Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Wesham new year training group on Preston industrial estate

The Wesham club is currently on holiday with the first club meeting of the year on Monday, with the fifth winter handicap to enjoy as well.

Missed out of last week’s report as she was incorrectly credited with running for Blackpool, Michelle Tickle ran the Boxing Day 10k in Leyland, placing 17th woman and 3rd W45 in 49:01 (48:50 chip time) to finish 78th in the run. This was her first race since being ill last year with coronavirus and having been set back. She has come back in top form after cutting her teeth and getting back to speed through a series of Saturday morning parkruns. This time last year she was in fine form and following the Wesham “Move Every Day” challenge in January she completed 253.4 miles in February by running the equivalent of three lengths of Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway in the Wesham Virtual Hadrian’s Wall Challenge. Then in March she followed this up with the 192-mile out and back of Wesham’s Virtual West Highland Way, Milngavie to Fort William, completing this with another three stages (some 35 miles) of a third trip ending (conceptually) in Inverarnan at the north end of Loch Lomond.

Three Wesham members ran in the Central Lancashire New Year Half Marathon from Lea Town around Inskip and Treales. Ugis Datavs set his new year off in style with an 8th place in a time of 1:20:58 to place 1st M40, with the overall winning time only 1:14:42. James Green also had a good run to finish 17th in 1:24:11, placing 4th M45. Anne Berry finished 64th woman and 212th overall in 2:12:12, but 2nd W60 with an excellent result. There were 289 runners in this event.

The Saturday morning 9am 5km parkruns were back in full action on New Year’s Day with numbers healthy but possibly reduced after a late night and celebrations. Wesham members stayed local with good numbers running in Blackpool’s Stanley Park and at Lytham Hall. In the latter Jonathan Lawson was Wesham’s fastest member recording 23:30 for the 5k and returning an M50 age graded performance of 64.82%. Michelle Tickle was Wesham’s fastest woman with a time of 24:45 for a W45 age graded 65.45%. Kay Twist ran 25:34 with W50 67.21% while Stephen Twist managed 26:07 for M55 58.84%. Run Director Sharon Cooper clocked 26:39 and W45 61.41%; Bev Wilding 28:17 with a W60 67.65%; and Elizabeth Johnson 34:04 for W40 45.50%. In the Blackpool parkrun Carl Groome was the fastest Wesham member with 21:13 M50 71.25%; David Taylor seeing the year in with an easy run in 21:38 for M35 60.94%; Elliot Costello 23:43 and 54.46%; Ian Nichols Hogg ran 24:03 for 53.78%; Lee Barlow perhaps the worst for wear with 24:24 and M50 60.45%; Steven Gore 25:07 with M40 54.35%; Finlay McCalman clocked 27:10 with M55 57.55%; David Marsland 27:37 for M65 61.32%; Sue Rigby 35:30 and W45 46.10%; and Vicky Gore 37:21 with W45 42.53%. Along the promenades David Young ran 27:57 for M70 66.67% in Fleetwood, and on Morecambe Prom Emma Lund recorded 29:48 for W35 50.78%. Preston’s parkrun in Avenham Park saw Steve Abbott posted a fast run with 20:51 for an M40 age graded 67.47% and Nigel Shepherd ran 21:41 for M60 75.94%. At the Rothay Park run in Ambleside Dawn Biggs 29:51 to record a W50 59.07% in her 20th parkrun, and in the Riverside run in Chester-Le-Street Emma Brook clocked 28:05 for W35 54.12%.

