Guy - family and friends -- The 5 mile Island Cross Country Championship field before the start 24 April 1924


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    This card is placed here because it must feature Percy Guy, although he has not been positively identified.

The Isle of Wight County Press of 26 April 1924 gives this account of the race :

ATHLETICS
I.W. CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

The 5-miles cross-country championship of the Island was run at Newport on Thursday, under the auspices of the St. John's Athletic Club. Twelve runners representing the Hants A.A.C., the Hants Regt., and the St. John's and Trojans Athletics Clubs, competed, and a splendid race, completed in much better time than for many years, was won by P. Guy, a young runner from Merston, who shows every promise of becoming a really good long-distance man. The arrangements were in the experienced hands of the officials of the St. John's A.C., with Mr. H. Morris in charge of the secretarial work, Mr. E.O.White, starter, and Messrs. K.G. Barnes and J. Eldridge judges. The following competitors were sent off from the Victoria monument, High-street, just after 4 p.m. : P. Guy (Hants and St. John's A.C.), G.S. Croucher, J.A. Downer, and F.A. Bromwell (St. John's A.C.), H.D. Beverton, G.W. Attrill, G.W. Cooley, C.H. Grist, E.D. Tunley, W. Scott, and A.V. Gibbs (all of the Trojans A.C.), and T. Riley, of Cowes (Hants Regt., Winchester). The holder, (P.E. Pirie of Newtown) was away from the Island, and could not defend his title. The course was the familiar Pan-Staplers Burnt House-lane route, and, thanks to the recent fine weather, the going was perfect. Downer led at the start, followed closely by Guy, Attrill, Beverton and Cooley. The first named fell in Buckberry-lane and dropped behind. Guy then made the running, and going very strongly, gradually crept away from all except Beverton. who hung on with fine spirit. At the turn for home Guy held a 50 yards' lead from Beverton. Both were going very well, with Attrill running third about a couple of hundred yards behind. Guy increased his lead to about 100 yards by the time he reached the finishing point outside the Lecture-hall, Nodehill, where a large crowd cheered him heartily. He completed the course in 29m 18s, and the finishing order of the others was as follows : 2 Beverton, 29m 38s; 3 Attrill, 30m 40s; 4 Cooley, 30m 49s; 5 Gibbs, 31m 27s; 6 Grist, 32m 14s; 7 Riley, 32m 33s; 8 Tunley, 33m 18s; 9 Croucher, 33m 37s; 10 Scott 35m 48s. Downer and Bromwell did not finish the course.