Wallasey Athletic club have three teams entered in today's Widnes Police Handicap Sports.
In the senior 2-mile team race, club captain Brian Woolford teams up with Ron Barlow, John Young and, Peter Meldrum to produce a competent quartet, whilst in the youths' 1 mile team event Dave Lockley, John Jones, Ray Kay and Les Watcham carry the club colours.
Wallasey's entry in the 1 mile medley relay is something of a rarity and it is hoped that the club continues the practice of entering for relay events, whether they be medley or sprint, for this is surely one method of introducing new runners into class competition and also promoting club spirit: the medley team today will be: John Morley (440), John Huddart (220), John Watkins (220),and Mike Teahan (880). These runners, together with Barrie Smith (880 and 1 mile), Alan Keating (880 and 1 mile); are also entered in various handicapped events, so an exciting afternoon is promised.
Along with 59 other Cheshire athletes, Wallasey's Ian Wilson takes part in today's All England Schools A.A. Championships at Watford. Ian has been training hard recently and it is hoped that he will figure in today's junior 440 yards final. Last week he clocked 55.2 secs., (a personal best) and if this time can be reduced by another second this weekend then he must be in with a chance.
Last Saturday's civic sports at Eccles yielded only one prize to Wallasey A.C. athletes, a third place to John Watkins in the 100 yds. He was timed at 9.8 secs, off 8 yds. In the 880 and 1 mile Barrie Smith had to concede far too much leeway to runners of a similar ability to his own and could only manage a 4th place in the mile in 4 mins. 19 secs. (off 170 yds.), whilst the youths 1 mile team totalled 20 points to finish 4th, with Dave Lockley in 5th position, John Jones 10th,' and Ray Kay 14th.
Wallasey A.C, have extended an invitation to local clubs to contest in an inter-club meet at Leaowe Road Playing Fields next Saturday, July 24 at 2:30 p.m., where new members and spectators will be made welcome.