MAC Road Running Championship 2024 Begins

It’s March!! The XC season is over 😭 but this brings the start of the road running season 😁 and with it our Road Running Championship for 2024 begins!!

On Sunday 10th March we took part in the first race of our season, which was the Down By The River 10k.


17 MAC athletes ran the event organised by Cambuslang Harriers.



An out and back, relatively flat course along the banks of the River Clyde, around 200 runners in total took part.


Lilly, Lucy, John, Ross, Peter, David, Jac, Emma, Mick, Anthony, Derek, Maryann, Gayle, Emma, Gillian, Julia and Colin were our MAC runners on the day. ♥️💛


The rain arrived during the race, along with a nippy wee headwind on the return but it didn’t stop our team achieving fantastic results.


Special shoutout goes to John who came third 🥉in his M60 category.

And to Emma S, Maryann, Peter, Derek, Lucy and Lilly who all bagged a new PB time over the 10k distance!!!


Well done team!! Smashed it!!

David is Scottish National Over 50s Half Marathon Champion 🥇

Massive congratulations to Senior Endurance athlete David Gardiner who was the first M50 to cross the finish line at Sunday’s Inverness Half Marathon, which was the Scottish Athletics Half Marathon Championship race.



Finishing in an outstanding 1:15:15, Davie is a massive inspiration to everyone at the club and all at Motherwell AC are so proud!!!


Well done David!!! Absolutely phenomenal running!!!


Photo of Champion David with team mate Jonathan


We had 6 athletes in total from the club journey to the Highlands to take part in the event.


Jonathan Moore finished 7th overall in a sensational new PB time of 1:10:04


Marc Tierney, running his first official race in the MAC vest, smashed his previous half marathon time with an amazing new PB of 1:25:56


Julie McKean also PBd in a fantastic 1:44:23 despite losing some training time through both illness and injury.


Tom McKean, who had to dash to the back of the pack to start after being official race starter, crossed the line in a brilliant 1:48:47.


Nicola McKenzie finished in a fabulous 2:14:31.


Well done team!!! ⭐️


Road Running Championship 2024

Road Running Championship 2024


As I’m sure you are all aware…the road running championship will commence on 01/03/24.


I hope there are race opportunities for everyone to get involved throughout. The more people that get involved- the more an exciting and challenging championship it becomes.


Leagues, as previously mentioned have been arranged and will be published on the website Thursday 29/02/24:

Any issues with the leagues, if you think you are in the wrong league or have been missed…please get in touch with me asap!





In line with the road running season getting underway, Saturday morning training sessions will take to the road. These sessions, as published on the schedule, will focus on kilometre pace and what it feels like to run consistently at pace before moving onto the track where we will push ourselves to run faster (speed work). Sessions will run from Sat 9th March, is an 8 week block and all leave from the boathouse.


Happy Training / Racing Team!


Emma Morris – SE Captain

⭐️MAC CEILIDH 2024⭐️ – THIS WEEK!!!!!

A reminder that the Club’s Annual Ceilidh will take place this Saturday 24 February @ 7.30 pm in St Bride’s Hall, Coursington Road, Motherwell ML1 1PP


This is a family event, so a great excuse to get your friends and family together for a fun packed night.


Andy Kane and his band will provide the entertainment. Don’t worry if you don’t know the dances because Andy demonstrates the less well known ones. Haggis, neeps & tatties, with a vegetarian option will be on offer. Pizza and chips will be available for kids.


We would appreciate donations for raffle prizes i.e. bottles of alcohol, boxes of chocolates, smellys, any unwanted Christmas gifts – even better if you know of any local companies who would donate a prize. Donations can be brought to training and given to Elaine Jamieson or to any of the T&F coaches.


Ticket prices are:
£12 adult
£5 child (16 and under)


Please note there won’t be any ‘tickets’ but we do ask for payment in advance. Elaine will take payment for SE and Jac will take payment for T&F.


Any volunteers to help on the night with the raffle and other games would be appreciated.


Also, Elaine will be be selling raffle tickets tonight and Thursday night at SE training. Raffle tickets are £1/strip or 7 strips for £5.

It’s gold 🥇 for Alan!!!

Congratulations to our Track and Field athlete Alan Robertson who won the masters 60m race at Saturday’s Scottish Athletics National Indoor Championships.


Alan placed first, completing the distance in a phenomenal 7.48 seconds.


Also a massive well done to Jim Smith who also qualified for the final!



Great running guys!!! Well done from everyone at the club!!

Road Running Championship 2024

Our club road running championship runs from 1st March – 16th October (inclusive). This is a series of 8 selected races where points are scored according to finish time. There are a variety of distances with something to suit everyone’s’ strengths. There is a separate championship for males & females.


Rules are found on the website:


Points can be accrued for 1/2 and marathon races and for participation in relay events. Check out the rules for more details on how to gain these points.


