Stephen Begen

Stephen leading Rob Carey in the SCCU Junior Men’s  Championships, 1986

Stephen Begen was one of a very talented group of young endurance runners that included Alistair Currie, Alaister Russell, Adrian Callan and Tom Hanlon.   They were possibly a bit overshadowed by the previous generation of John Robson, Graham Williamson, Nat Muir, Allister Hutton and Neil Tennant, at a time when Scottish athletics was almost a conveyor belt of talent.   Muir and Hutton were not too far behind Lachie Stewart, Ian Stewart and Ian McCafferty generation either.    Among  the runners of his own generation Steven earned every international honour that came his way and it is worth looking at his career in some detail.

Steven came from a rough area of Glasgow but was spotted as a promising runner by his PE teacher, John Cairney of Shettleston Harriers, and encouraged to take up the sport.   He went along to Springburn Harriers and Eddie Sinclair and a whole new world opened up for him.   Eddie demanded commitment and Steven was prepared to give him that commitment – and the results were clear for all to see.   

Young Stephen ran in the Scottish schools championships three times in all.   He is pictured above running for All Saints Secondary School in the Scottish Schools Championships at Heriot Watt University in 1980/81 when he finished third behind David Russell and David McShane.   This earned him selection for the British schools international held at Havant in a team completed by the addition of Scott Holden and Tom Hanlon.   He also ran in the Glasgow schools championships which was quite a big race and won his age group twice.   He was 15 when his father died and he had to leave school.  At that point he was working in a bakery before and after school.   His schools athletics over, he continued with Springburn Harriers and the only coach he would ever work with – Eddie Sinclair.

At Springburn as a junior boy (Under 13) his first medal had come his way on 6 October 1979 in the  Young Athletes Relay, known as the Living Fire relay after the company which sponsored the event. Each team contained three junior boys, three senior boys and three Youths with the objective to test and nurture strength and depth in the clubs.    Springburn was the first team home, three minutes up on second placed Falkirk Victoria Harriers and Stephen had his medal.   This was followed by the Lanarkshire County Relays on 13th October where Springburn was again first team,   Steven was of course still a novice at that point and the club’s top runner in the age group at that point was M Kerr who was quickest on the day.   Later that month, on 20th October in the West District Young Athletes Relay at Johnstone,  Springburn was first team although on this occasion Stephen did not make the A team – the runners were M Kerr, J Kyle, A Callan who were all more experienced and faster than he was.   In the National Relays on 27th October, Falkirk Victoria Harriers were first team, Springburn was second but the fastest time was by a runner who would be one of Steven’s real rivals for several years, Scott Holden of Falkirk.  The two main championships of the winter season take place after New Year and in the West District Championships on 19th January, 1980, in Clydebank, he was 20th Junior Boy, second Springburn runner and the team finished fifth.   The National came round on 9th February, and Steven was 18th in his age group.   

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The new cross-country season started on 11 Oct 1980 with Stephen now up an age group running in the Senior Boys relay at the Lanarkshire Championship in relay at Coatbridge where the team won the title.  On 28th November, in the Lanarkshire Championships, Springburn won all the titles except the Youths team.  He was rapidly progressing and on 17th January, 1981 in the West Districts Bellahouston Steven was eighth Senior Boy,  and the team was fourth.   On 28th February in the National championships, he was thirteenth finisher – one place ahead of Alistair Currie.   There were 182 finishers, Springburn won the team race with I Davidson (4), K Sinclair (8), Stephen and A Day (46)

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So far most of his successes had been as part of a team but in September 1981 he won the Livingston road race – it was run the same weekend that his father died and all the more significant for that.   He followed that on 5th December 1981 the popular East Kilbride Road Races were held and  Stephen Begen was first in the senior boys one and a half miles race.  Two weeks later on 19th December in the Inter Counties at Houston in the snow,   the first three Senior Boys were  Robert Hawkins of Kilbarchan, Brian Scally of Shettleston and Stephen Begen who led the Lanarkshire county team to victor.   On 2nd January 1982 in the classic New Year’s races at Beith,  Springburn won the Senior Boys race.  Events were coming thick and fast at this point and Stephen was i on the action.  At the end of the month, on 23rd January, in the West District Champs,  Stephen was 7th and the first three in the race were  Skilling of Ayr, G Walker of Clydesdale, and B Scally of Shettleston.   Springburn had the third team with Begen leading scoring runners M Kerr and D Donnet home.   Before the National on 27th February, Stephen won the Glasgow Schools Cross-Country Championship.  

The National was at Irvine on 27th February, and Stephen was second in the Senior Boys race behind Scott Holden of Falkirk Victoria Harriers.   He was only two seconds down – 17:18 to 17:20.   Brian Scally who had beaten Stephen in several races, was fourth.   There were 172 finishers.   

Stephen was never known as a track runner but in the Scottish Senior Boys track championship on 27th June at Meadowbank, he was seventh in the 1500m as with a time of 4:25.83.     That was his only track ranking as a young athlete despite all his cross-country and road race successes.

Into the 1982/83 season and on the 9th October, the team was second in the  Lanarkshire road relays at Coatbridge.   In the West District Cross-Country on 22nd January 1983 he was second behind David Russell, Law & District, the very good runner who won every age group championship at District and National level from Under 13 to Under 20 levels.  The main race of the cross-country season was the national in February 1983 where Stephen, up an age group to Youths level (Under 17) was second to Bobby Quinn of Kilbarchan, and in front of Steven Marshall and David McShane who were third and fourth.   They were a very impressive quartet who would have held their own in any cross-country tournament at any time.   Into summer 1983 and although not known as a track runners, Steven showed what he could do when in the SAAA age group championships at Scotstoun on June 11th he had an amazing distance running double.   In the Under 17’s age group he won the 1500m in 4:08.33, which was a good performance in its own right, and went on to take the 3000m title in 8:54.32.   

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Stephen’s biggest moment of his career so far came on 25 February, 1984 in the National Youth Championship Cross-Country at Beach Park, Irvine when he won from Pat Morris of Cambuslang Harriers (22:19 to 22:35) and Tom Hanlon of Edinburgh.    The reward was selection for the international cross-country team for the world championships in New York.   This was the first time, other than once in the very north of Africa, that the championships had been held outside Europe.   They were on the fast running Meadowside Race course in New Jersey with 15 complete teams in the Junior race.   Withe four runners to count, Stephen was the last scoring runner for the Scottish team when he finished in 66th place.   David McShane was 76th and Alistair Currie 90th.

Stephen on the right, behind David McShane, in New York, 1984

As a junior in season 1984/85 Stephen was eligible for many more races and, although he was only a first year junior, he had to face the much larger fields of seniors of all ages in almost every race.   This was evident in the first race of the winter, the McAndrew Relay at Scotstoun, where there were 135 teams and 540 runners in action.   Springburn finished out of the medals but not without a fight – they were leading at the end of the second stage.   Stephen missed the District and National Relays but on Sunday 18th November he ran his first Edinburgh to Glasgow relay, running on the third stage, he ran well to hold his position and hand over the baton in third place.   

In the West District Championships on 26th January 1985 Stephen was second in the Junior behind Bobby Quinn of Kilbarchan but ahead of McShane, Wight and Carey.   On 23rd February the National Championships were held at the Jack Kane Sports Centre in Edinburgh and in his first year as a Junior Man, Steven finished ninth.   There were two English runners in front of him – Paul Dugdale and Richard Archer and there were also runners who, while they were junior men within Scotland, were seniors internationally.   In addition Stephen’s run in the District Championships had been a very good one, and he was selected for the international race in Lisbon at the end of March.   

Stephen had been no less successful on the roads in 1984 either – the best race being his victory in the Grangemouth ‘Round the Houses’.

Kodak 10K Road Race, Glasgow, 1986: Stephen can be seen behind number 17, Bobby Quinn’s left shoulder

Springburn had several good runners coming together at the same time and after the George Cummings relay at the end of September, and the McAndrew at the start of October, the top three of Graham Crawford, Adrian Callan and Stephen Begen all ran in the same four man team with the reliable Jim Cooper in the West District relay championship at Kilmarnock on 19th October where they finished second with Stephen on the anchor leg.   Unfortunately, when it came to the National Relays at St Andrews  only one of that four was able to turn out and the club finished 10th.   They were all in the eight man team for the Edinburgh to Glasgow Relay on 17th November 1985 with Stephen running on the fourth stage; the team finished eighth.   The two big championships in 1986 were the District and the National Championships.   Stephen won the West District championship at Rouken Glen from Stephen Connaghan of Spango Valley AAC and the tough Rob Carey of Annan & District AAC.   Top junior in the west, and it was on to the national championships.  After a very tough race at Irvine with Rob Carey of Annan & District AC, he came out on top to take the title.   Stephen admits that it was a hard one and as was often the case, he gives credit to his coach Eddie Sinclair.   As they came to the top of the Dragon Hill, there was Eddie calling to him to go for it; hearing that Carey seemed to drop back and Stephen went on to victory, leading the Springburn team to third place medals.   This won him his first Senior World Championship vest for the event held at Neuchatel in Switzerland.  

Clubmate Tom Gillespie has a nice story about Stephen’s second Scottish Junior Championship.   He says –

My own best memory is of him winning the National junior XC at Irvine. He’d been away from the club for the previous few months, and was even assumed to have packed in like a lot of others that age. Saw him walking with Eddie Sinclair for most of the time of his warmup, and he then goes out and wins. When I asked him about it, he replied that “Yes, Eddie was very motivational…”

There was more high quality running to come from Stephen yet.   On 9th March, 1986, the Kodak 10K was held in Glasgow, starting and finishing at Crown Point Track.   The field was one of the best assembled in the country for a 10K.   Nat Muir, Allister Hutton, John Robson, Lawrie Spence, Fraser Clyne, Bobby Quinn were the top Scots on the line; there were Colin Reitz, Paul Davies-Hale and Bernie Ford from England as well as Paul O’Callaghan, John McLaughlin and Gerry Craig from Ireland.  They can all be seen in Graham MacIndoe’s photograph above  And Steven was in the mix too.   It was a hard, hard race – it was also very fast with the first 15 being inside 30 minutes, 16th was 30:01 and 17th was 30:07.    Steven finished 12th in 29:44, and not surprisingly, was the first Under 20 runner.    Behind him there were a whole host of quality distance running talent – Lawrie Spence, Adrian Weatherhead, Fraser Clyne, Peter Fleming, Graham Crawford and many others.   It was a top class event and a fitting run from Steven.   The photograph below shows Stephen working really hard in front of Peter Fleming and Graham Crawford on the run-in to the track: all three were sub-30 minutes.

Running 29:44 for 10K was good – but Stephen did it twice.   Later that year he was invited to the Battersea Park 10K in London and again ran 29:44.   To be so close to a personal best for the distance must have been disappointing to say the least but it did confirm the great shape he was in.,

At the end of the month – Sunday, 30th March – he was in the Springburn Harriers team that finished an agonising fourth in the National six-stage relays.   Running on the fourth stage he pulled the team from fourth to third and in the process setting the fastest time of the day for his lap.  

Kodak 10K, Glasgow, 1986.  Stephen finishing ahead of Peter Fleming and Graham Crawford

In season 1986/87, although he did not run often, Stephen did help his club to more medals – they were second team in the National Cross-Country relay held on 24th October, 1987 at Galashiels.   He ran on the  fourth stage in a team of Adrian Callan, David Donnet and Graham Crawford.   Adrian ran the fastest time of the day and Stephen was eleventh in a race where 108 complete teams finished.  

Among Stephen’s honours in a wonderful career, which was really too short, were the three races in World Cross-Country teams in 1984, 1985 and 1986.   It is worth noting that he twice moved up an age group for international duty: in 1984 he had won the SCCU Youths title and competed in the Junior race, and in 1986 he won the Junior Scottish championship and competed as a Senior Man.  

All Scottish champions are talented and fast runners on whatever surface they find themselves.   That’s a given.   Not all courses are alike despite the trend towards flat fast grass running, and runners have preferences.   When the West District championships were held on a frozen, hilly course at East Kilbride in the 70’s, many Scottish and even British runners turned up but refused to run.   Similarly when the national was held on a muddy, hard, hilly trail at Livingston, several of the top men did not race.   When you ask Stephen about his favourite country venues he mentions Stewarton in Ayrshire and the Braidfield Farm course in Clydebank.   Both hard unforgiving venues for the event.   That tells you what else the man brought to his sport – a sense of balance, yes, but also courage.  To run fast down a rock strewn hill, or leap an Ayrshire burn demands both.   Hard work, speed and courage were the secrets of his success.   His achievements were recognised by his club and in 1987 he was made an Honorary Life Member of Springburn Harriers.

The last words come from Stephen himself.   He was asked a few questions about his time as a runner,

  •  the first being what he regarded as his best race.   “I think my best race was the Kodak 10K when I managed to run sub 30 minutes and test myself against some top senior athletes.   Equally my second Scottish   championship at Beach Park was probably my toughest test where Rob Carey pushed me to my limits on the day.”
  • What athletes all want to know, he was asked to give some information about his training:   “A typical week would look like this:   Monday:  15 x 150 at full pace;   Tuesday:  6-8 mile bunch run at 90% race pace with all-out assault on the last 1k;  Wednesday: 8 x 400, all sub 60 seconds with 1 minute recovery; Thursday: Steady bunch run, about 8 miles; Friday: Easy jog or walk; Saturday: Race;  Sunday: 20 mile easy run plus a fast 3-4 mile leg opener in the evening,”
  • When and why did he stop running, after all he had just run in his first senior international.   “Although it seems I did run some of the 1987 season, I really had made my mind up after the 1986 world cross-country.   I was already running twice a day, four times a week. I really couldn’t see myself punish as hard while working full time on a building site.   I, rightly or wrongly, though that if I can’t reach the standards of top athletes with the effort I was putting in thenI couldn’t see the point. “
  •   Looking back at his running career, what did he get from it?   “Discipline, commitment, friendship and a sense of belonging.   I firmly believe that the traits Eddie instilled in the young athletes paved the way for our futures.   I personally took those traits into my working life and have continued to keep them close.   Running gave me an escape from what I saw as a limited future, it opened my world to new horizons and the ability to reach my goals.”    
  • I have fond memories of track meetings at Coatbridge – running the 200m and doing the high jump in league meetings.   I also met many fantastic people: Aidy Callan was a true gent, Eddie Sinclair a real inspiration, Steven Murphy is still my best mate and Nat Muir was an idol but very down to earth.  

That is quite a testament to Eddie Sinclair, his coach, but when Stephen compares himself to the top athletes in the mid 1980’s, he is not comparing like with like.   He was doing a strenuous day job and training twice a day on top of that while the top men were full time professionals, with unlimited sponsorship and back-up facilities.  Regardless of that, Stephen was a genuine credit to the sport, to the club and to himself. 

 

John Wright

 

John Wright winning the Junior National in 1958.

John was a very talented Junior man who also had a very successful career as a runner for the British Army while doing National Service.   The following profile was done for Clydesdale Harriers and is reproduced here.   Before his first junior national victory and although the club had turned out many very good teams, and had won medals (eg in 1955 they were third team in the National and won the SAAA 4 x 440 yards title on the track, it was the first individual cross country victory at national level since Dunky Wright in 1923.   It reads –

“The Committee wish to place on record the magnificent performance of John Wright in winning the NCCU Junior Cross Country Championship.   This is the first time any major cross country title has come the way of the club for a good number of years.”   Extract from Clydesdale Harriers Minutes of 13th March 1957: it is the only time that any athlete has been mentioned in the minutes in red and is a mark of the extreme respect accorded to this superb athlete. 

Partly because of this I feel that John is a good example of the club man of the time and of what the top Scottish athletes of the time were doing.   His pedigree in the club was without equal.   His father Harold and his uncle Willie had run for the club and then acted as trainers.   This was particularly true of Willie who trained John.   His grandfather Jack Wright (of whom club president Jock Kirkland said “Copy him, because in his age and your youth it was hard to tell who was the younger”) had also been a club member and a Scottish internationalist in his day. Jack’s brother George was also a very good quality athlete and both men were founder members of the club.  

John is primarily known as a cross country runner and joined the club as a Youth (Under 17) in 1954.   In his first run in the National Cross Country Championships was a tenth place in the Youths race – good enough but the following year he was second – only 14 seconds behind Billy Goodwin of Bellahouston Harriers and five ahead of J Ewing of Victoria Park.   The team was also second – they felt that they had a good chance of winning but after John’s second place, Bobby Clark was seventh and Jackie Hislop was fifteenth but the expected fourth counter, Willie Roddick, had a poor run to finish seventy first and the next counter was in fact Denis Stirrat in thirtieth which gained second place medals for the team.   They were only four points behind Shettleston’s winning team.   It was also coincidentally the first time in several decades when the Senior Men won National medals being led home by Cyril O’Boyle in sixth place with George White (11th), Pat Younger (12th), John Hume (30th), Jackie Higginson (52nd) and Jimmy Young (53rd) being the other counters.

John running with the winner Pat McParland in his first Junior National

The Bible of Scottish athletics at the time was the ‘Scots Athlete’ magazine produced by Walter Ross and one of its top features was John Emmet Farrell’s Running Commentary which dealt mainly with Scottish athletics in a very knowledgeable way but also covered the international scene. He previewed the race and then reported on it in some detail and it is his words that are used below.

The race for the Junior Cross Country Championship of Scotland appears to be, at least on paper, to be the most open of the races. …………………..Strictly on the basis of the showing at Lenzie, P McParland of Springburn and Geo. Govan of Shettleston who came to the tape in close proximity may be installed as co-favourites with that grand little Clydesdale runner John Wright lying handy.’   (Running Commentary by J Emmet Farrell) was how it was previewed and in the next issue the following report appeared.

‘At least half a dozen runners were forward to win the title but before half distance it was apparent that only P McParland (Springburn) and John Wright of Clydesdale would contest the issue.   The latter running very sweetly indeed stuck to his rival closer than a brother but could not quite cope with his rival’s stronger finish.   A grand win for McParland and a good showing for Wright’s chances next year as he is still a Junior.’                                               (Running Commentary by J Emmet Farrell)

Result:   1.   Pat McParland (Springburn)     31:26

  1.    John Wright            (Clydesdale)     31:36
  2.    George Govan         (Shettleston)   32:04

The First Victory : 1957

John kept working away and was by now one of the stars of the future in Scottish Athletics – indeed he was a ‘star of the present’ and after another year of sterling performances, he was once again a favourite for the National Junior Cross Country title by January of the following year.   Emmet Farrell again previewed the event:  ‘Slim, consistent John Wright of Clydesdale Harriers looks at the moment a hot contender for this year’s Championship.’   (Running Commentary by J Emmet Farrell in January 1957).    

His report of the race in the next issue was the kind that most runners can only dream about: May 1957: ‘Slim, immaculately stylish John Wright of Clydesdale running with machine like precision trounced his rivals in the Junior Championship and emerged the easiest winner of the day, an ample compensation for last year’s runner up position.   His form overshadowed the competent running of Edinburgh Eastern’s D. Togwell and Springburn’s J Rooney who finished in front of the more fancied Geo. Govan of Shettleston’.     (Running Commentary by J Emmet Farrell) in May 1957)                                                                           

Result:  J Wright      31:50;   2.  D Togneri;  3.  J Rooney;   4.  G Govan

Winning in 1957

The following year it was held again at Hamilton Race Course but over a different trail.   In previous years it had been three laps of the race course proper but this time the course left the race course and went down past the Mausoleum and along the banks of the Clyde before coming back up to the course again.   He won again by an even larger margin – this time from Joe Connolly of Bellahouston Harriers leaving many good men such as Tommy Cochrane and Ian Harris of Beith behind him.   He went pn training and racing and went into 1958/59 in good heart.

One of the questions that any athlete would/should be asking at this point would be about the training he was doing to get these results.   Well, he was training six days a week, never training on a Friday.   His week went as follows.

Saturday: A race or an inter club run.

Sunday:   12 laps of the perimeter at the Recreation Ground at Mountblow in Clydebank.   The perimeter was a fairly accurate half mile and his coach, Willie Wright, always believed in a fast start to be right up with the race.   This meant a first lap in about 2:07 followed by another in about 2:12 before settling in to laps of 2:20.   In other words a mile in 4:19 followed by five in 4:40.   It would be a very good session to-day.

Monday: He would usually run from his home in Linnvale, Clydebank, out to Anniesland Cross (going round the outside of the toilets at the furthest point to make sure the distance was always the same) and back.   This was just under 5 miles and took a bit over 23 minutes.   It was again a fast run.

Tuesday:   It was a club night so he would train from the Baths in Bruce Street with the pack over distances of 10 or 12 miles most nights.

Wednesday: Willie Wright was friendly with Allan Scally the Shettleston Harriers coach so on Wednesdays he would go to Helenvale track in Glasgow and train with Graham Everett.   Where Willie usually got John to do repetition 400’s with 400 jog recovery (which was pretty standard for the time) Scally kept the 400’s in 58 or 59 seconds and progressively reduced the intervals until they were doing 15 x 400 inside 60 seconds with 60 seconds recovery.   This of course was on a cinder track.  (Graham was also an excellent cross country runner but was better known as seven times Scottish One Mile Champion and British Mile Champion who defeated Murray Halberg (New Zealand) for the title).

Thursday:   Another club night but he would only do an easy 4.5 or 5 miles if he was racing on the Saturday.

Friday:   He never ever trained on a Friday.

In 1958, like every other top athlete in the country he wanted to make the team for the Empire Games in Cardiff but only just failed to do so.   The trials were at the Scottish Championships and he ran in the Six Miles on the Friday night where he finished third in 30:22.8 and with three to go he should have been selected.   But the selectors decided instead to take only the first two finishers and add in Ian Binnie who had run but dropped out.   On the Saturday John could do no better than sixth in the Three Miles in 14:40.2.   The track at Meadowbank was very poor and cut up dreadfully so that after the first couple of laps, the runners were running in the third lane.   Most of the athletes signed a letter of protest to the SAAA’s about it.   It was a disappointment but nothing compared to the disappointment the following year over the country.

Winning the Junior National in 1958

Although known as a country specialist he was clearly also a considerably good track runner with wins in many open and highland games meetings such as   Shotts,   Strathallan, Bute and Cowal.          On one  occasion he ran the first stage in the Scottish Medley Relay Championship at Cowal and although not an 800 metres specialist he was barely two metres down on Mike Rawson of Birchfield at the changeover and ahead of some top class half milers such as JP Paterson and Neil Donnachie.

After a good season in 1959, he finished a very good ninth in the Senior National Cross Country Championship of 1959 in a bunch of three with Connolly (Bellahouston), Ross (Edinburgh Southern) and John being seventh, eighth, ninth.   The selectors decided to take only seven to Lisbon and John and Ross were told they were reserves but not travelling.   The runners spoke to each other and agreed to pay their own fare out to Portugal.   Their clubs put up most of the money and then they were told that there was only room on the plane for seven.   They couldn’t come.   It was finally revealed that most of the plane seats were taken up by officials.   On the day one of the selected seven athletes couldn’t run and John’s name was actually printed in the official programme.   It was this event that led to him joining the Army to do his National Service – all 18 year olds had to do two years of National Service but like many others John had had his deferred because he was doing an apprenticeship in Singer’s Factory and could have had a further extension but he was so peeved that he decided at that point just to go and do it then.

When he reported to Oswestry for six weeks square bashing (ie basic training) he saw that they had a running track and asked one of the regulars if he could do some running.   The guy happened to be the regimental cross country champion and John didn’t get the permission.   After basic training he was posted to Germany and won the regimental championship despite going off the course and then represented the regiment at the Area Championships where he beat the much more fancied runner from the Gordon Highlanders.   They soon approached his regiment asking if he could be transferred to their Unit where he would be expected to train and run and ould have every facility to do so.   Without asking him, the offer was turned down and he stayed with the regiment.  He won the Divisional Championships and went to the BAOR Championships at Dusseldorf where he finished second to Ben Grubb – British International cross country and steeplechase runner.   He ran regularly thereafter with such as Ernie Pomfret (another GB Internationalist), Tommy Cochrane of Beith and other high quality athletes.  

He also joined a German club – MTV Celle – and ran for them regularly with good results with his friend Terry Wells who had not been a runner before joining up.   He enjoyed this time and combined the club running with Army duties.   When he left the Army he was running really well after training and racing with guys such as Pomfret and Grubb. He ran a time trial over 3 Miles and was inside 13:30 which looked good for future athletics.   When he came home, the club had moved to a new 440 yards track at Whitecrook from the 330 yards track at Mountblow.   It was terribly soft and cut up easily to such an extent that the Council added some material to it to make it more robust.   Meantime, John had run on it and decided that it was too soft for serious training and returned to train on his own at Mountblow.   One of his sessions involved repetition 330’s.   After 10 reps he was going well so he stepped up to 12 and then decided to go to 15 and end the session there. On the 15th rep he tore his Achilles tendon.   Doctors repeatedly told him to rest, and the pain was always still there when he returned to training.   He was advised to see physiotherapist Walter Kinloch at Corunna Street in Glasgow.   This required a medical referral and the doctors would not recognise the physiotherapists qualifications or professional body.   No treatment was possible.   And John’s career ended in a way that would be unthinkable at any point over the past twenty or thirty years.  

However, good club man that he was, he kept on running for the club and served on the Committee for almost another twenty years.  

