"The Flying Scotsman" has finally come to a halt. Our oldest competitive athlete, Gordon Porteous, Scottish Veteran Harriers, was laid to rest in Barrhead on 25 January, weeks short of his 94th birthday. His last major race was at Coatbridge in October 2004 when he smashed the M90-94 age category World 10,000m track record, winning in 69min.26.92sec.
He won 23 World and European age group medals, including the marathon, in 2hrs.51min aged 60, at the first ever World Veterans Track & Field, Toronto in 1975. He remained unbeaten over this classic distance by any one of his own age. He returned home from the World Championships in New Zealand in 1981 with four gold medals. He currently holds the following records:
- World M90-94 5,000m in 31.25.45
- World M90-94 10,000m in 69.26.92sec
- European records as above, plus the M85-89 5000m
- British 1500m records from aged 80 through to age 93
- British M80-84 3000m Indoor.
His many friends and admirers will have fond memories of meeting a great amateur athlete and a true gentleman.