Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Dress rehearsal at the Witton parkrun, a good show, spot the odd one out

Wesham members were getting stuck into the club challenge for November, to complete a 5k, 10k and 5-mile run by the 26th of the month with the 5-miler also being a “negative split” run picking up the pace in the final mile to make this the fastest of the run. These will all be compiled from Strava into a final set of results and there will a draw for a Wesham goody bag. With no competitions allowable and all training sessions and meetings on hold during the lockdown this challenge is a great way to hold the club together and keep members involved and in touch with each other.

Wesham’s next challenge during December for club members could be a festive 12 days of Christmas, an individual run each day in kilometres or miles stating at 1 and building up to 12, spread over the 24 days leading up to Christmas Eve and allowing for rest days as the mileage starts to build up.

Planning is still under way for future athletics fixtures and there is an expected announcement regarding the indoor season from the governing bodies, with the hope that some trial events may be possible leading up to Christmas and the New Year, and then for regional, national and international indoor meetings in the new year. This will obviously depend upon the effects of any relaxation of the pandemic rules over Christmas and any escalation of infections. There is growing expectation that it will be possible to stage some form of cross-country events in the second half of the season even if these can only happen with reduced numbers of competitors and supporters. Endurance events are opening up from May and taking entries in expectation of being able to go ahead, and several of the bigger spring events have already moved forward six months into the autumn to allow a better chance of going ahead.

Martin Bates ran a (not)parkrun last week, recording 27:50 and an M60 age graded performance of 59.70%. John Bertenshaw nabbed a nifty 23:15 for M60 71.47%.

Daniel Shaw kept up the pace to head the Wesham club Strava training leader-board last week, with 59.8 miles completed in a total cumulative time of 7:44:27 in eight runs over the week. Steve Myerscough took up the challenge and he was close behind with 56 miles in 7:46:57 to come in second with nine runs. Nigel Shepherd thankfully back from injury was third with 55.2 miles in eleven shorter runs and a more sedate pace at 10:58:50, topping this week’s total running time. Rob Danson was fourth with 51.8 miles on just seven runs in 5:44:28, and Rob Wallace continued his regime with 50.2 miles completed in 7:06:42. Simon Denye put in 48.2 miles in 5:43:50, and Mark Holton 45.6 miles in 6:38:14. Helen Lawrenson returned to the top of the women’s leader-board with 39.2 miles and a cumulative time of 6:19:35, with Lynn Brown second this week over 34.5 miles completed in 9:23:30 after several weeks at the top of the list. Kerry Eccles was third woman this week, over 30.7 miles in 5:12:07, with Sue Coulthurst fourth with 25.5 miles in 3:52:54, and Debbie Myerscough 25.2 miles in 4:40:32. On the mountains leader-board Daniel Shaw again topped the heights with 3517ft of elevation, with Nigel Shepherd a strong challenger with 3358ft. Helen Lawrenson came in third on the leader-board and also first woman with 2930ft uphill over her 39.2 miles. Lynn Brown was second woman with 1062ft and Michelle Tickle third covering 19 miles with 843ft in a time of 2:53:13. Kerry Eccles was next with 799ft and Sue Coulthurst fifth with 767ft. Steve Myerscough was fourth overall behind Helen with 2150ft over his 56 miles, and Troy Watson fifth with 1987ft on 40.4 miles and a total time of 7:10:56. James Green was 6th with 1682ft over 19.1 miles run in 2:09:34, and Richard Davies a steep 1486ft over just 5.9 miles in a time of 1:18:22. Neil Gregson climbed 1322ft over 29.6 miles (3:39:32); Simon Denye 1306ft over 48.2 miles: and Rob Danson 1273ft. There were quite a few long runs in the mix, with Daniel Shaw managing the longest at 15.3 miles, with Rob Danson 15.1 miles; Paul Lancashire 14.2 miles in his total 20.3 (2:41:03); Rob Wallace 14.0 miles; and then quite a few half marathons, with Tom Crabtree, Mark Holton, Simon Denye, Antoinette Holton, David Taylor, James Green and Lee Barlow all taking on the distance. Rob Danson had the fastest average pace with 6:39 per mile, with James Green second with 6:47 pace. Lee Barlow was on some speed training at 7:02 pace over 41.2 miles (4:49:46), and David Taylor on 7:04 per mile for 24.6 miles in 2:53:50. Simon Denye had 7:08 pace matched by Jason Parkinson for 17.7 miles in 2:06:16. Tanya Shaw was the fastest paced woman with 8:47 per mile over 10 miles (1:27:50), with Michelle Tickle second fastest at 9:07 per mile. Sue Coulthurst was third speediest with 9:08 per mile; Kay Twist next with 9:11 over 6.8 miles in 1:02:27; Kirsty Holland 9:13 pace per mile over 5 miles in 46:05; Julie Kinsey 9:31 pace over 5km (3.1 miles) in 29:30; and Helen Lawrenson at 9:41 pace. Antionette Holton clocked 9:49 pace over her 19.8 miles (3:14:22), and Pauline Eccleston 10-minute pace for 13.7 miles in 2:17:00.

