It was a week for ultra-endurance efforts as Ugis Datavs completed his second long distance canal race of the Canalrace Community interest Company. He completed the 145 miles from Little Venice in the west of London to the Bathurst Basin in the middle of Bristol along the length of the Kennet and Avon Canal finishing first placed in 26 hours 56 minutes. He was 4 hours 13 minutes ahead of the second place of 31:09. He ranks third on the event hall of fame and this year he headed 39 finishers. His previous canal race was the Leeds to Liverpool in August 2019.
Russell Mabbett was back at ultra-running in the Lakeland 50 over the weekend and completed the half round from the Dalemain Estate near Penrith to John Ruskin School in Coniston in 16:34:06, an excellent performance. Helen Greenhalgh completed the route in 19:47:41.
Martin Bates began a three-day racing spree at the Pinhaw Trail race on Friday night where he ran 46:01 for 84st place and 6th M60 in the 8km trail run near Earby. He continued at the Worsley woods parkrun on Saturday morning where he ran a fine 22:27 for an M60 74.02% in his 160th run in the series. He rounded off the week with the Race the Train trail event in the Irwell Valley north from Bury 11 miles to Rawtenstall, beating the steamer in 1:33:58 for 151st place and 3rd M65. There were 309 runners in this popular run.
Daniel Shaw finished 13th in the Run Aintree Half Marathon in a time of 1:24:28 with a good performance.
Parkrun returned on Saturday with Wesham members spread around and taking advantage of being able to travel further afield. There was not the mad rush that had been predicted with most runs turning to previously expected numbers of participants. Steve Myerscough ran the Preston parkrun in 20:35 for an M45 age graded performance of 69.95%. Nigel Shepherd returned 21:44 for M60 75.77%. Stuart Clayton ran the Southport run in 23:07 for M50 65.39% and Emma Brook the Riverside run in Chester-le-Street in 31:30 for W35 48.04%. on home ground in Lytham Hall Lee Nixon was the fastest Wesham member present, running 20:31 for M40 67.02%. Jonathan Lawson ran 22:47 for M50 66.35%; John Burns 23:08 for M65 73.20%; Michelle Tickle 23:47 with W45 689.11%; Ian Nicholls Hogg 24:41 and 52.33%; Finlay McCalman 27:44 with M55 56.73%; Louise Lord 28:09 and W45 57.55%; James Birchall 29:09 and 44.60%; Jo McCaffery 30:57 with W40 50.46%; Peter Bartlett 31:47 for M70 56.90%; Graham Cunliffe 34:48 with M60 48.18%, and Sharon Cooper on tail runner duties at 56:14. In the Blackpool run Mark Renshall ran 22:07 (M45 65.64%); Rob Wallace ran 22:28 (57.42%); Dave Marsland 23:08 (M65 72.48%); Suzanne Leonard 23:10 (W50 73.24%); Andrew Moore 27:26 (M55 57.96%); and Peter Cooke 30:10 (M60 54.09%). On Fleetwood Promenade there was a good turnout with David Taylor making the fastest time of the day with 17:53 for 73.35% age graded; Carl Groome 22:46 (M50 65.81%; Stephen Browne 23:30 (M55 65.39%); Vicky Gore 26:29 (W45 59.97%); Dave Young 27:01 (M70 67.92%); Brian Jones 28:03 (M60 57.16%); Sue Rigby 30:38 (W45 52.88%) and Steven Gore 30:39. Emma Lund ran the Lancaster event in 24:06 for W35 62.79%; Emma Wright Melksham near Chippenham in Wiltshire in 28:48 as a newcomer (W40 54.22%).
