Who’s Who of Distance Running: The Letter R

Bill Ramage ahead of Ron Hill in a Vets race

W Joseph Raeburn  (Teviotdale Harriers, Edinburgh Southern Harriers)

Personal Bests: 1500m: 3.59.0  1970; 1 mile: 4.22.1   1964; 3000m: 8.33.4i   1972; 2 miles: 9.26.2   1966; 3 miles: 14.22.0   1968 ; 5000m: 14.36.8; 3000m S/C: 9.23.0  1970

‘Jock’ Raeburn was one of a number of Teviotdale Harriers (eg Craig Douglas, Ian Elliot, Brian Mather) who moved to ESH and strengthened the Edinburgh club and widened their own competition opportunities. In the E to G he ran for Teviotdale several times but won a bronze medal with ESH in 1971.

William Ramage  (Springburn Harriers)

Personal Bests:  Marathon: 2.46.18   1975

Bill Ramage worked as a civil servant and travelling as he did for his job always joined the local club. . Starting with Edinburgh Eastern Harriers, he moved to London and joined Cambridge Harriers; when he returned to Edinburgh he rejoined Edinburgh Eastern; when he went to Newcastle he joined the Gateshead Congers (NOT Gateshead Harriers) and when they folded he joined up with Gosforth Harriers.   On returning to Scotland, he joined Springburn Harriers.   (While in England he had run for Edinburgh AC in the Edinburgh to Glasgow Race).  As a member of Springburn Harriers he raced in all cross-country championship and road races including the Edinburgh to Glasgow.  He had won medals in the E-G as a member of Edinburgh Eastern when they won the medals for the most meritorious unplaced performance.  When Walter Ross started up the Scottish Veteran Harrier Club Bill was one of the very first members and an enthusiastic member.   The picture above shows Bill in a Scottish Vets vest leading Ron Hill up the finishing straight.

Hugh Rankin Kilmarnock

Personal Bests: 6 miles: 31.05.2   1959

Kenneth Rankin Central Region, Edinburgh AC, Falkirk Victoria

Personal Bests: 1500m: 3.54.3   1981; 3000m: 8.19.1  1991; 5000m: 14.19.5  1991

Stuart Rankin Falkirk Victoria, Army

Personal Bests: 3000m: 8.21.43 1996   ; 5000m: 14.33.99   1996; 3000m S/C: 9.30.6  1996

Stuart was a good Youth, Junior and Young Senior who was a member of the Scottish Development Squad in the mid-1980’s and a regular member of the FVH team until he joined the Army.   

Alan Ratcliffe Royal Navy, Pitreavie

Personal Bests: Marathon: 2.35.06  1977

Alasdair Reid Glasgow University, Victoria Park, OSC Dortmund (Ger)

Personal Bests: 3000m: 8.20.2  1976; 5000m: 14.20.1  1978; 10000m: 30.33.2  1976; 10 miles: 52.30.4  1972;  Marathon: 2.19.43  1980

Graham Reid Aberdeen Univ., Edinburgh SH

Personal Bests: 880y: 1.54.7 1966; 800m: 1.54.1  1963; 1 mile: 4.13.1  1965

Laurence Reid East Kilbride

3000m S/C: 9.38.9  1965

Terry Reid Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, Stirling University

1500m: 3.52.71  1989

Terry Reid was always on the verge of selection for Scottish teams but never quite made it.   Never lower than fifth in the national age group championships, he won the Youths title in 1987 and finished second in the Junior title race in 1989.   In November 1989 he was part of the Dundee Hawkhill Harriers team that finished first.   

