Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Paul Gregory in action in Cuerden Valley in 2014

There was a definite return to some athletic action for Wesham over the last week with some competition at the weekend and a physical monthly handicap for members. The starting up of parkrun last weekend had to be postponed while permissions from enough landowners is granted but this may be only a few weeks away now.

Helen Lawrenson ran the Lakeland Trails Challenge Half Marathon to finish 107th and 10th W50 with former team-mate and now Blackpool’s Nicola Unsworth in 2:19:44 alongside Coniston Water. Helen was placed 35th woman.

Paul Lancashire ran the Montane Trail 20 Ullswater Way, what turned out to be a 22.3-mile circuit of Ullswater last weekend in brutally hot conditions, taking in lakeside, the peaks to the north of the lake and to the west up Haughscar towards Askham on rocky ascents and through woodland and open fell. He completed the round from Patterdale in 4:19:44 for 150th position.

Mick Edge was on the swim this week in the Epic Events Ullswater Swim. In the 1-mile swim he finished 50th overall, 30th male and 1st M60 out of 13 competitors in 27:11 on a gorgeous day in good conditions.

In the Wesham June Handicap on Monday evening, run as a physical event with a staggered start, Peter Rooney lead from start to finish in to clock 39:46 with a 2-minute handicap. Mick Edge was second in 41:33 working is way up the field, and Steve Myerscough also gained ground to come in third in 42:32. Carmel Sullivan stormed round to finish first woman in 43:41 and fourth overall, with Stephen Twist running strongly with 44:30. Alek Walker lead round a group of the faster men in 44:51 with Tom Crabtree 7th in 44:53 and Chris Hastwell 8th with 45:10. Jenny Salt was second woman and 9th in 45:29; David Taylor on the biggest handicap 10th in 45:36; Alan Hudson 11th in 45:40; Lee Nixon 12th with 46:06; Sharlan Butcher third woman and 13th in 46:10; Andy Moore 14th in 46:17; Ryan Azzopardi 15th in 46:28; Andrew Wilkinson 16th with 46:40; Dawn Biggs fourth woman and 17th in 46:42; Chris Haines 18th (46:49); Rob Wallace 19th (47:07); Robert Danson 20th (47:18); Steven Browne 21st (47:24); Julie Paton 5th woman, 22nd in 47:33; Kerry Eccles 6th woman, 23rd (48:01); Julie Kinsey 7th and 24th (49:25); Louise Lord 8th and 25th (50:13); Sue Rigby 9th and 26th (50:29); and Peter Bartlett 26th in 53:04. On net times, Tom Crabtree ran the fastest time of 27:53 with David Taylor 2nd at 28:36 (both on a 17-minute handicap). Alek Walker was 3rd with 30:51 and Chris Hastwell 4th with 31:10. Steve Myerscough was 5th in 31:32; Lee Nixon 6th at 32:06 (all these on 14-minute handicap and Steve at 11 minutes), with Chris Haines 7th in 33:49; and Rob Wallace 8th in 34:07. Carmel Sullivan was fastest woman at 34:41 (9th overall), with Jenny Salt 2nd and 16th overall in 40:29. Julie Paton was 3rd in 44:33; Kerry Eccles 4th with 46:01; and Sharlan Butcher 5th in 46:10. Julie Kinsey was 6th in 46:25 and Dawn Biggs 7th in 46:42. Louise Lord was 8th on 47:13, 25th overall.

