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Ken Wilcock attended Prescot Grammar School between 1945 and 1950 and has the distinction of being the only Prescotian ever to have represented Great Britain.

After leaving PGS Ken started work at the BICC and his interest in athletics grew after winning the 880 yds and one mile events in the Works Sports in 1951. He then joined Sutton Harriers and concentrated on the quarter mile winning at the age of 18 the Northern Counties Junior Championships 440 yds. He first represented Lancashire in 1955 and Northern Counties in 1956 and dominated the Northern Counties Championship winning the 440 yds in 1958,1960,1961 and 1962. In the Lancashire Championships he won the 440 yds for five consecutive years 1958 -1962.

After the Rome Olympics in 1960 he gave the Olympic 400 metre champion Otis Davis (USA) a fright only to be overtaken towards the finishing line. He gained international selection in 1961 to tour Germany and Poland with the Great Britain team making his debut against Poland in Warsaw. The following year he represented Great Britain in the European Championships in Belgrade where he gained a silver medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay behind Germany.

1. W.Germany (J.Sehmitt, W.Kindermann, J.Reske, M.Kinder)
2. Great Britain (B.Jackson, K.Wilcock, A.MetcaIfe, R.Brightwell)
3. Switzerland  (B.Galliker, J.LDescloux, M.Theiler, H.Bruder)
During the 1962 season he became only the 10th Britain ever to get below 47.0 seconds for the 400 metres, the first man being A.G.K.Brown when winning the Olympic 400 metresd in Berlin in 1936.

Selected articles on Ken's career from the Local Newspapers, etc National Union of Track Statisticians Prescot and Huyton Reporter January 1961 Liverpool Echo April 1962
Liverpool Echo September 1962 Liverpool Echo October 1962  

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