Down by the River Races 5/3/2017


March 5, 2017
11:00 amto3:00 pm

2017 Down By The River 10k and 3k entries now open

take place on Sunday the 5th of March 2017 at 11am

on-line entry is available at



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Xmas Handicap results



1. Ritchie Carr 16:19 (11:59)
2. Paul Kernohan 16:35 (12:55)
3. Julie Dell 16:51 (15:41)

Fastest Times
M. Al Campbell 11:18
F. Bernie O'Neil 14:38

U20 Gavin Smith 11:39
U17 Drew Pollok 12:05
U15 Ruraidh McGregor 13:12

2k race


1. Sam Riggins 9:51 (9:51)
2. Morven Crawford 10:12 (9:42)
3. Calum Gray 10:22 (10:02)

2.3k race

Sean Friel 11:15 (8:45)
Niamh Riggins 11:19 (9:39)
Caolan Millard 11:23 (9:13)

full results below









































Club Xmas Handicap Sat 17th Dec

Club house open at 11.00 am for 12.00 start.

U11 and first year U13 2K at 12.00.

2nd year U13/U15/ 2.6K at 12.10.

U17/U20/Seniors/Masters 4K at 12.10.

U20/Seniors/Masters should bring a prize to the value of £5.

Presentations to take place at 1.30 pm approx.

Meal due to start at 2.00 pm.

Help on the day with the race would be welcome from anyone not running. Please let Robert/Mike/Owen know on the day or beforehand if you can assist.

Wishing everyone a good performance in the run and a most enjoyable Xmas lunch. As previously mentioned I will unfortunately not be there due to a longstanding family commitment in Edinburgh.

David C

Holiday Training

The clubhouse will be closed from Saturday 24th December until Thursday 5th January 2017.

This does not mean we are on holiday, hopefully it will give people the chance to do more.

Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Monday 2nd January there will be no group training.

All week days there will be training at our portacabin located on the rugby fields. All weekday training will commence at 10:00am with weekends staying as they currently are now.

Also, Tuesday and Thursday evenings will be still be at 6:45pm but meeting at the postacabin instead of the clubhouse. Please note the portacabin has lights and a gas fire inside.


Cambuslang Harriers masters women and men added the West District Masters Cross Country team titles to the West District Cross Country Relay titles they had won previously in October.  Jennifer Reid, Bernie O’Neil and Claire Mennie were the female counters with Robert Gilroy, the individual winner, Kenny Campbell and Justin Carter making up the men’s team.  While the club has been accustomed over the years to success in the men’s masters category it was refreshing and welcoming to have the women emulate them.  While there were no individual medals for competitors over 60 Erica Christie and Paul Thompson were both first in this age group with Frank Hurley 2nd M60.  In the M55 age group Des Dickson, Alick Walkinshaw and Dave Thom were 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. 

(C)Bobby Gavin

(C)Bobby Gavin

There was gold medal success too for the under 20 men’s team thanks to Craig Jardine and Gavin Smith who were 2nd and 3rd and Scott Sommerville 10th  thus retaining their title from last year.  Christopher McLew in 3rd place led Ruairidh MacGregor and Keir Crawford to team silver in the under 15 boys race.  It was pleasing to see Keir pick up his first district team medal which was a just reward for his consistency in training at the club.

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The senior men team of Robert Gilroy, Iain Reid, Ben Hukins, Al Campbell, Gordon Robertson and Kenny Campbell gained team bronze behind Shettleston and Inverclyde.  Considering the number of pre race call offs due to illness the sextet battled well to be among the team medals.  Club captain Iain Reid made a late call to run having been unwell in the lead up to the race and in spite of the lingering effects of his illness made a significant contribution to the team.  The senior ladies quartet of Alex Lamond, Kirsty O’Brien, Jennifer Reid and Bernie O’Neil finished a very creditable 4th.  Cambuslang had their best ever turn out in this event with 9 lady finishers.  Erica and Claire already mentioned along with Lesley McArdle, Julie Dell and Lyn Angley all acquitted themselves well over a hilly and muddy energy sapping course. 

