Alex’s Newspaper Report.

A sea of Wesham vests in Astley Park in the Inter Club

Wesham made a strong attempt to turn out a top team at the sixth round of the Inter Club race series on Wednesday evening in a sodden Astley Park in Chorley but were narrowly beaten by 15 points by Preston. Rob Danson was once again the overall winner though as he strode way from the start and made his winning advantage on the first small loop along the slippery path down through the trees. Rob completed the hilly 4.6 miles in 24:46 with a winning advantage of 1 min 18 secs. Steve Littler set off steadily and worked his way into 4th place over the first large lap, holding on to this to finish in 27:03 and first in the Masters. David Taylor was 9th with an excellent run to clock 28:24, with Tom Crabtree 18th in 29:13. Neil Harrison finished 28th in 30:03 and Andrew Harling was 30th in 30:04. Chris Hastwell was tucked in behind in 32nd with a time of 30:09. Paul Gregory was 33rd in 30:24 and Steve Abbott 38th in 31:21, Lee Barlow 39th in 31:22 to clinch the 2nd place team. Carmel Sullivan led the Wesham women with 35:22 for 8th place and 91st overall. Leanne Nield was 17th and 132nd overall in 37:25 with Kay Twist 27th and 170th in 40:17. Maureen Danson was 44th and 196th in 42:32 and Anne Berry 81st and 259th in 48:22. The Wesham women were 6th team with several team members missing.

The Women W40 were 4th team with Sullivan 4th; Twist 14th; Danson 25th; Berry 49th and Dawn Biggs 50th (82nd woman and 260th in 48:25). The Wesham Masters team won by 12 points over Preston with Littler 1st; Gregory 11th; Abbott 12th; Barlow 13th; Steve Waterhouse 16th (44th in 31:45); and Jason Barlow 18th (46th in 32:13). The Wesham M50 team were 3rd, with Waterhouse 4th; Jason Barlow 7th; Carmel Sullivan 20th and Tony Leach 22nd (96th overall in 35:50). The M60 team won from Preston with 11 points with John Collier 2nd (99th in 35:56); Richard Davies 5th (125th in 37:05); and Alan Hudson 7th (135th in 37:33). Jo McCaffery finished 83rd woman and 261st overall in 48:41; Nicola Ball 89th and 270th in 50:33; Kerry Eccles 94th and 275th in 51:56 and Debbie Myerscough 97th and 279th in 56:41. Jason Parkinson was 57th in 33:00; Lee Nixon 59th in 33:06; Stuart Clayton 117th with 36:47; Mick Edge 121st in 36:55; Martin Allison 124th with 37:02; Ian Nichols Hogg 129th (37:15); Martin Bates 143rd (38:16); Ryan Azzopardi 151st (38:52); Jonathon Sanderson 152nd (38:54); Stuart Topping 153rd (38:59); James Danson 178th (40:57); Lee Austin 197th (42:36); Dave Young 213th (43:43); Peter Bartlett 226th (45:35); and James Birchall 266th (49:22). Wesham and Preston are now equal at the top of the table for the year so there is all to play for at the final fixture in Leyland’s Worden Park on September 4th.

Neil Whipp has won the M40 trophy in the Inter Club Fell series after finishing 7th at Pendle; 8th in the Leo Pollard; 4th at Clough Pike; and 3rd at Lee Mill.

Dave Young ran the Riverside Half Marathon in Lancaster on Sunday on the same course as the 10 Mile two weeks previously except extending further up the old railway line to the Crook O’ Lune. He finished 118th in 2:07:59, 2nd M70.

In the Lytham Hall parkrun Jonathan Lawson ran 21:52 for an M50 age graded percentage of 67.99%. Phil Leaver continued his comeback with 29:55 for M65 56.60% and Graham Cunliffe ran 31:04 for M60 53.00%. In the Preston parkrun Robert Brown clocked 27:07 for M60 60.17% and Linda Cartwright 34:51 with W45 47.54%. Further afield in the Riverside run in Chester-le-Street Emma Brook ran 29:20 for a W35 age grade of 51.14% and at the Fell Foot run in Newby Bridge Neil Gregson clocked 20:59 for M35 62.83%. On home soil in Blackpool’s Stanley Park Dan Shaw produced a first timer clocking of 20:25 for a Senior age grade of 63.51%. Stephen Browne ran 22:34 for M50 66.99%; Ian Nichols Hogg scored 54.66% with his time of 23:36 for a new personal best; George Kennedy clocked 23:59 for M60 67.48% just ahead of Suzanne Leonard with 24:00 and a W45 grade 69.03%. Finlay McCalman recorded 26:36 for M55 57.77% and Antionette Holton ran a new personal best 26:48 for 55.60%. Dave Marsland ran 27:02 for M60 60.91%. along Fleetwood Promenade Peter Cruse clocked the 4th fastest time of the morning with 22:21 for M55 69.95% and Peter Cooke turned in 29:49 for an M60 graded 53.77%. Brian Jones ran 31:13 with M55 50.51%. At the Beverley Westwood run north of Hull Steven Gore ran 20:57 for an M35 grade of 64.20% and Megan Gore 39:42 for a JW11 grade 41.02% with Vicky Gore accompanying in 39:46.