We are now able to hold our Monday Club Evening and also make available the opportunity for members to take part in a social run on a Wednesday evening. There will be no limit on attendees on either evening, albeit we would ask that runners set off in small groups of no more than six. It is essential that those intending to attend either evening must book in advance by using our online booking system.
Wednesday evening structured sessions will continue as at present and details of the appropriate session for the week ahead will be updated on our website – the maximum number of participants will be 12 for each session.
All sessions will be available for booking over the weekend in readiness for the following Monday/Wednesday and you will be able to check the website for details . The calendar on the booking page will give details of who else has booked on a session in case you wish to train with runners of similar ability and as far as Wednesday structured sessions are concerned the relevant coach will make contact with you in advance to confirm the precise location details
To book sessions please visit www.weshamroadrunners.com/booking. Your confirmation email will set out the protocols that we have adopted to keep everyone safe, and you are requested to follow these.
Please do keep on running as we are encouraged to keep fit and healthy.
There was a mix of athletics last week with virtual and time-trial racing ongoing and Wesham members taking advantage of the opportunities. The closest to home was the Lancaster Jailbreak 10k, using a route along the new Heysham link road. David Taylor finished 3rd in 36:49 with Ray Edgar winning in 33:36 and Lytham’s Russ McKelvie 2nd in 35:51. Garry Barnett was 4th and 1st M55 in 38:26.
Last week saw the first Virtual Inter Club Race staged between the Blackpool, Chorley, Lytham, Preston, Red Rose, Thornton and Wesham clubs. It has not been possible to stage any of the seven 2020 Inter Club races due to the pandemic, and this new virtual event was established to provide at least some competition and interaction in this season. The distance was 4 miles to replicate the final fixture which would have been staged last week in Worden Park in Leyland followed by a social and a buffet. Athletes chose their own 4-mile route, sent in their result to their club coordinator who then sent on the compiled list to the Inter Club representative to produce the final results. These will be publicised next week.
The delayed Wesham Handicap Trophy Race took place on Sunday morning around the undulating 4.9-mile summer handicap course from Dowbridge through Treales, having been delayed a week due to flooding. Finlay McCalman was the first across the finish line in a time of 41:40 with a handicap of 0.05 seconds on his watch time of 41:35. Tanya Shaw was the women’s winner in 44:30 with an actual time of 38:38 and a handicap of 5:52. She finished 5th overall. Lee Barlow was second in 42:29 with actual time 31:49 and handicap of 10:40. Phil Leaver was third with a good run of 43:06, handicap of 1:05 and actual time 42:01. Nigel Shepherd was fourth in 43:23 (33:16 with 10:07). Kay Twist was second woman in 45:16 (42:02 and 3:14), and Kerry Eccles third in 46:23 on scratch (no handicap). Stuart Topping was 6th in 44:35 (33:55 and 10:40); Paul Eccles 7th with 44:57 (33:56 and 11:01). Peter Rooney was 9th in 45:46 (39:01 and 7:45); Robert Danson 10th in 46:05 (41:38 and 4:27); Alek Walker 11th with 46:16 (29:47 and 16:20); David Taylor 13th in 46:49 (29:00 and 17:49); and Andrew Moore 14th with 47:11 (41:51 and 5:20). On net times the ranking was David Taylor, Alek Walker and Lee Barlow, and for the women the same order of Tanya Shaw, Kay Twist and Kerry Eccles. Nigel Shepherd was 4th, Stuart Topping 5th and Paul Eccles 6th. The handicap was worked out from the best performances over the season (all the summer monthly events had been held virtually over the space of a week), and on top of the handicaps there was also a socially distanced start to ensure separation of all runners.
Wesham were due to hold their annual handicap Trophy Race on Sunday morning over the 4.9-mile Summer Handicap route but the spell of good August weather broke and the course at its lowest point and also further on became flooded under the railway bridge and thus was called off. The Trophy Race is the culmination of the 12 monthly runs over the year, seven events on the Winter Handicap 4-mile town course and four over the summer 4.9-mile country route leading up to the trophy race. With storm weather this week a new date is being sought and the event will go ahead sometime in September.
The world of athletics continues to awake steadily, with several events across the country taking part last week, very much along the guidelines of England Athletics with small club-based events. There was an inter-club meeting at Lee Valley stadium in North London with a full timetable of selected events for all age groups. The focus is on track and field, where track events have to use alternate lanes or staggered starts, and field events either require officials to clean implements after each use or athletes to use their own and retrieve after each use. Non-stadia events (termed “off-track”) such as road and trail running are still limited to avoid mass starts and are run on a time-trial basis with separate starts for groups of 6 athletes. These events are mainly the preserve of the commercial organisations, as smaller events run at grass roots by clubs and individuals would not want to take on all the extra officials and equipment necessary to meet the health guidance. Participants seem to be willing to turn out, but these are not racing as such so are non-competitive. The risks are still great, and it will be some time before full head-to-head competition will resume.
This week, a tentative restart of some athletic activity in the North West, with a series of Podium 5k races on Saturday evening an Barrowfold near Nelson giving the two fastest 5k road men’s time in the UK and the fifth fastest women’s time, and the first fell running event since March at the Lowther Castle run over an approximate half marathon distance. There were three Wesham members running at Lowther, there was a staggered start every 5 minutes from 10am with groups of six runners at a time. Steve Littler ran well starting at 12:10, and finishing with the 8th fastest time in 1:32:02, 2nd M40 and 12 minutes behind the winning time. He had the 4th fastest time over the final 5k split. Steve Swarbrick, with his Bowland identity came in 17th in 1:39:05, 4th M40. Carmel Sullivan starting at 12:05 pm finished 18th woman and 101st overall in 2:06:27, placing 4th W50. Anne Berry had an earlier start at 11:15, returning 60th woman and 12th W50 with 2:43:25, 207th overall. The course featured two summits with a river crossing in-between and there were three checkpoints on the course with a steady run back to the finish in front of the castle.