Wednesday 1st January 2003
Alan Ramage braved the driving wind and rain coming of the Forth to compete in the PORTOBELLO PROMATHON ROAD RACE. Taking a break from his marathon training Alan finished 17th in a time of 22mins 31secs for the 4mile course.
Saturday 11th January 2003
The third round of the club championships (first round for Seniors) took place in conjunction with the WEST DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS in Ayr. With a low turnout from club athletes the best placed finisher was Nikki Christie who finished 11th in the Under 17 women's event in a time of 19mins 10secs. Lorna Gray who was also in the same race finished in 13th place with a time of 19mins 59secs. The only other two girls to compete were Claire Stewart who finished 21st in the Under 13 Girls race with a time of 14mins 19secs and Laura Forrest who finished 31st in the under 15 girls age group with a time of 24mins 37secs.
The male races saw a slightly better turnout with the Under 15 Team gaining 5th place in the team competition. Ross Penny finished a very creditable 14th place with a time of 16mins 02secs with Gary Grieve in 25th place with a time of 16mins 56secs. The team was completed by Ryan McFarlane who finished in 35th place with a time of 18mins 10secs. In the Under 17 Men's race Graham Martin finished in 26th place with a time of 26mins 10secs.
The Senior race saw only the veteran athletes compete with Jim Rowley winning the points in the Championships. Jim finished in 75th place with a time of 39mins 49 secs, eight places ahead of training partner Gordon Douglas with a time of 40mins 38secs. Pat Kelly was next to finish in 102nd place with a time of 41mins 53secs with Willie Drysdale completing the quartet in 154th place with a time of 63mins 02secs.
Saturday 18th January 2003
The first indoor championship of the year saw the D M HALL DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS take place at the Kelvin Hall International Indoor Arena. The only medallist of the day went to Ross Penny who won bronze in the Under 17 Men's 1500m in a time of 4mins 58.48secs. There was however narrow misses, firstly for Tim Leggat who finished 4th in the Under 15s 60m in a time of 7.95secs, having qualified from his heat in 7.84secs. Secondly, young Laura Ann McKenna, in her first ever Championship race finished 5th in the Under 13 60m final in a time of 9.23secs, one hundredth of a second faster than her heat time. Given that Laura Ann was about half the size of the other athletes she certainly has a bright future ahead of her. Another debutant was Kyle Nicholson who finished 4th in his heat of the Under 13s 60m with a time of 9.27secs. There was slightly below par performances from Nikki Christie, 3rd in her heat of the Under 17 Women's 300m with a time of 46.38secs and Craig Strachan in the Under 17s Men's 400m, also finishing 3rd in his heat in a time of 59.56secs.
Saturday 18th January 2003
Whilst the youngsters were indoors the Veterans headed through to Bishopbriggs to take part in the JACK CRAWFORD MEMORIAL 10km SPRINGBURN CUP ROAD RACE. First to finish was Jackie Gourlay who finished in 56th place with a time of 38mins 36secs, this also gave him 5th place in the M50 age group. Donald McCaffer was next to finish in 131st position with a time of 43mins 43secs. Finally, Willie Drysdale, who just keeps on running, finished in 217th place with a time of 58mins 10secs.
Sunday 19th January 2003
It was back to the Kelvin Hall International Indoor Arena for the second day of the DM HALL DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS. A further two bronze medals were won, this time by Gary Grieve in the Under 15s 800m who finished in a time of 2mins 17.09secs, a mere .05secs behind the silver medal position and Keith Dunlop in the Senior Men's 800m with a time of 2mins 03.58secs. The remainder of the 800m series of races saw Nikki Christie finish 5th in a time of 2mins 33.7secs, Graham Martin finish 5th in his heat with a time of 2mins 34.7secs and Ross Penny finish 4th in his heat with a time of 2mins 20.39secs. The unluckiest athlete of the weekend must surely have been Tim Leggat who repeated his finishing performance from the previous day when finishing 4th again, this time in the Under 15s 200m with a time of 25.70secs, narrowly missing the bronze medal by 0.2secs.
