The athletics year got off to a flier with two of the veteran athletes making the journey through to Glasgow to take part in the NIGEL BARGE ROAD RACE. Jackie Gourlay finished in 49th position and also picked up 3rd in the Over 55 age group with a time of 30mins 44secs for the 5 mile course. Willie Drysdale finished in 130th position with a time of 44mins 36secs to pick up 2nd in the Over 65s age group.
Wednesday 9th January 2002
With the cold, frosty nights now upon us and the forthcoming Indoor District Championships fast approaching, a number of athletes took advantage of the GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL OPEN GRADED MEETING at the Kelvin Hall.
The sprinters had a number of fine performances with David Martin winning both his 60m in a time of 8.57secs before going on to claim victory in the 200m in a time of 28.12secs. New recruit David McSpadyen also ran well to claim two second places in the 60m and 200m with times of 7.29secs and 23.47secs respectively.
The series of 800m races saw Graham Martin win his heat in a time of 2mins31:0secs with Nikki Christie chasing him all the way to finish in third place with a time of 2mins33:0secs. Not to be out done Craig Strachan also won his heat with a time of 2mins20:0secs.
The field events saw Colin McMaster making his first outing of what is a very important year with Commonwealth Games selection being his main target. His season started well when he cleared 1m95cm to win the competition.
Saturday 12th January 2002
The JACK CRAWFORD MEMORIAL 10KM ROAD RACE, which took place along the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal at Springburn, saw two of the clubs older members taking part. Willie Drysdale won the Over 60s event in a time of 54mins 13secs, finishing in 190th position overall. Jackie Gourlay, another veteran, finished in 67th position in a time of 37mins 57secs, just missing an over 50s prize by finishing fifth in his category.
Saturday 12th January 2002
The first championship of the year saw the combined DISTRICT INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS take place at the Kelvin Hall Indoor Arena in Glasgow. Pride of place on the first day was Colin McMaster who added another West District medal to his collection when he won the Senior High Jump title with a jump of 1.95m. David McFadyen, in his first championship wearing a Law vest, picked up a bronze medal in the senior Men 60m with a time of 7.14secs having won his heat in a time of 7.18secs. In the Senior Mens shot putt Graeme Ferguson narrowly missed out in a medal when finishing in fourth place with a throw of 11m65cm. The only female to compete on the first day was Melanie Clyde who missed out in a medal in the Long Jump by a mere 4cm with a best jump of 4m03cm.
Sunday 13th January 2002
The second day of the combined DISTRICT INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS saw the club replicate Saturdays performance in collecting a Gold and Bronze medal. The Gold medal was won by Craig Strachan in the Under 15s 800m. Craig ran an excellent race to finish ahead of the field in a time of 2mins15:89secs to clinch what will hopefully be the first of many district titles. Nikki Christie also ran an excellent race, looking strong throughout, to pick up a Bronze medal in the Under 17 Girls 800m in a time of 2mins29:17secs.
Melanie Clyde completed a busy weekend by competing in the Under 15s 200m, qualifying from her heat in second place, before finishing 5th in the final with a time of 31.49secs.
Keith Dunlop, making his debut at the 800m, narrowly missed out in a medal when finishing in 4th place with a time of 2mins.06:5secs.
Sunday 13th January 2002
Jamie Reid made an excellent start to the year earning his first full Scottish Vest at the REEBOK CROSS CHALLENGE in Cardiff. Jamie showed the selectors that he deserved his selection by running one of his best races in recent months to finish in 13th position with a time of 31mins 49secs for the 9km course. Hopefully this will now give him the confidence to go to the London Marathon and achieve the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games.
Thursday 17th January 2002
In recognition of his services to the club and athletics in South Lanarkshire, Pat Kelly was awarded the COMMUNITY COACH OF THE YEAR at the SCOTTISH SPORTS 2001 AWARDS in Falkirk. The event, which was hosted by Sports Scotland in conjunction with Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils (SALSC), Scottish Institute of Sport, Scottish Sports Association and Sports Coach UK saw a number of top administrators, coaches and volunteers being recognised for their services to Sport in 2001.
