Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Jo McCaffery leads Steven Gore and Martin Allison at Wholan Nook in 2019

There was an acclaimed return of mid-week summer racing last week with a 5k and 10k in Manchester’s Heaton Park and at Carlisle with a City Urban Trail but both events were too distant to attract Fylde runners. There was still a long list of cancelled and postponed events but with restrictions being lifted again this week next month will likely see a gentle increase in localised athletics.

Mick Edge competed in the Southport Triathlon on Sunday and he came 315th and 10th M60 in a total time of 2:32:42. This included 27:04 for a 1.5km swim, 1:11:56 for 40km bike stage along the Promenade and finally 45:48 for 9.5km run with 8 minutes in the transitions.  He achieved his fastest times in the swim and on the bike with personal best performances.

There were a number of local open track meetings last week where distance can be kept across the lanes with staggered starts allowing the field to spread out. Many of these events were for juniors where restrictions are lighter but there were some opportunities for seniors. Locally in the Fylde athletics is poised to ease into action in a few weeks but at the moment there are not the events taking place to kick start the action.

Daniel Shaw regained the head of the Wesham Strava club training leader-board last week, with 64.5 miles completed in a cumulative time of 8:18:57 at an average pace of 7:44 per mile. Steve Myerscough was just edged down to second place with 63.4 miles in 9:37:25. Rob Danson ran 60.1 miles in 6:25:39. Mark Belfield clocked up 60 miles in 7:25:00 and Ugis Datavs 49.2 miles with a time of 6:04:54. Helen Lawrenson ranked 10th overall and first woman in 5:50:05 marking up 37.1 miles with Lynn Brown second over 33.3 miles in 8:40:02. Kerry Eccles was third and next on the overall list with 32.5 miles in 5:46:40, with Tanya Shaw fourth over 29.4 miles in 4:11:52 and Michelle Tickle fifth with 27.5 miles in 3:58:48. Tom Crabtree was sixth overall on 46.7 miles run in 6:21:23; Lee Barlow on 45 miles in 5:41:15; Matty Holton 40.1 miles in 5:26:01; Alan Hudson 39.4 miles in 5:38:50; Robert Danson eleventh overall on the list with 35 miles over 5:23:10; and James Green notched up 30.4 miles in 3:25:12. Jason Parkinson was the Monarch of the Mountains with 3,169ft elevation gain over 23.7 miles in 3:46:20. Paul Eccles was second with 2,470ft climbed across just 8.5 miles in 1:18:38. James Mulvany came in third with 2,352ft of ascent, and Helen Lawrenson was fourth on the list and first woman with 1,998ft uphill. Michelle Tickle was second woman at 1,155ft climbed with Lynn Brown next ranked with 1,082ft height gained. Tanya Shaw had 871ft uphill and Sue Coulthurst 651ft gain over 24.3 miles in 3:45:59. Daniel Shaw was at 1,982ft for fifth place with Neil Whipp next at 1,695ft climbed over 24.4 miles in 3:44:04. Chris Hastwell ran up 1,634ft of hill within 27.9 miles of running in 3:37:09 and Mark Belfield climbed 1,577ft over 60 miles. Rob Danson clocked the fastest average pace at 6:25 on 60 miles and David Taylor came in second at 6:36 per mile over 15.4 miles in 1:41:38. Garry Barnett placed third clocking 6:44 a mile over 5 miles in 33;40, with Ryan Azzopardi fourth at 6:45 for a swift 1.4 miles in 9:27. James Green was fifth at the same pace over 30.4 miles. Tess Robinson was the fastest woman at 7:34 per mile for 18.1 miles in 2:16:57, with Emma Lund second on 8:20 pace for 5.1 miles in 42:30. Tanya Shaw was third fastest with 8:34 and Michelle Tickle fourth at 8:41 a mile. Anne Mayers clocked 8:49 per mile for 3 miles in 26:27 and Helen Lawrenson was on 9:10 pace. Ugis Datavs ran the longest individual run at 18.3 miles, with Jason Parkinson running a 13.9-miler and Tom Crabtree 13.5 miles. A half marathon apiece for Mark Belfield and Lee Barlow, and Rob Danson 13 miles and Daniel Shaw and Mark Holton 12.9 and 12.8 miles each.

