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17 Scottish Records are approved

Sunday 17th November 2019

Jax Thoirs had a Record-breaking year in the pole vault with 5.56m at Birmingham (pictured here at Grangemouth by Bobby Gavin)

Scottish athletes made a huge impact on track and field during the summer season – and we have the Records to prove it!

No fewer than 17 new Scottish marks have now been approved by the scottishathletics Board following hard work by the Records Committee.

Four of these were new Scottish National Records at Senior level as Andy Butchart, Beth Dobbin, Jax Thoirs and Heather Paton re-wrote the best performances of all-time in their events.

In addition to those, Holly McArthur claimed a new Native Record in the heptathlon (best performance by a Scot in Scotland) at Senior level.

And we should note that these performances were for a period up to the end of August 2019 and do not include a couple of new National Records set at the World Champs in Doha by Eilish McColgan and Jake Wightman, which are awaiting ratification.

Many thanks to Arnold Black and the team on the Records Committee who, in the first instance, report back to our Track and Field Commission with recommendations then subject to approval by our Board.

Holly McArthur set a new Native Record in the heptathlon in the Scottish CE Champs at Grangemouth in July (photo by Bobby Gavin)

Scottish outdoor records

1) U17 Women Triple Jump – 12.58 (wind speed +2.0), Ellie O’Hara (Edinburgh AC), Bedford, 22 June 2019, England Athletics Under-20 Championships. Previous record: 12.51, O’Hara, 2019.

2) Senior Women Native Heptathlon – 5,422 Holly McArthur (Edinburgh AC), Grangemouth, 1314 July 2019, Scottish Championships. (14.11/+1.4 [963], 1.55 [678], 11.92 [656], 25.01/+2.9 [886]; 5.74/-1.9 [771], 37.29 [615], 2:17.88 [853]). Previous record: 5420, Valerie Walsh, 1986.

3) U20 Men Decathlon – 7203 points, Joel McFarlane (Arbroath & District AC), Boras, Sweden, 19-20 July 2019. European Junior Championships. (11.07/-0.6 [845], 7.07/-2.5 [830], 12.31 [625], 1.85 [670], 49.08 [858]; 15.12/-0.8 [835], 36.10 [586], 4.30 [702], 47.59 [553], 4:37.09 [699]). Previous record: 7172, Joel McFarlane, 2019.

4) Senior Men National 5000 Metres – 13:06.21 Andrew Butchart (Central AC), London (Olympic Park), Muller Anniversary Games, 20 July 2019. Previous record: 13:08.61, Butchart, 2016.

5) Senior Women National 200 Metres – 22.50 Beth Dobbin (Edinburgh AC), London (Olympic Park), Muller Anniversary Games, 20 July 2019. Previous record: 22.59, Dobbin, 2018.

6) U15 Girls Shot Putt – 13.29 metres, Meghan Porterfield (Victoria Park City of Glasgow AC), Grangemouth, 10 August 2019. Scottish Under 15 Championships. Previous record: 13.08, Ashley Morris, 1984.

7) U17 Men Long Jump – 7.21 metres (+1.2), Murray Fotheringham (Giffnock North AC), Grangemouth, 10 August 2019. Scottish Under 20 Championships. Previous record: 7.20, Hugh Davidson, 1980.

8) U17 Women 1500 Metres Steeplechase – 4:55.32, Georgia Ledingham (Corstorphine AC), Grangemouth, 18 August 2019, Scottish Under 17 Championships. Previous record: 5:08.90, Ledingham, 2018.

9) Senior Men National Pole Vault – 5.56 metres, Jax Thoirs (Victoria Park City of Glasgow AC), Birmingham, 24 August 2019, British Championships. Previous record: 5.50, Thoirs, 2013.

10) U7 Men Pole Vault – 4.72 metres, Reuben Nairne (Giffnock North AC), Bedford, 1 September 2019. England Athletics Under 17 Championships. Previous record: 4.70, Nairne, 2019 (below).

11) U15 Girls 800 Metres – 2 minutes 09.63 seconds, Katie Johnson (Edinburgh AC), Bedford, 1 September 2019. England Athletics Under 15 Championships. Previous record: 2:09.6, Isabel Linaker, 1990.

12) Senior Women National 100 Metres Hurdles – 13.34 (+1.9), Heather Paton at UK Women’s League Premiership, Leigh, 9 June. Previous record: 13.35, Pat Rollo, 1983.

13) U15 Girls Triple Jump – 11.38 (wind speed -0.3), Holly Kirkwood (Victoria Park City of Glasgow AC), Gothenburg, Sweden, 29 June 2019, World Youth Games. Previous record: 11.17, Ellie O’Hara, 2017.

14) U15 Boys 300 Metres – 36.38, Ben Sinclair (Manx Harriers), Birmingham, 13 July 2019, English Schools Championships. Previous record: 36.50, Alexander Poustie-Williamson, 2018.

15) U17 Women Hammer (4kg) – 56.89, Kirsty Costello (Kilbarchan AC), Cardiff, 24 July 2019. Under-20 International. Previous record: 55.98, Kimberley Reed, 2011.

16) U17 Men Pole Vault – 4.61 metres, Reuben Nairne (Giffnock North AC), Pitreavie, 28 July 2019. Sky High Pole Vault competition. Previous record: 4.60, Jax Thoirs 2009 & Nairne 2019.

17) Senior Women National 100 Metres Hurdles – 13.22 (+1.1), Heather Paton (Birchfield Harriers), Hendon, 31 August 2019, London Inter-Club Challenge. Previous record: 13.34, Paton, 2019 (12 above).

Tags: Records, Records Committee, Track and Field Commission

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