Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Nigel Shepherd with friends at the Preston 10k

The Blackpool 10k returned to the Promenade and Golden Mile after a 2 ½ year absence, with 675 runners taking part on a fine late summer morning. There were a few Wesham members in action, with Garry Barnett leading the way with a new personal best if the distance can be trusted of 37:36 to take first in the 46-55 age category and 10th overall. Ex-Wesham member Andy Yelland took to the roads again after many years absence with 43:19 for 47th place and 9th 46–55-year-old. Rob Wallace was 92nd in 48:21 with Alan Hudson 1st in the 66+ age group and 102nd overall in 48:58. Kay Twist finished 120th and 2nd W46-55 with Stephen Twist just 5 places adrift in 51:12, 28th male 46 to 55. Dave Marsland came in 139th in 51:46 for a bit of pace making and 19th male 56 to 65. Dawn Biggs was 248th in 57:03; Andrew Moore 298th with 59:23; Dave Young 9th M66+ and 303rd in 59:35 with Peter Bartlett 17th M66+ and 473rd in 68:28, and Caz Wordsworth 585th in 1:18:17, 23rd Female 56 to 65.

Lee Barlow ran the hilly Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday and he finished 108th in 1:29:03, coming in 26th M40 and having run 39:48 for his 10km split.

There were two Wesham members running the Manchester Great Run on Sunday, with Andrew harling running a personal best time of 36:35 for 57th place with 17:31 for his 5km time and 10:32 at 3km and finishing 6th in his age group. Ryan Azzopardi was 1357th in 52:14, with 25:40 for 5km and 15:01 at 3km.

Steve Abbott as the first finisher for Wesham in the Preston 10k centred on Avenham Park, with a circuitous route taking in Miller and Frenchwood parks, and the old railway and tramway tracks across the Ribble. He crossed the line 23rd and 3rd M40 in 43:15. Nigel Shepherd was pleased with his time on the undulating course of 44:40 placing 44th and 2nd M60 beating his immediate rival Ken Beazley by 6 seconds but losing out to Neil Dawkins by 1:22. There were 467 runners with Chris Livesey running the fastest time of 32:40 with the women’s winner Fay Morne 43:56 in 35th place.

Paul Carter ran the hilly Keswick Half Marathon, finishing a well-earned 2:10:16 in 172nd place, 18th M50.

Mick Edge completed the Blenheim Palace Triathlon two weeks ago and set a new personal best time by 10 minutes over his 2019 performance. In perfect weather conditions he finished 2nd M60 and 156th overall, with 13:02 for the opening 0.75km swim, then 36:55 for a 19.8km undulating bike stage, finishing with 5.4k run in 26:14. With 6:23 in transition his total time was 1:22:33. There were 3841 competitors in total.

There were many Wesham members out running in parkruns on Saturday morning at 9am over the timed 5k runs in many parks across the North West and elsewhere. In the Preston parkrun David Taylor was second fastest of the in 17:51 with an age graded performance of 73.48% for this week’s highest score. Steve Myerscough ran a good 20:37 for an M45 age grade of 69.85%; Carl Groome ran 22:07 for M50 67.75%; Nigel Shepherd 26:15 with an M60 age grading of M60 62.73%; and Sue Rigby 37:40 for W45 43.45%. Ian Nichols Hogg was a First-timer at the Hyndburn run in 26:09 with 49.46%; and at the Riverside run in Chester-le-Street Emma Brook clocked 28:27 for W35 53.19%. With Lytham Hall cancelled the local run for Wesham members was at the Blackpool run in Stanley Park, and Jonathan Lawson ran 22:10 for a M50 grade of 68.20%; Antionette Holton recorded 27:30 for W35 54.73%; Michelle Tickle 27:43 with W45 58.45%; Finlay McCalman ran 27:54 and scored an M55 grade of 56.03%; George Kennedy clocked 28:02 with M60 59.27%; Phil Leaver ran 32:04 for M65 53.79%; and Dave Marsland was pace-making to post 56:07 with an M65 performance of 29.88%. along Fleetwood Promenade Graham Cunliffe ran 26:58 for M65 62.18%; and in Alexandra Park in Manchester Martin Bates ran 22:44 for M60 73.09%.

