Alex’s newspaper Report.


John Collier and Carl Groome complete the Endure24-hour relay in Bramham Park last weekend



The Thornton-Cleveleys Inter Club Grand Prix race on Tuesday was the big action for the local athletics clubs last week, over a measured 5-mile circular course along the Bispham cliff tops and back along the Lower Promenade extending to Gynn Square at the southern end and to Anchorsholme in the north. Wesham had a big turnout of 51 runners, with Rob Danson at the front once again after two months off with injury leading the team to an overall victory in the Open category, clocking a swift 26:08 in the warm conditions. Steve Swarbrick finished 5th with a strong competitive run in 28:21 placing 2nd in the masters. David Taylor was 14th in 29:41 and Lee Barlow 18th with 30:11. Steve Waterhouse came in close behind with 30:15. The women’s race was won by Tessa Robinson in 30:46, 24th overall. Paul Gregory placed 26th in 30:59; Thomas Crabtree was 39th in 31:47; Mark Belfield 41st with 31:56; and Jason Barlow closed the winning team in 44th place with a time of 32:29. In the women’s’ race Helen Lawrenson was 6th in 35:42, also 4th Over-40 and 82nd overall. Carmel Sullivan was 13th and 6th W40 in 37:17; Sara Ward and Sharon Cooper finished together with 41:10 and 41:11 in 26th and 27th places (12th and 13th masters) and 153rd and 154th overall. The Wesham women were 2nd team which was a tremendous result. In the Open Masters’ category there was another team win for Wesham, with Swarbrick 2nd; L. Barlow 7th; Waterhouse 8th; Tessa Robinson 12th; J. Barlow 18th and Carl Groome 25th (54th in 33:14). In the Women’s Over-40 team category Wesham were 3rd, with Lawrenson; Sullivan; Ward; Cooper; and Kerry Eccles 20th (36th woman in 43:28; 174th overall). The Wesham M50s fared less well, in 4th position with Nigel Shepherd 15th (68th overall in 34:58); Peter Cruse 19th (80th in 35:33); Stuart Clayton 23rd (95th in 36:27); and Carmel Sullivan 30th. The M60s were 3rd comprising Shepherd 4th; Martin Bates 12th (122nd in 38:02); and Phil Leaver 13th (125th in 38:24). Other positions were Matty Chamberlain 57th in 33:23; Mark Renshall 75th (35:12); Simon Denye 92nd (36:18); Jonathan Evans 36:33); Rob Wallace 107th (37:00); Thomas Farquar 115th (37:26); Stephen Browne 116th (37:30); Ben Wrigley 121st (38:00); George Kennedy 132nd (38:58); Martin Allison 135th (39:31); Robert Brown 150th (40:51); Dave Young 163rd (41:47); James Danson 168th (42;55); Stephen Twist 175th (43:30); Maureen Danson 37th woman and 178th (43:40); Bernadette Dickinson 39th and 184th (44:09); Catherine Nicholls 41st and 187th (44:28); Paul Carter 192nd (44:46); Fran Hodskinson 44th and 193rd (44:50); Tanya Shaw 50th and Jo McCaffery 51st (202nd and 203rd in 45:54; Antoinette Holton 60th and 215th (47:25); Diane Blagden 60th and 216th (47:28); Louisa Denye and Tanya Barlow 68th and 69th (227th and 228th in 48:27 and 48:36); Clare Belfield 74th and 235th (49:11); Heather Buckel 76th and 2347th (49:29); Sue Rigby 83rd and 247th (51:17); Julie Rooney 90th and 256th (52:30); and James Birchall 264th (53:12). There were 281 runners in total, a smaller field than at the other races.