Having joined the club as an ex-footballer trying to get fit, Pat eventually combined his athletics to that of coaching. Now fully qualified, Pat can be found at Wishaw Sports Centre coaching a group of youngsters from the age of 9 up to 20 years old. His enthusiasm and commitment are second to none and are a great asset to the club. Many of the club's championship winners have come from Pat's group and given his determination, there will be many more to follow.
This award has come after having been awarded the Clydesdale Sports Council Coach of the Year in November and also a special award at the National Year of Volunteers Awards.
Pat has been surprised, but very pleased, at receiving the awards but has been the first to acknowledge that it is the work an commitment of all the coaches connected with the club that have contributed to him being nominated and receiving these awards.
Saturday 19th January 2002
It was a case of near misses at the WEST DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS at the Beach Park in Irvine as medals were missed by the narrowest of margins.
In the Senior Men's race, which was run over a 7.5mile course, saw Jamie Reid narrowly miss out on the title by a mere 4 seconds, finishing second to Chris Robison in a time of 33mins 57secs. Having finished second, for the second time in three years, Jamie was a little disappointed, however given that he is still in the middle of his London Marathon preparation the result was excellent after having just completed 85 miles in the week leading up to the race. Alaister Russell, who has had a bit of a mixed season, finished strongly over the latter part of the race to finish in 6th position with a time of 34mins 58secs. Steven McGregor, opting to compete for the club rather his University was next home in 21st position in a time of 36mins17secs. He was closely followed home 10secs later by Steven Lawley in 23rd position. Steven was also competing in the U20s championships, which was run in conjunction with the Seniors, in which he finished in 4th position, narrowly missing a bronze medal by 5secs. The team was then ably backed up by Stuart Griffen who finished 45th, and 10th Under 20, in a time of 37mins 50secs and finally Mark Hand who finished with a time of 38mins 45secs in 60th position. Having possibly put the best team out for many a year it was hoped that a team medal would be achievable, however the team once again narrowly missed out on the bronze medal by a mere 4 points. Other club members to compete in the Senior Race were Jim Rowley who finished in 88th position with a time of 40mins 13secs, closely followed home by Gordon Douglas in 98th position with a time of 40mins 42secs. Bringing up the rear of the team was Willie Drysdale who finished in 195th position with a time of 61mins 04secs.
The Under 15 Girls event also saw the club painstakingly missing out on team medallists by the cruellest of margins. Having finished with the same points as Whitemoss, the girls lost out on the bronze medals on the count back rule as Whitemoss had their three runners in before the three Law team members. Nickki Christie ran a good race to finish in 11th position with a time if 19mins 20secs, closely followed by Lorna Gray in 12th position with a time of 20mins 00secs. The team was completed by Lesley Fisher who finished 24th in a time of 22mins 52secs and Pamela O'Connor who finished in a time of 23mins 01secs in 25th position.
The Under 13 Girls only saw two athletes from the club make the journey through, with Rachel Paterson finishing in 21st position with a time of 14mins 06secs and Claire Boughey finishing in 54th position in a time of 16mins 25secs.
The Under 15 Boys also saw an incomplete team with Craig Strachan, fresh from his Indoor victory, finishing in 29th position with a time of 17mins 32secs. Graham Martin finished in 48th position with a time of 18mins 50secs and Blair Struthers finished in 51st position with a time of 19mins 26secs.
Sunday 20th January 2002
Following on from last weekend's District Championships the DM HALL NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS took place at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow. Fresh from his Bronze medal in the Districts, David McSpadyen took on an International field in the 60m. Having qualified from his heat in a time of 7.2secs he unfortunately could not find last weeks form and was eliminated in the semi-final with a time of 7.25secs. In the 400m Chris Mullen finish fifth in his first round heat with a time of 55.1secs . Moving on to the field events and Graeme Ferguson thew 11.95m in the shot putt which gave him 6th place.
Sunday 3rd February 2002
Fresh from his win at the West District Indoor Championships, Craig Strachan returned to the Kelvin Hall Intenational Indoor Arena to compete in the BANK OF SCOTLAND UNDER 13 & UNDER 15 NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS. Having watched the first two heats, Craig knew what time he had to run in the third heat to qualify, and this he done with a time of 2mins 18.93secs. However, come the final he was up against three athletes from the East who he had not competed against. Unfortunately, after having ran a very brave race, he narrowly missed out in the medals when finishing in 4th place with a time of 2mins 15.27secs, just over half a second quicker that his West victory.
