Denaby Sports – Disappointing Attendance

June 1935

Mexborough & Swinton Times 21 June 1935

Denaby Sports
Disappointing Attendance
Mexborough Walker’s Win

The attendance at the annual sports held on the Denaby United football ground on Saturday in aid of the Fullerton hospital, was very disappointing. Perhaps the none inclusion of cycling events and the cancellation of this 1600 metres Northern Countries Woman Walk, owing to lack of entries, had something to do with it.

For the second year in succession Arnold Bullock, the Mexborough Walker, attached to the Sheffield United Harriers, won the 8 1/2 miles road. Walk, covering the distance in 67 minutes 45 seconds, a record for the course. Bullock lowered his own record by 1 ½ minutes he finished three minutes ahead of Led. Dickinson of the Lancashire walking club and a former winner of the event, with Arthur Pickford of Sheffield third. A. Townsley, a Conisbrough member of the Sheffield United Harriers, came in fourth but was disqualified.

The winners of the sealed handicap were T. Bates (Sheffield) A. Hale (Barnsley), and E. Greasby (Chesterfield). For the first 3 miles, Bullock, Dickinson, Picard and Townsley kept together, well in front of the others. Then for the next 2 miles Bullock and Dickinson fought and neck. Bullock gained the lead and kept it to win a great race. Of the 26 entrants 25 turned out.

Mr Marshall Bennett’s handicapping provided many thrilling finishes, and these combined with the speedy working of the programme provided a splendid afternoon spark.

Thomas Sinclair, an Edlington boy, swept the board in all the school events, winning the boys championship, Fullerton Hospital Court and the 220 yards.

Grace Wigley, of Wath, and Muriel Rhodes, of Swinton, were very prominent in the girls events. They dead heated in the 80 yards, the former winning the run-off, but in the girls championship the tables were turned.

Sheffielders where to the fore in the most important events. H. Rowland (unattached) won the youth 100 and 220 yards, while B. Mulrenan won the 100 yards open handicaps.