The under 13 boys team of Fearghus MacGregor, Robbie Woods and Mark Cassidy finished 8th while their female counterparts of Niamh Riggins, Shona Carey and Millie Nicholl went one better in 7th place.  Eamon Carr, Drew Pollock and James Hannaway running in the under 17 age group were 6th team.  Carla Fay and Susie McLaughlin represented the club in the under 15 girls race and Ruth Kelly in the under 17 event.

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Once again the important contribution made by the back up team of coaches, officials, parents, supporters and club photographer Colin Stephen deserves to be acknowledged.

David Cooney.


PS Dont forget to enter the Down By The River 10k

A Busy Weekend for Cambuslang Harrriers in Scotland, England and in the Czech Republic

It was a busy and again successful weekend for club athletes competing in Scotland, England and the Czech Republic. Down south the Cambuslang M55 team of Frank Hurley, Paul Thomson, Dave Thom and Colin Donnelly were emphatic winners of the UK 055 Male Cross Country Relay Championships. Colin recorded the fastest time in his age group and Dave was 3rd fastest. Colin Feechan deserves thanks for being team manager, reserve and driver. Elsewhere Kenny MacPherson finished 3rd M45 in the Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile road race and Alasdair Campbell was the first athlete home in the Glossop Parkrun.












The Stewart family also performed well in the Czech Republic. Eddie, who was one of the mainstays of the record breaking Cambuslang senior team in the late 1980s before moving to Prague, showed that even within a month of his 60th birthday he is still a force to be reckoned with when winning an open 6K cross country race. Since resident in Prague Eddie has returned to Scotland to win the Scottish Masters O40, 45, 50 and 55 Cross Country Championship titles. His daughter Moira was the first U23 runner in the Czech Ladies Cross Country Championships and gained selection for their team in the forthcoming U23 European Championships. Moira is a former Scottish under 20 1500 Metres Champion and was a member of the Cambuslang Harriers ladies U20 team which won silver in the Scottish Cross Country Championship. His son Gerron, a sub 2 minute 800 metres runner, finished 16th in his first year in the U20 age group. It is not surprising that both Moira and Gerron are talented athletes given Eddie’s running pedigree and their mother’s as Mia herself was a senior Czech internationalist and is still winning Czech Masters Championship medals.


U20 athlete Eve Mackinnon running for Edinburgh University was an excellent 3rd in the Scottish Universities Ladies Cross Country Championship with Alex Lamond representing Strathclyde in 5th place. Both ladies should have done enough to gain selection for the Scottish Ladies University team in the forthcoming competition in Edinburgh against teams from the North, West and East of Scotland.


While a number of members were involved in a Glasgow endurance training session the main domestic racing focus for the club was on the Lanarkshire Cross Country Championships at Coatbridge where Cambuslang won a number of individual and team medals. U13 Niamh Riggins gained individual gold and with support from Millie Nicholl and Maura MacKinnon secured team bronze. The U13 boys team of Fearghus MacGregor, Stewart Millard and Robbie Woods went one better to lift team silver. In the U15 girls race Ruth Kelly won silver and Keir Crawford, Caoloan Millard and Michael Black combined well to take team silver in the U15 boys event. In the U17 boys event 2nd placed Drew Pollock led Ryan Stephen and Andrew Carey to team gold.


The U20, seniors and masters women and men also contributed to the club's success at the County Championships. The club had its largest representation ever in the ladies event with 7 athletes taking part including Claire Mennie and Julie Dell who were making their debut for the club. The trio of Kirsty O'Brien, Bernie O'Neil and Lesley McCardle finished 3rd team with Bernie being awarded the bronze O40 medal. Erica Christie missed out on a team bronze medal as she can't count as a team member until the 1st December.


The men too had a large representation with 17 athletes competing. U20 Brendan Carey who has been training consistently well was a clear winner in his age group. Not surprisingly with Ryan Thomson, Robert Gilroy and Alistair Campbell in first, second and fourth place the club were decisive winners of the team competition. Robert was also the first master O40 and Justin Carter runner up.