 

 

 

 

 

Swan Song

(Back in 1992 I published a slim volume of stories about running experiences: “Running Shorts”, which is currently free to read on the website scottishdistancerunninghistory.scot. Now, aged 70, realising that this ‘faction’ sequence only took my lightly fictionalised self from 17 to 40-ish, I decided to write this additional “RS”, which I promise, to the relief of several, will definitely be the last, although I hope to postpone permanent retirement from my favourite sport for a few years yet.)

                                                                                 SWAN SONG

It had been a day full of other days, yet unique, as every day may be, Alastair Taylor mused around midnight, as he lay on the hotel bed.

Running hard was one reason for tiredness, of course, but travelling from the North of Scotland to Northern Ireland had not been straightforward – a long bus journey to Glasgow, overnight there, then bus, plane and taxi to arrive the evening before the event.

In his youth he had merely walked or cycled to a local grass track or parkland and rough trails for cross country. Scottish Schools’ championships had involved bus trips, true, while, at university, subsidised travel was by train and, later, minibus – or, each December, a swaying, dipping ferry to Ireland for two races in Belfast and Dublin, each followed by many pints of black nectar. As a senior athlete, but still young, he cadged lifts from car owners. Planes had only been necessary years afterwards when expenses-paying European marathons beckoned.

During more than fifty years, he had competed in a number of exotic countries: Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Czech Republic, Australia, USA (the Boston Marathon, with its ten miles of quadricep-mashing descents leading to five miles of wall-inducing heartbreak hills) – plus every part of the British Isles. Yet the actual venues often tended to be less attractive – post-industrial towns or sprawling untidy cities. Never mind, in each place, only the race had mattered.

As usual, Alastair had slept fitfully the previous night, after booking in, chatting lightly with familiar grey-haired team-mates, exchanging ritual complaints about injuries and lack of fitness, marvelling at the athleticism of 35 and 40-year-olds. Old Masters, not! A sensibly small meal – low-fat and easily digested – had been consumed, with not even a beer to wash it down. He recalled that, in his prime, he had avoided alcohol only before marathons or ultras – concerned to avoid dehydration. While in his late 30s, with carefree confidence, the night before one Scottish Senior National Cross-Country Championship, he had downed four pints of real ale – after all, the distance involved had ‘only’ been seven and a half miles – and had almost made the top twenty, considerably better than expected. Nowadays, although M70s were expected to cover a paltry 6 km, he went teetotal for a couple of days beforehand. It would be stupid to add (to the impossibility of quality training and frequent leg niggles) yet another probable cause of failure. Before competition, optimism had never been one of his characteristics, unlike moaning.

Long ago, some self-appointed sage had stated that it was not sleep the night before that mattered – but sleep the night before that. If you could not doze off, between nightmares about missing the start, remember that you were lying down, as calmly as possible, getting plenty of rest. Easy for that guy to say.

On race day he had nibbled breakfast (toast, cereal, banana, fruit juice) a full four hours before the start, leaving plenty of time for digestion, sips of water, changing into kit and nervy repeated visits to the loo. Surely, at this late stage, he should be less twitchy? Yes, wearing a dark blue vest added extra responsibility, but nowadays he could only start slowly, not jet-propelled, so why not age-related wisdom and composure?

At least his pre-race meal had not been steak and chips, which he had chomped an hour before his first marathon back in 1969. Strangely, at the age of 21, that had not caused a problem. However, the pint of cream (in theory, taking on fatty acids as fuel, to go with a ‘fast start’ triple black espresso) half an hour before a Scottish Championship marathon in the late 70s had caused a massive personal worst after so many pukes, plods and pitstops. Curry was best avoided, too.

A brief coach trip to the course, two hours before “Go!” and the build-up began. A walk to inspect at least some of the two-kilometre lap – some tricky mud and rather mossy underfoot but only lightly undulating, thank goodness, and suitable terrain for veterans aged 35 to 80 plus. Steep climbs and drops nowadays? No thank you!

Traumatic memories of ghastly trails passed through his mind with merciful brevity. The 1972 English National XC in Sutton (very) Coldfield (nine miles of mud, sub-zero temperatures, extra wind-chill and snowstorm – on the last desperate lap, a reigning Commonwealth gold medallist had been passed, upside down in a ditch); uphill slurry before clambering over barbed wire fences in Dunbartonshire; near death by hypothermia in Hawick. That one had been a Scottish Masters; the very first he had contested was Clydebank 1988. Some sadist had taken a film of the three laps. First one, pretty snowfall adding enchantment; second, the action totally obscured by a blizzard of heavy, wet, white flakes; the final lap, knackered survivors of a Norwegian notion of hell. Any hat-wearers now sported snow-stacks stuck to their heads. Despite tackling any conditions when forced to, really Alastair had been a bit of a ‘road fairy’, whose favourite cross-country routes traversed firm, dry, grassy, mainly flat golf courses.

Heat exhaustion, Alastair thought, had not been a problem in cross country events; only in long, scorching road runs, especially marathons or ultras. Foreign ordeals where you were shocked yet grateful when spectators sprayed you with garden hoses or chucked buckets of water; that Lairig Ghru 28 miler (80 degrees in mid-glen) when you struggled exhausted past the finish line on the wrong side of the busy main street in Aviemore. Officials hauled you across safely, then left you hanging over a fence in blessed shade. And how long it took before even a vestige of energy returned so you could fumble to untie over-tight running shoes and find something, anything, to drink! A final heatwave moment, was finishing as roasted runner-up in a South of France marathon. A photo in the local newspaper had been published in black and white – despite this, it was obvious his face had been bright scarlet. The report had referred to him as “Taylor, l’epouvantail”. Alastair’s schoolboy French had not included that word. Back in Scotland, a language teacher had cackled as she told him it meant “the scarecrow”.

Photographs were taken on time, an hour and a half before the start. So many grinning male and female team-mates and now, unbelievably, he was in the second-oldest age group. When happy, he still felt like a teenager, as long as he avoided mirrors. However, while cycling a road bike in perfect weather gave an illusion of fitness, running told the truth about damaging impact, physical deterioration and advancing years. Never mind, shut up, too bad, keep trying!

Warming up routine. Alastair recalled that, in earliest days this was merely a five-minute jog; at the peak, an hour of steady running, stretching, strides and sprints; now the process was laughably but necessarily careful. This was no parkrun where, if something hurt before the start, you could simply forget it and get back into the car. Injury might force you to drop out, but it could only be even slightly acceptable if a calf or hamstring ruptured during the actual race.

Start by walking away from the rest to find a quiet area. Don’t be psyched out by superior-looking rivals – Alastair had learned that trick as a teenager, when impressive lads with fancy tracksuits covered with running badges usually proved easy to beat. Very slow jogging, short strides, try to keep upright, stop occasionally for a gentle hamstring stretch. Then five or ten minutes steady; concentrate on smooth progress. A loo check, no problem. Half an hour to go. Steady with a few fifty-yard strides, gradually working up to what passed for race pace. Save any real effort for mid-contest! More stretching, lower back, hamstrings. And, miraculously, muscles and tendons ease a little, permitting increased range of movement. Hope increases, some confidence re-appears. Maybe this might be okay! All you need is just a little luck.

Between 40 and 15 years ago, luck was hardly necessary, since injuries occurred seldom and proper training was normal – 60 to 80 miles each week, sometimes including a twenty miler, plus hill reps, group fartlek, steady runs and a time-trial or a race, in which you were almost certain to run well or even very well. Nowadays, Alastair had to listen to his whingeing body very carefully indeed, and work within those frustrating limits. Still, fortunate to be able to jog at all. No hip or knee replacements yet!

A last, totally unnecessary, loo check. Then the call to the start-line. Alastair was edgy but under control. Not like before long ago high-pressure road relay events – they were the worst. Sometimes he actually stress-retched five minutes before receiving the baton – fairly cleared the tubes, though, for the panting, eyeballs-out charge all the way to the next changeover. Now he took up position near the back of the field, alongside other old fogeys. Injuries usually happen soon after too rapid a start. With some common sense, he might just come through eventually to a decent finishing position. Let young women, fast old guys and idiots go for it! Some might blow up before too long. Experience might count for something, after all.

An officious self-important official bawled irrelevant guff about the course and warned that anyone with even a toe in front of the line would have it amputated. False starters would, deservedly, be executed. Or some such traditional nonsense. Impatient athletes jiggled up and down and ignored him. Alastair had a brief flashback to Nos Galan, the Welsh New Year event through the narrow streets of Mountain Ash, when stars like Dave Bedford used to emerge from shop doorways in front of the start line and took their places seconds before the race commenced. Then there was the English National, when thousands anticipated the gun and started jogging away inexorably before they were ordered to go. No chance of calling them back!

Bang! Release! While speedsters shot off, Alastair focused on getting into a short, pattering rhythm, keeping upright and swinging his arms forcefully. For the next 400 yards or so, the trail was extremely muddy – if this continued throughout the race, it would be horrible. However, they emerged onto the loop and most really sticky patches could be avoided.

Gazing ahead, Alastair noticed without surprise that the leaders were already out of sight. At 41 he had led every step of the Scottish Vets cross country championship – a sequence of photos proved it. In this event at M45 he kept up with the fastest M40 men for quite a while, before winning his age group. Ah well. Occasional nostalgia can be pleasurable; but remember to appreciate the present moment! Although he knew that few in his category had started more slowly, Alastair still felt in control. In front he could see a straggle of individuals and small groups, including men around his age – who were the real targets today.

Taking care to accelerate only slightly, he started to inject more effort, and gradually moved out to pass ‘victims’. If he could just keep working hard, then others might fade. Anyway, overtaking was much more fun than being overtaken.

At his peak, Alastair had loved front-running and also putting in surges mid-race. Road had been his favourite surface, and long uphills where he tried to break away. Not having much of a sprint meant that he had to go for it early, at unexpected moments. Even as a veteran on the track, these tactics had sometimes worked well. Nowadays, grinding away, hopefully at a single semi-decent speed (the only alternative being slower) was the simple strategy. At least it meant that he didn’t have to think much. Just aim for the runner in front or try to hang on to others.

As usual, he seemed to be puffing faster – still testing for possible heart attacks – compared to everyone he plodded past. A team-mate was only fifty yards behind and, when Alastair glanced back, it seemed that they were moving up the field at the very same pace, as if attached by invisible rope. Since this old friend possessed a sprint finish, Alastair would strive to keep clear as long as possible. Being trounced by strangers was much less irritating.

A long shallow downhill was negotiated gingerly. Thirty years earlier, in the British Vets XC, Alastair had been clinging on to the leader and race favourite – a very classy Welshman – when a steep downhill proved his undoing, as a hamstring strain forced him to ease off and (at least he was thoroughly warmed up) concentrate on holding second place. Eventually, still clear of the bronze medallist, but moving with difficulty and discomfort, he approached the finish, to be “congratulated” by a famously-grumpy Scottish blazer-wearer who grated, “Taylor, you’re such an ugly runner!” which, although he had never been a stylish swan, seemed a trifle uncharitable to Alastair, who had rated himself a “brave war-wounded soldier”!

Now, much closer to second-last but trying his best on the day, Alastair entered the third and last lap. He must have moved up thirty places, passing several age group rivals, but had no idea of his current position. Not last anyway, and still making slow progress. With two kilometres to go, he pushed some more, since he could see a few more strugglers coming back. Half a mile left and one more man within reach. At the start of the long finishing straight, Alastair forced himself ahead, but the effort emptied his energy tank, so his rival closed right up and then strode away in the last hundred yards. Knowing he was beaten, Alastair looked over his shoulder for other sprinters. Clear, thank goodness, and over the line. His team-mate was only eleven seconds down – they had both squeezed into the M70 top ten.

On a previous occasion, as a dirty, knackered runner collapsed at the end of a such a race, a bewildered spectator had inquired, “Who are you trying to impress?” Well the answer could hardly be a potential girlfriend, with a warped lust for mire and snotters. Self-respect after trying hard, that was all. A stamina adventure!

One good thing about having dodgy, fragile legs was that they would not permit racing too far or hard, so Alastair recovered quickly, glad that disaster had been avoided. His team definitely wouldn’t be fifth, thank goodness, and he would not be to blame. Quite an enjoyable run, in fact. Winners nowadays punch the air; while respectable also-rans mainly feel relief. Still in the game! And forget the warm-down. Who knew when he would next take part in an important race?

Of course, you could be left in a dreadful state after really tough events: hitting the proverbial in marathons, for example, battering through the final miles gasping, weaving about and groaning aloud. Off normal training, Alastair had once attempted the famous challenging London to Brighton road race (54 miles – and a quarter). Even pacing it perfectly, he had run out of blood sugar at 40 miles but did not drop a place during the last 14, since everyone within range was feeling just as weak. At the longed-for end, he waved away a space blanket and then his legs buckled! Shortly afterwards, he had been deposited in a deep bath, and had to scream for help, since it was far too hot. However, drinking colder water, warm tea and (with difficulty) consuming a few biscuits had encouraged a quick recovery. Since the pace had been steady, his legs hadn’t been destroyed and he managed to take part in a short road relay six days later. Years afterwards, he wished that energy bars and gels had been invented earlier….

The afternoon passed in a contented blur. The showers proved impossible to locate but he found a doorway and changed into dry clothes, while spectators were fascinated by much younger men bounding athletically through their races. A lift to carefully selected Derry pubs – old friends, including all the M70 team, turned up – assured ‘rehydration’, thanks to pints of stout and nips of Irish malt whiskey.

Back to the hotel, shower, change for the banquet – the food was delicious, but Alastair sobered up with water.

The Scots had tables farthest from the stage. As ill-prepared speechmakers droned on and on, Alastair sat back and assessed the British and Irish Masters International XC experience. A decade ago, he had looked through a long running career and tried to order his top ten races. These were fairly easy to list, but somehow he ended up with a top fifty worth remembering. It was not all about ‘lifetime best times’. (When else could you achieve them?) Nor about most significant wins or medals or (badly designed) trophies. As park-runs suggested (with their age-grading of times), any event, even when you were old, could give some sort of satisfaction. Team wins stood out as important. Running was essentially a solo activity, and it was a real bonus when fellow enthusiasts banded together to do well. Like today.

Was that to be his “swan song”? And what did those words mean, anyway? His phone supplied formal research answers.

“Swan Song came from ancient Greek, and was a metaphorical phrase for a final gesture, effort, or performance given just before death or retirement.

However, the common Mute Swan (Cygnus Olor), although not actually mute, was known neither for musicality nor to vocalise as it died. The only sounds it could make were honking, grunting, and hissing – not unlike over-stressed runners, perhaps.

Yet the snow-white Whooper Swan (Cygnus Cygnus), a winter visitor to parts of the eastern Mediterranean – and Scotland – did possess a ‘bugling’ call, and had been noted for issuing a drawn-out series of notes as its lungs collapsed upon expiry, both being a consequence of an additional tracheal loop within its sternum. This was proposed by naturalist Peter Pallas as the basis for the legend.”

So there! Ye ken noo. Well, Alastair had no thought of imminent retirement from his beloved running, or indeed expiry, unless that referred to breathing out before breathing in again.

The medal presentations were nearly complete. Every recipient was applauded generously by folk from all five nations. The Scots were noisiest, as usual.

His M70 team was announced – they had won surprise silver medals!

White-haired Alastair and his three companions, heads high, floated the length of the hall, down a river of shouts, cheers, claps, handshakes and even mistimed high fives.

Alastair tried to maintain dignity and smiling self-control. Yet, although no song came from mute lips, around his mind echoed a silent whoop!

 

Magnum, Beach Park Irvine

 

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Traditional Start for the  Senior Championship in 1986

The Beach Park trails at Irvine for the National Cross-Country Championships and for the Scottish Schools Championships were good – but the billing was enhanced by the presence of the Magnum Leisure Centre.  Opened in 1977, it was the largest leisure centre in Europe and in the early 1980’s it averaged a million visitors a year.   The (Glasgow) ‘Herald’ reported: It was the envy of Europe – a multi-purpose leisure centre which played host to some of the world’s most iconic bands.   …  It had something for everyone – with bowls, and boxing champions crowned, gymnastics displays, dog shows, Frosty’s ice disco and bands from The Jam and The Clash  to The Smiths and Chuck Berry.”    If the great Hamilton Racecourse cross-country courses had no changing rooms, The Magnum had changing areas, showers, cafes, restaurants, swimming pools and everything you could want – and then even more.   For runners though, it just the backdrop to the cross-country championships.   All ages from Under 13 to veteran, all championships for schools, for clubs, for men and for women held their championships there.  Shown below is the famous bridge across the road into the centre, crossed by many weary, muddy, tired-but-mostly-happy runners.

 

The first national championships meeting to be held at the Beach Park was on 9th February, 1980.   Colin Shields says in his book “Whatever the Weather” : The National Championships were held over the level, well-drained grassland course at Beach Park, Irvine and were sponsored by AT Mays, the travel agents, with financial assistance from Cunninghame District Council and Irvine Development Corporation.   The course, which received fulsome praise from competitors  as the best championship trail for over a decade, was conducive to fast running except for the final 600 yards at the end of each of the three laps in the senior race.   A long sweeping downhill stretch led to a 150 metres of strength sapping sandy beach, and this was closely  followed  by a 1 in 5 sandhill that had the fittest athletes walking up with their hands on their knees by the final lap.”

This is a fair description of the course which was also a photographers delight – runners strung out along the horizon in all their club colours, runners cresting hills, runners flying along battling it out on the flat or downhill.   This first year it was only the men’s championships held there the women’s being held at Lanark Racecourse.   There were separate races for Junior Boys, Senior Boys, Youths, Junior Men and Senior Men.   It is worth recording the results of the first races to be held here:

Junior Boys: 1.  S Holden (Falkirk Victoria), 2.  G Phillip (Edinburgh AC), 3.  K Wood (Edinburgh AC)  Team: Shettleston.

Senior Boys:  1.  D McShane (Cambuslang),  2.  I Matheson (Aberdeen),  3.  K Maxwell (Falkirk Victoria)  Team: Springburn.

Youths:  1.  R Copestake (Dundee Hawkhill),  2.  A Callan (Springburn),  3.  S Paul (Clyde Valley)   Team: Springburn.

Juniors:  1.  G Williamson (Springburn),  2.  P Fox (Clyde Valley),  G Braidwood (Bellahouston)   Team:  Edinburgh Southern.

Seniors:   1.  N Muir (Shettleston),  2.  J Robson (Edinburgh Southern),  3.  A Hutton (Edinburgh Southern)   Team: Edinburgh Southern.

The first nationals at Irvine were voted an outstanding success.  To expand on Colin’s remarks on the course it should be said that there were several testing hills on the course – the first just coming up for the field picture at the top of the page – with the Dragon Hill the daddy of them all.   The runners came down on to the beach at speed with only an obstacle peculiar unto Irvine (made of three railway sleepers) to negotiate and then the run through the sand to master.   Some ran well down on to the flat damp sand for a semi-firm footing and others just turned left and got on with it through the dry, lumpy, shifting, ankle testing sand.   At the end of this short stretch there was another right turn with a step up on to firm footing again but it pretty well ensured that the hills was tackled from a standing start with no run in.   This was the 1 in 5 hill that Colin refers to above.   This was where the more sadistic spectators congregated.   The story from across the Atlantic of the runner coming into a hill being exhorted by his coach first of all to “get some places on the hill”, then, when that was not on it was  “just hold your place“,  then  “well, keep running,” and finally “walk faster” , could well have been told of the Dragon Hill.  

The sand: one of Graham MacIndoe’s sets from the 1986 race

Despite the success of the venue, maybe because it was situated in the extreme south west of the country,  the SCCU went back to the 19th century practice of alternating the venue between east and west.   Between 1890 and 1900 the national cross-country championship was held at Cathkin, Tynecastle, Hampden, Musselburgh, Queen’s Park, Inverleith, Paisley, Musselburgh, Hampden and Musselburgh.   The late 20th century version saw the championship held at Irvine in 1982, ’84, ’86, ’88, ’90, ’92, ’94, ’96, ’98, 2000, ’01 and ’05 with a variety of venues (Callendar Park, Jack Kane Sports Centre and Wilton Lodge, Hawick among them) in the intervening years.   It was a bit of a pity because used continuously it could have been as legendary a venue as Hamilton had been.between 1929 and 1968.  

The next championships to be held at Beach Park were on 27th February, 1982 when the title went to Allister Hutton who led his club – Edinburgh Southern – to the team title.   These really were golden days for the championship.   We only need to look at the few seniors and their times to see that:

  1.   A Hutton (ESH),  38:45,   2.  J Robson (ESH)   38:58,   3.   N Muir (Shettleston) 39:11, 4.   R McDonald (Clyde Valley)  39:23,   5.   A Douglas (VPAAC)  39:23,  6.   J Brown  (CVAC)  39:31,  7.  L Spence (Shettleston) 39:42,  8.  E Stewart (Cambuslang)  39:40,  9.  T Mitchell (Fife)  39:42,  10.  G Braidwood (Bellahouston)  39:57,   11.  J Dingwall (Falkirk Victoria)  40:00.   Note that third placed was timed at 39:11 and there was a total of nine runners within 49 seconds.   And these were all top class athletes including legendary performers like Nat Muir, Lawrie Spence and Jim Dingwall.   There were 384 individual finishers and 30 teams.

For the record, the age group winners were – Junior Boys: A Russell (Law & District),  Senior Boys:  S Holden (Falkirk Victoria),  Youths: D McShane (Cambuslang) and Junior Men: C Henderson (Tayside)

Off the beach, on to The Hill in 1982: note A Hutton (231), J Robson (239), N Muir (545), A Douglas (238), Alistair Douglas (317) plus Fraser Clyne and Lawrie Spence. 

The championships were held at the Jack Kane Sports Centre in Edinburgh returning to Irvine on 25th February, 1984.   Winner this time was Nat Muir on a day when one of the mainsprings bringing the national to Beach Park, Jim Young and his wife Betty, welcomed 2000 entries for the championships.   This time there were 531 finishers in the senior race, 83 in the junior men, 100 in the youths, 176 in the senior boys and 190 junior boys.   It was a venue that runners found attractive, that families and supporters also liked – the former for the courses that were laid, and the latter at least in part because of the facilities available at the Magnum.   Nat Muir had only run in Scotland twice in the winter 1983/84 season but here he went right to the start and defeated Hutton by over 40 seconds with Fraser Clyne of Aberdeen in third.   It was his fifth senior title in six years equalling the feat of Andrew Hannah of Clydesdale and J Suttie Smith.   Robert Quinn of Kilbarchan who had won the Youths title the previous year, won the Junior Men’s championship at his first attempt and the other winners were Steven Begen (Springburn) in the Youths age group, Alaister Russell of Law & District in the Senior Boys and Clark Murphy of Teviotdale Harriers.   

The venue was proving just as attractive to the women cross-country runners as it was to the men and, for the first time, their championships were held there earlier in the month – on 4th February.   Elise Lyon of Wycombe Phoenix won the senior race from Andrea Everett (Glasgow) and K Husband (Edinburgh).   Edinburgh Southern won the team race with Palm Gunstone of Dundee winning the veterans section.   S Renwick of Morpeth won the In termediates race, L Reilly of Morpeth won the Juniors, D Barker of Morpeth won the Girls race and S Priest of Morpeth won the Under 11 girls race.

Nat Muir and Neil Tennant in the National at Irvine, February 1986

22nd February, 1986, was the date of the next trip to Ayrshire and again Nat Muir was the winner from Neil Tennant (Edinburgh Southern Harriers) and Calum Henderson, also ESH) who had won the Junior Men’s title at this venue in the colours of Tayside.    The numbers showed no sign of abating with 586 contesting the senior race with all the top men coming from every corner of the country.   Steven Begen of Springburn successfully stepped up an age distance to win the Junior race from Rob Carey of Annan and Tom Hanlon of ESH) and Alaister Russell also stepped up an age group and won the Under 17 race from Sam Wallace of Cambuslang.   Senior Boys champion was Glen Stewart of Clydebank AC from Frank McGowan of VPAAC with the Junior Boys title going to Jason Hemmings of Pitreavie who finished ahead of D Macpherson of Cambuslang.   So far, so good but there was a bit of controversy when it came to deciding the winning team.   As ever, Doug Gillon of the Glasgow Herald covered the story.

“Nat Muir’s record seventh cross-country title and Edinburgh Southern Harriers fifth successive team award gave the impression on Saturday of a championship run by the form book.   But a behind-the-scenes controversy demonstrated the inadvisability of counting chickens prematurely.   Neil Tennant of Southern offered such spirited resistance that the Shettleston Harriers victory margin was held to five seconds.   Despite two other Southern men, John Robson and Callum Henderson finishing third and fourth, the Edinburgh club came close to losing the race for breaking the rules on clothing advertising.   The championship referee spotted the capital club’s new sweat tops, the product of a £1500 sponsorship package by Marshall’s Chunky Chickens, and which bore the company’s name.   The office-bearers of the Scottish Cross-Country Union summoned the Southern team manger, Sandy Cameron, for an explanation and a verbal reproof was administered.   “This was against the rules, and we shall be issuing a written reprimand,” said general secretary Ian Clifton, ironically a member of the offending club.”  

Phew, a close shave.   But justice was done and Southern kept the trophy.

The women’s championships were also held at Irvine’s Beach Park, but on the Sunday when J  Lorden of Edinburgh defeated Christine Pryce of Dundee Hawkhill and J Standing of EAC.   

