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2023 News Archive

2024 News

Sarah Harkins and Lara Zokas - Springburn Harriers Junior Jack - May 2024

5th May 2024 

Scottish Athletics West Districts Championships Kilmarnock 

PB's and podiums for our Harriers at Kilmarnock

COOP donation - Josh, Ted & Lara with Staff.

12th April 2024 

Coop Donation

Blackwood Coop staff present local Harriers with a Cheque for £150 

Linwood Open Graded - Laci McNulty

9th April 2024 

Linwood Open Graded

Laci & Sophie headed off to Linwood for the Open Graded event. 

Olivia at HYROX

3rd March 2024 

HYROX - Glasgow 2024

Guest written by Miss GB Finalist and Larkhall YMCA Harrier Olivia Sharkey.

Laci McNulty on her way to 2nd in the youth 800m Open - NYS 2024

6th January 2024 

New Year Sprint 2024

Our athletes produced some great results at this years New Year Sprint including an impressive 2nd Place for Laci McNulty in the 800m.

Scottish Athletics West Districts Championships Kilmarnock 

12th May 2024

YDL Grangemouth. Michael, Ross, Erin, Lucy & Laci
PB's and podiums for our Harriers at Kilmarnock

Some of our junior athletes took part this past weekend in the West District Championships at Ayrshire Athletics Area in Kilmarnock, with some stellar performances from #teamlarkhall! 
The field events kicked off with the U13 girls long jump event, where Lucy Thomson secured a new PB of 3.37m, easily beating her previous best of 3.34. Michael Marden also easily surpassed his PB for U13 boys, securing a jump of 3.82m, beating his previous record of 3.32m. Lily Cuthbertson and Sophie Brennan both gained PB's in the U15 Girls Long Jump, with Lily jumping a new record of 3.42m from previous 3.25m and Sophie going from a previous 3.81m to an outstanding 4.21m, where she secured a spot in the top 8. 
On the track, first to run was Michael Marden, competing in the U13 boys 75M Hurdles, where he finished a solid third with a time of 15.32, getting himself a place in the finals and a PB to boot. He then placed 7th in the final race, beating his time once again to secure a further PB time of 15.00. Next to run were Emily Thomson, Lily Cuthbertson and Sophie Brennan, all running in the U15G 100m. Emily ran a fantastic race, securing 4th position and qualifying for the semi-final with a time of 13.88, smashing her previous PB of 14.22 that she got earlier in the season. She then ran another impressive time in the semi-final, gaining a 13.84 PB. Sophie and Lily both secured new PB's, with Lily gaining a new record of 14.99, beating her former 15.46 and Sophie securing an impressive 14.66, easily managing to best her previous time of 15.19. 
Next up was Lucy Thomson and Emma Dooey, who both ran in the U13G 100M race, with Lucy gaining a new PB of 15.67 and Emma coming in with a time of 16.48, narrowly missing out on beating her previous PB of 16.32. The U15B 100m followed, with Ross Kinkade coming second in his heat with a time of 12.56, gaining him his PB and a place in the final also. He went on to place 5th in the final race, with a time of 12.77. 
Michael Marden and Sam Thomson continued the racing, competing in the U13 Boys 100M. Both boys secured PBs with times of 15.31 and 15.56 respectively. Completing the 100M races, U17 Boys saw Rhys Thomson secure a PB with a time of 12.86 and a very successful 100M race lot for #teamlarkhall
Our last track event was the U15 Girls 800M race. Laci McNulty competed after waiting patiently most of the day for her race and secured an excellent new PB of 2:38.30, smashing her previous time of 2:47.74 
Day 2 now and we celebrate a remarkable weekend of achievements, culminating in a bronze medal for Ross Kinkade in the U15 Boys 200m event. Ross Kinkade's exceptional display of skill and determination earned him a well-deserved bronze medal in the highly competitive U15 Boys 200m race. His achievement not only showcases his individual talent but also reflects the dedication and commitment of everyone at the club. 

The success of Sunday was not limited to Ross alone. Sam Thomson made a notable debut by reaching his first final in the U13 200m event, running exceptionally well and securing a new PB in the process. The entire team exhibited outstanding performances, with numerous athletes achieving personal bests in their respective events. This collective display of excellence underscores the exceptional training and support provided by the Larkhall Harriers coaching and volunteers.  
See the photos Here
See the results Here

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Springburn Harriers Junior Jack 

5th May 2024

YDL Grangemouth. Michael, Ross, Erin, Lucy & Laci
Great performances from our Mini & Junior Harriers!