Wesham took two Large Mixed Team (8 runners apiece) to the Endure24 event in Bramham Park north east of Leeds for a 24-hour overnight relay event, on a parkland loop of 8km (5 miles). The two teams finished 3rd (Wesham Whippets) 10th and (Wesham Wildcats) with 38 laps and 34 laps but arranged it so that the two teams finished hand-in-hand with a cumulative time of 24:39:09 and 24:39:08 respectively in a tremendous show of team oneness. The fastest laps for each runner were (Whippets ) Mark Renshall 36:17 (Lap 17); David Taylor 30:57 (Lap 10); Rob Wallace 37:18 (Lap 19); Elliot Costello 36:33 (Lap 12); Sue Rigby 59:53 (Lap 5); Lee Barlow 31:10 (Lap 14); Helen Lawrenson 35:59 (Lap 15); John Collier 38:47 (Lap 8); Ryan Azzopardi 42:16 (Lap 9); Pauline Eccleston 48:18 (Lap 2); Joy Hetherington 55:29 (Lap 11); Neil Gregson 35:12 (Lap 12); Anne Berry 48:58 (Lap 13); Paul Hetherington 31:32 (Lap 14); Tracey Hulme 41:47 (Lap 7); and Carl Groome 34:23 (Lap 31). The weather was very hot during the day, but it freshened up overnight and there was a thick mist by dawn, soon burning off as the sun rose; the night time laps were 13 to 26 for the Whippets and 11 to 23 for the Wildcats, where headtorches were essential wear. All the runners completed 4 5-miles laps apiece, with Joy and Sue three each; David Taylor completed 6 laps and Helen Lawrenson; John Collier; Lee Barlow; Mark Renshall; Rob Wallace; Carl Groome; Neil Gregson and Paul Hetherington all running 5 laps.  The two teams were captained by John Collier; Alex Rowe and Stuart Topping. Helen Lawrenson was the team manager and Kerry Eccles organised all the campsite and catering in excellent style.

Ugis Datavs stormed away with the 24-hour Solo category in the Townley TrailBlaster 2018 in Burnley, completing 39 laps in 22:48:46 completing 120.9 miles distance. His nearest rival completed 29 laps (89.9 miles) in 23:18:28, the winner of the women’s event.

Stuart Clayton ran the Southport Half Marathon on Sunday in very hot conditions, finishing 372nd in 1:51:08 (1:50:34 chip time). Graham Brook finished 763rd in 2:07:27 (2:06:11 chip).

In the Trawden 7-Mile Trail Race, the next fixture in the Wesham Trail Championship Steven Gore finished 47th in 52:05 over the undulating course in extreme heat. Kath Hoyer was 27th woman and 3rd W55 in 1:04:52, 163rd overall. Martin Bates finished 164th with 1:04:54; 8th M60; and Dave Waywell placed 3rd M70 and 270th overall in 1:18:08.

Andrew Harling ran 19:37 in the Lytham Hall parkrun on Saturday morning for an M35 age graded performance of 68:0%. Tessa Robinson ran the fastest women’s time of the day with 18:45 for W35 80.71%. James Birchall clocked 32:32 for 39.70% and Phil Leaver 24:02 for M60 69.14%. Jonathan Lawson ran 21:32 for M50 68.50% and Stephen Twist 25:21 for M50 58.65%. In the Preston run Nigel Shepherd ran 21:16 for M60 75.39%; Robert Brown 29:27 (M60 54.44%) and Lynn Brown 35:04 (W55 52.33%). Chris Pike ran 26:10 in the St Helens parkrun for M40 53.38%. A group eloped from the Endure24 event in Bramham Park in the early hours before the event started to the Roundhay park run 15 miles away, and took an easy early warmup with David Taylor, Neil Gregson and Carl Groome joining Chris Price and Andrew Green from York Acorns to run 24:04 together. Emma Lund ran the Lancaster parkrun in 24:13 (W35 61.73%). In the Blackpool run Andrew Moore clocked 27:20 for M55 56.71%; Bernadette Dickinson 26:10 for W55 69.17%; Martin Allison 23:21 (56.17%); Dave Marsland 22:54 for M60 71.25%; Peter Cooke 30:40 and M55 51.85%; Peter Cruse 22:10 for M55 69.32%; George Kennedy 24:06 for M60 66.53%; Dave Young M70 69.11% with a time of 25:31; and Martin Bates 24:46 with M60 65.34%.