19 October 2019. The SATS Challenge is under way for 2019 with the race for the under 13 title.
Three of the past five victors have been throwers and this year continues the theme.
Our top four all ranked in the top three in their event in the UK, and all scored over 1000 points.
In 4th was the top boy, Kilbarchan's 1500 metres runner Oliver Patton who had a best run of 4:31.25, a time which placed him 5th in the Scottish all-time list.
3rd place went to high jumper, Rose Jones of Edinburgh AC. She reached 1.58 metres, a jump that saw her go to 2nd on the Scottish all-time list. Just four points in front of Rose was Pitreavie's Cecile Joiner. Pole vaulting is rare in the under-13 category and opportunities limited but Cecile took to the event with a best of 2.41 metres.
Our winner for 2019 though is Courtney Fraser of Whitemoss AAC. The Scottish shot and discus championship, Courtney's discus throwing placed her in the top 3 in the UK and follows on from previous winners in the age-group.
Previous winners: 2014- Owen Ashall, 1036; 2015- Kirsty Costello, 1705; 2016- Emma Johnson, 1404; 2017- Meghan Porterfield, 1219; 2018 - Meghan Porterfield, 1510.
EDDIE KNOX, Springburn Harrier best remembered for winning the junior title at the International Cross Country Championships, has passed away at the age of 72.
Eddie was an outstanding junior athlete who represented Scotland at the International Cross Country Championships (the predecessor to the IAAF World Championships) on 3 occasions. He finished 5th in 1965, improved to 3rd in 1966, and won the title in 1967 - a remarkably consistent quality culminating in victory.
He never matched that level of performance in his senior years, but did represent Scotland in 5 senior cross-country internationals.
On the track, he won the SAAA Youths mile title in 1964 and Junior mile title in 1966. He medalled at the seniors over 3 miles, winning the bronze medal in 1967. His career bests on the track were 4:15.1 (1 mile), 8:38.0 (3000m), 14:37.6 (5000m) and 30:42.6 (10000).
A fuller coverage of his career can be found here.
Our condolences go to family and friends.
Edward Knox, 9 May 1947 - 15 October 2019.
What a World Championships these were. A championship that proved what an achievement it is to win a medal. A championship that showed that in track races it doesn't need a pacemaker to run world class times.
There were no medals for Scottish athletes, but two Scottish records, 4th in the marathon, two 4ths as part of the relay teams, two 5ths in the 1500, and one 6th place were all superb achievements.
Who could fail to have been transfixed in front of the tv screen watching Callum Hawkins magnificent run in the marathon, slowly but surely winding in the leaders only to miss out on a medal in the very final stages? 2:10:57 for 4th in the Qatari conditions saw him place over a minute ahead of the next European.
Laura Muir's season has not gone to plan but she came through three rounds of the 1500 in magnificent style. 3:55.76 in a championship final is outstanding. For that time only to achieve fifth place is astonishing.
The men's 1500 was history-making for Scotland, with 3 Scots in the final. The race won in under 3:30, the fight for the medals was intense. Jake Wightman's gutsy effort saw him finish 5th in a new Scottish record of 3:31.87, the first Scot to better 3:32, with Josh Kerr moving to 3rd all-time in 3:32.52. Two Scots, both with PBs, both in the top six in the World! For Neil Gourley, overshadowed by the fight at the front, 11th place is quite an achievement - his success being the comfortable manner in which he qualified for the final.
In the women's 5000, Eilish McColgan was in the lead at 1500 metres (4:27.07) but is not yet at the speed required to fight for the medals - the top 4 were sub 14:30 - but she fought hard and was rewarded with a new Scottish record of 14:46.17 in 10th place.
Zoey Clark finished in the most exasperating position of all - 4th place - twice. First, in the new mixed 4x400 metres relay, then leading off in the women's 4x400, where for a few moments it looked as if the bronze medal was in the offing, until a Jamaican disqualification was overturned.
For others, it was not to be. The qualification process was too tough for Lynsey Sharp, Andy Butchart, Beth Dobbin and Jemma Reekie. Steph Twell achieved 15th slot in a field of 22 in the women's 10000.
4 October 2019. History was made last night as, for the first time, our 3 Scottish 1500 metres runners ALL qualified for the final of the 1500 metres at the World Championships at Doha. All three ran intelligent races to put themselves into the final lap carve-up for the 5 automatic qualifying slots. Neil Gourley, in the first semi final, was positioned on the inside throughout and as the gaps opened up, he seized the opportunity and came through strongly in 3:36.69 for third. In the second semi final, Josh Kerr looked strong throughout and crossed the line in 4th in 3:36.58. Out of the automatic qualifying places, Jake Wightman had ensured he had given himself a fighting chance of getting one of the two next fastest places and his time of 3:36.85 gave him the 12th slot for the final.
With Laura Muir running strongly in the women's 1500 qualifiers, this event is proving the most successful for Scotland at these World Championships.
