Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Anne Berry racing in the Thomson Park woods in the Brun Valley race in 2018

There are now several athletics events being staged locally and last weekend there was a mix of multi terrain and road events starting up. The Lakeland Trails series opened with the Staveley event featuring four events over 10km and 18km, there was racing at Tatton Hall in Cheshire and at Aintree, and locally there was the Bounce Back 10k in Blackpool, all events operating with wave starts in groups of six as per the current guidance. Members are not yet tempted to travel and the Bounce Back 10k in Blackpool on Sunday saw Wesham’s Steve Abbott finish 5th on the Middle Walk after a clifftop run to Anchorsholme and back along the Lower promenade to clock 39:33. Rob Wallace came in 31st with a time of 44:34; and Carmel Sullivan placed 8th woman and 1st W55 in her first run in a new age category to record 45:28. These were time-trial results due to the wave starts in groups of six runners as per the restrictions.

Wesham club nights are gathering momentum with greater numbers on a Monday and structured training sessions well booked on Wednesdays. Pre-booking is required for all meetings and from next week larger groups will be able to train together. Wesham’s headquarters at the Kirkham and Wesham Cricket Club is now open for serving outside and will open indoors next week. Arrangements are now underway for team activities later in the year.

It has been the hope for some weeks that senior parkrun will be able to recommence on Saturday June 5th, but this may not prove possible as there are still over half of landowners and park administrators that have not yet granted the necessary permission. It will not be possible to reopen venues in a staged approach as those opening first would be likely to be swamped with runners from neighbouring events not able to open. Some venues, like Cuerden Valley at Bamber Bridge, have already come across opposition from their landowners, meaning that some may not be able to continue.

Ugis Datavs had the control of the top of last week’s Wesham Strava training leader-board with 67.6 miles clocked up in 8:23:47. Daniel Shaw was a shave behind in second with 67 miles in 8:43:23. Mark Belfield logged up the miles with 57.1 run in a cumulative time of 7:05:24 with Rob Danson on 55.9 miles in 6:03:21. Steve Myerscough, head of the leader-board for the last couple of weeks dropped back a little to fourth place with 52.5 miles in 7:37:37. Kerry Eccles was the leading woman with 30.7 miles completed in 5:11:36 with Tanya Shaw just behind with 30.2 miles in 4:18:43. Sue Coulthurst came in third over 27.6 miles in a time of 4:21:17 and Lynn Brown fourth with 25.4 miles in 6:29:28 with Kay Twist fifth over 25 miles in 3:52:55. Tom Crabtree was sixth overall recording 46.5 miles in 7:33:23; Neil Gregson 40.1 miles in 4:59:25; Matty Holton 40 miles in 5:12:40; Robert Danson 38.5 miles for 5:45:51; and Mark Holton 37.1 miles in 4:41:21. Daniel Shaw was the Monarch of the Mountains with 2,480ft of elevation gain over his 67 miles, and Julie Parton was the at the top of the woman’s leader-board with 1,325ft climbed over just 9.1 miles in 1:38:53. James Mulvany was second at 2,367ft over 35 miles and Martin Bates 2,352ft across 27.9 miles in 5:13:52. Emma Davies was second woman topping 998ft in 1:51:14 over 8.1 miles. Tom Crabtree ran uphill for 2,028ft over 46.5 miles and Michelle Tickle marked up 868ft climbed over 20.3 miles in a time of exactly 3 hours. Paul Lancashire had 1,632ft gain over 27.7 miles in 3:45:18; Rob Danson pinned 1,629ft against his 55.9 miles; James Green 1,461ft climb across 35 miles in 3:58:00; Richard Davies 1,305ft on 7.2 miles in 1:28:41; and Mark Belfield gained 1,217ft. Sue Coulthurst logged up 766ft over 27.6 miles and Lynn Brown 743ft on 25.4 miles. Rob Danson clocked the fastest average pace over the week at 6:30 per mile for his 55.9 miles, and Garry Barnett again came in second with 6:48 pace over 20.5 miles run in 2:19:24. James Green was third at 6:48 for his 35 miles, and David Taylor ranked fourth with 6:56 over 22.3 miles achieved in 2:34:37. Helen Lawrenson was fastest woman in 8:53 per mile on 17.3 miles in 2:33:41. Kay Twist was second running at 9:19 per mile for 25 miles and Sue Coulthurst clocked 9:28 for her 27.6 miles. Andrew Harling ran at 6:57 pace with 28.9 miles run in 3:20:51, and Helen Dutton 9:31 with 24.4 miles run in 3:52:12. Longest runs of the week were 21.7 miles by Ugis Datavs and 20 miles by Mark Belfield. James Green ran a 14.3-miler and Daniel Shaw 13.6 miles. Rob Danson and Tom Crabtree both clocked 13.2 miles in a single run and Lee Barlow a half marathon. Tanya Shaw ran 12.2 miles; Mark Holton and Neil Gregson both put in an 11.4-miler, Sue Coulthurst 10.7, and Robert Danson, Paul Lancashire, Andy Grice, Andrew Harling, Garry Barnett, Peter Rooney, Karen Cook, and Kay and Steven Twist all notched up 10 miles.

