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Worksop College athletics records

Worksop College athletics records
12 May 2021
Written by Simon Langley
College Sports in the 1920s
College Sports in the 1920s

[Girls records coming soon!]

Everyone has a Mastermind subject and mine is Worksop College athletics. I don't know why, but I have always just had a bit of a thing for remembering athletics stats. I am conscious that the College athletics records aren't officially published anywhere so I thought I would do the decent thing and get them up on the OW site as a permanent record. They always provide a bit of a talking point and seeing as it is summer term, what better time to get them out there.

Athletics started at Worksop in 1895 and over the last 126 years we have produced some excellent athletes and performances. We've had 3 National Junior Champions (4 titles), 2 England Schools Champions (3 titles), AAA senior champions, European, Commonwealth and World Championship medallists; needless to say some of our records reflect that! Here's a few other stats/facts that may be of interest:

  • Worksop has been amongst the top athletics schools in the country a number of times during its history
  • In the 1930s, Worksop suddenly started producing a whole host of quality schoolboy athletes - this could have possibly been down to the improvement in rugby standards at the time - Worksop were the best rugby school in the north of England at the time. In 1938 J.S Pinkney (more famous for his rugby) jumped over 21 feet in the long jump and set College records of 10.2 100y, 23.0 220y and 53.4 440y
  • In 1948 P.S. Southcott ran evens (10.0) for the 100y at Cranwell - for a schoolboy this was rather exceptional - he was one of many athletes who started competing in external events such at the Notts Champs - Worksop started winning plenty of cups!
  • In the 1950s we'd compete against Olympians in the annual Achilles Club fixture, they'd often run in handicap matches to ensure there wasn't a mismatch but some athletes were of such quality that handicaps were scrapped
  • W.B. Thompson won a AAA junior title over 200y hurdles in 1954 and came second over 120y hurdles on the same day
  • P.R. Brunyee set an England Schools championship best performance in the 120y hurdles in 1956 (when in the lower VIth) - this remains a record
  • Worksop regularaly produced hurdlers that were ranked in the top 20 in the UK and during a 6 year period lost only one hurdles race (when Brunyee was beaten by Hind of Lancing who was AAA junior champion at the time)
  • In summer 1959, fourteen Worksop boys could run sub 2:10 in the 880y, with six bettering 2:06 and two sub 2 minutes
  • In 1960 the College team defeated all-comers including Marlborough, Lancing and Manchester Grammar School, who were consistently the best schools in the UK for athletics at the time
  • In 1963 two College boys went sub 23.0 in the 220y
  • 30 years later two College boys went sub 22.0 in the 200m!
  • Such is the quality of our 126 year old athletics records, there are some rather good athletes who no don't hold any best performances, including:
    • William Heath - AAA junior champion 100y & 220y (1931) and Public Schools 100y champion
    • David Griffiths - Commonwealth Games 1962 over 880y and mile, army champion 440y, 880y and mile
    • Bill Foster - 2:15 marathon PB and competed for GB at the 1994 European Champs
    • Tom Buckner - 5th place at the 1994 Commonwealth Games over 3000m steeplechase, Olympian and World Champs in the 3000m steeplechase

Senior boys (under 19)

100m 10.60 S.D. Heggie 1993
200m 21.80 S.D. Heggie 1993
400m 48.10 S.D. Heggie 1994
800m 1.51.32 O.T. Dane 2016
1500m 3:45.50 J.R. Buckner 1980
Mile 4:02.90 J.R.Buckner 1980
110m hurdles 14.90 P.R. Brunyee 1956
200y hurdles 23.40 W.B. Thompson 1954
2000m SC 6:02.80 S.T. Lewis 1993
3000m SC 9:44.70 S.T. Lewis 1993
Long jump 6.80 D. Dykes 2009
High jump 2.00 K.A. Gambold 1989
Triple jump 14.03 M. Kwok 2010
Shot (6kg) 12.78 C. Ejiofor 1991
Discus (1.75kg) 43.03 M. Lambley 2005
Hammer (6kg) 65.61 M. Lambley 2005
Javelin (800g) 56.40 J.R. Goodman 1990
4x100m 44.50 Brierley, Pert, Mennim, Hay 1973

Intermediate boys (under 17)

100m 11.12 H. Haith 2012
200m 22.90 S.D. Heggie 1992
400m 49.89 O.T. Dane 2015
800m 1.54.15 O.T. Dane 2015
1500m 3:57.40 J.R. Buckner 1978
100m hurdles 14.1 P.R. Brunyee 1955
Long jump 6.66 J.D. Bray 1984
High jump 1.95 K.A. Gambold 1987
Triple jump 12.84 S.J. Lawrence 2001
Shot (5kg) 13.99 J.P. Friese-Greene 1986
Discus (1.5kg) 39.87 D. Sincliar 1981
Hammer (5kg) 63.06 M. Lambley 2004
Javelin (700g) 52.68 J.R. Goodman 1988

Junior boys (under 15)

100m 11.90 S.D. Heggie 1990
200m 24.50 S.D. Heggie 1990
300m 38.10 O.T. Dane 2013
400m 53.30 O.T. Dane 2013
800m 1.57.50 O.T. Dane 2013
1500m 4:10.20 O.T. Dane 2013
80m hurdles 11.90 T.R. Tunnard 1976
Long jump 5.77 A.J. Wood 1963
High jump 1.72 W. Hickton 2015
Triple jump 11.84 I. Heywood 1991
Shot (3.5kg) 12.23 A. Morris 2013
Discus (1.25kg) 38.50 D. Sinclair 1979
Hammer (4kg) 64.70 M. Lambley 2002
Javelin (600g) 44.68 A.W. Goodman 1990

Record-breaking performances omitted due to wind-assistance etc

100m 10.90 D.R.V. Warrington (under 17) 1956 Wind-assisted
110m hurdles 14.80 P.R. Brunyee (under 19) 1956 Wind-assisted
100m hurdles 12.80 P. Wesley-Heywood (under 17) 1994 Doubtful timing

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