Last Saturday saw the last big event of the cross country season when the National championships were held at Caversham Park, Reading.
Wallasey A.C. were represented in both the youth and junior events, and the outstanding individual performance was undoubtedly that of Roy Parry, who ran in 32nd in the three-mile youth event.
This must rate as a fine performance by Parry, as only a top class athlete can reach the first fifty in a national championship.
To achieve this a runner must have first the sheer pace to get out in front of hundreds of other runners and then the stamina to stay there, and one must remember that as the leading runners all come in close together the margin between being placed in such a race and being in the thirties and forties is quite small.
Parry was away to a fine start, showing such pace that for the first three-quarters of a mile he was actually in the leading half dozen. He then flagged sufficiently to be overtaken by another group of runners but he continued to step out very well to be the first Liverpool & District runner home.
The hilly course did not, really suit Parry's rather slight build and although it is idle to speculate one cannot but feel that on a flatter course he may well have been in the first ten. However, his 32nd bettered his performance of last year in the same race by several places and his achieve merit rounds of a most successful season.
John Warden, although not quite up to his normal form, nevertheless ran very creditably to finish in 133rd place, as also did Hugh Pritchard 183 and Michael Greenhalgh 215.
Dave Standfast was again first Wallasey man home in the junior event over 6 miles and he ran with real determination throughout to finish well up in 98th position. The merit of this run can be seen from the gap between him and Wallasey's next man up Ken Ledward in 203rd place, and it is clear that in Standfast, Wallasey A.C. have a real acquisition.
Wallasey's other counters in this race were Scammell 244 and John Winrow 248.
The Individual race in this event was suprisingly run by young Driver of South London Harriers who convincingly beat the holder, Johnny Wilde of East Cheshire.
The senior race in which Wallasey was not represented, was also won very clearly by another South London Harrier, Olympic athlete, Gordon Pirie.