|Sunday 1st July 2001
The third, and final, round of the MCDONALDS YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE saw a small team travel to Coatbridge. Due to the small teams that were taken to this competition the Club were unable to progress to any of the plate finals. Final results were as follows
Wednesday 4th July 2001
Whilst most of us were fast asleep Ian Donnely was taking part in the Mens 55 Cross Country at the WORLD VETERANS ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS in Brisbane, Australia. Over an 8,000m undualting course on St Lucia golf course, Ian ran well, despite carrying an achillies injury, to finish in 27th place in a time of 33.36. The event was won by E De La Camara of Spain in a time of 29.24. Although it may seem odd to be running a cross country at this stage of the season it has to be remembered that it is actually Winter in Australia, however try telling Ian that after having ran in 70 degree temperatures.
Fiday 6th July 2001
Ian now moved to the University of Queensland to take part in the M55 5,000m at the WORLD VETERANS ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS. Given that there was 82 entries for the event the field was graded into three races according to times. Ian found himself in the second race but unfortunately for him he found himself at the head of the race for most of the way, winning in a time of 18.43.78. Given that the faster men were in the first race Ian had to be content with the 28th fastest time of the day, surely he would have improved on this had been pulled along in the first heat. Once again the event was won by De La Camara from Spain. Ian, and his wife, were ready for a well earned rest and headed off to Noosa to recover before returning for the Marathon.
Saturday 14th July 2001
Having rested on the beaches of Noosa, Ian Donnely returned to the Southbank Parklands, scene of the 1984 Commonwealth Games Marathon to take part in the final event of the WORLD VETERANS ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS. Saving his best till last, Ian ran exceptionally well to finish the marathon course in a time of 3.01.49 to finish in 8th place. His tremendopus effort helped the British team claim the Bronze medals in the team competition behind Australai and Germany. With the team result calculated on total time rather than positions, the Brits failed to win Gold by a small margin of 5mins 44secs. Thinking about it, if each team menber had ran as little as 5 secs per mile faster then they would have won, sounds easy doen't it! However, Ian can be proud of his efforts over the 10 days and of the way in which he represented his country and club. Ian can now safely say that he is the only club member who holds a World Championship medal. It remains to be seen whether he makes the trip to Puerto Rico for the next championships in 2003.
Saturday 14th July 2001
Colin McMaster made the long journey to Birmingham to compete in the NORWICH UNION WORLD TRIALS & AAA CHAMPIONSHIPS. After a hard competition Colin finished in 4th place with a jump of 2m 02cm. Colin can be proud of his efforts with more illustrious name like Ben Challenger and Dalton Grant finishing ahead of him.
Sunday 15th July 2001
The third round of the SCOTTISH MEN'S ATHLETIC LEAGUE saw the men travel to Grangemouth determined to keep their promotion hopes alive. With a slightly weakened team the men put in a tremendous effort to finish in second place on the day, thus staying top of the Division with one match to go. The team now travel to Inverness at the end of August knowing that they only have to finish in 4th place on the day to return back to Division 1. Final league placings were as follows
Saturday 11th August 2001
The BRITISH MILERS CLUB GRAND PRIX FINAL took place at Scotstoun Stadium in cold, damp, breezy conditions. Two of the junior athletes Steven Lawley and Thomas grant were the only two athletes to make the trip. Steven took part in the 800m "G" Race and finished in a time of 2 mins 06.15 secs. Thomas took part in a very high class mile race and ran a very creditable 4 mins 43.84 secs
Saturday 11th August 2001
Jim Rowley was the clubs sole representative at the HADDINGTON HALF MARATHON where he finished a very creditable 20th position. His time of 1hr 24mins 01sec was good enough to give him the second place in the Veterans Over 50 category.
Sunday 12th August 2001
Two of he club's youngsters, Graham Martin and Nikki Christie, made the journey to Grangemouth to take part in the BANK OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL U13/U15 CHAMPIONSHIPS. Both competed in the 800m with Graham finishing 7th in a time of 2 mins 32.46 secs in the Boys Under 15s and Nikki finished fifth in the Girls Under 15 heat in a time of 2 mins 39.39 secs.
