Among a large contingent of Scots competing for Team GB at this years World Championships, in London, was Lasswade AC athlete Guy Learmonth. Having finished second in the 800m, at the British Championships earlier in the year, Guy secured his place on the team by running a new PB at the Anniversary Games at Olympic Park last month.
In Saturdays round of heats Guy ran brilliantly to finish in third and make his way through to the semi- finals. His time of 1.45.90 just a fraction off his current PB. Another good run in Sundays semi- final was not quite enough to make it through to the final, finishing in 5th. It was another fine performance from one of Scotlands top runners though, and continues this years fine run of form.
Representing their Country in another International tournament were four of Lasswade AC’s rising stars. Lauren Dickson, Sarah Tait, Magnus Tait and Bryony Patterson were in Dublin last weekend, having been selected to represent Scotland in the Celtic Games. Morton Stadium was the venue for the teams from Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
All four athletes contributed to a fine performance by the Scottish Team. Lauren Dickson brought home a Silver medal finishing second in the U18 Girls 1500m. Bryony Patterson added another Silver in the triple jump. Her final jump of 10.86m enough to move her into second spot. Sarah Tait added another medal and more points to the Scottish Teams total, finishing 3rd in the U18 girls 1500m Steeplechase, to take Bronze. A new personal best of 6.23.18s in the U18 boys 200m Steeplechase left Magnus Tait just outside the medals, but added valuable points to the teams total.
On the day Scotland finished in overall second place on 159 points, ahead of Wales on 146 and behind winners Ireland who finished on 188pts.
A large group of Lasswade ACs younger athletes were in action closer to home, having been selected to compete in the Forth Valley League Select match. The Select match represents athletes who have put in the best performances, across all the divisions, giving them the chance to compete against each other for medals. A rain soaked Grangemouth Stadium was the venue for the match.
Leading the way for the U11s was Shane Majekodunmi in the sprints. It was a golden day for Shane, firstly winning the boys 100m in a time of 14.7s. Shane followed this up with another gold in the 200m, finishing in a new PB time of 30.00s. A third Gold was on its way at the end of the day as Shane helped his relay team to top spot. Among the other U11s selected Eloise Scott ran well in the 100m, and helped her relay team to second spot. Harry Miller also equalled his PB in the HIgh Jump, finishing in 5th place on the day. Competing in the U11s 600m Aiden Haggerty was running well, but unfortunately pulled up injured.
There were no medals for the U13 athletes, however there were some strong performances. Alec Miller was just short of his PB in the High Jump with a clearance of 1.30. This left him in 4th place overall, just missing out on a medal through countback. Alastair Scott threw a new PB of 6.10m to finish in 6th place in the Shot Putt. Amy McLaughlin‘s throw of 12.73m in the discus, a new PB, left her in 4th place and just 10cm off the medals.
Adam Leighton continued his fantastic season in the jumps, dominating both his events to come home with two Gold medals and a new PB in the High Jump. In tricky conditions Adams Jump of 5.33m in the Long Jump was enough to get him his first Gold of the day. A new PB jump of 1.75m easily won him his second in the High Jump.
Another double medal winner for Lasswade was sprinter Mia Downie. First up for Mia was the U15 Girls 100m. Mia finished in a time of 13.3s to take second spot and the Silver Medal. Later in the day Mia ran another strong race in the 200m, taking the Bronze medal with a time of 28.1s. Just behind Mia in that race was fellow Lasswade sprinter Abbie Malinowski, finishing 4th in a time of 28.4s.
There were more medals for Lasswade athletes in the U15 Field Events. Cameron Dickson threw 22.18m in a rain affected javelin competition, to take a well earned Silver medal. His throw of 13.25m in the Discus left him in 6th place in that event. Heather Kinghorns throw of 8.17m in the Shot Putt left her just outside the medals in 4th place, but was a new Personal Best. Heather went one better in the discus throwing 17.79m to take the Bronze.
Full results from the FVL Select match can be found using the link below. Further pictures from the FVL can be found on the clubs Facebook page.