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2014 Editions

Volume 52, No. 4, December 2014

  • Editorial: Harting is heartening, Pavey paves the way
  • The 253 personal bests of Katarina Johnson-Thompson - Alan Lindop
  • 7,468 points – the perfect British score! - Bob Phillips
  • “Bruises all the time”: the first of Britain’s combined-event medallists (Bertha Crowther)
  • Mary, Mary, for whom putting the shot was nothing less than quite contrary
  • Fame at a price: Britain’s first heptathlon
  • There had never been such a marathon debut – as if Wilson of the Wizard had stepped from nowhere on to the road (Ian Thompson – Part II) - David Thurlow
  • Ian Thompson’s 53 marathons from 1973 to 1987
  • The finish in sight – and Peters, Holden, Thompson, Hill and Heatley are in a procession of racing demons! (The fantasy all-time British marathon) - David Thurlow
  • The forgotten first lady: rediscovering Violet Piercy, marathon pioneer - Peter Lovesey
  • Up hill but not down Dale (Dale Greig)
  • 45 years or more in the British rankings: the names that survive the passage of time
  • Major J.H.R. Freeborn, FRIBA, FRICS, bell-ringer, oarsman, hammer-thrower - Ian Tempest
  • Fallen idol: the races run by Mary Slaney - Thomas S. Hurst & Stuart Mazdon
  • The International Cross-Country race of 1909 (Edward Wood) - Bob Phillips
  • As gracefully as an acrobat, a record-holder for 43 years in the tricky business that was hurdling (Robert Stronach) - John W. Keddie
  • Team scores at the European Championships 1934-2014 - Trevor Clowes
  • The legacy of Zurich’s “valley fortress”

Volume 52, No. 3, October 2014

  • Editorial: It just seemed like 500 miles, and then 500 more
  • Are you a nut or a fruitcake? - Michael Sheridan
  • The Roots of the Commonwealth Games - Bob Phillips
    • Revealed, the true identity of J. Astley Cooper, the "neglected imperialist"
    • London’s Empire Festival of 1911
    • Who holds the key to the mysterious Lock?
  • Pointed, concise, full of life: the writing style of the steeplechaser turned scribe (Evelyn Montague) - Neil Shuttleworth
  • Germany’s World-beating hurdler of 1959 (Martin Lauer) - Richard Hymans
  • "Brute force will get you nowhere": learning the hammer technique
  • with a theatrical touch (Norman Drake) - Ian Tempest
  • The career of Grete Waitz – all her races - Thomas S. Hurst
  • The marathon champion of 40 years ago, still training hard, still ambitious, still seeking the "magic in that stride" (Ian Thompson) - David Thurlow
  • In search of the elusive Alfred Wyatt - Neil Shuttleworth
  • From a family of 20, and strong as a horse (Steve McCooke)
  • Well, actually, we know precisely what happened to Rachel Hughes
  • Breaking records in a silent World (Harvie Vassall)
  • Team scores at the Commonwealth Games - Trevor Clowes
  • Glasgow and Zurich: a spectator’s view - Ian Tempest
  • The lost leaders of 70 years ago
  • Book reviews (autobiographies by Bill Cornell and Lord Coe, The history of the mile)
  • Sydney Sarel, the Olympic race-walking missionary of London’s East End
  • A postscript to the 1930 Empire Games (Bill Britton and the Irish team) - I.E.G. Green

Commonwealth Games Special, July 2014

  • Editorial: Staying friendly, being credible
  • How Scots athletes have fared at the Commonwealth Games - Arnold Black
  • "A machine clicking away on every cylinder". Why a Scotsman won the first Empire Games marathon (Dunky Wright) - Alex Wilson
  • A rare Scots character at the 1930 Games (Ian Borland)
  • Irresistible pluck turns the tables as the first course is served (Alan Hunter)
  • British All-Time Top Ten – 400 metres hurdles, end of 1939
  • Unravelling the mysterious career of a pre-war Scottish champion (David Young)
  • British All-Time Top Ten – Discus, end of 1939
  • What "The Times" said about the first Empire Games of 1930
  • "Probably the best unknown runner that Scotland has ever had" (Robbie Sutherland)
  • A one-paced challenge from "Ginger" the hairdresser (Jimmy Wood)
  • Was this the most sensational breakthrough in miling history? (Bobby Graham)
  • "No airs and graces, a stout heart and worlds of speed" (Bob Rankine)
  • An exiled Scottish hurdler of the 1930s (Neil McIntosh)
  • British All-Time Top Ten – 1500 metres, One mile, Two miles, as at the end of 1939
  • From Halswelle and Liddell to Fanny Blankers-Koen: Hampden Park’s athletics legacy - Ian Tempest
  • The first Scottish record-holders (William Beveridge, James Cowie, John Parsons)
  • When the Stewart "clan" triumphed for Scotland – the 1970 Edinburgh Games - David Thurlow
  • Scottish throwers at the Commonwealth Games. Fifty years the British record-holders, the Scots women who won discus gold - Ian Tempest
  • Scottish Commonwealth Games throws results
  • The King of the "Highland Heavies", the Master of the "pawky" remark (Bill Anderson, George Clark)
  • Book Reviews (books by Colin Shields & Arnold Black, Richard Safranyos and John Hanna, plus the ATFS and NUTS annuals)
  • Commonwealth All-Time Top 10 Lists - Stan Greenberg
  • "I risked a glance back and there was no runner in sight. I ran into sheer pandemonium; My ears were literally popping with the din" (Joe McGhee) - Colin Shields
  • What’s in a name, even when it belongs to an Olympic champion? (Wyndham Halswelle) - John W. Keddie
  • And a last few words from the Editor