Ugis Datavs topped the Wesham Strava leader-board with a phenomenal 151 miles run in a total of 25:10:24, with his longest run being the London to Bristol distance of 144.6 miles. Rob Danson was second with 70.1 miles across nine sessions in 7:48:53, with Daniel Shaw third on 52.9 miles in 6:46:27. Helen Greenhalgh came in fourth overall and first woman with just her single run of 50 miles in 19:39:29. Mark Belfield placed fifth with 45.1 miles in 5:42:01, Chris Hastwell sixth at 43.2 miles in 5:26:53, and Neil Gregson seventh with 42.6 miles in 5:32:17. Helen Lawrenson was second woman and eighth overall running 42 miles in 7:18:54. Alan Hudson placed ninth at 39.3 miles in 5:54:21; James Mulvany tenth with 38.9 miles in 5:09:54; Rob Wallace next with 37.9 miles at 5:27:50; and John Bertenshaw 35.3 miles in 4:58:17. Tanya Shaw was third woman clocking 34.1 miles in 5:04:38, and Lynn Brown fourth with 25.3 miles in 6:35:57. Michelle Tickle was fifth woman with 24.3 miles run in 3:39:55. The Monarch of the Mountains went to Helen Greenhalgh for the greatest elevation gain of 9,799 feet in her 50 miles. Ugis Datavs was second at 3,875ft and Helen Lawrenson third and second woman with 3,110ft climbed. Paul Lancashire ranked fourth with 2,540ft uphill over 30.6 miles run in 4:29:17, and James Mulvany fifth on 2,158ft. Martin Bates ran 2,047ft uphill over 22.3 miles in 3:23:40; Alek Walker 2,020ft across 18.8 miles in 2:47:38, and Rob Danson 1,652ft elevation. Daniel Shaw climbed 1,650ft, Chris Hastwell 1,388ft and Tony Leach 951ft over 13.4 miles in 1:51:00. Garry Barnett topped the table of average pace at 6:29 per mile over 9.3 miles in 1:00:18. Rob Danson was second with his average pace at 6:41 per mile, and David Taylor back in action at 6:56 for 21.2 miles in 2:27:41. Andrew Harling ran at 7:03 pace for 24.6 miles in 2:53:26; James Green 7:09 per mile over 5.2 miles in 37:11; Lee Barlow 7:18 pace on 14.5 miles in 1:45:51; Thomas Farquhar 7:21 across 31.8 miles in 3:53:44; and Jason Parkinson 7:26 per mile for 7.2 miles in 53:31. Emma Lund was fastest woman at 8:04 per mile for 7 miles in 56:28. Sue Coulthurst was second fastest woman at 8:41 for 12.2 miles in 1:45:56 and Tanya Shaw third with 8:56 per mile.
In 2006 fifteen years ago there was a great turnout from Wesham for the third 5.3 mile Harrock Hill race this year, with 8 Wesham men and 5 ladies. Derek Buckley stormed ahead over the fields to finish 20th and 1st M50 in 35:35, just ahead of Lee Barlow, who finished 21st in 35:39. Steve Myerscough had the pair in his sights, as he crossed the line 26th in 35:49. Fell specialist Richard Davies was next in with 37:16 for 33rd, and Peter Cruse ran 37:35 for 37th. Alan Glasgow claimed 3rd M50 spot, finishing 47th in 39:22. Chris Whitlock finished 64th in 40:57, and Bernie Krawczyk was 109th in 47:56. Sarah Sherratt was the first Wesham lady finisher, 13th in 44:56 (94th overall). Yvonne Russell was 20th (105th overall) in 46:58, and Anne Docherty came in 24th in 51:40 for 3rd W45 and 119th overall. Pauline Weller was 31st in 57:39, 130th overall and 5th W45. A Wesham team tackled the scenic figure-of-eight course in the Swinside Six near Keswick on Wednesday evening in glorious conditions. Alex Rowe was first home over the 6-mile undulating route, finishing 9th and 1st M45 in 35:40. Martin Bates and Brian Porter had a battle throughout the race, with Bates not relinquishing as he pushed