David Martin then tried to go one better than Craig in the Under 13s 400m. Again, David qualified easily from his heat in a time of 62.34secs. However, he suffered the same fate as Craig when finishing in 4th position in the final with a time of 60.00secs.
Sunday 10th February 2002
Not content with picking up all the coaching awards, Pat Kelly won the gold medal at the DM HALL SCOTTISH VETERAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS at Kelvin hall in Glasgow. Competing over the 800m in the M55 category, Pat used all his experience in what turned out be a close race to hold off the rest of the field. Leading with 150m to go he was pressurised from the second place runner, but as he came up on Pat's shoulder, Pat dug deep and held him off round the final bend to finish in a time of 2mins 20.4secs.
Sunday 10th February 2002
The third round of the Club Championships saw the seniors travel to Grangemouth to compete in the "ROUND THE HOUSES" ROAD RACE. Alaister Russell was the first Law athlete home, in what was a very high quality field, in 12th position with a time of 32mins 20secs. Closely following behind was Steven McGregor, who is beginning to find some form, in 16th position with a time of 32mins 58secs. Stuart Griffen, who is still an Under 20, finished in 41st position in an excellent time of 34mions 41secs, picking up second place in his age group. The rivalry continued between Gordon Douglas and Jim Rowley, with Gordon getting the better of Jim on this ocassion with Gordon finishing in 106th position with a time of 37mins 02secs with Jim following home some 43secs later in 129th position. Jim finished 4th in the over 50s category. Fianlly, Willie Drysdale finished in 600th position with a time of 54mins 56secs.
Sunday 17th February 2002
This week saw the turn of the Under 17s and Under 20s to travel to Kelvin Hall Indoor Arena to take part in the BANK OF SCOTLAND UNDER 17/UNDER 20 NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS. After having finished third in her heat with a time of 2mins 28.52secs, Nikki Christie qualified for the final of the 800m. However, having already excelled herself in the heat by running a pb, she found the final tougher going, up against class opposition, finishing 5th in a time of 2mins 30.95secs.
The only two other athletes from the club, Alan Milroy and Alan Robertson were knocked out in their heats. Alan Milroy ran the Under 20 s 60m in a time of 7.74secs to finish in 4th place. Whilst Alan Robertson finished third in the heat of the 200m in a time of 24.77secs, narrowly missing a place in the final.
Saturday 23rd February 2002
The SCOTTISH NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSIPS took place over a wet, muddy course at Callender Park in Falkirk. Top performer for the club was Alaister Russell who finished the 7.5 mile course in 32nd position in the Senior Men's race with a time of 43mins 09secs. He was followed home just over a minute later by Steven McGregor who finished in a time of 44mins 14secs in 52nd position. The remainder of the team was made up of Veterans with Jim Rowley finishing with a time of 48mins 55secs in 164th position with close rival Gordon Douglas finishing with a time of 50 mins 19secs in 205th position. Pat Kelly, fresh from his indoor success, finished with a time of 53mins 36secs in 277th position. The team was completed by Willie Drysdale in 421st position in a time of 72mins 26secs. With a few absentees the team finished in 24th position. This was the last race of the Club Championships for the Senior Men and with Alaister leading the team home and gaining maximum points he duly won the Club Championships. Final places for the Senior Men are as follows
A few of the youngsters made the trip through with Rachel Paterson finishing 46th in the Under 13s with a time of 16mins 12 secs. The Under 15 girls saw Lesley Fisher finish 21st with a time of 18mins 35secs with Nikki Christie almost a minute behind in a time of 19 mins 28secs in 33rd position. Finally Rachel Canning finished in 45th position with a time of 22mins 15secs.
Craig Strachan and Graham Martin took part in the Under 15s with Craig finishing in 61st position with a time of 17mins 25secs with Graham finishing in 88th position with a time of 20mins 50secs. In the Under 20 Men, Steven Lawley had a disappointing run finishing 15th in a time of 29mins 55secs.
