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Peter Cooke and his brother finish the Turkey Trot 5k in tandem

The Wesham Road Running Championship kicked off for the new year just a week after the 2017 club presentations at the re-styled Myercough 10 Mile road race on Sunday, previously the Guy’s 10.

There was a good turnout with 258 runners and 53:54 for the wining time. David Taylor was the first finished for Wesham, coming in 12th in 1:01:23. Lee Nixon was 84th in 1:17:05 with Martin Bates right behind, 85th and 5th M60 in 1:17:07. Ben Wrigley finished 117th in a time of 1:21:50, and Dave Young was 2nd M70 and 121st in 1:22:20. Paul Carter clocked 1:26:20 to finish 150th; Gemma Owen finished 3rd W35, 43rd woman and 159th in 1:27:28; and Finlay McCalman was 178th with 1:31:06. Continue reading

Lancashire Cross Country Championships 2018

Any one who would like to compete in the Lancashire Cross Country Championships on 6th January can enter on line, or using the entry form – which also contains full details, or on the day.
Entry is up to the individual, though the club will refund you. There is a slight surcharge if you enter on the day which the club will not refund.

Wesham have picked up a few gold medals over the years as well as silvers and bronzes.

Don’t forget the 3rd Mid-Lancs fixture at Leigh Valley on Saturday 9th December.

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Garry Barnett and Steve Myerscough ahead of the sleet storm in Wesham 10k


The Wesham 10k was another big success on Saturday morning, sold out several weeks beforehand and with 415 runners on the day.

Wesham themselves had 21 women members and 28 men running as well as all the officials and assistants, Rob Danson followed up his recent great form with an emphatic win, taking the lead from the start line in the inclement weather conditions to cross the finish line in 31:18 and 2min 33secs clear of second placed Simon Croft of Red Rose Runners. Rob will shortly take up an invitation to an England Athletics training camp after his 2:28 clocking in the Berlin Marathon. Ultra runner Ugis Datavs was second placed for Wesham in 14th with a time of 36:51 closely followed by David Taylor, 16th in 36:55. Wesham won the men’s team from Preston and Trawden by 4 points in a very close contest. Continue reading

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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