Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Lee Barlow toils up the challenging climb in Endmoor this week on a wet evening

There was further athletic racing for Wesham members last week as events open up, several postponed from their usual calendar slot earlier in the year.

 There were five Wesham members running the City of Preston Half Marathon round a new two-lap course in Longton, with Lee Nixon 31st overall in 1:08:43 running a new best time, taking 1:11 off his previous clocking. Stephen Twist finished 73rd in 1:27:26, also a big new best by 10 minutes, and Robert Danson 76th in 1:28:21. There was an accompanying single lap 5-mie race, with Rob Danson finishing third with a time of 25:28, tantalisingly close to breaking the 5 minute a mile pace. Thomas Crabtree placed 17th with 31:17. Jonny Mellor having missed out on Olympic selection won in 23:45; second placed Ben Johnson of Southport just beat Rob by 5 seconds.

Rob Wallace ran the Windmill Half Marathon on Sunday in Lytham clocking 1:46:47 for 71st place. Helen Lawrenson finished 72nd in the Hawkshead Trail Challenge 16k in 1:50:15, placing 19th woman and 6th woman Over-50 with her friend and ex-member Nicola Unsworth just ahead by 16 seconds (she would have placed 81st woman and 5th W50 in the accompanying 16k Trail Race; and 19th in the Mass Start Trail Race placing 2nd woman). Sharon Cooper ran well for 145th with her time 2:00:05.

Andrew Harling finished 27th in the Sub-18:00 Race in the Podium 5k, the second fastest heat at Barrowford near Nelson in a new personal best time of 17:42 (17:39 chip time), with his fastest repeated lap time being 3:33 just over the 1km distance.

Wesham are gearing up for the road relay season next month, with the Northern Athletics women’s 4-Stage and men’s 6-Stage on September 18th in Redcar in the North East. Just announced the Lancashire 3- and 4-Stage relays incorporated in the combined North West Road Relays will be held on September 11th in Warrington.

Wesham members were hard at work last week training with 74 members recording their times in the Wesham Strava group. Rob Danson topped the leader-board again with 62.5 miles run last week in a cumulative time of 6:49:22. Daniel Shaw was second on the list with 57.6 miles in 7:41:05, and Mark Belfield third on 55 miles in 6:47:00. Helen Lawrenson headed the Wesham women’s list and placed fifth overall with 48.1 miles completed in 8:26:39. Tanya Shaw was second as she continues her training regime on 35.1 miles run in 5:12:23. Lynn Brown was third on 34.9 miles in 8:39:11 and Julie Paton ranked fourth at 29.3 miles in 4:54:57. Michelle Tickle was fifth on 18.2 miles in 2:44:43 and Helen Greenhalgh sixth with 17.9 miles in 3:37:47.  Neil Gregson was fourth overall with another 50 miles completed in 6:20:00 with Ugis Datavs on another reasonably easy week on 46.4 miles in 4:39:57. Steve Myerscough was seventh with 42.1 miles in 5:46:37; Matty Holton eighth at 40.7 miles in 5:15:26; Rob Wallace ninth with 40.6 miles in 5:45:47, and Lee Barlow tenth at 38.9 miles in 5:04:04. Monarch of the Mountains went to Daniel Shaw with 4,639ft of elevation gain; Helen Lawrenson was second and leading woman on 4,557ft of climb. James Mulvany was third with 2,939ft over 28.8 miles; Martin Bates fourth after the hilly Tour of Tameside with 2,624ft across 23.9 miles in 4:22:06, and Paul Eccles 2,311ft on 12.4 miles in 1:52:26. Julie Paton was second woman and 6th overall as Helen Greenhalgh ranked third with 1,083ft climbed. Fastest average pace of training was 6:02 per mile by Ugis Datavs with Rob Danson second on 6:33. Tom Crabtree was third with 6:59 per mile over 28.9 miles in 3:21:49; Chris Haines came fourth also with 6:59 for 10.9 miles in 1:16:07; and Thomas Farquhar fifth on 7:11 pace over 6.2 miles in 44:32. Suzanne Leonard was fastest paced woman with a comeback at 8:09 per mile for 5.5 miles in 44:50. Emma Lund was second on 8:23 per mile for 6.9 miles in 57:51, and Kay Twist third clocking 8:48 per mile for 14 in 2:03:12. Longest individual; run was 22.3 miles by Helen Lawrenson as she pursues her off-road ambitions; Mark Belfield second with a 18 miler; Martin Allison a 15-miles; Ugis Datavs kept in his hand with 13.4; longest running woman was Julie Paton with 13.2; Neil Tate a half marathon distance with Rob Wallace on the same; then Daniel Shaw 11.8 miles; Lee Barlow 11.1; and Alan Hudson 11 miles included in his 27.6 miles in 5:32:46, also eleventh on the main leader-board), with Neil Gregson also including an 11-miler.