The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 October 2019:
Emma Barclay Elgin AAC to Aberdeen AAC, Myles Bax Perth RR to Edinburgh AC, Reagan Binnie VP Glasgow AC to Law & District AAC, James Bowden Eryri Harriers to Westerlands CCC, Jessie and Lilly Caig North Ayrshire AC to VP Glasgow AC, Alexander Chepelin Edinburgh Uni H & H to Carnethy HRC, Alan Downie Fraserburgh RC to Newburgh Dunes RC, James Dunn Hunters Bog Trotters to Corstorphine AAC, Johannes Ehrhardt Dumbarton AAC to Shettleston Harriers, Julie Gordon Inverclyde AC to Garscube Harriers, Jennifer Glass Edinburgh Uni H & H to Hunters Bog Trotters, Zoe Graham Nithsdale AC to Dumfries RC, Lily Haggerty VP Glasgow AC to Shettleston Harriers, Charlotte Hayes Edinburgh AC to Edinburgh Running Network, Davie Houston Nithsdale AC to Kilmarnock Harriers & AC, Eilidh Jaffray Teviotdale harriers to Edinburgh Uni H & H, Kayleigh Jarrett Elgin AAC to Shettleston Harriers, Emma Johnson Edinburgh AC to Corstorphine AAC, Emma Jones Highland Hill Runners to Elgin AAC, Jessica Kilpatrick Dunbar RC to Team East Lothian, Angela Malcolm Motherwell AC to Fife AC, Marina McCallum Clydesdale Harriers to Kirkintilloch Olympians, Erin McCorgray North Ayrshire AC to Kilbarchan AAC, Stuart McGeachy Campbeltown RC to Cambuslang Harriers, Mary Jane McInally North Ayrshire AC to Kilbarchan AAC, Niamh McIntosh Inverclyde AC to Greenock Glenpark Harriers, Grace Molloy Livingston AC to Linlithgow AC, Jennifer Murray Giffnock North AC to Kilmarnock Harriers & AC, Ben Nichol Inverclyde AC to Edinburgh Uni H & H, Amiya Patel VP Glasgow AC to Garscube Harriers, Alexander Porteous Morpeth Harriers to Lasswade AC, Holly Shearer Giffnock North AC to VP Glasgow AC, Liam Suttie Dundee Hawkhill Harriers to Aberdeen AAC, Adele Street North Ayrshire AC to Kilbarchan AAC, Mary Western PH Racing Club to Fife AC, Scott Wylie Giffnock North AC to VP Glasgow AC.
In my role as historian for scottishathletics, I've been writing regular historical articles for their website. You can find them at this link but I will now add them to this site and they'll appear during this month.
Another outdoor season is coming to a close and that means a return of our SATS Challenge rankings - our tables of the best under 13s, under 15s, under 17s, under 20s and seniors. This year there is a new addition - a Club of the Year - ranking the Scottish clubs by their leading performers.
The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 September 2019:
Jennifer Bradley, Serpentine RC to Carnethy HRC; Iain Burns, Bellahouston RR to Shettleston Harriers; Shona Donnelly, Bellahouston RR to Giffnock North AC; Sophie Evans, Larkhall YMCA Harriers to Law & Dist AAC; Rebecca Frake, Cambridge & Colleridge AC to Edinburgh AC; Jade Gray, Larkhall YMCA Harriers to Law & Dist AAC; Nigel Hetherington, Motherwell AC to Fife AC; Jamie Lessels, Falkland Trail Runners to PH Racing Club; Cameron Martin, Larkhall YMCA Harriers to Law & Dist AAC; Cliona and Nuala McCheyne, Inverclyde AC to Aberdeen AAC; Milan Misak, Serpentine RC to Carnethy HRC; Christopher Wilson, Helensburgh AC to VP-Glasgow AC.
The man who made history by becoming Aberdeen AAC's first Scotland international runner has passed away.
Steve Taylor made his mark in the late 1950's and early 1960's as one of the country's top athletes over a variety of distances.
Although most of his greatest achievements came on the track, he was also an accomplished cross country runner and made three Scotland appearances at the international cross country championships between 1960 and 1962.
Taylor won his first Scottish track title in 1961 over 3 miles, repeating the success in 1962.
He represented Scotland in five track internationals between 1961 and 1966. Moving up to longer distances he won the national 10 miles track title in 1970, and paced Alastair Wood to a world 40 mile track record at Pitreavie in 1969. The duo also shared Scottish 30km, 20 miles and two hour records along the way.
(With thanks to Fraser Clyne)
Stephen Taylor, 17 March 1938 to 29 July 2019
The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 August 2019:
Zara Edwards & Brian Gavin, Harmeny AC to Lothian RC; Harry Glasgow & Layla Magee, Musselburgh & District to Team East Lothian; Kieran Pugh, Kirkintilloch Olympians to Ayr Seaforth; Rob Sinclair, Insch Trail RC to Highland Hill Runners.
From 1 November 2019:
David Henderson, PH Racing Club to Pitreavie AAC.
22 July 2019. SATS was saddened to learn of the death of Janice Eaglesham at the weekend. Janice was a tireless worker for disability sport in Scotland.
In 1990, together with future husband Ian Mirfin, she founded Red Star, in Glasgow, Scotland's first specialist club for athletes with a disability. It has since been responsible for Paralympic and World championships medallists, but at least as pertinently it has transformed the lives of hundreds of people with mental and physical impairment.
Both she and Ian were recognised with MBEs for their huge contribution to disability sport. Our condolences go to Ian and family. Janice will be sorely missed.
The funeral will be held at South Lanarkshire Crematorium G72 0TL on Wednesday 31 July at 11am
22 July 2019. Scottish athletes enjoyed an outstanding weekend at the Muller Anniversary Games/IAAF Diamond League meeting at London's Olympic Park.
