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 2019

Joe Birkett and the Port Sunlight pole vault "school" - Raoul Paoli, the silent screen film star who won four times at England-v-France matches - The first post-World War II meetings between British and German athletes - Career records of Lynn Davies, Bob Beamon, Ralph Boston, Igor Ter-Ovanesyan - Lillian Styles, pioneer of women's distance running - Jem Sherdon, miler of the mid-19th Century - Trevor Clowes continues his all-time ratings

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Volume 56, No. 4, October 2018

  • Editorial comment: Memories of Mexico, but not so much of that jump
  • Who is the real W.D. Anderson, a Scottish champion and an Olympian? - Neil Shuttleworth
  • The end of the road for the "finest and most enjoyable event in the racing calendar" (road relays)
  • Rivalries, passions, tension – the post-war revival of road-relay racing - Wilf Morgan
  • Road relay records: are they really worth keeping? - Colin Kirkham
  • A versatile exponent of England’s enterprise: the life of Oswald Groenings - Bob Phillips
  • In the beginning there was Wembley. In the future maybe Glasgow … and even Paris - Stan Greenberg

      Javelin Points of View - Bob Phillips

  • No man more confident in his own skin. The farmer’s son who foiled the Finns (Cyrus Young)
  • "Why don’t you try my javelin", said the world record-holder … and he promptly became the former world record-holder (the 1956 Olympic final)
  • A summit meeting of world record-holders, but none scaled the highest peak (the 1960 Olympic final)
  • Friends and neighbours who won Olympic selection with their first athletic endeavours (Frederick Kitching)
  • Seeking realisation of the field of dreams (Jeff Gorski)
  • "A sense of it being the sport of gods" (Tom Pukstys)
  • John Bull’s illustrator, an early advocate of javelin-throwing
  • The first British woman javelin-thrower? (Miss D. Roberts)
  • Needed: an understanding of all those "confusing contortions of competitors" (John Kitching)
  • Bubka, Bolt, Farah – the most successful male athletes ever (all-time rankings) - Trevor Clowes
  • Book review (Tom Hunt’s Irish athletics heroes) - Colm Murphy
  • … And a comparison of Irish standards a century apart - Colm Murphy
  • The hero at the end of the story: the decade that led to that jump - Thomas S. Hurst
  • The first venture into France in 1945; the war had been won, the match was lost - I.E.G. Green
  • On Olympic stand-by, the doctor dedicated to community care (Rex Whitworth) - Bob Phillips, Neil Shuttleworth
  • The future of the NUTS Annual - Peter Matthews

Volume 56, No. 3, July 2018

  • Editorial Comment: Beyond Scott’s shot, not a lot
  • The English Schools Track and Field Championships: “The journey to the top is not a completely smooth one” - Ian Tempest
  • Along the “Olympian Trail” in the footsteps of Doctor William Penny Brookes - Bob Phillips
  • Still keeping in touch at 101 – the life of the late Bill Lucas - Mike Fleet
  • An athlete at war. A tribute to Squadron Leader Bill Lucas - Ferdie Gilson & Alan Mead
  • Bill Lucas’s outstanding memories of the track - Bill Lucas
  • More than 60 years on, and Jim Peters is still streets ahead (All-time marathon rankings) - Trevor Clowes
  • The early years of English triple jumping, Part I: In the shadow of Brunel’s, marvel, a busy day out for the Grace brothers - Bob Phillips
  • The early days of English triple jumping, Part II: Les Hawkey and Sid Cross, hidden among the Harriers - Bob Phillips
  • The first ever all-time British rankings for the decathlon - Andrew Huxtable
  • The exotic 19th century cricketing tourists who might have broken all javelin records
  • Book Reviews (David Morgan’s biography, ATFS Annual)
  • No smoke without fire. The brief days of glory for John Mostyn - Jack Pfeifer
  • National points scores at the Commonwealth Games - Trevor Clowes
  • "They’ll run the hundred yards as lightning, Sir": Celebrating 160 years of Cambridge athletics - Dr Chris Thorne
  • Go for it! Fast! Faster! GO MAD! Mexico 1968, a competitor’s viewpoint - Howard Payne
  • Not the World Cup as we know it - Peter Strickett
  • The trial, and escape of the “greatest traitor” … and there are links to the NUTS! - Andrew Huxtable
  • All aboard for the adventure of a lifetime! (photo feature, 1938 British Empire Games)
  • The day I failed to notice Jonathan Edwards … among others - Bob Phillips

