2.34.34 (2nd)

U13B

  • 60m, Stuart Russell: 9.50 (PB)
  • 200m, Stuart Hawkins: 30.83 (7th) (PB)
  • 800m, Sam Kirkpatrick: 3.05
  • LJ, Stuart Russell: 3.48m (9th) (PB)
  • SP, Stuart Hawkins: 4.73m (PB)

U15B

  • 60m, Gabriel McCluskey: 12.41
  • 800m, Dylan Drummond: 2.28.16 (5th) (PB)

U17M

  • 60m, Lewis Gray: 7.65 (2nd) (PB)
  • 800m, Luke Poutney: 2.11.46 (6th)

U20M

  • 60m, Michael Thomson: 7.46 (4th)
  • 200m, Tom Timmons: 24.90 (8th)
  • 800m, Daniel Martin: 2.12.67 (8th)
  • 400m, Lawrence McCluskey: 61.57 (9th)

It was another great day for MAC and there were lots more PBs.  Well done to everyone who competed. A special mention goes to Gabriel McCluskey, who fell in his 60m but very bravely got up and finished the race.  Thanks again to everyone who came along in support of the club.

Talk on Structured Training Year

Motherwell AC Coach John Hughes shall be giving a talk on a structured training year at 7:45pm on Thursday 21st January at the Boathouse Gym, Strathclyde Park.

The talk should last no more than 30 mins, and explains what type of training sessions we do throughout the year and why.

 

MAC Ceilidh – Saturday 27 February 2016

A reminder that MAC’s annual ceilidh will be held on Saturday 27 February in St Bride’s Hall, Motherwell.   The band as usual will be Andy Kane.   We’ll let you know ticket prices next week, but Elaine is starting to take names, so if you’re looking for tickets please let her know via Facebook, mobile 07951 960469 or in person.   Children , family and friends are all welcome.  Haggis, neeps and tatties will be on the menu with a vegetarian and kids option available too.

Raffle prizes would be appreciated – even those unwanted Christmas presents, we’ll make sure they go to a good home!   Bring them along to any club session and give them to Elaine.

January 2016 Time Trial Results

We had an excellent turn out of 36 Road Runners for last night’s Time Trial and we had a dry spell for the race!

Alan Cameron won the men’s race in a superb time of 22:46 and Phyllis Hands took the women’s trophy in 30:42, a full half minute faster that her estimated time. Dougie O’Hare picked up the Wooden Spoon (The Jim Tracey Award) with an unspectacular performance.

Thanks once again to Irene Kerr, Wendy Kerr, and Anne Hughes for helping out.

See the full results.

Membership 2016

It’s that time of year again when memberships are also due for renewal.

As with previous years we are asking you to do this online at Entry Central to avoid any admin overhead for our already busy volunteers.

If you joined after 1st October 2015 then your membership is valid for 2016.

If you are a member of the track and field section, please also ensure that your monthly standing order of £5 is setup.

If you have any questions, see our membership page or please speak to Monica or one of the coaches.

Join Motherwell Athletics Club.

MAC Newsletter January 2016

MAC News January 2016

On that special link above you will find the first edition of the new MAC Monthly newsletter.

The plan is to have this distributed to all members through email over time, however I am currently having problems accessing entry central. Please note also that there may still be issues trying to renew membership, but hopefully they will be resolved ASAP. I look forward to your feedback on what I think can be a good communications tool going forward.

Thanks, Mark

SAIL Match 1 Results (6th December 2015)

We are now able to confirm results from the first SAIL Match which took place at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow on 6 December 2015:

U11G

EventStringAthleteTimePosition
60mA StringHannah Dwyer9.746th
60mB StringEmma Gilchrist9.996th
600mB StringHannah Dwyer2.33.52
600mA StringEmma Gilchrist2.29.33

U13G

EventAthleteResult
60mTaylor Frame9.83 (PB)
200mAbbie Reed33.02
800mCavan Marie Ryan2.51.57 (PB)
Long JumpCavan Marie Ryan2.97m
Shot PuttTaylor Frame4.36m

