Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Wesham runners going well

Steve Littler was 3rd and 1st M45 in the Great Cumbrian Run Half Marathon in Carlisle clocking 1:13:44, centred around the Castle and using a single lap through the city centre and down into the south eastern suburbs and through several rural villages.

Tom Crabtree ran his debut marathon in Berlin last week and narrowly missed the 3-hour mark on the gun time with 3:01:02 for 2149th place. However, his chip time returned 2:59:09 for a great performance. His halfway time of 1:29:58 is very encouraging to show that he ran a well-paced race.

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The Wesham men at Ulverston on Saturday

The action hotted up for the end of the month with the first fixture of the 2019/20 cross country season with the first fixture at Ulverston in the southern Lakes. The Wesham women fielded a good side and completing teams in their categories. Carmel Sullivan had a great run in her first cross country run in some while, finishing 28th and 6th W45 in 30:41 for the 3-lap 6.8km course in the picturesque surroundings on the shores of Morecambe Bay. Anne Mayers-Smith was 101st and 33rd W35 in 35:54 with Louisa Denye an excellent result in 113th place and 37th W35 with a time of 36:50. Maureen Danson finished 127th in 38:56; Lucy Neighbour 137th and 47th W35 in 39:56; Sally Deacon was 145th and 44th W45 in 41:00; Clare Belfield 147th and 50th W35 with 41:10; Tanya Barlow  150th and 46th W45 in 41:46; and Julie Rooney 161st in 45:25, 49th W45. The Wesham women were 23rd team overall and the “B” team were 34th; the W35 team were 14th; and the W45 women were 10th team. Peter Bartlett was the only Wesham Over-70 in this first fixture and he completed the 6.8km course in 40:13 to finish 7th.

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Alice Deacon striding out for Wesham

September is a busy month for athletics as the autumn season kicks off, but there was nothing locally this week to tempt Wesham members out with the contrasting weather conditions. This weekend sees another round in the Wesham club championships at the Pilling 10k and the start of the cross-country season with the first Mid Lancs fixture at Ulverston, and several events both at home and abroad that will feature Wesham members, especially as Rob Danson targets the Berlin Marathon again.

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David Taylor pushes on the pace

Wesham took four teams to the Northern Athletics 4- and 6-Stage Road Relays on Sunday, staged at Manchester’s former SportsCity now the Regional Arena. The women were in the 4-Stage relay over a 5.4km loop around the campus. Anne Mayers Smith was first off, placing 68th in 29:35. Sally Deacon took the team to 72nd with 34:58 and Louisa Denye on Stage 3 with 31:35. Sue Coulthurst brought the team home in 65th place with a fine run of 26:14 to give the team a cumulative time of 2:02:22. The Wesham Men’s “A” team finished 53rd in a total time of 2:21:07 over the 6 stages of 6.8km, with Neil Harrison 87th on the first stage in 24:43, followed by Simon Denye (77th in 24:05); Rob Danson (54th in 20:26); Chris Hastwell (57th with 24:44); Tom Crabtree (53rd in 24:01); and David Taylor 53rd with 23:08. Rob Danson’s run gave him 25th place in the overall fastest stages of the day. The “B” team placed 99th in 2:49:47, with Ugis Datavs 75th in 23:43; Neil Gregson 90th in 26:24; Tony Leach 98th with 28:16; Stephen Twist 106th in 33:30; Mark Renshall 104th in 27:52; and Jonathan Sanders 100th in 29:52. The “C” team finished 106th in 3:16:56 with Ryan Azzopardi 115th in 31:34; Ben Wrigley 114th in 32:25; Alan Taylor 115th in 35:02; Peter Bartlett 113th with 36:37; James Danson 112th in 28:36; and Elliot Costello 107th in 32:42.

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