The Women's National Cross-Country Championships at Leicester saw two outstanding performances from Wallasey runners. These were from Marie Burke who was 120th out of a field of more than 800 in the senior race and from Collette Winstanley who was 123rd out of more than 600 in the girls' race.
National - Town Moor - 01/03/1986
The snow-covered hills of the Town Moor, Newcastle, served to make this year's National Cross-Country Championships a fitting test of endurance, as Wallasey athletes achieved success in all three age groups.
Rob Howarth was 75 places higher than last year as he finished 402nd in the youths race, while Mark Hardy ran well in the same
age group to finish 509th.
Mike Edwards in his first season at cross-country finished in an impressive 385th place in the juniors. Alec Boughey led Wallasey home in the senior race, improving more than 150 places on last year in 700th position. Pete Lonsdale was next finisher in 831st place.
Dave Walton, Keith Simpson and Graham Beggs, who all joined the club last year, and have made tremendous progress over the season, were 976th, 1,124th and 1,277th respectively with James Downey 1,229th.
Pete Griffiths, Paul McQuade and Alan Johnson were the remaining Wallasey finishers to insure that the club again had the full quota of nine finishers, having been one of remarkably few clubs to achieve this in last year's race.
Alan Johnson's attitude in stepping in for an ill runner at the last moment, despite having already trained that morning, was typical.