Alex’s Newspaper Report.





Wesham ladies in the evening sun


The third round of the 2018 Inter Club Grand Prix was hosted by Preston Harriers at a new venue but utilising a revised course through Avenham and Miller Parks with a 4.1-mile 2-lapper with a new finish to the monument below the ex-North Western Hotel. Wesham had a good number of members competing but missing some key team members. Gareth Booth made an impressive debut, finishing 3rd overall in 22:44 and 2nd M45, just over a minute behind winner Dave Rigby. Steve Swarbrick had a great run to come in 7th in 23:08, 3rd M45. Third in for Wesham was David Taylor in 16th place with 23:52, with Steve Abbott 21st in 24:37, 1st M40 but 7th Over-40. Tessa Robinson was first woman in 25:06, placing 31st overall and 11th for the Open Masters category. Lee Barlow was close behind in 33rd place with 25:19, 12th in the Masters. Mark Belfield finished 37th in 25:34 and Paul Gregory 42nd with 26:04; Thomas Crabtree came in 54th in 26:43 and Carl Groome 64th in 27:21. Mark Renshall was 69th in 27:42; Matty Chamberlain 71st with 27:51; Matthew Atherton 76th in 28:07; Neil Gregson 78th with 28:13; Lee Nixon 79th in 28:16; and John Collier 83rd and 4th M60 in 28:28. The men’s team finished 2nd, a great result.  Helen Lawrenson finished 6th woman in 28:36 and 2nd in the Women’s Masters;  Kay Twist was 41st and 29th with 34:10; Maureen Danson 47th and 23rd with 34:52; Kerry Eccles 58th and 29th in 36:14; Pauline Eccleston 59th and 30th with 36:17; Anne Berry 77th and 45th in 38:24; and Tanya Barlow and Louisa Denye 84th and 85th (50th and 51st) in 39:07 and 39:09. The Wesham Ladies despite a good start placed 6th team, with the Masters finishing 4th. For the Men’s Masters categories, the Open Masters (Booth, Swarbrick, Abbott, Robinson, Barlow and Groome) were 2nd, a good result again, with the M50s 5th (Collier, Nigel Shepherd (90th overall; 21st in 28:37), Richard Davies (118th and 28th in 29:52), Stephen Browne (130th and 32nd with 30:38)) 5th; the M60s finishing 3rd with Collier, Shepherd and Phil Leaver (148th and 12th in 31:41).

The Lakeland Five Passes Ultra took place over the weekend, 33 miles with 10,000ft of ascent through the passes of Garburn, Gatescarth, Nan Bield, Kirkstone and Scandale taking in the summits of Loughrigg, Wansfell, Harter Fell, Thorneythwaite Beacon, Stoney Cove Pike and Red Screes and returning along the Coffin Route to Ambleside. Simon Eaton finished 65th and 53rd male in 9:25 with Russell Mabbett 66th and 54th just behind in 9:26. Angela and Chas Colby were 108th in 10:39 (26th woman and 83rd male) for an excellent effort between the four Wesham members.

Sunday was a big day for athletics with the Horwich Festival of Racing incorporating the British Masters 5km Road and Race Walking Championships, but locally the focus was all South Fylde based with the historic Freckleton Half Marathon taking place in favourable running conditions to bring in some fast times. For Wesham Paul Gregory finished 21st and 4th M35 in 1:25:18. Paul Hetherington reaped the benefits of his recent racing form to finish 23rd and 5th M40 in 1:25:40. Michael Rawcliffe ran well for 88th place in 1:39:24; Rob Wallace was 107th in 1:42:47;  Lee Nixon 113th with 1:43:13. Phil Leaver placed 5th M60 and 116th overall in 1:49:39; last month he had competed for the British Masters team in the European Non-Stadia championships in Alicante: 33rd M60 in 10k in 50:11 and 37th in half marathon with 1:52:50. Back in Freckleton Stuart Clayton was 119th in 1:43:32; Sean Murray 161st with 1:48:16; Dave Young won the M70 category and placed 195th overall in 1:53:09; Ben Wrigley was 234th (1:58:08); Paul Carter 241st (1:58:54); David Millar 243rd (1:59:02); Peter Bartlett finished 4th M65 and 282nd overall in 2:04:51; and Michael Hall was 286th in 2:06:06. For the ladies Wesham women Jenny Salt was 30th and 194th overall in 1:52:47; Jo McCaffery was 56th (271st) in 2:03:16; and Tanya Shaw 55th and 269th with 2:02:42 taking the second team.

Wesham had a number of runners in the Pilling 10k on Saturday morning in the latest fixture in the club championship. Paul Hetherington began a weekend duo wit ha swift run to finish 3rd in 37:43, 1st M40. Andrew Harling finished 12th in 41:10 for 2nd M35, and Neil Gregson placed 13th with 42:18. Helen Lawrenson won the women’s race in 42:55, in 18th place overall. Sharon Cooper was 4th woman and 1st W40 running 47:15. Kath Hoyer came in 5th woman and 1st W55 in 49:50, 38th overall, with Kerry Eccles 6th and 2nd W55 in 50:19, 39th overall. Kay Twist finished 15th woman and 2nd W45 in 52:32, 53rd overall. Dave Waywell ran 58:51 to place 4th M70 and 76th overall but it was a woman who ran the fastest Over-70 time of 50:35 (Carolyn Douglass of Red Rose). Steve Abbott finished 3rd in the Lancaster 5k Series in the evening, running 18:57 to finish 1st M40. Stephen Browne ran the accompanying 10k in 47:00 to place 33rd.

Nigel Shepherd finished 39th in the Crazy Cow 10k run largely around the old Shawes Arms course in Preston on Sunday morning where he ran 44:14. Graham Brock was 107th in a time of 56:12. Finlay McCalman came in 288th in 60:15.

There were fewer runners in Saturday morning’s parkruns due to the activity elsewhere. Jonathan Lawson was the leading club member in the Lytham Hall parkrun clocking 21:35 for an M50 age graded performance of 68.34%. Graham Cunliffe ran a good 24:36 for M60 66.33% and a new personal best time, and Stephen Twist had 24:58 for an M50 59.55% grade. Nigel Shepherd rerun n the Preston parkrun clocking 21:28 for M60 74.69%. Steve Pike clocked another run in St Helens for 25:03 and an M40 55.76% grade. Stuart Clayton ran a debut in Southport running 21:26 for M50 68.82%. Emma Lund ran her 11th run at Lancaster clocking 23:16 for W35 64.26%. In the Blackpool parkrun Peter Cruse dashed to 21:42 for an M55 grade of 70.81%. Rob Wallace ran 21:59 for 58.68% and a new personal best and Dave Marsland had 22:18 for M60 73.17%. Robert Brown ran 24:41 and earned an M60 grade of 64.96%. George Kennedy made up an M60 hattrick with a grade of 64.87% with a time of 24:43. Ben Wrigley scored 26:07 for M35 51:12 and Andrew Moore ran 27:55 for M55 55.52%; Lynn Brown 34:21 for W55 53.42%. In the 5th Clitheroe Castle run David Taylor ran the fastest time of the morning with 18:49 on the 5-lap undulating course for a senior age grading of 68.91% with Steven Gore the 3rd fastest time in 20:34 for M35 64.91%. Vicky Gore was 5th fastest woman in 26:50 with W40 57.76%.