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This was the scene from the Manx Harriers open meeting twenty one years ago. Doesn't it look bare without the NSC?

It was the third year of a sponsorship by Manx Airlines that lastest more than twenty years. Derek Harrison (right), better known for his walking,  was still competing in the 50km run while John Cannell (24) and Tim Baker were in the later starting 30km walk.

Derek was the first Manx finisher in the run in 3 hours 38 minutes although I have just discovered an error in my database as he is mentioned in the report but not the result for the year. The 50km run was included in the programme for four years and were all won by Altrincham's Jeff Norman (father of well known current runners Dave and Andy).

The 30km walk was won by five time Olympic walker Chris Maddocks in the second fastest British time at that stage from later record holder Ian McCombie. Steve Partington set himself up for the first of his six Commonwealth Games in third place.

John Cannell is hosted a party on Saturday evening to celebrate his recent 60th birthday while Tim Baker, who is managing director of the GlynWebb DIY chain, recently visited the Island for Christmas.





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The picture on the left, taken at the 2005 Manx Harriers open meeting, provides a contrasting background to the earlier published picture at the 1985 event.

This picture looks south (whereas the other one was looking east) but shows the indoor part of the National Sports Centre (NSC) which was opened in about 1997 (can anyone confirm?). It contains the National 25 metre swimming pool and other "wet" facilities and a large sports hall. It was extended later to include further indoor facilities.

The outdoor facilities, built within the King George V Park were opened in 1991 and include a six lane (eight lane straight) athletics track and an all weather sports pitch. Three further all weather sports pitches have been built around the Isle of Man in recent years and there are swimming pools in the same three towns, Peel, Ramsey and Castletown.

Come and see the Island's great facilities, and countryside during 2006.

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