Alex’s newspaper Report.

David Taylor running in the Wesham Handicap Trophy Race

The delayed Wesham Handicap Trophy Race took place on Sunday morning around the undulating 4.9-mile summer handicap course from Dowbridge through Treales, having been delayed a week due to flooding. Finlay McCalman was the first across the finish line in a time of 41:40 with a handicap of 0.05 seconds on his watch time of 41:35. Tanya Shaw was the women’s winner in 44:30 with an actual time of 38:38 and a handicap of 5:52. She finished 5th overall. Lee Barlow was second in 42:29 with actual time 31:49 and handicap of 10:40. Phil Leaver was third with a good run of 43:06, handicap of 1:05 and actual time 42:01. Nigel Shepherd was fourth in 43:23 (33:16 with 10:07). Kay Twist was second woman in 45:16 (42:02 and 3:14), and Kerry Eccles third in 46:23 on scratch (no handicap). Stuart Topping was 6th in 44:35 (33:55 and 10:40); Paul Eccles 7th with 44:57 (33:56 and 11:01). Peter Rooney was 9th in 45:46 (39:01 and 7:45); Robert Danson 10th in 46:05 (41:38 and 4:27); Alek Walker 11th with 46:16 (29:47 and 16:20); David Taylor 13th in 46:49 (29:00 and 17:49); and Andrew Moore 14th with 47:11 (41:51 and 5:20). On net times the ranking was David Taylor, Alek Walker and Lee Barlow, and for the women the same order of Tanya Shaw, Kay Twist and Kerry Eccles. Nigel Shepherd was 4th, Stuart Topping 5th and Paul Eccles 6th. The handicap was worked out from the best performances over the season (all the summer monthly events had been held virtually over the space of a week), and on top of the handicaps there was also a socially distanced start to ensure separation of all runners.

There was an extremely competitive Mid Cheshire 5k on Friday night at Nantwich with the winning men’s time 13:52 and the women’s 15:44 with 15:48 second. David Taylor represented Wesham and he ran 16:52 to finish 147th and 140th male. The first 101 finishers ran inside 16 minutes.

The Lands’ End to John O’Groats cycle challenge lead by Alan Taylor has set off this week to raise sponsorship for Rosemere Cancer and Brian House Children’s Hospice and aims to complete the 886 miles in nine days, which would give Wesham member John Collier an age record. Donations can be made on Virgin Money Giving under the team Lejoggers.

The Strava training leader-board changed again this week with Steve Myerscough returning to the top with a determined effort to record 61.6 miles in a time of 8:33:57 completing eight runs. Daniel Shaw was second with 60.1 miles completed in 11:23:45 with a big uphill elevation. Simon Denye was third with 48.9 miles in 6:00:14, both he and Daniel spread over 5 efforts. Steve Swarbrick was fourth with 43.1 miles in 5:19:40, and Andrew Harling 42.9 miles in 5:09:36. Keith Wilding made a return with 42.2 miles, making 8 runs with a total time of 6:05:44. Debbie Myerscough clocked the highest women’s mileage with 29.2 miles over 4 runs in 5:19:15. Kerry Eccles was second with 24.2 miles in 4:17:20 (6 runs). Tanya Shaw recorded 23.6 miles in 3:21:00, 11 shorter distances. Angela Colby was fourth with 20 miles on flat terrain in 3:00:20, and Kay Twist completed 15.6 miles in 2:25:20. Top of the climbing rankings was Daniel Shaw with 12,231ft of uphill running. Paul Lancashire was second with 3886ft of climb over 26.5 miles completed in 4:27:39. James Green was third with 2650ft over 40.7 miles in 4:34:44. Tony Leech notched up 2451ft over 26.4 miles in 5 runs in 3:28:24, and Steve Myerscough had 2268ft of climbing. Helen Lawrenson again had the highest number of feet climbed in the women’s list with 1060ft over just 12.3 miles on two runs in a time of 2:15:43. Tanya Shaw was second with 673ft climb, and Kay Twist third with 600ft. Jane Tomlinson was just behind with 596ft over 12 miles in 2:00:24; Kerry Eccles next with 588ft; Michelle Tickle 477ft over 10.2 miles in 1:32:49, and Liz Sharrocks 378ft on 10.7 miles in 1:44:30. In terms of training speed and effort Alek Walker averaged 6:06 per mile pace for his single run over 4.8miles in 29:17. James Green was second with 6:45 pace over his 4 runs of 40.7 miles, and Neil Harrison had a 6:53 pace over 4.8 miles in 33:02. Garry Barnett averaged 6:57 per mile on 15.1 miles in 1:44:57, and Stuart Topping 7:01 pace across 10.2 miles with two runs completed in 1:11:34. Tanya Shaw was fastest woman in 8:31 pace; Sue Coulthurst second with a 8:39 average over 12 miles in 1:43:48 (2 runs); and Angela Colby third with 9:01 for her 20 miles in 3 hours. Michelle Tickle averaged 9:07 pace, and Kay Twist 9:19.

