We’re urgently looking for volunteers to join the team to help organise the Lasswade 10 Road Race on Sunday, 3rd March 2024. The road race has been one of our major fundraisers in the past and with the cuts in funding that many organisations like Lasswade AC are facing in the current climate, it’s vital that we boost club funds by making sure that this event happens in 2024.
This is a great result for Lasswade and tops off a great season having also won the CSSAL Division 3 League too. As always, big thanks to all the officials and parent helpers who have volunteered their time this season.
The Forth Valley League really is a great league for all young athletes starting out in athletics and a lot of Scotland’s top athletes started out by competing in the FVL (Fun fact: Edinburgh’s Josh Kerr, winner of the 1500m at the recent World Athletics Championships had his early track races as an Under 11 in the FVL!).
It is organised for Midlothian Young People’s Advice Service (MYPAS), registered charity (Scottish Charity No: SCO29543) as a fundraiser.
MYPAS promotes the positive mental health and wellbeing of young people in East Lothian and Midlothian and delivers a free and confidential School Counselling Service in every primary and high school across East Lothian and Midlothian.
BLUEBELL TRAIL RUN, SUNDAY 12TH MAY 2024, Dalkeith Country Park Participants can enter:
5k (adults and children over the age of 11)
10k (adults and children over the age of 14)
1.2 k junior race for children 10 and under (free entry for adults accompanying them)
Entry is free for children attending East and Midlothian high schools.
Race village includes catering, parking and toilets. Bespoke medal for every runner.
Registration will open once the Scottish Athletics licence is approved. 2024 prices will be unchanged from 2023.
Alison Binns MYPAS Board Member (and Lasswade AC Assistant Coach)
The nights are drawing in. The leaves are turning colour. Birds will be migrating soon. Put all this together and it can only mean one thing – Cross Country is approaching!
For full details on the season please visit our brand new Cross Country Guide & Fixtures page. This also has links for athletes to declare their availability to the club, who will then submit the entries. Please note each link takes you to the same form, meaning you only have to declare once.
For the meetings on later dates we will canvass interested parties again, prior to submitting our entry. We will post reminders on social media throughout the season.
The good news is that ahead of the World Indoor Championships which is being held in March 2024 at the Emirates Arena, the track facilities are undergoing a significant renovation to prolong it’s lifespan and giving us access to World class facilities almost on our door step. Unfortunately, the bad news is that the SAIL Indoor League will not take place this winter, along with many of the indoor open and Championship events.
Scottish Athletics are looking to draw up a Plan ‘B’ for the indoor season so please check that Scottish Athletics website to see what they come up with.
There was a great buzz around the track on Thursday night as over 80 athletes turned out for the 2023 Club Competition.
A busy night was in store – entries for all the field events were up on last year’s numbers which goes to show the progress the club has made in the last year especially in the field events. As an example, last year just 4 under 11s took part in the long jump. This year, it was by far the most popular event with 17 athletes taking part and they certainly kept the officials busy. Out of 51 jumps, only one was a no-jump!
17 teams assembled for the final event, the 4x100m with the winning team comprising of Moray, Mia, Nathan and Kieran taking the honours. There were a few last minute substitutions so a big thank you for the athletes who were coaxed on to the track at short notice.
It goes without saying, this event doesn’t happen without the support of our officials and volunteers who gave up their time to help run this event; the coaches who take great pride seeing their athletes perform and the parents who bring their athletes to the track. It would be fantastic to see some more athletes progressing to league competition next summer and if they can’t wait until then, at the cross country races which are coming up soon.
Special mention to Andy Sobik and Susan took the lead in setting up on the day, arriving at the track at 2pm to ensure that everything was ready to go at 5pm for the start of registration.
As well as all the event winners, there were presentations to Alison Chalmers (Welfare Officer) and Andy Sobik who is hanging up his stopwatch and stepping back from coaching. Over the years, Andy has been involved in pretty much every club activity there has been – coach, team manager, committee member, event organiser, handy-man to name but a few. Fortunately, Andy will still be involved with the committee and other assisting at future club events. Alison Chalmers, our outgoing Welfare Officer has been involved with the club for over 20 years and hands over to Susan.
Finally, whilst there were many impressive performances on the track, the biggest surprise of the night came from the adjacent football pitch where not a single ball landed on the athletics track!
A reminder that the Parents/Members Zoom meeting takes place on Wednesday evening (6th Sept 7pm). For newer members, this is a great opportunity to find out more about the club and the leagues we enter to provide our athletes with more competition opportunities.
All members, or parents, to attend a virtual meeting on Sept 6th at 7pm. The meeting will cover:-
– How the cross country season operates – Provide newer members with an introduction to our Welcome Pack which contains loads of useful club info
Please register on the link below and log in details will be sent nearer the time