A couple more oldies from the Lambden shoebox of old photos. On the left is Steve Kelly, one of the Island's best ever road runners having a rare dabble at race walking. I think it was from 1977 but it was definitely in the TT Relay Walk taking part in the Board of of Silly Walks B team. My school friend and rival, Simon Capelen, who made a comeback a couple of years ago, first came up with the idea of entering as the Ministry of Silly Walks (remember the Monty Python sketch?) but the following year we localised it with the Isle of Man Board of Silly Walks and Simon and I won with our brothers Dave and Martin. Dave is entered in this year's Clerical Medical Parish Walk. I think it was the year after that we entered a Silly Walks B team and recruited Steve along with (I think) Neil and the late Mark Taylor and possibly Neil Richmond (later Richmond Travel). Steve was in the early stages of dominating all the major road races and I think it was Dave who talked him into having a walk as well. Am I right in thinking that some years later he had another dabble winning the Boundary Harriers Novice walk?
The second picture is one of Britain's best ever race walkers, Lisa Langford, crossing the finish line in the Manx Airlines invitation meeting. It may well have been one of the occasions she set a British record and in evidence to record the feat were two of the best known, but sadly departed, characters in the local sport. On the left of the picture is Kevin Madigan, a stalwart of Boundary Harriers and briefly Manx Harriers immaculately dressed as ever. On the right was Dave Phillips the driving force in the establishment of Western AC and whose name the handicap series of runs in Peel is named after. Oh, and the venue at the time was known as King George V Park (although athletes always referred to is as the Bowl even though the real Bowl was the stadium "next door" and now of course its the NSC. (ML)