Blast from the Past

Speed skaters get their capsold pic

Four members of Falkirk Speed Skating Club gain international honours this weekend.

Brian Reid, John Forgan and Roy McFarlane are in the Scottish team to skate against England at Aviemore today (Saturday).

And another local skater, Tom Dawson, will travel north as reserve for the Scottish line-up.

Roy is the only member of the quartet who hasn’t represented his country before while Tom Dawson, at 32 the oldest of the four, can look back on a memorable career.

Tom represented Great Britain in the 1964 Olympic Games and is a former British champion. But now he is quite happy to make way for the younger skaters.

Brian (20) and John (21) will be heading for Holland later this year where they will spend three or four months training outdoors. In fact, they returned only a few weeks ago from their first visit to Holland.

The future of speed skating in Falkirk is fairly bright according to local club secretary Jock Caldwell. He said: “We are finding it pretty easy to recruit youngsters.

“Our main problem is lack of competition. If we go to England it can be pretty expensive but staying in Scotland means competing against skaters who are not exactly top-class.”

The Falkirk boys can only get the ice on Saturdays from 5-7 pm but attendances at what for a lot of people is an inconvenient time are encouraging.

Twon nights a week the skaters join members of Larbert Athletic Club for field work.