'Go for Gold' was a motto adopted a short while ago by the British Olympic Committee. 'To come back with gold' was the small squads' dream, back from the Cheshire championships that is.
Come back they did, four gold, one silver and a few personal best performances thrown in for good measure.
This overall performance placed Wallasey Athletic Club in third place, on track performance in the whole of old Cheshire; Warrington and Sale being ahead, Ellesmere Port, Southport & Waterloo, Crewe & Nantwich, Winsford, Chester and Wirral all being placed behind them.
Neil Henfrey was the silver medallist. He is only ten at present, nevertheless, he was placed as the second fastest 200m runner in his age group which includes 11 and 12 year olds.
Golds were won by Ian Macleod, who finished as the winner of the youths 100m and 200m, the latter being gained after an excellent start and impressive first 75m round the bend; Kevin McGee, who won the jurnor 1500m title he gained first time last year, with a personal best time of 4 mins 1.5 seconds, and Bob Brimage who won the senior 1500m title in 4 mins. 14.2 seconds.
Mike Perry did not win a medal but he did record a personal best time for his 800m event of 2mins. 30.5 seconds and recorded 14.0 seconds for his 100m.
It was a good day for Wallasey Athletic Club who also learned that their intermediate ladies 3 x 800 relay squad performance of last season had been ranked in the top ten in the country, in third place.
There is no reason at all why this weekend shouldn't provide just as much success, Saturday being the Wirral Schools meeting, 10:00 am at the Oval and Sunday being the Merseyside Womens Championships at Kirkby Stadium.
LAST WEEKEND'S RESULTS
Mike Perry, Boys 800m. 13th, 2 mins 30.5 secs/100m. 4th, 14.0 sec.
Ian Mcleod, Youth 100m. 1st. 11.7 secs/200m, 1st. 24.5 secs.
Kevin McGee, Junior 1500m. 1st. 4min 1.7secs.
Bob Brimage, Senior 1500m. 1st. 4 min. 14.0 secs.
Neil Henfrey (colts) 100m. 5th. 15.3 secs./ 200m, 2nd. 30.6 secs.
Pete Jones, Senior 400. 5th. 57.2 secs.