We have some excellent cuttings from Hugh Barrow on a fantastic mile race held in Dublin at the famous Santry Track when five men broke four minutes for the Mile. Read the three of them here
Hugh has also sent a link to an Irish website – All-Time Athletics Caps: Ireland – which is long – 127 pages if you look at them all!!! It starts with the top 20 Irish caps, men and women, of all time and then goes on to comprehensive list. It was interesting looking for favourites including those who ran in Scotland (John McGough (Bellahouston), John Joe Barry (St Machan’s. Lennoxtowm, etc). It can be found at
There is a website dedicated to statues of sportsmen which contains quite a few runners. They are all British, and all the sites are within these islands! It is worth a look and this link takes you to a particular work of art which will be well known to many of you.
We have started putting up the results on the Scottish Medley Relay (800, 200, 200, 400) on www.anentscottishrunning.com. It is a most enjoyable and popular event but apparently there is a dearth of information about it. Three periods have been covered so far with the most modern being the 1959 to 1967 period when it was held at Shotts Highland Games. That was the longest period that the had been at the one venue – they’d been at the Transport Sports, the Police Sports and the Junior Championships. Even Scottish athletics does not have the dates and venues so finding the actual events is difficult. If you have any information about them, please get in touch.
Very sorry to hear of the death (aged 95) of Hugh Currie on Monday. Hugh ran for Bellahouston Harriers as a young man; but concentrated on climbing and became a member of the Creag Dhu Mountaineering club. He was very fit when he came into the sport as a veteran (with the Allander club in the late 1970s) and set the M65 record for the London Marathon. In the Inverclyde Marathon he established two British age group records for the marathon: M60 in 2.47.33 (1985 – later, Bill McBrinn ran a little faster); and M65 in 2.51.39 (a record which was still Hugh Currie’s in 2018).
Quite a field in the photograph above. Count the stars! The first 15 in this 10K at Crown Point were all inside 30 minutes – including Stephen Begen of Springburn Harriers and Scotland – he’s between Bobby Quinn and Lawrie Spence in the photograph above. Read his profile here
Another ‘Running Short’ story from Colin Youngson. It’s a fictional look back at a lifetime in the sport which is humorous, sensitive and evocative. Read it here
Some additions to Hugh Barrow’s Milers page. Not all additions at the top, although a nice magazine article is, you can get the others as you scroll down the page.
Steven Begen leading Rob Carey at Irvine
Now that the Magnum is now more and the national championships have moved away from the Beach Park, a review of its time as a top venue for cross-country, rivalling the great Hamilton Racecourse trails, we have a review of the venue here
The Who’s Who of Distance Running between 1945 and 1990 is now complete: except that we are still finding new names to add to it. Many veterans have now been added and we are in the process of adding some hill runners. The work has been done by myself, Colin Youngson and Joe Small and they need to be thanked for their efforts. Find it here
This only covers the men but there is a lot about the women runners of the period in question – look at the following sites:
- .On this site – click on Elite Endurance, The Milers and Women’s Cross Country.
- Also on this site – The Veterans page includes several profiles of star female ‘Masters’ runners.
- The archive of the Scottish Association of Track Statisticians – www.scotstats.net
- The archive of the Scottish Road Running and Cross Country Commission. – http://salroadrunningandcrosscountrymedalists.co.uk/Archive/index.html
Peter Hoffman’s photographs are here
Finally, every now and again the technology gets too clever for its own good and a link to a page doesn’t work: if you get one, let me know so that I can fix it!
On all these pages, the link bar is at the bottom.
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