Alex’s Newspaper Report.

David Taylor and Tanya and Lee Barlow at the Salford 10k in 2018

There was a good group of 26 Wesham members training on Monday evening with a beer served outside now possible at the Kirkham and Wesham Cricket Club, about the only venue open and serving in the twin towns. The May Wesham Handicap is taking place tomorrow (Sunday May 2nd) and will be the first physically distanced in-person staging since last summer when restrictions were briefly lifted. Being a handicap, the individual starts are staggered, and the start times are published on the Wesham website. Please avoid assembling at the start line, arrive just before you are due to set off. The times are arranged to avoid a mass finish through!

Daniel Shaw ran in the Tatton Park 10k on Wednesday evening, and he finished 41st in 37:38, a good result and a fine welcome back to some competition. There is a regular series of 10ks and half marathons in the park over the coming weeks and this will provide a safe environment with current restrictions in place. There have been some fine performances already, with 31:14 winning this race and 1:07:21 in the half marathon a few days later.

This coming Friday evening will see some Fylde action in the Mid Cheshire 5km between Frodsham and Northwich. The event features an ‘A’ and a ‘B’ race based on expected finish times.

Steve Myerscough headed last week’s Wesham Strava training leader-board with 62.3 miles in a cumulative time of 8:35:19 as 85 members logged their performances. Rob Danson was second with 60.6 miles in a time of 6:28:51 with Mark Belfield third with 55.1 miles in 7:03:21. Previous table topper Daniel Shaw racked up 50.7 miles in 7:35:41 as Ugis Datavs appeared to run out of charge in the middle of Blackpool Promenade as he went dead in the middle of his traditional long run with a total mileage of 47 miles in a time of 5:50:09. Lee Barlow ranked sixth with 45.5 miles in 5:54:08; Steve Swarbrick 44.3 miles in 5:42:35; Mark Holton on 40.4 miles in 5:17:08; Tom Crabtree 38.7 miles in 4:38:38; and Andrew Harling 38.1 miles in 4:28:36. Top of the women’s leader-board was Kerry Eccles at 36 miles in 6:07:12, with Michelle Tickle second with 30.7 miles in 4:35:47. Sue Coulthurst was third this week with 29.8 miles in 4:51:33, and Helen Greenhalgh fourth on 29.6 miles in 8:53:47. Karen Cook placed fifth at 26.6 miles in 5:11:40. On the elevation gain table Helen Greenhalgh was monarch of the Mountains at a whopping 5,253ft climbed, with Steve Swarbrick second with 3,858ft gained. Martin Bates emphasised his love of the hills with 3,660ft over 36 miles run in a time of 6:28:12. Daniel Shaw was fourth on 3,652ft and Lee Lawrenson fifth climbing 3,593ft over 15 miles in 2:18:00. Julie Parton was second woman in sixth position overall with 2,749ft over 23.5 miles in 5:02:22. Karen Cook was third woman topping 1,383ft and Lynn Brown 1,345ft uphill over 15.8 miles in 4:29:08. Michelle Tickle was fifth having run 1,304ft uphill. Rob Danson had the fastest average pace last week at 6:25 per mile for his 60 miles, with Tess Robinson second and fastest woman at 6:40 per mile for 18 miles in 2:00:00 exactly. Garry Barnett was third at 6:43 pace for 29.4 miles in 3:17:28. James Green was fourth on 7:01 average speed per mile for 37.2 miles in 4:21:01, and Andrew Harling fifth at 7:03 per mile. David Taylor was sixth and fifth man on 7:07 pace for 16.8 miles in 1:59:34. Susanne Leonard was second fastest woman at 7:57 pace for 3.5 miles in 27:49, and Tanya Shaw third on 8:45 pace over 25.1 miles in 3:39:38. Pauline Eccleston was fourth also at 8:45 pace with 3.9 miles in 34:07. Michelle Tickle was fifth fastest woman on 8:59 pace. Longest individual run as by Helen Greenhalgh with 23.6 miles. Mark Belfield ran a 20-miler, and Julie Parton had a long run of 17.2 miles as the spring weather improved with a high pressure and a rising temperature. Rob Danson and Rob Wallace both clocked a 14-mile run, with Nigel Shepherd clocking 13.7 miles and Tom Crabtree, Mark Holton, Lee Barlow, James Green and Paul Lancashire all recording a half marathon distance. The joys of Spring have sprung!