There were victories for Laura Muir and Lynsey Sharp, Scottish records for Andy Butchart and Beth Dobbin, and PBs for Jake Wightman and Jemma Reekie at an event that again highlighted the quality of Scottish middle distance running.
Andy Butchart started the weekend in a high-quality 5000 metres where his 5th place in 13:06.21 removed 2.40 seconds from his own Scottish record, set almost 3 years ago at the Rio Olympics.
Then came Beth Dobbin. After her glorious season last year when she burst to the forefront of British 200 metres running, it was going to be interesting to see if she could maintain that level this year. Question answered. Third place in a new Scottish record of 22.50 and over half a second faster than the two other British athletes in the event.
Laura Muir does not raise eyebrows anymore, such is the consistent level of her performances. Another victory, another sub-4 1500 metres - the 11th of her career - achieved in dominant manner. Behind her, in 7th place, another proven winner, Jemma Reekie, reduced her PB from 4:05.82 to 4:02.09 as she gets closer to the time Muir achieved at a similar age (4:00.07 in Paris).
Day 2 and the success continued - Lynsey Sharp with an excellent victory in the 800 metres in a season's best of 1:58.61, her best for two years, and her first victory on the outdoor circuit since Brussels last year.
There was anticipation, too, for the traditional Emsley Carr mile with four Scots in the field, including the 2017 winner, Jake Wightman. Three Scots bettered 3:54 in a race where Tefera (3:49.45) and Ingebrigtsen (3:49.60) demolished the field, but Jake's 3:52.02 has only been bettered among Scots by Graham Williamson; Chris O'Hare was within 0.01 of his outdoor mile best and Josh Kerr set a new outdoor PB. All are included in our sub-4 mile list.
14 July 2019. Kilbarchan's Jemma Reekie has gone where no Scot has gone before ... winning double gold in the 800 and 1500 metres at the European Under-23 Championships at Gavle in Sweden.
Following a runaway win in the 800 metres on Saturday, she followed up with an equally convincing victory in today's 1500 metres.
Although Scots have had gold medal success in the relays, there hasn't been an individual success since Allison Curbishley won the 400 metres at the very first under-23 championships in 1997.
Allison also collected relay gold, but Jemma becomes the first Scot to win two gold medals in individual events and the first athlete to achieve the women's 800/1500 double in the 22-year history of the championships.
Her winning times of 2:05.19 and 4:22.81 were achieved in slow-run tactical races which played into Reekie's hands. She ran sensibly, very wide in the 800 to keep out of trouble, but when she went into the lead, no one could live with her. Her titles follow on from her European Junior 1500 title in 2017.
Cameron Tindle and Andrew McFarlane head the list of club changes this month. The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 July 2019:
Sarah Atwood, York Knavesmire Harriers to Skye & Lochalsh Running & AC; Andrew Black, Law & Dist AC to Giffnock North AC; Tami Falope, Aberdeen AAC to Harmeny AC; Katie Garrett, Aberdeen AAC to Banchory Stonehaven AC; Ross MacDonald, Law & Dist AC to Motherwell AC; Andrew McFarlane, Ross County AC to Glasgow City AC; Lesley Mealing, PH Racing Club to Pitreavie AAC; Graeme Paterson, Bellahouston RR to Giffnock North AC; Emily Rooney, Airdrie Harriers to Cumbernauld AC; Roy Taylor, Moray RR to Pitreavie AAC; Oliver Traynor, Bellahouston RR to Giffnock North AC; Cameron Tindle, Edinburgh AC to Tweed Leader Jed Track; Crispin Walsh, Bellahouston Harriers to Giffnock North AC; Russell Whittington, Bellahouston RR to Giffnock North AC.
21 June 2019. The week has been dominated by a series of excellent performances by our middle-distance runners, Josh Kerr (pictured) leading the way with his victory in the Brooks PR Invitational 1500 metres in 3:33.60, setting a new British Under-23 best, bettering Steve Cram's 3:33.66 from 1982. Obviously this was a Scottish best as well, with John Robson's 3:33.83 having lasted from 1979.
Its worth repeating the event was won by Josh. In a time when athletes often set PBs well down the field in paced races, a PB and a victory is all the more notable. Neil Gourley, too, is running well, his 3:35.95 in the same race was also a PB and within the World Championships selection A standard of 3:36.00.
Eilish McColgan is also flying. Having set a 5000 metres record recently, she took her 1500 metres PB down to 4:00.97 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting at Rabat, a time bettered only by Laura Muir among Scots, and putting her into the top 10 British all-time lists. Her range of distance times is impressive.
At 800 metres, Lynsey Sharp and Jemma Reekie both performed well. Lynsey, after being tripped and falling in Oslo the previous week, bounced back with 2:00.61 in Rabat, just one hundredth outside the A standard for the World Champs. Last year, her sub-2:00 times came in July and August, and she looks on course for similar this year. Jemma reduced her PB from 2:02.62 to 2:01.45 at Dessau and she will be a threat to anyone over 800 and 1500 this year.
Mention, too, for 16 year old Isla Calvert. The Livingston athlete, having set new Scottish Under 17 records of 2:06.33 for 800 at the Scottish Schools, massively improved this with another UK-leading performance of 2:05.09 at Stretford. Although in a mixed race, Scottish record rules accept such performances as eligible for records for under-17s and younger.
