Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Ron Hill sports the Wesham vest at the Blackpool Beach race

Wesham members were greatly saddened by the loss of running legend Ron Hill this week at the age of 82. Many members knew Ron who was always willing to stop for a chat and supported local athletics all his life. His international career was centred in the 1960s and 70s, but he ran his famous streak every day for 54 years and always remained competitive. Many members will own and wear many items of his revolutionary athletics clothing which continues to thrive, and he was always willing to visit clubs to recite details of his running adventures, documented in his many books. He was happy to pull on a Wesham vest for a picture.

Most of the local athletics events in the North West were again cancelled or postponed last week, but the Brathay Windermere Marathon went ahead with the renowned 10-in-10 over the previous week also in place. This race often attracts a few Wesham members but not this year unfortunately. The Worden Park 10k in Leyland was cancelled but went ahead over the week as a virtual run instead but did not attract any Wesham members.

Daniel Shaw stuck at the top of last week’s Wesham Strava training leader-board although he had to up his mileage to 72.5 to top out the list in 9:41:20.  Big-mileage ultra-distance runner Ugis Datavs pushed Daniel all the way although with just four runs for 71.8 miles in 9:24:32. Mark Belfield placed third at 60.1 miles in a more sprightly 7:26:45, with Rob Danson fourth on 49.5 miles in 5:27:32. Mark Holton came fifth in 5:50:20 over 43.7 miles and Neil Gregson sixth on 40.6 miles in 4:59:05. Sue Coulthurst headed the women’s leader-board at 34.9 miles run in a cumulative time of 5:38:32 with Kerry Eccles second with 34.5 miles in 6:14:19. Lynn Brown positioned third at 30.3 miles in 7:29:27 with Tanya Shaw fourth with 30.l miles in 4:20:52. Helen Lawrenson came in fifth over 26.5 miles in 4:22:21. Matty Holton was seventh overall on 40 miles in 5:16:00 and Peter Rooney was eighth in 5:46:53 over 38.4 miles. Completing the top 10 Steve Myerscough ran 38.3 miles in 5:42:47 and Alan Hudson 37.8 miles in 5:25:43. Daniel Shaw was also Monarch of the Mountains again with 2,946ft of elevation gain with Helen Lawrenson second and first woman with 1,850ft climbed. Paul Lancashire was second on 1,736ft over 12 miles in 1:56:12, with Sue Coulthurst second woman with 1,221ft uphill ascended. Ugis Datavs held fourth place overall on 1,725ft and Julie Parton 1,050ft for 16.1 miles in 2:41:48. There were 15 members with more than 1,000ft of elevation with David Taylor marking up 1,001ft, Lynn Brown 1,029ft, Mark Belfield 1,104ft, Neil Whipp 1,210ft, Martin Allison 1,244ft, Peter Rooney 1,353ft, Rob Danson 1,492ft, James Mulvany 1,599ft and Paul Eccles 1,665ft. Fastest paced over the week was Steve Swarbrick at 6:27 per mile over a single run of 5.7 miles with Garry Barnett second on 6:28 per mile over 10.1 miles in 1:05:19. Rob Danson was third on 6:37 pace and Andrew Harling fourth at 7:10 pace (23.5 miles in 2:48:25). Fastest paced woman was Tess Robinson at 7:32 pace over 23.8 miles in 2:59:18 with Emma Lund second on 8:08 per mile over 6.8 miles in 55:18. Tanya Shaw was third at 8:40 pace. The longest individual run was a whopping 62.1 miles (100km) by Ugis Datavs over a 5k circuit from Ribby Hall in 8:07:27. Second longest run was 20 miles by Mark Belfield, and 14.8 miles by Daniel Shaw.

