Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Wesham group in 2018 in a heatwave at the Trawden 7 race

Mass running returned to the North West with 2535 finishers in the Wilmslow Summer 10k at the weekend and Wesham’s Paul Lancashire was there to finish 311th in 42:19 in a high quality race. There were 227 finishers under 40 minutes with the top 6 inside 32 minutes. The winning male took 30:07 and the leading woman 32:38.

In the Blackpool Summer 10k along the Bispham seafront Lee Barlow returned to racing with a performance of 38:16 to place 11th overall and 2nd M45. Martin Bates was 52nd in 45:39 and placing 4th M60, with Peter Rooney 77th in 50:10 showing his training regime paying off. There were 261 runners pounding the concrete in this race.

Martin Bates had made a trio of runs, starting with the Blackpool & Fylde Handicap run on Wednesday evening where he clocked 29:18 for the 3.72 miles, followed by a test running of the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun on Saturday morning where he ran 22:18 for the 5km out-and-back from the Marine Hall past Rossall Point and back to rank 11th from those assembled. He completed his trio run the next day in the Blackpool Summer 10k further along the Fylde promenade. All of the local parkruns to the Fylde now have landowner permission to re-commence the free weekly Saturday morning 5km runs on 24th July.

Daniel Shaw returned to the top of the Wesham Strava training leader-board last week with 66.6 miles completed in a cumulative time of 8:41:06. Chris Hastwell was second with 54 miles in 6:47:58 and Rob Danson third on 53.8 miles in 5:48:48. James Mulvany was fourth on 38.2 miles and Alan Hudson fifth at 35.5 miles in 5:10:38. Tanya Shaw returned 34.4 miles for leading woman in a time of 4:57:34. Lynn brown was seventh overall and second woman with 34.3 miles in 8:39:04. Michelle Tickle was third woman with 26.2 miles in 3:55:22; Kerry Eccles fourth on 22.8 miles in 4:03:58; and Antionette Holton fifth with 20.6 miles in 3:27:02. Eighth overall was Robert Danson 31.5 miles in 4:46:08; Rob Wallace ninth with 30.9 miles in 4:38:06; Martin Allison tenth at 29.5 miles in 4:13:13; Sean Murray logging 28 miles in 4:13:24 and Lee Barlow 26.8 miles in 3:23:41. Sue Coulthurst recorded 15.8 miles in 2:25:53 and Jo McCaffery 14.9 miles in 2:33:58. On elevation gain James Mulvany climbed 2,924ft for the Monarch of the Mountains with Rob Wallace next with 2,026ft uphill. Daniel Shaw racked up 1,942ft and Chris Hastwell 1,732ft. Michelle Tickle was top of the female leader-board for elevation gain with 1,089ft uphill; Lynn Brown was second with 1,038ft and Jo McCaffery third with 645ft. Helen Lawrenson had 630ft on her altimeter over 14.5 miles run in 2:30:04 and Tanya Shaw 571ft over 34.4 miles. Rob Danson logged 1,488ft over his 53.8 miles and Richard Davies 1,325ft over 7 miles in 1:29:08. Fastest paced last week was Rob Danson once again on 6:29 per mile with Garry Barnett second at 6:43 for 8.1 miles in 54:24. Ugis Datavs was third fastest on 7:06 pace over just 4.9 miles in 34:47. Emma Lund was fastest paced woman at 8:07 per mile for 5.1 miles in 41:24. Kay Twist was second woman running 8:31 average for 6 miles in 51:06, with Tanya Shaw third at 8:39 per mile. Michelle Tickle was fourth woman on 8:59 pace and Sue Coulthurst fifth with 9:14. Last week was all about recovery for the thirty who had run the Endure 24 relay the previous weekend, with the longest individual run of the week being 16 miles by Chris Hastwell. Lee Nixon ran a 15-miler, with Helen Lawrenson 13 miles having organised the Wesham teams for the 24-hour event, with Rob Wallace also clocking 13. Daniel Shaw recorded 12.4 miles; Antoinette Holton 12 miles; Sean Murray 11 miles and Tanya Shaw 10.4; Martin Allison 10.2; and Dave Young and Rob Danson 10 miles each.

