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Wednesday 3rd July 2002

Ian Murdoch took advantage of his summer break from University by travelling through to compete in the GRANGEMOUTH OPEN GRADED MEETING. He was rewarded by winning the 1500m in a time of 3mins 57.48secs.

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Saturday 13th July 2002

Pat Kelly had a triple success in the SCOTTISH VETERAN CHAMPIONSHIPS at Pitreavie. Competing in the M55 category Pat swept to victory in the 400m (63.54secs), the 800m (2mins 20:96secs) and the 1500m (4mins 05:96secs).

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Sunday 14th July 2002

The Senior Men's team travelled through to Scotstoun for the third match of the SCOTTISH MEN'S LEAGUE hoping to consolidate their position above the relegation area. However after a disappointing day the team could only manage 7th position which now means they lie 6th equal with Kirkintilloch going into the last match. It now needs a huge effort in the final match to ensure that the club ca stay in the top division for the first time.

Points on the day were

 

3rd Match

 

 

 

 

After 3 Matches

 

1st

City of Edinburgh

326

8

 

1st

Pitreavie

23

2nd

Pitreavie

313

7

 

2nd

Arbroath & District

20

3rd

Arbroath & District

309

6

 

3rd

City of Edinburgh

16

4th

Kirkintiloch Olympians

292

5

 

4th

Ayr Seaforth

13

5th

Aberdeen

260

4

 

5th

Aberdeen

13

6th

Ayr Seaforth

253

3

 

6th

Kirkintilloch Olympians

10

7th

Law & District

226

2

 

7th

Law & District

10

8th

Kilbarchan

151

1

 

8th

Kilbarchan

3

For full results click here

Saturday 20th July 2002

Ian Murdoch smashed the club record for the 1500m at the BRITISH MILERS CLUB GRAND PRIX FINAL at Meadowbank. Running in a high quality field, Ian hug o well to finish in 3rd place with a time of 3mins 46.79secs.

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Wednesday 24th July 2002

A few of the youngsters travelled through to Scotstoun to take part in the GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL OPEN GRADED MEETING. In the series of 100m races, Tony Cunningham ran against a high quality field, finishing 4th in the first race with a time of 11.31secs. In the second race later on in the evening he finished in 3rd place with a time of 11.26secs.

In the 800m series Ian Murdoch finished in 3rd place in the A race with a time of 1min 58.79secs in what was a very close race. The C race saw Craig Strachan, still an under 15, finish in 6th place with a time of 2mins 17.44secs. Seventh in the same race was Graham Martin in a time of 2mins 25.22secs. The E race saw Lesley Fisher finish in 3rd place with a time of 2mins 32.82secs.

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Wednesday 24th July 2002

As he youngsters headed to Scotstoun, Jackie Gourlay headed through to the Meadows in Edinburgh to take part in the SRI CHIMNOY 2MILE ROAD RACE. Jackie was rewarded with 1st place in the Over 50 category with a time of 11mins 28secs.

Thursday 25th July 2002

Ian Murdoch and Colin McMaster have been selected for Under 23 Scotland squad to compete in the INTER - TERRITORIES MATCH at Derby on 11th August. Ian has been selected for the 3000m with Colin in the High Jump.

Sunday 28th July 2002

Veteran athlete, and club coach, Pat Kelly made the long journey to Hendon in London to compete in the BRITISH VETERANS CHAMPIONSHIPS. Having just moved up to the M55 age group he took full advantage of being the baby of the age group by winning the 3000m Steeplechase. Having had a couple hours rest he the took part in the 800m, his main event, where he finished a gallant second with a time of 2mins 18.01secs.

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Sunday 4th August 2002

The BARR BRADY HELENSBURGH HALF MARATHON saw Gordon Douglas and Jim Rowley make the journey through. Once again Gordon came out top finishing in 31st position with a time of 1hr 23mins 43secs, finishing 13th in the M40 category. Jim finished in 89th position with a time of 1hr 35mins 23secs, finishing 10th in the M50 category.

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Sunday 4th August 2002

The SCOTTISH GAS 5k & 10K ROAD RACES took place on a misty morning on the shore of Granton in Edinburgh. In the 5k race Alan Ramage finished in 6th place with a time of 16mins 51secs, the exact same time as last year. In the 10k race, Jackie Gourlay finished in 49th place with a time of 39mins 01secs. The trip was worthwhile for Jackie as he won the Over 50 Vets prize.

