Tom Stillie was born in 1915 in Alva and enjoyed a successful spell in textiles as an assistant designer. He enlisted in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1940 and was subsequently commissioned into the Black Watch. However, he was seriously wounded towards the end of the war and the injuries he received affected him for the rest of his life.
In 1945 he was appointed lecturer in textile design at the Scottish Woollen Technical College. He had a keen interest in athletics, although his war wounds prevented him from competing, and was President of the Scottish Amateur Athletics Association in 1967. He showed an active interest in researching the history of tartan and tweed design and collecting fabric manufactured locally.
The tartan used in the Commonwealth Check for the 1970 Commonwealth Games was designed by Tom Stillie and used for the Scottish female team uniform, and fabric samples from Lochcarron and Gardiners of Selkirk. He died on 23 March 1978 while still in post as Senior Lecturer in Design at the Scottish Woollen Technical College.
The Tom Stillie Award is given each year to the person who has contributed the most to Scottish Athletics within the preceding year.
Adrian Stott is a former GB&NI internationalist, the British 24 Hour Road Champion in 1999 and is one of the most experienced ultra-marathon competitors in the UK. His exploits include completing the 95 mile West Highland Way race on a record 15 occasions and finishing eighth in the European Championships 24 Hour event in 2000.
However it is not just for Adrian’s athletic ability that will be remembered but his overall contribution to the wellbeing of endurance running in Scotland. His first love is of course Ultra running. Being a modest man Adrian often takes a backstage role in many events but when you scratch the surface you find he is the driving force as a promoter, sponsor, team manager and perhaps most importantly and adviser to a large number of Scottish ultra-runners in their transition to longer distances.
In 2010 Adrian took over the promotion of the SAL 50K Championships. He combines that with the Anglo–Celtic Cup 100K road race when it is Scotland’s turn to host the event. He has also promoted 24 hour races in Scotland and this year the Sri Chinmoy 24 hour race at Tooting. He is a well-known Committee member of the West Highland Way race contributing his expertise to the Scotland premier Ultra event.
In 2011 Adrian convened the inaugural SAL 5K road championships at Silverknowes and has done so ever since. The event has developed in to the premier 5K road race in the UK with about 500 finishers in the 2018 race.
Unbeknown to most Adrian was the instigator of the Meadows race series in 1985. It is the go-to training event is Edinburgh on a Tuesday night. It is remarkable that the race fee has remained at £2 since then.
What does Adrian do when he is relaxing? Well he is a qualified and practising road course measurer. He has joined the new SAL team of course measurers this year and often acts a team manager for Celtic Plate events. This year he was the UKA team manager the IAU / ITRA World Trail Championships in Penyagolosa, Spain and the 100k World Championships in Croatia and the European 24 hour event in Romania.
Adrian has contributed to his sport for many years but his contribution continues to grow. This year his outstanding contribution merits the award of the Tom Stillie Sword for 2018. – Ron Morrison