Thursday evening saw a drop in temperature but the heat was on at the second of this year’s Inter Club Grand Prix series, hosted by Lytham on St Annes seafront and afterwards at the Fylde Rugby Club.
With the absence of Rob Danson due to knee injury Wesham were below strength and Salford’s David Rigby running for Preston was awarded a win. The leading Wesham men came together in a bunch with on-fire Lee Barlow finishing 11th and 3rd M40 in 28:58 for the 5-mile out-and-back route to Fairhaven Lake. He headed Ugis Datavs 12th in 28:59 and David Taylor 13th with 29:04. Steve Waterhouse finished 20th in 29:24, 6th M40, and Stephen Abbott was 24th and 8th M40 in 29:42. Paul Gregory came in 44th in 31:04, with Phil Quibell 58th and 2nd M60 in 31:41. Andrew Harling placed 62nd in 32:07; Simon Denye 65th and 24th M40 in 32:18; and Neil Gregson 80th with 33:08. The Senior Men finished 4th team with a lot of strong competition this year and a below-strength squad. The Wesham women finished 6th team in a shock result, with Helen Lawrenson 13th and 6th W40 in 33:57; Sue Coulthurst 19th and 8th W40 in 35:35; Sue Cooper a great run in 34th place and 15th W40 (38:28); Maureen Danson 51st in 40:41 and Kay Twist 52nd in 40:53. The same ladies team took 3rd W40 team. The Men Veterans (Barlow; Waterhouse; Abbott; Quibell; Denye and Carl Groome (40th in 33:29) fared better with 2nd team. The M50s (Quibell; Alex Rowe 16th in 33:52 (92nd); John Collier 21st and 107th overall in 34:04 and Peter Cruse 26th with 34:27 (117th) were 3rd team. The M60 team of Quibell 2nd; Rowe 5th; and Collier 8th won the M60 team.
In 24-degree heat David Taylor ran an impressive 37:58 to finish 5th in Sunday’s Sheriff 10k in Scorton. Staged in memory of local man Phil Sheriff who tragically died in 2012 the race offers a “P” shaped course adjacent to the Scorton School in the main street the route heads out to the Scorton Picnic site and over the Wyre Cleveley bridge before heading into upland, with a steep ascent leading into a 4-mile loop past Scorton Service Area. Paul Hetherington finished 8th in exactly 40:00, placing 2nd M40. Alex Rowe on a return to the roads came in 21st in 43:53, 3rd M60. Emma Lund finished 1st W35 and 7th woman in 49th place overall with a time of 48:58. Michael Hall finished 102nd in 58:21.
Ugis Datavs had finished 5th in the marathon event of the Blackpool Festival of running, clocking 2:50:01 for the 26.2 miles along the Blackpool Promenade. Lee Nixon came in 92nd in the accompanying half marathon in 1:36:50 with Rob Wallace 335th in 1:55:02. Finlay McCalman placed 585th in 2:10:28. Graham Brook was 603rd in 2:11:51. Gemma Owen finished 40th in Saturday’s 10k in 44:12 with Sharon Cooper 96th in 49:15. Michael Hall was 171st in 54:24.
Paul Gregory finished 3rd in the Lakeland Trails Challenge 17km from Staveley up and around the Kentmere valley with a time of 1:28:22. Helen Lawrenson placed 54th in 1:48:08; and Finlay McCalman 248th in 2:15:51. Russell Mabbett ran the 17kn Trail Race as opposed to the lower quality Challenge event and he finished 185th in 2:07:19.
Kath Hoyer ran the Great Hameldon Hill Race from Accrington, finishing 1st W55 and 20th woman in 66:56 for the 6mile 1109ft climb, placing 162nd overall in this popular and high quality event.
David Taylor clocked the second fastest time of the day at the Cuerden Valley parkrun on Saturday morning, completing the challenging undulating course in 19:07 for an age grade of 67.83%. In Blackpool Lee Barlow went one better to run the fastest time of the day with 17:54 just 4 seconds short of his best for the course for an M45 79.80%. Dave Marsland ran 21:57 for M60 74.34% and a new personal best time. Rob Wallace clocked 22:15 for 57.98%, also a new personal best. Martin Bates had 22:27 for M60 72.09%; Ben Wrigley ran 22:42 for M35 58.81%; George Kennedy 23:31 for M60 68.18%, and Dave Young marked his return to action after the London Marathon with 25:02 for M70 70.44%, his 90th parkrun. Andrew Moore ran 27:34 for M55 56.23%. Alex Rowe ran 20:31 at the Lytham Hall parkrun to record an M60 age graded performance of 78.88%. Jonathan Lawson finished with 21:16 for M50 69.36% with John Burns clocking 21:39 for M60 76.06%. Sharon Cooper ran 23:13 for W40 67.77% with Phil Leaver 23:57 for M60 69.38%. Kay Twist ran 24:15 for W45 67.49% and Graham Cunliffe came in with a good 25:26 for M60 63.63%. Michael Hall ran 25:30 for M40 54.77% and Stephen Twist 25:43 for M50 57.66%. Kerry Eccles clocked 28:01 for W55 64.60%; and Clare Belfield 30:29 and W35 49.21%. At the Preston parkrun Robert Brown ran 25:20 for an M60 grade of 63.29%; Fran Hodskinson 29:04 for W45 57.00% and Diane Blagden 29:37 with W50 57.29%. Chris Pike ran the St Helens run in 27:26 for an M40 50.91%, his 127th parkrun. The Gores travelled to Macclesfield for the “M” in their parkrun alphabet with Steven running 20:21 for M35 65.19% and Vicky 28:34 for W40 54.26%.