Women’s A – Z: Haining to Lyon

Hayley Haining  (above)was born on 6/3/1972 and ran for Nith Valley AC, GUH&H, City of Glasgow AC and Kilbarchan. Brian McAusland has written in her full profile that her career was affected by injuries and poor selection decisions but “she won the British Schools Cross-Country international in 1985 at the age of 13 in 1985 and later that year won the SWAAA 800m title for her age group. In 2005 – twenty years later – she was running for Britain in the World Marathon Championships in Helsinki and three years after that she was reserve for the Olympics Marathon squad, four runners having done the qualifying time. Into the interim she packed a wonderful career as an endurance runner.” Career Record: World 2005 Marathon (25th – GB team bronze medals); Commonwealth 2006 Marathon (9th), Commonwealth 2014 Mar (13th). GB: 1st AAA 5000m 1999, 2nd UK 10,000m 2007. Scottish: 1st 5000m 1995 and 2000, 1st 10,000m 2008, 2nd 3000m 19.91. Between 1989 and 2014, she ran for Scotland at 1500m, Two Miles and Marathon. Hayley Haining ran three Junior International XC matches for Scotland, always finishing first Scot. In 1990 she won the race, with Paula Radcliffe second. She also ran three Senior International XC matches (always first Scot). The highlight was winning the World XC trials at Luton in 1997. Hayley Haining was Senior National XC Champion three times and on each occasion led her team to victory: 1991 Glasgow University; 1997 and 2000 City of Glasgow.   

Hayley’s full profile can be read here.

Lynn Harding was born in Milngavie on 10/8/1961 and ran for Houghton Harriers (since she worked near Sunderland as an accountant). She ran very well on cross-country but especially on the road. Her favourite distances were 10 miles and half marathons; but she was best at marathons and even ultra-marathons. In the Scottish Senior National XC, Lynn Harding finished second in 1988 and third in 1989. She trained very hard for the 1989 London marathon and broke the Scottish National record with 8th place in 2.31.45. Then Lynn won the Scottish Athletics 10,000m title. She raced for Scotland in the 1990 Commonwealth Games Marathon, finishing a respectable 11th. After a very fast PB half marathon in 73.09, she was selected to run for GB at the World 15k Road Race at Rio de Janeiro in September, finishing 36th in 54.30. The team was fourth. In 1992, she ran for GB in the Stockholm Marathon, finishing a good third (2.43.26). Then the Berlin Marathon (10th in 2.38.01); and tenth again in the San Sebastian Marathon in an excellent 2.35.04. In the 1994 Commonwealth Games Lynn finished12th in 2.40.57. In 1995, she competed for GB in the European 100km Championship, finishing second in 7.52.23. GB finished second as well – two silver medals in one race. In 1996, Lynn Harding ran brilliantly for Scotland to win the W35 race in the British and Irish Masters Home Cross-Country International at Beach Park, Irvine.   Lynn’s complete profile is here.

Barbara Harvie (Murray from 1981) was born on 22/7/1957 and ran for Aberdeen University AC and Brighton & Hove AC. On the track, Barbara won Scottish Championship bronze medals for 800m and 1500m in 1980; and 800m silver in 1981. In 1980 she ran for Scotland twice: 1500m v England and Northern Ireland; and 3000m v Denmark and Ireland. In the Scottish Senior National XC, Barbara Murray finished third in 1980 and second in 1981. She ran cross-country for Scotland five times between 1980 and 1984: in the 1980 IAAF World Cross at Paris (third Scottish counter); in a 1980 match at Runcorn (second Scot – her team lost to England and Ireland but beat Wales and Northern Ireland; in a 1981 Home Countries match at Mallusk (second Scot) – same team result as Runcorn; in the 1981 World Cross at Madrid; and in a 1984 Home Countries International at Irvine.  