Sunday 18th August 2001
Jamie Reid continued his build up for the Berlin Marathon by taking part in the MOTHERS PRIDE GLASGOW HALF MARATHON which incorporated the SCOTTISH HALF MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS. Given that he is in the middle of very high mileage training he ran an excellent race to finish in 18th place in a time of 1hr 08mins 01sec, less than five minutes behind race winner Abner Chipu from South Africa. Jamie also picked up the Bronze medal in the Scottish Championships. Chris McCann also ran well to finish in 99th place in a time of 1hr 18mins 27secs.
Wednesday 22nd August 2001
Willie Drysdale made the trip westwards to compete in the IRVINE MARYMASS 10km Road Race held on a calm, warm evening evening. Willie finished 65th in a time of 51mins 20secs which also earned him second in the Over 65 Veteran category.
It proved to be third time lucky at Inverness when the mens's team romped to victory in the last match of the SCOTTISH MEN'S ATHLETIC LEAGUE. Having saw off the challenge of Kilbarchan by 29 points meant that they not only won the match but also the league title as well, thus gaining promotion up to Division 1 for the second time. Having being relegated on the last day of the season at Inverness two years ago and losing out on promotion last season by the narrowest of margins at Inverness it was a rather apprehensive but confident team which made the long journey North. Team manager Jimmy Reid was delighted with the performance of all the team on the day with most athletes finishing in the top three in each event. Special mention must go to Jimmy for his efforts, not only this season, but for all the seasons, that he has contributed to so far.
Final results were as follows
Tuesday 28th August 2001
Graham Martin competed in the Derek McLean Memorial 800m Race at the SHETTLESTON HARRIERS OPEN GRADED MEETING and ran a time of 2mins 35.6secs. Unfortunately Graham didn't make the final which was to take place the following week.
Wednesday 29th August 2001
Willie Drysdale made another trip to Ayrshire, this time to run in the JOHNNIE WALKER 10km ROAD RACE at Kilmarnock. Willie finished in a time of 54mins 15secs to take 65th place and also 5th in the Over 60s category.
Tuesday 4th September 2001
Jamie Reid done some sharpening up work ahead of the Berlin Marathon by competing in the 3000m at the SHETTLESTON HARRIERS OPEN GRADED MEETING at Crownpoint. He showed that he can still compete well over the shorter distance by winning the race in a time of 8mins 44.7secs
Sunday 9th September 2001
Alan Ramage made the short journey from Livingston to compete in the LINLITHGOW 10k ROAD RACE. In his first race for over a year he finished in 15th position with a time of 34mins
Sunday 9th September 2001
The final match of the CENTRAL AND SOUTH SCOTLAND LEAGUE saw the team travel to Scotstoun in what was the last competitive track meeting of the season. The team left their worst performance to last, only managing to finish in 7th position on the day, however their early season performances ensured that they stayed in Division 2 for next season.
Final placings were as follows
Sunday 16th September 2001
Alaister Russell found some of his old form when comfortably winning the ST ANDREWS HOSPICE 10k ROAD RACE at Strathclyde Park in Motherwell. Alaister finished in a time of 32mins 25secs, winning by 27secs. Steven Lawley was next to finish in a time of 35mins 03secs in 14th position. Three of the veteran athletes were next to follow for the club with Jim Rowley in a time of 37mins 12secs, Gordon Douglas in 38mins 26secs and then Jackie Gourlay with a time of 38mins 42secs. The team was complete with Stephen Porte finishing in a time of 40mins 09secs.
Sunday 16th September 2001
The CLUB TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS, which took place at Wishaw Sports Centre, brought the track season to a close. Despite a lack of athletes competing, there was still some competive events for the small band of parents to watch. Special mention must go to Alaister Russell who had already competed in, and won, the St Andrews House 10k road race earlier in the day. Full results were as follows
Sunday 23rd September 2001
Three of the veteran athletes gained the third team prize at the BALLOCH TO CLYDEBANK HALF MARATHON. Pride of place goes to Jim Rowley who also won the Over 50s category finishing in 9th place overall in a time of 1hr 21mins 58secs. Gordon Douglas finished in a time of 1hr 25mins 15secs to finish in 14th place. Robert McCreadie brought the team home in 22nd place in a time of 1hr 30mins 38secs.
