Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Cool on the pool; Martin Bates in Lanzarote

There was a tremendous turnout of Wesham members in the Wesham 10k, considering the number involved in the organisation of the event, 18 women and 43 men. Sue Coulthurst was the leading Wesham woman in 4th place and 1st W50 in 43:21, 93rd overall in the race. Emma Lund was 13th and 2nd W35 in 45:27, 125th overall. Leanne Nield was 21st and 161st overall in 47:35, and Kath Hoyer finished 25th and 1st W55 in 49:13, 183rd.

Helen Lawrenson was on pace-making duties and she came in 33rd and 6th W50 in 50:36. Suzanne Leonard was 36th in 50:55, 7th W45 and 221st. Maureen Danson was 59th and 8th W50 with 54:04, 272nd, and Veronica Walker 61st and 278th in 54:19. Pauline Eccleston, Sharlan Butcher and Kay Twist were 69th 70th and 71st in 54:54 with Jo McCaffery 79th in 56:11. Keira Twist placed 3rd Female Junior in 59:22, with Emma Brook 119th in 59:23 and Claire Axcell 120th in 59:24. Antionette Holton was 125th in 59:51 and Sally Deacon 143rd with 61:32. Heather Buckel was 149th in 63:26.

In the men’s ranks Rob Danson had to relinquish the lead to Chris Livesey due to a bit of a lack of fitness, still clocking 32:03 for second place with a tactical race. Ugis Datavs was 9th in 35:40 and 2nd M40, with Tom Crabtree taking 14th place in 36:54 and securing the team win for the Wesham men. Mark Belfield finished 20th in 37:35; Chris Hastwell 22nd in 37:53; Mark Holton 23rd with 37:57, 5th M40; Paul Gregory 29th and 8th M40 in 38:43; and Garry Barnett 31st and 2nd M50 with 38:54. Alek Walker was 33rd in 39:04; Neil Gregson 40th with 39:40 and Lee Nixon 41st in 39:44. David Taylor was spot on 40 minute pace with 40:00 for 48th place and Chris Haines 54th in 40:24. Gary Pendlebury grabbed 1st M65 place in 40:33 with a classy run (58th overall) with Ian Garrod 91st in 43:17. John Collier was 2nd M65 in 43:41, 98th place, with Simon Denye on pace with 44:22 in 105th place. Darragh Twist was 1st Male Junior in 44:52, 113th overall, and Ian Hogg 120th in 45:04. Lee Barlow was 125th on 45-minute pace with 45:26 with Stuart Clayton 126th and 12th M50 in 45:29. Paul Eccles was 128th in 45:31; Jonathan Sanderson 135th in 45:54; Peter Cruse 10th M55 and 142nd in 46:19; Alan Hudson was 3rd M70 in 47:00 (154th); Rob Wallace 157th 47:08; Stephen Browne 167th 48:00; Martin Allison 171st 48:11; Ryan Azzopardi 180th 48:53; Rob Danson senior 195th 49:42; Stuart Topping on pace 199th 49:58; George Kennedy 222nd 50:55; Peter Rooney 224th 51:02; Andrew Moore 237th 52:03; Finlay McCalman 251st 53:08; Colin Smy 268th 53:57; Stephen Twist 301st 55:08; Dave Young 6th M70 and 305th in 55:33; Paul Carter 312th 56:06; James Birchall 325th 57:16; Ben Wrigley 350th 58:33; Peter Bartlett 7th M70 and 352nd with 58:34; Elliot Costello 396th 60:55; and Andrew Wilkinson 408th with 62:35.

Martin Bates took to the sunnier climes of Lanzarote for the International Challenge of 4 races. He completed the 10k run on the first day in 50:22 for 164th place and 15th M60. In the 13k run on the second day he finished 149th in 1:11:01, 13th M60. On day 3 in the 5km beach run he was 133rd with 25:32, 12th M60, and on the final day over a country 21km he came in 147th and 9th M60 in 1:49:25.

Saturday evening witnessed the Wesham annual dinner dance and presentation at the Villa in Wrea Green, but that did not deter Rob Wallace from the Myerscough 10-mile on Sunday morning which he completed in 1:19:42 for 108th place. Emma Wright finished 71st woman and 8th W40 in 1:33:29, 203rd overall.

The popularity of the Wesham 10k on Saturday morning reduced the number of members taking part in a parkrun but there were still some that preferred the earlier 5k option. At Lytham Hall Jonathan Lawson was the only Wesham member running, clocking 22:27 for an M50 age graded performance of 66.74%. Linda Cartwright ran the Frimley Lodge run in Farnborough partly along the banks of the Basingstoke Canal scoring 33:38 for a W45 grade of 49.26%. In Preston Robert Brown ran 27:03 with an M60 performance of 60.32% with Lynn Brown clocking 34:13 for W55 55.14%. Martin Bates ran the Bolton run in Leverhulme Park with a time of 25:38 for an M60 grade of 62.24%. Dave Marsland was out in Blackpool’s Stanley Park and ran 25:05 for an M60 66.25%.