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Troon batonbearer gives a sporting legacy

Margaret Robertson, Batonbearer

Blog / Sport and physical activity
Margaret Robertson was nominated as a batonbearer because of her enthusiasm for encouraging older people in Troon to stay active.

I am a founder member of Troon Tortoises AC and since the 1980s and 1990s I was active in the running calendar in Scotland,  running half-marathons, and 10ks.

I have completed six marathons -  two in Edinburgh, two in Glasgow and two in London - all under 4 hours. My best time was 3hours 33mins at Glasgow in the pouring rain! My last run was in 2005 at Villeneuve when I finished 1st over 60 in the 10miles.

Margaret Robertson running with the batonI no longer run but keep myself fit playing badminton once a week and giving a Keep Fit Class for the Troon Opportunities in Retirement Group (OIR).  I have also been Secretary of Troon OIR for 10 years.

I enjoy singing with Troon Chorus - two concerts every year.

I was nominated by Troon Community Council as a Baton Bearer because of my work with Troon Tortoises and Troon Opportunities in Retirement Group (OIR).

On 20 June, my family came from Evanton (daughter Marsela and Allan her husband) cousins Graham and Jane with sister-in-Law Margaret from Edinburgh and cousin Gordon and friend from Glasgow. My son Grant and his family in Australia followed the event on YouTube and they thought it was wonderful.  In brilliant weather they stood in Ayr Street near the Town Hall to see me carry the baton up to the next bearer in South Beach. The crowds were fantastic and as I neared the change-over the Troon Boys Brigade Pipe Band began to play.

It was very emotional. Everyone - friends and family have told me that they will never forget the day when the Queen's Baton came to Troon. I was very proud and honoured to be a Baton Bearer.

Photo credit: The Ayrshire Post.