Alex’s Newspaper Report.

The Wesham men at Ulverston on Saturday

The action hotted up for the end of the month with the first fixture of the 2019/20 cross country season with the first fixture at Ulverston in the southern Lakes. The Wesham women fielded a good side and completing teams in their categories. Carmel Sullivan had a great run in her first cross country run in some while, finishing 28th and 6th W45 in 30:41 for the 3-lap 6.8km course in the picturesque surroundings on the shores of Morecambe Bay. Anne Mayers-Smith was 101st and 33rd W35 in 35:54 with Louisa Denye an excellent result in 113th place and 37th W35 with a time of 36:50. Maureen Danson finished 127th in 38:56; Lucy Neighbour 137th and 47th W35 in 39:56; Sally Deacon was 145th and 44th W45 in 41:00; Clare Belfield 147th and 50th W35 with 41:10; Tanya Barlow  150th and 46th W45 in 41:46; and Julie Rooney 161st in 45:25, 49th W45. The Wesham women were 23rd team overall and the “B” team were 34th; the W35 team were 14th; and the W45 women were 10th team. Peter Bartlett was the only Wesham Over-70 in this first fixture and he completed the 6.8km course in 40:13 to finish 7th.

The men ran over a 9.1km 4-lap course, and Steve Swarbrick lead the way for the Wesham team finishing 17th and 4th M40 in 35:10. David Taylor had a brilliant run to come in 20th in 35:32 making ground all the way, and James Mulvany was 34th and 10th M40 in 37:13. Andrew Harling finished 37th in 37:24 and Simon Denye had a strong run to place 41st and 12 M40 in 37:37. Chris Hastwell was 56th in 38:24; Mark Belfield 60th in 38:50; and Lee Barlow was 65th and 22nd M40 in 39:15. Jason Parkinson finished 93rd and 12th M50 in 41:03; Phil Quibell was 5th M60 and 135th in 43:23 with Mark Renshall 138th and 42nd M40 in 43:27. Gary Pendlebury was 7th M60 and 144th in 43:49 with John Collier 8th M60 and 158th with 44:49. Mick Edge finished 184th 43rd M50 in 48:28; James Danson 202nd and 48th M50 in 51:07; and Ben Wrigley was 206th in 51:43. With such a strong team the Wesham men finished 3rd team overall to head up Division 2, with the “B” team 15th and placing 2nd in Division 4; the M40 team were 2nd with a great result placing 2nd in Division 2; M50s were 6th team; and the M60 trio of Quibell, Pendlebury and Collier won their team category, a great start to the season having placed in the medals last year.

Rob Danson took part in a stellar Berlin Marathon on Sunday, but his race plans may have come apart as he slowed significantly in the second half. He ran well for the first 13 miles, reached in 1:12:23 in 152nd place with a very consistent pace but he slowed and ended up 682nd with a time of 2:44:24. The winning time of 2:01:42 was 4 seconds short of the world record but the women’s race was much slower at 2:20:14.

Wesham targeted the Pilling 10k in the club championship and this ensured a good turnout of members, with Garry Barnett producing the fastest run on the 2-lap course around the village and up to the edge of Morecambe Bay completing the 6.2 miles in 39:00 to finish 2nd M50 and 9th overall. Paul Gregory was under the 40-minute mark with 39:42 for 12th place and Neil Gregson was 15th in 40:05 to secure the men’s team win. Steve Myerscough finished 18th and 2nd M45 in 41:26 with Chris Haines 23rd in 43:15. Paul Lancashire placed 25th with 44:22. Kay Twist finished 8th woman and 1st W50 in 51:41; Dawn Biggs was 15th woman and 51st in 57:38 and Sharlan Butcher 17th and 53rd with 59:09 to take the women’s team awards. Peter Rooney finished 35th with a good time in 50:15 and 1st M60; Stephen Twist was 44th and 4th M50 in 54:24; and Dave Young was 3rd M70 and 47th in 56:43. On Sunday after the torrential rains the Preston 10k and 5k was cancelled due to flooding along the banks of the River Ribble, now rescheduled for November 24th.

Jonathan Lawson was the first Wesham finisher in this week’s Lytham Hall parkrun at 9am on Saturday morning in very wet conditions, running 21:53 for an M50 age graded performance of 67.94%. Ian Nichols Hogg recorded 22:51 for an age grade of 56.46% while Vicky Gore clocked 27:02 for W40 57.77 with Steven Gore27:03 and M35 49.72%. Antionette Holton ran 27:45 with a W35 53.87% and Jo McCaffery 29:31 and W40 52.12%. Tracey Hulme was out on the South Manchester run in Platts Field where she returned 24:59 for a W55 age grade of 72.45%. In Avenham Park in Preston before the Ribble burst its banks Nigel Shepherd ran 21:53 for M60 73.95% with Robert Brown on 27:27 with M60 59.44%. Lynn Brown ran 38:01 for W55 49.63%. Sharon Cooper put on her running shoes in Wepre Park in Connah’s Quay in Deeside where she clocked 27:11 for W45 58.98%. In Stanley Park in Blackpool Stephen Browne ran 23:15 and recorded an M50 percentage of 65.02%. Suzanne Leonard finished in 24:17 for W45 68.22% with Dave Marsland running 26:56 with an M60 61.14%. Andrew Moore ran 27:48 and an M55 56.24% effort. On Fleetwood Promenade in challenging conditions Martin Bates battled out a good 24:26 for an M60 age grade of 66.78% while at Nant y Pandy at Llangefni right in the middle of Anglesey Lee Austin had a good run with 24:50 for an age grade of 52.35%.