U15G

EventAthleteResult
60mRachael Knox9.13 (PB)
200mRachael Knox30.10 (PB)
800mJoey Leach2.44.66

U17W

EventAthleteResult
60mOlivia Kydd9.35
200mBeth Agnew30.18
300mMichaela Dwyer46.52(PB)
LJBeth Agnew3.97m

U20W

EventAthleteTimePosition
60mChloe Thomson8.62
800mKirsty Irwin2.31.105th

U13B

EventAthleteTime
60mCalum Agnew9.59
800mStuart Russell2.42.83
LJStuart Russell3.23m
SPCalum Agnew4.85m

U15B

EventAthleteTimePosition
800mDylan Drummond2.29.667th

U17M

EventAthleteTimePosition
60mChristopher Yau8.21
200mLewis Gray24.8210th
800mLuke Poutney2.13.168th

U20M

EventAthleteTimePosition
60mJoseph McCluskey7.85
200mStephen Ross23.665th
800mTom Timmons2.13.45
LJJohn McCulloch5.42m10th

Well done to everyone who competed.  There were a number of PBs which is super.  Placings are also shown for athletes who made the top 10 in their respective events from both the morning and afternoon sessions combined.  Anyone wishing further details should speak to their coach.

Thanks once again to parents and friends who came along to support out athletes.

January 2016 Time Trial Handicaps

The next time trial takes place on 12th January at 6:30pm at the Boathouse.

Please see the handicaps and the new 2016 Time Trial Championship page.

 

Training Over Christmas – William’s and Intermediate Groups

William’s group has now finished training for the festive period and training starts back on Wednesday 6th December at Braidhurst Sports Barn.

For the Intermediate Group (coached by Craig, Jill, Lesley and Steven) training next Wednesday (23rd) is at Wishaw Track – this is of course dependent on the weather so please keep an eye on social media for updates.  There is no training on Monday 28th and Wednesday 30th.  There may be training on Monday 4th January – we will advise nearer the time.

Please see the updated Intermediate Group Training Calendar.

Open Graded at Ravenscraig Results

Here are the results for the athletes who competed at the Open Graded meeting at Ravenscraig. Well done to all!

60m: Taylor Frame (10.05); Amanda Nicol (9.09)
100m – Taylor Frame (15.91); Cavan Marie Ryan (15.75); Jim Smith (14.99)
Long Jump – Cavan Marie Ryan (3.58 (PB))

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Christmas Handicap 2015 Result

We had 32 RRs participating in this morning’s Christmas Handicap and this was our biggest turnout since records began.

Given the treacherous conditions because of the ice and frost, this annual event split into a fun run for the majority of the group with the small band of ‘serious’ (or seriously mad) RRs deciding to do the 4 mile race proper.

Emma Stevenson was first female and Tommy Sneddon was first male in the serious race, with Craig Mackenzie picking up the wooden spoon (The Jim Tracey Award). Congratulations to them for risking life and limb by competing in such crazy conditions.

Female
1st Emma Stevenson 26:28

Male
1st Tommy Sneddon 28:13
2nd Mark Paterson 23:38
3rd Craig Mackenzie 23;18

1st Marker
Ben Smith 24:31
Alan Tait 24:42
Roddy Quinn 33:12

2nd Marker
Alan Cameron 23:35

Back at the Electric Bar around 40 RRs voted Mark Gallacher Road Runner of the Year – well done Mark you deserve all the accolades for your efforts this season.  It was also Vicki Wright’s birthday ​​and she was presented with a cake by Tracey Lamont from her fellow RRs.

Thanks to Anne Hughes and Lynsey Sneddon for helping out once again.

