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Club AGM

Please note the AGM will be held on Saturday 25/2 at 1300 in S McKeown abode.

We have cross country race in morning so hopefully members will be around to attend if free.

Look forward to seeing you all. Pat B.


1. Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Action – Chairman

2. Acceptance of Minutes of AGM held 16 October 2021

Action – Secretary

3. Re-election/Election of Committee Members

Chairperson – Re-election (S McKeown)

Treasurer – Re–election (P Burns)

Secretary- Re–election (P Burns)

Race Coordinator–Re-election (S Johnston)

Social Secretary–Re-election (Colin D Johnston)

4. Treasurer’s report

Action – Treasurer

5. Proposed Club Fees 2023

£15.00 Senior

£7.50 Junior/Senior Citizen/Student/Unemployed (Unchanged)

6. GP Championship race programme

Action – Race Coordinator

7. Social Secretary Report

Action – Social Secretary

8. AOB

Coronavirus Update by SAL

Coronavirus – latest guidance

Tuesday 17 March 9.30am

Following the statement from the Scottish Government yesterday evening, scottishathletics continue to explore the most suitable approach based on the guidance provided.

As of today, the latest advice, particularly given the need to reduce social contact, has led scottishathletics to recommend the following course of action:

*All face-to-face education activity delivered by scottishathletics (coach, official, teacher, club etc) will cease until further clarity is provided by the Scottish Government.

Where we can, we will attempt to continue with education via online methods (eg webinar, skype etc). However, this may not be practically possible for all activities.  Where not, the aim will be to re-schedule courses to a later date wherever feasible.

*All our scottishathletics Championship events scheduled until the end of April will be postponed and/or until further clarity is provided by the Scottish Government.

We recommend that independent event organisers follow the same course of action.

We will work with competition/event providers to find suitable alternative dates within the competition calendar and will discuss these matters with our respective event commissions.

*scottishathletics recommend that all formal club/group training sessions be cancelled for the time being but the situation will be monitored and reviewed on a week-by-week basis and until the recommendations on social contact are better understood.

*We will continue to monitor this recommendation and update guidance as soon as we can, particularly given the fact that educational establishments remain open.

*However, we fully recognise the importance of all participants continuing to be physically active during this time.

We would encourage people to do so in safe and appropriate environments keeping in mind the latest Scottish Government advice. Participants should also seek guidance from your local facility provider to better understand their position regarding continued operations around access.

*scottishathletics staff may be forced to work from home due to building access restrictions at our Edinburgh base over the coming days/weeks.

However, we will fully implement our business continuity plan to ensure we maintain appropriate standards of work and customer engagement.

Staff will also be instructed that non-essential travel should be avoided until further notice, but to use alternative methods, ie. phone, skype, conference call, TEAMS etc.

Balfron 10KSunday May 3, 2020

We are delighted to announce that entries are now open for the 2020 Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k, which takes place on Sunday May 3rd. Early entry is recommended to guarantee your place.

We have listened to all your comments and feedback from 2019 and used it to inform our planning for 2020 event.

An exciting change is a new race route. Loyal runners and veterans of the Balfron 10k down the years will already be familiar with the course as for 2020 we are reverting to the ‘old’ route.

The race will still start from Balfron High School, however the route will not go down through the village via Cotton St, Buchanan St and up Dunmore St. Instead it will follow Roman Rd out to join the country road, making it a true out and back run, finishing at the high school.

Also new for this year is a team competition. There will be prizes for Scottish Athletics clubs and a separate category for corporate and non-affiliated teams. Teams must have a minimum of three members. If you are thinking about getting some friends or work colleagues together, agree your team name now as you will be asked for it when entering the race.

There is no extra cost for entering a team. There is a section on the race entry form for you to select if you are entering as part of a team and what team you will be representing.

The support we’ve received for attempting to make the Balfron 10k Scotland’s greenest event has been amazing. We want to continue to make further improvements to our operations in order to deliver a race that has minimal impact on the environment and sets a standard for other events to follow.