Athletics is not just about the runners it is also about the back up team of coaches, officials, parents and supporters. The club is therefore grateful to all those who volunteered their time to assist at the Lanarkshire event. Special mention should be made to Simon Gold who again stepped in to be one of the two required race volunteers having finished 4th earlier in the morning at the Tollcross Parkrun behind the winner Cambuslang’s Shaz Hakeem. Justin Carter also acted as a timekeeper before lining up for the men’s race. Unfortunately it can often be difficult getting volunteers to assist at Lanarkshire events and it would be good to think that new volunteers will come forward in the future rather than the club having to rely on its small band of regular volunteers.


David Cooney

Cambuslang Harriers Masters execute another raid South to bring back the Gold

Being Scotland's only entrants at the British Masters XC Relays champs, held in Long Eaton, England, and with healthy competition to make the 4-man M55 team, the team left East Kilbride a little before 7am with high hopes of bettering the 4th place showing in the BMAF Masters road relays in May, when they narrowly missed out on a podium position.








With some wintry conditions forecast en route, leeway for planned for any hold ups (thankfully only one 10-minute delay), and a nice breakfast stop, and we arrived in plenty time at Long Eaton at 12:15pm in time to see the ladies and M65+ 3-leg race starting. Plenty of club tents, a big start/finish sign, a well laid out course, and a plethora of runners all kitted out in their club colours added to the occasion. The team was declared, and a recce of the 3k course revealed it to be fairly flat, suitable for either studs or short spikes.


Although the XC races are not as popular as the road races, we were competing with 18 other teams for medals, with Woodford Green & Essex Ladies, ahead of us at the road relays and with whom we've have a number of great tussles over the years, looking particularly strong rivals. 


Our race plan was to start well and to get into the mix, giving our mid-pack athletes someone to chase, before handing over to our strongest athlete Colin on the last leg.


The experienced Frank Hurley, after his excellent 4th place last week in his last year as an M60 at the British & Irish XC International, was asked to get us off to a strong start, and whilst he said he was only getting warmed up when he finished the race, it was job done as he came home in 3rd place (11m35s), only 21 seconds behind Wolverhampton & Bilston in 1st and Salford Harriers in 2nd place. Woodford Green were back in 7th place with other contenders Sheffield RC in 9th place.









Paul Thompson was up next and the recently much travelled dual world masters champion set about his task with gusto, and finished having moved us up to 2nd place (11m13s) after overhauling the Wolverhampton athlete, the gap behind new race leaders Salford was down to 17 seconds. Bristol AC were now in 3rd place with Woodford Green and Sheffield RC up to 5th and 6th respectively.









Dave Thom's welcome return to form has been a big boost to the team, with his solid run at last week's international bringingdave renewed confidence. Dave knew exactly what was required of him and took the lead half way through his leg at the only muddy part of the course, and by the end of the leg he had given the team a comfortable 29-second lead with an excellent 11m10s, the fastest 3rd leg time. The other medal positions remained the same with Woodford Green closing in to 4th place, some 1m50s behind.









colin-fastestAfter anchoring the M50 team to Scottish XC relay victory in October, Colin Donnelly took off on the last leg, and after some serious knee injuries which threatened his career over the last few years, he is once again in superb form. Although the course was somewhat flat for this highly renowned hill runner, Colin was not hanging about as he made it look easy in recording the fastest M55 time of the day in 10m26s, over 30 seconds faster than anyone else. This saw the club finishing with an emphatic winning margin, over 2 minutes ahead of Woodford Green, with Sheffield RC moving in to the bronze medal positions on the last lap.


Often inadvertently overlooked by our English commentators, it was nice to see Mel James on the P.A. giving due credit to the farthest travelling team as Colin brought us home. Mel also confirmed that next years champs will return to Long Eaton, as race is growing in popularity with masters clubs.


Our post-race group warm down was all done together in club colours before we waited for the medal ceremony, with some appreciated nice comments from fellow runners. 








It was a very happy car on the way back up North, stopping off near Kendal for a nice pub dinner and a celebratory pint (or two!).


As usual the camaraderie, banter and stories were flowing throughout the journey in what turned out to be the perfect execution of our plan, and we were back in East Kilbride by 9:30pm as British Masters XC champs, with talk already about defending the title next year, with hopefully even more representation from the club as well as other Scottish Masters teams.


