Today sees the famous Waterloo Road Race. The course of approximately 61/2 miles, starts at Waterloo Town Hall at 3 p.m. and is held over the roads of Waterloo, taking the runners through several sections congested with heavy traffic.
More than 200 runner's will be taking part, including teams from all over the North of England and from the Midlands. It is therefore with some trepidation that one forecasts that Wallasey Athletic Club will gain a place in the first three, and with a little luck, might well repeat their victory of two years ago.
Wallasey's main hopes are of course John Wright, Ron Barlow and Pete White, but they will be most ably supported by Brian Woolford and Kevin Mather, and it is from these five runners that Wallasey can most likely look for their counting team of three runners.
Members of the club, competitors and supporters should meet at Exchange Station, Liverpool (under the clock) at 1:45 p.m, to travel by electric train.
Wallasey were successful in the second of the Liverpool & District Cross-Country League races held on Saturday, October 31. This event, also at Waterloo, was run over a three lap course of approximately two miles per lap. For the first two laps Ron Barlow held a slight lead over John Wright, but on the last lap Wright's vast tactical experience stood him in good stead as he passed Barlow to win by 11 seconds. White was again unfortunate to be beaten into fourth place by a Pembroke runner on this occasion George Warriner, but White will no doubt be delighted to defeat Highton, also of Pembroke, thereby avenging his defeat in the first league race.
Woolford, slightly below form, finished twelfth, closely followed by Mather in fifteenth place, while Dave White in thirty-second place completed the team count. Wallasey thereby totalling 64 pts., Pembroke C. and A.C. were second with 81 pts., and Sefton Harriers third with 126 pts. Ten teams completed the course.
It is now apparent that Wallasey's team of seniors and juniors combined are the strongest combination on Merseyside and in Cheshire, and it is hoped that with a continuance of the marked improvement in club spirit, we can look for victories soon in a wider sphere.
To this end, members are requested to make every effort to attend at club headquarters on Saturdays for the club runs, and Bob McCaig (New Brighton 1632) will be pleased to hear from any member wishing to join in the regular Sunday morning training sessions which are now held at Arrowe Park each week.