Unfortunately there was no teams in the younger age groups.
Wednesday 27th February 2002
Three of the youngsters travelled through to the Kelvin Hall for the last GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL OPEN GRADED MEETING. All three ran over 300m with Alan Milroy running a time of 40.07secs, with David Martin in 43.59secs and finally Blair Struthers ran a time of 45.51secs.
Saturday 2nd March 2002
The final match of the SCOTTISH ATHLETICS INDOOR LEAGUE took place at Kelvin Hall Indoor Arena. Pride of place went to Ross McDonald who gained two victories in the Under 11 age group. He firstly won a very close 600m in a time of 2mins 03.1secs, the same time as the second placed athlete, before going on to win the Standing Long Jump with a jump of 1m 86cm, again the same distance as the second place competitor, but having the best second jump he won on count back. Billy Clarkson also took part in the 600m, finishing in 8th place with a time of 2mins 11.6secs. The Under 11 Girls Standing Long Jump saw Danielle O'Neill finishing in 5th position with a jump of 1m 54cm with Terri Tollan in 8th position with a jump of 1m 49cm.
The Under 15 Boys also saw a victory for the club with Craig Strachan winning the 800m in a time of 2mins 18.5secs, winning by over 6 seconds. David Martin also ran well over 400m, finishing third in a time of 62.7secs.
In the Under 17 Girls, Nikki Christie continued her fine form, finishing in 3rd position in the 800m with a time of 2mins 28.3secs, shaving a few tenths off her personal best.
Unfortunately, none of the age-groups qualified for the Finals.
Sunday 10th March 2002
The SCOTTISH NATIONAL VETERANS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS took place at a windswept Bellahouston Park. After the recent bad weather the underfoot conditions were very wet and heavy going, not that Willie Drysdale would have thought, given that he forgot to take his spikes with him.
First of the club runners to finish was Jim Rowley in 56th position in a time of 42mins 54secs, this being good enough to give him 7th position in the Over 50s category. Gordon Douglas, competing in the Over 40s category finished in 44mins 43secs to finish 71st overall and 39th in his age group. Willie Drysdale, making life very difficult in his trainers finished 149th in a time of 62mins 49secs. This gave him 7th position in the Over 65s category.
Friday 15th March 2002
The 20th Annual CLYDESDALE SPORTS PERSONALITY & TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARDS CEREMONY took place at a packed Cartland Bridge Hotel. The audience assembled had the privilege and honour to have Scotlands newest Olympic Champion, Rhona Martin as the guest speaker. After having given an insight into her recent experience at Salt Lake City it was on to the award ceremony.
Pride of place went to the team of Tom Grant, Steven Lawley and Stuart Griffen who lifted the JUNIOR TEAM OF THE YEAR for a second time. Their victory in the West District cross-country Championships was good enough to beat the rest of the clubs nominations in this category. The Girls Team and the Boys Under 15 team were both awarded Merit awards in recognition of their achievements in 2001.
The SENIOR MALE category saw Colin McMaster collect his annual award at this event, this year being awarded the third position behind George Prosser the Scottish Bowls Champion and Garry Brown who won 5 silver medals at the World Cerebal Palsy Swimming Championships. Colins achievements during 2001 included National Indoor High Jump Champion, 2nd at the Inter Counties Championships, 3rd Great Britain v Spain, 3rd at the AAAs Under 23 Championships, 4th at the AAA Senior Championships and gained selection for the Commonwealth Games Preparatory Squad. Another regular winner, Alaister Russell received a Merit award for his continually representing Scotland in International Cross-Country.
Nikki Christie was another deserved recipient of an award in the JUNIOR FEMALE category when she picked up the third prize. Having finished 3rd at the West District 800m and also finished runner up at the Under 15 Lanarkshire Badminton Championships, her award was thoroughly deserved. Lorna Gray also picked up a Merit Award for her performance when winning the Lanarkshire Schools 100m title.
The SENIOR TEAM category saw the Scottish Mens Team, who have previously won this category, being recognised with a Merit Award for winning the Second Division of the Scottish Mens League.
