Training Cancelled / Lasswade10 Road Race / Schools Cross Country

Thursday 1st Training

Due to the weather there will be no training sessions this Thursday, 1st March.

Lasswade 10 Road Race: Sun 4th March

Given the adverse weather conditions today, and forecast for tomorrow, we will be keeping a close eye on the road race course over the coming days. While we are all hoping that the race will be able to go ahead as planned, the health and safety of runners is our main priority. As such a decision will be made around lunchtime on Friday as to whether the race will go ahead. This decision will be made available here on the website, as well as being posted on the clubs facebook page.

Scottish Schools Cross Country

This Saturday’s Scottish Schools Cross Country, at Hopetoun House Estate has been postponed for obvious reasons. A replacement date is being sought and will be given as soon as it is confirmed. Updates will be posted on the Scottish School Website when available: SSAA website


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Indoor League Success


Provisional results are now in from the final Indoor League match, with Lasswade getting three teams through to next months finals. After returning to the league last season, this year has been another success, with athletes turning out in numbers and producing fine performances across the board against really strong competition.

Qualifiers for the finals:

U13 Girls Team: Out of 26 teams competing in the three afternoon sessions, the Lasswade U13 Girls Team finished in overall first place, ahead of North Ayr and Edinburgh. The line up for the final will be:

Lasswade AC,  North Ayr,  Edinburgh AC,  Giffnock North,  Ayr Seaforth &  VP Glasgow

U17 Womens Team: Out of 24 teams competing in the three afternoon sessions, the Lasswade U17 Women matched the U13s with another overall first place, ahead of Edinburgh AC and Dundee Hawkhill. Lineup for the final will be:

Lasswade AC, Edinburgh AC, Dundee Hawkhill, Giffnock North, VP Glasgow & Whitemoss

U20 Mens Team: Out of 11 teams competing the Lasswade U20 Mens team finished in overall second spot, behind Dundee Hawkhill. Also qualifying from the afternoon sessions was Kilbarchan. Lineup for the final will be:

Dundee Hawkhill,  Lasswade AC, Kilbarchan,  Giffnock North,  Livingston & Cumbernauld

Congratulations go to all the qualifying teams and all the athletes who represented those teams:

U13 Girls: Amber Welch, Isla Wilkie, Skye Foster, Amy McLaughlin, Hannah Harley, Olivia Meikle

U17 Women: Mia Downie, Lauren Meikle, Heather Kinghorn, Michelle Blaikie, Favour Fombo, Kirsty McEwing, Hannah Officer

U20 Men: Murray Blair, William Darling, Harry McLean, Jamie English, Scott Hutchon, Liam McLune, Magnus Tait

Outside of the qualifiers it was another case of so near so far for the boys U13 team. After finishing one place out of qualifying last year the boys again ended the three matches in fourth spot. Fantastic performances throughout and given the competition it was a great effort. Also just missing out on qualifying was the Women’s U20 Team, also finishing in 4th. It was a case of having the quality but being short of numbers this time round.

Having competed in the first match with only one athlete, Alastair Scott, the Under 15 Boys were never going to qualify. They did see a dramatic improvement match on match though. Match one the team finished 20th, match 2 was 8th and the final match saw them up in 5th.

The Under 15 Girls produced a fantastic performance in Match 1, finishing the day in first spot, showing the talent in the team. Despite some great individual performances in the team, they were not able to hold onto the qualifying spot and finished in 6th. The U17 Boys team struggled throughout  the competition to get anywhere near a full team out. Again there were a number of fine individual performances, but empty events throughout the three matches left the team down in 15th.

The Under 11s competition was a slightly different format and again we did not always cover the events. However it was great to see some of the younger, and newer, athletes competing. Competing over the three matches were Abbie Foster, Eloise Scott, Morven Brown, Callan Innes, Harry Miller and Ben Harley.




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Road Race help needed – Sunday 4 March 2018 Catering


With just a fortnight to go Ruth Szymanski still desperately needs help with catering needs for the road race. Without YOUR HELP WE cannot run the event. Please let her know as soon as possible. Many thanks



Helpers are required to assist with road race catering between 9am and 3pm . This successful event is dependant on the support of parents , non running athletes and their friends so if you can assist please email Ruth Szymanski on for more information as to how you can help. Many thanks in anticipation


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East District Cross Country League – Broxburn

The final match of this winter season’s East District Cross Country League took place on Saturday 20 January at a snow covered course in Broxburn. It was a beautiful day and the weather conditions for running were perfect although the snow made it more difficult over some parts of the course. There was a large contingent of Lasswade athletes with complete teams in all age groups with the exception of u15 boys and u15/17 girls.

The first race of the day was the under 11 girls and Lasswade AC fielded four athletes with Hannah Harley the first Lasswade athlete home finishing in an impressive 7th place with Abby Foster 9th, Eloise Scott 40th and Ava Inglis in her first cross country finished 61st. The girls finished 4th in the league for the season.