Start of Junior Men’s National, 1986

27th February, 1988 was the date of the national that year – and the senior men’s race had approximately 650 finishers.    An amazing total.   It was the year when Neil Tennant finally won the championship: he was 33 seconds up on Chris Robison and a further three seconds ahead of Tommy Murray with Peter Fox fourth and Alex Gilmour of Cambuslang fifth.   The old guard was making way for the new: Cambuslang Harriers won the team award with 63 points to Edinburgh Southern’s 162, and Aberdeen AAC’s 187.     There was no Muir or Hutton, no Jim Brown or John Robson – the future belonged to Quinn and Ronison, Murray and Stewart.   The Junior Men’s race in ’88 was won by Clark Murphy of Pitreavie from Terry Reid of Dundee Hawwkhill and Mark Wallace of VPAAC.    The Youths were led home by Winchester’s Malcolm Campbell running for Clydebank AC from Stuart Rankin of Falkirk Victoria Harriers and Bristol’s Ian Gillespie, also running for Clydebank AC.   The Senior Boys race was wom by Winchester’s Nick Freer running for Clydebank AC from Grant Graham of Victoria Park and Scott Burch of Pitreavie and the Junior Boys race was won by D Whiffen of Nith Valley from Alistair Moonie of Fife AC and Matt Kelso of Pitreavie.    Doug Gillon reported on the race in the ‘Glasgoiw Herald’:

“A man who spots cheats for a living ran the most honest of races to capture the Scottish senior cross-country title at Irvine Beach Park at Irvine Beach Park on Saturday.   Neil Tennant of Edinburgh Southern Harriers staged a courageous display of front running to grind out a remarkable comeback victory over the favourite, Chris Robison  at the AT Mays sponsored national championships.  On a day when record attempts were thwarted at every turn, Hawick born Tennant demonstrated that the race goes not only to the swift but to the fast thinker.   His work with Cambridge University’s  local examinations syndicate involves investigating students cheating in examinations, a fairly cerebral activity, and he put his brains as well as his legs to work in planning his victory.   Angered by the lack of recognition he has received in his homeland, a feeling compounded by the welcoming embrace accorded to the English-born naval officer Chris Robison, he nursed his wrath to stoke the motivation for success.   “I was determined the title would go to a Scot,” said the 25 year old Tennant, a physical education graduate.   

Robison, the IBM Spango Valley runner, had gained confidence from a series of outstanding performances culminating in fifth place at the English national championship the previous week end.   “But I knew he was keeping up a high training mileage (174 miles in the two weeks leading to Saturday) , and that plus all these hard races would have made him tired,” said Tennant.   The longer the race went without Chris feeling heavy or fatigued, the more confident he would feel.   So I attacked early, made him feel tired with a long way still to go, so that he would have plenty of time to feel doubts.”   The race had gone just over a mile when Tennant put his plan into effect, taking off from the Royal Navy helicopter navigator.   It was a long way from home there – more than six miles of endlessly undulating sand dunes – firm underfoot save for the short stretch of sand along Irvine beach, and with a strength sapping wind to eat into the resolve of a man with the guts to to go it alone.   Tennant had 33 seconds to spare as he completed the course.”

It is a very interesting article – you can read it in its entirety in the Glasgow Herald of 29th February, 1988.   

The same issue has a report of the SWCCU championships which were also held at Irvine on the following day when the women’s event was won by Sandra Branney of Glasgow from Lynn Harding and Louise Van Dyck.   The women’s championships seemed to have many more competitors fro furth of Scotland – eg the senior race’s first few runners came from Glasgow, Houghton, Essex Ladies, Morpeth, Macclesfield, Glasgow.  ie four of the first six were representing English clubs although were Scottish qualified.   Other winners from the women’s championships were – 

Minor Girls: H Brooks (Ayr Seaforth); Girls:  A Cheyne (Bathgate);  Juniors:  N Brown (Tynedale); Intermediates: S Granger (Edinburgh Woollen Mill).    The men’s and women’s championships were creeping ever closer: from being held at different venues, they were now using the same course.   From being held at different times, they were now only separated by one day.   With the governing bodies getting ever closer, it was surely only a matter of time before they were held together.

Tom Hanlon leading Brian Scally

The 1990 senior men’s championships was won by Peter McColgan (Dundee Hawkhill) from Neil Tennant and Kilbarchan’s Bobby Quinn.   The team championship was won by Cambuslang Harriers with 126 points from Edinburgh Southern who had 159 and Dundee Hawkhill on 183 points.   The Junior Men’s title was won by Malcolm Campbell from Glen Stewart – both Clydebank AC – and Mike McCartney of ESPC AC, Youths by Mark McBeth of Cambuslang Harriers from Grant Graham of Victoria Park and S Cook from Queen Victoria’s School, Dunblane, Senior Boys by G Willis of Ayr Seaforth from S Mackay of Inverness and I Richardson of Cambuslang Harriers and the Junior Boys race was won by Kevin Daly of ESPC AC with D McDonald of Perth Strathtay Harriers second and K Mason of Cumnock third.    It was a day of seriously bad weather with a biting wind and driving rain; runners were ankle deep in water at some points, in mud at others and occasionally, very occasionally, both feet were on firm ground.

There were no women at Irvine this year – their championships were held at Bridge of Don in Aberdeen and the senior title was won by Anne Ridley.

1990: McColgan (331) wins in the mud

(query: why do runners wear leggings and tracksuit trousers on a mucky trail on a wet day?)

The 1992 title was won by Tommy Murray, running for Cambuslang, who had won the title before in 1989 at Hawick running for Greenock Glenpark Harriers.   Second was Chris Robison with Bobby Quinn third.    If we look at the winners in the various age groups, K McAlpine of Nairn and District won the Junior Boys race from A Dobie of Cambuslang and A Sandilands of Avonside AC; Senior Boys won by A Reynolds, Cambuslang from K Daley, ESPC AC and S Gibson, Lucozade Motherwell; Youths: C Clelland of Cambuslang was first, G Browitt, Penicuik, second and A Moonie Babcock Pitreavie, third; Junior Men was won by P Mowbray from J Pyrah (both EU) and G Reid, Johnny Walker Kilmarnock.

There were 158 Junior Boys, 157 Senior Boys, 127 Youths, 51 Juniors and 612 seniors who finished totalling  1105 in all.   The numbers were not quite as good as the best years but were still remarkably high, particularly in the senior men’s race where there were 41 complete teams at the end of the race.   After coming so close to a joint championship, the women again stayed away and held their championships at Falkirk.    

Steven Begen, followed by Rob Carey, Junior National 1986

1994 was the first year that both associations finally got their act together and staged a joint championships and where better to do so than at the Beach Park in Irvine.   There would be a total of six joint championships held there before the venue was moved away from Irvine altogether.   These were to be on 10th February 1996, 14th February 1998, 22nd February 2000, 24th February 2001 and 19th February 2005,   There were drawbacks in a joint event – these were mainly to do with the location in the south west of the country – it was a much longer day for clubs travelling from Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, Lochaber and further north, and it was a much more strenuous day for the officials although for them it was to some extent offset by the fact that it was a one day meeting rather than two.   The venue itself was ideal in terms of the trail (varied, well drained, a good running course) facilities with enough changing space for all athletes, room for all the administrative work that had to be carried out on the day, a good space for the awards ceremony and the entertainment of the Magnum Centre for the families and supporters of the athletes.   

Results of thsi first mixed championships were –

Senior Men:  1.   C Robison;  2.   T Murray;   3.  G Croll.    541 runners.   44 Teams

Junior Men:  1.   S Cook (Inverness); 2.   M Bain (Stornoway);  3.  J Brooks (Lochaber)    45 runners   5 teams

Youths:   1.   B Robisnson (Ayr Seaforth);  2.   D Connally (Shettleston);  3.  R Nolan (Cramlington)   79 runners   9 teams

Senior Boys:  1.  M Combe (Teviotdale);  2.  P Young (Victoria Park);   3.  K McAlpine (Nairn and District)   127 runners   14 teams.

Junior Boys:  1.   C Michie (Fife);  2.   J Goldie (JW Kilmarnock), 3.  C O’Brien (Corstorphine)  132 runners   15 teams

Senior Women:   1.   S Ridley (Edinburgh WM); 2.  N Brown (Tynedale);  3.  M Gemmell (Strathkelvin)  114 runners   7 teams

Junior Women:  1.    H Parkinson (EU H&H);  2.  A Potts (Glasgow);  3.   S Kennedy (VPAAC)    

Under 17 Women:  1.   A Tremble (N Shields Poly);  2.   E Gorman (Glasgow);  3.  C Vetriano (Dundee)  40 runners   4 teams

Under 15 Girls:  1.  K Grimshaw (N Shields Poly);  2.  K Montador (JG Central);  3.  J Ward (Babcock Pitreavie)  101 finishers  11 teams

Under 13 Girls:  1.  J McLean (Fraserburgh);  2.  J Ross (VPAAC);  3.  N Coates (Cramlington)      100 finishers   11 teams

10 races in total – more than at any previous championship.   This size of meeting was now the norm.

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1996 saw the joint SCCU/SWCCU back at Irvine for the second time.   The men’s championship had the first five runners within a minute – Bobby Quinn  (36:46), Tommy Murray (3656); Alaister  Russell(37:02), Chris Robison (37:17), Glen Stewart (37:48).   There were 488 finishers this time round.   The senior women were led home by D Kilner (Aberdeen AC) who was followed home by A Tremble (N Shields Poly – Jnr) and S Ridley (EWM).   The second and third Juniors were Sheila Fairweather (CoG – 8th overall) and F Andrews (Cumnock – 10th overall).   There were 107 runners in the joint senior/junior race.   Winner of the U20 Men’s race was A Milligan of Carnegie with J Duncan (EU H&H) second and C Smith (Aberdeen AC) third.  There were 40 finishers.   The Under 17 Men’s race was won by Jamie Hendry of Springburn, from M Smith (Tayside) and D Greig (Kilbarchan) and there were 89 finishers.   The women’s equivalent age group was led home by Susan Partridge of East Kilbride with S Dugdale (Skipton) second and K Grimshaw (N Shields Poly) third.   34 finished the race.   Under 15 Boys’ race was won by J Kiely of Cambuslang.   A Cassells (Fufe AC) was second and A MacIndoe (Ayr Seaforth) was third from a field of 109.   The Girls race was won by N Coates of Cramlington from H Norman of Babcock Pitreavie and J Ross of VPAAC.   71 finished.   The Under 13 races were won by A Lemoncello (Fife) and I MacIntyre (Dundee).

Beach Park was without doubt an excellent venue and was being used for the National, for the Schools championships and also by the SVHC – about which, more later.   The 1998 championships were held in pouring rain on Valentine’s Day.  Spectators, officials and runners were all thoroughy soaked early on in the day.  Bobby Quinn won the men’s race from Davie Cavers of Teviotdale and Tommy Murray who was now running for Inverclyde.   Phil Mowbray and Tom Hanlon were close on their heels.   This was Quinn’s second title and the first of what was to be three-in-a-row, while Murray had already won three and they had been first and second twice already.   The team race was won by Cambuslang who had by now won the title ten times in eleven years, having been interrupted by Leslie Deans RC in 1996.  The 1998 Senior Women’s race was won by Fiona Lothian of Fife AC from hill runner Angela Mudge of Carnethy and Catriona Morrison of GU H&H.   The first Junior to finish was Sheila Fairweather (GU H&H) in fifth place followed by Susan Partridge (GU H&H) in twelfth and Vicky Frew of EWM in seventeenth.   City of Glasgow won the team race making it four-in-a-row for the club.   Glasgow University won the Under 20 women’s race.   Graeme Reid of Clydesdale Harriers won the Men’s Under 20 contest from J Stewart from Halifax running for Fife AC with Jamie Hendry of Springburn Harriers, last year’s winner, in third.   City of Edinburgh, with their first runner in eleventh place, won the team race.   

The Under 17 men’s champion was A Cassells of Fife, Robert Docherty of Greenock Glenpark was second and Martin Graham of Shettleston third, and with only three complete teams finishing, Fife AC won the team race.   The Women’s race was won by Lesley Paterson of Victoria Park from Hannah Norman of Pitreavie and Nichola Coates of Cramlington AC with Central AC, whose first runner was sixth, winning the team title.   At Under 15 the first three boys were A Lemoncello (Fife), Kerr Johnstone (FVH) and Colin Henderson (East Kilbride), while Law and District with their first runner in fifteenth won the team race.   The girls race went to Denise Smith of Helensburgh AC with Freya Murray of Lasswade in second and Kym Forbes of Fife in third.   The team race went to Kilbarchan whose first runner was twelfth.   The first three Under 13 Boys were Darren Malin (Nithsdale), Robin McIntosh (CofE) and Scott Fraser of Lasswade; Cambuslang won the team race with their first runner in thirteenth.   In the Girls race, Nicola Stephen of Banchory Stonehaven was first, Lynn Pattison of Gleniffer High School was second and Sharon Lamont of Babcock Pitreavie third.   Team race was won by Giffnock North whose first runner was twelfth.   Where winning teams have not had a runner placed in the first three, the position of their first scoring athlete has been noted and it is instructive to team managers as well as athletes to note how close packing by the requisite number of athletes can win a club medals.

In 1999 the first four were Quinn, Murray, Cavers and Mowbray – the first four from ’98 but not in the same order and in 2000 the finishing order was Quinn, Murray, Glen Stewart and Cavers.   That was three in a row for Bobby Quinn with Cambuslang again winning the team race with Colin Donnelly in eleventh leading the team home.   The new Millenium had started and there would only be three more national championships held at Irvine – 2000, 2001 and 2005.   It was still a good venue, a very good venue, but there was a move for a venue which was situated more centrally in Scotland.   Numbers were starting to fall and even the Magnum Centre was starting to see the numbers of visitors fall and a decision to replace it totally would finally be taken in 2009.   Having seen Bobby win his third successive championship we should note the remaining winners for 2000:

Senior Women Hayley Haining, Angela Mudge and Anne Buckley were the first three; Under 20 Men were led home by G Melvin, Scott Campbell and John McLoone; Under 17 Men had  Derek Watson, Andrew Lemoncello and Mark Docherty leading the field, Under 20 Women were Gillian Palmer, Lesley Patterson and Jane MacCrorie; Under 17 Women Dennise Smith, Freya Murray and Jennifer Main; Under 15 Boys: Darren Malin, Adam  Watt and Guy Thomson were the first three; Under 15 Girls Claire Wilson, Emily Hutchison and Sharon lamont were the top U15 Girls; Stephen Lisgo, Ross Toole and Adrian Holliday were the U13  first three; Helen Popple, Eilidh Child and Jennifer Emsley led the U13 Girls.   The total number of runners on the day was 916 (681 men and 235 women).   Compare this to the fields of approximately (and occcasionally over) 2000, that there had been in the 80’s and early 90’s.

Scottish athletics in the early 21st century was in a state of flux, things were changing in all disciplines – the Edinburgh to Glasgow was on its last legs as far as the new administration was concerned, and with the decline in numbers, the days of the Beach Park in Irvine were numbered.   The last championships would be in 2005.   It had been a good venue and in fact the Scottish Veteran Harriers Club had used it before the SCCU picked up on it.  The SVHC Cross-Country  championships, which took place between 1972 and 1984, before the SCCU took over with a Scottish Veterans championships, included: 1976 Beach Park; 1978 Irvine Moor; 1979 Irvine Moor; 1980, 81, 82 Beach Park. Then, under the SAF, the Scottish Vets Cross-Country took place at Irvine (Royal Academy) in 2008 and 2009.   And the Vets remained loyal to Irvine using Irvine Moor which had long been a venue in Ayrshire and which had been used for the District Championships.   Subsequently the Royal Academy venue was also used for the West District Championships.   The trail did not have the same challenges or history as the Beach Park was concerned and did not last long as a venue.   In 1995 the British Veterans Cross-C champs took place at Beach Park. In 1996, the British and Irish Masters Cross-Country International was held at Beach Park.   

For the SSAA (Scottish Schools Athletics Association) it was a well used venue for some of the biggest numbers of competitors.   It was used annually for what was almost certainly the best organised cross-country meeting in the country.   Beach Park was a well loved venue and part of the reason has to be the facilities added by the Magnum.   When it was finally torn down in 2017/2018 it was a sad day for the sport.   

The Magnum, at the beginning of March, 2018

Who’s Who of Distance Running: McPherson – Myatt

Terry Mitchell, Loch Rannoch Marathon, 1985

Ian McPHERSONVictoria Park –  see Ian Macpherson
1965 880y 1.54.2;   1962 1M 4.20.0

Fraser McPHERSON, Victoria Park – see Fraser Macpherson
In 1959, Fraser was in the VP team which finished third in the Junior National. He ran the E to G in 1961, when VP finished 5th; and in the Senior National, he contributed to team bronze in 1963

Mike McQUAID, Falkirk Victoria Harriers.

Mike was a prolific racer on road and cross-country. He was part of the victorious Falkirk Victoria team in the 1990 Edinburgh to Glasgow Road Relay, a race he ran frequently, and added silver in 1993. Later on he won medals in the Scottish Masters Cross-Country championships and ran in the British and Irish Masters International Cross-Country.

Bryce McROBERT,  Larkhall YMCA

Bryce was a familiar figure on the Scottish scene for many years in the 1960’s and 70’s.   He ran in many of the summer road races as well as in just about every winter championship and classic race on the calendar.   He trained for a while with the Motherwell YMCA men in the 60’s but never ever left Larkhall YMCA.

David McSHANE Cambuslang
David was an immensely talented young athlete, winning Scottish XC titles at three levels: Junior Boys, Senior Boys and Youths.   After winning the1982 Youths, he ran for Scotland in the World Junior XC Championships. In 1984 he finished third in the Scottish Junior National, leading Cambuslang to team gold, and again ran the World Junior.  In the E to G, he contributed to bronze medals in 1988; in the Scottish XC Relay, gold (1984) and silver (1987); plus gold in the 1986 Six Stage Road Relay; and team gold in the 1989 Senior National. Known principally as a cross-country runner, David was also a good road runner and a member of some very good Cambuslang medal winning teams alongside such as Alex Gilmour and Eddie Stewart.   Alex, Eddie, David and Jim Orr were all Cambuslang runners in the World cross-country championships in 1984.

Brian J. McSLOY (3.12.58) Strathclyde University, Clyde Valley, Elliott

1978: 1500m 3.49.6; 1980: 3000m 8.09.1; 1981: 5000m 14.05.5; 1982: 10,000m 30.10.79.

Brian was a Scottish International Track athlete. He ran the World Cross as a Junior and a Senior. In 1979 he won the Scottish National Junior XC title and led Strathclyde to team gold. For Clyde Valley, Brian contributed to E to G victory in 1979 (when he was fastest on Stage 4), silver in 1981 and bronze in 1983. In the Scottish Cross-Country Relay, there was gold in 1980; in the Six-Stage Road Relay, silver in 1979 and 1980; and in the Senior National Cross-Country, silver in 1980 (when he was 7th) and bronze in 1981. He finished third in the 1982 Scottish 10,000m championship

Duncan McTAVISH, Stretford, Bellahouston
1981 800 1.53.7; 1981 1500 3.51.3.
In 1979, Duncan ran for Scotland in the Junior World Cross-Country championships. In 1980 Bellahouston won bronze medals in the National Junior Cross-Country. He ran the E to G in 1981.

Robert McWATT, Clydesdale
1979 1500 3.57.5 31 1982 Mar 2.31.00 57

Robert was a big man to be a distance runner but was a good track. road and cross-country athlete.   Third in the SAAA Indoor championships in Bell’s arena, member of the SAAA Development Squad, Junior Cross Country international, 2:31 marathon runner and a man who ran from Glasgow to Fort William as an individual run and also as a member of the Clydesdale Harriers relay squad over the whole distance.   Eight men, four stages each.  This last involving Clydesdale Harriers and Lochaber was recorded and is up on youtube at

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRi_JRGd8uE 

The international vest in 1978 was after finishing sixth in the Junior National.   The Scottish age groups were at variance with those employed by the World body and it was possible to be a junior at home but ineligible for international duty.   Two of those in front of Robert were in that category. For Clydesdale, he ran the E to G six times between 1976 and 1982.    Robert also ran the Aberdeen marathon in 2:31:00 in 1983, and also ran from Glasgow to Fort William with Jim and Bobby Shields and George Carlin.

BOB MEADOWS, RNAS Lossiemouth
1969 10,000m 32.12.0

Bob ran well in the North District XC League races.

Colin MEEK (4.04.60) Livingston & District, Lothian Runners Club
1995 10,000m 32.26.1

Colin ran fast in the competitive Scottish Six-Stage Relay. In the M40 Scottish Masters Cross-Country championship he finished second in 2001 – and then won a gold medal in 2003. In 2001, he was part of the Scotland M40 team in the British and Irish Masters Cross-Country International, had a good run and contributed to silver medals behind England. He did well in the very last E to G in 2002. In 2012 he was President of Lothian Runners.

George F. MEIKLE (1939- ) Teviotdale
1962 6M 31.32.2 

George was a good runner with Teviotdale and stayed with the club for hies entire running career.  Starting out as a Junior in 1960 in the team which finished second to St Andrews with the other runners being Mather, Harley and Roden; then in 1961 he was in the team that finished first, with RK Harley, P Roden and D Riddell,  from Glasgow U in second and Edinburgh U in third.   These were the only national team medals he would receive.   His first run in the Edinburgh to Glasgow was in 1959 – and the team won the medals for the most meritorious unplaced performance with George on the fourth stage handing over to John Hamilton who would become the Scottish international team manager.   He was to run stages 4, 2, 6, 6, 5, 7, 2, 2, 6, 2, 2, 6 (1980), 6 with his string of appearances curtailed by the fact that Teviotdale were not in the race. In all, he ran the E to G an impressive 13 successive times (1959-1971). In 1959 they were 6th and won the ‘most improved’ medals.  The number of runners of ability who had left the club for neighbours in Edinburgh had taken a club regularly in the top seven or eight down to twentieth in 1981.   George is well known for his association with the Eildons Two Hills race at Melrose – a race which he has won many times, and which he has played a large part in organising..

Leslie MENEELY, Shettleston

1964 6M 31.52.4; 1967 10M 52.21.0
Les was an invaluable member of Shettleston’s very successful teams, contributing to 1970 team bronze in the Senior National Cross-Country; and running the E to G 12 times, including: gold in 1968 (when he was fastest on Stage 7), 1970, 1971 and 1972; and silver in 1967 and 1969.   A very quiet, unassuming runner, Les turned up, did his work efficiently and without fuss,  and as a result maybe gets less credit than he is due.

George MEREDITH (14.11.48) Victoria Park

1969 10,000m 31.52.0; 1982 Half-Marathon 66.48; 1982 Mar 2.27.31.
George was a tough runner who matured very well as a veteran. In his youth, he ran the E to G four times, winning three medals: silver in 1978 and bronze in 1970 and 1980. He won the Scottish Veterans M40 cross-country title in 1990. For several years he ran consistently well for Scotland in the annual British and Irish Five Nations Masters International XC. In addition, George secured a silver medal in the 1990 British Veterans 10 miles road race. Once a knee injury stopped him racing, he turned to indoor rowing and won British age-group titles and World championship medals.

William MESSER, Edinburgh Northern Harriers
William was a Scottish International track athlete, who in the Scottish 880 yards championships, won silver in 1951 and bronze in 1983.

Duncan MIDDLETON, Springburn  – see full profile
1967 440y 49.9; 1967 880y 1.48.6; 1967 1M 4.12.7
Duncan won the AAA Indoor 880 yards title in 1967 and added bronze in 1968. He became Scottish Champion in 1967 and that season set new Scottish Native and National records at the distance.

Gary MILLAR (10.05.61) Clydesdale Harriers,  St Columba’s School, Clydebank
1980m 800m 1.50.6; 1981 1500m 3.48.84; 1981 1M 4.07.30
Gary was a popular and very talented young athlete who could have tackled any event with success.   A good track runner, was a Scottish International athlete over One Mile. As a Youth he ran in the SAAA championships as was, many of thought rather harshly, disqualified from third place for barging – on the first bend of an 800m not in lanes! He won a silver medal in the 1980 Scottish 800m championships.  He also won the British Catholic Schools 1500m and then European Catholic Schools 1500m in Spain.   As a cross country runner he won the SCCU Under 13 title in the colours of St Columba’s HS in 1974/75, was second in the Under 17’s in the Clydesdale Harriers vest in 1978/79 and having finished 8th in the 1980 Scottish Junior National Cross-Country, he ran for Scotland in the World Junior Cross.   

Graham MILLAR, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh AC
1976 3000m Steeplechase 9.31.6
In the 1975 Junior National XC, EU won team bronze medals. Graham ran the E to G in 1973 and 1974.

Tony MILLARD, Aberdeen University, Aberdeen AAC
1974 Mar 2.27.30; 1974 3000m Steeplechase 9.41.7
Tony was a hard-racing, very sociable runner who was a talented miler at Kelvinside Academy. When he went to AU in September 1971, he met Don Ritchie and ran many weekly training miles. Tony represented Scottish Universities frequently at cross-country and finished a very good 19th in the 1974 British Universities XC championship. Then, aged 21, he ran well to be 7th in the Scottish Marathon. He ran the E to G in 1974. After graduating in 1975, Tony worked for VSO in Fiji and spent five years there. He became a Fijian International athlete and, despite heat and humidity, in 1980 won the Meda-Reki Marathon. For many years, Tony coached young runners, many from Edinburgh’s Merchiston Castle School.

William MILLER, Caithness AAC
1987 10,000m 31.05.94
For some years, he was a successful distance runner in the North of Scotland, winning the North District cross-country title in 1984.

