News round-up: Running star Lily; West End mosque open day; Kained staff app

By Ian Marland at

RUNNING LILY SMASHES RECORDS IN REMARKABLE SEASON – AND SHE IS ONLY 13

A Glasgow schoolgirl running sensation is following in the footsteps of her heroes Laura Muir and Eilish McColgan.

Lily Evans Haggerty, a 13-year-old Kelvinside Academy pupil, has been competing in the U15 age group all season.

Despite going up against older competitors she has recently celebrated wins in the Glasgow, Scottish and British schools cross country championships.

In the Scottish event, Lily defeated her nearest rival by a clear 19 seconds.

This broke a longstanding record by current British 1500m record holder Laura Muir, who is something of a hero for Lily.

She said: “I’ve seen Laura compete at different events and she is always somebody I’ve looked up to. She’s a superstar. The same goes for Eilish McColgan, the middle-distance athlete from Dundee, she is achieving some incredible things and she’s a real inspiration.

“To get to where they are today, Laura and Eilish have had to train so hard and sacrifice so much. I can learn a lot from them.

“It’s always nice to win a race but I’ve still got so much more to do so I’m just keeping my head down and training.”

Last month, the Victoria Park runner won the U15 1500m Indoor National title at the Emirates, setting a new Scottish record of four minutes and 36 seconds, nine seconds quicker than the previous fastest time.

Currently, this is the fastest time run in the UK this year for her age. She is also the top 3000m runner in the UK for her age this year.

Talent: Runner Lily Evans Haggerty has had a remarkable season aged only 13. Photo credit: Bobby Gavin/Scottish Athletics

MOSQUE OPEN DAY TO SPREAD MESSAGE OF PEACE

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Scotland is opening the doors at Bait Ur Rahman Mosque to the public on Saturday, April 22.

The members of the community have been organising these open days on a regular basis and the response from the community has been fantastic.

Shoaib Khan, Regional Youth leader for AMYA in Scotland said: “The motto of our community is Love for all, Hatred for none.

“We want to show the wider community that Islam is religion of peace and that mosque is a place where love is preached.

“This love extends to everyone regardless of caste, colour or creed.”

To arrange a visit please 07729 70957 or just turn up on the day between midday and 1.30pm at 8 Haugh street, Glasgow, G3 8TR. Refreshments will be served.

Prayer: The open-day provides chance to see inside local mosque.

WEST END PUB AND GRUB GROUP KEEPS ITS STAFF APPY

West End-based restaurant group Kained Holdings is taking staff satisfaction to the next level with the launch of an innovative new iOS and Android app.

The new “digital hub” for Kained’s 170+ employees at nine premises across the central belt will be at the centre of staff development.

The app will be the go-to place for all things Kained, with company and trade news, online training modules and a full raft of company perks.

There will also be a unique rewards system which gives managers the ability to award their staff ‘points’ for great performance, in real time at the click of a button, which employees can then accumulate to redeem prizes on a monthly basis.

The concept is the brainchild of Managing Director Graham Suttle, who first launched Lebowski’s in Finnieston ten-years ago alongside business partners Mo Clark and Scott Arnot.

The MD of the group, which now has an £8 million revenue, said: “We want to try buck the industry’s high staff turnover trend. Everyone has their own goals and we want to be mindful of this.”

The initiative was spearheaded by Kained’s marketing manager James Kemp, who together with David Mccall from tech development partners Newark & Lyle, has been working hard on this exciting project for the last 18 months.

Training: MD Graham Suttle says Kained wants to develop their staff.