Christine Haskett (Price from 1980) was born on 30/12/1952 and ran for Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, Stretford AC and Bolton United. Christine was a brilliant teenage athlete who raced 1500m at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games; and returned in 1986 to the same Commonwealth Games venue to race 10,000m. Christine ran 14 track internationals for Scotland; plus two road races and 21 cross-country internationals. On the track Christine won Scottish titles at: 1500m (four times); 3000m (thrice); 5000m and 10,000m. Yet her best event was probably cross-country. In the ICCU Championships, between 1971 and 1987, Christine was usually first or second Scot to finish and always a team counter. Her best placing was 6th in 1971; and the Scottish team won bronze medals in 1972. In 1975, Christine Haskett won the Home Countries XC v England, Wales and Northern Ireland. She was Scottish Senior National XC Champion six times; and led DHH to three successive team titles (1971-1972). In 1993, Christine Price – such a popular and respected person – raced for Scottish Veterans in the British and Irish Masters International XC Championship and, almost inevitably, won the W40 title.    Read Christine’s full profile at this link.

Angela Hepburn was born on 26/5/1970 and ran for Aberdeen AAC. In the 2006 Scottish Masters XC Championships, she won the W35 title and Aberdeen finished second team.

Anna Herman was born in 1927 and ran for Edinburgh Southern Harriers. She was Scottish Champion at 440 yards in 1955, 1957 and 1958. In 1955 Anna set a new Scottish 440 record. Then, in 1957 and 1958, she set new Scottish records for 880 yards (in the Edinburgh Police sports; and the WAAA Championships). In 1956, Anna Herman ran for Scotland in a cross-country international match against England (at Upminster) and finished second Scot behind Aileen Drummond, the Scottish cross-country champion.

Allison Higgins (Simpson) was born on 8/4/1972 and ran for Loudon Runners and Kilmarnock Harriers 1994-2007. Allison ran for Scotland in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, finishing 7th in the 10,000m. At GB level, she won a silver medal in the 2001 UK 3000m Steeplechase; and bronze in the 2002 AAA 10,000m. In Scottish Championships, Allison won the 5000m title in 2001, after a bronze at that distance the year before. She won the 2006 Indoor 3000m, after a silver medal in 2005. In 2004, she ran for Scotland in an Ekiden Relay at Brussels. Scotland lost to Ireland but beat Belgium and France. Allison Higgins also raced for Scotland v England, Wales and three other sides at Loughborough in 2007, when she finished third in the 3000m Steeplechase. In the Scottish Senior National XC Championships, Allison Higgins won individual silver in 2003.

Janet Higgins (McColl from 1981) was born on 2/7/56 and ran for Victoria Park AC, Glasgow AC, Blaydon and Garscube Harriers. For Scotland she ran one international road race (10 miles in Wales 1991); and twelve cross-country matches, including many Home Countries Internationals, in which she was frequently a Scottish team counter, when her team beat Wales and Northern Ireland. Janet Higgins also raced in the IAAF World Cross in 1977 and 1978.In the annual Scottish Athletics rankings, she was in the top ten for 3000m (1976; 5000m – third in 1993; 10,000m (1993); and marathon (1982). In the Scottish Senior National XC, Janet Higgins (McColl) featured in winning Victoria Park teams in 1974 and 1975; and Glasgow AC team golds in 1976-1978, 1980, 1983, 1989 and 1990. She continued to run well as a veteran: in the Scottish Masters XC championship, winning W45 silver (for Garscube H) in 2002.

Sarah Hood (Benson from 2013) was born on 9/6/1982 and ran for Edinburgh AC and Tipton Harriers. In the Scottish Senior National XC championships, Edinburgh AC (including Sarah) secured team silver in 2010 but won the title in 2011, 2012, and 2015. Sarah Hood’s best finishing position was fifth. She ran two track internationals for Scotland; one on the road; and one on cross-country. In Scottish Track Championships, she won silver in the 2005 indoor 800m; and bronze in the 2014 indoor 1500m. She was fourth in the Scottish Athletics 3000m Steeplechase rankings in 2010, 2011 and 2013 with a best time of 10.5.53. In 2011, Sarah Hood won a bronze medal in the British 3000m Steeplechase.

