above photo of Andrew Fraser and Bill McFadden competing in the Yorkshire RWC Open 35km, July 2014
Exciting times for Scotia RWC
Continued efforts have been made North of the Border this year by various club members (pictured below wearing their impressive new vests !) to promote Race Walking . With weekly training sessions and social events, active involvement in parkruns and athletics generally, travelling far and wide to support BMAF Champs in England, promoting ‘Come-and-Try’ races, initial participation in the RWA Inter Area match, and undertaking Officials Track and RW Judging courses etc . . . . . . . . there can be no doubt that the club will achieve great things with their go-ahead attitude.
For their very first forthcoming AGM (Friday 4th December at Grangemouth Stadium) the enthusiastic members have formulated a
Development Plan for 2016 and beyond.
- Get as many people involved in race walking and athletics in Scotland.
- Secondary aim: Scout race walking talent for UK Junior Champs, Celtic Games and Commonwealth Games
- In order to spread the message that Scotia RWC, and race walking in Scotland, is on the athletic map, a structured development plan is put in place.
- This will offer everybody an opportunity to establish how long-term progress is to be made.
- ‘Shaping Our Future’ Development Plan (‘The Plan’) has a few development layers to enable the Plan to reach its ultimate goal.
- In order to keep the Plan at a wise, tangibly-manageable level, it is important to important to consider viable options, along with the available resources.
- Natural progress and development will follow.
- The two initial critical efforts will focus on the following:
- 1. Target population group: Youth (tbc)
- 2. Target geographical area: West / Glasgow region (tbc)
Dublin Marathon – Monday 26th October
Bill McFadden started in the final wave of the fifteen thousand starters, and weaved himself through the field in determined fashion. With tremendous support from the cheering crowd and from runners, he walked to a time of 4:37:30, finishing in the top two-thirds.
He is now looking at competition at 50km races in 2016. Bill coaches on behalf of Scotia RWC and also Kirky Mile Crunchers, (formerly Rualk) who meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings where fitness walking is taught.
His feedback – ” Dublin marathon was a success. Really good judgement for 50k. Last 10k became really strong with major race walking support from the crowd. Nice to hear people encourage and know what they are talking about in these type of events. negative split from what I have worked out from my mile pace (if not a close call), will check this fully later. So much respect from the runners that passed me and the ones I left in my dust. Absolutely loved the long haul. ”
Scots Vets 10,000m track race (Coatbridge) Sun 18 Oct 2015:
pictured is winner Pat Murphy of Ireland
Thanks to Scottish Veterans HC for allowing us to co-participate in this fantastic race.
And, secondly, to all the athletes (and supporters) who travelled so far to reach the Glasgow shores.
We, at Scotia RWC and SVHC, certainly appreciate the time and effort you put into your trip.
Finally, the critical folk at the coal-face, the officials and assistants / helpers:
John Softley for co-ordinating things between SVHC and Scotia RWC (as well as orchestrating the time-keepers, lap-counters and collating the final results)
Gill Donald (lap-counting duty)
Willie Murray (lap-counting duty)
Matthew, Chris and Jordan McFadden (lap-counting duty)
Bill McFadden (submitting press articles and photos)
Andrew Fraser (judging)
1st Pat Murphy (Ireland) 55:54
2nd Bill McFadden (Scotia RWC) 56:59
3rd Dave Compton (Lancs WC) 63:00
4th David Mushet (Scotia RWC) 69:41
5th Phil McCullagh (Lancs WC) 70:17
6th John Payn (Lancs WC) 76:34
John Reid ran in Scotia RWC colours 71:22
Fabulous day. Fabulous race. Fabulous people.
Well done, everyone.
7 September 2014 –
First-ever representations under the Scotia RWC banner was by Andrew Fraser and Bill McFadden at the British Masters 10km Championships held at Abbey Park in Leicester.