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James Mulvany strides out in the Mid Lancs in Townley Park Burnley

 

January swung into dull action for athletic with more cross country and the first local road races of the year.

The Mid Lancs Cross Country League continued with its fourth fixture in Townley Park Burnley. In the Senior Ladies 6km shorter this year featuring only one small, one medium and one large lap Kath Hoyer finished 4th W55 and 68th in 26:18 with a good effort. Jenn Thompson was 27th W35 and 88th overall in 27:55; Kerry Eccles 11th W55 and 105th in 28:54; and Anne Berry was 14th W55 and 125th in 30:42. This gave the Wesham women’s team 24th place; 13th in the W35s; 7th W45 and 4th W55 team. This placed them 4th in Division 2 overall; 17th W35; 13th W45 and 6th W55 teams. Dave Waywell was 6th M70 over the same 6km course in 30:16. The Senior men’s 10km 3-lap course saw 8 Wesham members running; James Mulvany was 34th with a strong run in 36:06; David Taylor was 48th in 36:57 after his early morning parkrun warm-up; Steve Myerscough finished 97th and 25th M40 in 40:28; John Collier cam in 7th M60 and 151st in 43:06; Martin Bates was 17th M60 and 198th in 46:56; Ben Wrigley worked strongly to gain 209th place in 48:26; Dave Marsland was 20th M60 and 214th in 49:08; and Russell Mabbett finished 54th M50 and 222nd in 51:40. The Wesham men were 18th team; 13th M40; 12th M50; and 3rd M60 team. They are standing 3rd overall in the Division 2 standings; 2nd in M40 Division 2; 14th M50s; and 6th M60 team. Continue reading

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The Wesham ladies at the Lancashire Cross Country Championships

The New Year kicked off with the Lancashire Country Cross Country Championships held once again in Blackburn’s Witton Park, now its traditional home but also one of the best venues remaining n the county.  Wesham had fewer entrants this year than in previous years but the women in particular turned out a few runners. On the 3-lap 8km course Sarah Sherratt ran very well finishing 4th W45 and 37th overall in 32:39, a good performance with three ascents of the famous ‘saucer’, the testing hill climb halfway round each lap. Running in tandem Emma Lund made a great return to finish 38th in 32:42. Kath Hoyer won the Lancashire W55 gold medal with a time of 34:32, an excellent run giving her 49th position overall. Jenn Thompson finished 54th and 10th W35 in 36:32, completing the Wesham women’s team in 10th place and the veterans’ team 6th.  The senior men’s race was over 4 laps of 10km, and Steve Myerscough finished 104th in 41:58, 15th M40. Martin Bates came in 8th M60 in 50:37 in 149th place overall. Ben Wrigley finished 152nd in 55:13. The conditional were cool and bright and favourable for running. Continue reading

Couch to 5k course registration

Our 2018 couch to 5k course is beginning with a registration night on 10th January at 6.30pm. Please come along between 6:30pm and 7pm to register for the course, which will then begin on 17th January, meeting at 6:20pm for a 6:30pm start.

 

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Giving it all over the last 0.2km, Rob Danson clocks 30:25in the Ribble Valley 10k

 

There were two local races to see out 2017 but not many Wesham members were tempted to run this time around.  Rob Danson however saw out the year in fine style with a superb new personal best performance at the Ribble Valley 10k. Setting off with purpose he settled into the lead group which featured some of the best athletes in the region including Jonathan Brownlee world class triathlete and approached the finish with a big effort to gain 6th place in 30:25, 36 seconds faster than his previous best last April in Salford. This was also 47 seconds faster than his best time in 2016. This gave him 4th place in the Northern Athletics 10km Championships staged within the race. His racing profile for 2017 shows his rapid rate of improvement at all distances from 5km to the marathon, and virtually all of his results were rewarded with a first place. Continue reading

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Robin demonstrates how to track the perpetrators in the Rudolph Red Nose Race

 

There was only one race in the Fylde area in the week leading up to Christmas and that was at the De Vere in Blackpool, the traditional Rudolph red Nose 5-Mile around the Herons Reach path and Marton Mere, starting and finishing at the zoo car park.

There was the usual good turnout with 222 runners mostly dressed in festive outfits. Rob Danson dressed as Batman’s henchman Robin toyed with Thomas Griffith from St Helens all round the course before edging ahead by a second to win in 28:34. Continue reading

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Doug Brown in the Hurst Green Turkey Trot leading M80

 

 

It was a quiet week for athletics with only just over a week to go to the Christmas festivities. The weather took a turn overnight Friday with much black ice first thing on Saturday morning making going treacherous in parts. As the year draws to a close it is time for reflection over the previous 12 months and it has been a successful year for Wesham despite the resignation of several key members. There will be a full review in next week’s year end column. Continue reading