The headquarters of the Wallasey Athletic Club was the scene of considerable activity last Saturday when the club held a handicap race over a cross-country course measuring six and a half miles in length. Favoured by brilliant weather, the event attracted a record entry which included that speedy trio, G. M. Band, N. J. Neale and W. R. Richardson, and, as the handicap was 'sealed,' the competitors all starting together and being 'clocked in' at the finish, a fast pace was assured.
The runners got away at 3.45 p.m. and it was soon apparent that Richardson meant business, but Neale and Band were also well in the picture, and although neither has been reproducing his best form in recent weeks, they are always a serious danger to the best.
The first to fall by the wayside was H. C. Binns, jun., who pulled up lame after going only a quarter of a mile and was forced to retire, while T. Tyrer, after a game effort, abandoned the unequal struggle at about the half-way mark.
Richardson was the first to cross the finishing line with Neale a bare 55 seconds behind and Band a useful third.