Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Elliot Costello in focus: leathering along the canal in the 20 Barriers

It was a busy week locally for Wesham members and there were a good variety of events to choose from.

On Tuesday evening the Wesham Fell Running Championship continued with the 20 Barriers Race at Carnforth, a cross country event over stiles and through gates hence its name, no one counts if there are still twenty on the course!  On a barmy summer evening for running Paul Gregory excelled with finishing in 6th place with a time of 37:42 to come in 2nd M40. Steve Myerscough was 19th and 3rd M45 in 40:25, with Carmel Sullivan 5th woman and 1st W50 in 38th position overall with a time of 43:13. Elliot Costello finished 59th in 44:57 and Ian Hogg 72nd with 48:02. Ryan Azzopardi came in 78th in 48:37, Suzanne Leonard was 21st woman with both her and George Kennedy together in 86th and 87th places with 49:42. Debbie Myerscough was 63rd woman and 164th overall in 71:22.

Steve Abbott and Neil Harrison ran the Lostock Carnival 5k on Saturday lunchtime and timed in at 18:23 and 18:51 respectively in 10th and 14th positions with Steve also 2nd M40.

The Catforth Canter 5k was the local event on Saturday evening, the second of three occurrences this year, and there were many Wesham members competing. Simon Denye finished 3rd and 2nd M45 in 17:55 with Andrew Harling finishing 4th running a fine time of 18:00. Paul Gregory was close behind in 6th position with 18:16, a tremendous clocking for 1st M40. Steve Myerscough came in 13th and 3rd M45 with a great run in 19:15, and Gary Pendlebury placed 1st M65 and 18th overall with 20:35, another top-class performance and a debut in his new age group. Peter Rooney finished 31st in 23:51 with a good performance and James Danson was 33rd in 24:13. Alice Deacon was 8th woman and 34th in 24:37; Maureen Danson 13th woman and 42nd with 26:08; Louisa Denye finished 15th and 44th in 26:21; Martin Allison was 45th in 26:44 and Jo McCaffery 17th and 47th with 26:52. Sharlan Butcher finished 18th woman and 48th in 27:22 and Julie Rooney was 21st woman and 52nd with 29:34.

Paul Carter ran the undulating Bentham Beagles 10k and he finished 61st with a time of 61:05 on a warm and humid day on Sunday.  The St Annes Carnival 5k returned this year and Rob Danson was the victor clocking 15:33 for his 1st place. Steve Abbott ran 18:22 for 8th place just beating his Lostock Carnival performance and Antionette Holton finished 19th woman in a time of 26:10 for 60th place overall.

Chris Hastwell ran the 4th fastest time of the day at the Lytham Hall parkrun on Saturday morning, recording a swift 18:10 for a new personal best performance and an age graded percentage for M35 of 73.03%. Lee Nixon ran 21:49 for a graded performance of 61.65%, and Keith Wilding had a new personal best time of 22:33 for an M60 grade of 72.36%. Jonathan Lawson ran 22:46 for M50 65.30%; and Dave Marsland scored an M60 grade 72.01 with his timed run of 22:52. Ben Wrigley ran a good 22:57 for M35 58.61%; Ian Nichols Hogg 24:02 with a age grade of 53.68%; and Antionette Holton 36:36 for a grade of 40.71% with an easy effort.  In the Harrogate parkrun Elizabeth Johnson ran 25:35 for W35 59.41%, and Emma Brook ran the Chester-le-Street Riverside run in 28:41 for W35 52.30%. David Taylor recorded the fourth fastest time of the day at the Ormskirk parkrun in the grounds of the Edgehill university campus, clocking 17:55 for a age grade of 72.56%. Steven Gore ran the Pendle parkrun with the second fastest time of the day with 20:21 for an M35 66.09%. Vicky Gore clocked 28:40 with 28:40 for a W40 grade of 54.48%. In Lancaster’s Williamson Park Emma Lund ran 23:53 for W35 62.81%, while on Fleetwood Promenade Mark Renshall was the fastest of a group of Wesham members with 20:28 for M45 69.79%. Martin Bates had an M60 age percentage of 70.38% with his time of 23:11, with George Kennedy and Suzanne Leonard running 23:23 both for M60 69.21% and W45 70.85%. Robert Brown ran 25:26 with an M60 grade 64.15%, and Brian Jones ran 29:28 for M55 53.51%.