Saturday 25th January 2003
The indoor season continued with the NATIONAL VETERANS AND COMBINED EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS taking place at the Kelvin Hall International Indoor Arena. Pat Kelly picked up a silver medal in the M55 800m category finishing less than a second behind the winner in a time of 2mins 23:41secs.
In the Combined Events Championships Graham Martin and Craig Strachan finished 9th and 11th respectively.
Saturday 8th February 2003
The climax of the Scottish Indoor season saw the D M HALL NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS and JUNIOR RELAYS take place at the Kelvin Hall Indoor International Arena. The only representative in the Senior event was Keith Dunlop who took part in the 800m event where he ran an indoor PB with a time of 2mins 01.44secs to finish 4th in his heat.
The relay events saw the Under 17 men's team compete in what was a very strong event. Unfortunately the team of Gary Brown, Gary Grieve, Alan Bell and Craig Strachan never made it to the final, finishing 4th in their heat with a time of 1min 45:57secs.
Sunday 16th February 2003
The climax to the indoor season for the "masters" (previously known as veterans) saw the BRITISH MASTERS INDOOR MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS take place at the Kelvin Hall Indoor International Arena. The club's only representative was Pat Kelly who acquitted himself well on the day. Competing in the 800m, the event which he took silver at the outdoor championships, he was determined to go one better. After being boxed in at the start Pat managed to get himself out of trouble and took the race on for most of the initial three laps. However on the fourth and final lap, the chasing pack sprinted away from him. However, Pat dug deep and coming off the last bend he was sitting back in fourth place. One last effort saw Pat pass two athletes and finish in second place with a time of 2mins 22.09secs. In what was a blanket finish for the minor medals, less than a second covered second to fourth position.
Not content with only running in the 800m, Pat then lined up in the 3000m less than 2 hours later. Having run the 800m he suffered a bit in the longer event however still managed a bronze medal in a time of 11mins 00:02secs.
Sunday 16th February
The second round of the Senior Club Championships took place in conjunction with the "ROUND THE HOUSES" Road Race at Grangemouth. Only two of the veteran athletes made the journey through, with Gordon Douglas finishing in 84th position with a time of 37mins 33secs and training partner Jim Rowley finishing in 163rd position in a time of 39mins 45secs.
Saturday 22nd February 2003
The highlight of the Cross Country season saw the SCOTTISH NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS take place at Linwood. Although the course was mainly flat, the overnight frost made for very tricky conditions with some parts of the course thick with mud whilst other parts were still frozen solid.
In the under 13 Girls age group first to finish from the club was Claire Stewart in 36th place, crossing the line together with Rachel Patterson in 37th place, both with a time of 14mins 25secs. Stacey Cowan finished in 76th position in a time of 16mins 11secs. The next race saw the Under 15 Girls line up with Lesley Fisher finishing in 28th place in a time of 18mins 03secs and Susan Chalmers in 44th position with a time of 18mins 58secs. The only other girls competing on the day were Nikki Christie and Lorna Gray in the Under 17 Women, with Nikki finishing in 23rd place with a time of 22mins 15secs and Lorna finishing 26th in a time of 23mins 24secs.
Moving to the men's races, the Under 17 men saw Ross Penny lead the trio from the club home in 40th position with a time of 15mins 35secs, closely followed by Garry Grieve in 44th place with a time of 15mins 50secs. Completing the trio exactly a minute later was Craig Strachan in 68th place. The Under 20 men's event saw Stuart Griffen make his first appearance for a number of months, finishing 25th in a time of 31mins 30secs.
The Senior Mens event, which also doubled as the third round of the Club Championships saw Jim Rowley reverse the roles this week gaining maximum points. Jim finished in 173rd position with a time of 49mins 30secs. Next to finish was Pat Kelly, who had run the previous weekend in the comforts of the Kelvin Hall, in 228th place with a time of 51mins 45secs. having got the better of Jim ROwley on the road the previous weekend Gordon Douglas had to settle for 249th place in a time of 52mins 52secs. Finally Willie Drysdale brought up the rear of the field finishing in 371st place in a time of 81mins 42secs.
