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

First-hand recollections of the 1968 Olympic Games … The Victorian quarter-miler who became England’s football supremo … Rooney Magnusson comments further on early world records …Transgender – a matter of choice or separation? …The first steps for Jonathan Edwards and Fatima Whitbread … Cross-country, from quaint paper-chasing to quasi track-racing … Charlie Gardiner, marathon maestro on an 88-yard track … Oswald Groenings, city financier and Olympic hurdler … Road relays, records and reminiscences … Back to school and the lessons learned … The humble English origins of triple jumping.

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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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