Wallasey Athletic Club competed in an invitation cross-country match at Warrington last Saturday. The senior team, comprising Brian Woolford, Barrie Smith, John Wright and Ken Roscoe won by 28 pts. from Pembroke Harriers and Warrington Athletic Club.
Brian Woolford was the first Wallasey man home second
Place behind P. McAndrew of Wigan Athletic Club. The winner's time was 36 mins. 33 secs. Woolford completing the 61/2 mile course in 36 mins. 37 secs. Following an exceptional run Barrie Smith finished in 5th place, although he crossed the line with John Wright, who was
given 6th place. Wallasey's 4th and final team place was Ken Roscoe in 9th position, this giving Wallasey a total of 22 pts. The teams in this event comprised the first four runners from each club to complete the course.
Also running were Doug Hanna, who finished in 12th
D. Buckley of Warrington A.C. won, the boys', under-16 event. Buckley has been the English Schools' cross-country champion for the past 2 years, and his time of 11 mins 36 secs. for the 21/4 course was 10 secs. faster than Dave Lockley of Wallasey, who finished in 2nd position. Wallasey was second in the team event the other three to count for Wallasey being Paul Barrie 7th, Steve Walker 8th and Les Watcham 10th. Melvin Schless and Dave Adair, who did not count for the placings finished in 12th and 13th position.
Wallasey could only manage third place in the boys' under-14 race over 21/4-miles, Cheadle winning the event with 14 pts.
Although there was no team event for the ladies competition over 21/4 miles Wallasey's two competitors Beryl Goodrick and Barbara Banks, did exceptionally well, Beryl finishing in 3rd place and Barbara 5th. The winner of the event was C. Forkin of Bolton United Harriers in 15 mins. 22 secs.
Today, Wallasey have entered a team for competition in the H. S. Finney Memorial Trophy to be held at St. Helens. The senior event is a 4 by 3 mile cross country relay the youths a 3-mile straight race; the boys also being a straight race over two miles.