Wirral A.C., once again showed they are definitely the most powerful team in the area at the moment, by winning the team race easily by 31 pts. Even without their best runner Martin Cranny, they could still pack their counting six runners into the first twenty finishers. Wallasey improved greatly by finishing 2nd with 101 pts., ahead of Pembroke A.C. 139 pts.
Ron Barlow again showed that he is the runner in form and won by 100 yards from John Wright in 29 mins. 43 secs. Brian Woolford finished 4th, Kevin Mather 9th Brian Chalton 39th and John Young 46th - a very good run indeed, Dave Field and Hugh Pritchard also ran bet because of a mix up over the tallies no-one was sure where they finished.
The boys' race was a triumph for Wallasey's young team, with Robin Tarrant, after having played rugby in the morning, finishing 2nd. Alan Bell 4th, and Stephen Parry, who is still only thirteen, 6th. Barry Horton, who had a bad attack of stitch, finished 10th.
Despite the appalling weather, there was a great turnout for all races. A special vote of thanks must go to all the markers who put up with good soaking in order to mark course for the runners, and also Mrs. White and her willing band of helpers in the club canteen.
On the previous Wednesday, Wallasey A.C. had competed in a road relay at Waterloo, but once again a weakened team slashed any hopes that were held of winning, and Wallasey struggled in 6th. The race consisted of six laps each athlete running two miles, Brian Chalton, first off for Wallasey, ran ' steady lap, and handed over in 7th position in 9 mins. 44 secs. John Wright took over and improved the situation slightly by moving up into 3rd place approximately 40 yards down on the leading teams Rochdale and Pembroke, time 9 mins. 31 secs., Brian Woolford then took over and turned in one of his finest runs by completing his lap in 9 mins. 12 secs, which as well as taking Wallasey into a 60 yard lead, turned out to be the second fastest lap of the evening, Kevin Mather then took over, but despite keeping the lead ran rather a disappointing time of 9 mins. 40 secs. Wallasey's last two runners, although running well, were no match for international Ron Hill of Bolton, and Colin Robinson of Rochdale; they were gradually overtaken add slipped back to 6th place. David Field ran 11 mins. exactly and John Young 10 mins. 55 secs. The team race was won Bolton, with Rochdale 2nd. And Pembroke 3rd.