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South Lanarkshire

Day 9.  Sunday 22 June.

South Lanarkshire was today played host to the Queen’s Baton Relay as it entered its ninth day in Scotland on its 40 day voyage around Scotland. It appeared as if the whole county came out to show their support for the batonbearers with thousands of spectators lining the streets to applaud the relay.

The Queen’s Baton Relay visited locations up and down the county including Law, Uddingston, Carluke, East Kilbride, Rutherglen and Bothwell. The day began in the idyllic surroundings of Lanark Loch and the relay will then headed north alongside the River Clyde before stopping at Carluke Leisure Centre, Law Primary School and East Kilbride Arts Centre. Then reaching Rutherglen and straddling the border between South Lanarkshire and the baton’s final destination, Glasgow, the baton headed through Calderglen Country Park, the sporting hub of South Lanarkshire before finishing in Hamilton.

In the preceding eight days of the relay Scotland has showcased some truly inspirational batonbearers and South Lanarkshire wascontinued this trend. Lyn Clark was driven to raise £25,000 for St Andrew's Hospice following her husband's death in 2005. Lyn wanted to raise money for those that had helped care for her husband in his final days. She has since trekked the Great Wall of China and the Canadian Rockies, climbed Ben Nevis and Kilimanjaro, jumped at 12,000ft from a plane, reached Machu Pichu and circumnavigated Mont Blanc Massif.

Energetic Shona Girdwood has been an athlete from the age of eight years old, competing for both Scotland and Great Britain in swimming and triathlon, winning medals at both world and European level. In the past 12 years Shona has got thousands of children and adults involved within sport through her work with SLLC and voluntary coaching.

Team Scotland bowler Margaret Letham brought a touch of Gold to the day’s proceedings. The Commonwealth athlete is hoping to win on home-soil in Glasgow following her 1998 Kuala Lumpur gold medal.

The relay ended in a colossal fanfare in Hamilton. Fireworks burst in the South Ayrshire sky and confetti cannons sprayed  over 1000 South Lanarkshire residents who turned up to see the end of Day 9 celebrations. The day was capped with a batonbearer guard of honour as all the South Lanarkshire runners flanked the road to bring final baton bear Kenneth Mckay into the Hamilton Mausoleum amidst rapturous ovation.

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Schedule

08:50Lanark
10:10Carluke
11.55 Law
12.55Calderglen Country Park
14.35East Kilbride
15.40Rutherglen
16.35Uddingston 
17.15Bothwell
17.35Hamilton

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Featured batonbearers

Stuart is 25 years old, and has lots of challenges in his life including Aspergers Syndrome which limits his ability to fully communicate with others. He is however an absolutely selfless young man giving up time to help others including volunteering through Scottish Autism. He was awarded the Saltire Volunteering 500 hours Award, and has also achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

Kay, who turned 70 last year was a hurdler, swimmer and liked to cycle everywhere. She always wanted to be an athlete but unfortunately rheumatic fever meant she was unable to live out her dream. Kay has devoted her life to the Girls Brigade and Boys Brigade movement, is a founder member of 1st Dalserf, an active officer in 1st Strathaven, a member of Burns Clubs everywhere an elder at Dalserf church and also works with Sunday school. She has 30 year award from Church of Scotland. 

Lyn has raised £25,000 for St Andrew's Hospice since her husband's death in 2005. She has since trekked the Great Wall of China and the Canadian Rockies, climbed Ben Nevis and Kilimanjaro, jumped at 12,000ft from a plane, reached Machu Pichu and circumnavigated Mont Blanc Massif. Lyn has also spent her time organising many great charity events to help those who helped her husband and who continue to help others in the community in their hour of need.

Julie is a probationer PE teacher and plays a vital role in nurturing youth sporting talent in South Lanarkshire’s community. She provides voluntary skills training for Virgin Active Hamilton Tennis Club and has run a half marathon in aid of British Heart Foundation. Julie is also actively helping to combat HIV and AIDS through sports coaching in Zambia.

Shona has been an athlete from the age of eight years old, competing for both Scotland and Great Britain in swimming and triathlon, winning medals at both world and European level. In the past 12 years Shona has got thousands of Both Children and adults involved within sport through her work with SLLC and voluntary coaching.

Olivia raises money for charities - Kilbryde Hospice, SCIAF, Mary’s Meals, British Heart Foundation and East Kilbride Community Trust. Since she was 10 she has volunteered with EKCT coaching ASN children with various learning difficulties - Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Fragile X, Dyspraxia, sight and physical disabilities.

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