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2017 Editions

Volume 55, No. 4, November 2017


  • Editorial comment: Merely medals? Fun finished?
  • The one-eyed rash adventurer who “out-soared the shadow of our night” (John Pendlebury) - Bob Phillips
  • Original – and often incorrect! – World records ratified by the IAAF - Jacques Carmelli
  • Farah far ahead, but Chataway and Pirie still 2nd and 3rd among the British elite ... and yet Nurmi leads them all! (Three miles and 5000 metres rankings) - Trevor Clowes
  • Farah’s global titles in close-up - Mike Dagg-Jenden
  • Once, long ago, on a balmy evening at Bislett, Buckner takes centre stage - Bob Phillips
  • The silhouette steps further out of the shade (Henri Dauban)
  • What future for the 50,000 athletes in the North of England? - Tony Wood
  • Sally Gunnell, 400 metres hurdles - Part I - Stuart Mazdon
  • Sally Gunnell, 400 metres hurdles - Part II - Thomas S. Hurst
  • More than 58,000 competitors, but many didn’t even know it was the Olympics (1900 Paris Olympic Games) - Bob Phillips
  • The Great War’s toll: 40 victims remembered from a century ago - Neil Shuttleworth
  • Noel Chavasse: The quarter-miler described as World War I’s bravest soldier
  • Day in. Day out. Dogged, devout and determined in the pursuit of perfection. How Parry O’Brien transformed the shot - Maxwell Stiles
  • The career of Alberto Juantorena, Cuba’s Olympic champion at 400 and 800 metres in 1976 - Thomas S. Hurst
  • Using mathematics to predict the ultimate running performances - Neil Shuttleworth
  • My grandfather’s Olympic stories. I imagine him running still, for the love of it, through the heavens (Joe Forshaw) - Christine O’Shaugnessy
  • A sea of mud or choking and blinding dust. Take your pick for the marathons of the early 1900s
  • Warming the heart of Summerstown: a fitting tribute to the man loved by all and despised by none (Robert Sadler) - Geoff Simmons
  • The extraordinary life and whimsical times of Robert Sadler’s Copenhagen Running Grounds - John Byrne
  • World Championships statistics, 2013-2017 - Trevor Clowes
  • The swiftest pedestrian that ever trod the path. But how fast was “Flash Harry”? (Harry Hutchens)
  • The enigma that was Ellery Clark

Volume 55, No. 3, September 2017


  • Editorial comment: Reining in the runaways
  • On the trail of the true life-story of H.A. Wilson, world record-holder, Olympic silver-medallist - Neil Shuttleworth
  • Derek Ibbotson’s world-record year of 1957: 55 races, 37 wins and one last place!
  • “Being prepared for trouble”, the Oxford quarter-miler who mastered the art of survival (Cresson Kearny) - The Editor
  • No reasoning. Time only for action. Instinct only for action. The mind caring nothing for the plaints of the body - W.R. Loader
  • Ovett leads Cram, Coe, Bannister and Wooderson! How they rank at 1500 metres and One mile - Trevor Clowes
  • “Going great guns!”: The Afro-American pace-setter at the Olympic Games of 1924 (Earl Johnson) - The Editor
  • How the first world records were agreed and approved … and some forgotten! - Jacques Carmelli
  • The charm of Charléty – European Championships venue in 2020 – and the French “family” pole-vaulting legacy
  • The 22 six-metre vaulters in chronological order, and national records at 5.80 or better
  • Top-notchers. Hot bunches. Big problems. How Joe Binks, the old champion, predicted the four-minute mile - The Editor
  • Tim Duckworth: Britain’s newest all-round record-breaker - Alan Lindop
  • In the land of the “forgotten women”: pole-vaulting under father’s watchful eye (F.A.M. Webster and his children, Dick, Joan and Peggy)
  • World best performances in the USA and NZ …but nobody seems to notice (women’s pole vaulting)
  • Fun time, proving to the world that women were not too weak to pole vault - Jana Shipley
  • National titles for four different countries – a Scots all-rounder at the 1924 Olympics (Ernest Sutherland) - John W. Keddie
  • Is this really the “full story” of Eric Liddell’s life? I think not - John W. Keddie
  • Gleams of gold on London streets ... but there’s an air of gloom up north
  • Great Britain’s achievements at the World Championships - Mike Dagg-Jenden
  • An airman’s running career, away from the ”bleakness and isolation” (Peter Dainty) - The Editor

