The Adelaide News
Thursday 12 January 1928
"The- Norwood Camp" -"
Half-trained runners do not win important races in these modern times,", is the belief of J. K. Eglinton who with a preparation of three months successfully fitted L, R. Parker for the 1927-Bay Sheffield. It was not the first time that Eglinton had prepared the-winner of .the Bay Sheffield. He has had a successful career as trainer, and-E. Wadham, who like Parker, plays football for Norwood- won the Bay Sheffield in 1923. There was a Norwood flavor about both victories, as Eglinton is a trainer of the football club.
F. H. White, the only other runner now under the care of Eglinton, had a brother playing for Norwood several seasons ago. It is little wonder that members of the club delight in hearing of the success of the Norwood"camp."
Eglinton, who was a fine runner in his youth, is popularly known as '"Dad" throughout football and pedestrian circles. Evidently his soubriquet was brought about by th.fact that his sons have been associated with him in his hobby.
Fine Runner in Youth
Although born in Victoria 50 years ago Eglinton has spent the last 20 years of his life in South Australia, and during the whole of that time he has devoted his spare moments to preparing speedy men for races. White, who is the champion runner of the State, has been under the care of the Norwood man for three years, and they were associated when White won at Maryborough in 1912.
Eglinton in his youth won the Federation Sheffield at Broken Hill, and ran 119 yards in- 12 1-10 sec. Old-timers would remember Joe Burns' hundred in Western Australia, in which Eglinton ran second on one occasion, giving away 11 yards to the winner.
With the exception of Saturdays, Eglinton has his men out every day in the week, and unless those in his charge conform to his ideas of routine they are not wanted. Early hours, wholesome food, and a clean life generally are essential for a runner to make good, is the belief of the Norwood trainer, who is painstaking in his efforts. He also avers that the man in training depends upon himself for training just as much as he does upon his mentor.
No objection' is taken to smoking or drinking, provided both are indulged in moderately. Two ounces of tobacco a week is not out of the way, he thinks. However, spirits are tabooed. Eglinton believes in plenty of running if the runner can get rest commensurate with his work.
White will compete in the world championships in Melbourne next month over 70, 100, 130, and 220 yards, and although his trainer does not expect him to win, he is of the opinion that he will not be disgraced. White will also run against Signal Box, the champion whippet of the State, at Hamley Bridge on January 28, where he will receive a handicap of 40 yards in 100. White won the Jeparit Gift last year off 7 yards, and was fourth this year off 7½ yards. S Parker did not train seriously until he came to the city, although he had met with success at country fixtures. His first effort was at Greenock, where he won over 75, 130, and 220 yards. Shortly afterward he won the Murray Bridge Sheffield, tied for first place over 75 yards, and was second in the 220 yards event.
Others who have met with important successes 'while under the care of Eglinton are A. Dawson (fourth in Bay Sheffield), Heinicke (winner of Underdale Sheffield); A. J. Rumsby (three years; in succession won mile championship of the State), D Eglinton (Semaphore Sheffield). It is a coincidence that before coming in contact with Eglinton sen. Parker robbed D. Eglinton of winning the 220 at Angaston for the third successive year. Parker inadvertently fouled Eglinton during the race and spoiled his chance of success.