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COLIN SHIELDS, 1939-2023

It is with deep sadness that I write about the passing of my colleague, friend and co-author, Colin Shields, who has died at the age of 84.

 

The contribution of Colin Shields to Scottish athletics over the years has been immense. He was a member of Greenock Glenpark Harriers for 70 years but ended competitive running when qualifying as a track official in 1970. He has been a track judge/referee, announcer, seeding and press liaison official as well as an administrator and event organiser. He is a former President of the SAAA and was a member of the General Committees of both the SAAA and Scottish Cross Country Union (SCCU) for many years.

 

Colin was always fascinated by the history, statistics, and personalities of the sport and was a member of the National Union of Track Statisticians and founder member of the Scottish Association of Track Statisticians. He was heavily involved in the publication of the annual Scottish rankings in the Scottish Athletics Yearbook.

 

His book “Runs Will Take Place Whatever the Weather” - the official centenary history of the SCCU 1890-1990 – is one of the most comprehensive histories of Scottish athletics. He co-authored “The Past Is a Foreign Country” with Arnold Black, a history of the great Scottish athletes in track and field athletics, published in 2013.

 

Colin was presented with a Lifetime Outstanding Service Award by scottishathletics. He was the Scottish correspondent for Athletics Weekly for over a decade and, supplied a comprehensive results service from across Scotland to The Herald newspaper.

 

These are the bare facts but do not capture his passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport. He would get worked up in discussions and debates but always because he cared deeply for the sport. His attendance at scottishathletics AGMs at times turned the meetings into battlegrounds. He would ask me to let him know if I felt he was overstepping the mark in his arguments, but I was always fighting a lost cause. At one AGM he was admonished by the Chair before we had even reached agenda item 1.

 

In 1993, we resurrected the Scottish Athletics Yearbooks after a gap of ten years. Colin contributed the event comments which were always informative and readable, although they did need edited to remove the potentially libellous comments. He took on the task of bringing in all the advertising for the yearbooks, without which the books could not have been published for the 17 years they were.

 

Although in poor health latterly and unable to attend meetings, he maintained his keen interest in the sport. He passed away shortly before Christmas 2023 although he passed too soon. He wanted to be around for the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow this month and certainly for the 2024 Olympic Games, the 100th anniversary of Eric Liddell’s Olympic gold medal.

 

Our condolences go to his wife, Linda, family and friends. 

 

Colin Archibald Shields, b. Shanghai 21 July 1939; d. Glasgow 23 December 2023.

5 SCOTS IN WORLD ATHLETICS TOP 10 RANKINGS

1 January 2024. Josh Kerr and Laura Muir are the highest-ranked Scots in the year-end World Athletics rankings. Both are placed 3rd in their individual 1500m events with Muir 33rd and Kerr 37th in the overall women's and men's rankings respectively. Neil Gourley, 8th in the 1500m, is 96th overall, the third Scot in the overall top 100s. The World Athletics world ranking lists at the end of 2023 show two other Scots to be ranked in the top ten in their events - Jemma Reekie 6th in the 800 metres and Eilish McColgan 7th in the 10000mWith no races in 2023, Jake Wightman and Beth Dobbin have slipped out of the top 12 Scots but there are signs of a new generation emerging. Megan Keith is 4th in the women's lists, Adam Clayton is 5th in the men's lists and Erin Wallace is in at 6th, all three new to the lists this year. However, the quality of the top Scots has dipped in 2023 - 7 Scottish athletes have amassed scores of 1200 points or higher; in 2022, 13 Scots achieved that score.  Here are the leading Scottish athletes at the end of 2023 (2022 position in brackets):

Pos Men Pts Women Pts
 1 Josh KERR (2) 1427 Laura MUIR (1) 1424
 2 Neil GOURLEY (3) 1373 Jemma REEKIE (3) 1349
 3 Guy LEARMONTH (5) 1214 Eilish MCCOLGAN (2)       1303
 4 Andrew BUTCHART (7) 1194 Megan KEITH (-) 1200
 5 Adam CLAYTON (-) 1184 Nicole YEARGIN (4) 1197
 6 Adam THOMAS (6) 1176 Erin WALLACE (-) 1189
 7 Nicholas PERCY (4) 1174 Eloise WALKER (10) 1163
 8 Weynay GHEBRESILASIE (9) 1168 Carys MCAULAY (12) 1162
 9 Jack LAWRIE (11) 1138 Georgina ADAM (11) 1153
10 Brodie YOUNG (-) 1131 Jenny SELMAN (6) 1148
11 Logan REES (-) 1125 Alyson BELL (-) 1133
12 William GRIMSEY (12) 1101 Alice GOODALL (-) 1133

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