SAIL – Scottish Athletics Indoor League

SAIL (the Scottish Athletics Indoor League) marks the start of the indoor season for Motherwell AC. There are three competitions days/matches for the 2015/16 season: 6 December 2015, 10 January 2016 and 31 January 2016. These matches take place at 9:30am in the Emirates Arena, Glasgow and usually run until around 2pm. Teams are selected by coaches from each age group (U11- U20) and discipline for a number of prescribed races and field events. Selections are based and depend on which events are taking place and how athletes have performed in training. Every effort is made to provide an opportunity to those athletes who want to compete and who train regularly, to take part in at least one event over the course of the three matches. If you/your child hasn’t been contacted by a coach in relation to the match on 6 December, you/they may still be considered for subsequent matches. Please let a coach know if you/your child is interested in competing.

LAAA XC Results 2015

Well done to all our athletes who represented the club at the LAAA cross country championships on 21st Nov.

Full results are:

  • U13G – Zoe Hawkins (17th – 10:23)
  • U13G – Cavan Marie Ryan (35th – 11:36)
  • U17W – Jenny Ireland (2nd – 21:23)
  • U17W – Kirsty Ferguson (5th – 23:14)
  • U17M – Luke Poutney (3rd – 17:24)
  • SW – Kirsty Irwin (6th – 21:56)
  • SW – Phyllis Hands (13th – 23:31)
  • SM – Craig Mackenzie (9th – 35:41, 2nd SM)
  • SM – Daniel Martin (23rd – 38:47, 2nd U20M)
  • SM – Scott Dickson (31st – 40:15)
  • SM – Marcus Whyte (39th – 42:08)
  • SM – Ross Burton (46th – 43:47)
  • SM – John Burns (52nd – 47:56)
  • SM – Peter Blackmore (57th – 50:12)
  • SM – James Proffitt (58th – 50:22)

Thanks to all the parents who came to support on a freezing cold day and to Bob McCrum and Lesley Ross for volunteering with registration and the finish funnel.

T&F Winter Training

It should be noted that if training is cancelled over the winter months due to adverse weather conditions, a text alert will be issued to members on the mobile phone number listed on our membership system.  Non-members will, as far as possible be contacted on the mobile phone number provided on attendance registration records.  Please make sure that you notify us of any changes in contact details, particularly mobile phone numbers. Messages will also be posted on social media.

Cancellations are generally outwith our control and may be at very short notice.  Please make sure that children are not dropped off at training venues without checking that the venue is open, training is on and coaches are present.

Track and Field Training (Wednesdays)

Just a reminder for those who train with William, Jill, Lesley, Craig, Steven and Vicki on a Wednesday night, training from this Wednesday (2nd Dec) is at Braidhurst Sports Barn in Motherwell (ML1 3XF) at the usual time of 6-7:45pm.

Please remember to bring £1 to help cover the cost of the hire.

Please take your child in to the sports barn and do not leave them before ensuring that a member of the coaching team is there.


T&F winter training arrangements – It should be noted that if training is cancelled over the winter months due to adverse weather conditions, a text alert will be issued to members on the mobile phone number listed on our membership system.  Non-members will, as far as possible be contacted on the mobile phone number provided on attendance registration records.  Please make sure that you notify us of any changes in contact details, particularly mobile phone numbers. Messages will also be posted on social media.

Cancellations are generally outwith our control and may be at very short notice.  Please make sure that children are not dropped off at training venues without checking that the venue is open, training is on and coaches are present.

Christmas 2015 Time Trial

The 2015 Christmas Time Trial takes place on Sunday 13th December at 10:30am (race starts at 11am).

Please see the handicaps.

Road Runners Sub-Committee Meeting 14 Nov 2015

The RRs Sub Committee had its first meeting on Saturday 14 November.  There was an excellent turnout of 12 RRs.  We discussed a number of areas including the rules for the competitions and the races for next season’s championship.  Six races have been approved – 3 Parkruns (5K), Down by the River 10K, Tom Scott 10 Mile Road Race, and the Brian Goodwin 10k.  The remaining 3 races will be decided at the January meeting. Please have a read at the minutes to get up to speed on the discussions.

Please see the minutes.

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Down By The River 10k – 2016 Road Runners Championship

The Road Runners sub group held their first meeting yesterday (Saturday 14th November), minutes to follow.

