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 2018

Thomas S. Hurst’s compilation of progressive UK all-comers’ records continues; Trevor Clowes’s all-time rankings continue with the 10000m and hurdles events; Javelin throwers real and imaginary; Pole vaulters through the ages; Robbie Brightwell and the other thwarted 800 metres runners; Evelyn Ashford’s’s career record; Arrowe Park – cross-country venue of legend and lore; Remembering the 1987 World Championships marathon; All-time top-10 averages (averaged over time!); Two leading shot-putters of the 1940s and 1950s, John Savidge and Charles Fonville; Reviews of most significant athletics books; Commonwealth Games


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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

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