Larkhall’s Mini & Junior Harriers were in action at the Springburn Harriers Junior Jack races in Kirkintilloch this Sunday! In the pre-school girls race Hollie Zokas came in 2nd place to earn her first ever spot on the podium. In the P1&2 girls race Sarah Harkins and Lara Zokas ran well to get 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the S1&2 races Aaron Scott had a great run to place 2nd, securing the silver medal for Larkhall. 

Also running in the Junior Jack were Ben Coutts, Iona Miles, Freya Hamilton, Archie Bennie, Emma Dooey, George Brown, Drew Reid who all ran fantastically well!

Thanks to all our coaches, parents and volunteers who helped us on the day and to Springburn Harriers for putting on the event. 

See the photos Here

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GAA Sprint Gala - Crownpoint 

28th April 2024

YDL Grangemouth. Michael, Ross, Erin, Lucy & Laci
Personal Bests galore at the GAA Sprint Gala.

The Harriers were in action recently at the Glasgow Athletics Association Sprint Gala at Crownpoint Stadium. Sophie Brennan (U15) Set new PB’s coming 1st in her 100m in a time of 15.19 and 7th in her 150m in 23.16. Lucy Thomson (U13) ran her 150m in 24.44 recording herself a new PB. Lily Cuthbertson (U15) Came 2nd in her 100m with a new PB of 15.46. Sam Thomson (U13) was next for a PB in his 100m clocking a time of 15.69. Laci McNulty (U15) had a bittersweet day, falling whilst in second place in her 300m but getting up and still setting a new PB of 47.88. Emily Thomson (U15) was running in the 100m & 300m and clocked times of 14.22 and 49.44 respectively - both new PBs. Emma Dooey (U13) also set new PB’s in the 100m and 150m, in 16.32 and 25.89. Rhys Thomson (U17) was running in the 100m setting a new PB of 12.96. Ross Kinkade (U15) continued his good form winning both his 100m & 150m, also setting new PB’s, in times of 12.58 and 18.88 respectively. Nathan Dooey (U23) was in action in the 100m and 300m, also finishing 1st in both of his races in times of 13.08 and 41.38, again setting new PBs! Lastly Michael Marden (U13) was the only one not to set a new PB on the day but he came close with fine performances in the 150m and the 75m Hurdles finishing in 24.04 and 16.31.

See the photos Here  
See the Results Here

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Youth Development League - Grangemouth 

21st April 2024

YDL Grangemouth. Michael, Ross, Erin, Lucy & Laci
Five of our young Harriers were selected for Team South Lanarkshire
The first YDL match of the year kicked off at Grangemouth on Sunday and five of our young athletes were selected for the team! Ross Kinkade, Michael Marden, Laci McNulty, Erin Ogston and Lucy Thomson were all picked to represent Team South Lanarkshire alongside athletes from other athletics clubs across South Lanarkshire. 
Ross (U15), who ran in the 100m, continued his good form placing 1st in his race in a time of 12.73 which was the second fastest U15 time of the day. Michael Marden (U11) lined up alongside his South Lanarkshire teammates for the 4x100m with the team placing 6th in a time of 62.19. Erin Ogston (U13) was running in both the 75m & 150m. For the 75m she placed 4th in 11.72 and she followed that up with the win in the 150m in a time of 22.43 which was the 6th fastest time of the day. Erin was also on the 4x100 relay team alongside Lucy (U13). Together with their South Lanarkshire teammates they finished in a time of 60.01 for 5th place. Finally Laci (U15) ran the 1500m and had a strong run to finish 4th in 5.42.50. Great running from all who were selected.
Unfortunately the overall results show Team South Lanarkshire at the bottom of the table over all but there is still plenty of time to turn that around over the next few matches. 
See the photos Here  
See the Results Here

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Coop Donation 

12th April 2024

COOP donation - Josh, Ted & Lara with Staff.
Blackwood Coop staff present local Harriers with a Cheque for £150 
We're delighted to say that the Blackwood & Kirkmuirhill Coop recently made a charitable donation of £150 to the Harriers! The money will now be used towards new equipment for our Mini Harriers to help them continue to develop their throwing and jumping skills. 
We are incredibly grateful to Coop for this donation and some of our local Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill athletes were able to pop in and accept the cheque on behalf of the committee. Josh, Ted and Lara posed for a photo with staff and even got some free doughnuts! 
Thank you Coop! 

