You will find below a few photos from Eric Crompton’s bottom drawer. Simply receiving them from Dave, his son, poses the question of whether the title of our web site ought to be ‘Race Walking in Lancashire’? Whilst the Lancashire Walking Club has been the dominant name in the county a number of other clubs have been significant, notably the Leyland Motors Athletic Club, Leigh Harriers, Bolton United Harriers and albeit briefly Blackburn Athletic Club. Over the coming months it will be interesting to tease out the relationship between these clubs.
For the moment these images hint at the independent role played by the Leyland Club in the decades after the Second World War. Any materials pertaining to the history of the club, a child of the philanthropic period when major employers such as Leyland Motors provided a range of social, cultural and sporting facilities for their workers, would be greatly appreciated. For example the Leyland Motors Brass Band was in its time justly famous. I wonder when the walking club was formed. Are there any records of its history?