I was born in Kelso on the 31st of January 1957. The family
lived in Roxburgh Street which was fantastic for an active
child as I had The Cobby and Croft Park on my doorstep. I
attended Kelso Primary and High Schools where my main
sport was rugby rather than athletics, but the school held
an annual cross country race where I discovered I had a gift
for distance running. I ran locally up to aged sixteen when I
joined Edinburgh Southern Harriers competing for them in
The British League.
My International career took off when I competed for Great Britain in a dual meet at Crystal Palace, London against West Germany in 1977 where I broke four minutes for the mile aged twenty. I then was a regular for The Scottish National and Great Britain team for nine years competing in three Commonwealth Games, two European Championships, and numerous World Cross Country Championships. During my career I was ranked fourth in the world for the 1500 metres in 1978 and 1979, won a Commonwealth Games bronze Medal in 1978 in Edmonton Canada. Moreover I won a bronze medal in 1979 Euro indoor 1500m in Vienna Austria. I currently still hold the Scottish 1500m and 3000m records, the 1500m has stood for 29 years. Throughout my career I was coached by the late John Lauder who ran a bookmaking business in Kelso. Most of my training was done locally in The Floors Estate and Shedden Park.
I live with my family, wife Sandra and son Steven on The Hendersyde Estate and have run a small business from home as a remedial massage therapist for nearly ten years. I also work with the local rugby team tending to their numerous injuries during the season.
I still run, but only for fitness now and stopped competing in 1999 when aged 42. I love training around Kelso and watching the seasons changing in the fantastic scenery.
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