In 2009 twelve years ago Wesham returned to the British Masters Open Road Relays in Sutton Park on Saturday to defend their M50 title with four teams across the two races. The focus was on the M50 team, unfortunately without the injury-prone Gary Pendlebury, the team’s key man. However, they put up a great show, as Alan Hudson took off on the first 3-mile circuit of the 6-stage relay in a heavy gusty wind and intermittent rain. He clocked 17:50 in the conditions to come in 17th. Alex Rowe took over on Stage 2 and duly completed his mission bringing the team back 3rd with a time of 16:23 just 5 seconds off the lead, equal 4th fastest M50 of the day. John Bertenshaw was challenged on Stage 3 but rose to the occasion and the surge picked up his pace to take the lead by 8 seconds with a superb run of 17:40. John Collier held steady on the fourth stage with a brilliant run in 17:21 to extend the lead to 9 seconds. With some faster runners coming to the fore on Stage 5 and a fall at the halfway turn, Martin Bates slipped back to 4th with 18:03, 30 seconds adrift and just 3 seconds clear of the chasers, but Graham Cunliffe held steady on Stage 6 with 18:05 to give the team a closing time of 1:45:22, 47 seconds away from bronze and 29 seconds clear. The Wesham women made their second appearance at these flagship championships with a 4-stage W35 team and performed well. Carmel Sullivan placed 15th on Stage 1 with a fine 19:15; Michaela Dempsey gained a place on stage 2 with 20:36; Tracey Hulme ran 22:21 for 17th place, and Sarah Sherratt picked the team up to 16th with 20:04 for a closing time of 1:22:16. The M60 team was lead out by Barry Peatfield in 8th place with a fine 18:36, with a heavy chest infection; Peter Bartlett was 9th with 20:34; and Dave Young closed in 1:03:10 in 18th place with a time of 24:00. In the M40 race, Trevor Rayner placed 33rd with an excellent run of 17:43; Alan Glasgow 35th with 19:26; Gary de Banke 31st with a great run of 17:48; Mark Midgley 33rd in 18:59; Mick Edge 32nd in 18:37; Chris Whitlock 31st with 19:04; Peter Cooke 32nd with 21:46; and Graham Vickers 30th with 19:20, giving a cumulative time of 2:32:43. Peter Waywell ran 3:11:51 in the challenging Windermere Marathon to finish 41st and 7th M40 in a great show of strength. Simon Eaton was 140th and 67th Open Male in 3:35:05. Nigel Shepherd put his hill running to use with a good result, 3:56:33 for 319th and 30th M50. There was a large Wesham contingent at the opening Badger Sett race in the Cuerden Valley Park on Thursday evening, with Lee Barlow leading the way as he finds his feet again after his double marathon in March and April. He finished a sharp 14th with 40:39 for the undulating multi-terrain course. He was followed up by a resurgent Gary Pendlebury, celebrating his entry into the M55 age group with a cautious 41:44 after another return from injury. He was 1st M55 by 52 seconds. George Kennedy came in 3rd M50 with a great 42:30 to place 20th. Chris Whitlock was 27th and 5th M40 with 43:34; Graham Vickers 45:25 in 39th place; John Sharples 55th with 47:20; George Flanagan 53:25 in his first race as a Vet-60 placing 3rd in this category to finish 84th; and Dave Young was 89th (4th M60) in 54:35. Sarah Sherratt was Wesham’s leading woman in 15th place with 48:31 and 65th overall; Bernadette Dickinson made an excellent assault on the course with 50:15 in 18th place, 2nd W45 and 71st overall, with her mentor Julie Cruse just behind with 52:57 in 22nd place (82nd overall). In the Chorley Park series 5km on Friday night, Joanna Goorney returned to winning ways in the women’s race in a time of 21:19 in 25th position overall. she had a race battle with the runner up Isaline Hughes of Burnden, with her winning margin just 5 seconds with the third placed woman another 25 seconds behind. She was backed up ably by Michaela Dempsey in 5th place, 3rd W40 in 22:52, 39th in the race overall. Tony Kemp had a good run of 21:03 to finish 22nd, coming in 2nd M40. The wining man’s time was 16:33. Mick Edge took in the revised Haigh Hall race on Wednesday evening, finishing 53rd with 26:11 for the hilly 4-miler. Carmel Sullivan finished 10th woman and 3rd W40 (72nd overall) with a fine 27:20. Sarah Sherratt was 3rd W35 in 29:00, 18th woman and 94th overall. The winning man ran 20:45 (Nick Leigh) and the woman 24:38 (Maria Lowe). In the Manchester Great Run Andrew Whaites came in 221st with 39:29; Helen Berry 94th woman, 1410th in 44:40; George Flanagan 4641st in 49:39; and Andrew Flanagan 7348th with 52:43.

