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Law AAC Athlete Wins National Pentathlon Title

Created on Sunday, 15 July 2012 15:41

Carluke's Pamela McNicol notched up an impressive pentathlon title last week at the scottishathletics national U16 championships in Pitreavie.

The 14-year-old Carluke High School pupil, a member of Law AAC, broke through the 3,000 point barrier for the first time to come a clear first in the keenly-contested competition.


Bumper Tom Scott on 50th Anniversary of Race

Created on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:17

Easter Sunday, Strathclyde Park and it must be the Tom Scott Memorial Road Race, which this year was celebrating its 50th birthday. A record field turned out for this popular event in the athletics calendar with 350 runners lining up for the 10 mile and Round the Loch races, which set off together on a rather chilly, spring morning.


Medals Haul at National Indoor Championships

Created on Monday, 19 March 2012 21:15

It was another busy weekend for Law & District AAC at Kelvin Hall as athletes took part in the National Age Group Indoor Championships. It proved to be a very successful two days with many athletes placing in the top 3 in their event. Taking top honours were Wishaw’s Andrew Lawler who competed in the U18M 1500m and won the gold medal in a time of 4:21:99, and Bobby Crossan, from Motherwell, who competed in the U14M Shot Putt, also winning a gold medal with a throw of 11.25m. Our silver medallists were Christopher Boyle, U16M 800m; Evan Jones, U16M 60m Hurdles; Heather Baird, U16W High Jump; Alice McGrath, U18W 800m and Connor Stoney, U18M Shot Putt. Other Law athletes placing well were Emily McNicol, U14W, 60m Hurdles and High Jump, finishing 5th and 7th; Morgan Jones, U14M, 4th in the semi-final of the 60m. Both Pamela McNicol and Heather Baird competed in the U16W 300m with Pamela making it through to the final only to fall ill before the race. A delighted Club President Pat Kelly commended all the athletes who competed at the National Championships on their contribution to a tremendous indoor season for the club.

Successful Indoor Weekend for Law Athletes

Created on Monday, 19 March 2012 21:13

Athletes from Law & District Athletics Club had a busy but very successful time at Kelvin Hall last month with multiple indoor championships taking place.
U16 girls Pamela McNicol and Heather Baird competed in the National Combined Events Championships covering six disciplines: 800m, 60m Hurdles, Shot Putt, Long Jump and High Jump. Carluke youngster Pamela, 13, won a fantastic bronze medal with a point’s score of 2667. Fourteen year old Heather, from Motherwell, finished in 6th place overall with 2450 points. In the U14 Combined Events Championships Pamela’s younger sister Emily, 12, did even better. The talented multi-eventer put in some fantastic performances over the 5 events achieving PBs in 2 of them which helped boost her overall score to 2173 points. This was enough to secure the GOLD medal and be crowned Scottish Indoor Champion. Andrew Lawler, 16, competed in the U18 age group at the National Indoor 3000m Championships, and produced an excellent run to win bronze in a time of 9:39:42. In the same weekend, senior athletes Stephen Allan and Hilary McGrath competed in the National Masters Championships. Stephen won the gold medal in the M40 800m with a time of 2:06:12 and Hilary competing in the W45 3000m won the bronze medal in a time of 10:52:33. Club training nights are held in Carluke, Wishaw and Biggar. For further information visit

Throwing Their Way to Success

Created on Sunday, 26 February 2012 10:51

Law & District coach Don McLeod has recently been credited by top Scottish Throws Coach, Alan Bertram, as creating the ‘model’ upon which all clubs’ throws development should be based. He said “The event will prosper fast if other coaches in Scotland follow the ‘McLeod Model’”. Don explains that his ‘model’ centres round 3 things: 1. Enthusiasm, in both coach and athlete, and a genuine love of the sport; 2. a willingness in athletes to take on board corrections; 3. a hunger to compete, to show what you can do.

After many years of throws coaching, hammer throwing is the latest discipline that Don has taken on and, in less than a year, two of his athletes, showing real potential in this technically demanding event, have soared up the Scottish rankings. Carluke’s Kristen Cowe, 13, has been a member of Law & District for more than 3 years. Having tried a number of different events, both track and field, she has now “found” her event and is currently ranked 6th in Scotland for hammer throw with her current PB standing at 30.75m. Connor Stoney, 16, has also taken a shine to the hammer event. Connor, who lives in Shotts, finished 2nd in last summer’s Scottish Schools Championships with a personal best of 47.72m which ranked him 2nd in Scotland for 2011. Both athletes credit Don in large part for their success. His relaxed approach to coaching, suggesting rather than demanding from his athletes, creates an enjoyable environment in which to train. All the athletes in the squad agree with this. A typical McLeod training session consists of a warm up, specific event drills to improve technique and then, as Don puts it, “throwing everything and anything into the cage”.

Motherwell brothers Bobby and Jamie Crossan began training with Don less than two years ago. Younger brother Bobby, 13, was ranked 1st in Scotland for Shot Putt in 2011 with his PB of 11.64m. Bobby has also been successful in Javelin where his throw of 38.30m ranked him 2nd in Scotland. Big brother Jamie, 15, was ranked 3rd for both Shot Putt and Javelin events in 2011 with PB’s of 12.76m and 39.88m respectively. Don is all too aware that the throws disciplines can be demanding on the body and preventing injury is always at the forefront of Don’s training programmes. Thomas Lafferty, the elder statesmen of Don’s squad, at just 18 years, knows all too well the challenges that athletes can face fighting injury. After months of a recurring elbow injury, Thomas has been retraining to learn how to throw the javelin with his other arm. He hopes to regain his throwing power and break 45m this year.

The latest success story for Law & District’s throws squad is Lewis Nicholson. Lewis, 17, is a pupil at Glasgow School of Sport but gets throws training with Don on a weekly basis. Lewis was selected to represent Scotland in Shot Putt at the Celtic Indoor Championships on January 29th , where he threw a personal best of 12.63m. Lewis was delighted to be selected to compete for his country, “Being given the opportunity to compete for my country has been a great privilege, the experience has shown me the competition I am facing down south and given me a target to aim for in the future.Lewis’ success isn’t just in Shot Putt. He runs a mean 200m and this diversity is something Don encourages in his athletes. “Stop running round the track like an eejit...” says Don. “I’m only kidding! Try everything, especially when you’re young. Why stick to 800m running when there are other things you could be good at? Until you try it, you won’t know.” Committed as ever, Don has organised a Come ‘n’ Try throws session to encourage Lanarkshire’s youngsters into the sport. The event takes place on Saturday 17th March between 10am and 1pm in the Ravenscraig Indoor Athletics Facility. For more information about this event, and Don’s throws squad, visit the Law & District website,