Despite recent defeats, captain Janice Watts succeeded in injecting confidence and with Mary Caldwell travelling from London for the occasion, everyone was optimistic. Over the tough course the Stretford runners made very fast starts, Barbara Banks and Janice Watts close behind.
With Barbara battling for the lead Janice, Margaret Ashcroft and Mary Caldwell were all well placed ahead of their Stretford rivals. With Wallasey supporters all round the course the girls sensed victory and Janice steadily moved through the field to finish fourth, a brilliant return to form. Barbara was second after a close battle with Preston's Liz Connors, her best run of the season. Jean Lochead of Airedale & Spen Valley A.C. was the winner.
In ninth place was Margaret Ashcroft a great club athlete who now seems destined to join the top runners again after her recent rest. Final counter was Mary Caldwell in 16th position another good run over 30 places higher than last year, and a great tribute to her determination. While not counting for the team Sylvia Brimage in 23rd position showed a hint of her true talent after recent setbacks. This could represent the start of a comeback.
From a section of only a handful of athletes three years ago, Wallasey's women can now claim to be 'the best in the North' and must be strong contenders for the National Championships later in the month.
The absence of Lynn Carter through illness was a great disappointment but four girls completed the course, Helen Taylor and Diana Kelly producing the best performances. Of the intermediates, Susan Lloyd was outstanding in finishing 28th in a large field, her best run to date.
Today the men will be competing in their Northern at Gateshead. Best performance is likely to come from Bob Brimage in the junior race. Also likely to be placed are Dave Lockley in the senior race, and Gwyn Griffiths in the youths.