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This page is designed to record any knowledge or contact we receive from or about our past members.  If you hear anything about our ex athletes, please get in touch with Gordon Innes

 

Jimmy Christie                                                             July 2013
 
It is with much regret that we have received the sad news that one of our longest standing members, Jimmy Christie, has passed away at the age of 82 years.  Jimmy had been in hospital for someJimmy Christie

 weeks, having suffered a number of strokes from which he failed to recover.  Jimmy first joined Victoria Park on the 28th May 1946 and was still competing in July 2012 at the grand age of 81 years throwing the Javelin and Shot Putt in Dunfermline at the Scottish Athletics Masters’ Championship. 

During his years of membership of Victoria Park, Jimmy was involved in most aspects of volunteering within the Club – Coaching, Team Managing, Officiating and sitting on the Committee as Vice President and President for a period of time in the late 60s-early 70s.  It was in the early 70s that Jimmy began competing as a Veteran athlete and clearly enjoyed representing his club in Pentathlon events and taking part in Glasgow Marathons and Half Marathons. 

He was also a long time member of the Scottish Veteran Harriers Club.  His boundless energy would have been a credit to people half his age and Victoria Park City of Glasgow will be made poorer by his passing.  He has been a true role-model.
 
Jimmy was a very recognisable figure within the Scottish Athletics community and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.  Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends.
 
Jimmy’s funeral will be held at Craigton Cemetery, Berryknowes Road, Cardonald, Glasgow, G52 2DB on Monday 22nd July at 1.30pm.

Linda Innes

 

 

Ronnie Whitelock                                                             December 2012

Ronnie Whitelock, one of our best loved and respected life members passed away in Hospital late on Friday the 7th of December with his family around him.

Born in 1932, Ronnie joined Victoria Park at Scotstoun as a junior in 1947.  He was clearly an exceptionally talented sprinter and he was quickly promoted to the senior squad where he was coached by the late Willie McFarlane.

During his Ronnie at Scotsounearly years, he served his apprenticeship at John Browns shipyard before securing his long term future in the drawing office.  It was there that his colleagues fashioned a set of starting blocks from a 4”x4” block of wood and two off cuts of aluminium.  Those very starting blocks were used throughout what was to become a very illustrious career.

In his early career, he enjoyed success at the Rangers Sports, the Police Sports and a variety of Highland Games at the then venues of Ibrox Stadium, Hampden Park, Helenvale and Westerlands.

In 1956 he was part of the winning Victoria Park 4x110 yards relay team at the Scottish Championships in Meadowbank.  The team was Alan Dunbar, Bobby Quinn, Harry Quinn and Ronnie.  This group became lifelong friends and up until quite recently they would meet regularly and rib each other about past glories.

1957 was probably his best year on the track, winning gold at the Scottish Championships over 100 yards with a time of 9.8 seconds, winning gold in the 4x110 yards relay, competing for Scotland and competing for Great Britain against Russia at White City.  The latter earning him life membership of Victoria Park.

He went on to win two more Scottish sprintRonnie in action titles in 1959 and 1962.  He was a member of the winning Victoria Park 4x110 yards relay teams on four occasions and represented Scotland in at least four international matches.

Once his successful career as an athlete was over he continued as a coach for many years and many younger athletes benefitted from his experience.  Ronnie had a great sense of humour and he was always popular with the youngsters.

Always keen to be involved in athletics he became a track referee, a track judge and a marksman.  He officiated over many years at all levels and made a name for himself as a track referee for disability athletics.  He was much sought after and for many years was the track referee at the Bute Highland Games.

He was still officiating last winter within the Kelvin Hall and he was present at Victoria Park Glasgow’s last but one agm.

His last trip to Scotstoun was in October this year to see the Club’s newly completed display cabinet.  Thanks to his generosity, the centre piece of the display is those very same starting blocks which were made for him in the 1950’s with his handmade leather running shoes in situ.

Everyone who knew Ronnie said he was a lovely kind man “a gentleman”.  He’ll be greatly missed by all.