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Linwood Open Graded 

9th April 2024

Linwood Open Graded - Laci McNulty
Laci & Sophie headed off to Linwood for the Open Graded event.
Laci and Sophie headed over to Linwood for the Open Graded Match hosted by Kilbarchan AAC. Laci (U15) was running in the 800m and finished in a time of 2.50.13 Sophie was a little under the weather but battled through to run her 100m in 16.27.
Well done girls! 
See the Results Here

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Ayrshire Open Graded Meeting 1 

7th April 2024

Ayrshire Open Graded - Ross
Harry Marden, Drew Reid, Ross Kinkade, Michael Marden and George Brown headed down to the Riverside Sports Stadium for the 1st Ayrshire open graded of the season. Harry (U11) had his first taste of competition running the 75m in 14.82 and thereafter taking part in the long jump recording one good jump of 2.13m. Big brother Michael (U13) Ran the 100m in 15.68 and then the 75m hurdles in 15.74. Drew (U11), Ran the 75m in a time of 12.62 and the 600m in 2.18.22. Finally Ross (U15), Set a new PB in the 100m with a time of 12.72 which was good enough for 10th on the day. He followed this up with 300m where he placed 4th overall in a time of 43.90. 
A great early season outing for our young Harriers and plenty more to come soon! Well done all! 
See the photos Here  
See the Results Here

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Harriers Featured in

Scottish Athletics PB Magazine 

29th March 2024

PB Magazine - March 2024
Work to attract new members and breakdown barriers to sport recognised by Scottish Athletics. 
Over the last 12 months work to modernise our club both online and in real life was ramped up. We re-launched our social media across various platforms with the aim of targeting new members of all ages. We also launched this website as not only a way to join the club but also as a resource for athletes and parents. We focused on reducing barriers to sport to make athletics more accessible for the people of Larkhall and the surrounding areas by making lots of small changes which all add up to make big differences. 
All of our hard work is now paying off with a new buzz around the Harriers and junior sections which are now bursting at the seams with motivated and engaged athletes. So much so that Scottish Athletics took notice and featured us in their PB magazine, a first for us. Katy Barden interviewed Willie Mowbray and Ted Zokas and put together this fantastic piece highlighting out club to every Scottish Athletics member in Scotland. We are very grateful to Scottish Athletics and Katy for their work on this and we hope you cant take the time to read it if you haven't done so already. 
Read the full Article online Here  
Find out more about our club Here

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South Lanarkshire Primary Schools

Cross Country Finals. 

27th March 2024

SL Primary Schools XC Finals - Michael, Emma & Gavin
Full Story
See the photos Here  
See the Results here

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Road Race Championships

The McFarlane Memorial Race 

24th March 2024

McFarlane Race 2024 - Winner William Thomson
Sprint finish in the final race of the Winter Road Race Championships 2023/24
On Sunday 24th March, The Harriers held the final road race of the Winter Road Race Championships.  In the Juniors race the fastest time was recorded by Sophie Brennan in 13.24, followed by Laci McNulty who was not far behind in 13.41. George Brown was next in 13.50 and Nathan Dooey (N/C) followed in 14.09. Michael Marden finished in 14.17 with Emma Dooey not far behind in 14.29. Gavin Lee completed the course in 15.16. Drew Reid and Emma Thomson finished next in 15.57 and 16.49 respectively. Josh Holland ran a time of 17.27 and Amie Davidson was close behind in 17.47 also closely followed by Emma Thomson in 17.55.  Ross Kinkade and Freya-Mae Gilroy both DNF'd on this occasion. 
In the Senior race there was some excitement David McNulty set off strong, leading much of the way but was gradually brought back by Willie Thomson culminating in an exciting sprint finish through the centre of Larkhall. Willie managed to pull clear and took the win in 38.24 followed by David in 38.35.  3rd place was taken by Rhys Thomson in a time 39.43. In 4th place was Ted Zokas in 41.54. Next was Jackie McMaster to take the woman's trophy in a time of 45.17 followed by John Dalton in 56.02. 
See the photos Here  

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Lanarkshire Secondary Schools Cross Country 

