Councillor picks up athletics gold

22/02/13. John Devlin. CUMBERNAULD News office. Picture of Councillor Paddy Hogg who has won athletics in his 50s cg
22/02/13. John Devlin. CUMBERNAULD News office. Picture of Councillor Paddy Hogg who has won athletics in his 50s cg

A CUMBERNAULD councillor has triumphed in a Glasgow based athletics contest despite being a self-professed ‘‘old croc.’’

Patrick Hogg is 53 – but won the gold medal at the Scottish Masters Athletics championships at the Emirates stadium in Glasgow.

The Galloway native who lives in Wigtoun Place is rather better known in Cumbernauld for representing the Scottish National Party at North Lanarkshire - as well as being a leading Burnsian who penned ‘The Patriot Bard.’

However the Cumbernauld Athletics Club member impressed spectators and adjudicators alike by throwing the six kilogramme shot 11.37 metres in the 50 plus category -marking a personal best for a man who was already a record breaker.

For Patrick had recorded the best throw in Scotland in 2012 – so it is hardly surprising he won Gold in Glasgow.

And that’s despite the fact that he only returned to shot putting last June.

Patrick said: “I’m a throws coach and former Scottish champion in shot and discus, so it is always better to lead by example and do it. Actions are better than words. Cumbernauld Athletics is a great club bringing younger athletes through and it is good for us older geezers to show athletics is for all ages,’’ he added.

However, Patrick was not the only man from this area to strike Gold at the tournament as seasoned Kilsyth athlete John Freebairn threw the four kg weight 7.82 metres in the 75 plus category.

Patick paid tribute to his fellow athlete, saying: “He is a legend. He has a pedigree second to none in senior athletics.”

Retired civil engineer John (75) of Stirling Road said: “I don’t train anymore - I just do the garden! And I hadn’t done anything since last year.

“When you’ve been doing athletics as long as I have, you just develop an instinct for it ,’’ he said.

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