Alex’s Newspaper Report.

It was a quiet week in athletics locally but nationally it was busiest with the County Schools Championships throughout the country. The latest round of the Inter-Club Grand Prix at Preston this Wednesday evening saw the Wesham men finish 2nd team but the other categories did not fare so well with the women lacking some key players. Gareth Booth finished 3rd overall in a fast race over the revised 4.1 mile course through Avenham Park and Steve Swarbrick was well placed in the Top 10 ably backed up by David Taylor and Steve Abbott. Tessa Robinson won the women’s race and Helen Lawrenson was well up. There will be full results and report next week.

There were four Wesham runners in the Catforth 10k, which this year doubled its numbers on a wonderful hot sunny day on Sunday. Run over 2 laps of the three-times-a-year 5k route this was a fast and flattish cource rewarded with a fast winning time; 32:44 by Nick Jones of Warrington. Wesham’s Steve Abbott finished 11th in a good 38:21 to finish 2nd M40, winning the age category prize cascaded down from overall winner Jones. The heat did take its toll on some runners, and Ben Wrigley was well down with 50:06 for 65th position. Similarly Sharon Cooper was reduced to a walk for a time at the halfway point but persevered and finished 78th in 53:13, 15th woman and 3rd W40. Pauline Eccleston was 23rd woman in 56:58, 5th W45 and 94th overall.

Paul Gregory ran the opening Badger Run 10k of this year in Cuerden Valley Country Park, finishing 8th in 40:53 for the undulating figure-of-eight course. Anne Berry came in 28th woman and 5th W55 in 60:08, 113th overall. There were 157 runners in total.

Steven and Elliott beat the Union of South Africa in the Irwell Valley

Steven Gore ran in the Race the Train from Bury to Rawtenstall on the East Lancashire Railway, covering the 9.5 miles in 1:21:01 to reach 32nd place. Elliot Costello finished 169th in 1:38:26. Alistair Morris, demon of the off-road terrain placed 346th in 2:05:40. John Burns ran the historic and iconic Blaydon race in Newcastle over 5.6 miles from the city centre along the Scotswood Road to Shibdon. He finished 605th out of the 4351 runners in 40:24, placing 14th M60.

Tessa Robinson ran the fastest women’s time in this week’s Lytham Hall parkrun, recording 18:27 for a W35 age-graded performance of 82.02%. Matty Chamberlain ran a new personal best time of 20:43 for M45 68.46% with Jonathan Lawson clocking 21:56 for M50 67.25%. Jason Blagden ran 22:50 for M45 62.55% with Graham Cunliffe a good run for 24:40 and M60 65.61%. Robert Brown ran 25:03 for M60 64.01% and Stephen Twist 26:23 with M50 56.35%. Elizabeth Johnson ran 27:19 and had 55.40% for a W35. Finlay McCalman ran 27:32 and M50 55.33%; Julie Rooney 30:04 for W40 52.33%; Kerry Eccles 30:05 and W55 60.17%; and Lynn Brown 33:57 for W55 54.05%. Chris Pike ran 25:50 in the St Helens parkrun for M40 54.06%; the Gores travelled to Rothwell in Leeds with Steven running 19:53 for M35 67.14%; Megan Gore 33:19 for JW11 49.92% and Vicky Gore 33:28. Ann Knowles ran the Long Eaton run in Nottingham in 33:14 for W45 48.75%. David Taylor ran the Keswick run in 18:06, a 2-minute improvement on his run 2 years previously in 2016 for 71.64% completing 166 parkruns. Peter Cruse ran the Lancaster run in Williamson Park in 23:14 for M55 66.14%. Carl Groome was the first Wesham finisher in the Blackpool run in a time of 20:22 for an M45 grade of 71.85%; Nigel Shepherd clocked 20:59 for M60 76.41%; Dave Marsland 22:33 for M60 72.36%; Stephen Browne 23:03 for M50 65.00%; George Kennedy 23:51 for M60 67.23%; Dave Young 27:51 with M70 63.32%; and Sue Rigby 54:22 for W40 28.94%.