Saturday 1st March 2003
A handful of the club's youngsters travelled through to the he Kelvin Hall International Indoor Arena to take part in the BANK OF SCOTLAND UNDER 13/UNDER 15 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.
In the Under 13 age group, Kyle Nicholson had a busy day competing in both the 60m and 200m. The 60m saw him finish in 4th position in his heat with a time of 9.07secs and the 200m saw him finish 3rd in his heat with a time of 30.83secs. Unfortunately he was unable to progress through to the final in what were high quality events. The Under 15 age group saw Gary Grieve also go out at the heat stage, this time in the 80om where he finished in 4th place with a time of 2mins 18.63secs.
The only female representative was young Laura-Anne McKenna who finished 5th in her heat of the 60m with a personal best time of 9.19secs.
Sunday 2nd March 2003
Alan Milroy travelled to the Kelvin Hall International Indoor Arena for the BANK OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL UNDER 20 CHAMPIONSHIPS. Competing in the Under 20s 60m, Alan finished 3rd in his heat with a time of 7.51secs giving him qualification for the semi-final. However in the semi he ran a tenth of a second slower and finished in 6th place, unfortunately not making it to the final.
Sunday 2nd March 2003
Whilst the youngsters were competing indoors the Seniors travelled through to the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond to compete in the BALLOCH TO CLYDEBANK HALF MARATHON. In his first real attempt at the distance Alan Ramage finished in a time of 1hr 17mins 42secs to gain 22nd place. Next to finish was Jackie Gourlay in 51st position with a time of 1hr 23mins 11secs, this also gave Jackie 2nd position in the Over 50s category. Jim Rowley and Gordon Douglas had yet another personal battle with Jim Rowley overtaking Gordon in the last quarter of a mile. Jim finishing in 64th place with a time of 1hr 26mins 06secs and Gordon in 69th place with a time of 1hr 26mins 24secs. In the team competition the lads finished in 7th position.
Saturday 8th March 2003
Willie Drysdale made the long journey northwards to Forres to compete in the SCOTTISH NATIONAL VETERANS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS. In what was a very gruelling course, Willie finished in 110th position with a time of 67mins 38secs.
Saturday 22nd March 2003
Willie Drysdale made the trip through to Clydebank to compete in the DUNKY WRIGHT 5k ROAD RACE. Willie finished in a time of 25mins 42secs to give him victory in the over 60s category.
Sunday 23rd March 2003
The Under 11 girls team were the only age group to qualify for the SCOTTISH INDOOR LEAGUE FINALS at Kelvin Hall International Indoor Arena. In the 60m event R Jefferies finished 7th in the A string event with a time of 11.04secs, with N Lindsay also finishing 7th in the B string event with a time of 10.68secs. The 600m event saw Emma Clarkston finish 5th in a time of 2mins 21.14secs. In the only field event, K Frood finished 7th in the standing Long Jump with a jump of 1m 61cm and E Batty a jump of 1m 38cm to finish 7th in the B event.
Sunday 23rd March 2003
With three weeks to go Alan Ramage completed his build up for his first crack at the marathon by competing in the ALLOA HALF MARATHON. Running in excellent conditions Alan finished in 48th position with a time of 1hr 20mins 25secs.
Sunday 6th April 2003
The first track event of the season saw the SOUTH LANARKSHIRE OPEN GRADED MEETING take place at the John Wright Sports Centre in East Kilbride. The Alex Perrie Memorial race over 200m saw Tony Cuningham winning in a time of 22.70secs, having previously won his heat in a time of 23.00secs. Alan Milroy and Tom Nicholson finished 4th and 5th respectively in their heats with times of 24.60secs and 25.2secs.
The 100m later on in the afternoon saw Tom finish in 2nd position with a time of 12.2sesc, whilst his sons Kyle and Lewis ran 14.60secs and 17.30secs respectively.