Overshadowed in all of this was Chris O'Hare's 3:57.6 mile at the Boston Games. Although far from the quickest that he has run, it marked his 21st sub-4 mile in his career. It is over 60 years since the 4-minute barrier was broken for the mile, but it retains a place in the heart of athletics enthusiasts. Chris has run the most sub-4 miles by a Scot, his 21 putting him 4 ahead of Graham Williamson and 5 ahead of Frank Clement and John Robson. To recognise this particular barrier, I have produced a list of all the sub-4 miles by Scots, 133 by 29 athletes.
Willie ROBERTSON, 28 October 1947-14 June 2019. Scottish thrower and wrestler, he represented Scotland at wrestling at the Commonwealth Games in both 1974 and 1986, having been a British wrestling champion in 1971, 1972 and 1973. He had a best in the hammer throw of 57.30 metres, which ranked him 5th in the 1974 lists and is still in the Scottish top 30. He won three medals at the Scottish championships in the hammer - silver in 1974 and bronze in 1971 and 1973 - and had bests of 14.25 (shot) and 38.20 (discus). A member of Edinburgh AC, Field Events Club, Thames Valley Harriers and Falkirk Victoria Harriers, he was still coaching young athletes at FVH up until his passing. Our condolences to family and friends, including daughter Hazel, who has also featured in the Scottish rankings.
"A good bloke, a gentle giant, and will be missed by many" (Ross Hepburn)
14 June 2019. This past week has seen the top Scottish athletes really kick start their season with events in Rome, Arona, Portland, Hengelo, and Oslo to the fore.
But pride of place this week takes us to Leigh where Pat Rollo saw her 1983 Scottish 100m hurdles record disappear at last as Heather Paton (pictured) ran 13.34 to take just 0.01 off the record but remove a big psychological barrier. Paton holds the indoor national & native records for 60H at 8.34 and now adds her first outdoor record, 13 months on from clocking 13.36 last year. It sits her 4th in the UK this year, beating the Power of 10 target.
Last year was the year of Beth Dobbin who excelled after breaking Sandra Whittaker's 1984 200 record. Could we see a repeat for Heather this year?
Eilish McColgan improved her own 5000 metres record at the FBK Games in Hengelo from 14:48.49 to 14:47.94, a few days after a fine 4:02.29 in Rome. We now see the record lists show the latest mark in Hengelo, sitting just above the 10000 record set by Liz McColgan 28 years ago in Hengelo as well.
Andrew Butchart, after a disappointing European indoor, has bounced back to form with two fine Diamond League runs in the last 7 days. On 6 June in Rome, he got close to his 5000 record with 13:09.33, the 2nd fastest all-time by a Scot, and then last night recorded 7:43.57 for 3000, also the 2nd fastest outdoor. Butchart now holds the 6 fastest times by a Scottish athlete at both 3000 and 5000!
We take superb runs by Laura Muir for granted these days and she produced an excellent 3:56.73 1500 at the Rome meeting. Her 9th sub-4 clocking and the 2nd fastest she has ever run. If it wasn't for that pesky Dibaba!
There were big PBs this week for Andrew Murphy - 7427 in Arona; Josh Kerr - 1:46.06 800 in Portland; Sarah Inglis with a silver in the Canadian championships 10000 of 32:11.42; and Courtney MacGuire with a 4.10 PV at Loughborough. Worth noting too, fine performances by Holly McArthur (5397 heptathlon after injury-disruped training), Jack Lawrie at the British League 400H, and Chris Bennett back over 70 metres in Germany.
This year, the IAAF have brought in their World Rankings. They are updated weekly with the latest rankings taking in performances as at 11 June. I'll publish the top 10 Scots below (movement from 4 June) with no comment other than to note the complete absence of field eventers ...
|Pos||MEN||Points (+/-)||Pos||WOMEN||Points (+/-)|
|1 (-)||Jake Wightman||1257 (-10)||1 (1)||Laura Muir||1387 (+10)|
|2 (3)||Guy Learmonth||1230 (+4)||2 (2)||Eilish McColgan||1298 (+12)|
|3 (7)||Andy Butchart||1211 (+75)||3= (3)||Lynsey Sharp||1246 (-)|
|4 (2)||Chris O'Hare||1206 (-30)||3= (3)||Eilidh Doyle||1246 (-)|
|5 (5)||Callum Hawkins||1183 (-)||5 (6)||Steph Twell||1200 (-)|
|6 (6)||Josh Kerr||1164 (+26)||6 (7)||Jemma Reekie||1185 (-)|
|7 (5)||Neil Gourley||1162 (+3)||7 (5)||Beth Dobbin||1179 (-22)|
|8 (8)||Adam Thomas||1110 (-)||8 (8)||Zoey Clark||1146 (-)|
|9 (9)||Luke Traynor||1103 (-)||9 (9)||Madeleine Murray||1143 (-)|
|10 (10)||Jack Lawrie||1095 (+7)||10 (10)||Beth Potter||1142 (-)|
The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 June 2019:
Jamie Burns, Shettleston Harriers to Glasgow City AC; Alison Caldwell, Clapham Chasers to Carnethy Hill RC; Lara Cameron, Central AC to VP Glasgow AC; Murray Close, Falkirk Victoria Harriers to Lothian RC; Nick Freer, Hunters Bog Trotters to Edinburgh AC; Gordon Lawson, Fife AC to PH Racing Club; Malcolm McTavish, Falkland Trail Runners to Ochil Hill Runners; Stella McGregor, Musselburgh AC to Team East Lothian; Mark McLachlan, Inverclyde AC to Greenock Glenpark Harriers; Neil Murray, Garioch RR to Metro Aberdeen RC; Andrew Peck, VP Glasgow AC to Glasgow City AC; Ewan Purves, Gala Harriers to Edinburgh AC; Lewis Raeburn, Shettleston Harriers to Glasgow City AC; Lewis Rodgers, Loftus & Whitby AC to Fife AC; Sean Russell, Dunbar RC to Team East Lothian; Peter Simpson, PH Racing Club to Carnegie Harriers; Alison Whyte, PH Racing Club to Carnegie Harriers.