Daniel Shaw resumed his former position at the top of the Wesham Strava training leader-board last week at 69.4 miles in a time of 8:44:12. Rob Danson was relegated to second in the table at 63.6 miles in 6:57:38, with Steve Myerscough upping his mileage to 56.3 with a cumulative time of 8:22:00. Julie Paton was the leading woman with 29 miles in 5:31:34, with Michelle Tickle second on 28.7 miles in 4:17:49, Lynn Brown third with 28.7 miles in 7:02:22, and Helen Lawrenson fourth at 28.4 miles in 4:26:01. Sue Coulthurst placed fifth on 27.2 miles in 4:10:14. Mark Belfield was fourth overall with 50.6 miles in 6:10:13, and John Bertenshaw completed 43 miles in 5:45:26. On elevation gain Paul Lancashire topped the leader-board for Monarch of the Mountains with 4452ft climbed over 33.4 miles in 6:12:25; Julie Paton second and leading woman on 3081ft, and Rob Danson third with 2840ft uphill. Alek Walker came in fourth with 2088ft over 17.1 miles in 2:46:44 and Daniel Shaw fifth with 1962ft. Helen Lawrenson was second woman climbing 1549ft; Michelle Tickle third with 1169ft and Sue Coulthurst 824ft. On average pace Garry Barnett was fastest over 22.9 miles at 6:32 per mile to give a cumulative time of 2:29:37. Steve Swarbrick was third at 6:50 pace with 3:17:29 for 28.9 miles and Lee Barlow and James Green on 6:58 pace over 28.3 and 35.5 miles in 3:17:09 and 4:07:19.Tess Robinson was sixth overall and fastest woman at 6:59 pace over 14.8 miles in 1:43:21; Kay Twist second with 8:51 per mile for 19.7 miles in 2:54:21; Michelle Tickle at 8:59; Sue Coulthurst 9:12 and Helen Lawrenson 9:22 per mile. Longest runs were made by Paul Lancashire (28.4 miles); Julie Paton and Lee Nixon (20 miles apiece); Mark Belfield (18.6); Neil Gregson (14 miles out of 31.1 in 3:52:13); and Mark Holton (13.8 miles from 42.2 in 5:12:59).

In 2007 Gary Pendlebury scored another great result at the Garstang Half Marathon on Sunday with 1:16:17 for 3rd place. This time placed him 10th in the UK M50 half marathon rankings for 2007. Setting off in the wake of a 7-strong lead group in the opening stages past the Bowgreave School he stuck his ground as the group gradually broke up, slotting into 3rd place and holding this through the hilly sections around Nicky Nook. He felt strong throughout the race and despite the 2-minute gap to 2nd place and more than a minute back to 4th he did not feel isolated. Steve Littler got ahead of Gary after his customary two or three mile warm up and gained ground to finish 2nd in 1:14:20, just 32 seconds behind the winner Peter Medupe. Lee Barlow had a strong run to cross the line 10th with 1:21:31, with Peter Cruse 2nd M45 and 23rd overall in 1:27:50. The Wesham men easily took the men’s team ahead of Preston Harriers. Carmel Sullivan was the leading Wesham woman in 5th position, running a fine 1:34:47 for 43rd position overall in a class race won by international Susan Partridge (taking 8 minutes off the previous course record with 1:18:06). Carmel was the leading W40. Julie Cruse was 8th and 1st W45 in 1:42:54 (73rd overall), and with Kath Hoyer 15th and 2nd W45 in 1:51:21 (100th overall) the Wesham women were 2nd team behind Lancaster & Morecambe. Simon Eaton was 40th in 1:32:43; Martin Bates 53rd with 1:37:07 (6th M50); Nigel Shepherd 68th in 1:41:30; John Howorth 87th in 1:48:11; Andy Divall 93rd in 1:49:09; Barry Edwards 113th with 1:54:44; John Butler 138th in 2:04:49; and Paul Carter 147th in 2:09:25. Yvonne Russell continued her recent string of triathlons with another impressive performance in the Brinscall Triathlon near Chorley. She was 16th in the 500-yard swim in 7:58; 21st over 12 miles on the bike stage in a time of 40:27; and 28th in the 3-mile run stage with 25:28 giving her an overall time of 1:13:53, finishing 2nd woman and 21st overall. Wesham celebrated their 22nd anniversary on September 10th with a 3-mile race from their Carr Hill School headquarters and a meal afterwards at the Garden Restaurant at Westby. The race took in a circuit of the playing fields before completing a loop of their winter handicap course. Alex Rowe was first across the finish line in a time of 16:31 ahead of his departure to Italy for the World Masters Athletics Championships. Lee Barlow was clipping his heels all the way and came in with 16:58, with Steve Myerscough 3rd in 17:44 just losing a bit of ground. Joanna Goorney was the ladies’ winner in 19:58, with Carmel Sullivan 2nd in 20:06. Michaela Dempsey was 3rd in 20:31. There were 33 members and guests, with 11 ladies taking part.

