For despite the non-appearance of Warrington A.C., the host club, Wallasey A.C., made the women's trophy theirs for the second successive year, by soundly defeating Waterloo and Wirral in a three-sided match which was blessed with a fine afternoon and some keen competition.
Prominent among Wallasey's winners was Dave Lockley, who stamped his personality on the 3,000 metres steeplechase from the first lap, and with skillfull barrier clearances strode to an easy win in 9min. 26 secs., to ensure that the senior section was won by one point from Waterloo. Warrington and Wirral were 'streets' behind.
Earlier, Andy Fulton had completed a fine winning treble, with a 38ft. 13/4 ins. shot putt, 130 ft. 3 ins, javelin throw and a personal best long jump of 17 ft, 7 ins., whilst Alan Cheers had little difficulty in winning the senior jump with 18 ft. 11ins.
The intermediate girls 880 yards was probably the best race of the afternoon, with close friends Gillian King and Lindsey Mutch fighting it out over the last 30 yards with Lindsey taking the race in the last few strides to record 2 mins. 39.5 secs., with Gill timed at 2:39.9.
The elder Murray, Susan, had a terrific tussle in the 220 yards before edging ahead in the last stride to a 30.3 secs. win.
Not all of Wallasey's girls were at Lingham last weekend, for while the home-based girls were making certain of the league trophy, two seniors were competing in the Lancashire championships at Rawthenstall, and a trio were at Hartford for the Cheshire equivalent.
Of these, only ladies' captain Barbara Banks had any success, winning the senior
1,500 metres easily in 4:41, whilst intermediates Sylvia Brimage and Susan Carter
placed 2nd in the 1,500 metres, 400 metres respectively.
More than a dozen Wallasey men travel to Hartford today for the Cheshire championships, whilst four (Mike Whiteside, Len Durkin, Dave Hughes and John Lynch) try their hand in the Northern 20-mile road race, provided by Liverpool Pembroke A.C.