RR ‘Bobby’ MILLS.  GUAC , Dumbarton AAC

A top class decathlete at Glasgow University he won medals at national level for both decathlon and 440y hurdles as well as at District and County championships.  He competed for his club in all kinds of inter-club competitions and at one time was one of four sub-two 880y men in the club (Mills, Jack Brown, Colin Martin and Jack Baird).   He became a good cross-country runner running all the major races and ran in several Edinburgh to Glasgow relays.

Graham E. MILNE (9.11.47) Springburn, Aberdeen University, Aberdeen AAC, Moray Roadrunners
1975 5000m 14.32.5; 1982 10,000m 30.54.4; 1983 Marathon 2.21.27
Graham was a dedicated, tenacious, influential runner who enjoyed a long successful career. In 1981 he ran for Scotland (against England and Wales) in the Aberdeen Marathon. In 1982 he was part of the ten-man Aberdeen AAC team which smashed the record for the John o’Groats to Land’s End relay. In the E to G, he contributed to Aberdeen’s first-ever victory in 1983, as well as one silver and three bronze medals. Graham loved the E to G and ran it many times for Aberdeen, Forres Harriers (1978) and the North District Select (1986-1993). In the Scottish XC relay he secured two silver medals; and bronze in the Six-Stage Relay. In the Senior National XC he added four more team bronze medals. As a veteran he won the Alloa to Bishopbriggs 8-Man Relay; several age-group cross-country championship medals; and ran often in the British and Irish Masters XC International.

James MILNE (4.05.34) Edinburgh AC
1972 Mar 2.25.49
Jimmy won a silver medal in the 1973 E to G; and team bronze in the 1971 Senior National XC. After finishing second in the 45 miles Edinburgh to Glasgow ultra-marathon in 1970, he was victorious in 1972. The 1972 Two Bridges 36 mile ultra was a triumph for EAC, with Alex and Jim Wight and Jimmy Milne (who finished 9th) combining to win the team award in front of the perennial favourites, Tipton Harriers from England.

K MILNE, Edinburgh AC

He was 18th in the 1974 Scottish Senior National, when EAC won the team title. 

George MITCHELL see full profile

Gordon MITCHELL (15.11.63) Falkirk Victoria Harriers
1983 3000m 8.20.07; 1984 5000m 14.18.37
Gordon finished second in the 1982 Scottish Junior National XC and ran for Scotland in the World Junior Cross, in which he was a team counter. He ran the E to G six times, being fastest on Stage 4 in 1984 and winning team gold in 1984 and bronze in 1985. In the Six Stage Road Relay, he added silver in 1982; and in the Senior National Cross-Country, team bronze in 1984.

Hugh MITCHELL (22.10.38) Shettleston Harriers
1964 6M 31.42.4; 1967 Mar 2.26.11

Hugh  came to running, like many of his generation, from cycling.    The club’s centenary history says that he joined the club at the age of 28 to get fit while recovering from an injury sustained while cycling.  Hugh’s talent for distance running would soon become apparent, though as he said himself’ he always got left in the sprint at the finish.   On the other hand he  also said that distance didn’t bother him, he forgot about time when he was running.   He ran in road and cross country races including the E-G and the National but it was when he finished second to Alastair Wood in the SAAA marathon in 1964 that he started to get recognition at national level.   He was runner-up again in 1969, this time to Bill Stoddart, in 2:31:20.   He ran a high weekly mileage, often as much as 200 miles in a week, and this set him up for ultras such as the Two Bridges, the Edinburgh to Glasgow 44 and the Liverpool to Blackpool 48.   He finished fourth twice in the London to Brighton.     After his first ultra, the Isle of Man 40, in which he finished second, 34 seconds behind John Tarrant, the Ghost Runner. Four years later, Hugh returned to the island to win the race in 4 hrs 12 mins 07 secs.   He ran the 44 mile race from Edinburgh to Glasgow  six times setting a new record in 1968 of 4 hrs 39 mins 55 secs.  His ultra running ability was famous as was his weekly training load.      His marathon pb was 2:26:11 and he was ranked in the marathon every year from 1963 to 1967, with one exception.   He also ran a Six Miles in 31: 42.4. As a veteran he was second in the inaugural SVHC XC in 1971, when Shettleston won the team title; and second in the first official Scottish Veterans XC in 1972. In 1979 he won the Scottish M50 title. 

Innis MITCHELL (2.02.48), Strathclyde University, Aberdeen AAC, Glasgow University, Victoria Park, Inverness Harriers
1974 5000m 14.58.4; 1971 10,000m 31.07.0; 1968 10M Track 53.58.5; 1971 Marathon 2.42.42.
Innis, a determined, sociable, charismatic man, was Scottish Schoolboys XC champion in 1966. In the E to G, he ran for four clubs – Aberdeen AAC, Strathclyde University, Victoria Park and Glasgow University – a total of 11 races. He was awarded full blues for XC at both Strathclyde and GU and ran regularly for Scottish Universities – as well as finishing second in the 1975 Scottish Universities XC championships. In 1973 he ran in the Aberdeen team which broke the record for the John o’Groats to Land’s End 10-Man Relay. When he moved north and competed for Inverness Harriers, he did well in hill races, North District XC Championships and League contests, over infamously challenging courses. After succeeding in Eventing (with horses) he took up time-trial road cycling.

Robert MITCHELL, Aberdeen University, Aberdeen AAC
1981 1500 3.53.3
Robert ran well in a number of Scottish championship races: with AU, winning team bronze in the 1979 Junior National XC; for AAAC, securing 8th place and the ‘most improved’ medals in the 1979 E to G; and adding team bronze in the 1981 Six-Stage Road Relay.

John Myatt to Innis Mitchell

Terry MITCHELL (23.08.59) Fife AC – see full profile
1987 5000m 14.19.97; 1989 10,000m 29.50.2; 1992 Marathon 2.17.56
Terry had a marvellous running career, winning the Scottish Marathon in 1987 and 1991 (plus another two silver medals and one bronze in the same championship); being Scottish 50 km champion four times; and running for Scotland on Track, Road and in the World Cross.

Ian MONCUR (3.01.53) Forres Harriers, Clyde Valley AC
1982 Mar 2.22.09

Ian was a great friend of Jim Brown   They came through school and club together (Bellshill Academy and Bellshill YMCA) but Ian did not join Monkland H when Jim did, remaining with Bellshill.   He went to Stirling University. Afterwards went into teaching and moved around the country:  Tobermory for a while, then up north to Forres and won the 1982 North District XC title. For Clyde Valley, he contributed to silver medals in the 1981 E to G. Then he headed for the Dundee area where he ran for Dundee Hawkhill for a bit. He ran for Clyde Valley in three E-G’s., and was also in team which finished second in the National Cross Country in 1980.

 

Joe Small, Ian Moncur and Neil Agnew

John MOODIE (3.05.70) Pitreavie
1988 2000S 6.07.08; 1988 3000S 9.27.3

A MOODY, Teviotdale Harriers
In the 1962 Scottish Junior National XC, Teviotdale won team bronze medals; and he went on to run for Scotland in the International Junior XC Championships. He ran the E to G in 1961, when his team finished 6th.

James MOORE, Shettleston Harriers

In the 1954 Senior National XC, he finished 25th and Shetteston won the title.

John MOORE (31.12.43) Victoria Park
1981 Mar 2.32.56

John came into running from football and, living in the Milngavie area, did a lot of running with the Allander Auld Runners.

William J MORE   Glasgow University, Kilmarnock Harriers

Willie More was a highly respected runner whether it was on the country, track or roads during the 1950’s and 60’s.   Best known as a track runner over all middle distances who was quite quick over the One Mile distance, the tall More was a natural steeplechaser.   He had many invitations t top class races such as the attempt on the Scottish One Mile record at Carluke by Graham Stark in 1959.   It was a short limit handicap with Stark from scratch and More off 15 yards.  The record was not beaten that day but it was a good run by More.   He won many an open handicap at meetings all over Scotland including the bigger ones such as the Rangers Sports.   Cross-country, his first run in the junior national was in 1954,  and although he ran well enough on the surface,  his best race over the country was in 1957/58 when he  won the South Western District championship.   

Patrick MORRIS (7.11.66) Cambuslang
1986 3000S 9.19.68

Pat was a very good runner who progressed through the age groups with Cambuslang.   As a Junior Boy in 1980 he was eleventh in the National, in ’82 as a senior boy he was eighth, and in his first year as a Junior Man he was second.   The following year ( 1985) he was seventh.   As an ‘International Junior’ he could have been selected for the International.  The Scottish Junior age group had a different qualification date from the ICCU one and he was within the ICCU guidelines.   He was not selected and there were protests and petitions, etc but Pat was not selected until one of the chosen had withdrawn thorough injury.  On the roads,  he won a silver medal with Cambuslang in the 1984 E to G.  

Pat then went on an athletics scholarship to Alabama University and ran well there before moving to Birmingham, Alabama.   He stayed there and has not returned.   His sister Sharon was also a good class athlete and his father wa also a member of Cambuslang.

Robin Morris

Robin L. MORRIS, Octavians, Edinburgh AC
1975 3000S 9.20.8; 1978 Marathon 2.39.23
Robin was dedicated to EAC; and to Scottish Hill Runners. With EAC he won team gold medals in the Senior National XC in 1973 and 1978, plus silver in 1979. He ran the E to G in 1972 and 1974 (4th). Robin was one of the founders of the SHR (or the Scottish Hill Runners Association as it was named originally) in 1983 and the first Secretary. He also won the first Scottish Hill Running Champion in that year. He was the organiser of many races over the years, including Glamaig, Tinto, Pentland Skyline and Chapelgill and was one of the instigators of the Carnethy 5 race.

Brian MORRISON, Irvine YM
1969 3000S 9.24.0
Brian finished third in the 1969 Scottish Junior National XC and ran very well for Scotland in the International Junior XC Championships, finishing 19th.

David MORRISON, Shettleston Harriers

David joined Shettleston Harriers in 1933 and was a lifelong supporter of the club and all its activities.  

Henry MORRISON, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, Edinburgh AC
1972 Mar 2.35.00
Henry was a decent marathon runner who did well as a veteran athlete. He ran for Scotland versus England and Wales in the very first annual British and Irish Masters XC International in 1988; and won the M50 Scottish Veterans XC title in 1994. In the British and Irish, Henry contributed to team gold medals: M55 in 1994; M60 in 1995; and M65 in 1999.  He won medals before the War as a runner and contemporary of such as Jim Flockhart. As a veteran he set world records in no fewer than six events. In between times he became a field events expert and coach and also officiated all meetings in all capacities.  

James MORRISON, Aberdeen AAC (born 1938)
1982 Mar 2.39.06
Jim took up running late but was always enthusiastic and friendly. He was part of the Aberdeen team which finished second in the 1981 Scottish Masters XC championship. In 1988 he won a silver medal in the M50 age group of at Clydebank; and later that year ran for Scotland (versus England and Wales) in the very first annual Masters International XC. He thoroughly enjoyed taking part in Aberdeen success in the Veterans Alloa to Bishopbriggs 8-Man Relay in 1990 (bronze) and 1991 (gold).

Lachie Stewart in front of Norman Morrison at Cowal Highland Hatering

Norman S. MORRISON (13.03.49) Shettleston, University of London, Croydon – see full profile
SEE PROFILE
Norman was a Scottish International runner: on the track; as a Junior in the 1967 and 1968 International XC championships; and as a Senior in the 1973 World Cross. He achieved tremendous success with Shettleston Harriers.

Ronald MORRISON, (15.04.46) Strathclyde University, St. Andrews University, Shettleston, Fife AC – see full profile
1964 PV 3.05 17 1965 PV 3.05 21 1966 PV 3.12 17 1970 3000S 10.02.4 25 1971 3000S 10.03.2 24 1972 400H 59.4 21 1972 3000S 9.54.8 28 1972 PV 2.74 30 1973 400H 60.3 26 1973 PV 2.90 21 1974 PV 3.00 23 1975 PV 2.90 22 1976 PV 3.00 24 1977 HT 30.88 19
Ronnie is a clever, determined, sociable man who has done a lot for the sport: as a competitor, organiser, official and the driving force behind the invaluable internet archive of the Scottish Road Running Commission. 

William B. MORRISON, Larkhall YMCA, Sheffield University
1961 440y 50.7; 1961 880y 1.52.2; 1961 1M 4.17.8
William was a Scottish International athlete at 880 yards. He won the Scottish title in 1960 and added bronze medals in 1961 and 1962.

George MORTIMER, Kirkcaldy YMCA, Edinburgh Eastern Harriers, Edinburgh AC

 George started his athletic career with Kirkcaldy YMCA for whom he ran in all the major championships although he seemed to prefer the road surfaces.   He ran in 5 Edinburgh to Glasgow races for them and one for Edinburgh Eastern Harriers, without ever dropping a place.   Kenny’s Dad.

Kenneth R. MORTIMER (10.08.60) Edinburgh University, Edinburgh AC
1985 800m 1.52.8; 1984 1500m 3.47.95; 1984 One Mile 4.04.3; 1992 3000m 8.16.68; 1986 3000m Steeplechase 9.16.03; 1986 5000m 14.33.47
Kenny was a versatile, friendly runner who ran for Scotland on the track at 1500m. He won the Scottish Indoor 1500m title in 1987; was third in the Outdoor 1500m in 1984; and added bronze medals in the Indoor 3000m in 1990 and 1992. For EU, he contributed to team bronze in the 1979 Junior National XC; and silver in 1981. In the E to G, he ran for EU in 1981, and with EAC in 1982 won a silver medal – he was fastest on Stage 4. He competed every year from 1983-1987, when his team finished second again. In the Scottish Six-Stage Relay, he added two more silver medals in 1983 and 1988. He ran well as a Veteran and then took up Triathlon.

Bruce MORTON, Falkirk Victoria Harriers

He ran several E to G relays for FVH, and gained a well-deserved bronze medal in 1976.

Alastair G. MOWAT, Edinburgh University
1959 440y 51.9; 1961 880y 1.55.3
Alastair ran the E to G in 1958, 1959 and 1961.

 

Jim MORTON, Springburn Harriers – see full profile
Jim was a good runner who later became a well-respected athletics official. He won bronze medals in the Scottish track championships – at 3 Miles (1948) and 6 Miles (1950). In the Senior National, Springburn won team silver in 1951 (when Jim finished 8th) and bronze in 1952 and 1953. He ran the E to G in 1949, 1950 and 1951 (when his team finished third). He was President of the SCCU in 1963-1964; and a fine, popular, efficient Manager for many Scottish International XC Teams.

Patrick MOY, Vale of Leven 
Pat ran for Scotland in the International Cross-Country Championships in 1956, 1957 and 1958. Between 1955 and 1962, he ran 8 successive E to G road relays. In 1955 he was fastest on Stage Two and Vale won the ‘most meritorious unplaced performance’ medals. Pat won a silver medal in the 1956 Scottish 6 Miles track championship. He won the Ben Nevis Race in 1956, breaking the record. In 1955, “Glasgow and District B” – Joe Timmins 5th, Pat Moy 7th and Stan Horn 8th – won the Ben Nevis team trophy.

Henry MUCHAMORE, H.E.L.P.
Henry won M50 bronze in the 1989 Scottish Masters XC championship. He founded Haddington and East Lothian Pacemakers and was a fine organiser and journalist whose column in ‘Scotland’s Runner’ magazine helped greatly to publicise Veteran Athletics. For many years, HELP raised a great amount of money for charitable causes. Henry ran the Dundee Marathon in 2.39; won the 1991 M50 title in the Scottish Veterans 10,000m; and was a coach to many athletes, young and older. He was Secretary and Chairman for the SVHC.

 

Nathaniel MUIR, Shettleston see full profile

A MULHOLLAND, Victoria Park
1981 Mar 2.37.43

William A. MULLETT (13.11.47) Brighton & Hove, Shettleston, Bellahouston – see full profile
Bill was a Scottish International Steeplechaser and also competed in the International Cross-Country Championships.

Clark MURPHY (12.05.69) Pitreavie
1987 800m 1.53.30; 1988 1500m 3.53.2; 1987 3000m 8.17.6 8; 1987 5000 14.39.19
In 1988, Clark won the East District Junior XC title and led Pitreavie to team gold medals. Then he won the Scottish Junior National XC championship and later was selected to run for Great Britain in the World Junior Cross in New Zealand. In 1989 he retained his Scottish Junior National Cross-Country title.   Clark was the first Scotsman to run for Great Britain in the World Cross-Country Championship after the Scottish team was dropped from the competition.

Alan MURRAY (2.05.67) Kilmarnock Harriers
1993 400m 48.1;1989 800m 1.48.63; 1992 1500m 3.50.38
Alan was a Scottish International athlete at 800m and 1500m. He won medals in Scottish Championships: outdoor silver in the 1989 800m, bronze in the 1995 400m; indoor silver in the 1988 400m and the 1988 800m.

Brian MURRAY (30.09.67) Edinburgh Southern
1992 400 49.61; 1992 800 1.50.1;1991 1500 3.54.1
Brian was a very good athlete who worked his way up through the age groups winning medals at SAAA and SSAA age group championships and went on to become a Scottish International track athlete at 800m. He won an outdoor silver medal in the 1993 Scottish 800m championships; and indoor bronze in the 1993 800m. In 1991 he ran the E to G.

Callum MURRAY (22.11.60) RAF, Cambuslang, Hillingdon
1982 3000m 8.18.9; 1982 5000m 14.13.12; 1987 10,000m 29.49.57; 1989 Mar 2.30.29
An RAF man Callum travelled the length and breadth of the country during his service career.   This accounts for what might be seen as a rather ideosyncratic racing pattern.  Callum won two bronze medals in Scottish Athletics Championships: 1983 5000m and 1987 10,000m. In the E to G, he contributed to team silver in 1986 and gold in 1987.

Ewan MURRAY (Garscube Harriers)

Ewan was a good club runner as a young athlete (he won team medals as a cross-country age group runner) and raced for the club in track (mainly 800m), road and cross-country events.   He is much better known however as a long serving secretary of the SAAA who became President of the SAAA and was Scottish representative at the AAA committee for a spell.

A Fergus MURRAY (11.09.42) Dundee Hawkhill, Edinburgh Univ, Edinburgh Southern – see full profile

Michael MURRAY (23.08.58) Aberdeen AAC
1984 800m 1.52.4; 1984 1500m 3.50.58; 1989 10,000m 31.11.4.
Mike was not only a fine track athlete but also an invaluable runner who contributed a great deal to team successes in road relays. He ran the E to G eleven times, contributing to gold medals in 1983 and 1986, and four bronze medals too. In the Scottish Six Stage Road Relay he added bronze medals in 1981 and 1989; and silver much later (for Metro Aberdeen RC) in the 1999 Scottish Veterans Six-Stager. Perhaps his most surprising feat was enduring the 1982 John o’Groats to Land’s End 10-Man Relay, when AAAC smashed the record.

Glasgow University team at the Isle of Man:

Doug Macdonald, Alastair Douglas, Ian Archibald and Raph Murray

Raphael MURRAY (21.01.54) Aberdeen University, Glasgow University, Aberdeen AAC
1980 3000m Steeplechase 9.24.18; 1980 Marathon 2.28.25.
Married to Barbara Harvie. Father of Callum, Declan and Seonaid Murray.
Raph was a cheerful, sociable runner who ran the E to G for GU three times; and won a bronze medal with AAAC in the 1981 Scottish Six Stage Road Relay. He secured a Scottish Veteran track title in the Indoor championships in the Kelvin Hall.

Steven MURRAY (27.04.69) Kilmarnock
1989 800 1.52.03

Steven was the brother of Alan

Thomas MURRAY (18.05.61) Greenock Glenpark, Cambuslang, Spango Valley, Inverclyde – see full profile
Tommy was a Scottish International athlete on the track, on the hills and in the World Cross. 

William J. MURRAY (14.07.40) Greenock Glenpark, Edinburgh Southern, Anglo Scottish
1963 2M 9.30.0; 1969 3M 14.11.2; 1967 6M 29.43.0x; 1967 10M 50.39.0; 1964 3000S 9.41.6; 1965 Mar 2.30.20.
Bill won three medals in Scottish Athletics track championships: silver in the 1962 3 Miles; and bronze in the Track 10 Miles in 1965 and 1967. Between 1959 and 1968, he ran the E to G 9 times for Greenock Glenpark Harriers. In 1969 he was in the ESH team which won the E to G.

Jonathan MUSGRAVE, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh AC, Aberdeen AAC
1982 Mar 2.35.24
Jon was a tall, powerful runner who did well on the hills (for example winning the Braemar hill race and setting a record for the Great Wilderness Challenge 25 miles race); and in the E to G, which he ran four times for AAAC, between 1990 and 1994. However, he was best as a GB International Orienteer. His finest achievement was winning a rare British silver medal in the 1993 World Orienteering Championships in the USA. Jon was British Orienteering Champion four times and also won the 1997 World Masters title. Now he coaches the British squad and organises ‘Running the Highlands’ – see the website.

John K. MYATT Strathclyde University, Law & District, Wirral – see full profile
1967 1M 4.12.1; 1970 5000m 14.39.4; 1970 10,000m 30.54.0; 1968 10M 50.23.0; 1971 Mar 2.21.57
John was a tall, slim, strong, well-respected runner who had a real talent for cross-country – he represented Scotland in the Junior and Senior International XC championships.

Peter McGregor

Peter McGregor as a runner improved dramatically during the time I knew him – neither I nor I suspect any others realised for some time just how good he made himself.    He always gives credit to his clubmates at Victoria Park and to Ronnie Kane in particular for assistance that helped him on his way.   To see how good he made himself, read the article below by Jimmy Christie.

So how is that for a story?   It’s the kind of thing that should be more inspirational and maybe if more people knew the Peter McGregor story they would try a wee bit harder themselves and Scottish Athletics would be in a better state!

Who’s Who of Distance Running: McAlinden – McParland

Charlie McAlinden (138), Pat McAtier (52), Brian McAusland (2nd right in group)

Charles McAlinden (Babcock & Wilcox, Paisley Harriers) – see full profile

Mile: 4:20.3   1959;  Marathon:  2:25:45   1965.

1st SAAA marathon  1966, 3rd SAAA Marathon 1964 and ’65.

Charlie started out as a track runner running well over 880y and the Mile, going round the Highland Games, Sports Meetings, etc, and running in championships, before moving up a distance or three and finding his athletic niche as a marathon runner.

E McALLISTER (Shettleston Harriers)
In the unofficial 1946 Scottish XC championship, Shettleston won the team title, with four runners in the top ten. Consequently, McAllister ran for Scotland in the International XC Championships on Ayr Racecourse.

Ronald M. McALLISTER (Edinburgh Southern Harriers, Birchfield Harriers)
1960 1M 4.14.4; 1960 2M 9.16.0; 1962 3M 14.34.0.
Ronald was 19th and third counter in the ESH team which won bronze medals in the 1957 Senior National XC championships. He ran the E to G four times, gaining team silver medals in 1961 and 1962 (when he ran the fastest time on Stage 8).

Alistair McANGUS, (Bellahouston Harriers, Kilbarchan AAC)

Alistair was in Bellahouston teams that: won the 1985 Scottish 6 Stage Road Relay; and secured silver medals in the 1983 E to G and the 1984 Scottish XC Relay (plus bronze in 1985).

Pat McATIER  (Paisley Harriers)

Pat was a a member of Paisley Harriers who represented them in all the cross-country championships and in the Edinburgh to Glasgow relay in winter.   He was also a good road runner who ran all over the country as a member of the Scottish Marathon Club, travelling in Jimmy Scott’s van to Dundee, Strathallan, etc as well as in  local road races such as the Dirrans 13 pictured above. In the 1963 season-long SMC championship, he finished third; and later became Captain and then an important committee member.

Charles McAULEY (Aberdeen University, Aberdeen AAC)
1973 Mar 2.23.00.
Charlie was fifth in two National Marathon championships: the Scottish in 1971; and the Australian in 1973. Before he emigrated, he was known as a hard-training, tough, cheerful guy who loved demanding cross-country courses. He ran XC for Scottish Universities and featured in several AU team successes in North of Scotland road races (as well as third place in the 1971 Welsh classic Nos Galan). In the E to G, AU’s best ever position was a respectable 9th in 1970.

Duncan McAULEY (Cambuslang Harriers)
1979 800 1.54.9.
In 1980, Duncan was part of the Cambuslang team that won bronze medals in the Senior National XC championships. He ran the E to G in 1979, when they finished fifth.

Brian  McAUSLAND (2.12.37) Clydesdale Harriers – see full profile
1969 6M 31.36.0; 1975 Mar 2.39.13.

Started running when doing National Service between 1956 and 1958 and started running for Clydesdale Harriers on demob in October 1958.   Ran in all the usual races (including 20 consecutive E-G’s.   Other pb’s include Mile in 4:24, Three Miles in 14:45 and 16+ miles Clydebank to Helensburgh 1:28  (Best C-H result was fourth in 1969).   Described by Allan Faulds as a good, reliable club runner’. 

Paul McAVOY, Lochaber AC, Cambuslang Harriers

Paul was a member of Lochaber AC where his father Eugene had been a long-time member and hill runner.   Paul joined Cambuslang Harriers and was in teams that won gold medals in the 1987 Junior National Cross-Country; and the 1987 Edinburgh to Glasgow relay.

Alan McBETH (1.02.71) East Kilbride
1989 800 1.52.96; 1993 1500 3.53.09

Alan was a very promising young runner, coached by John Radigan, who had an excellent group including Graeme Croll,and after John left to the area for business reasons, Alan went to Alex Naylor but didn’t stay in the sport for much longer. 