Violet Hope (Blair) was born on 4/11/56 and ran for Central Region, Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Southern Harriers/Edinburgh Woollen Mill. On the track, she was Scottish 1500m champion in 1980 and 1983; East District 1500m champion in 1979, 1982 and 1987; and had personal best times of: 1500m: 4.14.47; One Mile: 4.40.69; and 3000m: 9.19.4. Violet ran for Scotland on the track seven times; and on cross-country four times. In the Senior National XC championships, her best finishing position was fourth (1979); and her Edinburgh team won the Scottish title in 1981, 1985, 1987 and 1992. Other team wins included; Scottish XC Relay; and East District XC (in 1980, Violet won the individual title). As a Veteran, Violet Blair won the European Masters 1500m in 1992; and Scottish Masters 800m titles in 2004 and 2007.    Violet’s complete profile is at this link.

Kirsty Husband was born on 4/11/1965 and ran for Edinburgh Southern Harriers and Garscube Harriers. For Scotland, on the track she ran 1500m v Hungary in 1984. Kirsty seemed to favour cross-country. She ran one Junior International XC in 1983; and three Senior XC Internationals in 1984-1985. Kirsty Husband raced for Scotland in the IAAF World Cross in 1984 at East Rutherford (USA) and was fourth Scottish counter. In 1984 she was fourth counter again in a Home Countries XC International at Irvine, when Scotland lost to England and Ireland but beat Northern Ireland and Wales. She ran in a similar event at Sidcup in 1985. In the Senior National XC Championship, Kirsty won individual bronze in 1984 and led ESH to the Scottish team title. In the Scottish XC Relay, ESH finished second in 1983. In the 2008 Scottish Masters XC championships, Kirsty Husband (8th) led Garscube Harriers to team victory. In 2009, Kirsty won a gold medal in the W40 Scottish Masters 10k road championship.

Karen Hutcheson (Hargrave from 1993) was born on 23/9/1965 and ran for Pitreavie AAC, Lochgelly & District AAC and Berry Hill AC. Karen was a very successful track athlete, representing GB in the 1989 European Indoors (7th in the 1500m); and the 1989 World Championships (7th in the 1500m). She ran for Scotland (at distances from 4x400m to 3000m) in eleven track international matches, including the 1990 Commonwealth Games (10th in 1500m; fourth in 3000m). At GB level Karen won the 1989 Indoor 1500m and the 1992 Indoor 3000m, as well as silver or bronze medals for 1500m or 3000m. Karen Hutcheson was Scottish Champion four times: 1984 and 1987 1500m; and, indoors, 1989 800m and 1990 3000m.    Karen’s full profile is here.

Christine Hutton (29.11.57, Law & District, Clyde Valley)   The younger of the two Hutton sisters that trained with the Clyde Valley athletes at Coatbridge in the 1970’s.   They were good club athletes and Christine’s best times were 400m – 58.0; 800m – 2:10.1; 1500 – 4:30.0; 3000 – 11:07.0.   Christine was 3rd in the Scottish indoor 300m in 1976. 

Margaret Hutton (2.01.56, Law & District, Clyde Valley)   Margaret was the elder of the two sisters and was a double SWAAA medalist being 3rd in the Scottish 400 in 1981 and third in the indoor 1500m in 1976.   

Lorna Inglis ran for Edinburgh Athletic Club. In 1975, running for Penicuik High School, she won the Scottish Schools 800m. At the East District Athletics Championships, in 1975 Lorna won the 800m and 1500m titles; and 800m again in 1976. In the Scottish Athletics Championships, she won a bronze medal in the 1975 Indoor 3000m. In the Senior National cross-country Championships, Lorna was part of the EAC team that won bronze medals in 1977. She gained individual silver in the 1975 East District cross-country. Lorna Inglis raced cross-country for Scotland in two Home Countries Internationals: in 1975 at Coatbridge; and in 1976 at Rawtenstall, England.

Isabel T.INWOOD (2.08.44, Maryhill Ladies AC, Western LAC) was a good half miler whose talents spread to 440 yards and Mile distances.   She ran for Maryhill Ladies and then when Western LAC was formed, she joined that club.   Her best times were 59.2 for 440, 2:14.0 for 880 and 5:20.4 for the Mile.   Competitively, she she was second in both the SWAAA 880 and mile in 1964, after being third in the 880 in both ’62 and ’63.   Also a good cross-country runner she ran in the National almost all the way through the 1960’s finishing in the top10 every time.   As a result of finishing fourth in the championship in season 1962-63, Isabel was selected for the international against England on 9th March that year.  

