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Volume 59, No. 4, October 2021


      Olympics: the afterthoughts

  • Editorial comment: Yulimar, just watch Janja flying on the wall!
  • How world records compare, based on the Hungarian Scoring Tables
  • On the busy road to Birmingham. How the Commonwealth fared in Tokyo - Stan Greenberg
  • 4th place at the Games. How close can you get? Disappointed? Delighted?
  • The emergence of athletes of the Third Millennium - Mike Dagg-Jenden
  • The side-show in the life of the Calcutta Ranger - India's first Olympic medallist (Norman Pritchard)
  • Ernest Obiena's distant legacy . and Jasmine stirs memories of Amadeo Francis
  • Two 1920s distance "stars" - Cotterell and Muggridge. Not Cottrell and Muggeridge - John Edwards
  • Marathons galore! But not too many of the Olympic variety on the rain-swept roads of Britain 70 years ago
  • The Marathon Part III - The Fantasy 40km. Progress through the years - Mike Dagg-Jenden
  • Ron Hill's career in statistics - Neil Shuttleworth
  • My favourite type of runner. What magnificent races, superb champions! - Colin Young
  • 300 laps a day round the ship's deck. How the Durban orphan prepared to beat Newton's record (Hardy Ballington) - Andy Milroy
  • The unappreciated double topping by Rojas to the triple helping of Devonish cream (Asnoldo Devonish)
  • Hop scotched. Not even the statisticians recognised the triple jump in the USA in the 1950s (Walter Ashbaugh)
  • Innovations of energy. Olympic silver and then 70 inventions to his name (Meredith Gourdine)
  • Dispelling the image of "weather-beaten huskies". The intrepid women athletes of the 1920s and 1930s (John Brant's women internationals book)
  • Sedykh and Wlodarczyk head the hammer and an Irishman leads the Commonwealth (All-time Hammer rankings) - Trevor Clowes
  • A survey of national records in the long distances - Steve Akehurst
  • Yuriy Sedykh and Anatoliy Bondarchuk

Volume 59, No. 3, July 2021


  • Editorial Comment: Convenience sustainability at the Olympics
  • Jim Bausch, the forgotten man. Is he the world's greatest ever decathlete? - Keith Morbey
  • James Audsley - a knowledgeable writer in at the birth of "AW", but who exactly was he? - Bob Phillips
  • The "Bear Inn" at the village of Box in Wiltshire. Where the road-runners gather at three o'clock on a Saturday morning - James Audsley
  • Wally Hayward's 12 marathons in 49 days
  • Much to the liking of the crowd, Harry Hedges, a little known record-breaking miler of the 1930s
  • Just a reminder. It may seem like it happened only yesterday. Actually, it was 50 years ago (Review of 1971) - Stan Greenberg
  • The ultra-distance exploits of England's eccentric chief cheer-leader (Ken Baily) - Bob Phillips
  • Alekna now leads Oerter. Rosemary Payne is still GB's No.1 after almost 50 years (All-Time discus rankings) - Trevor Clowes
  • Striving for the nobler physical ideals. A discus-thrower from Trinidad shakes up British complacency (Roy Hollingsworth) - Bob Phillips
  • Interviewed by Charles Elliott in 1963 (Roy Hollingsworth) - Charles Elliott

      Tokyo 1964

  • A competitor's testimony - Ron Hill
  • A correspondent's perspective - Neil Allen
  • An Editor's overview - Doug Gardner
  • "The Sunrise Express" is a winner in Japan's missing Olympics of 1940
  • The best ever British placings at the Olympic Games, event by event. It's the 800 metres runners who lead the golden way. - Stan Greenberg
  • British-born gold medallists - mostly Irish - for other countries at the Olympics
  • The earliest Championships meeting in Asia
  • Lloyd Valberg, Singapore's first Olympian
  • Over 30 years of active competition for the discus-thrower with the "mark of honour" (David Grigg) - I.E.G. Green
  • "Chariots of Fire". Still blazing after 40 years - Bob Phillips
  • Lord Coe, "the sound track of my youth" which became a lifetime passion - Bob Phillips
  • Presto! Presto! Prestissimo! The concert violinist with a vibrant athletic string to her bow (Valerie Ball/Winn)
  • A survey of national records in the middle distances - Steve Akehurst
  • Book Review ("The Fastest Men On Earth")
  • The locksmith who turned the key towards triple jump perfection (Józef Schmidt) - Richard Szreter, Stuart Mazdon
  • Book Publication ("United Kingdom Female International Athletes 1921-1939")

