In Warrington Athletic Club's 5th annual cross-country relays held last Saturday, Johnny Jones ran the first leg for Wallasey Athletic Club youths' 'A' team and shortly after the start was in 4th place, but he dropped back to 6th position and finished with a time of 4 mins. 41 secs.
Brian Knox completed the second leg in 4:50 without change and handed over to Dave Lockley, who gained one position in 4:38. Steve Walker, although he lost ground, did not lose any places and finished his leg in 4:50, giving the team 5th place and a total time of 18:59.
Bob McCaig was first off for the youths' 'B' team and completed the course in 5:10, handing over 14th position to John Horrobin, who maintained the team's placing with a time of 5:17. Les Watcham ran the third leg, because the 'B' team was lacking a 4th runner, Les Watcham handed over to Alan Owen spare member of Stretford A.C. who completed the last leg in 4:50 the team finished 11th out of 15.
Wallasey Athletic Club has only one team in the boys' event in which there were 28 flnishers. Colin Reiners ran the course in 4 mins. 59 secs., giving 16th position to Geoff Ambrose who finished in 20th place. Mike Potter pulled back one place, although he was 4 seconds slower than Geoff. Ian Wilson finished the race in 18th place with a time of 5:02 giving the team a total time of 21:07.
Owing to a misunderstanding about the number of runners in team, Wallasey had two spare runners in the Colts' event. Fortunately there were many other clubs in the same situation, so Wallasey A.C. was able to enter a 'C' team with the assistance of Andrew Cronin of Pembroke A.C. and C.C.
Phil Keating in the first leg for the 'A' tearn finished 15th in 5:18, Paul Hughes' leg in 5:22 gained the team three places and an excellent effort by Bob Brimage with a lap time of 5.05 resulted in the team coming 8th out of 39.
The 'B' team contained some relatively new faces (or legs). Gary Fair finished the first leg in 5:18, handing over in 16th position to Les Bader who completed his lap in 5:42, finishing 22nd. The last legs as run in 5 mins. 39 secs. by Paul Holdsworth with a final position of 26th.
Last Saturday's relays were for colts, boys and youths, but today the seniors are running a 4 x 3 mile relay at Warrington.
Next Saturday there will be the first track meeting at Wigan. On Sunday, Wallasey Athletic Club members will be travelling to Foel Glap in Denbigh, and Carl Gee, the club coach, would like those interested to contact him as soon as possible so that he can arrange transport.