The last four weeks have been busy and entertaining one for Wallasey Athletic Club, with a full range of activities from the invitation trophy meeting at Cadbury's to the start of the road and cross-country season.
The teams from Deeside, Frodsham, Sutton, Ellesmere Port and Chester, Wirral, Cadbury's and Wallasey, raced for a variety of generously donated extrophies, which will be competed for annually. Wirral A.C. won the men's events and received the Bass Charrington North-West Trophy and the Transparent Paper Trophy for the men's 3,000 metres team race and completed a treble by winning the Wests Sports Supplies Trophy for the 1,600 metres mixed medley relay.
The hosts, Wallasey A.C., completed a hat-trick by their overall supremacy in the relay events, the ladies' events and the ladies' 1,600 metres composite relay for which they won respectively the Baco-Foil Trophy, the John Warren Trophy and the Cadbury's F.C. Trophy.
Sutton Harriers won the Wallasey A.C. Trophy for the colts 1,600 metres medley relay. The newly-formed Cadbury's A.C. team earned the applause of their supporters and, judging from this year's performance, should be a force to be reckoned with in future years.
All who attended voted this meeting a resounding success and Wallasey A.C. would like to thank Cadbury's F.C. for their support and hospitality. We take this opportunity to repeat, the winning programme number which was No. 00172, the winner of the £50 being a Mrs. MacDonald of Wallasey.
Friday, September 5, saw club members and their friends and supporters relaxing at their annual dinner dance, at which individuals received awards for their efforts during the past twelve months.
Lynn Jenkinson was the proud recipient of the newly donated silver rose bowl for female athlete of the year. She also received the ladies' under 17 track and field trophy. Her sister Carole was awarded the cross-country trophy for ladies under 17. The ladies' captain, Ann Brimage, received the senior ladies' trophy. To make it a family affair, her husband Bob received the trophies for male athlete of the year and the senior men's cross-country cup. He also shared the senior men's track and field trophy with Pete Jones.
The veterans' trophy went to Len Durkin and the junior men's cross-country award to Pete Smith. Tommy Bond and Alan Smith shared the track and field trophy. Kevin McGee was awarded the trophies for the under-17 men's cross--country and track and field events.
Wallasey A.C. senior men competed in the Sefton Park road relays on Saturday, 10th September, and turned in spirited performances. The same day saw the rest of the club competing at Deeside. In gale force conditions, the results were hard won and all who competed are to be congratulated. Oona Norris won the 1,500- metres in a per-sonal best time of five minutes 32.2 seconds and Carol Jenkinson won her 1,500 metres in a personal best time of five minutes 42.4 seconds. An opening meeting held at Kirkby sports centre on Wednesday, 14th September, saw several of Wallasey A.C. recording personal best times. For the girls, Pam Hanna ran the 100 metres in 14.2 seconds, while Mike Perry, for the colts won his 100 metres heat in 15.2 seconds. Ian Macleod turned in a time of 12.1 seconds for his 100 metres and won the 400 metres in 55.7 seconds. For the junior ladles, Carol Jenkinson recorded a time of five minutes 26.2 seconds for her 1,500 metres. At Kirkby on Sunday, 18th September, Lynn Jenkinson, running for Merseyside, recorded two minutes 19.8 seconds (P.B.) for 800 metres and Kevin McGee, nine minutes 25 seconds, for 3,000 metres.