20th March 2024

Full Story
See the photos Here  
See the Results here

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GAA U12's Fun Day 

17th March 2024

GAA U12's Fun Day April 2024 - Freya-Mae
Fast times on a fast track at the Emirates Arena for our Under 12's
On 17th March our Under 12's from the Junior Section got the chance to run on the newly laid track at the Emirates Arena after the recent World Indoor Athletics Championships took place there. 
George Brown, Elif Oymak, Emma Dooey, Freya-Mae Gilroy, Michael Marden & Drew Reid got to take part in 60m hurdles, 200m, Shot Put and Long Jump in a fun and pressure free environment! 
There were PB's all round in the running events and unofficial bests in the throws & Jumps which weren't officially measured. Well done to all the youngsters and thanks to our coaches and volunteers who helped the event to run smoothly. 
Official results. 
George Brown 200m - 34.3, 60m 10.8
Freya-Mae Gilroy 200m - 35.8, 60m - 11.4, 
Michael Marden 200m - 32.0, 60m - 10.1
Drew Reid 200m - 35.3, 60m - 10.7
Emma Dooey -  200m - 34.2,  60m - 9.9
Elif Oymak 200m & 60m - Results not published
See the photos Here  
See the Results here - AM Session or PM Session

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Willie Mowbray nominated for youthlink Scotland Award  

14th March 2024

Willie Mowbray - Award Nomination
Willie recognised for his decades of service to Larkhall YMCA
We are delighted to announce our very own Willie Mowbray is one of the finalists for the YouthLink Scotland, Volunteer Youth Worker Award.
Willie has dedicated most of his adult life to Larkhall YMCA and the Harriers, coaching generations of Larkhall's young people giving them the opportunity to learn and excel themselves through athletics. We can't be more proud of Willie and his achievements and this nomination is well deserved. Read the full nomination below;

Since 1981, Willie Mowbray has been the backbone of Larkhall YMCA, dedicating over 42 years to shaping the lives of young people in his community.
Willie’s impact extends far beyond the athletics track. Generations of young people have found guidance and support under his mentorship, with some current young athletes being the children of those he coached decades ago. His coaching prowess, coupled with his unparalleled dedication, has earned him the reputation of being the kindest and most generous youth worker in the club.

At the heart of Willie’s approach is his firm belief in the transformative power of athletics as a form of youth work. Through personalised guidance and unwavering support, he empowers young people to not only excel in sports but also to develop resilience and self-confidence.
Under his leadership, Larkhall YMCA has become more than just an athletics club; it’s a safe space where young people find belonging and support. His work in organising trips, coaching, and celebrating young people’s achievements have gained international recognition, reflecting the positive impact he has had on countless lives.

Ted Zokas, President of Larkhall YMCA, describes Willie as the glue that holds the community together. His dedication, especially during challenging times, has been instrumental in ensuring the YMCA’s survival and continued service to the young people of Larkhall.

Chloe, one of the young athletes mentored by Willie, echoes the sentiments of many whose lives he has touched: “I can’t thank Willie enough for everything he has done for me. I hope this award, if he receives it, sheds a light on the tremendous amount of hours he has dedicated to all of us.” 

When we asked for a quote from a young athlete in the early stages of Willie’s nomination Chloe jumped at the chance to provide it. It was abbreviated in the nomination above but we think the full quote should be seen here as it really shows the effect Willie (and all our coaches & volunteers) has on our young athletes.

“Willie is the most dedicated coach I have ever met. My journey through running has been filled with many ups and downs, but no matter what I was going through, Willie had stayed by my side. He doesn’t care what stage of fitness you are at, as long as you are trying your best, he will go to all lengths to support you. Throughout the years I have been coached by him, I have watched the transformational effect he has had on the lives of many young athletes, inspiring them and teaching them to not only become experts in the sport, but also confident young individuals who will strive in their future destinations. I can’t thank Willie enough for everything he has done for me. I hope this award, if he receives it, sheds a light on the tremendous amount of hours he had dedicated to the sport that so many of us now close to our heart.”
Good luck to Willie at the awards night in May! 
Read about this on the YouthLink Scotland Website Here 

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Road Race Championships - The Fairholm Race 

