Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Rob Wallace, Tanya Shaw and Stuart Topping at the Southport races on Sunday

It was a busier week for Wesham members with some races on and members taking part in a variety of challenges.  This weekend sees three teams of eight taking part in the Endure24 relay from midday Saturday to noon Sunday in Bramham Park east of Leeds. This will be the fourth year Wesham have taken part in this event having finished second team twice. This year it is more of a challenge with a staggered start and distanced handover at the end of each 8km stage. Wesham also have a pair taking on the 24-hour challenge again.

Rob Danson ran in the Leeds Midsummer Night 10,000m Classic Middleton Grove on Thursday evening incorporating the Northern Athletics Championships and he finished 14th in the Senior Men’s B race in 31:40.82. With 21 finishers the finish times varied from 31:11.87 to 32:51.28 showing the quality taking part. The A Race was won in 28:54.39 with the final runner clocking 31:33.66. the entry qualification for men was 34 minutes, and there were four men’s races and one women’s.

There was a big turnout in Southport for the Half Marathon and 10km along Marine Drive in fine weather with good sea views into the Irish Sea and the Ribble Estuary.  Carmel Sullivan excelled in the 10km race coming in 41st overall and 7th woman and first W55 in 43:59 in her new age category. Rob Wallace finished 61st recorded at 46:46.46 if you can believe that!  Tanya Shaw placed 84th with her time of 49:16 with her pace-maker Stuart Topping 85th.  Mick Edge finished 89th in 49:59. There were 397 finishers in the 10k. In the accompanying Half Marathon also the first stage in the 6-day Tour of Merseyside Helen Greenhalgh finished 714th in 2:11:08 and a chip time 2:07:42 in a tremendous run just a week after her one-day 69.5-mile ultra-distance, and Wendy Hebbelthwaite 767th in 2:14:02, chip time 2:10:34. Helen Dutton finished 836th with 2:19:14 (chip time 02:15:46). There were 1083 finishers in this race.

Paul Lancashire ran the Montane Grizedale Trail 13 on Sunday finishing 27th in 1:57:09 for the half marathon over the hilly course through the forest upland between Hawkshead and Coniston.

Mark Holton took top of the table in the Wesham club Strava training leader-board last week, with a big 74.7 miles with nine individual sessions giving a cumulative time of 10:17:06. Rob Danson was second with 60.1 miles in 6:31:39, and Ugis Datavs third at 57.4 miles in 7:21:01. Daniel Shaw was fourth running 56.3 miles in 6:56:37 with Peter Rooney keeping up his marathon training at 55.9 miles in 8:28:58. Helen Lawrenson topped the women’s leader-board with 31.1 miles in 4:36:16 with Lynn Brown right behind at 30.4 miles in 7:27:23. Michelle Tickle was third woman with 25.5 miles and a total time of 3:46:06; Tanya Shaw in fourth rank on 25.2 miles in 3:32:31 and Julie Paton fifth clocking up 24.4 miles in 5:16:48. Chris Hastwell was sixth overall having run 41.2 miles in 5:07:38; Alan Hudson seventh with 40.7 miles in 5:52:03; Mark Belfield eighth at 40 miles in 4:53:20; Sean Murray back in action with 39.1 miles in 5:47:20; and Andrew Harling in tenth position at 36.7 miles in 4:35:52. On elevation gain fell lover Martin Bates was head of the mountain leader-board having climbed 3,251ft over 31.7 miles in 5:49:45. Julie Paton was second and top of the women’s ranking with 2,474ft ascent for her 24.4 miles, and Daniel Shaw was third placed with 1,965ft and Paul Lancashire fourth over 1,918ft with a total mileage of 23 miles run in 3:04:00. Rob Danson came in fifth on 1,898ft on 60 miles. Michelle Tickle placed second woman with 1,086ft uphill with Lynn Brown third on 1,028ft. Helen Lawrenson was fourth with 853ft and Kerry Eccles fifth having run 466ft uphill over 21.3 miles in 3:38:20. On average pace Rob Danson topped the Wesham ranks for the week again at 6:31 per mile with Garry Barnett second averaging 6:37 per mile for 18.1 miles in 1:59:46. James Green was third at 6:54 pace over 5 miles in just recorded one effort taking 34:30. Lee Barlow was fourth recording 7:14 pace for 19.7 miles in 2:22:30 and Jason Parkinson fifth at 7:15 pace over 5.5 miles in 39:52. Tess Robinson was fastest woman at 7:19 per mile for 8.2 miles in 1:00:00 exactly; Tanya Shaw was second on 8:26 per mile for her 25.2 miles; Anne Mayers was third with 8:37 per mile over 7.9 miles in 1:08:04; Michelle Tickle fourth with 8:52 per mile; and Helen Lawrenson fifth at 8:53 pace. Longest runs of the week were made by Mark Holton with a single run of 26.5 miles, with Ugis Datavs second with a distance of 21.8 miles. Martin Allison ran 15 miles; Chris Hastwell 14.4 miles; Helen Lawrenson and Rob Danson 14 miles apiece; Paul Lancashire and Julie Paton 13.8 miles; Dave Young 13.6 miles; Peter Rooney 13.2 and Helen Greenhalgh, Sean Murray, Wendy Hebbelethwaite and Helen Dutton all running the half marathon distance.

