GIFFNOCK NORTH TURN THE TABLES ON VP GLASGOW

Giffnock North's championship winning 3 x 800 relay team - Reuben Macdonald, Cameron Deverill and Chris Perkins. Photo: Bobby Gavin.
Giffnock North's championship winning 3 x 800 relay team - Reuben Macdonald, Cameron Deverill and Chris Perkins. Photo: Bobby Gavin.

22 October 2021. Our SATS Challenge Club of the Year continues with the Under 17 age-group and it is the west that comes out on top with Giffnock North AC winning the Challenge from Victoria Park City of Glasgow AC, a reversal of the top two positions from 2019. Pitreavie AAC moved up one position to third.

 

There were some big advances up the table with good improvements from Inverness Harriers AAC, up 13 places to 4th, Kilmarnock Harrier & AC, Falkirk Victoria Harriers and Law & District AC, all moving into the top ten, with Inverness and Kilmarnock particularly improving on their Under 15 positions of two years ago.

 

The full 45 clubs rankings on our Club of the Year page.

NECK AND NECK BATTLE FOR THE UNDER 17 CHALLENGE

20 October 2021. Week 3 of the SATS Challenge focuses on the highly competitive Under 17 age-group and this year's Challenge was decided by just 3 points.

Louisa Brown scored highly in the 3000 metres with 3 performances within four seconds of Yvonne Murray's long-standing national record but Katie Johnson came back strongly, collecting maximum bonus points for her championship record. But it was the Garscube athlete Brown (pictured, 270, leading Johnson, 450) [photo by Bobby Gavin] who held on to claim victory by three points.

Larkhall and Glasgow School of Sport sprinter Dean Patterson took third place as track athletes dominated, with new Scottish 3000m record holder Corey Campbell in fourth.

Ayr Seaforth triple jumper Libby White was top of the field eventers and the leading thrower and previous under 15 victor Meghan Porterfield was back in 14th spot.

The full top twenty can be seen on the rankings/SATS Challenge page here.

Previous winners: 2019 Kirsty Costello, 2018 Kane Elliott, 2017 Joel McFarlane, 2016 Erin Wallace, 2015 Ben Greenwood, 2014 George Evans.

VICTORIA PARK GLASGOW RETAIN THEIR UNDER 15 CROWN

Jessie Caig (far side) and Ava Mitchell lead VPG to a 1-2 at the U15 champs. Photo by Bobby Gavin.
Jessie Caig (far side) and Ava Mitchell lead VPG to a 1-2 at the U15 champs. Photo by Bobby Gavin.

14 October 2021.  VICTORIA PARK CITY OF GLASGOW AC were again triumphant in the Under-15 SATS Challenge Club of the Year, retaining their title from 2019. They can be thankful to their girls who piled on the points to ensure VPG were runaway winners.

 

Edinburgh AC, also stronger on the girls' side, retained their second position, with third place going to Dunfermline Track & Field Club. Dunfermline were sixth in the Under-13 age-group two years ago and tenth in the under-15s. 

 

A word too for Law & District AC who moved up three places from two years ago to fifth, but were the top scorers in the boys' events.

 

See the results here: Club of the Year

OLIVER PATTON IS OUR SATS CHALLENGE UNDER 15 WINNER

Oliver Patton (597) on his way to the 1500m title ahead of Craig Shennan (650). Photo by Bobby Gavin.
Oliver Patton (597) on his way to the 1500m title ahead of Craig Shennan (650). Photo by Bobby Gavin.

13 October 2021. Our annual SATS Challenge moves on to the under-15 age-group and this year's winner is 1500 metres runner Oliver Patton of Kilbarchan AAC. Oliver won the Scottish title and recorded an excellent mile time of 4:27.40 to head off the challenges of the other leading athletes. Two years ago, Oliver placed 4th in the Under 13 Challenge and he breaks a run of four female winners.

 

In second place was Central AC's Aaliyah McCloud who led the way in the 300m rankings and set a new championship best of 40.13 at the Scottish Championships. Third place went to Aberdeen's Rhys Crawford who led the way at 800 metres.

 

The effects of the pandemic this year - no indoor season, no schools championships and less top level competitive action - had an impact on the scoring this year. Only the top five scored highly enough to have placed in the 2019 top 20.

 

You can see the full top 20 on our SATS Challenge page . Previous winners: 2014 Emma Rae, 2015 Joel McFarlane, 2016 Kirsty Costello, 2017 Kirsty Costello, 2018 Anna Hedley, 2019 Rebecca Grieve.

