In the Cheshire Schools Championships held at Knutsford on Saturday, Dave Lockley, running true to form finished 5th, followed closely by John Jones 8th, both of whom were selected to run for Cheshire schools.
Ray Kay, also running strongly, finished 11th, with Paul Spencer 15th, Mike Roche 20th, and Peter Emery 23rd. The course and conditions appeared to suit the Wallasey boys as is evident by their good placing.
Last Sunday's visit to Warrington provided the Wallasey athletes with early track experience, well before the start of the season. In the senior men's 330 yards, Mike Teahan out for the first time since Christmas, ran very comfortably to record a time of 39.4 seconds---equivalent to a 440 yard time of about 53 seconds, Mike has concentrated mainly on weight training to improve his fitness and strength, so this performance is very creditable. Mike also competed in the javelin event but appeared to require more practice, although his distance was 125 ft. 10 inches.
In the three-quarter-mile race, the first 440 yards of which was covered in 51 seconds and the 880 yards in 2 minutes 5 seconds by the leader Brian Hall, Wallasey's runners were unable to hold the pace and finished well down, Barrie Smith was first Wallasey runner in 3 mins. 37 seconds with Dave Field next in 3 mins. 39 secs. and Mike Teahan 3rd in 3 mins. 53 secs.
In the final event for Wallasey, the 2 mile Paarlauf, a race in which two runners as a team run half a lap round the track then run across the track to form a two-man relay. Wallasey's team composed of Dave Lockley and John Jones, Les Watcham and Pete Emery and twins Dave and John Warrilow, finished 8th, 9th and 10th respectively. In this kind of race the competitor has no time to stop to recover, he is either running hard for 220 yards or jogging the 60 or so yards across the track ready to start his next 220 yard stint. This is one of the toughest forms of training and when held as a race often breaks the best of runners both in spirit and in strength.
Today, Ron Barlow is competing in the National Cross Country Championships, Wallasey A.C. wish him the best of luck and hope that conditions are such that he can emulate his fine run at Blackpool. As for club the rest of the club, the headquarters will be open from 2:00 p.m. and a training run will start at 2:30 p.m. Any one interested in starting training will be most welcome to the club anytime it is open. During the week the Headquarters are open 7-9 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays and Saturdays 2-5 p.m.