Ali Hay tribute

In Memory of Alastair “Ali” Hay, (1986-2024).

It is with a heavy heart that we have to report on the sad loss of Alastair “Ali” Hay.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his wife Lynsey, their 2 sons and family, he will be greatly missed by everyone.

Ali was a softly spoken Scotsman who let his running do the talking, and his incredible achievements over more than 20 years in athletics were what most athletes can only dream of accomplishing.

He began running at a young age, joining his Scottish club Central AC as a junior athlete in 2000, and he reflected his great loyalty with his constant support and membership of his first club throughout his athletics life.

In 2005 we were extremely lucky when Ali joined TVH to compete on the men’s team in the British Athletics League, and he quickly established himself as an invaluable member of the Valley team in the middle distance over 800m and 1500m.

Within the space of 5 years Ali was making headlines when he represented Scotland at 1500m in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, while just ahead of this outstanding achievement he recorded an incredible 1500m pb time of 3m38.9s.

Ali proved to be just as talented on the road and over cross country, winning numerous Scottish national team titles with Central AC, including a very impressive 2 individual Scottish National Cross Country championship golds.

He also competed for TVH in a number of cross country races and won a team gold medal on the TVH team that won the South of England Cross Country Relay championships in 2011.

On the road he was a much loved regular on the TVH Southern and National Road Relay team during his time with TVH from 2005 to 2013.

Ali’s amazing list of achievements stretched throughout his whole athletics career, including his most recent success in achieving a long held ambition when he was a member of the Central AC winning team in the English National Road Relay championships in 2023.

To achieve so much success over so many distances is a true measure of Ali’s incredible athletics talent, but to have maintained such high standards over such a long period of time is a true reflection of the man.

It is always difficult to find the words to describe someone who meant so much to the sport and to so many people, but 3 words do come to mind for Ali being the “perfect gentle-man”, which is true in both senses of the meanings of the words.

Phil Wetton