ATHLETES ON THE MOVE: Club Changes October 2021

The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 October 2021: 

Lorna Baird, Ron's Runners to Kilmarnock H∾ Hannah Cameron, Edinburgh AC to Aberdeen AAC; Matthew Connolly, Dunbar RC to Team East Lothian; Alan Cunningham, Lothian RC to Corstorphine AAC; Elizabeth Dawson, Annan & Dist AC to Garscube Harriers; Eilidh de Klerk, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers to Edinburgh AC; Emily Jackson, Bellahouston Harriers to Bellahouston Road Runners; Thomas Gornall, Dunbar RC to Team East Lothian; Ed Guccione, Sheffield Triathlon Club to Westerlands XC Club; Christine Irvine, Bellahouston RR to VP Glasgow AC; Fraser Kelly, Team East Lothian to Dundee Hawkhill Harriers; Rebecca Kerr, Haddington RC to Team East Lothian; Fraser Lupton, Haddington RC to Team East Lothian; Matthew Lynch, Law & Dist AC to Cumbernauld AAC; Kirstin Maxwell, Gala Harriers to Corstorphine AAC; Alistair McLachlan, Giffnock North AC to Cambuslang Harriers; Fatoumata Ndure, Harmeny AC to Edinburgh AC; Liam Nolan, Falkirk Victoria Harriers to Law & District AC; Peace Oriabure, Harmeny AC to Edinburgh AC; Robbie Paterson, Moray RR to Highland Hill Runners; Kirstie Rogan, Moray RR to Highland Hill Runners; Sula Russell, Dunbar RC to Team East Lothian; Elspeth  Scroop-Reid, Garscube Harriers  to VP Glasgow AC; Steven Stone,  Falkirk Victoria Harriers to Forth Valley Flyers; Aimee Tawse, Ellon AC to Aberdeen AAC; Hannah Taylor, Ellon AAC to Aberdeen AAC; Grace Whelan, Moray RR to Aberdeen AAC.

MUIR & MILLER LAND SCOTTISH ATHLETICS AWARDS

Photo by Bobby Gavin
Photo by Bobby Gavin

GLASGOW, 9 October 2021: At the 4J Studios annual awards dinner held by scottishathletics in Glasgow's Hilton Hotel, Laura Muir was named Athlete of the Year and Owen Miller Para Athlete of the Year, Other athlete awards went to Kane Elliott (Under-20), Katie Johnson (Under-17) and Stefanie Reid (Masters). Josh Kerr was awarded the George Dallas Memorial Award  and the Tom Stillie Award went to Gerry Gaffney for his important involvement in health & safety enabling the return to competition this year. The Eddie Campbell award for hill running went to Fife AC's Isla Hedley.

GIFFNOCK NORTH RETAIN OUR UNDER 13 TEAM CHALLENGE

Giffnock North AC have retained our Under 13 Club of the Year title in the first of our Club Challenges.

 

Based on their athletes' position in the annual ranking lists, scored on 10 points for first to 1 point for 10th, Giffnock North were clear winners, boosted by the performances of Calum Dick, Angus Weir, Sarah McNulty and Zander Summerhill, who all placed in the top 20 in the individual SATS Challenge.

 

Cumbernauld AAC rose from 10th in 2019 to capture second position with Team East Lothian in third.

 

See how all the clubs fared in our Club of the Year page.

 

 

EMMA CLARK WINS THE SATS CHALLENGE UNDER 13 TITLE

Emma Clark (53) wins the Scottish Under 13 100m title. Photo courtesy of Bobby Gavin.
Emma Clark (53) wins the Scottish Under 13 100m title. Photo courtesy of Bobby Gavin.

6 October 2021. We have the result of our first category in the SATS Challenge for 2021, the Under 13 Athlete of the Year. There were three very strong candidates at the top of the leaderboard with Giffnock North’s Calum Dick who has dominated the 800 metres this year placing third. In second was the multi-talented Elgin athlete Holly Whittaker, who set new Scottish records in the 70 metres hurdles. But our winner of the Under 13 SATS Challenge, and the first sprinter to win the title, is Larkhall YMCA Harrier Emma Clark. Emma won the Scottish 100m and 200m titles by huge margins, winning the 100m by 0.69 seconds and the 200m by 1.40 seconds.

 

Emma takes her place alongside previous winners Owen Ashall (2014), Kirsty Costello (2015), Emma Johnson (2016), Meghan Porterfield (2017 and 2018) and Courtney Fraser (2019). Four of the titles have gone to throwers, but in this strange athletics year, not one thrower appeared in our top 20.

 

You can see the full top 20 here

IT'S BACK! THE RETURN OF THE SATS CHALLENGE!

The summer season is over, one of the strangest seasons track and field has encountered. So that means just one thing ... the return of the SATS CHALLENGE.

 

After a gap of one year, we have had enough competitions to establish the SATS CHALLENGE Athletes of the Year and Teams of the Year.

 

The first category will be the Under 13s - coming this week.

ATHLETES ON THE MOVE: September 2021 Club Changes

The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 September 2021:

Jennifer Allan, Fife AC to Pitreavie AAC; Lisa Christy, VP Glasgow AC to Corstorphine AC; Chris Earl, Dundee Road Runners to Dundee Hawkhill Harriers; Josie-Wren Golder, Perth Strathtay Harriers to Corstorphine AAC; Jonathan Kennedy, Law & District AC to Harmeny AC; Stephen Leek, Livingston AC to Edinburgh AC; Gabriel  McFarlane, Ross County AC to Elgin AAC; Harris McNicol, North Ayrshire AAC to Kilmarnock H∾ Innes McNicol, North Ayrshire AAC to Kilmarnock H∾ Roy Obaisiuwa, Kilbarchan AAC to VP Glasgow AC; Millie O'Neill, Springburn Harriers to Central AC; Robert Turner, Edinburgh AC to Musselburgh & District AC.

