Heather Armitage

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Heather Armitage
Betty Cuthbert, Marlene Mathews, Heather Armitage, 1956 Olympics.jpg
Armitage (right) at the 1956 Olympics
Personal information
Born 17 March 1933 (1933-03-17) (age 84)
Colombo, Ceylon
Height 171 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Sprint
Club Longwood Harriers, Huddersfield
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 m – 11.6 (1956)
200 – 23.79y (1958)[1][2]

Heather Joy Armitage (later Young, then McClelland; born 17 March 1933) is a retired British sprinter. She competed in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics in the 100 m, 200 m and 4×100 m events and won two medals in the relay. Her best individual achievement was sixth place in the 100 m in 1956.[1] In 1958, she won three medals at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff[1] and then took 100 m gold at the 1958 European Championships in Athletics in Stockholm, thereby becoming the first British woman to win an individual European track title.

In the 1950s she married Frank Young, a fellow teacher, and competed as Heather Young. They had a daughter Alison, but later divorced, with Armitage marrying the former association football player John McClelland. She retired from competitions in 1960 and devoted herself to teaching, mostly on religious topics.[3]

As of August 2017, she still hold the official British Record for the 100 yards.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Heather Armitage. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Heather Young (neé Armitage). trackfield.brinkster.net
  3. ^ Greensill, Martin (May 2007). "An early heroine in a golden age for British women’s athletics". Track Stats. NUTS. 
  4. ^ http://www.gbrathletics.com/uk/wa99.htm