Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Alice Deacon striding out for Wesham

September is a busy month for athletics as the autumn season kicks off, but there was nothing locally this week to tempt Wesham members out with the contrasting weather conditions. This weekend sees another round in the Wesham club championships at the Pilling 10k and the start of the cross-country season with the first Mid Lancs fixture at Ulverston, and several events both at home and abroad that will feature Wesham members, especially as Rob Danson targets the Berlin Marathon again.

At home at least in the Lytham Hall parkrun on Saturday morning in glorious early autumn conditions Jonathan Lawson ran 21:39 for the 2-lap 5km to return an M50 age graded performance of 68.67%.  Ian Nichols Hogg ran a new personal best time with 21:42 for an age graded 59.45%. Emma Lund was visiting from Lancaster for a first time run here and clocked the 3rd fastest woman of the day with 21:58 for a W35 grade 68.29%. Peter Rooney recorded 23:48 for an M60 68.00% and Sharon Cooper 23:50 for a W45 graded 67.27%.  Colin Smy ran 25:02 for M40 54.53% and Ben Wrigley right behind with 25:03 for M35 54.09%. Peter Bartlett clocked 28:07 for M70 63.49% and Jo McCaffery timed 29:21 with a W40 52.41%. In the Preston parkrun David Taylor claimed the 3rd fastest time of the day with 17:44 for an excellent new personal best time for 73.31%. Steve Abbott ran 19:58 for an M40 grade 69.37% and Nigel Shepherd forging his injury recovery with 21:58 for an M60 73.67%. Stuart Clayton clocked 25:32 for M50 58.22% and Robert Brown ran 27:20 with an M60 59.70%. Martin Bates ran the Fell Foot event and he set his time at 23:54 with M60 68.27% a minute improvement on last time. In the Sherwood Pines near Mansfield Linda Cartwright clocked 32:45 for W45 50.59%, and in Blackpool’s Stanley Park Dan Shaw ran 20:01 for 64.78% graded; Lee Austin recorded 23:01 for 56.48% and a new pb here. Suzanne Leonard ran 23:46 for W45 69.71%; Rob Wallace 24:09 for 53.42%; George Kennedy 24:57 with an M60 65.40%; Finlay McCalman 27:12 for M55 56.50%; Sharlan Butcher 28:48 with W45 55.67%; Dawn Biggs 28:49 and W50 59.63%; and Andrew Moore 29:55 for M55 52.26%. At the New Earswick run north of York Dave Young ran 28:59 for an M70 61.59%. On the Fleetwood Promenade Dave Jones 28:58 M55 54.43%. In more exotic surroundings at the Mura di Lucca parkrun near Pisa in Italy Antionette Holton ran 25:30 for W35 58.63%, and at Conyngham Hall in Knaresborough Vicky and Steven Gore ran 28:54 for W40 54.04 and M35 46.54%.