Dave McConnell is one of Lasswade AC’s most longstanding coaches and is well known throughout Scottish athletics as both a coach and official.
Prior to the coronavirus Dave was at training Mondays and Thursdays with his group and officiated most weekends at events up and down the country. Over the past year due to Dave’s own health and the coronavirus he has had to take a bit more care and was therefore unable to return to coaching.
I have found out today that Dave is currently in the Western General Hospital and is having to self isolate for a second time as one of the patients in his ward tested positive for Covid19.
All at Lasswade AC wish Dave a speedy recovery and hope to see him back at the track over the coming months.
Lasswade AC athlete Guy Learmonth has been selected to represent GB and NI over 800m at the European Indoor Championships being held in Torun, Poland from March 5th -7th. This will be the fourth time Guy has competed at a European Indoor Championships which is a great achievement.
Congratulations to Guy on his selection – great to see him winning in the Lasswade AC vest. If you missed Guy’s race last weekend then please click here
It will be fantastic to see a member of our club pulling on the GB vest and once again taking on the best in Europe. I am sure we will all be eagerly watching his race and cheering for Guy. Looking forward to a great race – good luck Guy!
John’s wife, Rebecca has been touch with Margaret Benham and has asked her to pass on her thanks to everyone for their kind messages of sympathy. Rebecca also asked Margaret to let everyone know that the service for John will take place at Mortonhall Crematorium on Friday 8th January 2021, 2.00pm.
Due to Covid restrictions numbers attending are limited to 20 and only family will be permitted inside the chapel. However, any club members wishing to pay their respects will be able to stand outside.
The club recently received the very sad news that former coach and official John Brash passed away earlier this week.
John was involved with Lasswade AC for many years as both a coach, official and also as a parent as his son Martin was a member. John was seen regularly at training on Monday and Thursday nights where he collected subs and also coached. High Jumper, Robert Ferguson, was one of the athletes that John coached up to 2013 at which point he had won numerous Scottish Championships at age group level with a best jump at that point of 2.05. A credit to John and his coaching knowledge
John was also a qualified official and was a regular at events throughout the year both track and field and cross country competitions. In addition John and his wife Rebecca also found time to support club events preparing food for officials and volunteers who gave up their time to support Lasswade AC.
John was a great asset to the club and he took on many different roles happy to lend a helping hand wherever it was needed . He will be sadly missed by all at Lasswade AC.
Sincere condolences to Rebecca and family from all at Lasswade AC.
The second of the Lothian Cross Country series took place at Foxlake on Saturday 12th December with 21 athletes from Lasswade AC competing.
Weather wise it was overcast and wet with some heavy spells of rain throughout the day. This meant that conditions underfoot were very muddy.
It was great to have some competition and most of the Lasswade AC athletes seemed to enjoy running in the mud and rain with some fine performances.
Full results are attached 11596-Lothian_Junior_XC_Foxlake_Results
Thanks to Team East Lothian for organising and for all the officials and volunteers who helped on the day.
The next race will take place on 4/01/2021, more details to follow shortly.
Given the current situation with Covid 19 it was fantastic to see the above event take place yesterday morning at Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. I think keeping it on a smaller scale within Lothian and limiting it to junior athletes (U11- U17) certainly helped. Huge thanks to all involved but in particular to Edinburgh AC and Andy Ross of Harmeny Athletic Club for all of their hard work in making this happen. Thanks also to all of the officials and marshals who helped on the day.
The weather on the day was perfect, not too cold and it stayed dry. The fields in terms of size were restricted to a maximum of 30 which worked out well with only one age group (U13) exceeding the numbers which resulted in their being two waves. Lasswade AC had a great turn out with 21 athletes across all of the age groups with some fine performances. I think most were just happy to get some sort of competition. All being well the next event will take place at Fox Lake, Dunbar on 12 December but we will keep you all up to date.
Thanks to everyone, athletes, parents and officials for turning out to represent the club at this event and for adhering to the guidelines.
