|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 over eight thousand pounds.|
|The 146th New Year Sprint was held at Musselburgh Racecourse, 6 miles east of Edinburgh, on Wednesday 31st December 2014 and Thursday 1st January 2015. The second day's racing was held in conjunction with the National Hunt meeting. The New Year Sprint final was to be televised as part of Channel 4's coverage of the day's events. |
|The 110 metres New Year Sprint, with a £4000 first prize, was supported by 90 metres Open, incorporating Veterans and Ladies sections, 110 metres short limit invitation, 60 metres Youths and 90 metres Youths events. Middle distance races were held over 4 furlongs (880 yds, 800 metres approx) in both Open and Youths categories. All events feature a handicap starting system.
|Click here for more details on the New Year Sprint meeting.|
|146th New Year Sprint winner Cameron Tindle of Edinburgh AC.|
Photo: Grossick Racing Photography.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Brief History: Highlights of the Sprint and its characters since 1870.|
145th 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.
Sponsors: Who sponsored which event.
|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.|
|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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|8 Jan 2015|
|Finals results page updated:
• Times for all finalists in 90 metres Vets.
• Full results for 110 metres Backmarkers Invitation.
• Times for all finalists in 60 metres Youths under 13.
• Times and placings for all finalists in 60 metres Youths under 16.
|5 Jan 2015|
|More photos added to Winners Gallery.|
|4 Jan 2015|
|Click here for the Meeting Report with photos.|
|2 Jan 2015|
|Click here for the Winners Gallery.|
|Click here for the video of the New Year Sprint final.|
|Click here for the photo-finish of the New Year Sprint final.|
|1 Jan 2015|
|Cameron Tindle of Edinburgh AC clinches dramatic victory in final of 146th New Year Sprint.|
|Click here for full results of New Year Sprint.|
|Click here for results of all finals.|
|Photo-finish and report to follow.|
|31 Dec 2014|
|Eoin Lowther of Jedburgh streaks to victory in 90 metres Open.|
|Click here for results of all finals held on first day of meeting.|
|Click here for New Year Sprint cross-tie draw.|
|Click here for results of all heats of New Year Sprint.|
|27 Dec 2014|
|The Roll of Honour for Supporting Events page now supports search by runner.|
|24 Dec 2014|
|View event winners for every meeting since 1870 in revamped Past New Year Sprints page.|
|8 Dec 2014|
|Heats and starts now available:|
• 90 metres Open
• 4 furlong Open
• 60 metres Youths age under 13
• 60 metres Youths age under 16
• 90 metres Youths
• 4 Furlong Youths
|1 Dec 2014|
|Click here for the heats of the 146th New Year Sprint.|
|25 Nov 2014|
|Starts for the 146th New Year Sprint were published.
|1 Nov 2014|
|Entries have closed for the 146th New Year Sprint meeting.|
|25 Sept 2014|
|Entry form for the 146th New Year Sprint meeting now available.|
|18 Sept 2014|
|Click here for details of the 146th New Year Sprint.|
|Close finish in the New Year Sprint final. Photo by John Grossick Photography.
|Crowd at the New Year Sprint.