7th March 2024

Dean Scott, Julie Hill, Rhys Thomson, Willie Thomson, John Dalton, Ted Zokas, David McNulty, Rona McPherson & John Mowbray - Fairholm Race 2024
Fairholm Race
On Sunday the 10th March 2024 the Harriers held their annual Fairholm Race which was race 3 of their Road Race Championships. One of the oldest races in the clubs history its been ran for decades with the hilly course cutting through Chatelherault Country Park on its way back to Larkhall. This year, due to a fallen tree on the route the usual course had to be altered resulting in an additional large hill to climb.  The juniors route took them from Larkhall to the Gates of Chatelherault and we had a decent turnout taking on the 2 mile course. The fastest time for the girls was set by Laci McNulty in 13.40 with Sophie Brennan only one second behind her and Emma Dooey was 3rd in 15.03. For the Boys the first to finish was George Brown in 14.17 with Michael Marden 2nd in 14.52 and in 3rd was Gavin Lee in 16.24. Well done to the rest of our runners, Nathan Dooey, Ross Kinkade, Josh Holland, Emily Thomson, Amy Davidson and Aaron Scott. 
In the senior woman's race Julie Hill took the trophy in a time of 30.19, followed by Rona McPherson in second place with a time of 32.48. For the men, Rhys Thomson was first back, lifting his first ever senior road race trophy in a time of 32.49 beating his father Willie Thomson into second place with time of 36.53 and in 3rd place was David McNulty in 35.10. John Mowbray, Ted Zokas, John Dalton and Dean Hill completed the senior race line up. 
Full results below.
  1. L. McNulty 13.40

  2. S. Brennan 13.41

  3. G. Brown 14.17

  4. M. Marden 14.52

  5. E. Dooey 15.03

  6. N. Dooey 15.42 (N/C)

  7. G. Lee 16.24

  8. R. Kinkade 16.35

  9. J Holland 19.40

  10. E. Thomson 20.50

  11. A. Davidson 20.53

  12. A. Scott (DNF)


  1. J. Mowbray 25.06 (Guest)

  2. J. Hill 30.19

  3. R. McPherson 32.48 (N/C)

  4. R. Thomson 32.49

  5. D. McNulty 35.10 (N/C)

  6. W. Thomson 36.53

  7. T. Zokas 37.11

  8. J. Dalton 48.06

  9. D. Hill (DNF) 

See the photos Here 

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Hamilton Area Primary Schools XC Championships

7th March 2024

Aaron Scott & Laci McNulty at the SSAA Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, Hopeton House 2024
Primary Schools XC
Report To follow

See the photos Here and the results Here.

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SSAA Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships

6th March 2024

Aaron Scott & Laci McNulty at the SSAA Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, Hopeton House 2024
Gutsy performances over a tough course at the SSAA Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships
Well done to our junior Harriers Aaron Scott and Laci McNulty who were competing at the Secondary Schools Cross Country Finals at Hopetoun Estate, South Queensferry. Representing Larkhall Academy, They performed well over the tough course and did their school proud.

Aaron Scott, running in the U17 Boys race, despite feeling a bit under the weather showed his grit and determination to finish in 24.11.

Laci McNulty, running in the U14 Girls race ran well to place 119th in a time of 15.58 which placed her right in the middle of the pack.

Well done to both of you!

See the photos Here and the results Here.

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Hyrox - Glasgow 2024

3rd March 2024

Julie Hill & Olivia Sharkey at Hyrox Glasgow
Guest written by Miss GB Finalist and Harrier Olivia Sharkey
On Sunday, the 3rd of March, myself and fellow Harrier Julie Hill tackled the challenging Hyrox fitness event held at the SECC. Amidst a staggering turnout of over 8,000 competitors throughout the weekend, Julie and I participated in the mixed relay competition. The course includes a 8km run intertwined with eight functional exercises, including a 1km ski erg, 50m sled push, 50m sled pull, 80m burpee broad jumps, 1km row, 200m farmers carry, 100m lunges, and 100 wall balls, distributed among our team of four. Undeterred by the intensity, we not only met but smashed our target of completing the course in under 1 hour and 15 minutes, achieving a respectable finish time of 1 hour and 13 minutes. Our impressive team efforts secured us the 14th in our age category and division, as well as a commendable 14th overall among all relay teams that took part over the weekend.

Hyrox is a new fitness competition that moto is “fitness for all”. It was important to use my Miss Great Britain Glasgow finalist platform to showcase this great event demonstrating that physical fitness knows no boundaries. Whether you’re a pageant queen or an everyday athlete, the challenges and achievements in fitness events like Hyrox are open to anyone willing to push themselves to new limits.
See the photos Here and the results Here.

