Snow three inches deep slowed down progress in the Cheshire County Cross Country Championships at Arrowe Park last Saturday, but this did not prevent Wallasey Athletic Club's 'A' team, led by Pete Martin who packed well over the two-mile course, from finishing third with 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th places.
The 'B' team also ran well, with Carl Tomlinson, representing the club for the first time and clearly an 'A' team prospect, showing promise with his 22nd place. An improving Phil Wade followed him two places behind.
With four bronze medals, the youths, representing Wallasey Technical Grammar School, then won first team place, over three miles, Bob Warburton ran particularly well to finish third and Roy McGurn's tenth place consolidates his recent increase in strength so that these four youths now display great depth.
The Seniors then finished third over seven miles. All of the six counters, of whom three were still in the junior age group, performed well, but the outstanding run was that of Dave Lockley, who finished eighth. He was selected after the race, on this performance, to represent Cheshire in the inter-counties championship at Derby next week; he was also the first junior to finish, supporting him was the inimitable John Wright in twelfth place. Another junior, Pete Lewis, ran well to finish 40th and sixth counter. Three places behind, was a game Dave Hughes, who was also competing against 'flu and could not have incurred any dishonour if he had failed to finish or even to start. As with the youths, Phil Wealthy, Mike Teahan and Mike Whiteside finished almost together.
Contributions to last week's results came in no small part from new members and active moves are afoot to promote outside interest in the club. The club's thanks must be extended to Mr Gee for the facilities provided for the display at 78 King Street, Wallasey,
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