Alex’s newspaper Report.

  Thomas Crabtree on the right track at the Bolton Trotter’s 5

The final Mid Lancs cross country league fixture effectively drew a close to the 2018/19 season with just the Inter-Counties in Prestwold and the British Masters in Belfast to finish off this weekend. The Wesham men had a final triumphant run of glory at Cuerden Valley country park last Saturday with the women having all but deserted with promise of a more concerted effort next season. Kath Hoyer has proved faithful all season and finished here 7th W55 and 64th overall with a good run in a time of 29:02 for the 5.5km course over a medium and a long lap. On the same course the Wesham M70 men were victorious in the team competition ensuring an overall win for the season with Dave Young 6th in 32:42; Peter Bartlett 7th with 32:54, and Dave Waywell 9th in 35:12. In the Senior Men’s 10km 3-lap course Steve Swarbrick made a return after a bad winter of illness to finish an excellent 19th place and 2nd M40 in 38:57, last season’s veteran winner. David Taylor ran 39:17 not far behind n 26th place with Andrew Harling finishing 43rd in 40:17. Mark Bellfield was 47th in 40:53 and Phil Quibell placed 2nd M60 behind Barrow’s Bob Atkinson in 98th place overall in 43:48. Steve Myerscough came in 141st in 47:08 with new man Luke Robinson making his debut in 143rd place with a time of 47:15. Nigel Shepherd finished 149th and 7th M60 in 47:58. Martin Bates was 192nd and 15th M60 in 53:05, with Ben Wrigley finishing 207th having fallen early on and taken some ground to recover with a time of 55:43. The Wesham men were 8th team and 8th M40s, with the M50s also 8th. The M60 team won their category, also winning the League overall. The M50s finish 9th; M40s 5th in Division 2; and the Senior Men 5th in Division 2, just above relegation. The women failed to register any teams, with the Senior Women relegated to Division 3.

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The Wesham Men’s Team in glorious cross country weather at the English National Bramham Hall

The English Cross Country Association National Championships were held in Bramham Park north of Leeds on Saturday in glorious unseasonal but very spring-like gorgeous weather. There was not a skid of mud anywhere on the 6km loop through the very undulating stunning parkland with Red Kites circling overhead looking for any rich pickings of ailing stragglers. Fortunately there were none as the pace up front was breath-taking and the fields of runners were closely packed with record numbers of competitors.  Wesham lost their only runner in the Senior Women’s 9km as unfortunately Anne Mayers-Smith had to withdraw due to a recurrent calf problem.  In the Senior Men’s 12km race Wesham had a full team, lead by Mark Belfield who ran well to finish 885th in a time of 48:31. Mark Renshall was next in 1539th 55:35; Nigel Shepherd 1598th 56:41; John Collier 1644th 57:22; Ben Wrigley 1770th 59:46; Martin Bates 1813th 61:02; Peter Bartlett 1993rd 76:41. The winner was Mohamed Mohamed in 36:44 and the last placed runner was George Routledge in 2006th place with 1:46:43.

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This is what it’s all about! Kath nips over a handy fence on Parbold

Kath Hoyer ran the Parbold Hill Race on Saturday, covering the 6 miles in 1:03:18 finishing 27th woman and 1st W55 with an excellent run. An old historic race it follows the traditional pattern of racing up the nearest hill, and this event is the obvious target from Liverpool and Merseyside, being the first tract of upland northwards and the obvious significant hill, it and does see a large turnout from Liverpool clubs. There were 461 competitors in this sold-out event.

Steve Littler finished 13th in the high-quality Wrexham Half Marathon amongst a field of 2373 runners In a time of 1:12:50 to take 2nd M45 position.

Angela and Chas Colby ran the Silverdale Circuit from Arnside round the limestone ridge with 20 miles of low level but hilly running with a full ascent of the Knott itself on Saturday in glorious conditions, coming in joint 98th with a time of 5:14:25, a great run.

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Sally Deacon with a cheery wave and a reminder of the arrival of spring

The fifth and penultimate fixture of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League took place at Leigh on Saturday, slightly out of the county boundaries but hosted by Leigh Harriers affiliated for extra competition. In the Senior Women’s 6.8km course Kath Hoyer Wesham’s only female runner, finished as 4th W55 and 73rd overall in 25:44. In the incorporated M70 race Peter Bartlett performed well to finish 4th in 30:25. Dave Waywell was 5th in 31:22 and the pair just beat Chorley AC to the M70 team glory with the same points but winning by countback. In the Senior Men’s 10km race Rob Danson was back in action and flew away from the field to win in 32:02 with a 21-second lead from second placed Luke Minns of Blackpool.

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