In 2010 eleven years ago Steve Littler reigned supreme at the Edinburgh Marathon with his first major city win but it was only in the final 200 metres that he gained the lead in a spectacular finish. He was in 3rd place at the first 10km mark reached in a swift 33:50 with the then leader 45 seconds ahead. Still in 3rd place at the halfway point at 1:12:08 the lead had changed with Paul Hinch surging away with a 1:45 advantage. By 30k Littler had slowed to 35-minute 10k pace but by 31k he had moved into 2nd place ahead of the early leader. 10km later and the crowd approaching the finish began to get excited as Hinch was fading and Littler was strong, showing his over-distance 30-mile training runs were paying off. With just over 200m to go he forged into the lead and won in an impressive 2:26:30 on the warmest day of the year. Nigel Shepherd was the only Wesham runner in this year’s Windermere Marathon finishing 255th and 16th M50 in a best time of 3:53:42 (chip time 3:53:19). This was his fourth year in the event, but he found it tougher than his run in the London Marathon three weeks previously. Wesham were a strong contingent in the Blue Light 5 Mile Fun Run at Bispham organised by the local emergency services in aid of the Gynn Square Memorial Fund. Peter Waywell finished an excellent 3rd and 1st M40 in 31:03, with Nigel Shepherd fresh from the Windermere Marathon 14th and 2nd M50 with 34:58. Graham Vickers was 3rd M50 and 16th in 35:32 with Charles Colby 18th in 36:12. Peter Bartlett came in 1st M60 and 19th in 36:16 and Alan Taylor right behind 20th with 36:21. Simon Eaton took the next position with 37:08 and Nicola Unsworth was the first Wesham woman and 2nd W35 in 37:55 in 26th position. Barry Edwards claimed 28th place and 2nd M45 with 38:02 and Angela Colby 30th with 38:15. Kath Hoyer placed 33rd and 1st W50 in 38:43 and Peter Cooke 47th with 41:40. Helen Lawrenson was 55th in 43:00; Mike Walsh 1st M75 and 59th 43:34; Sharon Cooper 62nd 44:02; Dave Young 63rd and 2nd M60 44:02; and Dave Jones 89th 51:02; Lisa Tomlinson 105th 60:50. The second Mid Lancs Track & Field meeting took place at Hyndburn on Saturday afternoon in glorious summer sunshine. In the opening 800m Alex Rowe placed 6th with 2:21.9 and Peter Gleaves 8th with a new personal best 2:30.7. Joanna Goorney was 4th in the senior women’s race with a solid 2:40.8 after a fast start. In the 1500m Rowe ran better to clock 4:43.4 and Gleaves another best of 5:19.4. Goorney was 3rd with 5:43.3 having missed her chance in the long jump and 3rd in the 400m with 73.9. Rounding off the afternoon in the 3000m Rowe lead the way for 6 laps being overtaken at 300m but finished 2nd with a sprint in 10:06.2 just 0.4 seconds adrift. Chris Whitlock ran the Stanwick Fell race on Thursday evening, running 38:37 for the 5 miles and 800ft climb from Oswaldtwistle. Dave Waywell was 1st M65 and 17th in the Sowerby Scorcher on Saturday in very warm conditions. Kath Hoyer was 6th woman and 57th overall with 55:36. John Howorth ran the 30th 26:11 in the Rosemere 5km run in Blackburn. Gary Moore was the first Wesham finisher in the Horwich Jubilee 5-mile race on Wednesday evening, finishing 4th M50 and 33rd in 32:04. Mick Edge was 6th M50 and 38th with 33:21, recovering well from a recurring back injury. Chris Whitlock is similarly coming back to fitness and ran 34:17 for 50th place. Carmel Sullivan was 1st W40 and 3rd woman in a fine 34:32, 53rd overall, just 36 seconds off the lead. Sarah Sherratt was back in action and ran well to place 5th woman and 3rd W35 with 35:23. Michaela Dempsey made up the team with 7th place and 2nd W40 in 36:13, 67th overall. This performance earned the Wesham women the top ladies team. In the second Chorley Park Series on Friday Gary Moore was again in action, this time running 20:30 for the 5km multi terrain course finishing 27th and 2nd M50. Sarah Sherratt placed 8th woman 3rd W35 and 55th overall with 22:37 and Michaela Dempsey was 11th woman with 23:26 in 63rd place overall.

