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Spanning three centuries and over 150 years of unbroken continuity
The New Year Sprint is the most enduring open athletics event in the UK. A handicap race held over 110 metres, the Sprint has been staged in Scotland on or around New Year's Day annually since 1870. Competitors, both amateur and professional, vie for prize money totalling thousands of pounds.

151st New Year Sprint

151st New Year Sprint winner Ian Horsburgh of Central AC, with Professional Sprint legend George McNeill
151st New Year Sprint winner Ian Horsburgh of Central AC, with Professional Sprint legend George McNeill
Photo: Grossick Racing Photography.
The 151st New Year Sprint was held on Monday 30th December 2019 and Wednesday 1st January 2020. The first day's events were held at the East Lothian Athletics Arena in Prestonpans, 9 miles east of Edinburgh with the second day's events held at the traditional venue of Musselburgh Racecourse, 6 miles east of Edinburgh. The New Year's Day foot racing was held in conjunction with the National Hunt meeting with the New Year Sprint final being televised as part of ITV Racing's coverage of the day's events.
The 110 metres New Year Sprint, with a 5000 first prize, was supported by Open foot-races of 200 metres and 800 metres and Veterans and Ladies races over 90 metres. Youths events, with a lower age limit of 9 years old, was held over 90 metres, 200 metres and 800 metres.
All events featured a handicap starting system.
This year's 1870 Club Sweep had a 1000 first prize.
Click here for more details on the 151st New Year Sprint meeting.
Race of Champions
The New Year Sprint has attracted top-flight domestic and foreign runners throughout its history. Most recently, 1995 winner Doug Walker, went on to become European 200m champion. 1987 winner Bill Snoddy (U.S.A.) was formerly the world's fastest man (wind assisted) and World Professional Record holder over 120yds, George McNeill, won in 1970. Sprinters such as Willie McFarlane of Glasgow (1930s) and Harry Hutchens of London (1890s), who are considered the finest of their generation, also graced the event with superlative performances.

Race for All
The Sprint is more than just a battle between the fleetest of foot. For this event features a handicap starting system designed to ensure that any runner, no matter what their ability, age or sex, has a chance of scooping the big first prize.

Mystical Air
The longevity of the Sprint, the participation of champion runners, the prospect of a front marker clinging on for victory and the determination of all runners competing at the most inhospitable time of year are all ingredients that lend the Sprint an almost mystical air.

Site Overview
Brief History: Highlights of the Sprint and its characters since 1870.
150th New Year Sprint: All about last year's meeting.
Past Sprints: Results since 1990; reports, photos, video clips from more recent meetings.
Sprint Search: A powerful mechanism for searching the database of New Year Sprint entrants and results since 1990.
Roll of Honour: Browse or search the complete list of New Year Sprint winners.
Roll of Honour for Supporting Events: Browse or search the complete list of winners of the supporting events at the New Year Sprint meetings.
Sponsors: Who sponsored which event.

SHGA Fixture
The New Year Sprint meeting is a fixture of the open athletics circuit organised under the rules of the Scottish Highland Games Association (SHGA). The circuit includes traditonal Highland Games famous for "heavy" events. Games in the Scottish Borders are run under the rules of Borders Athletics.

British Athletics & Scottish Athletics approval
The New Year Sprint meeting has been sanctioned by British Athletics and Scottish Athletics for competition by amateur athletes who may keep prize money won.


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Latest News
2 Jan 2020
The following pages are now available:
• Meeting Report with photos
• New Year Sprint final photofinish
• Winners Gallery
Click here for winners of the 1870 Club Sweepstake.
1 Jan 2020
Ian Horsburgh of Central AC storms to victory in 151st New Year Sprint.
Click here for full results of New Year Sprint.
Click here for results of all finals.
30 Dec 2019
Cameron Lindsay of Kelso wins 200 metres Open.
Click here for New Year Sprint cross-tie draw.
Click here for results of all finals held on first day of meeting.
Click here for results of all heats of New Year Sprint.
28 Dec 2019
Provisional timing of New Year Sprint final changed.
27 Dec 2019
Provisional timetable available.
9 Dec 2019
Supporting events' heats and starts:
• 200 metres Open Handicap
• 800 metres Open Handicap
• 90 metres Veterans Handicap
• 90 metres Ladies Handicap
• 90 metres Youths Handicap
• 200 metres Youths Limited Handicap - age 10 - under 13
• 200 metres Youths Limited Handicap - age 13 - under 16
• 800 metres Youths Handicap
4 Dec 2019
Click here for the heats of the 151st New Year Sprint.
24 Nov 2019
Click here for the handicaps for the 151st New Year Sprint.
1 Nov 2019
Entries closed for all events at the 151st New Year Sprint meeting
21 Sept 2019
Entry form for the 151st New Year Sprint meeting now available.
Click here for details of the 151st New Year Sprint.

New Year Sprint Images
Close finish in the New Year Sprint final. Photo by John Grossick Photography.
Close finish in the New Year Sprint final. Photo by John Grossick Photography.
Crowd at the New Year Sprint.
Crowd at the New Year Sprint.