Bob McCaig 1916-2008
Bob on his 90th birthday
The outstanding success of Wallasey Athletic Club in the late 50's and the
This was a typical journey for Bob in the days when few people had cars and most Sunday
mornings he would tour Wallasey and the surrounding areas to collect the younger members and take a dozen or more to
Arrowe Park for a training session. Bob's encouragement from the road-side at various points throughout road races was
always much appreciated by club members.
Another fond memory involved the club's Christmas Handicap which used to start and
finish on Leasowe Road at the end of the cinder path of Telegraph Lane. Bob was probably first man away and I was last
off. Down we went to the end of Leasowe Road then turned right opposite Pasture Road and back along the embankment. By
the turn for home off the embankment all had been caught except for Bob. Entering the cinder path from Green Lane with a
couple of hundred yards to go I saw him and gave chase. However, Bob looked back and saw me and took off like a startled
rabbit and was first man home.
The help and encouragement which Bob gave to Kevin Mather was certainly a factor in
Kevin's very successful track racing career and I suspect Kevin's best mile time is still to be beaten by a club
I am sure that I speak for many of my contemporaries when I say "Thanks Bob for everything".