Lorna Irving was born on 23/3/1947 and ran for Border AC and Edinburgh Southern Harriers/EWM. She featured in the Scottish Athletics ranking lists between 1983 and 1987 – and was a ‘late bloomer’ but an excellent marathon runner. Lorna topped the Scottish list in 1984 with 2.37.19 (winning the Scottish People’s Marathon in Glasgow and setting a Scottish All-Comers record); ran 2.38.20 in 1985 (third); was number 1 again with her personal best 2.36.34 in 1986 – when fifth for Scotland at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games); and ranked fourth in 1987 with In the Scottish National XC championships, Lorna was first W35 in 1985 (fourth overall – ESH gained team silver); and 1987 (ninth overall – EWM won the team title).

Alison Jenkins (Harker from 1989) was born on 20/2/1962 and ran for Edinburgh Southern Harriers/EWM. On the track, in 1988 she finished second in the Scottish Athletics 3000m championship; and in 1989 ran for Scotland v Wales, racing an indoor 3000m. In the Scottish Senior National XC championships, Alison finished third in 1987 (EWM team gold); second in 1988 (team silver); and third in 1990 (team silver). For Scotland, she raced on both cross-country and road. In 1987, Alison was fourth team counter in a Home Countries XC match at Cardiff. In 1988 Alison Jenkins won the Scottish 10km road championships; this was also an international team contest between the winners (Scotland), England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Kate Jenkins was born on 26/3/1974 and ran for Carnethy HRC, Gala Harriers and Hunters Bog Trotters. The indefatigable Kate won the Scottish Marathon championship four times (in 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2007). Apparently relishing tougher courses, she chose to win at the hilly Moray Marathon. Kate also won the Scottish 50k championship twice (2007 and 2011); and the gruelling Scottish Ultra Trail Running championships (Milngavie to Tyndrum) in 2011. She set a Woman’s record for the 95 miles West Highland Way race in 1999. Between 1997 and 2012 Kate Jenkins won the Moray Marathon twelve times. She was Scottish Hill Running Champion in 1999, 2001 and 2005; and first Woman in the West Highland Way Race five times: 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2006. (She also won the 2004 Lairig Ghru Hill Race, which was 28 miles long, accompanied by Ben, the First Dog!)     Kate’s complete profile is at this link.

Constance Johnston was a pioneer Scottish female middle distance athlete who ran for Maryhill Ladies and London Olympiades. In the Scottish Athletics Championships, she won four titles: 440 yards in 1932; and 880 yards three times (1931-1933). ‘Connie’ set five Scottish records for 880 yards, reducing it from 2.39 – to 2.21.8 (a silver-medal-winning performance) in the 1932 WAAA Championships in London. Unfortunately, there were no track international opportunities at the time. In the Scottish National XC Championships, Connie Johnston was second in 1932, won the title in 1933 and was second in 1934 (only inches behind Mildred Storrar, who was to be the next ‘star’). Maryhill Ladies won the team title in 1932 and 1933. Connie finished fourth in 1935 but, in the International cross-country match against England at Morecambe, she was seventh and first Scot.

Gill Keddie was born on 1/2/1969 and ran for City of Glasgow AC. Personal bests: 3000m 9.59.4; 5000m 17.30.39; 10,000m 35.50.72 (which ranked fifth in 2005); Marathon 2.43.42. In the 2005 Scottish Senior National XC Championships, she won individual bronze and City of Glasgow won the team title. 

  Catherine Kelly (Brown from 1967) was born on 18/6/1943 and ran for Maryhill Ladies AC. In the Scottish Athletics annual rankings, in the One Mile she was second in 1965 and third in 1966. She ran for Scotland over One Mile in an International track v Wales and Northern Ireland in 1965. In the 1966 Scottish Athletics championship, Catherine won a silver medal in the One Mile event. In the Scottish National cross-country championships, Maryhill Ladies won the team in: 1963 (when Catherine was 5th); 1965 (4th); 1966 (5th); and 1967 (3rd – Leslie Watson, Maryhill, won.) Catherine Kelly ran for Scotland in the 1967 ICCU Championships. Scotland beat Wales.

