Following his personal-best time of 4 mins. 35 secs., in the Liverpool Parks championships on Tuesday evening last week, Barrie Smith gave a repeat performance in winning his heat at Port Sunlight Oval the next day with a 4:35.4 mile, then took the 880 yards in another best time of 2 mins 4.1 secs. in a match against Wallasey Grammar School and a combined Oldershaw / Technical Grammar Schools' team.
Competing in another heat on the Wednesday, Dave Lockley won his mile in 4 mins. 43.4 secs. with John Jones close behind him in fourth place in 4:57.0, whilst Mike Teahan was second in the 440 yards in 53.6 secs.
In what could well become an annual event, Wallasey Grammar School beat Wallasey Athletic Club selection by 21/2 pts.-291/2 to 27 - with Oldershaw G.S./Technical G.S. in third place (211/2 pts.), in a keenly fought friendly contest, at the Lingham Park track. Winners: 100 yards: Lane (O/T) 10.6 secs.; 220 yards: Scott (O/T) 24.4 secs.; 440 yards: Kin (W.G.S.) 54.8 secs. 880 yards: Smith (W.A.C.) 2 mins. 4,1 secs. 1 mile: Sharp (O/T) 4 mins. 44 secs. Shot: Hilliker (W.G.S.) 39ft. 4ins. Discus: Woolton (W.A.C.) 118ft. 8ins. Javelin: Teahan (W.A.C.) 146ft. High Jump: Ellis (W.A.C.) 5ft. 71/2ins, Long Jump: Dickson (W.G.S.) 18ft. 10ins. Triple Jump: Dickson 39ft. 111/2ins. And Relay (4 x 110 yards): (O/T).
A dozen or so athletes will be making the trip to Foel Glap Farm (atop a small mountain), three miles outside Denbigh, tomorrow. The farm is the home of club chairman John Edwards, and a 'hard day's work' is expected, with hill running as the bulk of the training.
As track and cross country racing are a complement of each other nowadays it will be seen that it is never too early start training, and those wishing to go should contact C. W. Gee as soon as possible.
Track training continues at Leasowe Road, Monday and
Tuesday evenings 7-9 p.m. and Saturday 2-5 p.m. with the Thursday evening sessions at Lingham Park as usual.