Aug 26 2011 by Gordon Bannerman, Perthshire Advertiser Friday
Track hero Cram in Blair
TRACK legend Steve Cram teed-up a visit to Perthshire and swapped his running shoes for golf spikes.
The former middle distance world champion runner was guest if honour at the Clydesdale Bank’s annual golf day over Blairgowrie Golf Club’s Rosemount course.
Cram was one of 72 players from a variety of local organisations and businesses who took part in an event co-sponsored by Perth’s Campbell Dallas, one of Scotland’s largest independent accounting firms, and George Stubbs Insurance, the Fair City-based insurance and financial services specialists.
Steve was joined by Alain Baxter, Britain’s most successful alpine skier, Nicky Barr, Perth and Kinross County golf champion, Peter Smith, the former curling world champion, ex-St Johnstone boss Alex Totten and Charlie Gallagher, former Scottish badminton champion and county golfer.
Following the day’s golf Cram delivered a presentation on the similarities between succeeding in sport and being successful in the business world.
Cram is regarded as one of the finest middle distance runners of all time, setting world records throughout the 1980s and winning silver over 1500m at the 1984 Olympics. His 800m time from the Edinburgh 1986 Commonwealth Games still stands as a record and won’t be broken until at least 2014, when the Games return to Scotland.
During his trip north of the border, Cram launched the Strathcarron Hospice 10k in his role as Clydesdale Bank ambassador for Help the Hospices.
Among the many local golfers taking part were KSW Engineering, Binn Skips, Allan King (former owner of A & L King Ltd) and Ally Campbell, former director of St Johnstone.
Prizes donated by the three sponsors for the winning teams included hospitality at a Scottish Premier League match, rounds of golf at Gleneagles, the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup, and the renowned Archerfield course in East Lothian.
The Rosemount course is best known as the venue where Greg Norman clinched his first ever European Tour victory, in 1977, and is widely regarded as one of the best inland courses in Scotland.
Billy MacLeod, managing partner of Clydesdale Bank’s Perth Financial Solutions Centre, (FSC), said: “Our golf days are always a success due to the great support we receive from local businesses throughout Perthshire but this year’s has been particularly memorable.
“Having an athletics legend like Steve Cram come along has been a great boost and hearing his tips on how to fulfil your potential will hopefully be a big help to our members.”