In 2009 Peter Waywell was the leading Wesham runner in the Catforth 10k on Sunday, the event initiated by Alan Taylor before his 2-year sojourn in Australia. Peter ran 39:05 for 15th place a week after running a 33-mile multi terrain race in Yorkshire. Graham Cunliffe was 4th M50 and 16th overall in 39:20; Mick Edge 21st in 39:51; Simon Eaton 23rd with 40:13; Nigel Shepherd 42nd in 42:32. Sarah Sherratt was 3rd woman and 1st W35, 48th overall in 42:54. Peter Bartlett was 5th M60 and 60th in 44:02; Chris Moss 81st with 46:14; Brian Porter 88th in 46:41; Jonathan Lawson 92nd in 46:56 Jenny Salt was 12th woman and 98th with 47:25; John Howorth 106th in 48:25; Barry Edwards 117th in 50:00 exactly; Stephen Wilkinson 122nd with 50:24; Paul Carter 137th in 52:00; Ken Munro 150th with 53:22; and Pauline Mills 3rd W55 and 170th in 57:11. Alex Rowe finished 5th and 1st M50 in the St Anne’s Carnival 5km race on Sunday morning in 17:12 in fine but very windy conditions on the return run. Chris Whitlock was 19th in 19:36, and Dave Waywell was 24th and 1st M65 in 20:10. Marin Bates came in 29th with 20:18; Peter Gleaves 43rd in 21:27; Michaela Dempsey 44th with 21:32; Kath Hoyer 50th in 22:13; Phil Leaver 55th in 22:35; Finlay McCalman 74th with 24:05; Alan Taylor 81st in25:02; John Whiteman 106th with 28:36; and Reg Chapman running with his daughter in her first race 120th in 43:03. Lee Barlow was 9th in the Carnforth 20 Barriers 6-mile trail race on Tuesday evening, running 36:50 for the course. Peter Waywell placed 17th in 39:04, while Mick Edge came in 26th in 39:47, a great result, and Chris Whitlock was 32nd in 41:10. Michaela Dempsey finished 5th woman and 2nd W40 in 43:20, 54th overall. Graham Vickers was close behind with 43:39 in 56th place, and Martin Bates 59th with 43:54, just holding off Sarah Sherratt who was 6th woman in 60th place with 43:56. Kath Hoyer came in a splendid 8th woman and 3rd W40 with 44:50, 67th overall. Jenny Salt was 18th woman and 102nd in 48:40, Alan Taylor 128th with 53:52. Kath Hoyer took on the Bull Hill Fell Race on Thursday evening, running 56:19 for the 5.5-mile race with 1000ft of climb. Mick Edge ran the Haigh Hall 4-mile race last Thursday and finished 24th and 5th M45 in 25:42. Sarah Sherratt came in 3rd lady and 1st W35 in 28:06 on the hilly two-lap course. Dave Preston took time out to run the Walkington 10k near Beverley in Yorkshire on Friday evening, running 45:03 and finishing 3rd M55, 119th overall out of the 549 runners in this popular race. Chris Whitlock finished 12th overall at the end of the new Chorley 4-mile trail series, 8th veteran and 5th M40, having finished 32nd in the third and final race in 30:03. Steve Myerscough finished 9th in 27:19 on the night, with Lee Barlow 20th in 28:52 to place equal 13th and 1st M35 overall. George Kennedy was 33rd in 30:15; and Michaela Dempsey was 5th woman and 1st W40 in 31:25. The Wesham men’s team placed 4th on the night. Graham Cunliffe ran the challenging Lune Valley and Howgills 10-mile road race in 1:11:57, finishing 19th and 3rd M50 behind Preston’s Kevin Hesketh and Mike McKenna from Dallam. Michaela Dempsey was 7th woman and 2nd W40. Andrew Flanagan took on the tough Eccup 10 mile road race in Yorkshire, and came in 101st in 1:12:53.

