Sarah Tait Selected for U23 European Championships

Lasswade AC athlete Sarah Tait has had a busy month of competitions and has shown great form over all the events that she has competed culminating in a 3rd place in her favoured event the 3000m steeplchase at the UK senior championships last weekend in Manchester.

Having run 10.00.49 for the 3000m steeplechase which was marginally outside the European u23 qualifying time of 10.00 when winning the English u23 championships in Bedford, Sarah had a nervous few days waiting to see if the selectors would give her the nod.

Thankfully it was fantastic news today when the team was announced and Sarah earned her first GB vest so is off to Tallin in Estonia next week for the u23 European Championships. Please click here for announcement on UK athletics website.

Sarah pictured at Manchester last weekend after finishing 3rd in her first senior UK Championships

Congratulations Sarah, all of your hard work and dedication has been worth it and your selection is very well deserved.

Good luck next week from all at Lasswade AC !

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Sarah Tait strikes Gold in Bedford

Lasswade AC athlete Sarah Tait made the trip to Bedford at the weekend competing on Sunday in the 3000m steeplechase. Sarah has been in fine form this season over the barriers with 3 wins out of 3 and beating her previous best time on each occasion.

This was the English u23 championships but also the trial for selection for the European u23 Championships. A win gained automatic selection providing you had the qualifying time of 10.00.00.

Sarah set off with clear intent taking the lead with pre-race favourite Elise Thorner matching her stride for stride for the first four laps.  Sarah looked strong and her hurdling and water jumps were all good as she began to get a gap on Elise. Sarah continued to push on with the gap widening there was no other athlete near her. It was Sarah against the clock. It was an agonising last 100 metres as Sarah pushed for the line only to cross it in 10.00.49. A fantastic time and another personal best but 0.49 seconds outside the qualifying.

Congratulations from all at Lasswade AC – great performance!

Sarah receiving her medal and cuddly toy!!

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UKA Coach Qualification Courses

Scottish Athletics have confirmed that they have added further Coach Education course dates including the Athletics Coach & Coach in Running Fitness qualifications together with another series of Coaching Assistant and Leadership in Running Fitness courses.

Details are available via the Scottish Athletics website here

If any parents or older athletes are interested in completing a coaching qualification then please speak to our Club Development Officer Craig Morton in the first instance.

Contact details for Craig are as follows: or on 07751-279456

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Dave McConnell – Funeral Arrangements

The details for the service for Dave McConnell are as follows:

Venue – Mortonhall Crematorium, Edinburgh

Date – 07 June 2021

Time – 4.00pm

The number of people permitted to attend is limited to 50.  Please contact Dave Hand on 0131-663-0434 if you would like to attend.


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Dave McConnell

Yesterday the club received the very sad news that Dave McConnell passed away on Monday night.

Dave became involved with Lasswade Athletics Club in 1984/85 after coming along to support his young niece. He was very enthusiastic and soon became involved in coaching, officiating and committee work which he continued throughout his life. Dave coached hurdles which was his favourite event and he was a dedicated and reliable coach, official and club member always involved in anything the club did and more than happy to volunteer whatever the task. Dave officiated at both local and national level and was involved in senior athletics to international level as part of the start team. Dave was a stalwart of his club and scottish athletics and will be sorely missed by his colleagues at all levels as well as countless athletes he coached over the years.

Since the announcement on our facebook page there have been many comments from athletes, coaches, officials and parents who had the priviledge of knowing Dave. He has clearly played an important role in the development of the club and the many young athletes he has coached and will be a huge loss to Lasswade AC and Scottish Athletics.









Our condolences to his family.

Details of funeral service to be announced.

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Sarah secures win at Loughborough

Congratulations to Lasswade AC athlete Sarah Tait who won the 3000m steeplechase at the Loughborough international today (23/05/2021).

Due to the pandemic this was Sarah’s first race over the barriers since August 2019 but she put in a fine performance tracking Welsh athlete Lauren Cooper before making a decisive move to take the lead at the bell going into the final lap. Sarah looked strong and moved clear of Lauren to take a comfortable win and set a new PB of 10.28.17 which is a great start to the season.

For full report please click here

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Scotland Selection for Sarah!

Congratulations to Lasswade AC athlete Sarah Tait who has been selected as part of the Scotland team for the Loughborough international on 23 May 2021.  Sarah is no stranger to running for Scotland as a junior athlete but this is her first selection as a senior.

Sarah will be competing in the 3000m steeplechase.

For details of the announcement and team please click here

Good luck from all at Lasswade AC – have a great race!

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Edinburgh AC – Together Apart Series

Hi Everyone,

Hope that you are glad to get back to training and looking forward to some competitions this summer. At the moment these are likely to be on a more local basis and we would encourage you to take these opportunities as they arise. The competition information below is for junior athletes only.

We received an email from Edinburgh AC last night and wanted to get the information online as soon as possible as it takes place this weekend.

‘I am delighted to pass on the link for any Lasswade or Moorfoot athletes, who would like to compete in the event EAC are organising at Saughton on Sunday.  Please pass on to any of your athletes, who may wish to take the opportunity to compete.  If you have anyone, who would like to high jump we are holding a competition on Wednesday, starting at 6.30 with warm up available from 6.15 on pit.  Just ask anyone interested to get in touch.  I will be putting out details of Team Edinburgh competition opportunities in the next  couple of days and again I would be grateful if you could pass on to any athletes.’

Please click here for the link to the website to enter ideally they need to have this link for information.

Club Event information  (This link will be useful for Lasswade to get hold of draft timetable (to be published by this evening), athlete information document, site plan and location map.  Final timetable will be published on the website by Friday morning. Seeding lists will only be emailed (to athletes Friday morning).

Event registration for invited guests (non members only) – NOW OPEN FOR GUEST ENTRIES – PLEASE NOTE ENTRIES CLOSE MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY 13 MAY 2021

Reminder when paying, our preferred option of payment for this is by Credit Card (PayPal).

If anyone has any questions it would be easier if you contact Edinburgh AC direct.





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Dave McConnell – Get well soon

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.

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European Indoor Selection for Guy !

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!

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