Saturday 20th January 2001
The WEST DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS took place at Kirkintilloch where the Boys Under 17 Team won a closely fought Team Title. The team packed well with all three finishing in the top seven. Pride of place went to Tom Grant who ran out of his skin to pick up a silver medal when finishing in second place. He was closely followed home by Steven Lawley in 5th place with the team being brought home by Stuart Griffen in 7th place. Stephen Porte finished in 15th place to raise the hopes for a team medal in the forthcoming National Championships at Irvine.
The girls Under 15 Team just missed out in the medals when they finished in 4th place in the Team contest. Lorna Gray finished in 13th place, Nickie Christie in 16th place and finally Ashley Ross in 25th place.
Club results were as follows
Sunday 21st January 2001
Colin McMaster continued his excellent recent form when winning the NATIONAL INDOOR SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS with a clearance of 2m13cm, this now giving him both the National Outdoor and Indoor titles. His performance was further rewarded when he was named the Best Male Field Athlete by sponsors DM Hall. Colin's form is now back to where he left off a couple of yeras ago before suffering terrible injury problems.On clearing 2.13, he was only 2cm below his personal best of 2m 15cm.Hopefully, the frustrations are now behind him and he can look forward to a successful outdoor season when British honours will be within his grasp again.
Alaister Russell swapped the country for the boards when competing in the Mens 3000m. Alaister found the going a little different and finished in 6th place in a time of 8mins 47.77 secs. The only other Law athlete on show was Graeme Ferguson who took 7th in the Shot Putt.
Sunday 28th January 2001
Alaister Russell showed his versatility when being picked to represent Scotland at the INTERNATIONAL EVENT IN TOURCOING, FRANCE. After having being concentrating on the Indoors this winter it was a pleasant surprise for Alaister to be selected for this Cross Country event. With a large field lining up Alaister knew that all his previous years training on the fields around Quathquon would hopefully still be in his legs. Alaister ran well to finish in 45th place and can now look forward to the National Cross Country Championships at Irvine next month.
Saturday 10th February 2001
Tom Grant's excellent run in the West District Championships was rewarded with a call up to the West District Team who travelled down to compete in the INTER COUNTIES CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS at Nottingham. In a tough race against the best athletes in Britain ran well to finish in 73rd position. Better news for Tom was that he was the second Scot to finish, this should give him plenty of confidence for the Scottish Cross Country Championships in a couple of weeks time, with an individual medal being well within his grasp.
Sunday 11th February 2001
Despite this being the third round of the Senior Club Championships only four of the veteran athletes travelled through to Grangemouth to compete in the "ROUND THE HOUSES 10km ROAD RACE. With only a minute separating the first three of them it was Jim Rowley who came home first for the club in a time of 38mins 47secs to finish in 116th position and 6th in the Over 50s vets category. He was closely followed home by Jackie Gourlay in 139th position with a time of 39 mins 18 secs. Gordon Douglas finished in 152nd position in a time of 39 mins 46 secs with Willie Drysedale bringing the team home in 381st with a time of 48 mins 57 secs.
Saturday 24th February 2001
Tom Grant continued his fine form by adding a SCOTTISH CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP medal to his collection when finishing in third place in the Under 17 event at Irvine's Beach Park. Tom dug in hard from the start, fighting against the strong chilling wind which was blowing across Beach Park. The eventual winner broke away at half way to win by 17secs with a superb battle going on behind for the medal places. Unfortunately Tom was outsprinted for the silver medal, narrowly missing out by 3 seconds, however he managed to hold off the fourth placed athlete to take a well deserved Bronze. This is the first Scottish Cross Country individual medal that he has won, and hopefully this will give him the confidence and encouragement to continue putting the hard work in under the giudance of his coach Pat Kelly. Unfortunately, the club could not finish a full team on the day, as surely another medal would have been a certainty.
The Under 15 Girls event only had one Law athlete competing. Lorna Gray, in only her first year running, finished a very creditable 35th in a time of 19.00 mins,
The Senior Men's race saw a very much depleted team in action with Alaister Russell being the outstanding performer once again. Alaister was back to something like his old form when finishing in 12th place in a time of 40mins 31 secs. Although admitting that he was well behind the winners he felt that if he had started training harder a little earlier then a top ten or even top six place was achievable. Jamie Reid was next to finish in 31st position, somewhat down on last years race but an excellent run given that this was Jamie's first race since the London marathon last April due to injury. New recruit Chris McCann finished in 146th place with Pat Kelly in 225th place. Gordon Douglas competed in his first National Championships and finished in 252nd place. The team was brought home by Willie Drysedale, the oldest member in the club, and probably the race, in 358th place. The team, as mentioned previously was seriously weakened, finished in 21st position.