An icon of Scottish athletics has passed away with the death of Dale Greig last Sunday.
Best known as a pioneering woman distance runner who ventured into the area of marathons and ultra-distance running that even seasoned and hardened male runners regarded with trepidation, Dale Greig became one of the first women to run a marathon, setting the inaugural recognised IAAF women's world best for the distance. In addition to her competitive achievements, she acted as a national administrator, official, race organiser and athletics writer over a long period of time, editing "Dale's Diary" in the Scots Athlete magazine.
Beginning as a schoolgirl sprinter, she soon found that her natural métier was stamina rather than speed. Between 1956 and 1959 she won a silver medal over 880 yards and two bronze medals at one mile in the Scottish women's national championships (she won four bronze over one mile between 1958 and 1966) before going on to specialise in cross country and road running. She was the founder member of Tannahill Harriers, named after the famous Tannahill weavers from Paisley. In 1960, she won the first of four national women's cross country titles. This was the last Scottish Cross Country Championship organised by the Scottish Women's AAA and she is the only runner to have won national titles under both the SWAAA and the subsequent Scottish Women's Cross Country Union organisations. As a member of the group of active women enthusiasts who established the SWCCU at a time when the sport was languishing in Scotland, Dale was the national secretary for six years and treasurer for a further five years.
Her interest in long distance running grew from a meeting with the inspirational Rhodesian, Arthur Newton, pioneer of ultra-long distance running. Her first competition over the standard marathon distance of 26 miles 385 yards came during her annual holiday in the Isle of Wight in May 1964, where sympathetic officials allowed her to run a time-trial on the day of the race, starting 4 minutes ahead of the male competitors. Despite the hilly terrain, and being shadowed by an ambulance throughout the race at the insistence of the athletics authorities, she had no qualms about completing the distance, having included several continuous runs of around 20 miles in her training schedule. Her finishing time of 3 hours 27 minutes 45 seconds was remarkable, being recorded as an IAAF inaugural world best over an officially certified and measured course, giving clear indication of what she might have achieved if she had prepared thoroughly for further marathon races. However, she enjoyed conventional competition too much to break from the standard women's events, and it was not until 1971 that she made her next attempt at a long distance event. After a thorough build up, running from 60 to 100 miles per week with continuous runs of 30 to 40 miles, she competed in the Isle of Man 40 miles race over the famous motorcycle TT course, finishing the distance in 6:48:00. Another pioneering effort came in hill running, where she was the first woman to compete in and finish the Ben Nevis 10 mile mountain marathon race in Fort William. This race, regarded as the toughest in Britain, she termed “body-shattering”.
The following year she decided to run in the classic London to Brighton 53 mile race. Her normal schedule of 50 to 60 miles per week was supplemented by three 40 mile runs, plus other continuous runs over 45 and 50 miles. For some of these long runs she ran from her Paisley home over country roads to the Clyde Coast, carrying her tracksuit in her shoulder rucksack. Stopping at Largs or another coastal town where she had a snack, she ran on to Greenock, donned her tracksuit, and travelled home by rail. Setting off on her solo run at 6 a.m. from Big Ben at Westminster Bridge, one hour before the male runners in the official race, she completed the arduous event, running non-stop with no noticeable aches or strains, in 8:30:03, representing a pace of under 9 minutes per mile. She continued to compete on the track in mile races and won her 4th and final Scottish cross country title in 1968, going on to finish 8th in the English championships and 14th in the International championship at Blackburn. In 1974, she recorded her most notable international marathon success when winning the women’s World Veteran Championships in Paris in 3:45:21. This race was the first officially sanctioned marathon for men and women to race together and her win was part of a memorable Scottish double, as Alastair Wood won the men’s race.
Her pioneering efforts opened the way for women throughout the world to be admitted to marathon races having ventured into unchartered territory at a time when some respected authorities still believed that running such long distances was harmful for a woman. Even though the current world marathon best is now well over an hour better than she ran in 1964 when 800 metres was the longest distance for women in the Olympic Games, she earned great credit and admiration for showing the world that women are biologically better suited for endurance races, rather than the explosive events which make up so much of their athletics programme. Their athletics achievements have been confirmed by cycling and swimming where the longer the distance the more closely women approach men’s standards of performance.
Her achievements and influence on the sport were recognised with her induction last year into the scottishathletics Hall of Fame.
Dale Sheldon Greig, 15 May 1937-12 May 2019
(Above article first published in "The Past is a Foreign Country", by Colin Shields and Arnold Black).