Sunday 6th April 2003
The club's own TOM SCOTT ROAD RACE from Law to Motherwell took place in almost perfect conditions. The event, which also doubled as the last round of the Club Championships saw Jim Rowley finish in 39th place with a time of 60mins 11secs. Alan Ramage was the next member to finish in 54th place with a time of 62mins 56secs, closely followed by new recruit David McLeary in 58th place with a time of 63mins 42secs. Just outside the top 100 was Chris Barbour who finished in a time of 69mins 49secs to give him 103rd place. Last but not least was Willie Drysdale who finished 182nd in a time of 96min 32secs.
Sunday 13th April 2003
Alan Ramage joined thousands of athletes in the FLORA LONDON MARATHON in what was his debut at the distance. Having only recently given up the track he found the transition a bit harder than expected, eventually finishing in 1,659th position with a time of 3hrs 11mins 01secs.
Sunday 20th April 2003
The club started off their league season by travelling to Grangemouth to compete in the CENTRAL AND SOUTH OF SCOTLAND ATHLETIC LEAGUE. With this being some of the youngster's first outing the club done well to finish in 5th position at the end of the day. Full positions are as follows
Wednesday 23rd April 2003
Tony Cunningham continued his fine early season form when wining a closely fought 400m at the CITY OF GLASGOW COUNCIL OPEN GRADED MEETING at Scotstoun Stadium. In his first 400m outing of the season Tony ran a splendid 50.5secs, hopefully signs of a good season ahead. The series of 800m races saw Lesley Haig run a time of 2mins 24.12secs in the second heat.
Sunday 27th April 2003
The first meeting of the SCOTTISH ATHLETICS LEAGUE took place at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh with the wind once again being a major factor in the times. The Men's team made a good start to the season finishing in fifth position at the end of the first match. Winners on the day were Tony Cunningham in the 200m with a time of 22.88secs, only 0.3secs behind the club record. There was a double in the 1500m event with Ian Murdoch winning the "A String" and James Tonner winning the "B String" in times of 3mins 59.98secs and 4mins 02.16secs respectively. The final winner was Alaister Russell in the "B String" 5000m with a time of 15mins 50.88secs. Final positions were as follows
Sunday 27th April 2003
Jim Rowley made the long journey northwards to compete in the LOCHABER MARATHON which also doubled up as the SCOTTISH VETERAN HARRIERS MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS. Jim finished in 37th place overall in a time of 3hrs 06mins 53secs, this being good enough to gain him 2nd place in the Vets 55-59 Age Category.
Sunday 4th May 2003
A small team of youngsters travelled through to Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow to take part in the first match of the SCOTTISH YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE. The team only managed two individual winners on the day with Gary Grieve winning the Under 17 Men's 800m in a time of 2mins17.3secs and Tim Liggit winning the Long Jump with a jump of 5m 38cm in the same age group. Final positions were as follows
Saturday 10th May 2003
The first Championships of the track season saw the combined EAST/WEST DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS take place at a windswept Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh. There were two Gold medal performances from the club's senior athletes, firstly Graeme Ferguson threw the hammer a distance of 27m 32cm to take the title, and secondly Ian Murdoch won the 1500m title in a time of 3mins 56.96secs. The medal spree was not over for the opening first day with Kyle Nicholson taking the bronze medal in the Under 13 Boys 200m with time of 30.26secs. This rounded off a tiring day for Kyle, having already ran in the 100m heat when he finished 4th in a time of 14.58secs, and then finishing 8th in the final with a time of 14.63secs. Tony Cunningham, having only recently moved up to the senior ranks finished 4th in his 400m heat with a time of 52.01secs. Last, but not least, Gary Grieve acquitted himself well in the Under 15 Boys 800m, qualifying from his heat with a time of 2mins 19.24secs, before finishing 6th in the final with a time of 2mins 24.25secs.
Sunday 11th May 2003
The second day of the COMBINED EAST/WEST DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS saw the club return home with a further three medals, however none of then Gold this time. Having won the 1500m the previous day Ian Murdoch moved up to the 5000m to take the Silver medal in a time of 14mins 58.31secs. He was joined in the race by Alaister Russell who finished in 6th position with a time of 15mins 19.87secs. Graeme Ferguson also added another medal to his collection with Bronze in the Senior Men's Shot Putt with a throw of 11m 75cm. He narrowly missed out in his hat-trick though when he could only manage 5th in the Discus with a throw of 33m 51cm. The final medal of the day was won by Nikki Christie in the Under 17 Women's 800m when she took the bronze in a time of 2mins 30.89secs. The series of 800m races also saw Keith Dunlop run a disappointing 2mins 06.55secs in his heat and also Craig Strachan finish 9th in the Under 17 Men's event with a time of 2mins 12.11secs.
