Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Wesham at the Leeds Endure24 2021; Elliot just finished his fifth lap

Wesham excelled in their third year in the Endure 24 event in Bramham Hall Park north-east of Leeds, having also taken part in last year’s virtual event taking in individual efforts on home turf in the Fylde. The club were entered in a mixed variety of the categories available, pitching up from Friday with the 24-hour relay event starting from 10:45 on Saturday with wave starts and chip timed to run though to midday on the Sunday over a 5-mile (8km) parkland route through woodland and open fields on an undulating circuit, not too testing but with a couple of challenges. The weather though went through every seasonal variant, including a ferocious storm right overhead that caused the organisers stop the event for several hours during the night. With an enforced good night’s sleep, the teams kept on moving and resumed refreshed. There was a solo attempt by Mark Renshall, who had to withdraw at dusk after seven laps with too many niggles after 9:00:22 of running. Perhaps the two male pairs were the most impressive; the two Marks Belfield and Holton, dubbed “WRR – On Your Marks” finished top of their category with 28 laps completed in a total time of 22:28:35. Mark Holton ran his fastest lap on his first, in 39:02, and Mark Belfield on his 6th run in 38:49. The pair ran 14 laps each and we belting out 39 or 40 minutes circuits up until the storm broke round 10:30pm on Saturday taking a break and resuming in the small hours. Andrew Harling and Paul Hetherington ran as the “Freckletons Fearless”, and they were second in the category with 23 laps completed in 18:31:34. Andrew Harling’s fastest lap was his second of his 11 at 34:24 and Paul Hetherington’s his opening effort of 23:26 with 12 completed. They were neck and neck with the Marks and came off course in the storm at the same time. Kirsty Holland and Lee Lawrenson formed a mixed pair named “Cirque du Sore Legs” and ranked 22nd in this category racking up 10 laps completed in 21:17:41. They both kicked off with their fastest laps, Lee at 46:05 and Kirsty with 54:59. Kirsty logged most of the night stages with a break for the storm, Lee had to shelter off the course to resume in the morning and the pair retired after 9am after a sterling effort. The other Wesham teams were in the Mixed Teams with 8 runners apiece, and the Wesham whippets were the stars in this category taking the top rank with 38 laps in 24:56:12. Alek Walker ran 6 laps with his fastest at 31:30 (his first run); David Taylor 5 laps with 30:08 on his first effort; Garry Barnett 4 laps with 32:00 on his opening lap; Helen Lawrenson 4 runs with 39:08 her best (first lap); James Green 4 circuits with his opening run 33:23; Neil Gregson 5 laps his best 32:41; Tom Crabtree 5 runs with 30:11; and Ugis Datavs 5 laps his best his third at 30:20. The Wesham Wildcats placed 29th with 25 laps in 25:01:18, comprising Anne Berry (48:48, 3 laps); Antoinette Holton (45:31; 3 laps); Dawn Biggs (49:04; 3 laps); Elliot Costello (38:55; 5 laps); Ethan Wilson (36:33, 4 laps); James Birchall (47:12; 3 laps); Leah Birchall (1:05:31; 2 laps), and Sue Coulthurst (40:17; 2 laps); the Wesham Wolverines were 38th with 23 laps in 24:36:45; Carl Groome ran 3 laps, fastest 37:08; Emma Davies 3 laps (49:29); John Collier 4 laps (38:30 on his second run); Louise Lord 3 laps (45:53); Martin Allison 3 laps (40:23); Ryan Azzopardi 3 laps (41:08); Sharlan Butcher 3 laps (48:46); and Sue Rigby took the glory leg on the anchor stage at 1:06:48 having taken ill on site on the Friday night.

Nigel Shepherd and Steve Abbott finished neck-and-neck in the Lostock 5km on Saturday morning placing 22nd and 23rd in 21:02 and 21:18. Nigel was first M60 and Steve fourth M40. There were 97 runners in this race.

Martin Bates finished 170th in the popular Harrogate 10k with nearly 800 runners on a challenging multi-terrain course in 49:55 placing 8th M60.