Link to provisional results here
It is with great sadness that the club has to let members know of the passing of Angela McLaughlin (nee Marshall).
Angela has been involved in athletics for many years and was a keen thrower as a young athlete and a regular at track and field competition. In more recent years she has taken on the role of supporter and organiser taking Megan and Amy, ‘her girls’ to competitions for their respective events regardless of the weather, spending many cold and wet Saturday afternoons at cross country events. Angela was incredibly proud of her daughters but supported all Lasswade AC athletes and took the time to speak to them finding out how they had performed in their event with a genuine interest.
Together with Mark and her family she was heavily involved in the organisation of the Forth Valley League which is a key competition for younger athletes. Angela was also always involved in supporting club events like our annual cross country and road race and was a member of our committee.
Angela worked as a nurse, a member of that group of extremely caring and special people. Her caring nature shone through to anyone who knew her.
Angela will be sadly missed by us all and is a huge loss to Lasswade AC and athletics.
We pass on our sincere condolences to Mark, Megan, Amy and family.
‘A private funeral service will be held on Tuesday 15 September at Rosewell Cemetery at 11am.
‘Family flowers only are requested, but if desired donations online to Marie Curie Hospice.
‘With ongoing restrictions, the family are limited to the number of people who are allowed to be at the graveside. If you do wish to pay your respects, please do so by attending but remaining at a suitable distance.’
Marie Curie donate website
With the re-opening of the track facilities at Dalkeith Campus, Lasswade are now ready to start implementing a return to training. Initially this will be on a staggered basis where we will start with one group then add groups at each session.
The current schedule for a return is as follows:
- Thursday September 4th: Endurance
- Monday September 8th: Endurance, Sprints (Gordon), Hurdles
Further groups will be added as we go along with emails being sent to all members in advance.
In advance of all training sessions members will be contacted and must reply ahead of arriving at the session. You will not be able to take part in any sessions unless you have replied to confirm:
- You intend to take part in the session
- You are free of any of the symptoms of Covid 19 and are not feeling unwell.
- You have not been in contact with anyone with Covid 19 in the last 14 days.
- You have not been told to self isolate as part of the contact tracing measures.
- You have not been overseas to a country on the quarantine list.
- You have read and agree to the updated Code of Conduct.
- You have read and understand the guidance for athletes provided.
Code of Conduct 2020
Adults accompanying athletes to training will be allowed to remain however should be:
- limited to one per household
- remain within the designated area at all times
- maintain strict rules of social distancing at all times
Updated Guidance for Phase Three Return to Athletics and further information can be found at the following links:
LAC Updated Track COVID-19-Risk-Assessment
NHS: Covid 19 Information and advice
For further information please contact Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org / 07751279456
The Cademuir Rollercoaster Junior Hill Race took place at Peebles on Saturday in what turned out to be a very warm and sunny afternoon. Perhaps a little too warm for a hill race.
There were four races, U15 boys and girls, and U18 boys and girls. Although the fields were limited to twenty in each race and the courses were shorter it was fantastic to see an event taking place after months of no competition.
There were four Lasswade AC athletes taking part in these races. In the U15 boys Andrew McWilliam and Rowan Taylor who had both had good cross country seasons last winter decided to give the hills a try and had great races with different tactics. Andrew’s intentions were clear from the start as he led from gun to tape to win, Rowan worked his way through the field to finish 2nd. A fantastic effort by both boys.
Lasswade AC also had two athletes in the U18 boys race. Harry Henriksen had a solid race to finish well in 3rd place in a race that may have been a bit on the short side for him. Sam Kitchin was disappointed with his race but hadn’t felt great with stomach pains.
Great to see all of these athletes racing again in the Lasswade colours! Well done to you all.
Thanks also to all those involved in organising this event.
For full results and Scottish athletics report please click here
I was looking back through some old photo’s and pulled a short video together – really need to sort all the photo’s out.