On this day the athletes represented their school, Mosslands arguably the only school in Wallasey providing serious competition for those interested in cross-country running. While not winning the team event the individual performances reflected the potential for higher honours in the near future.
Competing in the colts' 11/2 mile race, Tom Henfrey ran an encouraging race to finish in seventh place. Several athletes from the Doug Hanna 'stable' from Wallasey and Wirral Athletic Clubs competed in the boys 21/4 mile race. Mike King, who has recently joined the larger squad of runners coached by Dave Jeffs, also at Wirral, finished an easy first, in a time of 16 min. 0.2 seconds, thirty three seconds behind and in third place was the much improved Nigel Thompson with a tired Geoff Nuttall finishing only
four places further back in seventh spot.
Mark Cooper showed that his track season improvements were no 'fluke' by demonstrating his new found strength to finish third over the four mile youth's course.
Other Wirral Athletic Club members who ran in these races were:- Ruth Irvine, second in the under-11, one mile race; Julianne Hodgins, sixth in the under-13 mile race; Louise Ellams, 11th in the under-13 race; Anna Fenby, sixth in the under-15 two mile race; Senior men's 5 mile race, club treasurer Rob Jackson was narrowly beaten into fifth place by Alan Irvine.
The cross-country athletes (men) will be able to test themselves over the Sherdley Park course in the second of the Liverpool and District League matches. The women will be making the final preparations for the Merseyside Women's Cross-Country Championships being held in Arrowe Park commencing at 1 p.m. on Sunday 25th November.