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Wednesday 7th August 2002

Jamie Reid picked up his second Scottish title of year when winning the NATIONAL 10,000m TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP to add to his earlier marathon title. In a cool evening at Grangemouth Stadium Jamie won in a time of 31mins 14.31secs with second place going to Alaister Russell in a time of 32mins 25.61secs.

Wednesday 7th August 2002

A small contingent of athletes travelled through to Grangemouth to take part in the FALKIRK OPEN GRADED MEETING. Pride o place goes to Ian Murdoch who is returning to form who won the 800m in a time of 1min 57:38secs. In the second race Under 17 athlete Graham Martin finished in 10th place with a time of 2mins 32:18secs. The girls 800m saw Nikkie Christie finish in 7th place with a time of 2mins 30:6secs.

The sprinters also performed well with Tony Cunningham breaking the 6 year old club record whilst finishing 2nd in the 200m with a time of 22.57secs. The B race also saw Michael Robinson finish in 2nd place with a time of 23.43secs. He was closely followed home by Stephen Backer in 5th place with a time of 23.81secs.

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Saturday 10th August 2002

Three of the veteran athletes headed eastwards to compete in the HADDINGTON HALF MARATHON. Gordon Douglas continued his fine form finishing in 28th position with a time of 1hr 23mins 21secs, finishing 10th in the M40 category. In the M50 category Jackie Gourlay finished in 4th place, 38th overall in a time of 1hr 24mins 26secs. He was followed home just over 2 mins later by Jim Rowley who finished in a time of 1hr 26mins 34secs in 43rd position, 6th in the M50 category.

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Sunday 11th August 2002

The Senior Men's team made the journey through to Dam Park in Ayr to compete in the last match of the SCOTTISH MEN'S LEAGUE knowing that they only had to beat Kirkintilloch on the day to retain a place in the top flight of Scottish Athletics. With a strong team on paper, Team Manager Jimmy Reid was hopeful that the club would stay in the top league for the first time, having previously being relegated every time the team had won promotion to the Division 1. The team didn't let him down, excelling in every department, finishing a remarkable 3rd place on the day. Overall the team finished in 6th place, narrowly missing out on 5th place by half a point, and can look forward to another crack at the big boys. Final placings on the day were as follows.

 

4th Match

 

 

 

 

Final positions

 

1st

City of Edinburgh

328

8

 

1st

Pitreavie

30

2nd

Pitreavie

260

7

 

2nd

City of Edinburgh

24

3rd

Law & District

248

6

 

3rd

Arbroath & District

24

4th

Ayr Seaforth

244

5

 

4th

Ayr Seaforth

18

5th

Arbroath & District

229

4

 

5th

Aberdeen

16

6th

Aberdeen

227

3

 

6th

Law & District

16

7th

Kirkintiloch Olympians

172

2

 

7th

Kirkintiloch Olympians

12

8th

Kilbarchan

115

1

 

8th

Kilbarchan

4

For full results click here

Thursday 15th August 2002

Ian Murdoch has been selected to represent Scotland in the 3000m at an Under 23 International Match in Belgium on 31st August.

Saturday 17th August 2002

The GLASGOW 800 10k ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS at Lochinch saw Jim Rowley finish in 16th position in a time of 39mins 43secs. The only other club athlete represented was Willie Drysdale in 67th position with a time of 58mins 06secs.

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Saturday 24th August 2002

The BANK OF SCOTLAND UNDER 13/UNDER 15 CHAMPIONSHIPS took place at Grangemouth Stadium. With only a handful of athletes entering it was always going to be difficult to return with any medals. Unfortunately, Craig Strachan, who was one of the favourites in the Under 15s 800m after qualifying from his heat in 2mins 14:55secs was unable to take part in the final due to injury, an almost certain medal lost. In the 400m event Ryan Wilson finished 4th in the first heat with a time of 59.4secs, and David Martin finished 5th in the second heat with a time of 58.48secs. David's time progressed him through to the final as a fastest loser where he finished 6th with a time of 58.69secs.

