Youth Development League Report

Sunday 26th June, Grangemouth

Sunday saw the final Youth Development League match of the season held at Grangemouth Stadium.  In our first match of the season, we had just 6 athletes competing and understandably, the team finished in last place.  Match two, saw a slightly better turn out with 11 athletes but again, with such small numbers competing another last place followed.  With 22 athletes turning out on Sunday, we were finally starting to see a team size that were closer to our pre-Covid levels.

Matilde stepped on to the track for the first event of the day in the Under 15 girls 75m hurdles – her first time competing in this event.  Unfortunately, Matilde clipped the first hurdle which throwing threw her off her stride but she showed great resilience to recover from this and finish strongly. 

She later went on to record a PB in her shot putt.  Also scoring a PB in the shot putt was Lucy finishing 2nd in the Under 13s ‘A’ event.  Megan finished 6th in the ‘B’ event which unfortunately happened to be on at the same time as her long jump.  Despite having to run between the two events and jumping into a strong wind, Megan still managed to improve her long jump PB by 30cm.  Lucy backed up her 2nd place in the shot putt with 8th place in the 800m and a great 3rd place in the javelin – another athlete trying out a new event for the first time and with only one training session behind her.

The strong headwind in the home straight was not going to favour the sprinters, but Corey still managed two PBs in the 100m and 200m. 

Not to be outdone, Yasmin and Maya also achieved PBs in the 100m and 200m respectively.  Had it not been for a -6m/s wind, Emily would have surely recorded a PB in her 100m race but will be happy to have finished 2nd in the ‘A’ race just a stride behind the winner.   

Beth, running in the under 13s 150m race finished 2nd in the ‘A’ race – a very close race where she finished just 0.04s behind the winner.  Finally, but not least, Lewis making his debut for the club scored vital points in the 100m and long jump – more on that later.

Eloise put in solid performances in the 300m, 800m as usual but it was the long jump where she saw the most success winning the ‘A’ event with a new PB (almost a metre improvement despite jumping into the strong wind).  Abbie also recorded a PB in the long jump and finished 6th in the ‘A’ 200m and 3rd in the ‘B’ 800m. 

The Under 15 girls 1500m saw a great race with both Lasswade athletes, Bethan and Freya settling into the lead pack after the first lap.  Both girls pushed hard and the pack was whittled down to three athletes going into the last lap, with both Lasswade athletes in contention.  With 300m to go, it was Bethan who hit the front using her 800m speed to open up a convincing lead coming down the home straight. 

Freya came in 3rd overall but this meant Lasswade actually bagged all the points in this event with winners of both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ races and both girls running PBs.  Freya also recorded a PB in the high jump.

In the boys middle distance events, Struan and Jamie both ran well to record PBs in their 800m races.  Jonathan finished 6th in the under 15s 800m ‘A’ race having also competed on Friday night at Livingston and getting a PB in his 1500m race.

Ruairidh on his way to a 300m PB

Finlay made his debut for the club in the 1200m but notably also agreed to step in to the 4x100m relay team which was less than 15 minutes after his gruelling 1200m race.  Without this display of team spirit, there wouldn’t have been a 4x100m relay team for the Under 13s.  Well done Finlay. 

Also representing Lasswade for the first time this season were Under 13 boys Moses, Michael and Will. It was great to finally see some under 13 boys representing the club on the track this season. The boys showed great camaraderie throughout the day, cheering on their team mates and fist-bumping their way through the afternoon.  I am sure that we will hear more about them in future competitions.

Moses – 2nd in the “A” Under 13 75m

Rain was a constant threat throughout the day and unfortunately, it was the relay teams that had to endure a short wet spell.  As well as the under 13 boys relay team, a strong turnout from the under 15 girls meant we could actually put out both a 4x100m and 4x300m relay team.  Slick baton changes in the 4x100m saw the girls finish 6th with Ruth making her debut for Lasswade.  In the last event of the day for Lasswade, the 4x300m relay team, despite being more accustomed to slightly longer distances they managed to finish in a fantastic 3rd place.

Lasswade finished in 7th place on the day.  Excluding the points gained from our club officials, we were just 5.5 points ahead of the team in 8th place and this illustrates how every single member of the team’s can make a difference to the overall score.  Even the athletes who come in last place in their events contribute to the team score and your efforts never go unrecognised.

Thanks:

  • Linden, Dave, Ruth, John and Susan our amazing officials who help ensure that these events can go ahead and run like clockwork.  Thanks also to Alistair Scott and Andy Kitchin who also helped Lasswade provide their quota of helpers.
  • As always, our great team of coaches and parent helpers for bringing out the best in our athletes.
  • Parents for bringing the athletes to the competitions and supporting Team Lasswade.

Competition Stats:

22 athletes; 15 personal bests from 12 athletes, 6 athletes competing for the first time; 2 happy team mangers.

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Youth Development League – Sunday 26th – Grangemouth

Apologies for the delays in getting emails out with the team selections for tomorrow’s competition at Grangemouth. These should now be with you. Please check your spam folders if you haven’t received an email and get in touch if you’re expecting your child to compete (competitions@lasswade-ac.org.uk).

