ANENT SCOTTISH RUNNING

23rd January: Jack MacLean of Bellahpouston Harriers has just died at the age of 90.   He took ill over the weekend and died in Ayr Hospital.  His profile is at  this link.

The photo above is from the programme of the Rangers Sports in 1960.   Chris Holloway sent the complete programmes for 1958 and 1960, along with the one from 1960,  and I have put it up on site.   Look at all the familiar names in the 1958 steeplechase:  Joe Bruce, Harry McWilliam. Tommy Thomson, Raymond Miquel – I said  RAYMOND MIQUEL – Doug Spencer, Charlie Meldrum, Andy Brown, TP O’Reilly, Tom Cochrane, Bryce McRoberts, Bert Irving.   You can find the complete programme   here

The programme for 1960 is  here  and there were many really top grade events including some of the open events where foreign athletes rubbed shoulders with domestic club men and had handicaps allocated by the Scots handicappers of Nangle and McNeillie!

Alf Shrubb set so many world records at Ibrox on the one night in 1904 that spectators lost count.   It really was one of the great nights in Scottish athletics history.   Hugh Barrow has sent cuttings dealing with the race including a list of his splits and records.   Have a wee look at    this link

Following their victory in the State Championships for the 12th consecutive year, the girls team finished second in the United States Championship.   Not an easy task.   Read about it at this link.   Jim  and Carol are now off to Florida to receive their awards as joint ntional coach of the year, 2018.   Well deserved.   Then they are to take a well deserved break and head off on a cruise round the Antipodes.   You can see what the weather was like at the weekend from the photos above and below – as bad as it was at our own races at the weekend.   Jim and Carol with the team below in the rain.

We now have a profile up of Cambuslang Harriers’ Team Manager through almost all of their triumphs from 1980 right through to 2019.   The man is Dave Cooney and he has also held the post of President for that period with only a six year gap.  You can find his profile by clicking on his name.

Walter Ross is remembered for the wonderful ‘Scots Athlete’ magazine.   He followed it up with the short lived ‘The International Athlete’ magazine and, having borrowed the bound volume of the first 12 issues from Danny and Molly Wilmoth, the covers are reproduced here.   Full magazines might well be added as the days go by.   He was some man, Walter!

The picture is of the man who might well be the best athlete that Bonhill and the Vale of Leven has ever produced.   An excellent article by Alex Wilson on the gentleman can be found   at this link.

Now a selective quote from the April 1949 issue of “The Scots Athlete” about the cross-country championships at Ayr race course that year:   “One of the talking points was the gruelling nature of the conditions – acccording to some, the worst in 30 years … there must have been few occasions when competitors finished with so much wear and tear with some bleeding profusely from barbed wire entanglement  …..  perhaps if it is impossible to get permission to have barbed wire fences cut they could be liberally covered with sacking ….  the stream encountered mid way round each lap  ruined the chances of many …  swollen and in spate and with both banks a sea of mud from which no take off could be had this natural hazard meant immersion each time.”   If any of your team mates complains about the conditions this season, just point them to that race: it’s at 

http://salroadrunningandcrosscountrymedalists.co.uk/Archive/The%20Scots%20Athlete%20Volumes/Volume%203/SA%20Vol%203,12.pdf

There is a new page on site now just dealing with the articles on Clydesdale Harriers which were starting to pile up.  It can be found at this link    with new (to this site) profiles of Dougie Gemmell  and Ian Donald, and will be added to as the days go on. 

There are also several additions  to the meeting programmes on site:

  •  the 1905 sports at Celtic Park is now available for inspection  here
  • the 1906 sports at Celtic Park are  at this link.   
  • the programme for the June 1914 meeting in Clydebank is  here  .
  • the programme for thesports at Ibrox in 1909 is   here  
  • the entries for the club’s confined championships in 1914 are at  this link .   
  • the programme for the two day sports at Dunoon in 1905  is at this link .
  • for the programme for Dunoon, 1907,  go here
  • the programme for the sports at Clydeholm in 1927 is  here 

Robert McKinstray was probably Scotland’s first ever proper middle distance track runner.   With a wide range of distances he was probably really a miler: judge for yourself and read it here

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