BRITISH RECORDS

The idea of a "British Record" was instituted by the AAA in 1887 for a performance made in the United Kingdom, by athletes from anywhere in the world. This type of record was superseded in 1948 by the British (All-Comers') Record, and then by the United Kingdom (All-Comers') Record in 1960.

A "British (National) Record" was instituted by the British Amateur Athletic Board (BAAB) in 1948 for performances made in the United Kingdom, by athletes born in the British Commonwealth. This record type was discontinued in 1960 when the BAAB instituted "United Kingdom (National) Records" which defined performances made anywhere in the world by athletes eligible to represent the United Kingdom in international competition.

 

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 men's records, starting from the position in 1887. See Separate pages for women's records and indoor records.

100 YARDS
 Athlete  Performance   Venue  Held from   Held to 
 James Cowie 10.0   Edinburgh (P) 28/06/1884  17/09/1904 
 Alfred Downer 10.0   London (SB)  4/05/1895  17/09/1904 
 Alfred Downer  10.0   Glasgow (CeP)  20/07/1895   17/09/1904 
 Henry Macintosh

9.8 

 Vienna, AUT  25/07/1913   7/07/1923 
 Eric Liddell

9.8 

 London (SB) 7/07/1923   7/07/1923 
 Eric Liddell

9.7 

 London (SB) 7/07/1923  28/06/1947 
100 METRES
 Henry Macintosh

10.7 

 Vienna, AUT  27/07/1913  6/07/1924 
 Menzies Campbell

10.3 

 Balingen, GER  9/06/1966   20/05/1967 
 Menzies Campbell 

10.2 

 San Jose CA, USA 20/05/1967   3/06/1972 
 Menzies Campbell 

10.2 

 Modesto CA, USA  27/05/1967   3/06/1972 
 Fully-automatic timing
 Allan Wells

10.29 

 Gateshead  9/07/1978   15/07/1978 
 Allan Wells

10.15 

 Edinburgh (M)  15/07/1978  24/07/1980 
 Allan Wells

 10.11 

 Moscow, RUS 24/07/1980  4/06/1986 
220 YARDS
 James Cowie 22.2   London (Cat) 25/07/1885  21/09/1912 
 200 METRES
 David Jenkins

20.3 

 Edinburgh (M)  19/08/1972  AUTO 
 Fully-automatic timing
 David Jenkins

20.66 

 London (CP)  27/08/1973   8/08/1978 
 Allan Wells

20.61 

 Edmonton, CAN  8/08/1978  24/06/1979 
 Allan Wells

 20.56 

 Bremen, GER 24/06/1979  15/08/1979 
 Allan Wells

20.42 

 Zurich, SUI 15/08/1979  1/07/1980 
 Allan Wells 20.35   Oslo, NOR  1/07/1980  28/07/1980 
 Allan Wells 20.21   Moscow, RUS 28/07/1980  3/09/1987 
300 YARDS
 James Cowie 31 3/4   London (SB) 24/06/1885  21/07/1887 
 Alfred Downer 31.4   Glasgow (HP)  10/06/1895   20/06/1908 
 Wyndham Halswelle 31.2   Glasgow (HP)  20/06/1908   26/06/1926 
300 METRES
 David Jenkins

32.6 

 London (CP)  10/05/1972  AUTO 
 Fully-automatic timing
 David Jenkins

32.44 

 London (CP)  4/07/1975   18/08/1984 
440 YARDS
 James Cowie 50.2   London (CP) 1/06/1885  3/07/1886 
 Wyndham Halswelle 48.4   Glasgow (IP)  1/07/1908   7/08/1934 
400 METRES
 Wyndham Halswelle

