Noticeboard: Grand Prix; SportsAid; Hill workshops; Eilish

Saturday 23rd May 2015

Entry form and timetable for Livingston on June 6 and 7

The first scottishathletics Throws and Jumps Grand Prix at Livingston last month was a successful start to the series – with Jo Butterfield setting a European record in the club throws oroving a real highlight.

Now the second of four weekend events for the 2015 season is looming large, with the Craigswood in Livingston again the venue over the weekend of June 6 and 7.

Following the first event, there have been some changes to the timetable to reflect interest and also attempt to ‘tighten up’ the meet. Please view the new timetable  for June 6 and 7 on our Events page.

A number of athletes have already entered by agreeing to sign-up for the four-event series. For those who have not yet committed themselves to the June event please download an entry form from the Events section or email Mary Anderson on

Entries are available on the day but they cost double at £10! It is a £5 for a pre-entry and this will help us create start-lists which will be published on the Events page earlier in the week beginning June 1.



Kathryn Gillespie – Euro U20 qualifying time at Loughborough

Two members of the scottishathletics National Academy have received help with training and competition costs via SportsAid.

Awards have now been made to middle distance duo Josh Kerr of Edinburgh AC and Kathryn Gillespie of Central AC.

Kerr will receive an award of £1,000, sponsored by CGI, an international IT company. This sponsor is working with SportsAid in London.

Gillespie will now receive an award of £1,000, sponsored by LCI/Caesars, a London-based casino chain. This sponsor is working with SportsAid in London.

Both athletes have been in great form this month. Kathryn represented Scotland at the Loughborough International and her 1500m run of 4.19.95 was inside the qualifying standard for GB for the European U20s in Sweden. Josh raced twice in Manchester in a matter of days and came up with PBs in 1500m and 800 in successive races at 3.48 and 1.51.

In a previous announcement, we detailed grant awards to a number of Scottish athletes.


North District Hill Champs

Hill running: workshops in June

Running for the Hills with Malcolm Patterson

Over the next month, the North of Scotland is to benefit from two hill running workshops.

Details of the events hosted by Lochaber AC and North Highland Harriers, can be found below.  Both opportunities are open to interested individuals from all clubs.

Sunday 7 June, 10am – 4pm
Lochaber High School Gym Hall, Fort William
Cost £5

This one day course is aimed at helping club athletes improve their individual hill running and racing performance. The advice will be relevant to all abilities from beginner to elite.

The course is aimed at adult runners but experienced older juniors may apply. Hill shoes and full body cover required. 30 places, first come first served.
Please book:

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June
Reay Village Hall, Caithness
Weekend Cost £10

In Partnership with scottishathletics, North Highland Harriers are delighted to announce a weekend camp dedicated to the development of Hill Running.

Led by Malcolm Patterson, the scottishathletics National Coach Mentor for Hill and Mountain Running, the weekend will combine workshops with training sessions.  The event also incorporates a midnight race.

For further information, or for a booking form, please contact: All places must be booked to allow for catering for lunch on Saturday.


Eilish McColgan

Eilish McColgan

Olympian Eilish McColgan has this week revealed she has been forced to write off the 2015 season due to an ankle injury.

Eilish had hoped to be firmly in contention for the World champs in Beijing but that will not now be possible and she is already looking ahead towards Rio in 2016.

‘This year started off on the wrong foot for me . . . literally,’ Eilish said in a blog with sponsors Lindays.

‘After breaking my ankle back in January, I thought I would be sharing my latest update on the cusp of the racing season. Unfortunately, things have taken a turn for the worst and this year is now a complete write-off in terms of competitive performance.

‘Initially, we believed this injury would be a small blip in the road meaning six weeks off from running. However, that prognosis gradually worsened, week on week. Six became ten which became 14. Sadly, the fracture has fully extended.

‘Looking towards the future, it’s important that I stay positive and focus on my longer term goals. Missing the World Championships this year is a huge knock but I have to remain calm and optimistic about the future.

‘Rio 2016 will come round before any of us realise and at the end of the day the Olympic Games is the pinnacle. All the hard work, dedication, and sacrifices are purely for the Olympics. Every athlete wants to be a part of it. My event choice is still under question – perhaps a move to the 5000m or 10,000m will be more feasible after foot surgery, rather than risking injury over the steeplechase.’

Read the full blog post online on the Lindsays website.




Tags: hill running, Josh Kerr, Kathryn Gillespie, Livingston, Malcolm Patterson, Throws and Jumps Grand Priix

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