Alex’s Newspaper Report.

  Anticipation at the start of the first round of this year’s Inter Club season in Stanley Park

Wesham were triumphant in the first round of the 2019 Inter Club Grand Prix race in Stanley Park on a chilly Wednesday evening with an excellent turnout from the men, also winning the Over-40 and Over-60 age categories. Full results in next week’s Gazette!

Seven Wesham members tackled the challenging Coniston 14 race in the South Lakes, a very historic race of 13.875 miles around the lake clockwise from the John Ruskin School now in its 36th year. Simon Denye was the first finisher in 46th place with a time of 1:10:25 for 12th M45. Paul Hetherington made a welcome return and he ran 1:33:38 for 16th M45 and 71st overall. Jason Parkinson finished 217th in 1:44:20 and 36th M45. Helen Lawrenson was 47th woman and 8th W45 in 1:48:38, 283rd overall. Martin Bates finished 8th M60 and 346th in 1:51:33 and Stephen Browne 404th with a time of 1:54:25. Debbie Myerscough had a tremendous run returning from a long injury with 2:30:19 to place 33rd W55, 399th woman and 1389th in this big popular race.

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Team Wesham at the North of England Road Relays.

The Northern Athletics long and short stage Road Relays were held in Birkenhead Park for the second consecutive year and another warm fine day although with a bitter gusting wind this time. Wesham had two women’s teams over the 6-Stage, with Kay Twist (40:53); Carmel Sullivan (16:49); Sue Coulthurst (17:21) giving a tremendous performance; Louisa Denye (39:37); Alice Deacon (18:57); and Bernadette Dickinson (20:28) making up the “A” team with a cumulative time of 2:34:05 to finish 49th. Tanya Barlow (41:48); Emma Davies (20:44); Julie Rooney (23:07); Sharlan Butcher (44:17); Heather Buckel (22:33); and Antionette Halton (21:14) closed in the Wesham Ladies “B” team in 53rd place with 2:53:43. Stages 1 and 4 were 8km and the shorter stages were 4k.  The Senior Men ran 8km on Stages 1,3,5 and 7, with the other stages 4km, and Simon Denye took out the Wesham Men’s “A” team with 28:56 to put them in 64th place. Steven Gore then ran 14:18; Lee Barlow 28:56; Chris Hastwell 14:17; David Taylor 28:41; Martin Bates 16:54; Thomas Crabtree 31:01; Mark Renshall 14:41; Mick Edge 16:47; John Collier 17:18; Colin Smy 18:48; and Jason Parkinson 15:52, closing the team 59th in 4:06:29. The “B” team finished 65th in 4:47:22, with Neil Gregson off on the first stage with 31:12 (69th); followed by Elliot Costello (15:40); Rob Wallace (33:54); Ben Wrigley (16:47); Ryan Azzopardi (37:24); Peter Bartlett (21:24); Peter Rooney (37:45); Dave Young (19:44); Graham Cunliffe (19:37); Stephen Twist (20:10); James Birchall (17:14); and Stuart Topping (16:31).

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Paul Lancashire triumphant along the route of the Trimpell 20

Steve Littler nipped over the border into White Rose territory for the top-class Thirsk 10-mile road race on Sunday, and finished 6th in 55:00 to win the M45 age category and place first in the masters results.

There were 5 Wesham runners in the Trimpell 20 race in Lancaster in their training and lead up to forthcoming marathons. David Taylor finished 19th in 2:10:30 with Paul Lancashire 102nd in 2:36:28. Thomas Farquhar was 162nd in 2:46:54 and Ben Wrigley was 277th with 3:00:37. David Millar was 29th M50 and 432nd in 3:28:54.

Anne Berry battled the elements in the Cartmell Ultimate Trails 10km race on Saturday and finished 275th and 20th Over-50 in 71:03. Graham Brook finished 442nd in 1:23:19. George Helme ran the 5km Trail finishing 47th in 44:30 and 10th Under-16. Kelly Helme was 68th in 47:26. Fran Hodskinson finished 175th in the 18k Trail Emergency Route (shorter distance due to the extreme weather) in 66:35. Elizabeth Johnson was not far behind in 180th place with 66:43. Diane Blagden finished 262nd in 1:12:13, a great day out for the ladies.

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