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Dale Greig died at the weekend.   Dale was a world pioneer of marathon running after having a super career on the track and over the country: first women’s world marathon record holder.   A great loss.  Read about her running  at this link


Picture above is of a 15 year old professional sprinter winning his first ever Sports prize.   He went on to be a champion professional sprinter and then become a top flight amateur coach with a whole host of international runners.   Read about him  here


The Donald McNab Robertson Trophy was presented annually to Scotland’s finest road runner of the season by a committee consisting of members of the Scottish Marathon Club and the SAAA.   It was won by many very fine athletes and the story of the trophy and those who won it has been gathered together and written up by Colin Youngson and you can read it   at  this  link.   Unfortunately the trophy has disappeared and is currently residing in a cupboard or display cabinet somewhere in Scotland.   It is a real pity that names such as Calum Hawkins cannot be added to the list of great marathon runners inscribed on it.   If you know of its whereabouts, please let us know where it is.   Meanwhile, Colin has speculated on who would have won it for the missing years and the names he has come up with include at least half a dozen women marathon runners.  Read it   here.

We now have the first half of Stevie Wylie’s profile on the website:  first half because he has had a flourishing career as a vet and that will appear in a week or so.   Meanwhile, see what there is  here

The picture above of the start  of the Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1982 is one of a group of photographs taken by Alastair Macfarlane which you can see  at this link.   

There is a flourishing professional side to Scottish running with many talented athletes – Michael Glen, Ricky Dunbar, etc, all running on the circuit.   Men who would have graced any meeting and been a credit to the sport at any time.   It is maybe appropriate to look at this aspect of athletics, an aspect which has been largely ignored.   The introductory page is  here     The Olympian above is pictured at Jedburgh.    And a well known former professional who went on to win the SAAA marathon is pictured below (in yellow) at Pitlochry.


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