LARKHALL YMCA HARRIERS CLub NEWS

Find out about what the Harriers have been up to recently. Click on the articles below to find out the latest news at the club or have a look at the archive links for older news.

2023 News Archive

2024 News

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 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 Callendar 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 Scott 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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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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