Suzanne Kennedy was born on 30/4/1974 and ran for Victoria Park City of Glasgow. In 1992 she won a silver medal in the Scottish 10k Road Race Championships. Suzanne ran for Scotland in two International road events: in a 1991 10 miles match at LLandudno against Wales and Northern Ireland; and a 1994 10k at Swansea against England and Wales.

Laura Kenney (Whittle from 2011) was born on 27/6/1985 and ran for Royal Sutton Coldfield. 2008-2016. She ran well for Scotland in the 2014 Commonwealth Games 5000m and finished sixth. Laura went on to represent GB in the 2016 European 5000m (5th); and the 2016 Olympic 5000m. In British track championships, she won 5000m silver medals in 2010 and 2015; bronze in 2008, 2014 and 2016; and Indoor 3000m bronze in 2011. (Laura’s father was Paul Kenney, a Scottish International runner on road and XC.) Laura Whittle ran two road races for Scotland: 10k at Leeds in 2014, when the team beat England and Norway; and 3k in 2016 at Armagh, when Scotland beat Northern Ireland, England, Ireland, Poland and Wales.

Doreen King was born in 1945, ran for Bellahouston Harriers and Western AAC (and was married to Lachie Stewart). Doreen was in the top ten Scottish Athletics rankings for One Mile and 800m. In the 1968 Scottish Senior National XC, Doreen won individual silver and led Western AAC to team gold. That year, she finished 12th (first Scot) in the ICCU Championships at Blackburn, when Scotland lost to USA and England but beat Ireland and Wales – and received team bronze medals.

Shelagh King (Clydesdale Harriers, Haddington , Gala Harriers) was a good hill runner running in many of the toughest challenges the hills have to offer. 10th in the Hill Running championship in 1989, she was 6th in 1990 and 5th in 1991.   Also a great club enthusiast – on one occasion turned out for the club in a 400m hurdles race the day after the Ben Nevis Race.   Now a FV 65 she is still running in events such as the Borders Winter Race Series, the Three Eildons 10, Loch Eriboll 10K, and the Wooller Trail Marathon in recent years before the pandemic disrupted everything..   

Sandra Kirk was born on 11/8/1950 and ran for Bury AC and Wigan and District. In the Scottish Athletics rankings, she was in the top ten for 880 yards, One Mile and 1500m. Sandra won a silver medal in the 1969 Scottish Championship 800m; and two bronze medals in the 1968 880 yards and One Mile events. In the Scottish Senior National XC, she was fourth in both 1969 and 1970. Sandra Kirk ran twice for Scotland in the ICCU International: in 1969 at Clydebank, she finished 25th (third Scottish counter) and her team beat Wales and Canada; in 1970 she was 28th (fourth Scottish counter) and Scotland beat Wales.

Isobel Knox was born on 25/11/1978 and ran for Hunters Bog Trotters. She peaked in her thirties and ran ultra-distance events for Scotland six times between 2009 and 2013. In the annual Anglo-Celtic Plate 100km Isobel was very consistent: 2009 5th (second Scot) team silver; 2019 sixth – Scotland first team; 2011 8th; 2012 fourth (first Scot); 2013 5th (first Scot). (N.B. First Scot in this gruelling event became Scottish 100km Champion.) In the 2009 Commonwealth 100km Championship at Keswick, Isobel was 9th (third Scot) and the team lost to England but beat Canada to claim silver medals. Isobel Knox also won the 2009 Scottish 50 km title.

Dianne Lauder was born on 6/7/1976 and ran for Gala Harriers. She was ranked in the Scottish top ten for 5000m and marathon. Dianne Lauder ran for Scotland v England in the 1994 Dunfermline Half Marathon. She also raced for Scotland in the 2013 Home Countries XC International in Wales, when Scotland lost to England but beat two other teams; and the same fixture in 2014 at Nottingham. In the Scottish Masters XC Championships, Dianne Lauder was third W35 in 2012; finished fourth in 2013 (and Gala was third team). In 2017, Dianne won individual silver and led Gala to team gold. In 2011, Dianne finished fourth W35 in the annual British and Irish Masters XC International and her Scottish team won silver medals. In 2016, despite being W40, Dianne Lauder helped the Scottish Masters W35 team to win gold.

