As a just reward for a season of quality hurdling, Wallasey's Dave Lockley has been selected to represent the West of the Pennines athletics team versus the Midlands, at Kirkby Stadium next Sunday, September 22nd.
His selection comes after a great 2,000 metres steeplechase at Blackburn last Wednesday week when he lowered his personal best time to 5m 55s, and hoisted himself to fourth place in the British junior rankings for 1968.
Partnering Dave in the 2,000 metres chase will be the Preston senior Andy Holden, who was the foremost exponent of this event in the country last year as a junior, and whilst he will be expected to win on Sunday, both he and Dave can prepare for strong opposition from John Offod, the Midland Counties' champion, who has hit his form just recently.
The organisers are expecting most of the sprinters who will be leaving for Mexico the following day, and Merseyside enthusiasts will be able to judge their form at first hand before Olympic competition.
With only one more track meet left and cross-country running very much in mind, the tempo of training alters. Whilst distances on both road and track lengthen, circuit training is re-introduced on Wednesdays at the Technical Grammar School gymnasium at 7.30 p.m. and weight training at the new clubhouse on Mondays.