Alex’s Newspaper Report.

The Wesham ladies at the Lancashire Cross Country Championships

The New Year kicked off with the Lancashire Country Cross Country Championships held once again in Blackburn’s Witton Park, now its traditional home but also one of the best venues remaining n the county.  Wesham had fewer entrants this year than in previous years but the women in particular turned out a few runners. On the 3-lap 8km course Sarah Sherratt ran very well finishing 4th W45 and 37th overall in 32:39, a good performance with three ascents of the famous ‘saucer’, the testing hill climb halfway round each lap. Running in tandem Emma Lund made a great return to finish 38th in 32:42. Kath Hoyer won the Lancashire W55 gold medal with a time of 34:32, an excellent run giving her 49th position overall. Jenn Thompson finished 54th and 10th W35 in 36:32, completing the Wesham women’s team in 10th place and the veterans’ team 6th.  The senior men’s race was over 4 laps of 10km, and Steve Myerscough finished 104th in 41:58, 15th M40. Martin Bates came in 8th M60 in 50:37 in 149th place overall. Ben Wrigley finished 152nd in 55:13. The conditional were cool and bright and favourable for running.

Kath Hoyer ushered in the New Year at John Schofield’s New Year Awakener in Whitworth finishing 5th woman, 1st W55 and 37th overall with 27:27 for a 5-mile loop on trails. Dave Waywell finished 1st M70 in 32:02 in 62nd place overall.

Two Wesham runners took on the Central Lancashire Half Marathon from Lea Town around the country lanes of Catforth. David Taylor finished 14th in 1:24:59, while Finlay McCalman was 351st in 2:18:05.

Kath Hoyer as in action again in the Hit the Trail run in Stockport on Sunday, where she finished 24th woman, 1st W55 and 132nd overall in 39:13 or the 5 miles of trails in the Reddish Vale. Dave Waywell was 2nd M70 in 45:34 in 236th place overall.

In the Lytham Hall parkrun Phil Leaver ran 25:21 for an M60 age graded performance of 65.55%. Gary Moore was home for New Year and also ran 25:21 with Phil for M55 61.67%. Kay Twist was close behind with 25:48 for W45 63.44%, and Graham Cunliffe had another good run with 27:16 for M60 59.35%. Kerry Eccles clocked 27:24 for W55 65.21% with Martyn Taylor running 27:55 for M60 58.45%. Sally Deacon recorded 29:46 for W50 57.00% and Debbie Bell 31:38 for W40 49.74%. In the Preston parkrun Steve Myerscough warmed up for the Lancashire Cross Country with 19:57 for M40 70.51%. Robert Brown ran 26:56 for M60 59.53% and Debbie Myerscough 31:46 for W50 55.51%. In St Helens Steve Pike clocked 25:17 for M40 54.78% in his 91st run at this venue. The Gores were at the Ganavan Sands parkrun near Oban in Scotland, a very picturesque but a challenging trail course where Steven Gore ran 20:30 for M35 64.72%; Megan Gore 46:50 for JW11 35.52% and Vicky Gore 48:02. In Conwy Carl Groome ran 20:27 for S45 71.56% and Sue Rigby 32:06 for W40 49:01%.  The fire was on nearer home in the Blackpool run in Stanley Park where James Mulvany ran the second fastest time of the day with 17:46 for M35 76.27%; Steve Waterhouse 18:25 for 79.46th, 5th fastest, and Lee Barlow 19:56 for M45 71.66%, 9th fastest. Helen Lawrenson had the fastest woman’s time of the day with 21:14 for W45 77.08%; David Taylor was taking it steady with 21:49 (59.43% with his personal best standing at 17:34); Sean Murray 22:43 with M35 58.03%; Dave Marsland 23:11 with M60 70.38%; Andrew Moore 27:33 and M55 56.26%; and Kim McGuire 30:10 (W55 62.54%).