His funeral will take place at 3pm on Thursday the 13th of December at Clydebank Crematorium.  All friends and club-mates are invited to join his wife Irene, son Donald and daughter Elspeth for the service.  The family have requested no black ties.  Club colours would be a nice touch.

 

 

Moira (O'Boyle) O'Neil                                                     1956 - 2012

The entire athletics community has been saddened to hear of the death on Wednesday of former Belfast and Dublin marathon winner Moira (O’Boyle) O'Neill who passed away at her home after a long struggle with cancer.  O’Neill only last week celebrated her 56th birthday. Daughter of famous Donegal athlete Cyril O’Boyle, Moira was prominent in the sport as a teenager in Scotland, to where the family had moved in the late sixties.  She won the Scottish Intermediate (U17) and Scottish Senior cross country titles in her first year in the grade.  Her father had been Irish mile champion on a number of occasions while her mother Noreen also took up the sport late in life.

The family returned home to Glenswilly in the 1980s and Moira took a job as a community worker in Belfast and through her work was well-known in the Markets area of the city.  She was also for a period the manager of the Whiterock Leisure Centre.

Despite beingMoira O'Boyle or O'Neill successful on the track and cross country, it was the marathon that brought the former Victoria Park, Glasgow athlete her greatest successes.  She made a winning debut over the 26.2 mile distance in Derry in 1982 before going on to claim victories in Belfast (1985 & 1986) and Dublin (1988). Her time in Dublin of two hours, 37 minutes and seven seconds is still the second fastest ever by a Northern Ireland athlete.

She had come to prominence in January 1972 when she was part of the Victoria Park Intermediate Girls team that won the Scottish Womens Road Relay and later that year became Victoria Park's Ladies Captain.

That same year, at only 16 years of age she won the Intermediate 1500m at the SWAAA Championships with a PB of 4:44.1 and followed that achievement with a bronze medal in the SWAAA 3,000m with a time of 10:21.6.

A major triumph for Moira came in 1973 when she won the SWCCU CC Championship in Edinburgh and was over a minute ahead of the rest of the field.

She represented NI at two Commonwealth Games taking eighth in Edinburgh in 1986 and twelfth in Auckland four years later.  Earlier she had also run for Scotland at the International Cross Country Championships in Monza, Italy.  She was a member of the British team that took gold medals at the World Student Games Cross Country.

Moira is survived by husband Gerry O’Neill from Portrush, a former marathon runner, her father Cyril, mother Noreen and sister Pat.
Thanks to information found on
A Life In Athletics and the Inside Track Blogspot. 

 

New Life Member                                                               February 2012

Life membership of VP-Glasgow has been granted to Doug Gillon for his services to athletics in Scotland.  Doug, who was for 34 years the Herald's
Athletics Gordon and DougCorrespondent retired from full time work last year and although he continues to write a fortnightly column, has recently moved to a new home in Cornwall.  Doug was back in Glasgow on a personal visit and took time out to receive our certificate of life membership from the Club Secretary.

Doug covered his first major sporting event when the Commonwealth Games came to Edinburgh in 1970 and since then has covered every summer Olympics since he attended Munich in 1972 and every World Championship since 1983.

Over the years he was awarded 3 SJA British Sports Journalism Awards and a life-time achievement prize at the Scottish Press Awards.

Doug became a member of Victoria Park AAC when he moved to Glasgow in the late 60's.  He competed in middle distance events and the 400m hurdles.

Appropriately, the certificate awarded to Doug was printed and embossed with the Club's badge and colours back in the 70's.

He was delighted to receive the award and hoped to be back in Glasgow to meet up with old Club mates when we officially open our new display cabinet.
 

 
Alan Sisson Dunbar                                                                July 2011

Athlete, broadcaster and journalist;

Born: February 26, 1934; Died: July 1, 2011.

Alan Dunbar, who has died aged 77 after a long illness, was a former athlete and drama lecturer who went on to become a successful journalist and broadcaster.

He was a man of many parts and sometimes conflicting roles. Luminaries from all realms of his life were present at his self-planned funeral at an Edinburgh hotel, the first ever held there, and heard tributes from family, to whom he was devoted, and former colleagues.

