Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Julie, Debbie and Sally in the Blackpool Night Run on Wednesday

John Collier ran the Pendleton Fell Race over 5 miles and with 1500ft of climb, and he finished 54th, 10th Over-60, although this does not represent his M65 position, in a time of 59:30. He had quite a battle with a group of 5 runners on the final downhill, gaining some ground over his nearest rival at the finish.

The Blackpool Night Run took place on Wednesday evening over in support of Brian House Children’s Hospice along 7.5km from the Tower Festival Headland out along the Blackpool Promenade and back, all in the dusk and dark. There were over 2000 runners and Julie Rooney, Debbie Myerscough and Sally deacon took part in very fetching brightly coloured t-shirts meeting up with friends from Lancaster AC.

Lee Nixon returned from his upset in the Trimpell 20 a fortnight ago to finish 26th in the hilly Garstang Half Marathon on Sunday in 1:42:09 to place 7th M40. Martin Bates finished 24th and 3rd M60 in the Littleborough Lions 5km on Tuesday evening in 22:40 for an undulating course. 

Michael Edge of Rossall and Wesham member completed the Robby Hall Triathlon on Sunday over a 400m Pool Swim (7:51), 10.5-mile Bike in 29:24 on a circuit to Lytham and back along Ballam Road, but the 5km run results are not yet added so although he finished 1st M60 the full results are not yet published. He spent 2:20 in transition. On Wednesday evening he competed in the Capenwray Sprint Triathlon for the Rossall Tri Club finishing 31st and second M60 with 9:15 for the swim, 33:134 for the bike stage, and 18:52 for the run, with 3:10 in transition giving him a best time for the discipline of 1:04:30 in 31st place.

In the Preston parkrun Steve Myerscough ran 20:18 for an M45 age graded performance of 70.94% and Nigel Shepherd clocked 21:21 for an M60 grade of 77.13% in his quest for a sub-21 time. Carl Groome recorded a good 22:05 with M50 67.85% as he returns from injury and Vicky Gore ran 27:58 with W45 56.79%. In Market Harborough Peter and Julie Rooney ran 22:37 and 30:52 (M60 72.14% and W45 52.48%), while in Wythenshawe Martin Bates found 22:20 for M60 74.40%. At Burnley Sharon Cooper ran 25:05 (W45 65.25%) and in the Riverside run in Chester-le-Street Emma Brook clocked 29:18 W35 51.65%). Ian Nichols Hogg travelled to the Witton run in Blackburn for 27:12 and an age grade of 47.55%, while back home with Blackpool deputising for the absent Lytham Hall Chris Haines ran 21:00 (M35 63.17%); Suzanne Leonard 22:43 (W50 74.69%); Dave Marsland 23:08 (M65 72.48%); Michelle Tickle 23:31 (W45 68.89%); George Kennedy 25:08 (M60 65.52%); Stephen Browne 27:46 M55 55.34%; Phil Leaver 30:00 M65 57.50% and Peter Cooke 30:01 M60 54.36%. On Fleetwood Promenade with local legend Chris Livesey running 15:19 to take the course record with John Burns 22:57 (M65 73.78%); Dave Young 26:16 (M70 69.86%); Andrew Moore 26:22 (M55 60.30%) and Brian Jones 26:58 (M60 59.46%). The parkrun Tourists went to Northwich with David Taylor running the second-fastest time of the day with 18:08 for an age grade of 72.33% and this week’s Wesham best and Steven Gore 20:39 for M40 66.10%.

Rob Danson was top of the Wesham Strava training leader-board again last week, with 70.1 miles run in 7:34:10. Mark Belfield was second on 65 miles in 7:59:53 with Daniel Shaw running 62.6 miles in 7:55:32. The top four Wesham women were grouped together with Tess Robinson returning to training with 33 miles completed in 3:55:24. Sue Coulthurst was second on 29.6 miles in 4:34:18; Lynn Brown third with 28.7 miles in 7:03:48; and Michelle Tickle fourth at 28.5 miles in 4:04:09. Julie Paton was fifth having recorded 22.6 miles in 4:44:23 and Liz Sharrocks clocking 20.8 miles in 3:46:43. Neil Gregson committed 65.2 miles to the record in a time of 7:09:56; David Taylor 47.9 miles in 5:53:40; Alan Hudson 43 miles for the 72-year-old in 6:18:24; Rob Wallace 42.1 miles in 5:59:15; Steve Myerscough 38.4 miles in 5;49:26; James Birchall 37 miles in 6:48:51; Carl Groome 36.7 miles in 5:05:13. Steve Swarbrick topped the Elevation Gain leader-board at 4,970ft climbed over 34.9 miles in 5:42:01. Paul Lancashire came in second with 4,280ft climbed in 5:37:14 over 33.5 miles. Julie Paton was third with 3,330ft uphill with Daniel Shaw at 2,612ft. Kay Twist was second woman with 1,174ft in 17.8 miles taking 4:27:53, and Michelle Tickle third with 1,118ft. Tony Leach had 2,402ft elevation with 36 miles run in 5:03:00. Rob Danson had the fastest average page with 6:28 across his 70 miles with Garry Barnett again second with 6:41 per mile over 20.5 miles in 2:17:00. Lee Barlow was third at 6:56 with 24.6 miles run in 2:50:34. Tess Robinson was the fastest woman with 7:08 pace and Suzanne Leonard second on 7:57 over 13 miles in 1:43:21. Emma Lund averaged 8 minutes per mile over 9.5 miles in 1:16:00 with Helen Lawrenson back training after her recent fall at 8:15 pace over 10.9 miles in 1:29:56.