The unluckiest athlete of the day was surely Laurie-Anne McKenna, narrowly missing out on a medal by a mere 2cm in the Under 13 Girl's Long Jump having jumped a distance of 4m 06cm. This after having already done the 100m heat in a time of 14.42secs and a final of 14.61secs which gave her 7th position.
Sunday 18th May 2003
Following the inspired start to the CENTRAL AND SOUTH SCOTLAND ATHLETIC LEAGUE the team travelled to Coatbridge in buoyant mood for the second match. The day could not have got off to a better start with maximum points being gained in the first two track events. Nikkie Christie started off the afternoon winning the Senior Women's 3000m in a time of 12mins 47.8secs. Nikkie was immediately followed by Steven Lawley and Pat Kelly in the 3000m Steeplechase who won the A and B strings with times of 10mins 49:8secs and 13mins 14:2secs respectively. The only other event which the Club picked up maximum points in was the Vets 1500m when Jimmy McDonald and Brian McKay won the A and B strings with times of 4mins 40:4secs and 4mins 46:3secs respectively. There was further fine victories for Tim Liggit in the Under 15 Boys 200m with a time of 25.4secs and also the Long Jump with a distance of 4m 76cm. Jimmy McDonald also won the Vets 200m with a time of 26.6secs and Blair Struthers won the Under 17 Men's javelin with a throw of 18m 13cm. The only other female winner was E Burns in the Under 13 girls High Jump with a clearance of 1m 28cm. Final points were as follows
Thursday 22nd May 2003
The first of the POLAROID 10k SERIES saw Willie Drysdale travel through to Helensburgh where he finished in 610th position in a time of 56mins 10secs.
Sunday 25th May 2003
The youngsters travelled through to Grangemouth to compete in the second round of the SCOTTISH YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE. Again with such a small team travelling through they were always up against it trying to compete against some of the biggest clubs in Scotland. However the boys pulled out all the stops to finish in 3rd place on the day, with the girls struggling in 8th place. Final positions were as follows
Thursday 29th May 2003
The second race of the POLAROID 10k SERIES took place at Clydebank, with three of the club's athletes making the journey through. Returning from injury, Gordon Douglas ran a respectable 39mins 09secs to finish in 96th place. Jim Rowley, in the middle of preparing for the forthcoming Edinburgh Marathon, finished in a time 41mins 27secs in 168th place. Finally, running in his second 10k in a week, Willie Drysdale finished in 517th place with a time of 52mins 58secs.
Saturday 31st May 2003
Ian Murdoch travelled to Slovenia to represent Scotland in the SLOVENIA v ITALY v CROATIA v HUNGARY v ITALY v SCOTLAND INTERNATIONAL match. Competing in the 1500m, Ian finished in 6th position with a time of 3mins 52.94secs.
Sunday 1st June 2003
The CARLUKE DEVELOPMENT TRUST 10k ROAD RACE & 5k FUN RUN saw a number of club athletes turn out for the local event. The 5k fun run was won by Steven Lawley, with 3rd place being filled by Ross Penny.
The main event saw Willie Weir make a return in a club vest finishing in 6th place with a time of 36mins 47secs. Having used the 5k as a warm up, Steven Lawley then went on to complete the 10k in a time of 38mins 16secs in 9th place. Next to finish from the club was Gordon Douglas in 13th place with a time of 40mins 13secs, with David McLeary finishing 18th in a time of 41mins 52secs. Chris Barbour also made a welcome return in club colours finishing in 24th place with a time of 43mins 21secs. Finally, Willie Drysdale, running his third 10k in 10 days, finished with a time of 54mins 59secs in 61st place, also winning the Over 60 category.
