The Scottish Marathon Club was the first road running club in the British Isles and had as its objective ‘to foster marathon running in Scotland’ and I would defy anyone to say that there was such a single minded body in the country today. The one organisation that even comes close to that is the British Milers Club which has always had a strong Scottish element. The difference of course is the words ‘Scottish’ and ‘British’. The SMC membership card doubled as a club fixture list and if we look at those below we can see the progress of road running between 1962 and 1972. One year is missing and that is a pity – anyone with a copy should send it to me – please if you have one – but the pattern is there to see. Look for the number of races -and look at the performances required for club standard certificates.