Edinburgh to Glasgow: Stage Four

Stage Four was another difficult one and, arguably, the toughest after the second and sixth stages.    Partly because the standard of runners was often higher than on legs other than two and six .   Clubs tried to maximise the contribution from their strongest runners by putting them on the longest stages OR by placing them strategically along the route.   After a good run on Stage Two, Stage Four had to be good to repair immediately any loss of position on Three (the shortest) before the notoriously open, exposed and often very windy fifth leg where picking up places would be difficult.   All legs were difficult in this marvellous event, but some were a wee bittie more difficult than others!

1958: Kelly to Fox, Shettleston at the changeover from three to four

Tom O’Reilly, Stage Four, 1954

Alex Miller, Law and District, on Stage Four in 1974

1983: Ian Graves (Fife – 12) and Tom Gillespie (GUAC – 13)

Graham Getty, Bellahouston Harriers, 1984

1983, Tom Gillespie (13  GUH&H) and Ian Graves (12 Fife AC)

Jim Orr to Eddie Stewart, Cambuslang, 1983

Alex Gilmour 1984

Brian Carty, Shettleston, 1985

Doug Runciman, Cambuslang Harriers, 1994

Shane Daly to Kheredine Idessane at the start of fourth stage, 1997

Kheredine Idessane, Clydesdale, 1997

Scott Cohen, Robert Fitzgerald, 1998