Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Barry Peatfield, Dave Young and Peter Bartlett in the M60 team at the BMAF Relays

There were fewer cancelled races last week but still nothing on offer locally for Fylde athletes, although competition is getting under way. The Levens 10k, part of the Kendal AC series, was cancelled, as was the Grasmere Gallop in Cumbria, a popular weekend for Wesham in the past. This event was going to be split across two days on Saturday and Sunday for the first time as it grows in size and complexity with multiple disciplines.

Mick Edge continued his triathlete progression in the EpicMan standard distance Windermere Triathlon last Sunday in gloriously hot weather. He finished the opening 1.2 km swim in the lake in 29:55 finishing 11th overall. On the ensuing 40km bike stage on hilly ground he clocked the 22nd fastest split time in 1:17:32 but stood in 17th position overall. Finishing with a 10km run in 56:14 over two 5km laps he crossed the line 21st to give him an overall time of 2:47:09 with 3:28 spent in the two transitions. He finished first M60+ with a very creditable performance.

Daniel Shaw topped the Wesham Strava training leader-board for the third week with another whopping 72 miles, completed in a cumulative time of 8:51:28. Rob Danson upped his stakes again to 60.2 miles run in 6:27:17, and Mark Belfield placed third with 60 miles in 7:23:00. Steve Swarbrick was fourth on the list at 46.3 miles in 8:37:16, and Alan Hudson was fifth on 38 miles in 5:26:48. Steve Myerscough was next at 37.2 miles in 5:31:05 and Robert Danson seventh with 33 miles in 4:54:48. Martin Bates was next with 33 miles in 6:17:51; James Mulvany 32.6 miles in 4:19:43, and Lynn Brown topped the women’s leader-board 10th over all on 30.8 miles in 7:34:03. Michell Tickle was second woman running 30.6 miles in 4:32:51 placing 12th overall, with Kerry Eccles third and 15th on the overall leader-board after 30 miles running in 5:21:00. Tanya Shaw was equal on 30 miles in 4:19:30, with Kay Twist fifth woman with 27 miles clocked in 4:17:51. Helen Dutton claimed 25.4 miles in a time of 4:05:07. On elevation gain Paul Eccles was again a high climber with 2,972ft run over 13.5 miles in 2:07:48. Steve Swarbrick was second with 2,931ft uphill with Martin Bates third on 2,342ft. Daniel Shaw placed fourth with 2,079ft elevation and Chris Hastwell fifth 1,718ft over 30.7 miles in 4:25:33 with Paul Lancashire 1,635ft on 25.3 miles in 3:25:21. Leading woman was Helen Lawrenson at 1,545ft over 22.4 miles in 3:23:28, with Michelle Tickle second with 1,301ft climbed. Lynn Brown was third on 906ft and Kerry Eccles fourth at 798ft uphill. Helen Dutton was fifth woman up 576ft. Speediest on pace was Alek Walker with 5:18 over one run of 2.6 miles in 13:47. Rob Danson was second at 6:26 per mile over his 60.2 weekly total, and Jonny Allsop third on 6:39 also over 2.6 miles with Alek in 17:17. David Taylor averaged 6:46 over his 18.7 miles run in 2:06:32 with Garry Barnett this week on 6:50 pace over 28.2 miles in 3:12:42. James Green paced 6:55 per mile over 13.1 miles in 1:30:36, a good half marathon, and Andrew Harling was at 7:05 pace over 16.9 miles in 1:59:42. On the women’s pace leader-board Tess Robinson was top at 8:05 per mile for 8.3 miles in 1:07:06 with Suzanne Leonard on 8:06 per mile over 2.4 miles in 19:26. Julie Parton was third fastest at 8:14 on 3.2 miles in 26:21 and Tanya Shaw 8:39 per mile. Michelle Tickle was fifth woman clocking 8:55 pace. Longest single run of the week came from Steve Swarbrick with 23.4 miles in one effort. Mark Belfield put in a 22-miler and Daniel Shaw was next down at 15 miles. Tanya Shaw ran an 11-miler and Helen Lawrenson 10 miles. Kay Twist ran 8.6 miles in her longest run.

