We’re still looking for volunteers both on the day and in the lead up so get in touch if you can help. This is one of the major fundraisers for the club which helps us to keep our costs down. The money raised goes towards the cost of entering teams into leagues and competitions, equipment costs, coaching courses, jackets to keep our coaches warm on those cold winter nights to name but a few.
An amazing achievement from one of younger members… 9 year old Sadie took on the “Run the Month: Marathon Edition” challenge for Prostate Cancer UK. We all know January has probably been one of the windiest on record, but that didn’t stop Sadie going out almost every day to clock up over 27 miles over the course of the month. With an original target to raise £100 for Prostate Cancer UK, Sadie managed to smash that with ease and raised over £1000. Her last run of the month was also 3 minutes faster than her first.
The final league match of this winters East District Cross Country League took place in Bathgate on Saturday. It was fairly windy but otherwise a beautiful mild day. It was a largely flat course with good conditions underfoot for the most part, although there were a couple of muddier sections.
On the whole Lasswade had good numbers competing, but the number of boys competing was disappointing. The split for each age group was as follows:
U11 Boys – 0/U11 Girls – 6 U13 Boys – 1/U13 Girls – 7 U15 Boys – 1/U15 Girls – 4 U17 Men – 3/U17 Women – 1 Senior Men – 4/Senior Women – 5
The first race of the day was the U11 Girls and first home for Lasswade was Lara Winters in 35th followed by Isla Houston in 41st. Joella Esson was just a few places behind in 44th, closely followed by Orla Connor 45th and Shauni Devlin in 47th. Sadie Wilson was our final U11 girl in 52nd.
In the third race our U13 girls ran very well with Isla Madhra in her first race for the club having a strong run to finish in 3rd place. Team mate Rosa Gomez-Candy also in her first race for the club was not too far behind in 21st. Our next three runners together with four athletes from other clubs were in a very close finish all being given the same time, Laura Kitchin 31st, Esme Scott 32nd and Olivia Spark in 35th. Our final runners were Eilidh Mowbray 58th and Darcy Esson 60th.
In the U13 boys we only had one runner, Fraser Houston who has been improving all season had his best race to date finishing in 47th.
In the U15 boys again we only had one runner, Struan Milne who had a solid run in 36th place
The U15/U17 girls are all in the same race and we had five athletes in this race. Cerys Wright has been running very well all season and continued that trend with a win on Saturday. Team mate Freya Brown also running very well this winter had another great run to finish in 3rd place. Our third counter was Bethan Kitchin who had a solid run to finish in 24th. Emma Thomson was next Lasswade athlete to finish with a strong run in 36th. Beth McWilliam having been ill and missed training for a few weeks made a great effort to race and was next to finish in 44th.
In the U17 men hopes had been high of winning the league as we went into the final match with a twelve point lead. Our first counter was Andrew McWilliam with a comfortable win and his traditional salute coming through the finish. Next home was Innes Wright with a solid race and fighting all the way to the finish placed 7th. We were missing a couple of our regular U17 men but Kieran Glass stepped up to complete the team and have a strong run to finish in 25th place. We narrowly missed winning the league by two points.
In the ladies race our U20 Olivia Meikle had a strong run to finish in 12th place. Next home was Claire Houston finishing in 30th place who was closely followed by team-mate Cathy Dickson in 34th place. I hadn’t seen Rachel Fagan since this race last year so it was good to see her back running and finishing in 72nd place. Alison Binns was our final athlete finishing just inside the top 100 in 95th place.
In the Men’s race Scott Dickson led the Lasswade team home in 140th place. He was followed by Oscar Gomez in 220th, Doug McDonald in 221st and Derrick Brydon in his first race since Bathgate last season completing the Lasswade runners in 240th.
Congratulations to all the runners on their own individual performances.
Hi Everyone, as some of you will know Christian Graham (pictured below) is studying at Boise State University, Idaho. His Dad, sent us a link to a 3000m race that Christian competed in last week in Seattle where he recorded a new personal best. I’ve attached a link of the race here
Its nice to see our athletes performing well overseas.
The Inter District Cross Country Championships incorporating the Celtic Nations and UKA Cross Challenge took place at King George V playing fields on Saturday 13 January. The course itself was very flat around the playing fields with conditions underfoot good on a cold but beautiful day.
Lasswade AC had a number of athletes competing for both Scotland in the Celtic Nations and for the east of Scotland in the inter district championships. All of our athletes performed well and I’m sure will have enjoyed and benefitted from the experience. A number of our athletes picked up both individual and team medals.
First Lasswade AC athlete competing was Francis Ovanni-Finnegan who was in the under 13 Boys and ran very well to finish inside the top 20 in 18th place.
The next race was the under 15 Girls and Freya Brown had a great run to finish 4th overall and win gold in the inter district race whilst also leading the east of Scotland girls to team gold.