As always, we want to give you a safe race and a high-quality event. The costs of delivering this ambition have risen and therefore the entry fee has had to be increased slightly to meet these additional costs. The event is organised by community volunteers and any funds raised through entries or the generosity of sponsorship are donated to local charities as well as Balfron High School and Balfron Primary School.

Dunbartonshire Cross Country Championships

Anyone interested contact Pat B.
The 2019/2020 Dunbartonshire AAA Cross Country Championships will be held in Maryhill Park, Glasgow Park on Saturday 23rd November 2019.
I attach for your attention:
  • Notice to Clubs
  • Competition Information Sheet
  • Entry Form
  • Pro forma for notifying me of the officials your club are supplying for this event. Each Club participating in this event must supply at least 2 Officials
Entries close strictly on Tuesday 19th November 2019. Please email the completed entry forms to Sharon Taylor on not later than the closing date.
The pro forma notifying the officials your club are supplying for this event should be returned to me on by Tuesday 19th November 2019.
Please note that date of birth of all entrants are required. In addition Scottish Athletics Membership Numbers are required where applicable as this information is required by Scottish Athletics for the event return even though no fees are payable for non Scottish Athletics members for this event. It is important that accurate information is given in the entry forms as, in the recent cross country relays, a medal  could have been given to the wrong athlete if a mistake in the declaration form had not been discovered in time.
If you are not the person in your club dealing with entries for this race or anyone in your club who deals with entries in not included in this email please forward to the appropriate person(s).

AGM 2018 Minutes/Club Fees

Minutes from AGM below. Please note Club Fees due £20.00/£10.00 for concessionary


Annual General Meeting Minutes – 10th March 2018

Attendance: Stephen McKeown, Stephen Johnson, Patrick Burns, Frazer Ferguson, Bobby Shields.

Apologies: Yvonne & Lindsay Cunningham, Elaine Somerville.

  • Chairman’s Opening Remarks: The Chairman thanked all in attendance, reporting 2017 had been a challenging year due to injuries to various members which affect Club night turnout. There has been no interest in the last year for Jog Scotland Members to transition to the Club, however we will continually advertise to attract members.


  • Acceptance of Minutes of AGM held 2017Last year’s minutes summarised and ACCEPTED BY Stephen McKeown and SECONDED BY Patrick Burns.


  • Re-election/Election of Committee Members
  • Chairperson – Stephen McKeown
  • Treasurer – Patrick Burns
  • Social Secretary – Frazer Ferguson
  • Race Coordinator – Stephen Johnson
  • Secretary     – Yvonne Cunninghan


  • Treasurer’s report: Current balance to date £2260.12 cash in bank. 2017 Expenditure Room hire fee £8, Club SAL Fee £73, Club post Cross Country Breakfast £35 and Club Trophies £95. 2017 Income came from Club Membership Fees and sale of kit.


  • Club Fees 2018-19 – £20.00 Senior. 2 Honorary members James Robertson and Robert Shields exempt from Club fees. £10.00 Junior/Senior Citizen/Student/Unemployed


  • GP Championship Race programme2018 Series well into place with Strathleven and Whinney Hill Cross Country races completed. Suggested that next two races be the Duathlon and Horseshoe 10 mile road race which were missed in 2017. Planning for Duathlon on Saturday 24th March 2018 and Horseshoe to be next on calendar.


  • Social Secretary Report: Club had social night prior Christmas and also the Club breakfast after the Whinney Hill Cross Country. Unfortunately the outing to Fort William was cancelled as a result of individual call offs. Club Presentation night to be arranged for the Stables Restaurant Balloch on Saturday 24th March 2017. The Secretary proposed £150.00 be donated to the event which was agreed by all. Frazer to book the Stables for the night out . We will then publish on the Website and Club Facebook Page.


