StatPack Mark 21- Introduction

as at 30th September 2021 

Introduction

Hello and a warm welcome to StatPack Mark 22 which updates the last (September 2020) version to include marks achieved during the 2021 outdoor season – there was no indoor season this year due to the lockdown.

Simon Kilminster compiled the first edition of StatPack over 25 years ago and although occasionally details from earlier years occasionally surface almost all the changes in this edition again come from performances from the current bunch of talented athletes who continue to rewrite these rankings almost as soon as they can be produced!

The summer 2021 season followed on from the challenging 2020 season, and a series of lockdowns which saw the track closed during much of the winter training period, only reopening at the end of March 2021. Competitions started at the end of April and all leagues restarted from the end of May onwards, all adopting modified structures of local clubs to minimise travelling. Despite these challenges the club emerged strongly and these all-time lists reflect the continued success of the club. As was the case in 2020, it's remarkable that any new club records were set - but the fact that eight records were broken is a great credit to the athletes and their coaches

 

The first records to fall were set in the USA by two club athletes attending university there. During the short US college indoor season Duke University post-graduate student Zoe Hughes improved Kate Cowley’s long jump record and then in April improved her own shot club record outdoors. Not to be outdone Butler University’s Tom Pitkin returned to the 400m hurdles, after several years on the flat, and at the start of May broke Mark Bishop’s club best at the event.

The first club record to fall in the UK went to Jacob Blanc, who at the end of May trimmed George Hadler’s club Under 17 Men’s 400m record, before changing focus to concentrate on the 100m sprint hurdles with great success, breaking that record too in winning the English Schools Championships in July.

 

Another hurdles record to fall was the Under 17 Women’s 300m hurdles best which was broken by Stephanie Okoro not once but three times, at the English School Championships in July, the England Athletics Championships in August and finally at the Schools International in September when Stephanie set the third fastest time ever by a UK Under 17 Women. With another full year in this age group, the UK Under 17 record is within her sights.

Stephanie was also a key member of the Under 17 Women’s team who broke the 4 x 300m relay record, joining Lucy Nattrass, Natalie Sewell and Olivia Boachie in the record-breaking quartet.

The final two records to fall came in the Senior Men’s 100m where Richard Akinyebo removed the record which Kevin Farrell had held since 1998, and which had been equalled by Matthew Russell in 2004.  The other record was the Under 15 Girls’ javelin record which new recruit Lucy Quinlan broke in one of her first competitions in club colours.

 

The modified season also brought other many new marks added to these all-time lists and we now look forward to a return to a full competition programme, indoors and out, during 2022.

As noted previously, the rankings include only performances for athletes who met the age definitions now in use – this means that a few long-standing under 17 boys’ marks no longer qualified as the athlete in question was too old under the current age groups. This happened because before 1964 an athlete’s age group was calculated as at 1 April prior to the start of the track season not as at 31 August, and also the statisticians used a 31 December cut off until 1970.  I have only included any changes that I have been able to find but it may mean that any marks for that athlete the previous season have been missed.

As usual, some observations on the contents, as follows.

  • Any new listings since StatPack 2019 are all printed in "BOLD" to make them more noticeable — the new additions in 2020 are highlighted in BLUE while those from 2021 are high in RED

  • Where an athlete’s best hand time is marginally better than their best electronic times I’ve included the electronic times as well where these are within the rankings limit.

  • As with recent StatPacks I’ve listed wind-assisted marks separately.  Debate will continue about whether some marks were or weren’t wind assisted – but where there is firm or good evidence of wind assistance (e.g. if the annual national rankings show it) I have listed marks as windy. Some other marks have come to light that are still unverified and I have included these here on that basis.

  • Javelin Senior/Junior Men’s marks have been included from 1986 only, when the new specification (800g) came in. For the U15 and U17 Women the new specification (500g) javelin came into effect on 1 April 2014. (The specification for U15 to U17 Women was previously 600g. For seniors the specification changed in 1999 and old pre-1999 specification rankings have been omitted)

  • Shot & Hammer: For the U15 and U17 Women the new specification (3kg) came into effect on 1 April 2014.

I have continued to use the following conversion criteria for historic marks.

Ø       100 Yards ‑ 100 Metres                                      100 Yards time plus 1.0 second

Ø       220 Yards ‑ 200 Metres                                      220 Yards time less 0.1 seconds

Ø       440 Yards/440 Yards Hurdles ‑ 400 Metres          440 Yards time less 0.3 seconds

Ø       880 Yards ‑ 800 Metres                                      880 Yards time less 0.7 seconds

Ø       120 Yards Hurdles ‑ 110 Metre Hurdles                Same as they are the same distance