In keeping with their epic category winning effort in the Endure24 Mark Holton and Mark Belfield jointly topped the Wesham Strava training leader-board last week with 81.8 and 79.9 miles apiece in cumulative times of 13:04:32 and 11:23:37. Daniel Shaw came in third with 65.4 miles completed in 8:22:29 with Andrew Harling also a pairs runner in the 24-hour event was fourth with 64.1 miles in 8:52:02. Rob Danson finished on 57.6 miles for the week in 6:26:53 with Tom Crabtree sixth on 44.3 miles in 5:09:22. Chris Hastwell was seventh with 41.3 miles in 5:10:26; Alan Hudson eighth over 40.8 miles in 5:54:58; Robert Danson ninth with 38.3 miles in 5:49:10 and Mark Renshall tenth on 38.1 miles in 8:24:11 with Rob Wallace on a tie on distance with a time of 5:36:33. Tanya Shaw was on top mileage in the women’s leader-board with 33 miles in 4:50:57; Michelle Tickle was second recording 31 miles in 4:40:33; and Helen Lawrenson third over 29.4 miles with a time of 4:10:53. Kay Twist ranked fourth at 26.1 miles in 3:54:02; Lynn brown fifth with 25.2 miles in 6:25:59; and Antionette Holton sixth at 24.3 miles in 3:49:38. Mark Holton was Monarch of the Mountains at 5,282ft of elevation gain with Helen Greenhalgh second and women’s leader at 4,665ft over 19 miles in a time of 6:55:09. Mark Belfield was third with 4,286ft climbed and Andrew Harling fourth on 4,242ft. Mark Renshall placed fifth with 2,589ft; Alek Walker 2,328ft over 35.8 miles in 4:20:09; Ugis Datavs 2.214ft with 37 miles run in 4:09:45; Tom Crabtree 2,198ft across 44.3 miles; Daniel Shaw had 1,919ft climbed and David Taylor 1,889ft uphill over his 30.9 miles run in 3:24:58. Helen Lawrenson was second woman on 1,690ft climbed; Michelle Tickle third with 1,318ft elevation; Antionette Holton fourth with 1,080ft and Emma Davies fifth on 1,043ft for 14.5 miles in 2:37:48. Sue Coulthurst was also over 1000ft with 1,003 having run 19.5 miles in 3:00:23. David Taylor had the fastest average pace at 6:38 per mile with Rob Danson second at 6:43. Ugis Datavs was putting in the speedwork with an average for the week of 6:45; Garry Barnett was fourth on 6:46 for 30.7 miles in 3:27:44. Tom Crabtree had an average of 6:59; Thomas Farquhar 7:03 per mile for 27.6 miles in 3;14:35; James Green ran at 7:04 pace over 33.7 miles in 3:58:09; Jason Parkinson 7:11 over 5 miles in 35:55. Fastest woman last week was Emma Lund at 8:17 pace over 9.3 miles in 1:17:02; Helen Lawrenson ran at 8:32 per mile; Tanya Shaw 8:49 per mile; Kay Twist at 8:58 pace; and Michelle Tickle 9:03 per mile. Longest recorded effort came from Mark Holton at 78.2 miles for his Endure effort with Mark Renshall listing 35 miles for his. Helen Greenhalgh ran 19 miles in one go, with Rob Wallace 16 miles; Tanya Shaw and Dave Young 15 miles with Chris Hastwell 14.4 and Paul Lancashire 14.1. Lee Barlow ran a half marathon distance; Daniel Shaw and Alan Hudson 11.2 miles; Peter Rooney 11 miles; and Rob Danson, Troy Watson, Thomas Farquhar, Robert Danson and Sean Murray 10 miles apiece.

This week in 2008 Blackburn hosted their Celebration 5k Run through the city centre from the Town Hall, a series of races including an open and an elite race. Wesham’s Steve Littler went in the elite class and finished an admirable 12th in a top quality race, clocking 15:16 on the high street. The race featured 7 runners finishing under 15 minutes, with the winning time 14:08 by Blackpool’s Anthony Ford. The Rosemere 10k in Catforth from the Village Hall attracted 14 Wesham runners with 5 ladies in the pack over a new one-lap course along the quiet country lanes of rural Fylde. Janice Copeland was 3rd W55 and 32nd woman in 55:40; Pauline Weller was 36th and 6th W50 with 56:21; Jennie Thompson (W60) was 43rd and 5th Over-55 in 57:19; Sue Jones 48th with 58:17; and Pauline Mills 51st and 6th W55 in 58:57. Steve Myerscough finished a fine 3rd overall with a swift 36:15; Nigel Shepherd came in 31st with 41:58; Stephen Wilkinson was 3rd M55 and 77th overall in 46:46; Shaun Turner 79th in 47:09; John Howorth 4th M55 and 81st overall with 47:35; Peter Cooke 85th in 47:59; Barry Edwards 103rd in 51:07; Norman Bateman 118th with 