Mr. A. P. Watson, G.M. secretary of the Wallasey Athletic Club, is sports advisor with Charity Carnival Committee (Wallasey), and informs me they hope that next year they may be able to take the Tower Grounds for a really big meeting.
The Wallasey Youth Officer, Mr. Hayens, is also interested in the promotion of athletics. The Wallasey Athletic Club has sent an invitation to Wallasey school and the Cadet Force to take advantage of the club facilities in their present six week training programme. This has been well received, for schools are unable to organise their own cross country runs at present.
A considerable number of Wallasey members are in the Forces, but the club is keeping in touch with them. One member, R. C. Leach, prominent in pre-war club events and Wallasey Grammar School athletic sports, represented the British Empire in the Allies International Meet at Cairo in 1948. There are many other stories and news of members and very evidently here is another local sport bound for the top ranks.
Great credit is due to the efforts of J. Edwards, who kept the club going throughout six years of war. As club secretary, and in the field as an active runner, he distinguished himself by his untiring efforts. He retires from the office of secretary, and takes up duties as captain and trainer.
A vote of thanks was passed to Vice-President, R. Young who had given facilities for training to the club during the war.
Wallasey Athletic Club commences the cross-country season with a six weeks training course, carefully prepared to suit both seniors and juniors. The programme started last Saturday with a run from the temporary headquarters in Green Lane.
The junior pack went out with A. P. Watson for an easy jog and walk of two and a half miles and were taught the correct method of breathing. This pack included boys from the W.G.S., Oldershaw and the Cadet Force. J. Edwards coached the seniors over a 5 mile course.
There was a very good turnout, although the majority of active members are still in the Forces. J. Arkless, home on leave, was given a great welcome.
To-day the programme is coaching in the style and technique of running. The juniors will again cover, about 3 miles in a jog and walk, and the seniors 5 miles.
Membership of the club is open to men and boys of all ages over 15. Training for running is carried out systematically so that the newcomer to the game is taught stage by stage. An invitation is extended to anyone interested in the game, either from the administrative point of view, or as a prospective runner, to visit the club headquarters this afternoon. Voluntary officals are required for judging; timekeeping, reporting, typing, etc. Runners to be there at 2:30 prompt. No. 2 bus to Green Lane, Wallasey Village. Enquiries should be addressed to:. The Secretary, A. P. Watson, 63 Seabank Road, Wallasey.
A general meeting of the club will be called at the Black Horse Hotel, at 8 p.m., on Friday, October 19th in order to discuss the changing of club rules.