Pleased to announce that we have over 20 athletes representing Lasswade this weekend which is great turnaround since the first competition of the season when we only had 6 athletes. With this, however, comes a lot more administration and organisation and any help with the teams, selections will always be welcomed. Please get in touch if you can spare some time with any aspect of athletics.

Good luck to all the athletes competing tomorrow.

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Forth Valley League – Match 2

Lasswade had their biggest team of the track season at the Forth Valley League on Sunday with 16 athletes turning out for the club. This is a great improvement on the 6 that we had at first competition of the season and with two more league competitions remaining, hopefully we can continue to see the team grow.

There were again, lots of great performances and a few PBs broken too but with a lot of the team competing in new events/distances or even competing for the first time there will be more PBs to come by the end of the season.

Photos from league can be found here.

Our next competition is the YDL on Sunday 26th June at Grangemouth (Under 13s and Under 15s). Please email competitions@lasswade-ac.org.uk to express your interest. As more and more athletes are coming forward to compete, it’s best to get in touch sooner so that any new athletes can be registered with the league as soon as possible.

Thanks again to our coaches, officials and helpers who make all this possible.

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Forth Valley League – Sunday 12th June, Grangemouth

Emails have now gone out to the athletes competing in the Forth Valley League on Sunday. Please get in touch if you’ve not received an email (and also check your spam folders). This will be our biggest team out this season so really pleased to see interest in track and field competitions on the up.

Good luck to the Lasswade athletes competing in the Scottish School’s Championships at Grangemouth this weekend too.

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Commonwealth Games Ticketing

Tickets to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are available to buy – with a dedicated option for group sales, should any clubs wish to travel to the Games together!

Following the final major release, tickets are being sold on a first come, first served basis, so act fast to secure your tickets now and to avoid disappointment. Guarantee your seat to the biggest multi-sport event in the UK since Glasgow 2014! There is more sport than ever before, so make sure you don’t miss this chance to witness history being made as some of the global stars of sport go for gold.

Buy tickets at https://tickets.birmingham2022.com/

There is also the chance to take advantage of the Group Ticketing Programme, which provides an opportunity for groups such as athletics clubs to attend the Games together. Two athletics sessions are included in the programme – 10am on both 3 and 4 August. Click through now to find out more!

Find out more about Group ticketing at https://www.birmingham2022.com/tickets/schools-groups

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Eildon Three Hill Race

Saturday, 25th June

Junior Race Entry: https://www.entrycentral.com/EildonJuniorrace

Senior Race Entry: https://www.entrycentral.com/Eildon_Hill_Race

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Team East Lothian Open Graded

Friday June 17th, Meadowmill Sports Centre, 6:30pm

Meadowmill has finally been repaired and they are organising their first open graded meet of the year on the evening of Friday 17th June.

There is an 800m and 100m for all ages from under 11 upwards. There is also going to be a rarely run 5000m for under 20s, seniors and masters. Also LJ, HJ, shot and javelin.

Entries: https://portal.teameastlothian.org.uk/Meetings/Meetings/Details/6

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Awesome athletes at Ayrshire Athletics Arena!

Despite the strong headwind on the home straight, there were great performances from Team Lasswade in the YDL today.

PBs came from Mia in the long jump, Eloise in the shot putt, Abbie in the 200m, Bethan and Lucy in the 800m. Competing for the first time was Dylan and Emily in the 100m – both will certainly run PBs next time out if the wind is kinder.

11 athletes competed for the club today which is an improvement on the 6 we saw in the first match. However, we know we can get more athletes out competing – please speak to your coaches if you haven’t competed this season or even someone the athletes in your training group who have competed. It’s just one of the ways to repay the coaches who put in so much time and hard work to help you improve.

The highlight (for me at least!) was the Under 15 girls 4x100m relay team who despite getting a crash course in baton changes 10 minutes before the start managed to put together 3 decent changes to come home 3rd.

Well done to all the athletes who turned out today and thanks to the coaches and officials who have been putting in the hard work with the athletes.

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Joint League – 29th May Grangemouth

Events for Match 2 are :-

  • 300m/400m Hurdles
  • 200m
  • 300/400m
  • 1500m
  • 1.5k/3k Steeplechase
  • Shot
  • Hammer
  • Javelin
  • Triple Jump
  • High Jump
  • Pole Vault


Under 17 and Under 20s should email Keith Ridley (keitheac@gmail.com) by Wednesday 18th May with the following information :-

  • Name 
  • Male or Female
  • DoB
  • Age Group
  • Scottish Athletics No
  • Event(s) and PB.

Any Senior athletes wishing to compete, please contact competitions@lasswade-ac.org.uk

Click here for the full timetable for Match 2. (NB: Timetable updated on 23rd May)

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Club Development Officer

Apply Now!

Lasswade AC is looking for their next Club Development Officer.  This is a part-time, paid role (starting initially at 11 hours per week), in partnership with Scottish Athletics as part of the Club Together partnership.

The successful applicant will help the club grow and improve; support our existing coaches and re-establish the Run, Jump, Throw program to increase junior membership. 

Check out the links below for more details or speak to any of the committee members.

Interested or know someone who could fit the bill?  Please spread the word.

Applications Close on 27th May.

Lasswade AC – Club Development Officer Vacancy on Scottish Athletics

More about Club Together

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