GEORGE SINCLAIR

Sad to report the passing of George Sinclair, seen receiving Honorary Life Membership of scottishathletics from Menzies Campbell (photo: Bobby Gavin). 

 

Here is a link to the tribute on the Edinburgh AC website.

MUIR/KERR HEADLINE SCOTTISH OLYMPIC SUCCESS

8 August 2021. The 2020 Olympic Games are over. For the Scottish track and field athletes, this was a major success. The first medals in individual events for 33 years, the largest Scottish contingent to compete in Olympic finals (double figures for the first time).

 

Pride of place goes to our medal winners, both achieving their glory with personal bests and national records. For Laura Muir, the greatest satisfaction. The hard work paying off. This was her 8th attempt at a medal on the world outdoor stage: From 16th in the 3000m at the 2012 World Juniors, SF World 2013, 5th World 2015, 7th Olympic 2016, 4th 1500 World 2017, 6th 5000 World 2017, 5th World 2019 and now the silver medal in a superbly run race in a new British record of 3:54.50, bettering her own record set five years ago. She has now run over 3 seconds faster at the event than any other British athlete.

 

The men's 1500m provided 2 Scottish athletes in the final for the first time in Olympic history. Both, on their day, are capable of medals. This time it was Josh Kerr in a majestic Scottish record of 3:29.05. Only Mo Farah has run faster amongst British athletes. The Scottish record had been held by John Robson at 3:33.83 for 38 years until Chris O'Hare then Jake Wightman bettered it. Jake reduced it below 3:30 to 3:29.47 in 2020. Now Josh holds the record and the bronze medal, the first 1500m medal won by a Scot since John McGough in 1906. Jake, 5th in the World 1500m final in 2019, will be disappointed with 10th in his first Olympics, but he can come back stronger.

 

Jemma Reekie was so close to joining them on the podium. 0.09 seconds - time it, that was the fine margin between success and an outstanding run. A personal best of 1:56.90 in the Olympic 800m final, but finding herself behind one of the most surprising of British medal-winners, an inspired Keely Hodgkinson. 

 

Eilish McColgan produced a top ten finish in an excellent time, although not in the event in which she was most experienced. She came from the disappointment of a jostling 5000m heat to produce her highest-placed finish in her 3rd Olympic Games, the first time she had run 10000 metres in a major championship. Andrew Butchart was never in contention for a medal but after missing the entire 2020 track year, he was over ten seconds faster than anything else he had produced this year. On paper, he was 14th fastest this year of the 16 finalists so to finish in eleventh position was an excellent performance.

 

Beth Dobbin equalled her season's best of 22.78 in qualifying from her heat but the semi-final was the most that could have been expected, with 22.26 as the slowest of the non-automatic qualifiers for the final. Nicole Yeargin was unfortunate to be disqualified for a lane infringement when she had otherwise qualified from her 400m heat but she produced three solid relay runs of 50.69, 50.59 and 50.44 and raced in both the 4x400m finals. Zoey Clark was unfortunate not to compete in either the mixed or women's 4x400 finals after her runs of 50.49 and 50.94 from leg 2 in the heats. 

 

Our marathon runners struggled in the heat and humidity of Sapporo, although for Callum Hawkins it appears it was injury that affected his run. Stephanie Davis, in her first international championship, came through strongly for her 39th placing, having been 65th at the halfway point. For Steph Twell that must have been a tough gig with no respite from the heat and humidity. Its not the way she would have wanted her 3rd Olympics to end but it speaks volumes that she stuck in and completed the course when the race was not going the way she would have planned.

 

For a complete record of Scottish athletes at all the Olympic Games, follow this link. And for a record of Scots at all the major international championships, click here.

ATHLETES ON THE MOVE: August 2021 Club Changes

The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 August 2021:

 

Adom Akuoko, Dunfermline T&F AC to Pitreavie AAC; Matthew Flynn, Shettleston Harriers to Giffnock North AC; Robin Howie, Wharfdale Runners to Highland Hill Runners; Hannah Little, Edinburgh AC to Lasswade AC; Cara-Jay Murdoch, Larkhall YMCA Harriers to Law & District AC; Monica Padilla, Wharfdale Runners to Highland Hill Runners; Lucy Somerville  Cumbernauld AAC to Shettleston Harriers; Andrew Thomson, PH Racing Club to Fife AC; Angus Wlkinson, Calderglen Harriers to East Kilbride AC.

LAURA MUIR SMASHES SCOTTISH 800m RECORD - 1:56.73!

