Wallasey Athletic Club today start the running for the 1960-61 cross-country season by acting as hosts for the traditional opening run in which all Merseyside clubs participate.
In recent years the old practice of an easy-going social run finishing with a mile break for home has been replaced by a race over three miles, which gives track and road relay runners a good stretch and cross-country runners an early introduction to racing pace.
This race is for both seniors and juniors and at 3-15 p.m. the field will be sent on their way down Telegraph Lane (opposite Club headquarters at Leasowe Road Playing Fields) for a run of approximately 3 1/4 miles which will take them across the sandhills, along the embankment and shore to Leasowe, back to Telegraph Lane and Leasowe Road, With the moving up into the senior class of junior runners of the calibre of Ron Barlow, Dave White and Tony and Phil Townsend, Wallasey A.C. appear to have their strongest team for many years and even at this early stage it is expected that the red vests of Wallasey A.C. will be well to the fore.
After his most successful track season, it will not be surprising it the familiar figure of Ron Barlow is seen drawing away from the opposition by the time today's field return along Leasowe Road.
Races will also be held for youths and boys. All members and friends of Wallasey A.C. are invited to attend and give the season a good send off.
Next Saturday a club run will be held from headquarters and prospective members are invited to attend or contact the general secretary. Matt Smith, at 29 Beechwood Avenue or Bob McCaig at 30 Taunton Road (New Brighton 1632).