In 2007 fifteen years ago in the Lancashire County Cross Country Championships in Witton Park in Blackburn, Wesham brought home a clutch of individual and team medals and turned out the largest number of competitors in the senior men’s and women’s races. The men finished third with team bronze, with three veterans winning age category medals, while the women finished 5th team and one veteran bronze medal. The weather conditions were favourable with the earlier steady rainfall abating during the women’s race and no wind, but the wet made for tough going underfoot especially on the lower ground, and several sections of deep mud elsewhere on the course. The Wesham women had a fine showing, with Joanna Goorney the leading runner with 28:00 in 14th place over the three-lap 8km course, just missing out on a W35 bronze medal in a close race. Carmel Sullivan went one better for the W40 bronze, running 29:23 to finish 23rd, and Kath Hoyer was 5th W45 in 28th place overall with 30:02. Michaela Dempsey ran well and placed 31st with 31:24, 6th W40, and Julie Cruse was 34th having run 32:17 for 7th W45. Tracy Hulme was 42nd with 36:30; Pauline Weller was 46th in 38:57, and Hayley France finished 47th with 39:13. In the men’s race over 4 laps and 10.7km Charlie Pass lead the Wesham men to bronze team medals with a strong run, making steady headway to finish 15th in 43:01. Alex Rowe pulled back some ground after suffering a back strain on the first lap to finish 22nd with 44:52 and the bronze M45 medal. Barry Peatfield had a storming run to claim the M55 gold medal with 47:06 for 33rd, overtaking several team mates on the later laps. Barry Norman continued his renewed commitment to cross country with a great run to finish 35th chasing Peatfield to the line with 47:17. Derek Buckley was just 19 seconds off an M50 bronze medal in a strong age category, running 47:55 for 44th, just holding off a strong finishing Lee Barlow, who placed 45th with 48:00. He had steamed past Dave Waywell at the finish, as he came in 2 seconds adrift in 46th place to take the M60 gold medal. Son Peter Waywell narrowed the gap on his father with a strong run to finish 50th with 48:47 on the clock. He just got away from John Collier at the post, as the M50 strode home 51st in 48:48 for 7th in his age group. Russell Mabbett had a good opening run for 2007, running 49:49 for 55th to hold off John Bertenshaw who came in 59th with 50:05. Peter Cruse ran 51:12 for 68th; Martin Bates ran well for 75th place and 53:09; Andy Yelland was 77th with 53:48; Mick Edge ran 55:02 for 82nd; George Kennedy finished 86th in 56:00; Chris Whitlock was 87th in 56:15, and Alan Taylor placed 97th with 60:10. Graham Vickers finished 101st with 61:55; Brian Porter was 102nd in 62:31; and Norman Bateman finished 106th with 66:08. In the opening fixture in the Kendal Winter League at the Scout Scar Fell Race, Martin Bates ran 35:44 to finish 55th and 6th M50 over a 4.5-mile course with 500ft of climb. Michaela Dempsey was 9th woman in 39:54, finishing 94th overall. Both had run well in the Lancashire cross country the previous day. Kath Hoyer scored an unusual victory over Dave Waywell in the Northern Veterans monthly run at Stockton Heath in Warrington on Sunday. Kath ran 47:25 for the 10km course along roads and paths, while Dave came in behind her with a time of 48:00, having been sent on an additional lap of 2 miles to increase the full distance to 8 miles. St Annes based M45 Paul Muller won the race in 47:00 despite also having been sent on the extra lap.

Four years ago, in 2018, there were two local races to see out 2017 but not many Wesham members were tempted to run this time around.  Rob Danson however saw out the year in fine style with a superb new personal best performance at the Ribble Valley 10k. Setting off with purpose he settled into the lead group which featured some of the best athletes in the region

including Jonathan Brownlee world class triathlete and approached the finish with a big effort to gain 6th place in 30:25, 36 seconds faster than his previous best last April in Salford. This was also 47 seconds faster than his best time in 2016. This gave him 4th place in the Northern Athletics 10km Championships staged within the race. His racing profile for 2017 shows his rapid rate of improvement at all distances from 5km to the marathon, and virtually all of his results were rewarded with a first place.

