In 1906 McGough, by now a member of Bellahouston Harriers, travelled to Athens for the fourth ever Olympic Games and returned with a silver medal.
That result, in the 1,500 metres, was the highlight of John’s distinguished running career. In 1906 alone, McGough won a total of 25 prizes in competitions – including 14 firsts – and at the time of his success in Athens, the 25-year-old was already reigning champion fives times running of the prestigious Scottish Mile Championship – a title he would go on to win on a further two occasions, in 1907 and 1910.
A top athlete for more than a decade, McGough also at one time held every Scottish record from 1,000 yards up to four miles.
A detailed account of McGough’s medal-winning race in Athens, as well as an insight into McGough’s running days and achievements with Bellahouston Harriers, and his life beyond running – including his associations with Rangers, Celtic and Manchester United football clubs, are chronicled in the new book.