Today, the youths' section of Wallasey Athletic Club will attempt to establish a record for the 4 x 1 mile relay.
Two team are entered in this race and opposition is expected from a number of local clubs. The 'A' team is expected to be (in running order): Dave Lockley, Ray Kay, Dave Adair and John Jones, whilst the 'B' team should read Dave Warrilow, John Warrilow, Mike Hampson, and Les Watcham.
In the boys' relay, Wallasey's team will be, Ian Wilson, Mike Potter, Neil Hampson, and Peter Lewis, while the junior team will probably be Barrie Smith, Alan Keating, Doug Hanna and newcomer Ken Rosso, Ken has joined the club having recently returned from Honk Kong, and with a 4 mins. 21 secs. mile to his credit should prove a valuable asset during the coming winter as his forte is cross country running.
Turning his attention to the steeplechase, Alan Keating achieved a grade 3 National Standard at Kirkby Stadium last Tuesday with a 6 mins. 54 secs. run on his first attempt at the distance. At the same meet Dave Lockley recorded 4 mins. 46 secs. in the mile with John Jones close behind in 4:52, with the right motivation this pair could surely duck under 4:40 and perhaps today's race will provide this.
With the track season on the wane, thoughts are turning to the more rugged medium of cross country running. The established patterns of the past i.e. training twice per week over the racing distance are gone forever and as new training vogues flood in from all corners of the world so a variety of methods are tried and either accepted or discarded, depending on their merit.
Today the modern athlete derive's his strength, speed and endurance from 6 or 7 days a week training over hills, grass, sand or road, with a permutation of distances from 60 yards to 15 or 20 miles. The success formula for one is not always the key, for another and so each method is tried with variety the staple diet. Only one thing is sure hard work is essential for fast times, with the will to win instilled in each champion.