My own posts got me curious so I dived into my archives when I got home from School.
I got a few things wrong regarding some of those girls but they were 'positive' wrongs !!!!!!
Ok: the year was 1981 NZ Sec Schools Nationals
Senior Girls (Over 16 but under 19 years old)
1st. Alison Taylor Coached by Arthur
2nd. Sue Bruce........ Unsure who Coached her but she went on to represent New Zealand in a number of World Cross Country Champs
3rd. Wendy Langlands .. Unsure who Coached her but I believe by a guy who followed Arthur's ideas. She never ran well again.. disappeared from the scene
4th. Christine Mc Miken .......Coached by Arthur
5th. Anne McKenzie (Married name Hare) .. Coached to Lydiard methods just not too sure who by.
6th. Maree Turner .......Coached by me along Lydiard methods very much with help from Arthur
7th. Lesley Ryan ..........Coached by Jack Ralston , one of the 'oldest' well known Coaches who were considered "Lydiard Disciples". Lesley went on to represent NZ at Commonwealth Games at 5k and World Cross Country.
I mentioned Anne, Maree and Christine and their successes in the other posts.
So you guys can see the huge influence on Girls running that Arthur had in the early 80's.
I don't believe we had another Cross Country Championships that had that sort of "depth" again.
That year the selectors picked a National Schools team and they left out McKenzie (Hare), Turner and Ryan !!!!!.In their wisdom they picked 2 kids who were 15 years old (from another race). Interestingly within 3 years those 2 kids never ran up to potential.