As part of a new initiative, we are starting new extension of our junior section to cover hill running for children aged 8-14 years old. The short free fun programme consists of 6 training sessions which will cover the basics of hill running. These will be held in the hilly parks in and around Glasgow. Feel free to come along to just one session near to you but hopefully you can make all six.

The training will be held in the summer term on Tuesday early evenings. The programme is designed to complement the current junior training sessions and add some fun and variety to running as well as helping improve fitness.

Each session will last 1 hour and combine running with an educational aspect to give the juniors a basic understanding of hill running.

Please fill in this short google form for each child who would like to take part. This is open to any youngsters aged 8-14 years old.

First session in Alexandra Park will be 5-6pm for under 11s and 6-7pm for under 13/15s

Rest of the sessions all ages together from 5.30-6.30pm

DateLocationRunning sessionInformation session
May 3rdAlexandra ParkMeet everyone, discuss program and fun runIntro to hill running
May 10thQueens ParkHill repetitionsEquipment
May 17thPollok ParkWide game – huntRaces
May 24thCathkin BraesWide game – capture the flagWeather
May 31stMugdock Country ParkNavigation practice, orienteeringNavigation
June 7thClachan of CampsieFun race up to Crichton’s CairnKeeping safe on the hills

Exact location, meeting points and travel suggestions communicated prior to each session. All are accessible by public transport (apart from Cathkin Braes).

Organiser: Jethro Lennox

Lead Coach: Malcolm Paterson

Assistant coaches: Jessica Brydon and Chris Pantrey

Guests such as national hill running coach, Angela Mudge and Joe Symonds, Scottish hill running champion 2021, will also be involved.

If your child is looking for a alternative to junior parkruns, wants to experience the thrill of running downhill (sadly you have to go up first) or just wants to experience something new then sign them up.

We will also be supporting the young hill runners to take part in these races

April, 10 May   Dumyat Junior Races, near Stirling

U20, U17, U15, U13, U11, U8 year old on race day to be accompanied

Races start 10am from here. Entry on day. For more info email Malcolm Paterson malcpat@yahoo.co.uk

Full details here

Sun, 01 May    Lomonds of Fife Junior Hill Race – ScottishAthletics junior championship

U20, U15, U13s. There will also be a (non-Championship) race (c.2.25k, 100m ascent) for runners born in 2012 or after, with those born in 2014 or later to be accompanied)

Sat, 21st May   Sedbergh Fell Race, Cumbria, Northern England

u9, u12, u14, u17, Seniors

minimum age to compete is 6 years (on the day)

Plan is to travel in a coach from Glasgow for a day trip to this gala race. Promises to be a fun day out for all the family.

Entry fees and contribution to travel costs covered for these two races.

Thanks to Glasgow City council for grant to cover coaching course and Chris Smith Foundation for race expenses.

First session in Alexandra Park

Any queries please email hillrunning@shettlestonharriers.org.uk

For details of senior hill runners go here

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