Another Lasswade athlete, Howie Allison also had a great race to finish 5th in the under 15 boys race and win the bronze medal for finishing 3rd in the inter district race also leading the east of Scotland team to gold.
In the under 17/under 20 women Cerys Wright, still an under 15 but running as an under 17 finished 14th overall and 3rd in the inter district race winning the bronze medal. Cerys also helped the East of Scotland u17 ladies and u17 Scotland to team golds. Cerys also won an individual medal as part of the UKA cross challenge. Club teammate Bethan Kitchin had a strong race to finish in 54th place overall and 34th under 17.
In the under 17/under 20 men Lasswade AC had a few athletes competing Andrew McWilliam still an under 17 in the u20 Scotland team and Rowan Taylor and Innes Wright running for the under 17 east of Scotland team. All boys ran very well with Andrew finishing 7th overall and 5th in the Celtic nations helping Scotland to team silver. Andrew also won an individual medal as part of the UKA cross challenge. Rowan finished 11th overall and 4th in the inter district race helping the east of Scotland boys to team silver. Innes finished 50th overall and 32nd in the district race.
In the Womens race Lauren Dickson ran very well to finish 5th overall and 3rd in the inter district race winning the bronze medal. Lauren also helped the east of Scotland to another team gold.
Unfortunately three of our athletes had to withdraw due to illness or injury. Beth McWilliam under 15 girls, Amy Frankland Senior Women and Harry Henriksen under 23 men. Hope you guys are all feeling better and running again soon.
Congratulations to all our athletes on being selected and for their performances on the day.
Cold weather and an icy track didn’t detract from a great day of running at the new incarnation of the New Year Sprint being held at Grangemouth Stadium. Under the “new management” of James Cunningham (Lasswade club member and also a former winner of the New Year Sprint), the competition saw one of the biggest entries in recent years. Unsurprisingly, the main sprint was well supported by Lasswade, with 7 entered into the main event.
Murray (3.5m), Petter (7m) and Charlie (10.5m) found themselves drawn in the same heat and all three coincidentally happened to be finalists of the Jed Forrest sprint last summer. On that occasion, Murray took the victory and earned a 3m “penalty” in the process which was a little too much for him to progress through the rounds this year. Petter and Charlie did run well to make it through to the cross-ties as fastest losers. Also making it through to the cross-ties were Gregor (13m), Ramsay (8.5m) and Keith (17.5m). Eloise (19.5m), in the final heat drew two of the eventual finalists and despite a strong run from Eloise, did not make it through to the next round.
New Year Sprint 2024 (and photos below) Copyright Bobby Gavin – That One MomentNew Year Sprint 2024 (and photos below) Copyright Bobby Gavin – That One Moment
The cross-ties again saw Lasswade athletes pitted against each other: Charlie and Gregor in the first cross-tie and Petter, Ramsay and Keith in the 2nd. Unfortunately none of the Lasswade athletes managed to progress to the final this time around but there were still some great performances to come from the Lasswade athletes in the supporting events.
In the Youth’s 90m, Ruairidh and Mia ran in their first “pro” races. Ruairidh made it through to the cross-ties where he managed to duplicate his effort from the first round to run the exact same time!
Eloise took part in the Women’s 90m and despite another strong run didn’t make it though to the final.
Charlie moved on to the 400m and finishing 5th. Keith and Gregor ran in the Veterans 90m and both made it to the final with Gregor finishing 3rd and Keith 5th. Alastair, whose winter training has been focussed on longer races, took part in the 800m and finished 9th.
Undoubtedly, the highlight of the day for the Lasswade team was the Open 200m. Murray, Ramsay and Petter managed to avoid being drawn against each other in the three heats and each managed to win their races to qualify for the final – a really strong show from Lasswade. The final was a close race and although we didn’t quite manage a clean sweep for the top 3 places, a great run from Ramsay saw him hold on for the win with backmarker Murray finishing 3rd and Petter in 4th. It wasn’t just a Lasswade victory that made this memorable for the club – Ramsay had just won a new trophy for the event – the David Blair Cup which was introduced in memory of Ramsay and Murray’s dad, David, a former parent helper at Lasswade who passed in 2017. The trophy was also sponsored by Andy Sobik, our former coach and Mark Learmonth (father of Lasswade’s international athlete, Guy Learmonth).
Overall, a great winter’s day of athletics in an event that I’m sure will continue to grow over the coming years. If you’re interested in competing in similar events in the future, the Border Games circuit which starts in the summer is a great place to start.
Full results of the New Year Sprint and supporting events can be found here.
Youth’s 90m Sprint Heat – Ruaridh
110m Sprint Cross-tie #1: Charlie (Lane 2), Gregor (Lane 5)