Arnold’s Archive

Welcome to Arnold’s Archive, the scottishathletics history blog. Alongside the other history pages on this website, this blog will be home to articles by our historian, Arnold Black, covering a range of topics, often relating to present-day events.

Arnold has an extensive and detailed knowledge of the history of athletics in Scotland, and we’re delighted to have the space for him to recall the people and events that have brought our sport to the present day.

Onwards and upwards

The 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow was the first time in the history of the event that the Scotland team contained three women high jumpers. With Emma Nuttall announcing her retirement this year, it means that all three team members – Jayne Nisbet and Rachael Mackenzie were the others – are no longer in the event. But with Nikki Manson setting a new Scottish indoor record this year, and threatening the outdoor record in the coming season, we take a look back at the history of Scottish women’s high jumping Click for more…

That elusive hat-trick

As the Lindsays National Cross Country 2020 approaches, there are plenty of honours up for grabs. But one that nobody has attained since 2001 in the Senior Men’s race, is the glory of three individual golds.

While six athletes currently have two wins under their belt, it’s been many years since anyone attained that elusive hat-trick in the men’s race – so we take a look back at those who have achieved it in years gone by. Click for more…

Then Along Came Mike

The passing of Mike Lindsay in December 2019 saw Scottish athletics lose one of its greats – a rare breed, an athlete who can be said to have taken his events forward, both domestically and internationally, and dominated his circle (whether shot or discus) throughout his career. Click for more…

The Allan Scally Memorial Road Race

The Allan Scally Memorial Road Relay Race first appeared on the Scottish running calendar on 22 November 1969 and this February will see the 50th running of the event, having been held each winter season excepting 2017-18. Arnold looks back at the history of the event, and the man who inspired it. Click for more…

Top of the World (part two)

Arnold looks at World Records set in Scotland by athletes from around the globe – from the legendary Alfred Shrubb to the international meets at the Kelvin Hall.  Click for more…

Top of the World

With the 2019 World Championships about to start, Arnold looks back at Scots who have competed at the games, first held in Helsinki in 1983. From Allan Wells to Zoey Clark, the Scots have battled for podium places on this World stage and Arnold reminds us of their achievements… Click for more…

Dundee Dynamite

What is it about the women of Dundee? Two of Scotland’s leading athletes, Laura Muir and Eilish McColgan, are members of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers  – Eilish coached by mum Liz, herself another Dundee athletics legend. No surprise, then, that Dundee women are a continuing influence on athletics in Scotland, stretching back to the formation of the Scottish Women’s Amateur Athletic Association in 1930. Arnold traces the story of female athletes from in Dundee over the decades. Click for more

The Long Road – the Scottish Marathon Championships

Arnold casts his eye back to 1946, when the first Scottish (men’s) Marathon Champs was held, and recalls some of the names that have dominated the discipline in the years before and since. Click for more

The Bellshill Bullet

This week marked the 30th anniversary of a pretty special Scottish Record – Tom McKean’s 800m mark. To do so, he had to beat a revered Kenyan in London – Olympic champion Paul Ereng, no less.

Yet that superb run is only one of a number of highlights in a special career. Click for more . . .  (posted 30 July 2019)

The Class of 2011

As our under-23 athletes return from their European Championships in Gävle buoyed by the double gold medal winning performance of Jemma Reekie, so our under-20 athletes make the opposite journey to Boras to commence their challenge for the European Junior Championships. Click for more… (Posted 16 July 2019)



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