British Skating Legends

Unsung heroes of British roller speed skating

BRITISH RECORDS

Firstly, I should tell you that the records published on this site are the UNOFFICIAL records and that those published on the FISS website should be considered the OFFICIAL ones.

That said, the records here are generally the most up to date and accurate that you will find anywhere on the web.  I shall give you a little insight into why by way of an explanation.

Right up until 1969 the British Records were published annually in an NSA (National Skating Association) handbook, distributed to all of it's members at that time.  In addition it also published lists of World and European Champions at all disciplines.  When you consider that the NSA was the umbrella body for both ice and roller disciplines (figure, dance and speed) you can see that year on year the book was getting considerably thicker.  From 1970 onwards, the NSA published a much abridged version of the handbook with little or no information on results from major competitions...or indeed BRITISH RECORDS.

Between 1970 and 1994 there was no formal recognition of the setting of British speed records, and as such no times or major results were formally recorded.  Noting this I made it my mission to correct this and spent 18 months collecting data and information to put together a definitive list of times that I considered to be BRITISH RECORDS.  I could not vouch for its accuracy - but I presented it to the then governing body of British roller speed skating (BFRS) as a starting point to resurrect this important piece of information.  They accepted this and asked, in return, that I be the "Official Records Officer" for the sport - a role I undertook until 2007.

In 2007 I handed over a full set of now accurate BRITISH RECORDS to a new administration in order that they might continue where I left off.  Unfortunately, this was not the case and once again the acknowledgment of British Records fell into disarray.  More recently I again offered to resume my position as that of "Records Officer" in order that (a) I could be satisfied that the records were being maintained properly and (b) the sport in this country could once again have recognised and accepted targets for its skaters - which I continue to do.  Due to the limited resources for FISS it is not always possible to have records ratified and indeed published OFFICIALLY in a timely manner, hence why I state that these should be considered the UNOFFICIAL records until such time as FISS makes public any ratifications.