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Scottish Athletics National Cross Country Championships

24th February 2024

Julie Hill, Aaron Scott and Laci Scott, National XC 2024
The Cross Country season comes to an end at the Scottish Athletics National Cross Country in Falkirk. 
On Saturday 24th February, Larkhall YMCA Harriers made the trip to Calendar Park in Falkirk for the season ending Scottish Athletics National Cross Country Championships. After a few injuries and other commitments, a much smaller team than usual headed up to take on the biggest cross country event in Scotland. In the U13 Girls race, Laci McNulty ran well to come 55th clocking 15.21 in the 135 strong race. Gavin Lee ran well in the U13 Boys race to finish in 16.32 for 101st position. Aaron Scott was our entry In the U15 Boys race and he completed his 4.5 kilometre race in 19.25 for 91st overall. Finally our Senior Woman's entry was Julie Hill who took on the 10K course and finished in a time of 50.56 placing 181st overall and 40th in her masters age group. Great running from our small entry and we look forward to normal service next year with a much larger team turn out. Thanks to Coach Alex Kidd for getting our athletes ready to run at the event. 

See the photos Here and the results Here.

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Harriers continue to develop dedicated coaches. 

21st February 2024

Alistair Dooey & Alex Kidd - February 2024
Alistair Dooey & Alex Kidd have now successfully completed their Level 2 coaching qualification.
Alistair Dooey & Alex Kidd recently completed their Level 2 coaching qualification. The UK Athletics course consisted of 3 face to face contact days, online self-led modules, and a practical assessment. The course also included an online Knowledge Test. Now they can plan a progressive training programme for athletes, coaching a range of activities to prepare the developing athlete to run, jump and throw.

With Alistair and Alex now qualified it brings the club up to 9 qualified coaches ranging from Level 1-3 further bolstering our capabilities to deliver consistent quality coaching to our athletes. 

If you're interested on coaching and could commit to giving your time to the club we will pay to put you through your coaching course. We are always looking to expand our coaching capabilities and we would love to hear from you. 

Find out more about coaching with us here.

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Scottish Athletics National Indoor Finals, Grangemouth

17th February 2024

Michael Marden, National Indoor Finals, Grangemouth 2024
Harrier Michael shines in his first ever National Indoor Hurdles final.  
The Scottish Athletics National Indoor Finals were held in Grangemouth on 17th February with Michael Marden making his debut finals appearance after his debut hurdles race in Ayr last month. Once again he performed well and had a strong 1st heat coming in second in 12.04, qualifying for the final. In the final he improved his time clocking 11.90 but was just piped into 4th place and out of the medals. Still, a fantastic performance. In the Masters, Alistair Dooey continued his comeback after also qualifying for the finals of the 60m in Ayr. Drawn in heat 2, he clocked a time of 9.01 which unfortunately wasn't good enough to progress any further on the day, still, great work and a great example from the coach.  Also running in one of the extra events was Ross Kinkade who's still working his was back to form. Ross ran well in heat 3, clocking 8.21, a determined performance, but it wasn't enough to make it to the final. It was a great experience for our athletes and hopefully we'll see more make it up next year. Thanks to coach Alex Kidd who travelled up to get the athletes prepared.
See the photos Here and the results Here.

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West League XC - Race 3 - Erskine

10th February 2024

Gavin Lee, West League XC, Erskine, February 2024
It was the final West League XC of the season, this time hosted by Kilbarchan AAC at Erskine. 
The 3rd and final round of the West League Cross Country league was hosted by Kilbarchan AAC at Erskine today. 

In the U11 Race, George Brown and Drew Reid were in action George finished in 34th place in a time of 4.51 followed by Drew who was 38th in 4.53. In the U11 Girls race Emma Dooey had a good run to finish in 24th in 4.59.

In the Boy's U13 race Gavin Lee ran well completing the course in 10.30 for 29th place and for the U13 Girls Laci McNulty came 21st with a great time of 10.06.

Finally, In the Masters race, David McNulty put in a determined effort to finish the course in 40.13. 

Well done to all who took part, and now we look ahead to the season finale - The National Cross Country at Falkirk. 

See the photos Here and the results Here. 

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Springburn Harriers Junior Cross Country

28th January 2024

Sarah, Fia, Hollie, Lara, Iris, Iona, Zara, Springburn Junior Cross Country, January 2024
The Mini Harriers were out in force at Woodhead Park, Kirkintilloch for the second Junior Cross Country of the season.
Sunday, 28th January saw the second Springburn Harriers Junior Cross Country held at Woodhead Park, Kirkintilloch. Larkhall’s Mini Harriers, aged 5-8, were out in force to take on the muddy course, some of them in their debut races. In the first PreSchool race was Hollie Zokas in her first ever race and she put in a determined effort to complete the 200m untimed run.