Winner of the 1957 Relay TeamScottish 100 yards title in 1955 and 1956 after earning his full blue at Glasgow University in 1954, Mr Dunbar had an unorthodox “flappy” arm action which was certainly eye-catching but for whatever reason, possibly his bad luck with muscle injuries, he was still overlooked for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games by the British selectors.

Mr Dunbar even defied the head of drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to run in the Scottish Championships in 1955 when the college graduation clashed with the event.

Originally from Stranraer, where he won the Scottish junior 100 yards titles in 1951 and 1952, the year he also captured the AAA junior crown, Mr Dunbar went on to represent Scotland in the 1958 Empire Games in Cardiff, winning his first round heat before going out in the second round.

A member for many years of the legendary sprint team of Glasgow club Victoria Park AC, who monopolised the Scottish 4x100 metres relay championship throughout the 1950s, he amassed trophies galore. Yet he was certainly not someone who let his running do the talking.

In 1957 he withdrew from the final of the national 220 yards at New Meadowbank in Edinburgh (the forerunner of the 1970 Commonwealth Games stadium) in protest at the condition of the then cinder track and he later organised an unsuccessful petition, backed by abound 50 athletes, against further use of the venue for Scottish championships.  No wonder one headline described him as the “Stormy Petrel of the Track”.

His transition to1958 Relay Team broadcaster and sportswriter was a natural one when he hung up his spikes in 1961 and became the voice of athletics on Radio Clyde and the scourge of the Scottish selectors as a fearless and regular contributor to the Evening Citizen and The Scotsman.

Mr Dunbar was one of a loyal and dwindling band of reporters who covered the sport week in, week out, no matter the weather and even when illness severely hampered his mobility.

In tandem with his media work, he also continued his career in drama, lecturing at Langside College in Glasgow from 1956 to 1963 and, until 1971, at the city’s Central College of Commerce.

Moving to Edinburgh he changed to communication at the then Napier College and eight years later became a much esteemed senior lecturer in communication at Queen Margaret College, a post he held for the next 10 years.

A period of illness persuaded him to retire but he soon began branching out, accepting an invitation to become a guest director at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  For the next 20 years he was a permanent member of staff of Edinburgh Acting School, directing many shows with, according to principal Anna Finline, “great enthusiasm, expertise and intellect”.

It was typical of the man that he directed his final stage exit.

He is survived by Margaret, his wife of over 50 years; two daughters, Stephanie and Sara; two sons, Jonathan and Alan; and two granddaughters Georgia and Bryony. 

 

 

Rab Daly                                                                                         September 2010

Rab has very generously donated a collection of old Club Yearbooks from the years 1950-1965.  If you click on the image (right) you can see the inside pages highlighting the Club Honours list upClick to see inside. to 1950.

Rab is a long time member of the Club who is still competing at the age of 70 years and won his first Scottish vest in 2006, competing as a Vet in the British and Irish Cross Country International.

He inherited some of the yearbooks and Cross Country Programme's from Dougie Campbell who was a member of the Club from 1954 till 1969.  Rab tells me that although Dougie is older than he is and his sight is fading, he still trains regularly at Nethercraigs.

Thanks to Rab and Dougie for their generosity, we'll take good care of their collection and hopefully display some of it within our planned cabinet at Scotstoun Stadium.

 

 

Bob Izzatt                                                                                           September 2010

Bob has once again been iRunning spikesn touch after unearthing more treasures from within his Garage.  He was having a clearout recently and found two old pairs of running spikes.

Both were handmade in 1952 by a cobler who used to visit the athletes when they were training at Scotstoun Stadium.

Once ordered, the shoes were usually finished and returned within seven days.

The shoes pictured right have hardly been worn and it's our intention to put them on display along with other memorabilia within Scotstoun Stadium in the near future.

 

 

Letter from Chris Steele                                                                  August 2010

Dear Members
 
It has been such a long time since I last thought about the club that saw me through a great time in my life and it was good to see some familiar faces on the club web site.  I am recalling things that I did every day since I looked at the website about ten days ago.
 
