Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Steven Gore enjoys the Lakeland Trail at Ullswater on Sunday

Wesham members were taking part in more local events last week and some further afield as the variety of challenges grows again. Entries for the Wesham 10k in two weeks’ time are filling up with the 450 number reached. Plans are also underway for next July’s Endure 24 run in Leeds Bramham Hall as deferrals can now take up their entries ahead of the main entries.

In last week’s action Dave Young ran the Derwentwater 10-mile road race and he finished 156th in 1:37:57 placing 3rd M70, an excellent result. Liz Sharrocks ran the popular and high-quality Reading Half Marathon (winning times 1:02:14 and 1:13:29 for the women!), clocking 2:33:46 for 4583rd place with a chip time of 2:16:17. Her age category and gender position were not known.

Martin Bates won a Northern Masters Bronze medal in the 5km Championships incorporated in the British Masters event in Barrowford on Sunday. He finished 11th in the M65+ heat in 21:23, 10th M65 in the British championships, on a windy day on 4.6 laps of the Steven Burke Cycle Hub track north of Nelson.

Suzanne Leonard came in 7th woman and 41st overall in the Spring 10k rearranged from April in Fleetwood, in a time of 49:17 for 1st W50.

In the Helvellyn Trail Challenge 15k on Saturday Andrew Wilkinson finished 14th (155th overall in the combined results) in 1:38:19. Helen Greenhalgh was 409th in 2:23:34. Sharon Cooper placed 571st in 1:43:15 on a blustery day.

This week’s Saturday morning parkrun saw a large group of Wesham members at the Lytham Hall run supporting the culmination of their latest Couch to 5k programme. David Taylor ran 18:24 an M35 age graded performance of 71.65% for the second fastest time of the day in a tremendous effort that saw a group of the leading three neck-and-neck on the first lap before splitting by half a minute each. Steve Myerscough clocked 20:35 for M45 70.53%; Kay Twist 24:29 (W50 70.18%); Stephen Twist 24:31 (M50 62.68%); Ian Nichols Hogg 25:27 (50.82%); James Danson 26:10 (M55 59.75%); Andrew Moore 26:28 (M55 58.84%); Louise Lord 27:32 (W45 58.84%); Graham Cunliffe 28:53 (M65 58.05%); Philip Leaver 31:57 (M65 51.99%); Antoinette Holton 33:08 (W35 45.42%); Nicola Hill 33:33 (W35 45.31%); Julie Rooney 35:14 (W45 45.98%); Anne Berry 35:15 (W60 54.28%); Sue Rigby 35:15 (W45 46.43%); Vicky Gore 35:15 (W45 45.06%); Steven Gore 35:16 (M40 38.71%); Carl Groome 35:16 (M50 42.49%); Elliot Costello 35:17 (36.56%); and programme leader Kerry Eccles 38:17 for W55 49.28%). In Blackpool’s Stanley Park Tom Crabtree had the fastest time of the day with 17:54 and a age grade of 72.16%. Then there was a good squad with Chris Haines in 21:00 (M35 63.17%); Martin Bates warming up for his race on Sunday with 22:32 (M65 74.41%); similarly, Suzanne Leonard with 23:34 (W50 71.99%); George Kennedy 24:43 (M60 67.23%); David Marsland in 26:58 (M65 62.79%); and Finlay McCalman 27:16 (M55 57.33%). In the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun Adam Wilding ran the fastest time of the morning with a swift 17:58 and an age grade of 71.99%. Bev Wilding ran 26:11 (W60 73.07%) and David Young 27:53 for M70 66.83%. Further afield in the Heaton run Dave Williams recorded 23:38 for M55 74.26% in his 114th run here; Tracey Hulme 26:21 in South Manchester for W55 70.59%; just Jonathan Lawson 22:40 for M50 67.21% in a reversal in Preston’s Avenham Park as the usual suspects went to Lytham parkrun. In the Shipley Country parkrun Martin Allison ran 26:01 for an M35 51.70% grade; and Jo Mccaffery 31:13 with W40 50.40%; and in Chester-Le-Street’s Riverside run Emma Brook 28:53 with W35 52.39%.

