Congratulations to Ron Bowker, the only person to answer both questions about this photo from my last post. He held back for a day and a half to give others a chance, but there were no takers!
This race in Gateshead was, without a doubt, the most spectacular performance of Alison Wiley’s running career. We all knew she was super talented, but she was only 20 years old and this was her first appearance in the World Cross-Country Championships. Alison ran the gutsiest race imaginable, sprinting to the front right from the gun. Racing seemingly without fear amongst the best endurance athletes in the world, she was rewarded with a silver medal, finishing only eight seconds behind the legendary Grete Waitz!
Wiley’s race was astonishing, but behind her the rest of this Canadian team ran solidly excellent performances. For all of us, our bronze medal team placing was the chocolate icing on the cake after the excitement of Wiley’s finish. This was the only time Canadian women have medalled as a team at the World Cross-Country. Our four scorers placed 2nd, 12th, 16th and 23rd. (Canada’s junior men’s team placed second in 1978, with other individual medal performances and top team performances over the years.)
So, here is another quiz, and I’ll have to ask Ron to hold back for a day again…
1. Identify all the people in the photo.
2. Who were the four scorers, and what were their places?
Watch for my next post—I’ll be giving you a summary about the great Canadian female cross-country runners of the 1980s—then and now!