LHR School Sports Day Results 1961
The field events took place one afternoon. That was when I won the discus throwing event, with Ann Adams in second place and Jennifer Garrity in third. I had forgotten until I re-read the results, that my throw had broken the previous record. Unfortunately, the distance isn’t mentioned here and I can’t recall what it was. A quick count up, shows that 10 records in all were broken.
The medals for the field events were awarded a couple of days later in the evening when family were invited along to watch the track events. My sister and her fiancé came to watch me be presented with my medal. By then the programs had been printed and I was included among the list of field event winners. Such a shame I didn’t keep a copy.
I remember watching Eric Cowell, the school’s star athlete at that time, winning both the 800 yards and 1 mile races. Final house positions at the end of the evening were, Hillsmen 1st, Townsmen 2nd, Shoresmen 3rd and Plainsmen 4th.
I notice that this 1961 sports day had become more like a traditional games. Several previous ‘fun’ events had been weeded out e.g., egg and spoon race, skipping race and slow bicycle race. However, a new event had been added called Hop, Step and Jump, now known as the Triple Jump.
As for my medal, well that lived in a display cabinet in our living room at Spion Kop for many years. It went astray when my parents moved house, and was never seen again. Very sad, but at least I can still see my name in this paper cutting. My record only stood for one year as it was broken in 1962.
Note: I would like to apologise for the blurred area in the photocopy of this paper cutting. Unfortunately, it was unavoidable as the paper being quite large, had been stored folded in half, which caused the crease.
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