Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Lee Nixon in full flight in Pilling warming up for the Preston 10k the next day

There were over 30 athletic events in the North last week as the busy month of September closed and there was plenty of variety to choose from. For the Wesham team there was a good showing in the final Pilling 10k for 2018 with Dave Bennett of Ellesmere Port winning in 32:24. Andrew Harling was the first finisher for Wesham in 11th place with a time of 38:11. Carl Groome was 14th in 40:10 coming in 1st M45. Neil Gregson finished 16th in 40:38 and Peter  Cruse was 23rd in 42:02, 2nd M55 just behind Bev Wright (Blackpool) who was 1st W55 and 2nd woman with Kevin Davies of Clayton le Moors taking male the age category win in 39:18. Lee Nixon finished 26th in 43:15 and Helen Lawrenson came in 4th woman and 3rd W45 in with a close finish with Joanne Taylor of Kendal (43:19). Sean Murray was 36th in 45:33 and Rob Wallace was 44th in 46:44. Phil Leaver won the M65 category in 47:46 in 51st place overall.

Sharon Cooper was 8th woman and 4th W45 in 47:53 finishing 53rd overall. Kath Hoyer was 9th woman and 2nd W55 in 48:14 56th overall. Dave Young was 3rd M70 with a sharp race with his time 52:09 in 69th place overall. Kay Twist finished 16th woman and 5th W45 in 54:20, 75th overall. Julie Rooney finished 97th and 31st woman in 59:13.

Paul Hetherington travelled a bit further afield to the Pennine side of Rochdale for the Littleborough 10k on Sunday, and he finished 18th on the undulating course with a time of 38:35. He came in 2nd M45 in a close finish with a group five runners head to head. It was a popular race with 344 finishers.

Ugis Datavs finished 9th in the revived Preston 10k on Sunday from the city centre down into Avenham Park and the riverside avenues. He ran a good time on the undulating course of 37:15. Stuart Clayton was 142nd in 45:29 coming in 11th M50 and Lee Nixon finished 153rd in 46:03. Steve Abbott ran the Lancaster 5km series on Saturday evening and he had a storming run to come 2nd in 18:45.

In the Mawdesley Trail 10k Run on Sunday near Ormskirk Kath Hoyer finished 1st W55 and 4th woman in 59th place overall in a time of 51:59. Dave Waywell was 2nd M70 just 1:21 behind category winner Frank Eastham placing 112th overall in 61:11.

In the Lytham Hall parkrun on Saturday morning Graham Cunliffe had run an excellent 24:05 but forgot his barcode and so was not recorded. Stephen Twist clocked 24:49 for an M50 age graded performance of 59.91%. Stuart Topping was in action and he came in with 24:50 for M45 57.99%. Sharlan Butcher ran 30:39 for W45 51.82%. In the Preston run David Taylor produced 18:59 for a senior age grade percentage of 68.31% and Nigel Shepherd came within 2 seconds of his personal best with 20:30 for an M60 grade of 78.21%. Robert Brown ran 25:18 for M60 63.97%. George Kennedy ran the Victoria Park run in Glasgow in 21:19 for an M60 grade of 75.92% but he was a spectator for the Great Run 10k and Half Marathon in the city the next day. Chris Pike took a break to the Croxteth Park run in Liverpool and he ran a great 24:08 for M40 57.87%. Jonathan Lawson paid a visit to the Blackpool run in Stanley Park and clocked a good 21:48 for M50 67.66%. Jonathan Sanderson had 22:45 for a senior grade of 56.70% and Stephen Browne had an M50 65.14% with a time of 23:00. Suzanne Leonard ran 24:22 for W45 67.17%; Graham Brook 26:02 for M50 67.17%; and Dave Marsland 28:30 for M60 57.25%. On the Fleetwood Promenade run Martin Allison clocked 21:52 for M35 60.29%; James Birchall ran 27:35 for an M25 grade of 46.83%; and Brian Jones 31:42 for M55 49.32%. Graham Cunliffe had run Fleetwood two weeks previously without his barcode and ran around 24:12, a big improvement of six minutes on his previous run there. The parkrun tourists the Gores were back at Bodelwyddan Castle between St Asaph and Abergele on the North Wales coast on a glorious morning. It turned out for the worst though unfortunately; Steven Gore and the other four leading runners got lost in the woods and Steven took a tumble fracturing his trapezoid bone in his left hand. He picked himself up to complete the run in 22:01 for M35 60.64% but ended up in the Glan Clwyd Hospital for the morning. Vicky Gore successfully completed the course in 28:32 for W40 54.32%.