The county committee awarded the 2019 meritorious services to athletics award postumously to Wally Bridson.
Wally had a long time connection with L’pool Pembroke & Sefton and, on retirement, he accepted the role of Secretary of the Club. His enthusiasm and commitment was boundless and he advanced the club to new levels of efficiency and recognition in the wider community.
He also took on roles within the county, including Vice President, and within Merseyside Schools. He was ever-present and willing to undertake numerous and sometimes onerous jobs. He qualified as an official in different capacities and was latterly much in demand as a Starter . Both County and Schools will miss his presence.
His commitment went well beyond that of a normal volunteer and he would frequently travel long distances on public transport to fulfil even a modest engagement. His easy manner endeared him to officials and coaches alike and to the many athletes to whom he gave quiet encouragement.
It really is no exaggeration to say he was truly an outstanding official, colleague and friend.
Here is the list of races for 2019.
Following the County and the Northern cross country championships, county selectors have now decided the teams to represent Mersyside at the Inter Counties Champs at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, on Saturday 9th March. Click here for Full Team Listing.
It is with sadness that I report that Walter “Wally” Bridson died on Saturday morning, 8th December 2018. Until ill health forced a retirement earlier this year, Wally was the long-time Secretary of Liverpool, Pembroke & Sefton H & AC, Vice President and active member of Merseyside County Athletic Association and an athletics official for his club and county serving as an Endurance official, as a Track Judge, a Timekeeper and more recently as a Starter. His considerable contribution to athletics will be greatly missed. The funeral is on Thursday 20th December at 12 noon at St Benet’s Church, Copy Lane, Netherton, L30 7PE.
The presentation of Road Grand Prix awards will again take place after the December Halewood 5k (on 1 December). Race starts at 10.30am and presentation will take place at about 11.15am. Could clubs ensure award winners are aware of these arrangements and confirm they will be able to attend the presentation. Grateful if 5K runners too could stay after the race and support the winners. See List of winners. Tim Warn
A new download is now available showing the best known performances by Merseyside athletes, defined as athletes eligible to compete for Merseyside. It is included as a T&F download although it includes some road performances.
Prospectus and Entry Form now available for the County XC Champs in January. See XC page.
This Year’s North West Road Relays will be hosted by Cheshire CAA in Delamere Forest on Saturday 8th September. More details will be posted when available.
For 2017, the County awards the Blair Performance Trophy to Jonny Mellor for his 2:12:57 Berlin marathon and the Green Performance Trophy to Anyika Onuora for her 400m perfomances, inc relays, at IAAF Champs. Current and past winners.
M’side County will be holding an open evening T&F meeting at Wavertree on Wednesday 1st August for Under 11s to Under 17s. Click here for Prospectus and Entry info.