These pages include results from each championship considered to be the principle national championships of England or Britain for each year. In addition to the main Championships meeting, usually in early July, the AAA and WAAA organised their championships in other events at separate meetings. Team events were also held, in relays and tug-of-war, but are not yet listed here.
- 1866-1879 - The Amateur Athletic Club (AAC) Championships
- 1879 - The London Athletic Club (LAC) moved their Championships to the summer, to rival the mainly-Oxbridge AAC Championships
- 1880-2006 - Amateur Athletic Association Championships (including women from 1992)
- 1922-1991 - Women's Amateur Athletic Association Championships
- 1997 - BAF British Championships, which were stronger than the AAA Championships that year, and have been counted in medal totals on these pages (AAA medals from 1997 excluded)
- 2007 to date - National or UK or British Championships under various names and sponsors
The AAA was an open championships until 1995 and in 1997, but in 1996 and since 1998 the championships have been closed, with foreign competitors allowed in the 10,000 metres and the marathon (held in conjunction with the London Marathon) but not placed in the championship.
The old "UK Championships" which ran from 1977-1993 was not the principle championships of the year. All medallists from this event may be found on gbrathletics.com.
Track events were over imperial distances until 1968, with metric distances from 1969 onwards.
Similarly, field event marks and heights were recorded in imperial measurements until 1968, with metres used from 1969. In the lists that follow, from 1880 the imperial measurements have been converted to metric according to Bob Sparks's rules and the conversion tables derived from those rules. For the high jump, imperial heights have been converted to the nearest millimetre. For the pole vault the Sparks table for ¼-inch measurements has been used.
Contributors: Ian Tempest, Peter Lovesey, Ian Buchanan†, Martin Rix, Michael Sheridan†, Eric Cowe†, Stuart Mazdon.
Championship Records can be tracked from the results, with additional records in heats or qualifying noted as CB. Other records are also annotated: NR - UK National Record; WR - World Record (also an NR); ER - European Record (also an NR).
Dates and venues of Championships
National abbreviations are as per the current (2015) IAAF standards, with the following additions for historic countries and territories:
|CEY||Ceylon (before independence as Sri Lanka)|
|MAL||Malaya (before formation of Malaysia)|
|RHO||Southern Rhodesia (before independence as Zimbabwe)|
More detailed results for the AAA Championships from 1880 to 1939 can be found in the NUTS Booklet. This includes:
- Venue and date for every event, including those held outside the main Championships
- Top-6 finishers in every final, where known
- Index of medallists with their club, full name and date of birth, where known
- Original imperial measurements of field events
Corrections to the AAA booklet can be found here.
Complete results of the AAC Championships, 1866-1879, and the LAC Championships of 1879 are included in the NUTS Publication British Athletics 1866-80 by Peter Lovesey and Keith Morbey, which is available from lulu.com.
Complete results of the main National Championships since 2007 may be found on the UK:A web-site, via these links: