The National Cross-Country Championships were held at Blackpool last Saturday over a course of undulating grassland. These championships are the climax of the season for every
cross country runner, worthy of the name, and although the Wallasey Athletic Club was unable to enter a team because of the last minute injury to John Wright, Club supporters were privileged to see Brian Woolford run his best ever race.
Seven hundred and forty runners started in the nine mile senior race and Brian, after moving steadily through the field eventually finished in 36th position, just behind and thirteen places in front of Martin Hyman winner of the 'Round the Houses' race in South America in the New Year.
Ron Barlow also ran well to finish in 87th position. This has been a rather erratic season for Ron and it was good to see him, running with something like his old form. Kevin Mather was the next man home in 280th position, followed by Brian Chalton in 383rd place, Hugh Pritchard was the last club runner to finish in 619th place. A little training would undoubtedly result in an improvement for this runner.
In the youth championship Peter Meldrum and David Martin both ran well and only lack of experience prevented them from achieving a much higher placing in the race. Peter finished in 182nd place and David in 266th place.