Boxing Day had seen the traditional 10k in Leyland’s Worden Park; this year it was quite wet and muddy on the lower reaches through the woods but it was as popular as ever with 444 runners. Ben Wrigley finished 205th in 53:26 (52:30 chip time), 17th M35.  Dave Young was 3rd M70 and 213th overall in 53:47 (52:51) and Paul Carter came in 264th and 27th M45 with 57:14 (56:14). Runners were treated to multiple opportunities for a parkrun over the festive period with some venues offering extra events on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day (Mondays) with some adjacent venues timed to allow for a double run within an hour or two. And Wesham members made full use of the many events available for some festive fun. On Christmas Day in Preston David Taylor ran a fast 18:31 for 70.03%; Carl Groome 20:13 (M45 72.38%); Nigel Shepherd 22:01 (M55 72.22%); Robert Brown 25:01 (M60 64.09%); Vicky Gore 26:43 (W40 57.58%); Steven Gore 26:44 (M35 49.63%); Sue Rigby 31:00 (W40 50.75%); Debbie Bell 32:31 (W40 48.39%); and Lynn Brown 32:48 (W55 55.95%). Saturday’s run at Lytham Hall saw David Taylor post the second fastest time of the day with 18:02 for an age graded performance of 71.90%, just one second short of his personal best time here. Carl Groome posted 20:14 for M45 72.32% and Stuart Topping 20:43 for M45 69.51%. Jonathan Lawson ran for M50 65.56% and Phil Leaver 24:31 with M60 67.78%. Finlay McCalman clocked 27:27 for M50 55.07%; Rob Danson Snr 28:14 (M50 53.54%); Debbie Bell 30:10 and W40 52.15%; Diane Blagden 31:43 with W50 53.49%; Julie Rooney 31:43 for W40 49.24%; and Kerry Eccles and Sue Rigby 35:30 for W55 50.33% and W40 44.32% respectively. At the Preston run Steve Myerscough recorded 21:42 for M40 64.82% in his 151st parkrun. Nigel Shepherd ran 21:57 for M55 72.44% and Elliot Costello 22:24 for 57.59%. Gemma Owen clocked 23:52 for W35 63.06% and Robert Brown 25:32 with M60 62.79%. Lynn Brown ran 31:33 for W55 58.16%. Jon McLeod was in Carlisle to run 27:06 for M45 53.57%. Graham Cunliffe saw in the New Year in Greenock and was inspired to run twice, he ran twice there, 26:48 on Saturday for M60 60.39% and again on New Year’s Day 26:40 for 60.69%, two very good performances. Jenn Thompson ran the Southport run, 26:45 for W35 56.82%.  The Gores were in Shrewsbury and ran together with Megan and Steven clocking 37:27 for JW10 45.57% and M35 35.43% with Vicky Gore 37:28 (W40 41.06%). Ben Wrigley ran with his son at Witton Park for 31.27. In Blackpool’s Stanley Park Lee Barlow ran 20:41 for M45 69.06%; Stephen Browne 23:19 with M50 64.26%; Mark Renshall 23:38 for M40 59.52%; Dave Marsland 23:43 with M60 68.80%; Rob Wallace scored 24:40 with 52.30%; Dave Young ran 26:15 for M70 67.17%; Tanya Barlow clocked 27:19 for W45 58.69%; and Andrew Moore 28:05 for M55 55.19%. The big New Year’s Day challenge was Blackpool at 8:30am and Lytham Hall at 10:00. In Blackpool Carl Groome ran 20:36 (M45 71.04%); Stuart Topping 21:02 (M45 68.46%); Gemma Owen 23:54 (W35 62.97%); Robert Brown 24:51 (M60 64.52%); Rob Wallace 26:26 (48.80%); Dave Young 27:00 (M70 65.31%); George Kennedy 27:00 (M60 59.38%); Finlay McCalman 29:06 (M50 51.95%); Dave Marsland 29:13 (M60 55.85%); Kim McGuire 31:01 (W55 60.83%); and Lynn Brown 31:55 (W55 57.49%). At Lytham Hall Carl Groome ran 20:22 for M45 71.85%; Dave Marsland 23:05 (M60 70.69%); Robert Brown 24:25 (M60 65.67%); Rob Wallace 24:30 (52.65%); Dave Young 26:01 (M70 67.78%); Andrew Moore 27:33 (M55 52.26%); Ben Wrigley 27:40 (M35 48.25%); Finlay McCalman 29:00 (M50 52.13%); Debbie Bell 30:49 (W40 51.05%); Sharlan Butcher 31:15 (W40 50.35%); Sue Rigby 31:32 (W40 49.89%); and Lynn Brown 32:58 (W55 55.66%).