The under 11 boys had three Lasswade AC athletes taking part.  Andrew McWilliam was first Lasswade finisher in 9th place.  Harry Miller was next counter in 69th with Hayden Whitlie in 74th.

There were five Lasswade athletes in the under 13 girls race. Olivia Meikle was first home in 17th place followed by Amy McLaughlin 33rd, Skye Foster 38th, Niamh Inglis 46th and Hayley Whitlie 49th.

In the under 13 boys we had six boys in the field. First home for Lasswade was Dexter Howard in 47th. He was followed home by team mates Cameron Chambers 53rd, Alistair Scott 56th, Matthew Cartledge 60th, Alastair Brown 63rd and Alex Miller 72nd.

In the under 15/17 girls Sarah Tait (u17) continued her improving season finishing 4th overall and 1st u17.  Team mate Abby McGlone (u15) was next Lasswade athlete home finishing 32nd overall and 23rd u15.

Harry Henriksen was our only runner in the u15 boys race yesterday. In a group of three athletes as he came round at the end of the first lap he had opened up a clear lead by the end of the second lap making it all look so easy with a comfortable win.

In the under 17 men we had four runners. We were in no doubt that Christian Graham who had won the previous two matches this winter comfortably was going to make this a hat-trick of wins in the league and he did not disappoint. Another athlete that makes it look so easy! It was great to see team mate Magnus Tait in his first appearance in the league this season finishing 3rd with team mate Euan Hood finishing 17th and Daniel Kelly 23rd. The boys were 1st team on the day and 2nd in the league for the season.

Magnus Tait with a strong run at Broxburn

We had a complete ladies team for the first time this season and there were some great performances with Lauren Dickson leading the Lasswade ladies home finishing 6th overall and 2nd u20. It was also nice to see Keira Murray (Gore) with a strong run finishing 12th and the fast finishing Cathy Dickson in 60th.

Keira Murray in action at Broxburn

For the final race of the day and season for the league it was the turn of the men. We had seven Lasswade athletes competing and first home was Scott Thomson in a very respectable 20th , he was followed home by Jamie Darling (U20) in 94th, Andrew McGlone 108th, Dave Scott 162nd, Scott Dickson 183rd, Phil Parr-Burnham 210th and Graham Knipe 227th.

(All photo’s courtesy of Neil Renton)

For full results please click here

If you look at the results today and over the course of the season it is clear that we do have age group teams with the ability to win the league, unfortunately it is just circumstances in terms of availablity and/or injury that have proved our undoing. Having said that we there were lots of fine performaces over the season in all age groups and the numbers competing particularly in the younger age groups (u11 and u13) have been higher than recent years which is really positive for the future.

Thanks to everyone for their support over the course of the season and congratulations to you all on your own individual performances.

Roll on the National!

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Scottish Athletics Indoor League: Match 2 Provisional Results

Provisional Individual Results are now available for the second match of the Indoor League using the following link:     SAIL MATCH 2: PROVISIONAL

Once again there was a good turnout of athletes, with fine performances throughout the age groups. Going into the second match a number of the age group teams were looking to stay in contention for a place in the final ( only the top three teams from the afternoon session progress from each age group ).  Given the performances on the day that should remain the case going into the third and final match.

Emails have been sent out looking for everyone’s availability for the third match; Saturday 27th Jan, Emirates Arena. If you have not yet replied please do so in order that team selections can be finalised.

Overall team results for the second match should be available soon. As soon as they are they will appear on the website. If you notice any errors in the provisional results please get in touch with Craig at


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Inter District XC Championships – 13/01/2018

The inter district cross country championships took place yesterday at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh.

The east of scotland had a very successful day winning 7 of the 8 team races and having 6 of the 8 individual winners which must be one of the best performances from the east team in the history of the event.

As mentioned in a previous post Lasswade AC was well represented with seven athletes from Lasswade AC representing the east team.  Ross Wolfenden earning his first district selection ran well in the U13 boys to finish in 29th place.  Last years U13 boys winner, Harry Henriksen moved up to U15 boys age group and after a poor start rallied on the seconds lap to finish just outside the top 10 in 12th place.

In the U17 men Christian Graham continued his outstanding season when he cruised to victory (photo courtesy of Neil Renton).

Christian Graham wins Inter District XC Championships!

Clubmate Magnus Tait having missed a few weeks with a back injury also ran very well to finish inside the top 10 in 8th place. In the U17 women Sarah Tait continued her  improving season to also finish inside the top 10 in 9th place.

In the senior races both Ross Matheson and Lauren Dickson (U20) earned late call ups to the team. Ross finished 22nd in the men’s race with Lauren who has not been feeling 100% this week finishing 43rd overall (11th U20).

Congratulations to all the athletes on their selection and performances

For full results click here

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Scottish Indoor 3000m Title for Christian

The Emirates Arena hosted the GAA miler meet in Glasgow on 7 January 2018 incorprating the Scottish Indoor 300om Championships.