In 2008 thirteen years ago Steve Littler finished a close second in the Blackpool 10k on Sunday as he raced to the runner-up position behind Jonathan Prowse in an impressive 31:39 in warm but favourable conditions. Jono had some pre-race nerves about Littler’s potential after the latter has been in great form all year, with several wins and course records and a 34th place in the London Marathon. However, Steve’s deficit today was 34 seconds despite some strong running. Karl Lee had the better of Les Cornwall as the pair ran neck-and –neck along the Blackpool Promenade. Lee won out with 35:25 for 8th place, ahead of his run in this weekend’s Manchester 10k, with Cornwall just 6 seconds adrift in 9th place with 35:31. Barry Norman was also in the mix as all three young men ran together, finishing 12th in 35:42. Steve Myerscough was running a little tired, clocking 37:00 for 17th position and 7th in the Over-26 category. Peter Waywell was 26th with 37:47 and Ironman triathlete Ian Garrod 53rd in 39:15. Lee Barlow opted for an easy run, with 42:15 in 102nd place. Peter Gleaves was 28th in the Over-36 age group and 90th overall as he works towards a 40-minute 10k, clocking a good 41:15. Barry Edwards finished 450th in 48:45, with Finlay McCalman 481st a week after running the Cracow Marathon, with a time of 49:15. Paul Carter was 865th in 54:15. Martin Bates was 3rd in the Over-46 age group, with a fine 38:25 for 36th overall. Nigel Shepherd finished 158th and 21st in the male 46 age group, finishing in the same time bracket as Phil Leaver who was 167th. Stephen Wilkinson came in 300th with 46:45, with John Howorth 709th in 52:15. Reg Chapman finished 22nd Over 56 and 631st with 51:15, and Mike Walsh 643rd with the same time. John Whiteman came in 1172nd in 57:15, with Peter Earnshaw 1377th in 59:15. Julie Cruse finished 642nd with the Wesham Waikikians team with Carmel Sullivan (644th), Kath Hoyer 641st recording 51:15 and Sue Jones 2096th in 68:45. Gary Pendlebury finished 8th on Sunday in the Golden Ball 5km race near Morecambe in a fine 16:52, wining the M50 age category comfortably as he warmed up for the British Masters Road Relays this weekend. Relay team-mate Alan Hudson was 1st M55 by 34 seconds as he ran 17:56 for 16th, and M40 team captain Trevor Rayner was 22nd with a good 19:02, earning him 2nd M45 position. Pauline Weller was 3rd W50 23rd woman and 85th overall in 25:30. Steve Littler came in 2nd in the opening fixture in the 2008 Chorley 4 series on Wednesday evening, running a fine 20:11 for the four mile 2-lap course being just 2 seconds off the lead. George Kennedy was 42nd and 3rd M50 in 24:57, with Peter Cruse 62nd and 10th M45 in 25:34. Sarah Sherratt was 3rd W35 and 14th woman (108th overall) in 28:27. In the Wray Caton Fell Race on May Day over 6.75 miles and 1100’ of climb Richard Davies headed the Wesham field of six runners, clocking 50:29 for 18th place. Michaela Dempsey was 8th woman and 4th W40 in 62:02, with Nigel Shepherd 82nd in 64:12. Kath Hoyer was 17th woman and 9th W40 in 67:10. Shaun Turner was 99th with 69:04 and Bernie Krawczyk 101st in 73:50. The Wesham fell running team was out again on Saturday in the Belmont Winter Hill race in the opening fixture of the club’s fell championship for 2008. Richard Davies was the first Wesham runner again, finishing 105th over the 4.5-mile course with 1000’ of ascent with 42:21 with the ranks swelled by the Inter Counties Fell Championships. Dave Waywell was 2nd M60 and 149th with 45:56, a very creditable performance, while Kath Hoyer was 6th W40 with an enviable run of 52:23 for 203rd overall. Shaun Turner finished 210th in 53:28 and Bernie Krawczyk 229th in 57:45. In the Hinckley Dog and Hedgehog Half Marathon, Michaela Dempsey finished 202nd in 1:43:33 running in the Civil Service championships. Conditions were very hot as summer hit the country. Chris Whitlock ran the Geoff Doggett Memorial 5k trail race at Littleborough on Tuesday, finishing 61st in 20:49. Dave Preston travelled to Shropshire for the Muller 10k in Market Drayton. In hot conditions with a steep descent and climb he ran 46:36 for 197th and 10th M55.

