The Scottish Athletics 4K Cross Country Championships took place at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow today.
There were three Lasswade Athletes taking part in the Junior and Senior Men’s race. Ross Matheson put in another fine performance to finish 2nd Under 20 and 8th overall. Team mates Niall Sheehan and Barney Phillips who have been in good form so far this winter were both well placed and only 12 and 24 seconds further back in 18th and 22nd places respectively.
Well done to you all!
For full results please click here
“Too much rain and not enough ice”.
Bad weather, call offs, injuries and disruptions to the timetable all conspired to leave us languishing in 7th place on Sunday. The carnage could be likened to Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow however we still have all to play for.
The brave efforts of our 14 Spartans were not in vain as they helped us to more competition points than Giffnock who sit 3 league points ahead of us in 6th place. A good turn out at the last meeting on Sunday 14th August could see us end up 3 places ahead of Giffnock which in turn would give us equal placing in the league. Our competition points tally would then put us above them.
It’s all up to you guys !!
David and I will be in contact shortly.
The meeting started well with a PB for Eddie Kopystynski in the Hammer and new boy Slawek Dalecki making 36 points in the Javelin, Discus and Shott with John McCormish backing him up ably in the B Stream. Colin Menzies in his first event , the 400m Hurdles, could have been excused for doing the Front Crawl as there was so much water in his lane. As always Colin, this years Captain, battled on with great efforts in the 3000m Steeple Chase, 110m High Hurdles, 5000m and finally the High Jump. U17 athlete David Hall came of age with a huge display in the 100m, 400m and both Relays. Guest 100m runner Sean Hadden answered the call as he stood up to take his place in an injury torn 4 x 100m squad. 800m runners Scott Anderson on a high after a PB made 2 days earlier and Dean Philip egged on with motivational music both had credible runs. No sign of jetlag in the 1500m from former team captain Ross Finlayson just back from Australia. It was a long journey for Barney Philips as he made his way from Aberdeen to make a great run in the 5000m. Another of our U17 athletes Robert Ferguson grew in stature with a 2nd place in the High Jump, PB in the Long Jump and a blistering run in the 4 x 100m Relay. Congratulations to Robert who has been capped for the Scottish Schools in the High Jump. On his debut Matthew Lynch managed the 100m, 200m but at a cost. He joined Danny Nicol in the stand with the icepacks, who injured himself in the Triple Jump. Finally Greg Louden was rock solid in the 400m and produced an electric 3rd leg in the 4 x 100 Relay.
Please note: David and I will be contacting First Claim athletes soon regarding the British Cup Heats on Saturday 23rd July 2011 in Blackpool.
Andy Sobik – Team Manager
The second of this seasons scottish mens league track and field matches took place two weeks ago in Grangemouth. Please click here to hear from our Team Manager, Andy Sobik.
The first of this summers mens track and field league matches took place on 17/04 at Grangemouth in near perfect conditions. For the match report please click here.
Read the full report on the last Scottish Mens League Match by clicking here
With 13 call offs before the Grangemouth Meeting on Sunday David Hand and I sat down with some trepidation to short out our final team sheet. “I think 6th maybe 5th at best is all we can expect”, said David and I agreed with his thinking. We had put together a team riddled with half fit but totally committed athletes and perhaps it is appropriate that our team Captain Ross Finlayson is training to be a doctor.
We started with the Pole vault with veteran John Grant and rookie Fergus Nimmo looking resplendent in the midday sunshine with his new red, white and blue kit. 20 points captured between them and we were off.
It reminded me of the young spitfire pilots in WWII with mission after mission. “Never have so many owed so much to so few”.
Leading team player Colin Menzies exemplified this who after a change of socks and a quick rub down with Vaseline Intensive Care threw himself in to the 110m hurdles just 10 minutes after competing in the 3000m steeple chase. This inspired the rest of the team as the other athletes time after time doubled up in the events and bit by bit the points rolled in.
Great displays from hay fever torn Ross Matheson and stomach cramped Niall Sheenan followed. Dan Mulhare was superb in his 1500m and 5000m races and surely will be the Athlete of the Meeting. Let us not forget we blooded 4 of our 15 and 16 year olds. Robert Ferguson – High Jump, Charlie Carstairs and David Hall – Sprints and as we mentioned Fergus Nimmo in Pole Vault. The future looks bright.
Our Dads Army section Eddie Kopystynski and Tony Weir with trapped nerves and multiple athletic supports battled in the throwing events defying old Mother Time. Ever faithful 2nd claim athletes from Livingston Danny Nicol and Alistair Dalgleish played their part picking us up much needed points.
It must have been England’s lacklustre display in the World Cup that motivated Englishman James Wyman to super effect in the Javelin. Calum Wilson pulled out a season’s best in the Triple Jump with damaged big toe and our Marine Commando debutant Graham Wyatte did well in the Steeple Chase. Finally Zander Lyon had to wait till the last event of the meeting, the 4 x 400m Relay to strut his stuff and support a depleted relay squad.
Well done Guys. We may not run the fastest or jump the furthest or highest but we pull together the hardest.
Andy Sobik Team Manager