Record-breakers! New marks posted as 17 performances are ratified

Wednesday 29th March 2023

America-based Alix Still broke the Scottish Women’s Record for the indoor pentathlon (photo via Virginia Tech Track and Field)

Record-breaking performances by Scottish athletes has become a very prominent feature across our news channels in the past few years.

And there was no sign of that trend dropping away as the 2023 Indoor Season concluded.

Our Records Committee, which is a sub-group of the Track and Field Commission, undertake the key work to study paperwork from events, ratify Record-breaking performances and set them in a historical context in terms of athletics in Scotland.

The most recent batch of Records looked at by Arnold Black and the team of volunteers on the Records Committee covered no fewer than 17 performances. These have now been validated by our Board at their March meeting.

It’s exciting to see many of these apply to Senior athletes and there are outdoor Records, too, with the 11.30 run by Alisha Rees last summer now formally approved, while Eilish McColgan took down the British Record over 10,000m in California in early March.

Those Senior Records included Native Records (set by a Scot in Scotland) for Dean Patterson and Nikki Manson at events at the Emirates in the 4J Indoor Season.

As well as Alisha, Eilish, Dean and Nikki, the other Senior athletes to break Records were Neil Gourley, Alix Still, Nicole Yeargin and Josh Kerr. There was also a Senior Club Record over 4 x 200m indoors.

Congratulations to all the athletes who set these new marks and their families, coaches and the clubs involved in their development over a number of years. It’s always great to see dedication rewarded!

Indoor 2023:

U20 Men – 3000m 8:13.97 Corey Campbell (Team East Lothian) Glasgow 6 January 2023 Scottish 3000m Championships at GAA New Year Bash. Previous record: 8:18.22, Matthew Graham, 2010

Senior Men (Native) – 200m 21.23 Dean Patterson (Glasgow School of Sport) Glasgow 21 January 2023 4J National Indoor Open. Previous record: 21.28, Elliot Bunney, 1991

U15 Girls – 1500m 4:36.77 Lois Macrae (Inverness Harriers AAC) Glasgow 31 January 2023 Scottish Schools Championships. Previous record: 4:36.81, Katie Johnson, 2019

U15 Boys – 1500m 4:05.51 Angus Wilkinson (East Kilbride AC) Glasgow 1 February 2023 Scottish Schools Championships. Previous record: 4:12.08, Connor Bell, 2020

U15 Girls – 1500m 4:36.49 Eilidh Dallas (Strathearn Harriers) Glasgow 4 February 2023 4J U17 Championships. Previous record: 4:36.77, Lois McCrae, 2023 (see above)

Senior Women (Native) – Long Jump 6.37 Nikki Manson (Giffnock North AC) Glasgow 4 February 2023 4J Senior Championships. Previous record: 6.32, Gillian Cooke, 2007

Senior Men – 3000m 7:33.47 Josh Kerr (Edinburgh AC) New York 11 February 2023 Millrose Games (World Athletics Indoor Tour – Gold category). Previous record: 7:37.42, Andrew Butchart, 2022

U15 Girls – 60m Hurdles 8.97 Holly Whittaker (Elgin AAC) Sheffield 12 February 2023 England Athletics U15 Championships. Previous record: 9.07, Natalie Doyle, 2003

U15 Girls – 1500m 4:30.57 Lois Macrae (Inverness Harriers AAC) Glasgow 18 February 2023 4J U15 Championships. Previous record: 4:36.49, Eilidh Dallas, 2023 (see above)

U13 Boys – Shot Put 10.02 Murray Robb (Pitreavie AAC) Glasgow 19 February 2023 4J U13 Championships Previous record: 9.84, Arran Buchanan, 2015

Nikki Manson leaps to Native Record in long jump at the Emirates Arena (photo by Bobby Gavin)

Senior Women – Pentathlon 4,177 Alix Still (Aberdeen AAC) Louisville 23 February 2023 ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Championships. Previous record: 4096, Aileen Wilson, 2002

Senior Men – 1500m 3:32.48 Neil Gourley (Giffnock North AC) Birmingham 25 February 2023 World Athletics Indoor Tour Final. Previous record: 3:32.86, Josh Kerr, 2022

Senior Women – 4 x 200m Relay (Club) 1:40.41 Strathclyde University Sheffield 25 February 2023 1:40.40 Strathclyde University Sheffield 26 February 2023 (Rachel Callan, Kelsey Stewart, Emma Barclay, Erin Campbell). Previous record: 1:40.75, VP Glasgow, 2019

Senior Women (National) – 400m 51.02 Nicole Yeargin (Pitreavie AAC) Fayetteville 28 January 2023 Razorback Invitational. Previous record: 51.45, Eilidh Child, 2013

Senior Women (National) – 60m 7.27 Alisha Rees (Edinburgh AC) Lee Valley 8 January 2023 Be Fit Today Track Academy Indoor Series. Previous record: 7.31, Alisha Rees, 2022


Alisha Rees (pictured at Birmingham 2022) has had Records ratified from outdoors last summer and the 2023 Indoor Season over 60m (photo by Bobby Gavin)

Outdoor 2022:

Senior Women – 100m 11.30 Alisha Rees (Edinburgh AC) Stratford 17 July 2022 Newham & Essex Beagles AC – Open Sprint Series. Wind: +1.9. Previous record: 11.40, Helen Golden, 1974

Outdoor 2023

Senior Women (National) 10,000m 30:00.86 Eilish McColgan (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers) San Juan Capistrano 4 March 2023 Sound Running Ten meeting (World Athletics Continental Tour-Silver). Previous record: 30:19.02, Eilish McColgan, 2022



Tags: Alisa Rees, Alix Still, Dean Patterson, Eilish McColgan, Josh Kerr, Neil Gourley, Nicole Yeargin, Nikki Manson, Records Committee

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