Daniel Shaw was back at the top of the Wesham Strava training leader-board last week after logging 66.5 miles in 8:36:15. Mark Belfield rounded up 60 miles in 7:36:41 for second place with Rob Danson on 50.1 miles run in 5:28:09. Lee Barlow was back on form to come in fourth after 45.1 miles in 5:43:31 with Peter Rooney knocking out the miles at 43 in 6:23:25. Steven Gore was up there in sixth place with 39.7 miles in 6:00:37 with Steve Swarbrick on the hills with 37.6 miles in 5:34:01 and Robert Danson eighth on 37.2 miles in 5:36:40. Steve Myerscough was down to 36.5 miles with an easier week in 5:19:59, and Alan Hudson 10th with a consistent 36.3 to clock 5:14:00. On the women’s leader-board Julie Parton came out top on 33.9 miles in 6:43:38, 13th overall, with Helen Lawrenson second at 32.7 miles in 5:23:44. Tanya Shaw came in third with 28.2 miles in 4:08:38 chased by Kerry Eccles on 27.7 miles in 4:53:37. Sue Coulthurst was fifth woman with 26.8 miles run in 3:55:24. Lynn Brown and Michelle Tickle were sixth and seventh this week on 23.8 and 22.4 miles respectively in 6:00:58 and 3:17:30. On elevation gain Julie Parton was head of the leader-board on 3,891ft climbed ahead of Steve Swarbrick at 3,486ft uphill. Paul Lancashire was third with 3,244ft over 22.2 miles in 4:07:32 with Daniel Shaw fourth at 2,536ft climbed. Helen Lawrenson was second woman on 2,096ft ahead of James Mulvany in sixth position with 1,703ft. Martin Bates loves hills and he clocked 1,695ft over 30.2 miles in 4;50:56. Neil Gregson ran 1,690ft uphill over 31.6 miles and Chris Hastwell 1,681ft over 29.5 miles for 9th place. Paul Eccles was tenth at 1,601ft over just 5 miles in 47 minutes. Helen Dutton was third woman on 1,058ft with 12.1 miles in 3:09:10 and Michelle Tickle next in at 945ft. on average pace Rob Danson was back at the top turning over at 6:33 per mile with Alek Walker second on 6:57 pace over 6 miles in 41:42. James Green was third at 7-minute pace for 15.1 miles in 1:45:42 and Garry Barnett fourth with 7:04 pace for 22.3 miles in 2:37:35. Andrew Harling was fifth at 7:06 per mile for 20.3 miles in 2:24:08.  Suzanne Leonard was back as the fastest woman over 13 miles at 7:59 pace in 1:43:47, just ahead of Tess Robinson at 8:03 pace for 5.8 miles in 46:41. Anne Mayers was third woman at 8:12 pace over 3 miles in 24:36 with Karen Cook fourth running 8:26 pace for 3.1 miles in 26:09 just beating Troy Watson in the same run. Emma Lund clocked 8:31 pace over a 5.5-mile distance in 46:51. Longest runs last week were 22.2 miles by Paul Lancashire and 20 miles by Mark Belfield. Mark Holton ran a 15.2-miler in his 29.8 for the week (in 4:20:15) while Julie Parton ran 13.2 miles for the fourth longest of the week. Helen Lawrenson ran a 12.5-miler and Tanya Shaw 10.2 miles.

In 2005 Wesham’s international race walker Bill Newhill took two M65 gold medals on the track in the Midland Veterans’ championships, while the club scored other successes on the roads and trails of the North. Bill Newhill won the M65 gold medal in the Midland Veterans’ 5000m Track Walk, pacing 32:34.0 before repeating the result with an M65 win in the 5000m run with 25:36.0. Mid-week 16 Wesham runners ran in the second fixture of the Kendal AC 10km series at Levens. With the course reversed, times were improved, taking in the hilly section to Brigsteer first. Series leader Chris Winward was never challenged but Charlie Pass and Alex Rowe put on a good chase, finishing 2nd and 3rd in 34:19 and 34:41 respectively. Alex was the first Over-40 finisher. Ian Sharples and Peter Cruse were 10th and 11th respectively in 37:17 and 37:30, with Paul Dunkerley close behind in 13th with 37:50. Bernadette Dickinson was 5th woman and 1st Over-40 in 45:32, while Kath Hoyer was 6th woman and 1st Over-45 with 46:16. Lee Barlow finished 27th in the 2-lap Chorley 4, recording 22:32, and George Kennedy (M45) was 50th in 23:47. Stephen Wilkinson finished 141st in a time of 28:52. On Sunday Peter Cruse led the blues in a strong field in the Morecambe 10k. Peter ran 36:52 for 19th place in high winds along the sea front. Dave Waywell was second Wesham home, 1st Over-60 in 37:19 for 24th place. Martin Bates was next in with a great run, recording 38:46 for 35th place, with John Bertenshaw hot on his heels with 39:00 in 36th. Jo Frodsham finished 8th woman and 2nd Over-35 in 42:34, with Kath Hoyer 13th and 2nd Over-45 running 44:41. Alex Rowe finished 5th overall and 2nd Over-40 in the Garburn Trail Race from Staveley to Windermere. Alex ran 1:27:47 for the 20km course with 1550’ of ascent. Richard Davies (M45) ran a fine 1:44:43 to finish 46th. Dave Preston travelled east to join 339 other runners for the Goole Viking Striders Riverbank Challenge on Sunday, an 8.73-mile trek along trails beside the River Ouse. Dave finished 51st in 63:15. Peter Cooke ran the Central Pier 4-mile race along Blackpool Promenade, finishing 7th in 30:04. Peter was 1st Over-45. The Wesham M50 team won the third Inter-Club race hosted by Blackpool & Fylde in Stanley Park on Tuesday evening. The Open and Veterans’ team both finished 2nd, with the women 3rd. Full results next week.

