Last Saturday saw the last big event of the cross country season when the National championships were held at Caversham Park, Reading.
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.
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.
This Saturday quite a number of W.A.C. boys and youths will be representing Wallasey and Oldershaw Grammar Schools in the Northern Schools Cross-Country Championships being held at Wythenshawe Park, Manchester. Particularly as Oldershaw have beaten Wallasey Grammar School twice this season they appear to have the better chance and it is worthy of note that they finished 4th in these championships last year.