Alex’s newspaper Report.

The big event of the week was the concluding race of the Inter Club Grand Prix, bringing to a close the 7-race series for this year that began back in April in Blackpool. Rob Danson was back in top form for Wesham with a stamp of authority to blaze round the revised 4.5-mile course in Leyland’s Worden Park in 22:22 nearly two minutes clear of the chasing pack. Gareth Booth placed 3rd with a great run clocking 24:29 for 2nd M45, with Steve Littler 6th and 1st M40 in 25:07. David Taylor was 12th in 25:55 and Ugis Datavs 17th with 26:19. Steve Abbott came in 22nd in 26:56, 3rd M40, with Lee Barlow finishing fast with 27:16 for 4th M45. Carl Groome was 44th in 28:58; Marry Chamberlain 46th for 29:07, and Neil Gregson 56th in 29:46. The Wesham Senior team placed 2nd and retained 2nd place overall in the series. The Wesham women were 5th, disappointingly, with Helen Lawrenson 10th in 31:12 and 87th; Carmel Sullivan 13th (96th in 31:53); Tracey Hulme 22nd (143rd; 34:30); Gemma Owen 32nd (180th in 37:15); and Maureen Danson 34th (183rd in 37:25); giving them a slightly better 4th position for the series. The Women Masters fared better with 3rd place and also 3rd for the series, with Lawrenson 5th; Sullivan 6th; Hulme 115th; Danson 18th and Suzanne Leonard 19th (185th 37:29). The Overall Masters were 2nd with Booth 2nd; Littler 3rd; Abbott 9th; Barlow 11th; Groome 19th and Chamberlain 21st, securing 2nd place overall, and The Men 50+ comprising Nigel Shepherd 10th (60th in 29:54); John Collier 16th (72nd in 30:28); Sullivan 23rd; and Stephen Browne 33rd (127th in 33:40) placing the team 4th for the series. The Men 60+ team placed 2nd and 2nd for the series with Shepherd 2nd; Collier 4th; and Phil Leaver 12th (142nd; 34:28). Christopher Hastwell was 66th in 30:17; Mark Renshall 78th with 30:37; Paul Lancashire 89th with 31:20; Lee Nixon 94th in 31:42; Rob Wallace 104th (32:17); Martin Allison 112th (32:35); Neil Whipp 116th (32:44); Dave Marsland 153rd in 34:58; Ben Wrigley 160th with 35:29; Alan Hudson 166th 35:53; James Danson 177th in 36:57; Dave Young 179th in 37:05; Stuart Topping 181st 37:18; George Kennedy 186th 37:30; Kay Twist 38th woman and 189th in 37:52; Pauline Eccleston was 194th and 41st woman (38:18); Finlay McCalman 201st (38:40); Peter Bartlett 203rd (38:46); Martin bates 208th (39:05); Michael Hall 215th (39:31); Graham Cunliffe 218th (39:41); Jo McCaffery 56th and 222nd (40:31); Paul Carter 245th (42:14) and Antoinette Horton 70th and 246th (42:15); Anne Berry 72nd / 248th (42:21); Clare Belfield 78th / 254th (43:01); James Birchall 257th (43:12); Julie Rooney 80th and 260th (43:34); Emma Davies 82nd / 262nd (43:44); Nicola Hill 88th / 269th (44:28); Peter Cooke 274th (45:14); Nicola Carter 93rd / 276th (45:42); Sophie Scott 110th / 296th (51:31).

Kim McGuire ran the Great North Run on Sunday finishing 25531st with a time of 2:30:24 with no category positions given. Heather Bradley Tsopanoglou finished 39973rd in 3:10:12.

Paul Hetherington ran the Wigan 10k, a popular town race, and he finished 17th and 3rd M45 in 37:53.

In the Blackleach Trail race in the Central Lancs series Steven Gore finished 30th with 31:57 for the 5-mile hilly course on rough ground. Vicky Gore was 145th in 44:13, 11th W40 and 47th woman.

Garry Barnett had the 4th fastest time of the day at the Lytham Hall parkrun on Saturday as he continues to come back to form, running 19:20 for an M50 age graded performance of 77.50%. Neil gregson ran 20:14 for 64.83%, with Jonathan Lawson scoring an M50 grade of 66.84% with a tine of 22:04. Sharon Cooper ran 23:53 for W45 66.50%; Phil Leaver M65 67.93% with 24:41; Kay Twist W45 64.05% with 25:52; Stephen Twist M50 56.46% with 26:20: Peter Rooney a time of 26:49 for M55 59.29%; and Julie Rooney 30:11 and W40 52.13%. Nigel Shepherd ran the Preston parkrun for a time of 20:31 and M60 78.15%; and Chris Pike was in action again in St Helens with 25:18 for M40 55.20% getting back to his best for this year. Helen Lawrenson was 2nd fastest woman at the Stanley Park run with 22:44 for W45 71.99%. Dave Marsland ran 23:00 for M60 70.94%; Stephen Browne 23;15 for M50 64.44%; and Rob Wallace 23:35 with 55.09%. In the Tampere parkrun in Finland on a spectacular lakeside course Jason Blagden ran 22:48 for M45 63.16% and Diane Blagden 27:57 for W50 61.48%. In Middleton Woods in Leeds David Taylor took the day’s fastest time of 18:45 for a grade of 69.16% while Steven Gore was 4th fastest in 21:23 with M35 62.43%. Vicky Gore ran 28:25 for W40 54.55%. In Fleetwood Mark Renshall ran 20:37 for M45 68.80%; Peter Cruse 21;20 with M55 72.66%; and George Kennedy 21:48 for M60 73.55%.