Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Eyes down for a full house as Rob Danson approaches the win in the Green Drive 5


The Green Drive 5 was the big event of the week in the area and Wesham’s Rob Danson won in big style in atrocious conditions as the storm passed overhead with a lead of 1min 29sec stopping the clock at 25:54.

David Taylor came in 8th in 30:36 with Garry Barnett 15th and 2nd M50 with 31:47. The Wesham men were 2nd team on equal points with Lytham.  Helen Lawrenson finished 7th woman and 2nd W45 in 35:03 (50th overall); Tracey Hulme won the W50 category in 37:43 (11th woman and 77th); and Pauline Eccleston was 49th in 45:02 (188th overall). The women were 3rd team. Stuart Topping was 28th in 33:28 and Jason Blagden 52nd with 35:30. Alan Glasgow finished 5th M60 and 72nd in 37:06 and Roger Leadbeater 74th in 37:14. Jonathan Lawson was 89th in 39:06; Rob Wallace 99th in 39:41; Robert Brown 124th with 41:16. Dave Young won the M70 category in 41:21, 125th overall, while Ben Wrigley was 136th in 41:59; Dave Marsland 150th in 42:46; Finlay McCalman 156th with 42:56; Alistair Morris 196th (45:45); Peter Cooke 199th (46:14); John Howorth 228th (48:23); Graham Vickers (51:24). Anne Berry was 51st and 191st in 45:16; Julie Rooney 85th (242nd) in 49:39; Victoria Birkett 86th (243rd) in 49:39 and Lynn Brown 117th (283rd) in 53:18., In the Lancashire Championships Rob Danson took the overall gold with Dave Young the M70 and Tracey Hulme the W50. The men were 2nd team and 5th Male Veterans, with the women 3rd team and 2nd Female Veterans.


In the autumn running of the Standish Hall Trail Race over a 10k two loop course on Saturday afternoon there were 8 Wesham members with the event in the club championship. Steve Myerscough finished 13th and 4th M40 in 44:06 in testing conditions as Storm Brian started to take hold. Steven Gore was 20th in 45:16 with Jen Salt placing 5th woman and 2nd W40 in 53:53, 777th place overall. Kath Hoyer was 6th woman and 1st W55 in 54:13, 80th overall. James Robert Danson finished 96th and 10th M50 in 58:09 with Kerry Eccles 13th woman and 2nd W55 in 59:45. Maureen Danson was 25th woman and 116th overall in 1:02:48 with Dave Waywell winning the M70 category in 119th place with a time of 1:03:11.


In the Serpent 6 Trail Run, a new race from the Wilton Arms north of Bolton the 6-mile trail route took runners up into Smithills Country Park from the east with a three loop course up and over the summit viewpoint twice for a challenging run. Steven Gore finished 14th and 4th M35 in 40:55 with Kath Hoyer 9th woman and 1st W55 in 48:00, 52nd overall. Debbie Myerscough was 43rd woman and 4th W50 in 61:19, 116th overall.


Wesham undertook a parkrun takeover at Preston on Saturday providing all the volunteers, and also had a number of members running. Steve Myerscough was the fastest Wesham runner in 19:30 for an M40 age graded performance of 71.62%. Arran Galvin was next in 20:17 with M35 65.41%, followed by Rob Wallace with 25:19 for 50.96%. Robert Brown produced 25:45 for M60 62.27% while Elizabeth Johnson ran 25:56 with W35 58.35%. Ben Wrigley ran 26:44 for M35 49.94%; Kay Twist 30:35 for W45 53.51%; Stephen Twist M50 48.14% with a time of 30:53; Madeleine Azzopardi 31:48 with W35 47.33%; Debbie Bell 32:09 and W40 48.94%; Sue Rigby 31:14 with W40 48.81%; Megan Gore JW10 34.43% with 49:34 with Vicky Gore a time of 49:37.  At the Blackpool parkrun Stephen Browne was the first Wesham finisher timing in at 22:56 and producing an M50 age graded performance of 64.83%. Martin Bates ran 23:46 for M60 67.46% and Dave Marsland 25:16 for M60 64.05%. Chris Pike recorded 25:33 for M40 54.21%; Finlay McCalman 27:50 with M50 54.31% and Andrew Moore 29:06 with M55 52.81%. Graham Cunliffe ran the inaugural parkrun at Hyndburn around Wilsons Fields and he ran 38:10 for M60 42.40% in a field of 314 runners.