In 2011 Russell Mabbett completed the Bob Graham Round on Sunday in 23 hours and 53 minutes in a glorious effort of cooperation and collaboration between Wesham and Blackpool club members. Setting off in the dark at midnight from the Moot Hall in Keswick the first stage over Skiddaw and Blencathra was blighted by poor visibility losing an hour but coming in strong for the changeover. Cloud hampered the second stage in the early morning, but his support was strong and kept him on schedule through some tough spots. Over the central peaks his confidence grew and with superb support from his helpers throughout the day he made up ground and with a supreme push from Honister after 9pm he came storming up the road into Keswick to finish with minutes to spare with his total effort 71 miles and 43 peaks. He is the third member of Wesham to complete the 24-hour challenge, with Dougie Brown and Richard Davies having gone before. Closer to home the Wesham ladies won the women’s team at the third Inter Club race in Preston over a revised 4.4-mile course on Wednesday evening. The Open team were 2nd and the veterans third. There will be a full report and results next week. Steve Littler won the Catforth Canter on Saturday evening, running the 5km in 16:05 to win by 30 seconds. Steve Myerscough was 6th in 18:11, 33 seconds behind the women’s winner Mary Wilkinson of Bingley. Richard Davies was 11th in 18:52 and 2nd M50, with Helen Lawrenson 2nd woman in 20:39 and 20th place overall. John Sharples was 21st with 21:08 and Chris Moss 23rd in 21:27. Jonathan Lawson was 27th in 22:06 and Dave Waywell 1st M65 and 31st in 23:25. Alex Rowe finished strongly in the opening race in the Cuerden Valley Badger Trail race series over a 10km distance through the park to place 5th and 1st M50 in 37:31. Charles Colby was in action again crossing the line 36th in 45:01. Sarah Sherratt was the first Wesham woman to the finished in 45:15 for 40th place and 4th woman. George Kennedy was 42nd and 2nd M50 in 45:22, with Emma Lund right behind as 5th woman and 43rd overall in 45:23. John Sharples was 51st in 47:18 and James Hewell 68th with 50:22. Graham Cunliffe was 71st in 50:37 and Shaun Turner 80th in 51:40. Sharon Cooper was 23rd woman and 111th with 55:04. George Flanagan was 127th in 56:22 and Norman Bateman 140th in 58:33. Laura Wilsdon was 42nd and 148th overall in 59:08 and Ruth Turner 61st and 174th overall in 67:28. The Wesham women were 2nd team at this race. In the Longridge Lions 7-mile race up and over Jeffrey Hill Helen Lawrenson was first home for Wesham in 22nd place and 4th woman with a time of 51:01 and a W40 victory. Emma Lund was second in with 51:13 in 24th place as 5th woman. Nigel Shepherd ran 53:01 for 29th position and 3rd M50, and Alan Taylor was 31st in 53:59. Nicola Unsworth was 6th woman, 2nd W40 and 40th with 55:35, Graham Cunliffe racing back to fitness 45th and 5th M50 with 56:58; Stephen Wilkinson 53rd in 59:11; Brian Porter 58th with 60:10; John Howorth 61st in 60:36; Norman Bateman was 1st M70 and 81st with 65:09; and Paul Carter 86th in 69:10. Lee Barlow had a great run on Wednesday evening in the southern lakes when he finished 6th in the Levens 10k the second race in the Kendal series. He clocked 37:59 for the hilly course. Simon Eaton was 16th in 41:57; Charles Colby 22nd with 43:25; Angela Colby 2nd W40 33rd with 46:51; Chris Moss 34th in 46:59; Dave Waywell 2nd M60 and 38th in 47:49; Kath Hoyer 3rd W50 11th woman and 42nd overall with 48:18; Helen Jolly 59th in 59:05; and Mike Walsh 60th in 59:05. Steve Myerscough ran the second Chorley Harriers 4.4-mile trail race on Wednesday and finished 12th in 27:51. He was the only Wesham runner. Alan Hudson ran the Hollins Green 5-mile road race in Cheshire and finished 1st M60 in 18:42 and 49th overall in a high quality race. Kath Hoyer finished 44th and 1st W50 in the Edenfield Fell Race on Sunday running 68:28 over 7.5 miles with 1600ft climb. Dave Preston finished 67th in the Allenthorpe Half Marathon in a time of 1:49:53, placing 6th M60 in hot and windy conditions on an otherwise flat course.

