Queens Baton Relay
Victoria Park was well represented on the Queens Baton Relay as it travelled throughout the city on it's way to Celtic Park for the opening ceremony.
Bobby Quinn, a life member of the club who still assists at our annual MacAndrew Road Race was given the honor of carrying the baton along 200 meters of Paisley Road West on Tuesday the 22nd on July. Bobby who is now 85 failed to match his pb of sub 11 seconds but thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
Needless to say, Bobby was accompanied along the route by his proud sons, daughter, grandchildren and friends and parishioners from his church, Our Lady & St George in Penilee.
Bobby's three Scottish Championship winning relay medals are within our display cabinet at Scotstoun along with his Scotland vest from his heyday in the 1950's.
Also carrying the baton along Kinfauns Drive, Glasgow on Monday the 21st of July was our past president Hugh Barrow. Hugh was club president from 1972 - 1977 and again from 1986 - 1992. Hugh first joined the club in 1958 and didn't hang up his spikes until 1993.
Hugh still features in three of our club records, the 4x400 yards relay time of 3:18.6 which was set in Glasgow on the 18th of May 1968, the 1600 meters medley time of 3:23.7 which was set in Glasgow on 24th May 1969 and the 1 mile medley time of 3:23.1 which was set in Liverpool on the 5th August 1967.
Hugh has remained very active and was a very successful secretary of Glasgow Hawks rugby club from 1997 to 2007.
Also involved in the event was the late Ronnie Whitelocks family. Sadly Ronnie passed away in December 2012 but he would have been immensely proud to see his granddaughter Fiona McCartney carrying the baton along Drymen Road, Bearsden on Saturday the 19th of July.
Also present in the picture (right) are Ronnie's son Donald, his daughter Elspeth and their families.
Ronnie won many Scottish Championships and was a Great Britain international.
1957 was probably his best year on the track, winning gold at the Scottish Championships over 100 yards with a time of 9.8 seconds, winning gold in the 4x110 yards relay, competing for Scotland and competing for Great Britain against Russia at White City. The latter earning him life membership of Victoria Park.
Several of Ronnie's trophies are within our display cabinet at Scotstoun where his running spikes and starting blocks have pride of place.
I know there were many others who had the privilege of carrying the baton, congratulations to everyone involved.