In the Primary 1&2 Girls race were Sarah Harkins, Fia Miles, Iris Stewart and Lara Zokas. In the last running of this race Lara and Iris managed the 1-2 finish but it wasn't to be today and Sarah got the best Harrier finish with an Impressive run to place 3rd finishing the 400m in 2.00 exactly. Lara managed 4th finishing in 2.02 and Iris was not far behind finishing in 2.07 for 6th place. Finally, Fia completed the course in 2.24 for 16th place. In the Primary 1&2 Boys race Archie Bennie had a great run to place 4th in a time of 1.52 and Lewis Gibson ran well to place 8th in 2.04.

The Primary 3&4’s were out next and in the girls race Iona Miles and Freya Hamilton were 15th & 16th finishing in 5.05 and 5.15 respectively in their 800m race. For the boys, Aaron McCready finished 8th in 3.56 followed in 15th by James Malcome in 4.10. A great performance from all the Mini Harriers Kids and testament to the coaching efforts of Jimmy Cairney and Alistair Dooey, assisted by Lisa Dooey.

See the photos Here and the results Here. 

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Scottish Athletics Regional Indoor Heats - Ayr

22nd January 2024

Emily Thomson, Regional Indoor Heats, Ayr. January 2023
Harriers athletes perform well to qualify for the final of the National Indoor Championships
Over the weekend of the 19th - 21st January the regional indoor qualifying heats were held at the Riverside Sports Arena in Ayr. The Harriers had 8 athletes attempting to qualify for the finals which will likely be held at the Emirates Arena on February 16-18th.

Under 13’s Emma Dooey & Sam Thomson performed well in the 60m sprint with Emma clocking 10.15 and Sam breaking the 10 second barrier with a 9.93 finish.

Under 15’s Ross Kinkade continued his comeback with a time of 8.47 to win his 60m heat, finishing 5th overall. Emily Thomson had a great run in her 60m and her time of 9.14 was good enough for 8th on the final leader board.

Rhys Thomson followed this up in the U17 category with an impressive 8.36 which was good enough for second in his heat and 5th in his age group.

It was a father-son battle in heat 5 as Senior Nathan Dooey took on his dad, Alastair Dooey in the 60m. Alastair, who is also a coach at the club, was performing in his first competitive race in years and came out strong recording a time of 8.96 but he was just piped by Nathan who finished in a time of 8.48. The consolation came later however when Alister received confirmation that his time was good enough to progress to the final of the Masters category in February.

Last to run on the Sunday was Michael Marden, in his debut in the 60m hurdles, he was unfazed as he completed the race in 12.37 and also progressed to the finals in Glasgow.

See the photos Here and the results Here. See the finalist List Here.

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West League XC Race 2 - Bellahouston Park

21st January 2024

George Brown & Drew Reid. West League XC Bellahouston January 2024
Fun in the mud for the second West League Cross Country event in Bellahouston
It was round 2 of the West League Cross Country on Saturday 21st January. The event was held at Bellahouston Park and the conditions were wet and windy with the course very muddy and slow in places. Nonetheless we had 7 Harriers brave the elements and take on the challenge. The first race was for U11’s, at 1300m long Drew Reid and George Brown had one small lap to take on and it was a new PB for Drew when he finished in 5.54, closely followed by George in 5.57.

The under 13’s had one large lap of 2100m to take on and battling through the rain were Gavin Lee who finished in 9.57 followed just one second later by Laci McNulty in 9.58.

Aaron Scott was our only under 15 on the day taking on the more demanding 3.4k course which he did comfortably in 14.05.

Finally our Seniors David McNulty and Julie Hill were in action in the main race of 7.6k, David completed the course in 47.40 and Julie performed well to finish in 37.01 which was 8th in the masters and 23rd overall.

See the photos Here and the results Here.

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Falkirk indoor Open Graded Match - Grangemouth

13th January 2024

Sophie Brennan, Erin Ogston, Emma Dooey, Nathan Dooey, Ross Kinkade. Falkirk Indoor Open Graded Match - January 2024
Strong start to 2024 as the first indoor competition of the year at Grangemouth sees new PB’s for all.
Larkhall YMCA Harriers athletes were in action again on Saturday 13th January. A small contingent made their way to Grangemouth for the Indoor Open Graded Match hosted by Falkirk Victoria Harriers.. In the 60m sprints U13’s Emma Dooey and Erin Ogston had a strong start to the year when they both posted new PB’s of 10.19 and 9.47 to place 21st and 8th respectively. In the U15’s Sophie Brennan achieved a new PB of 9.51 for 14th Place in her age category. 
U15 Ross continued his return to form in the 60m, winning his heat with a strong performance, setting a new PB of 8.44 for 2nd place overall in his age category. For the Senior Men, Nathan Dooey also won his heat and set a new PB in a time of 8.42 which was good enough to take 2nd place overall on the day. 
Emma, Erin and Sophie were also competing In the long jump. Although there were no PB’s on this occasion it was still a solid start to the year. Erin's best jump of the day was 3.25m, which was only 8cm away from her personal best but good enough for 6th in her age group. Emma jumped 2.60m which was well short of her PB of 2.86m, coming in 14th overall. Finally Sophie, jumping in the under 15 category, had a jump of 3.73m placing 6th overall in her age group. A strong performance all round and a sign of what's to come for the Harriers as the indoor season starts to heat up.
See the photos Here and the results Here.

