Two great shots by Bridget Kaneen
in Turin. The first shows Manx ace Steve Partington
(48) in the thick of things. The second captures the
walkers near the start at the first corner. Although
the city centre backdrop is fantastic there have been
adverse comments about the cobbled road surface.
AN AMERICAN VIEW OF THE WALK COURSE
Manx walking star Steve Partington forwarded
this from Michael Rohl and stresses that it is Michael's
USA spelling not his! 15-10-02
The course was the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. It was
contested on many types of cobblestones and good footing was impossible
to find. The many changes in surfaces and problems with slipping on the
stones at the aid areas were brutal. My legs still hurt after working the
aid stations in the 20km races. The scenary and idea to do it in downtown
Turin were nice, but the needs of the athletes were never considered when
they laid this course out. The IAAF, and Damilano should be embarrassed
that no one in the M20km made the IAAF A standard in that race, because the
course sucked that much.
Two more of Bridget Kaneen's
pictures from Turin.
Top: Steve Partington is in such good
form he even finds time to pick his nose!
Bottom picture: near the start of
the women's 20km.
A couple of pictures
from Peter Kaneen's film in Turin. Above picture of Steve warming up with the Belarus Team
Note he is wearing his Isle of Man cap - which
they would not allow him to wear during the race.
Peter has apparently
been studying the bottom picture for hours on end to
decide which of the female walkers has the best technique!
Young Steve; old Steve.
Steve Partington is pictured in
the top picture (1983/1984) by Murray Lambden outside
a Morecambe B & B with Steve Taylor, Paula Gelling,
Joanne Clarke and Rita McGuiness.
In the bottom picture Peter Kaneen
captures the moment Steve moves into the top 50
in the world for the first time in his long and
successful athletic career.
Peter Kaneen does his bit to put
everyone off taking part in an international race
Top: A Chinese walker trying to find the drains.
Bottom: Another poor Hungarian doubled up - he did