Elspeth Hay

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Elspeth Graham
Personal information
Nationality British
Country  United Kingdom
Event(s) 100 metres

Elspeth Hay, also known by her married name Elspeth Graham, (born 1929/30)[1] is a British former sprinter who won a gold medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 1950 European Athletics Championships.


Hay was scheduled to compete at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, but was injured in training prior to the event.[1] In 1950, she competed in the European Athletics Championships; in doing so, she became the first Scottish person to compete at the European Athletics Championships. She came fifth in the individual 100 metres event, and was a member of the gold medal winning Great Britain 4 x 100 metres relay team.[1][2] In the same year, she won the women's 100-yard dash event at the Edinburgh Highland games.[3]

Post retirement[edit]

After her retirement, Hay volunteered almost 40 years for the Women's Royal Voluntary Service. She also worked as a tour guide for a stately home. Graham ran in Balbeggie as part of the torch relay prior to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. At the time, she was living in Perth.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Ex-Marine injured in Afghanistan carries Olympic torch". BBC News. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ Gillen, Doug (11 April 2014). "Legends of Scottish athletics finally given a voice". The Herald. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Edinburgh Highland Games". Scots Athlete. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2017 – via Scottish Distance Running History.
  4. ^ Moncur, James (13 June 2012). "Olympic glory at last for Sir Chris Hoy's great-uncle as he carries flame". Daily Record. Retrieved 1 January 2017.