Although the full list of races for the 2016 league and champs has to be completed, the first race in the series will be the Down by the River Cambuslang 10k and entries are now open.

The rest of the races will be announced after the January meeting, however it was felt it was right to announce this in order that as many people as want to take part can in case the race sells out.

T&F Winter Training Arrangements

Please note that for those who train with William, Jill, Lesley, Craig and Steven on a Wednesday night, training in December and January is at Braidhurst Sports Barn in Motherwell at the usual time of 6-7:45pm.

Athletes should not just be dropped off but taken in to the facility and not left until a member of the coaching team is there.

We will collect £1 from each athlete to help cover the cost of the hire of the hall (this is instead of the £1.80 paid for Wishaw).

With the recent track closures it has come to our attention that we may not have the most up to date contact information – if your details have changed please let a coach know and our records will be updated.

For those who train with Jill, Lesley, Craig and Steven please see the training calendar which lists

  • Training Sessions
  • Open Graded Events we are encouraging the group to enter and
  • Indoor Competitions (the team is selected by the coaches).

If you have any questions, please contact one of the coaches.

National Short Course (4K) Cross Country Results

Congratulations go to Phyllis Hands who won the Gold Medal in the W60 category – well done Phyllis. Here are women’s and men’s results

Women

PlaceNameTime
100Clare Barr18:05
116Susan Stewart18:46
137Pyhllis Hands19:46

Men

PlaceNameTime
101Craig Mackenzie14:15
151Nicholas Hughes15:02
244Marcus Whyte16:16
245Scott Dickson16:18
268Ross Burton16:43
319John Burns19:04
329Peter Blackmore19:44

The 2015-16 Cross Country Championship tables have been updated.

National Short Course

Gold at Bellahouston

Phyllis Hands was first in the W60 category at the Scottish short-course championship at Bellahouston today – winning a gold medal.

Well done to Phyllis and the other MAC athletes who braved a dreich day and a waterlogged course.
Susan S-Mck – Clare B – Nick H – Craig Mac – Ross B – Scott D – Peter B – John B – Marcus W.
Special mention for Susan who had an epic journey to get to Bellahouston
and to the 3 young supporters who will all be going home a lot dirtier than when they arrived.

November 2015 Time Trial Results

We had 28 Road Runners participating in tonight’s final time trial of this year’s competition on what turned out to be quite a pleasant evening given the heavy fog earlier in the day.

Mae McIsaac won the women’s race in 30-58, and Dougie O’Hare took the men’s prize in 32-17. Well done to both of them and everyone else who got down to Strathclyde Park to compete this evening.  Jim Tracey picked up the Wooden Spoon (The Jim Tracey Award) in another less than mediocre time.

There were some excellent performances last night, too many to list.  However, a special mention must go to Clare Hughes who beat her PB and recorded 25:08, and is the second fastest female in the 11 year history of the Time Trial.  Chris Macdonald also had an outstanding run, the fastest by a male athlete this season, in fabulous time of 21:33.

Commiserations go to Gillian McCaffer who was first female across the line but unfortunately took the wrong route and had to be classified as a DNF.  She was awarded a miniature of Buckfast to help drown her sorrows

Tommy Sneddon and Tracey Lamont have won this year’s male and female championships. Well done for some fantastic performances throughout the year.

Thanks to Irene Kerr, Anne Hughes, Wendy Kerr, and Mark Gallacher for helping out this evening.

Please see the full results.

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Change of Road Runners Training Venue – 5th November 2015

Please note RRs training will meet at Ravenscraig Sports centre reception at 6.30 pm tomorrow (5 November).

Do The Strictly

#DoTheStrictly

Inspired by Vicki and Claire, Motherwell AC are going to try and win tickets to Strictly Come Dancing, Live in Blackpool.

After the Time Trial on Tuesday, put your Club vest on and join Vicki and Claire to do The Strictly.

Learn the 8 simple steps of Strictly Come Dancing’s new signature routine, The Strictly.