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Sunday 25th August 2002

Grangemouth Stadium again was the venue for the BANK OF SCOTLAND UNDER 17/UNDER 20 CHAMPIONSHIPS.

It was a successful day for sprinter Tony Cunningham who replicated his District Championship haul by winning gold in the 200m and Silver in the 100m. Having won his heat of the 200m in a time of 23.41secs, he went over half a second faster in the final to win with a time of 22.89secs. In the 100m, after winning his heat in a time of 11.58, he had to settle for second in the final despite running a faster time of 11.33secs.

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Tuesday 27th August 2002

Ian Murdoch warmed up for his Belgium trip by competing in the SHETTLESTON HARRIERS OPEN GRADED MEETING at Crownpoint. Moving down in distance, Ian outclassed the 800m field to win in a time of 1min 54:5secs.

Two of the promising sprinters, Tony Cunningham and Stephen Backer also show well in both the 100m and 200m. Tony came third in the 100m with a time of 11.3secs and then improved to 2nd in the 200m later in the evening in a time of 22.6secs. Stephen only competed in the 200m, finishing 3rd in the B race with a time of 23.8secs.

In the Under 17 sprints, Alan Bell was making his debut in a championship event and acquitted himself in what was a good learning experience for him. In the 100 he finished 7th in his heat with a time of 12.83secs and 6th in the 200m with a time of 26.54secs.

The distance and field events saw to 5th places for Stuart Griffen with a time of 16mins 50.9secs in the 5000m and Ian Rowney with a throw of 11m 38cm in the Shot Putt.

The only female to make the journey through was Nikki Christie who finished 8th in the 800m with a time of 2mins 34:33secs.

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Wednesday 28th August 2002

Willie Drysdale continued his evening racing schedule when travelling through to Kilmarnock to compete in the JW KILMARNOCK 10K ROAD RACE. Willie finished in 134th place with a time of 54mins 29secs, which also gave him 3rd in the Over 60s category.

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Saturday 31st August 2002

Jamie Reid made the journey through to take part in the world famous COWAL HIGHLAND GATHERING in front of thousands of spectators. In a special invitation Mile Race Jamie finished in 3rd place in a time of 4mins 33.9secs. A few hours later he took part in he 3000m, this time going one better, finishing in 2nd place with a time of 8mins 53:1secs. Both races were won by Scotland's recent Commonwealth representative, Glen Stewart.

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Saturday 31st August 2002

Ian Murdoch was in record breaking form at the BELGIUM INTERNATIONAL MATCH when beating a high class field in the 1500m. Now back to his best Ian ran a new club record and personal best of 3mins 44.9secs.

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Sunday 1st September 2002

One of the club's leading Veteran athletes took part in the PAISLEY PATTERN 10k ROAD RACE. Jimmy McDonald finished a very creditable 62nd in a time of 37mins 43secs.

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Tuesday 3rd September 2002

The track season is coming to a close too early for Ian Murdoch. Fresh from his club record in Belgium, Ian destroyed the rest of the field in the 3000m at the SHETTLESTON HARRIERS OPEN GRADED MEETING, winning in a time of 8mins 25:6secs. The same can also be said for Tony Cunningham who equalled the club record in the 400m with a winning time of 50.2secs. This was excellent running given that he had earlier finished 2nd in the 100m with a time of 11.4secs. Stephen Backer also took part in the 400m finishing in 3rd place with a time of 52.6secs.

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Wednesday 4th September 2002

Not being content with equalling the club record in the 400m the previous night, Tony Cunningham became the first Law athlete to break the 50sec barrier when smashing the club record with a time of 49.68secs in the FALKIRK OPEN GRADED MEETING at Grangemouth Stadium. Tony has now broken all three sprint records this summer. In the 1500m event Ian Murdoch continued his winning ways running a time of 3mins 51.2secs.

For full results click here

Sunday 8th September 2002

The track season drew to a close for most of the Club's athletes when they made the short journey to Coatbridge to compete in the third, and final, match of the CENTRAL AND SOUTH SCOTLAND ATHLETIC LEAGUE. On a day which saw monsoon conditions the team battled bravely throughout the day to finish in 5th position. The team therefore finished in 4th place overall in the league which sees them stay in Division 2 for another season.

