It was a day at the races for Wesham with three teams entered in the Northern Athletics 12- and 6-Stage Road Relays for men and women respectively, held on the coast road in Redcar. Wesham were last here 18 months ago for the 6- and 4-Stage relays in barmy late summer weather but last Saturday it was damp and windy with a strong swell on the sea just adjacent to the race route. The day kicked off with junior 5km Northern Championships, and then the senior men were off on 4 alternate long stages of 9.6km and 8 short stages of 5.2km. Dan Bolton was off to a great start with 34:53 for the opening long stage, returning 41st on the out and back two laps. Elliot Costello was on Stage 2 with 21:16 for the first short stage, and David Taylor 35:12 on Stage 3. Steve Myerscough retained 40th place with 18:37, followed by Rob Danson with the fastest long stage of 31:07, 50th fastest long stage of the day out of 182. Stuart Grice ran 20:48; Adam Wilding second fastest for the team in 32:07 (long stage) taking the team to 32nd, with Chris Haines 19:35; Will Parkinson 20:11; Mark Bellfield an excellent 17:52; James Remnant 21:46; and Peter Rooney 25:25 to give the team 34th place in cumulative time of 4:58:51, and although 3:17 short of qualification for the English national road relays in two weeks’ time only 30 seconds separated the four teams that just missed out.55:34. Wesham’s men’s “B” team was incomplete but not lacking in commitment and enthusiasm as Stephen Twist (47:50); Andy Moore (25:56); John Collier (35:31); Dave young (26:18); James Danson (51;29) and Andrew Wilkinson (34:21) brought the team 43rd place at halfway. The Senior Women set off five minutes after the men on two long and four short stages with Kay Twist first off completing 45:51 for 35th place, backed up by Debbie Myerscough (33:08); Michelle Pitt (33:22); Kirsty Holland 54:03 (long stage); Claire Belfield (28:270 and Bev wilding (27:46), bringing the team in 35th in 3:42:37. There was an abundance of North East clubs competing, Wesham and Blackburn were the only Lancashire clubs present with a handful of Merseyside and Manchester clubs.
Helen Dutton ran the Fleetwood 10k on Sunday and she finished 113th and 28th female in 56:32 placing 3rd W40.
The first Wesham Summer Handicap took place on Monday over the undulating 4.9-mile course round Treales starting on Dowbridge and finishing around the corner on Carr Lane. Both with a handicap of 24 minutes David Taylor and Alek Walker ran together and recording times of 29:43 and 29:44. Steve Myerscough with a handicap of 21 minutes ran 30:24 with John Naylor fourth in 32:21. Stuart Topping clocked 36:50 with Stuart Mulrooney securing 37:22. Next was Ian Nichols Hogg in 38:00; Rob Wallace 38:19; Nigel Shepherd 38:57; Stuart Grice 40:35; Stephen Twist 40:43; John Burns 40:58; and Ryan Azzopardi 41:37. First woman was Alona Versinina with 41:43 on a 13 minute handicap, with Agnes Woods 42:45 on scratch with her first run; Vron Walker 44:08; and Sue Rigby 51:58 on a 5 minute handicap. Robert Danson ran 42:15; Peter Rooney 42:50; and Andy Moore 47:35.
Despite the northern road relays there were 25 Wesham members out running a 5km parkrun on Saturday morning. At the Lytham Hall event Mark Holton ran 21:26 for an M40 age graded performance of 65.63%. Ian Nichols Hogg clocked 23:56 for an age graded 54.18% and Michelle Tickle was third fastest woman of the day with 24:12 for W45 68.46%. Liz Sharrocks recorded 31:03 for a W60 63.39%, with Anne Berry running 33:00 for W60 58.79%; Kerry Eccles 33:13 for W60 58.40%; and Tony Sharrocks clocked 39:44 for M60 40.35%. Lee Barlow returned 23:40 in the Blackpool parkrun in Stanley Park for an M50 graded 62.82%; and George and Anne Flanagan were home from Spain to run 33:30 for M70 54.78% and 34:07 and a W65 grade of 60.33%. On Fleetwood Promenade Damian Ings ran 21:04 for an M45 69.46%, and George Kennedy ran one of his last races as a Wesham member in 26:38 for an M65 grade of 62.95%. Nigel Shepherd ran his local run in Avenham Park in Preston in 21:49 for M60 76.17%, and Finlay McCalman popped up to the Fell Foot run in Newby Bridge and clocked 29:50 for M55 53.30%. In Platt Fields at the South Manchester parkrun Tracey Hulme ran 25:09 for W60 76.08%, and in Philips Park parkrun opposite Sportcity in Manchester Martin Bates clocked 28:03 for M65 60.37%. The Wesham tourists went to the Ellesmere Port run in Whitby Park where Steven Gore had the 4th fastest time of the morning with 21:20 for M40 64.45%. Carl Groome clocked the 7th fastest time in 22:26 with an M50 graded 67.90%, and Vicky Gore ran 27:35 for W45 58.73% and Sue Rigby 36:00 for W45 46.02%. Anthony Leach made an international appearance at the Clermont Waterfront parkrun in Orlando Florida on the Lake Minnesota Shores and ran 22:24 for an M60 performance of 72.25%.