The 2017-2018 Borders League season opening fixture took place on an amended 5 mile route around Capenhurst. The 2 lap course finished in the sports ground instead of alongside the car park. The men's team were unable to overcome Buckley and finished in second place. The ladies finished fifth team on the day. Counters for the men were Joe Boden (5th), Rob Pearse (14th), Xavier Desse (24th), John Thelwell (36th), Ross Moore (38th), Jack Poland (42nd), Mike Green (43rd), Bryan Stevenson (48th), Neil Bullock (49th) and John Armstrong (60th)., Ladies counters were Helen Anne Stansfield (13th), Vicky Kehoe (28th), Becky Blacklock (35th) and Kate Ryan (41st). 385 runners took part of which 51 were from Wallasey A.C.
Race 2 - Birkenhead Park - 03/12/2017
The men finished second and the ladies third in the second Borders League race of the season organized by the club at Birkenhead Park. The ladies showed good packing with Helen Anne Stansfield (13th), Jo Irvin (14th), Zoe Pearse (16th) and Becky Blacklock (22nd) all counting. The men had 2 finishers in the top ten with Joe Boden (3rd) and Rob Pearse (10th). Other counters were Jay Walker (21st), Xavier Desse (24th), Matt Goodwin (38th), Neil Bullock (42nd), Bryan Stevenson (43rd), Ross Moore (45th), Tony Barbat (48th) and Jack Poland (49th). Bob and his team of marshalls put on a great race, the race also doubled as the club’s annual road race championship with the winner picking up the Les Pullin Memorial Trophy.
Race 1 - Arrowe Park - 28/10/2017
The cross country season got underway at Arrowe Park with the first league fixture in the Liverpool & District Cross Country Union series of races. The course had pockets of mud but conditions underfoot were generally good. The team, consisting of 20 men and 11 women, finished in third place on the day. The six counters were Joe Boden, (12th), Rob Pearse (16th), debutant Jay Walker (21st), Jack Poland (30th), Matt Gillbanks (31st) and Pete Clarke (33rd).
Race 2 - Sefton Park - 25/11/2017
Wallasey finished ninth in the second race in the Liverpool and District Cross Country Union calendar. The race was incorporated into British Athletics Cross Challenge series at Sefton Park and the conditions were challenging with hail, wind and numerous muddy patches. Counters for the men were Rob Pearse (20th), Jay Walker (59th), Phil Cuthbert (64th), Tony Barbat (80th), Colin Palmer (86th) and Matt Gillbanks (89th). The team lie in third place overall. The ladies took part in the Senior Women’s Cross challenge with Helen Anne Stansfield (15th) and Becky Blacklock (17th) achieving the best finishing positions amongst the L&D runners in the race.
Race 3 - Beacon Park - 09/12/2017
Becky Blacklock was the first lady home at the final Liverpool & District Cross Country Union league race at Beacon Park, this fine run helped Becky to finish as fifth counter (37th senior) for the senior team. Other counters were Tony Barbat (18th), Phil Cuthbert (19th), Pete Clarke (26th), Steve Norton (35th) and Dave McAlister (39th). The race was tough with the usual hills and lots of mud, the cross country runners also had to endure sleet and snow during the race. The team finished fourth on the day and slipped to fourth place overall. Only 77 runners completed the course, 21 representing the club. Wallasey A.C. also assisted with marshalling a successful race.
Race 1 - Royden Park - 05/09/2017
The Wirral Multi Terrain series for 2017 started at the usual venue for the opener namely Royden Park, 223 men and 135 ladies completed the 2 lap course over Thurstaston Hill. Sallie Holt (6th) led the ladies team to a third place finish with Elaine Opara (9th) and Becky Blacklock (20th) also counting. The men finished in second place with Rob Pearse continuing his good form with a fifth place finish. Other counters were Jack Poland (17th), Bryan Stevenson (18th), Tony Barbat (20th) and Pete Clarke (33rd). Wallasey men also finished second B team.
Race 2 - Wirral Country Park - 12/09/2017
The second race of Wirral Multi Terrain series was staged at Wirral Country Park. Rain earlier in the day made the rocks and the beach slippy and the runners had to navigate a fishing boat that was left across the course. The ladies showed good packing with Helen Anne Stansfield (12th), Elaine Opara (13th) and Becky Vlacklock (15th) helping the team to a third place finish. The ladies were also first B team. Rob Pearse led the men home with a wonderful run finishing in second place, only the second Wallasey senior male to perform this feat. Other counters were Jack Poland (16th), Alex Norton (17th), Tony Barbat (18th) and Pete Clark (22nd) with the team winning the men's race. The B team also finished first B team.
Race 3 - Harrison Drive - 19/09/2017
Rob Pearse completed another second place finish as the Wirral Multi Terrain races moved to Harrison Drive for the third race of the series. On a beautifully sunny evening 286 runners took part with 52 of them being from Wallasey AC, the race was also successfully organised by the club. The men finished in third place which was enough to lift them to first overall with a slender lead of one point over Wirral AC. Other counters for the men were Alex Norton (22nd), Tony Barbat (25th), Bryan Stevenson (27th) and Pete Clark (28th). The ladies finished in second place and lie second in the overall standings. Sallie Holt ran well for a fourth place finish and she was ably assisted by Becky Blacklock (10th) and Elaine Opara (12th). The ladies B team are also leading B team. Rob Pearse, Becky Blacklock and Tony Barbat lead their age categories and Rob Pearse also leads the overall men.
Race 4 - Arrowe Park - 26/09/2017
The last race of the Wirral Multi Terrain series was held at a muddy Arrowe Park. The men narrowly missed out on the title losing to Wirral A.C. by 10 points. Despite a gallant effort by Joe Boden (3rd), Rob Pearse (7th), Ross Moore (13th), Tony Barbat (29th) and Pete Clarke (31st) the team came up short, finishing second on the day and overall. The ladies also finished second on the day and overall. Counters for the ladies were Sallie Holt (5th), Elaine Opara (11th) and Jess Smith (17th). The ladies were the first B team. Age category awards went to Flynn Jones (Second - Boys Under 15), Luke Hampshire (Third - Boys Under 15), Alex Norton (Third - Men Under 20), Rob Pearse (Second - Men Over 40 and Third Male Overall), Steve Norton (Third - Men Over 50), Tony Barbat (First - Men Over 55), Becky Blacklock (Second - Ladies Under 30), Sallie Holt (Third - Ladies Over 40), Helen Symonds (Third - Ladies Over 50), Mary Rees (Second - Ladies Over 60) and Nicci Davies (Third - Ladies Over 60).