Despite losing ground at the last two meetings, Wallasey Athletic Club's ladies, made sure of victory in their section of the Merseyside Track and field League last Saturday at Warrington by holding the numerically stronger Liverpool and West Lancashire clubs to a narrow read in the final meeting.
Not to be outdone, the men's senior team repeated 1968's second placing in the league behind Waterloo.
Barrie Smith played a captain's role in the senior 5,000 metres with a 'gutsy' run in which he beat all but the Wirral runner; and Dave Lockley gave his usual polished display of hurdling in winning the 2,000 metres steeplechase.
Ian Wilson showed that with a little more attention to technique he could become an accomplished 400 metres hurdler by taking this race in 58.3 secs., whilst other winners for Wallasey were Carl Gee in the senior discus and Bob Warburton who made the 800 metres youths' look ridiculously easy, winning as he liked in 2:00.7.
Boys' 1,500 metres; 6, G. Griffiths 4 mins. 59.1 secs.
Boys' Triple Jump; 6, G. Griffiths 2.3 m.
Ladies' 400 metres; 'A' Race; 4, M. Ashcroft 65.1 secs; 'B' Race; B. Banks 69.7 sec. Junior Girls' 100 metres; 'A' Race 6, G. Ackers 15 secs., 'B' Race; 5, J. Carter 15.2 sec., Junior Girls' 4 x 100 relay: 5th team.
High jump; 4, Barbara Shaw 4ft. 6ins.
Following last Saturday's final league match, four of the club's leading athletes were selected to represent a Liverpool and District team in a match against the North East and Bolton Leagues the next day at Leverhulme Park, Bolton. The Liverpool team emerged as easy winners and no small part was played by Wallasey's Northern champion Pete Lewis, who took the 400 metres in 42 secs. whilst Bob Warburton gave his usual (and almost expected) competent performance in winning the youths' 800 metres in 2:00.6 secs. in blustery conditions, Mike Teahan, not recovered from his previous day's efforts, could only manage 2:04 for his 800 metre whilst Alan Cheers placed 3rd in the triple jump with a 43ft. plus jump.