Caroline Lawless ran for Falkirk Victoria Harriers. In the Scottish XC Relay, Falkirk finished second in 1998. In the Scottish Masters XC Championships, Caroline was part of the FVH team that won gold medals in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2006, Caroline Lawless became W45 Champion, having secured silver in 2005.

Victoria Lawrence (9.06.73, Blackpool & Fylde, Edinburgh Southern Harriers).   Vickie Lawrence was a very talented runner who ran for Scotland between the early 1990’s and 2002.   A very popular member of teams her competition record included  a victory in the Scottish 800m championship in 1995 after finishing second the year before.  Best times were:  600m – 1:34.0; 800m – 2:03.52; 1000m – 2:44.81;  and 1500m –  4:19.77.   

Ellen Leggate was born on 4/2/1978 and ran for Fife AC. She was English, and named Ellen O’Hare but married Scottish cross-country International athlete Daniel Leggate. Ellen won a bronze medal in the 1995 AAA 1500m. In the Scottish Athletics Championships, she was third in the 2001 800m; and third in the 1500m in 2000 and 2002. In the Scottish Senior National Cross-Country Championships, Ellen Leggate won the title in 2001.

Phyllis Lemoncello ran for Fife AC and was a successful Veteran runner. In the Scottish Senior National XC Championships, she featured in Fife AC teams that won gold in 1994 and silver in 1995. Phyllis won many Masters XC titles: W45 in 1994; W50 (1998-2000); W55 (2003-2005); W60 (2008-10); W65 (2013).

 Carol Lightfoot (Sharp from 1984) was born on 5/7/1955 and ran for Shettleston Harriers and Glasgow AC. (She married Cameron Sharp and is the mother of Lynsey Sharp – both major Scottish and GB international athletes.) In the Senior National Cross-country championship, Carol contributed to Shettleston Harriers winning team silver in 1977 and bronze in 1978. In Scottish Athletics Championships, Carol won the 800m title in 1979, 1982 and 1984; as well as one silver indoors; and three silvers plus two bronze outdoors. Carol Lightfoot ran for Scotland in 18 track Internationals, including the 1982 Commonwealth Games. In 1996, Carol Sharp was part of the Edinburgh Woolen Mill team which won the Scottish XC Relay title.   Read Carol’s full profile here.

Palm Lindsay (Gunstone from 1972) was born in 1946 and ran for Dundee Hawkhill Harriers. (She married Scottish International athlete Doug Gunstone.) On the track, Palm won a silver medal in the 1974 3000m; and, in 1973, bronze medals in the Indoor 1500m and outdoor 3000m. She won the East District 880 yards in 1965. In the Scottish Senior National XC, Dundee (including Palm) won team gold medals in 1970, 1971 and 1972. (Palm also secured team silver with Victoria Park in 1976.) She won the East District XC title in 1975. Palm Gunstone ran for Scotland (1973-1975) in three IAAF World Cross Championships: in Belgium, Italy and Morocco; and also in the 1975 Home Countries match at Coatbridge, where she was third Scottish counter; and in the same 1976 fixture at Rawtenstall in England. In the 1984 Scottish Senior National Cross-Country, the SWCCU included a W35 category for the first time – and Palm Gunstone became the first official champion.

Alice Linton (8.12.59, Westbourne Sch, Edinburgh Univ, Maryhill Ladies, Glasgow) ran well over a spell of seven years from the age of just 16 at distances between 400m and 1500m.   Her  best times were 57.2 (400m), 2:06.78 (800m) and 4:33.0 (1500m).   Competitively, she was second in the SWAAA 800m in 1977 and again in 1978.

Alice was a good cross-country runner too.   Note her progression at the difficult time of transition from Intermediate to Senior: 1976 – 10th Inter; 1977 – 5th inter; 1978 – 9th Senior.   It was a pity that her career was so short.

