Alex’s Newspaper Report.



Giving it all over the last 0.2km, Rob Danson clocks 30:25in the Ribble Valley 10k


There were two local races to see out 2017 but not many Wesham members were tempted to run this time around.  Rob Danson however saw out the year in fine style with a superb new personal best performance at the Ribble Valley 10k. Setting off with purpose he settled into the lead group which featured some of the best athletes in the region including Jonathan Brownlee world class triathlete and approached the finish with a big effort to gain 6th place in 30:25, 36 seconds faster than his previous best last April in Salford. This was also 47 seconds faster than his best time in 2016. This gave him 4th place in the Northern Athletics 10km Championships staged within the race. His racing profile for 2017 shows his rapid rate of improvement at all distances from 5km to the marathon, and virtually all of his results were rewarded with a first place.




Rob and Jonny Brownlee (the picture before was more chummy)




Boxing Day had seen the traditional 10k in Leyland’s Worden Park; this year it was quite wet and muddy on the lower reaches through the woods but it was as popular as ever with 444 runners. Ben Wrigley finished 205th in 53:26 (52:30 chip time), 17th M35.  Dave Young was 3rd M70 and 213th overall in 53:47 (52:51) and Paul Carter came in 264th and 27th M45 with 57:14 (56:14).

Runners were treated to multiple opportunities to for a parkrun with some venues offering events on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with some adjacent venues timed to allow for a double run within an hour or two. And Wesham members made full use of the many events available for some festive fun. On Christmas Day in Preston David Taylor ran a fast 18:31 for 70.03%; Carl Groome 20:13 (M45 72.38%); Nigel Shepherd 22:01 (M55 72.22%); Robert Brown 25:01 (M60 64.09%); Vicky Gore 26:43 (W40 57.58%); Steven Gore 26:44 (M35 49.63%); Sue Rigby 31:00 (W40 50.75%); Debbie Bell 32:31 (W40 48.39%); and Lynn Brown 32:48 (W55 55.95%).

Saturday’s run at Lytham Hall saw David Taylor post the second fastest time of the day with 18:02 for an age graded performance of 71.90%, just one second short of his personal best time here. Carl Groome posted 20:14 for M45 72.32% and Stuart Topping 20:43 for M45 69.51%. Jonathan Lawson ran for M50 65.56% and Phil Leaver 24:31 with M60 67.78%. Finlay McCalman clocked 27:27 for M50 55.07%; Rob Danson Snr 28:14 (M50 53.54%); Debbie Bell 30:10 and W40 52.15%; Diane Blagden 31:43 with W50 53.49%; Julie Rooney 31:43 for W40 49.24%; and Kerry Eccles and Sue Rigby 35:30 for W55 50.33% and W40 44.32% respectively. At the Preston run Steve Myerscough recorded 21:42 for M40 64.82% in his 151st parkrun. Nigel Shepherd ran 21:57 for M55 72.44% and Elliot Costello 22:24 for 57.59%. Gemma Owen clocked 23:52 for W35 63.06% and Robert Brown 25:32 with M60 62.79%. Lynn Brown ran 31:33 for W55 58.16%. Jon McLeod was in Carlisle to run 27:06 for M45 53.57%. Graham Cunliffe saw in the New Year in Greenock and was inspired to run twice, he ran twice there, 26:48 on Saturday for M60 60.39% and again on New Year’s Day 26:40 for 60.69%, two very good performances. Jenn Thompson ran the Southport run, 26:45 for W35 56.82%.  The Gores were in Shrewsbury, and ran together with Megan and Steven clocking 37:27 for JW10 45.57% and M35 35.43% with Vicky Gore 37:28 (W40 41.06%). Ben Wrigley ran with his son at Witton Park for 31.27. In Blackpool’s Stanley Park Lee Barlow ran 20:41 for M45 69.06%; Stephen Browne 23:19 with M50 64.26%; Mark Renshall 23:38 for M40 59.52%; Dave Marsland 23:43 with M60 68.80%; Rob Wallace scored 24:40 with 52.30%; Dave Young ran 26:15 for M70 67.17%; Tanya Barlow clocked 27:19 for W45 58.69%; and Andrew Moore 28:05 for M55 55.19%.

The big New Year’s Day challenge was Blackpool and 8:30 and Lytham Hall at 10:00. In Blackpool Carl Groome ran 20:36 (M45 71.04%); Stuart Topping 21:02 (M45 68.46%); Gemma Owen 23:54 (W35 62.97%); Robert Brown 24:51 (M60 64.52%); Rob Wallace 26:26 (48.80%); Dave Young 27:00 (M70 65.31%); George Kennedy 27:00 (M60 59.38%); Finlay McCalman 29:06 (M50 51.95%); Dave Marsland 29:13 (M60 55.85%); Kim McGuire 31:01 (W55 60.83%); and Lynn Brown 31:55 (W55 57.49%). At Lytham Hall Carl Groome ran 20:22 for M45 71.85%; Dave Marsland 23:05 (M60 70.69%); Robert Brown 24:25 (M60 65.67%); Rob Wallace 24:30 (52.65%); Dave Young 26:01 (M70 67.78%); Andrew Moore 27:33 (M55 52.26%); Ben Wrigley 27:40 (M35 48.25%); Finlay McCalman 29:00 (M50 52.13%); Debbie Bell 30:49 (W40 51.05%); Sharlan Butcher 31:15 (W40 50.35%); Sue Rigby 31:32 (W40 49.89%); and Lynn Brown 32:58 (W55 55.66%).