The VETERANS category saw two Merit Awards being given to club athletes. First of all Ian Donnelly was recognised for his achievements in winning the Scottish Vets Marathon Championships and his 8th place at the World Veterans Marathon Championships in Brisbane, Australia. Jim Rowley was next to be awarded with a Merit Award in recognition of winning the Scottish Veterans Half Marathon Championships.
The evening finished off with, probably the highlight of most peoples night, with Rhona Martin passing round her Olympic Gold Medal.
Saturday 23rd March 2002
Jamie Reid showed his versatility when stepping down distance to compete in the CLYDESDALE HARRIERS 5k ROAD RACE at Clydebank. Having completed another week of high mileage in preparation for the Lochaber Marathon, he ran exceptionally well in a high class field to take 3rd position in a time of 14mins 32secs, finishing behind Glen Stewart and Bobby Quinn. Having opted out of the London Marathon due to an earlier injury he has now set his sights on the Lochaber Marathon at the end of April to try and achieve the Commonwealth Games qualifying time. Willie Drysdale just missed out on a top 100 finish, finishing 101st with a time of 25mins 17secs.
Saturday 30th March 2002
The winter season drew to a close with the Senior team travelling to Livingston to compete in the NEW BALANCE NATIONAL SIX STAGE ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS. With a weakened team due to the International Races at Balmoral the team were always going to find it difficult to achieve past results. Jamie Reid, fresh from his fast race at Clydebank, chose to do another sharpener on the short first leg, hanging on well to finish in 2nd place in a time of 15mins 26secs. This time gave him the second fastest short lap of the day behinf Steven Cairns who broke the course record. Steven McGregor, who has recently been concentrating on duathlons took over on the long second leg running a time of 30mins 47secs to finish in 7th position. The third leg was back to a short leg with Jimmy McDonald dropping down to 10th place with a time of 18mins 02secs. By thsi stage the gaps were beginning to get bigger and with no one to chase it was becoming a hard time trial. Steven Lawley took the fourth legi in a time of 33mins 30secs to bring the team in 12th position, handing over to Alan Ramage who stayed the same position with a time of 17mins 51secs. It was left to young Stuart Griffen to bring the team home in 15th position with a time of 34mins 11secs.
Saturday 30th March 2002
Alaister Russell accepted the invitation to take part in the BUPA GREAT CALEDONIAN INTERNATIONAL ROAD RACE at Balmoral on Royal Deeside. Running in the 5 mile event Alaister finished in 29th position with a time of 26mins 09secs, less than 3 mins behind eventual winner Yuda from Tanzania. Jamie Reid was also invited but declined in order to compete in the Six Stage Road Relays.
Sunday 7th April 2002
Jamie Reid repeated his victory of last year in the Club's own TOM SCOTT MEMORIAL 10 MILE ROAD RACE from Law to Motherwell, making him only one of a handful of athletes to defend their title. On a good Sunday morning the large field of over 200 athletes charged down Lawhill Road in what must be one of the fastest starts in the country. Jamie was always in the thick of things mixing it with Tommy Murray And Charlie Thomson. However, with Jamie beginning to peak for the forthcoming Lochaber Marathon, had the strength and the speed to to ease to victory in a time of 49mins 46secs, 48secs faster than last year's victory and 27secs clear of Tommy Murray in second place.
Alaister Russell, getting back some old form, had another steady run to finish in 5th place with a time of 52mins 44secs. Stuart Griffen made up he team counters in 25th place with a time of 58mins 54secs. Gordon Douglas broke the magic 60 minute barrier for the 10 mile course finishing in 36th place with a time of 59mins 54secs, 1 min 24secs faster than his time from the previous year. As usual he was closely followed home by Jim Rowley in 40th place with a time of 60mins 18scs, this was good enough to give Jim 3rd in the Vets Over 50 category. Next to finish was Jackie Gourlay, who was making a return after injury, in 56th place with a time of 62mins 24secs, this giving him 4th in the Vets over 55 category. Donald McCaffer finished i 129th place with a time of 72mins 01secs. Finally the team was made up by Willie Drysdale, who just keeps going and going, finishing in 190th place with a time of 86mins 48secs.