48.4 

 London (WC)  22/07/1908  11/07/1924 
 Eric Liddell

47.6 

 Paris, FRA  11/07/1924  7/08/1936 
 Fully-automatic timing
 David Jenkins

45.45 

 Helsinki, FIN  13/08/1971   15/07/1972 
 David Jenkins

45.39 

 London (CP) 15/07/1972  16/08/1974 
 David Jenkins

45.18 

 Zurich, SUI 16/08/1974   21/06/1975 
 David Jenkins

44.93 

 Eugene OR, USA 21/06/1975  27/07/1985 
880 YARDS
 None        
800 METRES
 None

 

     
1000 METRES
 None        
1500 METRES
 Ian Stewart 3:39.0   London (WC)  1/09/1969  27/06/1972 
 Peter Stewart 3:39.0   Warsaw, POL 12/09/1970  27/06/1972 
 Peter Stewart 3:38.22   London (CP) 15/07/1972  9/09/1972 
 Frank Clement 3:37.38   Stockholm, SWE 30/07/1974  26/07/1977 
ONE MILE
 Robert Graham 4:12.0   Glasgow (HeP) 20/08/1935  20/06/1936 
 Frank Clement 3:54.95   Stockholm, SWE 30/06/1975  26/06/1977 
 Frank Clement 3:54.2   Oslo, NOR 27/06/1978  20/09/1978 
2000 METRES
 Ian Stewart 5:03.0   London (CP) 4/07/1975  3/06/1978 
2 MILES
 Ian McCafferty 8:33.12   London (WC) 29/05/1967  17/06/1967 
 Peter Stewart 8:26.8   London (CP) 5/09/1970  21/08/1971 
 Ian Stewart 8:22.0   Stockholm, SWE 14/08/1972  27/08/1973 
3000 METRES
 None        
3 MILES
 Ian McCafferty 13:06.4   Dublin, IRL 17/07/1967  13/08/1969 
5000 METRES
 Arthur Robertson 15:01.2   Stockholm, SWE  13/09/1908  25/07/1926 
 Ian Stewart 13:22.8   Edinburgh (M) 25/07/1970  12/06/1971 
6 MILES
 None        
10000 METRES
 None        
10 MILES
 Ian Binnie 50:11.0   Dunoon  28/08/1953  28/04/1956  
ONE HOUR
 Ian Binnie 19,139m   Dunoon  28/08/1953  28/04/1956  
20 MILES
 Jim Alder 1:40:58.4   Walton-on-Thames 17/10/1964  14/10/1972 
 Jim Alder 1:40:50.0   Walton-on-Thames 14/10/1972  1/12/1973 
30,000 METRES
 Jim Alder 1:34:01.8   Walton-on-Thames 17/10/1964  16/10/1965 
 Jim Alder 1:31:30.4   London (CP) 5/09/1970   
MARATHON
 Alastair Wood 2:13:45   Forres-Inverness 9/07/1966  19/05/1968 
120 YARDS HURDLES/110 METRES HURDLES
 Robert Stronach 15.8y   Glasgow (IP) 29/07/1905  4/03/1907 
 Gerard Anderson 15.2y   London (SB) 11/05/1912  7/07/1923 
440 YARDS HURDLES
 David Gracie 52.7   London (WC) 9/08/1952  11/07/1953 
400 METRES HURDLES
Tom Livingstone-Learmonth 54.0   Amsterdam, NED 29/07/1928  30/07/1928 
3000 METRES STEEPLECHASE
 None        
4 x 100 METRES RELAY
 Scotland 39.24   Edmonton, CAN 12/08/1978  4/08/1979 
 David Jenkins, Allan Wells, Cameron Sharp, Drew McMaster
HIGH JUMP
 Alan Paterson 6'5"/1.95   Coventry  15/05/1946  8/06/1946 
 Alan Paterson 6'5½"/1.97   Belfast 8/06/1946  7/07/1946 
 Alan Paterson 6'6¾"/2.00   Antwerp, BEL 7/07/1946  2/08/1947 
 Alan Paterson 6'7½"/2.02   Glasgow (IP) 2/08/1947  11/12/1954 
 Crawford Fairbrother 6'8"/2.03   London (WC) 1/08/1959  5/09/1959 
 Crawford Fairbrother 6'8¼"/2.04   Moscow, RUS 5/09/1959  10/10/1959 
 Crawford Fairbrother 6'8¾"/2.05   Rome, ITA 10/10/1959  16/07/1960 
