18 February 2017. Another race, another record or two. Laura Muir won the 1000 metres at the Muller Grand Prix at Birmingham in a new European and British record of 2:31.93.
The pre-race talk had been of breaking the world indoor best of 2:30.94 set by Maria Mutola in 1999, but Laura also had two other targets: Kelly Holmes’ British indoor best of 2:32.96 and the European indoor record of 2:32.16.
Jenny Meadows set the early pace, going through 400 in 59.65 and 600 in 1:29.71. Muir maintained the pace with a fourth lap of 30.85, passing 800 in an indoor PB of 2:00.56, that put her 2nd on the Scottish all-time indoor lists. Roared on by the crowd, a final lap of 31.37 brought her home in 2:31.93.
Her performance puts her 2nd on the world indoor all-time list and within one second of Mutola’s mark. It was Muir’s third record-breaking performance of 2017, having set a British indoor 5000m record of 14:49.12 and a European indoor 3000m record of 8:26.41 over the past six weeks.
“I am delighted,” said Muir. “I really wanted to get the win; that was really important. To beat Kelly’s (Holmes) record is amazing and to be so close to the world record is also very encouraging for me. It is every athlete’s dream to be running well every time you come out on the track and being injury free. Hopefully I can carry this sort of form into the summer.”
13 February 2017. The Scottish record-book continued to get re-written at the weekend with athletes competing at the British Championships, Scottish Age-Group Championships, and in the United States.
Andrew Butchart continued his outstanding season with 3rd place at New York's Millrose Games, decimating the Scottish 2 Mile Best of 8:28.4 set by Ian Stewart in 1973 with a time of 8:12.63 in the rarely-competed event. On the way, he bettered his own Scottish 3000 Metres record, set 2 weeks previously (see below) when he passed that distance in 7:41.05.
Eilish McColgan was one of four gold medallists at the British Athletics Indoor Team Trials (ridiculous name for the British Championships) at Sheffield, out-sprinting Steph Twell to take the 3000 title before adding the 1500m silver. Allan Smith won the high jump title, Guy Learmonth the 800, and Eilidh Doyle the 400, the three of them winning their 2nd indoor titles.
At the age-group championships, there was an outstanding run from VP-Glasgow's Lily-Jane Evans-Haggerty as she set an under-15 championship best (superior to the U17), and a new Scottish U15 record in the 1500 metres of 4:36.99. This came after she had set a Scottish U15 best over 3000 at the start of the year. Ellie O'Hara (Edinburgh AC) improved her own U15 triple jump record and championship best by 22cm with 10.98. In the under-13 age-group, Harmeny's Finlay Ross became the first Scot in his age-group to better 2:20 for 800 metres with a new Scottish record of 2:19.89.
5 February 2007. Laura Muir won the 3000 metres in Karlsruhe last night in 8:26.41, 8 seconds better than Liz McColgan's Scottish record and a new European record. McColgan's record of 8:34.80 had lasted since 1989 and is the last of her indoor records to go. Muir beat Russian Liliya Shobukhova's European record by 1.45 seconds and moves to 5th in the world all-time list.
Muir, who recorded a 5000m world lead and British indoor record in early January, and world leader Helen Obiri were the ones to watch and provided a thriller of a race. In a tactically perfectly paced race, Laura came out on top with a European indoor record of 8:26.41.
Jenny Meadows was assigned to pace the leaders through the race till 1000m with 34-second laps and operated like clockwork. Muir, Obiri and Ethiopia’s Axumawit Embaye stayed a few metres behind Meadows as she led through the first kilometre in 2:49.34. Muir led for the next couple of laps before Obiri decided to take over at the halfway mark. The Olympic 5000m silver medallist went through 2000m in 5:40.57 with Muir right behind the Kenyan as the leading trio became a duo.