This week in 2007 Alex Rowe was selected for the Great Britain team in the masters’ Interland track and field international against France and Belgium hosted by the latter in Tournai on Saturday. Rowe ran 16:13.70 for 5000m competing against French and Belgian M35s. On Sunday, he made it back to Horwich to run 16:14 in the British Masters 5km road championships, to win the M50 category in a close race with his opponents, holding out by 5 seconds for the victory. Steve Littler ran for Lancashire in the Humber Bridge Half Marathon on Sunday, finishing a fine 7th in 72:51 on a blustery day, featuring 4 miles crossing the exposed Humber Bridge itself. The Lancashire men (Littler, Jonathan Ferguson, Steve Hallas) were 3rd county behind Essex and Humberside, while the Lancashire women (Carmen Anthony, Anne Sweeney and Lynn Manir) were 2nd behind Leicestershire. The Horwich Countryside Tour continued with the Two Lads Fell Race on Thursday (5.25 miles/900ft ascent), Charlie Pass dropped back a little with 34:17 8th place. Peter Waywell ran well for 44th place with 38:39 and Martin Bates excelled with 40:33 in 65th. Peter Cruse had a solid run finishing 70th with 40:48, and George Kennedy was 89th in 42:38, a great effort. Graham Vickers was 124th with 45:16. Michaela Dempsey was 21st woman in 47:26, with Sarah Sherratt 26th with 48:19. Julie Cruse was 34th in 51:50 and Pauline Weller 49th with 62:54. The Wesham men were 3rd team (3rd Veterans), and the ladies were 5th and 4th Vets. On Stage 4 of the Horwich Tour Charlie Pass made up some ground in the 4.5-mile cross country race, promoting himself to 3rd overall with 25:43 for 4th place. Peter Waywell was 25th in 29:09, 3rd M40; Martin Bates finished 31st and 2nd M50 with 29:32; Peter Cruse 33rd in 29:43; George Kennedy 49th in 31:17; and Graham Vickers 54th in 32:18. Michaela Dempsey came in 9th woman with 34:29 for 2nd W40; Sarah Sherratt was 10th and 1st W35 in 34:39; Julie Cruse 14th with 35:35; and Pauline Weller 18th in 42:00. The Wesham men were 3rd team and 2nd Veterans, and the women 2nd team and 1st Vets. Completing the Horwich Tour on Sunday in combination with the Northern Athletics championships, Charlie Pass lost some vital seconds with 16:35 for the 3-lap town centre road 5k, running 16:35 to complete the Tour in 5th place with 2:08:48. Lee Barlow and Steve Myerscough joined the Tourists, running 17:30 and 17:58. Peter Waywell ran 18:05 to finish 18th in 2:23:12 and 2nd M40; Peter Cruse 18:07 clocking 2:26:57 (25th); Martin Bates 18:39 for 2:29:10 (27th); George Kennedy 19:02 and 2:32:48 (33rd), and Graham Vickers 20:09 for 2:44:45 (47th). Michaela Dempsey ran 21:10 to place 7th woman in the Tour with 2:51:08. Sarah Sherratt clocked 21:50 and 2:56:21 (10th); Julie Cruse 21:54 and 3:01:20 (11th), a 12-minute improvement on 2006; and Pauline Weller 24:37 and 3:34:05 for 15th. The Wesham men and women were both 3rd team behind Liverpool and Horwich and 2nd veterans behind Horwich. Dave Waywell and Kath Hoyer had a busy week starting on Tuesday with the Treacle Mine 10k at Sabden near Clitheroe. Dave finished 8th running 39:12 for 1st M60 on a challenging course, and Kath was 5th woman and 1st W45 in 48:17. In the second Cuerden Badger 10k Trail Race at Bamber Bridge on Thursday Lee Barlow was 5th in 39:23. Dave Waywell was 1st M60 in 39:23 and Kath Hoyer 1st W45 with 52:23. On Saturday Dave and Kath were joined by Barry Norman for the Gibson Grind Fell Race with 8.5 miles and 1200’ climb at Kendal. Barry ran 61:46 for an excellent 6th place, with Dave Waywell 12th and 1st M60 in 65:17. Barry Edwards finished 50th in 78:28, having returned from injury with 80:49 (45th) in the recent Gosforth 10-mile race. Kath was 52nd and 2nd W45 in 78:46. Dave and Kath finished off on Sunday with the Burnley Boys Club 10k on Sunday, on a multi-terrain course. Dave Waywell scored a good 38:37 for 14th overall and 1st M60, setting a new record, Kath was 70th overall in 48:49, and Julie Murphy was 85th in 51:02. Richard Davies ran in the Helm Hill Bofra Senior championships, 3.3 miles with 900’ climb on 3 climbs, finishing 18th in 27:54. Jack Ingham ran 12:51 (19th) in the Under-14s and Emma Davies 15:07 (7th). Katy Ingham was 7th in the Under-12s with 9:45, Kelly Davies (age 8) was 11th in 10:59 and Becky Ingham was 13th with 11:43. Derek Buckley finished 126th in the Chester Triathlon on Sunday, with 34:13 for 1.5k swim, 1:10:47 for 40k bike, and 39:44 for 10k run, giving him 2:24:44.

