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Start of the Brampton to Carlisle with Rob Danson tucked in the lead pack

 

 

Rob Danson strode into the Wesham record books once again with a spectacular new 10-mile personal best performance

at Sunday’s historic Brampton to Carlisle road race, winning the 66th staging of the event and also coming out top in the incorporated North of England Championships. Starting out conservatively in the Cumbrian market town east of Carlisle on the way to Hexham and Newcastle Rob tucked in at the back of a 10-strong lead group and ticked off the first few miles steadily. By halfway at 5 miles the group had fractured down to five and Rob started to take a more active part, working though the group one by one and finding himself 3rd with two miles to go. He worked up to 2nd and then took on the lead in the final mile having already been pulled along much faster than he could have dreamed of. With a final ascent out of the way he hit the last descent across the river to the finish with a 5-second lead and won the race in 50:06 taking a whopping 2min 28sec off his previous best performance. Musing on the near-miss of a sub-50 minute run he agreed that he could not have planned for a specific target, he just went with the flow and then pushed on when the opportunity arose. Continue reading

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Dressage at the Witton parkrun, a good show, spot the odd one out

There were a few Wesham members running in the Lytham Windmill 10k on Sunday in fine if breezy conditions.

 

Paul Hetherington was the first to finish, coming in 18th with a time of 39:51 and placing 3rd M40. Nicola Unsworth had entered as Wesham although she has since transferred to Blackpool, and she was 81st in 43:53, 9th woman and 1stbW45. Rob Wallace finished 233rd in 48:52, Steven Gore was running as a 50-minute pacer and he came in 254th in 49:33 having held back at the start. Robert brown was 343rd in 51:41; Vicky Gore 369th in 52:22; Victoria Birkett 431st in 53:37; Caz Wadsworth 734th in 59:40; Graham Brook 838th with 1:02:20; Lynn Brown 897th in 1:03:52; and Debbie Bell 968th with 1:06:16. These are chip times; there are no gun times published nor gender and age category positions. Continue reading

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Early morning atmosphere in Krakowskie Blonia parkrun for the tourists

The autumn running of the Cheshire 10k in Arley Hall took place on Saturday and Rob Danson had a great run to finish 4th in 31:05, short of his personal best and he dropped back a step in the 3rd mile, later recovering. He ran isolated with the 3rd placed runner 41 seconds ahead and 5th place 1min 46 behind. Conditions were reasonable after overnight rain. John Bertenshaw had entered as a Wesham member, having since switched allegiance to Lytham, and he finished 123rd and 3rd M60 in 41:19. Continue reading

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Rural paradise in Stannah! Steve Swarbrick ahead of the field in the Fairclough 5

The sun was out for a glorious autumnal morning on Sunday and several Wesham members enjoyed the Fairclough 5-Mile race on a two-lap run around the very quiet country lanes of Stannah at Thornton, finishing in the Wyreside Country Park.

 

Steve Swarbrick took the race apart by 36 seconds winning in a nifty 27:57 also taking 1st M45 category. Garry Barnett finished 12th in 30:26, placing 2nd M50.  Peter Cruse was 2nd M55 in 18th place with 31:43 with Stuart Topping 20th in 32:06 and 2nd M45.  Carmel Sullivan was 5th woman in a good quality field in 34:34 for 2nd W50 and 32nd place overall. Lee Barlow dropped back having taken a bad step and came in 35th in 36:24 guiding in Sean Murray by 4 seconds (36th in 36:28). Martin Bates came in close behind in 38th place with a time of 36:34, 3rd M60. Lee Nickson finished 46th in 38:56; Kerry Eccles was 9th woman and 2nd W55 in 40:29, 51st overall. Alan Taylor was placed 54th with 40:53; Dave Marsland 5th M60 and 58th overall in 41:28; Pauline Eccleston was 15th woman and 3rd W45 in 43:22; Stephen Wilkinson 69th and 2nd M65 in 43:42; Anne Berry 21st woman and 78th in 45:08; Peter Cooke 79th and 4th M55 with 45:17; John Howorth 88th and 4th M65 in 48:08. Continue reading

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British Athletics Cross-Challenge Liverpool

The 2nd Mid-Lancs Cross Country race is part of the British Athletics Cross-Challenge run at Sefton Park on Saturday 25 November.  Please be aware that this is the same date as the Wesham 10k.  However, if you prefer cross-country or wish to double up, this is a great race.  Some of the country’s elite athletes will be running but most entrants are ordinary club runners so don’t feel intimidated.

If you wish to enter Liverpool you have to be pre-registered, and I need to submit names by Wednesday 14th November.  Numbers will be given out on the day at the tent.   The times of the Senior Races are as follows: Continue reading

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Eyes down for a full house as Rob Danson approaches the win in the Green Drive 5

 

The Green Drive 5 was the big event of the week in the area and Wesham’s Rob Danson won in big style in atrocious conditions as the storm passed overhead with a lead of 1min 29sec stopping the clock at 25:54.

David Taylor came in 8th in 30:36 with Garry Barnett 15th and 2nd M50 with 31:47. The Wesham men were 2nd team on equal points with Lytham.  Helen Lawrenson finished 7th woman and 2nd W45 in 35:03 (50th overall); Tracey Hulme won the W50 category in 37:43 (11th woman and 77th); and Pauline Eccleston was 49th in 45:02 (188th overall). The women were 3rd team. Continue reading

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Steve Swarbrick in the Mid Lancs Cross Country fords the Lostock     In the first Mid Lancs cross country league meeting of the 2017/18 season held at Cuerden Valley Country Park in very warm conditions, fairly boggy underfoot due to recent rain.

In the women’s 6km Jenn Thompson was 72nd in 30:53, 24th W35; Fran Hodskinson 91st in 32:58 21st W45; Diane Blagden 110th with 35:04, 28th W45; and Anne Berry ran very well to place 111th in 35:07, 13th W55. The Wesham women finished 15th W35 and 8th W45 in the teams, 28th overall. Divisional results are to follow. In the Senior Men’s 10km event Steve Swarbrick had an excellent run to place 11th and 1st M40 with a strong run in 38:49. David Taylor was 50th with a great effort to record a time of 43:43. Steve Myerscough was 90th in 46:50, 22nd M40, and John Collier was 5th M60 and 138th in 50:08. Russell Mabbett was 213th in 60:42; Ben Wrigley 220th with 63:21, and Dave Marsland 223rd in 65:57, 17th M60. Overall the Wesham men finished 17th with the M40s 8th and M50s (Collier, Mabbett, Marsland) 11th. Continue reading

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