All "reporting" by Murray
Lambden unless otherwise stated.
CHRIS QUINE REPORTS VIA PHONE FROM GUERNSEY 30-06-03
It was great to hear from Chris
tonight, especially as he was disappointed with
his own performance in the 10,000 metres on a wet
and sultry Sunday night.
He was certainly enthusing about
the female performances on the track tonight.
Jackie Ashman was at the front of
the field for 20 of the 25 laps of the 10,000 metres
but was left trailing over the last mile. She
picked up the bronze however and well done to Jackie.
Hannah Riley was also in the lead
for 80% of her race but had to settle for second
in the 100 metres hurdles. Another great performance
despite not quite hanging on.
I was unaware of the third medal
until Chris rang even though I had listened to the
commentary of te re-run of the 100 metres on the
Games Station. Sarah Dowling clinched the silver
to the great delight of the Manx team and supporters.
What a night!
Earlier I heard Martin Bullock explain
(on Manx Radio) that the recall gun didn't work
properly and some of the athletes ran to the finish
while others pulled up. After a protest the event
Keiron's retirement from the 800
metres was not caused by injury and he now has to
compose himself to try and defend his 400 metres
Although Chris Stobart was disappointed
not to make the final of the 200 metres he was aware
of a lack of endurance and still hopes to go well
in the 100 metres.
Sorry I didn't get any word of the
other Manx athletes who performed tonight.
Paul Clarke was pleased with his
run on Sunday night but sad to miss a medal. Andy Fox
was also happy with his steeplechase medal and Darren
Gray was extremely pleased with his personal best.
If anyone has any additional information
it will be welcomed.
Many thanks to Chris Quine.
WALK ON THURSDAY - reminder and welcome from
Bridget Kaneen 30-06-03
Just a little reminder to everyone
that although things are pretty quiet down at the local track this week
for obvious reasons, there will be a 3k track walk for seniors and a
1k for juniors on Thursday evening at 6.15pm.
newcomers welcome - N.B for those who started the
Parish, we will be walking in the opposite
For anyone who is not an outdoor
member there will be a small charge payable to the Outdoor office, but apart
from that all the fun is free!
STEEPLECHASE SUCCESS 29-06-03
I was so pleased for Andy Fox today.
I'm sure he will be thinking he should have won
the silver (he was only three and a bit seconds
behind the second finisher) but it's a great performance
to win a medal and get back under the 10 minute
barrier at the age of 41, even though I thought
he was even older! (I checked it on the Guernsey2003
Andy puts far more into the sport
than he takes out and when you are coaching and
organising its all too easy to let your own performances
And it was one of his protégés who
was next on the track. I'm not sure what Darren's
personal best is, but I wouldn't be surprised if
10.07 is it. Even if its not, then to finish 4th
just a couple of months after being hospitalised
after a motor cycle accident is great news.
WESTERN AC HELPS KEEP ISLE OF MAN AT TOP OF MEDALS
Peter Kelly of Western AC has won
a team gold medal in Guernsey in the Shooting (Clay
Target event with David Walton.
As I write this the Games Radio
are announcing the start of the 3,000 metres Steeplechase
- they've now started! There is a crowd of
about 2,000. Andy Fox has the best PB in the field.
ISLAND GAMES INFORMATION 29-06-03
I don't know whether anyone else
has been following the Island Games via the Games
Station. Even though I use the internet a lot, I'm
still amazed by the technology sometimes. I'm listening
to all the latest news over the internet.
Meanwhile the Island Games website
is much improved on the 2001 version and the medal
table is updated almost in real time. The results
are also available pretty quickly.
There was a certain amount of Manx
pride to hear the commentators raving about Andrew
Roche as he won the cycling time trial.
The links for all of the Island
Games sites are on the front page.
WIN FOR PETER AND PERSONAL
BEST FOR BRIDGET
Bridget reports on a Kaneen family day trip 28-06-03
Arrived back home safe and sound around an hour
ago. (received at 8pm).
Both pleased with how things went, particularly
Peter who seems to consider Alexander Stadium as a bit of a
bogey venue for him.
