BRITISH RECORDS - WOMEN

The Scottish WAAA was not formed until 1930, some years after the WAAA of England. What has constituted a "British" record has varied over the years, so the lists on which the following information has been based are those performances which have been accepted as legitimate by statisticians. Performances that were not ratified for specific reasons have not been included.

 

This page details all Scottish holders of British women's records, starting from the position in 1922. See Separate pages for men's records and indoor records.

100 YARDS
 Athlete  Performance   Venue  Held from   Held to 
 None        
 100 METRES
 Jennifer Smart

11.5 

 Oberhausen, GER 1/09/1961  2/10/1963 
220 YARDS
 None        
 200 METRES
 Jennifer Smart

23.6 

 Oberhausen, GER  1/09/1961  4/08/62 
 Helen Golden

23.1 

 Edinburgh (M) 7/09/1973  30/06/1974 
 Helen Golden

23.0 

 Warsaw, POL 30/06/1974  2/05/1976 
 Fully-automatic timing
 Helen Golden

23.14 

 Edinburgh (M)  7/09/1973   2/05/1976 
440 YARDS
 None         
400 METRES
 Linsey Macdonald

51.16 

 London (CP) 15/06/1980  27/06/1980 
880 YARDS
 None        
800 METRES
 Rosemary Stirling

2:00.15 

 Munich, GER  3/09/1972  4/08/1979 
1000 METRES
 Mary Stewart 2:39.42   London (CP)  25/05/1976  9/09/1977 
 Evelyn McMeekin 2:38:44   London (CP) 23/08/1978  27/06/1980 
1500 METRES
 Laura Muir 3:57.49   London (O)  22/07/2016  27/08/2016 
 Laura Muir 3:55.22   Paris, FRA 27/08/2016  still held 
ONE MILE
 None        
2000 METRES
 Yvonne Murray 5:29.58   London (CP) 11/07/1986  8/07/1994 
 Yvonne Murray 5:26.93   Edinburgh (M) 8/07/1994  still held 
2 MILES
 None        
3000 METRES
 None        
5000 METRES
 None        
10000 METRES
 Elizabeth Lynch 31:41.42   Edinburgh (M)  28/07/1986  4/09/1987 
 Elizabeth Lynch 31:19.82   Rome, ITA 4/09/1987   2/07/1988 
 Elizabeth McColgan (Lynch) 31:06.99   Oslo, NOR 2/07/1988  26/06/1991 
 Elizabeth McColgan 30:57.07   Hengelo, NED  26/06/1991  4/04/1998 
MARATHON
 Dale Greig 3:27:45   Ryde, Isle of Wight 23/05/1964  19/10/1975 
100 YARDS HURDLES
 Laura Greig 14.4y   Glasgow (IP) 16/06/1931  metric 
80 METRES HURDLES
 None        
100 METRES HURDLES
 None        
200 METRES HURDLES
 None        
400 METRES HURDLES
 Elizabeth Sutherland 57.59   Edinburgh (M) 25/08/1977  20/05/1978 
2000 METRES STEEPLECHASE
 Eleanor Waite 6:27.33   Houston TX, USA  20/05/2010  (note) 
 no longer recognised as an official record event
3000 METRES STEEPLECHASE
 None        
HIGH JUMP
 Moira Maguire 1.87   Edinburgh (M) 11/05/1980  17/05/1980 
POLE VAULT
 None        
LONG JUMP
 None        
TRIPLE JUMP
 None        
SHOT PUT
 Margaret Ritchie 16.40   Athens, GRE 14/05/1978  3/06/1979 
 Margaret Ritchie 16.84 #   Tucson AZ, USA 28/03/1980  14/06/1980 
 Margaret Ritchie 18.06   Tucson AZ, USA 26/03/1983  7/05/1983 
 Margaret Ritchie 18.99 #   Tucson AZ, USA 7/05/1983  25/05/1986 
 Ritchie's 16.84 and 18.99 were never ratified as British records
DISCUS
 Rosemary Payne 157'8½/48.07   Birmingham (A) 19/09/1964  20/09/1964 
 Rosemary Payne 158'3½/48.24   Ruislip 20/09/1964  10/07/1965 
 Rosemary Payne 158'5½/48.30   Oxford 10/07/1965  11/07/1965 
 Rosemary Payne 159'9½/48.71   Birmingham (S) 11/07/1965  30/07/1965 
 Rosemary Payne 159'10"/48.72   London (WC) 30/07/1965  13/08/1965 
 Rosemary Payne 159'10"/48.72   London (WC) 13/08/1965  22/08/1965 
 Rosemary Payne 163'9"/49.90   Fontainbleau, FRA 22/08/1965  17/06/1966 
 Rosemary Payne 167'1"/50.94   London (WC) 17/06/1966  28/06/1969 
 Rosemary Payne 167'5½/51.04   Birmingham (PB) 28/06/1969  28/06/1969 
 Rosemary Payne 170'2"/51.88   Birmingham (PB) 28/06/1969  20/07/1963 
 Rosemary Payne 171'4"/52.22   Leicester 28/07/1969  16/08/1969 
 Rosemary Payne 171'4"/52.22   Middlesbrough 16/08/1969  29/04/1970 
 Rosemary Payne 171'7"/52.30   Birmingham (Un) 29/04/1970  17/05/1970 
 Rosemary Payne 55.04/180'7"   The Hague, NED 17/05/1970  7/05/1972 
 Rosemary Payne 56.90   Birmingham (PB) 7/05/1972  3/06/1972 
 Rosemary Payne 58.02   Birmingham (PB) 3/06/1972  3/09/1977 
 Margaret Ritchie 58.36   Coatbridge 3/09/1977  3/09/1977 
 Margaret Ritchie 59.88   Coatbridge 3/09/1977  15/04/1978 
 Margaret Ritchie 60.80   Edinburgh (M) 15/04/1978  1/03/1980 
 Margaret Ritchie 61.88   Las Vegas NV, USA 1/03/1980  15/03/1980 
 Margaret Ritchie 62.76   Tucson AZ, USA 15/03/1980  16/03/1980 
 Margaret Ritchie 63.72   Tucson AZ, USA 16/03/1980  22/03/1980 
 Margaret Ritchie 64.30   Stanford CA, USA 22/03/1980  26/04/1980 
 Margaret Ritchie 65.08 #   Tempe AZ, USA 26/04/1980  19/07/1980 
 Margaret Ritchie 65.96   Gateshead 19/07/1980  26/04/1981 
 Margaret Ritchie 67.48   Walnut CA, USA 26/04/1981   
HAMMER
 Rosemary Payne 32.08 #   Leicester 20/07/1975  20/03/1988 
 Jean Clark 43.58   Watford 18/05/1991  8/06/1991 
 Jean Clark 44.62   Cardiff 8/06/1991  31/07/1991 
 Jean Clark 49.18   Welwyn 31/08/1992  2/09/1992 
JAVELIN
 None        
PENTATHLON
 None        
HEPTATHLON
 None        
4 x 110 YARDS/4 x 100 METRES RELAY
 Elspeth Hay (L1) 47.4   Brussels, BEL 27/08/1950  27/07/1952 
 Helen Golden (L3) 43.68   Sofia, BUL 12/07/1975  22/05/1976 
 Helen Golden (L4) 43.6   Kiev, UKR 22/05/1976  12/06/1976 
 Helen Golden (L4) 43.59   London (CP) 12/06/1976  30/07/1976 
 all as part of British national teams
4 x 220 YARDS/4 x 200 METRES RELAY