Sunday 14th April 2002
The league season got off to a start with both the men and women travelling to Coatbridge for the CENTRAL & SOUTH SCOTLAND LEAGUE. Competing in Division 2 the team made a reasonable start finishing in fifth place. Final placings were as follows
Sunday 14th April 2002
Lesley Fisher was selected to represent Scotland in the LONDON MINI MARATHON which is run at the same time as the main Marathon event. Competing against every county in England, Lesley handled the experience and occasion well, finishing in 65th position with a time of 18mins 39secs
Sunday 28th April
Jamie Reid continued his excellent form when winning the SCOTTISH NATIONAL MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS which was held in conjunction with the LOCHABER MARATHON. Running on his own along the banks of Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil, he managed to get within 30secs of his personal best, finishing in 2hrs 21mins 44secs, over 14mins ahead of second place. Jamie was delighted to have got so close to his PB having only averaged 65 miles per week in the build up compared to his usual over 100miles per week. Unfortunately, Jamie's time was 3 mins outside the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games, if only the selectors would take into consideration the lonely run that he had. If only the London Marathon had come a couple of weeks later, who knows what he could have achieved. Jamie was rewarded with his first ever Scottish title, a weekend break at a Milton Hotel for winning the race and a week at Loch Linnhe Caravan Park for breaking the course record.
Sunday 28th April
The League season got underway in the SCOTTISH MEN'S LEAGUE when the team travelled to Grangemouth to launch another attack on Division 1. Having failed to stay in Division 1 in the last two attempts, the athletes were determined to make a good start this year. With a few call offs on the day, and in the absence of Team Manager Jim Reid who was shouting Jamie on at Fort William, everyone performed well to finish in fifth position on the day.
Final positions were
Sunday 5th May 2002
The youngsters travelled to Grangemouth to compete in the first match of the YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE. After a fine days work, Team Manager Ena Martin was delighted with their efforts. League placings after the first match are as follows
Saturday 11th May 2002
Alaister Russell got back to winning ways when recording a victory at the PENICUIK 10K ROAD RACE. Alaister completed the course in 32mins 38secs to win by 50secs.
Saturday 11th May 2002
The club collected four medals on the first day of the COMBINED EAST AND WEST DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS at a sun-drenched Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh.
Pride of place went to Craig Strachan who added the outdoor 800m District Title to the Indoor Title which he won earlier on in the year. Having led from gun to tape, David won by over 4secs in a time of 2mins 12:14secs. Also in the Under 15 age group, David Martin won the Silver medal in the 400m with a time of 58.73secs. Further medals were won by new recruit Tony Cunningham in the Under 20 100m, a time of 11.13 was good enough for Silver medal and the ever reliant Graeme Ferguson took bronze in the Senior Men's Hammer with a throw of 33m 09cm.
There was narrow misses for Angela Smith, another new recruit from Avonside, who finished fourth in the Senior Women 400m in a time of 63.37secs and Tony Cunningham who finished 4th in the Under 20s 400m in a time of 50.78secs, not bad after having already ran in the 100m earlier in the day.
The Under 17 girls all performed well on the day with Ashley Ross finishing 5th in the 1500m with a time of 5mins 26:47secs and Nikki Christie and Kirsty Miller finishing 6th and 8th in the 300m with times of 44.58secs and 48.01 respectively.
Finally, Michael Robinson finished 6th in the Senior Men 400m with a time of 53.93secs and Alan Milroy finished 5th in his Under 20 100m heat in a time of 11.97secs.
Sunday 12th May 2002
The second day of the combined EAST AND WEST DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS saw another haul of medals returning home from club athletes.
Tony Cunningham rounded of a hectic weekend when winning the Under 20 200m in a time of 22.73, this adding to his Silver in the 100m yesterday. Colin McMaster won yet another Championship Medal when winning the High Jump with a clearance of 2m 00cm. Graeme Ferguson also completed a good weekend by taking his second Bronze of the weekend in the Senior Men Shot Putt with a throw of 11m 80cm before rounding the day off with 5th in the Discus with a throw of 30m 83cm. His training partner Ian Rowney completed a double success when taking the Bronze medal in the Under 20 Shott Putt with a throw of 11m 73cm.
In the Under 15 1500m, Lesley Fisher took the Silver medal in a time of 5mins 17.79secs.