MONACO, 9 July 2021. Just after announcing her withdrawal from the 800 metres at the Olympic Games to focus solely on the 1500 metres, Laura Muir bettered Lynsey Sharp's Scottish record of 1:57.69 by 0.96 seconds with victory at the Herculis Diamond League meeting in 1:56.73. Jemma Reekie was also under 1:57 racing to 1:56.96 for a Scots 1-2. 

 

The pacemaker Sahily Diago Mesa took the field through a rapid 54.80 with Reekie 5th in 56.4 and Muir two places back in 56.7 but as they hit 600 metres, the two Scots had moved up two places. Muir produced a final 200 metres of 30.0 seconds to break the field as the first three all recorded personal bests.

 

An elated Muir said: "I just thought "just run as fast as you can! This is Monaco, I know I am in great shape". This is my last race before Tokyo, so I just wanted to give it my best and put on paper the sort of shape that I know I am in and I am just so happy with that.

Running 1:56 is giving me huge confidence for Tokyo. I will only be running the 1500m now, I decided that only a couple of days ago, but yes, I couldn't have asked for a better performance today ahead of the 1500 in Tokyo.

Having a training partner like Jemma is huge, Jemma has made me a much faster 800m runner. We push each other so much and we've both run 1:56, so I have definitely become faster because of her.

I am going to go home tomorrow, have a week at home before flying out to Tokyo and just train as hard as I can, so I am in even better shape in Tokyo. I want to win a medal, that is all I am focusing on."

 

The Olympic 1500 metres has all the makings of a great race, as Faith Kipyegon sped to an impressive 3:51.07 victory this evening ahead of Sifan Hassan.

EILISH MCCOLGAN SETS NEW BRITISH 5000m RECORD

1 July 2021, OSLO: With an improvement of almost 18 seconds on her own Scottish record of 14:46.17 at the Oslo Bislett Games and Diamond League meeting at Oslo, Eilish McColgan also bettered Paula Radcliffe's British record of 14:29.11.  *subject to usual ratification procedures

12 SCOTS IN TEAM GB OLYMPIC SQUAD + 5 AT EURO U23

29 June 2021. 12 Scots are included in the Great Britain & Northern Ireland team of 72 athletes nominated to the British Olympic Association today. The 12 consist of 8 women and 4 men and all are either track or road athletes, with no Scottish representatives in the field events.

 

The number has only been bettered at the 1908 London Olympics (17) and 2016 Rio Olympics (15). Eilish McColgan is selected for her third Olympics, equalling the record appearances by a Scot held by David Jenkins, Lee McConnell and, of course, Liz McColgan.

 

The Scots selected are:

Women

200 metres Beth Dobbin (Edinburgh AC)

400 metres Nicole Yeargin (Pitreavie AAC)

800 metres Jemma Reekie (Kilbarchan AAC) & Laura Muir (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers)

1500 metres Laura Muir (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers)

5000 metres Eilish McColgan (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers)

10000 metres Eilish McColgan (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers)

Marathon Stephanie Davis (Clapham Chasers) & Stephanie Twell (Aldershot Farnham & District AC)

4x100 metres relay Beth Dobbin (Edinburgh AC)

4x400 metres relay Zoey Clark (Thames Valley Harriers) & Nicole Yeargin (Pitreavie AAC)

 

Men

1500 metres Josh Kerr (Edinburgh AC) & Jake Wightman (Edinburgh AC)

5000 metres Andrew Butchart (Central AC)

Marathon Callum Hawkins (Kilbarchan AAC)

 

Also selected today was the team for the European Under-23 Championships to be held in Tallinn, Estonia on 8-11 July. Scots named in the 54-strong team are:

 

Women

100 metres Alisha Rees (Edinburgh AC)

200 metres Georgina Adam (Loughborough Students AC)

1500 metres Erin Wallace (Giffnock North AC)

3000 metres steeplechase Sarah Tait (Lasswade AAC)

4x100 metres relay Georgina Adam & Alisha Rees

 

Men

10000 metres David Melville (Harvard University)

ATHLETES ON THE MOVE: July 2021 Club Changes

The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 July 2021:

Howie Allison, Musselburgh & Dist AC to Team East Lothian; Sophie Collins, Hunters Bog Trotters to Costorphine AAC; Ellie Douglas, Larkhall YMCA Harriers to Law & District AC; Tamsin Fowlie, Aberdeen AAC to Elgin AAC; Kieran Halliday, Central AC to Cumbernauld AAC; Murran Mackay, Red Star AC to Perth Strathtay Harriers; Alasdair McLeod, Shettleston Harriers to Ochill Hill Runners; Lucie Nicoll, Arbroath & Dist AC to Dundee Hawkhill Harriers; Daniel Nicoll, Arbroath & Dist AC to Dundee Hawkhill Harriers; Mark Nixon, Romsey RR to Edinburgh AC; Liam Nolan, Forth Valley Flyers to Falkirk Victoria Harriers; Kirsty Oliver, Linlithgow AC to Airdrie Harriers; Thomas Otton, Gala Harriers to Carnethy Hill Racing Club; Nicole Proudfoot, Annan & Dist AC to Kilbarchan AAC; Kieran Pugh, Ayr Seaforth AC to Law & Dist AAC; Arron Sparks, Westerlands CCC to Highland Hill Runners; Isla Steel, Pitreavie AAC to Dunfermline T&F AC; Charlotte Steele, VP Glasgow AC to Law & Dist AAC; Ryan Stewart, Shettleston Harriers to Scottish Dental Runners.