Volume 59, No. 2, May 2021


  • Editorial Comment: Is anyone looking for the missing 26 thousand?
  • Reluctantly veering into the "show business line of country". The squash rackets champion who set the pace in reporting women's athletics (Susan Noel) - Bob Phillips
  • News of "The Athletics Museum" - Jane Ainsworth
  • Robert Starkey. Some more notes - Ian Tempest
  • "Sorry, Archie, you can't compete but have a few throws, anyway". and Archie, aged 18, breaks the world record (Archie Harris) - Bob Phillips
  • Andrew Watson, the first noted black high jumper - Dr Chris Thorne
  • The Big Shots: still Parry O'Brien, Geoff Capes & Judy Oakes set the standard (All-time shot put rankings) - Trevor Clowes
  • Tom Kirkwood. A great British shot putter, but why did he miss the Olympics? - John W. Keddie & Peter Lovesey
  • Pfizer's penicillin provider. The scientist who measured stride length to the very last half-inch (Jack Barnes) - Bob Phillips & John Edwards
  • Ever in Lord Burghley's shadow, a talent soon grievously lost (Alec Palmer) - Bob Phillips & John Edwards
  • Germany 246, Great Britain 244, Russia 207 (European Cup & Team Championships points scores) - Trevor Clowes
  • Charles Bennett. The way in which his real identity was discovered at last after 120 years - Ian Morrison, Bill Mallon, Walt Murphy, Rob Gilmore, Taavi Kalju
  • The marathon's "London Distance" mania, part II, 1908 to 1913, a statistical summary - Mike Dagg-Jenden
  • Pish-Tush of the comic opera sets records to last a seriously long time (Lindsay Cullen and Malaysian athletics) - Bob Phillips
  • The Major's epitaph. So near to and yet so far from an Olympic medal (J.J. Abbott) - John Edwards
  • Louise Stokes, "The Malden Meteor", the first Afro-American woman to win an AAU title - Bob Phillips
  • "Arthur Wint loped round and I realised I wasn't as good as I thought I was" (Frank Evans)
  • Book Reviews (Peter Lovesey's "The Finisher", John W. Keddie's Scottish Olympians, Clive Williams's Cardiff's days of glory, Michael & Elizabeth Sheridan's "British Athletics 1955") - Bob Phillips & Ian Tempest
  • A survey of national records in the sprints - Steve Akehurst
  • An Irish javelin record revealed - Colm Murphy
  • Foreign coaching on request in England and Scotland as the threat of war looms (Inez Sweeting)

Volume 59, No. 1, March 2021


  • Editorial Comment: Only one regret. Missing a meeting with Nurmi
  • The fashion and beauty expert from Selfridge's who adorned the formative years of women's athletics (Violet Cambridge/Wall) - The Editor
  • 800 metres and 880 yards: a chronology with a difference - Jacques Carmelli
  • The Marathon's "London Distance". What was all the fuss about? Part I - Mike Dagg-Jenden
  • A correction. The true identity of J. Hatton, the 1920 Olympian - Peter Lovesey
  • ...And the "Shapwick Express" is shunted into the sidings (Charles Bennett) - Peter Lovesey
  • Oxford sprinters, Kentish high jumpers. More early women's marks - John W. Brant
  • No cartwheeling, by law! But the marine Corporal restores order in the circle (John Savidge) - The Editor
  • In the years between the World Wars, the Australian athletes who competed for GB
  • Battle of Britain hero, friend of Nevil Shute (Alan Bandidt) - The Editor
  • Cross-country, marathon, parkrun...always Ranelagh to the fore - Steve Rowland
  • Bringing home the Bacon (Fred Bacon's one hour record) - Keith Morbey
  • Edwards, Edwards, Edwards, Edwards!!!! Top of every all-time list
  • (Triple jump rankings) - Trevor Clowes
  • Early Irish/GB internationals. More about Miller and the Barrett brothers - Colm Murphy
  • Javelin throwers needed! Call the Army (R.K. Starkey and others) - John Edwards
  • Llewellyn Atcherley, a sprint record-breaker of the 1890s on tour in Germany - The Editor, Manfred Holzhausen
  • My days of National Service, occasionally diverted by Ibbotson and the Busby Babes - Keith Morbey
  • Having a lovely time in Mauritius. Glad we were there - Stan Greenberg
  • "My goodness! That girl jumped so high!" How a woman reporter spotted a future champion (Dora Lurie)
  • Gerald Foster's excursion to England reassessed. Olympic trials or tribulations? - John Edwards
  • Remembering Paul Nihill. Strong impressions, but there was some depression, too - Ian Brooks
  • These boots are made for walking, says the man from South Shields (Tommy Payne) - Eddie Almond
  • A survey of national records in the jumping events - Steve Akehurst
  • Bill Nankeville (24 Mar 1925 - 8 January 2021) photos