The unnecessary defeat in the Cheshire cross-country championships of the youths' team served as a tonic for the Liverpool and District races last weekend.
The lack of training facilities for the club, brought about by the closure of the school for the Christmas holidays, meant that training was not all that it might have been prior to this championship season. All credit to each club member must !be given for makings the best out of the lack of facilities during this period. We all hope that the authorities concerned will soon wake up to our need and perhaps at least let us know the results of our talks with them many months ago when alternative training venues were discussed.
The club is knitting together well and is also having its share of successes. Second team in L & D is nothing to be ashamed of. Last year we were not even in the first three teams. The week before, the youth's team finished fourth team in the Cheshire championships. On both occasions, Kevin
McGee has led the team home, running impressively over two entirely different types of course. Stuart Moran in the boy's team has improved at each outing and is proving to be an invaluable member of the team. A welcome return to the team for Paul Delap and Nick Robinson enabled us to finish a full team quota last week. Most members of the boys' and youths' teams will be competing for their schools tomorrow in the Wirral schools races at Arrowe Park.
Congratulations are due to the female section of the club, five of whom represent Merseyside in the inter-counties cross-country championships. They are Barbara Majumdar and Sue Lloyd in the senior event, and Oona Norris, Lynn Jenkinson and as travelling reserve, Joanne Macdonald in the junior girls races.
Liverpool & District Cross-Country Races:
Youths 4 miles: Kevin McGee 7th, 22 min. 24 sec.; Chris Wright 10th, 22 min. 34 sec.; Rick Hemmings 12th, 22 min. 40 sec.; Dave Southern 16th, 23 min. 10 sec.; Alan Smith 19th, 23 min. 52 sec.; Tommy Boyd 23rd, 24 min. 15 sec.