Showing no ill effects from his stay in Mexico City, Liverpool Harrier's Mike Turner, who was one of six British middle-distance runners who underwent a series of endurance tests at high altitude whilst there, inflicted a rare defeat on Wallasey's Ron Barlow in the Liverpool & District Championships held at Leasowe last Saturday.
The 71/2 mile flat course took in four laps of Bidston Marshes and the adjoining golf club's cinder path. This was ideally suited to Turner's relaxed, controlled style, which gave him a 100 yard lead at the halfway mark, an advantage he had doubled at the finish.
Barlow held off a strong challenge from Wigan's Cyril Leigh another eight seconds to the rear.
John Wright had a good race, placing 10th in 38:19, with Brian Woolford 13th in 38:36, then Len Durkin and Mike Teahan completed Wallasey Athletic Club's runners with 45th and 54th placings respectively. Len was timed at 43:11 and Mike at 44:34, and it appears ridiculous that with 15 entries on paper the home club could only turn out runners thereby not completing the required six for a team.
The boys' team added 3rd place bronze medals to the previous week's silver when they placed their first six runners.
In this 5-mile event which covered three laps of the senior course, the Waterloo runner D. Hindley scored quite an upset when he defeated the favourite ?????? McAdam 3rd.
Barrie Smith ran well to finish in 4th place and has the advantage of being able to compete in this age-group again next year, whilst Doug Hanna can be pleased with an improved performance which carried him into 12th place.
Unfortunate injuries depleted a sound youths' team when Mike Whiteside returned with a sprained ankle before the race. Almost immediately after the start David Jackson pulled up with a leg injury, and this left Wallasey with four men in the race; two short for a team.
Despite this setback, a heartening run from Mike McNamee 10th in 15 mins. 43 secs., and Ken Roscoe 14th who lost four places in as many seconds, due to in part to his wearing the wrong type of shoes for this course, would have laid a good foundation to a team place.