The winner of the Road Running Championship is awarded at the annual club prize giving. This is a much loved and prestigious recognition of running achievement. In addition, it’s worth getting involved as it is really great fun to attend events on mass!


Here is a link to the selected races:


Members enter themselves for these races!





In addition to this, we have individual leagues. All members have been put into a league (1-6) with athletes of similar abilities. This was based on current performance. Recent results were used from TTs, parkruns or races. This adds an extra fun element to the overall championship. Winners of each league are recognised at the annual prize giving. Please see rules for all the details: (You have to scroll down to see the league rules)


A list with all the leagues will be posted in the coming days.


So get the diary out, get planning and get your race face on 😃

6/4 National Road Relays

We are gathering names/teams for the 6/4 National Road Relays.


This is an excellent event for road runners. It’s a team event and it usually is a great atmosphere…well at least for a few minutes during the change over…the rest of the time…let’s be real…you’re working hard 🙂 It starts with the 1st runner running 5k, 2nd runner 10k, 3rd runner 5k etc…


Here are the details:


• Who is suitable: Everyone!


• Venue: St.Margarets Academy, Livingston, EH54 6AT.


• Date: 23/03/24


• Distance: Either 5k or 10k.


• Teams: Men 6 runners / Female 4 runners (There are options for masters teams)


• You MUST have a current Scottish Athletics membership. Without this, we can’t select you for a team.🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♂️


If you’d like to be in a team please pass your name to Emma Morris or speak to one of the coaches at training and then we will enter everyone together as a club.


Closing date 07/03/24


SVHC Masters road relays 28/1/24

SVHC Masters road relays 28/1/24



Now that the MAC XC is over the next big event is the Scottish Masters road relay (over 35’s)


We normally have a good turn out at this event and it would be great to see MAC out in force again given the even takes place at Strathclyde park.



Here’s what you need to know:


🏃🏻‍♀️Teams of 4 male or 3 female


🏃‍♂️6km legs, the route has changed this year and will be an extended version of the park run


🏃🏻‍♀️Flat, fast and we know the route…very well!!!



We’re now taking names for this event. Just let any of the coaches or sub-committee know at training


We are a Menopause Friendly Club

We at Motherwell AC are proud to say that we’ve joined the Scottish Athletics campaign in being a menopause friendly club.


The menopause and the time surrounding it can be an extremely challenging time, both mentally and physically. There are so many symptoms that can really just make exercise feel like the last thing you want to do. But the benefits of running and exercise are very much worth it, so we’re joining this campaign so our athletes know they’re not alone, and that we’re here to support them, help adapt their training to their needs, and make sure they continue to be involved in our sport.


Here is a link to the Scottish Athletics page for athletes which has lots of helpful advice.

Menopause Friendly – information and advice for athletes


2024 Road Running Championship Announcement

Who’s ready to race in 2024?!? … Save the dates!!!!



Excited to announce the races for our 2024 Road Running Championship.



The Road Running Championship will run from 1st March – 16th October (inclusive).



We have a mixture of distances that I hope will challenge and inspire everyone to get involved. Not all exact dates have been released yet but we will update as they are.



Down by the river 10k (March exact date TBC)


Tom Scott Memorial 10mile (31/03/24)


Round the houses 10k (14/04/24)


Sri Chinmoy 5k (03/05/24)


Brian Goodwin 10k (June exact date TBC)


Calderglen 5k (June exact date TBC)


MAC Club Mile Race (TBC July / Aug)


Paisley 10k (Aug exact date TBC)



The road running championship also includes points for hypothetical ½ marathon, marathon and bonus points are available for participating in a team relay event. All championship rules will be available on the website. (These are currently 2023 but will be updated in due course)



Entry isn’t open yet online but keep an eye out for this and we’ll try to communicate to let everyone know so everyone has a fair chance to enter.



Hope we can make our championship an exciting one!


Happy training,



Senior Endurance Captain


🏆 Prizegiving Night 2023 🏅

Friday 10th November saw our members from both Track & Field and Senior Endurance come together as we celebrated the many achievements, dedication and hard work of our athletes from the past year.


The awards were as follows….




Club Championships


U11 Girls

🥇 Lena

🥈 Niamh R

🥉 Madeleine


U13 Girls

🥇 Ana

🥈 Emma

🥉 Caity


U13 Boys

🥇 Luke G

🥈 Eoghan

🥉 Euan


U15 Girls

🥇 Ella

🥈 Eilidh

🥉 Viktoria


U15 Boys

🥇 Andrew

🥈 Luke R and Nathan (joint)


U17 Women

🥇 Nicole


U17 Men

🥇 Liam


Senior Women

🥇 Orla


Senior Men

🥇 Gabriel

🥈 Christopher



Endeavour Awards – for hard work, great attendance and fantastic attitude to training