 Crawford Fairbrother 6'9⅛"/2.06   London (WC) 15/07/1961  16/06/1962 
 Crawford Fairbrother 6'9¼"/2.06   Edinburgh (M) 23/06/1962  13/05/1964 
 Angus McKenzie 7'0¼"/2.14   London (CP) 31/05/1975  26/06/1976 
 Angus McKenzie 7'0¼"/2.14   Edinburgh (M) 8/06/1975  26/06/1976 
 Angus McKenzie 7'0¼"/2.14   London (WL) 14/06/1975  26/06/1976 
 Brian Burgess 7'0¾"/2.15   Edinburgh (M) 26/06/1976  11/06/1978 
 Brian Burgess 7'1½"/2.17   London (CP) 11/06/1978  11/06/1978 
 Brian Burgess 7'2½"/2.20   London (CP) 11/06/1978  14/06/1980 
 Geoff Parsons 2.25   Plymouth 9/07/1983  13/07/1984 
 Geoff Parsons 2.26   London (CP) 13/07/1984  7/05/1986 
 Geoff Parsons 2.26   College Station TX, USA 29/03/1986  7/05/1986 
 Geoff Parsons 2.27   London (CP) 7/05/1986  18/05/1986 
 Geoff Parsons 2.28   London (CP) 18/05/1986  19/06/1988 
 Geoff Parsons 2.28   Edinburgh (M) 31/07/1986  19/06/1988 
 Geoff Parsons 2.28   London (CP) 8/08/1986  19/06/1988 
POLE VAULT
 Norman Gregor 13'6"/4.11   Maidstone 30/06/1951  23/08/1952 
 David Stevenson 14'5¼"/4.40   London (WC) 14/09/1963  25/09/1963 
 David Stevenson 14'5¼"/4.40   Bracknell 21/09/1963  25/09/1963 
 David Stevenson 14'6"/4.42   London (TB) 25/09/1963  16/05/1964 
 David Stevenson 15'1¼"/4.60   Gourock 25/07/1964  29/08/1964 
 David Stevenson 15'1¾"/4.61   Dunoon 29/08/1964  25/05/1966 
 David Stevenson 15'3"/4.65   Dublin, IRL 25/05/1966  28/05/1966 
 David Stevenson 15'4"/4.67   Edinburgh (M) 28/05/1966  13/08/1966 
LONG JUMP
 John Parsons 23'0¼"/7.01   London (LB) 30/06/1883  8/04/1992 
TRIPLE JUMP
 G. A. Russell 43'9"/13.33   St Andrews 2/04/1881  18/05/1912 
SHOT PUT
 Donald Mackinnon 43'0½"/13.12   Southport 27/06/1885  22/06/1895 
 James MacIntosh 43'1"/13.13   Glasgow (IP) 22/06/1895  27/06/1896 
 James MacIntosh 43'3"/13.18   Edinburgh (P) 27/06/1986  8/08/1903 
 Tom Nicolson 44'0"/13.41   Glasgow (HP) 8/08/1903  23/06/1906 
 Tom Kirkwood 45'2"/13.76   Edinburgh (P) 23/06/1906  7/07/1906 
 Tom Kirkwood 45'4½"/13.83   London (SB) 7/07/1906  14/07/1906 
 Tom Kirkwood 45'7"/13.89   Belfast 14/07/1906  26/09/1906 
 Tom Kirkwood 45'8½"/13.93   Aberdeen 26/09/1906  12/07/1929 
DISCUS
 David Young 144'6¼/44.05   East Molesey 5/07/1937  29/01/1938 
 David Young 146'1"/44.52   Sydney, AUS 29/01/1938  25/06/1938 
 David Young 153'8"/46.83   Glasgow (HP) 25/06/1938  3/05/1950 
 Harry Duguid 155'3"/47.32   Edinburgh (C) 12/05/1951  9/05/1953 
 Michael Lindsay 181'6"/55.32   Stillwater OK, USA 4/05/1960  20/07/1963 
HAMMER
 Donald Mackinnon 104'2"/31.75   Southport 27/06/1885  15/06/1889 
 Nelson Robbie 127'3"/38.78   Manchester (OT) 27/06/1891  25/09/1901 
 Tom Nicolson 132'9½/40.48   Dublin 19/07/1902  30/05/1903 
 Tom Nicolson 140'10/42.92   Glasgow (IP) 30/05/1903  13/06/1903 
 Tom Nicolson 147'9½/45.04   Glasgow (CeP) 13/06/1903  18/07/1903 
 Tom Nicolson 149'4"/45.52   Edinburgh (P)  18/07/1903  1/08/1903 
