28th October – Alex’s Newspaper Report

Wesham members at the Green Drive Five on Sunday

The main event last week was Sunday’s Green Drive Five, very popular as usual with its entry limit of 400 filling up. It was a good day for Wesham with 21 members taking part in the out-and back course with its 3-mile loop round Lodge Lane. Adam Wilding was on good form finishing 8th in 27:52. Chris Haines was 28th in 30:33 with Carl Groome 47th 6th M50 in 32:06. Will Parkinson was 67th in 34:14 and Nigel Shepherd placed 3rd M65 and 69th overall in 34:23. Helen Greenhalgh was 17th woman and 102nd overall with a time of 36:35 to finish 3rd W45 and Kay Twist was 19th and 114th in 37:21 for 6th W50. Lisa Minns was 48th woman and 173rd overall in 42:00. Ian Nichols Hogg came in 106th in 36:53 and Jonathan Lawson 116th and 6th M55 with 37:21. Anthony Leach finished 127th in 38:26; Martin Bates 157th in 40:37; Peter Rooney 167th with 41:44; Finlay McCalman 177th in 42:09; Agness Woods 53rd woman and 183rd in 42:22; Catherine Nicholls 63rd and 202nd with 43:57; and Dave Young was 218th and 7th Over-70 in 45:23. Sharlan Butcher was 80th woman and 229th overall in 46:26; Dawn Biggs 85th and 236th with 46:46; Emma brooks finished 97th woman and 257th overall in 48:15; and Christine Fare placed 123rd and 293rd overall in 52:09. The Wesham men finished 5th team and the ladies were 4th, a very creditable performance. The race hosted the Lancashire 5-mile championships and all Wesham members were counters. 

Andrew Wilkinson finished 21st in the inaugural Zoo to Fell Multi-Terrain Marathon from Blackpool Zoo to Beacon Fell, clocking 5:27:33 for the 26 off-road miles. Conditions underfoot were boggy and challenging but the weather on the day was favourable. 

Tanya Shaw ran the Langdale Half Marathon on Saturday and she finished 95th woman and 358th overall in 2:38:05. There were over 400 runners in this popular event and 141 in the accompanying marathon. The route is very hilly and challenging. 

There were 24 Wesham members running a parkrun on Saturday morning over the 5km distance at 9am. At the Lytham Hall parkrun Jonathan Lawson was again the fastest Wesham member present running 23:51 for an M55 age graded performance of 64.99%. Mark Holton clocked 25:34 for an M45 graded 55.48% and Ryan Azzopardi returned 25:37 for M40 54.52%. John Burns put in a good 26:45 for M65 64.49%; Jo McCaffery ran 28:41 for W45 55.90%; and Martin Allison was on 47:17 for an M40 graded 28.87%. In Blackpool’s Stanley Park Chris Haines recorded 20:32 for M35 65.50%; Rob Wallace ran 25:35 for a senior graded 50.55%; and Finlay McCalman clocked 28:29 with M55 55.82%. On Fleetwood Promenade Martin Bates started off near the back but stormed through to 25:11 for an M65 graded 67.24%. Alan Hudson ran 26:07 for M70 71.35% and Kirsty Holland recorded 38:23 for aa age graded 38.82%. Emma Lund ran the Morecambe Prom parkrun in 23:38 for the second fastest female time of the day and a W40 grade of 64.74%. In the Oldham parkrun in Alexandra Park Daniel Bolton was 6th fastest of the morning with 18:50 for a grade of 68.50%. Michelle Tickle was at the Croxteth Hall event for the fourth time, and she ran 24:16 for W45 68.27%. In Alexandra Park in Moss Side Manchester Tracey Hulme ran 26:00 for W60 73.59%. The Wesham parkrun tourists went to Worden Park for the second event in this new run have missed the inaugural event last week due to the Mid Lancs cross country and David Taylor ran the third fastest time of the day with 19:06 for an M35 graded 69.90%. Steven Gore and Carl Groome ran together for 22:35 and 22:36 for M40 61.33% and M50 67.40% age grades. Vicky Gore recorded 27:47 for W45 58.31%; Andy Moore ran 28:10 with an M60 57.46%; Sue Rigby clocked 37:07 for W50 45.17%; and Michelle Pitt was there with 37:46 for W40 41.04%.