Back in 2016 Tuesday evening saw the fourth round of this year’s Inter Club Grand Prix hosted by Thornton at Anchorsholme with a 5-mile circuit along the cliff top to Ginn Square and back along the concrete of the Lower Promenade. It was not as hot as last year but still warm and windy also in a southerly direction. Wesham’s Rob Danson was on form again and led from the start once again to win by 41 seconds in 26:23 just two days after finishing 2nd in the Freckleton Half Marathon. Wesham men were short on the ground this evening, such that Alex Rowe was 2nd counter in 18th place with 30:08 finishing 1st M55. Steve Myerscough was next in 26th place with 30:58, and Peter Cruse 41st in 31:57. Ugis Datavs placed well in 44th with 32:12; John Collier 3rd M60 and 48th in 32:25; Paul Hetherington 56th in 33:01; Catherine Carrdus was the first Wesham woman in 3rd place and 1st W40 with 33:11; John Bertenshaw 70th and 5th M60 in 34:08 with Carmel Sullivan 71st and 5th woman in 34:13, 2nd W40. The senior team placed 4th overall which was a better result than might have been expected with the depleted numbers. However, with Sarah Sherratt 7th woman (93rd in 36:03) and 4th W40; Gemma Owen 8th in 36:09 and Nicola Unsworth 10th and 5th W40 in 36:30 the Wesham women stormed to capture both the Ladies and the W40 team glory with two wins. With Rowe, Myercough, Cruse, Datavs, Collier and Hetherington the Wesham vets placed 3rd with the M50s (Rowe, Cruse, Collier and Bertenshaw) in 2nd place and the M60s (Collier, Bertenshaw and Alan Hudson (8th in 35:23, 84th overall)) also placed 2nd team. Alex Rowe ran in the Manchester Mile at Sportcity on Wednesday evening, finishing 4th in the sixth heat for senior men in 5:20.92, placing fastest Over-50. The heat was won by ex-Wesham member Karl Lee in 5:09. There was a big Wesham turnout in the second race in the Lancaster Saturday evening 5km series with it being a club championship race. David Taylor lead the way for the blues finishing 20th with a superb run clocking 17:15 for a new personal best by 9 seconds. Lee Barlow also ran well with a time of 17:44 for 27th place. Troy Watson had a great run in 30th place scoring 18:01. George Kennedy ran a good 20:13 for 49th place just edging out Emma Lund who came in 7th woman and 50th in 20:15. Alan Hudson finished 1st M65 and 54th overall with 20:41, and Gemma Owen was 9th woman and 2nd W35 in 60th place with 21:04. Close behind Sean Murray placed 64th with 21:15; Ryan Azzopardi 66th with 21:28; Sarah Sherratt was 11th woman and 70th in 21:54, 4th W40; Kerry Eccles 16th and 79th with 23:46, 1st W50 and a great run; James Robert Danson 88th with 25:36 and Tanya Barlow 90th with 25:49. In the second Harrock Hill Race on Wednesday Steve Myerscough finished 48th in 42:51 for the 5.2 miles and 900ft ascent, 9th M40. Sarah Sherratt was 6th woman and 2nd W40 in 46:28, in 81st place overall. Alan Taylor ran the Appleby Rotary 10k on Sunday, finishing 62nd in a time of 50:25. Chris Moss was 70th with 51:26; and Paul Carter 76th in 52:55. Three Wesham members ventured down to Liverpool for the Penny Lane Striders 10k on Sunday. Peter Cruse came in 43rd with 40:33 placing 2nd M50. Kath Hoyer was 2nd W55 in 48:54, 163rd overall and 20th woman with a good run. Dave Waywell was 1st M70 and 250th in 54:23. Kath Hoyer finished 99th in the Sabden 6 Trail race, in 54:10 she was 19th woman and 3rd W55. Steve Myercough ran the White Bear Way at Adlington, a 10-mile route around the Anglesarke Reservoir, which he won in 1:33 having gone a mile off course following the runners in the 21-mile race. He just managed to hold off the second placed runner for the win. Rob Danson ran the fastest time at the Preston parkrun on Saturday, clocking 16:03 for the hilly 3-lapper and an age graded performance of 80.37%. Robert Brown clocked 24:49 for M55 63.53%; Jenny Thompson 27:34 for W35 54.90%; Steven Gore 32:24 as pacemaker. Graham Cunliffe ran 23:42 in the Burnley parkrun for M55 67.65%; Ben Wrigley 27:48 at the tough Cuerden Valley for 47.42%. Martin Bates ran Worsley Woods parkrun in 22:05, M55 72.00%; the previous week 22:11 for 71.68%.