Photographs, Negatives, Slides and Plates of Athletics
I regret that I have little or no information on this image featuring several athletes at Widnes. The plate from which the image is taken has the title of "A memorable group of great runners in Widnes," though the names of the people in the photograph is not included. Widnes Athletic Club held an annual festival, usually at the football ground. In July 1904 a correspondent for Athletic News stated that it was the 37th annual meeting, making it quite an institution on the sporting calendar. Top athletes from around the UK would contest for prizes at Widnes. In 1904 the 100 yards scratch race was won by the South London Harrier J. W. Morton who beat R. L. Watson of Liverpool and W. H. Hunter of St. Helen's. Five thousand spectators witnessed this exciting race. Looking at a newspaper cutting of another event I suspect that the man third on the left is Tom Laws, sports organiser and administrator of the Widnes festival. He was a good runner himself in the 19th century.