He won the Mens race in 13.38 (ish), around 50
seconds down on his best, but all things considered he was very
David Turner also of North was second and Steve
Arnold who was over here in March third for the
My race was won by South African born Estle
Viljoen, in around 14 minutes who was walking for the South of England on
Second was Wendy Bennett for the Midlands, I was
where I expected to be once I saw who I was up against,
finishing in third in around 15.15. I was happy with that as
it is the
fastest 3k I have walked by a few
We did not have time to hang around to find out our
official times as we had to get back up to Liverpool sharpish for
our flight home.
It was really nice to see a friendly face, with
Neil turning up to support us, he is bound for Bedford tomorrow and is
looking to test out some technical changes he has been
making. He will be back home on Tuesday for the summer
ISLAND GAMES TEAM READY TO GO 28-06-03
Just had a call from Chris Quine
on his way to the airport. He is action in the 10,000
metres tomorrow and then in the half marathon on
The athletics team, together with
the footballers and basketball team, are staying
in a 3 star hotel - somewhat different to Gotland,
Chris is feels he is in fairly good
shape, he is lighter than for about 6 years, although
in true athletics style, he feels he could have
done with another few weeks to prepare.
The team are hoping to send through
some inside stories to the website although obviously
this is secondary to getting their performances
right on the day.
I'm sure we're all thinking of them.
PAUL JACKSON - MARATHON CHAMPION! 28-06-03
Paul Jackson, who won Thursday's
marathon, is hoping to work with the organisers
of Laa Columb Killey to entice a bigger field for
next year. The festival, the parish festival or
Arbory, was traditionally supported by the runners
and walkers but in recent years the fields have
declined. I don't know whether they still do. but
the athletes used to benefit from the remainder
of the cream teas after the race.
Meanwhile Parish Walk hero Peter
Kaneen was back in action in the walk. Don't forget
that Peter & Bridget Kaneen are both in action
on Birmingham today.
COLUMB KILLEY RESULTS
Results:(no official times)
Marathon (5 mile run)
1st Paul Jackson
2nd Les Brown
3rd Tony Conway
4th Ian Callister
1st Peter Kaneen
2nd Allan Callow
3rd Bridget Kaneen
4th Marie Latham
NORTHERN MENS LEAGUE 28-06-03
by Chris Quine
We are going to Leeds after the Games - flying directly
to the UK. I understand there are around 12 athletes doing this with
about 10 more coming over from the Island on the day. The ladies are
competing at Leeds on the same day and a number of the team are also flying
directly to the UK.
According to Andy there are also about 10 down to go on
the B team trip on the Saturday.
100 MILE WALK IN 1998 28-06-03
As part of the information
I provided to John Watterson this week for his Parish
Walk coverage I confirmed that Sandra Brown had
walked on to 100 miles in addition to setting the
female record for the Parish Walk course in 1998.
The 100 miles was held in conjunction
with the Parish Walk and 11 walkers completed an
extra 15 miles up and down the promenade. Here is
the full result.
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MANX INDEPENDENT PARISH WALK COVERAGE 28-06-03
I thought the coverage of the Clerical Medical
Parish Walk was superb (as usual) this week.
John Watterson was therefore very disappointed
to learn last night (at the Ramsey Park Runs) that
he had missed the results at Bride from his coverage.
These things happen.
THIS COMMENT FIRST APPEARED ON THE www.parishwalk.com
BEST EVER PARISH WALK PERFORMANCE
OPINION OR FACT
There are lots of opinions as to which
was the best ever performance in the Parish Walk.
Was it Derek Harrison's 1979 record
because it was the fastest, Peter Kaneen's 2002
performance (second fastest) because it was so unexpected,
Henry Harvey's 16:25:40 on inferior roads and in inferior
shoes in 1962, Graham Young's 15:43:12 in 1971 when
they were starting in the evening and walking right
through the night or perhaps David Collister's feat
of finishing for the 20th time?
I've had a think about this evening
and decided that Sandra Brown's time of 16:16:36 in
1998, in my opinion, is the best ever. I've compared
men's world records to women's records at a number of
distances and in percentage terms, her time is worth
14:50 (compared to the 20km walk world records) or 15:12
(compared to the marathon world records). But she did
not even stop walking at 85 miles. She continued and
did a further 15 miles up and down the promenade to
complete the 100 mile walk held in conjunction with
the Parish Walk in 19 hours 32 minutes 26 seconds.
So much for opinions.
When it comes to facts no one can argue.