Club results were as follows
Saturday 16th March 2001
The CLYDESDALE DISTRIC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR AWARDS this year saw Colin McMaster lift the Senior Award for the first time. Having won the Junior award on numerous occasions he now joins a list which includes, Colin McRae and Rab Douglas to name a few. This was the icing on the cake for Colin having come back from injury in 2000 to collect both the indoor and outdoor Scottish Senior High Jump titles, almost getting back to his personal best form. He is now hoping for an injury free summer and to get back amongst the best in Britain.
The Junior Team of the Year award went to the Under 17's team of Steven Porte, Thomas Grant, Steven Lawley and David Campbell after the boys won the National 4x400m relay at Scotstoun last year. This is now the second time that the boys have won the Junior Team of the Year, having previously won it when they won the National Cross Country Team Title.
Their coach, Pat Kelly, was also recognised for his contribution to not only the Club, but to athletics in South Lanarkshire as a whole. Pat has been a club member for a number of years having joined as a Road Runner. Since then he has been involved in the committee, competing, but most of all in coaching. He has attended numerous coaching courses throughout the years and passes his knowledge on to all the youngsters who come into the club.
Finally merit awards were presented to Alaister Russell in recognition of his achievements in picking up the silver medal in the Scottish 10,000m championships and to young Lesley Fisher who won the Lanarkshire Cross Country Championships having only recently came into the sport.
The evening was rounded off by ex Great Britain athlete Brian Whittle sharing a few of his experiences over the years.
Sunday 8th April 2001
Jamie Reid became the first Law athlete since Ian McCafferty in 1969 to win our own TOM SCOTT MEMORIAL 10 MILE ROAD RACE from Law to Motherwell. Jamie, returning from injury ran an excellent race in difficult conditions to win in a time of 50mins 24secs, four seconds ahead of second place Alex Robertson of Cambuslang. The Club had double reason to celebrate when they won the team event as well with Steven McGregor in 5th place and Chris McCann in 14th place. It was very encouraging to see such a strong contingent representing the club with eleven athletes in total taking part.
Club results were as follows
Sunday 22nd April 2001
The first track league of the season, The CENTRAL & SOUTH SCOTLAND LEAGUE, got of to a start at a cold, damp and winswept Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow. The team made a slightly disappointing start to the season finishing in 6th place.
Sunday 29th April 2001
Two of the club's Veteran athletes made the long journey up to Fort William to compete in the LOCHABER MARATHON which incorporated the Scottish Veteran Harriers Marathon Championships. Ian Donnelly, in the middle of preparing for the World Veteran's Championships in Brisbane, Australia won the Over 55 age group title in a very impressive time of 3hrs 05mins 15secs, this gave him 34th place. He was closely followed home by Jim Rowley who finished in 47th place with a time of 3hrs 10mins 53secs.
Sunday 29th April 2001
Hopeful of a good result, with all team places filled, the Senior Men arrived at Coatbridge for the first match of the SCOTTISH ATHLETIC LEAGUE in buoyant mood after the disappointments of last season. However it soon became claear that they were in for a difficult afternoon as several athletes failed to show face. In the traditional Law approach it was a case of make do and mend as they stormed through the events. Particular mention must be made of Steve Backer, Graeme Ferguson and Sean Murphy who filled in for a number of events outwith their normal sphere. After a tense afternoon the team finished in third place, however after scrutinisation the team were promoted to second place.
Sunday 6th May 2001
A small team of youngsters travelled to Coatbridge to compete in the first match of the MCDONALDS YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE . Final positions were as follows
The WEST LOTHIAN COLLEGE 10km ROAD RACE , which took place in Bathgate for the last time, saw five of the senior athletes make the short journey to compete in. First home for the club was Stuart Griffen in 16th place with a time of 34.50. Gordon Douglas completed the course in 38.20 to finish in 48th place, 10 places and 29 seconds in front of Jim Rowley. Tom Ramage narrowly missed out on a prize when he finished 2nd in the Over 60s age group, in a time of 43.24, finishing 124th overall. Willie Drysdale comleted the club representation in 286th in a time of 53.10.