  • AOB: Discussion around some new kit. The Secretary holds a stock of mixed sizes of vests, suggested the Secretary does a stock check prior to looking at making any orders. Advert to be put up in Alexandria Community Centre and Community Advertiser Chairman to arrange.
  • Thanks to the Chairman for providing the venue and subsequent food and refreshments on close of the meeting.

Meeting Closed at 7:20

Club Presentation Saturday 24th March 2018 Stables Restaurant – Balloch

The annual club presentation for our 2017 Club Championships will be held in the Stables Restaurant commencing 19:45 on 24th March 2018

Celebrate with great food and drinks from the best restaurant in town. The event will be subsidised for members thanks to the Committee approving a contribution to the cost.

Hope to see you all there.

AGM Agenda 10th March 2018


  • Chairman’s Opening Remarks Action – Chairman


  • Acceptance of Minutes of AGM held 2017 Action – Secretary


  • Re-election/Election of Committee Members
  • Chairperson – Re-election
  • Secretary – Re-election
  • Treasurer – Re-election
  • Social Secretary – Re-election


  •       Treasurer’s report Action – Treasurer



  • Proposed Club Fees 2017-2018 


    1. £15.00 Senior members
    2. £7.50 Junior/Senior Citizen/Student/Unemployed (Unchanged)
  • GP Championship Race Programme Action – Race Coordinator


  • Social Secretary Report Action – Social Secretary


  • AOB 





Highland Perthshire Marathon, Half Marathon and Cycling Sportive 13 & 26 mile


Highland Perthshire Marathon, Half Marathon and Cycling Sportive 13 & 26 mile


Clubs and Groups who have 6 entrants will get the 7th Place free, contact event secretary for details Jim Adams at

RUN & Cycle Sportive (13 & 26 mile) option for only £10 plus the Run cost

The Highland Perthshire Marathon 2018 this year it is Run or Bike so if you have an excess of energy you might want to “bike” the course after your run. The start timings have been arranged to make this possible.

If you are on twitter please follow us @HPMarathon and also let other people or members of your Club know about our Marathon & Half Marathon, and if they wish they can run for any Charity. Running for a charity is a great way to boost your motivation and really does make a difference.  To find out more about these very worthwhile causes we are helping to support and how you can help make a difference please visit our website Highland Perthshire Marathon which has links to their sites and then contact them for sponsorship forms.

We also have a community page on facebook and our own website for your information is Highland Perthshire Marathon

Good luck and see you in September.

John Steele

HPM Organising

Scottish Hill Running Championship Series

With the XC season coming to a close, it’s a time when clubs and runners begin to plan the next races for 2018.   On behalf of the Hill Running Commission for Scottish Athletics, we’d like to advertise some of the range of Hill Running events happening over Scotland through the year, for Junior and Senior runners.  Hill running provides an ideal alternative or supplement to road events, as demonstrated by some of Scotland’s most successful road runners at London Marathon last year coming from a hill-running background!   

Senior hill running events

Scottish Hill Running (SHR) Championship series:

17 March             Chapelgill            Peeblesshire       (Short)

3 June                   Yetholm               Kirk Yetholm       (Medium)

7 July                    Glamaig               Isle of Skye          (Short)

28 July                  Ben Rinnes          Dufftown             (Long)

18 August            Ochil 2000s         Stirling Univ.       (Long)

15 September     Beinn Resipol      Ardnamurchan   (Medium)


Runners have to complete 4 of the 6 races to complete, and 1 race of each distance. 

The series is organised by Scottish Hill Runners (SHR).  More information can be found at:

Scottish Athletics Hill Running championship, and District Championships

SA Championship Race:                  18 August 2018  ,  Ochill 2000s,  Stirling University

West District Championship:         12 May 2018,  Ben Lomond,  Rowardennan

East District Championship:          23 June,  Eildon Three Hills,   Melrose

North District Championship:       3 November,  Knockfarrel,  Strathpeffer

More information to these events can be found on Scottish Athletics:

Dunbartonshire XC Results