Derek Harrison is the record holder (and still holds
four of the 12 fastest in the event). Peter Kaneen is
the second fastest. They both walked the same distance
of 85 miles. Peter McElroy's comment in the Manx Independent
that "I feel it should be pointed out that the
1979 race started on Douglas promenade and was therefore
about one mile further", is an absolute disgrace
(sorry opinions creeping back in!). Such comments should
not be printed without checking the most basic facts.
The laps of the NSC track and roadway (together with
the walk through a the housing estate at Braddan) were
inserted to ensure that the walk covered no less and
no greater distance than when it started and finished
on the promenade.
PARK RUNS ROUND 4 28-06-03
I suspect that numbers were slightly down on
previous rounds last night but there were still
some good performances.
As ever the evening started with the junior races
and I've published pictures
of all the runners in this race.
The first three home in the four mile handicap
race were Robbie Lambden, Dave Maddrell and Nick
Percival who all made big improvements. As I write
their picture is on the front page but if you read
this after I have moved it you can find
The conditions were pretty good despite the rain
earlier in the day and Nick got himself onto the
podium by running the fastest time recorded in the
series for two years of 21.15 (unofficially). The
preview best was set by Stewart Sayle (20.50) in
2001 so that is something for Nick to aim for in
the final race in the series on 25 July.
I'm not certain, but I think the best time stands
to Tony Okell in the very first race held in this
series (on its current course) in 2000.
Next fastest last night, although he was slightly
disappointed to be 2 seconds down on the previous
round due to a hard session on Wednesday evening,
was Mike Garrett with 22.15.
Other people who were thought to record good
times (all unofficial) were Peter Hughes (21.37),
Kevin Vondy (21.50) and Andy Cannell (21.55).
This writer made an unwise decision to run with
a cold and is currently using a large number of
tissues! One personal feature, in addition to being
so pleased to see Robbie winning, was to have my
Mother watch me running past her in the car park
for one of the laps. She is 84 and was recently
unwell but my sister Margaid was visiting her from
London this weekend . She took her from Kirk Michael
to Ramsey to shop and they called in to see the
run. I think its probably the first time she has
watched me compete for over 20 years!
NICK PERCIVAL OFF TO THE ISLAND GAMES to
Nick is making the long journey by ferry and
over land to watch a few days of the athletics in
Guernsey next week and then joins the Manx Harriers
B team next weekend.
Any other news of spectators at the games will
LATE ARRIVALS AT THE VETERANS MILE 28-06-03
I'm not quite sure how, it was certainly advertised
at the correct time on this site, but at least four
people arrived too late to take part in the Veterans
Mile on Wednesday.
Moira and Geoff Hall, Michelle Kewley and Christine Barwell all thought it was
a 7 pm start.
Well done to the Isle of Man Veterans Athletics
Club for organising the race, Mike Gellion in particular.
The first veterans mile was held as part of the
opening event at the National Sports Centre in 1991.
It was an attempt by the joint sports committee
(I was on this along with Graham Young & Mick
Hannay) to show that the NSC catered for all age
As stated many times, although I'm a veteran
myself I'm not a great fan of veterans only athletics
but I like this event because, although the veterans
race against each other, they were at least part
of a bigger meeting.
I thoroughly enjoyed the race and once again
the atmosphere was good because the event is only
held once a year. I'm usually noted for criticising
my own performance when I return home but on Wednesday
I told my family I hadn't enjoyed a race so much
MANX TEAM FOR THE SNOWDEN
FELL RACE 28-06-03
The original team selected
for the Snowdon International was
been selected last week (sorry I hadn't got around to publishing this). It was
to consist of the first four finishers at the recent Patrick
race, ie Tony Okell, Richard Jamieson, Brian Osbourne and Ian Gale with
Simon Skillicorn first reserve. Simon was to travel to Snowdon as well
running as a individual if he is not required for the team.
Further news arrived from Richie Steveson yesterday
however. Richard Jamieson is unavailable now and so Simon Skillicorn is promoted to make
his debut for the Manx team.
CROFT MAKES GAMES 18 YEARS ON 28-06-03
Chris Quine explains
When the Island Games were held on the Isle of Man in
1985 Paddy Croft was selected for the Long Jump and relay. He was also
appointed athletics team captain. Unfortunately, due to serious illness just prior
to the Games he had to withdraw from the team. Following his recuperation
he struggled to recapture his old form and eventually drifted away from
athletics. It is, therefore, great to see that Paddy's 15 year old daughter
Rachel will be making her debut in the Games this time. Rachel is
entered for the 100m, 200m and Long Jump.