In 2019 just two years ago September was a busy month for athletics as the autumn season kicked off, but there was nothing locally this week to tempt Wesham members out with the contrasting weather conditions. The coming weekend saw another round in the Wesham club championships at the Pilling 10k and the start of the cross-country season with the first Mid Lancs fixture at Ulverston, and several events both at home and abroad that would feature Wesham members, especially as Rob Danson was targeting the Berlin Marathon again. At home at least in the Lytham Hall parkrun on Saturday morning in glorious early autumn conditions Jonathan Lawson ran 21:39 for the 2-lap 5km to return an M50 age graded performance of 68.67%. Ian Nichols Hogg ran a new personal best time with 21:42 for an age graded 59.45%. Emma Lund was visiting from Lancaster for a first time run here and clocked the 3rd fastest woman of the day with 21:58 for a W35 grade 68.29%. Peter Rooney recorded 23:48 for an M60 68.00% and Sharon Cooper 23:50 for a W45 graded 67.27%.  Colin Smy ran 25:02 for M40 54.53% and Ben Wrigley right behind with 25:03 for M35 54.09%. Peter Bartlett clocked 28:07 for M70 63.49% and Jo McCaffery timed 29:21 with a W40 52.41%. In the Preston parkrun David Taylor claimed the 3rd fastest time of the day with 17:44 for an excellent new personal best time for 73.31%. Steve Abbott ran 19:58 for an M40 grade 69.37% and Nigel Shepherd forging his injury recovery with 21:58 for an M60 73.67%. Stuart Clayton clocked 25:32 for M50 58.22% and Robert Brown ran 27:20 with an M60 59.70%. Martin Bates ran the Fell Foot event and he set his time at 23:54 with M60 68.27% a minute improvement on last time. In the Sherwood Pines near Mansfield Linda Cartwright clocked 32:45 for W45 50.59%, and in Blackpool’s Stanley Park Dan Shaw ran 20:01 for 64.78% graded; Lee Austin recorded 23:01 for 56.48% and a new pb here. Suzanne Leonard ran 23:46 for W45 69.71%; Rob Wallace 24:09 for 53.42%; George Kennedy 24:57 with an M60 65.40%; Finlay McCalman 27:12 for M55 56.50%; Sharlan Butcher 28:48 with W45 55.67%; Dawn Biggs 28:49 and W50 59.63%; and Andrew Moore 29:55 for M55 52.26%. At the New Earswick run north of York Dave Young ran 28:59 for an M70 61.59%. On the Fleetwood Promenade Dave Jones 28:58 M55 54.43%. In more exotic surroundings at the Mura di Lucca parkrun near Pisa in Italy Antionette Holton ran 25:30 for W35 58.63%, and at Conyngham Hall in Knaresborough Vicky and Steven Gore ran 28:54 for W40 54.04 and M35 46.54%.