In 2009 Wesham made a big show at the Preston 10-mile road race on Sunday as their racing championship draws to a close for 2009. There were 31 runners with 9 women taking part. Barry Norman ran a particularly good race, finishing 9th in 57:58, having just returned from several weeks in Australia. Joe Hodkinson continues his run of good form, well inside the hour with 59:28 for 21st place. John Collier is back to his peak fitness after his super run in the Isle of Man Marathon in the summer, finishing 1st M55 and 27th with 60:50. The men’s team finished 3rd behind Preston and Blackpool. Karl Lee clocked in some fast miles with 61:12 for 29th place in preparation for this weekend’s Leeds Abbey Dash. He held off in form Steve Myerscough by just 7 seconds as the Cottam resident came in 31st with 61:19. Trevor Rayner clocked a personal best with a fine 62:19 in 37th position, a little way ahead of another record breaker Mick Edge who also ran his fastest time for the distance with 62:40 for 43rd. Jason Barlow took an easier run and finished 46th in 63:02. John Bertenshaw came in 56th with 63:55 as he prepared for a possible assault on today’s historic Brampton to Carlisle if the weather is favourable. Simon Eaton ran 64:22 to gain 61st place, just ahead of Graham Cunliffe who finished 7th M50 in a quality field as he clocked 64:32. George Kennedy was less than a minute behind and yet his position earned him 10th M50 in 73rd overall with 65:20. Chris Whitlock was 80th with 66:18. Wesham’s first lady was Carmel Sullivan; now back to some serious racing following months of injury misery. She finished 7th woman and 2nd W40 in 88th place overall with a time of 67:15. Michaela Dempsey came in 11th woman and 4th W40 in 106th place overall with 68:54. Sarah Sherratt also ran a personal best as 13th woman and 1st W35, 113th overall in 69:37. The Wesham women finished 2nd team behind Blackpool, a very commendable result. Kath Hoyer was 18th and 1st W45 in 74:54, in 173rd place overall. Helen Lawrenson was 28th and 3rd W35 in 77:38, 206th overall. Jenny Salt ran 77:46 for 29th woman and 208th overall, and Nichola Unsworth had a good run finishing 33rd and 218th with 78:24, 5th W35. Tracey Hulme followed on her good progress with 78:54 to place 36th woman and 2nd W45, 227th overall, a tremendous result. Angela Colby put in some good work and placed 44th and 6th W35 in 81:01. Back in the men’s ranks, Nigel Shepherd continued his prolific run of racing with 71:09 for 138th place, holding off Peter Bartlett who finished 4th M60 and 146th in 71:58. John Rudd took the morning off form running Sweatshop to clock 72:41 and finish 153rd. Charles Colby was 160th in 73:22; Jonathan Lawson unusually low down the field with 76:55 in 197th place; George Flanagan came in 9th M60 and 20th with 83:53; John Howorth 279th with 85:02; Dave Young 294th in 87:29, 13th M60; and Norman Bateman 7th M65 and 306th in 89:08. Alex Rowe was called into the England M50 team for the British & Irish Masters International Cross Country, this year hosted by England at Perry Barr, Birmingham. In high winds and following heavy rain he did not run well, though, round the 4-lap 8km parkland course, finishing 19th M60 and 6th for England in 32:58 in a combined race with the M55 and M60 age groups. The England team took the gold medals in the M50 age group. Bob Atkinson from Barrow-in-Furness was the England team leader, finishing 3rd M50 in 31:07 having contested the lead for two laps. Dave Waywell ran the open race later in the afternoon as conditions eased slightly, and he was 1st M65 and first male in the women’s and Over-65 6km race over three laps, clocking 27:10. Preston Harrier Kevin Hesketh