Midlothian’s sportsmen and women excelled again in 2013, here is the first part in our look back at their achievements.
Judo club’s four golds
Midlothian’s Just-Judo club returns from the 2013 British cadet and per-cadet judo championships in Sheffield with four gold medalists and UK champions. Emily Rae wins the U57kg title, Alexander Short wins his first title, Rob Hamilton takes No 1 in the U50kg category, and Valentino Volante walls away as the U90kg champion.
Young swim star
Sixteen-year-old Ian Rose from Bonnyrigg takes two gold breastroke medals at the Scottish Schools Swimming Championships.
Wild about Carnethy
First-time Carnethy 5 entrant Finlay Wild wins the 43rd staging of the Pentlands race. The Lochaber runner took first place in a field of 535 runners.
On track indoors
Lasswade’ Athletic Club U20 women are crowned Scottish Indoor League champions. It’s another great win this group, who have previously won the U13, 15 and 17 categories.
Teenage snowboarding sensation Vaila Chapman (16) wins a brace of trophies in the Cairngorms. The UK number 1 was first in the 16-year-old category and also took the prize for Best Overall Female for Scotland.
U15 rugby final draw
Three Midlothian girls were in thrilling Brewin Dolphin U15 rugby final. Rachel Law, Heather Reid and Iona Bruce from Dalkeith were in the Langholm side that drew 34-34 against the Community School of Auchterarder.
Football club Newtongrange Star secure promotion to the East Super League with a draw away at Bathgate Thistle. “You need to be in the Super League, that’s the pinnacle of junior football,” said club president Stan Adams.
Touch of the Gallic
Penicuik Park gets a touch of Gallic charm with a piste forpétanque, similar to boules. It was funded by a £3,000 grant from Penicuik Community Sports Hub.
Whitehill wins cup
Whitehill Welfare wins the SFA South Region Challenge Cup for the first time, with a 3-1 win against South of Scotland league champions Dalbeattie Star
Newtongrange Star loses the South League Cup final 3-0 against Linlithgow Rose. “I couldn’t fault the effort from our players, they were up against the best team in Scotland,” said club president Stan Adams.
Star also win the Premier League this month, discovering they’d clinched it when they heard rivals Ballingry lost 4-1 at Armadale.
Whitehill Welfare are crowned league champions in the East of Scotland Premier Division after a 2-0 win against Stirling – though it was a 1-0 win against Gretna three days earlier that clinched it.
Arniston squeeze in
Arniston Rangers clinch the fourth and final promotion place back to the Premier League after a nightmare year for the club. The crucial match against West Calder went to 93 minutes with no goals, then the last kick of the ball put one in then back of the net.
War of the roses
Bonnyrigg Rose wins the East of Scotland Cup final 3-0 against Linlithgow Rose. It was the first time for Bonnyrigg in seven years.
The East of Scotland Archery team take a clean sweep of the recurves in the annual Pentangle competition in Penicuik. The win the ladies, gents and combined recurve trophies beating teams from around the UK.
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