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NEWS HEADLINES FROM 1961 (in date order) Page 1 of 2:-

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(1) SURREY SENIOR & JUNIOR MEN CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, WIMBLEDON COMMON, 7TH JANUARY 1961

JUNIOR MEN
Below is a shot of the Junior Race. 22 J Derham, Herne Hill Harriers; 55 G Wood, Mitcham AC followed by Kevin McBrearty, Hercules; 123 (striped vest) M Parsons, Redhill & Reigate AC. They stayed in this order but the spacing grew to 59 seconds.

Photo by G H Cranham

Over the two lap five mile course on Wimbledon Common the Milners of Walton soon showed in front. The going was flat and fast which favoured track runners. Tony Milner came in a comfortable first in front of his brother Peter for Walton to gain a clear team win despite the fact that they only had five finishers.

Junior Men top 50 individual finishers and top 10 teams.

SENIOR MEN
The experts who did not stray from the southside said that the going was good - so it was for most of the way! In the image below good club men splash after the leaders. 187 C Bray, Herne Hill Harriers; 171 J Bull, Ranelagh Harriers; 98 Clive Shippen, Belgrave Harriers; 11 J Moran, South London Harriers; 157 B Williams, Guildford & Godalming AC.


Immediate pre-race news was that Mick Firth and Laurie Reed both of South London Harriers and Tony Towl of Herne Hill Harriers had all been laid low with post-Christmas germs. With Gordon Pirie not entered and the only track-suited world record holder in sight a lady, the race was thrown wide open; rash thoughts were entertained of Mitcham unseating the holders SLH.
On the second of the three laps of 2½ miles the experienced Rowland Langridge, brilliant when a junior, had seen his chance and opened a small gap from Eddie Watt and Eric Shirley; the holder, Ernie Earl, very short of racing, was doing better than expected about twenty yards back. At the finish the leaders piled in for ten to home in twenty seconds. South London had their last man of six home in seventeenth place to show their strength in depth.

Senior Men top 100 individual finishers and top 10 teams.



Photo by E D Lacey
First three in the Senior race. In the centre is Rowland Langridge, South London Harriers, who was first. On the left is his clubmate, Neville Chanin who was second. On the right is Ernie Earl of Hercules AC, last year's winner, who came third.

(2) SURREY YOUTHS CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, GUILDFORD, 14TH JANUARY 1961

98 runners and 13 teams completed the testing course at Guildford which include a steep climb on each of the three laps of the 3½ miles race. Mitcham won the third time in a row but Wimbledon's second place probably gave them more satisfaction.
Fred Stebbings, Croydon H, won by 150 yards from the fast finishing Mick Gowan of Herne Hill who was just in front of Terry Naish, Sutton & Cheam, filling third place for the second year.

Youths top 50 individual finishers and team result.

(3) CAU (SENIOR MEN) INTER-COUNTY CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, BINGLEY, 21ST JANUARY 1961

At Milnerfield Farm, Bingley the 300-odd starters faced driving wet snow and sloppy mud on the worst day of the year. Our team was weakened by the unavoidable absence of Earl and Heywood, third and fourth in our championship, and Firth and Reed. Malcolm Robinsonmissed the train at London but British Railways rose to the occasionand got him there just in time - let us hope that he was grateful.
At the start all were caught in the ruck except Eric Shirley but he paid for his folly and had to retire. Rowland Langridge was, of course, disappointing after his County win. Neville Chanain improved from fortieth and in their first races for Surrey, Mike Gillett, who went up twenty-seven places, and Alan Black both did well.
Bill Lucas, the team manager, points out that we were twelfth the previous time and, now being sixth, sees us winning next time. He could well be right.

Individual Surrey performances and team scores

(4) JUNIOR MENS INTER-COUNTY CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, WOODFORD GREEN, 21ST JANUARY 1961

At Woodford Green as with the Seniors at Bingley, the Juniors, in their first Inter-County event, had thick mud even if no snow. The Milners stayed up with Jim Catto (Essex) for two miles but were forced to drop back. David Harvey was attacked by stitch. We finished third of the four teams taking part.

Individual Surrey performances and team scores

(5) SURREY COUNTY AAA ANUUAL GENERAL MEETING, BALHAM, 17TH FEBRUARY 1961

(6) SURREY BOYS CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, MORDEN PARK, 25TH FEBRUARY 1961

(7) SURREY 10 MILE ROAD WALKING CHAMPIONSHIPS, WIMBLEDON, 25TH FEBRUARY 1961

(8) SURREY YOUNG ATHLETES EASTER COACHING COURSE, MOTSPUR PARK, 5TH/6TH/7TH APRIL 1961


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(9) SURREY 20 MILE ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS, REIGATE, 6TH MAY 1961

(10) SURREY JUNIOR MEN 1500M STEEPLECHASE CHAMPIONSHIP, CARSHALTON, 6TH MAY 1961

(11) SURREY WOMENS TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, CROYDON, 20TH MAY 1961

(12) CAU (MEN) INTER-COUNTY TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, WHITE CITY, LONDON, 20TH/22ND MAY 1961

(13) SURREY MENS TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, MOTSPUR PARK, 1ST/3RD JUNE 1961

(14) SURREY YOUTHS 4 X 110 YARDS RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS, REDHILL, 10TH JUNE 1961

(15) SURREY JUNIOR MEN 4 X 110 YARDS & 4 X 220 YARDS RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS, CROYDON, 17TH JUNE 1961

(16) WAAA JUNIOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, ST. HELENS, 1ST JULY 1961

(17) WAAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, WHITE CITY, LONDON, 8TH JULY 1961

(18) AAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, WHITE CITY, LONDON, 14TH/15TH JULY 1961

(19) ALL-ENGLAND SCHOOLS TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, CHESTERFIELD, 21ST/22ND JULY 1961

(20) WAAA INTERMEDIATE TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BIRMINGHAM, 29TH JULY 1961

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