Just heard that Iain Robertson has died of cancer.   A wonderful coach who worked wo=ith Val Smith, Sandra Whittaker, Angela Bridgeman and Mel Neef among many others, he was easy to work with, quick to offer assistance and a superb talent.   You can re-read his profile  here.   In the pic above he’s the one with all the badges!

What’s an Irish provinces flag doing on a Scottish website?  It is to do with a short accountj of the international cross-country in the 1930′ specifically the Irish question when for four years there was no team representing the whole of Ireland – as had been the case before 1933.   An interesting account of the time.   It’s at   this  link .    

The picture above is part of an article by A Ross Scott about the origins of the Clydesdale Harriers and there is another superb photograph at the foot of the page taken before the 20th century began.   See ‘A Famous Athletic Club‘ .

Over the past few weeks we have been adding bits to some of the pages on the Celtic Sports.   The most recent is at this link for the period from 1918; but the first page is  here  .

The latest part of our look at the Ayrshire Harrier Clubs Association covers the period from 1956 to 1959 inclusive.   Have a look by just clicking on the link.

Willie Fulton on the left above was one of the Ayrshire notables who worked tirelessly for athletics in the county.   You can read about him and others – Jim Young, Harry Maxwell, Kenny Phillips and others at this link.   In the chronological account of the AHCA we have now published the period 1945 – 55 section.  


The Ayrshire Harrier Clubs Association was formed in 1924 and has been a force for good ever since.   Organising county championships and relays, district championships and relays and being involved in national championships and relays as well as numerous track and field events, open meetings and championships it has seen many outstanding athletes and officials.   The first part of the profile of the AHCA can be seen   at this link.   

The Rangers Jubilee Sports Meeting programme has been passed to us by John Mackay and can be seen by clicking on the link.   We also have the complete programme for the last ever Rangers Sports in 1962.


John Mackay has also sent us the programme for Celtic Sports in 1935 :  see it at this link


A Scottish club secretary who went to East Africa as an accountant and was killed by the Masai, but is said to have killed over 100 of them, at the end of the 19th century.   In two parts, the first dealing with his wonderful career in athletics in Scotland, the second dealing with the Kedong Massacre.   If you just want the massacre, go straight to the second part!   It’s   at this link.


Most endurance relays are four man races – McAndrew, Kingsway, County, District and National – with the now defunct Edinburgh to Glasgow being over eight stages.   There has been a six stage relay from 1979 but before that there had been a six stage road relay that had started in 1934 (E-G was from 1930) and lasted until the war started.   It was from Perth to Kirkcaldy and was supported by clubs from all over Scotland with Bellahouston Harriers winning it four times.   Read about it by clicking on the race name.


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