John Kydd Neave 1889-1964

In 1915 the world was at war with young men being massacred across the battlefields of Europe.

To raise funds for the Soldiers dependants Greenock Glenpark Harriers organised a gala day at Cappielow park, with some of the best athletes in Britain taking part including many Olympians.

Below is the Programme for the Gala day and the Greenock Telegraph report of the event.

In the results you will notice the 100 yards handicap race showing results of the 10 heats, 2 semi-finals and Final. The winner was the Glenpark Harrier John Kydd Neave winning off a handicap of 8 ½ yards, winning all 3 of his races, each in an impressive 10.15 seconds. In the final he beat off the challenge of Shettleston Harriers W.Wilson (10 ½ yds) and Geddes of Maryhill (9 yds) and Edinburgh’s J.M. Scott (8 ½ yds)

We are very fortunate that John Kydd Neave’s daughter, Sally has got in touch and has gifted the Club his trophy, which is in remarkably good condition.

To keep this history of the club alive, it is the intention of the club to hold a new annual 100m handicap competition beginning this year. Details to be confirmed.

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