This proved to be the 9th fastest time of the day. Second man home; and creating something of a surprise, was John Warrilow who turned in an excellent 19:27. He was closely followed by Dave Lockley, who had the second fastest actual time of 17:41, which was a personal best for the 31/4 mile lap.
Ken Roscoe ran the 4th fastest time, 18:24, and also filled 4th position in the field. Club captain Brian Woolford confirmed his recent return to complete fitness by returning the best time of the day, 17:09, which gave him 5th place, just one ahead of Dave Adair, 6th in 19:47.
At this point the first eight runners had passed the finishing line in 19 seconds, a triumph for the handicappers, and Paul Barrie, 9th despite a fall in Telegraph Lane, pipped Watcham by one second, with Doug Hanna a further 5 seconds behind.
Len Durkin was 16th with 19:54 then Robert Brimage, the first of the junior boys, crossed the line at 21:25. He was only one second ahead of Paul Holdsworth, with Ian Wilson another second behind in 21:02.
Peter Banks returned 24 mins. to take 20th place, with Derek Roberts 14 secs. to the rear, then tail-enders John Young (20:44), Barbara Banks (25:59) and Robin Tarrant (22:27) completed the 24 runners.
Congratulations must go to all the runners in most inclement weather, and sincere thanks to the officials who got a soaking for their efforts with stop watch and pen.
Wallasey have full teams in all age groups in the 'Cheshire' to be held at Stockport on January 1, and have reason to entertain high hopes of success in both boys' age group with an outside chance in the senior division.
Dave Lockley should have little trouble in the boys' event, and barring accidents, should lead the club to a team win.
All members are reminded that there is a club run on Monday next at 11 a.m. and new members be made welcome. Here is their chance to run off some of that Christmas fare and put themselves back in circulation before the New Year.