William McBRINN (30.07.1930 – 22.09.2013) (Monkland, Shettleston, Scottish Veteran Harriers Club  – see full profile
1961 Mar 2.37.32; 1981 Mar 2.39.20; 1982 Mar 2.33.19.
Bill was an irrepressible, tough, genial man who won a silver medal in the 1961 Scottish Marathon championship; and much later set British M55 and M60 age-group records for that challenging distance.

D McCABE (Spango Valley AAC)

He won two team bronze medals for Spango in the Scottish 6 Stage Road Relay (1985 and 1986). He ran the E to G in 1980 and 1982, when his team finished 9th. 

Bill McBrinn

Ian J. McCAFFERTY (24.11.44) Motherwell YMCA, Law & District – see full profile

Tony McCALL (Garscube Harriers, Clydebank AAC, Dumbarton AAC)
1977 Mar 2.42.01; 1982 Mar 2.37.54

Tony was a good club runner taking part in everything that everybody else did while a member of Garscube.   He  transferred to Clydebank AC and encouraged his son to run with Shettleston Harriers.   This had the side benefit of letting Tony train with Bill Scally’s group.   He learned a lot and his running improved dramatically.    He later joined Dumbarton AAC and competed as a veteran, becoming a prominent member of the Scottish Veteran Harriers Club, winning individual bronze in the 1983 M40 Scottish Masters XC, plus team silver that year, 1984 and 1985. Tony ran for Scotland in the very first Masters Cross-Country International versus England and Wales in 1988 .

Gerry McCANN (5.06.68) Bellahouston Harriers, Glasgow University, Edinburgh AC
800m: 1.54.25 (1990); 1500m: 3.51.43 (1990); One Mile: 4.10.0 (1990); 3000m Steeplechase 9.23.0 (1990)

 Gerry was a very good athlete as a youth and junior with Bellahouston running mainly on the track but he was a good road and cross-country runner too,  For instance ran the E to G for Bellahouston in 1989 and 1990.  Like others of his generation – Bobby Quinn and Alastair Douglas for instance, he opted to run for the University rather than his club when he was a student.   The result was that Glasgow University became very powerful indeed and won the Scottish Universities cross-country championships eight times in a row.

Anthony McCARTNEY, Cambuslang Harriers

Tony was part of the Cambuslang team that achieved E to G victory for the first time in 1987.

Kenneth McCARTNEY (25.03.58) Law & District
1978 800 1.52.2; 1978 1500 3.47.7; 1975 5000m 14.37.0.
Kenny ran on all surfaces – look at the best times above and the 5000m time for a 17 year old is still pretty good.  Kenny ran for Scotland in the 1975 World Junior Cross-Country championships.

Walter McCASKEY Edinburgh AC – see full profile

Patrick McCAVANNA, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers
He contributed to silver medals in the 1990 E to G and the 1991 Six Stage Road Relay; and gold in the 1991 Scottish XC Relay.

Peter McCOLGAN [NI] (20.02.63) Dundee Hawkhill Harriers  – see full profile
800m 1.52.8 (1989); 1500m 3.46.8 (1991); One Mile 4.05.6 (1995); 3000m Steeplechase 8.27.93 (1991); 5000m 13.48.86 (1990).

Willie McColl  Glasgow University, Bellahouston Harriers

Willie was a good age group runner – I think he was second in the SAAA Senior Boys 1500m, and then while at University had a spell as the Hares & Hounds club captain…

Thomas McCOOK (1946-2016) Inverness, Aberdeen, Birchfield Harriers
1968 1M 4.19.8
Tom started running well in Inverness. With Aberdeen AAC, he won a bronze medal in the 1973 Edinburgh to Glasgow Relay. However, it was his enthusiastic dedication to Birchfield Harriers that contributed to so many top-level successes. He was the club’s long-term President and an enormously popular man.

John McCORMACK Springburn Harriers

John McCormack was a coal miner who was as tough as a runner as he had to be in his day job.   There were many times when he was working in the mine in the morning and racing in the afternoon.   In 1956 he finished eighth in the  Senior National XC and consequently ran for Scotland in the International XC championships. In the E to G between 1955 (when Springburn finished third) and 1960, he competed six times in succession, usually on the classy second or sixth Stages.

Roy McCRONE Bellahouston Harriers, Glasgow University
1973 800m 1.53.7; 1974 1500m 3.53.0; 1975 5000m 14.35.5; 1982 Mar 2.34.46.
Roy ran the E to G for GU twice and Bellahouston five times.th; and 1993 when they improved to fourth.

Alan McDONALD Garscube Harriers
1972 400 50.3; 1972 800 1.53.5
Alan finished second in the 1973 Scottish Indoor 600m championship.

Alex McDONALD, Auchmountain Harriers (Greenock).

A.K. McDonald was an important figure in Scottish Athletics before and after the Second World War. He was South-Western District Cross-Country Champion in 1935 and his team also won. In 1946 Alex secured a bronze medal in the Scottish Ten Miles Track championship. Alex was a founder member of the Scottish Marathon Club in 1944. He was also an important official and became President of the SCCU in 1960-1961. 

Alex McDONALD (Edinburgh)

1982:  3000m S/chase  9:58.7

Douglas MacDONALD  (Maryhill Harriers, Clydesdale Harriers, Glasgow University)

Douglas was a good runner in all endurance events whether road, track or country – he even took part in the old Glasgow to Fort William Relay (8 runners, 4 stages apiece).   He ran in the Edinburgh to Glasgow relay as well as all the winter championships.   He was part of the ‘Eight in a Row’ GU H&H team.

Douglas McDONALD (Edinburgh Southern Harriers)

1978:  3000m S/chase  8:57.9

John McDONALD  (Shettleston)

Marathon:  2:39:14   1967

John McDONALD (Lewisvale Spartans)

Marathon:  2:29:43   1971

Scott McDONALD (or MacDonald) (Swindon)

 10,000m  30:06.5   1986; Marathon 2.22.01

In 1985, he ran well for Scotland in the Edinburgh Waverley Market Marathon, finishing second behind his team-mate Mike Carroll – and Scotland won the team race, defeating Wales, Eire and England.

William McDONALD  (East Kilbride)

3000m S.chase:  9:59.6   1977

Alex McDOUGALL, Vale of Leven AC
In 1957, Alex finished 9th in the Senior National XC, and consequently ran for Scotland in the International XC Championships, where he was a team counter in 53rd position. However, his favourite surface seemed to be the road. In the E to G (where he was usually given the longest Stage Six), he ran 6 times between 1955 (when Vale was 5th and won the ‘most improved’ awards) and 1961. Their best position was fourth in 1956. In the 1958 Scottish Marathon championship, Alex finished second in 2.32.35. He ran for Scotland in the Cardiff Commonwealth Games Marathon, which held in unbearably hot conditions, and was the only Scot to reach the finish, running 2.29.57.2 for a fine 7th place.

Charles McDOUGALL (East Kilbride)

Marathon: 2:22:06  1983

Charlie was a good runner with East Kilbride for most of the 1980’s running five E-G relays on stages  2, 4, 6 and 5 before moving to Calderglen, the new club in East Kilbride fo whom he ran in the E-G in 1989.   Charlie went on to have an excellent career as a veteran.   His best race may have been in 1991 when he was third in the SAAA marathon championship.

Alan McDOWALL (Ayr Seaforth)

3000m S/chase:  9:54.6   1971

Hugh McERLEAN   (Vale of Leven)

Marathon:  3:10:00   1968

Hugh McErlean was a very hard man in any race.   He never ever gave up and that led to medals in many races, particularly in the Dunbartonshire County Championships on the track and over the country.   Among his triumphs was winning the Balloch to Clydebank when it was a 12 mile road race.   Hugh is remembered by many as the only man to run two consecutive stages of the Edinburgh to Glasgow relay in the same race.   His team mate at the end of the fourth stage did not turn up and nobody stopped Hughie who just kept running and completed the next stage.

Pat McERLEAN  (Spango Valley AAC, Aberdeen AAC)

Marathon:  2:23:40   1985

Pat was a quiet, friendly man who trained extremely hard – often with Colin Youngson. In the E to G, Spango finished 7th in 1981, securing the ‘most improved’ medals; then Pat ran for Aberdeen in the 1984 E to G, when they finished fifth; and 1985 (6th). He also completed several marathons.

Duncan McFADYEN  (Greenock Glenpark)

5000m:  14:43.27  1991; 10000m:  29:33.4   1989

Duncan was a good all round distance runner who represented Glenpark in everything they did.  

Danny McFADZEAN (Royal Navy, Beith Harriers)

6 Miles:  30:19.6   1969; Marathon:  2:31:01   1969

Danny was a bit of a hero in the Scottish Marathon Club because of his willingness to race, how hard he raced and the times he turned in in every race.  A member of Beith at the same time as Ian Harris, they were a formidable duo who did not get too many chances to run in the same team with Ian in the Army and Danny in the Navy.

Robert McFALL  (Edinburgh Southern)

Mile:  4:21.5  1960;   3000m S/chase: 9:39.8   1961

Bert, a popular and respected gentleman, enjoyed a long career in athletics, being successful on track, road and cross-country as a young man and again as a senior veteran runner. In 1963, he was East of Scotland Steeplechase champion. In 1964, for the first time, ESH won the Senior National Cross-Country team title. Bert also helped to win silver and bronze in that event, as he did in the E to G. As a veteran, he won Scottish titles at M65 and M70, as well as securing individual and team silver medals in the British and Irish Masters Cross-Country International.

Duncan McFARLANE ,Gateshead Harriers,  Riddings

Duncan McFARLANE, Victoria Park
Duncan was a valuable member of VP teams which won several prestigious medals: in the Senior National Cross-Country, silver in 1947 (when he finished 12th), bronze in 1949 and 1950 – and gold in 1951; in the E to G, it was silver in 1949 and gold in 1950.

Duncan McFARLANE , Springburn Harriers

Walter McFARLANE, Shettleston Harriers
On the track, Walter won a bronze medal in the 1953 Scottish championships 6 Miles; and on the road, another bronze in the 1956 Scottish Marathon. In the Senior National Cross-Country, he added team silver in 1953; and in the E to G, silver in 1953 (when he was fastest on Stage 5) and bronze in 1957.

John McGARVA, Falkirk Victoria Harriers

Along with Jim Dingwall and Willie Day, John was a stalwart for FVH from their revival in the 1970s. Perhaps he enjoyed cross-country most, and contributed to 1980s team victories in the East District Cross-Country championships; team silver medals in the 1985 Senior National Cross-Country; and bronze in the 1977 and 1978 Scottish Cross-Country Relay. On the road, it was silver in the 1982 6 Stage Relay; and in the Edinburgh to Glasgow Relay, 1976 bronze and a longed-for, well-earned victory in 1984. Then he became a successful coach of many athletes. For decades John worked as the head brewer and owner at Tryst Brewery, producing excellent real ale –  in cask and bottle-conditioned – and not surprisingly winning Scottish champion awards.

Dermot McGONIGLE, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, Shettleston Harriers

Dermot specialised in hill-running – he was Scottish champion in 1986 and 1996 – but for Dundee won a silver medal in the 1989 Scottish 6-Stage Road Relay; and team bronze in the 1990 Senior National XC.

Alexander McGREGOR, Plebeian Harriers, Bellahouston Harriers
Alex enjoyed a long career before and after the Second World War. In 1934 he won the Midland ‘Junior’ Cross-Country title; and in the Senior National finished 8th, with his Plebeian Harriers team 1st equal, with Dundee Thistle Harriers. In 1937 they were third team. For Bellahouston in 1947, Alex was an excellent second behind Andy Forbes, and won the team title. Consequently, he represented Scotland in the International XC Championships and counted for the team in 37th place. In 1948, Alex finished 11th in the Senior National and added team silver. In the E to G, Plebeian won in 1933 and Bella won bronze in May 1949. On the track, Alex finished third in the 1947 Scottish 6 Miles championship.

Peter McGREGOR, Victoria Park  – see full profile
1981 Marathon 2.26.47

Duncan McGRORY, Victoria Park AAC
1980 1500m 3.54.93; 1979 3000m Steeplechase 9.54.3
In 1979, Duncan finished 16th in the Scottish Junior National Cross-Country and VP won team silver medals.

John McGROW   Longwood Harriers, Springburn Harriers

1968   880y 1:52.8; 1969  800m: 1:54.1;  1969  Mile: 4:00.9;  1969  1500m: 3:53.4; 1968:  2 Miles  8:50.8; 1972  3000m  8:22.8;  1967  3 miles: 13:36.0.

John was an Anglo who came up to Scotland from time to time and ran for Springburn in the the Edinburgh to Glasgow (1968 and ’69) and a few other races such as the Two Miles invitation at Cowal Highland Games.  

Kevin McGUIRE   Army

1984  Marathon:  2:21:59

Michael McHALE  Pitreavie

1989  Marathon  2:31:31

James McHARDY  Glasgow University, Law & District

1972  3000m Steeplechase  9:39.6

Jim was a good competitive runner who ran in the national cross-country championships and in the Edinburgh to Glasgow for both clubs. He was a strong runner who won a bronze medal in the 1971 Scottish Steeplechase championships. He had represented Scottish Universities at cross-country – and ran well many times (often in deep mud) for Glasgow University. In the E to G he ran five times in succession for GU (1967-1971). 

Hamish McHATTIE  St Modans

1963  Three Miles  14:3.4

Hamish ran well as a young athlete winning races around the country at various Sports meetings and cross-country race including, on the road, the prestigious Clydesdale Harriers Youth Race but disappeared as a senior man.

H McHENERY  Greenock Wellpark Harriers

A good runner in the Youths and Junior ranks for Wellpark, maybe particularly on the country with team medals at County and District championships, and the high spot as an individual was in 1957/58 when he was third in the national to John Wright (Clydesdale) and George Govan of Shettleston. 

Douglas McILRAITH  Paisley Harriers 

1978  800m  1:55.6

Alex McINDOE  Springburn Harriers

1989  1500  3:53.76;   1989  3000m 8:30:10

‘Mole’ was a well known figure in Scottish athletics, a bundle of talent that never quite came to fruition.  He ran for his club in championships (country, district and national) and in relays (District, Six Stage, Road Relays) and never gave less than 100%. Between 1977 and 1992, Alex ran the E to G 14 times, including 12th place in 1980, which secured the ‘most meritorious’ medals. In 1988 Springburn won gold medals in the Scottish Six Stage Road Relay.

Hamish McINNES,  Old Gaytonians, Shettleston Harriers

1983  800m  1:49.0; 1984  1000m  2:20.37;  1983  1500m  3:43.41; 1983  Mile  4:02.5; 1987  3000  8:05.9;  1987  5000m  14:25.07

Hamish was third in the SAAA 800m championships in 1982 and third in the 1500m the following year.  A good all round athlete he represented Scotland several times at 800m and 1500m.

Alan McINTOSH, Pitreavie AAC, Fife

1979  1500m  3:52.6;  1977  3000m S/chase  9:00.4

Alan ran the E to G for Fife four times between 1976 and 1980: including 1976, when 6th place secured the ‘most improved’ medals; and 1978, when the club was 8th after Alan gained four places when he was second-fastest on Stage Three.

Charles McINTYRE,  Fraserburgh

1988 1000m 31:57.2; 1990 Marathon 2:25:58

Charlie was a consistently good road runner, who ran in the E to G for the North District Select. In 1990 he was fourth (and first Scot) in the Aberdeen Marathon, when he was representing Scotland in a Home Countries International match.

Colin McINTYRE, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh Southern Harriers
In 1981, Colin won a bronze medal in the Scottish Junior National XC (leading EU to team silver medals) and consequently ran for Scotland in the World Cross, in which he was a team counter. In the Senior National, with ESH, he won the 1982 team title. In the E to G, after running twice for EU, he featured in two victorious ESH teams (1981 and 1982). All this from an Orienteer, who represented GB in many World championship events between 1981 and 1989.

Colin McIVER, Strathclyde University
1967 880y 1.56.4
Colin ran cross-country for the hard-training, hard-celebrating Strath team, represented Scottish Universities and, in the 1967 E to G, contributed to 12th place, which secured the ‘most improved’ medals.

Andrew G McKAY,  Edinburgh

1984  1500m  3:49.56;   1981  2000m  5:58.8;  3000m  8:24.82;1982;   1980  5000m  14:59.0; 1980  2000m S/chase  5:58.39;    1982   3000m S/chase   9:07.89

Andrew was a Scottish International Steeplechaser. EAC won silver medals in the 1979 Scottish National Youths Cross-Country. He ran the E to G twice, including 1981, when he was third on Stage One and the team finished 6th. Andrew won a bronze medal in the 1982 Scottish Six Stage Relay.

F. McKAY, Victoria Park

In 1953 he contributed to VP winning the E to G; and added a silver medal in 1955.

Hugh McKAY,  Dundee University, Central Region, Dundee Hawkhill, Fife.

1985  1500m: 3:48.3;  1988  3000m  8:31.5;  1987  5000m  14:42.8;  1991  Marathon  2:26:03

Between 1982 and 1986, Hugh ran the E to G four times for DHH, including 1985, when they finished 6th. In 1991 he won the Dundee Marathon in a sprint finish from Rod Bell of DHH.

Robert W. McKAY (13.12.35) Motherwell YMCA (see full profile for MacKAY)

Russell McKAY,   Shettleston

1983  3000m S/chase  931.48

Andrew McKEAN,  Edinburgh University, Edinburgh AC, Hillingdon – read full profile

1977  3000m  819.4;  1977 5000m  14:12.5; 1972  10000m  29:40.2;  1972  10 Miles  49 25.8

On the track Andy won the SAAA  10 miles in 1972 but he is much better known for his exploits on the road and over the country.   Andy McKean was a really outstanding runner on the Scottish cross-country scene when he won four cross-country championships in five years, at times seeming invincible.   He won in 1973, ’75, ’76 and ’77 and represented Scotland in the ICCU World Cross-Country Championships in 1971 and ’72 and then in the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in 1973, ’74, ’75, ’76, ’77 an ’78: a total of eight consecutive international appearances.

Tom McKEAN,  Bellshill YMCA, Motherwell, Clyde Valley, L&L Track Club, Haringey – see full profile

Tom is probably Scotland’s best ever track athlete, he certainly has a better record in major Games and Championships than any other.   You really need to read the full profile via the link above.

Tom McKean (2) leading Steve Cram (1)

James McKECHNIE, Pitreavie

1966  880y  1:57.5 

Ian McKENNA, Beith

1969  Marathon 2:59:38

Ian was a cheerful, tireless competitor travelling all over Scotland to races, often in the company of clubmate Jim Sloss .

Douglas McKENZIE,  Edinburgh Southern Harriers

1981  Marathon  2:36:33

Ian McKENZIE,  Metropolitan Police

1979  Marathon  2:33:20

Ian B McKENZIE,  Edinburgh Southern Harriers

1973  Marathon  2:40:56

Ian was a very successful, well-organised, encouraging ESH team manager who was considered invaluable by his runners in so many Scottish championship victories, especially in the Edinburgh to Glasgow Road Relay.

Robert J McKIM,  Duncanrigg School, East Kilbride, Thames Valley

1978  1500m  3:54.7;  1979  Mile  4:09.7; 1978   2000m S/chase  5:41.7;  1978  3000m S/chase: 8:53.5

McKim was a very good all round endurance runner.  Although he ran well on the country and always picked up places on his stage of the Edinburgh to Glasgow, the tall long-striding McKim was in his element as a steeplechaser and it was a loss to Scottish track when he left to live in England. Robert was a Scottish International steeplechaser who won a bronze medal in the 1979 Scottish Championship. For East Kilbride, he ran well in the E to G three times in succession – the club’s best position was 6th in 1977.

W J McKINLAY, Bellahouston

In 1947, he finished a fine 7th in the Senior National XC championships and his team won the title.

David McKIRDY, East Kilbride

Dave was a good club runner with East Kilbride who ran and raced in every championship for which he was eligible. A real enthusiast, he persuaded Tom O’Reilly (Springburn) to try running on the hills, and is ‘credited’  with getting Tom into the ‘Island Peaks Challenge’ as his running partner.

Gavin McKIRDY, East Kilbride
1981 Mar 2.37.42
Gavin was a good runner who ran the E to G three times between 1981 and 1983.   He had a good career as a veteran, finishing second in the SVHC Marathon at Bellahouston behind Dave Kerr (Garscube Harriers) in 1981.

John McLAREN, Victoria Park  – see full profile
1959 2M 9.12.5; 1959 3M 14.26.4; 1962 6M 30.40.0

James P. McLATCHIE, Doon, Muirkirk Welfare, Ayr Seaforth, Lamar State University (USA), Luton SEE FULL PROFILE
1965 880y 1.51.8; 1963 1M 4.07.9; 1964 2M 8.59.2; 1961 3M 14.23.0; 1962 3000S 9.21.7.

Alex McLEAN, Greenock Glenpark Harriers, Bellahouston Harriers

Alex McLean was a quiet, gentle man who was a ferocious competitor.   If we look at his competitive record at national level we see that quite clearly.   He started his career with Greenock Glenpark Harriers for whom he was eleventh finisher in the 1939 national championship.  It was a time when athletes often switched clubs for competition reasons and these moves were accepted by the clubs concerned.   It was no surprise to see him turn out for Bellahouston Harriers after the war and it was in their colours that he won the SAAA track championships over 10 Miles in 1947 and 1948, and the Six Miles in 1948 and 1949.   

Over the country he was placed 16th in 1947 winning a team gold medal, fourth in 1948 when the team was second and he himself was selected for the ICCU International Championships.   His last race for the Glasgow club was in 1949 when he was 30th and again he won a team silver.   1950 saw him back at Greenock for whom he ran in four more national championships, the best being in 1953 when he was ninth.

On the roads in the Edinburgh to Glasgow relay, he ran the sixth stage for the Greenock Glenpark team that won the most meritorious medal in 1939.   After the War, in 1950 he again ran the sixth stage for the Greenock club moving up to third place and helping them to bronze, he ran sixth in 1951 for the fourth placed team,the same stage again in 1952 saw him pull in three places but the club could only finish 15th and sixth again in 1953 in an unplaced squad.  Five races, all on the sixth stage.  Alex was a good runner, well liked and respected by all in Scottish athletics he was another who could have been much better but for the years between 1939 and 1945 being excised from his record.

R.F. McLEAN, Springburn Harriers
He ran the E to G five times between 1949 and 1954, winning team bronze in 1951 and 1954, when he moved up three places on Stage Two.

S McLEAN, Bellahouston Harriers
He ran the E to G three times (1954-56) and Bellahouston finished third in 1956.

W McLEAN, Greenock Glenpark Harriers
After finishing 5th in the 1948 Senior National XC, he ran for Scotland in the International Championships. In the E to G, Glenpark won team bronze medals in 1950.

Albert McLELLAN, Springburn Harriers
1971 800m 1.56.1
Albert was a cyclist before he was a runner and although of a bigger build than the usual distance runner, he turned in many useful times on the track.   He won a bronze medal in the 1972 Scottish Indoor 600m championships.   Albert also ran road and cross-country.

Charles McLENNAN Shettleston
Shettleston won the 1946 unofficial Scottish Cross-Country Championship, with four runners in the top ten. Consequently, Charles represented Scotland in the International Cross-Country Championships in Ayr. In 1947 he won a silver medal in the Scottish 3 Miles track championships.

Andy McLinden

Andrew McLINDEN, Hamilton Harriers – see full profile
1992 10,000m 32.50.6 
Andy, who was born in 1951, has enjoyed a very long, successful career as a Veteran/Master athlete: winning medals in six different 5-year age-groups at Scottish, British and European levels; and running frequently for Scotland in the British and Irish 5 Nations Cross-Country Masters International.

Martin McMAHON, Shettleston Harriers
In the Junior National Cross-Country, between 1967 and 1969, Shettleston won team silver and then two gold medals, with Martin 4th in both victories. He ran for Scotland in the 1968 International Junior Cross-Country championships, finishing in a very good 17th position. In the E to G, which Martin ran three times between 1966 and 1968, he contributed to silver in 1967 and gold in 1968.

Peter McMAHON (21.10.44) Shettleston
1982 10,000m 33.37.8
Peter ran the E to G in 1982, 1983 and 84 (when his team finished 7th and won the ‘most meritorious’ awards.

Arthur McMASTER, Strathclyde University, Ayr Seaforth
1977 Mar 2.44.27
Arthur ran the E to G in 1975 (when Strathclyde finished 8th) and 1976.

David J. McMEEKIN, Victoria Park  – see full profile
1974 800m 1.46.8; 1974 1500m 3.43.1; 1976 One Mile 3.58.05
Despite being an outstanding International track athlete, Davie always supported his club in road and cross-country events. In 1973 he was fifth in the Scottish Junior XC championships (VP team silver) and ran for Scotland in the World Junior XC championships (finishing a very good 17th). Then he starred in the VP team that won the Midland XC Relay title. In the E to G, which Davie ran an amazing 17 times in succession, between 1970 and 1986, VP won two silver medals and one bronze.

Donald McMILLAN, Inverness Royal Academy, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh AC, Durham City, Rowntree
1986 800 1.50.2; 1989 1500 3.43.42; 1989 1M 4.05.3; 1991 3000 8.24.6.
Donald was the 1979 North District XC Junior Champion. He won a silver medal in the 1986 Scottish 1500m and bronze in 1989. He finished third in the 800m championships twice (1983 and 1985). He was a Scottish International track athlete; and also featured in the Edinburgh AC team which finished 4th in the 1989 E to G. For Edinburgh University, he ran that prestigious relay four times. 