There were many Wesham members running in the third week of the re-started parkrun free 5k runs on Saturday morning, with Steve Myerscough in Preston’s Avenham and Miller Parks with a time of 21:05 on the 3-lap hilly course for an M45 age graded performance of 68.30%. Nigel Shepherd clocked 21:49 (M60 75.48%); Luke Robinson 22:13 (58.21%); and Vicky Gore 28:08 (W45 56.46%). David Taylor and Steven Gore travelled to the Hynburn event in Wilson’s Fields, where David had the third fastest time in 19:52 (66.02%); and Steven 23:44 (M40 57.51%). In Southport Stuart Clayton ran 22:22 (M50 67.59%) and Emma Brook at Riverside in Chester-le-Street with 29:34 (W35 51.18%). Further afield at the picturesque Fell Foot run on the shores of the southern end of Windermere Neil Gregson recorded 20:00 (M35 66.75) and Martin Bates 23:58 (M60 69.33%). On home ground, there were 11 members at the Lytham Hall run, led by Jonathan Lawson in 22:55 (M50 65.96%). Michelle Tickle ran 23:14 (W45 69.73%); Ian Garrod 23:28 (M55 67.76%); Kay Twist 24:40 (50 68.78%); Ian Nichols Hogg 25:23 (50.89%); Andrew Moore 26:57 (55 59.00%); Louise Lord 27:42 (W45 58.48%); Emma Davies 28:27 (52.02%); Phil Leaver 29:53 (M65 57.72%); Peter Bartlett 30:55 (M70 58.49%); and Graham Cunliffe 32:50 (M65 51.07%). In Blackpool’s Stanley Park Christopher Haines clocked 21:25 (M35 61.95%); Stephen Browne 23:30 (M55 65.39%); Dave Marsland 23:40 (M65 70.85%); Carl Groome 24:49 (M50 60.38%); Finlay McCalman 26:11 (M55 59.71%); Dave Young 27:13 (M70 67.42%); and Sue Rigby 32:54 (W45 49.75). There were 226 runners in Blackpool and 292 at Lytham Hall. After today’s run the Lytham Hall event is called off again for the next three weeks due to other bookings in the grounds.

In 2007 14 years ago, Wesham finished second overall team and second ladies in the fifth fixture of the Inter Club Grand Prix over the 3-lap 4.6-mile hilly course around Astley Park in Chorley on Wednesday evening. Steve Littler set the pace for the 29 Wesham men, finishing 4th in 25:47. Alex Rowe was 9th and 1st veteran and M50 overall in 26:55, with Gary Pendlebury close behind and 2nd M50 in 11th place with 27:19. Karl Lee had a fine run to place 13th in 27:56, with Steve Myerscough 14th in 28:17. Lee Barlow (18th, 28:55), Russell Mabbett (25th, 29:37), Ian Sharples (26th, 29:41), Martin Bates (29th, 29:59), and John Collier (30th, 30:11) completed the team. The Wesham veterans (Rowe, Pendlebury, Mabbett, Sharples and Bates) were 2nd team, while Rowe, Pendlebury, Bates and Collier sealed the M50 honours. Dave Waywell was first M60 in 34th place with 30:48 but was not backed up by a full team. The Wesham Ladies (Joanna Goorney, 3rd, 32:05; Carmel Sullivan, 5th, 32:50; Michaela Dempsey, 9th, 33:19; and Sarah Sherratt, 11th, 34:43) showed their potential giving them a real opportunity to finish 2nd overall in this year’s series. The Mid Lancs Track & Field League staged its fifth fixture at Hyndburn on a glorious afternoon under threatening skies and blustery conditions, and Wesham fielded 3 competitors. Alex Rowe ran 2:13.1 for 800m, finishing 2nd senior man, and 4:29.0 for the 1500m, placing 4th. He finished the afternoon with a 3rd place in the 3000m, running 9:40.5. Graham Vickers turned his hand to the discus with his first throw since his schooldays. He recorded 19.36 for 9th place. He continued his progress in the javelin with a throw of 24.72 for 6th place. Joanna Goorney kicked off the afternoon with a fine run in the 800m, winning the senior women’s event by 3.9 seconds to run 2:39.70. An hour and a half later she hung on behind Blackpool’s Stasia Bligh to record a fine 5:11.9 for the 1500m just 0.3 of a second adrift. Joanna rounded off the afternoon with 11:49.5 for 3rd position in the 3000m. On Sunday Alex Rowe missed out on a win in the Worthorne Fell race by just one second in a time of 42:12. Dave Waywell completed a weekend double with another M60 victory in 49:19 for the 6.6 miles of trails and moorland placing 30th overall. Martin Bates was 38th in 51:08; Graham Vickers a fine 53rd with 53:52; and Nigel Shepherd 69th in 57:40. Sarah Sherratt was 6th woman and 55th overall, 3rd W35 in 52:58; Kath Hoyer was 16th woman, 92nd overall and 4th W45 in 59:08; and Helen Jolly was 28th woman and 122nd overall in 71:32. In the Bluewater ‘SheRunsHeRuns’ 10k in Kent, Dave Young ran 51:02 in a very popular race to finish 590th. Dave Waywell finished 15th and 1st M60 in the Arncliffe Fete 4-mile road race along the quiet lanes in the Yorkshire Dales of the original Emmerdale, running 24:52. Kath Hoyer was 7th woman and 2nd W45 in 30:04. Peter Waywell headed a Wesham group in the Isle of Man Half Marathon, finishing 11th with 1:25:54 for a challenging course. Yvonne Russell had an excellent run to finish 5th woman in 1:40:06, 51st overall, not far behind Simon Eaton who was 43rd in 1:38:51. Julie Murphy was 15th woman and 101st overall in 1:54:59. Chris Moss (M40) was 82nd in 1:48:08; and George Flanagan (M55) was 96th with 1:52:37.  Alex Rowe contested the popular and high quality Sale 10 race last week for his 7th year, finishing 11th with 55:22 to win the M50 category, placing 3rd veteran overall. Peter Riley won the race in 48:18 in his preparations for the World Championships later this month. Full results from the Lowther Run last week: 1st Steve Littler 1:18:03; 3rd Alex Rowe M50 1:19:20; 7th Richard Davies M40 1:28:19; 12th Derek Buckley M50 1:30:35; 18th Martin Bates M50 1:34:36; 37th Carmel Sullivan W40 1:42:50; 39th Sarah Sherratt 1:42:57; 62nd Julie Cruse W40 1:52;26; 75th Dougie Brown (1st M70); 83 Finlay McCalman M40 2:03:26.

