SENIOR ENDURANCE CROSS COUNTRY – NEXT UP

SENIOR ENDURANCE CROSS COUNTRY – NEXT UP

 

Entries are now open for the 3rd and 4th events in the club’s Cross-Country Championship. The event at Lanark is probably the ideal ‘toe in the water’ for those unsure if XC is for them. It’s short, it’s local, and it’s not a relay (so no teammates depending on you to get round).

 

National Short Course XC Championships – Saturday 6th November
Entries are open for the National Short Course XC Championships, to be held at Lanark Racecourse. They remain open until Thursday 21st October. Not a huge entry window, so best act sooner than later if you want to compete. Full details and booking link – DETAILS AND BOOKING

 

 

West District XC Championships – Saturday 4th December
Entries are open for the West District XC Championships, to be held at Maryhill Park, Glasgow. They remain open until Thursday 18th November. Full details and booking link – DETAILS AND BOOKING

 

 

West District XC Relays – Seniors Round-up

Ten seniors attended Alexandra Park on Saturday to represent Motherwell AC in the West District XC Relays. Each leg was 4km long. How hard could that be…?

 

First in action was the women’s team, with Joey Leach running the opening leg in a very strong 16:56. Phyllis Hands then took over and surprised herself with her time. Emma Morris brought the team home as 23rd Senior team.

 

16:56 Joey Leach

20:37 Phyllis Hands

17:31 Emma Morris

 

Later in the afternoon it was the men’s turn. The club had entered two teams – a full Masters team and, unfortunately, an incomplete Senior team. David Hoolaghan and Craig Morris got things underway. An impressively strong run from Craig saw him finish his leg a good distance ahead of David. It was then over to ‘young’ Scott Dickson and ‘old’ Mark Ellis. The wiser head prevailed and towards the end of the lap Mark had reeled in Scott and began to pull away. The third leg saw Alan Strang and John Burns in action, attempting to gain positions whilst also being passed by the leading whippets on their fourth legs! The final runner of the day was Robbie Pattinson who ran strongly to bring the Masters team home in 12th place.

 

19:27 David Hoolaghan

16:25 Mark Ellis

17:13 Alan Strang

17:08 Robert Pattinson

 

The Senior team was unclassified.

 

18:46 Craig Morris

17:16 Scott Dickson

19:53 John Burns

 

So how hard was it? Well, without exception, all the club’s athletes were shocked at how tough a course it was. Golf courses aren’t usually that hilly, right?

 

But more importantly, without exception, all the club’s athletes were glad they had taken on the challenge and enjoyed the team spirit on show in abundance.

 

If you haven’t tried cross-country before, why not give it a go?  Then you will understand…….

 

Gillian McCaffer and Miranda Richmond do Motherwell AC Proud at the Virgin Money London Marathon

GILLIAN McCAFFER AND MIRANDA RICHMOND DO MOTHERWELL AC PROUD AT THE VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON

Running alongside a bit more than another 40,000 competitors, club members Gillian McCaffer and Miranda Richmond had outstanding performances at today’s Virgin Money London Marathon.

Gillian completed the famous 26.2 miles course in an excellent 3 hours 41 minutes and 56 seconds while Miranda finished not that far behind in a very creditable 4 hours 5 minutes and 7 seconds.

Well done and congratulations to Gillian and Miranda from everybody at Motherwell AC.

A few pictures from earlier today are attached.

SENIOR ENDURANCE CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS – FURTHER UPDATE

SENIOR ENDURANCE CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS – FURTHER UPDATE

West District XC Relays – Saturday 9th October

Entries are closed and MAC has sufficient numbers for two male teams and one female team.  This is great!

Female: Emma Morris, Joey Leach, Phyllis Hands
Male: Alan Main, Alan Strang, Craig Morris, David Hoolaghan, John Burns, Mark Ellis, Robbie Pattinson, Scott Dickson, (Alan Tait – reserve)

If you are unable to attend the race for any reason, please let Alan Strang (alanstrang@motherwellac.com) know as soon as possible.  Alan Tait can step in if notified prior to Saturday. Otherwise, please meet at the venue in plenty of time to allow teams to be finalised and running orders to be agreed before declarations.

Event information is available (as downloads) from here – EVENT DETAILS.  It would be expected further information to be added (e.g. parking instructions, route maps) over the coming days.

National XC Relays – Saturday 23rd October

Entries for the National Cross Country Relay Championships remain open until midnight Tuesday 5th October.  Full details are available here – FULL ENTRY DETAILS. Please note your Scottish Athletics membership must be current in order to participate.

If you want to take part, please let Alan Strang (alanstrang@motherwellac.com) know and arrange payment of a £5 deposit. This can be paid in person, by bank transfer, or by PayPal. This deposit will be refunded on the day of the race.

SENIOR ENDURANCE CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS – UPDATE

West District XC Relays – Entries

 

Our deadline for entering the season-opening West District XC Relays is midnight on Tuesday 21st September.  Another couple of male and female entries would help the club field full teams.  If you are on the fence, why not put your name down and decide closer to the day?

 

West District XC Relays – Marshalls

 

The organisers of the West District XC Relays require marshalls and are requesting assistance from the West District clubs.  It would be great if the club could provide one or two marshalls to help this event run smoothly.  If you are available and interested, please contact Alan Strang (alanstrang@motherwellac.com) for further details.

