Wallasey Athletic Club faces the 1968-9 cross-country season in a stronger position than has been enjoyed since the war, despite the loss of their two strongest runners, Barlow and Woolford, both now members of Sutton Harriers.
The five-year plan of nursing a group of young runners through to maturity has now born fruit and the club can call upon a finely balanced mixture of youth and experience.
For senior fixtures this winter club captain Barrie Smith will have the support of Wallasey's most experienced runner, John Wright, whilst the return of Kevin Mather to running after a four-year lay-off gives added depth to the senior ranks.
As yet unseen by any of the other local clubs, he has some very good track times behind him.
The youths are understrength and only Reiners appears as a quality runner; but the position in the 'boys'' group is the reverse, with four outstanding athletes.
The foursome of Brimage, Fair, Hughes and Warburton should strike fear into the hearts of all other boys' teams in the area this season. Intending cross-country runners in this age group are urged to 'get in on the act' and begin training immediately.