WALKING FIXTURES by Steve Taylor 27-06-03
Next Thursday, July 3rd Manx Harriers will be
staging a series of track walks at the NSC in Douglas.
Starting at 6.15pm there will be a 3km for seniors
and 1km for juniors. This will be an ideal opportunity
to sharpen up for those intending to compete in
Dublin on July 12th or at St. Johns on the 17th.
Signing on from 6pm. Track fees will have to
be paid by non-members of the NSC.
Thursday July 17th. St. Johns 10km (sealed handicap).
Meet in the car park opposite the Farmers Arms.
Juniors races away first at 7pm to be held on the
road between the car park and the Hope Road (old
The senior race will be held around the Ballacraine,
Hope, Tynwald Hill lap. All walkers will start together
on the Hope Road just down from the Ballacraine
traffic lights. Awards will be presented to the
fastest handicap time and not the first across the
Entry fee £3 for seniors and £1 for juniors.
NO CHAT ROOM 27-06-03
Among Allan Thompson's prolific and largely helpful
forum contributions was a suggestion that I should
provide a chat room. I can categorically say that
this will not be provided I'm afraid. Give
me a chance!
STEVE TAYLOR COMMENTS ON ISLAND GAMES DEBATE
I guess that there must be different rules for
each sport. We are well aware of the situation in
athletics whereby Andy Fox has been refused entry
in to the IG half marathon after the late withdrawal
of Tony Okell even though he is already competing
in the steeplechase. The double standards appear
as the IOM Football Association have announced this
week that they have drafted not one but two new
players into the squad for the games. Andy Perry
has been called up as cover for first choice goalkeeper
Mark Blair whilst James Cain is called in as a replacement
for the injured Paul Wright. Paul although suffering
through injury for sometime only informed the team
management of his intention to withdraw on Thursday
ITEMS CARRIED FORWARD 27-06-03
I've still got many emails to sift through so
if I've not used your content yet, please be patient.
I've been up since 4.30 this morning, not just to
work on the website but to do other things that
don't get done because of the time I spend here.
I spent too long hanging around at the track
on Wednesday night (the field events were very late)
and I've gone down with a cold. I'm hoping to run
in Ramsey tonight but there is a question mark.
See you there folks.
KANEENS BIRMINGHAM DOUBLE 26-06-03
Peter & Bridget
Kaneen are both competing for the North in the Inter Area
Match in Birmingham on Saturday in a 3k track walk.
Bridget said last
night "It will be a useful pointer to how things are going in readiness for Dublin on
the 12th July. We had been asked some time ago if we were
available, but only had a selection letter arrive yesterday ( Tuesday ) so
have not really had much time to get travel and babysitters
organised. Peter seems to have come out of Saturdays race
without too many niggles, so is going to give it a go. I am keen to give myself a bit of a tester also as
training has been going a bit better in the last week or two."
Its certainly an
amazing contrast in distance for Peter. He will
finish his race at the equivalent to the TT access
STAN HALL HAS THE LATEST NEWS ON JAMES COULSON
and its encouraging 26-06-03
I spoke to James today (Wednesday)
he has had an operation to bolt a frame into his scull
down over his shoulders and chest, the amazing thing is he was awake during the
op. he has been on his feet with the physio and walked round and up the stairs,
so as soon as he gets the o.k. from the surgeon he will be home possibly by the
He asked me to say a big thank you to all his well
wishers and people who have sent cards.
He would like to invite anyone passing Glen Roy
Farm to call in for a cup of tea as they will be long days when he does get
PHOTOGRAPHER HOLIDAYS 26-06-03
Stan Hall, who has been such a helpful contributor
to this site with the excellent and varied photographs,
starts a two week holiday on Friday. I'm sure we'll
all miss his photos.
ELLAN VANNIN FELL RACE 25-06-03
Round 8 of the Managrakem League takes place on
Sunday July 6th. The Ellan Vannin is the final long race in this years league
being 15.5 miles in length with a massive 4,100ft of ascent. The course was used
for the first time last year and proved very popular although it is not for the
faint hearted as it includes the awsome climb to Slieu Freoghane, the toughest
on the Manx scene.
