Last Saturday, Wallasey's senior athletes made the trip to Blackpool to compete in the first Northern Track League fixture of the season. However, the blistering heat and dry, sandy track produced unsuitable conditions for an athletics meeting, making both track and field events difficult.
another personal best time of 2 mins.
However, because the team was sadly depleted of athletes as a result of injuries and absenteeisms, it was Wallasey's. 'all-rounders' who stepped in and saved the day.
The club's coach Doug Hanna, showed his wide athletic ability by competing in the 400m hurdles, the discus and both the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays. Bob Brimage, only recently recovering from illness competed in four events, including the 800m, the javelin, the long jump and the triple jump. Mike Teahan also braved the heat and competed in the 100m, the javelin, the triple jump and the pole vault.
As club captain I thank the 'all-rounders' and congratulate their team spirit, out am disappointed and frustrated that they should have to exhaust themselves to fill in spaces left by absent team members.
Along with help from our 'all-rounders' the throwers performed well on Saturday.
Chris Preston won the hammer, was third in the shot-putt with a season's best throw of 37ft. 61/2in. And was fourth in the discus. Colin Innes, still a youth, threw the hammer and shot in the (b) events.
1500m: R. Dixon. 4min. 32secs. 6th. 200m: T. Guest. 23.6secs 5th. 5000m: N. Williams, 18min. 42.4secs 6th. Hammer throw: C. Preston, 140ft. 2in. 1st. C. Innes, 68ft. 11in. 4th. Shot Putt: C. Preston. 37ft. 61/2in. 3rd! C. Innes. 34ft. 7in. 6th. Discus: C. Preston, 101ft; 6in. 4th; D. Hanna, 88ft. 7in. 4th.