The Edinburgh AC team at the finish in 1994 in Crown Point before the sponsor’s backdrop
For almost its entire duration, the race finished in Exchange Square in Glasgow, and there was always a crowd all the way along the road to the banner – originally a News of the World banner, then the Barr’s Irn Bru gateway. The first runner, in this case Colin Youngson of Aberdeen AAC, crossed the line and was immediately surrounded by officials who made sure that he was OK, then led him to the Lord Provost or his representative who retrieved the message from his counterpart in Edinburgh from the baton. All this while, the other runners from other clubs were crossing the finishing line and they, in their turn, were swamped by club supporters. The colour photographs below are from Des Yuill. Not sure where the one above came from but it typifies the relief of any club that performed up to expectations in the race.
Colin Youngson crosses the line first
Bobby Young, Clydesdale
Edinburgh University team in Glasgow: 1991
Winners in 1993
But whatever the year, the message from Lord Provost to Lord Provost was passed by hand all the way across Scotland: below are some of the hands at the start and some at the finish …