Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Glorious spring conditions in Rylands Park for Steve Swarbrick in the Mid Lancs cross country




Rob Danson flew the Wesham colours in the Armagh International 5k in Northern Ireland on Thursday evening. Only open to athletes who can run under 16 minutes for the 5k Rob ran a new personal best time of 14:39 to finish 48th amongst the highest class of field with runners primarily from Ireland but also from England and Scotland.

Back at home it was the penultimate Mid Lancs Cross Country fixture in Lancaster’s Rylands Park on Saturday and Wesham fielded 4 women and 8 men in the Senior ranks. In the Senior Women’s 6km race over 1 medium and 2 large laps Emma Lund ran well to finish 30th and 7th W35 in 27:55. Kath Hoyer was 5th W55 and 55th overall in 30:17, with Jenn Thompson 23rd W35 and 76th in 32:04. Kerry Eccles was 12th W55 and 83rd with a time of 32:54. The Wesham women were 17th team overall; and 8th W35 team. Dave Waywell finished 4th in the M70+ 6km race with a time of 33:47. Steve Swarbrick had an excellent run in the Senior Men’s 9.6km course (4 large laps), running a time of 35:15 for 2nd M40 place. David Taylor ran strongly for 33rd place with 38:05; and John Collier was 8th M60 among strong competition with 43:45 for 107th place overall. Steve Myerscough was struggling with a tight hamstring and ran easy for 133rd place in 46:27, 34th M40. Martin Bates finished 146th and 15th M60 in 47:33, with Jonathan Lawson 154th and 28th M50 in 48:18. Ben Wrigley finished strongly with 50:52 for 165th place. The Wesham Senior Men were 14th team; 9th M40 team; and 10th M50 team.

Martin Bates ran the Central Lancashire 5k in Leverhulme Park in Bolton on Sunday, a popular race with an undulating course with start and finish on the track. He finished 5th M60 and 140th overall in 23:39, with 23:29 for his chip time.

Ugis Datavs finished 9th in the Great North West Half Marathon, 2 laps along the Blackpool Lower and Middle Walks of the North Shore Promenade from Anchorsholme to North Pier. His time for the double lap in favourable weather was 1:18:56, placing 2nd M35. Gemma Owen finished 263rd in 1:42:42 (1:42:29 chip time). Stephen Browne was 388th in 1:48:42; 1:48:10 chip time. Rob Wallace had a chip time of 1:48:37 and a gun time 1:48:50 for 389th place. David Millar ran 2:07:10 (chip time) with a gun time of 2:09:36 for 802nd place.

In the Lytham Hall Parkrun on Saturday morning in reasonable conditions Carl Groome was the first Wesham finisher in a time of 19:44 for an age graded performance of 74.16% for an M45 category. Dave Marsland ran 22:28 for M60 72.63% and Phil Leaver 24:35 for M60 67.59%. Maureen Danson ran 25:58 for W50 65.34 while Rob Danson Senior clocked 26:19 for M50 57.44%. Sue Rigby ran 28:17 for W40 55.63% and Debbie Bell 30:02 with W40 52.39%. Sharlan Butcher ran 30:05 and W40 52.30% and Julie Rooney 30:28 with W40 51.26%. Abi Stones clocked 35:14 for 42.10%. Steve Myerscough warmed up for the Mid Lancs cross country with a conservative 21:19 with a troublesome hamstring for M40 65.99%. Anne Mayers-Smith finished 25:20 for W40 60.39% and Robert Brown ran 26:03 for M60 61.55%. In the Hyndburn run Graham Cunliffe improved his performance further with 28:53 for M60 56.03%. Travelling again Steven Gore ran the Bath Skyline Parkrun in 20:17 for M35 65.41% and Vicky Gore recorded 28:07 for W40 55.13%. Chris Pike was out again in St Helens with 25:01 for M40 55.83%, and James Mulvany was in Abingdon to run 20:01 in his new M40 age category for a performance of 68.19%. Elizabeth Johnson ran in Portobello Park in Edinburgh for a time of 26:03 for W35 58.09%. In the Blackpool Parkrun Martin Bates ran 23:23 for M60 69.21%; Dave Young 26:54 for M70 65.55%; and Andrew Moore 27:14 with M55 56.92%.