The challenge of the week for Wesham members was the monthly handicap, run again as a virtual event with members submitting their own performance times over a course equivalent to the actual 4.9 miles of the Summer Handicap from Dowbridge around Treales. Runners must use the same course for each of their monthly trials to ensure a comparison can be made. This month, leading up to the handicap final on 24th August there was only a small contingent taking part, with Ugis Datavs the clear leader with a net time of 28:32 for his 4.9 miles. Paul Eccles was next in with 35:32, and Suzanne Leonard the leading woman and third overall in 38:12. Robert Danson (senior) was fourth with a time of 42:11; Andrew Moore fifth in 43:55; James Birchall sixth with 44:37; Jo McCaffrey second woman and seventh in 45:10; Finlay McCalman eighth with 46:28; Peter Cooke ninth in 48:30; Colin Smy tenth with 50:31; and Claire Axcell completing the field with 52:19. With the handicaps factored in James Birchall was first on finish time with 44:37; Finlay McCalman 46:28; Andrew Moore 46:55; Jo McCaffrey 48:10; Robert Danson 48:11; Peter Cooke 48:30; Paul Eccles 48:32; Ugis Datavs equal on 48:32 but a larger handicap of 20:00; Suzanne Leonard 49:12; Claire Axcell 52:19; and Colin Smy 55:31.
Last week’s Strava leader-board revels how some members are approaching their training and what can be achieved with frequency or intensity while being creative with opportunity and availability. Troy Watson took 4 short runs totalling 8 miles in a time of 1:43:20. Chris Haines took 3 fast tempo runs giving him 8.6 miles in 1:01:38. Tara Fisher had 4 runs over a total 0f 9.1 miles in 1:12:30; Steve Waterhouse 2 runs totalling 10 miles in 1:19:00. Simon Denye scaled down this week to five short runs, 10.4 miles in 1:13:30. John Bertenshaw covered 10.4 miles in three runs in 1:29:06; Kay Twist 10.7 miles in two chunks in 1:43:47; Peter Cooke 11.3 miles in three stages in 1:58:16; and 13.8 miles in two in 2:08:45. Heading the leader-board this week was Mark Holton with 50.6 miles in 7:31:13 with Daniel Shaw second with 49.9 miles in 7:02:24. Steve Myerscough came in third with 47.2 miles in 6:37:23. Helen Lawrenson was the top Wesham woman this week with 26.5 miles run in 4:17:56. Tanya Shaw was second with 26.2 miles in 3:33:27, and Kerry Eccles third with 25.5 miles completed in 4:51:58. King of the Mountains was Daniel Shaw with 6155ft of climb. Paul Lancashire was second with 3245ft over 30.2 miles in a time of 4:30:48. Chaz Colby was third with 3081ft over 24.6 miles in 5:31:41. Queen of the Mountains was Angela Colby, with 2976ft recorded over 24.5 miles in 5:31:10 although this should have been exactly the same as Chaz, this reflects the minor differences between individual GPS devices. Second woman was Helen Lawrenson with 2398ft, and third was Michelle Tickle back training with 717ft climbed in 15.3 miles in a time of 2:24:50. Liz Sharrocks was close behind with 706ft over 18.5 miles in 3:35:50, and Kerry Eccles with 601ft. Speediest male was Alek Walker with a pace of 6:33 per mile over one run of 4 miles in 26:12. Garry Barnett was second fastest with 6:42 over 18.1 miles in 2:01:16, and Steven Gore 6:43 pace for 25.4 miles in 2:50:36. Fastest woman was Tara Fisher with 7:58 pace for 9.1 miles completed in 1:12:30; second was Lizzie Nield at 8:09 pace for 3.1 miles in 25:16. Third was Suzanne Leonard clocking 8:18 pace over 13.3 miles in 1:50:23.