With 600m to go, Muir took over the lead and slowly tried to pull away. Coming off the penultimate bend, Obiri attempted to switch gears, but the pair hit traffic going into the final bend, allowing Muir to make a break. She closed strongly with a 29.82 final lap to take the victory in 8:26.41, moving to fifth on the world indoor all-time list. Obiri finished second in 8:29.46 to extend her World Indoor Tour lead to 17 points.
Meanwhile, in New York ... Andy Butchart was running in the Armory Track Invitational elite mile where the meeting record was held by fellow Scot Chris O'Hare at 3:54.59. Led to the 2 minute mark by pacemaker Graham Crawford, Butchart, who has already broken the Scottish 3000 record this year, was out on his own and continued to run strongly to emerge a clear winner by 4.55 seconds in a time of 3:54.23, the second fastest indoor mile by a Scot, beating Chris O'Hare's meet record, and becoming the new world leading mark this year. ahead of Matt Centrowitz's 3:55.78, set in Boston last week.
And in Japan ... Having lost his 60:24 Scottish best after the Great Scottish Run was announced earlier this week to have been almost 150 m short, Callum Hawkins was out to prove he had done it for real when he lined up at today's Kagawa Marugame International Half Marathon. Against a field including sub-60 man Kenneth Kipkemoi of Kenya and a group of Japanese athletes aiming for the 60:25 Japanese best, Hawkins went to the front from the gun and never relented.
After a relatively slow 14:20 opening 5 km, the next 5 km went by in 14:07 and shook the lead group down to ten including Hawkins, Kipkemoi, Kenyan Joel Mwaura, Osako and three other Japanese men. The 28:27 split at 10 km was hot, on pace for 60:01. Hawkins and Kenyan Abraham Kipyatich began to pull away on the return trip, 16 seconds ahead as the pair hit 15 km in 42:37 and a shot at sub-60 in the cards.
At 15 km Hawkins attacked, dropping Kipyatich to race the clock. On 60:02 pace at 20 km in 56:55, he bore down in the home straight and saluted as he crossed the finish line in 60:00, just short of a sub-60 but a new Scottish best that surpassed his disallowed Great Scottish Run mark and more than demonstrated his true quality.
Our detailed annual rankings have now been updated to include the 2016 rankings for senior men and senior women, complete with 10-year trends.
30 January 2017. The organisers of the Great Scottish Run half-marathon have confirmed the 2016 course was 149.7m short of the stipulated 13.1 miles.
There was controversy following the event in Glasgow after some competitors questioned the length of the course.
The Great Run Company, which organised the race, confirmed the error in a statement today.
The failure means the Scottish half-marathon best performance set on the course by Callum Hawkins is now invalid.
The Half Marathon does not have record status and the best performance reverts to Paul Evans who recorded 61:38 in 1992. Evans gave up his Scottish status when he competed for England in 1993. The next best is Allister Hutton's 62:28.
28 January 2017. The Scottish outdoor 3000 and 5000 record holder Andy Butchart has opened his 2017 year with a national indoor record over 3000 metres of 7:42.97, breaking Ian Gillespie's 7:49.86, which was coming up to its 20th anniversary.
The occasion was the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix at Boston where Lynsey Sharp, Butchart and Jake Wightman were competing. Butchart was 2nd in the 3000 behind the Olympic silver medallist, Paul Chelimo, who won in 7:42.39.
Jake Wightman had a fine run in the mile, coming in 3rd in 3:57.24 to move into 3rd place in the Scottish all-time list. The USA's Matthew Centrowitz won the race in 3:55.78.
Lynsey Sharp opened her season with 3rd place in the 800, behind Charlene Lipsey (USA) 2:02.01 and Habitam Alemu (ETH) 2:02.38, recording 2:02.88.
There was success in Austria for Guy Learmonth and Eilidh Doyle who both won their events at the Vienna Indoor Classic. Guy took the 800 in an indoor PB of 1:47.20 (3rd all-time) and Eilidh won the 400 in a season's best 51.86.
28 January 2017. The Scottish indoor championships saw one new senior record and two under-20 records in a packed programme with the seniors competing alongside the under-17s.
