?, R. Bell, G. Baldry, P. Wilson, B. Bond, B. Skingley, M. Porden, G. Laurie, M. Charman.
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From the Mayfield Magazine (Boys School)
The afternoon of Thursday, 22nd May, was very thrilling and enjoyable for most members of the school. The eighteenth annual sports of the Ilford Schools Athletic Association was being held on the Cricklefield. At the last six meetings of the I.S.A.A. we had come in the first three schools no less than five times, but never won. So, although we were quietly confident, previous disappointments precluded over optimism.
Our team consisted of seventeen members who had trained regularly before and after school and at dinner-times for many weeks. Five first places and nine others were obtained during the afternoon and this outstanding achievement was largely due to the hard work and very fine team spirit, under the captaincy of Brian Bond. The efforts of some four to five hundred supporters, Mayfield girls as well as boys, contributed in no small measure to our success.
R. Richards and R. Towler came third and fourth respectively in the 80 yards under 12 and the 100 yards under 13. M. Porden achieved what we had come to expect of him – first in the 100 yards for his age group. This is the third year in succession that Michael has done this and we know that his one ambition is to win the 100yards under 15 next May. At the moment his time is 11.5 seconds so that his first task next season will be to train regularly and methodically in an endeavour to reduce this by at least half a second. B. Roderigues obtained a place in the race won by Porden for the second year running.
In the 100 yards under 15, E. Hook secured third place; while in the 440 yards under 15, B. Bond and C. Price came second and third respectively. This race was a very fine one; many present were impressed by the style and performance of Price. Colin put in a great deal of work on the school field last spring and his success was undoubtedly due to this. He should do well next season.
Perhaps the most exciting race for Mayfield supporters was the 880 yards under 15. Our representative was B. Skingley who was well-known to everybody as a member of the famous Ilford Boys Football Team. Brian was perfectly fit, but, owing to his football commitments, he had been able to do little special training for this race. However, soon after the start, he went into the lead and the question arose as to whether he could up the pace he himself had set. He did! He came in first!
J. Smith secured first place in the long jump when he cleared 17ft 4ins; B. Roderigues came third with 4ft 10ins in the high jump and Tony Gocke won the 80 yards hurdles race in a style that was admired by everybody present. It is interesting to note that these three boys all beat the Mayfield School record for their event and that all subsequently broke their own record some six weeks later in July when competing in our own school sports.
The relay team, consisting of Hook, Bond, Smith, and Porden ran beautifully. They sprinted hard and their takeovers were carried out in excellent style. They came in first and as a result of their performance they were selected to represent Ilford at the Goresbrook Sports in Dagenham. At the end of the meeting Mayfield boys had 35 points to their credit and were far ahead of any other team. The cup had been won by a group of keen young athletes who had thoroughly deserved their success.