I remember my first night well, it was the club 400m Championships and I didn’t know it at the time, but that was all I was expected to do.  I later went on the 2 mile run with Graham and a group of boys the same age as me.  It was my PE teacher at Victoria Drive Secondary that pointed me in the right direction and to be honest I didn’t look back.  I was 12 at the time and I still do remember all the training runs that we went on, 2 miles (round the block), 2 ½ miles (up to crow road), 3 ½ miles (Mcandrew), 4 miles (up to Great Western Road), 6 miles (the canal run) as well as the odd run through the Clyde Tunnel when there was snow on the ground.  I remember the club races and time trials that we had throughout the winter season and the competition that we had (Speedo, Scott Queen, Colin Allison etc).  I still have trophies from the club to celebrate this.
 
I also remember the training sessions in the Kelvin Hall (20x200m with a 200m jog recovery) on a Monday night and the track sessions on the gravel track and the old saying that if you can run 60 seconds for 400m on this track you can run 58 seconds for 400m on any other track.  The changing rooms have obviously changed, but I remember giving my money in to a guy who sat with the big dog (sorry can’t remember their names) and then Wallace telling the group what he wanted them to do.  The Saturday morning runs in Milngavie in-between the track season and the cross country season were something else and I thoroughly enjoyed them.  I glad to see that the McAndrew Road Relays are still being held and I hope that the dance is still going strong.
 
In terms of the track season I remember Crown Point, Dam Park, Pitreavie, Grangemouth with its cycle track around the outside of it, Westlands and Dumfries.  Towards the end of my time at Victoria Park I remember that the West District Championships were always between three athletes, one from Ayr (I think Michael Gill), myself and one from another club and we always took it turn to win the races that we did.  The Young Athletes Athletics League was the best, having to do not only your best event (sometimes not even that) but also a range of other events.  I recently found a picture of me at Pitreavie receiving a plate which was for the, I believe, teams who just missed out on the Young Athletes League Final.  I remember the first time I broke 2 minutes for the 800m, a week after Graham gave me the biggest kick up the back side ever was at Dam Park in the West District Championships after coming back from about 6 months off with an Achilles injury.
 
During the cross country season I enjoyed myself the most.  My last Scottish national Championships was at Irvine where I finished 7th, I also remember all the other races that were held there, the Scottish Cross Country Relays and the Scottish Schools Cross Country Championships.  I will always remember the dragons back hill after you come off the beach.  The Glasgow Schools Championships was always held at Pollok Park and I had a good run there for many a year finishing in the top three on several occasions.  Other courses that I always remember when I come home is the one at Clydebank and the one in Arbroath at the end of the season.  The best time though was when I got selected to represent Scotland at the New Year race in Gateshead and then the week later running for Great Britain at a race in Lisbon.
 
When I went to University in Liverpool, I joined Liverpool Harriers and I soon became a regular in their British league team for the steeplechase, I was also University cross country champ as well as Merseyside Champion.  The training at Liverpool was just as hard with training sessions five days a week.
 
Since then I have been teaching in Milton Keynes where I continued to run, however not train, as the track that the club use is on the site where I taught.  Three years later I moved to Crewe where I am still based after ten long years.  I am still heavily involved in athletics and cross country being the Cheshire Schools Boys Cross Country team manager and my claim to fame is that every year I have been at school I have had either a county track and field champion or a student obtaining their county vest.  This year was the county vest at the North West Regional Multi Events Championships at the end of June.
 
I enjoyed my time immensely at Victoria Park and I always look out for athletes from the club at the UK trials every year.  A big hello to all who remember me especially to Graham who got me through each season with encouragement and hard work.  If only my local club was as friendly as Victoria Park was.
 
I wish the club all the best in the coming year and if I am still in Crewe in four years time I will be bringing a group of students up to the Commonwealth Games where I hope to see some of the clubs athletes representing Scotland.
 