The Cambuslang quartet of Ryan Thomson, Craig Jardine, Stuart Gibson and Robert Gilroy finished in 14th, 15th, 22nd and 28th positions from 364 runners to secure Scottish team silver medals against top opposition over a flat fast course at Renfrew.  Robert had the additional bonus of lifting the Scottish O40 Masters Award.  30845693515_8dc64f82a8_zAgain the club with 26 runners had the highest number of finishers among all the clubs competing in the men’s race and 14 of our members filled the first 91 places and were also under 14 minutes for the 4K course.  In addition to the club’s 4 silver medallists Alistair Campbell, Gavin Smith, Alasdair Campbell, Paul Morrison, Gordon Robertson, Ross Stephen, Bobby Bristow, Scott Sommerville and Matthew McKenna all broke the 14 minute barrier.  Justin Carter was 4 seconds over 14 minutes and was followed home in quick succession by Brendan Carey, Colin Reilly, Johnny MacNamarra, Brian Douglas, Alick Walkinshaw, Iain Nicholl, Des Dickson, Chris Upson, Scott Hunter, Mick O’Hagan and William Fairley.

The club had 6 ladies competing in their event although U20 athlete Eve MacKinnon was running for Edinburgh University.  First club athlete home in 39th spot out of 187 finishers was Alex Lamond, followed by Eve, with Katie Bristow next in her first race after a long injury spell and then the trio of masters Jennifer Reid, Bernie O’Neil and Erica Christie.  Erica was delighted to be awarded the Scottish O60 Ladies Masters Title.  It was a great experience for all female competitors to be running against the 1500 metres Olympian and UK record holder who displayed her class to win the race by 40 seconds from her nearest rival.


A number of under15 and 17 Cambuslang athletes contested the 2K event.  Christie Dalgleish, Carla Fay and Chloe Burton represented the U15 girls while Katie Moss and Ruth Kelly competed in the U17 race.  Under 15 runners Sean Friel, Arron Grew, Michael Black and Liam Angley took part along with their U17 team mates Ryan Stephen, Eamon Carr and Andrew Carey.  Ryan after a period of injury is gradually building up his fitness again. 


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David Cooney

Photos ©Colin Stephen

Great Ambassadors for Cambuslang Harriers

Members of Cambuslang Harriers have been making their presence felt not only in Scotland but also in Australia at the World Masters Championships.

Kerry-Liam Wilson was the deserved winner of the Scottish Masters Athlete of the Year Award at the Scottish Athletics Awards Ceremony for his multi success on road, country and track at Scottish, UK and European level.   On the road he won Scottish M40 gold at 5K, 10 miles and at the half marathon, UK gold at 5K and European M45 silver in the half marathon.  He also secured M45 gold in the Scottish 3K indoors along with Scottish and UK M45 5K gold medals as well as setting M45 age group bests for 5 and 10K .  Kerry-Liam further demonstrated his versatility by winning the Scottish M45 Cross Country title.  In addition he was a vital team member in helping Cambuslang win all of last season’s M40 Scottish team titles on road and country and to achieve UK team silver in the UK O35 6 man road relay championships in Birmingham.

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Cambuslang have been represented by Paul Thompson, Colin Feechan, Archie Jenkins and Lynne Marr at the World Masters Championships in Perth Australia.  Paul just missed out on a bronze medal in the M60 cross country event but his 4th spot led the UK team to bronze medal.  However, 2 days later Paul turned the table on the 3 athletes who had earlier beaten him to win M60 5K track gold in warm and windy conditions.  This was a truly incredible but deserved performance by Paul who on the day executed his race plan to perfection.  Colin in spite of long standing injury problems battled on gamely in the M55 cross country event to help the UK team achieve silver medals and a few days later in very warm conditions finished a creditable 8th in the 10K track event.

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Archie while acting as one of the British team managers also found the time to contest the M60 cross country and 5K track events with Lynne also doing the cross country and 800 metres events.