Two years ago, in 2019 the next round of the Wesham Trail Running Championships was at Wholan Nook with 13 members completing the 5-mile course. Paul Gregory was the first finisher in 36th place with a time of 34:34 to finish 9th M40. Steven Gore was 41st with 35:20 with Mark Renshall 58th in 36:23, 8th M45. Paul Lancashire placed 72nd in 37:26 and Steve Myerscough was 14th M45 with 38:47 in 96th position. Elliot Costello finished 103rd in 39:18 with Kath Hoyer 20th woman and 2nd W55 in 42:48, 149th overall. Martin Allison placed 158th in 43:24; Vicky Gore was 47th woman in 47:51, 8th W40 and 216th overall. Dave Young was 2nd M70 and 247th overall with 50:34 and Jo McCaffery 75th woman in 51:45, 17th W40 and 258th overall. Dave Waywell finished 4th M70 and 279th overall in 56:11. Steve Littler finished 3rd and 1st M45 in the first of the 2019 Pilling 10k Series on Saturday morning, running a smart 33:35 just 26 seconds behind the race winner and 7 seconds off second place. There was a good Wesham turnout at the Horwich Jubilee 5-mile on Wednesday evening as the club Road Championship continues. Simon Denye was first placed in 7th with a great run clocking 29:13 and 2nd M45. Andrew Harling was 15th in 30:37 with Thomas Crabtree 16th with 31:04. Rob Wallace finished 54th in 36:56 with Stuart Clayton 61st in 37:47. Sara Ward was 20th woman and 3rd W50 in 41:12, 87th overall, and Peter Rooney 91st with 42:18, 2nd M60; interestingly the leading M60 was just beaten by the leading W60, 36:51 and 36:47 respectively. Maureen Danson finished 28th woman and 6th W50 finishing with husband James in 44:28 (100th and 101st overall). Kerry Eccles was 35th woman and 3rd W55 in 47:26 (116th), and Julie Rooney finished 41st (125 overall) in 55:14(4th W40). The Wesham men’s team finished 4th just 5 points behind Wigan and the women were 7th team. Anne Mayers-Smith finished 86th woman and 9th W40 in the Christleton 5k in Cheshire with a time of 24:47, 369th overall in a popular and high-quality event with 33 women running inside 20 minutes. Sarah Sherratt completed the Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race over 9 miles and 2999ft ascent in 181st place with a time of 2:08:26 (28th woman and 13th W40). Rob Wallace ran the Great Manchester 10k on Sunday finishing 920th out of the 30,000 competitors in 44:27. Peter Bartlett came in 7097th in 57:58. In the Worden Park 10k Kath Hoyer finished 1st W55, 14th woman and 80th overall in 48:54 on the two-lap course. Finlay McCalman was 111th in 51:42; Kerry Eccles was 5th W55 50th woman and 166th with 56:04 and Dave Waywell 327th in 75:31 finishing 3rd M70. Richard Whall completed the Brathay 10 in 10 last week, this is running the Windermere Marathon course every day for 10 days culminating in the main open race on Sunday. His times were 4:25:24 (8th); 4:39:15 (11th); 4:52:10 (12th); 5:00:44 (13th); 5:27:21 (16th); 5:20:55 (11th); 4:29:58 (6th); 5:32:04 (14th); 4:45:06 (8th); and 4:28:26 (8th), with his total time being 49:01:23 (10th). In the Windemere Marathon on Sunday Chas Colby finished 402nd in 4:19:49, 50th M45; David Millar 647th with 4:48:52; and John Howorth 930th in 6:14:58. Angela Colby unfortunately had to drop out at 10 miles with a calf pull. The Lytham hall parkrun suffered a late cancellation last week so Wesham members graduated to other neighbouring runs and the tourists were spread far and wide. Rob Danson had the fastest time of the day at the Preston parkrun with a time of 16:42 to gain an age graded performance of 77.25%. Steve Myerscough tackled his home run for his 180th event in 21:24 for an M45 age grade of 66.28%. Ian Nichols Hogg ran 23:37 for a grade of 54.62%. In Worsley Woods under the M60 in Manchester Martin Bates clocked 22:59 for M60 70.99% and at Chest-le-Street in Riverside Park along the Wear Emma Brook had 29:37 for W35 50.65%. David Taylor produced the fastest run of the day in Ludlow with 18:58 for a grade of 68.54%. Steven Gore ran 20:45 for the 3rd fastest time and an M35 grade of 64.82% and Vicky Gore clocked 28:22 for W40 55.05%. The Blackpool Stanley Park run took most of the outflow from Lytham Hall with 17 Wesham members, led by club captain Stuart Topping who ran 22:01 for an M45 grade of 65.93%. Martin Allison recorded 22:52 with M35 57.65% and Rob Wallace clocked 22:54 for 56.33%. Dave Marsland had 22:56 for M60 71.80% and Suzanne Leonard ran 23:31 for W45 70.45% with George Kennedy scoring 23:32 for an M60 grade of 68.77%. Sharon Cooper clocked 23:43 for W45 66.97%; Peter Rooney 24:06 with M60 66.53%; Stephen Twist 24:37 with M50 60.87%; Finlay McCalman 25:21 for M55 60.62%; Jack Rayson 26:32 with 48.62%; Jo McCaffery 26:35 with W40 57.87%; Dave Young 26:39 and M70 66.98%; Nicola Carter 32:40 with W35 46.07%; Julie Rooney 32:43 and W45 48.55%; James Birchall 33:33 with 38.55%; and Julie Topping 33:34 with W45 48.76%. Further afield in Berlin Hasenheide Park Stuart Clayton ran 22:58 with an M50 grade of 64.73%, while along Fleetwood Promenade Simon Denye ran the morning’s fastest time with 17:26 for an M45 age grade of 81.36%, this week’s highest for Wesham. Steve Waterhouse had the 4th fastest time with 18:58 for M50 77.77% and Peter Cruse clocked 20:48 with M55 74.52%. Graham Cunliffe ran 23:26 with an M60 grade 69.63% while Brian Jones recorded 30:26 with an M55 grade of 51.81%. In the relatively new Ford parkrun in Ulverston James Mulvany ran 18:37 for M40 73.86%.