11th November – Alex’s Newspaper Report

Will Parkinson who ran a new personal best this week

There were a good number of events on across the North West but there were no Wesham members competing, despite the attractions of the Derwentwater 10-mile in Keswick and the Great Lancaster Half Marathon locally, although there were 29 members running a parkrun on Saturday morning. It is two weeks to the double challenge of the Wesham 10k and the second Mid Lancs Cross Country Legue incorporated in the Liverpool Cross Challenge, always an event to be a part of, and this weekend sees the Lancashire 10-Mile Championships incorporated in the popular Preston 10 mile race.

Mick Edge was celebrating his second selection for the Great Britain swim-bike duathlon team, and he will be looking forward to that event next year and training hard for it come the New Year.

The Wesham Monthly Handicap for November took place on Monday over the two-lap winter course from the centre of Kirkham around the bypass and back up Dowbridge, a 4-mile course. The results will be available later this week.

Wesham members stayed local last week in the Saturday morning parkrun, with seven running at Lytham Hall where David Taylor scored the fourth fastest time of the morning with 19:54 for an M35 age graded percentage of 67.09%. Will Parkinson clocked 20:48 for a new personal best time and an M40 grade of 63.38%. Adam Wilding provided support in 20:49 for 62.45%. Ian Nichols Hogg ran 24:10 for 53.79% with Peter Rooney running 26:28 for an M65 graded 63.35%. Bev Wilding returned 26:30 for W60 74.28% and Liz Sharrocks ran 31:09 for W60 64.10%. At the Blackpool run Daniel Bolton had the second fastest time of the day with 18:22 for 70.24%. Chris Haines clocked 20:36 for an M35 65.29% and Lee Barlow ran 22:49 and M50 65.16%. Michelle Tickle recorded 24:22 for a W45 67.99% with Finlay McCalman returning 27:42 for M55 57.40% and Jo McCaffery on 33:25 for W45 47.98%. James Danson was the only Wesham member at the Fleetwood Promenade run where he clocked 26:15 for M55 60.57%. In the Preston run in Avenham Park Steve Myerscough ran 19:55 for an M50 74.06% in his new age category having celebrated his birthday in Ireland last week. Nigel Shepherd suffering an infection still managed to record 22:27 for M65 74.68%. Alona Versinina took her First Timer run in the Burnley parkrun in Towneley Park and she ran 26:36 for W35 56.39%. Chris Banks was in Skelmersdale for the Tawd Valley event and he ran the second fastest time in 19:20 for M35 69.57%. Martin Bates ran the Rothay Park run in Ambleside where he recorded 26:20 for M65 64.87%, and in the Chester-Le-Street Riverside run Emma Brook returned 29:44 and a W40 51.46%. There was a Wesham 2-3 at the Muncaster Castle parkrun at Ravenglass as Carl Groome ran the second fastest time of the day in 19:57 for an M50 graded 76.36% and Steven Gore was third in 20:03 with an M40 69.08% on the undulating three-lap course through the castle grounds. Vicky Gore ran 26:36 for W45 60.90%, with Sue Rigby on 36:34 for W50 45.85% and Michelle Pitt timing in at 38:55 for W40 39.83%. all they Wesham parkrun tourists were First Timers at 5his event, with another one notched up.