G McMILLAN, Ayrshire AAC
1982 Mar 2.39.15
In 1981, he won the Scottish Youths XC Championships and consequently ran for Scotland in the World Junior Cross-Country  Championships. For Ayrshire, he ran the E to G in 1981 and 1982.

James McMILLAN, Glasgow Police, Bellahouston Harriers
1972 3000S 9.32.6
James ran the E to G for Bellahouston in 1970 (when they finished 7th) and 1971.   In addition, he represented Glasgow Police in that prestigious relay four times. Much later, he ran well as a veteran athlete.

Bernie McMONAGLE , Shettleston Harriers
Bernie ran the E to G as a veteran in 1987. In 1988, he ran for Scotland in the very first British and Irish Masters Cross-Country International. He contributed to team silver and bronze medals in that prestigious annual event. Bernie won M45 silver in the 1991 Scottish Masters Cross-Country. Shettleston had won the team title in 1985.

Murray McNAUGHT (30.09.48) Strathclyde University, Fife, Dundee Hawkhill
1984 Mar 2.19.44
Murray ran the E to G: for Strathclyde University in 1967, when they were 12th and secured the ‘most improved’ medals; and competed for Fife seven times between 1980 and 1987 – usually having the responsibility of Stage 8. Their best position of 6th in 1982. He improved inexorably as a marathon runner: winning the 1985 Dundee Marathon; and running for Scottish international marathon teams in both 1985 and 1986.

James McNEILL, Shettleston
1959 6M 31.39.7
James featured in Shettleston teams that won: bronze medals in the 1956 Senior National; and E to G silver medals in 1950 and 1952.   Much later he ran as a veteran. This reputedly included running in the Paris Vets World Championship scattering flowers to the crowd calling out “Vive l’Ecosse”

John McNEILL, Law & District
1983 5000M 14.16.4
Having won the 1983 Scottish Junior National Cross-Country championships, John ran for Scotland in the World Junior Cross-Country. He featured in the Law & District team that finished 8th in the 1982 E to G; and also took part in 1983.

William McNEILL, Pitreavie
1978 1500 3.56.2; 1988 Marathon 2.36.39
Willie showed early promise as a track athlete but later on preferred longer road races, winning a bronze medal in the 1988 Scottish Marathon championship. 

T McNEISH, Irvine YMCA Harriers
In 1949, he finished fourth in the Scottish Senior National XC and then was a counter for the Scottish team in the International XC championships. He ran the E to G five times between 1949 and 1953, always on the longest Stage Six. Irvine’s best position was 6th in 1952.

Douglas M. McNISH, Watsonian
1959 880y 1.56.6; 1959; 1960 1M 4.17.9

Bernie McMonagle, Shettleston Harriers

Bernie ran the E to G as a veteran in 1987. In 1988, he ran for Scotland in the very first British and Irish Masters Cross-Country International. He contributed to team silver and bronze medals in that prestigious annual event. Bernie won M45 silver in the 1991 Scottish Masters Cross-Country. Shettleston had won the team title in 1985.

Pat McPARLAND, Springburn Harriers

Pat McParland was a top class Youth and Junior for Springburn Harriers in the early and mid 50’s.   As a Youth he was fifth in 1952 and first in 1953, as a Junior in 1956 he won from John Wright (Clydesdale), George Govan (Shettleston), Joe Connolly (Bellahouston and George Dickson (Garscube).   Unfortunately his form did not continue into the Senior ranks although he did turn out in the Edinburgh to Glasgow.   In 1954 he was on the first stage for the team that finished third, he won another bronze the following year when he was fifth on the first stage, in ’56 he was on stage four for the tenth placed team and in 1958 he was again on the first stage for the team which was fifth, 

 

 

 

Who’s Who of Distance Running: Letters P & Q

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Gordon Porteous

John Parnell  (Salisbury)

 Marathon: 2.30.11   1092

Alan Partridge  (Strathclyde Univ. Jordanhill College, East Kilbride AAC)

 1500m: 3.59.6  1977; 5000m: 14.25.4  1977; 10,000m: 30.39.7  1977; 3000m S/C: 9.29.4  1975; Marathon: 2.22.30  1982

Alan was a well known runner on the track, road and country for many years, mainly in the colours of East Kilbride. In 1970 he finished 8th in the Scottish Junior National XC and his East Kilbride team won bronze medals. His best performances over the country were probably second in the 1971 Scottish Universities championship; eighth  in the senior National Cross Country in 1977, and second to Jim Brown in the Midland district senior cross country in 1973.   

Father of Susan Partridge.

David Paterson (Vale of Leven)

 Marathon: 2.43.06  1977

David was a real talent who came in to the sport far too late.  Stylish and talented he ran well in all the local races in the West of Scotland and it is only a pity that he did not continue into the veterans movement.

Jack Paterson, Polytechnic Harriers – see full profile

Jack won the SAAA Marathon championship twice (1949 and 1951) and ran in the Empire Games in Auckland.   Despite living in England he raced frequently north of the border and was popular with the Scottish athletes.

James Paterson (Eastbourne, Brighton & Hove)

 880y: 1.54.2  1967; 800m: 1.52.1  1968; 1500m: 3.52.2  1068; 1 mile: 4.10.8.   1967

JV Paterson (Edinburgh Southern Harriers, Edinburgh University) – see full profile

Paterson was a very good athlete, whose training and life were very well organised and who won  SAAA titles at 440y, 880y (twice each) and the two miles steeplechase.   He was awarded the Crabbie Cup twice.   Paterson also ran on the roads (he took part in the Edinburgh to Glasgow and on one occasion moved from fourteenth to ninth, then on his next run he went from tenth to fourth.   Each time he ran the fastest time on his leg.  He also won gold in the ESH team that won the gold.   Unfortunately Paterson had a very short career which ended when he emigrated to Rhodesia on graduation in 1958.

Michael Paterson  (Brighton & Hove)

 5000m: 14.36.6  1973

Ron Paton  (Strathclyde University, Clydesdale Harriers, Dumbarton AAC)

 Marathon: 2.41.12   1972

Ron was a good runner at Strathclyde University running in their colours in cross-country, road (including the Edinburgh to Glasgow) and on the track.   He did the same with both clubs in Dunbartonshire with some success.   When with Clydesdale he was one of four runners (with Allan Faulds, Phil Dolan and Doug Gemmell) who ran in the notorious English national in Birmingham in 1972.   Withe Dumbarton he was part of their squad that ran from Glasgow George Square to Fort William.   

Dumbarton team that ran the Glasgow-Ft William.   Ron Paton third from the left

Stuart Paton ( Belgrave Harriers)

 800m: 1.47.43  1988; 1500m: 3.40.04  1984; 1 mile: 4.05.9  1983; 3000m: 8.10.49  1988; 5000m: 14.22.83  1990

Stuart was a fast middle distance runner who travelled to Scotland frequently for selection races and was rewarded with several international vests.   He ranked third in Scotland over 800m in 1982, ‘87 & ‘88, third over 1500m in ‘84. Competitively his biggest win was in the A.A.A. 1500m indoor title in 1983.   His abilities were not confined to the track however.   In 1982 after finishing fourth in the junior national cross-country championship he ran for Scotland in the IAAF international finishing 50th.

Anthony Patrick  (Aberdeen University, Octavians)

 880y: 1.56.5  1967; 1 mile: 4.10.8  1966

Greg Paterson  (Monkland Harriers, Clyde Valley AAC)

 3000m S/C: 9.39.4  1976

A good all-round endurance athlete, Greg competed in two Edinburgh-Glasgow relays for Clyde Valley alongside John Graham, Jim Brown and Ronnie McDonald.

Michael Patterson  (Bellahouston Harriers)

 10000m: 32.01.0  1972

Tommy Patterson (Shettleston Harriers)

1 mile: 4.19.6  ; 3000m: 8.45.8  1972; 5000m: 14.39.4  1972; 3000m S/C: 9.44.8  1968

A very good road and cross country man, member of many Shettleston teams over the years.  He was in the winning team in the National senior cross country in 1971 and ‘72. the E-G winning teams in 1968, & ‘70 (when he ran the fastest time on the third stage both times) ‘71, ‘72, 2nd team in 1969.

Tommy ran in the Junior international in 1968 after coming in ninth in the Scottish national.

Tommy Patterson, Shettleston, in the middle of the picture between Hugh Barrow and Dick Wedlock

Tommy Patterson  (Springburn Harriers)

 800m: 1.56.4 1976;  1500m: 3.52.2 1977 ; 3000m: 8.05.6  1977

Tommy was second behind Colin Youngson (ESH) on Stage One of the 1975 E to G, with both breaking the previous record for the Fettes to Maybury stretch. In 1974, Springburn had finished in a good fifth place.

B Pattieson, (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers)

In the 1990 E to G, he was fastest on Stage Seven and contributed to team silver medals.

Joe Patton  (Birchfield Harriers, Portsmouth, Edinburgh AC)

 1500m: 3.59.1  1976; 5000m: 14.28.0  1975; 10000m: 29.04.22  1982

Joe was a regular member of many Edinburgh AC teams, travelling up for all the important races.   He was a member of the winning team in the National Senior cross country in 1974 and ‘78, also in the team which finished second in the E-G in 1974 and ‘82.   He ran twice for Scotland in the IAAF championships.   First in 1976, then in 1979 although in neither year did he figure in the first ten in the National.  

Steven Peddie  (Aberdeen AAC)

10,000m: 33.36.0  1982

In 1982, Steve led the AAAC team to bronze medals in the Scottish Junior National XC championships.

Andy Pender, Falkirk Victoria Harriers

Andy was a club stalwart when FVH was revived in the early 1970s. He ran the E to G in 1974 and 1975. As a veteran he won M40 bronze in the 1981 Scottish Masters Cross-Country championships; and contributed to team silver in 1980.

Richard Penman  (Bellahouston Harriers)

2 miles: 9.17.0  1961; 6 miles: 30.49.2 1959

Dick Penman was a key member of all the great Bellahouston team victories and performances of the 1950’s.   This included fastest time on stage five of the Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1958 when they won the race from Victoria Park and Shettleston. When they won silver in 1959, he was fastest on Stage 5 once again. He gave up his amateur status to take part in Billy Butlin’s John o’Groats to Land’s End race.   

Dick moved to Leeds.

Kenneth Penrice  (Victoria Park AAC, Ayr Seaforth Harriers)

800m: 1.53.43  1990; 1500m: 3.54.3  1990; 10000m: 31.28.84 1988

John Pentecost  (Falkirk Victoria)

 3000m: 8.31.79  1989; 3000m S/C: 9.06.05  1984

A regular, reliable and hard working member of the Falkirk Victoria teams which finished second in ‘85 and third in ‘84 in the National Senior cross country championships. He was also in Falkirk’s winning Edinburgh to Glasgow team in 1984 and ‘90, running the fastest time on stage 8, also in the team to finish 3rd in ‘85.

John Pentecost

Archie Peters  (Maryhill Harriers, Vale of Leven AAC)

Archie was a member of Maryhill Harriers immediately before the War who ran well enough to win gold and silver team medals.   After the War he had moved to the Vale of Leven and helped set up the club which in very short order won the SCCU Novice Championship and produced many quality runners.  He was the coach with the Vale for many years thereafter.

Graham Peters (Victoria Park)

880y: 1.54.8  1963; 1 mile: 4.16.8  1963; 2 miles: 9.26.2  1963

Graham was a member of a very good group of Victoria Park members in the early 1960’s, who after a short time in the sport left to go into farm management in England.  When Hugh Barrow broke the AAA Junior Mile record in 1962, Graham drove him to Whitton Park.

Kenny Phillips (Beith Harriers) – see full profile

Ronald Pickard  (Perth Railway)

Marathon: 2.53.40  1968

Alan Picken, Springburn Harriers

Alan was  one of the members of the Springburn teams, coached by Eddie Sinclair, that went through the age groups winning gold, silver and bronze at country, district and national level. 

Ian Picken, Springburn Harriers, Strathclyde University

He won the 1968 Scottish National Youth Cross-Country title; and ran for Scotland in the 1969 International Junior Cross-Country championships. Springburn won team silver in the 1969 Scottish Junior National XC, when Ian finished 7th. 

George Pirie (Leamington)

 Marathon: 2.29.34  1974

Brian Pitt  (Dumbarton)

 10000m: 31.48.5   1990

A good runner who ran in all the championships and ran well – he would have been a useful team runner in almost any team in the land.

John Pollock  (Victoria Park)

3000m S/C: 9.33.46  1984

Norman Ponsonby  (Clydesdale Harriers, Clydebank AAC, Ayr Seaforth)

 10000m: 33.25.0  1978; 3000m S/C: 9.48.1  1977

Gordon Porteous (Maryhill Harriers)  – See Complete Profile

Marathon: 2.49.28 1966

Gordon was a good club runner for Maryhill – good enough to win a Scottish vest in 1946 and to be in the team in 1948 when his friend and team mate Emmet Farrell won the SCCU Championships for the second time.   But it was as a veteran that he excelled, setting world records in the marathon distance until he was in his 90’s.   Check out his profile by clicking on his name above.

Paul Porter  (Victoria Park) 

 1500m: 3.58.8  1978

Brian Potts  (Clydesdale Harriers)

 3000m S/C: 9.50.7   1988

Brian was a good runner on the track and on the road, he was very good over the country but was excellent on the hills.   He won many of the short and medium hill races (Tinto was his favourite), set many records and ran for Scotland on the hills.   He was also a noted competitor on the Island Peaks race. 

John Poulton  (Motherwell YMCA)

 6 miles: 31.16.4 1959 ; Marathon: 2.42.11   1966

He was in the National Senior cross country winning team in 1963, second team in ‘64  and  in E-G winning teams of 1962, ‘64, second placed team in ‘65, 3 third teams in ‘61 & ‘66. John was also a good long-distance road runner.

Ben Preece (Aberdeen AAC)

In 1990, Ben was one of the Aberdeen team that won gold in the Scottish Veterans Cross-Country championships. He secured individual silver as second M45; and team silver in 1991. For Scotland at M45, he ran in the 1991 British and Irish Masters International XC (Aberdeen). His 10k best was 32.40; and his fastest marathon 2.33 (Dublin). However Ben, a tall, strong, very sociable man, was a real mountain endurance runner, who won the 28 miles Lairig Ghru race twice and set an unbeaten veteran course record; ran the Great Wilderness Challenge 25 times (creating a long-lasting M50 course record); and went on (with Run the Highlands) to traverse Scotland from Inverness to Skye; and also 122 miles from Perthshire to Spey Bay in Moray. Ben completed the Highland Cross Duathlon twenty times.

Peter Preston (Monkland Harriers, Cambuslang)

In 1972, he was part of the winning Monkland team in the Scottish Junior National Cross-Country. He ran the E to G in 1971 and 1972. Later he switched clubs to Cambuslang and ran the E to G for them in 1975, 1976 and 1978, when they finished 6th. 

Alan Puckrin (Kilbarchan, Greenock Glenpark, Edinburgh SH, Inverclyde)

1500m: 3.46.43  1989; 3000m: 8.00.49i  1989; 5000m: 13.57.22  1989; 10000m: 29.32.29  1994

2nd in S.A.A.A. 10000m in 1994, 3rd in ‘97, 3rd indoor 3000m 1997. Ranked 2nd in Scotland over 5000m 1989, 3rd at 5000m & 10000m in 1994.

Alan was a Scottish International Track athlete at 3000m and 5000m. He ran for Scotland in the 1983 World Junior Cross-Country championships. Greenock Glenpark Harriers won the 1989 Scottish XC Relay championship. Alan also won medals in the E to G and Six Stage Road Relay.

J Quinn (Motherwell YMCA Harriers)

He ran for Scotland in the 1987 World Junior XC championships.

Bobby Quinn (Glasgow University, Kilbarchan AAC)  –  see full profile

Bobby was a stand-out runner on all surfaces at all times of the year – road, track, country, hills – he was a Scottish international runner on them all. In addition, he won Scottish National XC champion titles as a Youth, a Junior (twice) and a Senior (four times). As a Masters athlete, he won M40 gold in the British and Irish Masters International XC and continued to win Scottish age group titles into his fifties.

Who’s Who of Distance Running: Macanna – Maycock

Ian McCafferty , World Championships, Clydebank, 199

Kenny Macanna, Garscube Harriers, Glasgow University

400m:  49.9   1974;  800m:  1:56.8   1975

Kenny was best know as a track runner specialising in the 400m/800m double although he did support his club on the road and over the country.  

Duncan Macauley, Cambuslang Harriers

800m:  1:54.78   1980

Alan B MacDonald, Garscube Harriers

400m:  50.7   1970;  800m:  1:51.2   1970

Alan was a good track runner and represented Garscube in inter-club fixtures as well as running the major championships.   He also turned out in cross-country championships up to and including the National Championships and on the road in the Edinburgh to Glasgow.

Donald Macdonald, Garscube Harriers

Donnie was a 440y/880y specialist who ran for Glasgow and Scottish select teams, often in relay squads as well as individual events.   He won the 1958 Scottish 880 yards title, defeating JV Paterson and L Locke, and in consequence was selected for the Empire Games held in Cardiff that year.  Running in the half-mile he ran 1:54.6 and was eliminated in his Heat.   In the 4 x 440y relay with JV Paterson, John McIsaac and RH Thomson he ran the first stage for the team.   After a good career as a runner, Donnie became a coach and his star pupil was WM Campbell.

J MacDonald, Perth Strathtay Harriers

Mile:  4:24.9  1960

Ronald MacDonald,  Monkland Harriers, Glasgow University, Clyde Valley – see full profile

800m: 1:52.6  1974;  1000m:  2:23.5  1975;  1500m:  3:43.0  1972;   Mile: 3:59.1   1974;  2000m:  5:19.6   1974  3000m:  7:55.0  1974; 5000m: 14:24.6  1971

Ronnie was a popular athlete who initially formed a first class partnership with Jim Brown coached by Tom Callaghan, and went on to Scottish and British honours on the track and international vests with Scotland over the country.

William J MacDonald, Glasgow University, Victoria Park, Inverness Harriers

 2:37:32  1969

Willie was one of GU’s best cross-country runners and also represented Scottish Universities versus the SCCU. He ran the E to G three times. However he always liked long road races and, as soon as he was 21, which was the legal age to run a marathon, he did so. A year later, in 1969, he finished fourth in the Scottish Championship Marathon. For VP in 1972, Willie ran the famous Morpeth to Newcastle road race, and his team finished third. 

Alastair Macfarlane leads Colin Youngson and Don Macgregor in the 1979 SAAA marathon

Alastair Macfarlane,  Springburn Harriers

10000m: 31:16.8   1974;  Marathon:  2:18:03  1979

Alastair, starting out with the St Modan’s club in Stirling, had a spell as a distinguished professional runner before being re-instated.   He was soon recognised as a genuine talent, especially on the road. at a time when the country was blessed with a big number of quality endurance athletes.   He ran four SAAA marathons, won medals in all of them but his big triumph was when he won the race in 1979.

DS Macfarlane,  Glasgow University

880y:  1:57.3   1959

Duncan Macfarlane,  Scunthorpe, Gateshead, Sheffield

1500m: 3:51.3  1985;  3000m: 8:18.0  1985;  5000m: 1:24.96   1986;  10000m: 31:18.5   1991

David MacFarquhar,  Inverness Royal Academy, Aberdeen University

Mile:  4:22.3  1961

Dave – always an enthusiastic, energetic, encouraging person – showed promise as a schoolboy miler before going to AU. In the annual Scottish rankings, he was listed three times as a 400m Hurdler and did well in Scottish Universities track championships. He improved considerably as a cross-country runner and, in late 1966, finished fourth in a North-East League race, behind three Aberdeen AAC stars but in front of the legendary Alastair Wood. Dave was selected to represent Scottish Universities at cross country. In the E to G, which he ran three times, AU finished 11th in 1964 and won the ‘most improved’ medals.

Roderick MacFarquhar, Inverness, Aberdeen University, Aberdeen AAC

800m: 1:54.0   1963;  Mile: 4:15.5  1961;  Three Miles: 14:51,6  1961;  10000m:  33:21.0

Roddy was a talented and successful young athlete who won Scottish schoolboys and SAAA Junior titles at 800m/1500m.   As a schoolboy he won the SSAA half mile twice (15-17 age group in his fifth year and 17-19 in his sixth), the second time round gaining selection for the Scotland versus Wales Schools international at Colwyn Bay –  and won that one too.  He also specialised in track rather than country while at University.   In his first race for the University (against Edinburgh in 1961) he won the half mile.  Later that year he won the Scottish Universities Mile championship from the holder, Clark of Edinburgh, in 4:15.5, a record.   He was also a member of the Atalanta Club (comprised of athletes from the four ancient universities) and he ran very well for them too.  In 1963 for Atalanta he won the half mile from Anglo-Scot John Wenk in 1:54.2 with both men getting the same time.  Earlier that year he had won the Universities half mile title in 1:54.3 with the first three within three yards of each other.

 A track internationalist, he ran for Scotland against Belgium in 1963.   As a veteran athlete between the ages of 40 and 50, he had considerable success, showing speed and stamina at distances from 1500m to 10,000m and also featured in Aberdeen AAC’s winning teams in Scottish veteran cross country championships and the 8-Stage Relay from Alloa to Bishopbriggs.

Jack MacFie, Edinburgh University, Victoria Park

880y:  1:54.2  1968′  800m:  1:53.3  1969

A pupil at Daniel Stewart’s in Edinburgh, he won Scottish Schools mile at Goldenacre in 1965 ahead of Doug Gillon and John Fairgrieve, then placed 3rd in a sprint finish behind two much vaunted English boys at the Schools International at Brighton. His DSC records for 880yds and Mile stood until metrication. He studied medicine at Edinburgh University, earned a blue and was captain of Athletics in season 1969. He won Scottish Universities 880yds at St Andrews in 1968. He was also a member of Edinburgh AC and, much later, of Victoria Park and competed for them in Edinburgh – Glasgow. His work as a hospital doctor and GP, including spells in Canada and New Zealand, curtailed his athletics career. He also played rugby for a few seasons as full back with Stewart’s FP 1st XV. 
His best event was 880yds/800m as well as mile and 4×400 relays. Track took precedence over longer distances but he could still be a useful member of the road race team. In his early years he trained with his pal and fellow Leither Doug Gillon, and both took advice and encouragement from John Convery and Neil Donachie at Edinburgh AC, later to be joined there by Iain Hathorn in a talented middle distance group. 
Fiecely competitive, Jack’s signature running style was unforgettable, eyeballs out and right arm flailing as he made his characteristic surge for the finish line alongside Hathorn, Martin Sinclair, or in a memorable victory over Graham Grant at Saughton Enclosure in 1968. 
He also gained fame as world record holder for the Post Office Tower, London, run, when he achieved 4:46 in a challenge match for Edinburgh v London Universities in April 1968. The sobriquet Post Office Tower MacFie stood for several years until Norman Morrison took if off him. Yet he had stamina too: in the 1969 E to G he was part of EU’s bronze medal winning team. Later on, he ran the event for Victoria Park.

Donald Macgregor and Ron Hill (6th and 7th) finishing on the track in Munich marathon

Donald Macgregor, St Andrews University, Edinburgh Southern Harriers, Fife AC – see full profile

Mile: 4:19.3  1963;   2 Miles: 8:58  1967;  3 Miles: 14:02.2  1967; 5000m:  14:07.0  1972;   6 Miles: 28:42.0  1964;  10000m: 29:53.8  1973;    10 Miles:  49:41  1967;  Marathon: 2:16:53   1970

Donald Macgregor is one of Scottish athletics best ever distance runners.   His best single performance was probably seventh place in the Munich Olympics although there are many to choose from.   He had a long top class career as a marathon runner with more sub 2:20 times to his credit than any other Scot ever.  

Graham McHorton

800m:  1:1:55.0  1976

Ian Macintosh, Ranelagh, Springburn – see full profile

2 Miles: 9:10.6  1968;  3 Miles: 14:07.7   1968;  6 Miles:  29:08.6   1968;  10000m:  30:38.0  1968;  Marathon:  2: 21:30  1972

Born in Glasgow, Ian moved south to England with his parents when he was just seven years old.  Taking up running when still at school, he joined Springburn Harriers and ran in some cross-country races as a junior.    Ian won the 1978 SAAA Marathon Championships from Donald Macgregor and Eric Fisher.   He ran rather well on the country too: in the 1964 Scottish Junior National Cross Country he finished eighth and was first home for Springburn. Ian Young was 17th and the team fourth – only six points from bronze medals. The following year Ian was tenth Junior, just behind Alistair Blamire and ahead of Jim Wight, both of whom were in the winning Edinburgh University team.  On the road he ran in a couple of Edinburgh to Glasgow relays: in 1964 he was on the second stage moving up from 12th to 9th and in 1971 he ran on the sixth stage, maintaining fourth.  

James Mackay, Edinburgh Southern Harriers

Two Miles:  9:14.1  1966;  Six Miles: 31:04.0  1967;  3000m S/chase:  9:56.6   1965

John Mackay,  Clydesdale Harriers, Clydebank AC,  Shettleston Harriers

800m:  1:50.4   1985;  1500m:  3:46.41   1982;  Mile: 4:05.8  1981;  3000m:  8:06.2  1990;  5000m: 14:16.4   1990

John MacKay started as an U15 athlete with St Columba’s High School in Clydebank and moved to the veterans ranks via Clydesdale Harriers, Clydebank AAC and Shettleston Harriers.   As a Junior and Senior Man athlete he was a member of the British Milers Club and ran many excellent races whittling his time down to those you see above.  At this point John was a Scottish international track athlete at 1500m but there was more to him than that as he ran well over the country and on the road.    With Clydebank AC, he ran mainly 800m/1500m with country during the winter season, but when he moved to Shettleston he maintained his track running but became a very good runner on the roads and over the country.  

