maximum six points total, and the first three runners home in a 21/4-mile cross-country race.
Going straight into the lead, Gary Fair and Bob Brimage led the field over the first mile. The former pulled steadily away, and Bob Warburton, who had started at a slower pace, gradually worked his way into fourth place.
Fourth runner for Wallasey, Paul Hughes, had started near the rear of the pack, but by the 2-mile mark had picked off all but the leading four.
No-one was to catch Gary Fair and he finished strongly in 12 minutes 58 seconds, with Bob Brimage second, 14 seconds behind, whilst Bob Warburton had emerged the stronger after a tussle with Boardman of Manchester and District Lads Club and closed in the team in, third place in 13:29.
Running as a guest in the senior race aver a 7-mile course, junior Dave Lockley did his club most proud by finishing fourth, behind three internationals with a top-class field strung out behind him.
He went into an early lead, with a group of about eight runners, and after only one mile, this group was already divorced from the rest of the field.
Dave is seen at his best on the hills and it was here that he, with Ron Barlow of Sutton, and Bob Gregory and Dave Lawson of Manchester (all three international runners) made their break mid-way through the second circuit of 31/4 miles.
Near the finish Barlow passed Gregory to take the race, with Lawson 50 yards behind, whilst Lockley ran into fourth position with such celebrated runners as Renshall and Woolford of Sutton and a host of other well-known harriers nearly two minutes in arrears.