The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 May 2019:
Sophie Bath, East Sutherland AC to Pitreavie AAC; Beatrice Baynham-Wainwright, Shettleston Harriers to Giffnock North AC; Rhys Black, Dunbar RC to Team East Lothian; Emily, Hamish and Peter Bradshaw, all North Ayrshire AC to Inverclyde AC; Kay Conneff, Calderglen Harriers to East Kilbride AC; Eve Crawford, Airdrie Harriers to VP Glasgow AC; Emma and Oonagh Dunnett, both Shettleston Harriers to North Highland Harriers; Ian Edwards, Aberdeen AAC to Newburgh Dunes RC; Helen Falconer, Portobello RC to Harmeny AC; Wanda-Jane and Zico Field, both Chirnside Chasers to Gala Harriers; Nanette Heaney, Falkland Trail Runners to Fife AC; Colin Knox, Forres Harriers to Elgin AAC; Connor Lupton, Haddington RC to Team East Lothian; Shaun MacDonald, Deveron Harriers to Aberdeen AAC; Andrew McGill, Linlithgow AC to Livingston AC; Sunny McGrath, Deveron Harriers to Aberdeen AAC; Emily McKenzie, Musselburgh & Dist AC to Team East Lothian; George McKinley, Barrow and Furness Striders to Dundee Road Runners; Scott Perry, Forres Harriers to Elgin AAC; Erin Ramsay, Ayr Seaforth AC to Giffnock North AC; Sadie Slifer, Musselburgh & Dist AC to Team East Lothian; Dionne Milne, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers to Moray Road Runners.
28 April 2019. For 34 years, Allister Hutton has held the Scottish marathon record of 2:09:16. No longer. Callum Hawkins, finishing 10th in today's London marathon, has taken over a minute off that record with a run of 2:08:14.
17 April 2019. Last weekend saw the setting of the first outdoor record (*) of the season and it went to a young athlete not unfamiliar to record-breaking.
Kirsty Costello of Kilbarchan AAC bettered her own under-17 hammer throw record with a throw of 62.85 at the Alan Bertram Memorial Event at Loughborough on Saturday.
Last year, she twice broke Myra Perkins' record of 59.25 with throws of 60.49 and 60.52 and she has now added over 2 metres to that record.
Kirsty also holds the under-15 record where she set 5 records with the 3kg hammer improving the age-group record from 51.91 metres to 57.83.
* record subject to application form and paperwork being submitted and approved.
28 March 2019. Edinburgh AC have bolstered their team for this year's UK Women's League campaign with the signings of Scottish internationalists Kirsten McAslan and Mhairi Patience. Kirsten, pictured by Bobby Gavin on her way to her Scottish title last year, follows a family tradition with father and uncles having been Edinburgh AC athletes.
These are the two big names in this month's changes of club that have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 April 2019. The full list is:
James Beattie, Falkirk Victoria Harriers to Lothian RC; Kirsten Bowie, Elgin AAC to Livingston AC; Sarah Burns, Corstorphine AC to Edinburgh AC; Michael Cairns, Kilbarchan AAC to Glasgow City AC; Rhea Campbell, Giffnock North AC to VP Glasgow AC; Charlotte Clare, Moorfoot Runners to Lasswade AC; Oliver Coghlan, Dunbar RC to Team East Lothian; James Grant, Strathearn Harriers to Perth Strathtay Harriers; Gregory Hoggan, Musselburgh & Dist AC to Team East Lothian; Kayleigh Jarrett, Metro Aberdeen RC to Elgin AAC; Max Mayer, Musselburgh AC to Edinburgh AC; Kirsten McAslan, Sale Harriers to Edinburgh AC; Courtney Moffat, Livingston AC to Lothian RC; Alun Myers, Victoria Park & Mile End Club to Inverclyde AC; Mhairi Patience, VP Glasgow AC to Edinburgh AC; Jamie Smith, Musselburgh & Dist AC to Team East Lothian; Nina Walsh-Kirk, Stewartry AC to Annan & Dist AC; Brodie Wright, VP Glasgow AC to Motherwell AC.
7 March 2019. The website will not be updated for the next two weeks as I am away on holiday!
I have, however, added a number of items which I hope will be of interest-
The annual rankings have now been updated for the 2018 junior men and women's age-groups.
The records section now has pages covering Scottish holders of British records over the years, senior men and women, outdoors and indoors.
And the British Championships page now has a record of all Scottish athletes who have won medals at recognised British senior championships from 1866 to the current day.