There is a Virtual Inter Club race this week on Wednesday and Thursday. All fixtures in this year’s Inter Club Grand Prix were cancelled so this new event is over a 4-mile course of each athlete’s choice to provide a complement to the final fixture which would have been this week in Leyland’s Worden Park. Each runner will record their run and submit it to their club co-ordinator (the Men’s and Women’s Road Captains for Wesham) who will collate all results for their club and send it in to the Inter Club organiser. The results will be available next week.

Also this week coming will be the first instalment of the Wesham Winter Handicap. As the Winter Handicap route, two laps around Carr Hill and Dowbridge) will be unsuitable for the current pandemic restrictions, and after the success of last week’s Trophy Race, the handicap will continue to use the Summer 4.9-mile course on a Sunday morning. That will happen this week, with results reported next week.

England Athletics announced last week further update to its guidance, with a timetable for cross country events with the new season starting in a month and a half, with event licencing to resume in October. The previously published first League date of 10th October has been cancelled but there is a possibility that the Area and English Cross-Country Relays may be able to take place at the end of October. The European trials held within the Cross Challenge event in Liverpool has also been announced on November 28th, which may give the Mid Lancs a fixture, if the League aspect of this meeting will be possible. On Track and Field, the long relays 4x100m and 4x400m are now permitted due the natural staggered starts in lane, and the permitted numbers in each event is being increased. Although licencing for endurance road events has restarted these events still have to deploy staged and staggered starts to allow sufficient distancing and seeding of competitors.

14 years ago this week in 2006 Dave Waywell headed a Wesham squad in the first Derwentwater Trail Race from Keswick, a 13km course starting along the old Keswick railway trail before hitting the hills up towards Skiddaw, with a tricky section contouring across steeply inclined scree. He ran 1:08:43 in 31st place and easily finishing 1st Over-60. Simon Eaton was second in for Wesham, clocking a fine 1:11:50 for 46th place. Dougie Brown placed 3rd Over-60 in 1:23:49 and 150th overall, and Barry Edwards showed some good form finishing 157th in 1:24:28. Derek Goodenough ran 1:30:38 and finished 209th; George Flanagan was 213th in 1:30:53; and John Whiteman was 285th in 1:45:27. Anne Docherty ran well and crossed the line 49th woman in 1:32:00, 220th overall. Kath Hoyer found the going tough but ran well to finish 52nd lady (225th overall) in 1:32:24. Stephen Hinde put in an excellent performance in the Rivington Standard Distance Triathlon, centred on the scenic Rivington Reservoir. He finished 82nd in 2:52:09. He was 72nd in the 1500m swim, completing this stage in 33:44; 86th on the 40k bike stage, recording 1:27:31; and 86th again over the 10km run, where his time was 50:54. Steve Myerscough followed up his recent good form with a solid 10k performance in the Rufford 10k, finishing 16th with an excellent 36:09. Alan Hudson narrowly missed an M55 victory with 38:16 for 32nd place, and Chris Whitlock crossed the line 87th in 43:16. Jonathon Lawson made a welcome return to record 47:41 in 113th place, and Lisa Davenport was 151st in 59:21. Peter Cruse led the way for Wesham in the Lancaster Half Marathon over a revised course from the Salt Ayre sports centre, finishing 20th in 1:21:43. Peter Waywell had a storming run, coming home 21st with 1:23:17, and Simon Eaton ran 1:27:14 to finish 39th, despite his exploits the previous day in the Derwentwater Trail Race. Martin Bates finished 55th in 1:30:03, and Alan Taylor was 101st in 1:37:32. Peter Cooke is showing some good improvement with a great run to finish 127th with 1:41:14, and Finlay McCalman is also regaining his fitness with 1:43:09 for 142nd place. Paul Carter was 168th in 1:48:24, and Julie Cruse, Louise Williams and John Howorth ran together as a group to all record 1:45:05 in positions 174, 175 and 176. Julie Murphy could not quite hold on to them, finishing 180th in 1:49:43. Pauline Weller ran 1:53:44 for 191st, and Chris Whitlock was 201st in 1:55:18. In the Spofforth Gala Trail Race near Harrogate Craig Sharpe ran 39:38 to finish an excellent 17th over a 10k course traversing footpaths, bridleways, fields and tracks described as “between the lovely lower Dales villages of Spofforth, Sicklinghall and Kirby Overblow”. Steve Myerscough set off in the lead and finished an excellent 6th in the Whalley Nab 6.5 Mile Road Race recording 42:57. The course was extended by a mile to 6.5 miles and incorporated an off-road section.