Seven years ago in 2014 Paul Gregory won the Staveley Trail Challenge on Saturday morning in stunning weather conditions, running 1:22:50 for the 17km up though Kentmere and on to the fells. He ended with a 2:45 lead on the second placed runner. Elliot Costello finished 403rd in 2:32:36. In the Welcome Tavern 5k on Tuesday evening Steve Myerscough finished 12th in 18:23, a good performance on the undulating course going into the Avenham meadows alongside the Ribble. Carmel Sullivan won the women’s race in 31st place overall with 20:01, a fine run beating Blackpool’s Emily Japp by 4 seconds. Helen Lawrenson was 3rd woman in 20:47 placing 41st overall and 1st W40. Nicola Unsworth was 5th and 2nd W40 with 21:40 in 47th place. Sara Ward completed a fine Wesham ladies’ team in 11th place and 6th W45 in 61st place with 23:48. Wesham had a very strong turnout at the Levens 10k on Wednesday evening the second race in the Kendal AC series. Under skies that threatened the rain held off until the end of the race although there was considerable wind on the way out up the Lyth Valley. Lee Barlow was in fine form and he pulled away strongly into the hills after a good opening half to finish 4th and 2nd Over-40 in 37:21. Alex Rowe faded over the second half but with a strong finish placed 8th and 1st Over-50 in 37:57. Close behind Paul Gregory was 10th in 38:14, and Jason Barlow was 14th and 6th M40 in 38:26. John Collier finished 22nd and 1st M60 in 40:13, with Garry Barnett 25th with a strong run recording 40:54. Phil Leaver was 3rd M60 and 45th in 44:41; Alan Taylor 66th with 47:28; Jen Salt 68th in 47:48; and Chris Moss 70th in 48:00. Kendal AC were the winning team, but the Wesham men were a close 2nd behind them. Wesham had an excellent showing at the first of three Catforth Canter 5k races this year. Rob Danson was 2nd in 15:46; Lee Barlow 14th in 17:19 and 4th M40; Alex Rowe was 16th and 1st M55 in 17:31. Steve Myerscough was hot on his heels with 17:37 for a new personal best; Troy Watson was 19th in 17:44; Garry Barnett 28th in 19:04; Paul Gregory 8 seconds adrift in 29th place with 19:12, having run the Staveley Trail Race that morning; Emma Lund was 2nd woman and 38th in 19:43; George Kennedy was 39th in 19:49, an excellent run as the M55 returns to the fold; Alan Hudson was 1st M60 and 42nd in 20:20; Daniel Moss 47th with 21:00; Helen Lawrenson 3rd woman and 48th in 21:02; Jason Blagden 52nd with 21:33; Chris Moss 54th in 22:24; Jonathan Lawson 56th with 22:36; Jen Salt 1st W35 and 58th in 22:57; Ben Wrigley 61st with 23:20; Tracey Hulme 5th woman and 62nd in 23:23; Diane Blagden 7th woman and 67th in 24:19; and Gemma Owen 12th woman and 75th with 26:28. Alex Rowe was 2nd in the Crazy Cow 10k on Sunday morning in lovely warm summer conditions, running 36:46 placing 1st M55. Alan Taylor was 34th in 47:17 and Michaela Dempsey was 39th with 47:53. Jon McLeod was 57th in 51:48.