As a sprinter, Walter Rangeley enjoyed a remarkably long career. After placing third in both sprints at the unofficial National Junior Championships organized by the Manchester AC in 1921, he went on to win the Northern Counties 100y five times and the 220y eight times. In the 4×100 relay he won an Olympic silver in 1924 and bronze in 1928, when he also took a silver, only 60 cm. behind the winner, Percy Williams, in the 200. Rangeley won a gold medal in the 4×110y relay (with Arthur Sweeney and the non-Olympians Ernie Davis and George Saunders), a bronze in the 220y, and was eliminated in the heats of the 100y at the 1934 British Empire Games, but surprisingly was never an AAA winner. Although an AAA finalist 13 times – five at 100y and eight at 220y – his best placements were third at 100y (1925) and 220y (1928, 1935). He made his final appearance at the Championships in 1939 when he placed fourth in the 220y at the age of 35. He worked as a bank clerk.
Personal Bests: 100y – 9.86 (1925); 100 – 10.6 (1935); 200 – 21.9 (1928).