Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Bobby Calderwood

We received the sad news that one of our oldest life members, Bobby Calderwood died on Monday the 1st of March after a long illness.  Bobby, who was 78 is survived by his wife Cathy, his sons John and Alec and his daughter Andrea.  Alec had recently returned from New Zealand and Andrea from London to be with their father.

Bobby joined Victoria Park in 1950 as a talented 19 year old and won his first National medal in the Scottish Youths Cross Country Championships that same year.  He again won Gold in 1952 as part of the Victoria Park team that won the Scottish Junior Cross Country Championships.Bobby Calderwood

He was a winner again with the senior team that won the Scottish Cross Country Championships in 1956, 57 and 58.  Bobby's peers said that he had an ungainly running action but was determined and very competitive in competition and training

He was a regular winner also of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Road Relay Race, Victoria Park were 1st in 1952, 54, 56 and 57 where he ran the 5 and a half mile 1st leg from St Andrews Square in Edinburgh to Maybury Cross.  As you can see in the below pictures, Bobby had the honour of carrying the special champions baton from the Lord Provost of Edinburgh to the Lord Provost of Glasgow on several occasions.

He represented Scotland at the Cross Country Internationals in 1956 and 57 and as a result was awarded Life Membership of the Club.

Long after his running career ended, heBobby's old running buddies continued to assist with coaching VP's young athletes at Scotstoun and was the club handicapper until quite recently.

Bobby's son John sent in the picture of Bobby's old running buddies (right).  Our own Andy Forbes is 2nd from the right, if you can recognise any of the other faces, can you post it on the message board.

Bobby had in recent years delighted in donating £1 for every year of his membership prior to the AGM.  His most recent donation was for £60.

Our thoughts are with Cathy, John, Alec and Andrea at this sad time.  I'll post the information relating to the funeral arrangements here when I have them.


From: The Herald

The sad passing of former Scottish Cross Country internationalist Bobby Calderwood earlier this week brings to mind a unique team of which he was very much part. A team from Victoria Park A.A.C who trained out of Scotstoun Showgrounds, Whiteinch Baths Mountblow and the Milngavie Laundry who then crossed the border and took the English Cross Country Championship out of England Besides Bobby this team also included an Empire Games silver medallist Andy Forbes, Scotland's" Zatopek" Ian Binnie and a young miler from Govan who went on the be an American Olympian and serve with the US Marines in Vietnam Alex Breckenridge In 1952 this team travelled to Birmingham and took on the best clubs of England like South London Harriers, Belgrave, Birchfield and Bolton Utd on their own turf and beat them, something that had never happened before and has only happened once since when Shettleston Harriers emulated them in 1971.

Hugh Barrow, Milngavie