The picture below is of Nat Muir (Shettleston) winning the National Championships at Coatbridge as a Youth.   We now have the five years from 1976 – 1980 up on site.   Read it  here .


We have started a series on the  Lanarkshire AAA’s.   The County Associations were a genuine force for good in the country organising track and field competitions, road and country championships, road races, encouraging younger athletes in all sorts of ways.   Pages done so far include 1949 – 1955  ,  1956 – 1960  ,  1961 – 66 ,1967 – 70 and  1971 – 75.

Just click on the one you want.  Next up will be the 1961 – 1966 years – the Motherwell YMCA years, the 50’s were undoubtedly Shettleston’s.   The image above is of John Myatt taking the baton from Albert Smith in the Strathclyde University team in the LAAA Relays.

Just heard that Hugh Mitchell of Shettleston Harriers died today (Tuesday).   A very good runner indeed, very easy to get on with, very sorry indeed to hear it and  sympathy for all his family.   No other details yet.

We have a page of Graham Macindoe’s photographs showing where the break came in a head to head race for victory.   eg above the moment when Alex Gilmour broke away from Lawrie Spence, and you can see them at this page  .

Graham Macindoe, ex-ESH currently New York AC, is a very well known professional photographer who spent a lot of time in the 1980’s taking excellent photographs of Scottish runners and races, many of which appeared in Athletics Weekly, Scotland’s Runner and many other magazines.   His own Facebook page (Scottish Running In The 1980s ) is well known to us all.   He has helped us put together a profile of his career as a runner (see it here ) and as a photographer ( here ) and we also have some pages of selected photographs.   You should really read about his career as a photographer in Edinburgh and New York to get an idea of just how good he is.   

The photograph above is of the Black Bull in Milngavie – venue for the first Clydesdale Harriers cross-country run in October 1885.   Edinburgh Harriers had already had their first from the Harp in Corstorphine.   The link between pubs, inns and hotels and harrier clubs is an interesting one.   Hamish Telfer has contributed a list of the various hostelries involved in the early days of the sport.   Click on the link to see how many some clubs used!

We have another page of some of the gems that Hugh Barrow has found last year – as usual they vary from very good, clear photographs like the one above to interesting and valuable historical documents from Scottish athletics history.   Culled from many sources, see this collection   here .

Alex Jackson has started a page of Commonwealth Games Memories.   He has his own, Colin Youngson has added to an earlier short post with his, I have added a bit and we are looking for more.   No need for lots of research, what are your own memories that helped make the Games a bit special?  See what we have already   here   .


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