Full Name: Pauline Attwood
Date of Birth: 25 October 1951.
Club: Bristol AC
Making Her Mark
Few athletes have made their mark so young and with so few international appearances as Pauline Attwood. She only earned two British caps - and in one of those events, she was part of a world record run.
When Age Means Nothing
Attwood made rapid improvement between 1968 and 1969. She had had a 440y best time of 57.4 but progressed to finish second in the 400m indoors at the WAAA 400m in 1969. It was the first time that event had been staged and at RAF Cosford, Attwood was beaten by Rosemary Stirling, who won in 56.0, with Pat Lowe third in 57.2. Individual speed was transferred to team glory though on June 22, 1969, when at Crystal Palace, running the second leg in a team of Jenny Pawsey, Janet Simpson and Lillian Board, she helped Britain break the 4 x400m world record with a time of 3:37.6. Her split time was 55.5 and she was still only 17, putting her among the youngest British athletes to set a world record time. It was also a superb year individually when she won silver at the outdoor WAAA at Crystal Palace. She had achieved a personal best of 54.9 in June and clocked 55.2 at the WAAA behind Jenny Pawsey, who won in 54.3, with Barbara Lyall third in 55.6. She competed until she was 20, and set a final pb of 54.5 in 1971, when she was a reserve on the British team at the European Championships in Helsinki.
UK Internationals: 2 (1969-72)
100m 12.1 (1970), 200m 24.6, 24.2w (1972); 400m 54.5 (1971)