27 January 1947 – 6 June 2019
We were saddened to learn through the national media of the death of Hamish Cameron, Mastermind contestant extraordinaire, whose appearance in the final, which was broadcast on 14 June, in accordance with his wishes, a week after his passing. He appeared on Mastermind on 17 occasions, more than any other contestant in the history of the program.
Hamish, a graduate of Aberdeen University, was a popular member of Victoria Park in the early 1970s, and older members of our distance running fraternity will remember him well.
Colin Youngson, also an Aberdeen University man, included the following words in his tribute at Hamish's funeral:
After graduating in 1971, to begin teaching I moved to Glasgow, joined Victoria Park AAC – and discovered a familiar team-mate – Hamish Cameron, who met his wife-to-be-Edna in that city. Hamish remained calm, clever and usually a man of few words, who raced and trained as hard as possible – he loved the sport. There were club runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in the winter though dimly lit streets on twisting traditional routes. Cross-country in the West of Scotland involved deep mud. VPAAC was a very good club, ranked in Scotland’s top four, but Hamish was right on the edge of the first team – indeed in 1972 he ran particularly well in the important McAndrew road relay and, judging by the time he set, should indeed have been one of the first 8 Vicky Park men. In 1974 Hamish appeared in the annual Scottish ranking lists, with a marathon time of 2.43.16, when he was 17th in the Scottish Marathon Championships in Edinburgh.
Hamish later moved to Forres, where he continued his involvement with running as Secretary of the local Harriers and organiser of the North District CC league. He was a very durable veteran athlete, representing Scotland in the home countries meetings and taking part in 137 park runs all over the world until very recently.
He is survived by his wife Edna and three children, Mairi, Isla and Niall.