Running in fine style, Ron Barlow won the St. Asaph-Rhyl road race quite convincingly with a strong burst over the last mile. He was in the leading group right from the start, and led for the last 2 miles but it was not until his last mile burst that he consolidated his position.
Mick Firth, a second claim member of Wallasey A.C. but running as an individual, finished 20th, an excellent place for an athlete recovering from a serious leg injury. John Young, not yet fully fit but running strongly, finished 63rd, a creditable performance in such a fast race.
News has been received of Alan Bell, who has made quite a name for himself in athletics since he left the district and joined the Navy. His most recent success has been his win in the K.M.S. Ganges cross-country race, not only a win but knocking 7 seconds off the previous course record. Alan is due to run in the Portsmouth Command cross-country championships soon - he came second last year.
Today, Wallasey athletes will travel by coach to Blackpool for the Northern County cross-country championships. For Wallasey the most interesting event should be the boys' race, where the very strong club team could easily be in the first three, whilst Dave Lockley should be well up with the leaders for the individual title. In the senior race Ron Barlow will have his work cut out to continue his run of wins but should be almost certain of a place.
The clubhouse will he open at 2:00 p.m. today for any new athlete to come down and train.