(Robert) Bert MacKay   Motherwell YMCA  – see full profile

800m: 1:56.3  1962; Mile: 4:08.7   1962; Two Miles: 8:57.2  1961;  Three Miles:  13:56.6  1964;  5000m: 14:24.4 1969; Six Miles: 30:37 1969;  10000m: 31:30  1972; 10 Miles:  51:23   1969

Bert was a quality runner who was at home on most surfaces although he seemed to prefer the track – and he ran for Scotland on track and cross country.   As a member of the Motherwell YMCA he was part of many medal winning teams at YMCA, County, District, and National relays and championships as well as the Edinburgh to Glasgow.   When the two Browns, McCafferty and the rest moved to form Law & District AAC, Bert did not follow them remaining with the YMCA  team.  

Forbes MACKENZIE Shettleston Harriers, Forres Harriers

Forbes was a brilliant young runner from Northern Scotland. There was surprise when he travelled south for the 1954 Senior National XC and finished fifth. He was second counter for Shettleston Harriers – and the team was victorious – but missed him out from the points tally, so no medal for him, for some obscure official reason. In ‘The Scots Athlete’, Emmet Farrell reported “surely the palm must be awarded to young Forbes McKenzie of Inverness who has shown good form all season, but ran above himself when it was most needed. Surely it is but poetic justice for such a far-travelled athlete to find his efforts rewarded.” In the International XC championships report, Farrell continued “Eddie Bannon ran well for 14th. Of the others the pick were little Harry Fenion with a commendable 24th place and heroic Forbes Mackenzie who finished 27th despite sustaining a foot injury.” In 1962 and 1963, he won the Northern District Cross-Country title.

Iain MACKENZIE Forres Harriers, Aberdeen AAC
1966 Two Miles 9.25.0
Younger brother of Forbes Mackenzie. Iain was a fine road runner and Northern District Cross-Country champion eight times (with three second places) between 1966 and 1981. For Aberdeen he finished 12th in the 1965 Junior National XC and 10th in 1966; and also contributed to team bronze in the 1974 Senior National. In the E to G (which he ran 11 times) he was fastest on Stage Three in 1964; and featured in teams which finished 2nd equal (1967), 2nd (1968 and 1972 – when he was second fastest on Stage 3) and third (1973). He is President of Forres Harriers.

Stan MACKENZIE Forres Harriers, Cambuslang H
1990 3000S 9.37.7
For years, Stan was a good road and cross-country runner in Northern Scotland. He ran the E to G for the North District Select. Stan flourished as a veteran athlete – finishing second M50 for Forres in the 2013 Scottish Masters XC; plus, with Cambuslang, securing two individual bronze and two over-50 team gold medals (2016 and 2017). Stan ran well for Scotland in the 2014 British and Irish 5 Nations Masters International Cross-Country.

Stewart MACKENZIE (27.03.63) Victoria Park
1980 800 1.54.84
Stewart contributed to team silver medals in the 1982 Junior National Cross-Country.

Patrick W. MACLAGAN (17.01.44) Victoria Park SEE FULL PROFILE
1970: 5000m:14.33.6; 1967: 6M: 28.58.0; 1971 10,000m 30.04.8; 1971 10M 48.45.0; 1971 1hr 19678m; 1970: Marathon: 2.20:49
An intense, hard-training individual, Pat was an invaluable contributor to Vicky Park’s success for many years. The club was famed for road running, so he stood out as a Scottish Cross-Country International athlete (who also ran for his country on the road). On the track, he won a silver medal in the 1966 Scottish 6 Miles championship; and his 10 miles / One Hour marks are outstanding; as was his 1971 Scottish Marathon victory.

Jack MACLEAN Bellahouston – SEE FULL PROFILE

 1974: Marathon: 2.43.30

Jack became Captain of the Scottish Marathon Club in 1977.

Mike MacLean (12)

Michael J. MACLEAN (4.05.46) Bellahouston – SEE FULL PROFILE
10 vests, 880, 800, 4×400
1967: 880 yards: 48.8;1970: 800m: 1-47.7; 1969: 1500m: 3.52.1
Championship Record: Commonwealth Games 1970 800 (sf), 4×400 (6th). GB: 3 AAA800 ’70. Scottish: 1 880y ‘68, 1 800 ‘69, 1 800 ‘70, 2 880y ‘67, 3 880y ’66.

Ian MACMILLAN (24.01.40) Edinburgh AC, Invicta
1969: 3000m: 8.20.0; 5000m: 14.14.0; 10,000m: 29.43.0; Marathon: 2.20.34; 3000m Steeplechase 9.17.4.
In the 1970 E to G, Ian’s team finished fourth and he ran well to be third-fastest on the prestigious Stage Two. In the Senior National XC, he contributed to team bronze medals in 1969 and silver in 1970, when he was 15th.

MACNAMARA, J VALE OF LEVEN,

SMC Captain from 1952 for some years. Club championship from 1959 “Macnamara Cup”

Fraser MACPHERSON Victoria Park

Fraser was a good young athlete indeed who came up through the ranks from Senior Boy to Semior Man and ran in every cross-country race he could as well as turning out in the Edinburgh to Glasgow for the club.   His career in Scottish athletics came to a stop in the late fifties when he just left the sport.   Younger brother of Fraser.

Ian G. MACPHERSON (15.12.44) Victoria Park
1965 1M 4.07.8; 1964: 2 Miles: 9.02.0; 1965: 3 Miles: 14.10.0; 1963: 6 Miles: 30.40.0
In 1965, Ian was a Scottish International athlete, racing One Mile. In the Junior National XC, his team won silver medals in 1964 and bronze in 1965, when he was 15th. In the 1966 E to G he was second fastest on Stage Eight and overtook a rival to bring VP home in second position.

Ronald Thomas Stewart MACPHERSON, Oxford University.

Tommy was a Scottish International athlete at One Mile in 1947.

Allan MacRae, Lochaber AC
Allan was a shepherd from Little Assynt, Lochinver. He placed highly in several Ben Nevis Races and won the event in 1966. This was the first win by a local athlete for ten years. The race took place in blistering heat, with visibility on the mountain down to 100 feet at half-way and 50 feet at the summit. In 1992, Allan led the Assynt crofters’ successful bid to buy the Assynt estate.

Brian MAHER (26.07.46) Aberdeen AAC, Hunter’s Bog Trotters
1982 10,000m 33.00; 1983 Marathon 2.25.45

Brian (‘Bob’) Maher won the Edinburgh Inter-Schools Under-14 880 yards title in 1960 but, between 1986 and 1994, a true HBT man, relished tough long distance races: Seven Hills of Edinburgh (1st Veteran 1988); Lairig Ghru 28 miles (1st equal 3 hrs 27 minutes in 1988 and 1st Veteran 1989); and his favourite race,  The Great Wilderness Challenge, which he ran many times (best position 4th). 

John “Jack” R. MAITLAND (22.02.62) Aberdeen University, Leeds University, Aberdeen AAC
1984 10,000m: 31.35.4; 1983: Marathon: 2.23.27.

Jack has competed at the highest World and European levels as: an orienteer (winning the Karrimor Elite contest); a fell runner (victorious in the Sierre to Zinal epic; a close second in the 1984 Ben Nevis Race, thirty seconds behind Kenny Stuart, whose course record still stands in 2018); and a duathlete and triathlete (first Scot in the 1990 demonstration triathlon event at the Commonwealth Games). A compulsive racer and heavy trainer, he was born in Aberdeen and convinced to try fell running by Colin Donnelly (when both were at Aberdeen University – AU won team bronze in the 1980 National Junior XC). In recent years, he has been a very important influence on many GB triathletes, such as Olympic heroes, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee. However, back in 1985 he was fourth home for Aberdeen AAC in the Scottish Senior National Cross-Country, when his team was fourth and he finished a respectable 34th!

John MAITLAND, Lochaber AC

John (or Jack) was a tall, rangy, cheerful man who enjoyed several years of good-class veteran running. At M50, he finished a very good 5th (and first Senior Veteran, clocking 2.44.18) in the 1987 Lochaber Marathon. In the Scottish Masters Cross-Country championships, he won the M50 title in 1988 and 1989; plus M55 bronze in 1993; and M60 gold in 1998. He ran for Scotland in the very first British and Irish Masters Cross-Country International in 1988.

Ian MALCOLM Edinburgh University
1974 Marathon 2.41.20
Ian ran the E to G five times between 1970 and 1975.

Thomas MALONE Shettleston
1961 3M 14.36.6; 1961 6M 30.28.6

Tommy joined Shettleston at the age of 15,   He was club and Lanarkshire youth champion in 1956 and ran in the Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1958, ’60 and ’61.   In the E to G, Tom contributed to team silver in 1958 and gold in 1960, when he was fastest on Stage 8. In 1961, Shettleston won again, with Tom fastest on Stage 7. In the Senior National, he featured in two more team victories: 1961 and 1962 (when he was 13th finisher).  Tom emigrated to Boksburgh in the Transvaal, South Africa where he became a seriously good ultra distance runner who competed in and won the Comrades Marathon – the 55 miles of the Durban to Pietermaritzburg race.   He ran it in 1966 (365 starters) and won, then in 1967 (542 runners)when the route was reversed, he collapsed feet from the finish and was passed on the line to finish second.   He went on to finish the race 10 times.

Nichol MALTMAN (14.03.55) Teviotdale
1995 Mar 2.34.30; 1999 Mar 2.31.51
Nichol was a veteran when he achieved most success. He ran the E to G for Teviotdale five times, including 6th place in 1992. In the Scottish XC Masters Relay, he contributed to team bronze in 1996. In the Scottish Masters XC he was 6th M40 in 1996 and 1998; and Teviotdale won team bronze medals in 1996 and 1997. Nichol ran for Scotland in the annual British and Irish Masters XC International.

Lawrence ‘Larry’ P. MANGELSHOT (28.05.63) North London, Woodford Green, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
800m: 1.50.5 (1993); 1500m: 3.43.74 (1989); 1 Mile: 4.01.6 (1991); 3000m: 8.14.0 (1990); 5000m: 14.34.1 (1993)
Larry was a Scottish Track International athlete at 800m, 1500m and One Mile. He won silver medals in the Scottish 1500m championships in 1990 and 1991, plus bronze in 1996.   He also ran for Scotland in the international fixture organised to open the East Kilbride running track against Ireland.

Donald MARKIE (10.06.50) (Falkirk Victoria Harriers)
1982 Mar 2.25.48
Donald ran the E to G for Falkirk Victoria in 1981, when the team finished 5th; and also competed that year in the Scottish Six-Stage Road Relay; as well as contesting the Senior National Cross-Country championships.

Glen MARLAND (Victoria Park)

1978  1500m:  3:59.4

C MARR, Sheffield University

After finishing 5th in the 1977 Scottish Junior National XC, he ran for Scotland in the World Junior XC championships.

David MARR (Edinburgh)

3000m S/chase: 9:37.6

Alan MARSHALL (Clydesdale Harriers, Shettleston Harriers, Clydebank AAC, East Kilbride)

1980: 800m: 1:52.3;  1500m: 1979  3:50.5;  1978  5000m   14:42.8   1978  10000m  31:22.4; 1974  3000m S/chase 9:58.8

Alan’s competitive record in the SAAA  championships reveals that in the indoor 1500 he was second in  1975. 

Alan was a very gifted young athlete as a Senior Boy (U15) and Youth (U17) with Clydesdale Harriers before moving to Shettleston in winter 1972/73.   He was a very good track athlete gaining international honours in 1983.   While with Shettleston, before moving back to Clydesdale, he won several team medals including team gold in 1976 and bronze in 1977. He was a Scottish International athlete at 800m in 1973.

David MARSHALL  (Motherwell YMCA, Clyde Valley)

David was the son of Willie Marshall who ran in many medal winning teams with the Brown brothers, John Lineker, Ian McCafferty and David Simpson.   David was also a very good runner who ran in several Edinburgh to Glasgow teams for both Motherwell and Clyde Valley, as well as cross-country. He was in the team that won the E t o G in 1979.

Peter MARSHALL (Haddington and East Lothian Pacemakers)
Peter was third Senior in the 1987 Scottish Hill Running Championships; and went on to win the M40 category four times in succession between 1988 and 1991. In the 1989 Scottish Masters XC championship, he finished third M40. Peter ran the E to G four times between 1987 and 1991.

Willie Marshall on the right

Robert MARSHALL, Bellahouston Harriers, Morpeth Harriers – see full profile

1983 Marathon 2:24:42

Robert only started running  in his last year at Strathclyde University when persuaded by friends.   He then joined Bellahouston Harriers and trained with Jimmy Irvine.   He proved to be a ‘natural’ and turned in many good marathon times and in 1986 he was third in the SAAA Marathon.  He has had an outstanding career as a veteran runner, winning Scottish and British Masters cross-country titles and running well for Scotland in the annual British and Irish Masters International XC championships

Steven MARSHALL, Clyde Valley, Motherwell, Dundee University

1985  1500m  3:48.63;  1985  3000m  8:11.3

Steven’s father was Willie Marshall of Motherwell YMCA – a complicated situation because David Marshall’s Dad was also called Willie.   Steven was a very good athlete as a young man and, coached by John Aderson while at Dundee University he turned in a whole series of good runs.  After finishing fifth in the Scottish Junior National, Steven ran for Scotland in the 1984 World Junior Cross-Country championships.

Willie MARSHALL  (Motherwell YMCA, Clyde Valley, Cambuslang Harriers)) – see full profile

Willie, father of David, was a reliable member of the great Motherwell team of the 160’s which won medals in almost every outing.   He ran in teams with Ian McCafferty, Dick Wedlock, Bert Mackay, the Brown brothers, etc and as a veteran he won world titles.

Colin MARTIN, Dumbarton AAC – see full profile

1965  880y  1:55.0;  1970  800m:  1:55.8.

Colin was an excellent athlete with a wide range of ability who could cover events from 400m to marathon, including the steeplechase.   He was unfortunate not to be selected for the 1966 Commonwealth Games  but injury played a part in that.  In 1973 and 1974, he ran for Scotland against Northern Ireland in two 11 mile road races; and was Scottish Marathon Champion in 1988. One of the most loyal clubmen in the country, he supported Dumbarton AAC in every endeavour from national cross-country championships to county events, from local road races to the Edinburgh to Glasgow and he raced ‘whatever the weather’ eg the snow smothered Lochaber Marathon.   A good runner and a good example to any athlete. Dumbarton won the 1995 team title in the Scottish Masters XC championships. Running for Scotland in the 1992 British and Irish Masters XC International, Colin contributed to M45 team gold medals.

David MARTIN, Garscube Harriers, Spango Valley

David was a talented runner on all surfaces – road, track and cross-country – who ran in all the major championships as well as the Edinburgh to Glasgow for Garscube in the late 1960’s and up to 1970 when he was 54th in the National Cross-Country, leading his club home and ahead of more than a few quality athletes.  He moved to Renfrewshire and joined Spango Valley but his career as an athlete suffered a severe setback when hw was involved in a road accident.   He made a comeback though and continued to race for his club for several years.  

George MARTIN, Springburn Harriers

George was a former professional athlete. He competed in the famous New Year professional meeting at Powderhall, Edinburgh. George ran in the mile race, winning bronze in 1952, silver in 1953 and gold in 1954. In the Scottish Masters XC championships, he won the M50 title in 1974 and added a bronze medal in 1977. Later, George coached that fine athlete Adrian Callan.

James MARTIN (Bathgate)

1972  3000m S/chase  9:5.6

James MARTIN  (Springburn)

James was one of the many good athletes coached as a young man by Eddie Sinclair at Springburn Harriers,   He won many medals of all colours individually and as a team runner.   He ran for a few years as a senior in all the races that mattered including the E-G but eventually gave up through injury.

Neil MARTIN  (Fife)

1988  3000m S/chase  9:16.3

Robert MASSON  (Aberdeen AAC)

1972: Marathon:  2:37:16

Bob Masson’s career statistics are very interesting – he started out in 1971, 72 and 73 ranked only in the marathon, then went on being ranked nationally until 2006 for all the decathlon events and in fact was third in the SAAA Decathlon in 1976.   Bob even went on to be National Event Coach for the multi-events but he has good memories of the 1971 E-G race where he ran the fourth leg for Aberdeen University and club mate Hunter Watson ran the same leg for the club – and both ran identical times!

W. Brian MATHER (Teviotdale Harriers)

1961:  Three Miles: 14:53.4; 1961: 3000m S/chase  8:57.6;   1064:  Six Miles: 31:48.4

Brian was a good all round endurance athlete who ran for Teviotdale in the late 50’s and 60’s.  He ran in all the championships cross-country and in track matches for the track league.  In the E-G he ran stage two in 1959 when the club won the most meritorious medals,  six in 1960, second in 1961, ’62, first in 63, 64, fourth in 1965, six in 1966 and fifth in 1968.   Four runs on stages two and six is a testimonial to his ability in the eyes of his team mates. Brian was a good long-distance road runner, for example finishing third in the prestigious Clydebank to Helensburgh race in 1967, well under Scottish Marathon Club First Class standard.

Alex MATHESON,  (Morpeth and Edinburgh AC)

1969:  3 Miles  14:02.0; 10,000m: 1969  30:56.0; 1970:  Marathon  2:25:27; 1972: 3000m: 8:28.4;  One Hour: 18089m

In the 1960’s and 70’s there were several good runners from  Morpeth who were attracted to Edinburgh AC and ran for them when required or when in Scotland. He contributed to silver medals in the 1972 Senior National XC; and to 5th place in the 1971 E to G.  

Ian MATHESON (Aberdeen AAC, Thames Valley, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers)

1991: 3000m  8:20.74; 5000m: 14:10.06  5000m: 1992;  10000m: 30:41.9  1985;  3000m S/chase: 9:28.6  1988

Ian was a brilliant young athlete who trained very hard. He won East District Cross-Country titles as a Senior Boy (1980) and a Youth (1982). In the E to G, he helped Aberdeen achieve victory in 1983 and 1988. In the Senior National Country, Aberdeen won bronze medals in 1988; and more bronze in the 1989 Scottish Six-Stage Relay. Perhaps Ian was even better as a hill runner, who represented Scotland in the 1989 World Championships.

George P Matheson (Edinburgh Southern Harriers)

1500m: 3:51.66  1991;  3000m: 8:16.2  1991;  5000m: 14:32.78  1990;  3000m S/chase: 8:50.6  1990

His record in the SAAA Championships for the  3000m S/chase:  second in 1991; 3rd in 1987. ’88, ’89, 90, ’92, ’93.

George was in ESH teams which won the E to G in 1981; and the 6 Stage Road Relay in 1989.

Alistair GD Matson (Edinburgh University, Edinburgh Southern, Wycombe)

5000m  14.51.0  1969;  10,000m: 30:56.8  1969; Marathon: 2:30:40   1967

Alistair was a tall strong runners who seemed at home in races like the Tom Scott 10 miles Road Race. In the Senior National XC, he won team bronze with EU in 1965 and another bronze with ESH in 1968. In the E to G, ESH finished third in 1968.

Alexander Maxwell, Shettleston Harriers 

Alex featured in Shettleston teams that won gold in the November 1949 E to G and bronze in the 1951 Senior National Cross-Country.

James A Maycock, Aberdeen University

Jim ran the E to G four times including 1964, when AU won the ‘most improved’ awards. He was a full blue for cross country and ran well for Scottish Universities.

Paul Mayles, (Kilbarchan AAC)

After finishing 4th in the 1986 Scottish Junior National Cross-Country, leading Kilbarchan to a team win (Mayles 4, Hearle 5, Snodgrass 29, R Hawkins 39), he ran for Scotland in the World Junior Cross-Country  championship.   He is a bit of a mystery in that he appeared that year but there is no record of him having run in the national before or since and he did not run in the E-G. However in 1986 Kilbarchan won bronze medals in the Scottish Cross-Country Relay Championship.  

Who’s Who of Distance Running: The letter S

In a venture like this there are almost certain to be omissions or paragraphs with errors – any information about additions or corrections welcome

Donald Macgregor (K1) and Brian Scobie (A96) in 1984 London Marathon

Alan Samuel (Teviotdale Harriers)

Personal Bests: Marathon: 2.45.31  1976

Alan was a regular and integral part of Teviotdale’s teams from the mid-60’s to the early 1980’s.   He ran in eight Edinburgh to Glasgow Relays in 15 years but in the intervening years there was no Teviotdale Harriers team in the race.   He was unfortunate in that when he started running with the seniors, the club was regularly well up in all team races but there were many club men who transferred to ESH in the 70’s – Douglas, Elliott, Raeburn, Roden, Mather, etc – and the team took until the mid 80’s to recover.   His club loyalty, like others such as George Meikle, cost him medals but kept the club putting out teams. 

Ian Scales Airdrie Harriers, Ayr Seaforth, City of Hull

Personal Bests: 800m: 1.52.2; 1000m: 2.26.2; 1500m: 3.57.1i

Ian was third in the S.A.A.A. 800m Championships in 1971, and ‘72. third in the S.A.A.A. 1500m indoors in 1972

One of the very few top runners to represent Airdrie Harriers

Brian Scally. Shettleston Harriers – see the family profile

800m:  1:54.4  1988; 1500m: 3:49.33  1989;  3000m: 8:19.66   1989;  5000m:  14:55.9   1989;  10000m:  30:36.02; Marathon: 2:2:29:32  1998

Member of the well known Scally family from Shettleston Harriers, Brian went through the disciplines from 800m to marathon as he went through his career from Boy to via senior man to veteran.   The story of the whole Scally family is told at this link   In the course of his career, Brian has represented his club in every serious event in Scottish endurance running and been placed  first in the  S.A.A.A. Marathon (1998), third in 1996 second in the S.A.A.A 3000m indoor in 198 and been, third in ‘99. He also ran very well as a Masters athlete.

Bill Scally,  Shettleston Harriers  – see family profile

Personal Bests: 3000m: 8.44.2  1969; 5000m: 14.40.8  1969 ; 10000m: 31.11.0  1970; 3000m S/C: 9.45.2  1972; Marathon: 2.24.05   1984

Bill, father of Brian Scally, followed in the family tradition as a Shettleston stalwart as runner, coach & official.   See the link above.  His club record is outstanding and includes being a member of the team that won the English national cross-country championship in 1971, and of S.C.C.U. National Cross Country Championships winning team 1971.  He was also a member of the  winning E-G team 1968, ‘70, and ‘72. 

When his own career as a runner ended he was team manager and coach for several decades and ran very well as a veteran.

Frank Scally  Shettleston Harriers – see family profile

Brother of Bill.

Brian Scobie Glasgow University, Maryhill Harriers, Leeds – see full profile

Personal Bests: 880y: 1.54.5    1965; 10000m: 30.52.8  1986; Marathon: 2.24.14   1986

Brian (pictured at the top of the page) was a very good middle distance athlete with Maryhill Harriers and Glasgow University, specialising in the half mile but also running road and cross country for them.   He later moved to Leeds and coached a big group of world class athletes for longer distances and he himself ran sub 2:30 marathon.

Hamish Scott Perth RailwayAC, Perth Strathtay

Personal Bests: 1hr: 17576m   1970

Hamish was a good runner from a small club who often travelled down to the Central Belt or up North for road races at all distances. He enjoyed a long career and ran well as a veteran, winning a bronze medal (M55) in the 1987 Scottish Masters XC championships.

Jimmy Scott,  Glasgow YMCA, Scottish Marathon Club

Jimmy was a runner for the YMCA before and just after the war.   He turned out for the club wherever and whenever he was needed including the major championships and in the Edinburgh to Glasgow.   He will be remembered for the fact that along with Dunky Wright and a group of stalwarts, he was Secretary of the Scottish Marathon Club from its inception.       As a runner he was more enthusiastic than talented and his marathon times never broke three hours. He was meticulous in his administrative duties, efficient in his organisation of road races and, a boon when there were few cars on the road, driver of his own minibus to races all over Scotland and as far as the north of England.  He was one of those who campaigned for the SAAA Marathon to be instituted and when that was done, he pushed hard fpor it to be included in the national championships meeting.  Scottish road running gained a great deal from Jim Scott and he should never be forgotten.   We could do with one now.

Murray Scott, H.E.L.P.
In the Scottish Masters XC championships, Murray won the M60 title in 1986. He ran well on the hills and the roads and won the SVHC M65 10 miles championship. 

Norman Scott   Glasgow Police, Strathclyde Police, Bellahouston Harriers

Personal Bests: 800m: 1.53.0   1975

A good track runner, Norman ran cross-coutry and road for Bellahouston (mainly) and Glasgow Police,   He turned out in nine E-G relays in the 1970’s.

Tom Scott  (Motherwell YMCA)

 The popular Tom Scott 10 miles road race was organised in honour of Tom whose life was tragically cut short when he was fatally injured in a motor traffic accident on Friday 31st March 1961. He had been travelling south with the intention of competing in the Doncaster to Sheffield Marathon.   Tom, who was 29 years of age at his death, was a very fine long distance runner from Law Village. He was a member of Motherwell YMCA Harriers Club and from 1953 to 1955 he was their club champion. Tom was a member of three winning teams in the Scottish YMCA Championships. Being an enthusiastic and keen competitor Tom often competed in major events throughout Great Britain in search of the best competition.   On the road Tom ran in the Edinburgh Glasgow every year from 1955 and in 1959 ran the fastest time on the final stage.    

