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The Wesham ladies at the Lancashire Cross Country Championships

The New Year kicked off with the Lancashire Country Cross Country Championships held once again in Blackburn’s Witton Park, now its traditional home but also one of the best venues remaining n the county.  Wesham had fewer entrants this year than in previous years but the women in particular turned out a few runners. On the 3-lap 8km course Sarah Sherratt ran very well finishing 4th W45 and 37th overall in 32:39, a good performance with three ascents of the famous ‘saucer’, the testing hill climb halfway round each lap. Running in tandem Emma Lund made a great return to finish 38th in 32:42. Kath Hoyer won the Lancashire W55 gold medal with a time of 34:32, an excellent run giving her 49th position overall. Jenn Thompson finished 54th and 10th W35 in 36:32, completing the Wesham women’s team in 10th place and the veterans’ team 6th.  The senior men’s race was over 4 laps of 10km, and Steve Myerscough finished 104th in 41:58, 15th M40. Martin Bates came in 8th M60 in 50:37 in 149th place overall. Ben Wrigley finished 152nd in 55:13. The conditional were cool and bright and favourable for running. Continue reading

Couch to 5k course registration

Our 2018 couch to 5k course is beginning with a registration night on 10th January at 6.30pm. Please come along between 6:30pm and 7pm to register for the course, which will then begin on 17th January, meeting at 6:20pm for a 6:30pm start.

 

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Giving it all over the last 0.2km, Rob Danson clocks 30:25in the Ribble Valley 10k

 

There were two local races to see out 2017 but not many Wesham members were tempted to run this time around.  Rob Danson however saw out the year in fine style with a superb new personal best performance at the Ribble Valley 10k. Setting off with purpose he settled into the lead group which featured some of the best athletes in the region including Jonathan Brownlee world class triathlete and approached the finish with a big effort to gain 6th place in 30:25, 36 seconds faster than his previous best last April in Salford. This was also 47 seconds faster than his best time in 2016. This gave him 4th place in the Northern Athletics 10km Championships staged within the race. His racing profile for 2017 shows his rapid rate of improvement at all distances from 5km to the marathon, and virtually all of his results were rewarded with a first place. Continue reading

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Robin demonstrates how to track the perpetrators in the Rudolph Red Nose Race

 

There was only one race in the Fylde area in the week leading up to Christmas and that was at the De Vere in Blackpool, the traditional Rudolph red Nose 5-Mile around the Herons Reach path and Marton Mere, starting and finishing at the zoo car park.

There was the usual good turnout with 222 runners mostly dressed in festive outfits. Rob Danson dressed as Batman’s henchman Robin toyed with Thomas Griffith from St Helens all round the course before edging ahead by a second to win in 28:34. Continue reading

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Doug Brown in the Hurst Green Turkey Trot leading M80

 

 

It was a quiet week for athletics with only just over a week to go to the Christmas festivities. The weather took a turn overnight Friday with much black ice first thing on Saturday morning making going treacherous in parts. As the year draws to a close it is time for reflection over the previous 12 months and it has been a successful year for Wesham despite the resignation of several key members. There will be a full review in next week’s year end column. Continue reading

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Daniel Shaw crosses the finish line in the Grizedale Night Run in SNOW!

 

 

The third round of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League was hosted in Leigh at the Sports Village home of Leigh Harriers.  Wesham had a small but dedicated team out in very wet underfoot conditions out on to Pennington Flash while the sleet and snow held off until the late afternoon.  There was just one lady in the Senior Women’s 6km race with one small lap and one large lap with Kath Hoyer finishing 60th and 6th W55 in 27:54.  Dave Waywell was 4th M70 over the same 6km course in a time of 33:14 against some strong opposition. Continue reading

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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