Neil Lucas – Life Member 1983

January 15, 2017

Neil Lucas was Scotch’s Captain of Athletics in 1964, having represented the school at three Combined Sports in middle distance events. He was an active Old Scotch competitor on the track for about fifteen years, mostly in 400m, 800m and 1500m events, and was a regular A grade competitor. Neil was Vice Captain of the A grade team for a couple of seasons.

His prowess in cross country events followed success at school and he was the Old Scotch cross country captain and club champion in 1969. He was the top performer for Old Scotch in that year and finished in the top twenty in the Victorian 5000m Cross Country Championship. He continued to turn out top performances over many years and was often a member of Old Scotch winning teams, including the record-setting Dyson Relay team in 1973. Neil always enjoyed his team wins at least as much as his individual performances.

In 1969, Neil and his brother Peter devised and hosted the popular APSOC Hare and Hounds cross country event through the cow paddocks at Berwick. Fittingly, Neil was the fastest time in the inaugural event. Neil and his family have continued to host the event ever since. Neil was also responsible for inaugurating the McPhail Handicap in 1978, initially held around the Tan track. He won this race on handicap in 1980.

Neil completed several marathon races with a best of 2:47 in the Canberra Marathon in 1984. Unfortunately a back injury, arising from fighting a bushfire in the Berwick district, ended Neil’s running career in 1986.

Neil was President of APSOC in 1973 and 1974. He was elected a Life Member in 1983.

Luke Travers – Hill and Dale 1991, with editing by Colin Findlay 2014