Sunday 23rd September 2001
Three Law athletes rose from bed early in the morning along with 2,500 others to be on the start line for 9.00am in Holyrood Park for the start of the CAPITAL CITY 10k ROAD RACE which took in some of the sights of Scotland's capital city. Alan Ramage was first to finish in 29th place with a time of 35mins 07secs. Ian Donnelly, fresh from his stint in Australia followed home in 38mins 28 secs to finish in 105th place and also 8th in the Over 50s category. Tommy Ramage finished in 335th place in a time of 42mins 43secs which earned hom 3rd place in the Over 60s category.
Sunday 30th September 2001
A small bunch of athletes travelled to Rouken Glen to compete in the SCOTTISH NATIONAL JUNIOR ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS. The Under 15 Girls were the only team from the club and managed a very creditable fifth place in the team competition. Lorna Gray led the team home in 17mins 00secs to finish in 16th place. She was closely followed home some 16secs later by Lesley Fisher in 19th position. Next to finsh was Nikki Christie in 29th place in a time of 18 mins 01secs with Ashleigh Ross bringing the team home in 41st position with a time of 20mins 32secs.
Steven Lawley ran in the Under 20s race and finished in 9th position with a time of 26mins 40secs. Lastly, rachel patterson ran well in the Under 13 age group to finish in 19th position in a time of 10mins 58secs.
Sunday 30th September 2001
Jamie Reid travelled over to compete in the BERLIN MARATHON with great expectation of gaining the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games in 2002. Jamie lined up at the start of the race along side 32,000 runners, 6,000 rollerbladers and 4,000 kids (who only competed in the 4.2kn Fun Run) . The course which starts by heading along an 8 lane highway passes by many of Berlins famous landmarks, the most famous being the Brandenburg Gate.
The weather conditions were excellent for the runners, apart from a slight easterly head wind in the first few miles, with a light drizzle around the 45 minute mark. This obviously helped the Japanese female runner Takahashi to a World Best time of 2.19.46.
Jamie unfortunately suffered towards the end of the marathon and finished in 60th position with a time of 2 hrs 29mins 02secs. Although a performance which was very respectable in such a high class field it was a time which he was disappointed with. After the race Jamie commented "I was aiming for a time of under 2.18, and was not too far off passing halfway in 1.10.04. Not long after, however, at around 16/17 miles, my pace began to drop, and having passed the first 10km in 33.04, my time for the 10km section between 30 and 40km was 38.26, with a painful last 2.2km of just under 10 minutes! Overall, although the time was disappointing, the experience was great, with what I would say, a similar amount of spectators along the course as there is for the London Marathon, and nearly as well organised"
Sunday 30th September 2001
Alan Ramage made the journey up the east Coast to run in the EAST NEUK 10k ROAD RACE at Anstruther. Running in terrible conditions he finished in 15th position with a time of 35mins 14secs.
Sunday 7th October 2001
Jim Rowley continued his recent fine form by winning the SCOTTISH VETERAN HARRIERS HALF MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS at Ayr. Jim won in a time of 1hr 20mins 13secs, finishing almost three and a half minutes in front of the silver medallist. Pat Kelly finished in a time of 1hr 26mins 52secs in sixth position.
Saturday 13th October 2001
The Senior Men's team started off the Cross Country season in good style by finishing 5th in the WEST DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS at Drumpellier Park in Coatbridge. The outstanding performance of the day belonged to Jamie Reid who recorded the fastest leg of the day with a time of 11 mins 37 secs when bringing the team from 20th place on the opening leg to 7th in the second leg. It was clear that Jamie was keen to make up for his disappointment in Berlin.
Stuart Griffen, one of the club's up and coming youngsters led the team off and finished in 20th position with a time of 13 mins 12 secs. Jamie then handed over to another of the youngsters Steven Lawley who brought the team into sixth position with a time of 13 mins 10 secs. Alaister Russell then recorded a time of 12mins 09 secs to bring the team in a very respectable fifth position. Pat Kelly ran as the only counter in the B team and finished in a time of 15 mins 12 secs.