Lasswade AC had three athletes competing, Lauren Dickson in the U20 women and Christian Graham and Euan Hood in the U20 men’s race.

Lauren ran very well in the women’s race to finish 3rd overall behind Naomi Lang (Aberdeen AAC) and Kate Gallagher (Central AC). Lauren was only a couple of seconds outside her PB and 10 seconds quicker than her previous indoor best!

In the U20 men’s race, Christian ran his own race sitting off the pace. He let a gap open between himself, the pacemaker and another two runners who went with the fast early pace. This paid dividends and made for an exciting finish to the race as Christian began to close the gap with a very strong finish over the last 800m, reeling in both runners to win and snatch the title from Jamie MacKinnon of Cambuslang. In the same race Euan Hood had a solid run, having had a bug over the festive period he ran well to equal his time from last year.

Congratulations to you all on your performances.


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Inter District Cross Country Championships – 13/01/2018

The above event takes place at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh as part of the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country event which includes some of the worlds top cross country runners.  Last year saw one of the most exciting races I have seen at the event with Callum Hawkins giving the home crowd something to cheer about as he gave it everything to try and win the senior race, narrowly missing out in the final sprint to the line.

Lasswade have always had a number of athletes selected for the East of Scotland team in recent years and they have always performed well. This year is no exception with five athletes having been selected:

Ross Wolfenden (U13)
Harry Henriksen (U15)
Christian Graham (U17)
Magnus Tait (U17)
Sarah Tait (U17)

Why not make a day of it and come along and cheer on your team mates and also watch some top international athletes in action.

Congratulations to all of the athletes selected and good luck on the day!


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East District XC Championships – Livingston – 09/12/2017

The East District Cross Country Championships took place at a cold and frosty Deans in Livingston on Saturday 9 December with 24 athletes from Lasswade AC competing. The frost made the ground hard underfoot although still suitable for spikes.

The first race of the day was the under 13 girls with 4 girls from Lasswade competing. First Lasswade finisher was Olivia Meikle finishing just inside the top 30 in 29th, she was followed by team mates Amy McLaughlin 36th, Skye Foster 50th and Niamh Inglis 54th.

The under 13 boys were next off and Lasswade had 6 six boys in this race. First home for Lasswade was Ross Wolfenden in 14th, all of the other boys were tightly packed with Cameron Chambers 39th, Matthew Cartledge 40th, Alistair Scott 41st, Alasdair Brown 45th and Alec Miller 48th.

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Cameron Chambers in U13 boys race

Flying the Lasswade flag for the under 15 girls was Abby McGlone who had probably her best run of the season so far to finish just outside the top 20 in 21st place.

The under 15 boys were in a similar position with Harry Henriksen ill, Cameron Dickson was the only Lasswade athlete finishing in 56th place in a close finish on the run in with an athlete from Corstorphine.

The under 17 and under 20 women ran together and we had 1 under 17 and 3 under 20 athletes competing. In the under 17 race Sarah Tait ran her best cross country race for sometime working her way through the field and looking stronger as the race progressed finishing in 5th place. In the under 20 race Lauren Dickson ran very well considering she was feeling unwell before the race. Lauren finished just outside the medals in 4th place, Ailsa Innes was next finisher in 11th with Niamh Shaw in 13th place. This meant the girls won 2nd team missing out on gold by only three points!

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Lauren Dickson in U20 women’s race

In the under 17 and under 20 men we had four under 17 runners.  Christian Graham who has been in great form so far this season was out in the lead early on in the race and had to contend with a dog chasing the runners and almost tripping him up on a number of occasions over the first mile of the course.  Once again Christian ran very well to win the U17 race but showed his strength and speed by passing the leader of the U20 race, who had another small lap to run, on the run in to the U17 finish. Next finisher was Magnus Tait who has been struggling with a back injury but still managed a top 10 finish in 9th, he was followed by Euan Hood in 20th place and Daniel Kelly 33rd. The boys done well to win the silver team medal, like the U20 women just missing out on gold by only three points.

We had no senior men or women running, however we did have 1 lady in the masters race. Linden Nicholson finished 98th overall and 40th in the masters race.

In the mens masters we had 3 athletes with Andrew McGlone leading them home in 39th place followed by Scott Dickson 82nd and Dave Scott 83rd.

It was great to have Lasswade AC so well represented in these championships and athletes doing so well.  The selections for the inter district have not been announced yet but based on the selection criteria I estimate that we could potentially have 8 athletes picked which is not too bad from 24.

Well done to everyone who competed and in particular to our medal winners both individual and team.

For full results please click here


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AW Bobby Clay Osteoporosis Article

There was an interesting article in Athletics Weekly by GB international Bobby Clay who has been diagnosed with osteoporosis. This was as a result of overtraining and under-fuelling which has now caused her long term health issues.

This highlights the damage young athletes can do to their bodies by overtraining and not eating enough or correctly . I attach a link here to the article as we as coaches feel it is an important topic to highlight and would recommend it is read by coaches, parents and athletes.

Linda and Kirk

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