Eoghan, Luke G, Emma, Ana, and Louisa


Middle Distance

Niamh C, Luke R, Caity and Joey


U12 Rising Star – Great young talent that shows fantastic potential. A real star of the future – Madeleine


Sprinters – Outstanding Achievement awards

Andrew, Ella and Alan



Most Improved Track Athlete – has taken off 8 seconds from his 800m PB over a tough season of highs and lows – Luke R



Inspirational Award

Niamh C







Road Running Championship



🥇 Jonathan

🥈 Evan

🥉 Ewen



🥇 Nicole

🥈 Maryann

🥉 Lilly



Road Running Leagues

  1. Jonathan
  2. Graeme
  3. David H
  4. Lilly
  5. Pat


Cross Country Championship



🥇 Jonathan

🥈 Chris

🥉 Robbie



🥇 Emma M

🥈 Emma H

🥉 Gayle



Track Championship



🥇 David G and Jonathan (joint)

🥈 Derek

🥉 David H



🥇 Emma M

🥈 Emma K

🥉 Phyllis



Time Trial



🥇 Craig

🥈 Alan

🥉 Colin



🥇 Elaine

🥈 Angela

🥉 Mae



Meritorious Performance Quaich

This athlete has gone from strength to strength, having had another great year of running performances including first place at Cumbernauld 10k and 2nd at Kilmacolm ½ Marathon. In addition to this, this athlete ran themself into a championship place for London Marathon. In February 2006, Stuart Gibson ran the 4-mile time trial event in 20min 22 secs. That record remained unbroken for 17yrs until Tuesday 4th July this year, when this athlete broke the record running the summer course in 20min 11secs. This is a performance that deserves merit and it is for this reason Jonathan Moore has been awarded the meritorious performance quaich.



Most-Improved Athlete

This individual joined the club during the Spring of 2022. Throughout this year, they made significant progress taking over 90 secs off their 4-mile TT time, setting numerous PBs and recently took first place at the Queen’s Park 5k event. The senior endurance coaches feel this athlete has steadily improved, has more to come and award the most improved trophy to Gayle Forbes.



Yvonne Murray MBE Award

This award is presented to the athlete who through the year regularly demonstrates a commitment and effort at training that inspires and motivates other club members. .

This award was created in 2012 as a tribute to Yvonne who is a lifetime honorary member of the club. The person awarded this year is and always has been a great inspiration to others, has a commitment like no other and is one of the best motivators you’ll ever meet. This award has always been awarded to a Track and Field athlete, until now. This year, with great honour, we award it to the legendary John Hughes!!



Massive congratulations to all our prize winners!!! And to all of our athletes. Their hard work, dedication and love of our sport is admirable!!! Well done everyone!!!!



We also presented all our coaches with a gift voucher for volunteering their time helping our members. Thank you coaches!!!



Here’s a link to all the photos taken in the night, with thanks to John McCluskey.

Gold for David 🥇

Congratulations to Senior Endurance athlete David Gardiner who took home the Gold medal for his category in today’s Lindsays scottishathletics Short Course Cross Country Championship race at Lanark Race Course



David finished first in the MV50 category with a fantastic time of 13:27!! Well done on an amazing run David!!! Such a huge inspiration to all at the club!



Well done also goes to the other 18 Senior Endurance athletes who took on the race today. Met with perfect weather, the conditions for today’s run were fab.



Thank you to our coaches and supporters too!!



Well done all!! 👏


Jessie Miller

All at Motherwell Athletics Club are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of founding member, Jessie Miller.



A member since the formation of the club, Jessie had many amazing achievements including First Female in the Strathaven Run with the Wind 10k and first V45 at the Bute 10k in 2007. Finishing regularly around 38 minutes, she had numerous age-graded first places in road races all around the country. These achievements, and her dedication to the club, lead to her being awarded the title of Honorary Member. To this day, Jessie still holds the female 4 Mile Time Trial Record, with her time of 24:33, which has stood since June 2005.


All at Motherwell AC pass on our condolences to Jessie’s husband, family, friends and loved ones at this difficult time.

🏃‍♂️ Jonathan Wins Again 🥇

Congratulations to Senior Endurance athlete Jonathan Moore who this morning won the Cumbernauld 10k, for the second year running. 🥇



In an amazing 33 minutes 13 seconds ( 33:12 chip) Jonathan crossed the line over 30 seconds in front of the next runner.



Hot and humid conditions made it a tough morning for all 520 runners, but it wasn’t enough to stop Jonathan taking the trophy for the second year in a row



4 members of MAC in total competed this morning so congratulations goes to all of them. Firstly well done to Paul Burns who came 7th overall and 1st in the M40 category in 36:28. Next for MAC was Mick Cushley, running for the second time in a MAC vest finishing in 40:28 and 10th in his V40 category. Well done Mick!!! And finally well done to Nicole Gierlowski finishing in 45:39 and 8th in the Senior Women category!!!