Saturday 12th/Sunday 13th May 2001
The WEST DISTRICT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS took place at a sun drenched Meadowbank Stadium over the weekend with the outstanding athlete from the club being Graham Ferguson who captured three Bronze medals over the two days. First up was the Hammer throw which proved to be a frustrating competition for Graham with five no-throws before finally managing a mediocre 24m 16cm in the final round. The Shot Putt was next up with a throw of 11m 39cm securing his second medal of the championships. He rounded his weekend off with a throw of 31m 14cm to claim another bronze medal, not a bad weekend's work by the prison officer.
Steven Porte completed the medal tally for the club with a Silver medal in the Under 20 Men's 800m in a time of 2mins 04.52secs.
The Under 15 girl's 800m saw Nikki Christie run a brave race to finish just outside of the medals in fourth place with a time of 2mins 37.14secs. The Under 13 girls 800m saw Ruth Paterson finish in 12th place with a time of 2mins 54.9secs.
Finally, Sean Murphy ran two superb races in the 100m, qualifying from his heat in 11.99secs before finishing 6th in the final with a time of 12.16secs.
Sunday 13th May 2001
On what was one of the hottest days of the summer so far this year four vets made the short journey through to Coatbridge to compete in the MONKLANDS HALF MARATHON. Tom Ramage took the honours when winning the over 60s event, finishing in 66th place overall. Not to be outdone, Jim Rowley picked up second in the Over 50 age group when finishing 14th overall. Jackie Gourlay in 20th position and Gordon Douglas in 33rd position made up the quartet.
Tuesday 15th May 2001
Nine sets of medals were collected at the LANARKSHIRE RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS which were held at the John Wright Centre in East Kilbride. The only Gold medals were won by Steven Lawley, Steven Porte and Thomas Grant in the Senior Mens 3x800m. They were then joined by Sean Murphy in collecting the Silver medals in both the 4x100m and 4x400m.
The Under 15 Boys team of David Martin, Graham Martin and Jonathon Mooty took the silver in the 3x800m and then went on to take another silver in the 4x100m with Blair Struthers making up the foursome.
Both the Under 13 Boys and Girls teams took silver in the 4x100m with David Cullen, Graham Paterson, Michael Ross and Andrew Burns making up the boy's team with Melanie Clyde, Rachel Paterson, Laura Forrest and Ruth McKenzie making up the quartet in the girl's team.
The Under 15 Girls team rounded the evening off by picking up another two silver medals. Ashleigh Ross, Nikki Christie and Rachel Canning took second place in the 3x800m and then the team of Laura Gray, Megan Canning, Mhairi McCafferty and Kerry Wilson lifted the silvers in the 4x100m.
Sunday 20th May 2001
The second match of the CENTRAL & SOUTH SCOTLAND LEAGUE took place at a sun drenched Grangemouth Stadium. The club had many excellent individual performances which resulted in the team finishing in third place, a significant improvement on last month's match. Final placings on the day were
Thursday 24th May 2001
Four of the club's athletes made the journey Westwards to compete in the HELENSBURGH 10km ROAD RACE which saw a remarkable field of 891 runners finish the race. Chris McCann was the first athlete home in 37th place in a time of 35.35. A close battle was fought out between Gordon Douglas and Jim Rowley, Gordon just edged it finishing in 81st in a time of 38.15 and Jim finishing 11 secs later in 86th.
Monday 28th May 2001
Colin McMaster was the sole representative at the INTER-COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIPS at Bedford. Getting back to somewhere near his best form Colin jumped a seasons best of 2m 10cm to finish in 2nd place.
Wednesday 31st May 2001
The second event of the POLAROID 10km ROAD RACE SERIES took place at Clydebank with the club being represented by five athletes. Once again Chris McCann lead the way finishing in a time of 34.36 to finish in 29th position. Another battle took place between Gordon Douglas and Jim Rowley with Jim reversing the positions from last week finishing in 66th in a time of 36.53, Gordon finished 30 secs behind in 73rd. Carol-Anne Quigley made a welcome return finishing in 401st in a time of 48.51, this being Carol-Anne's first race back after a couple of years out due to travelling. The evergreen Willie Drysedale finished 486th in a time of 51.12
Sunday 3rd June 2001
The second round of the MCDONALDS YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE saw a small team travel to Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow. Final results were as follows
Thursday 7th June 2001
The POLAROID SERIES moved on to Dumbarton with the regulars making another trip westwards to compete along with over seven hundred other athletes. Once again Chris McCann was the first member home in 34th position in a time of 34.51, his fastest of the series. The battle between Gordon Douglas and Jim Rowley was even closer in this one with Gordon just edging out Jim by 6 seconds, finishing in a time of 36.52 to give him 63rd position with Jim finishing three places behind in 66th. Carol-Ann Quigley is certainly making up for lost time, competing in her second 10km in a week and finishing in a time of 49.21 in 468th position.