Final placings were as follows

 

3rd Match

 

 

 

 

After 3 Matches

 

1st

City of Edinburgh

1148

8

 

1st

Central

23

2nd

Central

1113

7

 

2nd

Corstorphine

20

3rd

Corstorphine

1014

6

 

3rd

City of Edinburgh

19

4th

Dunfermline & W F

940

5

 

4th

Law & District

14

5th

Law & District

925

4

 

5th

Dunfermline & W F

14

6th

Lasswade

747

3

 

6th

Lasswade

9

7th

Irvine

476

2

 

7th

Irvine

6

 

Sunday 8th September 2002

As the track athletes were competing in Coatbridge, the road runners were braving the elements in the GREAT SCOTTISH RUN, the 21st Glasgow half Marathon. Jamie Reid was top Law runner finishing in 12th place with a time of 67mins 07secs to give him third in the SCOTTISH HALF MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS.

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Sunday 8th September 2002

Jackie Gourlay took advantage of the warm conditions when winning the M55 category in THE STAMPEDE 10 MILE ROAD RACE in Sacramento, California. His time of 63mins 32secs gave him 11th place overall.

Sunday 15th September 2002

The track season drew to a close with the CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS taking place at Dalziel Park. With some of the recent recruits from the "Come and Try" evenings making their first appearance it made for an exciting and enjoyable day. The Club also cemented its relationship with local club L&L by inviting several of their top athletes along. Final positions on the day were as follows

 

Pos

Under 11ís

Pts

Under 13ís

Pts

Under15ís

Pts

Under 17ís

Pts

Women

Pts

                     

1

C Lithgow

26

C Stewart

26

L Fisher

32

N Christie

29

A Smith

32

2

L McKenna

24

C Connelly

23

J McNeil

24

K Wilson

26

 

 

3

F Parkin

21

R Patterson

22

S Chalmers

22

A Ross

23

 

 

4

A Gordon

15

V Ghilchrist

21

L Forrest

19

L Gray

5

 

 

5

J Stillie

14

N Strachan

15

S Spiers

12

 

 

 

 

6

R Meehan

11

L Hopkins

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

E Bhatti
N Lyndsay

9
9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

E Clarkson

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pos

Under 11ís

Pts

Under 13ís

Pts

Under 15ís

Pts

Under 17ís

Pts

Senior Men

Pts

1

K Nicholson

30

A Russell

32

C Strachan

28

B Struthers

28

S Murphy

36

2

R McDonald

28

C Wallace

24

D Martin

23

G Martin

26

T Nicholson

29

3

L Nicholson

21

 

 

R McFarlane

21

A Bell

25

P Kelly
A Milroy

25
25

4

 

 

 

 

G Brown

20

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

G Grieve

19

 

 

 

 

Awards will be presented to members at the forthcoming Annual Dance/Presentation Night. Watch notice board for further details.

Sunday 22nd September 2002

Jamie Reid narrowly missed out on another Scottish medal when finishing in 4th place in the SCOTTISH 10k ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS which was incorporated in the EDINBURGH CITY CHALLENGE, having already won the marathon and the 10,000m track titles. On a gruelling course which passed by many of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks Jamie ran a time of 30mins 39secs, narrowly missing a bronze medal by 10secs.

For full results click here

Sunday 22nd September 2002

Rather than make the trip through to the East Coast many of the club's athletes made the short journey to Strathclyde Park to take part in the ST ANDREWS HOSPICE 10k ROAD RACE. First to finish for the club was Gordon Douglas in 24th position with a time of 36mins 32secs. Less than a minute later Jimmy McDonald finished in 32nd place with a time of 37mins 19secs. Another Veteran, Jim Rowley was next to finish in 35th place with a time of 37mins 36secs. Bringing up the quintet was Pat Kelly who finished in 63rd place with a time of 39mins 08secs.

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Sunday 29th September 2002

The BP LINLITHGOW 10k ROAD RACE saw Alan Ramage make the short journey to compete in what is a popular event at the start of the winter season. Recovering from a calf injury he finished in 17th position with a time of 35mins 53secs. Jackie Gourlay, fresh from his holiday in Sacramento finished in 48th position in a time of 38mins 22sesc.

