As you know, I host two websites.   Each website costs over £300 a year to run and the second invoice has just come in.   The one for scottishdistancerunninghistory came in in February.   That’s £600 in total.   Last year donations from visitors came to more than half that amount.   This year there is only £150 in donations.   Any contribution towards running costs would be welcome.   This site has been running since June 2015 and the most popular page, by far, is that on John Anderson in the Coaches section.   The most popular other page is on Powderhall.


Above is a picture of Alf Downer, one of Scotland’s best ever sprinters and the man who did the Triple Treble:  ie won the SAAA 100, 220 and 440 yards three times.    He was a member for a time of the short lived Scottish Pelicans club.    You can read what we have so far here   If you have any more information, please pass it on.

Des Yuill is a well known figure in Scottish athletics, particularly on the road racing and cross-country scene.  Capable, respected and liked in equal measure he set an example to many of us.   As a runner he was nevergoing to challenge for international honours – but he has a tale to tell of the night he challenged MIng Campbell.   Read about it  here    And if you liked that, have a look at this page of true stories by other runners like John Anderson, Allan Faulds, Lindsay Robertson and Colin Youngson  here

A Glasgow football pitch that used to host athletic meetings such as the Lanarkshire Police Sports.   There was an outer track too used for dog racing!   This and several others have been added to Hugh Barrow’s page of sporting memorabilia.

Charlie Robertson,was one of the best Scottish marathon runners in action after the war.   He ran for Dundee Thistle Harriers, an excellent club, founded in the same year as Dundee Hawkhill Harriers and the more successful of the two clubs up to the second war.  Unfortunately the went defunct in about 1960 leaving Hawkhill to carry the city’s banner into the twenty first century.   We would like more information about this club to add to the profile: if anyone knows anything, or can point to a source of info, please let us know.

PJ McCafferty, was one of the first Irish runners to make his mark in Scotland but, infuriatingly, there is not a great deal of informatrion about him available.   Possibly that is because he lived part of the time in Ireland, part of the time in Scotland.   Itr may be because his name was often spelled McCaffrey and at other times McCafferty.   Maybe because he had a brother whose initials were JJ.   Whatever the reason, there are gaps in his story but what there is is interesting enough.   Access it  by clicking on his name at the top.

Sandy at the Kremlin

More pictures added to the profile of Sandy Sutherland.   Sandy and Doug Gillon are the only two journalists to be covered on the site but what wonderful careers they have had.   Sandy’s profile is now up on site – find it here  for now.   It will have its own niche on the site next week.

Doug Gillon has been a fixture at just about everything that matters in world athletics and at just about every Scottish meeting he could get to: he’s been seen at East Kilbride in December sliding on icy pavements, in muck and glaur at Clydebank and Beith, as well as at track events.   Now, supposedly, retired he is the latest profile on site.   Get it here.

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