Volume 55, No. 2, May 2017


  • Editorial comment I - Should Schult be shunned?
  • Editorial comment II: Odds on Paris? Or a bet on La La Land?
  • The first Chinese record-holder (En Sue Pung) - Jacques Carmelli
  • Cast into the shadows, far from the chariot’s flickering flames (Great Britain at the 1924 Olympic Games) - Bob Phillips
  • How the best ever 800 metres runners rank. Coe is top, but Lowe is still No.2 almost 90 years on! - Trevor Clowes
  • Swing Lowe, but the greatest champion of all said ‘No’! (Douglas Lowe)
  • Bringing back crowds to athletics – a Highland Games experience - Ian Tempest
  • Scott Rider – an English champion at the Highland Games - Ian Tempest
  • Highland Games literature: a short selection and a review of recent publications - Ian Tempest
  • A record-breaking run for the steel-worker, and His Lordship paid the bill (Albert Hill, Ernie Harper) - Laurie Weatherill
  • Aggravation at Abergavenny! (Alfred Shrubb) - Mike Dagg-Jenden
  • When the fire brigade dampened the spirits of the British Games - but not Wooderson’s!
  • Amongst new-found friends, the amiable American who relished British road-racing (Leonard ‘Buddy’ Edelen) - Bob Phillips
  • 30 years in the circle: the complete career of Judy Oakes - Thomas S. Hurst
  • On the lower rungs of the athletics ladder, and no need for mysterious powers - George Pallett
  • Claude Smeal – in the spirit of de Coubertin
  • Sombre centenaries now. A speedy centenary to come - Neil Shuttleworth, Trevor Clowes
  • The self-same material of warriors: Victorian athletes celebrated in verse (Albert Craig)
  • No worldly place for women milers in 1966
  • Book Review (Australia at the 1936 Olympic Games)
  • An honoured “heathen” for 35 years: the way it was in club athletics - Bill Foster
  • Ian R. Smith – an appreciation - Peter Lovesey

Volume 55, No. 1, February 2017


  • Editorial comment: Breaking two? Breaking news? Or ballyhoo?
  • Ruthless, efficient, clinical, but maybe not dramatic enough. How, exactly, should we assess Sir Mo Farah? - Andy Milroy
  • Up and running in the 1860s, when “4 minutes 30 seconds was considered an almost superhuman effort” (Charles Lawes) - Bob Phillips
  • The heirs to Charles Lawes: Irvin, Royds, Bulpett, Slade, all promising young milers in the formative years of organised athletics
  • Coe, Cram and Ovett 1-2-3 – inevitably; Combined times at 800 and 1500 metres - David Cocksedge
  • How I remember Alfred Shrubb – by far the best of all cross-country runners - Laurie Weatherill
  • The surprising absence of Japanese runners at the front of the 10,000 metres queue - Juan Maria Idondo
  • Progressive UK All-Comers’ records: men’s pentathlon, decathlon, relays - Thomas S. Hurst
  • The “other” Ashenfelter, pressed into service and doing his duty to set up a world record (Bill Ashenfelter)
  • … And the least known of Cambridge’s relay winners back and forth at Iffley Road (John Pears)
  • We all know the marathon is 26 miles 385 yards. But why? Whose idea was it? - Bob Phillips
  • What a sensation at Stamford Bridge! Wilson runs the 220 yards in 17 seconds! - W.S.K. Webb (Gilbert Dalton)
  • How the best ever 4 x 400 metres relay runners rank in Great Britain, the Commonwealth, Europe and the World - Trevor Clowes
  • British Empire/Commonwealth women’s discus record progression to 1962 - John S. Brant
  • Steve Backley – his career re-visited more than 20 years later - Thomas S. Hurst
  • Book Reviews (biographies of Otto Peltzer, Bob Cole, Richard Manks; Stan Greenberg’s Memories; books of the year) - Bob Phillips, Ian Tempest, Peter Lovesey, Ferdie Gilson
  • Cheers! But no Olympic celebration after such an appetising aperitif (Roy Beckett)
  • The German team’s tour of India in 1962