A lot of the hills that we visit are only used in this race
so it really feels like a new refreshing challenge. Start and finish is at the
carpark at Tholt Y Will and there will be two start times.The slower group will
set off at 8.15am with the main race at 9.00am. Anyone wishing to start at
8.15am must contact me before Friday 4th July to make sure they are entitled to
start early. Anyone turning up early on race day
who has not been in touch will have to wait for the later start. As the race is
A category waterproof jackets and a whistle must be carried.
CHANCE TO TRY THE COURSE 25-06-03
There will be a group 'reccie' of the Ellan Vannin Fell Race
route at 8.30am this Sunday 29th June meeting at the Brandywell Cottage (at the
junction of the Brandywell Road and the road down to Injebreck). For further
information contact Richie Stevenson on 629267. Everyone welcome!.
WALKER NEIL BATES OFF TO BEDFORD 25-06-03
Taken a bit of time out of serious training over
the last few weeks, and just been concentrating on technique work, and general
all round preparation for the coming years.
While most eyes this weekend will be towards
Guernsey, I will however be taking a trip down to Bedford for the U20 AAA
championships. A track 10km, is always my best event, but I am just hoping to
get my racing shoes back on and enjoy a race for once. With Luke chasing
European championship qualifier (44mins) It will be more of a personal battle
for me, to try and keep good form and see what comes of it.
After the AAA's I am taking two nights break with
some friends who live to Bedford, before arrive back onto the Isle of Man on
Tuesday 1st July. Where I will be generally working, training and enjoying the
I have no plans set in stone yet for the coming
year, I am waiting to see how my first competitive 20km goes in Dublin (12th
July) and then I will know where I need to work, and where I can go from there.
The next year will be interesting and challenging for me in all aspects of life,
so a bit of time away with no pressure has been very good for me.
Just like to say a huge good luck to all Manx
athletes going out to Guernsey, promises to be a good games by all accounts. I
look forward to hearing of all the success in the coming days.
RAMSEY COMMISSIONERS PARK RUNS ON FRIDAY
I'm compiling the news pages
at the moment in the expectation that there will
be quite a few new readers who have found themselves
on this page afer following the links from the www.parshwalk.com
I'm therefore particularly
keen to emphasise to anyone who has not previously
taken part in athletics in the Isle of Man that
the events are open to everyone. Any of the Manx
clubs will make you most welcome as a member but
if you would like to compete before you join a club
you can do so subject to a slightly higher entry
The runs in the Mooragh Park
in Ramsey ain Friday are designed to appeal to people
of all abilities and current fitness levels. The
slower runners start first and the faster runners
are handicapped with later starting times.
If you fancy a go, or would
even like to watch this time and have a chance to
talk to others and find out about the sport, go
to Ramsey for 6.30 to sign on for a 7.00 pm start.
PARISH WALK PICTURES 25-06-03
In true "London bus"
style, I didn't have any pictures of the start of
the Clerical Medical Parish Walk until last night
when they arrived from two different sources. Rob
Corrin has supplied a number taken by his girlfriend
Mandy Underwood while Bridget Kaneen has managed
to find time to send some good ones despite looking
after husband Peter in his near record winning performance
and then going back out to marshal at Onchan Church
for several hours!
MEDAL FOR MARTIN AT NORTH OF ENGLAND CHAMPS
International Melbourne Squad member, Martin Aram, was in consistent form today
(Saturday 21st June) at the North of England Senior Track and Field
Championships in Manchester.
Manchester Commonwealth Games finalist cleared 2.10 metres, which is just two
centimetres short of his Manx record, for the fifth time this year. The result was a Silver medal; with the Gold
going to Brian Hall, who cleared the same height, on count-back.
combined results from the regional championships form the third round of the UK
Athletics Domestic Series, which Martin was leading after the first two
rounds. His position after three rounds
will be determined by performances achieved at the other regional competitions.
event was Martins final warm up for the NatWest Island Games in Guernsey, next
weekend, where he will be hoping to retain his High Jump title and improve on
the championship record of 2.10 metres he set in the Isle of Man in 2001.
were provided by British Airways CitiExpress under his Sports Scholarship.
WELCOME BACK 24-06-03
Something had to give over
the weekend. Maintaining the www.parishwalk.com
website was a bit like taking part in the walk itself.