In 2005 sixteen years ago a hat-trick of Wesham men represented England in the Over-45 race in the World Masters Mountain Running Championships held in Keswick on Saturday. The M40 to 50 and W35 to 50 age groups ran 11.6 kilometres with a climb of 684 metres, starting and finishing in Keswick’s Fitz Park, skirting Lattrigg and ascending Lonscale Fell. The event was held in glorious September conditions, with low cloud just obscuring the summit at times. The Wesham men fared well, with Alex Rowe in the M45 race 11th at the summit in 37:53. He held this position on the descent as he finished back in the park in 58:31. Derek Buckley struggled on the ascent after catching a bug during the week, reaching the top in 43:54 but finished a fine 7th in the M50 race with 1:07:45. Richard made the summit in 46:15, and ran well on the descent to finish 95th M40 with 1:09:34. There were 187 men and 35 women in the Over-45 category. The Wesham group made a weekend of it, with Richard Davies running the open race on Sunday over the same 11.6km course, clocking a more subdued 1:12:18 for 37th place, 7th Over-40. Karl Lee excelled in the Nottingham Robin Hood Half Marathon, running a chip time of 1:24:50 above his expectation. In perfect conditions and well-focused with a perfect training regime behind him, he ran the race to plan and finished 141st out of 8000 competitors, officially recording 1:25:06 on actual time from the start gun. 27 Wesham men and 10 ladies ran the Kirkham 10k on Sunday in hot conditions, which slowed times down but nevertheless made for a challenging competition. Barry Norman led the Wesham men, running a fine 34:39 and finishing 5th. Lee Barlow was next in with 36:49 for 15th place. Peter Cruse was hard on his heels finishing 17th with 36:55, placing 3rd Vet-40. Dave Waywell brought the Wesham men into 2nd team with 37:21 for 18th place and 1st Over-60. In the veteran age categories, Lionel Gowland had a strong run to finish 3rd Over-50 in 38:20, 25th position overall; and Alan Hudson was 3rd M55 running an excellent 38:30, 29th overall. Joanna Goorney was the first Wesham lady, mirroring the men with 5th position in a time of 42:36, finishing 1st Over-35. Jo Frodsham was next in, 6th woman and 2nd Vet-35, running 42:43, a superb run. Kath Hoyer secured a women’s team victory over Lancaster and Darwen with 15th place, running a comfortable 46:18 to place 2nd Over-45. Yvonne Russell scored a huge improvement on her 10k best with 47:12 to finish 19th woman.

Men’s results: 5th Barry Norman 34.39; 15th Lee Barlow 36.49; 17th Peter Cruse MV40 36.55; 18th Dave Waywell MV60 37.21; 25th Lionel Gowland MV50 38.20; 29th Alan Hudson MV55 38.30; 34th John Burns MV50 38.40; 35th Martin Bates MV45 38.43; 43rd John Bertenshaw MV45 39.18; 71st Graham Ingham 41.45; 73rd Peter Gleaves MV40 41.48; 80th Richard Storey 42.24; 85th Simon Eaton 42.43; 90th Graham Vickers MV45 42.53; 103rd Paul Gardner MV40 43.50; 107th Reg Chapman MV55 44.05; 113th Alan Taylor 44.36; 117th Peter Cooke MV45 44.46; 123rd Nigel Shepherd MV45 45.06; 133rd Stephen Wilkinson MV50 45.37; 140th Brian Porter MV40 45.54; 150th John Howorth MV50 46.29; 175th Mike Owen MV55 48.22; 188th Derek Goodenough MV60 49.35; 208th George Flanagan MV55 51.16; 236th John Whiteman MV60 54.35; 243rd Peter Earnshaw MV60 55.27.

