Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Team Wesham at the Brun Valley 10k trail race.

It was a quieter week as athletes and spectators alike recovered from the London Marathon and other 26.2 races in the spring calendar.

A handful of Wesham members travelled to the Brun Valley Trail 10k in Thompson Park in Burnley on Sunday. Steven Gore was the first Wesham finisher in 15th place with a time of 43:49 for the 10km. Kath Hoyer finished 12th woman and 2nd W55 in 52:15, 64th overall. Vicky Gore was 31st woman and 8th W40 in 58:02, in 11th place overall. Dave Waywell came in 1st M70 and 150th overall in 61:30. Anne Berry was 68th woman and 7th W55 in 62:18 for 166th place overall.

Rob Danson had qualified for the England Athletics 5km Championship incorporated in the Mid Cheshire Spring 5k in Kingsley on Friday evening with his 14:38 personal best time but unfortunately was unable to take part. The event was top quality with a winning time of 14:07 (men) and 15:38 (women), and 80 runners finishing inside 16 minutes.

The British Open Masters Road Relay Championships, now organized by the British Masters Athletic Federation rather than a local organisation, took place on Saturday in its now traditional venue of Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield. Preston Harriers were the only local club in western Lancashire who entered a team, although there were a handful of local athletes running for other clubs.

Paul Gregory finished 4th in the Wray Scarecrow 10k road race in a time of 40:33 over the undulating circular course. Carl Groome was a minute further back in 5th place with 41:31 and claiming 3rd M40. Neil Whipp finished 27th in 46:06. Diane Blagden was 180th in 1:10:54 running with Julie Rooney who finished 181st in 1:10:55.

Chris Pike ran the Chester Half Marathon and he finished 2608th in 2:03:29, 309th M40. His chip time was 1:58:51. Vicky and Steven Gore ran the Ripley Supper Run in Lancaster on 4 miles of an undulating course from the school down to the canal and up again. Vicky finished 97th in 33:32 22nd woman and 3rd W40with Steven 98th in 33:33.

David Taylor had the fastest time of the day at the Blackpool parkrun in Stanley Park on Saturday morning with a fast 17:53 for an age graded performance of 72.51%. Mark Renshall ran 20:19 for M40 69.24%; Peter Cruse 20:43 and M55 74.18%; Helen Lawrenson clocked 21:23 for the fastest women’s time and a grade of W45 76.54%. Dave Marsland ran 22:19 for M60 73.11%; George Kennedy 24:24 and M60 65.71%; and Finlay McCalman 27:53 for M50 54.63%. Wesham had a big turnout at the Lytham Hall parkrun on Saturday morning. Andrew Harling had the fastest time with 19:41 for an M35 age graded performance of 67.82%. Jonathan Lawson ran 21:50 for M50 67.56%; Ben Wrigley 22:15 for M35 60.00%; Carl Groome ran easy for 22:20 and M45 65.52%; Rob Wallace 22:29 and 57.38%; Sharon Cooper ran 22:56 for W40 68.60%; Ryan Azzopardi 23:38 for M35 56.91%; Jason Blagden 24:14 with M45 58.94%; Stephen Twist clocked 25:27 for M50 58.42%; Maureen Danson 25:30 and W50 66.54%; Gary Moore visiting from his temporary workplace in Munich ran 26:17 and M55 59.99%; Phil Leaver forged 28:18 with M60 63.18%; Pauline Eccleston 26:37 with W45 60.86%; Fran Hodskinson 26:39 for W45 62.16%; Anne Berry warming up with 27:52 for W55 64.95%; Kerry Eccles 32:59 with W55 54.88% running with Julie Topping on the same time and W45 49.12%, and Sue Rigby 33:00 and W40 47.68%. In the Preston parkrun Nigel shepherd made a return with 23:00 for M55 69.13% and Robert Brown 25:38 for M60 62.96%. Graham Cunliffe was in the Glasgow region for the Greenoch parkrun which he finished in a swift 25:01 for M60 64.69%. John Burns took in the Riverside run in Chester-le-Street County Durham to clock 21:46 for 75.65% on the course used for the 1999 World Veterans cross country. The parkrun tourists the Gores were at the Whammy parkrun in Newcastle under Lyme in Staffordshire on an out-and-back course on an old railway line with all running together, Steven leading with 34:59, followed by Megan with a JW11 performance of 47.39% and time of 35:06 with Vicky just behind in 35:07.