There were 72 Wesham members took part in the Lytham Inter Club race on Wednesday evening in blustery and cool conditions. The course had to revised to accommodate the sea defence works ruling out a circuit of Fairhaven Lake, but Wesham’s Rob Danson chewed up the new hairpin turns to complete the 4.6 miles in 23:03, toying with Preston’s Andy Benson in the opening two miles to pull away from him on the return along the lake shore from Granny’s Bay, opening up a minute lead. Steve Swarbrick was second back for Wesham in 25:48 in 9th place and 3rd Masters Over-40. Simon Denye was 12th and 5th Over-40 with a strong run clocking 26:20. Ugis Datavs finished 16th with 26:30 with David Taylor 18th in 26:39. Steve Abbott was 19th in 26:55, 8th Over-40 and Paul Gregory finished 29th and 12th Over-40 in 27:28. Mark Belfield finished 37th in 27:36 with Andrew Harling 40th in 27:42 and Thomas Crabtree 41st with 27:49. Collectively the Wesham Senior team placed 2nd behind Preston with a great performance.
For the women, Helen Lawrenson was 10th in 32:09, 127th overall, and Anne Mayers-Smith finished 17th in 33:39, 164th. Sue Coulthurst ran well for 20th place, 170th in 33:58 with Suzanne Leonard 24th and 191st overall in 34:40 and Sharon Cooper 36th and 222nd in 36:18. The Wesham women were 3rd team behind Lytham and Blackpool. The same team were 3rd Women Masters team in the same rank with Lytham and Blackpool.
Steve Littler underlined his spectacular return to form with an excellent run in the London Marathon on Sunday, placing 5th M45 and 110th overall in 2:31:28, having passed halfway in 1:14:25. In chilly conditions following the storm of Friday and Saturday David Taylor improved his marathon best to 2:51:52 to cross the line in 1226th place passing the half marathon mark in 1:24:22. Mark Renshall came in 5307th in 3:23:20 for 749th M45, and Thomas Farquhar finished 7707th in 3:34:30 (halfway in 1:43:01). Steve Myerscough finished 12747th and 1557th M45 in 3:54:15 (1:38:48) and Ben Wrigley ran 4:08:00 for 16866th place (1:56:16 halfway).
Danson had a Good Friday run in the Salford 10k finishing 4th in a
race that was surprisingly not that fast. Danson clocked 31:33 and the winning
time was only 31:03. The finishing times were close packed up to 34 minutes (27
runners across the line), and Wesham’s Steve Littler placed 10th
with 32:49 for 1st M45 and second master overall. Simon Denye ran
excellently for 71st place in 36:21, 8th M45; Lee Barlow
was 105th in 38:01, 14th M45; Chris Hastwell 116th
in 38:26; Thomas Crabtree was 159th in 40:26; Stuart Clayton 272nd
with 45:18; Martin Allison 339th in 49:25; James Danson (Rob senior)
finished 362nd in 50:27; Peter Rooney 391st 51:42 and 14th
M60; Jo McCaffery 452nd and 113th woman in 55:14, 15th
W40; Kerry Eccles finished 441st in 54:39, 110th woman
and 7th W55, a great result. Colin Smy was 458th in
mid-week racing season is in full swing with summer standard time and the
second race in the 5-mile Curleys Trail Races took place on Wednesday evening
out back of Horwich, and Lee Barlow finished 9th over the undulating
course on the foothills of the West Lancashire Moors in 20:14, placing 2nd
M45. Steven Gore performed well to finish 16th in 20:46 Paul Lancashire
was 36th in 21:58 and Elliot Costello 63rd just a week
after his marathon finishing in 23:34. Helen Lawrenson came in 8th
woman and 2nd W45 and 65th in 23:54. Stuart Clayton ran
24:43 for 81st place and Martin Alison was 104th in
26:12,. Kay Twist finished 29th woman and 133d in 28:41 and Vicky
Gore was 33rd 2nd woman and 138th in 29:30. Jo
McCaffery finished 35th and 141st in 29:46 and Tanya Shaw
45th and 156th in 31:21.