Waterloo Harriers entertained Southport Harriers and Wallasey Athletics Club on Saturday at Crosby, and provided a varied laps course of grassland, soft soil, and cinder track which gave Wallasey's 'hot rods' a chance of showing their paces.
Whilst Southport and Waterloo are not strong teams, the overall form of this Wallasey team with most encouraging, Ron Barlow ran a hard race and open in the lead, he obviously intended to stay there, eventually winning by 1 minute 26 seconds from John Wright and Pete White - time, 28 mins. 57 seconds; Wright and White, 30 minutes 23 seconds. Kevin Mather continued his good form to finish sixth, and Phil Townsend in 8th place completed the count of 5 for the team. Brian Chalton and John Young in 9th and 12th places were well to the fore, and it was most encouraging to find Ian Hunter with the pack again. Wallasey's team total of 20 points was easily superior to Waterloo's 48 points and Southport's 84 pts and it is now obvious that we stand a reasonably good chance of winning both senior and junior district championships if present form is maintained.
A few members of the boys' and youths' teams attended at Waterloo and had a sharp canter, the benefit of which will be felt in future weeks.
Today, all members should meet at 1:45 p.m. at the Pier Head, Liverpool (by the bookstall), for the second 'mob run' in the District League, and will proceed to Sefton Harriers' H.Q, at the Village Hall, Town Road, West Derby. This race will he held over a 6 mile course, and it is important that all members attend to sustain the lead gained by the club in the first fixture, which was won so handsomely.
The hon. general secretary, Matt Smith, 29 Beechwood Road, Wallasey, will be pleased to answer inquiries about the club's actitivities.