PS – I can still remember some of my PB’s
200m – Kelvin Hall – 24.6 seconds
800m - Wavertree – 1min 56.8secs
1500m - ??? – 3min 54.6secs
 
Chris Steele

ctsteele01@googlemail.com
Member between 1987 and 1993

 

 

Death Of Bobby Calderwood                                               From the 1st of March 2010

We received the sad news that one of our oldest life members, Bobby Calderwood died on Monday the 1st of March after a long illness.  Bobby, who was 78 is survived by his wife Cathy,Bobby Calderwood his sons John and Alec and his daughter Andrea.  Alec had recently returned from New Zealand and Andrea from London to be with their father.

Bobby joined Victoria Park in 1950 as a talented 19 year old and won his first National medal in the Scottish Youths Cross Country Championships that same year.  He again won Gold in 1952 as part of the Victoria Park team that won the Scottish Junior Cross Country Championships.

He was a winner again with the senior team that won the Scottish Cross Country Championships in 1956, 57 and 58.  Bobby's peers said that he had an ungainly running action but was determined and very competitive in competition and training

He was a regular winner also of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Road Relay Race, Victoria Park were 1st in 1952, 54, 56 and 57 where he ran the 5 and a half mile 1st leg from St Andrews Square in Edinburgh to Maybury Cross.  As you can see in the below pictures, Bobby had the honour of carrying the special champions baton from the Lord Provost of Edinburgh to the Lord Provost of Glasgow on several occasions.Bobby's old running buddies

He represented Scotland at the Cross Country Internationals in 1956 and 57 and as a result was awarded Life Membership of the Club.

Long after his running career ended, he continued to assist with coaching VP's young athletes at Scotstoun and was the club handicapper until quite recently.

Bobby's son John sent in the picture of Bobby's old running buddies (right).  Our own Andy Forbes is 2nd from the right, if you can recognise any of the other faces, can you post it on the message board.

Bobby had in recent years delighted in donating £1 for every year of his membership prior to the AGM.  His most recent donation was for £60.

Our thoughts are with Cathy, John, Alec and Andrea at this sad time.  I'll post the information relating to the funeral arrangements here when I have them.

Click here to see pictureJimmy Ellis passing the baton to Bobby Calderwood.  London to Brighton Road Relay 1952.  VPAAC finished 3rd. Click here to see pictureClub photograph taken at Milngavie in 1953.  The three athletes in the centre are left to right, Ronnie Kane, Andy Forbes and Bobby Calderwood.
Click here to see pictureBobby Calderwood receiving the Champions baton from the Edinburgh Provost, possibly 1953. Click here to see pictureBobby Calderwood receiving the Champions baton from the Edinburgh Provost, possibly 1955.
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From: The Herald

The sad passing of former Scottish Cross Country internationalist Bobby Calderwood earlier this week brings to mind a unique team of which he was very much part. A team from Victoria Park A.A.C who trained out of Scotstoun Showgrounds, Whiteinch Baths Mountblow and the Milngavie Laundry who then crossed the border and took the English Cross Country Championship out of England Besides Bobby this team also included an Empire Games silver medallist Andy Forbes, Scotland's" Zatopek" Ian Binnie and a young miler from Govan who went on the be an American Olympian and serve with the US Marines in Vietnam Alex Breckenridge In 1952 this team travelled to Birmingham and took on the best clubs of England like South London Harriers, Belgrave, Birchfield and Bolton Utd on their own turf and beat them, something that had never happened before and has only happened once since when Shettleston Harriers emulated them in 1971.

Hugh Barrow, Milngavie

 

 

West Highland Way                                                     From 21st December 2009

Many thanks to Peter WilsonPeter Wilson who posted a link on the Message Board to a well edited video from 1987.

The occasion was a successful relay attempt at the West Highland Way and included many familiar names and faces including Neil Hogg, Tony Malloy, Peter Wilson, Barry McKay, Stuart Barnett (speedo), Jason Logan, David Innes and Robert Blair.

The video itself is dedicated to the memory of Wallace Crawford 1940-2000, a past Secretary of Victoria Park who remained in post for more than 25 years.

Follow this link to see the full 15 minute video.

 

 
 
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