Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Tom Crabtree back in action in the Father’s Day 10k in Lancaster

There was some competition last week for Wesham members as athletics start to open up with the easing of restrictions. There were also continuing cancellations with the popular Hawkshead 10k on Wednesday evening the latest in the Kendal AC series, although they have a revised Endmoor 10k scheduled in August, over a month after the series has concluded in past years.

Local racing returned on Sunday with the Father’s Day 10k in Lancaster run from the quayside along the riverside cycle path and over the river towards Morecambe and back with three separate waves starts. There were four Wesham members taking part, with Tom Crabtree the first to the finish in 36:41 for 18th place. Steve Abbott placed 24th with a time of 39:15 and 5th M40. Three seconds behind Neil Gregson came in 25th in 39:18. Helen Dutton finished 125th in 58:40, 7th W35 and 38th woman.

Mick Edge took on the Lakesman Half Ironman in Keswick on Sunday, in perfect conditions, with a good opening swim but then 61 miles on the bike after taking a wrong turn added on 5 miles. His knee started hurting so he had to walk part of the run but persevered to finish the event in style. He started with the 1.9km swim in 32:36 finishing 55th. Completed the 92.9km bike stage in 3:16:33, coming in 275th fastest and 235th overall. Then he ran 3:02:43 for the half marathon running stage to give an overall time of 6:59:42 for 398th place having spent 7:50 in the two transitions.

Anne Mayers-Smith ran the opening Sale Sizzler 5km event in Manchester’s Wythenshawe Park, running 24:38 for 81st woman, 393rd overall and 12th W40, in a high-quality event won in 14:09 with seven runners under 15 minutes.

Helen Greenhalgh topped the Wesham Strava training leader-board last week with a single tremendous ultra-distance effort of 69.5 miles in a time of 23:43:59, also topping the elevation gain ranks with 4,347ft of climb. Daniel Shaw was second on the list at 64.5 miles run in 8:25:22 with Rob Danson third with 62.4 miles in 6:57:02. Ugis Datavs recorded 60.4 miles in 7:30:59 and Mark Belfield 48 miles in 5:49:36. With Mark Holton sixth on 40.8 miles in 5:33:53 Helen Lawrenson was seventh overall and second woman with 40.3 miles and a cumulative time of 6:20:50. Lynn Brown was third woman with 34.6 miles in a time of 8:50:58 with Tanya Shaw fourth running 30 miles in 4:18:30. Sue Coulthurst clocked 27.2 miles in 4:15:14 and Michelle Tickle 25.5 miles in 3:48:18. Rob Wallace notched up 39.4 miles in 5:40:49; Alan Hudson 38.3 miles in 5:27:28; and Steve Myerscough 37.9 miles in 5:42:22. Paul Eccles was second on the Monarch of the Mountains leader-board with 3,570ft over 13.1 miles in 1:57:02; and Rob Danson third at 1,891ft climbed. Daniel Shaw was fourth with 1,831ft ascent over 64.5 miles; Helen Lawrenson second woman and fifth overall with 1,499ft; James Mulvany sixth with 1,430 (31.1 miles in 4:01:02); Paul Lancashire seventh summiting 1,404ft over 18.4 miles in 2:29:39; Mark Belfield 1,328ft in 48 miles; Chris Hastwell 1,179ft (35 miles in 4:26:35); and Martin Bates 1,100ft across 17.2 miles in 2:50:00.  Michelle Tickle was third woman with 1,086ft; Lynn Brown fourth at 984ft; and Sue Coulthurst 805ft for fifth. Rob Danson had the fastest paced runs last week at an average speed of 6:41 per mile, with James Green second at 6:45 pace for 15.2 miles in 1:42:36. Garry Barnett was next speediest at 6:49 per mile over 10.1 miles in 1:08:51, and Andrew Harling 6:53 pace for 22 miles in 2:31:26. Tanya Shaw was the fastest woman at 8:37 pace with Michelle Tickle second with 8:57 per mile. Kay Twist was third on 9:05 pace and Anne Mayers fifth at 9:07 over 4.6 miles in 41:56. Second longest individual run behind Helen Greenhalgh was Keith Wilding with 30.6 miles in 7:14:31, and Ugis Datavs with 21.7 miles.

