Track Stats

Worldwide Athletics Facts and Figures

This is the quarterly bulletin of the NUTS which has been published since 1963. It was originally named NUTS Notes and changed its name to Track Stats in 1982. It is an A5 booklet with usually 64 pages per edition. Its coverage extends to the history and statistics of athletics worldwide, and ideas for articles are welcomed by the editor. To subscribe, you simply need to join the NUTS.

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Forthcoming Articles for 2017

An American on British roads – “Buddy” Edelen; 30 years in the circle – Judy Oakes; An optimistic view of the future – Bill Foster; Ignored in the 1960s – Women milers; Why no biography? – Douglas Lowe; My 10 best books – Ferdie Gilson; The most surprising relay-runners – Hungary at the Olympics; How young athletes should train 60 years ago – George Pallett; Every 400 hurdles race – Sally Gunnell; In flight from desolation – Peter Dainty; Memories of Albert Hill and Ernie Harper – Laurie Weatherill; Who on earth is this? – mystery athletes of the 1960s.


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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