In the young females event in which an under 13, an under 15 and an under 17 make up the team, the club finished in 8th place. The team were led off by Laura Watters who finished in 22nd place with a time of 15 mins 48 secs. Nikki Christie then took over the second leg and brought the team up to 13th place with a time of 13mins 58secs. Finally Kirsty Millar brought the team home in 8th place with a time of 14 mins 06 secs.
Saturday 20th October 2001
The athletes returned to Drumpellier Park in Coatbridge for the second time in a week to compete in the LANARKSHIRE ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS. Pride of place went to Alaister Russell who ran the fastest leg of the day to help the men's team finish in second position. Young Stuart Griffen led the team off with a first leg time of 13mins 16secs to hand over to Alaister in secon place. Alaister then ran a time of 12mins 22secs to bring the team into the lead. Steven Lawley then completed his leg in 13mins 19secs to hand over to Pat Kelly in second position. Pat then ran well with a time of 14mins 56secs to keep the team in the silver medal position.
Not to be outdone the young girls relay teams which consisted of an U13, U15 and U17, also picked up medals when the A team of L Watt, Nikki Christie and Kirsty Miller won silver medals with the B team of Laura Forresst, Lesley Fisher and Lorna Gray lifting the bronze medals. The times for each athlete was as follows, A team - L Watt 14mins 14secs, Nikki Christie 13mins 00secs, Kirsty Miller 12 mins 31secs, B team - Laura Forresst 15mins54secs, Lesley Fisher 12mins 04secs and finally Lorna Gray 12mins 17secs.
The Under 11 girls was run as a straight race rather than a relay with the team of D O'Neill (4mins 34secs), C Connelly (4mins 36secs) and C Brown (5mins 35secs) finishing in third place.
Sunday 21st October
Jim Rowley continued his recent fine form by finishing runner up to Brian Kirkwood in the SCOTTISH VETERAN HARRIERS ANDREW FORBES MEMORIAL RACE at Coatbridge Sports Centre. Jim completed the 25 laps in a time of 37mins 09secs, averaging at sub 6 minute miles. Willie Drysdale, the Scottish Veterans Harriers President finished in a time of 52mins 27secs.
Saturday 27th October 2001
The Senior Team continued their recent fine forming when competing in the SCOTTISH NATIOAL CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS at Cumbermauld. Running over a very undulating and uneven course the team finished an excellent seventh position, the best performance by ant team for a number of years.
Alaister Russell(13mins 21secs), getting back to something like his old form, ran the first leg and brought the team home in third position behind Fife AC and eventual winners Mizuno Racing Club. Following his excellent run in the West Relays, Jamie Reid (13mins 20secs) ran another excellent leg, holding onto third position. The pressure was now on the youngsters with Stuart Griffen (14mins 52secs) on the third leg. Stuart ran an excellent leg, however he dropped down to seventh position. With guys like Bobby Quinn and Frank McGowan chasing after him he handled the pressure exceedingly well. Steven lawley (14mins 17secs) took over on the last leg and once again showed that he has plenty of potential by holding on to seventh position. The team can be proud of their efforts with a medal not too far out of the question for next year.
Sunday 28th October 2001
The indoor season kicked off at the Kelvin Hall with the SCOTTISH INDOOR ATHLETIC LEAGUE for the youngsters of the club. All the youngsters performed well with some of them experiencing the Kelvin Hall track for the first time. Pride of place went to Callum Allan who won the Under 13 Long Jump with a jump of 3m98cm. Mhairi McCafferty ran well in the Under 15 60m to finish in third place with a time of 8.79secs. The only other top three finish came from Jonathon Mooty in the Under 15 60m hurdles with a time of 11.87secs. After the first days competition the Under 11 Boys are the best placed, sitting in 5th place in their league.
