Margaret Ashcroft scored first points for Wallasey by taking third place in the 100 yds. in 12.8 secs. David Caw duplicated this position in the boys' race in 11.7 secs., and Mike Mason did 11.2 in the junior event. Premier position in the sprints events went to John Morley who won the senior race in 10.6 secs., and in the second race John Watkins was slow away to take third place in 10.9.
Always an interesting event, the 2-mile team race proved a triumph for Ron Barlow, who produced a 58-sec. Last lap to shake off the challenge of Manchester and Waterloo runners and he won easily in 9 mins. 16 secs. He was ably supported by Brian Woolford (10th in 9:41) and junior Barrie Smith, who was 17th in a personal best time of 9 mins. 57.7 secs. The team race was won by Manchester D.L.C. with 20 points, Wallasey were 2nd (28 pts.) and Winton 3rd (34 pts.). The middle distance races followed next and in the ladies 440 M. Aschroft and Barbara Banks were placed 3rd and 4th respectively, in 68 secs. and 69 secs., whilst Ian Wilson showed something of last season's form with an easy win in 56.7 secs.
The boys' 800 produced something of a surprise when David Caw shot into the lead at the beginning of the second lap and opened a gap of 15 yards down the back straight, but lack of stamina undermined his early effort and he slowed down and was passed in the home straight to finish 2nd in a personal best time of 2 mins. 21.2 secs.
Earlier John Jones and Les Watcham ran in the youths' 880 to finish 5th and 6th in 2 mins. 18.4 secs. and 2 mins. 18.8 secs. respectively, whilst Carl Gee was winning the senior shot with 35 ft. 11 ins.
The relays wound up the afternoon's sport with the boys getting 2nd place, the youths' 5th, the ladies 4th, and John Morley, Alan Keating, Robin Tarrant and John Watkins topped the lot with a great win in the senior event in 47.5 secs.
The complete result of the match was :-1, Warrington 291 pts.; 2 Wigan 139 pts.; 3, Cheadle and Gateley 120 pts.; 4, Waterloo 85 pts.; 5, Wallasey 76 pts.; 6, Blackpool 54 pts.; 7, Winton 52 pts.; 8, Manchester 46 pts.; 9 Altrincham 19 pts., and 10, Pilkingtons 15 pts.
Today, there is a school relays' meeting at Lingham Lane track, Moreton. Most of Wallasey's secondary schools will be taking part and the meeting will start at 2 p.m. There are also middle distance races for both boys and girls and medals will be awarded in all age groups.
If you wish to see a good afternoon's sporting entertainment with honest endeavour, at no personal expense, come along to Lingham Lane today. You can be sure of an enjoyable meeting.