Octavians Athletic Club. 1962 – 1971
In 1962, due to falling numbers and the resulting drop in standards being experienced by all of the Former Pupils Athletic Clubs in Edinburgh, representatives of the Clubs met in the Royal Scots Club, in Abercromby Place Edinburgh to discuss the problem.
Representatives from the eight Former Pupils Clubs athletic clubs attended: George Heriot’s School (H), Royal High School (R.H.), Daniel Stewart’s College(D.S.), Trinity Academy (T.A.), George Watson’s College(W.), Edinburgh Academy(E.A.), Boroughmuir High School(B) and Melville College(M).
The outcome of that meeting was that the eight clubs agreed to combine to form one club, Octavians Athletic Club which would allow the new club to compete nationally against all of the Scottish Harrier and open Athletic Clubs
Initially selection for matches was by invitation, similar to Barbarians Rugby Club selection rules.
Trophies and Successes
Website at Scotstats has lots of information – http://www.scotstats.net/archive-1/the-athletes/
The Land O’Burns Trophy 1969
Scottish 4 x 440 Silver Medallists 1963 at Goldenacre ; Team : John Turnbull, Donald Burr, Tommy Tait and Bob Hay
and Bronze medallists in 1964
Scottish 4 x 100 relay bronze medallists 1965 and 1966
Scottish 1 mile Medley Relay Silver Medallists 1966 Shotts Highland Games; Team 880yds John Turnbull, 2x 220yds Mike Bathgate, & John Jones, 440yds Ian Mc Callum.
and Bronze medallists in 1963 and 1968
Scottish 1600 metres Medley Relay Bronze medallists in 1969
Bob Hay – 440yds hurdles
Adrian Weatherhead – 1 mile & 1500m
John Jones – Decathlon
Gordon Rule – Pole Vault
David Stevenson – Pole Vault
Frank Dick – 800yds (Indoor)
Donald McKenzie – Javelin
Bob Hay 440yds Hurdles
Frazer Proven 120yds High Hurdles
Tony Hogarth 120yds High Hurdles
Stewart Seale – Pole Vault
David Stevenson – Pole Vault
Adrian Weatherhead 1500m
John Jones Decathlon
Gordon Rule. Pole Vault
Ian Grant Decathlon 1970 Commonwealth Games
Frank Dick 800m
District, Scottish and U.K. Champions.
Sprints up to 440yds: Tommy Tait, Stewart Seale & Donald Burr(D.S.), Mike Bathgate (W.) ; Gordon Ellis (M.); Norrie Patterson & ‘Podge’ Irvine (B.) Bob Hay (H.); Robin McKenzie Bill Johnston, Derek Richards & John Jones (T.A.)
Hurdles: Fraser Proven (D.S.), Tony Hogarth & Bob Hay (H.) John Jones (T.A.)
Middle Distance: Frank Dick (R.H.); Ian McCallum & Adrian Weatherhead (D.S.) John Turnbull (T.A), Martin Sinclair (E.A), Robin Morris, Alastair Patrick , Jim Waugh & Douglas & Alan McNish(W.); Iain Craig (T.A); Duncan Brown (W.)
Throws: George Thomson & Donald McKenzie & Lawrie Nisbet(W.); Bill Noble & Brian Suddaby(B.); John Jones (T.A.); Jack Anderson (D.S) Ian McDonald???
Jumps: Johnny Douglas (B.), Bill Murray & Douglas Flett (R.H.), Gordon Rule (H); John Jones (T.A.); Ian Henderson, Ian Grant & Peter Burgess (W.), Bill Golden (T.A.)
Decathlon and Multi-eventers: John Jones (T.A); Peter Burgess & Ian Grant(W.); Bob Hay (H.)
Officials: Jim Patrick (W.) (President), George Sinclair (H) (President), Roy Wilkie (T.A) (Treas.); Jimmy & George Johnston(W.), Jim Craigie, Stuart Laird and H.T.L.Wilson (T.A.); Ivan Tait(D.S.), Bert Logan(R.H.), Rab Foreman(R.H.), Time-keepers: Mike Weir, Lord Milligan (H.) Starter; Alexander M Jones (T.A.)
The Club became a victim of its own success, as the team was principally made up of District and National Champions and both Scottish and G.B. Internationals, as a result youngsters found that they could not get into the team; so they went elsewhere.
The Club folded in 1971 then, after providing two trophies – one in the form of a baton for the Octavian Relays at Grangemouth, the other a Sword to be awarded annually at the Carnethy Hill Race meeting ( won by club member Robin Morris) – the members used all that was left of the club’s funds on a grand dinner in the Carlton Hotel Edinburgh.
In 1981 a ‘reunion’ contest was held at Myreside ; a report with a photograph of those present was published in the Scotsman.