Race is on to find out more about Camelon’s marathon man Joe McGhee

Joe McGhee, from Camelon, won gold at the 1954 Empire Games in Canada
Joe McGhee, from Camelon, won gold at the 1954 Empire Games in Canada

The arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Falkirk held special significance for a family from the north of Scotland.

Ray Rucroft (57) only realised he is a distant relative of Camelon-born distance runner Joe McGhee, who won the Marathon at the 1954 Empire Games in Canada, when he started researching his family tree.

Now he is hoping Falkirk Bairns who knew his great grandmother’s nephew, who went on to become one of Scotland’s best athletes, will get in touch to fill in the gaps.

Ray, who works with the Scottish Prison Service and lives with his family in Peterhead, said: “I know Catherine and John McGhee were born in Scotland and moved to the north east of England. Catherine married Christopher Beech from north Yorkshire and had three children including Teressa, who married Richard Rucroft, and their son Joseph is my dad.

“We know John moved back to Scotland, got married and had a son Joe. My father spoke fondly of Joe and said he used to visit his aunty Catherine regularly bringing with him the gold medal he had won. I have rather sketchy information about Joe, but know he taught at St Modan’s in Stirling and ran regularly from Camelon to the school when he was training.

“It’s now 60 years since his medal success which is quite poignant as Scotland is hosting the 2014 Games and it would be great, given the occasion, if Falkirk Herald readers could help move my research on.”

Anyone with information can send it to editorial@falkirkherald.co.uk and we will be happy to forward it on.