Ten years ago in 2010 Steve Littler won the popular Chernobyl Challenge 10k in Preston on Sunday, clocking a swift 33:35 on a multi terrain course with several twists and turns and ups and downs, winning by 32 seconds from top Preston man Gary Pennington. Alan Hudson was 2nd M60 in 15th place with 39:08, having lost out to rival Mike McKenna in the third mile. Mick Edge made a return to racing with a solid 41:02 for 29th place and 2nd M50. Chris Whitlock made light of the course with 41:21 for 32nd place, and John Oliver was 39th in 41:13. Charles Colby was 49th in 43:23. Michaela Dempsey had a superb run to finish 2nd woman and 1st W40 with 43:59. Graham Vickers came in 57th in 44:07 to place 5th M50. Alan Taylor was 60th in 44:31, and Shaun Turner was 100th with 47:01. Angela Colby was 12th woman in 48:57, 5th W35 and 123rd overall. Dave Young was 5th M60 and 127th in 49:29, with George Flanagan 6th M60 and 153rd in 51:23. John Howorth placed 169th with 52:42; Paul Carter 183rd in 53:29; Sharon Cooper 28th woman and 187th in 53:43. Dave Jones came in 210th in 55:46; Linzi Young 55th and 252nd overall with 61:13; John Whiteman 263rd in 62:46; Ruth Turner 66th and 271st, 4th W50 with 63:48; sue Jones 75th and 282nd in 66:44. In the Boulsworth Fell Race from Trawden on Sunday Sarah Sherratt finished 9th in 70:29 over the 7.25 mile course with 1150’ ascent. Kath Hoyer was 17th and 2nd W50 in 79:11. Jason Barlow was 12th in the men’s results with 58:14. Lee Barlow was 35th with 63:25, and Dave Waywell 50th and 1st M65 in 69:37. Peter Gleaves finished 8th in the 800m at the Mid Lancs Track & Field league at Lancaster on Saturday in 2:33.4 after being held up in severe traffic through the city. He later ran 5:29.1 in the 1500m for 3rd place. He tried the Shot Putt and threw 5.75 for 8th place. Joanna Goorney 2:37.1 in the women’s 800m finishing 2nd; 5:23.1 in the 1500m for 2nd place; and 11:15.7 in the 3000m also 2nd. In the third and final Badger Run at Cuerden Valley Park at Bamber Bridge on Thursday evening there was another good turnout of runners for this popular trail race through woods and across fields. Steve Myerscough was the first Wesham finisher in 10th place with 39:21 for the undulating trail route. Simon Eaton was 27th in 42:31, and Charles Colby 48th with 45;21. Michaela Dempsey finished 3rd woman and 1stW40 in 45:42. Sarah Sherratt was 5th woman and 2nd W35 in 46:14. Peter Bartlett came in 1st M60 in 47:26 in 73rd place, and Alan Taylor was 76th with 47:52. Shaun Turner was 97th with 49:53; Kath Hoyer finished 14th woman, 3rd W50 and 104th overall in 50:36, and Dave Young was 3rd M60 in 52:45. Ruth Turner finished 42nd woman and 178th overall in 64:50. The ladies finished 2nd team behind Accrington and the men were 5th. Steve Myerscough was 18th in the third race in the Chorley Harriers 4.4m Trail Race Series on Wednesday evening, running 27:32 over the undulating course through Astley Park. Joanna Goorney was 1st W40 and 2nd woman in 28:51 emphasising her great form at present, finishing 33rd overall. Gary Moore was 43rd and 7th M50 in 29:26; and Graham Vickers 61st with 30:50 as 8th M50. Carmel Sullivan was 8th woman and 3rd W40 in 31:09, 66th overall and Michaela Dempsey 9th woman and 4th W40 in 31:18. Sarah Sherratt was 10th woman and 1st W35 in 31:29, just ahead of Dave Waywell who finished 1st M65 and 71st overall in 31:31. Alan Taylor came in 88th with 32:45; Helen Lawrenson 5th W40 and 17th woman in 33:42; Kath Hoyer 20th and 2nd W50 in 34:37, 104th overall. Nicola Unsworth was 21st and 6th W40 in 34:38, 105th overall; George Flanagan 2nd M60 and 123rd in 37:29; Kerry Eccles 39th woman and 5th W45 with 39:43; The Wesham men were 8th team but the women finished 2nd team, a good result for the Central Lancashire Grand Prix series.
In 2015 five years ago the Vernon’s 5k on Tuesday evening along the Old Tramway in Preston David Taylor was in good form to finish 8th with a time of 17:53. Steve Myerscough was 13th in 18:14 placing 3rd M40. George Kennedy was 2nd M55 and 33rd in 22:04 pacing Nicola Unsworth to 3rd position in the women’s race and 1st W45 in 22:05, 34th overall. Alan Taylor was 42nd in 24:04 and Debbie Myerscough 9th woman and 2nd W50 in 26:03. There was a clean sweep in the men’s race for Preston Harriers taking the first four finishing positions. The Waggon and Horses 10 Mile race, now renamed the Riverside 10 saw Peter Cruse finish first Wesham runner and 2nd M55 in 1:03:57, placing 12th in the race. Grant Johnson of Salford Harriers made it a fast race with a winning time of 53:44 showing perhaps the improving running surface along the old railway track to and from Condor Green. The leading woman was Sian Finlay of Dumfries running 1:07:56. Sunday morning saw the running of the historic Worsthorne Moor Fell Race starting off up the Gorple Road and heading out into Pennine Bridleway territory with a loop round the reservoirs, 6.8 miles with 800ft of ascent over four major climbs. Alex Rowe finished 14th and 1st M55 in 47:01; John Collier was 2nd M60 just losing out by 29 seconds in 52:09, 50th overall; Kath Hoyer was 16th woman and 2nd W55 with 60:58 in 97th position overall; and Dave Waywell was 2nd M70 and 119th in 1:04:52. Kath Hoyer ran the Bingley Show Fell Race last week and finished 9th woman and 1st W50 59th overall in 1:04:39 for the 6.6 miles and 997ft of climb. Dave Waywell was 60th and 1st M70 in 1:05:12. Kath finished 1st W55, 15th woman and 117th in the Lee Mill Fell Race on Wednesday evening running 1:15:11 for the 10k and 1089ft ascent. Dave Waywell was 2nd M70 and 125th in 1:18:16. Steve Myerscough ran the 3rd Harrock Hill Race a couple of weeks ago on his way home from work, clocking 38:52 for the 6 miles and 900ft ascent. Debbie Myerscough was 140th in 56:25, 8th W50 and 34th woman.