25th November – Alex’s Newspaper Report

Adam Wilding and Peter Rooney at the Preston 10 on Sunday

The Preston 10-Mile race in Longton proved as popular as ever with a full entry and 275 runners on the day. It once again hosted he Lancashire 10-Mile Road Championships and incorporated a new 5-mile race. There was a good turnout from local clubs and Wesham had seven members running. Adam Wilding was to the fore, and he finished 17th in a time of 56:44. Former Wesham member Ugis Datavs was 29th in 59:43. There was a good quality at the front with the winner clocking under 50 minutes in 49:53 32 runners under the hour. Nigel Shepherd was after his M65 Diamond Standard for the Wesham ratings and he got this easily with 1:12:10 to finish 114th and 2nd M65. John Collier came in 188th and 3rd M70 in his new age category in his first road race for some time to clock 1:20:55. Peter Rooney was 232nd and 7th M65 in 1:29:38. Sharlan Butcher placed 56th woman and 248th overall in 1:35:37 for 7th W50 with Dawn Biggs 57th and 129th in 1:36:02, 10th W55. Christine Fare finished 67th woman and 264th overall in 1:47:27 for 11th W50. Wesham finished 4th team in the Lancashire Championships behind Red Rose, Blackburn Harriers, and Preston. The Wesham Men Veterans were 5th team with the ladies finishing 3rd team, and the lady veterans were 2nd in a great result.

Martin Bates ran in the David Staff Memorial Fell Race over 6km and 305 metres of climb from the Sunnyhurst Woods up and over Darwen Tower twice. He finished 55th in 53:06 placing 14th Over-60.

Agness Woods ran in the Morecambe Festival of Running Half Moon Bay 5km on Sunday and she finished 10th and 5th female in 27:28, coming in as 1st W55.

Wesham members were spread far and wide on Saturday morning with the cancellation of the Lytham Hall parkrun, with attendances at 12 separate events. The biggest showing was at the neighbouring Blackpool parkrun in Stanley Park with quite a few puddles from the recent days of rain. Chris Haines ran the 6th fastest time of the day with 20:12 for an M35 age graded performance of 66.58%. Lee Barlow ran 22:15 for an M50 graded 66.82% and Rob Wallace came in with 25:51 for an age graded 50.03%. Agness Woods timed in at 27:25 for W55 66.02%, and Martin Allison clocked 32:21 for M40 42.19%. Liz Sharrocks returned 32:38 for a W60 61.18% with Jo McCaffery in at 35:40 for W45 44.95%. Tony Sharrocks recorded 42:51 for M60 37.77%, and Dave Young suffering long covid walked 52:24 for M75 36.80%. The Wesham parkrun tourists were at the Thorp Perrow event in the village of Snape between Masham and Leeming Bar in North Yorkshire. David Taylor produced the fourth fastest time of the day with 20:23 for an M35 graded 65.49%, guiding Steven Gore to the fifth fastest time of 20:42 and M40 66.91%. Carl Groome returned 22:37 for an M50 grade of 67.35% with Andy Moore on 31:11 for M60 51.90%. Peter Rooney ran 31:30 for M65 53.23%, while Sue Rigby clocked 45:46 with Julie Rooney in 45:47 for W50 36.64% and W45 36.18% respectively. In the Preston parkrun Steve Myerscough recorded 20:18 for M50 72.66% and James Danson ran 27:13 for M55 58.42%. Nigel Shepherd saved himself for the Preston 10 race the following day and had an easy 29:15 for M65 57.32%. Vicky Gore ran the Southport parkrun inn Victoria Park and she returned 26:00 for a W45 graded 62.31%. Michelle Pitt went to the Sale Water Park event, and she was rewarded with 38:29 W40 40.28%. Martin Bates ran in the Stretford parkrun for a time of 23:49 and a M65 grade of 71.73%. Michelle Tickle took a debut in Knowsley Park, and she ran 25:14 for W45 65.65% to place 3rd fastest female. Daniel Bolton was in Gunnersbury parkrun near Kew in West London for his third run there and second fastest of the day to record a new personal best time of 17:18 with an age graded 74.57% PB 3rd time. Emma Brook ran her home parkrun at Riverside in Chester-Le-Street and she recorded 27:46 for W40 55.10%, her second best performance, and at the Darlington South Park run Tracey Hulme ran 25:56 for W60 74.81%. There were a couple of Wesham members abroad, with Alona Versinina in Jersey for the run at Les Quennevais where she recorded 25:07 as a First Timer for W35 59.72%, and in The Hague at the Zuiderpark run Emma Wright clocked 27:27 for W45 58.41%.