Arnold’s Archive; Lynsey message; Kit Carriers needed

Saturday 14th December 2019

Action from the start of one of the recent Allan Scally Memorial Road Relay races

History section of this website

The Allan Scally Memorial Road Relay Race first appeared on the Scottish running calendar on 22 November 1969 and this February will see the 50th running of the event.

It has been held every winter season with the exception of 2017-18.

The race commemorates the work done for Shettleston Harriers by their former coach, Allan Scally, a professional 10 mile world champion, who had died in April 1966 at the age of 62.

Allan was the main force behind the club’s success in the 1950s and ‘60s. He was also the coach to many very good athletes including Joe McGhee, 1954 Empire Games Marathon winner.

scottishathletics Historian, Arnold Black, has been looking back at the history of this well-known race and it is the subject of his latest Arnold’s Archive column on the History section of this website.

READ the full article on the Allan Scally Memorial Road Race


BBC Scotland interview with Lynsey Sharp

Lynsey Sharp may know of friends that have never been for a smear test but, as of this year, the Scottish athlete is well aware of the importance of one.

In November, the former 800m European champion had surgery to remove pre-cancerous cells.

Now the 29-year-old wants to encourage women to never make the mistake of avoiding cervical screening.

‘It’s not something people want to talk about, but it shouldn’t be embarrassing because your health is the most important thing,’ Lynsey told BBC Scotland.

‘Once you start speaking about things like that, you realise how common it is. People have been messaging me that had never been for a smear test and I made them go get one. That’s why I shared my story.’


British Athletics are staging two major events in Glasgow in February as both the Muller Indoor GP and the SPAR British Champs come to the Emirates Arena.

And we’re pleased to confirm now that clubs are invited to submit names of young athletes ahead of a ballot for kit carriers.

The Muller Indoor GP is on Saturday 15 February and the SPAR British Champs are the following weekend – February 22/23.

In total, British Athletics are looking for 30 kit carriers and are asking Scottish clubs to nominate one female and one male from their U17 and U15 ranks.

All nominations will go into a ballot with 12 names drawn for Muller Indoor Grand Prix and 18 drawn for SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships.


*An athlete either U15 or U17 (over 13 years of age); *A scottishathletics member; *First claim member of the club they are nominated by; *Available for both events (however, can only be drawn for a maximum of one event); *Have permission from their parent/guardian to attend the event and for videos/photos of their child to be used on Scottish Athletics and British Athletics digital platforms

Club’s nominations must be submitted by the official club contact personal along with the nominees parent/guardian’s email address no later than the 9 January 2020.




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