Fifteen years ago in 2006 it had been another extremely busy week for Wesham Road Runners, with members taking part in events the length and breadth of the country. A large group ran the Shovels Inn Charity Fun Run on Sunday in Hambleton, while their partners and family members opted for the alternative walk. The full results were not available. Karl Lee claimed a new personal best in 36:12 in the Rothwell 10k near Leeds to finish 40th. Disappointed not to break 36 minutes his commitment is such that he will continue to improve his performance. John Bertenshaw, though, shows that age is no barrier as he approaches 50 as he took a whopping 55 seconds off his 10k best to record 36:35 for 51st place. Andy Yelland also ran a good time with 38:17 for 89th. Derek Buckley was 3rd M50 and finished an impressive 60th in the 52nd Three Peaks Race from Horton-in-Ribblesdale in Yorkshire in a time of 3:47:39 for the 24-mile race with 4,500 feet of climb over Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. The conditions could not have been better, and Russell Mabbett, an experienced mountain runner, was only 10 minutes behind Derek in 105th with 3:57:35. Alex Rowe took on more than he was prepared for, and fell back on Whernside, coming in 244th at the finish in 4:38:05.  In his second race of the weekend, Karl Lee finished an impressive 6th in the Rosemere Cancer 5km race in Preston’s Moor Park, running 17:52. Stephen Hinde finished 27th after an impressive start to record 20:26 and 2nd M40. Peter Gleaves was 32nd with 20:40; Alan Taylor 40th in 21:16; Nigel Shepherd 47th in 21:45; and Paul Carter 71st in 24:02. Cheryl Hinde was 18th lady in 25:30, 2nd W40. Simon Eaton, who works in London, ran in the Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5k and finished 45th in 19:18. Three days later on May Day he took part in the Watford 10k and finished 46th with 41:12. Barry Norman, Lee Barlow, Peter Cruse and Dave Waywell ran the Wrexham 10-Mile road race on Saturday, but the results are not yet published. In the Waterloo 15k at Formby on May Day Peter Cruse finished 27th over the sand dunes in 59:51 claiming 11th M40, while spouse Julie ran 1:23:07 for 47th lady and 11 W40. Richard Davies ran the Wray Caton Fell Race as part of the Scarecrow week and fair, but the results are not yet available. Nigel Shepherd (M45) ran 47:20 in the undulating Dallam Dash 10k for 51st place, while John Howorth (M55) was 59th in 48:57. Mike Owen (M55) finished 77th in 53:16. In the Derwentwater Half Marathon Kath Hoyer finished 11th woman and 3rd W45 in 1:43:09 for the challenging course. Finlay McCalman ran 1:52:59 for 281st in his drive to regain his running fitness.

In 2017 four years ago the London Marathon was the event at the fore of most runners’ minds this week and Wesham had six members running. One of the big successes of Wesham over the last couple of years Julie Rooney completed this year’s course in 4:51:47 to finish 8192nd woman and 25962nd overall out of the 40000 participants. Elliot Costello ran a good first half clocking 1:51:16 but started to struggle at 35k and finished with 4:20:11, a brave effort giving him 13216th place and 18074th overall. Gemma Owen was 3725th woman with 4:07:06 having reached halfway 7 minutes behind Elliot but she kept going, just slowing over her 4th 10k split. Nicola Unsworth kept her pace strong throughout and finished 1200th woman with 3:35:57, 7400th overall. Stuart Topping came in 4668th male and 5251st overall in 3:24:28 with a well-paced effort, and Peter Cruse was the fleetest of foot coming in 3207th and 260th M50 in 3:13:05 running consistently over the distance tiring slightly towards the finish. Steve Myerscough finished 7th in the Wray Scarecrow 10k on Saturday, the start of a weeklong festival culminating in the May Bank Holiday weekend with the village fair. On the out and back course with a loop he ran 40:09 finishing 3rd M40. Kath Hoyer was 11th woman and 3rd W55 with 49:14 with a very strong run to finish 58th overall with Alan Taylor 89th in 52:25. Dave Waywell was 1st M70 and 113th overall in 56:26. David Taylor ran the undulating Bolton 10k on Sunday finishing well in 8th place with a time of 37:48. Martin Bates took on the Loughrigg Fell Race in Ambleside on Wednesday evening, 4 miles and 1000ft ascent from the park behind the town centre straight up to the summit and back down. He finished 143rd in 42:30, 1st M60 although 2 minutes behind the first W60. Heather Bradley Tsopanoglou ran the Half Marathon course of the Blackpool Marathon event on Sunday in 2:29:45 finishing 712th 267th woman and 27th W45. Ugis Datvas ran the full Marathon and finished in a fine 12th position considering the concrete terrain and the two-lap course along the Promenade, completing the route in warm and windy conditions in a creditable 2:59:48. Rob Danson took the Lytham Hall parkrun by storm on Saturday morning in glorious conditions to run a new personal best time 15:48 by 15 seconds for an age graded performance of 81.65%. Next in for Wesham was Martin Bates with 21:52 for M60 73.32% and Jonathan Lawson in 21:53 for M45 66.87%, followed by Phil Leaver with 24:16 for M60 67.86%. Graham Cunliffe ran a new personal best with his 50th parkrun, clocking 25:28 for M60 62.96%. Finlay McCalman ran 27:07 for M50 55.75%; Stephen Twist 28:12 with M50 52.30%; Kay Twist 28:23 and W45 57.98%; Clive Berry 28:49 for M50 51.19%; and Debbie Bell 31:17 with W40 49.92%.  Arran Galvin was the fastest Wesham finisher in the Preston parkrun in 19:53 with an M35 performance of 66.72%, with Nigel Shepherd following up the previous week’s best performance with 20:55 for M55 75.38%. Roger Leadbeater ran 23:17 for M55 67.72%; Tracey Hulme 23:51 with W50 73.93%; and Robert Brown 25:33 with M55 62.23%.  Peter Cooke took in the Lincoln run on a birthday jaunt to the city, running 28:16 for M55 55.78 after a warm-up run up the town’s renowned Steep Hill. Supporting the club at the London Marathon provided an ideal opportunity for some parkrun tourism so in the Southwark run Kerry Eccles ran 24:24 for W55 73.22%; James Danson 26:44 with M50 56:05; and Maureen Danson 27:26 for W50 61:12%. At Oakwell Park near Huddersfield on a tough undulating course with zigzag paths David Taylor ran the fastest time of the day with 18:27 for 70.10%; Steven Gore 20:49 for M35 63.33%; Megan Gore 37:06 for JW10 46.00% with Vicky Gore in support with 37:10. In Blackpool Helen Lawrenson ran the fastest women’s time of the day with 20:55 for W45 77.45%; Sara Ward clocked 26:08 with W5064.92%; Martyn Taylor 26:58 with M60 60.51%; Anne Flanagan 29:41 with W55 63.56%; and George Flanagan 36:44 for M65 46.51%.