Pictured – The gold medal won by Daniel Bethune for the Broad Jump (now known as the Long Jump) at the very first Scottish Championships in 1883.

Athletics in Scotland has a rich tradition and history. While it is crucial that the sport continues to look forward, evolve and develop, it is important that we protect the wonderful history of our sport.

This section of the website will recognise the great heritage of our sport and the aim of scottishathletics historian Arnold Black, is to develop a number of key projects, including:

  • The formation of a ‘historical group’ of interested parties and experts that can help contribute to projects as well as influence the future direction of key projects and research.
  • Ensure the scottishathletics website is informative and documents key elements of the sport’s history including: the history of Scottish Championships; Scottish records; major championships medalists across all disciplines; Hall of Fame members and biographies, as well as updated lists of Honorary Life Members and important recognition award winners, eg Tom Stillie Award amongst others.
  • The preservation of important websites where athletics in Scotland is well served by fantastic volunteer websites with detailed information on the history of the sport and people within it.
  • Ensuring that, over time, there is a reference point for resources, information and memorabilia of the sport in Scotland.


For anyone with an interest in any of the projects identified or with any information or ideas, please contact Arnold by email on historian@scottishathletics.org.uk

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