Alex’s Newspaper Report

Tom Crabtree and Alek Walker in contention at Worsley Woods last week

There was a good variety of events in the athletics calendar last week, and Wesham members were out taking the challenge.

The Knutsford 10k in Cheshire hosted one of the England Athletics selection events for the age Group Masters representation with a good turnout of 2500 athletes. Nigel Shepherd finished 6th M65 on gun time of 42:44 gaining one place with his chip time of 42:17 to place 379th overall. There were 42 competitors in his age category and not all of those ahead of him were eligible for an English vest.  Dave Young was 7th M75 in 58:21 with a tremendous run for 1301st place; his chip time from the start line was 55:57.

On Thursday night in the Run Media City events on Salford Quays in Manchester a trio of Wesham members each won their age categories. Mick Edge finished 32nd in the 10k race in a time of 43:50 to place 1st M60 with his chip time at 43:44. In the accompanying 5km race Carmel Sullivan finished 1st W55 and 31st overall in 22:43, 22:37 for her chip time. Martin Bates was first M65 in 24:49, 24:40 chip time, for 49th position overall. There were 214 runners in the 5km and 346 in the 10km.

Mark Holton attempted a new event in the Lake District, the 13 Valleys Ultra over 182.58km with over 7000m of climb, 113.44 miles and 23000ft, starting on Friday and finishing on Sunday. The route was a round starting and finishing in Keswick. Unfortunately, he had to retire at 76.7 miles at the ninth checkpoint in Grasmere having run for 23:29:03. Only 29 runners completed the course with the fastest recording 22:55:27 and the slowest in 44:43:35.

The inaugural Tower to Castle Ultra Run took off from the Comedy Carpet opposite Blackpool Tower on Saturday morning, following the coastal path to Lancaster Castle over 30 miles with a ferry crossing at Fleetwood over the River Wyre. Andrew Wilkinson finished 103rd in 6:15:16. Paul Carter was 166th in 7:29:43.

Martin Bates was out again on Saturday sharpening up for the cross country season as a guest in the Red Rose League event in Centre Vale Park in Todmorden where he finished 161st over the four-lap 9km course in 56:42 for 4th M65 place.

There was a smaller number of Wesham members at parkrun this week with 23 runners at 6 venues but the parkrun tourists travelled to Bury for the Clarence Park event. David Taylor ran the 2nd fastest time of the day to record 19:00 for an M35 age graded performance of 69.82%. Steven Gore was 7th fastest in 20:26 for an M40 graded 67.78% and Carl Groome came in 11th in 20:42 for M50 73.59%. Alona Versinina returned 26:24 for a W35 graded 56.82% and Martin Bates was on 26:35 for M65 63.70%. Vicky Gore ran 27:13 with a W45 59.52% age grade; Andy Moore recorded 28:51 for M60 56.09%; and Sue Rigby finished with 38:15 for W50 43.83%. Another large group of Wesham members was at the Lytham Hall parkrun on home ground where Steve Myerscough placed 7th fastest time of 20:41 for an M45 graded 70.75%. Jonathan Lawson ran 22:38 for M55 67.89%; Sharon Cooper clocked 25:46 for W50 65.07% and Agness Woods 26:09 with W55 69.22%. Stephen Twist returned 26:17 for an M55 58.97% with James Danson just behind in 26:38 and M55 59.20%. Liz Sharrocks ran 31:30 for W60 63.39% with Tony Sharrocks on 39:22 for M60 41.11%. Julie Rooney recorded 41:04 for a W45 grade of 40.34%. Tracey Hulme ran the South Manchester parkrun in 24:36 with a W60 grade of 77.78% and Michelle Tickle took her second weekend in the Croxteth Hall event in 23:01 for W45 71.98%. Down the road in the Widnes run in Victoria Park Ryan Azzopardi ran 24:59 for M40 55.90%, and on Fleetwood Promenade Ian Nichols Hogg returned 21:39 for 60.05%. Alex Rowe completed the course in 33:07 for an M65 grade of 65.55% and Michelle Pitt ran 36:07 for W40 42.92%.