Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Wesham team in the sun; remember the summer?

There were a lot of races on over the weekend in the North West at a busy point in the athletics calendar but Fylde runners were not tempted afield. The Yarrow River Splash 10k Trail Race was the big draw for Wesham members as the club Trail Championship continues and approaches the final standings for the year. First home for the club was Andrew Harling who crossed the line in 5th place in 44:50 with a good run on the wet woodland trails beside and across the river. The early rain did abate, and Paul Gregory finished 9th and 2nd M40 in 45:56. Carl Groome was 14th and 1st M45 in 48:42; Nigel Shepherd placed 28th and he was 1st M60 in 52:34.  Kath Hoyer was 9th woman and 2nd W55 with 58:11, in 64th place overall.  George Kennedy finished 3rd M60 and 80th overall in 60:43 with James Danson just behind in 81st place with 60:45, 9th M50.  Gemma Owen was 29th woman and 4th W35 in 65:10; Maureen Danson 35th woman and 4th W50 with 66:02; Steven and Vicky Gore ran together and finished 144th and 145th in 69:25 and 69:26; Vicky was 44th woman and 10th W40.  Anne Berry came in 59th woman and 169th overall in 1:11:03; Pauline Eccleston was 64th and 176th in 1:12:25; Dave Waywell finished 4th M70 in 1:13:58 in 194th place.  Sally Deacon was 77th woman and 204th in 1:15:16; and Sue Rigby was 115th woman and 253rd in 1:25:24.

Steve Abbott won the inaugural Fairhaven Flyer 10k on Sunday in Lytham St Annes with a time of 37:48 and a winning margin of 16 seconds from unattached runner David Foolkes. Matty Chamberlain finished 7th in 40:53 with Catherine Nicholls 31st woman and 102nd overall in 54:29, 7th W45.

Martin Bates ran the Bury 10k and he finished 454th in 52:56, chip time 51:34 and 14th M60, in a big race with 1427 finishers.

Paul Hetherington ran the English Half Marathon in Warrington on Sunday and he finished 57th with a time of 1:25:23, coming in 18th M45 in a high-quality field. Chris Pike finished 1036th in 1:58:09 (1:56:43 chip time). The organisers had sorted out the finish arrangements this year after bottlenecks caused queues to cross the line and thus increasing competitors’ run times. There were 2612 runners in this year’s race.

Fleetwood Promenade parkrun saw the greatest Wesham effort on Saturday morning, with resurgent Steve Littler running the day’s fastest time of 16:45 for an M40 grade of 83.98% to put him 2nd on the best performances for this course and just 9 seconds behind the course record. He took the M40 course record from Wesham’s James Mulvany by 47 seconds. Carl Groome ran 19:25 for M45 75.36% and Neil Gregson 19:43 for his third parkrun and a senior age grade of 66.53%. Peter Cruse clocked a good 20:49 and a new personal best for M55 74.46% while Mark Renshall ran 21:38 for M45 65.56%. Dave Marsland visiting from Blackpool ran a reflective 22:22 for an M60 grade of 72.95% and a new personal best while Sharon Cooper clocked 23:14 for W45 68.36% as a First Timer here. George Kennedy had 23:44 for M60 68.19% and Suzanne Leonard 24:28 with a W45 grade 66.89%. Brian Jones ran 30:59 for M55 50.46%. Robert Brown ran the Preston parkrun in 26:27 for an M60 age grade of 61.18% while Elizabeth Johnson recorded 28:01 for a W35 grade 54.25%. Martin Bates ran the Bolton Leverhulme Park run as a warm-up for the Bury 10k the following day with 27:02 for M60 59.86%. The travelling Gores ran the Witton parkrun in Blackburn as a precursor to the Yarrow Valley Trail Race, with Megan running 37:28 for JW11 44.40% with Vicky and Steven just behind with a time of 37:29.