Saturday, November 28, 2020

Ian Halliday 1935 - 2020

We only received the news recently but one of our past members Ian Halliday passed away in Redbourn, Lincolnshire on the 14th of February this year aged 85 years.

I noticed on his death notice in the Herald that he was, in order of importance, a retired sprinter, a financier and reader of international affairs.  I’m always struck at the level of importance former members have placed on their experience of training and competing as part of Victoria Park and the memories they’ve shared with their families.From l-r, Turner, Dunbar, Halliday and Ballantyne

Ian Samuel Halliday was a member of Victoria Park in the late 1950’s.  He was a member of Willie McFarlane’s famous training group that dominated the sprint events and relays at the Scottish Championships.  Many of the group competed at major games including the Olympics and the Empire Games.

Surrounded by such talent at Scotstoun, Ian found it difficult to get selected for individual events but found a route to success through Victoria Park’s sprint relay teams.

In 1957, he was part of a bronze medal winning relay team in the 4 x 440 yds at the Scottish Championships in a time of 3:32.6.  The team was Alan Dunbar, Ian Halliday, Bobby Quinn and John McIsaac on the last leg.  From that team, Alan Dunbar and John McIsaac went on to represent Scotland at the Empire Games in Cardiff the following year.

In 1958, he finished 3rd in heat 2 of the club 100 yds and didn’t make the final, such was the quality around him.  Things turned around over the course of the season though and he found himself selected in the Victoria Park “A” team in the 4 x 110 yds at the Scottish Championships in Glasgow on the 5th of July.  The team of Alan Dunbar, Ian Halliday, Alistair Ballantyne and Graeme Turner finished 1st in a new Scottish record time of 42.9s.  Pictured above from left to right, Turner, Dunbar, Halliday and Ballantyne.

His success continued into 1959 where he was again selected for the Victoria Park “A” team in defence of their 4 x 110 yds Scottish Championship title in Edinburgh on the 30th of June.  On this occasion the team was Alistair Ballantyne, Ian Halliday, Graeme Turner and Ronnie Whitelock and once again, they finished 1st in another new Scottish record time of 42.6s.

To win two senior Scottish Championship relays would be an excellent achievement for any sprinter but to be part of two Scottish record breaking teams was exceptional.

Ian was survived by his twin sons, Steve and Glenn.  Steve has been in touch and is looking forward to a visit to Scotstoun on his next visit to Glasgow.

Thanks to Hugh Stevenson for his research.