Cambuslang Harriers over 40 and 50 Male Teams Retain their ScottishMasters Titles

Cambuslang Harriers M40 and M50 teams retained their Scottish Cross Country Masters Relay team titles over a testing undulating course at Cumbernauld on Saturday 22nd of October.  The M40 quartet of Brian Douglas, Robert Gilroy, Justin Carter and Jamie Reid combined well to achieve the club's 6th consecutive victory in the over 40 category with Robert and Jamie recording the 2 fastest masters times of the day.  Brian handed over to Robert in 4th place who then took the club into the lead which Justin and Jamie consolidated ahead of Corstorphine and Bellahouston Road Runners.  Well done to Brian on winning his first Scottish medal with the club.  The M50 trio of Dave Thom, Stan MacKenzie and Colin Donnelly ensured that Cambuslang won the M50 team title for the 4th time out of the 5 years it has been in existence.  It was an excellent comeback for Colin after a 3 year injury period as he overhauled Kilbarchan and Shettleston in the final mile. The club demonstrated its strength in depth at masters level with the B M40 team of Brian Campbell, Mick O'Hagan, Chris Upson and Iain Nicholl finishing 6th with the M50 B team of Dan O’Connell, Des Dickson and Alick Walkinshaw in 5th position.  Previous M50 team gold medallists Colin Feechan and Paul Thompson were not in line for selection as they are currently in Australia preparing for the World Masters Athletics Championships.


The junior/senior men acquitted themselves well in a very competitive field which included two of Scotland's male Olympians Callum Hawkinsof Kilbarchan AAC and Andrew Butchart of the winning team Central AC.  The A team of Stuart Gibson, Craig Jardine, Iain Reid and Ryan Thomson finished a creditable 5th with Craig recording the fastest lap by an under 20 athlete.  The B team of Paul Morrison, William MacRury, Grant Sheldon and Gordon Robertson were also well placed in 11th spot.  It was good to see William, who had made the long journey from Stornoway,  and Grant, who had just completed his break from a very successful triathlon season during which he won the World Universities Championship along with  a European U23 bronze medal, competing.  The C and D teams finished close to one another in 24th and 28th place thanks to the efforts in the C team from Alistair Campbell, Brendan Carey, Richard Carr and Colin Reilly and for the D team from Ross Stephen, Scott Sommerville, Paul Kernohan and Iain MacCorquodale.   William Fairley, Tony McCutcheon, Frank Hurley and David Scott completed the club's final team.   It was pleasing that the club had the largest representation of any club in the men's event.








The female masters team of Jennifer Reid, Leanne Hamilton making her club debut and Lynn Angley finished a very respectable 8th while Alex Lamond and Lesley McCardle ran in an incomplete senior ladies team.  This was the first time Cambuslang had fielded a female masters relay team in this national event.








The format for the young athletes’ relay was 3 legs to be run by an under 13, 15 and 17 athlete.  The club had 2 female teams finish.  The A team of Niamh Riggins, Christie Dalgleish and Ruth Kelly finished in 48th spot while the B squad of Millie Nicholl, Chloe Burton and Katie Moss was 76th.  Other athletes to run in incomplete teams were Eilidh Kennedy, Shona Carey, Cara McDowall and Kelly McCutcheon.  The young males completed 5 teams in spite of our leading under 15 and 17 athletes Christopher McLew and Struan Paton missing through injury.  The trio of Stewart Millard, Keir Crawford and Eamon Carr were 36th and 4 places ahead of Robbie Woods, Brodie Aitken and an unwell Drew Pollock.  Fearghus MacGregor, Sean Friel and James Hannoway crossed the line in 54th position with Lewis Roddis,  Arron Grew and Ryan Stephen, who was our fastest under 17 athlete, 61st.   The final Cambuslang team to finish in 65th place consisted of Mark Cassidy, Caolan Millard and Andrew Carey.  While this was a very tough and testing course for the younger athletes it has given them valuable experience of competing over such a course and against the top Scottish athletes.







The club would like to thank again all the help, support and encouragement given on the day to all our athletes from the coaches, officials, supporters and parents.  Finally thanks to Colin Stephen whose excellent race photos have captured the agony and sometimes ecstasy on the faces of our athletes.





