Alex’s Newspaper Report.



Daniel Shaw crosses the finish line in the Grizedale Night Run in SNOW!



The third round of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League was hosted in Leigh at the Sports Village home of Leigh Harriers.  Wesham had a small but dedicated team out in very wet underfoot conditions out on to Pennington Flash while the sleet and snow held off until the late afternoon.  There was just one lady in the Senior Women’s 6km race with one small lap and one large lap with Kath Hoyer finishing 60th and 6th W55 in 27:54.  Dave Waywell was 4th M70 over the same 6km course in a time of 33:14 against some strong opposition. Jenn Thompson and Tracey Hulme were present but were helping out and unable to run. The Wesham women are 6th in Division 2 with a team in the first two fixtures, and 15th W35 team. The W45 team are 45th having only completed one fixture. In the Senior Men’s 10km race over three large laps Steve Swarbrick was running well and finished 1st M40 and 19th overall in a strong field clocking 39:46 in the sapping conditions. James Mulvany was 30 seconds behind finishing 36th in 41:16 with a strong run. Steve Myerscough worked his way through the field coming in 141st and 40th M40 with a time of 48:50. John Collier was 158th and 9th M60 in 50:19 with a lesser run than he would have wanted. Martin Bates was 188th and 12th M60 in 52:54; Ben Wrigley finished 213th in 57:00; and Russell Mabbett was 216th in 58:34, 47th M50.  The Men’s team placed 19th overall, with the M40 and M50 teams both 11th. The Wesham men are currently 3rd in Division 2 and 2nd in the M40 Division 2. The M50 team is 14th with only one score; the Leigh results are still to be quantified. The M60 team has not scored yet.

The Longridge 7 mile race on Sunday was run over a quickly devised out-and-back course after Jeffrey Hill and the road down past the golf course was too icy to run on after the cold snap and wintry showers of the previous 36 hours. The revised course turned back at half way and returning the same route back. Rob Danson had the race under control and he won in a respectable 37:56 with a 2min 34sec lead. Paul Gregory was 14th in 45:38 with Paul Hetherington 6 seconds behind in 15th place with 45:44. Carl Groome finished 25th in 47:35 edging out Stuart Topping who had a storming run to come in 27th in 47:51, 16 seconds behind. Helen Lawrenson was 4th woman and 1st W45 in 50:06, 47th place overall. Martin Bates was 74th and 4th M60 in 54:11 in his second race of the weekend after the cross country the previous day. Dave Young was 148th and 2nd M70 in 1:00:16; James Danson 185th in 1:03:31; and Paul Carter 241st in 1:07:11. Maureen Danson finished 69th woman and 252nd with 1:07:59; Diane Blagden 70th woman and 255th in 1:08:03; Tanya Barlow, Caz Wadsworth and Julie Rooney ran together finishing 119th, 120th and 121st women in 1:17:36 and 1:17:37 placing 337th to 339th overall.

There were three Wesham runners in the Grizedale Forest Night Runner 10k on Saturday evening near Hawkshead. Daniel Shaw finished 17th with a great run clocking 43:23. Steven Gore was 23rd in 44:40, and Vicky Gore was 167th in 1:02:12, 39th woman and 16th W40.

Rob Danson ran the fastest time in the Lytham Hall parkrun, easing away on the second lap from the leading group of 4 to clock 18:16 with an age graded performance of 70.62%. Carl Groome ran well for 20:02 and an M45 age grade of 72.46%. Jonathan Lawson clocked 23:48 for an M50 61.97% with Phil Leaver running 23:59 for M60 69.28%. Kay Twist recorded 25:48 for W45 63.44%; James Danson 26:19 for M50 57.44%; Andrew Moore 27:44 for M55 55.89%; Sally Deacon 30:08 and W50 56.31%; Debbie Bell came in with 31:14 for W40 50.37%; and Kerry Eccles 33:17 for W55 53.68% pacing Julie Topping to a big new personal best a week after her debut. In the Preston parkrun Steve Myerscough warmed up for the afternoon cross country with 20:55 for M40 67.25%, with Robert Brown clocking 26:25 for M60 60.69% and Lynn Brown 35:47 with W55 51.28%. Graham Cunliffe ran the Hyndburn run in 36:37 for M60 44.20%. At Bolton in Leverhulme Park snow was falling with a light dusting on the ground and Steven Gore ran 21:01 on the hilly course for M35 63.12% with David Taylor holding back with 22:57 for 56.50%. Megan Gore clocked 36:41 for a new personal best on this course and a JW10 grade of 46.52% with Vicky Gore running 36:42. In the Blackpool run in Stanley Park Dave Marsland ran 23:58 for M60 68.08%; Tanya Barlow 33:05 for W45 48.46%; and Dave Young 26:06 for M70 67.56%.