Alex’s Newspaper Report.

The second fixture in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League held at Hyndburn on Saturday in very muddy and wet conditions, although the early rain held off and the wind dropped slightly to warm up conditions. Peter Bartlett in the Vet 70 Men race over two laps of 6km finished 4th in 38:04. Dave Young placed 5th with 38:38 and the pair won the M70 team competition. In the Women’s race over the same course Wesham had 10 ladies running and Helen Lawrenson led the way to finish 59th and 11th W45 in 32:17. Kay Twist made her cross country debut and picked one of the toughest and muddiest courses in the League but she finished a fine 98th and 26th W45 in 35:34. Louisa Denye ran well and she was 110th and 27th W35 with 37:33. Maureen Danson similarly had a good run placing 118th and 30th W45 in 38:18. Antionette Holton had her first appearance and came in 130th with a great effort in39:39, 33rd W35. Clare Belfield was 132nd in 40:02, 34th W35, and Emma Davies also running her first cross country was 136th with 40:31. Sally Deacon finished 138th in 40:54, 37th W45; Tanya Barlow was 147th and 43rd W45 with 43:17; and Julie Rooney 159th and 47th W45 in 49:49. The “A” team of Lawrenson, Twist and Denye were 27th overall and 13th W35 team, with the Open “B” team (Danson, Holton, Belfield) 32nd overall; and the W45s (Lawrenson, Twist, Danson) were 11th.

In the Men’s 3-lap race over a 10km distance Wesham had 16 men running, an excellent show and Steve Swarbrick was well up in 18th place to finish 1st M40 in 39:01. David Taylor had a very good run to come in 25th in 29:57, ahead of James Mulvany who was 41st and 8th M40 in 41:15. Tom Crabtree placed 56th in 42:34 and then Chris Hastwell and Mark Belfield came in 60th and 61st with 42:44 and 42:47 respectively, and close behind Simon Denye was nearly caught by debutant Mark Holton with the pair 63rd and 64th both clocking 43:11, and placing 12th and 13th M40s. Lee Barlow finished 93rd and 24th M40 in 44:54, with Jason Parkinson 148th and 28th M50 in 48:09. Mark Renshall was 44th M40 and 163rd overall with 49:22. Steve Myerscough was 174th and 48th M40 with a cautious 50:01 after a careful recovery from many months of injury. Gary Pendlebury ran well to finish 4th M60 and 178th in 50:13 and Nigel Shepherd put in a great effort to close up to 179th and 5th M60 with 50:21. John Collier was right behind in 182nd and 6th M60 in 50:48. James Danson finished 228th and 49th M50 with 56:22. Wesham were so well packed that the senior men’s team were 4th in the league and top Division 2 with an equally good result from Ulverston, and the “B” team were 18th. The M40 team of Swarbrick, Mulvany, Denye and Holton placed 2nd with an excellent result; the M50 team of Parkinson, Pendlebury and Shepherd were 10th, and the M60 squad of Pendlebury, Shepherd and Collier were victorious in 1st place giving them a healthy lead after the first two fixtures. Mid Lancs action continues in just two weeks in Liverpool’s Sefton Park as part of the national Cross Challenge.

Anne Mayers-Smith ran the Cheshire 10k on Saturday in Arley Hall, the autumn version of this very popular and competitive race, and she finished 34th woman and 4th W40 with a good result and a time of 45:49, placing 283rd overall.

There was a good showing of Wesham members in the Windmill Remembrance 10k in Lytham on Sunday morning in bright and windy conditions. Lee Nixon was the first Wesham finisher in 45th place with a time of 39:45. Paul Lancashire finished 76th in 41:54 and Sue Coulthurst was 8th woman, 137th overall and 1st W50 in 44:08. Sharon Cooper placed 353rd in 49:15 and Kath Hoyer had her second outing since recovering from injury and came in 419th and 3rd W55 in 50:22. Peter Cooke also returned from injury and he was 1085th in 61:37 and a chip time of 58:38. Finlay McCalman placed 1181st in 1:03:01 with a chip time of 58:38. Joy Hetherington was 1590th in 1:11:42 and a chip time 1:06:33.

In the Lytham Hall parkrun on Saturday morning Jonathan Lawson ran 22:06 and returned a M50 age graded performance percentage of 67.0%. Paull Eccles ran 23:13 for an M35 age grade of 58.36%. Martin Allison ran 23:19 for an age graded M35 56.90%. Andrew Moore ran 26:28 for an M55 grade of 59.07%. Michaela Dempsey made a welcome return to running and she clocked 27:14 and a W50 age grade of 63.95%. Jo McCaffery ran 28:31 with a W40 performance of 54.35%.  In Avenham Park in Preston Steve Abbott ran 19:08 and an M40 72.39%. Robert Brown clocked 27:45 with M60 58.80% and Paul Carter returned 29:19 with a new M50 grade of 50.31%. Nigel Shepherd warmed up for the afternoon’s cross country with a steady 30:54 for an M60 52.71%. Linda Cartwright ran 33:57 for W45 48.80% and Lynn Brown 34:07 with W55 55.30%. In Southport’s Hesketh Park Vicky Gore ran 27:09 for a W40 grade of 57.52% with Steven Gore in company with M35 49.54%. The pair have clocked up 490 weekly parkruns over some 6 years. In the Preston event Stephen Browne ran 23:08 with an M50 age grade of 65.35%. John Burns recorded 23:21 with M60 71.16% and Rob Wallace 23:39 for 54.55%. Dave Marsland clocked 23:43 with an M60 70.06% and Emma Wright ran 27:47 for a new personal best with W40 55.37%. Dawn Biggs had 27:50 for W50 61.74% and Emma Brook 28:56 with W35 51.84%. In the Fleetwood Promenade run Martin Bates ran 23:26 and returned an M60 grade of 70.27% and Graham Cunliffe a swift 25:35 for M60 64.36%.