HMS Ganges Track
under the Marina
Type: Cinder (no longer exists - built over), 400m/440y, 6 lanes, 6 lane straight
NUTS Name: Shotley Gate
Electronic Map Links:
OS National Grid Reference: TM 253340
Train: Harwich Town then passenger ferry
Pictures: Please browse the selection here.There is a colour-enhanced aerial picture by John Douglas of the HMS Ganges site which shows the track on David Axford's site and a similar black & white aerial photo of the site on the HMS Ganges Association site.
Please also browse the selection here. Descriptions of these photos are given below.
Rodney Division Sports Day 1955, pictures from Alan Johns: In the steeplechase Alan is the "boy" in front with the white horizontal stripe on his shirt and navy blue shorts. The guys lying down were splashing water on the runners. The boy second right in the spectator area with his shirt off is Alan's mate Ted "Brum" Palin who he is still in touch with. In the 100y sprint Alan is in front and won the race. In the group sitting down Alan is the boy holding the shot.
HMS Ganges Sports Day 1956, pictures from Brian Lea.
Benbow Division Sports Day 1959, pictures from David Morris: Graham Kington (Benbow Division) is shown winning the 4 x 440 yards relay, David is the person on the far right of the picture. The person in the water jump is one of the instructors, Petty Officer Anning, who was given an early bath by some of the trainees.
Gollingwood Division Sports Day 1965, pictures from Brian Chester: Brian is the one receiving the prize. He is also third in the first lane in the line-up before the relay race which his team won.
The 1950s shot of the track is courtesy of Brian Lea and the other undated one is from David Axford.
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Last update: 27/04/2004
Please send any amendments to Tim Grose
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