In 2018 the Thursday evening saw a drop in temperature, but the heat was on at the second of this year’s Inter Club Grand Prix series, hosted by Lytham on St Annes seafront and afterwards at the Fylde Rugby Club. With the absence of Rob Danson due to knee injury Wesham were below strength and Salford’s David Rigby running for Preston was awarded a win. The leading Wesham men came together in a bunch with on-fire Lee Barlow finishing 11th and 3rd M40 in 28:58 for the 5-mile out-and-back route to Fairhaven Lake. He headed Ugis Datavs 12th in 28:59 and David Taylor 13th with 29:04. Steve Waterhouse finished 20th in 29:24, 6th M40, and Stephen Abbott was 24th and 8th M40 in 29:42. Paul Gregory came in 44th in 31:04, with Phil Quibell 58th and 2nd M60 in 31:41. Andrew Harling placed 62nd in 32:07; Simon Denye 65th and 24th M40 in 32:18; and Neil Gregson 80th with 33:08. The Senior Men finished 4th team with a lot of strong competition this year and a below-strength squad. The Wesham women finished 6th team in a shock result, with Helen Lawrenson 13th and 6th W40 in 33:57; Sue Coulthurst 19th and 8th W40 in 35:35; Sue Cooper a great run in 34th place and 15th W40 (38:28); Maureen Danson 51st in 40:41 and Kay Twist 52nd in 40:53. The same ladies team took 3rd W40 team. The Men Veterans (Barlow; Waterhouse; Abbott; Quibell; Denye and Carl Groome (40th in 33:29)) fared better with 2nd team. The M50s (Quibell; Alex Rowe 16th in 33:52 (92nd); John Collier 21st and 107th overall in 34:04 and Peter Cruse 26th with 34:27 (117th)) were 3rd team. The M60 team of Quibell 2nd; Rowe 5th; and Collier 8th won the M60 team. In 24-degree heat David Taylor ran an impressive 37:58 to finish 5th in Sunday’s Sheriff 10k in Scorton. Staged in memory of local man Phil Sheriff who tragically died in 2012 the race offers a “P” shaped course adjacent to the Scorton School in the main street the route heads out to the Scorton Picnic site and over the Wyre Cleveley bridge before heading into upland, with a steep ascent leading into a 4-mile loop past Scorton Service Area. Paul Hetherington finished 8th in exactly 40:00, placing 2nd M40. Alex Rowe on a return to the roads came in 21st in 43:53, 3rd M60. Emma Lund finished 1st W35 and 7th woman in 49th place overall with a time of 48:58. Michael Hall finished 102nd in 58:21. Ugis Datavs had finished 5th in the marathon event of the Blackpool Festival of running, clocking 2:50:01 for the 26.2 miles along the Blackpool Promenade. Lee Nixon came in 92nd in the accompanying half marathon in 1:36:50 with Rob Wallace 335th in 1:55:02. Finlay McCalman placed 585th in 2:10:28. Graham Brook was 603rd in 2:11:51. Gemma Owen finished 40th in Saturday’s 10k in 44:12 with Sharon Cooper 96th in 49:15.  Michael Hall was 171st in 54:24. Paul Gregory finished 3rd in the Lakeland Trails Challenge 17km from Staveley up and around the Kentmere valley with a time of 1:28:22. Helen Lawrenson placed 54th in 1:48:08; and Finlay McCalman 248th in 2:15:51. Russell Mabbett ran the 17km Trail Race as opposed to the easier Challenge event and he finished 185th in 2:07:19. Kath Hoyer ran the Great Hameldon Hill Race from Accrington, finishing 1st W55 and 20th woman in 66:56 for the 6mile 1109ft climb, placing 162nd overall in this popular and high-quality event. David Taylor clocked the second fastest time of the day at the Cuerden Valley parkrun on Saturday morning, completing the challenging undulating course in 19:07 for an age grade of 67.83%. In Blackpool Lee Barlow went one better to run the fastest time of the day with 17:54 just 4 seconds short of his best for the course for an M45 79.80%. Dave Marsland ran 21:57 for M60 74.34% and a new personal best time. Rob Wallace clocked 22:15 for 57.98%, also a new personal best. Martin Bates had 22:27 for M60 72.09%; Ben Wrigley ran 22:42 for M35 58.81%; George Kennedy 23:31 for M60 68.18%, and Dave Young marked his return to action after the London Marathon with 25:02 for M70 70.44%, his 90th parkrun. Andrew Moore ran 27:34 for M55 56.23%. Alex Rowe ran 20:31 at the Lytham Hall parkrun to record an M60 age graded performance of 78.88%. Jonathan Lawson finished with 21:16 for M50 69.36% with John Burns clocking 21:39 for M60 76.06%. Sharon Cooper ran 23:13 for W40 67.77% with Phil Leaver 23:57 for M60 69.38%. Kay Twist ran 24:15 for W45 67.49% and Graham Cunliffe came in with a good 25:26 for M60 63.63%. Michael Hall ran 25:30 for M40 54.77% and Stephen Twist 25:43 for M50 57.66%. Kerry Eccles clocked 28:01 for W55 64.60%; and Clare Belfield 30:29 and W35 49.21%. At the Preston parkrun Robert Brown ran 25:20 for an M60 grade of 63.29%; Fran Hodskinson 29:04 for W45 57.00% and Diane Blagden 29:37 with W50 57.29%. Chris Pike ran the St Helens run in 27:26 for an M40 50.91%, his 127th parkrun. The Gores travelled to Macclesfield for the “M” in their parkrun alphabet with Steven running 20:21 for M35 65.19% and Vicky 28:34 for W40 54.26%.