Four of the younger members of Wallasey Athletic Club competed for Wallasey Technical Grammar School last Saturday in the Northern Schools' Cross-Country Championships over a hilly 33/4 miles course, at Lyme Park, Disley, Manchester.
Gary Fair engaged in a shrewd battle with the North's best runners and finished in fifth position. He must now be a favourite for one of the first three places in the 1969 championship, next spring, when he will still be an intermediate. Neither Bob Brimage, who has only been training lightly, nor Bob Warburton realised his full potential, finishing 27th and 53rd.
Paul Hughes, likewise, was not fully conditioned and came home in 106th position.
The, team's remaining runners, R. McGunn and P. Catheral, were 74th and 95th, contributing to the team's placing of 3rd out of 88 teams comprising over 500 runners.
Alan Keating made a further step in his return to fitness and regard must be had to this respectable time of 33:05, rather than to his deceptively low position of 88th. Doug Hanna retired, towards the middle stages.
There are inter-club races at St. Helens this Saturday for all men's age groups, starting at 2.45 p.m.