Sheena Lofts (Fitzmaurice from 1965) was born on 4/4/1943 and ran for Aldershot, Farnham and District. In the Scottish Athletics Championships, she won the 1962 880 yards (and was ranked first that year); secured silver medals in 1961 and 1968; and bronze in 1964 and 1965. Unfortunately, during those years, there were no International track opportunities for Scottish women. Sheena raced from 440 yard to One Mile, plus their metric equivalents. In the Scottish National Cross-Country Championships, Sheena Fitzmaurice finished third on two occasions (1968 and 1970. She ran for Scotland in three ICCU International matches: 1968 in Tunis (when she was 19th and the team finished third); 1969, at a hilly 3 km course at Dalmuir, Scotland (29th, fourth counter, team fifth); and 1970 at Vichy, France (26th, fourth counter, team fifth).

Jean Lordon was born on 25/7/1960 and ran for Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Southern Harriers/Edinburgh Woolen Mill.  In the annual Scottish Athletics rankings, in 1982 she was second in the One Mile (1982) and sixth in the 3000m. Jean won Scottish Championships silver medals for 3000m in 1983 and 1986. She ran 1500m for Scotland in 1986 v Catalonia and Ireland. In the Scottish Senior National XC championships, Jean Lordon won the 1986 title, having also secured bronze medals in 1982 and 1983. ESH secured team silver in 1983; and won the title in 1986. Jean Lordon ran five cross-country Internationals for Scotland, including the 1982, 1983 and1986 IAAF World Cross Championships. In 1982 at Rome, Jean was fourth Scottish counter (in front of Liz Lynch; in 1983 at Gateshead, she was fourth Scot again (in front of Yvonne Murray); and in 1986 at Colombier (Switzerland) she was fifth Scot. In 1983, in a contest against Switzerland, Jean was first Scot and her team won; and in a 1985 Home Nations event at Sidcup, she was fourth Scot and the team lost to Ireland and England but beat Wales and Northern Ireland.

Fiona Lothian was born on 2/12/1965 and ran for Fife AC. In Scotland, she was ranked fifth for 3000m in 1997; and fifth for 5000m in 1999. Fiona won a Scottish Championships silver medal in the 1998 5000m. In the Senior National XC, Fiona was Scottish Champion in 1998 (and also won silver in 1997 and bronze in 1999). Fife won team silver in 2000. Fiona Lothian won three successive gold medals (1997-1999) in the Scottish 10k road championship. Fife was second team in 1998. Fiona Lothian became a World-Class Duathlete. She was Head of Performance at Triathlon Scotland.

Liz Lynch (McColgan from 1988) was born on 24/5/1964 and ran for Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, University of Alabama, Edinburgh Southern Harriers and St Francis Club. Liz was a very famous Scottish, British, World-Class athlete. She finished second in the World Cross; won World titles (10,000m and Half Marathon); an Olympic 10,000m silver medal; for Scotland, two Commonwealth Games 10,000m titles; the London Marathon; five UK track titles. The list goes on and on! Do read her full profile. Liz Lynch was second in the 1982 Scottish Senior National XC Championships; and, just before retiring, Liz McColgan won the title in 2004. She won four Scottish track titles: two outdoor 3000m (1985 and 1986); and three indoor (1500m in 1989; 3000m in 1989 and 2004. For Scotland, Liz raced three Senior cross-country Internationals and six more on the track; for GB, who knows how many. Daughter Eilish is certainly carrying on her mother’s tradition as a world-class athlete.    Liz’s full profile is at this link.

Elise Lyon was born on 23/4/1966 and ran for Wycombe Phoenix. She had top ten Scottish rankings for every distance from 800m to 3000m. Elise won a bronze medal in the 1986 Scottish Championship 1500m. She ran for Scotland in three track 1500m internationals (including a good second place v England in 1983). In the Senior National XC, Elise Lyon became Scottish Champion in 1984. Elise ran for Scotland in three IAAF World Cross Championships: 1983 (third Scot); 1984 (second Scot); and 1985 (second Scot). She also ran in two Home Countries Internationals: first Scot at Irvine in 1984; and second Scot at Sidcup in 1985. In both fixtures, Scotland lost to Ireland and England but beat Wales and Northern Ireland.

Below: Palm Lindsay with the SWCCU winners cup, then Joan Will, Ina Coull and Christine Haskett