ahead for 57th in 43:23, but the in-form Porter was delighted to improve on his 2005 time by 2 minutes to record 44:12 for 63rd. Graham Vickers had to settle for an easier run having given blood earlier, finishing 67th in 44:45. At the fourth fixture in the Mid-Lancs Track & Field League at the brand new facility in Litherland, Karl Lee chased Alex Rowe to earn a couple of new personal bests. Conditions were very windy in the home straight, and in the 800m Alex Rowe finished 4th in 2:19.4 with Karl Lee 6th in 2:21.6. In the 1500m, Rowe came in 3rd with 4:42.6, pulling Lee to a new personal best of 4:46.2. An hour later Lee tracked Rowe all the way to the finish, pulling away over the final 50m to record a new best of 10:04.6 for 4th, with Rowe 5th in 10:05.2. Graham Vickers tackled the javelin, with a 25.00m throw to finish 6th. Lee Barlow lead the Wesham men in the Chernobyl 10k in Preston on Sunday, with 36:47 to finish 14th. Peter Cruse was close behind with 37:21 for 17th, claiming 2nd M40, and Keith Wilding was 3rd M45 and 26th overall in 38:09. Peter Waywell is fast improving, and ran 38:53 for 31st, just ahead of Andy Yelland, who finished 34th in 39:13. Simon Eaton was 44th in 39:58. Paul Carter ran 48:50 in the 10k race for 184th for 48:50, and also ran in the 2-mile fun run, where he came 21st in 15:20. The leading Wesham lady was Sarah Sherratt, who finished 9th in 44:39, with Yvonne Russell 17th in 46:26. Julie Cruse ran 51:15 for 33rd; Pauline Weller was 47th in 53:11; Lisa Davenport was 93rd in 63:31; and Jenny Gomrey was 94th in 63:52. Both men and women’s teams finished 2nd behind Preston Harriers. 54th was Chris Whitlock M40 40:59; 56th Martin Bates M45 41:08; 64.Adam Wilding 42:07; 73.Philip Leaver 42:46; 100.Graham Vickers M45 43:59; 108.Alan Taylor 44:27; 117.Chris Wilding 45:02; 134.Nigel Shepherd M45 46:04; 150.Stephen Wilkinson M50 46:34; 168.Bernie Krawczyk M50 47:48; 174.George Flanagan M55 48:13; 176.Doug Brown (4th M65) 48:18; 184.Paul Carter 48:50; 186.John Howarth M50 49:01; 255.Mark Wilson M50 53:41; 289.John Whitman M60 56:36. Kath Hoyer finished 1st lady in 46:35 in the Northern Veterans monthly run over a 10k course along river banks and canal towpaths at Crossford Bridge in Sale. Julie Murphy was 2nd lady in 50:54, and Dave Waywell was 5th in the men’s race in 38:57.
In 2012 Wesham hosted the fourth race of the Inter Club series at Salwick and had over 200 runners on a warm and overcast evening with a threat of rain. It was fast and furious form the start and Rob Danson took up his familiar stance amongst the top few, finishing the undulating 4.5 miles in 7th place with a time of 24:21. Karl Lee made a welcome appearance, and he ran well to place 10th with 24:57. Alex Rowe was 13th and 1st M55 in 25:33 and Steve Myerscough was 14th in 26:02 a great run. Lee Barlow is coming back to good form, and he ran 26:58 for 21st place. Jason Barlow was 25th with 27:13 with a good run and Gary Barnett topped off the leading 30 runners with 27:29 a fine performance. John Collier was 6th M50 and 32nd in 27:37. Gary de Banke was 35th and 8th M50 in 27:53 and with Richard Davies 40th and 9th m50 the Wesham open team were 2nd behind Preston and ahead of Blackpool. The veteran team were 2nd and the M50 team of Rowe, Collier, de Banke and Davies were 1st. For the women Helen Lawrenson was first counter in 8th place and 70th overall in a tie of 29:33; Emma Lund 12th and 