In 2018 it was a week of outdoor action with races on all though the week as the hot weather continued into the weekend. In the second Catforth Canter 5km this year on Saturday evening Paul Gregory finished 7th in 18:22 placing 3rd M40. Paul Hetherington was 8th and 4th M40 in 18:31, with Andrew Harling 11th in 19:37.  Richard Davies came in 18th in 21:31 and was the 1st M55. Martin Allinson was 23rd with 22:33; Phil Leaver 28th and 2nd M60 in 23:57; Kay Twist placed 5th woman and was 1st W45 in 24:49 (30th overall); Maureen Danson was 7th woman and 1st W50 in 24:49; James Danson finished 35th in 25:54; Kerry Eccles was 9th woman and 1st W55 in 26:24. Wesham are 2nd in the Open Team category in the Inter Club Grand Prix after the fourth fixture at Norbreck last week. The women are languishing 4th overall despite a great performance at two of the four races so far. The Women Masters (W40+) are 3rd. The Men’s Masters are currently top of the league with the M50s 4th and the M60s 3rd. The next fixture is at Wesham on Monday 23rd July. Daniel Shaw completed the Scafell Trail Marathon in 5:19:57 and placing 7th with an excellent performance. Starting in Keswick and following the lake shore and the valleys the race was 27 miles with 1800m of climb. Simon Eaton ran the Ultimate Trails 55k (34.2 miles) from Ambleside, completing the course in 8:32:45 in 108th place. Charles Colby finished 91st in 8:17:48 and Angela Colby 182nd in 9:32:26. Paul Gregory was the only Wesham runner in Tuesday evening’s 20 Barriers Race in Carnforth, a 6-mile cross-country race following canal towpaths, green tracks and over fields and through woods with the 20 stiles to climb. He finished 11th in 39:39. There were only 74 runners this year without any incorporated championships or grand prix being staged. Sarah Sherratt ran the Tockholes Evening Fell Race over 9.2 km distance and finished 81st in 52:19, 7th woman and 1st W45, a great result.  Kath Hoyer was 107th in 58:26, 14th woman and 1st W55. The second Badger 10k Race took place in Cuerden Valley Park on Thursday evening on another beautiful summers evening. Paul Gregory finished 11th in 40:52 1 second faster than last month’s race coming in 2nd M40. Anne Berry was 34th woman and 4th W55 in 60:09 in 111th place overall. Phil Leaver finished 1st M60 in 51:28, 68th overall. The Forton 5k also took place on Thursday evening and Dave Young finished 24th in 25:16, 1st M70. The family Gore ran together, with Megan finishing 45th in 28:54 with a 3-minute improvement on her 5k time with Steven and Vicky recording the same time. Steve Abbott ran the Lostock Hall Carnival 5k on Saturday and he finished 41st in 21:19 in a good race.  Paul Carter ran in the Bentham Beagles 10k race on Sunday, finishing 79th in 62:57. Kim McGuire ran the Blackpool Summer 10k on the North Promenade, finishing 74th woman and 184th overall in 64:13. David Taylor was the leading Wesham runner in Saturday’s Lytham Hall parkrun, with the 3rd fastest time of the day 18:05 for an age graded performance of 71.91%. Carl Groome ran 19:32 for an M45 grade of 74.91%. John Burns scored an M60 76.00% performance with a time of 21:40 and Jason Blagden clocked 22:07 for M45 64.58%. Elliot Costello had 22:38 for 57.00%. Sharon Cooper ran her debut in her new age category W45 with 22:57 for 69.21%. Stephen Twist ran 25:16 for an M50 grade of 58.84%; and Sue Rigby 29:58 for W40 52.50%. In the Preston parkrun Robert Brown ran 25:46 for an M60 grade of 62.81%.  Elizabeth Johnson ran 28:25 with W35 53.26%; and Lynn Brown 36:06 with a W55 50.83%.  Chris Pike was at the St Helens run and he recorded 26:53 for M40 51.95%. George Kennedy was in Tring again and ran 25:31 for an M60 62.83%.  In Blackpool’s Stanley Park Dave Marsland was the Wesham leader with 22:29 for M60 72.57%; Stephen Browne ran 22:47 with M50 65.76%; Rob Wallace 24:03 with 53.64%. Dave Young was the leading M70 with 66.79% from his time of 26:24; Andrew Moore ran 27:16 with an M55 56.85%; Graham Brook 30:31 with M50 49:10%; and Emma Wright had 31:22 and W40 48.78%. The travelling Gores were in Leeds a week late for the Endure24 but they were in Armley Park on a 3-lap double loop course with Vicky running 26:35 for W40 58:31 and Steven in pace duty with the same time.