Back in 2013 eight years ago, while the UK bathed in its first wave of summer sun the Great Britain Masters team were away in Czech Republic in decidedly inclement climes for the European Veterans Non-Stadia Championships (EVACNS) staged in Upice, a Garstang-sized town in the northeast Bohemian region. Due to early uncertainties about the local organisation, there was a very small GB team with only 31 entrants, and a Fylde-based group of athletes with strong Wesham associations formed the performance core of the team. The Championships opened on Friday with 10km road races and walks, a 5km out and back alongside the river, with a 30m drop to the turning point and the start and finish at the top of a 400m cobbled street, a tough run up to the line. Wesham’s Lee Barlow was the leading GB Master with a fine run of 35:58 to place 8th M40. Alex Rowe was 10th M55 in 37:37, and John Collier 20th in 38:53. Blackpool’s Trevor Rayner was 14th M50 in 38:43. GB did not have an M40 team with Lee the only entrant, but the M50 team were 5th lead by Rayner and the M55s 6th. On the Saturday the action switched to Male Svatonovice for the cross country relays, 3 laps of 4km around a figure of eight 1km circuit on a hillside. The M55 team became an all-Wesham affair with John Collier on the first leg, Paul Williams on stage 2 and Alex Rowe on the anchor leg clocking 51:14 to bring the team home 5th with Germany, Ukraine and Czech taking the medal positions. Trevor Rayner ran the closing stage for the M50 team who were successful in reeling in the bronze medals behind Germany and Czech in 56:14 for the 12km. Early on Sunday morning the action returned to Upice for the half marathon, out and back on Friday’s 10km course followed by a further 5km out and back up the valley in the opposite direction finishing again with the cobbled 400m ascent to the town square. Lee Barlow was again on fire, and he stormed round the challenging course to finish 7th in 1:19:27, a fine run in blustery and chilly overcast conditions. Alex Rowe came in 7th M55 in 1:21:32 with John Collier 15th with 1:27:17. Trevor Rayner was 19th M50 in 1:27:39, and Tanya Barlow finished 7th W40 at the price of a calf tear bravely continuing to clock 1:51:56, the only GB woman competitor. Alan Glasgow ran in the Open race, finishing 5th male in 1:34:26. The GB M40s assembled a team with Rayner and Alan Roberts dropping down and placed 4th; and the M55s were also 4th with an M65 dropping down. Rob Danson ran a fine 2:59:56 in the Edinburgh Marathon having run London just 6 weeks ago, finishing 107th. Jenn Thompson ran 3:55:56 for 2502nd place, a great performance. There were no Wesham competitors in either the Lancashire AA Track & Field Championships in Blackpool over the weekend, nor the Northern Veterans T&F Championships at Leigh, but at home the main event was the Great Eccleston Flat 4 Miler, where Karl Lee was the leading Wesham runner in 4th place with 22:33. Barry Norman was close behind in 6th place with 23:08. Garry Barnett was coming back to form, and he placed 13th and 2nd M45 in 24:30. Helen Lawrenson was 4th woman and 2nd W40 in 26:29; Emma Lund 6th in 27:20; Nicola Unsworth 9th with 28:19 and Lisa Minns 20th with 33:17. The ladies were clear women team winners. Graham Cunliffe was 18th and 3rd M55 in 24:57; Duncan Carter 19th and 1st M40 with 25:01; George Kennedy 33rd and 5th M55 in 26:28; Phil leaver 51st in 28:23; Alan Taylor 55th 28:56; Jonathan Lawson 57th 29:12; Dave Waywell 61st 1st M65 30:09; Peter Cooke 69th 32:05; Paul Carter 75th 33:13; John Howorth 76th 33:17; George Flanagan 84th 34:23; Dave Young 92nd 35:33; Mike Walsh 98th 1st M75+ with 36:57. There were a fair few Wesham runners in the Fishwick 5 trail race mid-week on Wednesday.  Karl Lee led the way finishing 3rd in 29:19, chased by Simon Eaton who was 4th in 32:58, 2nd M40 behind the race winner Rob Affleck of Preston. Steve Myerscough was 8th in 35:55. Helen Lawrenson was next across the line in 37:36 with Mick Edge hot on her heels with 38:46th for 19th place and Dave Jones 29th in 53:18, 1st M65. Kath Hoyer was the first Wesham runner home in the Hutton Roof Fell Race on Saturday on the first day of the bank holiday heat wave. In excellent conditions she raced to 36th woman, 6th W50 and 198th overall in this popular run with a time of 1:19:31. Jenny Salt was 39th woman in 1:21:09, 208th overall. Sarah Sherratt was 3rd W40 and 10th woman in 1:08:51, 109th overall. Mark Midgley came in 145th with 1:12:45. Stephen Whitehead ran the first of this year’s Lancaster 5km races, finishing 74th with 22:46. Kath Hoyer finished 6th woman and 2nd W50 in the Bowley Hill Trail Race in 56:42 for the 5.9 miles, 32nd overall. Alistair Morris was 3rd M50 and 39th overall in this small race with a time of 60:25.