ROBERT HAY, 1938 – 2022

ROBERT LAWRIE HAY Well respected surgeon, international athlete, golfer and musician, b. 19 November 1938; passed away on 30 March 2022 at the age of 83.

An Edinburgh man, he competed in athletics for Edinburgh University, Heriot’s F.P. AC and Octavians AC

Bob, to his multitude of friends, represented Scotland in 5 international athletic matches. His principal event being the 440yards hurdles and in that event he reigned as Scottish champion from 1959 to 1963.

He also won championship medals at the 440 yards flat and the Decathlon

A founder member of the Octavians A.C., Bob first came to prominence running in the flat 440 yards at the 1958 Scottish championships, where he took the bronze medal. From 1960 until 1963 he led the Scottish rankings and in 1962 achieved a personal best time of 54.5secs.

Bob was a member of the Scottish athletics team at the 1958 Empire & Commonwealth Games in Cardiff.

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George Thomson

The funeral of George Thomson, one of the last of our diminishing number of original members, will be held at Mortonhall Crematorium, Edinburgh, on Friday the 20th of May at 11am.

A good turn out would be appreciated.

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Reunion Lunch 2022 Photos

John Jones, Stewart Seale, David Stevenson, Pat Sinclair, Martin Sinclair, Jean Rae, Douglas Flett

Alex Jamieson, Adrian Weatherhead, Alistair Blamire, Gordon Rule, Peter Burgess, Bill Walker

Dougie Bruce, Fraser MacRitchie, Sandy Sutherland, Hugh Stevenson, Marion Donachie, Robin MacKenzie

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Reunion Lunch 2022

Please be advised that plans are being made to hold a reunion lunch on the 25th April at Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society Barnton Avenue, Edinburgh.

If you aim to attend, get in touch through the usual channels.

More to follow in due course.

Stay safe

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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.

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



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