WELL DONE TEAM!!! ♥️💛🥇🏅🏅🏅



Championship and league standings have been updated following the Queen’s parkrun round of the Road Running Championship.


Note, bonus points have also been added for those who have participated in a relay event to date.


With the eight races now done and dusted – and limited opportunities to earn relay points – the focus is now on those taking part in autumn marathons or HMs. The season runs until October 16th, so plenty of time to place on the hypothetical leaderboards.


In the male championship, it’s hard to see beyond Jonathan Moore given his healthy lead and fastest marathon time. In the female championship, Maryann Milne has the lead currently, but Nicole Gierlowski has the fastest marathon and half marathon times.

QUEEN’S PARKRUN, GLASGOW. Road Running Championship Final Race

Twelve MAC athletes tackled the hills at Queen’s parkrun today for the final round of the 2023 Road Running Championship. For the majority, it was a first visit.



The results are as follows…


1st David Gardiner 17:37
7th Evan Crane 20:25
20th Alan Main 22:00
26th Ewen Cameron 22:53
42nd David Hoolaghan 23:58
45th Nicole Gierlowski 24:09
52nd Gillian McCaffer 24:32
65th Lilly Jeffery 25:10
69th Julie McKean 25:18
77th Fiona Greaney 26:06
129th Jac Molloy 29:48
185th Gary Wood 35:15


Congratulations to Davie for being first finisher 😁



Championship and league tables will be updated later…


Motherwell AC will likely have one club place for next year’s London Marathon. Club members who were unsuccessful in the main public ballot may enter the club ballot (subject to requirements) for a second chance to gain a place.


The ballot is now open, and will remain open until midnight on Thursday 7th September. The draw for the club place will take place at the club prize-giving in November.
For full details, please go to –

Road Running Championship Race 7 report

Road Running Championship 2023 Race 7 – Moffat 15k ✅


Well done to the 3 MAC athletes who took part in the Moffat Gala Festival of Running 15k race last night (Tuesday 11th July). An undulating route with a steep mid section, the course features a fast 4.6 mile downhill finish.


Times were as follows…
Jonathan Moore 52:45
Robert Pattinson 01:12:24
Ross McLean 01:23:50


Congratulations to Jonathan who placed 2nd overall after a very close sprint finish!! 🥈


Brilliant running guys!! Well done!!!



5 golds for MAC duo

Fantastic news just in from today’s Scottish Masters Championships where two Motherwell Athletics Club athletes have won 5 golds in their categories between them.


Amazing results with golds for Jim in his M75 category and Alan in his M45 for both the 100m and 200m. Also gold for Jim in the long jump.


Alan ran Championship best performance in both sprints despite a strong headwind and was first master overall with his brilliant 100m performance.


Report from Coach Bob McCrum was that both had textbook sprint technique.


Massive congratulations to you both from all at Motherwell AC.


17 year Time Trial record broken!!

Massive congratulations goes to Senior Endurance athlete Jonathan Moore, who this week broke the record for our Time Trial, which has stood for 17 years.


In February 2006, Stuart Gibson ran the 4 mile event in 20 minutes and 22 seconds, and that record has remained unbroken since. 2 months ago, in our May time trial, Jonathan equalled that record time and on Tuesday 4th July 2023 he smashed it, running the summer course in 20 minutes and 11 seconds.


In other news, it was recently discovered, that during our championship race at Strathclyde Parkrun on 3rd June, Jonathan, who placed first at the event, was actually the 8th fastest Parkrunner in the whole UK on that week. More details can be found at


Both absolutely fantastic achievements, well done Jonathan, from everyone at Motherwell AC!!


photos attached include Jonathan with Coach Joe Hoolaghan, taken after his record breaking run. Also one from this year’s Tom Scott Memorial 10 mile race and the recent MAC relays




Track Championship 2023 – Race 1 – 5000m

Saturday 1st July saw the first race of our 2023 track championships, the 5000m.




A fab 17 athletes took part, with great performances from all.



Results (scratch and age graded) can be found at


Thank you to all our helpers and supporters too


Angus wins 100 mile race!!

News just in…. Motherwell Athletics Club athlete Angus Irvine yesterday competed in the Atlas Running Belfast 100 mile race and finished first place!!



Incorporating the Northern Ireland and Ulster championships, this race is a flat tarmac loop which has to be completed 97 times to make the 100 mile distance. In a chip time of 15hrs, 13 minutes and 37 seconds, Angus was one of only 6 finishers, leading the next runner by nearly 2.5 hours.



Massive congratulations Angus from everyone at MAC!!! What an amazing achievement!!!!


Trip of a lifetime for Sofia!!!

