Time Trial Championship Returns For 2021

As previously notified, the Senior Endurance Time Trial Championship makes a welcome return for 2021. It is hoped that a combination of virtual and actual events will allow the championship to run throughout the year.

The championship kicks off in February. Due to current restrictions, this will be a virtual event. It will be held over a four day period (Saturday 6th – Tuesday 9th February).

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

One key aim is to allow as many participants as possible to start scoring from the first round. All members who took part in at least one club time trial (actual, virtual, Christmas) in 2020 can score points in February. Any member who wishes to participate but DIDN’T do a time trial last year can run a solo time trial during January. Their time and GPS activity can be submitted to Joe at joehoolaghan@motherwellac.com or by messenger. This time will be used to determine their handicap, also allowing them to score points in February.

It is hoped that as many members as possible support the club and take part in this year’s time trial championship.

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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?



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.


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.

Senior Endurance South Lanarkshire Training Group

South Lanarkshire Training Group – in response to travel restrictions preventing South Lanarkshire members travelling to North Lanarkshire to participate in training, the club has created a training group for South Lanarkshire-resident members. This group will meet at the Davie Cooper memorial in Hamilton Palace Grounds at the usual time on Tuesdays and Thursdays, effective immediately.

Benny and Phyllis Hands will be at Davie Cooper Memorial at the Palace Grounds to meet the new group and get it up and running.

A December training schedule for this SL group has been published on the website. A schedule for January will follow later in the month if restrictions will still be in place in the New Year.


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

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