EILIDH DOYLE ANNOUNCES HER RETIREMENT

Eilidh Doyle winning relay silver at 2019 World Indoor Championships (Photo: Bobby Gavin)
Eilidh Doyle winning relay silver at 2019 World Indoor Championships (Photo: Bobby Gavin)

2 June. Eilidh Doyle, Scotland's most medalled athlete on the international stage, has announced her retirement from competition today. In a sparkling career, Eilidh won 17 medals at major championships - 3 gold at European and European indoor championships, 8 silver (3 World, 2 European, 3 Commonwealth) and 6 bronze (Olympic, 3 World and 2 European). Her tally puts her top of Scotland's international  medal winners:

1. Eilidh CHILD/DOYLE 17

2. Angela MUDGE (Hill Running) 14

2= Yvonne MURRAY, John Suttie SMITH (Cross Country) & Lee MCCONNELL 11

 

In addition, Eilidh won four British titles at 400m hurdles and 3 at indoor 400m. She has 4 Scottish titles to her name and led the Scottish rankings at 400m hurdles for eleven straight years between 2008 and 2018.

 

Eilidh announced her retirement as follows:

ATHLETES ON THE MOVE: June 2021 Club Changes

Henry Clarkson's move from Liverpool to Edinburgh and Joel McFarlane's return to Arbroath are among this month's club changes. The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 June 2021:

Stephen Allen, Motherwell AC to Cumbernauld AAC; Katie Alexander, Musselburgh & Dist AC  to Team East Lothian; Ava Beaton, Greenock Glenpark Harriers to Inverclyde AC; Gillian Carr, Corstorphine AAC to Moorfoot Runners; Dean Carr, Corstorphine AAC to Moorfoot Runners; Theo Carter, Shettleston Harriers to Cambuslang Harriers; Henry Clarkson, Liverpool Harriers & AC to Edinburgh AC; Charlie Copp, Musselburgh & Dist AC  to Team East Lothian; Andrew Gibson, Shettleston Harriers to Dumfries RC; Jennifer Glass, Hunters Bog Trotters to Deeside Runners; Scott Hannaway, Greenock Glenpark Harriers to Dundee Hawkhill Harriers; Richard Masson, Metro Aberdeen RC to Peterhead AC; Joel McFarlane, Central AC to Arbroath & Dist AC; Sharon McNicol, Troon Tortoises to Kilmarnock Harriers; Ross Munro, Ross County AC to Inverness Harriers; Emma Pedrana, Inverness Harriers to Pitreavie AAC; Alan Risk,  Carnethy Hill RC to Portobello RC; Emily Strathdee, Bristol & West AC to Edinburgh AC; Mark Thistelthwaite, Garscube Harriers to Shettleston Harriers; Alison Wilson, Inverness Harriers AC to Highland Hill Runners .

DOUBLE GAMES QUALIFIER FOR YEARGIN

LOS ANGELES, 16 May. The battle for Commonwealth Games spots is hotting up and USA-based Nicole Yeargin boosted her chances with a 200m/400m double at the PAC-12 Championships in Los Angeles. Having improved to 51.99 earlier this year - just 0.01 off the 51.98 standard - Yeargin took third place in the 400m with 51.39, moving her to 6th in the all-time lists. She followed that up later in the day with a 23.17 200m for 5th place, a time that puts her 5th all-time and his her second mark inside the Games qualifying mark of 23.24.  During the week, Beth Dobbin had opened her season with a 23.06 qualifier.

ATHLETES ON THE MOVE: May 2021 Club Changes

The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 May 2021:

Nicole Cameron, Whitemoss AAC to VP-Glasgow AC; Coirilidh Cook, Central AC to Aberdeen AAC; Gracie Gray-Giles, Ellon AAC to Aberdeen AAC; Mark Hand, Motherwell AC to Law & District AC; Simone Imrie, Garscube Harriers to Dundee Hawkhill Harriers; Angela Mudge, Carnethy HRC to Ochil Hill Runners; Ross Macdonald, Motherwell AC to Law & District AC; Sophie Sinclair, VP Glasgow AC to Springburn Harriers; Emily Stratton, Fife AC to Falkirk Victoria Harriers; Emma Sutherland, Metro Aberdeen RC to JSK RC; James Waldie, Hunters Bog Trotters to Perth RR; Stephen Webb, Clapham Chasers to Linlithgow AC; Marianne Wilson, North Highland Harriers to Bellahouston Harriers.