Women’s results: 5th Joanna Goorney W35 42.36; 6th Jo Frodsham W35 42.43; 15th Kath Hoyer W45 46.18; 19th Yvonne Russell 47.12; 38th Mandy Ingham W35 52.14; 45th Pat Swarbrick W45 54.21; 48th Pauline Weller W45 55.04; 51st Jennie Thompson W55 55.17; 53rd Marie Wyld W55 56.55; 61st Pauline Mills W55 59.05.

In 2013 The Wesham women were celebrating their overall win of the Inter Club Grand Prix after the final race at Leyland last Wednesday. On a fine evening over a slightly revised 4-mile course in and around Worden Park the women turned out in force and performed excellently. Joanna Goorney headed the team recovering from recent injury, finishing 3rd in 25:44. Helen Lawrenson in good form was 5th in 26:17 and Emma Lund 7th in 26:44. Carmel Sullivan, nearly back to fitness was 8th in 26:50 and Sue Coulthurst placed 11th with 27:15. For the men Rob Danson finished 4th in 21:25; Karl Lee 12th in 22:36 both with great runs, and Lee Barlow lead the veterans in 18th place with 23:15. Paul Gregory was 22nd in 23:55; Steve Myerscough 24th in 24:02 Garry Barnett 34th with 24:42; Simon Eaton 42nd in 25:14; Russell Mabbett 54th in 26:05; with Joanna and Helen scoring in the Open team they placed 3rd but 2nd for the overall series. Barlow, Barnett, Eaton, Goorney, Mabbett and Lawrenson composed the veterans’ team ranking 3rd and 2nd for the season. Nigel Shepherd (64th in 26:33); John Bertenshaw (65th in 26:34); George Kennedy (76th in 27:13); and Alan Hudson (78th in 27:17) finished 3rd M50 team, 3rd for the series. The M60 team were overall winners with nearly a clean sweep over the 6 races; Hudson; Dave Waywell (124th in 30:21) and Peter Bartlett (128th with 30:46) sealed the victory at Leyland. Wesham also celebrated their 28th birthday on Monday with a 3-mile race around the streets of Wesham and Kirkham won by Rob Danson and Helen Lawrenson. There are no results to hand for this run but it was an excuse for a party! Karl Lee finished 8th in the popular Wigan 10k on Sunday morning, clocking a fine 35:05 with his best performance this year, an excellent result. Alex Rowe was 5th in the Burton in Kendal 10k race, a hilly outing from the village up towards Hutton Roof and then back circling round to cross motorway, canal and railway twice in an undulating loop before returning the finish. He placed 5th in 37:54, 2nd M55 and 3rd veteran overall, with an Under-21 winning the race in 36:10. Dave Waywell was second in for Wesham, 1st M65 and 22nd in 47:34. Kath Hoyer was 2nd woman and 1st W50 in 47:49 in 24th place overall. Stephen Wilkinson was 1st M60 in 53:32 in 34th place, and John Howorth was 3rd M60 and 36th in 55:09 with the 2nd M60 just in front in 54:58. Alan Hudson was the first Wesham finished in the Blackpool Wyre & Fylde Autumn 5km race in Stanley Park on Sunday morning, placing 17th and 1st M60 in 20:38. Alan Taylor was 25th in 21:46, 6th M45. Nicola Unsworth was 6th woman and 2nd W40 in 21:56, 27th overall. Michaela Dempsey was 7th woman and 1st W45 in 22:20, 29th overall, with Sara Ward 3rd W45 and 10th woman in 23:26, 35th place overall. Diane Blagden was 11th woman and 4th W45 in 39th place with a time of 24:50. Paul Gregory took the opportunity while on holiday up in the western Lake District to run the Gosforth 10k from Seascale on Tuesday evening, finishing 12th in 37:54 for the undulating course. Paul Gregory was back in action of Saturday in Keswick for the Lakeland Trails Derwentwater race, heading towards Threlkeld on the old Penrith railway track before heading up into the foothills of Blencathra and returning around the flank of Lonscale fell. Paul finished 3rd in the 17km Challenge race in a time of 1:06:46. Charles Colby was 32nd in 1:16:48. Angela Colby was 100th in 1:24:09. Simon Eaton ran the Trail Race over the same 17km course, finishing 44th in 1:11:35. Carmel Sullivan was 88th in 1:16:35. Mick Edge was 156th with 1:24:51. In the Pennington Flash 5 Mile Trail Race in Leigh on 1st September, the latest Central Lancs race Dave Waywell was the first Wesham finisher in 129th place and 5th M65 in a time of 38:16 for the off-road course. Jenn Thompson was 27th woman and 135yh overall in 38:59, 6th W35. Kerry Eccles was 50th woman and 6th W50 in 47:22, 182nd overall. George Flanagan was 6th M60 and 185th overall in 47:39.