We have witnessed many struggles to break sundry ‘barriers’ – the 4:30 mile was before our time, but the four minute mile was the big one. But the 2 minute half mile was also a bit of a battle which was finally achieved in 1895. We now have short profiles of the three men who hacked the Scottish time down to this point. Read about them here
One man who was competing in the half mile at the same time was Major Miles Seton who won the SAAA 880 yards in 1895 – but what happened afterwards is maybe a better story.
The Queen’s Park FC Sports were a great athletics institution – and one of the few sports meetings that did not hold 4-a-side or 5-a-side football tourneys – which had a 5 year hiatus between 1902 and 1907. The 1896 – 1902 coverage is now in place, and the story can be taken up in the post on the 1907 – 1914 years.
There is a look at some of the old training venues and athletics grounds here They were much better in appearance and possibly better suited to their purpose than some of the modern monstrosities. Several are now listed buildings. It is a page where the text will be added to as well as the illustrations!
The latest coach to be profiled is Tommy Boyle. The profile is now complete and you can access it by clicking on his name. In four parts with a page of comments from others who know him, it is a bit of an education about a coach who started like the rest of us as a club runner but went on to remarkable things.
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