In 2012 London Olympic year John Bertenshaw ran an excellent 3:17:39 to finish 32nd and 1st M55 in the Windermere Marathon on Sunday. Chasing a 3:15 qualifying time for the London Marathon he came tantalisingly close on a perfect day for running but on one of the toughest courses in the country. Charles Colby made a good effort and he finished 98th in 3:36:35. Troy Watson continued his pursuit of challenges with his second marathon in a month with 3:36:36 in 99th right behind Charles. James Hewell made a solid statement with 3:46:43 for 161st place and Jenny Salt ran really well to finish 27th woman in 3:54:00. Nigel Shepherd completed his 5th Windermere with a personal best of 2 minutes finishing 200th in 3:52:13, 13th M50. Angela Colby was 38th woman and 11th W40 in 3:58:12 in 254th place overall. John Howorth was 13th M55 and 494th with 4:31:11. Rob Danson clocked up another second place in the Worden Park 10k in Leyland on Sunday running the second half with a migraine headache dropping a minute behind the winner and clocking a fine 35:32 but still half a minute clear of his chasers. Rob was the only Wesham runner in this race of 174 competitors. Simon Eaton was the first Wesham finisher of nine in the Fishwick 5 Mile road race on Sunday, clocking 35:12 for 10th place having originally intended to run the Windermere Marathon. He was 3rd M40. Alan Taylor was 12th and 4th M40 in 38:18, with Kath Hoyer 2nd woman 2nd W50 and 14th overall in 40:21. John Sharples was 1st M55 and 14th overall in 41:14. Jenn Thompson was 5th woman and 21st overall in 43:04 with Michaela Dempsey a minute behind in 6th place and 22nd with a time of 44:05, 1st W45. Peter Cooke was 24th and 1st M50 in 44:36; Paul Carter 26th with 45:09; George Flanagan 27th and 4th M60 in 45:11. Lee Barlow was 22nd and 4th M40 in the first Horwich Jubilee series race over the 5-mile distance clocking 32:17. Joanna Goorney continued her fine form finishing 1st W40 and 2nd woman in 46th place overall with 34:25 on the undulating two-lap route. George Kennedy was 78th and 12th M50 in 36:08. Emma Lund was 8th woman in 85th place in 36:31; Helen Lawrenson dropped behind to finish 11th woman and 3rd W40 in 36:57; Sarah Sherratt was 13th woman and 4th W40 in 107th place with 38:06; Sharon Cooper was 31st, 10th W35 and 167th in 44:04; Peter Cooke 181st with 45:34. The ladies won the women’s team, a fine performance just holding off Burnden by 4 points but the men failed to complete a full team. Claire Stephenson had taken 5 minutes off her previous best for the 6.2 miles in the Blackpool 10k last week running 52:45. Tara Fisher was 4th in her age category and 198th overall and she clocked a fine 44:15; Vicky Barlow was 551st with 49:45 and Lisa Minns 570th and 5th in her age group with a round time of 50:00. Sarah Sherratt was 5th woman and 1st W40 in the Chorley Park Series on Friday evening running 22:06 for the multi terrain 5km for 27th place overall. Michaela Dempsey was 9th woman and 1st W45, 40th overall in 25:49 as she cautiously recovers from her injury. Tracey Hulme ran in the Great Manchester 10k on Sunday, and she came 222nd woman and 2836th overall in 46:04. Mark Pattinson finished 2964th with 46:38; Dave Jones was 12226th in 56:40; Graham Jones 15337th with 59:39; Lee Melia 15500th and April Scott 15499th running together for 59:48; Celia Gregory was 15942nd in 60:15. James Hewell ran in the second of the Chernobyl 5k series from the Welcome Tavern in Preston on Tuesday evening over a challenging course using the old tramway and he ran 19:26 for 14th place. Alan Taylor was 32nd with 22:10 finishing 4th M40.