Cheshire County Athletics Championships were held at the Oval, Port Sunlight on Saturday under ideal weather conditions, when no less that eleven best championship performances were created, the small crowd witnessing some exceptionally good competition.
Wallasey A.C. members, were responsible for three of the records, two to Len Platt and the other by Don Anderson. Platt won all three jumps, the hop, step and jump and high jump being those in which he created new figures of 45ft. 3ins. and 5ft. 8in. respectively, whilst in the long jump he was a comfortable winner with a leap of 21ft. 111/2in.
Don Anderson, running his first mile race since his injury, amazed all by recording a time of 4:35.2. Despite a fast start, Don's immense strength stood him in good stead and on the second lap, he was obliged to go into the lead, and except for a short while on the third lap, he dictated the speed of the race.
This keen young athlete is confident that he can improve on this performance, and his appearance in the forthcoming Northern Championships will be watched with interest by all interested in athletics.
Olatunde Lawrence had a successful day gaining third place in the high jump and second in the long jump, despite an injured knee, while John McGill gained a third place in the junior long jump. Penny Price gained her success this year in the high jump, being placed second, whilst Ray Owen after only once week's training, due to studies, was successful in gaining third place in the discus.
Pete Rimmer and Margaret Collings gained third places in the junior high jump and ladies 100 yards respectively.
K. D. Rimmer, although not representing the club, gained a third place in the hop, step and jump for Birkenhead School, and there should be some interesting duels in the future between Platt and this young star, both of whom specialise in the hop, step and jump.
Reg Lancaster gained third place in the 440 yards hurdle race. In the women's relay race the team of Hughes, Collings, Price and Greenslade ran well to gain place in the final, only for Penny Price to be badly crossed, when taking over for the last leg. It was a regrettable occurence and one which undoubtedly robbed the team of a place.