William Reid (Glasgow University, Clydesdale H, Edinburgh SH)

Personal Bests: 800m: 1.53.7 1981; 1500m: 3.56.73  1981

Arthur Reilly (Hercules Wimbledon)

Personal Bests: 800m: 1.54.8; 1500m: 3.47.19; 1 mile: 4.09.4; 3000m: 8.15.4

2nd S.A.A.A. 1500i 1992

Joseph T Reilly (Victoria Park AAC, Liverpool Pembroke Harriers)

Personal Bests: 1500m: 4.00.0  1971; 1 mile: 4.16.8  1965; 2 miles: 9.10.0  1964;  3 miles: 14.05.0  1965; 5000m: 14.50.2  1971; 6 miles: 29.09.2 1965; 10000m: 30.47.0  1970; 3000m S/C: 9.43.0  1966

Joe was a very good runner indeed who had come up through the age groups but shown nothing until his first year as a Junior man.   Having been 23rd and 13th in his two years as a Youth (U17) he was fourth in his first year as a Junior and eighth in his second.   Although never being in the first ten he was generally in the first twenty or so as a Senior.   He ran in seven Edinburgh to Glasgow Relays between 1964 and 1971 before moving to Liverpool.  His track times were more impressive – see the pb’s above – and he was   third S.A.A.A. 6 miles 1965   He was the older brother of Laurence Reilly who left for Liverpool later than Joe, his family having decided that he should finish his education in Scotland first. 

Laurence M Reilly  (Victoria Park AAC, Liverpool Pembroke Harriers, Sale Harriers, Stamford  – see full profile

Personal Bests: ; 800m: 1.53.2  1980; 1500m: 3.46.8  1978; 1 mile: 4.06.0  1978; 3000m: 8.00.4  1978; 5000m: 13.54.6  1976; 10000m: 28.58.75  1975; Marathon: 2.26.29  1987

Laurie was third in the  S.A.A.A. 5000m 1978, ranked 3rd in Scotland over 10000m 1975 & 3rd over 5000m in 1976

 William Rennie (Shettleston Harriers)

Personal Bests: Marathon: 3.09.53  1968

 Robert Renton Teviotdale Harriers

Personal Bests 3000m S/C: 9.38.0 1959

Renton was a member of Teviotdale Harriers who ran for the club in both Edinburgh to Glasgow and National cross-country whose best years seemed to be 1958 and 1959 when he was still a Junior.   On the track he was third in the  S.A.A.A. 3000m Steeplechase in 1959.   

George Reynolds Elgin,Aberdeen AAC,  RAF -see full profile

Personal Bests: Marathon: 2.20.41  1983

George was one of the many Aberdeen AAC members to win the SAAA Marathon, his year being 1984.

Tom Rhodes (Cambuslang Harriers)

Personal Bests : 3000m S/C: 9.49.2  1988

Alastair J Riddell  (RMA Sandhurst)

Personal Bests: 800m: 1.51.0  1970; 1500m: 3.56.0  1969; 1 mile: 4.12.8 1969; Marathon: 2.48.00  1969

Graeme A Riley  (Pitreavie AAC, Royal Navy)

Personal Bests: 1500m: 3.51.14  1983; 3000m S/C: 9.00.1  1983;  

Graham was ranked 2nd in Scotland over 3000m S/C 1983

Gordon Rimmer (RAF, Cambuslang Harriers) – see full profile

1500m:  3:45.7   1980;  3000m:  7:57.8   1983;   5000m:  13:48.14   1979;   10000m: 29:54.4   1977;  2000m S/chase: 5:34.21   1979;  3000m S/chase:  8:26.6   1980.

Gordon Rimmer

Steve Rimmer RAF, (Cambuslang Harriers)

Personal Bests: 800m: 1.51.9  1980; 1500m: 3.46.4  1980; 1 mile: 4.08.37  1980; 3000m: 8.11.4  1980
Steve was third in the S.A.A.A. 1500m 1979.   The twin brother of Gordon Rimmer

The track results above give an indication of Steve’s quality but he was also a top class cross-country and roadrunner who helped his club to many gold, silver and bronze medals.   eg in 1980 he was fastest in the race on the eighth stage bringing Cambuslang home in second place.   

Donald Ritchie  (Aberdeen AAC)  – see full profile

6 Miles: 30:32.4  1968;  10000m: 30:58.0   191971;   10 Miles:  49:54   1971;  Marathon:   2:19:35   1983

One of Scotland’s most remarkable athletes ever with several world beating times in ultra marathon races on the road and even on the track.   

