Al;ex’s Newspaper Report.



John Collier may be on the beach but on his way to M60 glory after 17km of trails


The big event of the week for Wesham was their now annual weekend trip to Ambleside for the Grasmere Gallop. With a torrential thunderstorm clearing at Friday tea time the weather was set fair for the next few days and the team of 16 had a wonderful two days of warm seasonal conditions. After a muggy night Saturday dawned moist and cloudy, perfect for running, and the team had entrants in the 10km and 17km trail races. Elliott Costello finished 28th in the 10k race in 49:10, just overtaking and sprinting ahead in the closing stages from Nigel Shepherd who won the M60 first place in a time of 49:45 for 29th place overall. Ryan Azzopardi was next in the 10k finishing 139th with 1:03:58. Finlay McCalman placed 168th in 1:06:37; then Alan Taylor came in 245th in 1:15:48 and finally Chris Moss was 254th with 1:17:44. In the 17k course with the extra loop round Loughrigg Paul Hetherington finished 6th and 3rd M40 in 1:15:55 with Paul Gregory within shouting distance in 7th place in 1:16:28. Jason Barlow was 15th with 1:20:14, finishing 8th M40. John Collier took the second trophy of the day for Wesham with an M60 win in 1:27:52, 33rd overall in the 17k. The weekend was rounded off with a banquet for all 16 that evening, and a party of 9 climbed Scarfell from Wasdale Head the following day in glorious sunshine for a fine outing.   








Nigel Shepherd on his way to 1st MV60 in the 10k race.

Helen Lawrenson finished 3rd woman and 1st W45 in the first of the Hunters 5k series in Preston on Monday, running 21:32 over the Avenham course. David Taylor ran the Levens 10k on Wednesday, the second race in the Kendal AC series, covering the undulating course in 37:46 for 6th position. Paul Gregory also ran and finished 13th in 41:10.

Paul Gregory had been again in action the previous evening ran in the Paddy’s Pole Fell race on Tuesday, finishing 42nd with a time of 37:03 for the 6km and 336m of ascent up to Nick’s Chair; Fairsnape summit and back over Parlick. Martin Bates finished 78th and 7th M60 in 44:03. Mark Dobson was 86th with 48:39, 11th M50 taking the Wesham team to 7th place in the men’s rankings.

Charles Colby ran the Lakeland Trails Coniston Marathon on Saturday and finished 103rd, completing the hilly round of the terrain surrounding Coniston Water in 4:59:16. Finlay McCalman followed up his Saturday 10k in the Grasmere Gallop with the Coniston Trail Challenge Half Marathon, finishing 221st in 2:40:32.

Russell Mabbett successfully completed the West Highland Way Challenge Race in 50th place with a time of 32hrs 25mins, a brilliant result for the 95 miles of stony terrain with 13762ft of climb from Milgnavie north of Glasgow to Fort William, with an optional ascent of Ben Nevis. There were some 40 withdrawals from the event but 70 completed the way.

In the Bowley Trail Race over 5.8 miles and 1000ft climb last week Simon Denye was the highest placed Wesham runner as he storms back into action, finishing 10th and 4th M40 in 50:52. Steven Gore was 12th in 51:04 and Martin Bates 48th and 4th M60 with 65:29. Ryan Azzopardi was 50th in 66:33. James Danson placed 53rd in 68:30 and Vicky Gore 14th woman and 60th overall in 1:12:43. Maureen Danson finished 18th woman and 64th with 1:14:16 and Dave Waywell was 1st M70 and 67th in 1:15:01. Kerry Eccles finished 23rd woman, 2nd W55 and 71st in 1:21:06.

Dave Marsland was the fastest Wesham runner in this week’s Lytham Hall parkrun, completing the 2-lap 5km in 22:01 for a new personal best time and an M60 age graded performance of 74.11%. Sharon Cooper ran 23:09 for W40 67.96% and Ben Wrigley 23:32 for M35 56.73%. Mark Belfield recorded 23:45 for M35 55.86%, and Graham Cunliffe had M60 64.69% with a time of 25:01. Emma Davies clocked 29:07 for 50.83%; Julie Topping 32:17 for W45 50.18% and Ann Knowles 33:02 for W45 49.04%. Stuart Clayton ran the Preston parkrun in 23:24 for M50 63.03%; Robert Brown 26:21 with M60 60.85%; and Paul Carter 27:14 with M45 53.30%. Chris Pike ran the St Helens run in 25:35 for M40 54.59%; David Taylor ran the fastest time of the day in the Southport run, clocking 17:28 for 74.24%. Luke Robinson ran 21:43 for 59.40%. Martin Bates was out at the Worsley Woods parkrun in Manchester with a swift 23:04 for M60 70.16%. In Keswick Simon Denye ran 20:47 for M40 67.68 having turned away from the Penrith run after it had been cancelled. The travelling Gores were at Heslington at the University of York for an out-and-back course to run 26:02 (W40 59.54%) and 26:03. In the Blackpool run Helen Lawrenson had the fastest women’s time of the morning with 21:18 for W45 76.84%, Sara Ward ran 24:02 for W50 71.50%, a new personal best time, and Dave Young clocked 25:53 for M70 68.13%.