finished 10th M55 in the International running for Wales, while Marian Hesketh was 4th W55 and 3rd in the England team winning the gold medals. Steve Hallas finished 19th M35 in the combined race with the M40s and M45s, 6th in the England team taking the bronze medals. John Sharples finished 223rd in the popular Dunnerdale Fell Race on Saturday, running 67:55 for the 5 miles and 1800ft climb from Broughton Mills in blustery conditions. Dougie Brown was 2nd M70 in 228th place with a time of 68:35, and Julie Cruse came in 50th woman in 265th with 85:12, 21st W40. And 2017 there were a few Wesham members running in the Lytham Windmill 10k on Sunday in fine if breezy conditions. Paul Hetherington was the first to finish, coming in 18th with a time of 39:51 and placing 3rd M40. Nicola Unsworth had entered as Wesham although she has since transferred to Blackpool, and she was 81st in 43:53, 9th woman and 1st W45. Rob Wallace finished 233rd in 48:52, Steven Gore was running as a 50-minute pacer and he came in 254th in 49:33 having held back at the start. Robert brown was 343rd in 51:41; Vicky Gore 369th in 52:22; Victoria Birkett 431st in 53:37; Caz Wadsworth 734th in 59:40; Graham Brook 838th with 1:02:20; Lynn Brown 897th in 1:03:52; and Debbie Bell 968th with 1:06:16. These are chip times; there are no gun times published nor gender and age category positions. It was a big week for parkrun for Wesham members with the finale of the Wesham Trail Championship at the Witton parkrun. Paul Gregory was fastest with 21:33 for M35 62.88% on this varied and hilly woodland course. Carl Groome clocked 22:19 for M45 65.05% with Rob Danson Snr running 29:12 for M50 51.77%. Nigel Shepherd scored M55 51.93% with 30:37; Anne Berry posted an excellent 30:42 for W55 58.96%; Pauline Eccleston 30:48 with W45 52.60%; Maureen Danson 31:55 for W50 53.16% and Sue Rigby 37:27 with W40 42.01%. Jonathan Lawson was the fastest Wesham member at the Lytham Hall parkrun on Saturday morning, running 22:18 to score an M50 age graded performance of 66.14%. Ryan Azzopardi ran 23:26 for M35 56.97% with Ben Wrigley clocking 24:10 for M35 55.24%. Phil Leaver had 24:20 with an M60 performance rating of 68.29%; Fran Hodskinson 26:15 with W45 grade of 63.11%; Martyn Taylor clocked a time of 27:46 and an M60 performance of 58.76%. Diana Blagden ran 28:06 and a W50 grade of 60.38%; Madeleine Azzopardi 29:19 and W35 51.24%; Julie Rooney ran 31:34 for W40 49.47%; and Debbie Bell 32:33 with W40 48.34%.  Rob Danson was back on form with the fastest time at the Preston parkrun, clocking 16:06 for a graded rating of 80.12%. Steve Myerscough ran 19:16 for M40 73.01%. Jenn Thompson clocked 25:56 for W35 58.61%; Robert Brown 26:36 for M60 60.28%; and Elizabeth Johnson 27:50 for W35 54.37%. Graham Cunliffe ran his 3rd Hyndburn parkrun in the 4th staging at this venue, as it is on his doorstep, clocking 32:02 for M60 50.52%.  Further afield Steven Gore ran 20:13 in the Bradford parkrun for M35 65.62%, with Megan Gore JW10 46.33% with a time of 36:50; Vicky Gore was a few steps behind with 36:54. David Taylor took the shorter hop to the Cuerden Valley run, timing 19:37 for 66.10% on the undulating trail course. Luke Robinson came in with 23:30 for 54.89% in his first run there. In the Blackpool run Peter Cruse was fastest M55 with 19:48 and an age grade of 77.61%; Stephen Browne recorded 22:35 for M50 65.83%; Dave Marsland 23:39 for M60 68.99%; Rob Wallace 24:37 with 52.40%; Dave Young ran 24:58 for an M70 grade of 70.63%; Sara Ward had 25:24 for W50 67.65%; Tanya Barlow 26:53 with W45 59.63% and George Kennedy 26:53 and M60 59.64%; Mark Belfield 27:00 with M35 48.83%; Andrew Moore 28:32 with M55 53.86%.