Sunday 4th November 2001
A handful of athletes travelled through to Ayr to compete in the first round of the WEST DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE whiich was run in conjunction with the AYRSHIRE HARRIERS CROSS COUNTRY RACES. The trip was worthwhile for Stuart Griffen who finished runner-up in the Senior Men's race but also took the Under 20s title in a tiime of 32mins 32secs. Pat Kelly also took part in the same race finishing with a time of 38mins 33secs in 23rd position. Two of the youngsters took part in the Under 15s race with Stephen Johnstone finishing in 27th position in a time of 18mins 55secs, closely followed by Graham Martin 7 secs later in 28th position. Finally, Nikki Christie continued her recent fine form when finishing 12th in the Under 15 Girls race.
Sunday 4th November 2001
Whilst some of the club members headed westwards, four of the veteran athletes headed northwards to compete in the LOCHABER HALF MARATHON at Fort William. Jim Rowley once again lead the team home finishing in 24th position and also second in the Over 50s category with a time of 1 hour 22mins 13secs. He was closely followed home by Gordon Douglas in 29th position who finished in a time of 1hour 23mins 42secs. A minute later Ian Donnelly took 4th place in the Over 50 category when finishing in 31st position overall. Finally, the evergreen Willie Drysdale finished in 148th position, also taking 4th position in the Over 60s category, with a time of 1hour 59mins 28secs.
Saturday 10th November 2001
With most of the Senior Team resting ahead of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Relay it was left to two of the veteran athletes to represent the club at the GLASGOW UNIVERSITY ROAD RACE. Over a fast 5 mile course Ian Donnelly ran well to finish in 75th position with a time of 30 mins 35secs, this gave him 4th place in the Over 50s event. Jackie Gourlay just missed the top hundred, finishing in 104th position with a time of 31 mins 58secs.
Saturday 10th November
Stuart Griffen continued his fine recent form when competing in the junior event at the TINTO HILL RACE. Having reached the top in second place with a time of 12mins 45secs, he struggled a little on the descent, being overtaken by the fastest descender to finish in third place in a time of 21mins 23 secs.
Sunday 18th November
The Senior Men's team took to the roads to compete in the highly prestigious EDINBURGH TO GLASGOW ROAD RELAY in which the top 20 teams in the country take part in. Having finished in 12th position last year the club automatically qualified for this years event. With a strong team on paper the team set out from Fettes College at 8.30am on the start of what can be a gruelling event for some athletes
Steven McGregor, who has just returned from the States, lead the team off on what was the clubs best start for a number of years. Steven hung on to the leaders for as long as possible before finishing in fourth position with a time of 28mins 32secs. Alaister Russell then took over at the Maybury Roundabout to run the long second leg, his fourth in a row. He probably ran his better ever in this race bringing the team into third position at the changeover in Broxburn. Alaister ran a time of 31mins 03secs, narrowly missing the fastest leg by 12secs. Young Stuart Griffen, still only seventeen and a debutant in the race, held his own well in the uphill stage to Livingston. He bravely hung onto third position, however he was being chased hard. Stuart's time of 27mins 27secs gave him the eleventh fastest leg. Steven Allan was the next to go, taking the baton from Livingston, through Bathgate to Armadale on the fourth leg. Although Steven dropped backed to seventh position with a time of 29mins 33secs, he still held onto the pack which were just ahead of him. Another debutant, Steven Porte, took over on the fifth leg, however to his cost he found out the pitfalls and how tough the Eto G can be. Having got caught up with the pack just ahead he pushed himself too hard early on and ultimately paid the price by dropping back. The fact that he was then left on his own to slog it out over the last three miles on the desolate and undulating countryside made it even tougher for him. To his credit he pushed as hard as he could and brought the team home in twelfth position. Jamie Reid then had the task of making up ground on the long leg down into Airdrie, which he did, with a time of 32mins 20secs bringing the team back up to tenth position. Young Steven Lawley, another debutant in the EtoG then took the baton from Airdrie, through Coatbridge, and into Baillieston. Although dropping back to eleventh position Steven had a good steady run, with a time of 34mins 47secs. The final leg from Baillieston to Crownpoint in Glasgow was left to Alan Ramage who remained in eleventh place with a time of 29mins 40secs. The team finished in a time of 4hours 9mins 28secs, 20mins 33secs behind eleven times winners Mizuno Racing Club.
