The highest standard of distance running ever attained in Wallasey was achieved in the Christmas Handicap organised by Wallasey Athletic Club over a 41/2 miles course of road, shore and embankment at Leasowe last Saturday.
Twenty-six runners, who all finished the course, were started on their way by the Mayor of Wallasey (Alderman J. L. Gill) with P. B. Mason leading off with five minutes start off the scratch man. J. Edwards, young Mason made full use of his allowance and was only passed in the final half mile of road by the ultimate winner, A. Dickinson, off 21/4 mins., and Bob Johnston (11/4 mins. start) who finished second. Eighteen seconds covered the first four. Dickinson ran his best race since joining Wallasey Athletic Club two years ago, whilst Johnston was in fine form and recorded fastest time of the day, with H. Thomson , 4th to finish, running another grand race to put up 2nd fastest time. Six runners clocked under 25 minutes against an average of one in pre-war years when this same course was extensively used. The Mayor presented prizes to each runner in accordance with established custom, prizes which had been mainly donated by members and friends, Three new, large silver trophies were also given to the club by the president, Mr. A. G. Nicholson, who spoke in enthusiastic terms on the progress of athletics in Wallasey and on the fine spirit fostered by Wallasey Athletic Club.
M. S. M. S. M. S.
1 A. Dickinson 22 25 2 15 24 40
2 R. Johnnton 22 30 1 15 23 45
3 P. B. Mason 22 35 5 00 27 35