VMH Solicitors Lasswade 10 Mile Road Race Report


The 40th running of the Lasswade 10 Mile Road Race took place on Sunday, thanks to the support of VMH Solicitors who kindly sponsored the event this year. 
The last running of the event was back in 2020 and certainly one to remember due to the torrential downpours in the preceding 24 hours that almost turned the race into an aquathlon!  Fortunately, the weather was kinder to us this year and although overnight rain left the course a little muddy in places, the weather during the race was much conducive for a challenging 10 mile “undulating” road race. 
A small change was made to the course this year to avoid some of the “puddles” that affected the 2020 run, taking the runners along the smooth tarmac past Whitehill House.

The race got underway at 12pm and the 137 runners on the start line made their way out of Rosewell and into 10 miles of the Midlothian countryside.

First home was James Dunn (Corstorphine AC) in 53:57, followed by Edinburgh AC’s Callum Reid in 55:30. Lasswade’s Ross Matheson, who’s in training for the London Marathon in April, was just a further minute behind in 56:30.  

First lady to cross the finish line was our own Lauren Dickson in an amazing time of 58:47 which was also good enough for 5th overall.  Second was Carol Moss of Moorfoot in 72:42 with Adele Boucher hot on her heels just 7 seconds behind.

More outstanding performances worthy of note:- 17 year old Alfie McDonald clocked 61:27 for first male under 20 and 9th overall.

Possibly the first time at the Lasswade 10, a couple of “jogglers” – running whilst juggling at the same time were in the race.  James McDiarmid covered the course in 69:21 and Scott Jenkins in 72:01 and incredibly, Scott managed the entire course without a single drop!

Team honours went to the Edinburgh Men’s team of Callum Reid, Mark Thornton Smith and Sean Eng.   Penicuik team of Rachel Drummond, Julie Hand and Helen Osman took the women’s medals.

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Congratulations to all runners – it’s certainly one of the toughest 10 milers in the area. Good luck to everyone who used this as part of their marathon training. I’m sure your marathon courses will be less “undulating” than this!

It goes without saying that a race like this simply cannot happen without the volunteers, officials and marshals, many who have supported the event for many years so a massive ‘Thank You’ to all of you. Thanks also to our junior club members who assisted with bags, medals and water stations.

Lasswade AC would also like to thank the following organisations for their support:

  • VMW Solicitors – our title sponsors. Please mention the Lasswade Road Race if you contact them!
  • Rotary Club of Esk Valley who provided additional marshals on the course.
  • Whitehill Welfare Football Club for use of their premises.
  • Oakridge Group for their help with the course at Rosslynlee.
  • Whitehill Golf Course 
  • Midlothian Council
  • Police Scotland
  • Up and Running

Save the date for the 41st Lasswade 10 Mile Road race on Sunday, 2nd March, 2025.

If you’re looking for other local races, look no further than the Penicuik 10K organised by our friends from Penicuik Harriers on Saturday, 11th May and The Bluebell Trail Run, Dalkeith on Sunday 12th May and has 1k, 5k and 10k races.  Entry is free for pupils at Midlothian and East Lothian High Schools. The Bluebell Trail run raises funds for the Midlothian Young Person’s Advice Service (MYPAS) to support the work it does in Midlothian and East Lothian.

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