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George Dallas Memorial Trophy

Becoming a member of Maryhill Harriers in 1906, George Dallas was an athlete of unsurpassed versatility, winning races at all distances from 100 yards to 10 miles at the highest level. He was equally at home on the track and over the country – a highlight of his career being his win at the Scottish Championships at 440 yards in 1920. He was also a prolific winner of handicap events, more often than not running from the virtual scratch mark.

After serving in the First World War in 1914-18 in the Royal Garrison Artillery, George, as Brigade Sports Officer, won the Second Army Cross Country Championships in Cologne from over 1000 competitors.

On returning to “Civvy Street”, George then turned his hand to the administrative side of the sport and swiftly became the Honorary Secretary of the Scottish Cross Country Union, a post which he held for an unprecedented period of 40 years. In 1962, he was awarded an MBE for services to Scottish athletics.

The George Dallas Trust annually awards the George Dallas Memorial Trophy to the person or persons who in the judgement of the trustees, have achieved distinction in, or made a material contribution to, cross country, road running, track and field or hill running in Scotland in the preceding calendar year, whether they be athletes, administrators, coaches or otherwise involved in the sport.

2020 Winner

In 2020, the award was made to Megan Keith. In a year massively affected by the Covid pandemic, Under 20 athlete Megan had great success in the cross-country season, representing Great Britain & Northern Ireland at the European Championships in Lisbon and recording victories at the Scottish Championships and the British Cross Challenge at Loughborough, as well as being the top under 20 at the Armagh International Road Races.

George Dallas Memorial Trophy Winners

1982 Allan Wells
1983 Christopher Black
1984 Sandra Whittaker
1985 Thomas McKean
1986 Yvonne Murray
1987 Jamie Henderson
1988 Elizabeth McColgan
1989 Yvonne Murray, Thomas McKean & Thomas Boyle
1990 Glen Henderson
1991 Aileen McGillivary
1992 Donald Ritchie
1993 No Presentation
1994 Vikki McPherson
1995 Melanie Neef
1996 Ian Mackie
1997 Allison Curbishley
1998 Douglas Walker
1999 Sinead Dudgeon
2000 Caroline Innes
2001 Christopher Robison
2002 Lee McConnell
2003 Jim Young
2004 Kathy Butler
2005 Shirley Webb
2006 Christopher Baillie
2007 Andrew Lemoncello
2008 Angela Mudge
2009 Eilidh Child
2010 Stephanie Twell
2011 Derek Hawkins
2012 Freya Murray
2013 Laura Muir
2014 Libby Clegg
2015 Ellie Greenwood
2016 Andrew Butchart
2017 Zoey Clark
2018 Eilish McColgan
2019 Jake Wightman
2020 Megan Keith

 

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