The 800m events saw a good tussle in the Senior Men's event with Keith Dunlop just getting the better of Steven Allen to finish in 5th and 6th with times of 1min 59:75secs and 2mins 01:15secs respectively. The Under 17 Girls event also saw a tussle again between Nikki Christie and Kirsty Miller. Nikki once again had the edge over Kirsty when finishing in 5th and 8th with times of 2mins 27:43secs and 2mins 37:26secs.
Sunday 12th May 2002
Gordon Douglas was the sole representative at the MONKLANDS HALF MARATHON around the streets of Coatbridge. Gordon finished in 20th position with a time of 1hr 25mins 16secs.
Saturday 18th May 2002
New recruit on a first claim basis, Ian Murdoch, finished 9th in the steeplechase at the AQUA_PURA INTERNATIONAL MATCH at Loughborough. Competing in terrible conditions and against a high quality field Ian finished with a time of 9mins 13.22secs.
Sunday 19th May 2002
The second round of the YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE saw the youngsters make the short trip to Coatbridge. Unfortunately, despite some good performances from the girls team they finished in 8th position o the day. The boys performed slightly better, finishing in 5th position. Final placings were as follows
Wednesday 22nd May 2002
Having completed the Lochaber Marathon less than a month ago, Jamie Reid returned to winning ways when racing to victory in the ENERGY ZONE AULD TOON 10K ROAD RACE in Dunfermline. The three lap course, which is very hilly, proved a tough run for Jamie however he was strong enough to win by 30secs in a time of 31mins 59secs. Steven McGregor, fresh from his most recent rip to America, finished in 5th position with a time of 33mins 22secs, 8secs ahead of Chris Robison, Scotland's National Endurance Coach.
Thursday 23rd May 2002
Willie Drysdale made the journey westwards to compete in the HELENSBURGH 10K ROAD RACE, the first of the POLAROID SERIES. Willie finished in 513th position in a time of 51mins 15secs.
Sunday 26th May 2002
Having won the 200m at the District Championships, Tony Cunningham was selected to represent Scotland in the SCOTLAND v GREECE v ISRAEL v CYPRUS v WALES at Grangemouth. In a closely fought 200m Tony finished in 4th position with a time of 22.95secs, less than 0.5sec behind winner Bezalel Mizrahi from Israel.
Thursday 30th May 2002
The second race of the POLAROID SERIES took place in conjunction with the CLYDEBANK 10K ROAD RACE. Steven McGregor made his first appearance of the series finishing in 8th position with a time of 32mins 01secs. Willie Drysdale, in his second race of the series finished in 478th positio with a time of 50mins 35secs.
Saturday 1st June 2002
Jackie Gourlay made the journey through to the East coast to compete in the HADDINGTON FESTIVAL 5 MILE ROAD RACE. Jackie finished in 37th position with a time of 30mins 07secs. Jackie also finished 3rd in the Vets Over 50 category.
Sunday 2nd June 2002
It was a repeat performance for the Senior Men's team at the second match of the SCOTTISH MEN'S LEAGUE at Coatbridge. Fighting hard to stay in Division 1 for the first time the men finished in 5th place on the day, therefore remaining in 5th place in the league at the half way point. The only winner on the day was Jamie Reid who showed his versatility when winning the 1500m in 4mins 01.4secs. Over the last couple of months Jamie has won over the Marathon, 10 miles, 10km and now 1500m. Final placings were as follows
Sunday 2nd June 2002
In what was a busy weekend for club athletes, the club was also involved in organising the inaugural CARLUKE DEVELOPMENT TRUST 10K ROAD RACE. Alaister Russell was the club's top finisher in 2nd position behind Tommy Murray, who had already won the 5k fun run, beating the local youngsters. Alaister finished in a time of 32mins 02 secs, 21secs behind the winner. Gordon Douglas was the next to finish in 14th position with a time of 38mins 07secs. Pat Kelly finished n 20th position with a time of 39mins 55secs, finishing 1st in the Over 50s category. Finally, Chris Barbour finished in 64th position with a time of 52mins 07secs.
