East District Cross Country Relays – Glamis Castle – 13/10/2018

The first of this season’s cross country races took place at Glamis Castle just north of Dundee on a very wet Saturday afternoon. The event was at the same venue last year and although the course was unchanged the conditions made it very different from last year.

Lasswade AC had one young female team, one young male team, one complete women’s team,  one incomplete women’s team and two men’s teams.

The first race off was the young females (Skye Foster, Olivia Meikle and Abby McGlone), unfortunately we had no under 15 runner so Olivia Meikle ran the U15 leg. The girls performed admirably to finish 20th overall.

Next race was the young males (Alasdair Brown, Ross Wolfenden and Harry Henriksen) who were in a similar position to the girls with one U13 moving up to run the U15 leg as our U15, Harry Henriksen ran the U17 leg. The boys ran very well to finish 9th overall. Ross Wolfenden was 5th fastest U13 of the day and Harry Henriksen was the fastest leg for U15 boys.

The ladies were next to the start line with Keira Murray and Rachel Fagan leading our teams off. Keira ran well coming home to hand over to Sarah Tait in 11th place and Rachel handed over to Debra Urquhart in 38th place. Sarah ran a strong leg to pass on to final leg runner Niamh Shaw in 9th place and Debra came in 33rd with no 3rd runner. Niamh ran well on the last leg to finish in 11th place.

The final race of the day was the men and we had one U20 team and a mixed team of seniors and vets. First leg runners were Matthew Smith and Martin Gore with Matthew running very well to hand over in 3rd place to Magnus Tait. Magnus had a strong run to keep us in contention handing over in 4th place just behind 3rd to team mate Euan Hood. Euan who has been concentrating on shorter distances over the summer had to work hard over the longer distance and handed over in 11th place to final leg runner Christian Graham.  Christian one of the outstanding U17 cross country runners from last winter and just getting back from a foot injury had a solid run to pull back a couple of places finishing 9th.

In our other team Martin had ran a solid leg to hand over in 22nd place to Peter Ness.  Peter the first of our masters ran well to hand on in 32nd to Andrew McGlone. There was only a slight change on the third leg with Andrew pretty much maintaining his team’s position passing on to final leg runner Derrick Brydon in 33rd place. Derrick a new member in his first race for the club acquitted himself very well to finish 37th.

There was some encouraging individual performances with Matthew Smith running the 2nd quickest and Magnus Tait 7th quickest U20 on the day.

For full results please click here

Well done to everyone who took part – looking forward to Stirling next week.

Congratulations to Lasswade AC lady Amy Frankland who was part of the winning Edinburgh University Team – great race – well done!


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World Mountain Running Championships – Canillo, Andorra

The World Mountain Running Championships take place this weekend (15/16 September) in Canillo, Andorra (click here for link to website) and as mentioned in an earlier post Lauren Dickson is selected for Team GB and flew out there on Thursday.

Lauren will be well supported by all of her team mates and also her Mum and Dad,  Cathy and Scott who flew out to support her with younger brother Cameron.

Good Luck Lauren from everyone at Lasswade AC – we’ll all be cheering for you back home in Scotland!








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Lauren earns Selection for Worlds!

Lauren Dickson who recently represented Great Britain at the European Hill Running Championships in Macedonia headed south to Keswick to compete in the trial for the world mountain running championships.

Lauren had an outstanding race, considering she had been unwell in the lead up to the race and had missed the best part of 10 days training. Determined and focused as always she finished 2nd overall earning automatic selection for the World Championships, her second GB vest in so many months and a trip to Andorra!

Fantastic effort Lauren – congratulations from everyone at Lasswade AC.

For link to British Athletics announcement click here 

Lauren in her new GB kit!

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Lasswade AC 5K Fun Run – Results

The Lasswade AC 5K fun run took place in June.

Please find attached the results.

Lasswade 5K 2018

My apologies for the delay in uploading these results. They were completed in the week of the run, however I had a couple of queries which were resolved quickly but I totally forgot to add the results to the website!

The number taking part was slightly down on last year but there was still almost 70 running on the night and helping to raise very important funds for the club. The funds raised are a valuable source of revenue and help towards the running  costs of the club.

Thanks to everyone who took part and raised funds and also to those involved in helping with the event. In particular Margaret Benham who organised it once again and Gordon Robertson for giving her the nudge to do it!