November 2015 Time Trial Handicaps

The next time trial takes place on Tuesday 3rd November 2015 at 6:30pm.

Please see the handicaps and the 2015 Time Trial Championship page.

 

London Marathon 2016 Ballot

Motherwell AC has been allocated two club entries for the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Anyone who wishes to be entered into the Club Ballot, must be a fully paid up, first-claim adult member on 1st March 2015 and have received an official rejection from the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon ballot. Submit entries to Peter Blackmore.

The ballot will be drawn at the Club Presentation night on Friday 20th November 2015.

MAC Coach/Parent Meeting

A meeting has been arranged for parents of MAC athletes at Wishaw Sports Centre on Wednesday 4th November, 6.15 to 7pm (room TBA).

All Parents are encouraged to attend to hear about MAC Track & Field aims, competitions, membership, etc.  MAC Coach Bob McCrum will be on hand to answer any questions he can.

A reminder for all Members and Parents

A reminder to all members and parents, the Club AGM is being held this Thursday, 22 October, at 8.15pm in the Clyde Room at the Watersports Centre, Strathclyde Park. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage your attendance. We need people to step up and get involved in the running and operations of the club, no matter how small the contribution may be. We want to see even more integration between the road and track and field sections of the club and build on the many positive contributions already being made.

Whether you have professional skills, a desire to help during the year, or even get involved in coaching, we need you!! We have a small but dedicated group currently who do so much for the club however we would like to have more people doing less. We will be establishing a new club development plan in 2016 to follow up on the questionnaire which was available to members in the summer. (Some!) of the varied roles we need help with are as follows:

Coaches
Team managers
Social event organisers
Kit co-ordinators
Links for local schools
Communication co-ordinators
Social media assistant
Fundraisers
Female track and field welfare officer
Media co-ordinator

There are many roles and all the above and more need help from within our membership. Everyone on the committee and coaching team, do so as volunteers, so we really do need your help. The more help we have, the less people will be asked to do.

It would be appreciated if you could attend the AGM and offer some help. All roles on the committee are open for nomination and whilst some members are willing to stand for re-election, fresh ideas and new people will always be welcome. The AGM is historically attended by road runners however we welcome all members and parents. This is a chance for you to come along, ask questions and hear what the club is doing.

Training and support will be available for anyone who is able to volunteer some time, and your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please remember, this is your club, and it doesn’t run itself.

To discuss getting involved, please contact me at ewencameron@motherwellac.com or 07979 149782

I hope to see at the AGM this week.

Many thanks,
Ewen Cameron
Chair

West District XC Relay Results

Here are the results of the first race in the 2015/16 XC Championship. Well done to the 6 women and 9 men who took part in the relays.  It was a fantastic day as you will have already seen from previous posts.

5 bonus points are awarded in the XC Championship for each runner who took part and finished the course.  The 2015-2016 Cross Country Championship Tables have been updated.

Senior Women

Team A 00:54:36 (14th Place)

Clare Hughes00:16:22
Leigh Mathieson00:19:14
Susan Stewart00:19:00

Team B Vets 00:58:06 (4th Place)

Phyllis Hands00:19:54
Clare Barr00:18:14
Angela Downie00:19:58

Senior Men

Team A 00:63:16 (30th Place)

Nicholas Hughes00:14:41
Ross Burton00:16:42
Kevin Durnian00:17:34
Craig Mackenzie00:14:19

Team B 00:73:38 (42nd Place)

Thomas Sneddon00:17:59
Jim White00:16:47
Peter Blackmore00:20:29
John Burns00:18:23

Team C

Steven McCaw00:20:29

AGM Information and Agenda for All Members

All members, please note that the Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 22 October in the Clyde Room at the Watersports Centre, Strathclyde Park, commencing at 8.15pm.

Please make every effort to support the club by attending the meeting.  All parents and junior members are invited and we would appreciate seeing a wider attendance than in recent years.

Please see the evenings agenda and the minutes from the 2014 AGM.

All Committee Office Bearer and General positions are open for election by the membership, up to and including on the evening.