Volume 52, No. 2, April 2014

  • Editorial Comment: The bell tolls for Walter Chinnery
  • Shadows of the Four-Minute Mile, Part I: Leslie MacMitchell, John Munski Tomorrow’s Paavo Nurmi, today’s lone leader, yesterday’s four-minute hopes
  • Shadows of the Four-Minute Mile, Part II: John Joe Barry Hounded by life, the "Ballincurry Hare"
  • Notes on John Joe Barry’s races - Tony O’Donoghue
  • From Reiff to Nurmi: the world’s fastest ever at Two miles, end of 1952
  • From Hägg to the early 1950s: the world’s fastest ever at Three miles, end of 1952
  • From Hägg to the early 1960s: the 1 mile/2 mile/3 mile treble
  • Shadows of the Four-Minute Mile, Part III: Alex Breckenridge Bizarre happenings on the boardwalk promenade as Whitfield loses ... and wins!
  • More data on pre-war GB internationals - John Edwards
  • Shadows of the Four-Minute Mile, Part IV: Ian Boyd
  • In 1951 "another Wooderson in the making". A quarter-of-a-century later changing the nature of athletics forever
  • Cross-country in the snowfalls of 1947 - David Thurlow
  • Combined world record-holders at 5000 and 10,000 metres - Mike Dagg-Jenden
  • Bertie Robertson, the surprising National cross-country winner of 1947 - I.E.G. Green
  • Following Uncle Reg’s example into the England team (Eric Downer) - David Thurlow
  • London 1948. In last place but still one of the finest performances of my career - McDonald Bailey, Bernard Linley
  • Cecil Griffiths, an Olympic champion left behind by the Chariots of Fire - Clive Williams
  • The real story of David Coleman’s win in the Manchester Mile - David Thurlow
  • The lady from Godiva: all in the genes? (Roma Ashby) - Michael Sheridan
  • "I am Turing": the athletics career of the computer genius - Neil Shuttleworth
  • An introductory essay on stadium design - Andrew Huxtable
  • Book Reviews: the 1912 Olympics by Bill Mallon, Ture Widlund, Lars Yttergren, Hans Bolling. Previews: Cecil Griffiths, Four-Minute Mile, Scottish history, Clonliffe Harriers
  • How I view the "Olympic legacy" - John Parlett
  • What’s new on the NUTS web-site
Shadows of the Four-Minute Mile and adjoining statistics written and compiled by the Editor

Volume 52, No. 1, January 2014

  • Editorial comment: Buddy’s amiable amateurism
  • Two years, 10 years or 100 years? How long before the two-hour marathon? - David Thurlow
  • The speed credentials of the 23 Sub-2:05 marathon men … or the lack of them!
  • The "Flying Viking" – the first marathon man to break 2½ hours (Albert Michelsen) - Don M. Groome
  • Lester Steers, the frustrated first seven-foot high jumper - Bob Phillips
  • "Even if gymnastic, it’s mighty fantastic". Others who claimed the first seven-foot high jump (Dick Browning, Chuck Holding)
  • Recession and recovery, then the "blue coats" stepped in and made their arrests (Distance running Part III) - Andy Milroy
  • From 299th in Britain to champion of the world! Paula Radcliffe’s races - Thomas S. Hurst
  • The British-born Olympic marathon men who ran for Canada (Jack Cuthbert, Harry Lawson, Johnny Miles, Harold Webster, Percy Wyer) - I.E.G. Green
  • This is the tale of Percy Porter who threw his hammer where he didn’t oughter! - Ross McWhirter
  • ... and this is a tale from another quarter of a thrower of note who crossed the water (John Dalenz)
  • The remarkable Arthur Gould, the first Welsh Rugby Super-star ... and AAA hurdles medallist - Clive Williams
  • Surrey county records: the best known performances by Surrey-qualified athletes - David Cocksedge
  • A newly revealed Olympic champion "all-rounder" from Britain (Hjalmar Mellander) - Bob Phillips
  • The influential Scots-born coach to six US Olympic teams (Lawson Robertson) - Don M. Groome
  • Matching the Magyars: Great Britain v Hungary 1955-1965 - Colin Allan
  • Progressive UK All-Comers’ records, the hurdles and the steeplechase - Thomas S. Hurst
  • Book review: Ireland’s international matches - Ian Tempest
  • To be young was very heaven. Searching for G.A. Coombes and finding a great deal more (Geoff and Graham Coombes, Joe Housden) - Michael Sheridan
  • Stella by starlight, then under the spotlight (Stella Walsh) - Ryszard Szreter
  • Finnish distance running in mortal danger - Matti Hannus
  • Three golds, three bronzes, but in so many events we’re simply no good at all (Great Britain at the 2013 World Championships) - David Thurlow