Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Robin demonstrates how to track the perpetrators in the Rudolph Red Nose Race


There was only one race in the Fylde area in the week leading up to Christmas and that was at the De Vere in Blackpool, the traditional Rudolph red Nose 5-Mile around the Herons Reach path and Marton Mere, starting and finishing at the zoo car park.

There was the usual good turnout with 222 runners mostly dressed in festive outfits. Rob Danson dressed as Batman’s henchman Robin toyed with Thomas Griffith from St Helens all round the course before edging ahead by a second to win in 28:34. Daniel Shaw made light of the course after a year on the fells and he finished 7th in 32:17 in the wet conditions.  David Taylor was 8th in 33:02 with Stuart Topping finishing 23rd with 33:02, 4th M45. Martin Bates came in 6th M60 and 34th in 39:01. Kath Hoyer was 8th woman and 2nd W55 in 41:20 finishing 46th overall. Gemma Owen ran with Kath finishing 1 second behind with 41:21, 9th woman and 2nd W35, 47th overall. Lee Barlow was close in 48th place with 41:26, 7th M45. Phil Leaver finished 9th M60 and 50th overall in 41:30 a great recovery from his recent broken ribs. Rob Danson Snr was 76th in 44:26; Ben Wrigley 77th in 44:28; Paul Carter 88th with 45:28 and Kerry Eccles 89th in 45:48. Martyn Taylor was 95th in 47:09; Fran Hodskinson 114th with 48:22 finishing together with Elizabeth Johnson; Maureen Danson, Tanya Barlow and Sharon Cooper ran together for 130th, 131st and 132nd places timed at 49:08; Vicky Birkett was 136th in 49:43 with Peter Cooke 148th in 50:45; John Howorth was 154th in 51:45 and 2nd M65; Carl Groome and Sue Rigby ran together and finished 158th and 159th in 52:05; Stephen and Kay Twist also came in 174th and 175th in 54:23; Julie Rooney and Caz Wadsworth were 188th and 189th in 55:49; Graham Cunliffe finished 212th in 1:03:02; and Heather Buckel, Graham Vickers and Steph Blakeley were 220th, 221st and 22nd in 1:07:34. The festive spirits were high with wine, chocolate and mince pies for all finishers in the Blackpool Forest Gate Fire Station after the race.

David Taylor warmed up for the Rudolph Red Nose Race at the Lytham Hall parkrun with a swift 18:03, just two seconds short of his course personal best, obviously watching the clock for the start of the 5-miler two hours later. Steven Gore clocked 19:34 for an M35 age graded performance of 67.80% with Ben Wrigley also on his way to the Rudolph race ran 27:23 for M35 48.75%. Sharon Cooper also ran the double, recording 27:24 for W40 57:24 with Phil Leaver same time and an M60 60.64%. Andrew Moore ran 27:40 for M55 56.02 and a new personal best performance. Sharlan Butcher clocked 31:07 for W40 50:56; Megan Gore ran 34:48 for a JW10 49.04% with Vicky Gore in support with 34:49. In the Preston parkrun Steve Myerscough ran 20:13 for M40 69.58%; Anne Mayers-Smith 28:17 as a first timer for W40 54.10%. Lynn Brown ran 44:28 for W55 41.27% and Robert Brown 44:29 for M60 36.04%. Chris Pike ran the St Helens run in 25:50 for M40 53.61% on Saturday and again two days later on Christmas morning in 25:02 for 55.33%, a great progression. Debbie Bell ran the Cuerden Valley run in 35:51 for W40 43.89%. Carl Groome preceded the Rudolph race at the Blackpool parkrun in Stanley Park with 20:03 for M45 72.98%, with Jonathan Lawson running 22:49 for M50 64.65%. Dave Marsland clocked 23:16 for M60 70.13% and Dave Young 26:09 for M70 67.43%. Finlay McCalman ran 27:09 for M50 55.68%.


2017 was another good year for Wesham with many new members although some sad farewells to some long standing members switching clubs to better suit their needs. It was an outstanding year for Rob Danson who moved up another gear with personal best performances for 5km, 5 miles, 10k, 10 miles, half marathon and the marathon with the best being 31:01 (10k), 50:06 (10 miles), and 2:28:37 (marathon) putting him on the radar for international representation. Helen Lawrenson similarly had a great year with new best times at 5k (20:05), 5 miles (33:28) but also good times for 10k (41:51) and 10 miles (68:36). David Taylor, Carmel Sullivan, Stuart Topping, Carl Groome and Garry Barnett all saw good improvement as did many other members. Wesham finished 2nd overall in the Inter Club Grand Prix and the ladies were 2nd after their 2016 win. The club ran another year of its successful road running championship and inaugurated a new trail running championship that was very popular and successful and had large numbers again at the trail relays in Witton Park. Wesham ran two very successful Couch to 5k programmes. In the Mid Lancs cross country the W45 team won bronze and John Collier took M60 bronze and Dave Waywell M70 gold. The Wesham 10k surged in popularity with another sell out and 31 years of continuous events, and 2018 sees the launch of a Summer 10k. The club continues to offer a very sociable club night on Monday evenings at the Kirkham and Wesham Cricket Club and a structured training night on Wednesday evenings.