Lasswade athletes achievement honoured

left to right Chairman, Brian Wilson, Greg Louden, Secretary, John Gillespie, Guy Learmonth and David Hand.
left to right Chairman, Brian Wilson, Greg Louden, Secretary, John Gillespie, Guy Learmonth and David Hand.

Lasswade marked the achievement by two of its members Greg Louden and Guy Learmonth of representing Scotland at the recent Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games at a function in Edinburgh recently.

The club hosted a special evening in the Adria House for the athletes, their close family and their club colleagues during which they were each presented with a Quaich as a memento of their competing with the national team on such an occasion.

Around 40 of their fellow club members, coaches, officials and peer group athletes were present to share with Guy and Greg, experiences of the games and to show their appreciation of the effort and dedication it had taken by them to achieve the high standards required for selection-Guy in the 800 metres and Greg in the 4x400 metres relay team. It was highlighted that each athlete performed outstandingly well against world top class opposition with Guy being the first Brit (5th) in the final where the current world champion finished second to a fellow African. The relay team, including Greg, also made the final but had to break the Scottish record of 24 years to do so and eventually also finished 5th.

Welcomed by club chairman Brian Wilson, presentations were made by John Gillespie and David Hand from the club. The latter in a brief address highlighted the pride felt by the whole club in its two members, not only in their athletic achievements but especially in the manner with which they had done this both on and off the track “they had been an enormous credit to themselves, their families, their coaches and Lasswade A.C”.

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