Well done!!



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National 4 x100 relays Grangemouth

Congratulations to U13b, silver medalists in­ Scottish 4 x 100m relays at Grangemouth­ today. Max Sharmon, Alasdair Brown, Peter Ty­e and Shane Majekodunmi.

U17w came 5th i­n the final. Abbie Malinowski, Elena Cla­rk, Lauren Meikle and Mia Downie.


Well done all !


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Important : Endurance Group Training

Hi Everyone,

The track at Dalkeith Campus is now unavailable for the next three weeks.

On Mondays the endurance group will train at Meadowmill Sports Centre at our normal time 7:00 -8:30. The address and postcode is shown below:

Meadowmill Sports Centre
Off the B1361
By Tranent
EH33 1LZ

On Thursdays the endurance group will train at Dalkeith High School Campus at our normal time 7:00 – 8:30 using the grass area.

If anyone has any queries then please get in touch with Linda, myself or Gilly.



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Lauren Wins Team Silver !

Congratulations to Lauren Dickson on her excellent performance last week in Skopje, Macedonia at the European Mountain Running Championships.

Lauren acquitted herself very well in her first competition representing Great Britian. Lauren was leading at one point in the uphill section but it looks like there was lots of changes in the downhill section.   Lauren finished eighth overall and third britain. The team won a well deserved silver medal – well done Lauren!

Please click here for report on scottish athletics website


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Endurance Group Training

Hi Everyone,

I have telephoned the campus today (05/07) and they have confirmed that the track is available tonight. As you may know the track is scheduled to get some work done on it and we thought it would be unavailable over the next three weeks, however I was told on the telephone today that work will not commence until 21/07. This may change but we will continue to use the track for as long as possibe.

Please therefore continue to come to the campus but please remember to check the website and facebook page for any update, worst case scenario we can still use the playing fields.

All other training groups please speak to your individual coaches.





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Lauren selected for GB Team!

Congratulations to Lauren Dickson on being selected for the U20 Women’s GB team to compete at the World Mountain Running Championships in Skopje, Macedonia.


Lauren at this years National XC – 2018

On 02 June Lauren competed at a hill race in Sedbergh which hosted the senior home international race but was also the trial race for the European Mountain Running Championships. Lauren won the U20 women’s race earning automatic selection for the GB team.

Lauren has worked extremely hard to achieve this target showing committment, drive and determination.  It is a fantastic result for Lauren and thoroughly well deserved.

Well done also to Team Dickson who give Lauren fantastic support.

Good luck from all at Lasswade AC.

Link to Scottish athletics page here 



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National Relay Champions

Congratulations to Lasswade AC U20 Women who won the Senior National 3 x 800m relay championships that took place on Saturday 14 April 2018 at Grangemouth.

The team was Lauren Dickson, Sarah Tait and Ailsa Innes.  Edinburgh had international Emily Dudgeon on the first leg and it looked as though they would be runaway winners. However, Lauren Dickson ran a solid first leg to keep us in contention and hand over to Sarah Tait who ran well to close the gap on Edinburgh and hand over to final leg runner Ailsa Innes. Ailsa ran sensibly to close the remaining gap to the final Edinburgh athlete gradually and set the race up for a really close finish with Ailsa holding on for the win. Lasswade ran 7.03.02 against Edinburgh who ran 7.03.31. Falkirk Victoria were 3rd in 7.14.32.

Sarah, Ailsa and Lauren – National 3 x 800m relay champions 2018!

Lasswade had a Mens team, also all U20,  of Euan Hood, Magnus Tait and Matthew Smith. The Men had to negotiate a heat but qualified comfortably finishing 3rd.  Running order remained unchanged for the final with Euan Hood running a solid first leg to keep the team in contention, Magnus Tait on 2nd leg ran strongly to hand over to final leg runner Matthew Smith. Matthew ran well on the final leg to get the team into bronze medal position almost getting into 2nd but Gary Smith of Falkirk Victoria just managed to hold him off. Edinburgh won in 6.00.10 with Falkirk 2nd in 6.03.24 and Lasswade 3rd in 6.03.69.

Euan, Matthew and Magnus – National 3 x 800m bronze medalists 2018!

Congratulations to all the athletes on their fine performances!




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