MARTIN HYMAN, 1933-2021

TRIBUTE TO MARTIN HYMAN - by Mel Watman

Martin Hyman, who died on April 3 aged 87, admitted that as a runner his "physical abilities were very limited." He possessed so little natural speed that he never ran faster than 57.5 for 440 yards, nor could he break 2 minutes for the half mile. And yet by sheer perseverance and application, he became a world class distance runner, setting a UK record for 6 miles in 1961, placing third in the International Cross Country Championship earlier that year and going close to medals at the 1958 Commonwealth Games and 1962 European Champs.

 

His early life was perilous. Born in Southampton on 3 July 1933, he was evacuated to Jersey when war broke out – but that was a very dangerous place for him to be, for his father had been a Jewish trade union official in Germany and had they not fled back to the mainland a week or two before the German Army occupied the Channel Islands they surely would not have survived. In a profile by John Cobley, Hyman admitted "I was a useless runner; I had very little talent apart from great determination. Because I was a weak and sickly child and wanted to prove I could do something, I was full of determination to get better."

 

He entered Southampton University in 1951, aged 18, and the following year joined the university's cross country club. On the track he began with a modest 15:22.1 for 3 miles in 1953 but improved drastically to 14:37.8 a year later as a member of Portsmouth AC. After graduating he was called up for National Service but declared himself a conscientious objector and instead served in an ambulance unit in Austria, dealing with Hungarian refugees who had left their country after the Soviet invasion. By the time he returned to Southampton University for a teaching diploma course, his track times had improved out of all recognition. In 1957 ran ran 13:57.4 for 3 miles and 29:30.6 for 6 miles and in 1958 he clocked 13:34.0 (the day after his wedding!) and 28:18.8. That was the year he gained his first international vest, placing fourth in the Commonwealth Games 6 miles, up with the three medallists until the bell, despite wearing an unsuitable pair of spikes which left him blooded and blistered.

 

He and clubmate Bruce Tulloh, both of them self-coached after absorbing all the training information they could find, became two of Britain's most consistent and successful distance runners over the next few years. Hyman, who attracted attention off the track also in his role as a leading member of CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament), ran his fastest 3 miles time of 13:29.2 in 1959 and at the following year's Olympics in Rome he finished ninth in the 10,000m after leading briefly shortly after halfway and in medal contention up to 7000m. He did well to make the team as his training was severely curtailed by illness and injury in the eight months prior to the Games.

 

HIs big year was 1961. He was set up nicely for the track season after placing third in the International Cross Country Championship, and a May Bank Holiday crowd of over 25,000 at the White City witnessed Hyman smash Stan Eldon's British record of 28:05.0 with 27:54.4, just missing Murray Halberg's Commonwealth record 27:52.2. As I reported for Athletics Weekly at the time, Hyman "planned and executed his six miles campaign in a manner befitting his near neighbour in Alton (Hampshire), Field Marshal Montgomery." With his distinctive high stepping action and running his usual even paced race, he covered the first half in 13:58.0, the second in 13:56.4. In other races that season, he and Basil Heatley deliberately dead-heated in first place at 6 miles against the USA and 10,000m against West Germany. He even ran a decent mile time of 4:12.5, and he ended the year on a high note by winning the prestigious "Round The Houses" New Year's Eve 7.3k road race in São Paulo, defeating Abebe Bikila no less.

 

Hyman improved his 6 miles time in 1962 when third at the AAA Champs in 27:52.0 behind Roy Fowler and Mike Bullivant whose joint 27:49.8 broke Hyman's UK record. At the European Champs, appointed team captain, he equalled his 10,000m pb of 29:02.0 but, gallingly, was just edged out of the bronze medal by team-mate Roy Fowler with the same time. He had quite an adventurous year, for he tried the steeplechase for the first time (9:21.8) and ran his first and only marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Perth, finishing ninth in 2:32:06 five days after his fifth place in the 6 miles. He had never run further than 11 miles before!

 

The 1964 AAA 6 miles proved to be a great race as Mike Bullivant lowered the UK record to 27:26.44 ahead of Ron Hill (27:27.01), Jim Hogan (27:35.03) and Hyman in a career best of 27:36.09. Controversially, Hyman did not get selected for the Tokyo Olympics. Hogan repres-ented Ireland at that time but young Fergus Murray won the third place in the British team even though his best 6M time was 28:11.8 ... and Hyman's distinguished international career was at an end. He was at the time Chairman of the International Athletes' Club and because of his constant campaigning for a better deal for athletes he was not popular with the powers-that-be. "That was the reason I wasn't selected. And I was never selected after that. It was totally political."     

 

He continued racing for several years for his beloved Portsmouth AC (he was a member for 65 years), before moving to Scotland in 1979 and joining Livingston & District AAC and co-founding Lothian Running Club. There he combined his duties as a biology teacher until retirement with coaching young athletes and working with the British Orienteering Squad, which he founded, and the hill running community. He could look back on a fine career, made all the more remarkable as he was burdened with asthma in the winter and hay fever in the summer. Ever modest about his achievements, he remarked: "I do not care much for what I have done as an athlete. My preoccupation is with coaching." For more than 35 years he held a weekly training session in Edinburgh, encouraging his athletes to explore the options open to them. "My aim as a coach is to move away from the traditional coach role of telling youngsters what to do and towards empowering youngsters to decide where they want to go and to think about how best to get there." Countless men and women welcomed his approach and have become runners for life. That is his true legacy.

