Alex’s Newspaper Report.



Doug Brown in the Hurst Green Turkey Trot leading M80



It was a quiet week for athletics with only just over a week to go to the Christmas festivities. The weather took a turn overnight Friday with much black ice first thing on Saturday morning making going treacherous in parts. As the year draws to a close it is time for reflection over the previous 12 months and it has been a successful year for Wesham despite the resignation of several key members. There will be a full review in next week’s year end column.

Emma Lund ran in the Lancaster Winter Series 5km on Saturday morning, clocking 22:24 to finish 5th woman and 16th overall, based at the 3-1-2 fitness club on the banks of the Lune with the course up and down the old railway line.

There were two Wesham runners in the Turkey Trot at Hurst Green in the Ribble Valley on Saturday afternoon, nearly 5 miles through the woods alongside the River Hodder up towards Stoneyhurst.  Doug Brown finished 148th in this popular trail race in 55:19 placing 1st M80. Kath Hoyer was 137th woman and 12th W55 in 1:14:32 to finish 268th overall, running in a large group of ladies in costume enjoying the run.

The icy conditions early on Saturday morning saw the cancellation of several parkruns in the North West, including Preston and Cuerden Valley, and Pennington Flash, Bolton, Ormskirk and Haigh slightly further afield. Conditions on the coast were warmer, and the Lytham Hall parkrun was double headed by Rob Danson with the fastest run of the day with 12:12 for an age graded performance of 75.00 and David Taylor with the second fastest time of 18:14 for 71.12%, a tremendous run. Stuart Topping was on fire as well with a new personal best of 19:50 for M45 72.61%, 37 seconds faster than his previous best time last July. Jonathan Lawson ran 22:17 for M50 66.19%, with Phil Leaver recording 23:48 for M60 69.82%. Ben Wrigley ran 24:07 for M35 55.36%; Robert Brown M60 grade of 65.53% with a time of 24:28; Finlay McCalman 27:08 for M50 55.78%; Graham Cunliffe had ventured away from his home run at Hydburn and was rewarded with 30:37 for M60 52.86%; Lynn Brown 31:16 for W55 58.69%; and Debbie Bell ran32:42 for W40 48.11%. Martin Bates ran the Worsley Woods parkrun with 22:52 for M60 70.77%, his best run there since June. The Gores had travelled to Penrith for this week’s run, with Steven running 20:07 for M35 65.95% and Vicky 26:59 for W40 57.01%. Carl Groome was the leading Wesham runner in the Blackpool run in Stanley Park, clocking 20:34 for M45 71.15%, with Helen Lawrenson taking the fastest woman’s time of the morning with 21:11 for W45 77.26%. Dave Marsland ran 23:39 for M60 68.99%; Sean Murray 23:53 for M35 55.20%; and Gemma Owen marked her comeback with a debut run on this course with 24:39 for W35 61.05%. Rob Wallace recorded 24:51 for 51.91%, and Dave Young had an M70 67.86% with his time of 25:59. Sue Rigby ran 29:42 for a new personal best time and a W40 performance of 52.97%.