Back in 2010 the conditions were exceptionally muddy at the second Mid Lancs Cross Country League meeting in Blackburn’s Witton Park on Saturday. Joanna Goorney ran really well and finished 9th woman and 4th W35 in 23:43 over the 2-lap 5km course, a race overshadowed by the presence of two international runners Hatti Dean from Sheffield and Tara Krzywicki who tore the race apart by three minutes. Sarah Sherratt is on sparkling form at present and she was 2nd for Wesham in 26th place with 26:27 for 9th W35. Michaela Dempsey was 42nd in 27:37 and 2nd W45 although incorrectly credited as W35. Tracey Hulme placed 56th with 29:10 for 7th W45, and Kerry Eccles was 96th in 35:27, 16th W45. The ladies’ team were 7th overall and 2nd veterans but were one runner short of fielding a ‘B’ team. Charlie Pass was back in the team for the 9.5km Senior Men’s race over 4 laps of the testing and very muddy course, running a creditable 39:17 to place 14th. Les Cornwall was a welcome addition to the team, and he ran well to come in 44th in 42:10. Jason Barlow ran 42:54 to place 56th and 15th M50. Lee Barlow was 87th in 44:46 with Troy Watson in his first cross country event right behind in 88th place with 44:48. John Collier was 91st and 190th M50 in 44:56 Gary Pendlebury back on the country after some while out injured was close behind in 97th and 11th M50 for 45:19. Steve Myerscough was surprisingly further back than he should have been in 114th place with 46:41, and Russell Mabbett put in a good effort to finish 138th in 47:53. Men’s captain Alan Glasgow ran strongly to finish 155th in 48:37, backed up by Mark Midgley 158th in 48:53. John Bertenshaw is on the trail to get fit again after a long injury and he showed good progress with 50:02 to finish 176th. Peter Bartlett ploughed through the mud to finish 12th M60 and 232nd in 55:22, and Alistair Morris was 241st in 57:05. Dave Young is a true supporter of cross country and put in the effort to finish 269th and 23rd M60 in 65:44. The Wesham men’s ‘A’ team finished 8th, a marked improvement on their score at Barrow two weeks ago, and the ‘B’ team placed 20th. The men’s veterans’ team were 7th and the ‘B’ team 18th, although the Division places are yet to be calculated. Alex Rowe finished 4th in the Open Race over 6km of cross country at the British & Irish Masters International in Santry, Dublin on Saturday running as a reserve for the England team. He clocked 21:43 for the four lap parkland course in the best conditions of the day to finish 1st M50. Marian Hesketh (Preston Harriers) ran 27:26 for 2nd W55 in 38th place. Sue Samme of Lytham St Annes was 4th W45 in the women’s 6km International race to help the England team to gold medals, and Preston’s Kevin Hesketh ran for Wales in the men’s 50 to 64 8km race. Gary de Banke was the first Wesham runner across the line in Sunday’s Anderton Arms 10k on the outskirts of Preston. He clocked 41:55 to come in 13th. One place behind him was Troy Watson another of Wesham’s up and coming, running 42:15 for the challenging multi terrain and undulating course. Dave Waywell finished 1st M65 to notch up another victory with 44:43 for 29th place overall, Michaela Dempsey was the first Wesham woman home as she kicks off her W45 career with an appropriate 45:45 for an age group win in 34th place and 2nd woman. Graham Vickers was in 35th place with 46:25 as 5th M50. Helen Lawrenson ran 46:50 in 36th place for 3rd woman and 1st W40. Graham Cunliffe was 44th in 47:36 and Phil Leaver 47th with 48:08. Kath Hoyer came in 6th woman and 1st W50 in 49:46, and John Howorth was 88th with 54:06. Reg Chapman returned to fitness with 57:12 for 114th place. Graham Vickers’ grandson Gareth Hooper won the 3km Fun Run in his debut race at the age of 9 and he was over the moon with his success.

In 2015 six years ago the autumn Catforth Canter took place on Sunday morning in high wind but in a gap between ran storms, over the single lap country course from the school. Wesham had a strong contingent in a modest field, Troy Watson in fine form leading the way and finishing 4th with 18:39, placing 1st M45. Having clocked a good time over the first two kilometres the third 1000m was into the teeth of the wind where times slowed considerably. Garry Barnett came in 7th in 19:14, finishing 2nd M45. Catherine Carrdus was 2nd woman behind Lancaster & Morecambe’s Helen Booth, 1st W40 in 19:43. Mark Billington was 2nd M50 and 13th overall in 19:49, a great run. John Bertenshaw was also in good shape finishing 1st M55 and 15th in 20:02 just missing out on that sub-20 minutes in the windy final stretch. George Kennedy was 2nd M55 and 16th overall in 20:56; Alan Hudson 1st M65 and well ahead of the first M60 in 18th place; his time 21:16. Ben Wrigley was 24th with 22:59; Kath Hoyer was 7th woman and just missing out on first W55 to place 23:20 for 28th overall. Dave Waywell was next in with 24:26 to take 1st M70 in 33rd place overall. Dave Young was close behind with 24:29 for 34th place and 5th M65 in a good quality of runners. Phil Leaver was 2nd M60 and 35th in 25:21; Rob Danson Senior was 36th with 26:50 and Sally Deacon was 8th woman and 37th in 26:53. Maureen Danson was 12th woman and 43rd in 29:13, 5th W45. Lee Barlow ran the Cheshire 10k autumn race on Saturday, finishing 47th in a good quality race clocking 37:02, a fine result. Helen Lawrenson ran 45:50 for 258th place, finishing 23rd woman and 3rd W45. Sara Ward was 46th woman, 5th W50 and 346th with 48:42. Nicola Unsworth ran the Lytham Windmill 10k on Sunday morning in blustery conditions and she finished 2nd woman and 1st W45 with a time of 44:30 in 43rd place overall. Sharon Cooper was 20th woman and 3rd W40 with 49:16 finishing 121st overall. Nigel Shepherd filled in a gap in the cross country fixtures with a guest run in the Red Rose League at Wilsons Fields in Hyndburn ion Saturday. He finished 139th and 7th M55 in 52:01 for the approximate 10km course, a good run in a competitive field. Steve Gore ran the Lakeland Trails Ullswater Trail Race at the weekend but so far, the full results are not available due to a suspected flooded transponder mat at the finish which is still being sorted out. There are two events, Helvellyn on Saturday which went ahead successfully, but in the Ullswater event on Sunday the stormy weather played havoc with only the first ferry to the start being able to sail, thereby splitting the race into two. Some 117 runners managed the Trail 10k event at 9am but following sailings were cancelled with a further 343 competitors so far recorded in the emergency route 9km trail run. There were fewer Wesham members than usual running in parkrun events last weekend, perhaps due to the stormy and wet weather. David Taylor ran the Preston parkrun, finishing with a time of 18:35 and an age graded performance of 69.51%. Steve Myerscough, attired in normal running gear this week, ran 20:23 for an M40 performance of 67.95%. In the Bolton parkrun Martin Bates clocked 23:49 for an M55 66.76%.