81st with 30:35; Sarah Sherratt 16th and 95th with 31:26; Tara Fisher 19th and 113th in 32:49 and Kath Hoyer 22nd and 120th with 33:29, and the team finished 3rd. For the vet-60s Peter Bartlett was 5th in 11th place overall with 32:40; Dave Waywell was 6th and 119th in 33:27 and Dave Young 11th and 159th in 37:11 placing the team 3rd behind Lytham and Blackpool. Wesham had 11 women and 30 men running. Charlie Pass won the Isle of Man half Marathon on Sunday as he headed a group of Wesham members out there for the week. He clocked 1:16:33 to win by 48 seconds. Emma Lund was 2nd woman and 24th overall in 1:30:48. Simon Eaton was 31st in 1:32:39 finishing 5th M40. George Kennedy was 40th in 1:34:42, 4th M50 and Chris Moss was 84th with 1:44:17, 9th M45. The team continue into the week in the “No rest for the Wicked” series of races with 4 more events to come, with Charlie Pass leading the proceedings. Four Wesham members went down to London for the British 10k on Sunday 8th July. Sue Jones finished 6166th in 55:22; Kerry Eccles 8121st in 57:45; Dave Jones 8683rd in 58:26; and Claire Hardman 14219th in 1:06:15. Gary Barnett was first for Wesham in the inaugural Elswick 10 mile road race on Saturday, finishing in a time of 1:05:22 for 17th place. In fine weather the winning times were fast with the first two under 54 minutes. Duncan Carter was next in for the home team with 1:06:07 for 20th place. Gary de Banke was right behind with 1:06:30 for 32nd place and 4th M50. James Hewell was 27th in 1:08:25 and Charles Colby 44th in 1:14:09. Helen Lawrenson was 6th woman and 2nd W40 45th overall with 1:14:19. Angela Colby was 10th, 4th W40 and 61st in 1:17:52; Tara Fisher 12th and 63rd with 1:19:06; Paul Carter 85th in 1:27:18; John Howorth 88th in 1:28:18 and Mark Pattinson 91st in 1:29:14. Charles Colby was the first Wesham runner in the Bentham 10k on an undulating course on Sunday in a time of 45:01 in 12th place, 2nd M40. Alan Taylor was 16th in 46:40, 5th M40. Peter Bartlett came in 1st M60 in 47:59 in 19th place overall. Dave Waywell was 1st M65 with 48:26 in 23rd place Angela Colby 24th 4th woman and 3rd W40 in 49:11. Kath Hoyer was 1st W50 6th woman and 28th overall in 50:07. Stephen Wilkinson was 33rd and 5th M55 in 52:31. John Howorth was 39th and 3rd M60 in 54:48 and Sue Jones 55th 18th woman with 61:05. Mike Walsh was 1st M80 in 61:24 in 56th place overall. Dave Jones finished 61st in 62:34 and 4th M60. Alex Rowe finished 3rd in the Warton Crag Fell Race having gone wrong over the top of the crag itself. Full results are not yet available by Steve Mysercough had the better of Lee Barlow and Garry Barnett had another good run off road. John Collier was just beaten by Barrow super M70 Peter Hall and Kath Hoyer was 2nd woman overall. Nigel Shepherd and John Sharples also ran, full report next week. Steve Myerscough was 17th in the Lancaster 10k on Wednesday evening with a time of 37:32. Garry Barnett was 23rd in 38:56, 4th M45. Simon Eaton was 36th in 40:25 and Charles Colby 43rd with 41:06. Alan Taylor placed 79th with 44:44 and Sue Jones was 186th and 41st woman in 57:07. George Kennedy was 30th and 7th M50 in the third Horwich Jubilee 5-mile road race on Wednesday evening, with a time of 38:04. Emma Lund was 3rd woman in 31st place overall in 38:09. Sara Ward was 11th woman in 45:50, 66th overall. George is 19th in the series and 5th M50. Emma is leading the women’s table by 2 points.