Joe Sellar (Paisley Harriers)

Joe was a long time member of Paisley Harriers who ran road (including the E-G), track and cross-country for the club.   He was a very familiar figure on the road race scene in Scotland through the 50’s and 60’s.

Gordon Seward Victoria Park, Exeter

Personal Bests: 5000m: 14.46.8   1975; 10000m: 29.59.6   1981; 3000m S/C: 9.17.3   1986; Marathon: 2.31.5  1982

He was in the VP team that finished 4th in the 1981 E to G. After his senior career was over, Gordon became an extremely good veteran runner who won British age-group medals.

James S Smart, Edinburgh Southern Harriers

Jim (or Jimmy) was twice a Scottish International track athlete (at 880 yards / 800m). He won the Scottish 880 title in 1948, and secured silver in 1950 and bronze in 1949 and 1951. Then in 1956 he showed versatility by winning a bronze medal in the Scottish 3000m Steeplechase championships. In the E to G, which he ran 8 times, he was fastest on Stage Three in 1950; and contributed to team bronze in 1953. After his running career was over, for many years he became a popular and well-respected ESH official.

Willie Sharp Falkirk Victoria Harriers

Personal Bests: 10000m: 32.27.2;   1977; 10 miles: 51.22.0  1975; Marathon: 2.51.15   1977

Willie was a popular, capable and reliable athlete who ran in  races on road and track as well as over the country, often in the company of Willie Day.    When his career as a runner was over he became a coach (he was Scottish Staff Coach for the Steeplechase in the 80’s) and timekeeper.

Willie Sheridan  Glasgow University, Victoria Park, Westerlands

Personal Bests: 800m: 1.53.9  1973; 1500m: 3.51.1   1971; 3000m: 8.30.0   1974; 5000m: 14.29.0   1974; 3000m S/C: 8.54.0  1978; Marathon: 2:26:33   1982 .

It was generally agreed that the very popular Willie was one of the most talented runners on the scene  but a common lament was that he never fulfilled his potential.  Willie was one of the founders of Westerlands AC, the Glasgow University former members club who was first in the S.A.A.A. 3000m S/C in 1976 and ‘77.   He was ranked second in Scotland at 3000m S/C in 1976.   While a student at Glasgow University he represented Scotland in the IAAF Junior Cross-Country Championship in 1973, finishing 27th in the actual race.   Why did this talented athlete not go further or do more in athletics?  The belief is that it was not top priority in his life.

Colin Shields   Greenock Glenpark Harriers, Dumbarton AAC – see full profile

Colin was a club standard athlete who ran for his club whenever and wherever he was asked, be it the National Cross-Country Championship of Scotland or a small inter-club track meeting at Ravenscraig Park.   He ran in the Edinburgh to Glasgow and ran in the Ben Nevis race three times.   Colin went on to become a noted historian, statistician records expert, reporter and official whose book “Whatever the Weather” was the invaluable official history of the SCCU which was followed several years later by “The Past is a Foreign Country”, a series of detailed historical portraits of Scottish athletes, written in collaboration with fellow statistician Arnold Black.

James Shields Clydesdale Harriers

Personal Bests: Marathon: 2.36.42   1981 

Jim Shields and his twin brother Bobby came into the sport in the very early 60’s as boys and both went on competing up into their 60’s.   Although they ran well on all surfaces they were known principally as hill runners of quality and won prizes on almost every hill race in the country.   As a veteran Jim took up the triathlon where he competed so well  that he was selected for the Edmonton Veterans World Championship where he finished fourth.   

 

Bobby Shields (left) with Mel Edwards and Charlie Ramsay

Bobby Shields  Clydesdale Harriers

Personal Bests: 10000m: 31.56.0   1972 

Bobby and his twin brother Jim ran in every event for their club, Clydesdale Harriers as boys, youths, juniors and seniors.   Bobby was the first to take to the hills and won races all over Scotland including the Ben Nevis race.  Bobby went further afield and raced successfully in England and Ireland before taking up the triathlon as a veteran. In 1985, Bobby and Duncan Watson pioneered the West Highland Way race.

George Sim  Aberdeen AAC, Moray Road Runners – see full profile

Robert M Sime, Edinburgh Southern Harriers

Bob completed the very first Scottish Marathon championship in 1946; and won a well-deserved bronze medal in the 1948 event, only 20 seconds behind the famous Emmet Farrell. In addition, he featured in the first post-war E to G in May 1949.

David Simpson Motherwell YMCA, Law & District AAC

Personal Bests: 6 miles: 30.55.0  1961 ; Marathon: 2.40.01   1965

David started out running as a member of the Shotts club before joining Motherwell YMCA and then Law & District AAC in the same era as Andy and Alec Brown, Bert McKay, Ian McCafferty and company.  A good cross-country runner, he represented Scotland in the I.C.C.U. World Cross Country Championship in 1962.

At club level, he was a member of the winning team in the 1963 National Cross Country and second team in ‘64. In the Edinburgh to Glasgow, he won gold medals in 1962, ‘63, ‘64 (when he was fastest on stage 5),   silver in 1961 and‘65, and bronze in ‘66.   He was also a member of the Scottish Marathon Club and ran in most of the road races in Scotland all the way up to the marathon.

Eddie Sinclair Springburn Harriers – read about Eddie as a coach by clicking on his name.

Personal Bests: 1 mile: 4.23.6   1960; 2 miles: 9.06.2  1960; 3 miles: 14.05.00  1960; 3000m S/C: 9.27.8  1960

Eddie was a talented runner from the moment he started with Springburn Harriers as a young athlete.   Successful in all aspects as a performer, he was first in the S.A.A.A. 3 mile championship in 1960 in 14:05.   Over  the country he  ran for Scotland in the international in 1960.   There were many other victories and titles too for Eddie Sinclair before he turned professional for a short spell in the mid 60’s.   

He began coaching when his actual running career ended and became even more successful as a coach than he had been as a runner, he was said to have coached over 50 champions at Scottish School and age group level.  A link with Lenzie Academy led to trophy winning benefits on both sides.   When the various SCCU Districts started Young Athletes Relays in 1976, Springburn Harriers won them in the first five years of their existence; in 1977 his team won the first National Young Athletes relay.   In Championships, they won national team titles at Junior Boy, Senior Boy and Youth stages.   He also worked with many national champions with Graham Williamson being the outstanding example.

Eddie Sinclair winning the Clydesdale Harriers Youths race from Willie Goodwin (Bellahouston)

 

Frank Sinclair, Greenock Wellpark Harriers

He was a Scottish International track athlete at One Mile. In addition, between 1947 and 1953, he ran for Scotland four times in the International Cross-Country championships. and was a team counter three times. He won the Scottish One Mile title in 1947 and 1950, was second in 1948 and third in 1946.

Martin Sinclair  Edinburgh University, Heriot Watt University, Octavians AAC

Personal Bests: 880y: 1.52.2   1966; 800m: 1.52.9   1969; 1 mile: 4.17.5   1966

George Skinner, Shettleston Harriers, East Kilbride AC, Cambuslang Harriers

Personal Bests: 10000m: 32.13.0   1972; 6 miles: 30.43.8  1965; 10 miles: 53.43.0  1967; 3000m S/C: 9.15.8  1968

George was a good, solid example of what every club wants: a bit more talented than most, hard working and dependable.   On his day, especially as a young athlete, he was very good indeed; on an off day he was a good man to have in your team.

Jim Sloss, Beith Harriers

Personal Bests: 3000m S/C: 9.33.0   1973; Marathon: 2.56.43   1969

Jim Sloss raced at almost every highland games and road race on the circuit at one time or another.   His favourite event seemed to be the steeplechase in which he was nationally ranked in 1963, ;64, ’65, ’68, ’69, ’70, ’71, ’72, ’73 and ’74.   Jim of course ran in all the races, including championships, every winter and also ran as a veteran. 

Andy Forbes to Alex Small in the E-G

Alex Small,  Plebeian Harriers, Victoria Park AAC

Alec appeared running for Plebeian as a Junior in the 1952-53 national championships when he finished seventeenth before turning out as a senior the following year.   He was forty fourth in 1953-54, missed two years in the National after that.   He did however keep running in the South West District championship which he won in 1956/57 before joining for Victoria Park.  In 57 he was tenth in the national, in 1957-58 where he was thirtieth and in 1959-60 when he was away back in 122nd which was his last appearance in the National.   He turned out twice in the Edinburgh to Glasgow for Victoria Park – in 1958 and ’59 when he ran on the last leg for the third placed team.

Joe Small, Monkland Harriers, Clyde Valley AAC

Personal Bests: 3000m S/C: 9.58.0   1974; Marathon: 2.25.43   1981

Starting his career with Monkland Harriers, Joe was a member of the Monkland & Clyde Valley teams at the time of Jim Brown, Ronnie MacDonald, John Graham, Ian Gilmour and many other GB standard athletes.   A very good, reliable runner he was a member of the S.C.C.U. National Cross Country winning team in the Junior race in 1973, along with Jim Brown (1st), Ronnie McDonald (4th) and J Davidson (9th).   As a Senior Man, he was in the team that was second in ‘80 & ‘82, and third in ‘81. In the National 6 stage road relay, Joe was a member of the second team in 1979 & ‘80.   In the big one, the Edinburgh to Glasgow eight stage, he won one gold and 3 bronze medals in 10 appearances.

Joe Small 7, John Graham 13, Bill Yate  204, Pat Morris  22?

Alan Smith Edinburgh Univ., Edinburgh SH, Loughborough, Redhill

Personal Bests: 800m: 1.52.2   1987; 1500m: 3.46.9   1989; Marathon: 2.28.02   2006

Alan finished second in S.A.A.A. 1500m indoors in 1987, and third in the 800m indoors in 1987 . In the 1985 Scottish 6 Stage Road Relay, ESH won silver medals.

Albert Smith, Victoria Park AAC

Personal Bests: ; 880y: 1.56.5   1972; 800m: 1.55.8   1974; 1 mile: 4.13.9  1965; 1500m: 3.50.2   1972; 2 miles: 9.00.4   1965; 3 miles: 14.07.0   1965; 6 miles: 29.49.0   1965.

Albert was a well known competitor on track, road and cross country for Victoria Park for many years.   First appearing on the scene as an U17 runner, he went on to win District titles as a senior, represent the club in medal winning teams on the road and over the country before racing for a time in the ranks of the veterans.   He was also a good coach of many good runners, including Ian Archibald, SAAA 1500m champion.   

Andrew Smith, Shettleston Harriers

Personal Bests: 3000m S/C: 9.31.8  

In the Scottish Junior XC championships, he won two team medals: gold in 1977; and bronze in 1978, when he finished third. 

B Smith, Unattached

Personal Bests: Marathon: 2.41.57   1960

Ranked 4th in Scotland at the marathon in 1960.

Herbert Smith, Maryhill Harriers

He does not seem to have run for Maryhill either side of the Second World War. However, in 1972 (the first official Scottish Veteran Cross-Country championship) one Ron Smith (SVHC) finished second M60 behind Emmet Farrell; and then in 1973, Herbert Smith (either SVHC or a member of Maryhill) won M60 gold, in front of Emmet Farrell. ‘Ron’ does not appear again; but Herbert (Maryhill) won the M70 title in 1982. Emmet won in 1981 and 1983.

John Smith,  Ayrshire AAC

800m:  1:54.5  1974

John Smith, Greenock Glenpark Harriers

Personal Bests: Marathon: 2.34.28   1982

Kirk Smith, Edinburgh Southern Harriers

In the 1985 Scottish 6 Stage Road Relay, ESH won silver medals. Kirk added a similar medal in the 1986 Scottish Junior National Cross-Country championships; and that year he ran the E to G and his team finished 6th. 

Len Smith, Garscube Harriers  

Personal Bests: 3000m S/C: 10.05.6  1972

Martin Smith, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh AC, Polytechnic

Personal Bests: 800m: 1.51.9  1978; 1500m: 3.48.83  1981; 1 mile: 4.10.6   1981

William Smith, Paisley

Personal Bests: 3000m S/C: 9.42.2  1979

Stephen Smullen West of Scotland Harriers, Strathclyde University, Surrey

Personal Bests: 800m: 1.52.3  1981; 1500m: 3.53.2  1982; 1 mile: 4.10.5   1982

W S Sommerville, Motherwell YMCA Harriers

He ran for Scotland in the International XC Championships in 1946 and 1947.

James Sorbie, Larkhall YMCA

Personal Bests: 6 miles: 31.31.2  1968; 3000m S/C: 9.56.8   1869

John Sorensen, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers

Personal Bests: 10000m: 32.38.4   1976

Timothy Soutar Blackheath Harriers

Personal Bests: 3000m S/C: 9.29.2  1980; Marathon: 2.24.52   1984

Ronald B Speirs, Bellahouston Harriers, Rutgers Univ. (US), New York

Personal Bests: 800m: 1.49.19  1976; 1500m: 3.40.9   1976; 1 mile: 3.56.9  1977; 5000m: 14.08.3   1977

Ronald Speirs spent most of his running time in the USA and many good times were returned there,   In Scotland as a member of Bellahouston Harriers, he was second in the S.A.A.A. 1500m 1976.

Cameron Spence  , Greenock Glenpark, Greenock Wellpark, Spango Valley, Inverclyde –  see full profile

3000m:  8:40.8   1972;   5000m:  14:27.6   1979; 10000m:  30:10.84   1981

Cammie Spence, six stage relays, 1985

George Spence,  Greenock Wellpark Harriers

George was a good club runner with Greenock Wellpark Harriers – detaile of his career with the other family members are at  this link .   George went on to become one of the country’s best known officials and administrators.

Gordon Spence,  Greenock Glenpark Harriers.   

Gordon was another of the Spence brothers and  said to be the most talented although Lawrie would probably query that.   

Jim Spence, Greenock Glenpark Harriers

Personal Bests: 6 miles: 31.35.0  1964; Marathon: 2.39.42   1968

Jim was a quiet, thoughtful man who was a very good runner.   A member of the Scottish Marathon Club he won the club championship and supported all their events.    After his running career ended, he went into coaching with young brother Lawrie certainly his biggest success story.

Lawrie Spence   Greenock Glenpark, Shettleston Harriers, Strathclyde Univ., Spango Valley –  see full profile

Mile:  3:58.8   1977;   2000m: 5:03.8  ; 3000m: 7:52.82   1977; 5000m: 13:37.73  1978;   10000m:  28:11.85   1983;  Marathon: 2:16:01   1986

Lawrie is arguably the best all-round distance runner the country has produced – from a sub-four mile to a 2:16 marathon he ran well at every distance.   He was also a great cross-country captain and captained the national team following Jim Alder’s reign in the position.

Douglas Spencer, Garscube Harriers

Personal Bests: 6 miles: 31.35.6   1960

Douglas ran for Garscube Harriers in the late 50’s and early 70’s, mainly on the track, where he was a capable athlete at a time when there were many top class athletes around, and on the road where he represented the club in the Edinburgh to Glasgow on first, second and seventh stages.

Philip Stankler, Aberdeen AAC

Personal Bests: 3000m S/C: 9.33.19   1986

Graham Stark

Graham Stark , Edinburgh SH – see full profile

Personal Bests: 880y: 1.52.1  1959; 1 mile: 4.06.3  1959; 2 miles: 9.20.8  1963; 6 miles: 31.00.4   1066; 3000m S/C: 9.22.9   1964

Graham was one of those thought a possible for the first Scot inside four minutes for the Mile.   He didn’t manage that but his track record includes the following: second in the S.A.A.A. 1 mile championship 1959, third in the 3000m S/C 1965, ranked first in Scotland over 880y in 1959, third in the mile in 1963.

Finlay Steel, Edinburgh AC

Personal Bests: 880y: 1.56.4  ; 1 mile: 4.11.8   1967; 6 miles: 30.57.0   1966

Finlay was a contemporary of Ian McCafferty, Eddie Knox, Alistair Blamire, Jim Brennan and the Victoria Park trio of Des Austin, Joe Reilly and Aliustair Johnston and more than just held his own with them.   He was a good club  runner with EAC whom he represented between 1964 and 1969.   In the Edinburgh to Glasgow he twice ran the first stage, finishing fourth, and twice ran on the fifth stage.  In the National he ran well enough in 1966 when he was seventh in the Junior National to make the Scottish international cross-country team for the ICCU championships in 1966.

James Steel, Glasgow University.

Personal Bests: 880y in 1966 when he was when he was seventh in the Junior race : 1.55.9  1967; 800m: 1.52.1   1963; 1 mile: 4.16.5  1965;  2 miles: 9.16.0  1965

James was ranked second in Scotland over 800m in 1963

John “Ian” Steel Edinburgh Southern Harriers, Caledon Park Harriers, City of Edinburgh

1500m: 3:50.58  1991;  3000m:  8:23.19  1988;  5000m:  14:44  1991;  2000m S/chase: 5:57.91   1988;  3000m S/chase: 8:54.86  1988

Ian was a very good runner who revelled in the steeplechase, being ranked every year for 19 years from 1980 to 1999.  An excellent endurance runner on all surfaces, he had what must be a unique record in the Edinburgh to Glasgow Relay: (a) He won medals of every colour – not only gold, silver, and bronze but also the medal for the ‘most meritorious performance by an unplaced team’, this last being as a member of the City of Edinburgh team in 1998; (b) he was in teams which finished first (1982) and last (20th in 1995).   He ran a total of 17 such relays.

 Ian was also a top class country runner who was good enough to represent Scotland in the IAAF junior international cross-country championships in both 1981 and 1982.   A contemporary in ESH of Allister Hutton, Ian Elliott, Dave Logue, Colin Youngson and Evan Cameron.   On the track he won the SAAA steeplechase in 1984 and 1987 and was second in 1988.

John Stephens, Dumbarton AC

Personal Bests: 10000m: 31.57.6   1984;  Marathon: 2.21.12  1984  

John ran in all events during his short stay with Dumbarton and his best run was when he was second in the  S.A.A.A. Marathon in 1991. He won the Inverclyde Marathon in 1983 and 1984.

AC Stevenson,  Springburn Harriers

Springburn Harriers was one of the top three or four clubs in the country before and just after the War.   AC Stevenson was a key member of their squads in the 1950’s winning medals in the two top competitions of the inter, the Edinburgh to Glasgow road relay and the national cross-country championships.

James Stevenson, Fife AC, Victoria Park AAC

Personal Bests: 3000m S/C: 9.29.3   1981.

John Stevenson, Springburn Harriers

After the War, when Springburn Harriers were seriously challenging for the top prizes in Scottish athletics, John Stevenson was an important member of their team.    Between 1951 and 1953 inclusive they finished second, second, and third in the National cross-country championship.   John’s positions were 6th, 13th and 15th.   He ran well on the road too with his best run in the Edinburgh to Glasgow probably third on the first stage in 1950 when the club was third.

John Stevenson, Greenock Wellpark Harriers

John and his brother Tom were the top men in Greenock Wellpark Harriers when the club was doing really well after the War.   There is more information about them at this article on Wellpark Harriers at this link  .   Although he was a very good track runner with frequent invitations to top class races, John is best remembered as a road and cross country runner with four international appearances to his name in the ICCU Championships in 1953, ’54, ’55, ’56. As a veteran in 1972, along with his brother Tom and Bill Stoddart, John was in the winning Wellpark team in the very first Scottish Masters Cross-Country championship. 

Tom Stevenson, Greenock Wellpark Harriers

Tom had six appearances in the ICCU Cross-Country championships.   These were in 1949, ’52, ’53, ’54, ’55 and ’56.  One of the best in the country, to get the whole picture, follow the link above.

As a veteran in 1972, along with his brother John and Bill Stoddart, Tom was in the winning Wellpark team in the very first Scottish Masters Cross-Country championship. He won the M55 title in 1985; after securing second place M50 in 1980.

Robert Stevenson, Maryhill Harriers

Personal Bests: Marathon: 2.25.00   1981

Although not in the first rank, Robert Stevenson was a very good runner with what was by then a much smaller club than when Emmet, Dunky and Donald.    were the best the country had.   Ranked twice in the top twenty Scots, including Anglos, in 1977 and 1981 when marathon running was of a very high standard in the country speaks well.   He also ran well on the road in open competition and on the country.

Eddie Stewart, 1985

Eddie Stewart, West of Scotland Harriers, Cambuslang Harriers – see full profile

Eddie was one of the most consistent distance runners the country has produced and an excellent influence on any team that he ran for.   Starting as a schoolboy with West of Scotland Harriers, he moved to Cambuslang when the club folded.   Eddie ran in the IAAF Cross-Country Championships twice – in 1982 and 1984.

Ian Stewart ,Birchfield Harriers, Aberdeen  – see full profile

 Lachie Stewart,  Vale of Leven AAC, Shettleston Harriers – see full profile

 Peter Stewart, (Birchfield, Aberdeen) 

880y:  1:52,5  1967;  800m: 1:50.8  1971;  1500m:  3:38.2  1972;  Mile:  3:55.3  1972;  3000m: 7:53.6   1971;  2 Miles:  8:53.6  1967;  3 miles:  13:56.0  1967;  5000m: 13:57.4;  2000m S/chase: 5:57.6  1965;  3000m S/chase:  9:33.0  1968

Peter won both Scottish and English 1500m titles and ran in the European Games.  He also ran several times for Scotland including in the 1970 Commonwealth Games where he finished fourth in the  final of the 1500m, before changing allegiance to run for England.   

 Andrew Stirling,  Bo’ness Runners

Personal Bests: Marathon: 2.28.57  

Andy Stirling was a good runner when he was at University but he was at least as god as an ultra distance runner, winning the Two Bridges race from Donald Ritchie in 1991 and 1993 with third place in 1995.   A superb veteran he won the Scottish veterans hill running title four times.

Robert Stirling, Lewisvale Spartans, Wolverhampton & Bilston

Personal Bests: 880y: 1.56.5  1968; 800m: 1.52.5  1970; 1500m: 3.59.1  1971

Kenneth Stirrat  Halifax, Ox ford University.

Personal Bests: 5000m: 14.53.1  1992; 2000m S/C: 5.47.4   1990; 3000m S/C: 8.49.26   1994

Kenneth was third in S.A.A.A 3000m S/C  in 1994 and ranked third in Scotland over 3000m S/C in 1994 and ‘97.

Bill Stoddart, Greenock Wellpark Harriers  – see full profile

Six Miles:  30:20  1969;  10000m:  30:52.4   1972;  10 Miles:  51:03.0   1971;  Marathon:  2:23:23   1970

Because of the demands of his employment, Bill had a break mid-career and came back as a veteran runner of real class setting records at a variety of distances.   He also won the SAAA Marathon in 1969 and finished second in 1971.  

 Rod Stone,  Cambuslang Harriers, Haddington East Lothian Pacemakers, ESH  (Northern Ireland)

Personal Bests:  5000m: 14.53.9   1978; 10,000m: 31.32.0   1981; 3000m S/C: 9.30.9   1978; Marathon: 2:19.08  1981

Rod was a Northern Ireland internationalist who lived in Cumbernauld, joined Cambuslang Harriers and did most of his running in Scotland. For Cambuslang, he ran the E to G 11 times, winning a silver medal with Cambuslang in 1980 – and for ESH bronze in 1986. He also ran for H.E.L.P. in 1987, 1988 and 1990, as well as assisting with road and Cross-Country race organisation and club administration. In the Senior National, he added bronze in 1980; in the Six-Stage Road Relay, gold in 1986; and in the Scottish Cross-Country Relay, gold in 1981 and 1984 and bronze in 1982. For Northern Ireland, in an international match against Scotland, Eire and Wales, Rod finished an excellent third in the 1981 Glasgow Marathon, just in front of the three Scots who won the team award.

Duncan Storey, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers

Duncan contributed to Senior National Cross-Country bronze medals in 1990 and 1993.

Matthew Strachan, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers

Matt contributed to team gold medals in the 1994 Six Stage Road Relay and silver in 1991; as well as silver in the 1991 Senior National XC, when he finished 15th, and bronze in 1993..

David Strang,  Haringey, Stanford Univ. (U.S.A.)

Personal Bests: 800m: 1.45.81  1996; 1000m: 2.18.31i  1993; 1500m: 3.36.53  1994 ; 1 mile: 3.54.30  1994

David was born and brought up in South Africa, lived in London and moved to America but had a Scottish qualification and used it.   A  quality runner, he could have chosen to run for several countries.  He competed in 1995 World Championships, ‘96 Olympics, ‘94 European Champs., ‘90 & ‘94 Commonwealth Games.

Ranked first in Scotland over 800m, 1500m and 1 mile on numerous occasions between late ‘80s and mid ‘90s.

James Stuart, Shettleston Harriers

In 1949 he finished sixth in the Senior National XC and Shettleston won the team title.

 Duncan Sullivan, Unattached

Personal Bests: 5000m: 14.26.93  1986

Henry Summerhill, Shettleston Harriers  –  see full profile

Personal Bests: 2 miles: 9.20.0   1964;  3 miles:  14:29   1962;  6 Miles:  30:38   1963

 Henry was a loyal clubman and a much better runner than he is often given credit for.   In the Edinburgh to Glasgow he won seven gold and one silver,  and in the national his record was, three gold,  two silver and  three bronze.