Alex’s Newspaper Report.

A great team effort from Wesham runners

Last week was a busy one for athletes in the Fylde area after a quiet week a fortnight ago with the Northern cross country championships in Yorkshire and the popular St Anne’s 10 on home ground.

The Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships were staged for the first time at a new venue at Camp Hill in Kirklington Bedale just north of Ripon in Yorkshire, which was a very spacious estate with a largely flat course through varied parkland with woodland and field which was very muddy in parts and made for a very challenging run for the hundreds of runners assembled. Wesham had just two ladies running un the Senior Women’s race over 2 laps giving a distance of 9km. Helen Lawrenson finished 190th in 39:49, with Anne Mayers-Smith 252nd with 44:00. The Senior Men ran 3 laps of 12.5km, a more sapping prospect, where David Taylor put in a fine performance to finish 198th in 52:12. Andrew Harling ran well for 255th place in 54:36. John Collier was next in for the team with 1:06:10 for 504th place and Martin Bates was 535th in 1:09:29. Ben Wrigley finished 578th in 1:20:36 having started strongly. Peter Bartlett bravely set off with bold intentions but unfortunately the tough conditions and twice the distance of a Mid Lancs League course he had to withdraw after two laps.

Finlay McCalman ran the Park and Run 10k along the banks of the Ribble through Frenchwood and Avenham Park from the Victoria Road industrial estate finishing 115th in 56:00.

On a familiar route along the promenade and sea front on Sunday the St Anne’s 10 successfully continued from Wesham’s Dave Waywell by business continuity manager Tim Armit the race featured in the club’s road running championship and attracted a large number of members. With Steve Abbott and Neil Harrison leading the way for the club the air finished 15tgh and 19th in 62:15 and 63:10. Abbott was 5th M40. Garry Barnett was 24th and 4th M50 with 64:18. Chris Haines finished 64th in 1:10:23 and Jason Parkinson 71st with 1:11:44. Rob Wallace included the race in a long marathon training run and consequently he finished 118th in 1:19:21. Peter Rooney came in 140th and 4th M60 in 1:22:42 after a timekeeping session at the parkrun on Saturday and Martin Allison was 144th with 1:22:59. Kay Twist had a great run to place 30th woman and 4th W45 in 1:24:22 154th overall with Stuart Clayton 155th in 1:24:24. James Danson placed 163rd in 1:25:33 and Tanya Shaw was 16th woman and 165th overall with 1:25:49. Louise Lord finished 43rd and 190th in 1:29:08; Maureen Danson 57th and 210th in 1:31:33; Emma Wright 62nd and 220th in 1:32:46; Lucy Neighbour 68th and 230th in 1:34:09; Dave Young was 3rd M70 and 234th overall with 1:34:24; Dawn Biggs 84th woman and 254th in 1:36:14 with Kerry Eccles 10th W55, 88th woman and 258th in 1:36:32; Sharlan Butcher 93rd and 268th with 1:37:18; James Birchill 272nd in 1:37:55; Emma Davies 97th and 273rd with 1:38:02; and Alistair Morris 9th M60 and 296th in 1:41:40.

Wesham members were out at various parkrun events again on Saturday morning. At the Lytham Hall event Mark Holton was the first club member to finish with a new personal best time of 18:48 and an M40 age graded performance of 73.14%. Carl Groome ran 20:15 for an M50 grade of 73.42% and Darragh Twist met his target for another new personal best of 20:21 and an SM20 64.05% by hanging on to Groome. Regular parkrunner Jonathan Lawson clocked 22:06 for M50 67.80% and Michelle Tickle ran 23:25 for W45 67.85%. Ryan Azzopardi returned 24:27 for M35 55.42% and Antionette Holton a new best time of 25:08 with W35 59.48%. New recruit Kirsty Holland ran 25:12 with SW30 58.73% and Lisa Minns recorded a new best time of 25:28 for W55 70.18%. Phil Leaver procured an M65 59.59% with a time of 28:25, and Susan Hopcroft ran a new best 30:30 with W50 57.10%. Sue Rigby clocked 34:48 for W45 46.07%. Tracey Hulme ran her adopted South Manchester course for the 48th time and returned 24:01 for a W55 76.41%. In Preston’s Avenham Park Robert Brown ran 25:52 for M60 63.08% and Lynn Brown 34:21 for W55 54.92%. The Parkinsons ran the Chester event, with Jason clocking 21:05 for M50 69.96% for the 50th fastest in that age group and Deborah 31:48 for W45 52.10%. Julie Rooney was in Market Harborough and she ran 32:13 for W45 49.30%. Emma Brook was at the Riverside run in Chester-le-Street and she produced 28:01 for W35 53.72%. In Blackpool’s Stanley Park George Kennedy recorded a good 23:11 for M60 70.38%; Dave Marsland 23:14 for M60 71.52%; Rob Wallace 24:39 with an SM25 grade 52.33%; Andrew Moore M55 60.22% with the time 26:11; Finlay McCalman 27:29 for M55 55.91%; and Emma Wright 28:26 and W40 54.51%.  On Fleetwood Promenade Graham Cunliffe repeated his last week’s performance of 30:41 for M60 54.47%; and Kim McGuire 30:51 for W60 60.94%. Taking in the stunning surroundings of Castle Howard in Yorkshire the parkrun Tourists Steven and Vicky Gore ran 27:04 for M35 49.69% and W40 58.13%.