Sending our sympathy: Lloyd Cowan and HLM Duncan McLaren

Tuesday 12th January 2021

Photo via British Athletics 

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Everyone at scottishathletics would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Lloyd Cowan.

Lloyd was a widely-known and respected coach across the athletics scene in the UK and worked with a number of Scottish athletes, including Eilidh Doyle, via his work with GB and NI teams. He was 58.

Here’s a tribute piece from the UK Athletics website:

‘Everyone at UK Athletics is deeply saddened by the passing of our friend Lloyd Cowan MBE. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

‘As an athlete Lloyd specialised in 110m and 400m hurdles, before moving into a hugely successful career in coaching where he guided a number of athletes to the top of the World. His work with Christine Ohuruogu saw her achieve 400m Olympic gold and silver in 2008 and 2012 respectively as well as two World Golds (2007 and 2013). He also guided Andy Turner to Commonwealth and European 110m hurdles titles in 2010 before a memorable world championship bronze in 2011.

‘A wonderful colleague, his warmth and friendship both on and off the training track made him one of the most successful, approachable and down to earth individuals involved with the sport.

‘He brought the best out of many athletes over the years at all levels and was highly respected as a coach and mentor to many other coaches and performance staff who had the pleasure to know and work with him.

‘Admittedly and understandably however his proudest moment was coaching his son Dwayne, who captured world and European 4x400m relay bronze in 2017 and 2018.

Rest in peace Lloyd, from all of your friends at UK Athletics. You will be deeply missed.


Duncan McLaren (front row, second from right) at the SCCU Centenary (photo via Alex Jackson)

Honorary Life Members

scottishathletics were also saddened this week to learn of the passing of one of our former Officials and Honorary Life Members – Duncan McLaren.

The honour was bestowed on Duncan back in 2002 to recognise his significant contribution to our sport both as an Official and President of the Scottish Cross Country Union.

We understand Duncan passed away peacefully on Monday 11 January.

All at scottishathletics send our sympathies to the family and friends of Duncan and those who came to know him via our sport over many years.

As well as being a timekeeper for many years, Duncan was SCCU President 1990-91, SCCU East District Secretary 1982-1988 and Scottish Athletics CC and RR Commission Treasurer 1995-2000.

He received the Raymond Hutcheson Trophy for Services to Officiating  in 2013.

Duncan moved to the west of Scotland for work reasons in 1988 but he remained a life member of Penicuik Harriers and coached with the club.

With thanks to Alex Jackson and Ron Morrison


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