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Friday 18th October 2002

The Annual General Meeting saw a very disappointing turn out from club members and parents with only 11 attending. President, Alan Ramage, reported on the challenges and successes of the past year before outlining what was required for the club to move forward. The committee for 2002/2003 was then duly elected with Jim Neeson and Nikki Christie being welcomed onto the committee.

For full list of committee click here

Sunday 6th October 2002

Jim Rowley retained the SCOTTISH VETERAN HARRIERS HALF MARATHON title at Ayr. In ideal conditions Jim ran a time of 1hr 20mins 29secs, only 13secs slower than last year, to win by over two minutes.

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Sunday 6th October 2002

Jamie Reid joined 47,000 athletes in Newcastle to compete in the 22nd GREAT NORTH RUN which takes the athletes from Newcastle, over the Tyne Bridge and on to the sea-front at South Shields. In an elite field which saw the first ever sub 60min in Britain Jamie finished a very creditable 32nd in a time of 69mins 13secs.

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Sunday 6th October 2002

The first championship event of the Winter Season saw the SCOTTISH JUNIOR ROAD RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS take place at Rouken Glen Park. In the Under 13 girls event, Claire Stewart was the only Law athlete to take part, finishing in 37th place with a time of 11mins 26secs. The Under 15 girls event also saw only one athlete compete with Laura Forrest finishing in 38th place with a time of 19mins 00secs. The Under 17 Women saw Nikki Christie and Ashley Ross step up in distance finishing in 16th (23mins 10secs) and 18th place (24mins 54secs) respectively.

The boys races only saw the Under 15s represented with Craig Strachan finishing in 36th place with a time of 15mins 48secs, closely followed by Ryan Wilson in 38th lace with a time of 15mins 52secs

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Saturday 12th October 2002

The WEST DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS took place over a rain soaked course at Kirkintilloch. Star billing went to Jamie Reid who won the opening leg of the Senior relay with a time of 12mins 40secs, this also gave hi the third fastest time of he day, only 8secs behind Tommy Murray. Unfortunately though, due to a lack of communication and a few injuries Jamie was the only member who ran.

In the Junior Relays the boy's team of Craig Wallace (13mins 02secs), Craig Strachan (10mins 46secs) and Graham martin (11mins 42secs) finished in 17th place, whilst the girls team of Vikki Gilchrist (13mins 55ecs), Jillian McNeill (13mins 38secs) and Nikki Christie (11mins 37secs) finished in 9th place.

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Sunday 20th October 2002

Two of the veteran athletes travelled through to Coatbridge to compete in the ANDY FORBES MEMORIAL 10k TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS. After a very close battle Gordon Douglas finally got the better of Jim Rowley in the latter stages of the race. Gordon finished in 5th place with a time of 37mins 24secs with Jim finishing in 5th place, a mere 5secs behind

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Sunday 3rd November 2002

The Indoor season kicked off with the first round of the SCOTTISH ATHLETICS INDOOR LEAGUE taking place at the Kelvin Hall International Indoor Arena.

Pride of place went to K Hughes who won the Under 11 Boys Standing Long Jump with a distance of
1m 84cm. This was one of many fine performances in this age group and as a result the Boys finished in 2nd place in the League table after the first match, only 1 point behind Beith. It was also a successful day for the Under 15 Boys team who ended the day in 3rd position. Top three finishes came from Gary Grieves who won the 800m in a time of 2mins 27.4 secs, Andrew Struthers who finished second in the 200m with a time of 25.8secs and also a third in the shot putt with a throw of 9m 70cm and finally Andrew Russell who finished 3rd in the 400m with a time of 64.9 secs. The Under 17s section saw Craig Strachan finish in 3rd place in the 800m with a time of 2mins 19.7secs and Graham Martin finish 2nd in the High Jump with a clearance of 1m 50cm.

The girls also competed well throughout the day with Lesley Fisher being the pick of the bunch, finishing 2nd in the Under 17 Women's 200m with a time of 28.4secs. Laurie-Anne McKenna performed well in her first indoor competition finishing 4th in the Under 13 Girls Long Jump with a distance of 3m 39cm.

