The track season opened for Wallasey Athletic Club with an inter-club visit held last Saturday at Woodchurch Community Centre. Athletes came from all over the north-west to make this a well-attended meeting which provided many good performances by club athletes.
The best performances occurred in the younger age groups. In the colts Phil D'Arcy ran a powerful 800m to win in an outstanding time of 2 min 33.9 secs. In the same race his brother Steve D'Arcy finished 3rd.'
Though younger than Phil, he also ran very well, finishing with an equally good time of 2min 46.1secs.
Mark Wigfield won his 100m race by a large margin in a personal best time of 15.1 seconds.
The junior girls section also ran well. Lynn Jenkinson won her 200m in 29.3sec and came second on the 100m in 13.9sec, while her sister Carole Jenkinson won her 800m ahead of another Wallasey runner Joanne Macdonald, who finished second.
Joanne also competed equally well in the 200m, the high jump and the long jump. The 800m was run in two heats. Karen Howley ran in the other heat finishing well in 2min 40.2 sec. The team was made up by Lol Harrison who, among other things, ran a promising 100m, finishing fifth in 14.6 secs.
The girls were also able to field a 4 x 100m relay team, the first such ladies team for many years. The team finished fourth in 59.9sec.
Rick Hemmings continued his improving runs with a second place in a youth 5 x 3,000m timed at 9min 53.6 secs. Other good performances were that of, Dave Southern, who came fourth in the youths' 800m in a time of 2min 17secs, and Ian Mcleod second in the boys' long jump with 4.72m.
Compared to these junior results the seniors have very little to shout about. Newly-elected club captain Rod Dixon celebrated his captaincy a creditable 16m 51.2 secs 5,000m. Pete Jones strung together two good races in the senior 400m and 800m. He came fourth and second with times of 52.6sec and 2min 2.6sec respectively.
100m D. Swindell, 4th, 11.9 sec.
400m P. Jones, 4tlh. 52.6sec.
800m P Jones, 2nd. 2min 2.6 sec.
1500m R. Brimage, 4th, 4min 22.6 sec.
5000m R. Dixon, 6th, 16min 51.2sec.
4 x 400m Relay (Jones, Hanna, Norton, Swindell), 2nd, 3min
400m J. Halfpenny. 3rd. 66.3secs.
400m S. Lloyd. 4th. 66.8secs.
800m S. Lloyd. 2nd. 2min 25.3secs.
100m M. Michael. 5th. 12.9sec.
800m D. Southern 5th. 2min 17.3sec.
3000m R. Hemmings, 2nd, 9min 53.6 sec.
3000m K. McGee 4th. 10min 03.2sec.
3000m A. Smith. 6th. 10min 08.4sec.
100m A. Michael. 4th. 14.0sec.
200m I. McLeod. 6th. 28.5sec.
1500m P. Delap. 6th. 4min 57sec.
1500m N. Robinson. 7th, 4min 58sec.
1500m K. McAlister. 9th, 5min 8.3sec.
100m A Race, L. Jenkinson, 2nd. 13.9sec.
100m B Race, L. Harrison, 5th. 14.6sec.
100m C Race, P. Huston, 3rd, 16.4sec.
100m J. Lloyd, 6th, 18.1sec.
100m A Race, M. Wigfield, 1st, 15.1sec.
100m B Race, P. D'Arcy. 4th, 15.3sec.
800m A Race, D. Pennington. 7th, 3min 02.0 sec.
800m B Race, P. D'Arcy. 1st, 2min 33.9 sec.
800m S D'Arcy, 3rd. 2min. 46.1 sec.
800m P. Hockey. 4th. 2min 47.7sec.
800m A Race, K. Howley, 5th, 2min 40.2sec.
800m B Race, C. Jenkinson, 1st, 2min 45.0sec.
800m J. Macdonald, 2nd, 2min 45.1 sec.
High jump: J. Macdonald, 5th,4ft 4ins.