Alex’s Newspaper Report.

The joy of trail running; Andrew Harling in full flow

The Wesham squad were away over the weekend for their annual trip to Ambleside for the Grasmere Gallop. In the 10km trail race along the shores of the lake James Mulvany finished an excellent 2nd place and 1st M40 in 39:09 with winner a little way ahead in 37:45. Jason Barlow ran well for 16th place and 5th M50 in 44:47. Ryan Azzopardi was 49th in 53:32, and Alan Taylor finished 266th in 20:32 having had a late night. There were 289 finishers in the 10k.

More challenging with two 500ft climbs was the 17km trail race, and Paul Gregory had a good result in 5th place coming in 2nd M40 with a time of 1:15:04. Steve Myerscough finished 38th and 14th M40 in 1:26:39, with Helen Lawrenson 5th woman and 1st W40 in 1:28:48. John Collier scored the M60 age category win in 50th place with 1:30:24, a good recovery from a troublesome Achilles.  Jen Salt finished 25th woman and 109th overall, 8th W40 in 1:47:15.  Finlay McCalman was 111th with 1:47:46, and Paul Carter was 163rd in 1:58:33. There were 204 finishers in the 17k race. Chris Moss who is side-lined from running with a long-term hamstring problem had a go in the Nordic Walking event and he came in 82nd in 2:04:31 over the 10km route.

Rob Danson was a clear winner in the second race in the Kendal AC Series, this time the Levens 10k on Wednesday evening. He clocked 32:30 on the half flat, half hilly course to win by 2 and a half minutes. Chris was 15th in 39:38 with Lee Barlow 23rd with 42:39. Helen Lawrenson finished 4th woman and 2nd W40 in 45:14, 37th overall. Jen Salt was 15th woman and 6th W40 in 51:41, 59th overall. Maureen and James Danson came in 68th and 69th with 55:37.

Steve Littler finished 2nd in the Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon in Yorkshire, clocking 1:28:04 over the moors with 2000ft of climb. Dan Shaw finished 51st in 1:48:21 with Chas Colby 176th in 2:11:44. Angela Colby finished 77th woman and 280th overall in 2:27:42, 12th W45. Chas and Angela went on to run another event on the fells on Sunday finishing in Kirkby Stephen having come over the Nine Standards. Peter Cruse ran the Morecambe 10k race and he finished 25th in 42:34, placing 2nd M55.

Wesham members were out and about first thing on Saturday morning at parkruns around the country but the local run at Lytham Hall was not staged due to other events in the grounds. Along the Cramond and Silverknowes Promenade in Edinburgh Linda Cartwright ran 35:41 for a W45 age graded performance of 45.87%. in Preston’s Avenham Park Robert Brown returned an M60 age grade of 59.68% with a time of 27:07. Julie Rooney ran 33:42 for a W45 grade of 47.13%. In Manchester’s Worsley Woods Martin Bates clocked 23:45 along the railway track and up and down through the woods with an M60 grade of 68.18%. Emma Brook was out at the Riverside run in Chester-le-Street with a time of 28:42 and a W35 grade 52.26%. Emma Lund was out on the two-lap hilly Williamson Park course in Lancaster with 23:06 for W35 64.94%.  In Blackpool’s Stanley Park Lee Austin ran 23:31 for an age grade 55.15%, with Dave Marsland running 23:41 for M60 69.53%. Keith Wilding ran another personal best with 23:44 for M60 68.75% and Stephen Twist 25:10 and M50 59.54%. Jack Rayson ran 26:53 with 47.99% and Antionette Holton scored 55.42% with the same time. Sharlan Butcher ran 28:15 for W45 56.76% and Dawn Biggs 28:26 with W45 60.43%. Emma Wright clocked 29:43 with a W40 age grade of 51.77%.  On Fleetwood Promenade Graham Cunliffe ran 27:00 for M60 60.43%, and further afield at Woolacombe Downs in Devon over a challenging course in the sand-dunes Vicky Gore ran 35:22 for W40 44.16% with Steven Gore one second behind. Former marathon international Mara Yamauchi, at one time Britain’s best long-distance runner ran the fastest women’s time of the day with 21:43.