George McNeill

George was born in the small mining town of Tranent which is situated around ten miles East of Edinburgh.


On leaving school he studied as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor whilst at the same time playing football for Hibernian FC, Morton and Stirling Albion.


He gave up football to concentrate more fully, on professional athletics and in 1970 started by winning the famous New Year 'Powderhall Sprint' in its Centenary year.


George's talent as a sprinter continued to develop and in 1970 at the Press Charities Sports Meeting held for the first time on the new 'tartan track' at Meadowbank, Edinburgh he set a professional World Record for 110 metres, clocking a time of 11 seconds flat.


When equated to the more popular 100 metres, this was around the 10 seconds mark.

In 1981 at the age of thirty four, he won the richest professional race in the world called 'The Stawell Gift' carrying a first prize of 12,000 Australian dollars together with around 40,000 dollars from the bookmakers.


Since retiring from top class competition, George has been involved as Sprint and Conditioning Coach to the Heart of Midlothian FC. He still competes on occasion in Veterans Athletics and has won British titles at 100 and 200 metres. For the past twenty years, he has run a small family Building business but still makes time for his main sporting passion - golf.


His marvelous collection of anecdotes covers a wide range, not merely confined to his unique and highly successful sporting career.

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"On behalf of the DGU Executive can you please pass onto George our grateful thanks for an excellent talk at the DGU Annual Dinner. It was a very enjoyable evening and George certainly helped make it a success."

JS (Clydebank, March 2018)

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