Alex’s Newspaper Report.



Steve Waterhouse leads a chasing pack in Monday’s Inter Club Grand Prix at Salwick



It was Wesham’s turn to host their round of the Inter-Club Grand Prix on Monday, and the 4.6-mile course performed well in the hot and muggy conditions. Coming back to fitness Rob Danson was the stand-out winner, clocking a scorching 22:52 for the undulating course while backing off his pace. He looks set to take the overall win again having missed just 2 of the races due to injury. Tessa Robinson was 2nd woman in 27:06 with Helen Lawrenson 7th in 31:24. The Wesham team were 2nd overall with the women 3rd despite a good squad. The Wesham masters were 2nd with the M50s 4th and M60s 3rd.  There will be a full report and results next week.

Paul Hetherington finished 3rd in the Elswick 10-Miler on Saturday morning. He completed the full loop in damp conditions in 60:17, so close to breaking the hour. He was also the 1st M40 runner. Andrew Harling finished 11th in 66:45, a massive 5 minutes off his previous best performance.  Helen Lawrenson finished 3rd woman overall, and also won the M45 category to break her jinx on this race with a time of 1:12:18 placing 23rd overall. Catherine Nicholls was 16th woman and 74th overall in 1:32:46.

Paul Lancashire ran the RunThrough Media City 10k and he finished 35th in 46:15 for 7th M35.

Dave Waywell ran the Towneley Park 10k in Burnley on Sunday. He finished 5th M70 in a competitive race with a time of 63:04 to place 227th overall. Kath Hoyer ran the East Cheshire Black Knight 6-Mile Trail race on Wednesday evening in Ashton-under-Lyne in 53:39 to finish 1st W55, 18th woman and 75th overall.

Helen Lawrenson finished 3rd woman and 1st W45 in the third in the Horwich Jubilee 5 Mile road race series, with a time for the undulating course of 35:08, placing 36th overall. Stephen Browne finished 51st in a time of 37:33, 5th M50. Helen is standing 2nd in the women’s table for the series after the three races so far, also 2nd in the woman’s masters but 1st W45 overall.

The Witton parkrun featured in the Wesham Trail Running Championships this week due to the severe nature of the 2-lap course undulating through the parkland woods. David Taylor had the fastest time of the day with 19:17 for an age grade performance of 67.24%. Steven Gore was out for a run with 20:56 and an age grade of M35 63.77%. Nigel Shepherd clocked 22:14 for M60 72.11%. Elliot Costello scored 23:10 for 55.68%.  Vicky Gore ran 28:14 for W40 54.90% with Kerry Eccles having 30:21 for W55 59.64%. Anne Berry ran 30:24 for W55 59.64% and Megan Gore ran a JW11 49.04% with a time of 33:55 and a new personal best time. In the Lytham Hall parkrun Carl Groome ran 19:49 to score an M45 age graded performance of 73.84%. Jason Blagden had 21:26 to finish with an M45 grade of 66.64%. Jonathan Lawson ran 21:42 and gained an M50 performance grade of 67.97%. Stephen Twist ran 24:30 for M50 60.68%. Graham Cunliffe has 25:15 for M60 64.62% and Emma Wright ran 26:50 for W40 57.02%. Clare Belfield clocked 28:39 for W35 52.36%. In the Preston run Robert Brown clocked 26:04 for M60 62.08% and Lynn Brown 34:49 and W55 52.70%. Elizabeth Johnson ran the Portobello run in Edinburgh in 26:40 for W35 56.75% in her second run at this venue. In the Blackpool run in Stanley Park Lee Barlow ran 19:46 for M45 71.66%. Peter Cruse ran well with 21:24 for M55 71.81%. Dave Marsland ran another good performance with 22:49 for M60 71.51%, and Rob Wallace 23:00 with 56.09%. George Kennedy ran 23:55 for M60 67.04%; Dave Young scored an M70 68.57% with his time of 25:43. Andrew Moore clocked 27:27 for M55 56.47%.