It was a quiet week in athletics locally but nationally it was busiest with the County Schools Championships throughout the country. The latest round of the Inter-Club Grand Prix at Preston this Wednesday evening saw the Wesham men finish 2nd team but the other categories did not fare so well with the women lacking some key players. Gareth Booth finished 3rd overall in a fast race over the revised 4.1 mile course through Avenham Park and Steve Swarbrick was well placed in the Top 10 ably backed up by David Taylor and Steve Abbott. Tessa Robinson won the women’s race and Helen Lawrenson was well up. There will be full results and report next week. Continue reading
John Collier may be on the beach but on his way to M60 glory after 17km of trails
The big event of the week for Wesham was their now annual weekend trip to Ambleside for the Grasmere Gallop. With a torrential thunderstorm clearing at Friday tea time the weather was set fair for the next few days and the team of 16 had a wonderful two days of warm seasonal conditions. After a muggy night Saturday dawned moist and cloudy, perfect for running, and the team had entrants in the 10km and 17km trail races. Elliott Costello finished 28th in the 10k race in 49:10, just overtaking and sprinting ahead in the closing stages from Nigel Shepherd who won the M60 first place in a time of 49:45 for 29th place overall. Ryan Azzopardi was next in the 10k finishing 139th with 1:03:58. Finlay McCalman placed 168th in 1:06:37; then Alan Taylor came in 245th in 1:15:48 and finally Chris Moss was 254th with 1:17:44. In the 17k course with the extra loop round Loughrigg Paul Hetherington finished 6th and 3rd M40 in 1:15:55 with Paul Gregory within shouting distance in 7th place in 1:16:28. Jason Barlow was 15th with 1:20:14, finishing 8th M40. John Collier took the second trophy of the day for Wesham with an M60 win in 1:27:52, 33rd overall in the 17k. The weekend was rounded off with a banquet for all 16 that evening, and a party of 9 climbed Scarfell from Wasdale Head the following day in glorious sunshine for a fine outing.
Nigel Shepherd on his way to 1st MV60 in the 10k race. Continue reading
The next race in the Summer Handicap series is Monday 4th June. Register at the cricket club at 6.45 to set off at 7.00. Normally the handicap is held on the 2nd Monday of the month, however this month it has been brought forward so it doesn’t fall in the same week as the Preston Interclub.
For starting times and course map visit the handicap page.
Paul Gregory attacks the Autswick Amble on another unseasonably hot Bank Holiday.
The first Wesham Summer 10k attracted 220 runners on a warm sultry Wednesday evening last week. Won in an impressive 31:23 by Ben Fish accompanied by a strong contingent from his club Blackburn Harriers. The first Wesham finisher was in-form Lee Barlow in 18th place with a time of 36:37. Ladies winner was Tessa Robinson in 37:59 running in Wesham colours with Mark Belfield 32nd in 39:18. Paul Gregory came in 42nd with 40:18 and Jason Barlow 45th in 40:45 in the oppressive conditions. Andrew Harling finished 50th in 41:05 and Carl Groome was 53rd in 41:36. Thomas Crabtree was close behind in 55th position with 42:09 and Simon Denye was 60th in 42:42. Neil Whipp came in 70th with 43:26 and Lee Nixon was 74th in 43:44. Leigh Doughty finished 80th in 44:59 with Rob Wallace 83rd in 45:55. Martin Bates was 87th in 46:10; Ben Wrigley 91st with 47:03; Dave Marsland 98th in 48:01; Sharon Cooper 100th with 49:04; Thomas Farquhar 105th in 49:26; Robert Brown 123rd in 51:49; Dave Young 124th in 51:51; Continue reading
David Taylor ran in the first Horwich Jubilee 5 race of this year’s series, finishing 8th in 29:40 for the undulating 5 mile lap. Andrew Harling was 20th in 32:52. Helen Lawrenson was 1st W45 and 3rd woman in 34:41, finishing 28th overall. Rob Wallace was 47th in 37:25, just ahead of Martin Bates who finished 4th M60 and 48th overall in 37:30. Kay Twist came in 5th W45 and 19th woman with a time of 40:58, 64th overall. Vicky Gore finished 3rd W40 and 21st woman in 43:03 for 69th place with Steven Gore the same time in 70th. Kerry Eccles was 4th W55 and 28th woman in 45:35. The Wesham men’s and women’s teams both placed 3rd in a good evening out for the club. Continue reading
Glorious sunshine for the start of the Race 2 Remember
Thursday evening saw a drop in temperature but the heat was on at the second of this year’s Inter Club Grand Prix series, hosted by Lytham on St Annes seafront and afterwards at the Fylde Rugby Club.
With the absence of Rob Danson due to knee injury Wesham were below strength and Salford’s David Rigby running for Preston was awarded a win. The leading Wesham men came together in a bunch with on-fire Lee Barlow finishing 11th and 3rd M40 in 28:58 for the 5-mile out-and-back route to Fairhaven Lake. He headed Ugis Datavs 12th in 28:59 and David Taylor 13th with 29:04. Steve Waterhouse finished 20th in 29:24, 6th M40, and Stephen Abbott was 24th and 8th M40 in 29:42. Paul Gregory came in 44th in 31:04, with Phil Quibell 58th and 2nd M60 in 31:41. Andrew Harling placed 62nd in 32:07; Simon Denye 65th and 24th M40 in 32:18; and Neil Gregson 80th with 33:08. The Senior Men finished 4th team with a lot of strong competition this year and a below-strength squad. The Wesham women finished 6th team in a shock result, with Helen Lawrenson 13th and 6th W40 in 33:57; Sue Coulthurst 19th and 8th W40 in 35:35; Sue Cooper a great run in 34th place and 15th W40 (38:28); Maureen Danson 51st in 40:41 and Kay Twist 52nd in 40:53. The same ladies team took 3rd W40 team. The Men Veterans (Barlow; Waterhouse; Abbott; Quibell; Denye and Carl Groome (40th in 33:29) fared better with 2nd team. The M50s (Quibell; Alex Rowe 16th in 33:52 (92nd); John Collier 21st and 107th overall in 34:04 and Peter Cruse 26th with 34:27 (117th) were 3rd team. The M60 team of Quibell 2nd; Rowe 5th; and Collier 8th won the M60 team. Continue reading
Team Wesham at the Brun Valley 10k trail race.
It was a quieter week as athletes and spectators alike recovered from the London Marathon and other 26.2 races in the spring calendar.
A handful of Wesham members travelled to the Brun Valley Trail 10k in Thompson Park in Burnley on Sunday. Steven Gore was the first Wesham finisher in 15th place with a time of 43:49 for the 10km. Kath Hoyer finished 12th woman and 2nd W55 in 52:15, 64th overall. Vicky Gore was 31st woman and 8th W40 in 58:02, in 11th place overall. Dave Waywell came in 1st M70 and 150th overall in 61:30. Anne Berry was 68th woman and 7th W55 in 62:18 for 166th place overall. Continue reading
The next fixture in the Inter club Series is at Lytham on Thursday 4th May at 7.30pm.
Wesham had a great start to the season at Blackpool, but we need to keep the momentum going.
The most talked about athletics event last week was the London Marathon with 40,000 runners and a stellar cast at the sharp end. David Taylor may have found the warm conditions a little too challenging as his 5km splits slowed by up to 2 minutes in the second half but he finished well under the 3 hour mark with 2:58:38 for 951st place, with halfway in 1:26:38. Continue reading