Willie Marshall 12/12/1927 – 30/9/2016

by David Cooney

I am sad to report that Willie Marshall passed away on Friday 30th September.  Our thoughts at this time go out to his family – his son David and daughter Carol and their respective spouses Fiona and Brian, grandchildren Lauren and Grant and great grandson Noah.  Willie was very much a family man.  His family including his wife Mary until her death in 2007 fully supported his running career.  When not racing he enjoyed going to the football with David to support their beloved Motherwell FC.
Willie had a long and prolific running career particularly from the age of 50 onwards at Scottish, UK, European and World level.  He won at least 10 Scottish Veteran track titles, 11 Scottish Veteran Cross Country titles along with 1 silver and 1 bronze, 14 UK Veteran track titles and 4 road titles, 4 European Veteran and 4 World Veteran titles while breaking 4 Veteran World records in addition to Scottish and UK Veteran records.  What an incredible and often unheralded list of achievements for such a quiet and unassuming man!  No one who saw him shuffling at a slow pace around the streets of Hamilton would have imagined the running stature of this elderly frail looking gentleman.  Willie may have looked frail but in running terms he was strong and determined and was a totally different athlete racing than when training.  He was a difficult man to drop and once he was in top gear he did not falter.  His maxim was to train slowly but to race regularly which clearly worked for him.
Willie represented Motherwell YMCA, Clyde Valley and Cambuslang Harriers from 1994 onwards.  His son David also took up running with Clyde Valley and later Cambuslang.  David posted the very respectable times of 8.42, 15.06 and 31.40 for 3/5/10K before his running career was cut short by injury.  Willie and David made Scottish Athletics history when they became the first father and son to compete in the same team in the prestigious Edinburgh to Glasgow road relay in the 1982 event.  Willie’s grandson Grant Sheldon, has recently shown that he has inherited his grandfather’s genes by winning this year’s World Students Triathlon Championship and gaining a European Under 23 Triathlon bronze medal.  Grant also competed for Scotland in the 2014 Commonwealth Triathlon Event and won the 2011 Scottish Cross Country Under17 Cross Country Championship when competing for Cambuslang Harriers. 
I first became aware of Willie when competing in the 1973 Clydebank to Helensburgh 16 mile road race.  This was my first attempt at the distance and I was surprised to be overtaken at the halfway stage by an apparently frail older runner wearing black plimsolls.  However, there was nothing I could do but let him disappear into the distance.  When he moved house in 1980 to near where I stayed we started training together on a Sunday and were accompanied by David, Tom Ulliott, Kevin Newberry and Donald Burt.  This continued for over a decade.  I also sometimes took Willie to races as he did not drive.  We were competing in the 1981 Sanquhar 11 mile road race which weaved its way from the splendid starting point of Drumlanrig Castle along quiet country roads into Sanquhar playing fields.  We ran the race together and the tranquil atmosphere of the day was abruptly shattered on entering the track for the run in.  We suddenly heard loud animated voices urging both of us on. Naturally Jim Brown and Peter Fox of Clyde Valley who had finished 1st and 4th were shouting Willie on as he was their 3rd and final counter for the team race.  I was the only competitor for Cambuslang that day but I found myself being roared on by the Springburn trio of Graham Crawford, Doug Gunstone and Alastair MacFarlane who had finished in 5th, 6th and 7th place.  Springburn were sitting on 18 points and would clinch the team title by 1 point if I finished ahead of Willie.  I duly beat Willie by 3 seconds much to the delight of the Springburn team who jokingly offered me an honorary membership of their club.  Willie was content to win the first veteran prize.  Coincidentally Graham was reminding me of this incident earlier this year when we met at a cross country event.
During all the time I knew Willie he never had a bad word to say about anyone and he was extremely modest about his superb achievements.  Although he retired from competition in the early 2000s due to eye and leg problems he continued light running.  In recent years he was not able to train but he was still out walking and could at times be seen be seen breaking into his shuffling running style to catch a bus.  He took great pride in seeing Grant compete for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games and on his recent European and World Triathlon successes.  Only a month ago he was delighted to receive a copy of the Scottish Veteran Harriers Magazine in which Colin Youngson, in collaboration with Willie’s son David, had written an excellent article on his remarkable running career.  Colin’s article serves as a most fitting and well deserved tribute to a Scottish running stalwart and with the permission of the Scottish Veteran Harriers I am pleased to include Colin’s article here.


the following profile appeared in the Scottish Veteran Harriers Newsletter earlier this year


