Book chronicles life of Bella legend and Olympic medal winner John McGough

In 1906, a member of Bellahouston Harriers travelled to Athens for the fourth ever Olympic Games and returned with a silver medal.

That result, in the 1,500 metres, was the highlight of the distinguished and decorated running career of John McGough.

In 1906 alone, McGough won a total of 25 prizes in competitions - including 14 firsts - and at the time of his success in Athens, the 25 year old was already reigning champion fives times running of the prestigious Scottish Mile Championship – a title he would go on to win a further two times, in 1907 and 1910.

A top athlete for more than a decade, McGough also at one time held every Scottish record for 1000 yards up to four miles.

A detailed account of McGough's medal-winning race in Athens, as well as an insight into McGough's running days and achievements with Bellahouston Harriers, and his life beyond running - including his associations with Rangers, Celtic and Manchester United football clubs, are chronicled in a new book.

'The Runner McGough: the untold story' represents a work of passion by author Tommy McGuire. The book is the outcome of three years of research into, and decades of interest in, McGough's life by McGuire, who is from the same village in Ireland where McGough was born.

Another Bellahouston Harriers great, Frank Clement, who also represented Great Britain in the 1,500 metres at the Olympics – finishing fifth in the final in Montreal in 1976 – will be on hand for the Glasgow launch of the book this weekend.

The book launch is taking place on Saturday 20 January 2018 at the Mitchell Library at 2.30pm.

The book can be purchased online at

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