In 2010 eleven years ago the Sotos 10k in Fleetwood reached premier status in the Fylde in its third year on Sunday as it attracted its best field and provided a real showdown between the local clubs. The Wesham men were narrowly pipped to the men’s team victory by Blackpool in blisteringly hot conditions. Charlie Pass was in sizzling form but had to ease off on the day for 4th place in 24:21. M50 winner Alex Rowe made progress through the first half of the race tracking team mate Jason Barlow along the sea wall after the midpoint, just overhauling him over the final 200m to finish 6th with 35:26, with the latter 7th in 35:31. Lee Barlow was 15th in 37:00, while Troy Watson finished 29th in 39:46. Joanna Goorney had a superb run, finishing 2nd woman and 32nd overall in 40:13, also the first W40. Carmel Sullivan was 3rd woman and 2nd W40 in 41:49, 42nd overall. Sarah Sherratt clinched the women’s team for the Wesham ladies once again with 44:22 in 7th place, 3rd W35 and 60th overall. John Oliver was 51st in 42:34; Russell Mabbett 61st in 44:23 after his run the previous day in the South Lakes Half Marathon; Nigel Shepherd 68th in 45:03; Charles Colby 69th with 45:06; Michaela Dempsey 71st and 8th woman in 45:16, Graham Vickers 75th in 45:37; Chris Moss 78th in 46:13; Peter Bartlett 1st M60 and 82nd with 46:37; Alistair Morris 100th in 47:52; Helen Lawrenson 15th and 102nd with 47:56; Jonathan Lawson 104th in 47:58; Angela Colby 17th and 112th in 48:37; Kath  Hoyer 22nd, 2nd W50 and 127th in 49:19; Nicola Unsworth 23rd and 129th with 49:39; Barry Edwards 130th in 49:44; Stephen Wilkinson 134th in 50:08; Paul Carter 146th in50:48; Finlay McCalman 164th with 53:27; Dave Young 170th in 54:01; Peter Cooke 178th in 55:12; Anne Docherty 44th and 181st with 55:32, 3rd W50; Sharon Cooper 51st and 200th in 58:23; Dave Jones 209th in 58:47; Norman Bateman 5th M70 and 215th in 59:23; John Whiteman 230th with 60:31; Billy Newhill 283rd in 71:18. Charlie Pass was delighted with a clear win in Wednesday night’s Hawkshead 10k road race around Esthwaite Water on a glorious summers evening, gaining over a minute on the second placed runner with 34:17. Alex Rowe had a battle for 3rd place and won out over the final half mile to gain a 7 second advantage with 36:10 at the line over the undulating route, winning the M50 age category. With Simon Eaton 28th in 41:06 the Wesham men won the team for the third year in a row. Chris Moss was 58th and delighted with the result of 46:15, with Peter Bartlett surprised at 4th M60 but pleased with the time of 47:11 for 60th place. Jenny Salt well deserved her time of 47:21 in 62nd for a great run. At the Mid Lancs Track and Field League at Litherland on Saturday Alex Rowe and Peter Gleaves were Wesham’s representatives. In the 800m Rowe ran 2:21.3 for 8th place, 4th in Division 2 and Gleaves 12th and 6th with 2:32.5. Rowe was 6th and 2nd in the 1500m with 4:44.8 and Gleaves 11th and 5th in 5:25.8. They rounded off with the 3000m, Rowe 3rd with 10:01.1 and Gleaves 8th in 11:43.7, his debut at the distance. Richard Davies finished 12th in the second Harrock Hill Race, 1st m50 in 37:22, a fine result. Sarah Sherratt was 47th and 7th woman in 42:07. Carmel Sullivan was 61st and 10th woman, 4th W40 in 43:17. Graham Vickers was 72nd with 45:24; Michaela Dempsey was 76th, 15th woman and 7th W40 in 46:17. Steve Myerscough finished 11th in the Lancaster 5km series on Saturday evening, running 17:45. Kath Hoyer was 2nd lady in the Comptons Cross Fell Race on Saturday afternoon, running 88:54 for the 9 miles and 900ft ascent. Over an out and back route with a loop at the top conditions were very hot. Dave Waywell took on the half fell distance over an out and back course but managed to go wrong on the return increasing the 4.2-mile distance to 5.2 but still finished 2nd in 47:35. John Howorth finished 50th in the Lancaster Keep On Ticking 5km race in 28:41, 3rd M55. The race featured a big inter-school presence. In the Friday night Chorley Park series race over 5km of trails Sarah Sherratt was 2nd woman and 18th in 21:50. Graham Vickers was 20th in 22:00, and Michaela Dempsey 3rd woman and 23rd with 23:07.

