Four teams out of the 18 which took part in Sefton Park Road Relay on Saturday, failed to finish. The two teams from Wallasey Athletic Club not only completed the course, but produced some remarkably good times between them.
Brian Woolford, the club secretary, the 'A' team a good start by finishing third in the first leg with the time of 16 mins. 35 secs., an improvement of 16 seconds on his time last year. Alan Keating finished fourth and Mike McNamee sixth. Mike Teahan lost three places, Doug Hanna gained one and Barrie Smith completed the last leg in a time of 17 mins. 22 secs., two seconds faster than last year.
The 'A' team came seventh with a total time of 106 mins. 53 secs., which was two positions lower and 1 min. 37 secs. slower than in 1965.
The 'B' team had three surprises in store. Firstly, Carl Gee, the club coach, returned a time of 19 mins. 51 secs., a good 30 secs. faster than last year. Secondly, John Wright, who hadn't run in the race for two years, finished thirteenth with a time of 18 mins. 4 secs., which would have put him third man in the 'A' team.' Thirdly, the team, which was lying 14th, had its hopes smashed when D. Anderson got lost on the last leg.
Today, there will be the second league run at Woolton. The seniors will race over six miles, the youths three miles and the boys two miles. Today also, six of the youths' team, including the two Cheshire Schools Cross Country runners, J. Jones and S. Walker, will be running for Wallasey Grammar School in the Wirral Schools Cross-Country Championships, which they have high hopes of winning this year.
Members are reminded that club has acquired the use of the Technical Grammar Schools' Gymnasium on Wednesday evenings and a satisfying hour or two may be spent there doing circuits. Lingham track is also available for Wallasey A.C. members on Thursday evening (for a charge of sixpence).
Prospective members will be welcome at either of the two above mentioned venues at 7 p.m. Please be punctual.