No additional business items have been received.

We look forward to seeing on the 22nd.

October 2015 Time Trial Results

We had a superb turnout of 31 Road Runners for this months Time Trial.  The weather Gods were good to us too as the conditions were excellent for our first Time Trial on the winter route.  We also had 3 new recruits tonight and Alec Robertson joined us after a long lay off.

Angela Downie defended her September title and took another another 40 seconds off last month’s time finishing in 30:43.  Chris Macdonald ran the fastest 4 mile Time Trial of the year in 21:43. Well done to both Angela and Chris for great performances.  Well done to everyone who made the effort to compete tonight and continue maintain the Time Trial’s popularity as it celebrated its 11th anniversary tonight.

Jim Tracey picked up the wooden spoon (The Jim Tracey Award) in a time best forgotten, however, he did have a hard race at the Tollcross Parkrun on Saturday and we should not be too hard on him.

Thanks to Irene Kerr, Anne Hughes, Lynsey Sneddon and Peter Blackmore for helping out this evening.

Please see the full results.  The Time Trial 2015 League Table has been updated too.

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Tollcross Parkrun 3 October – RRs Championship Race

We had 16 Motherwell AC road runners taking part in the penultimate championship race.  The results are set out below.

It was a fantastic day for the club with Craig Mackenzie finishing 1st male with Nick Hughes not far behind him in 2nd place.  Nick’s sister Clare Hughes was first female and Emma Stevenson took second place.  Mark Gallacher was first male V40.  Excellent performances all round.

The Championship and League tables have been updated.

Pos’nNameTime
1Craig MACKENZIE00:17:42
2Nicholas HUGHES00:18:43
5Clare Elizabeth HUGHES00:20:31
6Mark GALLACHER00:20:45
9Marcus WHYTE00:21:26
10Emma STEVENSON00:21:29
12Kevin DURNIAN00:22:11
13Thomas SNEDDON00:22:13
22Ross MCLEAN00:23:26
24Susan STEWART00:23:36
26Craig WHITESIDE00:23:46
31Angela DOWNIE00:25:02
34Gary WOOD00:26:09
40Jim TRACEY00:27:04
45Lesley ROSS00:27:41
52Patricia ALLEN00:29:35

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HELP NEEDED!! – West District XC Relays – Sunday 11 October

Motherwell AC are hosting the West District Cross Country Relays next weekend – Sunday 11 October – at Hamilton Park Racecourse. Event details are here – http://events.scottishathletics.org.uk/events/18213-16718-west-district-xc-relay-championships

In the meantime, you can help us to host a successful event in one of two ways:

1. Homebaking – the club are looking for donations of homebaking on the day, proceeds from which will support the work of the club. Any and all donations will be gratefully received on the day from 9am onwards.

2. Marshals/Event volunteers – so far, more than 20 members have volunteered to help – setting up the course, marshalling on the course and car park, and clearing up. If you are able to help, please note the following key times:

Saturday 10 October:

Course set up from 11am (approx) – following on from morning training – please meet in front of the grandstand within Hamilton Park Racecourse. If you can, please bring a mallet/hammer and scissors to assist with securing the course tape/stakes.

Sunday 11 October:

Event marshals – 9am please meet in front of the grandstand within Hamilton Park Racecourse.

Race Times are:

Girls – 11.30am

Boys 12.05pm

Women – 12.40pm

Men – 1.40pm

Marshals may also race if they have submitted their entry through the club.

The event will be finished by 3.15pm approx. Any help with the clear up will help everyone get home sharp.

Anyone still wishing to volunteer, please contact John Hughes – 01698 818952

Contact on the day will be Ewen Cameron – 07979 149782

Many thanks for supporting the club in hosting this event.

October 2015 Time Trial Handicaps

The next time trial takes place on Tuesday 6th of October 2015 at 6:30pm.

The winter route shall be used from this month.  Please see the handicaps and the league tables.

