Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Steve Waterhouse chasing hard down the side of Grasmere at a gallop

Wesham members finished off a busy week in the trail championships series at the Grasmere Gallop with a glorious club weekend in Ambleside and a good turnout at two trail distances taking in lake, woodland trails and hillside. With a combined start the 10k runners were the first to finish with a lower elevation and Rob Danson blew the field apart with a decisive win with a near 4-minute lead to cross the gravel line in 34:57. James Mulvany came in with a strong finish to place 3rd and 1st M35 in 39:06 having pulled away from Steve Waterhouse who was 4th and 1st M45 in 40:09. Martin Bates finished 35th and 1st M60 in 49:07. Paul Eccles was 92nd with 56:32, with Mark Dobson 94th (6th M50) in 56:30. Kerry Eccles was 1st W55, 33rd woman 108th in 58:51. George Kennedy and James Danson finished together in 115th and 116th positions (7th M55 and 9th M50) with 59:32. Peter Rooney was 166th in 1:04:19; Maureen Danson 74th woman, 7th W50 and 176th with 1:05:23; and Julie Rooney 1136th and 258th in 1:14:20. In the 17k race taking the extra loop around the flank of Loughrigg with its 800ft climb to return back to the 10k course Paul Gregory headed the Wesham team and he finished 5th in 1:15:18 coming in 1st M35. Steve Myerscough was 7th and 3rd M40 in 1:16:21 with Jason Barlow 9th with 1:17:38, 1st M45. John Collier was 1st M60 and 17th in 1:23:43 with an improvement on last year’s time, with Helen Lawrenson 5th woman and 2nd W45 in 1:25:25, 21st overall. Peter Cruse was 34th and 5th M50 in 1:28:46; Nigel Shepherd was 50th and 7th M55 in 1:34:22; Jen Salt finished 17th woman, 5th W40 and 78th overall in 1:42:29; Chris Moss was 90th in 1:45:15 with Russell Mabbett 111th with 1:50:41; Alan Taylor was close behind in 113th with 1:51:28. Finlay McCalman was 149th with 2:01:23; and Paul Carter 169th in 2:24:46.


Thursday evening saw the first Badger Trail 10k of this year’s series in Cuerden Valley park in warm and pleasant conditions. Won in style by Blackpool’s Luke Minns, Wesham’s first finisher of the 183 runners was Garry Barnett with a good run on the multi-terrain undulations to come in 8th with a time of 39:37, 2nd M50. Paul Gregory was 12th with 41:04; and Steve Myersough was 13th with 41:21, 2nd M40 placing the Wesham men 3rd team. Helen Lawrenson was 4th woman in 44:39, 1st W45 and 33rd overall, with Carmel Sullivan 5th and 1st W50 in 45:02, 34th overall. Tracey Hulme was 15th in 50:31, 3rd W50 and 75th overall with the Wesham women winning the team. Roger Leadbeater finished 78th in 51:02, 8th M55; Kath Hoyer was 1st W55 in 51:21, 16th woman and 81st overall. Jen Salt finished 25th woman, 7th W40 and 95th in 53:01; Graham Brook 98th in 53:11; Dave Marsland 124th with 56:45, 7th M60; James Danson 138th with 59:30; Graham Vickers 140th with 1:00:50; Caz Wadsworth 60th woman and 159th in 1:05:06; Anne Berry and Sue Rigby together in 1:08:16 placing 67th and 68th (167th and 168th).


Caz Wadsworth finished 10th in the Morecambe 10k on Sunday in 59:39 with John Howorth 191st in 59:42. Claire Marshall-Cowling was 236th in 65:50 with a large section of the race along the Promenade with stunning vista of the Southern Lakes.


James Mulvany won the Midummer Mile event at the Preston Arena on Wednesday evening with 4:57 with a 5-second lead. Simon Denye clocked 5:43 to come in 15th.


Clive Berry ran the Lakeland Trails Coniston Mini Marathon 10k and finished 130th in 1:23:13. Rob Wallace ran the Burnley 10k on Sunday and he finished 458th in this popular race in 54:46, chip time 54:09.


John Bertenshaw ran 21:13 in the Preston parkrun for an M60 age graded performance of 76.28% on Saturday morning. Roger Leadbeater clocked 23:28 for M55 67.76% and Robert Brown 25:21 for M55 62.72%. Stephen Twist was in York for a bit of tourism and he ran 27:35 in the parkrun for M50 53.47%. Chris Pike was in St Helens and he ran 25:15 for an M40 54.85%, while in Burnley Jonathan Lawson paid a visit to record a run of 22:19 for M45 65.57% and Graham Cunliffe recorded 27:57 for M60 57.36%. David Taylor made his debut at Ormskirk for a time of 17:57 and performance of 72.05%.  At the Colby run in Pembrokeshire Steven Gore clocked up 20:09 on an undulating 3-lap course for an M35 65.84% with Megan Gore 40:52 for JW10 41.76 and Vicky Gore 40:53, ideal for a holiday break. In the Blackpool run Lee Barlow whipped up a 19:15 clocking for an M45 performance of 73.68%, with Nicola Unsworth running 22:08 for W45 72.44%; Ben Wrigley 24:33 for M35 54.04%; Tanya Barlow ran 26:22 with W45 60.24%; Rob Wallace warming up for the weekend with 27:08 with 47;54%; and Debbie Bell 30:59 for W40 50.40%.