Family, Central AC and our sport mourn the sad loss of Alastair Hay

Monday 17th June 2024

Photo by Bobby Gavin

scottishathletics are today profoundly saddened to confirm the passing of Alastair Hay.

The Central AC legend was a towering figure in every sense in our endurance community and club scene for more than 20 years.

With the approval of Alastair’s family, and working closely with Central AC, we are now able to share funeral details.

We send our deepest condolences to Lynsey and their two boys, everyone at the club and to all Alastair’s many friends across our sport.

Here is a message from Central AC.

‘It is with deep sadness that we would like to inform members and friends of the passing of Alastair Hay.

‘Ali was an outstanding performer for Central for over 20 years. Moreover, he was an even better friend to all within the club, incredibly kind spirited, and a great supporter of the club and all its athletes.

‘Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his wife Lynsey, his young sons and all his family.

‘A memorial and funeral service will be held at West Lothian Crematorium on Thursday 27 June at 11:00am for all to attend.’

West Lothian Crematorium, Cousland Wood, Starlaw Place, Off Starlaw Road, Livingston EH54 7FD

British champions . . . Ali (front row, right) celebrated with Central AC after victory in the ERRA English Road Relays in April 2023.

A team man right down to his spike laces, he told us that success was the finest moment in his career.

Photo by Bobby Gavin

Mark Pollard, our Head of Performance, knew Ali for more than two decades.

‘Ali was a gentle giant in our sport whose quality and consistency was extraordinary over the years,’ said Mark.

‘He was a multiple Scottish champion over the years and Commonwealth Games representative at Delhi 2010, Ali will be missed greatly by the athletics community in Scotland and of course by the Central AC family.

‘For me, he was a real catalyst for the resurgence in male 1500m in Scotland – Ali showed the way for the likes of a young Chris O’Hare to aspire to, which led to a chain of success down the years that continues to this day.

‘His  record at the National XC in particular was superb.

‘He won the Senior Men’s gold on two occasions and a bronze medal in two further years. But I am pretty sure he took just as much enjoyment from being a mainstay in the Central AC team who won the Senior men’s team gold year after year after year.

‘Ali was a massive influence on his club-mates and many others.’

Ali leads home Central AC to Lindsays National XC Relays team golds in October 2018 – it was a familiar sight (photo by Bobby Gavin)


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