52:52:14; and Ken Munro 125th with 53:19. Alex Rowe was the first Wesham finisher in the second running of the St Anne’s Carnival 5k Road race from the doomed swimming baths to Fairhaven Lake and back on a fine but blustery morning. Rowe ran 16:55 for 4th place and 1st M50. Lee Barlow was next in for Wesham with 17:51 for 7th place, with Peter Cruse 15th and 1st M45 with 18:47. The trio formed the runners up men’s team behind Blackpool. Michaela Dempsey was the leading Wesham woman, with a fine 21:13 to place 10th woman and 1st W40. Julie Cruse was 11th with 21:31 but the ladies were short of a team. Russell Mabbett was on fine form in the early stages of marathon preparation, running 20:57 for 40th place. Phil Leaver finished 48th with 21:53; Dave Young’s magic number was 60 as he finished 3rd M60 and 60th overall in a time of 23:02; Reg Chapman was 61st and 4th M60 just a second behind in 23:03; and Peter Earnshaw was 99th with 27:45. The Haigh Hall race series has been reduced to a 4-miler and is now run entirely inside the Country Park although the Wigan Rugby Club still provides the facilities. Peter Cruse continued his recent racing spree with another outing to clock 25:16 over the hilly course to finish 6th M45 and 24th overall in a quality field. Michaela Dempsey was 6th woman and 3rd W40 in 28:27, 60th overall. Sarah Sherratt was 3rd W35 and 10th woman in 29:07, 63rd overall. George Kennedy ran in the JP Morgan relay in Battersea Park in London over a 3.5-mile circuit over paths and grass, running 21:48 for his stage in his team. Kath Hoyer finished 7th lady and 2nd W45 with a time of 54:04 in Saturday’s Oakworth Haul Fell Race in Keighley, a 6-mile out-and-back race from the Gala field with 650’ climb onto the hills. Derek Buckley finished 66th in the tough Wasdale Fell race, a long-distance event over 21 miles with 9000’ of climbing, in a time of 5:25:06, finishing 4th M50 in a field of 125 runners. Dave Preston took on the hilly Eccup 10 Mile race in Leeds in hot conditions. He finished 231st and 35th M50 in this popular race in a time of 1:19:30.

This had been a big week for Wesham in 2017 Wesham had a very successful evening in the fourth round of the Inter Club Grand Prix on Tuesday evening, hosted by Thornton at Anchorsholme. They won the Open, M40 and W40 team categories and were 2nd in the Ladies, M50s and M60s teams. Individually Rob Danson was dominant from the gun with another win and opened up a lead of 1 min 25secs to cross the line first with a time of 25:43 for the undulating 5-mile course along the cliff top to Ginn Square and back along the Promenade. James Mulvany was 9th in 28:37 with David Taylor 11th with an excellent run of 28:54. Steve Waterhouse was 14th in 29:18 with Lee Barlow running well for 19th in 29:43. Paul Gregory was next with 30:14 for 28th; Gary Barnett 31st in 30:31; Steve Myerscough 34th in 30:42; Les Cornwall 35th with 30:50 and Jason Barlow 38th in 31:01. Carmel Sullivan was 5th woman and 70th overall in 33:00; Helen Lawrenson 6th in 33:28, 78th overall; Nicola Unsworth 11th and 105th in 35:27; Tracey Hulme 18th and 142nd in 37:33 and Jenny Salt 22nd and 151st completing the ladies’ team with 38:00. The same ladies made up the winning W40 team while the M40s comprised Waterhouse 4th; Lee Barlow 7th, Barnett 11th, Myerscough 14th, Jason Barlow 16th and Paul Hetherington, 18th and 41st overall in 31:16. The M50 team was Barnett 4th, Peter Cruse 6th and 56th overall in 32:07; Carmel Sullivan 19th and John Collier 11th and 72nd in 33:05. The M60 team were Collier 3rd, John Bertenshaw 4th and 86th in 33:59 and Alan Hudson 6th and 97th with 34:55. Numbers continued high with 316 runners and Wesham had 57 members competing with 15 women. The second big event of the week for Wesham as the Witton Trail Relays on Thursday evening with Wesham fielding 18 3-man teams, a total of 56 club members taking part. The Men’s A team were first to finish in 32nd place overall in a total time of 55:14 for the total distance of 11km and 450m climb up Billinge Hill and down, with David Taylor, Lee Barlow and Steven Gore. The Men’s B team (Jason Barlow, Steve Myerscough and Mark