For full results click here

Saturday 9th November 2002

Following the success of the Summer's "Come & Try" event which attracted over 250 kids from the local schools, the club received a Commendation Award in the Club of the Year category at the highly prestigious  2002 SCOTTISH ATHLETIC AWARDS  which was held in the Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh.

Wednesday 13th November 2002

The first of the GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL OPEN GRADED meetings took place at Kelvin Hall International Indoor Arena, with a large contingent of athletes travelling through.

In the 60m series there were victories for Alan Milroy in Heat 4 (7.66secs), which was actually the sixth fastest time of the night. Alan Bell also won Heat 6 in a time of 8.09secs with Tom Nicholson winning Heat 7 in a time of 8.04secs. Other results to note included Andrew Struthers (8.04secs), Kyle Nicholson (9.37secs) and Laurie-Anne McKenna (9.52secs).

The 300m series saw Craig Strachan finish 3rd in Heat 2 in a time of 41.66secs with Blair Struthers winning Heat 3 in a time of 41.8secs, this would have made for an interesting race had both been placed in the same Heat. Heat 4 was won by Alan Bell in a time of 43.2secs.

Only two club athletes took part in the 800m series with Gary Grieve running a time of 2mins 17.17secs to finish in 5th place in Heat 2. Rachel Paterson finished 8th in Heat 6 in a time of 2mins 54.93secs.

Craig Strachan finished off the evening by competing in the High Jump where he finished 5th equal with a clearance of 1m 50cm.

For full results click here

Saturday 16th November 2002

The first round of the Club Cross Country Championships for the youngsters saw them travel through to Coatbridge to compete in the LANARKSHIRE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS. In what was some of the new recruits, following the recent Come & Try sessions, first Cross Country race they all excelled in what was a heavy going course.

Pride of place goes to the Girls under 11 team who gained gold medals in the team competition with Fiona Parkin leading the girls home in 3rd place overall. The rest of the team followed home closely with Laurie-Anne McKenna in 6th place, Jennifer Stillie in 10th place and Roisin Meechan in 12th place. Unfortunately the Under 11 Boys could not field a complete team however Ross McDonald picked up an individual medal when finishing in 3rd place with S Sinclair finishing in 23rd place.

The Under 13s race again was a success, and most encouraging for the club was that  8 girls were represented. Rachel Paterson narrowly missed out on an individual medal when finishing in 4th place. However with the team packing well behind they managed to gain the Silver medals in the team competition. The team was made up of Claire Stewart (8th), Katie Smyth (9th), Lisa Hopkins (17th), S Cowan (19th), Louise Hastie (20th), A Greenshields (21st) and finally Emma Pringle (23rd).

The Under 15 races saw the boys team pick up the Bronze medals in the team competition, again packing well throughout he race. The team was made up of Craig Strachan (6th), Gary Grieve (8th) and Ryan McFarlane (13th). Unfortunately the girls could not manage a full team, with Suzanne Chalmers finishing in 6th place, closely followed home by Laura Forest in 7th place.

The Under 17 Women's race saw Nikki Christie take a break from her studies for her forthcoming exams and take a well deserved bronze medal.

The Senior Men's race saw Jamie Reid finish with the silver medal in what was a very close race. The rest of the team, which finished 4th, was made up of Vets with Jimmy McDonald (18th), Gordon Douglas (19th) Pat Kelly (20th) and Donald McCaffer (26th)

Saturday 16th November 2002

Jim Rowley was part of the silver medal winning Scottish team at the BRITISH & IRISH MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY INTERNATIONAL which was held in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Competing in the M55 category, Jim finished in 13th position with a time of 39mins 04secs.

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Sunday 24th November 2002

The club made the headlines for all the wrong reasons in this years EDINBURGH TO GLASGOW ROAD RELAY. Having gained automatic qualification by finishing in 12th position in the event last year the club looked forward to fielding a full strength team for the amended route. The race, having faced being stopped altogether, found a new route over the National Cycle Network. As is normal there were call offs, however this year the team was decimated for one reason or another. By the Friday evening the team had lost the services of Jamie Reid (broken foot), Alaister Russell (calf injury), Ian Murdoch (University commitments), Steven McGregor (peaking for a race the following weekend), Stuart Griffen (work commitments) and Steven Allen (injured), the top six athletes were missing. The decision was taken on the Friday evening that we should still compete give that there was always a chance that this may have been the last one, however we knew that we would possibly finish 20th, and last.

