Extracts from the Alabama University Men’s Media Guide including a couple of well-known Scottish athletes are available  here

Continuing the look at the YMCA clubs and what they have offered to the sport, the latest is Kirkcaldy YMCA (Gerry Mortimer in the lead above) .   See it at this link 

Many a champion has run through these unfamiliar doors: it’s the Brandon Street Headquarters of the Motherwell YMCA club that nurtured the Brown brothers, Ian McCafferty, Willie Marshall, Davie Simpson and all the rest.   We have started a page on the YMCA movement and some of the clubs it produced.   Got to  this link


A familiar form for many of us but not at all known to the younger generations.   Some thoughts on handicapping in amateur and professional ranks.    Here

Colin Youngson has sent on a short history of Maryhill Harriers which was written by Gordon Porteous with assistance from Robert Stevenson and we have it on site  at this link.   It complements the story to be found in the ‘Fast Pack’ section and there is a link to it.   There is also Colin Shields’ history of Greenock Glenpark Harriers as presented at their Centenary Dinner in 1992 which is now on site here.   

The Tom Scott 10 Miles Road Race from Law Hospital was one of the very best on the calendar.  We already have the story of this fabulous event on the site but we now have the complete programme and results from the very first race here   and   the runners and results for races two, three, and four  at this link   and five, six, seven and eight  here   .

Scotstoun as an athletics venue pre-dated the formation of Victoria Park AAC in 1930 – Clydesdale Harriers held their annual 7 miles cross-country individual and team race there for many years at the end of the 19th and start of the 20th century.   They even put on a 100 yards race to entertain the crowds while the cross country men were out in the country surrounding the show grounds.   The programme and report on the 1906 event can be seen   here   

Several new additons to the Race Certificates page: the ‘new’ ones date from the 1930’s – look and then compare them with Colin Youngson’s from the 1970’s.

We have over 40 photographs on the ‘Hugh’s Gems‘ page – photographs and documents that are nostalgic, informative or just good photographs from wherever in the world.   We have started another such page with the first half dozen pictures on it and you can see it  at this link.   Have a look!   

Hugh was a wonderful middle distance man himself, we have a brand new profile of a distance runner newly written, with help from Alex Wilson, and available.   Robert McKinstray was a professional runner in the 1850’s and 60’s who was the best runner in Britain at the time and although he raced distances from 160 yards to 10 miles most were at 880, the mile and the mile and a half distances.   Scotland’s first middle distance track star, read about him  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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