Bellfield were 39th in 56:39, with the Men’s D team (Simon Eaton, Nigel Shepherd and Jason Blagden) beating the C team (Steven Gore, Simon Denye and John Collier) in 59:09 over 1:00:29 in 55th and 62nd places. The women’s A team (Helen Lawrenson, Sue Coulthurst and Carmel Sullivan) were 10th female and 6th senior ladies, 72nd overall in 1:01:49 also winning the Female Veteran team, with the B team (Nicola Unsworth, Sarah Sherratt and Tracey Hulme) 15th and 86th with 1:05:32. The women’s D team were 116th in 1:12:25 (Vicky Gore, Kath Hoyer and Sharon Cooper). Men’s G team 79th in 1:04:28 (Garry Barnett, Alan Taylor, Stuart Topping); Men’s E 89th in 1:06:45 (George Kennedy, Rob Danson Snr, Carl Groome); Men’s H 94th 1:07:43 (Martin Bates, Alan Glasgow, Russell Mabbett); Mixed M 104th in 1:09:38 (Elliott Costello, Vicky Birkett, Helen Lawrenson); Men’s K 107th in 1:10:36 (Phil Leaver, Peter Bartlett, Roger Leadbeater); Men’s L 108th in 1:10:56 (Ryan Azzopardi, Ben Wrigley, Lee Nixon); Men’s I 125th in 1:17:03 (Chris Moss, Finlay McCalman, Rob Wallace); Men’s F 131st 1:18:51 (Paul Hetherington, Graham Vickers, Michael Kearney); Ladies E 136th 1:23:26 (Tanya Barlow, Debbie Myerscough, Anne Berry); and Ladies F 140th 1:32:04 (Sue Rigby, Julie Rooney, Caz Wadsworth). David Taylor ran the fastest stage in 16:57 with Garry Barnett 18:13 and Steve Myerscough 18:15. Helen Lawrenson ran 20:23 with Sue Coulthurst 20:26 and Sarah Sherratt 20:51 for the 3.65km loop (150m climb each). There was a good show of Wesham members at the Trawden 7 Trail Race on Sunday, in the club trail championship. Garry Barnett was the fastest in 37th place with 48:14; Paul Hetherington was 50th in 49:51 and Steven Gore 67th with 51:35. Helen Lawrenson was 13th woman and 132nd in 55:52, 2nd W45 while Kath Hoyer was 31st and 3rd W55 in 1:01:44, 179th overall. Jen Salt was 46th and 207th in 1:05:41. Alan Taylor was 198th with 1:04:17; Dave Young 5th M65 and 217th in 1:06:57; Vicky Gore was 58th and 230th overall in 1:08:44; Anne Berry 66th and 243rd in 1:10:48; Caz Wadworth 81st and 265th in 1:15:26; Dave Waywell 3rd M70 and 267th with 1:15:41 and Debbie Myerscough 86th and 275th in 1:17:01. Steve Myerscough ran 18:19 in the second Catforth 5k on Saturday to finish 8th, with Paul Gregory hot on his heels in 9th place with 18:34. Peter Cruse was 11th in 19:21, 1st M50, and Jason Blagden 14th in 19:46. Stuart Topping was 20th with 20:26 and Elliott Costello 21st in 20:48. Nicola Unsworth was 4th woman and 1st W45 in 21:40; George Kennedy 25th in 21:48, 2nd M55; Paul Eccles 29th with 24:23; Pauline Eccleston 6th woman and 30th in 25:21. Ugis Datavs ran the Ultimate Trails 110km event from Ambleside coming in 66th in 17:32:15 despite going badly off course at one stage and adding on quite a bit of distance. Simon Eaton ran the 55km distance and he finished 78th in 8:11:12. There were three Wesham members in the second Harrock Hill race on Wednesday evening; Steve Myerscough was 50th in 43:21 for the 5.5 miles and 900ft climb; with Caz Wadsworth and Debbie Myerscough running together 166th and 167th in 71:03. Graham Vickers ran the Lostock Hall 5k on Saturday in 26:21 for 117th place. Carl Groome ran 20:08 in this week’s Lytham Hall parkrun for an age graded performance of 72.10%. John Bertenshaw had an M60 performance of 80.05% with a time of 20:13, a new personal best, and Ben Wrigley M35 55.51% in 23:54. Phil Leaver clocked 24:45 for M60 66.04% with Peter Rooney 25:05 for M55 62.86%. Kay Twist ran 26:33 for W45 61.02%; Finlay McCalman 27:40 with M50 54.64%; Stephen Twist 27:51 for M50 52.96%; Julie Rooney 29:09 with W40 53.57%; and Debbie Bell W40 53.48% with 29:25. In the Preston run Nigel Shepherd recorded 20:45 for M55 76.63% with Robert Brown 25:40 for M55 61.95% and Lynn Brown 35:39 for W55 50.77%. At Pendle parkrun tourists David Taylor ran the day’s fastest time of 18:24 for 70.29%; Steven Gore M35 62.19% with 21:20; Megan Gore JW10 44.10% with 38:42 and Vicky Gore 38:43. Helen Lawrenson ran the Blackpool run in 21:10, the fastest women’s time of the day for W45 76.54%; Chris Pike 25:00 for M40 55.40% and Kerry Eccles W55 64.81% with 27:34.