Best of luck to Sofia who is headed Stateside this weekend for a life changing Camp America experience in Maine. After her 8 week stint she has some travel time and then back (in time for cross country season!) Have an amazing time Sofia and best wishes from all your Motherwell AC friends. 👋🏻✈️🇺🇸

National Youth Development League 4.6.23

A tremendous day of competition at the National Youth Development League at a very sunny Ayrshire Athletics Arena today. We had 5 young athletes in Team North Lanarkshire, all of whom performed superbly, with a few PBs (subject to confirmed results) being achieved.


Well done to the whole team and to Ana, Andy, Euan, Luke and Luke for representing MAC so well.


Thanks to the family and friends who came to support.


Ewen Cameron, Team Manager

Road Running Championship 2023 – Race 5 – Strathclyde Parkrun – 3.6.23 – Results and report

Today an amazing 29 Motherwell AC athletes and trialists ran the 5th race of this year’s Road Running Championship, the 5k Strathclyde parkrun.

In complete contrast to the last time the club ran this Parkrun, which was our mob match in January versus Hamilton, today was an extremely warm and sunny morning. It was great to see so many MAC vests as everyone took to the start line. On the course the shade in the small wooded area at the top of loch was a welcome relief both on the out and back. But the heat did not stop our athletes running great times.

The results were as follows…

Jonathan Moore 15:26
Evan Crane 18:27
Alan Main 18:40
Iain Campbell 18:53
Alan Tait 19:18
Aaron Campbell 19:40
Emma Morris 19:52
Kirsty Young 19:54
Ewen Cameron 20:19
Mark Ellis 20:20
Graeme Kennedy 20:46
Robbie Pattinson 20:53
Neil Hendy 21:54
Nicole Gierlowski 22:48
Gillian McCaffer 22:50
Lucy Saez 23:20
David Hoolaghan 23:52
Douglas Samson 23:53
Fiona Greaney 24:05
Julie McKean 24:20
Charla Hands 25:06
Marcus Whyte 25:08
Phyllis Hands 26:24
Gary Arthur 26:28
Emma Main 29:48
Jac Molloy 29:54
Alastair Loudon 30:56
Patricia Allan 31:50
Gary Wood 34:50

These results include our current trialists and also those not competing in the championship, some of which are returning from injury.

Special notes go to…

Jonathan Moore – first place overall and a PB
Alan Main, Aaron Campbell, Emma Morris, Neil Hendy, Lucy Saez and Charla Hands who all got PBs either for the 5k or parkrun.
Jac Molloy and Alastair Loudon who both made their pacing debut and helped many to make a PB.

Well done to all our runners!!!

Also huge thanks to all the volunteers, because without volunteers, there would be no Parkrun!!!

Emily Awarded for Excellence

Junior track athlete Emily, was yesterday (31.5.23) presented with an award for excellence in Sports and Athletics


A Celebrating Success prize giving ceremony was held by South Lanarkshire Council Education in the Townhouse in Hamilton, and Emily was surprised to find out she was up for an award.


A photograph is attached of a very happy Emily with her certificate!!



Congratulations Emily from all your coaches and team mates at Motherwell Athletics Club. We’re all so very proud!! Your award is very well deserved!!!

Edinburgh Marathon Festival & Dunblane 12k

It’s was a very hot Bank Holiday weekend as thousands of runners took to the streets for the events of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Set over 2 days, it sees many races of different distances. The Sunday saw some of our MAC athletes take on both the half and full marathon distance in sweltering heat.

Huge congratulations to…


Nicole Gierlowski.

On her first ever marathon she achieved her goal with a fabulous 3:44:17. She said the route was great and the atmosphere fab!! Well done Nicole!!!

Russell Beswick.

Russell completed Marathon number 75 on Sunday at the EMF in a time of 3:26:40. Yip you read that correct!! 75!! With number 74 being just last week around Lake Windermere. Pic attached from Windermere. What an amazing achievement Russell!!!


Ross McCaig

Ross ran the marathon superbly in a brilliant 3:46 despite the scorching heat. Well done Ross!!!


Fiona Greaney

Fiona smashed the half marathon distance with a new pb of 1:49:06, wiping over 4 minutes off of last year’s time!! Amazing Fiona!!!!


Evan Crane

Edinburgh wasn’t the only event of the weekend with Evan running the Dunblane 12k Road Race. He paced and supported his brother on his comeback race to a brilliant 53:50. Fab work Evan!!


Well done to all who took part in events!!


MAC Team Relays 2023 – Report By Alan Strang

For an evening in late May, it was surprisingly chilly at Strathclyde Park for the 2023 edition of the MAC Team Relays.  But that didn’t prevent the squad from showing up en masse.  With thirty-five runners and six helpers/supporters, the club had a sizable presence at the top end of the loch! (For reference, the 2022 event had twenty runners.)


It was a tricky exercise trying to form the nine teams whilst also walking lochside to the start point.  This is likely to be the first and last time taking that approach!  However, we got there in the end, and once all the teams were announced, the discussions about who would run each leg quickly took over. As did the banter between teams, all done in the usual good spirits.


