Henry, third left in the cap, on Carnethy.
One of the best known clubmen in Scottish athletics is Henry Muchamore – a respected runner he was one of the key founder members of the Haddington East Lothian Pacemakers in 1983 – a club that did very well in the 80’s and 90’s producing international runners, and raising over £100,000 for charity. He has written an account of his life in athletics which covers all the major Games and athletics events. You can see it at this link. He has also written about his experience of coaching – find it here
Count the Olympians in the picture above! There are least five of them in a field outside of Lennoxtown, on a wet afternoon to compete in the local highland games. We have just finished a short profile of the Campsie Highland Games and their driving spirit, Canon Denis O’Connell. The programme for the 1946 Games, courtesy of John Mackay, Shettleston Harriers, can be seen via a link from the page, or temporarily by clicking on the name above.
All clubs of any age have interesting club trophies: they maybe date from and speak of a time long forgotten, they maybe have a particular connection with a top athlete or event, they may have been awarded for a variety of events over their time. In this respect, Hamish Telfer has written about the Pearce Cup which was awarded by the West of Scotland Harriers, and I have followed this up with one about the Hannah Cup, awarded by Clydesdale Harriers for their cross-country handicap race.
We now have a short report on the Heart of Midlothian Sports from 1885 to 1890, and this will shortly be followed by the next five years of the meetings – Hearts were one of the football clubs that helped the development of amateur athletics in Scotland. The photograph above is from the Tynecastle Images website.
A real work of historical importance for Scottish athletics historians by Hamish Telfer is now up on site. The result of much research over a long period of times done meticulously covers the formation of clubs in Scottish athletics up to the year 1900. It includes all amateur clubs, university and school clubs, other sports clubs with harrier sections and everything else that was formed in the period up to the end of the 19th century. Over 200 clubs are listed with lots of interesting detail added. Hamish is looking for comments, additions and any possible additions to the list and his contact details are on the page in question. Go to
Even numbers are often targets for runners at a personal level but there are some which are targets at a national or international level. We all know about the efforts to be the first Scot under 4 for the mile – names like Everett, Barrow, McLatchie, Stark, etc were all among the names in the frame but it turned out to be an Anglo-Scot called Beresford who broke the record. The story of the race to be first under 2 minutes for 880 yards was just as intense and just as interesting. The race pictured above was one step on the way. Read about it in Alex Wilson’s latest article – the race for Sub 2.
Front and centre with this Scottish team from the 1980’s is Mastercoach Iain Robertson. He worked with many top class international athletes such as SandraWhittaker, Angela Bridgeman and Val Smith. His profile was done several years ago but we caught up with the man himself recently and he has given us a lot of new information and we now have two more pages on him which you will find at this link and at this one too. He even tells up of the football manager who influenced him early in his career!
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