Keith Dunlop lead he team off from Ingilston in Edinburgh to Broxburn, however in what is normally a weak leg for us, he finished in 20th position with a time of 31mins 42secs, 1min 20secs behind the second last team. Steven Lawley then took over on the very difficult second leg from Broxburn to Bathgate, completing the seven mile leg in 43mins 17secs, some 3mins 39secs behind the second last runner. Alan Ramage the took the baton onto the cycle path from Bathgate to just past Armadale in a time of 25mins 18secs. At this stage we were still 2mins 14secs adrift at the back of the field. John Paul Hughes then took over on the very lonely 4th stage finishing in a time of 44mins 55secs, dropping a further 5mins. It was the left to the Veterans to complete the team. Jimmy McDonald then took over on the 5th leg, completing his run in 42mins 17secs, before handing over to Jim Rowley on Stage 6. Jim ran a solid run finishing in 39mins 54secs. At this stage we were now in 16th position due to 4 teams being disqualified for going off the route, however we were soon to suffer the same fate. As Pat Kelly arrived at the start of Leg 7, the seventh leg runner had not appeared (due to a breakdown in communication) therefore Pat ran this leg, and with no last leg runner Pat was therefore left with no choice but to jog all the way into the finish at Glasgow Green. As a result the team were duly disqualified and will have try and qualify for next year's event, if there is another event next year.

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Sunday 1st December 2002

The second round of the Cross Country Championships (click here for up to date positions) was run in conjunction with the WINNING LINE WEST DISTRICT LEAGUE at a very wet Drumpellier Park in Coatbridge. The star performer was young Ross McDonald who won the bronze medal in the Under 11boys, missing out on the silver medal by the width of a vest, with both boys being given the same time of 6mins 49secs. Billy Clarkson was the only other club athlete, finishing in 29th position with a time of 8mins 02secs.

The Under 11 girls continued picking up medals, this time winning the bronze medal in the team contest. First home for the team was Fiona Parkin in 15th position with a time of 8mins 40secs. The rest of the team all packed together throughout the race with Laurie-Anne McKenna finishing in 22nd position in a time of 8mins 58secs, closely followed a second later by Amy Gordon in 23rd position and a further two seconds later by Jean Clarkson in 24th position.

The Under 13 age groups saw two members compete in the boys event, Paul Byrne finishing in 30th position in a time of 13mins 09secs and Craig Wallace finishing in 36th position in a time of 14mins 02secs. The girls event saw Claire Stewart finish in 30th position with a time of 13mins 27secs, followed by Rachel Paterson a second behind in 31st position. The team was brought home by S Cowan in 48th position in a time of 14mins 51secs.

Further medals were won in the Under 15 boys race when the boys won Bronze medals in the team event. The successful team were R Penny who finished 16th in a time of 10mins 48secs, closely followed home 10secs later by Craig Strachan in 18th position. Again good packing was order of the day with Gary Grieve finishing only 5secs later in 20th position. The girls failed to field a team however Lesley Fisher finished in 18th position in a time of 12mins 46secs and Laura Forrest in 31st position with a time of 14mins 09secs.

Again in the Under 17 age group there was no complete teams, with the men's event seeing Ian McLuckie finish in 19th position with a time of 32mins 34secs and Graham Martin finish in 20th position with a time of 32mins 37secs. Nikkie Christie finished 9th in the women's event in a time of 26mins 24secs.

The Senior Men's race saw the Vets out in force, however it was an Under 20 who finished first for the club. Steven Lawley finished in 10th position in a time of 45mins 22secs, this also gave him 2nd in the Under 20s category. Jim McDonald, inspired by seeing his son Ross pick up the Bronze medal in the Under 11s, ran well to finish in 12th place in a time of 46mins 33secs. Jim Rowley, who also won the Over 50s category, was next to finish in 14th position with a time of 47mins 05secs, with club mate Pat Kelly finishing 2nd in the Over 50 category, and 18th overall,  in a time of 48mins 04secs. Gordon Douglas finished closely behind in 19th position with a time of 48mins 16secs. The team was completed by Willie Drysdale who finished in 47th position with a time of 69mins 23secs.

