Reunion Lunch 2021

After unsuccessful attempts to arrange our annual reunion lunches for 2020 and 2021, we managed to gather together on Thursday 18th November 2021 at Edinburgh Sports Club, for lunch.

(Photos courtesy of Dougie Flett)

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13th September Re-union Lunch Cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to cancel the Reunion Lunch at Bruntsfield GC, scheduled for the 13th September 2021 at the last minute.

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Sad news

We are sad to hear that Octavians John Turnbull and George Sinclair are no longer with us, Condolences to both families on behalf of all our members.

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Smashing Hurdles

Holland 1963 – Smashing the hurdle!

On a number of occasions I represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the Decathlon. However one match against Holland in Vlardingen, 1963, is carved into my memory, as that was the day when I demolished a hurdle in the 110 metre race and as a result met a legend of track and field. Normally a hurdle will tip over when you hit it, but I had clattered this one so hard, it split apart and flew off the uprights!

Back at the start collecting my gear, an elderly blond haired lady came over, showed me the bits of what used to be the top of the hurdle and said with a smile, “What shall we do with this?” After a classic double take to confirm my first impression, I knew she was Fanny Blankers-Koen – the legendary Dutch winner of 4 gold medals in the 1948 Olympics.  So I replied by asking her to sign the two bits, which she did, smiled again and handed them to me.

To read the rest of this personal account by Jack Jones – and to see some photographs of the autographed hurdle, along with a photo of Mary Peters and Eef Kamerbeek, please visit his website by Clicking Here

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Jack Jones – new career at the age of 85?!!

From the 1960’s seen here with some fellow Octavians

Trinity Academicals F.P Athletic Club, Pitreavie 1968
Four Octavians in back row .
Right to left;
Derek Richards sprinter, John Jones multi-eventer,
Jim Cragie Official and John Turnbull middle distance

And here pole vaulting in 1965

To the present of 2020, where he has started out on a new career as an Author.

Jack Jones 2020

We will all do our best to support him in this new venture, and wish Jack lots of good fortune too.

His Website is

Twitter: johnnyjones78


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Website is ‘live’ again!

After many months in lockdown while waiting for the Coronavirus pandemic to pass, there will have been plenty opportunities taken to dig out old photos and memorabilia from ‘days gone by’.

Feel free to send copies here, to share with everyone – plenty of recent interest shown by people around the world, as our followers on Social Media increases.

If you have access to Twitter, add us to your followers:

Every photograph or piece of news published here, gets shared on our Twitter feed.



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Update regarding Reunion Lunch

Regarding the proposed Reunion lunch and the COVID19 pandemic, we thought it best to provide an update.

The safety of everyone involved, from the staff at the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society to you and your family is of utmost importance, and it may well be that we postpone until the end of this year or into early 2021.

We will update as and when we can.

Thanks and Stay Safe.

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Reunion Lunch 2020

Due to the present Coronavirus pandemic, the proposed reunion lunch scheduled for  May, has been postponed.

I will keep you all up to date with any plans to hold the event later in the year.

Thank you and stay safe


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Reunion Lunch 2019

This year, the annual lunch was held at Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society, Barnton, Edinburgh – 27th May 2019, in the Sandy Duncan room.

In the meantime here are the best of the selection taken by Jack Jones.

and a surprise guest…………..

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Roy Wilkie

We regret to announce the passing of Roy Wilkie on the 25th February 2019.

Roy was the first secretary of Octavians Athletic Club.

The funeral will be held at Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh, at 11.30am, 13th March 2019.

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