Volume 56, No. 2, May 2018

  • Editorial Comment: Sleepless in Seattle – too busy miling
  • Muscles flexed, and universal admiration for the Samson of Bishop’s Stortford (Launceston Elliot) - Bob Phillips
  • Robert Garrett, earning the “birth-right of every Yankee” in honour of Zeus
  • Little enthusiasm for the modern “diskos” revival
  • The first of the official discus record-holders
  • The “old timers”: British rankings for the distance track events pre-1932 - Trevor Clowes
  • Yvonne Murray leads the way. All-time rankings for the women’s 3000 metres - Trevor Clowes
  • The immaculate “Addy”, Superintendent Villiers Powell and the origins of West African athletics - Bob Phillips
  • How did Africans jump in the days before formalised competition? - Bob Phillips, Stuart Mazdon
  • Emilio Lunghi’s post-Olympic route to a half-mile world record - Oscar Vecchi
  • Gold Coast memories. A spectator’s view of the Commonwealth Games - Stuart Mazdon
  • The career of Lia Manoliu, Olympic discus gold - Thomas S. Hurst, Stuart Mazdon
  • The Black Pedestrienne: Madam Angelo’s remarkable life as an athletic entertainer - Andy Milroy
  • When innocents met. The neglected English Championships of the 1920s - I.E.G. Green
  • The last great victory of the very British hero (Sydney Wooderson) - Rob Hadgraft
  • Book Reviews (Edinburgh University Hare & Hounds, George Poage’s biography,
  • British Athletics 2018) - Ian Tempest, Bob Phillips
  • Sir Roger Bannister 1929-2018. The next race.

Volume 56, No. 1, February 2018

  • Editorial Comment: The Empire strikes back!
  • Christmas in Colombo on a long voyage to next year’s Games, and there are storms ahead (1938 British Empire Games)
  • A Welsh masterpiece, making history that will ring down the years to come (1958 Commonwealth Games)
  • The “G-man” grabs gold and then goes to ground. Others make an early exit. (1998 Commonwealth Games)
  • W.E.B. Henderson – civil servant, poet, novelist, discus international at the age of 43 - Bob Phillips
  • F.A.M. Webster’s seaside “Junior Olympiad” - “Athletic News”
  • The Mills that are turning industry around (Les Mills and family)
  • Stars Wars at 10,000 metres – and the Ethiopians are still on another planet (All-Time rankings at 10,000 metres) - Trevor Clowes
  • Robert Stronach in Canada, 1908-1910 - Oscar Vecchi
  • Proper recognition, at long last, for Britain’s first woman Olympic javelin thrower (Katharine Connal) - Bob Phillips
  • Excellent natural talent, but did the ruling body have the sense to make use of it? - F.A.M. Webster
  • Training “by the light of nature”. An innocent at Hitler’s Olympics. But a British girl doesn’t cry. - Katharine Connal
  • Is W.G. George to be ousted as the supreme runner of the 19th Century? (F.J.K. Cross) - Bob Phillips
  • Book Reviews (Mel Watman’s autobiography, Julius Achon’s biography) - Ian Tempest, Geoff Williams
  • The scourge of drugs – 50 years ago and today - Ian Tempest, Howard Payne
  • Turning of the tides: Stan Greenberg’s chronicle of the athletics season of 50 years ago
  • A conversation with Carl Lewis’s mother about athletics in a much less enlightened era (1951 Pan American Games) - Bob Phillips
  • Who holds the most British junior titles? - Peter Matthews
  • The pentathlon at the previous Paris Olympics - Jacques Carmelli
  • Slack and Spark: Britain’s pioneer decathletes
  • A newly discovered British discus “record” from 1897! - Peter Lovesey, Keith Morbey
  • A tribute to the late Bryan Hawkins

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