Today, I received an email from the Scotland Masters Manager Alistair McFarlane telling me that I have been selected for the International against England, Northern Ireland, Eire and Wales at Bellahouston Park on November 26th 2011, 2 days before my 44th birthday.
Now like us all I can remember where I was in momentous or historic occasions, like when Michael Jackson died Derek Reed and I were warming up on the track on a Friday night when we were informed by one of our fellow athletes that ” Michael Jackson had died of a mild heart attack”. It’s always in my memory banks whenever I hear about Michael Jackson and today, around 1230hrs, what was I doing when I checked my emails, was I just warming down after a hard track session or doing some kettlebells.
Oh no I was making a pot of stew and some home made soup !!!!
The email popped up from the Scotland Manager and I fully expected it to say ” Great run on Saturday but a great candidate for next year in the Vet 45 category”. With a dazed expression I read it over and over again, YOUR IN THE TEAM, what size of vest do you want, where are you staying etc”
I am not the most emotional of people but I had a tear in my eye as I wanted this more than anything in the whole world, forget money, fast cars , I wanted that vest.
I am a proud Highlander and have handed down to my son Leodhais the fanatical Highland and Scottish belief and I recall his party trick when he could just about speak aged 2 years
Dad ” What colour is your blood”
He really thought he had tartan blood.
But this is not just about me working hard, its about a band of brothers who trained together and helped me get better and have belief in myself and were there to pick me up when things went wrong, my friends Paul Hilton, David Daniels, Sean Kelly oh and Brian Scott as well as the whole infrastructure at Tyne Bridge Harriers.
I would also like to thank Dave Cooney, Colin Feechan of Cambuslang Harriers and a big thank you to Gordon Rimmer for his internet support.
I will give it my all on November 26th 2011 for Scotland, Cambuslang and Tyne Bridge Harriers.