Today, Wallasey Athletic Clubs men's teams will be beginning the period of intense competition, when titles are gained or lost. Today's Cheshire cross-county championships are followed by the Liverpool and District championships next week and the West Lancashire championships the final Saturday of the month.
It seems that the team may well improve on last year's third place and snatch the runners-up position.
Each team has six counters from 10 runners, the Wallasey team to be selected from: D. Lockley, J. Wright (captain), D. Lindsey, B. Smith, M. Teahan, M. Whiteside, L. Durkin, D. Hughes, C. W. Gee, M. Weatherilt, J. Lynch, R. Tarrant, D. Hanna, P. Lewis, I. Wilson.
Wirral A.C. look strong enough to retain the team title, while Wallasey should wage a close battle with Altrincham A.C., for second place. Leading the Altrincham team will be Alan Blinston, the European 5,000 metre bronze medallist; he should have little difficulty in retaining his Cheshire title.
It is vital for Wallasey that Barrie Smith, Mike Teahan and Mike Whiteside who appear as the other likely counters hit top form and do not content themselves in the middle of the field. If one of these three fail Mike Weatherilt, may well be the one to take a scoring position. Mike has done some running in Spain this summer and is now very determined to get back into the team after illness.
The youths' team is of four runners; these will probably be Bob Brimage, Bob Warburton, Gary Fair and Andy Fulton. The team should be a close second, unfortunately the lack of depth will mean if anyone has a bad run there will be nobody to replace him. The number of boys is equally bad and only Gwyn Griffiths is entered. The colts appear the strongest; their team of Eddie Kanes, Neil Simpson, Steve Kelly and Davy Jones could be well placed.
Eddie Kanes, a new member of the team, should establish himself as a runner to watch, and Davy Jones could well have a bright future. These two join Neil and Steve, the two established members of the team.