Alex’s newspaper Report.

A strong start from Simon Denye and Steve Littler at the Inskip Half

The main event of the week was the Inskip Half Marathon from Redwood Park home of the Blackpool Dog Show and taking in a mostly flat single loop through Elswick and Wharles along largely country lanes. Despite a chilly start weather conditions were good, changing into a seasonal foggy day.

Wesham had a good number of members competing, led by Steve Littler who finished 8th and 1st M45, second masters overall, in 1:14:41, 4:30 behind the winner who set an event record. Ugis Datavs had a strong run to finish 13th and 3rd M40 in 1:16:35, with Simon Denye on great form to place 15th with 1:17:52, 2nd M45. Tom Crabtree finished 29th with a personal best time 1:22:09, with Chris Hastwell 32nd in 1:22:37. Neil Gregson also scored a personal best in 1:27:20 to finish 47th with Lee Nixon 54th in 1:29:12. Paul Lancashire was 65th in 1:31:51; Stuart Clayton 77th in 1:35:52; Rob Wallace 128th with 1:44:55; Emma Wright 194th in 2:03:59; Antoinette Holton 196th in 2:04:53; and Sharlan Butcher and Dawn Biggs 205th and 206th in 2:08:42 and 2:08:43.

Steve Abbott ran in Friday evening’s Power of 5k at Salt Ayre in Lancaster, where he finished 11th in 17:50. The winning time was a swift 15:10 and there were 35 runners.

David Taylor ran the popular and high quality Four Villages Half Marathon in Helsby, and he finished 76th in 1:19:01, a good performance on a cold and frosty morning.

Three Wesham members ran the Winter Mast Race 10k in Smithills Country Park north of Bolton. Sue Coulthurst finished an excellent 2nd woman and 25th overall, with a time of 50:16 for the up and down trail course, with a halfway ascent time of 30:06 (and descent of 20:10). Kath Hoyer was 12th woman and 71st in 57:47 with an ascent of 33:45 (24:02 down), and Louise Lord 149th in 68:10, 48:05 up and 28:05 down. There were no masters age category results published. There was a big turnout of Wesham members at the Lytham Hall parkrun on Saturday morning at 9am, with Darragh Twist leading the pack with another new personal best time of 21:06 for an SM20 age graded performance of 61.77% after his previous best was recorded only the week before. Jonathan Lawson was back after a couple of weeks absence with 22:02 for an M50 grade of 68.99%. Martin Bates posted an M60 grade 72.49% with his time of 22:43 and Ian Nichols Hogg ran 23:21 for SM25 55.25%. Sharon Cooper ran a blinder with 23:51 for a W45 grade of 67.23% with Kay Twist 25:07 for W50 66.76%. Ryan Azzopardi clocked 25:38 for M35 52.86% and Stephen Twist 25:59 for M50 58.18%. Finlay McCalman ran 26:04 for an M55 58.95% with Phil Leaver recording a good 26:47 for M65 63.22%. Emma Davies was paced to a new personal best of 27:04 (W25 54.68%) by Tom Crabtree (27:05 for M25 47.63%). Martin Allison ran 27:14 and an M35 grade 48.71%, with Ben Wrigley 27:15 for M35 49.72%. Keith Wilding posted M60 59.70% with his time 27:20, and Peter Bartlett M70 62.49% with 28:34. Jo McCaffery ran 30:43 for W40 50.46%; Susan Hopcroft 31:11 with W50 55.85%; Antoinette Holton 34:53 and W35 42.86%; and Julie Rooney clocked 35:33 with W45 44.68%. Michelle Tickle ran the Burnley run in Townley Park in 24:03 for W45 66.04% as a First Timer, and in the Lancaster run in Williamson Park David Taylor had the 3rd fastest time of the day with 19:45 for 66.08%. Steven Gore ran 27:03 for M35 49.64% with Vicky Gore clocking 29:09 with W40 53.67%. In Blackpool’s Stanley Park Steve Swarbrick ran the 2nd fastest time of the day in 17:34 for M40 81.97%; Rob Wallace 23:33 with M25 54.78%; Dave Marsland 23:40 for M60 70.21%; Suzanne Leonard 24:56 for W45 66.44% with George Kennedy also 24:56 with M60 65.44%; and Dave Young M70 68.32% with a time of 26:28. On Fleetwood Promenade Andrew Moore clocked a new personal best of 25:25 for M55 62.03% while Graham Cunliffe recorded M60 54.47% with 20:14; and Kim McGuire also a new best time of 32:19 with a W60 grade 60:03%. On Morecambe Promenade Carl Groome nipped along in 20:25 as a First Timer for M50 72.82%; Emma Lund ran 22:12 for W35 67.57%, and Sue Rigby 33:48 for W45 44.79%.