Len, who retired temporarily last July, had the misfortune to aggravate an ankle injury on his first jump, and though he bravely carried on, he could not produce anything like the form which he showed at the Wallasey Gala when he jumped 23ft. 8ins.
With his first jump, he did 22ft 4ins. A distance which, up to the Russian's last jump, was only 2ins behind. However, Volkov made a last, all-out effort and leapt 23ft 01/2ins to put him well ahead.
Plenty of training this winter and next season should put Len right back amongst the top British long jumpers.
Some of the club's members who were present at the meeting were very impressed by all they saw, particularly the chance to see stars such as Pirie, Savidge, Elliott and Disley, and also the sportsmanship shown, by both sides.
I think that when Pirie 'swopped' his famous hat for a similar one from his defeated rival Anoufriev, the seal was set on one of the most sporting meetings ever held in the country.
This week the Wallasey Club has its first League match of the season when seniors and juniors meet Liverpool Harriers and Boundary Harriers at Liverpool H.Q. at Woolton Woods with a good turn-out the club has a fair chance of success, and with any luck at all should gain at least second place.
Last year the club was bottom of the League due to bad turnouts on the club's part. It is hoped that this year the club will at least produce a team when they visit other clubs.
Travelling arrangements are as follows:- juniors and seniors meet at Liverpool Pierhead Bookstall at 2-0 p.m. or travel independently to Woolton on a Corporation bus No. 4 or No. 5 from Victoria Monument. For boys and youths who are not going to the match, there will be a training run from club H.Q. Leasowe Road at 2-30 p.m.
Anyone interested in athletics, particularly cross-country, is cordially invited to come to the club on any Saturday, or to contact either Mr. R. Woolley, 8 Bradman Road, Moreton or Mr. R. Hubbard 44 Tollemache Street. Wallasey.