The team results were:


1st – Team A – 53:56 (Jonathan Moore, Pat Allen, John Hughes, Jonathan Moore)
2nd – Team G – 54:05 (Craig Mackenzie, Russell Beswick, Thomas Sneddon, David McLeary)
3rd – Team D – 54:51 (Aaron Campbell, Ross McLean, Alan Main, Gary Arthur)
4th – Team H – 55:12 (Charla Hands, Kirsty Young, Lucy Saez, Robbie Pattinson)
5th – Team F – 55:19 (Alastair Loudon, Kirsty Oliver, Lilly Jeffrey, Douglas Samson)
6th – Team I – 56:07 (Neil Hendy, Nicole Gierlowski, Gillian McCaffer, Brian McLinden)
7th – Team C – 56:55 (Colin Gardner, Iain Campbell, Dougie O’Hare, Graeme Kennedy)
8th – Team E – 57:35 (David Hoolaghan, Angela Downie, Peter Gallagher, Jim White)
9th – Team B – 61:31 (Scott Dickson, Emma Main, David Gardiner, Anne Hughes)


In previous reports, a commentary has been provided about who was in the lead, which runners gained positions, etc.  With nine teams taking part, there are not enough hours in the day to write such a thing.  What has been prepared, however, is a graph showing how the position of each team changed after each leg.  Hopefully this proves a worthy substitute.


Congratulations to Team A for a fine win, and commiserations to Team G who were oh so close to winning.  Indeed, if Jonathan had run his magnificent second leg in the same time as his first, it would be Team G who were victorious.  But fair play to Jonathan, who started the final leg in 8th position and still managed to finish first!


Thanks to everyone who came down to the park to take part in this event.  To see such numbers running or helping is a fantastic reflection on the club.  Hopefully everyone had fun, and that’s what it’s all about.


MAC Open 5k Social Run for National Running Week Scotland 

Motherwell Athletics Club are proud to be involved in the first ever Scottish National Running Week. Taking place from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th June, the week brings a chance to celebrate the positive effect running and athletics have on our lives, and help those that currently cannot participate. By raising funds for Athletics Trust Scotland, we’re helping to support disadvantaged communities across Scotland.


From the Athletics Trust Scotland website…


“ National Running Week will focus on raising much needed funds for the Transforming Lives Project, which will give the most disadvantaged people in Scotland the opportunity to improve their social, physical and mental wellbeing by deploying community leaders in the most underrepresented areas in athletics and also distributing a grant fund to these communities.

Research shows that people who live in poverty, have a disability or are in ethnically and culturally diverse communities, are significantly underrepresented in running and athletics. As part of National Running Week, we want the athletics and running community to come together and support our mission to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged. “


As part of National Running Week, Motherwell Athletics Club are hosting a 5k on Thursday 8th June which is open to all, not just members. We’d love to welcome runners and joggers of all abilities to join us for a social 5k. It has been suggested by Athletics Trust Scotland that to take part a voluntary £5 donation can be made by hitting the ‘register’ button on the Athletics Trust Scotland website linked below. Although this is not mandatory and all are more than welcome at attend our session regardless of donation.


We really look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to join us for an evening celebrating the sport we love. 



Thursday 8th June at 6:30pm

We meet at The Boathouse rear car park at Strathclyde Park. 

A warm up will be offered along with cool down / stretch followed by refreshments afterwards

CSSAL match Linwood – 20.5.23

Tremendous performances across the board at the CSSAL match at Linwood today. A good number of personal bests, great racing and performances in the field events.

Thanks to all our athletes, young and older, for turning out and representing the club so well. You set a standard of behaviour and effort that makes it a pleasure for our coaches to support your development. Well done all, thanks to the team management and coaches, and to all the family and friends who came along support.

And to coach Charla – the empire biscuits were a joint highlight, thank you!! 🍪😋

Small selection of photos from Linwood

Coach Ewen Cameron


Double Gold for Emily 🥇🥇

News just in from today’s South Lanarkshire Schools Track and Field Event. Junior MAC athlete Emily raced exceptionally well today winning both her heat and the final of the P6 600m in a time of 2 minutes 10 seconds. She then also went on to win the P6 girls long jump.

Emily is absolutely delighted and has now qualified for the finals in June!!! Well done Emily from all your coaches and team mates at Motherwell AC!!!


3rd place for Robbie!!!

Congratulations to MAC Senior Endurance member Robbie Pattinson who came third in the MV50 category in the Stag to Hind hill race in Moffat this week. A 3.5 mile event run by Hartfell Hill Runners, Robbie finished 12th overall in a time of 31:53. He said it was a great event, especially with the free chippy at the end!!!

Photos attached of Robbie crossing a burn during the run and receiving his prize of a bottle of beer. Well done Robbie!!!

