Alex’s newspaper Report.

The big event of the week was the concluding race of the Inter Club Grand Prix, bringing to a close the 7-race series for this year that began back in April in Blackpool. Rob Danson was back in top form for Wesham with a stamp of authority to blaze round the revised 4.5-mile course in Leyland’s Worden Park in 22:22 nearly two minutes clear of the chasing pack. Continue reading

Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Can’t not include a quality picture of Rob Danson in fine form in the Trafford 10k

There was a quality field in the re-scheduled Trafford 10k with the first three finishers running under 30 minutes, and Rob Danson placed 11th with a time of 30:50 to show that he is back in full action. Rob went on to take the final Inter-Club race in Leyland’s Worden Park on Wednesday by storm and won by a big margin, sure to take the 2018 series overall win. Gareth Booth finished 3rd for Wesham and despite a good team with Steve Littler and Ugis Datavs and a great run from David Taylor the team slipped down the rankings. Full results next week. Continue reading

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A sunny morning for Carmel Sullivan on Saturday in Pilling

Carmel Sullivan came in 4th woman and 27th overall in the fourth Pilling 10k on Saturday morning in 46:45 in the fast 6-miler Over Wyre, winning the W50 category. Alan Hudson also returned to winning ways to take the M65 title in 49:39 following an operation to cure breathing difficulties, finishing 32nd overall.

Wesham had three runners in the last of the Harrock Hill series on Wednesday evening. Paul Gregory completed the 5.3-mile and 900ft of climb in 42:01 to gain 45th place and 10th M40. Elliot Costello finished 102nd with a good run in a time of 47:42, and Nigel Shepherd was 4th M60 and 105th overall in 48:11. Continue reading

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Running on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily


It was a very quiet week on the athletics scene and only a few races and Wesham members out competing.

Alan Taylor takes off on his Three Peaks +Cycle Challenge this week spread over 10- days with 14,000ft of climbing on the three mountains and a further 11,200ft of hills over the 470-mile bike ride from Fort William in Scotland to Llanberis in North Wales, raising money for Rosemere Cancer, Mummy’s Star and Bowel Cancer in memory of Ben Ashworth and Graham Vickers. Continue reading

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Wesham members are greatly saddened this week by the loss of former club chairman Graham Vickers who sadly passed away at the weekend aged 60 after 5 years battling throat cancer. This follows the loss of long standing member, treasurer and 10k race director Les Ward. Continue reading

Alan Taylor’s Three peaks + Cycle Challenge.


Alex Rowe, Alan Taylor, John Collier and Chris Moss ready for the off in the Three Peaks Challenge



Groundwork professional and road race organiser extraordinaire Alan Taylor of Fulwood, Preston and long-time member of Wesham Road Runners is about to embark on a Three Peaks +Cycle challenge supported by Pete Marquis Contractors and Builders Supplies West Coast to raise funds for Rosemere Cancer, Mummy’s Star and Bowel Cancer and celebrate his 50 years, and in memory of Ben Ashworth and Graham Vickers. Ben did the Challenge himself in 2015 with Alan but subsequently lost his battle against cancer. Graham Vickers, long term member and past chairman of Wesham Road Runners, sadly passed away last weekend just prior to his 61st birthday. Starting with an ascent of Ben Nevis from Fort William next week in the company of John Rudd, Chris Moss, John Collier and Alex Rowe Alan and his team will then cycle for three days to Ambleside and ascend Scafell from Wasdale Head. A further days cycling will see a rest night at home in Preston before continuing another two days cycling to Llanberis for the final day up to the summit of Snowdon. The distance cycled will be 440 miles, with some 14,000ft of climbing up and over the moors, with a further 11,180 climb on the three mountains. Donations can be given at at ThreePeaksCycle2.

Details of Graham Vicker’s Funeral

We have now received the details for Graham Vickers funeral which will be held on Friday 17th August at 11.00am at St. Teresa’s Church Queensway Penwortham PR1 0DS where everyone is welcome to pay their respects. It will be followed by a private burial at a different location for family and invited friends only.

There will be a celebration of Graham’s life for you to chat and catch up afterwards at St Teresa’s club which is next door to the church where again everyone is welcome.

Further details have been emailed to members.

Alex’s Newspaper Report.



Kath Hoyer climbs the main ascent from Worsthorne in glorious sunshine



It was a quieter week locally for athletics as the holiday season continued in full swing but Wesham members as usual managed to find enough to keep them active after the excitement of the Inter Club race last week.

Paul Hetherington continued his quest for a 10-mile best and he headed a Wesham squad in the Lancaster Riverside Run, 10 miles from the Waterside up the Lune Valley towards Caton, then back again and across the river to the Trimpell triangle to return to the waterfront. He finished 7th overall and 1st M45 in 62:22 in hot and humid conditions. Carl Groome finished 23rd and 3rd M45 in 68:14. James Danson was 104th with 86:27 and Maureen Danson 26th woman and 126th in 91:48. Kerry Eccles came in 32nd woman and 134th in 93:46 5th W55. Continue reading