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NEw Year Sprint 2024

6th January 2024

Laci McNulty on her way to 2nd in the youth 800m Open - NYS 2024
Laci shines in the 800m running off with the 2nd place prize money! 
Larkhall YMCA Harriers athletes were in action on Sunday 6th January in the 155th New Year Sprint at Grangemouth Stadium and came away with a 2nd place finish and a cash prize! The New Year Sprint is the blue riband event on the professional circuit calendar. It’s a handicapped race for professional and amateur athletes of all standards and ages who have competed for this historic title since 1870. This year the Harriers Laci McNulty put in a determined performance in Heat 1 of the 800m final coming in 2nd with a time of 1.57.95, a time which was ultimately good enough for the Under 13 athlete to secure 2nd overall, securing her place on the podium and nice new year bonus of £50 to take home! George Brown and Drew Reid were also running in the 800m and finished in a time of 2.21.48 and 2.21.35 respectively. 
In the main event, the 110m New Year Sprint, it was Harriers Senior Sprinters Dean Hill and Nathan Dooey’s turn to try to make it to the final. Dean was out first in Heat 7 and completed the 110m in a time of 11.86, securing his place in the Semi-Final. Nathan was up next in Heat 9 finishing in a time of 12.92 which unfortunately wasn’t good enough to progress any further on the day. In the Semi-Final, Dean ran in Heat 3 and competed the 110m in 11.87, a time which was only 00.11 away from making the final of this prestigious event. 
In the 90m youths race, George Brown, Freya-May Gilroy, Michael Marden and Emma Dooey were all in action and finished in 11.81, 12.02, 10.73 and 11.48 respectively. None progressed to the final stages on this occasion but good performances nonetheless. 
Finally in the 200m youths race, Larkhall’s Junior Athlete of the year Ross Kinkade was back in action after a few difficult months with injuries. Ross qualified comfortably in his heat with a time of 23.26 but wasn’t able to improve on this in the final ultimately finishing in 23.34 and out of the medals. Still a promising return to competition for Kinkade. 
See our photos Here and the results Here.

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Harriers Join the Menopause Friendly Club Scheme

4th January 2024

Menopause Friendly Logo
Larkhall YMCA Harriers have joined Scottish Athletics Menopause Friendly Club scheme.
Larkhall YMCA Harriers are delighted to say that we have now joined the Scottish Athletics Menopause Friendly Club Scheme. This means that our coaches have reviewed the Menopause guidance issued by Scottish Athletics and have an understanding of the Menopause symptoms and there effect on the athletes ability to train. We discuss the Menopause openly when need be and its no longer considered a taboo subject or simply ignored. We've made sure to put simple things in place like having access to bathrooms at almost all training sessions and providing free sanitary products in our club premises, the YMCA Hall. 
Going through the Menopause is not the end of your athletics career, you might need to adjust slightly but you can continue taking part in running and athletics and it can actually be very beneficial to continue training regularly. If you're concerned about the effect of the Menopause on your training please discuss your concerns with the coaches and have a look at the range of resources below on our Menopause support page.  
See the Menopause support page on our website Here

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Harriers now providing free period products for athletes

3rd January 2024

Got your period?
Larkhall YMCA Harriers are tackling period poverty and barriers to sport by supplying free Period Products in the YMCA bathrooms.
Larkhall YMCA Harriers are committed to removing barriers to sport. We believe your period should never get in the way of the sport you love. So weather your experiencing period poverty or just caught by surprise you can rest assured that we now provide free period products in our bathrooms at the YMCA hall so you can keep coming to training safe in the knowledge that if the time comes unexpectedly, we've got you!

For further information on where you can get free sanitary products have a look at our Period Poverty page.
See the Period Poverty page on our website Here

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