 

National XC Relays – Entries

 

Entries for the National Cross Country Relay Championships are now open.  This event takes place on Saturday 23rd October at Scone Palace, Perthshire. Full details are available here [https://scottishathletics.sportserve.net/pages/event/athletics/athleticsbookingdetails.aspx?id=11570]. Please note your Scottish Athletics membership must be current in order to participate.

 

As before, entries for team relays are submitted by the club. If you want to take part, please let Alan Strang (alanstrang@motherwellac.com) know and arrange payment of a £5 deposit. This can be paid in person, by bank transfer, or by PayPal. Only once this deposit has been paid is your place in the squad confirmed. This deposit will be refunded on the day of the race.

 

Our closing date for entries for this event is midnight on Tuesday 5th October.

SENIOR ENDURANCE TRACK &MUD

Track & Mud

Two reminders for Senior Endurance members.

Firstly, the club’s 3000m Track Championship takes place on Saturday 18th September. That’s next weekend.  It would be great to see as many members as possible support this race.  Full details are available in this earlier post:

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

Secondly, team entries for the West District Cross Championship Relays are open and will remain so until Tuesday 21st September.  The event itself is on Saturday 9th October in Glasgow.  If you are not sure whether cross country is your thing, a relay event is probably the best ‘toe in the water’.  Again, full details in this earlier post:

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

Senior Endurance Cross Country Championship 2021-22

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


CHAMPIONSHIP RACES:


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


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


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


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


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


RULES:


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


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


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


ENTRIES OPEN:


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


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


Entries for the team relays are performed by the club. So if you want to take part, please let Alan Strang (alanstrang@motherwellac.com) know and arrange payment of a £5 deposit. This can be paid in person, by bank transfer, or by PayPal. Only once this deposit has been paid is your place in the squad confirmed. This deposit will be refunded on the day of the race.


Our closing date for entries is Tuesday 21st September.

New Club Kit

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new club branded kit which is now available to order from our new supplier Migo Sports.

 

Migo will be supplying our club with Motherwell AC branded:

– Vests
– T-Shirts
– Tracksuit Tops

All of these items are available to order online from https://www.migosports.co.uk/collections/motherwell-ac for home delivery or pick up in store from their premises in Glasgow. Delivery in most cases will be immediate but no more than 4 weeks. A direct link will be added to the club website to help all members get access to kit in future. More club kit items will be added to the online store as required. Please note that both the new kit and existing club kits can continue to be worn at training and competitions. There is no requirement to replace existing kit with new club kit and you are not required to do so.

 

These changes to club branded kit have taken place due to our existing supplier (Kukri) increasing the lead times and minimum order quantities on all of our orders resulting in higher costs and a poorer service for our club.
We still have a stock of the existing Kukri vests and hoodies, as undernoted, and these are being sold at a discount of 35% +.

 

If you would like to buy any of these items please contact our kit man Alan Robertson who will be happy to assist you.

 

Standard VestsSizeNew Price
Ladies12£12
Ladies14£12
MensXXS£12
MensXS£12
MensS£12
MensM£12
Kids7-8yr£10


T-shirtsSizePrice
Ladies8£12
Ladies10£12
Ladies12£12
Ladies Long Sleeve10£12
Ladies Long Sleeve12£12


Light Weight VestsSizePrice
Ladies8£12
Ladies12£12
MensS£12
MensM£12


HoodiesSizePrice
Ladies10£25
MensXXS£25
MensXS£25
MensS£25
Kids7-8yrs£20
Kids9-10yrs£20
Kids13-14yrs£20

SENIOR ENDURANCE TRAINING UPDATE 27 AUGUST 2021

SENIOR ENDURANCE TRAINING UPDATE 27 AUGUST 2021

Over the next few weeks we will see a change in the emphasis of our training. We adopt a structured approach to training and encourage a short period of rest or easy training for a few weeks around this time each year. This will help to ensure you recover from a hard period of training and feel refreshed, ready for the start of a new season.

 

Obviously, some athletes will have their own targets and should adapt the training schedules to suit their needs. However, we would recommend they do consider a period of rest and recovery at an appropriate stage in their training.

 

Following our recovery period, the next phase of our training will be aimed at building an aerobic base, through progressively longer steady runs. We will start our cross country training on Saturday 25th September. This training will be mostly on grass and is aimed at preparing our athletes for a series of cross country and relay races over the Winter. The club hold a separate cross country championships over the Winter and you may wish to target some of the following races:

 

West District Cross Country Relays – 9/10/21

Lanarkshire Road Relays – 16/10/21 (TBC)

National Cross Country Relays – 23/10/21

National Short Course Cross Country – 6/11/21

West District Cross Country Championships – 4/12/21

Lanarkshire Cross Country Championships – (TBC)

National Cross Country Championships – 26/2/22

 

If you would like more information on our training, have a look at the annual training plan on the training schedule page of the website https://motherwellac.com/senior-endurance-training/ or have an interest in getting more involved, please contact one of our coaches.

Senior Endurance 3000m Track Championship 2021

Saturday 18th September 2021


OVERVIEW:


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


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


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


ELIGIBILITY:


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


ON THE DAY:


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


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


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

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