(Willie Marshall had phenomenal success as a runner, especially between the ages of 50 and 70. When I won my first Scottish Vets XC title in 1988, Willie became M60 champion. We became nodding acquaintances, but he didn’t say much and, although he was well respected, I did not understand just how good he was. Well I sure do now; and can only marvel at the times he set and the titles he won. It is a real pleasure to profile him properly here. Ed.)
CLUBs: Motherwell YMCA, Clyde Valley and Cambuslang.
DATE OF BIRTH: 12.12.1927.
OCCUPATION: Invoice clerk –retired.
HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE SPORT? I saw the local Harriers at Motherwell out and about and thought I would like to do that.
WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU GET OUT OF THE SPORT? I am no longer running due to health issues. However I did enjoy the fellowship, the travelling and the winning!!!
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR BEST EVER PERFORMANCE OR PERFORMANCES? Winning my first World titles in Canada in 1994 at 10k and 25k on the road.
YOUR WORST? Anything that involved heavy cross country courses !!!!
OTHER LEISURE ACTIVITIES? As well as travelling to races, I used to enjoy many family holidays.
CAN YOU GIVE SOME DETAILS OF YOUR TRAINING? Long slow distance on the road – 50-60 miles per week. Raced every second week and that gave me the speed required.
The first mention I can find of William Marshall in the records is in November 1949, when he ran the First Stage of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Road Relay. He wore the vest of Motherwell YMCA, and it is fair to say that the club struggled at that time. In the 1956 Relay, Willie ran (his favourite) Stage Five, and Motherwell improved to 12th. Marshall ran Five again, every year from 1957 to 1962 – and his club recorded the following placings: 10th, 6th, 5th, 3rd and 1st! YMCA stars included Andy Brown and his brother Alec, Bert McKay, Tom Scott, Davie Simpson and, later on, John Linaker, Ian McCafferty and Dick Wedlock. No wonder they became the top club in Scotland. During their first victory in 1962, Willie Marshall ran Stage Three and gained five places. Motherwell YMCA won again in 1963 and 1964 (with Willie running 3); and in 1965, when Willie ran Five, ended up second to the superb Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds team, led by Fergus Murray. YMCA were third in 1966 (Willie on Three). However by 1967 the bubble had burst, and they finished 16th (with Willie on Four); and in 1968 could only manage 19th, when he ran the First Stage at the age of 40. Nevertheless, William Marshall must have been very proud to have played a stalwart part in the rise and fall of such a splendid club; and to have won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the wonderful E to G.
Although Willie Marshall was in no doubt that road was his favourite surface; followed by track; and only then country (especially mud), he did finish 58th in the 1964 Senior National, which made him Motherwell’s fifth counter and helped to secure team bronze.
William Marshall must have continued training and racing into the 1970s. The SVHC held their first cross-country championships in 1971, when runners aged 40-49 competed in the same race and there was no M45 category. He must have looked forward to turning 50; and once this had happened, twenty years of greater success began.
In the 1978 Scottish Veterans Cross-Country Championships, William Marshall (running for Clyde Valley AC) won his first title at M50. The following year he lost a close battle with Hugh Mitchell of Shettleston. However Willie returned to the gold standard in 1980 and was champion again in 1981.
When he turned 60, for four years he had no close rival, and (representing Motherwell YMCA once more) won four successive Scottish Veterans XC championships (1988-1991). Between 1993 and 1996 (running for Cambuslang) Willie reigned supreme and won another four titles, in the M65 age group. In total, he had collected an amazing 11 individual gold medals in this prestigious fixture!
An unusual  race participation for William Marshall took place in November 1993 at Lord Trehearne’s Estate outside Cardiff, when he ran for Scottish Veterans in the annual Five Nations International Cross-Country. The Scottish M60 team: Hugh Gibson, Willie Marshall and Pat Keenan (who packed well in 5th, 6th and 8th) won silver medals.
David Marshall, Willie’s son wrote: “My Dad had been successful before M50, picking up prizes in many events. However after this, more momentum was gained.
Between the age of 50 and 55, he won medals at Scottish and British level, especially on the road and track. An even greater change was in 1984, when he became European M55 10k road champion in Switzerland. The same year he won the British M55 1500m. In 1985, he won the British Vets M55 5000m title. 
Other highlights included the following.
1988: he won the M60 British Veterans cross-country at Irvine, after a close battle with Bob Belford (a World Vets 5000m bronze medallist). Then he was first in the Scottish Vets track M60 800m (2.33.0) and 1500m (4.55.3). Other victories included the British M60 road 10k and track 5000m championships. 
1989: he broke M60 World Indoor records for 1500m (4.49.5) and 3000m (10.18.6), while winning British Indoor titles. The same year he won the European M60 10k on the road; as well as the British Vets 5000m and 10,000m on the track; and 10 miles on the road.
1990: he was first in the British M60 10 miles road, 5000m and 10,000m track.
1993: he set another World record (M65) in winning the Scottish Vets 3000 Indoor in 10.32.28. He also won the British 5000m, setting a British record. Then he was first in the M65 European 10k Road championship in the Czech Republic; as well as winning the Half Marathon the following day!!!!!
1994: he won the World Vets M65 10k and 25k titles in Canada. In addition he was first in the British Vets indoor 3000m.
1995: he was first in the M65 European 10k in Spain (37.14); and also victorious in the Half Marathon (1.23.37), again on the following day. Earlier that year, he had won the M65 British cross-country title at Irvine.
1998: he won the World M70 10k road in Japan; and broke the World record in the British indoor 3000m. In addition he was first in the Scottish M70 Indoor 1500m and 3000m; and the Outdoor 5000m.
1999: in the British Vets track, he won M70 titles at 5000m and 10,000m
2000: he won the M70 World 10k road title in Spain (39.57).
Willie winning the 2000 M70 10k Road title in Spain
























