Owing to foot and mouth restrictions on cross country events, the previously postponed Northern Novice championship, open to any senior who has not won an area or National championship, was incorporated info the race.
Barbara astounded the experts by pulling away to a great win by 21 seconds from international Alison Noble (nee Leggett) and pushed the favoured Phyllis Lewis (winner of the first two league races) into third place.
Barbara is virtually the only competing lady cross country member of the club and does the bulk of her training on her own in the evenings no matter what the weather conditions are. She lacks the advantages of a team backing that her adversaries enjoy and has progressed during the last two years from a mediocre performer into a top flight athlete through pluck and determination.
Today Barbara travels to Bolton for the Women's National Championships where she wilI take on the more fancied runners from the South of England. Whatever the result we can be sure that she will give of her best - she is that kind of girl.
The boys, with six to count improved on last week's performance and packed Colin Reiner (8th), Bob Warburton (18th) Paul Hughes (19th), John Rogers (20th), Bob Brimage (23rd) and Gary Fair (24th) to take second place to Liverpool Pembroke with 122 points.
The youths, over-confident before the race, relaxed too much, and let Liverpool Harriers 'steal' the title from them by only four points. Placings for Wallasey were: Dave Lockley (2nd), John Jones (4th), Brian Knox (9th), Mel Schless (11th) , Steve Walker (18th) and Phil Wealthy (19th).
There will be a run from the club house today at 2.30 p.m. as part of the preparation for the West Lancashire Championships at St. Helens next week - whilst the track session on Tuesday at Lingham and the circuit training on Wednesday continue.