Alan Roach (Greenock Wellpark Harriers)

Personal Bests: Marathon: 2.39.42  1977

Alexander Robertson (Pitreavie AAC)

Personal Bests: Marathon: 2.35.38  1979

Alexander Robertson (7/05/56)  Edinburgh Southern Harriers

Valuable team man, a decent steeplechaser and road runner.  He was the son of Hamish Robertson, the ESH secretary and 1950’s road runner.   Alex was in 4 winning teams in the Edinburgh to Glasgow relay, as well as 4 winning teams in the Six Stage Road Relay.

3000m: 8:28.47   1981;  5000m:  14:34.8    1981;  3000m S/chase: 9:03.8   1978

Alexander W Robertson (2/02/52)  Edinburgh SH

3000m S/chase: 9:50.47  1988

Hamish Robertson (Edinburgh Southern Harriers)

Father of Alex Robertson (7/05/56), Hamish was a good cross-country and road runner with the club in the 1950’s.  He ran in the first three Edinburgh to Glasgow Relays after the War and a total of seven covering stages 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and was a member of the team that won bronze in 1953.   He ran in all the major cross-country championships too.   The career of his near namesake WA Robertson overlapped with Hamish’s and they ran in several teams together.

James Robertson Cambuslang H

Personal Bests: 10000m: 31.35.87  1988

John Robertson Edinburgh University.

Personal Bests: Marathon: 2.38.38  1979

John Robertson Aberdeen

Personal Bests: 10000m: 33.31.7  1982; Marathon: 2.30.451982

Lindsay Robertson (Edinburgh AC) –  see full profile

3000m:  8:29.0   1981;  5000m: 14:27:84   1987;   10000m:  30:25.54   1981;  Marathon:  2:13:30   1987

Lindsay Robertson

M Robertson (Edinburgh AC)

Personal Bests: 3000m S/C: 9.53.89  1988

William Robertson (Bellahouston Harriers)

Personal Bests: 5000m: 14.25.2  1988 ;10000m: 29.56.12  1988; Marathon: 2.20.42  1986

Billy was a remarkable runner: a football player for an East Kilbride team who had run the 1984 Glasgow marathon ‘for the experience’ and clocked 3:16,  he started running properly in 1995 and 12 months later he was seventh in the Glasgow Marathon in 2:20:42, was consequently picked for the Nuremberg Marathon to represent Glasgow and finished second in that one.   He joined Bellahouston Harriers and his career as a top class marathon and endurance runner just took off.   Note the pb’s above for confirmation!   Training and racing with Bellahouston and doing sessions with Peter McGregor’s group at Crown Point he became one of the bets in the country.   His career is covered in four pages of the “Scotland’s Runner” for December 1986.    On the track, he was third in Scottish 10000m championship in 1988 and it says a lot that in the Edinburgh to Glasgow relay he ran in three races on stages two and six and always gained at least one place. 

WA Robertson  (Edinburgh Southern Harriers)

Robertson’s career lasted from approximately 1950 to 1961 and he represented the club in all races at the time.   In the National championships he finished as high as eighteenth and helped the team to third place in 1954 and in the E-G he eight times turning in the fastest time on the fierce second stage in 1953 and ran on stages 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8.

Chris Robison (Royal Navy, Spango Valley,Shettleston, Inverclyde) –  see full profile

1500m:  3:50.69   1997;  3000m:  7:58.6   1986;  2 Miles: 8:41.20  1986;  5000m:  13:55.7   1982;  10000m:  28:39.85  1986;  Marathon: 2:22:21989

Chris was an English runner who moved home permanently to Scotland and turned in many excellent performances, winning many individual and team medals and representing Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in 1994.

John Robson (Edinburgh Southern, Racing Club) – see full profile

John was one of the finest ever Scottish milers and with Graham Williamson and Frank Clement was part of a national golden age for the event.   Equally at home on the road and over the country, he gained international honours in them all.   You need to read the full profile – just click on his name above in blue.

 Bobby Ronald East Kilbride AC

Personal Bests: 10000m: 31.42.2  1989; Marathon: 2.25.27  1986

A very good and reliable runner for East Kilbride Bobby Ronald ran in every sort of race on all surfaces including 12 Edinburgh to Glasgow relays in 13 years between 1975 and 1988 covering stages 1, 4, 5, 6 and 76.