 (As anyone who has competed from M50 to M70 will be only too aware, Willie Marshall’s list of titles and very fast times will be almost impossible to match. What an inspiration and formidable challenge for future Masters athletes in those age-groups! His development is interesting: from a club member who trained lightly; to a good club runner who avoided too much mileage but raced frequently for speed-work; to a brilliant veteran, who continued to train steadily and also to race at all distances from 800m to 25km. ‘Train, Don’t Strain’ was the philosophy behind Long Slow Distance. Not a bad notion for anyone wishing to run well after 50?) 
Bert McKay, who was a very important influence on the success of Motherwell YMCA, said: “Willie seemed to be a very light trainer but took part regularly in fast pack runs at the club on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He was a nice man, quiet and apparently frail but obviously much tougher than he looked. I remember one particular 5 mile road run I had with Willie just a week before one E to G. I was in good form but could not drop Willie at any time during the run! He was a lot better than he showed when he was younger.”
Peter Duffy (who was a good hill-runner and also won a medal in the Scottish Marathon) said: “I was a team-mate of Willie’s at Motherwell YMCA. On the road he was too fast for me and had a beautifully smooth, flowing style. When I was a club member, he only trained on his own and did not run at all on Sundays, due to strong Christian beliefs. He was respected for this and his fine running in the E to G.”
George Black (who has recently broken the British M75 20 miles record) wrote: 
“I remember Willie Marshall well. When I started running he was my target.
Remember first time I beat him was a 2 mile at Glasgow Green I was pleased although he was 11 years older than me!
One small anecdote. I was competing in a Yorkshire Vets 5K track championship when that fine runner, Gerry Spinks of Bingley, approached a group of us and asked for our assistance in his attempt to better the British Record for the event.
I asked who held the record and he replied, “some Scots guy.”
I correctly suspected it was Willie Marshall so my response was less than cordial.
He failed in his attempt. I think it likely that Willie still holds the British Road 10k record for M70 (which he set at Grangemouth).
I don’t suppose he will remember me but convey my regards.”

David Fairweather wrote:
“I knew Willie quite well. He was always quiet and unassuming, and seemed to train very slowly, but still produced the speed when it was needed in races. 
I remember asking him if he would run at the 1993 Masters Cross Country International in Cardiff. He said he wasn’t a XC runner, and didn’t think he was good enough! However I persuaded him to run and (at the age of 65) he finished 6th M60, a few seconds behind Hugh Gibson and two places in front of Pat Keenan, helping the team to win silver medals.”