Margaret’s contribution to Maryhill Harriers and the wider athletics community has been recognised by Scottish Athletics.
Read Margaret’s letter of recognition at the bottom of the page.
Margaret has been a committed member of our club since October 2005. During that time, she has fulfilled many outstanding personal challenges. She has completed a number of ultra-marathons, including the 54-mile Highland Fling twice.
Her dedication is exemplary, and as such she has completed and won the club Merit League on several occasions. Margaret is a highly experienced and encouraging coach and team-mate. She is always there to provide some inspirational and encouraging advice with an ever-calm demeanour.
Margaret’s work with the Junior section of the club has been nothing short of brilliant. In 2008, she took over the running of the Juniors alongside two others. They applied for a grant and were awarded £6,500. This was used to purchase indoor and outdoor run, jump and throw equipment, mini hurdles, two storage cages and Hi-Vis vests. At this point there were probably about 10 kids coming along. Margaret’s unquestionable commitment to the young people of Maryhill, as well as her popularity, has seen numbers grow and grow. There are now just under 50 active junior members.
Margaret puts an extraordinary amount of effort into ensuring the Juniors have the best possible experience: she organises participation in local races and cross country; takes them to the Emirates and Scotstoun stadium for gradings and training sessions; administers a Junior Merit League; and ensures that everyone is recognised at the Award’s Night. Margaret enjoys the challenges and successes that comes with the Juniors and takes great joy and pride in growing the numbers and seeing the kids who started at primary age still active in the club in their late teens. Her son Ben now helps coach the Juniors. The impact Margaret has had on the health, happiness and lifestyles of many young people in the Maryhill community cannot be understated.
Aside from her outstanding work as coach and team member, Margaret is an active Board member. She was, at one point, Vice President of the club, and remains a very high profile and hugely respected member with a lot of responsibility. Margaret is happy to help with anything thrown her way – no task too small.
The word ‘dedicated’ cannot be emphasised enough when it comes to Margaret. She is such an integral part of all sections of our club, and is a true ambassador for athletics in the community. We have no doubt she will continue to inspire and encourage many more people – young and old alike.