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.
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
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.