Birchfield's Heather Paton has progressed season-by-season at the 60 metres hurdles - 8.94 in 2013, 8.81 ('14), 8.77 ('15), 8.58 ('16) - opened her season with a PB of 8.40. Today, she retained the Scottish title in 8.37, a new Native record, convincingly breaking Gemma Werrett's 8.50 from 2008.
Alisha Rees nearly broke 2 under-20 records. Her 60 win in 7.51 was just 0.01 outside Jenna Wrisberg's record, but she set another PB to win the 200 unchallenged in 24.18, removing the longest-standing women's junior record, Linsey Macdonald's 24.20, set 35 years ago in 1982.
The under-20 women's 800 record was also held by Linsey Macdonald at one stage, her 2:08.4 lasting for 30 years before being broken by Laura Muir in 2012. Mhairi Hendry captured the record with a 2:07.00 in 2015 and it was Mhairi who took the senior title in 2:05.27, but behind her Jemma Reekie, with 2:05.52, added the indoor 800 record to her U20 3000 record. In third, Erin Wallace was also inside the old record in 2:06.94.
It wasn't all about the young generation however. Gillian Cooke won her 5th long jump title, the last one dating back to 2007, while Francis Smith, a five-time winner of the men's 60 hurdles, took his 4th silver at the event, in a new Scottish Masters record in the V35 category.
Scotland’s premier miler of the 1950s, Graham Everett (Shettleston Harriers) has died on his 83rd birthday. He won the national mile title on eight occasions (equalling the record of Thomas Riddell between 1925 and 1935), seven of them in succession between 1955 and 1961, a feat never equalled or bettered in the history of the mile / 1500 metres championships. In spite of his domestic domination of the event, however, he never achieved his own high ambitions of becoming the first Scot to run the mile in under 4 minutes or gaining 1500 selection for the 1960 Olympic Games at Rome.
Everett’s first Scottish native record came in 1956 when recording 4 minutes 07.5 seconds in third position behind Stanislav Jungwirth (Czechoslovakia) at Glasgow Police Sports at Ibrox, and he further reduced the record to 4:06.6 behind Derek Ibbotson’s European and British record run of 3:58.4 at the same meeting the following year. Two months later, Everett again improved his best to 4:06.0 when finishing second in the prestigious Emsley Carr mile at the White City Stadium.
In 1958, he gained selection for the Scottish team for the Empire and Commonwealth Games at Cardiff after three fast early season runs under 4:09.9 and bettering Alex Breckenridge’s Scottish Championship record by 4.9 seconds when winning the national title in 4:07.0. He competed in the AAA Championship mile in July, recording an excellent 4:06.4 win over a top-class international field. After a slow first three laps in 3:11.4, he unleashed a final lap sprint of 55.0 for a seven yard win over New Zealander Murray Halberg, who had a personal best of 4:01.0 and was to win the Empire Games three miles title at Cardiff and the Olympic 5000 in Rome two years later. After being spiked in the Games 880 yards heat at Cardiff, Everett failed to qualify for either the 880 or one mile finals in his only major Games competition, losing selection for the European Championships in Stockholm later in the summer.
He improved his own championship and Scottish records with a front running time of 4:03.9 to win the national title in the Olympic year of 1960, a championship best performance that was not bettered over the mile or its metric equivalent for 18 years until John Robson won the 1500 title in 1978 in 3:40.1. Further runs in lifetime bests of 4:02.70 for the mile and 3:45.7 for the 1500 followed in swift succession (both just outside the Olympic qualifying standard) and he narrowly missed his goal of running for Britain in the Rome Olympics.
He showed excellent form over the two miles distance, reducing the Scottish record from 8:57.2 to 8:38.2, the third fastest time ever run by a British athlete at that time, in the two year period from 1959 to 1961. Like so many track stars of the time, Everett regularly competed over cross country and road in the winter. Though regarding the winter season competition as purely to develop strength and stamina for the track he won the Scottish Cross-Country Championship title from clubmate Alastair Wood in 1960, was Midland District champion three times and represented Scotland on four occasions in the international cross-country championships as well as being a valuable member of Shettleston’s successful team in the Edinburgh to Glasgow relay race.
