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By HARRIER. HE nineteenth annual race for the Midland Counties' Junior Crow country Championship took pl&oe at Burton on Trent on Saturday last. Twenty-one teams had entered for the raoe, this., bein-V five lees than last year. All the crack English clubs had teams representing them in t.bm important event, wtoilet Cwm- ibran Penywtain Harriers was the only Welsh cJ ub competing. The et,aae of the course was tenable. being ankle deep in mud and water for tile ter portion. This must have been a great dis- appointment to tihe men wearing "rubber daps," as with tlheee it was impossible to get a foothold, and it was anticipated that fast time under these oonditions would be out of the question. The first man to come in eight was Baldwin, of Derby, who was running linely, and passed the judges an easy winner. Hibbins was the next man to oome in sight, closely followed by Norgrove and Stead. On taking the last flight these two men were practically breast to breast, and the former, running, all out. passed the tape a few yards ahead of the Welsh craok. Owen, Birmingham, and Frost, of Sparkiiiil, made up the first half-dozen arrivials. The of the team. race was Sparkhtill, with 96 points, Thrapston, being seoond, and. Biroliifield third, with 125 and 136 points respeotiively, Cwmbran obtaining the eighth position. The performance of the ex-junior Welah champ ion was a gread one, and if the cooi rse had been the full distance of seven miles it is the belief of 'has admater-s that he would have occupied the second position Thi6 is the first time he has ever ran in a Midland oham; pioiLsai p, and his performance is, therefore, the more remarkable. Paul suffered the same as Stead ai.regatds the distance, and if the course had been the stipulated distance we should, no doubt, have seen him in the first 6iix, but the thirteenth position out of such a 'huge field and in such company is a. very creditable one, Thomas Miles was the third Owambran man ftO'ine, his position being 35th. This is the best performance he has yet put up for his club, a no. on his t'orm on Saturday it appears that Tae has more than filled Mey rick's place. Elsmocre, Day, and Cooper, who were fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively for Cwmbran, did not run up to expectations; and if they bad done so, then Cwmbran should have finished six in the first 40, which would have placed them third instead of eighth. However, things are apt to go wrong in such a big event, and the 150 miles' journey did not add to' their benefit. This is the first time for the cltib to com- pete in the Midlands, and, taking into con- sideration the circumstances, everyone wiH agree tihat it is not a bad performance. After the race the Cwmbran team journeyed baick to Birmingham, where they stayed till Bun- day evening, tie headquarters being at the City Commercial Hotel, and all thoroughly enjoyed the outing. Owing to the Wales T. Scotland match at Cardiff on Saturday last the Cathayu Har- riers held no rum,. Roath. had a run over the Llanmmney course, a distance of six imiles. The fast pack, most of the members of which are now getting into condition and training hard, were in fine fettle, especially A. S. Wilson, who ran remarkably well. Rhys Evans, who had a turn with the mediums, was ftrst home, followed by A. S. Wilson (fast), P. Cox (medium), G. E. Howarth (fast), Rouse (medium), and E. Holly mam (fast). St. Saviour's had a fair muster of members out for a paperahase over their usual 7J-m\le noatoh courft.. Notwithet&nding the awful weather, a good spin was enjoyed, and,mu-ch j improved form was shown by Bob Hopkins a.nd George Hill, who fin-ished seocmd and third. Tom Harry was the first arrival, fol- lowed, as previously stated, by Hopkins and Hill, with W. Jacobs, C. Sturdy, and W. Swan completing the six. A difficulty lias arisen .with regard to the international cross-oountry championship for this season, which is to".be held at BeUUt. Owing to the Irish Cup filial being dowtt for decision on March 25, the Irish Association have wisely epeii fit to steer clear of that date, and suggested Easter Tuesday as the best day under the circumstances. It seems that the English and Scotch associations could not possibly have sent teams to Ireland for a, race on Easter Tuesday, so it is now probable that the international will, take place on the Saturday following, viz., April 2. Although this ie rather encroaching on the track running season, I fear that it is the only date which can be made to suit all parties. In future it would be advisible to fix up the date of the international early in the season, so that the various championships mifiit be made to at. in. The Barry Cricket Club at a meeting held on Tuesday last resolved to take over the Welsh Amateur Championships for next track season, provided all details can be satisfac- torily arranged. The meeting will be held on the splendid cricket ground at Barry Island on Saturday, June 25, 1910, and, judged by the success achieved at the Lifeboat Demonstration Sports last September, should, for the first time in the, history: of the championships, be a great success. 11 Pontnewydd Club officials aire making a. big effort to wipe off t £ ie heavy debt which has impeded the club's progress this season. To- day Roath pa,id a. visit-, to the Monmouth- shire town, wihere the two clubs met for the first time in their history. On Saturday fleSt Abertillery, Oathays, andOwmbran will meet at Pontnewydd to try coneluskons. This com- bined race should attract a big crowd and give tibe Ponttnewydd officials Vle reward which their enterprise de&erves. A cup will probably be awarded the win- ning team, but in any case silver medals will be given to the first man home for eaeta club. The course will be some nine miles in length, starting and finiislring at the Cwmbran Gardens tennis court. The race should be worth going some distance to witness, and I trust that it will prove a great success. On Tuesday evening last the Cardiff and Distfiot R.ugby Union met, under the chaax- mansftuip of Mr. A. H. Williams. It was re- 1 solved to m?ke the Marathon race, which proved so sucessful la?t year, an annual event. This year's race will be held on April 9, the route being the same as that traversed last season, from Culley's Hotel. Bairry, to Card/iff Arms Park, concluding with Fix laps of the football club. A quarter-mile race, for players wlio aie memlbersof the District Union, will also be held. I may mention that it was the original intention of the Welsh Cross Country Associa- tion to organise a Marathon race this season in conjunction with the District Rugby Union. but owing to the international being held so la,te itf the season it would have been im- possible for the croes-counitry officials to ha.ve properly co-operated in t'ae matter. I am delighted, however, to see that the Rug-by I Union intend to again promote the race, and I feel suije that the runners will give it their best possible support. I Mr. W. J. Morgan, of Swansea,, one of the i local A.A.A. handicappers, and a well-known figure in South Wales athletic circles, is dangerously ill. The members of the Weleh Cross Country Association, at their meeting last week, paqged a vote of sympathy with Mr. Morgan in his illness, and instructed the hon. secretary to express the desire t-hat he would soon be restored to his usual health. Several letters have reaohed me on the sub- ject of dross-country training, arising out of the letter from Mr. H. T. Jbhnaon. the winner of the Vancouver gold seal races, ex- tracts from Wlbicl1 were published in my noites last week. Space forbids my comment- ing on them mow, but I will endeavour to do so rext week.

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