Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Rob Danson wins the Freckleton Half Marathon

Wednesday evening saw the third round of this year’s Inter Club Grand Prix hosted by Preston from Avenham Park in the centre of Preston across the river with a revised two-lap course around the old East Lancs railway line and the Old Canal Tramway. Wesham’s Rob Danson assumed the lead from the start, running the first lap with Blackpool’s Luke Minns before easing away on the second lap to win by 36 seconds in 19:27 for the 3.9 miles. Gareth Booth finished 3rd in 20:29 but as a guest without a bib number. David Taylor was 10th in 21:24 with a great run and Neil Harrison 25th with 22:27. Paul Gregory was 28th and 7th M40 in 22:29 and Thomas Crabtree 32nd with 22:40. With great packing Andrew Harling and finished Chris Hastwell 34th and 35th in 22:49; and Steve Abbott was 39th in 23:11. Steve Myerscough came in 62nd in 24:37 and Jason Parkinson 66th with 24:56.

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Stunning views and tough climbs; Steven Gore on the up in the Marsden 10

It was a busy week for athletics but quiet for Wesham members. In the Catforth 10k on Sunday Chris Hastwell finished 7th in 38:39 with a great run on a fine sunny if a little windy morning. Steve Abbott was 9th in 39:55 finishing 3rd M40.  Steve Myerscough came in 14th and 1st M45 with 41:56. Peter Cruse was 3rd M55 and 22nd overall in 43:34, with Finlay McCalman 70th in 51:52. Sharlan Butcher placed 30th woman and 99th in 60:09.

There was a select few in the Marsden 10 Mile Trail race on Sunday across the Yorkshire moors, the latest fixture in the Wesham Trail Running Championship. Paul Gregory took it all in his stride and finished 8th and 2nd M40 in 1:14:46, with two severe climbs over the moorland circuit. Steven Gore found it challenging but he came in 18th in 1:19:59 with a good performance for 4th M35. Elliot Costello finished well in 68th place in a time of 1:28:47.

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The joy of trail running; Andrew Harling in full flow

The Wesham squad were away over the weekend for their annual trip to Ambleside for the Grasmere Gallop. In the 10km trail race along the shores of the lake James Mulvany finished an excellent 2nd place and 1st M40 in 39:09 with winner a little way ahead in 37:45. Jason Barlow ran well for 16th place and 5th M50 in 44:47. Ryan Azzopardi was 49th in 53:32, and Alan Taylor finished 266th in 20:32 having had a late night. There were 289 finishers in the 10k.

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The start of the Wesham Summer 10k on Wednesday evening

The second Wesham Summer 10k was a resounding success with 387 finishers and 50 runners breaking the 40 minutes mark. There was a tremendous battle at the head of the field as Wesham’s Rob Danson was challenged by Blackburn ace Ben Fish, but Danson pulled away over the second 5km and won by 6 seconds in a fine 31:11. Simon Denye had a great run finishing second for Wesham and 12th overall in 35:38 placing 1st M45. Coming in 22nd and 23rd Paul Gregory and Steve Abbott clocked 37:13 and 37:20 to take 3rd and 4th M40 positions, and Thomas Crabtree was 26th in 37:34. Garry Barnett was 2nd M50 and 29th with 37:51. Chris Hastwell finished 36th with 38:42 and Jason Barlow in his first outing as an M50 finished 4th and 47th overall in 39:44. The leading woman’s time was a swift 36:26, Carla Davies with her Red Rose vest on, but mention must go to 6th placed Jo Armitage who ran a Guinness World record for pushing a single buggy round the course in 42:37 (42:32 chip time).

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