Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Steven Gore and Paul Gregory on the ascent in the Roddlesworth Roller


The Mother’s Day 10k in Lancaster was 24 hours early, taking place on Saturday, but it did at least give runners the chance of a race and a celebration in the same weekend. David Taylor was the first Wesham finisher in a very good 7th place with a time of 37:42. Helen Lawrenson was 4th woman and 2nd W45 in 34th place overall with 43:28 just losing out to former team-mate Nicola Unsworth who had an excellent run. Emma Lund finished 10th woman and 55th overall in 47:05. It was fresh and damp but the earlier rain was clearing away, with the course starting alongside the River Lune and then heading out to Morecambe and back.

There was a good turnout from Wesham at the Roddlesworth Roller trail race at Abbey Village in the first of the club trail championships for this year, 6 miles through the woods around Roddlesworth reservoir with a hilly course rising up to the edge of the moors. Steven Gore was the first Wesham finisher in 27th place in a time of 39:26 with Paul Gregory in hot pursuit with 40:05 for 32nd place. Helen Lawrenson was in action for the second day ad she finished 5th woman, 1st W45 and 58th overall in 43:26. Gemma Owen was next finishing 6th woman and 63rd in 44:02. Martin Bates came in 6th M60 and 90th overall with 47:09. Kath Hoyer finished 2nd W55 and 22nd woman in 48:32 in 103rd place with Kerry Eccles 44th woman, 6th W55 and 158th with 54:05. Elizabeth Johnson was 48th woman and 166th in 54:43. James Danson (Rob Snr.) finished 21st M50 and 190th in 57:02 with Anne Berry 64th woman and 10th W55 in 57:37. Dave Waywell was 2nd M70 and 209th in 59:15; Maureen Danson was 77th woman and 212th with 59:40; and Julie Rooney finished 105th and 250th overall in 67:33. The Wesham women finished 2nd team behind Middleton who turned out a crack squad.

Graham Cunliffe ran in the Podium 5k “B” race on Sunday morning finishing 3rd M60 and 52nd in a top quality race to clock 25:45, a good time performance.

The Lancashire Senior Women and the Senior Men finished 2nd in the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships in Prestwold Hall in Loughborough on Saturday; the Lancashire Senior Men also won the prestigious 9-man team category in a good show of running.

Rob Wallace ran the Irwell Valley 20 from the Edenfield Centre in Prestwich finishing 132nd in 3:06:13, with a chip time of 3:05:59.

It was cold and wet for parkrun last week on Saturday morning but it did not deter many Wesham members turning out for a run. In Lytham Hall Carl Groome led the way finishing with a time of 20:15 and an M45 age graded performance of 72.26%. Jonathan Lawson ran 22:18 for M50 66.14%. Sharon Cooper clocked 23:42 for W40 66.39% and Phil Leaver an M60 68.90% with a time of 24:07. Kay Twist finished with a time of 26:00 and a W45 age grading of 62.95%. Stephen Twist ran 27:02 for M50 54.99% and Paul Eccles 27:17 for M35 48.93%. Sue Rigby ran 31:17 for W40 50.29%. In Preston Gemma Owen clocked 21:35 for W35 66.73% with Anne Mayers-Smith running 25:23 for W40 60.28%. Robert Brown finished with 26:40 for M60 60.13% and Paul Carter M45 54.30% with a time of 26:44. Andrew Moore ran 28:36 for M55 54.20%. Chris Pike was in St Helens and he ran 27:28 for M40 50.85%. Martin Bates scored a time of 24:29 in the Bolton Leverhulme Park run with an M60 grade of 66.10%. Alex Rowe took in a very wet Fell Foot run at Newby Bridge in conjunction with the AXA Running Group and clocked 21:37 for M60 74.17%. In the Blackpool parkrun Arran Galvin ran the second fastest time of the morning with 19:31 for a M35 grade of 68.40%. Neil Whipp clocked 22:01 for M35 61.54% and Dave Marsland 22:33 for M60 72.36%. Stephen Browne ran 23:04 for M50 64.96%; George Kennedy 25:22 for M60 63.21% and Dave Young ran 26:18 for M70 67.05%.