"As soon as I walked out I felt like ´yeah, this is home´. I have run on this track hundreds, if not thousands of times, so I just felt as if I could do what I normally do here, and that was enough to win. The first 1k wasn´t too bad, but it did pick up after that. At halfway it was a good split. So I´m really happy with the time. To win with a championships record, and to do it here, is a dream. Now I will try and recover before the 1500m final -- lots of ice baths, massage and rest. But I´ve got about 40 hours, so I know should be fine. My Mum, my Gran and all the aunties, uncles and family friends were here. It was hard to get them all tickets. My Gran is always there when I have not done so well, so this is the first time she has seen me win a medal. The field was very strong and the girls gave me a great race. I certainly thought I had a lot of pressure competing in front of the home crowd and then adding on the double. I just put my head down and gave it absolutely everything I had." (Laura Muir)
The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 March 2019:
David Agnew, Pitreavie AAC to Dunfermline T&F AC; Lewis Bell, Gala Harriers to Dundee Hawkhill Harriers; Magnus Bryce, Central AC to VP Glasgow AC; Keith Bonthrone, Falkland Trail Runners to Fife AC; Jade Gray, Hamilton & District AC to Larkhall YMCA Harriers; Sharon Grierson, Livingston AC to Lasswade AC; Cameron Harris, Central AC to Livingston AC; Kate Harvie, Moorfoot Runners to Lasswade AC; David Henderson, Pitreavie AAC to PH Racing Club; Tia Henry Livingston AC to Pitreavie AAC; Michael McConnell, Perth Road Runners to PH Racing Club; Alasdair MacNair, Wee County Harriers to Central AC; Calum Ross, Lothian RC to Falkirk Victoria Harriers; Peter Tucker, Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC to Inverclyde AC; Amanda Wallis, Aberdeen AAC to Metro Aberdeen; Michael Ward, Black Pear Joggers to Lothian RC.
The British team selected for the European Indoor Championships has been announced today and contains 9 Scottish members:-
800: Guy Learmonth (Lasswade). 1500: Neil Gourley (Giffnock North). 3000: Andrew Butchart (Central) & Chris O'Hare (Edinburgh). W400 & 4x400: Zoey Clark (Thames Valley) and Eilidh Doyle (Pitreavie). 1500: Laura Muir (Dundee Hawkhill) and Jemma Reekie (Kilbarchan). 3000: Eilish McColgan (Dundee Hawkhill) & Laura Muir (Dundee Hawkhill).
The total of 9 betters the previous highest number of Scots in the team - 6 at Prague in 2015 and at Belgrade in 2017. Other observations - 8 of the 9 are first claim for Scottish clubs; no field representation; and Josh Kerr, who could have put it into double figures, was unavailable due to exams in the USA.
16 February 2019. In a great day for Scottish 1500 metres/mile running, Laura Muir captured the British mile record and improved her own 1500 record at Birmingham's Muller Grand Prix, while Josh Kerr set his first senior record with a new national 1500 mark.
Paced through 409m (1:07.69) and 809m (2:12.37), Muir was alone in front for the second half of the race but kept churning out the 32-second laps. The clock showed 3:47.97 as Muir embarked on her final lap, needing 36 seconds for the last 200 to beat the British record. She went far faster, running 30.78, and reached the finish in a world-leading 4:18.75, the third-fastest indoor mile of all time. Her 1500m split of 4:01.84 was also an improvement on her own British indoor record of 4:02.39. Her mile though slashed 13.25 seconds from Yvonne Murray's indoor record of 4:32.00.
Josh Kerr found himself in an astonishing race as the runners were paced through 400m in 55.69 and 800m in 1:52.70. Yomif Kejelcha, who last week came within 0.01 of the world indoor mile record at the Millrose Games, a race in which Josh was fourth, was targeting the world record and reached 1200m in 2:49.28 with fellow Ethiopian Samuel Tefera close behind and it was Tefera who kicked home to win in 3:31.04, improving Hicham El Guerrouj's 1997 record,by 0.14. Josh was the leading Brit in 4th place, his time of 3:35.72 breaking Chris O'Hare's Scottish record of 3:37.03. British 3000 champion O'Hare was next in 3:37.42 and Neil Gourley smashed his indoor PB in 8th (3rd Brit) in 3:38.32.
11 February 2009. The British Indoor Championships at Birmingham at the weekend provided a showcase for Scotland's middle-distance runners, with all the 1500 metres and 3000 metres races falling to Scots.
Laura Muir set the ball rolling on the Saturday with a 3000 victory in 8:48.03 after Beth Potter led through 1000 and 2000 on her way to a 9:02.06 PB in fourth. It was Laura's 5th indoor title, equalling the record held by Rosemary Stirling and Geoff Parsons.
Chris O'Hare had never won an indoor title at 1500m, but he remedied that at 3000 metres by getting the better of Charlie Grice and Andy Butchart to win in 7:52.86. Neil Gourley won his first title, taking the 1500m in 3:44.76 and Jemma Reekie continued her fine form from last year with a comfortable 1500m win in 4:17.08, Kerry MacAngus setting a new PB of 4:20.25 in 4th.
Scottish athletes have a good record in the women's 400 metres as well and Zoey Clark (pictured) became the fifth Scots winner in 7 years with a 52.82 victory in a close finish for the places that saw Eilidh Doyle edged into fourth.
There was an eighth senior medal for Guy Learmonth (silver) in the 800 metres, just one short of the record nine achieved by high jumpers Geoff Parsons and Crawford Fairbrother.
Adam Thomas, who missed last season through injury, won silver in a blanket finish in the 60 metres, where 0.05 covered the top six, becoming the 3rd fastest Scot of all time with his 6.63 semi final win, and Nikki Manson was the only Scottish medal-winner in the field events, third in the high jump in 1.80 metres, beating Emma Nuttall on countback.
It is always sad when news comes out of the death of an athlete but even more so when that athlete passes at such a young age. Dawn Flockhart, after a brave battle against cancer, has passed away at the tragically early age of 51.