In 2012 this week 8 years ago the Inter Club Fell Running championship rounded off at the Chipping Show Fell Race on Saturday and despite leaden skies and early rain fortunately the weather abated for most of the race. With a two-mile trek across sodden fields and half a mile road to get to the foot of Parlick though it was heavy going with the middle section on the fells a welcome relief. The route climbed round the side of Parlick and on up to Paddy’s Pole the summit, then descent off the side with another stiff climb back to the summit of Parlick with decent back to Fell Foot and then slog back over the waterlogged fields to the show field. Wesham just had a team, with Alex Rowe finishing 8th and 2nd M50 despite a heavy fall off a style, clocking 1:14:11 for the 8 miles and 1801ft ascent. Lee Barlow had a great run and he came in 16th with 1:18:52. John Collier was 29th with 1:26:09, 11th M50. Duncan Carter took on his first run for some time and first fell ace and he finished a fine 39th in 1:29:45. Chris Moss completed the Wesham open team and the M50 team with 1:44:21 for 50th place. The team were 3rd behind Horwich and Bowland, which was an excellent result, also winning the Inter Club standings. In Bowland colours Richard Davies finished 13th and 4th M50 in 1:16:56 and Sarah Sherratt winner and course record holder from last year’s race was 3rd woman, 1st W40 and 35th overall in 1:28:01. The Fleetwood Half Marathon attracted over 400 runners on the best day of the weekend in fine conditions, and Wesham had a handful of entrants. Charles Colby recently featured in the Northern Runner brochure describing how he had taken up running just a few years ago was the first Wesham runner across the line in 58th position with 1:34:18, 13th M40. Helen Lawrenson was 12th woman and 4th W40 in an easy run for 1:38:56 as she prepares for her autumn marathon. Angela Colby was 18th and 5th W40 in 1:42:46, 137th overall. Dave Young finished 7th M60 and 282nd in 1:58:56. Kath Hoyer ran the Norland Moor 10k Trail race in very wet and muddy conditions and finished 3rd W50 and 17th woman, 73rd overall in 58:51 as she gingerly comes back from injury. The distance was 10.1k with 800ft of ascent. There were five Wesham members in the fourth and final Harrock Hill race of the year, 6 miles with 800ft of climb and Gary Moore finished 28th in 40:15. Garry Barnett was 31st with 41:10, Charles Colby 54th with 43:25; Angela Colby 107th in 49:12; and Sue Jones 148th with 62:58.Richard Davies was 23rd and 5th M50 in 39:30, Sarah Sherratt 77th woman and 4th W40 in 44:38 in 68th place, Ruth Turner 150th and 34th woman in 63:10.  Overall in the series Steve Myerscough ranked 11th with Richard Davies 16th and 4th M50, with Sarah Sherratt 4th woman 2nd W40 and 43rd overall. Ruth Turner was 14th woman and 76th overall. There was a good quality in the Lancaster 5km run, and Joanna Goorney finished 23rd with 18:54 6th woman and 1st W40. John Bertenshaw was catching her over the final kilometre, and he was 24th and 1st M55 in 18:59. Charles Colby ran well to place 34th in 20:28 and Angela Colby was 16th woman and 49th overall with 22:19.