John Cobley creator of the running blog Racing Past (www.racingpast.ca) sent me this 1937 report of the British A.A.A. championships written in a non athletic journal Night and Day which copied the style and layout of The New Yorker. Written by T.O. Beachcroft in a literary and humourous style, it conveys the time and the sentiment of the day. Foreign athletes were frequently participating in British Championships and may still be welcome for all I know, even though several had serious difficulties securing visas to compete in the recent indoor world championships held in England this past winter. We've looked for photos of some of the participants and added them below the article.
John's comments on this article were:
Thought you might enjoy this. It comes from Night and Day, a British journal that tried to copy the New Yorker in 1937 and lasted only six months. It nevertheless had some brilliant writers—Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, Elizabeth Bowen. I have the book of all the editions.
PRs 440 49.4 (1938)
800 m 1:48.4 (1938)
Mile 4:04.2 (1945)
5000 m 14:08.6 (1945)
|Karl Hein and Erwin Blask German gold and|
silver Berlin 1936 HT. Hein won on his last put in Berlin.
|R.L. Howland (upper left) and Lord Burghley (lower left) 1934|
|Statue in Boston of Kyriakidis and Spiridon Louis|
Donald McNab Robertson and Dunky Wright lead the Fiery Cross Relay from Edinburgh Castle
|Woellke winning in Berlin 1936|
|Woellke as a police lieutenant|
|Early Adidas shoe worn by Woellke. Shot was thrown from a cinder surface to account for the spikes|