You keep saying "I've had enough" and
then change your mind and keep going!
Thanks to everyone who co-operated
with this project however. The end results have
been gratifying. Although I would really like it
to be live throughout the race, that would mean
me missing all the action myself and sitting in
front of the computer the whole time. It was great
to be able to get most of the finishers over the
phone on Sunday morning from chief timekeeper Peter
Clague however and the list of finishers was on
line ten minutes or so after the event finished.
As mentioned on the front page,
there were more than 1200 hits on the frontpage
yesterday which justified the work and the site
is currently "site of the week" at www.manx.net
which itself looks a lot more interesting than last
time I visited. I was also flattered to see one
of my pictures on the
I'm not going to repeat the
event coverage here but if you want to see more
of the great walking feats, link to www.parishwalk.com
PARISH WALK VIDEO 24-06-03
I was further distracted from
the site last night when Graham Young asked me to
help provide a commentary for the video that is
being compiled of the Parish Walk. More details
WALKING FESTIVAL 2004 - from www.manx.net
The Department of Tourism and Leisure is to host its
first Walking Festival next summer.
The Isle of Man Walking Festival
2004 will take place over five days from June 28 to July 2, and local walkers
are welcome to take part. Tourism Minister David Cretney is appealing for
experienced walkers with local knowledge to act as volunteer walk leaders during
He explained: The idea to host a Walking Festival came
from a visiting journalist and author of many walking books, Terry Marsh. He and
another experienced walker Paddy Dillon researched the feasibility of the Island
staging a walking festival and came up with the proposal. I am grateful to them
both for using their specialist knowledge to co-ordinate the project with my
Departments Special Events Unit. Id also like to thank Manx National
Heritages countryside warden John Dog Callister who has volunteered to
co-ordinate the local leaders for all the walks.
For the first year, we
hope to attract at least 250 visitors to take part in five days of walking on
the Island, with perhaps around the same amount of local people registering as
well. I feel that the Island is an ideal location for such an event and its a
great way for people to explore the natural beauty and variety of our
The festival will include numerous social events where
its hoped local residents will join visitors. The programme includes
registration on the Sunday evening (June 27, 2004) and a variety of activities
all centred around the newly-refurbished Villa Marina. These will include a quiz
night, slide show and final night ceilidh Blister Ball.
said: This is a fabulous opportunity for visitors to experience the astounding
walking opportunities that exist on the Island. There is something for everyone,
from dramatic coastal scenery to enchanting walks through wooded glens. The
programme were developing will also include less energetic perambulations that
explore the fascinating history of the Island's capital, and a chance or two to
get spooked on a ghost walk.
The diversity of walking on the Island is
outstanding; everyone who takes part in the festival is sure to go away
impressed. I've been coming to the Island since childhood, and I've never failed
to be impressed by its culture, its heritage, its history and its uniqueness.
Walking is simply a part of a greater and very appealing picture.
added: It's a real privilege and an honour to be invited to organise this
walking festival. Having spent a good deal of time exploring the Island's
highways and byways, I know there is so much to offer everyone.'
Any local hikers who wish to volunteer to be walk
leaders for the IoM Walking Festival 2004 are asked to contact the Departments
Special Events Unit for more information - tel. 644644 or email
Anyone who would like to purchase a place
on any of the walks can register their interest at Travel Services IOM -
telephone 661177 or email: [email protected] . Travel Services will be putting
together fully inclusive packages for visiting walkers, as well as taking walk
and social event bookings from local people.
WEEKEND NEWS ON JAMES COULSON by Richie Stevenson
Its much better news about James. As you have reported he has a broken bone
which we were told was in his neck rather than his back. Whatever place the
break is the good news is that his spine is ok and the worry of paralysis is
minimal. Unfortunately James will be in dock for around 6 weeks, although it is
not known if he will be in Liverpool for all that time. At present he is in the
Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Prescott St. Liverpool 7 in Ward 4X.
Hopefully he will make a full recovery and we will see him back racing before
too long. Everyone involved with our sport think the world of James.
AND MITCH JOUGHIN by Peter Cooper
Mitch Joughin went into Noble's on Sunday for an
operation to remove a major artery from his leg. This was done on Monday and
when I saw him on Tuesday he seemed quite happy although a little groggy still.
He will be in for at least another week if anyone wishes to call in and see