Sunday, December 08, 2019

Sid Ellis 1931 - 2019

Yesterday we received the sad news that another of the clubs Champions from the 1950’s had passed away.  Sid Ellis died aged 87 years in Anniesland, Glasgow.Norrie, Jimmy and Sid Ellis

Sid was part of the popular Ellis brothers who along with Jimmy and Norrie were dedicated distance runners who represented Victoria Park throughout our glory years of the 1950’s.

Sid was in the team that won the Scottish Youths Cross Country Relay Championship in 1949 along with Bobby Calderwood, Alex Breckenridge and W.D. Duncan.

In 1952, he was part of the winning cross country relay team in the Scottish Junior Championships, along with his brother Norrie.

He was also in the 8 man team that won the Edinburgh to Glasgow relay race in 1951 along with his brother Jimmy who was a life member of the club and again in 1956 along with his brother Norrie.

On the seven occasions Victoria Park won the Edinburgh to Glasgow relay race, the Ellis brothers occupied ten places.

I’ve attached a copy of “The Scots Athlete” from 1951 where it shows Sid extending Victoria Park’s lead in leg 7 of the Glasgow to Edinburgh relay race.Sid Ellis with the Lord Provost of Glasgow in 1956

Surely his proudest moment in athletics was running the last leg of the eight in the Edinburgh to Glasgow relay in 1956 in the fastest time of the day, 24m 58s and presenting the baton to the Lord Provost of Glasgow.  The team finished in a time of 3h 47m 40s, 3 minutes ahead of the team from Shettleston.

His son Fraser was last in touch in 2007 and at that time he reported that Sid was still attending our McAndrew Road Relays to support the Club.

The funeral will take place at 2pm on Friday the 18th of October at All Saints Scottish Episcopal Church, 10 Woodend Drive, Jordanhill, Glasgow, G13 1QS.  Thereafter onto Clydebank crematorium for 3:30pm.  Anyone who knew Sid is more than welcome. There’ll be refreshments afterwards at Westpark Hotel, on the Boulevard (just along from the crematorium).

Our sincere condolences go to Ann, Sid’s wife of 62 years, and his extended family.

Sid Ellis crossing the finishing line 1956