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Who was Games 'galloper'?

I always enjoy reading Choice and the August issue is no exception. I particularly enjoyed Barry McLoughlin's article 'The Austerity Olympics' on the 1948 London Games. I wonder if Barry would help me to find the answer to the following.

in the 100m heats, one of he athletes galloped the distance instead of normal running! He was in the outside lane and I don't think he qualified for the next round. I have seen this in the film of the Games immediately afterwards. Who was he?

I was fortunate to attend the 1960 Games in Rome. Among many interesting things, one that stands out in my mind was this:

While we were sitting comfortably and anxiously waiting for the Opening Ceremony, one young guy jumped out of the stand near where the 200m started and began running on the track, chased by two or three police officers. Of course they could not catch him and he disappeared amng the spectators just where the 200m finishes. the packed spectators stood up to cheer and applaud him. I should have his photograph somewhere.

Arun, by email

Barry McLoughlin writes: "I'm delighted that Arun enjoyed my article. I've scoured the records and have drawn a blank with the identity of the 'galloping' sprinter. The only possible clue is that a Bermudan runner was disqualified in the early heats of the 100m, but there is no indication of why this was- so it's over to Choice's very well-informed readership to provide the answer...

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Do you know Dolly's descendants?

A volunteer from the charity shop in Glenfield, Leicester, unco

vered an envelope containing Second World War letters sent to a prisoner of war held in Thailand.

All that is known about hot the envelope ended up at the LOROS shop is that someone had donated a set of curtains, and the letters were found tucked inside them.

The envelope, which is unspoiled, is sate-stamped January 20, 1944, the same day Winston Churchill met representatives of the Polish government-in-exile in an effort to break the diplomatic standoff with the Soviets.

The handwritten letters were signed by a women called Dolly Lowe from Cuddington, a village about four miles west of Northwich, and were written to a British POW named Billy.

Sarah Forryan, area manager, said: "What a wonderful find. Ther've been so well preserved, and Dolly's writing is really clear. Wouldn't it be lovely to find the descendants of the couple to be able to give the letters back to the family to keep as a lasting momento? We have an address for where Dolly once lived, so if anyone believes thay have a family link, we'd love to hear form you."

If you believe you have a family connection and want to find out more, please contact LOROS Markeing Department, Groby Road, Leicester LE3 9QE, tel: 0116 231 447, email:

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