Tom McKean

Sport: Middle-distance Runner

Tom McKean A former Scotland International middle-distance runner from Bellshill, Tom started his athletics career with Bellshill YMCA when he was 11 years of age, under the tutelage of coach Tommy Boyle.

Being one of Scotlands' most successful endurance runners, known for having a deadly kick and burst of closing speed over the final stages of a race, Tom has won numerous Gold and Silver medals at Scottish, UK, European and World level. 

The prestigious medal tally includes gaining two Silver medals in the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh for the 800m and 4x100m relay.  

In the same year, Tom also gained Silver in European Championships, splitting team-mates Sebastian Coe and Steve Cram, with commentator Ian Wooldridge enthusiastically describing the occasion as being "like three Spitfires coming out of the sun". In 1989, Tom set his personal best in London at 1:43:88 minutes.

He was crowned 800m Champion at the 1990 European Championships in Split. 

In addition, he also added four successive European Cup wins from 1985 to 1991 and won Gold at the 1993 IAFF World Indoor Championships in the 800m final. He also gained a World Cup gold and World Indoor Gold during his athletics career.

McKean represented Scotland in Commonwealth Games events, picking up 2 Silver medals. The second of those came in 1990 when he was part of the 4x400 metres team for Scotland. 
Tom joined Strathclyde Police (now Police Scotland) in July 2006 and must have been responsible for many ne'er-do-wells failing to outrun the long arm of the law.