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Lornshill XCountry, this Saturday 22nd Nov, your Support!

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The East District Cross Country League meeting is being held at Lornshill Academy, Alloa, FK10 2ES, this Saturday, 22nd November. As the club is involved in setting up and managing the race we are still looking for more Marshalls to help out. Could anyone that’s available and wishing to help let Gordon McNeil, the Club chairman know.
All Marshalls, need to be at Lornshill for 11:00 am for a briefing and to be assigned their positions.
Also if anyone wishes to run could they be there 30 minutes before their race, where Gordon will give them a race number for the club that they need to wear.

Ladies Race: 1:10pm

Mens Race: 2:15pm

Race Details
Race Details

 

Christmas Party Reminder

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Just a reminder to let you know the the club’s annual Xmas party is fast approaching – Saturday 6th December.
For all of you that are going, please remember to bring a present for the raffle – the usual spend is around £5.
The Party will be at Saucie Hall and food will be provided, party games, and music (Ceilidh and other).
Cost – £25 per person.
For those of you who are planning to go but haven’t let us know, could you please contact the club secretary, Alastair, (you can speak to him at training or by emailing him at weecountyharriers@hotmail.co.uk.).
Also let him know whether or not you’ll be bringing your better half.

Gartmorn 6 – Now available for Entry

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The Wee County Harriers – Up and Running Gartmorn 6 and Junior race is now available for Entry
(details here: Enter G6).

The race is mostly trail round Gartmorn Dam and a great wee primer for those doing the Alloa Half Marathon the following week. 250 places are available and based on previous years we expect them all to be taken.

Post race refreshments, sandwiches, cakes, etc.. will be available after the race.

More details are available about the race by viewing the items under Gartmorn 6 on the menu bar of this Website.

The race is kindly sponsored by Up and Running, Murray Pace, The Thistles, Stirling, FK8 2ED

Training Location for Tuesday 11th November

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We will now meet for Tuesday’s training session at Tullibody Civic Centre, Abercromby Pl, Tullibody, Alloa FK10 2RU.

Ultimate Marathon Guide (eBook) available for download

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The Ultimate Marathon Guide, which is an ebook in PDF format is available under the Training Plans section of the Website,

This is a good easy to understand guide and provides a lot of information on the ‘”do’s and don’ts” of Marathon running but it also gives pointers to training for other distances too.

It provides a simple and practical handbook you can follow and implement into your own training plan. It has four chapters covering – Marathon Training concepts, Marathon Specific workouts, Marathon Nutrition, and a detailed look at the Marathon Taper.

Well worth a read.

Go to the Training Plans Section of the Website to download

Stirling XCountry race! This Saturday 18th October

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Anyone wanting to try a Cross Country race this Saturday 18th October, at Stirling University? If so, just turn up (wear club colours) and Gordon will give you a Race number. The Club has its own large tent and Club Banner, which is easily spotted and where we meet. Give yourself time to get parked and changed, i.e. at least 30 minutes before your race. Shower and changing facilities are available at the Sports pavilion.

– Ladies Race starts at 1:10pm

– Men’s race starts at 2:15pm

Stirling Cross Country

 

Andy Harker

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It was with great sadness last Sunday, 21st September, that all of us at Wee County Harriers found out that big Andy Harker had passed away.

Andy was a larger than life character around the club and was well known and loved by everyone. He was always keen to get involved and his experience in other areas of his life meant that he had a natural knack for organising things. Only a couple of months ago he and his wife Pat organised a barbecue for the club up at Gartmorn Dam. The night consisted of a race for the children and one for the adults. Andy designed the courses and took the time out to go up and make sure they were well marked out for everyone to follow. That night was such a success that it was agreed on the spot we should make it an annual event

Big Andy givin' it laldie
Big Andy givin’ it laldie

Andy was one of those guys that people found easy to relate to, even after a short time you felt that you had a friend. He wasn’t overbearing in any way, yet had an outgoing personality and a great sense of fun. One summer’s night after a hard training session round the Dam, Andy suggested going in for a swim to cool down. Everyone, laughed and thought, aye, right Andy! But Andy wasn’t joking, the next thing he jumped in and everyone just shook their head. That was typical of him.

He loved coming to the club and taking part in the different running events. One area that he excelled was running downhill, like running down from the top of the Ochils. You need a certain type of courage to be good at that or some might say you need to be “aff yer heid”, probably a bit of both. Whatever, Andy was fearless charging down from Dumyat, he loved it and not many could beat him.

He will be greatly missed by all at the club. Our thoughts and Prayers are with Pat, his son Mark, his daughter Becky, and the rest of his family and friends.

Andy Harker, 3oth August 1959 – 21st September 2014. Rest in Peace Big Man!!

 

Devilla 15K, February 2015, get your entry in ASAP

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Just to give you the Head’s up, the Devilla 15K race is now open. Last year the race sold out very quickly and the time of this post, written only a few hours after Entries became available 156 spaces out of the 600 available have been snapped up.

The Devilla 15K is a club GP and we advise you to book your place ASAP. You can do so at Entry Central by clicking on the following link:

Devilla 15K

Time Trial

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New training schedule for October available. Most Winter training will start at Alloa Town Hall at 6.30 pm. Tuesday 7th October will be a mile time trial.

Sherriffmuir 11 report

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Sunday 17th, August saw the inaugural running of the Sheriffmuir 11. Starting at the Sheriffmuir Inn, runners run 5.5 miles down hill until they reach the A9 then turnaround and hightail it back to the start with just the small matter of the wind and 5.5 miles uphill to contend with. All 100 runners enjoyed a good race and smiles were aplenty at the finish, although this may have had something to do with the alcohol provided by the Sheriffmuir Inn. The race was a great success and will definitely be back next year.

The race was won by John Sharp from Inverclyde AC in a time of 1:06:04 (Now the official course record!).

The Sherriffmuir 11 also included a race within a race, the King and Queen of the Hill, which was first competitor (male and female), to the top of the first hill at the start.
The King of the Hill was won by Andrew Wright from Ochil Hill Runners who finished second male overall with a time of 1:06:38.
The Queen of the Hill was won by Bethany Thompson who was second female home in a time of 1:22:03.

The first Wee County Harrier home was Bob Warnock in a time of 1:15:33.

The race sponsors, The Sheriffmuir Inn ensured everyone had a celebratory wee tipple and the other main sponsor, Up and Running from Stirling provided prizes for the prize winners.