 

With thanks to Mel Watman for use of this tribute to Martin Hyman, first published in Athletics International.

 

Martin Hyman, 3 July 1933 - 3 April 2021

ATHLETES ON THE MOVE: April 2021 Club Changes

The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 April 2021:

 

Sophia Graham, Arbroath & Dist AC to Dundee Hawkhill Harriers; Mark Harris, Anster Haddies to Fife AC; Ella  Nicholson, Musselburgh & Dist AC to Team East Lothian; Iona  Robertson, Moray RR to Highland Hill Runners; Rory Voss, Dunfermline Track & Field AC to Pitreavie AAC; Gemma Wade, Arbroath & Dist AC to Dundee Hawkhill Harriers.

BETH POTTER BETTERS WORLD RECORD TIME FOR 5KM!

BARROWFORD, 3 April 2021.

Beth Potter ran a time faster than the current world women's 5km record at a race in the Lancashire village of Barrowford when she clocked a time of 14 minutes 41 seconds on Saturday. 

 

Only Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei has ever run faster - recording 14:32 during a 10km race in Prague in 2017. However, 5km road racing has only been recognised as an official world record event since January 2018, meaning Potter may have set a world record time.

 

That mark is currently held by steeplechase world champion Beatrice Chepkoech, who ran 14:43 at the Monaco Run in February.

 

Potter's time at the Podium 5km event may not be ratified as a world record by World Athletics if there was an absence of anti-doping officers or any irregularities in the size of laps and the course measurement.

 

ATHLETES ON THE MOVE: March 2021 Club Changes

The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 March 2021:

Lauren Abbott, Moray RR to Elgin AAC; Ethan Brown, Joshua Liddell, John Marshall and Anna Smart, Haddington RC to Team East Lothian; Matthew Chandler, Central AC to Kilbarchan AAC; Ben KrievsAndrew Irvine and Sophie Rhodes, Dunbar RC to Team East Lothian; Max Rickis, Donald Ross, Eily Sinclair and Alva Taylor, Musselburgh & Dist AC to Team East Lothian; Alice Robertson  Edinburgh AC to VP Glasgow AC; Vicki White, Vegan Runners to Hunters Bog Trotters.

NEW SCOTTISH INDOOR RECORD FOR JAKE WIGHTMAN

FEBRUARY 13, NEW YORK: Jake Wightman set a new Scottish indoor 1500 metres record at the New Balance indoor grand prix meeting at New York's Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex.  Wightman set the pace in an attempt on Peter Elliott's long-standing British record of 3:34.20 set in 1990. Miawad (USA) set the pace going through 400m in 56.89 before Jake took over the lead, passing 800m in 1:54.40 and 1200m in 2:54.05, but he could not keep it going as his final 300m took 44.03 as he was overtaken by Australian Oliver Hoare's 41.67. Hoare won in 3:32.35 but Jake's time of 3:34.48, the second fastest time by a Briton, saw him break Josh Kerr's Scottish record of 3:35.72.

MUIR REGAINS BRITISH RECORD IN WORLD RECORD RACE

LIEVIN, FRA : 9 February 2021. Laura Muir bettered 4 minutes for the indoor 1500 metres for the first time indoors, setting British and Scottish records of 3:59.58, yet found herself over six seconds behind the Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay, who set a new world record of 3:53.09. There was a swift early pace, 58.97 at 400 and 2:05.94 at 800 and with three laps to go Tsegay held a four-second lead over Muir, passing 1000m in 2:37.36. Tsegay, the world bronze medallist, held her pace and took more than two seconds off Dibaba's world indoor record. Muir, in her first race of the year, regained her British and Scottish records from Jemma Reekie. Reekie, meantime, was in fine form, opening her year with an 800m victory in 2:00.64.

OVER 60 YEARS OF SCOTTISH RANKINGS

8 February 2021. One of the features of the website is our Archive section in which you can find championship 1-2-3s, district championships, schools championships and progressive best performances, as well as details of over 11,000 athletes who have featured in the Scottish ranking lists since the firsts lists were published for the 1959 year.

 

 

Our rankings archive has been brought up to date and you can now see how athletics has progressed since 1959, men and women, showing the annual top ten in each event.

 

 

Over 60 years of Scottish top tens in two documents - one for men, one for women. You can find the links to the publications at this link.

 

 

ATHLETES ON THE MOVE: February 2021 Club Changes

The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 February 2021: 

Allan Cameron, Motherwell AC to Cumbernauld AAC; Stephen Croft, Edinburgh AC to Carnethy Hill Racing Club; Oliver Elder, Shettleston Harriers to Airdrie Harriers; Bryan Mckenna, Buxton AC to Carnethy Hill Racing Club; Lauren McNair, Motherwell AC to Law & District AAC; Lesley Ross, Motherwell AC To Cumbernauld AAC.