Dawn was one of Scotland's leading sprinters throughout the 1980s and into the mid-nineties. She was an outstandingly talented young athlete, setting an under-15 200 metres record of 24.63 seconds in 1981 which still stands 38 years later. Her all-time career best of 23.71 still ranks in the top 20 Scots of all time. She never won a senior title but was a medallist on 13 occasions, winning 4 silver medals and 9 bronze medals. She represented Scotland in 8 international matches and ran for Great Britain against Yugoslavia in 1984 as a member of the 4x100 metres relay team. She won a bronze medal as part of the GB 4x400 team at the European Junior Championships in 1985 where she was 5th in the 200 metres.
A member of Edinburgh Southern Harriers/Edinburgh Woollen Mill, her career bests were 7.72 (60m), 11.80 (100m), 23.71 (200m), 54.4 (400m) and she even tried her hand at triple jump with a legal best of 10.90.
Since 2002, Dawn had been working and studying with some of the most renowned Neuro Linguistic Programming trainers in the world and was an extensively qualified Licensed NLP Trainer & High Performance Coach. She was also a qualified hypnotherapist/psychotherapist and a certified yoga teacher. She had a scientific background with a Degree in Computing Science and a teaching qualification from the University of Cambridge.
She will be sorely missed by so many. Our condolences go out to family, friends and colleagues.
Dawn Marie Flockhart, b. 16 May 1967; d. 4 February 2019.
The latest club moves see Scottish indoor 1500 metres champion, Katy Brown, join Giffnock North. The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 February 2019:
Katy Barden, Bromsgrove & Redditch AC to Gala Harriers; Katy Brown, Stewartry AC to Giffnock North AC; Craig Eaglesham, Inverclyde AC to North Ayrshire AC; Scott Hannaway, Inverclyde AC to Greenock Glenpark Harriers; Malcolm Lang, Lothian RC to Corstorphine AAC; Megan Lang, Lothian RC to Corstorphine AAC; Jamie Lessels, Fife AC to Falkland Trail Runners; Alexander MacKay, Ross County AC to Inverness Harriers; Mark Magee, Inverclyde AC to Greenock Glenpark Harriers; Scott McCluckie, Inverclyde AC to Greenock Glenpark Harriers; Alison McGill, Fife AC to PH Racing Club; Drew McIntyre, Inverclyde AC to Greenock Glenpark Harriers; Emma Murray, Garioch RR to JSK Running Club; Tony Quinn, Kirkintilloch Olympians to PH Racing Club; Liam Sleigh, Corstorphine AAC to Fife AC; Rachel Wardrope, East Kilbride AC to Cambuslang Harriers; Harriet Woodland-Broome, Edinburgh AC to Corstorphine AAC.
24 January 2019. One athlete attracting attention in marathon running is Scot Nikki Johnstone who has recorded an astonishing hat-trick of marathon victories in the first 19 days of January.
Last year, he ran 8 marathons, winning in the German marathons at Krefeld, Mannheim and Duisburg, and reducing his PB from 2:31:23 to 2:25:21. His slowest run was 2:35:17 at the Berlin marathon, but then he did run that race as an Elvis impersonator.
A teacher at the ISR International School on the Rhine in Germany, Nikki has got his year off to a spectacular start. He won the New Year's marathon in Zurich on 1st January in 2:26:52, then retained his title at the LLG-Kevelaer marathon in Twisteden, Germany in a new PB of 2:24:21 just five days later.
Taking a breather for 13 days, he won the Funchal marathon in Portugal at the weekend in another PB of 2:21:50.
I am not sure if any other Scottish athletes have won three consecutive marathons, but certainly none will have won three in 19 days - the fastest marathon hat-trick on record?
13 January 2019. The 2018 ranking lists for senior men and senior women are now on the website. The rankings show the top 20 performances and top 40 performers approximately across all standard events, including track and field and road running.
Any corrections and amendments will be gratefully received so if you feel you are missing from the rankings or misrepresented, or there is an error, please let me know and the lists will be updated.
The annual ranking lists on the website now cover all years dating back to 2000.
Junior Men and Junior Women's lists for 2018 will be available in a few weeks.
Glasgow City has added top young thrower Andrew Costello to its ranks as well as Aberdeen's Italian sprinter Christian Hristov. Two leading young field eventers also feature on the list of club changes this month, with Inverness long/triple jumper Stephen Mackenzie joining Pitreavie and Law thrower Hayley Berry moving to VP Glasgow.
The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 January 2019:
Marie Baxter, Garioch RR to JSK Running Club; Hayley Berry, Law & District to VP Glasgow; Colin Black, Law & District to Giffnock North; Angela Carson, Bellahouston Harriers to Giffnock North; Jonathan Collings, Livingston to Lothian RC; Andrew Costello, Kilbarchan to Glasgow City; Aimie Hendry, Cumbernauld to VP Glasgow; Christian Hristov, Aberdeen to Glasgow City; Daniel Humble, Croydon Harriers to Bellahouston Harriers; Stephen MacKenzie, Inverness Harriers to Pitreavie; Elizabeth McCall, Aberdeen to Edinburgh AC; Jason Miles-Campbell, Hamilton Harriers to Strathearn Harriers; Harris Morrison, Inverclyde to Greenock Glenpark Harriers; Lily Nicol, Nairn to Inverness Harriers; Rudi Paul, Inverness Harriers to Bellahouston Harriers; Eilidh Turner, Lothian RC to Falkirk Victoria Harriers.
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