Six years ago in 2015 the Wesham men made a stand at the Hawkshead 10k on Wednesday evening but were outnumbered by the Howgill Harriers. Karl lee made a good start with determination and was in with the lead three until halfway, fading on the big hill just after 4 miles but holding on to 4th place in 35:46 as winner Phil Waite came storming through from way back in the field. Lee Barlow ran well and came in 10th with 37:07 placing 2nd M40. Alex Rowe faded badly in the second half and finished 20th in 38:17, 2nd M50, with Peter Cruse running very well and running 38:38 in 24th place and 3rd M50. Steve Myerscough was 27th in 38:54 with Garry Barnett 28th in 39:14, both placing 6th and 7th M40s. Simon Eaton was 53rd in 42:16, 18th M40. Chris Moss was 94th in 46:12 and Phil Leaver 95th and 2nd M60 in 46:15. Alan Taylor placed 123rd with 49:25; Peter Bartlett was 137th and 8th M60 with 51:05; Debbie Myerscough had a great run, 40th woman in 154th place overall with 54:45. The Inter Club Fell series continued with the Great Hill Race on Saturday. Following heavy persistent rain with the fell totally obscured it lifted just before the race. Alex Rowe ran well on the easily graded slopes finishing 4th in 40:33, 1st M55. The course was out and back with a loop at the top; a fast downhill start but with a sting in the tail climb back up to the finish. Steve Myerscough was 20th in 43:30, 4th M40; Nigel Shepherd 60th and 3rd M55, and Debbie Myerscough throwing away all bounds coming in 14th woman and 80th overall in 59:33. Sadly Wesham were one short in the Inter Club in all categories, 3 short of a ladies team and not represented at M60. Wesham had a big contingent in the Freckleton Half Marathon on Sunday afternoon, with Rob Danson placing 4th in 1:12:04 as he moved up in standard and systematically progressing his performance. Steve Waterhouse was 13th in 1:20:15, a nice solid run, and David Taylor ran well in 27th place with 1:24:04. Catherine Carrdus finished 4th woman in 1:31:56, a good run placing her 1st W40. Carmel Sullivan was 24th woman and 4th W45 in 1:43:28. Diane Blagden was 88th in 2:02:58, 17th W45. Garry Barnett was 34th with 1:25:54 and Peter Cruse was in action with 1:27:45 for 44th place and 4th M50. It was good to see Paul Gregory running and placing 67th in 1:29:43; and Paul Hetherington 67th in 1:30:45. Especially gratifying for Les Cornwall, who returned to action and placed 71st in 1:31:21. Troy Watson was 9th in the first of this year’s Pilling 10k series on Saturday evening, in good conditions following the terrible weather earlier in the afternoon. He clocked 38:22 for the flat 6.2 miles. Ryan heaps was 10th in 38:44, a great result, and Alan Taylor was 23rd with 48:50. Sarah Heaps was 12th woman and 33rd in 52:19. George Kennedy was 130th in the second Jubilee 5 race at Rivington, clocking 36:13 for the 5 miles, placing 9th M55 in the race. Nicola Unsworth was just one second behind finishing 14th woman and 2nd W40 in a time of 36:14. Sharon Cooper was 37th woman in 39:19, coming in 192nd overall and 7th W40. The Wesham women made up a team placing 10th with Sara Ward 60th in 43:07 on the undulating course, 10th W45 and 245th overall in this large popular race. David Taylor has achieved his 50 runs in parkrun, and in his 51st on Saturday he ran 18:58 for an age graded performance of 68.01%. Nigel Shepherd clocked 21:42 for M55 72.04% just hours before the Great Hill run, and Martin Bates M55 62.98% with a time of 25:02. Kerry Longley ran 36:46 as a first timer, a W45 43.20%; and Gemma Owen 47:00 for W35 31.81%. Alex Rowe ran 18:34 at Pennington Flash for M55 84.92%.