Wallasey Athletic Club's champion girl sprinter, Penny Price, was in excellent form last weekend, winning the ladies' events at the Clock Face Colliery Sports, St. Helens, last Saturday and the Chester autumn sports on Bank Holiday Monday.
Matt Smith had a field day at Chester on Monday. After jumping 5ft. 8 ins. to win the high jump from his mark off 5ins. he triumphed over adverse circumstances, including brass bands, Morris dancers, and an unexpected reduction of his handicap by 50 per cent, at a crucial point in the event, to clear his own best-ever height of 10ft. 6ins. in the pole vault and to share second place with E. Petitjean, this year's Northern Counties champion.
Platunde Lawrence, W.A.C.'s Nigerian high juniper, is performing well too. He and Smith were the last two left in the high jump at Chester, in which they pulled each other out, but although Lawrence also cleared 5ft 8ins., his severe
handicap of 7ins. denied him any chance of a place. At St. Helens, on the previous Saturday he cleared 5ft. 9ins. off 8ins. to take second place.
Mavis Ashworth made a welcome return to form at Chester when she cleared 4ft. 7ins. to take third place in the N.C.W.A.A.A, high jump championship. In this event she defeated her local rival, P. Sayce, of Port Sunlight, who took her county title from her earlier this year.
The club's annual summer dance is being held at the Tower Ballroom next Friday night.