Running in his 1500 metres steeplechase at Warrington last Saturday, Wallasey Athletic Club's Dave Lockley pulled of a great win over Rochdale's British record holder, Colin Adshead, when he turned in a 4 mins. 31.6 secs. with Adshead 7 seconds behind in 4:38.5 and Snow (Liverpool) 3rd in 4:48.3.
Dave showed what a power house he has become by turning on a show of strong running right from the gun and his fluent hurdling and water clearances took him further away from the field as the race progressed.
All competitors were handicapped by a strong cold wind which backed intermittent showers all afternoon and detracted from performances worthy of better times.
Defying the conditions, Ian Wilson proved to e the fastest youth over 100 yds. when he put up the best time of three heats in his age group with an 11.2 secs. win, which he followed with a second place in the 440 later in the programme in 54.1 secs.
The bulk of Wallasey's athletes were concerned in the middle distance events. In the
junior half Wallasey's Johnny Jones took the 'bit' in his teeth and led through the first lap in 61 secs. and to his credit, never ,gave up the fight although passed by two runners with 180 yards to go, to return 2 mins. 8 secs. for third place.
Wallasey's Mike Teahan and Mike Whiteside in the first event showed up in ninth and 12th places with 2:07' and 2:10.2 respectively in the first heat of the senior 'half' and in the second heat Doug Hanna just pipped Barrie Smith on the line for third place, both being given 2:07.9 with Ken Rosso (7th) in 2:11 in the second heat.
Bob Brimage had the edge on clubmate Phil Keating in the boys' mile-Bob returning 5:24.3. with Phil eight seconds behind him in sixth place and with more speed work these two should approach the 5:10 mark before the season is much older.