Mark Ford ends Lanark ASC stint with four titles
Mark broke the 100m backstroke Scottish Schools record in February. Photo by Stuart Stevenson
Mark Ford ended his spell at Lanark ASC by sealing four wins in as many events at the Best in the West meet at East Kilbride.
Mark is set to join the Glasgow School of Sport team but ended his term with the Royal Burgh outfit by clinching gold in the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke.
The talented youngster can look back at his time at Lanark ASC with a great deal of pride, breaking several records along the way.
Mark’s 100m backstroke time of 1.03.74 at the Scottish Schools’ Championships in February smashed a record that had stood for 10 years and he was rewarded with the Robert McAdam Trophy for the best performance by a boy aged 14 and under at the event.
Mark went on to become the first Lanark ASC swimmer to hold a British record when he posted a time of 28.48 in the 50m backstroke at the Scottish National Age Group Championship in Aberdeen last month.
In the 11/14 girls events Abbigail McArthur was third in the 200m backstroke and fourth in the 100m backstroke. Heather Stevenson was fourth in the 800m freestyle and sixth in the 400m freestyle.
Personal bests were posted by district debutant Ellarose Stewart, Millie McArthur, Caitlyn Hamilton, Niamh Jeffrey, Lucy Jones, Mia Rae, Euan McLeod, Alistair Dunsmore and Jordan O’Hare.
After the meet coach Karen Kelly said: “It was a fitting end to Mark’s time with Lanark that he won four titles.
“He has enjoyed a rich seam of form in the past 12 months and Lanark as a club can be proud of what he has achieved for and with us. Our other swimmers all recorded at least one personal best time.”