Alexander Ross Kilbarchan H

Personal Bests: 3000m S/C: 9.57.0  1988

Alistair Ross Edinburgh SH

Personal Bests: 3 miles: 14.42.0 1961; 6 miles: 30.57.6  1961; 3000m S/C: 9.25.6  1962

2nd in S.A.A.A. 3000mS/C 1961, ranked 3rd in Scotland over 3000m S/C 1961.

Colin Ross Shettleston Harriers

Personal Bests: 5000m: 14.45.1  1987; 10000m: 30.54.58  1987; Marathon: 2.24.49  1986

Colin Ross did not have a long career but he worked hard and had a fairly successful one – a 2:24 marathon is a very good run and it did not stop there, he had good runs in the Edinburgh to Glasgow, all the cross-country championships and in the track league for Shettleston.  

Craig Ross trailing Chris Robison

Craig Ross Fife AC, Highgate, Dundee Hawhill Harriers

Personal Bests: 3000m: 8.29.07  1986; 5000m: 14.27.63  1985; 10000m: 29.57.84  1985; 3000m S/C: 9.34.9   1979; Marathon: 2.20.59  1984

Craig Ross had a range of ability which combined with a good racing temperament made him a valuable part of any team.   XXX

David Ross, Edinburgh SH

1500m:  3:55.8   1978

John Ross Strathclyde University. Victoria Park AAC

Personal Bests: 800m: 1.54.5 1970 ; 1500m: 3.52.3  1970

Norman Ross Edinburgh SH

Personal Bests: 2 miles: 9.40.8  1959; 3 miles: 14.23.8  1960; 6 miles: 30.26.6  1960; Marathon: 2.32.59  1963

2nd in S.A.A.A 6 miles 1962

John S Rough St. Andrew’s Univ., Edinburgh SH

Personal Bests: 6 miles: 31.02.6  1965

William Rowan Ayr Seaforth

Personal Bests: 3000m S/C: 9.49.6  1871

James Rowley Law & District AAC

Personal Bests: Marathon: 2.34.52  1982



Alaister Russell

Alaister Russell – Law & District AAC, Border Harriers – see full profile

1500m:  3:56.3  1992; 3000m: 8:16.3  1991;  5000m: 14:17.1   1996;  10000m: 29:52.16   1995

Alaister was a wonderful runner, particularly over the country where he won the national  Under 15 championship in 1984, Under 17 title in both 1985 and 1986, and the Under 20 title in 1987.   He represented Scotland in the IAAF Junior World Championships in 1985, ’86 and ’87.   Thereafter Scotland was ineligible to enter a team after the rule change.  

Gordon Russell Perth Strathtay, Boxhill, Newham, Oxford City

Personal Bests: 1500m: 3.58.5  1982; 2000m S/C: 5.51.9  1988; 3000m S/C: 8.55.67  1985; 

3rd in S.A.A.A. 300m S/C 1985

Jim Russell Bellahouston Harriers

Personal Bests: 3000m S/C: 9.35.4  1975;  Marathon: 2.28.02  1979

Jim was a member of Bellahouston Harriers and racing for them at the same time as Frank Clement, George Braidwood and all the runners of the 1970’s and 80’s.   He ran in the Edinburgh to Glasgow as well as in all the championship cross-country races.  

Timothy Russell Edinburgh SH

Personal Bests: Marathon: 2.38.49   1969

Willie Russell Monkland Harriers, Shettleston Harriers

Personal Bests: 1 hour: 17516m  1970; Marathon: 2.31.04   1971

Willie hafd a long career as a distance runner running in the Monkland colours for many years on the track, over the country and on the roads at all distances.  When reaching the veteran stage, he switched to Shettleston Harriers and became a well known ultra distance runner.  He had a good career as a veteran and was second in the Scottish Veterans Cross Country Championships 1974.

Mike Ryan – see full profile

St Modans, New Zealand

Personal Bests: 880y: 1.58.5; 1 mile: 4.05.1; 3 miles: 13.27.0; 6 miles: 28.10.0

3rd in 1968 Olympic Marathon, 3rd in 1966 Commonwealth Marathon (Representing New Zealand in both)

3rd in S.A.A.A. 1 mile 1961