 Janette Neil 

 (Pat Sage's team) (L2)

1:37.7y   Aylesbury 8/09/1962  10/06/1967 
4 x 440 YARDS/4 x 400 METRES RELAY

 Barbara Lyall (L1)

3:36.5   London (CP) 12/08/1969  19/09/1969 
 Rosemary Stirling (L1) 3:34.3   Athens, GRE 19/09/1969  20/09/1969 
 Rosemary Stirling (L1) 3:30.82   Athens, GRE 20/09/1969  10/09/1972 
 Rosemary Stirling (L4) 3:30.05   Munich, GER 10/09/1972  10/09/1972 
 Rosemary Stirling (L4) 3:28.74   Munich, GER 10/09/1972  22/06/1975 
 Linsey Macdonald (L2) 3:25.82   Athens, GRE 11/09/1982  11/08/1984 
 Lee McConnell (L3) 3:20.04   Osaka, JPN 2/09/2007   
 all as part of British national teams
3 x 880 YARDS/3 x 800 METRES/4x800 METRES RELAY
 Rosemary Stirling (L1) 6:25.2y   Budapest, HUN 30/07/1967  16/08/1967 
 Rosemary Stirling (L1) 6:21.2   Dusseldorf, GER 16/08/1967  28/08/1967 
 Rosemary Stirling (L1) 6:20.0   London (WC) 28/08/1967  4x800m 

 Margaret MacSherry (L4)

 (Cambridge Harriers)

9:06.4   Harlow 21/06/1969  13/06/1970 
 Rosemary Stirling (L1) 8:26.99   Edinburgh (M) 13/06/1970  5/09/1970 

 Rosemary Stirling (L1)

 Georgena Craig (L2)

8:25.0   London (CP) 5/09/1970  2/10/1971 

 Rosemary Wright (Stirling)   (L4) 

8:23.8   Paris, FRA 2/10/1971  5/06/1992 

 Yvonne Murray (L3)

8:19.9   Sheffield 5/06/1992  27/04/2013 

 Lynsey Sharp (L3)

8:13.46   Philadelphia PA, USA 27/04/2013   
 all as part of British national teams unless stated
4x1500 METRES RELAY
 Scotland 17:34.58   Grangemouth 17/08/2006   
 Freya Murray, Susan Scott, Nicola Gauld, Hayley Parkinson-Ovens

Notes on Venues:

Edinburgh - (M) Meadowbank

Glasgow - (IP) Ibrox Park

Birmingham - (A) Alexander Sports Ground, (PB) Perry Barr, (S) Salford, (Un) University.

London - (CP) Crystal Palace, (O) Olympic Park, (WC) White City

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