He became a successful airline travel executive with his daughter Andrea, who won a sports scholarship to the University of Wyoming in the USA, becoming one of Scotland’s top runners over 10,000 metres, recording a time of 33:40.6. Under her married name of Andrea Paolillo, she later ran 2:54:27 in the 1999 Chicago marathon. His interest in athletics continued after competing, being actively involved in coaching athletes at Shettleston Harriers and Glasgow University.
Graham Emmerson Everett, b. 20 January 1934.. d. 20 January 2017. The above career article was first published in the SATS book "The Past is a Foreign Country"
16 January 2017. With anticipation levels at a high after Laura Muir's British 5000 metres record at the GAA Miler Meeting, this weekend saw more of Scotland's Olympic stars showing fine form.
Eilish McColgan (left) was first woman home in the Ooredoo 10k in Doha in 32:01 (her chip time was 31:56). That moves her up to 2nd place in the all-time list behind mum Liz, who holds the Scottish best with her 30:39 at Orlando in 1989.
Eilidh Doyle opened up her season with a fine 52.75 400 metres to comfortably win the Southern England title.
There was a notable improvement for Birchfield Harrier Heather Paton, whose 8.40 60 metres hurdles win at Loughborough was an improvement of 0.18 and puts her 3rd all-time, within 0.06 of Gemma Werrett's Scottish record.
The Scottish National Open at Glasgow produced a host of fine performances and a look at the results will show the impression made on the Scottish all-time lists. A word for the Johnson sisters from Edinburgh AC though in the 800 metres, with Katie Johnson moving to 3rd all-time at under-13 and older sister Emma Johnson moving to 6th on the U15 all-time lists.
Athletes can be eligible to represent Scotland if they are (a) born in Scotland; (b) have a parent born in Scotland; or (c) have been resident in Scotland for a period of 3 years. (Commonwealth Games have stricter requirements).
The following athletes have recently had their Scottish qualification confirmed by scottishathletics:
Patrick Taylor (Vale of Aylesbury) - 800 metres best 1:50.33.
Amy Carr (Middlesbrough) - T37 100 metres (14.86), 200 metres (30.69)
Jordan Spence (Corby) - 100 metres (11.07), 200 metres (22.14)
Paul Ogun (Croydon) - Long jump (7.79)
Lea Stephenson (Tynedale) - 400 metres (49.09)
Callum McKay (Colchester) (U17) - 100 metres (11.11)
Angus McMillan (City of York) (U20) - 3000 metres (8:57.1)
The following athletes have been approved by scottishathletics to compete in team competition for their new club from 1 January 2017:
Sarah Allan, East Kilbride AC to Giffnock North AAC; Morgane Artacho, Long Eaton RC to Cairngorm Runners; Louise Beveridge, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers to Falkirk Victoria Harriers; Oleg Cheplin, Shettleston Harriers to Hunters Bog Trotters; Andy Cullen, Corstorphine AAC to Lasswade AAC; Ross Gollan, East Sutherland to Shettleston Harriers; Megan Gowans, Arbroath & District AC to Dundee Hawkhill Harriers; Bryony Harding, Stratthclyde Uni Harriers to Shettleston Harriers; Rachel Hunter, Law & District AC to VP Glasgow AC; Jade Hutchison, Dunfermline Track & Field AC to Pitreavie AAC; Emily Miller, Cumbernauld AAC to VP Glasgow AC; Paige Stevens, Central AC to Falkirk Victoria Harriers; Tyler White, Pitreavie AAC to Aberdeen AAC.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and successful 2017. Welcome to SATS 2017 - the 2016 news stories have been relocated in the Earlier News pages (see menu on the right).
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