Lee Barlow and Alex Rowe battle Bolton junior Daniel Shaw in the Airshow 10k in 2014

In 2014 Wesham finished 2nd overall and 2nd women and veterans in the provisional results from the fifth Inter Club race at Chorley on Wednesday evening, leaving a possible 3-way tie with Blackpool and Lytham in the ladies competition, leaving all to play for in the final race at Leyland on September 3rd. Rob Danson was 3rd and Karl Lee 8th and Catherine Carrdus and Carmel Sullivan were 2nd and 4th women as the Wesham blues fought against the dominance of Preston in this year’s series. The Wesham M50s and M60s both finished 3rd teams showing the growing quality in the older age groups. It was the third and final Cuerden Valley Badger Run last Thursday evening and there was another bumper turnout with well over 200 runners in this popular multi-terrain race through the country park. With many members helping out Peter Bartlett was the first Wesham runner to finish in 117th place in a time of 52:09 on a perfect summer evening for running. He was the 1st M65. Sara Ward was 23rd woman and 2nd W45, 128th overall in 52:48. Dave Young was 2nd M65 in 54:32, in 147th place overall. Alistair Morris was 177th and 21st M50 in 58:03, with Natasha Wilkinson 212th in 64:54. In the Blackpool Airshow 10k in Bispham on Sunday Wesham had a good turnout and there was some very good running. Troy Watson was in great form and he steamed ahead into 10th place and 2nd M45 with 36:49. Lee Barlow strode decisively to the finish line after a race long battle with team mate Alex Rowe, finishing 15th and 3rd M40 in 37:07. Rowe was just 2 seconds adrift with 37:09 in 19th place such was the rush to the line, finishing 2nd M55 but taking the age group trophy in the associated Northern Veterans Championship, also placing 3rd in this event. John Collier had a great run along the sea front, winning 1st M60 and placing 23rd overall in 38:47. Paul Hetherington was 37th and 10th M40 in 40:02, while Carmel Sullivan was 5th woman, 2nd W45 and 61st in 41:58. Alan Hudson was 2nd M65 behind Bolton’s Eric Ranicar, clocking 42:14 to claim 64th position overall. Elliot Costello was 74th in 43:32; Mick Edge 88th and 11th M50 in 45:19; Chris Moss 99th and 12th M45 in 46:04, and Ben Wrigley 117 in 47:44. Michaela Dempsey was 17th woman and 4th W45 in 47:53, 119th overall; Sharon Cooper 23rd woman and 4th W40 in 49:25, 123rd overall; Peter Cooke 9th M55 and 150th in 51:30l; and Dave Young was 7th M65 and 182nd in 54:43. While a small training group headed round Great Hill and down into Leadmines Valley just two Wesham runners took part in the latest round of the Central Lancashire Grand Prix at the Astley Park Trail series in Chorley. Lee Barlow finished 22nd in 26:45 for the undulating two lapper through the park, placing 4th M40. Dave Waywell was 3rd M70 and 188th overall in 37:38; the leading M70- ran a phenomenal 32:34 for 123rd place, Mel Walker of Burnden. Wesham had just one runner in the Welcome Tavern 10k on Sunday; Stephen Wilkinson finished 54th in 52:00 placing 2nd M60. Simon Eaton finished 30th in the Isle of Man Half Marathon on Sunday, with a time of 1:33:31 he finished 2nd M40. It was the first anniversary of the Cuerden Valley parkrun and in its 53rd event Alex Rowe improved his age graded record to 80.24% with a time of 19:29. David Taylor ran 21:45 for an age graded performance of 59.31% at the Preston parkrun; Alan Taylor clocked 23:20 for M45 61.21%; and Dave Young recorded M65 64.84% with a time of 26:07.