An historic road-running cup which was first competed for over a century ago has mysteriously reappeared after being missing for many years.
The WM Milne Trophy was awarded to the winning club in the Aberdeen and District Harriers Association five-mile team championship race between 1902 and 1939.
The donor, who the cup is named after, was a jeweller and watchmaker with premises in Rosemount Viaduct. He appears to have been a vice-president of one of the Local running clubs at the time and may also have served on the committee of the ADHA.
The competition was disbanded with the onset of WW2 and the cup wasn’t heard of again until 1991 when the family of the late Arthur Lobban handed it over to officials at Aberdeen AAC along with two other trophies, the Sunlight Prize Cup and the Evening Express Challenge Cup.
Lobban was one of the north-east’s top distance runners in the 1930s and was secretary of the YMCA Harriers, one of Aberdeen’s leading running clubs preceding the war.
The Milne Trophy was then put back into circulation and was competed for by Aberdeen AAC, Metro Aberdeen Running Club and Aberdeen University in an open six-mile road race during the mid-1990s.
Regrettably, the trophy vanished again until it was recently handed in to Aberdeen Sports Village who in turn passed it on to Aberdeen AAC.
Former Aberdeen AAC secretary Hunter Watson, who has taken a keen interest in the history of the sport, admits to being puzzled over where it has been in recent years.
He said:”It’s not clear how it came back into circulation. Apparently it had been given to the Sports Village and it was on display there for a while.
“It’s a very important trophy because of its age. It has the winning team names engraved on it. It looks like it originally had a lid but that’s no longer with it.
“I have no idea where it has been or who handed it in. I suppose the question now is what should happen to it? It would be good if it could perhaps be put back into use and competed for once again between Local running clubs.
“It would probably need a new base so that additional names could be engraved.”
Source : EveningExpress