MAC Team Relays 2023

MAC Team Relays 2023

Tuesday 23rd May 2023


The MAC Team Relays for Senior Endurance return for 2023! This will be the same as previous events: participating athletes will be formed into teams, and each team member has to run one leg of two miles. First team home wins.


Unlike previous MAC Team Relays, members and trialists do not need to indicate their participation in advance. Instead, all who turn up on the night will be included in the event.


Participating athletes will be formed into teams of (ideally) four on the night. So please, please, please arrive on time to ensure teams can be formed without delay. Current time trial handicaps will be used in the allocation process.


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


This event will be the club training session for Tuesday 23rd May. Please meet at the Strathclyde Park Watersports Centre by 6.30pm to ensure inclusion in the event. Late arrivals risk missing out. The relay action will commence at the top of the loch at 7pm.

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

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


The route will be a mini version of the old Strathclyde parkrun (turning loop at the playpark and return on lochside path) and can be viewed here:

Report from West District Champs

Congratulations to our young athletes who performed so well at the West District Champs at Kilmarnock this weekend. Great performances and effort as always.


Official results:



100m – Emma Irvine – 15.58

800m – Ana Muldoon – 2.43.27

800m – Eoghan Connelly – 2.54.12


100m – Andy Clinging – 12.42 1st place



200m – Eoghan Connelly – 31.72 4th place

200m – Emma Irvine – 32:17


High Jump – Ella Russell 1.36m 4th place


Official results here –


Special mention to Andy for his gold medal in the 100m!!! Well done!!!

 Thanks to everyone who supported and competed,  and to our coaches for being there for the athletes. Photos courtesy of Ewen Cameron, Jac Molloy, Simon Gold and Bobby Gavin via Scottish Athletics.

Road Running Championship Race 4 Report

Our Road Running Championship continued today (Sunday 14th May) with race number four, the Babcock Shettleston 10k, which also hosted the Scottish National 10k Championships for the first time. There was some phenomenal times at the front of the field.



A relatively flat Glasgow Green course meant there was always going to be some fast times achieved, and indeed 2 of our MAC athletes, Jonathan Moore and Lilly Jeffrey managed PBs over the 10k.



Provisional results were

Jonathan Moore 32:19 PB

Evan Crane 38:22

Iain Campbell 39:35

Jim White 40:03

Lewis McLuskey 41:00

Graeme Kennedy 43:50

David Hoolaghan 43:57

Maryann Milne 47:17

Lilly Jeffrey 48:58 PB

Fiona Greaney 50:05

Peter Gallagher 50:37


Well done Team!!!!

MAC 7 represent Team North Lanarkshire in National Youth Development League

A report follows from Coach Ewen Cameron.

Congratulations to the seven young MAC athletes selected to represent Team North Lanarkshire in the National Youth Development League at Grangemouth today. All performed superbly and represented the club impeccably. Definitely a few PBs today, subject to the results being verified! 👏🏻👏🏻

Well done Andy, Ana, Ella, Euan, Luke, Luke and Viktoria!


A couple of photos were all I had time to take. Thanks to the families who came along to support.

Proud Team Manager,

SRI Chinmoy 5k National Championship

A fantastic turnout of 12 MAC athletes ran the SRI Chinmoy 5k National Championship race at Silverknowes on the evening of Friday 5th May.



An out and back with a twist, perfectly flat course and extremely fast field has the potential for some great times, and that was definitely the case for our club. Despite a freezing breath-taking headwind in parts, not only for the first mile, but also the last half mile too, 7 of the 12 ran new personal bests!


Huge congratulations goes out to Patricia Allen who retains her W70 National title!


Provisional results are

Jonathan Moore 15:29 (PB)

Evan Crane 17:58 (PB)

Iain Campbell 18:49

David Hoolaghan 20:54 (PB)

Nicole Gierlowski 21:03 (PB)

Maryann Milne 21:38 (PB)

Lilly Jeffrey 23:03 (PB)

Charla Hands 24:04 (PB)

Emma Knox 24:44

Jac Molloy 24:54

Phyllis Hands 25:04

Patricia Allen 33:02


Well done team!!!


The club Road Running Championship tables update will follow

Motherwell AC enjoy weekend at Glenmore Lodge

An amazing time was had by all who attended the return of MAC’s residential training weekend trip to Glenmore Lodge near Aviemore. Twenty seven athletes and friends made the trip north for a weekend filled with all things running and more. Friday saw a social easy run around the stunning Loch Morlich followed by an informative and interesting talk by Coach Joe Hoolaghan and then a fun filled quiz with Joe and his wife Mags.

Saturday morning the group, including 18 club members were warmly welcomed by the team at Aviemore Parkrun. A scenic undulating route, Jonathan Moore took first place overall with a new Parkrun 5k pb of 16:01. Well done Jonathan!!!

