The  50th Allan Scally Road Race 4 x 5k

(included The Scottish Students Road Relay Championships)

Glasgow Green 29th February 2020

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50th Commemorative Teeshirts (to the first 150 teams to enter)

Main Sponsors : Webhelp, retail sports partner Run4IT , Sports Council of Glasgow, The Scally Family and  support given by West Brewery and Arnold Clark

Start time 12noon

Race Headquarters ,Glasgow Green Football Centre 28 King’s Drive Glasgow G40 1HB

4 x 5km Relay Certified IAAF measured course (AUKCM) traffic free course

SA permit event


Cost of pre – entry £30 per 4 person team with closing date is Friday 28th February 2020 12.00 noon


Enter on the day £40 closing time 11.00 am

Collect race numbers from 10am on the day at Glasgow Green Football


Men                                         Women

1st Team 4×40 £160                   1st Team 4×40 £160
2nd Team 4×30 £120                 2nd Team 4×30 £120
3rd Team 4×20 £80                    3rd Team 4×20 £80
4th Team 4×15 £60                    4th Team 4×15 £60
Masters M40 4×15 £60             Masters M40 4×15 £60
Masters M50 4x 15 £60            Masters M50 4x 15 £60
Course record £100 Bonus   Course record £100 Bonus
Fastest Lap £50                         Fastest Lap £50
2nd £30                                       2nd £30
3rd £20                                        3rd £20
Fastest M40 £20                         Fastest F40 £20
Fastest M50 £20                         Fastest F50 £20
Fastest U/20 £20                         Fastest U/20 £20
Fastest U/17 £20                         Fastest U/17 £20
Course record £50 bonus      Course record £50 bonus
Corporate Prize List
1st Male Team £60 vouchers for RUN4IT
1st female Team £60 Vouchers for RUN4IT
1st Mixed Team 2 men /2 female £60 voucher for RUN4IT

Parking in surround areas at Glasgow Green –No showers available on site but available at Gorbals Swimming Pool or Crownpoint Sports Park

Post Race Buffet Reception for  the 50th Anniversary Event

At the West Brewery which is 800m from  the Race Start at the Templeston Building on Glasgow Green. Tickets are £20 and are limited for the post race buffet and drinks reception. Tickets can be obtained from John Mackay by emailing this link, all welcome. The event will take place between 4pm – 8pm.

Full results from the previous 49 races will be available and photographs/press clippings will be displayed.

Allan Scally

Allan was born in 1904, the year Shettleston was founded and as a young runner made his name in the professional ranks, winning the Powderhall 10 Mile Championship five times between 1927 and 1932. In winning the Powderhall 10, Allan held the title of World Professional 10 miles champion, a title that could only be contested by a challenge match. Allan was challenged frequently over the years, the most memorable being from R.E.Cole of Hereford.

Races were held at White City Racecourse, Glasgow, and on 7th July 1928 before a capacity crowd, Allan retained the title of World 10 mile champion. As was customary at the time Allan competed at Sports meetings and Highland Games throughout the country invariably being ‘scratch’ man on most occasions. He ran at ‘Royal Braemar’ and was chastised by the commentator for ‘warming up’ before the race- apparently not allowed when the King and Queen were present.

At Powderhall in 1933 and 1934, Allan finished second and third,the winner being a pupil of his. This fact so impressed Allan that it pointed his way in athletics-finding and helping youth. Thus ended the professional career of Scally of Broomhouse and what Powderhall lost, Shettleston gained. It was a great regret to Allan that he never wore the Blue and Gold of Shettleston, but as he considered his own running career over by then, he poured all his energy and experience into coaching and was main contributor to the clubs success in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

The Champions coached by Allan are too numerous to mention, but some who did benefit from his advice include J.Flockhart, the first Scot to win International Cross Country honours with national championships following in the years ahead. Allan Watt , who won the English 100 yards title in 1947 and 48-who came to Shettleston as a high jumper and was turned into a sprinter by Allan.

What were the characteristics to be found in one so influential? Some will say a great runner in his own right, the urge to win, or a rare genius for transmitting ideas and motivation to those around him. Undoubtedly his most outstanding qualities was the uncanny ability to see potential in young athletes in Track or Country. Allan also acted for many years as coach and official for the SAAA and was widely known across athletics in Scotland.