Len Platt is by far Wallasey Athletic Club's outstanding athlete and though he has had his training programme curtailed by illness last season, he must still be reckoned amongst Britain's top long jumpers.
Though he has not yet approached K. S. D. Wilmshursts best hop, step and jump of 50 feet I am quite confident that he could give that athlete a hard contest when next they meet. Len will have the opportunity of meeting Wilmshurst when he competes in the inter-county championships to be held at the White City this Saturday and on Monday. Len has been selected to represent Cheshire in the long jump, high jump and hop, step and jump and though this may be asking a little too much of him, Wallasey athletes are confident Len will give of his best. The Liverpool sports writer Mr. J. C. Rice feels that 'Platt can win any of these events'. We certainly hope that Mr. Rice's prophecy is realised.
Another member of the Cheshire team will be N. Walmsley of Manchester. Until last Saturday not many people had heard of this athlete, I certainly had not, but at the White City, Manchester, Walmsley ran away from a very good mile field, including David Law, who ran in the mile at Vancouver and A. Gordon a strong Oxford runner to return 4 mins. 9 secs. Surely one of the fastest times ever run in the North. With a miler inside 4 mins 10 secs., Cheshire must surely have a good chance in this event.
On Whit Monday the Liverpool City Tramways are holding their annual sports at East Prescot Road. Wallasey A.C. will be represented by Pete White in the 880 yards handicap and Brian Bird in the 100 and 220 yards sprints.
Anyone whose waistline is perhaps just a little bit bigger than usual and would like to set about reducing it is welcome to come along to club H.Q. at Leasowe any Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday, or should contact either Mr. R. Hubbard, 44 Tollemache Street, Wallasey (tel. 2389) or track sec. Mr. C. W. Gee, 78 King Street, Wallasey (tel. 5129).