Sunday 10th June 2001
Steven Lawley took the top honours at the NATIONAL U17/U20 CHAMPIONSHIPS at a sun baked Grangemouth Stadium by winning the Under 20s 2000m Steeplechase in a time of 6mins 40.1secs. Having been part of various teams who have won National Titles this is Steven's first individual success.
New recruit, Ian Rowney, finished 4th in the Under 17 Shot Putt with a throw of 12m 22cm and then followed this up with 5th place in the Discus competition with a throw of 26m97cm. The only other club member to compete was Kirsty Miller, who found herself in a very difficult heat, but was pulled out to a personal best of 2mins 31.91secs in the Under 17s 800m.
Sunday 17th June 2001
The Senior Men's team took a trip to Greenock at the weekend in an attempt to advance their ambitious hopes in the SCOTTISH ATHLETICS LEAGUE. They more than fulfilled their dream by turning on a superb display, winning by a margin of fourteen points and going to the top of Division Two. With seven first places in the A String and six in the B, the present team looks set to challenge the best in Scottish athletics. Most encouraging is the number of young athletes breaking into the senior team and meeting the high standards associated with the club. The next meeting in this series is on 19th of July at Grangemouth where the club hope to further realise their hope of promotion. The one weak spot in the club team at the moment is in the area of hurdling, so any hurdling recruits would be made most welcome. Anyone interested should telephone J Reid on 01698 860054. Final placings were as follows
The EAST KILBRIDE HALF MARATHON, which this year included the British Veteran Harriers Championships, saw three of our Vets take part. In a well organised event which attracted an entry of over 1000 our vets performed well to finish in the top two hundred. Despite a heavy fall at the 3 mile mark Jim Rowley managed to pick himself up and run a brave race to finish in 86th place in a time of 1hr23mins44sec. His close friend and rival Gordon Douglas who is fairly new to the Vets scene finished in 108th place in a time of 1hr25mins18secs. A happy Tom Ramage finished in 169th place with a time of 1hr29mins36secs. The team finished a very creditable 13th place. Unfortuantely Willie Drysdale was unable to compete as he was invited to the event as President of the Scottish Veteran Harriers Club. Confirmation of positions within the British Veteran Harriers Championships is still awaited.
On a busy day for the club, two of our athletes took part in the LESMAHAGOW HIGHLAND GAMES 5 mile road race, both winning prizes. Stuart Griffen finished in second place in atime of 38.02, only 2 secs behind the winner. Veteran athleted Jackie Gourlay took the bronze position in a time of 39.10.
Saturday 23rd June 2001
Colin McMaster, representing Great Britain in the NORWICH UNION INTERNATIONAL match against Spain at Wavertree, Liverpool, jumped a season's best of 2.10m in the High Jump to finish in third place. This was the same height as the Gold and Silver positions but unfortuantely Colin lost in the countback. Due to a clash events Colin was unable to compete in the national Championships at Scotstoun, an event which he would almost certainly have won given that the leading jump was only 2.00m.
Sunday 24th June 2001
Given Colin McMaster's absence Alaister Russell was the club's sole representative at the NATIONAL TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS at Scotstoun Stadium. Competing in the 5000m, an event which he won a few years back, he ran a time of 14mins 57.26secs to narrowly miss out on a medal, finishing in 4th place.
The final event of the Polaroid Road Race Series was incorporated in the VALE OF LEVEN 10k ROAD RACE in which the four athletes who have competed in the rest of the series took part. Once again Chris McCann was the leading club athlete in 41st place in a time of 35.57. The close rivalry between Gordon Douglas and Jim Rowley was once again in evidence with Gordon getting the better of Jim on this occasion. Gordon finished 76th with a time of 38.22 with Jim 16 places behind in a time of 39.11. The evergreen Willie Drsdale completed the Club quartet, finishing 445th in a time of 52.43.
Friday 29th June 2001
Jim Rowley and Gordon Douglas continued their busy race schedule when they travelled to compete in the EAST KILBRIDE TRAIL RACE. As always, it was difficult to put any money on which one would finish ahead due to the recent close results. On this occasion Jim got the better of Gordon with Jim finishing 13th in a time of 40.13 compared to Gordon's 41.01 in 19th place.
Saturday 30th June 2001
Colin McMaster collected the bronze medal at the BRITISH UNDER 23's CHAMPIONSHIPS at a windswept Bedford Stadium. Colin now looks forward to the Senior Championships at Birmingham in a couple of weeks time.