After a cuppa and cake (it was parkrun after all!!) it was time for Pilates with Coach Mae McIssac. Free time followed with many going off to enjoy the surrounding area. Some headed back to Loch Morlich for some watersports fun. Jac Molloy and Marcus Whyte who also enjoy Stand Up Paddle Boarding in their spare time, had brought their equipment with them and some of the group decided to join them and try it out. They all took to it like ducks to water, having much fun and laughs.

Saturday night was a very helpful talk by Jonathan Moore on Injury Prevention for Runners followed by another fun quiz, this time hosted by Tommy Sneddon and Elaine Jamieson. Waking on the final morning a yoga session with Marcus stretched tired bodies before a last run or hike up the hill to the nearby beautiful Green Loch and beyond.

Overall a fantastic weekend was enjoyed by everyone who attended. Time well spent with people who all share a love for our sport. As actor Richard O’Brien once said “running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or how many miles you ran last week. It is, in a much more important way, about community. “


Track & Field athletes had many successes over the summer.

Jim Smith won golds in the 100m and 200m, M75 category, at the Northern Irish Masters Championships in Belfast.

Jim also won golds in the same events at the Scottish Masters Championships in Dundee where Alan Robertson also won golds in the M40 100m and 200m.

In the Scottish Athletics Age Group Championships Andrew Clinging won the U13 100m and 200m titles and two gold medals. An outstanding achievement. In the same U13 competition Shay Martin (long jump) and Viktoria Tennant (long jump and 800m) performed really well. In the U15 competition Ella Russell ran a personal best in the 100m semi final and Cameron McCready was just short of a PB in his 200m.

Eight of our junior athletes competed for the North Lanarkshire Team in the Youth Development League competition – Ailsa Queen, Viktoria Tennant, Ella Russell, Andrew Clinging, Joseph Ryan, Max Allison, Daniel Dwyer and Shay Martin.

Well done to all our athletes.

Superteams at Aberdeen

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


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

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

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

Time Trial Championship 2021






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

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

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


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


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


PLEASE NOTE the following Scottish Athletics Safety Advice:

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

any medical information and an emergency contact number.

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



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


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


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


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

Time Trial Championship 2021




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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE NOTE the following Scottish Athletics Safety Advice:

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

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 ( 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 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.

Virtual MAC Team Relays – 3k


The first ever Virtual MAC Team Relays for Senior Endurance take place later this month. What is it all about? Simply, participating athletes will be formed into teams, and each team member has to run the event distance of 3k. The times for all team members are combined, and the team with the quickest overall time wins.


Only current members of Motherwell AC [on LoveAdmin] can participate.


Anyone wishing to participate should indicate in the MAC Members Facebook group or send an email to The closing date for entries will be midnight on Monday 18th January.


Participating athletes will then be formed into teams with the intention to make all teams as similar in overall ability as possible. Teams will be announced on Wednesday 20th January, prior to the run window opening. Team size will be 3 or 4, depending on the overall number of participants. Late entries may be invited to help make up full teams.

Run Window:

The run window for this will be Thursday 21st January at 00:00 until Sunday 24th January at 17:00.


Any location can be chosen for the run as long as there is no net downhill elevation to the route. The start and finish points should be close together. Loops can be used, but loops must be at least 1km in length. Out and back routes are also acceptable.

Submitting Times:

Times for the 3k run (preferably with a GPS activity from Strava/Garmin/etc) should be posted in MAC Members Facebook group or sent to The deadline for submitting times will be 18:00 on Sunday 24th January.


Results will be collated and posted as soon as possible after the submission deadline on the Sunday evening.


There are no prizes, just the respect and admiration of your teammates. It’s just a bit of fun to help us get through January.

Virtual Events Continue For Senior Endurance

Club training sessions may be suspended for now, but that is no reason to stop running.

The Senior Endurance training schedule for January remains on the website ( for those who wish to do any of the sessions.  These are only suggestions, are not mandatory, can be done at any time, and in any location.  Adherence to government ‘exercise’ rules  is required at all times.  As such, sessions should be done individually or with a maximum of one other person.

Not sure what to train for?  Take a look at the following virtual events coming up in the next few weeks:

Friday 8th – Monday 11th January

Virtual Scottish Athletics Road Challenge III
The distance for this challenge is 8k.  Be quick – entries close midnight on Thursday.

Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th January

Virtual MAC Team Relays
Details to be announced soon…

Friday 29th January – Monday 1st February

Virtual Scottish Athletics Road Challenge IV
The distances on offer for this challenge are 8k or HM.  Entries not yet open.

Saturday 6th – Tuesday 9th February

Virtual MAC February Time Trial
The MAC Time Trial Championship returns for 2021 with a virtual event to kick things off.  Details to be announced soon…

Friday 12th – Monday 15th February

Virtual Scottish Athletics Road Challenge V
The distance for this challenge will be 5 miles. Entries not yet open.

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