Although a bit disappointed with the final placing, a top eight finish being the target, the team can be reasonably pleased with their efforts and have the satisfaction of qualifying for next years race.
Saturday 24th November 2001
After the exertions of last weekend, Jamie Reid returned to winning ways in the LANARKSHIRE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS at Drumpellier Park in Coatbridge. Jamie got the better of the thirty strong field winning in a time of 31mins 06 secs, at the same time helping the club to victory in the team competition. Jamie was backed up by Steven McGregor in 3rd place with a time of 32mins 30secs. Steven Lawley continued his fine form, finishing in 7th position with a time of 33mins 47secs. The team was made up of Stuart Griffen in 1oth position with a time of 34mins 28secs. The team won the team competition by 7 points from Shettleston Harriers. The event also included the first round of the club's Cross Country Championships and full club results are as follows
Saturday 1st December 2001
Running his third race in three weeks Jamie Reid once again picked up a prize, this time a second place at the HUGH WILSON MEMORIAL ROAD RACE at East Kilbride. Despite a valiant effort to stick with eventual winner Tommy Murray, Jamie had to settle for second place with a time of 31mins 36secs, 19 secs behind Tommy. Stuart McGregor finished in 52nd place in a time of 38mins 36secs with Jackie Gourlay only two places and ten seconds further behind. Willie Drysedale finished in a time of 51mins 56secs to take 143rd position.
Saturday 1st December 2001
Steven McGregor, competing for Strathclyde University, finished in 7th position with a time of 36mins 03secs in the SCOTTISH UNIVERSITIES CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Sunday 2nd December 2001
The second round of the Club Championships for the youngsters took place in conjunction with the WEST DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE at Drumpellier Park in Coatbridge. Full club results are as follows
Saturday 15th December 2001
Three of the Senior athletes took part in the INTER DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY, which also included the third round of the REEBOK CROSS CHALLENGE, at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh. The event, which was a dummy run for the 2003 European Cross Country Championships, was run over a fast course which included a mixture of good going flat sections and a climb around "Haggis Knowe" which lies at the bottom of Arthur's Seat. Representing the West District team, Jamie Reid and Alaister Russell ran well in a high quality field with Jamie finally getting the better of Alaister in the fourth of the five laps. Jamie finished in 29th position in a time of 28mins 40secs, wth Alaister finishing in 43rd position in a time of 29mins 42secs. Steven McGregor, completed the club's representation whilst competing for the Scottish Univerities team. Steven finished in 80th position in a time of 30mins 55secs.
Sunday 23rd December 2001
The annual CHRISTMAS PUDDING RELAYS took place on a cold winter's day at Loch Park Stadium, Carluke. One of the highlights of the club's year saw eleven teams compete in the relays around the streets of the Salvesen estate. The first leg saw the youngsters, led by Santa Claus, run over a half mile loop in which Kathleen Kerr was first to finish for Team 3 in a time of 4mins45secs. Robyn Findlay, the youngest competitor at 8 years old brought the first leg to a close in 7mins 30secs. The second leg saw the lead change with Chris Scott of Team 1, who took over in 2nd position, coming home in first position. Further back the field Nikki Christie ran the fastest leg of 6mins 55secs to bring Team 5 up from fifth position to second. With Graham Ferguson, the club's top hammer thrower, taking over in the lead on the third and final leg it was sure to make for an interesting battle. He was quickly overtaken by Graham Martin in Team 5 who was subsequently overtaken by Steven Lawley who ran the fastest leg of 7mins 19secs to give Team 9 victory
The event was rounded off by the winning team of Rhona Pickard, Matthew Clark and Steven Lawley collecting the much sought after Christmas Puddings before everyone else received their Chritmas goodies.
Thursday 27th December 2001
Jamie Reid shook of the remains of his Christmas Pudding by making the journey through to Musselburgh to compete in the two lap cross country event at the NEW YEAR SPRINT. On a cold winters day which made the race course very hard and rutted underfoot Jamie ran well, in what has been a busy period for him, to finish in second place in a time of 14mins 05.6secs. The race was won by Glen Stewart in a time of 13mins 47.7secs.