The Fast Pack

VP 50's

The Scottish club scene was a real source of strength for the sport in Scotland.   There are still many letters and articles bewailing the death of the old system of the three packs – fast, slow and medium – which were the staple Tuesday and Thursday training regime when Scottish athletics was perhaps at its strongest.  There are many stories about these sessions – Ian Binnie’s ‘If you can’t keep up, don’t come out!’, John Maclachlan’s ‘Aye, but is it a fast medium or a slow medium?’ or the story of the inter club from the Baths at Barrhead after the War and the runner who became detached from his pack being given wrong directions when he asked for the Baths because there were five separate Baths in Barrhead!  And many more.  This page will look at some noted club packs when they were at their best.   I have also added a page called  ‘Typicals’ which basically describes typical events of life in ‘the Harriers’ at a great period in the history of the sport.

[ Aberdeen AAC] [ Bellahouston Harriers ] [ Cambuslang Harriers ] [ Clyde Valley AAC] [Clydesdale Harriers ] [ Dumbarton AAC ] [ Dundee Hawkhill Harriers ] [ Edinburgh AC ]  [ Edinburgh Southern Harriers ]  [ Edinburgh University H&H ]  [ Falkirk Victoria Harriers ]  [ Fife AC ] [ Glasgow University H&H ]  [ Greenock Glenpark Harriers ] [ Greenock Wellpark Harriers ] [ Hunters Bog Trotters ] [ Maryhill Harriers]  [ Maryhill Ladies AC ] [ Monkland Harriers ] [ Motherwell YMCA ] [ Plebeian Harriers ] [ Shettleston Harriers ]  [ Spango Valley AAC ] [ Springburn Harriers ] [ Teviotdale Harriers ] [ Vale of Leven AAC]  [ Victoria Park ] [ Typicals ]

Some of the clubs above are no longer in existence and as a quick reference, they are noted here as well but several in a different light – eg Edinburgh AC in this section covers the formation of the club, its constituent clubs and its life until the merger with ESH; similarly ESH is told over two pages and covers it entire life from 1889 through to 1996:

[ Auchmountain Harriers ]  [ Clyde Valley AAC ] [Dundee Thistle Harriers ] [ Edinburgh AC ]  [ Edinburgh Southern Harriers ] [Greenock Wellpark Harriers]  [ Maryhill Ladies AC ] [ Monkland Harriers ] [ Motherwell YMCA] [Octavians AC ] [ Plebeian Harriers ] [ Scottish Pelicans ]  [Spango Valley AAC ] [ Vale of Leven AAC]