DORIS TYNDALL, 1940-2020

News has reached me of the passing of Doris Tyndall, pictured here (no. 39) at the 1961 Scottish Championships. Doris was an extremely talented runner in her teens, representing Tayside AAC, and was a member of the Scottish Commonwealth Games team at Cardiff in 1958 at the age of 18, running in the 100 yards and 220 yards,  and a member of the sprint relay team which finished 5th in the 4 x 110 yards final.  She won the Scottish 100 yards championship in 1958 in 11.5 and took the 220y title that year (25.6) and the following year (25.8). She was a silver medallist on 5 occasions and bronze once.  She recorded a sprint double at the inaugural intermediate championships in 1955, defending her 220 yards title the following year.

Doris Millicent Tyndall, b.  Carnoustie, 31 March 1940; d. Dundee, 2020.

LOCKDOWN READING PUBLICATIONS BY JOHN KEDDIE

29 January 2021. John Keddie has been active during lockdown and his latest publication is  Scotland's Track and Field Olympians, Part 1 - 1896-1980.  The book identifies and describes the performances of Scottish track and field athletes who competed in the Olympic Games between 1896 and 1980, telling the story of Scots or descendants of Scots, who took part in Olympic track and field athletics.

 

He has also produced an update of Then Came A Cloud, the story of K. G. Macleod, whom he describes as Scotland's Greatest Sporting All-rounder, the book first being published in 2016. 

 

Both are available through Amazon and Lulu.com and enquiries can also be sent to john at the email address: sshp.johnkeddie@yahoo.com. 

 

Finally, there's a new edition of his book on Eric Liddell, Running the Race, first published in 2007 and now available in an updated 2020 edition from Christian Focus Publications.

 

You can find the publications on Amazon at the following link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=john+w+keddie&ref=nb_sb_noss

 

LAURA, JAKE TOP SCOTS IN WORLD ATHLETICS RANKINGS

4 January 2021. As the Covid pandemic played havoc with the 2020 outdoor season, there is no SATS Athlete of the Year or Club of the Year tables for 2020.  World Athletics do maintain world ranking lists and Laura Muir is the highest placed Scot, 36th in the women's rankings. Jake Wightman is top Scot on the mem's side, ranked 150th.  Here are the leading Scottish athletes at the end of 2020 (2019 position in brackets):

Pos Men Pts Women Pts
 1 Jake WIGHTMAN (1) 1316 Laura MUIR (1) 1386 
 2 Callum HAWKINS (3) 1267 Lynsey SHARP (3) 1287
 3 Josh KERR (2) 1242 Jemma REEKIE (4) 1286
 4 Guy LEARMONTH (5) 1222 Eilish McCOLGAN (2) 1285
 5 Andrew BUTCHART (4) 1209 Beth DOBBIN (5) 1239
 6 Chris O'HARE (7) 1187 Stephanie TWELL (6) 1227
 7 Neil GOURLEY (6) 1185 Sarah INGLIS (7) 1146
 8 William GRIMSEY (8) 1136 Stephanie DAVIS (14) 1135
 9 David SMITH (16) 1120 Nikki MANSON (12) 1129
10 Jax THOIRS (9) 1117 Zoey CLARK (8) 1122
11 Nick PERCY (10) 1117 Heather PATON (9) 1119
12 Allan SMITH (11) 1108 Alisha REES (11) 1110

COVID LOCKDOWN UPDATE

4 January 2021. New lockdown measures have been introduced across mainland Scotland for the remainder of January. Here is an update on the athletics situation:

https://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/covid-19-update-our-advice-on-latest-lockdown-measures/

2020 SCOTTISH RANKINGS NOW UPLOADED

31 December 2020. 2020 has been a year like no other.  The SATS Athlete of the Year and Club of the Year have been cancelled but will hopefully resume in 2021. We do, however, have our annual rankings for 2020 which have less depth than previous years as the outdoor season was almost non-existent. You can find the rankings by following the rankings link above, or by clicking on the links below:

Senior Men  Senior Women

Junior Men  Junior Women

ATHLETES ON THE MOVE: January 2021 Club Changes

The following changes of club have been approved by scottishathletics with effect from 1 January 2021: 

Aaron Glendinning, Gala Harriers to Tweed Leader Jed Track; Gavin Morrison, Inverclyde AC to Greenock Glenpark Harriers; Sophie Wallwork, Pitreavie AAC to Dundee Hawkhill Harriers; Colin Whitby, Irvine RC to Garscube Harriers.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES SELECTION POLICY ANNOUNCED

1 December 2020. The scottishathletics selection policy for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham has been announced. You can see the policy in our Commonwealth Games pages in the Scotland section or by clicking here.

 

The selection standards follow the same system as recent Games with the standards aimed to be equivalent to a top six placing in the final of an event, based on recent Games results.

 

There are spaces in the team for 23 athletes to be selected. This is the same number as competed at the last Games in England, in Manchester in 2002.

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