Attention All Members – Notice of Annual General Meeting

This is formal notice that the Annual General Meeting for Motherwell Athletics Club will be held on Thursday 22nd October 2015 in the Clyde Room at the Watersports Centre, Strathclyde Park, commencing at 8.15pm, to which all members and supporters are respectfully invited. The Agenda, 2014 Minutes and Accounts will be made available prior to the meeting. In the meantime, any specific agenda items should be submitted to Ewen Cameron at ewencameron@motherwellac.com no later than Wednesday 7 October 2015. Otherwise, the AGM agenda will be made available from Thursday 8 October. Members should also note that all Committee positions are available for nominations at any point, up to, and including on the evening.

Please make the effort to attend the AGM and support the work of the club on behalf of the membership.

Thanks,
Ewen Cameron
Chair

Dumfries Half Marathon Championship Race – Results

Here are the results for the Dumfries Half Marathon.

Congratulations go to Tracey Lamont for  her achievement of 1st Female V40, and to Chris MacDonald who finished 4th overall.  Well done to the rest of the MAC RRs who took part in this race.

PositionNameTime
4Christopher MacDonald77.35
9Ben Smith81.36
65Marcus Whyte99.05
72Craig Whiteside100.01
75Edward Toal100.31
81Mark Gallacher102.06
110Angela Downie109.25
112Tracey Lamont110.20

The 2015 Road Running Championship and League table have been updated.

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West District Cross Country 2015

The West District Championship takes place at Hamilton Park racecourse on Sunday 11 October.

As Motherwell AC is hosting this event it could get complicated with regard to who is running / helping.

However, if you want to be part of the running squad either:

  • Speak to Benny or Phyllis Hands
  • Reply to the post on the message board
  • Text Benny Hands on the number set out on the message board.

If you ran in one of the relay events last year Benny will have your details. If not, we need your date of birth and your SA number.

Closing date of entries is first post on Saturday 26th September.

See also

2015 Track Championships – 3km Result

The Club Track Championship took place on Sunday 13th September, starting with the Road Runners 3km Handicap Race.

Chris MacDonald took the mens title in 9:48 while Angela Downie won the womans race in 13:57.  Well done to all who took part.

Please see the full result.

Club Track Championships Time Table

The Motherwell Athletics Club Track Championship takes place on Sunday 13th September 2015 at Wishaw Sports Centre, Alexander St, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire ML2 0HQ.

Registration is open from 9:15am, and the first event is the Road Runners 3km at 10:00am.

Please see the Timetable for the day for other events.

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Road Runners 3k Track Championships 2015

Championships on Sunday 13 September 2015 – 10:00 AM start.

This year’s Road Runners 3km race will be a conventional staggered start handicap race based on (pro-rata) the September Time Trial estimated times.

Please see the handicaps here.

The race will be the first of the day and will start at 10.00 AM prompt, so please get along to registration for around 9.30 AM and have time for a warm up.

The numbers competing in the 3K Handicap have not been great in the last couple of years (to say last year’s blanket start did not go down well is a bit of an understatement), so please let’s go for a bigger turn out this year. Given the staggered start and the handicap system, everyone has a chance of winning and no one will be embarrassed.  Please spread the word and help make the 3K Handicap race a bit more successful this year.

After the race it would be great if RRs could stay behind to help out with the track and field element of the championships.

Joe is on holiday and John Hughes has agreed to step in to the breach and will be organising the race this year.

September 2015 Time Trial Results

We had 22 RRs competing in this evening’s time trial, the last one on the summer course around the Loch. Again we had some great performances with Clark Pheely and Bobby Wotherspoon putting down impressive markers for next month’s race.

First female was Angela Downie in 31:29 almost 1 minute faster than her previous best this year, and Ross Burton won the men’s race in 24:41 also nearly 1 minute faster than his recent best.  This month’s wooden spoon went to Dougie Waddell who was not that far behind the rest of the field.

Thanks to Irene Kerr, Wendy Kerr, Ewen Cameron, and Mark Gallacher for helping out this evening.

Please see the full results and the Time Trial 2015 League Tab