Thursday 6th June 2002
The POLAROID SERIES moved on to the DUMBARTON 10k ROAD RACE with both Steven McGregor and Willie Drysdale travelling through. Steven continued his recent good form finishing in 10th position with a time of 33mins 16secs. Willie also showing some consistent form finished in a time of 51mins 55secs in 496th position.
Saturday 8th June 2002
The first day of the SCOTRAIL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS & COMMONWEALTH TRIALS saw two of the senior athletes travel through to Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow. Steven Allen was the first to compete in the heats of the 800m where he ran 1min 59:7 to finish in third position, good enough to take him into the semi-finals. Unfortunately, the second race of the day proved too much, finishing 7th in the semis in a time of 2mins 04.95secs.
Ian Murdoch stepped down in distance to contend the 1500m championship. Ian ran comfortably enough to ensure qualification to the final with a time of 3mins 55.7secs.
Sunday 9th June 2002
The second and final day of the SCOTRAIL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS & COMMONWEALTH TRIALS took place in wet and windy conditions at Scotstoun Stadium.
The club's only medallist came from the reliable Colin McMaster in the High Jump. Having won the event last year Colin had to settle for a Bronze medal this year with a jump of 1m 95cm, only 5cm short of the Gold.
Staying with the field events, Graeme Ferguson finished in 12th position with a throw of 11m 02cm.
The 5000m saw a head to head between Jamie Reid and Alaister Russell, with Jamie getting the better of Alaister on the day. Jamie ran a good race finishing in 5th position with a time of 14m 35.43secs, only 4secs outside Alaister's club record. Alaister, getting back to form, finished in 9th position with a time of 15mins 22.53secs.
Unfortunately Ian Murdoch was unable to take his place in the final of the 1500m.
Sunday 9th June 2002
Willie Drysdale made the trip through to Kirkintilloch to compete in the KIRKINTILLOCH OLYMPIANS GALA WEEK 10k CANAL RUN. Running as the oldest competitor Willie ran a time of 57mins 47secs to finish in 41st position.
Wednesday 12th June 2002
The summer series of Ayrshire events continued with the NORTH AYRSHIRE 5 MILE ROAD RACE taking place at Irvine. Young Stuart Griffen picked up 2nd in the Under 20 age group when finishing 8th overall in a time of 27mins 52secs. Jackie Gourlay finished in 26th position with a time of 29mins 32secs, this giving him 3rd place in the Over 50s category.
Saturday 15th June 2002
Jamie Reid continued on his UK tour, this week competing in the AQUA PURA COMMONWEALTH GAMES TRIALS. Running in the new Manchester Stadium which will host the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, Jamie finished 16th in the 10,000m, which also doubled as the AAA CHAMPIONSHIPS, with a time of 30mins 16.66secs, taking 2mins 08secs off his personal best.
Sunday 16th June 2002
Pat Kelly made the short journey to East Kilbride to compete in the DIET COKE HALF MARATHON. In a change fro he track Pat acquitted himself well finishing in 100th position with a time of 1hr 30mins 16secs. This also gave him 7th in the over 50s category.
Sunday 23rd June 2002
The second match of the CENTRAL AND SOUTH SCOTLAND ATHLETICS LEAGUE saw the team travel to Grangemouth trying to consolidate their position in Division 2. After a much improved performance fro the first match, the team finished in third position o the day and now lie, what should be, a comfortable 4th position after the two matches. With one match to go it is almost impossible to win promotion to the top league, however at the same time it is almost impossible to be relegated. Final positions were as follows
Sunday 23rd June 2002
The fourth and final event of the POLAROID SERIES took place in conjunction with the VALE OF LEVEN 10k ROAD RACE. Chris McCann, returning rom his stint abroad, finished in 24th position with a time of 35mins 17secs. Willie Drysdale, who competed in all four of he series races finished in 462nd position in a time of 54mins 00secs.
Sunday 30th June 2002
The final round of the YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE saw the youngsters travel to Coatbridge. Again, despite a small team the youngsters committed themselves well. After the three matches the boys team finished in 14th position, narrowly missing out on a place in the Consolation Plate Final, with the girls finishing in 18th position. A special thanks goes to Ena Martin who has worked tirelessly with the youngsters