 Tom Nicolson 151'6½/46.19   Glasgow (IP) 1/08/1903  8/08/1903 
 Tom Nicolson 153'0"/46.64   Glasgow (CeP) 8/08/1903  25/06/1904 
 Tom Nicolson 154'1¾/46.99   Edinburgh (IP) 25/06/1904  2/07/1904 
 Tom Nicolson 157'5"/47.98   Rochdale 2/07/1904  16/07/1904 
 Tom Nicolson 158'11/48.44   Belfast 16/07/1904  18/05/1908 
 Tom Nicolson 160'6"/48.92   Glasgow 18/05/1908  27/06/1908 
 Tom Nicolson 162'8"/49.58   Edinburgh 27/06/1908  8/08/1908 
 Tom Nicolson 164'8"/50.20   Glasgow (CeP) 8/08/1908  19/08/1908 
 Tom Nicolson 166'9½/50.84   Edinburgh (S) 19/08/1908  16/06/1923 
 Duncan Clark 178'8¼/54.46   Gothenburg, SWE  13/09/1947  21/02/1950 
 Duncan Clark 180'1⅛/ 54.90   Christchurch, NZL 21/02/1950  4/03/1950 
 Duncan Clark 183'9½/56.02   Wellington, NZL 4/03/1950  11/09/1954 
 Ewan Douglas 185'3"/56.46   Edinburgh 11/09/1954  25/09/1954 
 Ewan Douglas 188'5"/57.43   Edinburgh 25/09/1954  28/04/1955 
 Ewan Douglas 192'6"/58.67   Edinburgh (C) 28/04/1955   2/09/1956 
 Chris Black  241'5"/73.58   Edinburgh (M) 26/06/1976  1/07/1976 
 Chris Black 243'2"/74.12   Edinburgh (M) 6/08/1976  21/08/1976 
 Chris Black 246'0"/74.98   Edinburgh (M) 21/08/1976  3/10/1982 
 Chris Black 247'4"/75.40   London (CP) 23/07/1983  25/04/1984 
JAVELIN
 James Dalrymple 150'1½/45.76   Huntington 21/05/1923  16/06/1923 
 James Dalrymple 150'10"/45.98   Gloucester 16/06/1923  6/08/1923 
 James Dalrymple 160'10"/49.02   London (SB) 6/08/1923  1/09/1923 
 James Dalrymple 168'0"/51.20   Bedford 1/09/1923  3/05/1924 
 James Dalrymple 170'6"/51.98   London (We) 3/05/1924  28/06/1924 
 James Dalrymple 186'1½/56.83   London (SB) 28/06/1924  5/07/1930 
 James McKillop 197'2½/60.11   London (Ch) 18/06/1938  1/07/1939 
 James McKillop 202'2¾/61.63   Portsmouth 1/07/1939  /09/1945 
DECATHLON
 Ronald Walker 5,291   London (WC) 11/07/1936  6/08/1938 
 George McLachlan 6,184   Loughborough 11/08/1962  24/07/1964 
 Norman Foster 6,736   Glasgow (W) 12/06/1965  7/08/1965 
 Norman Foster 6,840   Loughborough 7/08/1965  5/09/1965 
 Scores on current tables: Walker 5120, McLachlan 6404, Foster 6556 & 6662 
WALKING EVENTS
20 MILES WALK
 George Galloway 2:46:10   London (WC) 26/05/1934  14/05/1955 
4x110 YARDS/4x100 METRES RELAY
 Henry Macintosh (L3) 45.0   Stockholm, SWE 8/07/1912  8/07/1912 
 Henry Macintosh (L3) 43.4   Stockholm, SWE 8/07/1912  9/07/1912 
 Henry Macintosh (L3) 42.4   Stockholm, SWE 9/07/1912  12/07/1924 
 William Jack (L2) 41.2   Helsinki, FIN 26/07/1952  27/07/1952 
 William Jack (L2) 41.0   Helsinki, FIN 27/07/1952  27/07/1952 
 William Jack (L2) 40.8   Helsinki, FIN 27/07/1952  30/11/1956 
 Michael Hildrey (L2) 40.1   Dortmund, GER 2/09/1961  14/09/1962 
 Menzies Campbell (L3) 39.6   Tokyo, JPN 21/10/1964  19/10/1968 
 Leslie Piggot (L2) 39.6   Mexico City, MEX 5/10/1968  19/10/1968 
 Scotland 39.24   Edmonton, CAN 12/08/1978  4/08/1979 
 David Jenkins, Allan Wells, Cameron Sharp, Drew McMaster

