Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Ugis Datavs completed the Liverpool to Leeds Canal Race over 130 miles of towpath

The Pilling 10k on Saturday morning attracted a few Wesham members as it was the next race in the Age Graded series, and the good-sized field of athletes were rewarded with a fine late summer morning with rising temperatures for the Bank Holiday weekend.  Paul Lancashire finished 21st in a good position with a time of 43:23. Carmel Sullivan was 6th woman and 1st W50 in 23rd place in 43:32. Mick Edge was the next Wesham finisher in 35th place and 3rd M55 in 46:41. Alan Hudson won the M70 age category and he finished 39th in 47:20. Peter Rooney was 5th M60 and 46th in 49:32.

Ugis Datavs finished 2nd in the Liverpool to Leeds Canal Race, completing the 130 miles in 25 hours and 6 minutes, following on from his epic 2nd place in the Leeds Endure24 in July having completed 135 miles in a little over 24 hours. Starting in Old Hall Street in Liverpool at 6 am Ugis thereby arrived at Office Lock in Leeds at just gone 7am on Sunday morning, having run the length of the Leeds-Liverpool canal towpath.

There were many Wesham runners out at parkruns on Saturday morning. In Avenham Park in Preston Steve Myerscough was back in action with a time of 20:28 and an M45 age grading performance of 69.30%. Steve Abbott ran 20:37 for M40 67.18%. Robert Brown clocked 26:55 and an M60 grade of 60.62% with Nigel Shepherd having a run out in his recovery from injury with 30:13 for M60 53.56%. Linda Cartwright ran 34:13 for W45 48.42%. The Wesham Tourists were away in Poole and ran the Upton House parkrun touching the edge of Upton Lake, with Vicky Gore running 27:49 in very warm summery conditions for W40 56.14% and Steven Gore 27:50 (M35 48.32%). At the Riverside run in Chester-le-Street Emma Brook ran 30:19 with a W35 age grade of 49.48%. Martin Bates ran the Pendle run in Colne and he recorded 26:15 for M60 62.16%. There was a good Wesham turnout at the Lytham Hall run with David Taylor producing another fastest time of the day with 17:40 for his age graded performance at 73.58%. Jonathan Lawson ran 21:31 for M50 69.09% and Stuart Topping had 24:12 for M45 59.99%. Antionette Holton had a great run for a new personal best of 26:07 with an age grade of 57.05%. Phil Leaver clocked 28:31 for M65 59.38% and James Birchall 30:17 for 42.71%.  Clare Belfield returned 31:21 for W35 48:01; Julie Topping 34:43 with W45 47.72% and Kerry Eccles also running 34:43 for W55 52.86%. Leah Birchall ran 36:48 for an age grade of 40.22%.  In the Blackpool run in Stanley Park Dan Shaw produced a new personal best time of 20:02 with his age grade 64.73%. Suzanne Leonard ran 23:49 for W45 70.05% and Sharon Cooper 24:53 for W45 64.43%. George Kennedy ran 25:23 for M60 63.76% and Dave Marsland 26:29 with M60 62.18%. Graham Brook clocked 27:09 for an M50 grade 55.68%; Peter Bartlett recorded an M70 64.55% with his time of 27:19 and Dawn Biggs ran 28:37 for W50 60.05%. Along the Fleetwood Promenade Peter Cruse clocked 21:44 for M55 71.93% and Brian Jones ran 29:44 for M55 53.09%.