Wednesday 4th June 2003
The release of the 2003 SCOTTISH RANKINGS saw two of the club's youngsters make the top five in their events. Melanie Clyde is currently ranked 3rd in the Under 15 Girl's Long Jump with a distance of 4m 82cm and Tim Liggit also appears in the Long Jump rankings for the Under 15 Boys in 4th position with a distance of 5m 38cm.
Thursday 5th June 2003
There is no keeping the old man down!! Willie Drysdale completed his third 10k in as many weeks in the third of the POLAROID 10k SERIES of races at Dumbarton. Willie finished in 610th with a time of 51mins 11secs.
Sunday 8th June 2003
Jim Rowley rounded off his Edinburgh Marathon training by winning the Super Vets category at the DECHMONT LAW 10k TRAIL RACE. The race, which is run over forest tracks adjacent to Deer Park Golf Course, saw Jim finish in 12th place overall in a time of 39mins 27secs. Alan Ramage, who is used to training over the course, finished in 7th position with a time of 37mins 02secs. Jim's training partner, and arch rival, Gordon Douglas got the better of him today, finishing in 11th position with a time of 38mins 59secs, this also gave Gordon 3rd position in the Vets category. Close packing was the order of the day with David McLeary finishing in 13th position with a time of 39mins 32secs. Finally Willie Drysdale finished in 91st position with a time of 55mins 49secs.
Sunday 8th June 2003
Ian Murdoch continued his return to form with an outing at the LOUGHBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL. Competing in the guest 1500m, he finished in 5th position with a time of 3mins 49.34secs, over half a second quicker than Scotland's representative in the International race.
Friday 13th June 2003
Alan Ramage made the short journey up the coast to compete in the BLACK ROCK 5 which runs along the beach at Kinghorn in Fife. Alan ran through the incoming tide to finish in 31st position with a time of 26mins 43secs.
Sunday 15th June 2003
Jim Rowley made the Journey Eastwards to compete in what was a very gruelling EDINBURGH MARATHON. With the first 3 miles taking in Edinburgh's famous Arthur's Seat, it was not an ideal start. This followed by an 8 mile stretch along the coast against a stiff breeze, meant that personal bests times were going to be difficult to come by. However Jim being an experienced marathon runner, dug in deep to his reserves to finish with a time of 3hrs 15mins 03secs in 93rd position. This also gave him 3rd in the M55 category.
Tuesday 17th June 2003
Alan Ramage continued in racing mode when he competed in the ABERDEEN PROM 10k ROAD RACE. With the wind coming off the North Sea, Alan ran a time of 36mins 52secs to finish in 8th place.
Wednesday 18th June 2003
The SELF TRANSENDENCE 2 MILE ROAD RACE at the Meadows in Edinburgh saw Steven Lawley finish in the top 10 with a time of 10mins 00secs. Running his third race in six days, Alan Ramage finished in a time of 10mins 56secs.
Saturday 21st June 2003
Gordon Douglas made the journey through to Peebles to compete in the PEEBLES BELTANE 10k ROAD RACE where he finished 16th in a time of 37mins 43secs.
Sunday 22nd June 2003
The final match of the SCOTTISH ATHLETICS LEAGUE, saw the Senior Men's team cruelly relegated on what turned out to be a two match league. Having finished in 5th place in the first match the team travelled to Scotstoun with hopes of staying in Division 1 for a third successive year. However due to some late call offs, it wasn't to be as the team finished in 6th place on the day and due to a cruel set of results finished bottom of the league on the same amount of league points as three other clubs. However on match points the team lost out by a mere 5.5 points. Final positions were as follows
Friday 27th June 2003
Steven Lawley continued his fine form when finishing 8th, and 2nd Junior in the CALDERGLEN 10k TRAIL RACE at East Kilbride with a time of 37mins 42secs. Making a long awaited return to the club colours, Willie Weir finished in 10th place with a time of 38mins 16secs. Gordon Douglas was next to finish in 28th place with a time of 42mins 15secs, with training partner Jim Rowley, competing 10 days after his marathon, finishing with a time of 43mins 17secs in 32nd place. Finally, Chris Lennox finished in 96th place with a time of 53mins 46secs.