Alex’s Newspaper Report.





Happy faces in Lancaster at the Valentines 10k on the river front


It was a quiet week for athletics with an unusual lull in racing activity and with very unsettled and wintry weather Wesham members did not seem keen to venture out.

Kath Hoyer ran the Valentines 10k in Lancaster on Sunday from the George and Dragon, and she finished 83rd in 49:55, 22nd woman and 1st W55. Vicky Gore was 115th in 54:05, and Dave Waywell 132nd in 56:20, 1st M70.

Sharon Cooper was the only Wesham runners in the Muddy Shoes off-road navigational event from Caldervale on Sunday. She finished 32nd in the 11-mile cross-country event in a time of 2:28:10 having run with joint Lytham Hall parkrun organizer Kirsten Burnett.

It was down to parkrun for the weekend’s athletic action, although the weather was about the worst experienced with heavy rain and biting winds. At Lytham Hall Andrew Harling had the fastest time for Wesham this week, with 20:08 for an M35 age graded performance of 66.31%. Neil Whipp ran 21:49 for M35 62.11%, with Jonathan Lawson recording 24:21 for M50 60.57%. Phil Leaver made M60 61.66% with 26:57, and Andrew Moore M55 56.36% with a time of 27:30. Finlay McCalman ran 27:35 for M50 54.80%; Dave Young 27:39 for M70 63.77%; and Debbie Bell 31:52 for W40 49.37%. In the Preston run Alex Rowe ran an all-time personal worst time with 21:06 for M60 75.99%; Gemma Owen ran 22:17 and W35 67.54%; and Robert Brown 27:21 for M60 58.62%. Graham Cunliffe was out in the Hyndburn event and he ran 29:45 for M60 54.40%, a good improvement on the previous week. Chris Pike was in action in the St Helens run again, with 25:39 for M40 54.00%, a consistent performance. The parkrun tourists were out at the Whinlatter run north of Keswick, a newer event and a very tough hilly course in woodland. Davis Taylor ran 22:41 for an age graded performance of 57.16%, with Paul Hetherington a time of 24:19 for M40 57.85%. Steven Gore ran 25:26 for M35 52.16% and Vicky Gore 35:02 for W40 44.24%, with JW11 Megan Gore opting for a marshalling role rather than the severe course. Carl Groome travelled to the 4th event in the new Heslington Park run on the York University campus and recorded 20:08 for M45 72.68% with Sue Rigby running 33:22 for W40 47.15%. In the Blackpool run Dave Marsland ran an M60 70.79% with a time of 23:03; Rob Wallace ran 23:04 for 55.92%; Martin Bates had an M60 rating of 68.57% with a time of 23:36; Stephen Browne M50 63.09% with 23:45; George Kennedy M60 64.22% timed at 24:58; and Stephen Twist M50 54.29% with a time of 27:23.