 Allan Wells (L1),

 Drew McMaster (L4)

38.95   Turin, ITA 4/08/1979  1/08/1980 

 Allan Wells (L2),

 Cameron Sharp (L3),

 Drew McMaster (L4)

38.62   Moscow, RUS 1/08/1980  1/10/1988 

 Elliot Bunney (L1)

38.52   Seoul, SKO 1/10/1988  1/10/1988 

 Elliot Bunney (L1)

38.28   Seoul, SKO 1/10/1988  1/09/1990 
 Members of British national teams unless stated
4x220 YARDS/4x200 METRES RELAY
 None        
4x440 YARDS RELAY
 Edinburgh Harriers 3:38.6y   Edinburgh 3/07/1899  18/05/1901 
 J.F. Henry, J.C. Macdonald, W. Hay, G.C. Thomson
 Eric Liddell (L4) *1 3:18.2y   London (SB) 19/07/1924  7/08/1934 
 John MacIsaac (L2) 3:09.6y   London (WC) 2/08/1958  22/07/1961 
4x400 METRES RELAY
 James Soutter (L3) 3:19.0   Stockholm, SWE 14/07/1912  13/07/1924 
 David Jenkins (L4) 3:00.46   Munich, GER 10/09/1972  11/08/1984 
 Members of British national teams except (*1) British Empire team
4xONE MILE/4x1500 METRES RELAY
 Tom Riddell (L4) 17:31.6y   London (SB) 28/08/1929  8/07/1952 
 Mike Berisford (L3) *1 16:28.2y   London (WC) 28/06/1961  17/07/1961 

 Ian Stewart (L3)

 Adrian Weatherhead (L4)

15:06.6   Paris, FRA 2/10/1971  5/05/1976 

 Adrian Weatherhead (L3)

15:04.6   Athens, GRE 5/05/1976  23/06/1979 
 All members of British national teams  except (*1) Northern Counties team

Notes on Venues:

Edinburgh - (C) Craiglockhart, (M) Meadowbank, (P) Powderhall, (S) Saughton.

Glasgow - (CeP) Celtick Park, (HP) Hampden Park, (HeP) Helenvale Park, (IP) Ibrox Park, (W) Westerlands.

London - (Ch) Chiswick, (CP) Crystal Palace, (LB) Lillie Bridge, (SB) Stamford Bridge, (TB) Tooting Bec, (WC) White City, (We) Wembley.

Manchester - (OT) Old Trafford.

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