Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Gritting his teeth on Jeffrey Hill, Stuart Clayton

The big action of the week was the Longridge Christmas Pudding 7 Mile road race up and down Jeffrey Hill, 4 miles undulating uphill with the wind followed by 3 miles downhill against very blustery conditions. Wesham members had a good turnout being one of the fixtures in their new road race championship for 2020. David Taylor was the first Wesham finisher in 6th place with a time of 44:42. Garry Barnett was 3rd M50 and 18th in 47:35. Neil Harrison finished 21st in 48:32, and Neil Gregson was 28th with 49:16. Chris Haines placed 30th in 50:00, Sue Coulthurst was 3rd woman and 50th overall in 52:39 with a great run, and Stuart Clayton was 66th with 54:10. Helen Lawrenson was 7th woman and 69th in 54:28. Ian Garrod took an outing on the roads finishing 112th in 58:48. Stephen Browne was 120th in 59:24; Sharon Cooper was 128th in 60:13; Ian Nichols Hogg 141st in 61:11 with James Danson 142nd in 61:19. Peter Rooney was 169th in 62:35; Alex Beaumont 201st in 1:04:49; Tanya Shaw paced by Stuart Topping 203rd in 1:05:03; and Maureen Danson 227th in 1:06:21.

David Taylor started off a busy weekend at the Power of 5k in Lancaster on Friday evening at the Salt Ayre cycle track, where in a good quality field he finished 15th in a swift 17:31. There were 42 runners and the winning time was 14:38.

The Langdale 10k is a popular December race from the Dungeon Ghyll down to Elterwater and back which was on Saturday morning. Peter Cruse ran and he finished 75th in 45:54, placing 4th M55. Chas Colby finished 227th in 52:40, 29th M45 and Angela Colby was 305th in 55:56, 20th W45.

Martin Bates finished 5th in the Burrs Country Park 5k at Bury on Sunday clocking 24:52 for the trail course, also finishing 1st Over-55, with an age graded performance of 64.8%.

In the Lytham Hall parkrun on Saturday morning Lee Nixon ran 19:52 for an M35 age graded performance of 68.20%. Jason Parkinson secured a personal best performance with 20:00 for an M50 age grade of 73.75%. Ian Garrod warmed up for Sunday’s Longridge 7 with 21:38 for M55 72.27%, and Paul Eccles returned a new personal best in 22:17 for M35 60.81%. Ben Wrigley ran 27:45 for M35 48.89%. Peter Bartlett returned an M70 64.32% with a tie of 27:45, with phil Leaver running 27:48 for M65 60.91%. Mark Holton was pace-making at 32:19 for M40 42.55%.  Steve Abbott ran the Preston parkrun in 19:08 for an M40 graded 72.39%. Steve Myerscough ran 20:27 for M45 69.85%, and Nigel Shepherd clocked 21:15 for M60 76.16%. Stuart Clayton had 23:06 with M50 64.36%; Robert brown ran 26:43 for M60 61.07%; Paul Carter ran 29:01 for M50 50.83%; and Lynn Brown 33:05 for W55 57.03%.  Martin Bates ran Worsley Woods parkrun in 23:32 with an M60 grade 69.97% with Emma Wright clocking 29:13 for a new personal best and W40 grade of 53.05%. Emma Brook was at the Riverside run in Chester-le-Street and returned 27:53 for W35 53.80%.  A group of Wesham travelled to Skipton for the run there; David Taylor was 2nd fastest of the day in 18:19 for an age graded 71.25%. Carl Groome clocked 21:48 for M50 67.66%; Elliot Costello ran 24:09 for 53.42%; Vicky Gore ran 28:12 for a new best time and W40 graded 55:38 with Steven Gore in company with M35 47.70%. Sue Rigby ran 36:40 with W45 43.73%. James Mulvany ran Fell Foot in Newby Bridge with his son Evan in 23:27 for M40 58.64%.  In Blackpool’s Stanley Park Suzanne Leonard ran 24:28 for W45 67.71%; Andrew Moore 25:50 with M55 61.03%; Stephen Browne 25:55 for M50 58.78%; Dave Young 26:49 for M70 67.43%; Sharlan Butcher 27:26 for a new personal best and W45 58.44%; Dawn Biggs 27:27 also a new best and W50 62.60%; Finlay McCalman 27:53 with M55 55.11%; Dave Marsland pacing at 32:04 (M60 51.82%); and Ryan Azzopardi 33:44 with M35 40:17%. Along the Fleetwood Promenade Peter Cruse ran 22:18 for M55 70:10 and Graham Cunliffe ran 29:42 for M60 55.44%.