are very difficult times but the world of athletics in common with all other
sports has been brought to its knees by the current health crisis. And yet it
is almost busier behind the scenes than when it is in full swing. It is vital
at present to keep club members engaged, while there are no events and no
outdoor activity there is plenty of virtual community using social media and
video conference technology.
of the list of activities is a growing league of virtual races and grand prix
using online tools such as Strava, an application and hardware that allows
tracking for runners and cyclists to record performance and routes using GPS
data. Anyone can create a virtual event and individuals can record their
performances against it. In these times of social distancing it is bob on to
follow the government advice and stay safe while allowing athletic involvement.
Wesham have run a 5-10k virtual event this week ending on Wednesday evening,
the results will be available for next week.
is the season of the 20-Mile distance and the Trimpell 20 in Lancaster has now
reached 20 in its consistent history. A quality event over this now diminishing
calendar of events this race is popular with Fylde runners in marathon training
for the spring season of 26.2-mile events. Wesham’s Steve Littler has made a
remarkable recovery over the past two to three years from a back injury, and on
Sunday he showed his indominable spirit to finish 4th in the race
and 1st M45 in an excellent time of 1:53:24. Simon Denye is another
club member who has made an excellent return to running and he finished 17th
in 2:07:36 to claim 3rd M45 slot. Rob Wallace came in 138th
with a measured run of 2:44:21 with a quality performance.
was a quieter week for athletics in the North West although with varied weather
and a favourable Sunday, with the Inter-Counties Cross Country in Loughborough
and the British Masters Indoor Championships in Enfield taking place. As yet,
apart from the European Masters Indoor, Mountain Running and Non-Stadia
Championships in Braga, Portugal and Madeira in March and April, there have
been no athletics events cancelled or postponed.
Danson had earned a second Lancashire vest and ran in the Inter-Counties at
Prestwold Hall in Loughborough on Saturday. He finished a creditable 80th
in the Senior Men’s race in a time of 42:13 scoring 4th for the
county who came 8th overall. The only medals for Lancashire were
bronze for the U17 Men.
were five runners in the Irwell Valley 20-mile trail race on a 3-lap (1 small
and 2 large) course from the Edenfield Centre in Prestwich on Sunday. Mark
Holton was the first Wesham finisher in 2:21:42 in 14th place and 3rd
M40. Paul Lancashire finished 59th in 2:44:52 with Rob Wallace 77th
in 2:49:40. Antionette Holton was 143rd in 3:10:23, and
unfortunately Kirsty Holland did not finish the race.
It was the final date of the Mid Lancs Cross Country at Ryelands Park in Lancaster and Wesham had a good turnout from the women but a smaller men’s team than might have been hoped for. Helen Lawrenson finished 33rd in the Senior Women’s 8km in 28:48 for 6th W45. Kath Hoyer was 6th W55 and 61st in 31:26, with Kay Twist pushing her all the way with 31:37 in 63rd for 15th W45. Anne Mayers-Smith was 22nd W35 and 82nd in 33:00, and Lucy Neighbour 28th W35 and 105th with 35:16. Loiusa Denye finished 30th W35 and 112th in 36:23 with Claire Belfield 31st W35 and 114th in 36:56. Sally Deacon was 37th W45 and 130th in 40:31 and Tanya Barlow 39th W45 and 132nd in 40:41. The women had a Senior ‘A’ team in 15th place and a ‘B’ team 29th. The W35 team was 8th and W45 team 2nd, a great result.
It was the near-finale of the winter cross country season with the English National cross country staged by the Midland region in Wollaton Park in Nottingham. Wesham fielded just three runners in the Senior Men’s 12k of a small, medium, large and extra-large lap. Over a very varied course with many challenges including three tree trunks to jump over Andrew Harling managed the best performance finishing 654th in 57:07; Steve Myerscough came off a night shift on the railway a little further south and he ran 1:07:05 to finish a creditable 1267th. Men’s Captain John Collier soldiered round with a good run to finish 1433rd in 1:11:26. There are three main fixtures left in the cross country season; Lancaster Rylands Park this Saturday in the Mid Lancs League; Wesham top runner Rob Danson runs for the Lancashire County in Loughborough next week, and the weekend after sees the British Masters competing in their championships on a new venue on the Rhug Estate near Corwen in North Wales. The Mid Lancs Cross Country presentation night will be held at the end of April at the Blackburn football ground.