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Saturday 7th December 2002

Keith Dunlop, representing Edinburgh University, won the 800m in a time of 2mins 05:49secs at  SCOTTISH UNIVERSITIES INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS at the Kelvin Hall International Arena.

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Saturday 7th December 2002

The HUGH WILSON MEMORIAL 10k ROAD RACE saw two of the veteran athletes make the short journey through to East Kilbride. Donald McCaffer finished in 103rd position with a time of 44mins 31secs and Willie Drysdale finished in 134th position in a time of 55mins 22secs

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Sunday 8th December 2002

The second round of the SCOTTISH ATHLETICS INDOOR LEAGUE took place at the Kelvin Hall International Arena. The club's only victory on the day came from Garry Grieves in the Under 15 Boys 800m with a time of 2mins 22.2secs, winning the race by over 4.5secs. The Under 15 Boy's 60m also saw success with Timothy Leggat finishing runner-up in a time of 8.05secs. The Under 17 Men's event saw mixed fortunes with Craig Strachan finishing 2nd in the High Jump with a clearance of 1m 55cm before going onto the triple Jump where he jumped 10m 19cm to gain 5th position. In the Shot Putt event Blair Struthers finished 6th with a throw of 6m 27secs.

The girls events saw up and coming athlete Laurie-Anne McKenna finish 3rd in the 60m with a time of 9.27secs. I the same age group Chloe Lithgow finished 6th in the shot putt with a throw of 5m 11cm.

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Wednesday 11th December 2002

As the cold winter nights are upon us two of the sprinters took advantage of the GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL OPEN GRADED MEETING at the Kelvin Hall International Indoor Arena. The series of 200m races saw Alan Milroy finish 4th in Heat 2 with a time of 25.14secs, whilst David Martin finished 2nd in Heat 4 with a time of 26.86secs.

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Sunday 22nd December 2002

The annual CHRISTMAS PUDDING RELAYS took place at a mist covered Loch Park Stadium in Carluke. Twenty eight athletes turned up to take part in what is one of the fun-filled events of the year. With all the names being entered into the hat and drawn at random, it is a lottery as to what team the athletes end up in, this giving the youngsters of the club the chance to be part of the same team as some of the International athletes.

The seven teams were led round the first leg by Santa Claus with Billy Clarkson leading the way, almost passing Santa, to finish in first place for Team 3. The first leg was very close with the seven teams being within 55secs of each other. However, Billy's sterling efforts were short lived with his team falling back to sixth in the second leg. The second leg saw Gary Grieve (Team 2) run a stormer to bring his team up from third to first, converting a 39sec deficit into a 34sec lead. Tim Leggat also ran an excellent leg bringing Team 6 from last place up to third. The third leg saw Team 2 retain their lead with Blair Struthers having a solid run handing over with a 26sec lead. Further back the field Graham Martin brought Team 5 up from last place to fifth with the fastest time on the third leg. The final Leg saw club coach, Pat Kelly, starting ahead of everyone else, knowing that he would be chased down hard by the younger athletes. However Pat stuck to the task and actually brought his team home to victory by an increased margin of 32secs.

The victorious team had the honour of collecting their Christmas Puddings, with the team finishing last picking up their consolation puddings.

Once again the event proved very enjoyable with a special thanks going to all the athletes who took part on the day and to the parents who helped out.

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Saturday 28th December 2002

Five of the club's athletes took a break from the festivities and travelled to the Kelvin Hall International Indoor Arena to compete in the GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL OPEN GRADED MEETING. The 60m series of races saw youngster Tim Leggat line up against the more experienced  Tom Nicholson in race 5. Tim got the better of Tom, winning in a time of 7.91secs, closely followed by Tom in second place with a time of 7.94secs. The 600m event saw Craig Strachan finish 7th with a time of 96.2secs in what was a  quality field. Ross Penny, competing in the second race, finished with a time of 1min 46.31secs, whilst race 3 saw Gary Grieve run to victory in a time of 1min 39.50secs. The High Jump competition, which saw 30 jumpers compete saw Graham Martin clear a height of 1m 50cm and Craig Strachan clearing a height of 1m 45cm.

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