Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Stuart Clayton, who ran his first cross country at the Lancashire Championships.

The main action for the first week of 2019 was at the Lancashire County Cross Country Championships in Blackburn’s Witton Park. In the Senior Women’s race over a 3-lap 8km course Anne Mayers-Smith finished 41st overall and 6th W40 in 30:44 on a largely dry course in excellent running conditions. Rob Danson earned himself another Lancashire County vest for the Inter-Counties event in March finishing in 3rd place with a time of 31:02 for the 4-lap 10km course, coming in just 27 seconds behind the winner. Gareth Booth running in his Horwich colours finished 39th and 2nd M45 in 34:11. Andrew Harling placed 87th in 38:10 and Phil Quibell in his Salford vest 100th in 39:42 to win the M60 category, a Lancashire gold medal. Mark Renshall made his cross-country debut with 41:31 for 127th place and 13th M45. Steve Myerscough finished 139th in 42:34 for 17th M45; Nigel Shepherd was 9th M60 in 155th place with 44:18; and John Collier 2nd M65 and 157th in 44:31, just losing the County Gold medal to Lytham’s Terry Hellings by 5 seconds. Stuart Clayton another cross-country debutant was 171st with 46:30, 16th M50, and Martin Bates 14th M60 in 48:19 and 175th place overall. Ben Wrigley finished 184th with 50:09 and Phil Leaver battling breathing problems to place with 61:20. The Wesham men finished 10th Senior Men’s team and 8th Masters.

Carmel Sullivan ran 1:35:21 for 77th place in the inappropriately-named Central Lancashire Half Marathon in Preston on Sunday. Rob Wallace placed 106th in 1:40:30 and Thomas Farquhar was 133rd with 1:44:25. Sean Murray ran 1:57:24 for 251st place and Lee Mangan 1:58:36 for 256th place. There are no age category or gender results for this race.

The New Year took Wesham members to parkruns all over the country, although the biggest contingent were at Lytham Hall again. David Taylor took 18:33 for his 5 kilometres, back on the two-and-a-bit lap course through the gardens, scoring an age graded performance of 70.08%. Christopher Hastwell had a flying run top set a new personal best time of 19:01 for an M35 age graded performance of 69.33%. Lee Nixon ran 20:33 for an M35 personal best of 65.45%, and Jonathan Lawson 22:00 for an M50 grade of 67.47%. Stuart Topping continued in his recovery with 23:43 for M45 61.21% and kay twist ran 25:42 for a W45 grade 65.22%. Marthyn Taylor clocked 26:50 for M690 61.37% and Graham Cunliffe back from Hogmanay with 28:14 and an M60 grade 57.79%. Keith Wilding made his parkrun debut with 31:52 for an M60 grade of 50.78. at the Preston run Steve Abbott ran a good 19:26 for M40 70.75%; Steve Myerscough continued his return with 20:32 for M45 69.07%; with Robert Brown running 25:53 for M60 62.52%. Elizabeth Johnson clocked 26:21 for a W35 grade of 57.69%, and Diane Blagden ran 29:32 for W50 58.48%. Steve Pike was on the paths of Victoria Park in St Helens with a time of 26:18 for M40 53.11%. The parkrun tourists the Gores took in the Vogie event in the appropriately-named Gorebridge Park in Midlothian at Dalkeith south east of Edinburgh, Steven running 19:24 for M35 68.81% and Vicky 27:34 for a W40 grade of 56.23%. In Sherwood Pines Centreparks near Rufford Abbey north east of Mansfield Ann Knowles clocked 38:22 for W45 42.66% and at Lancaster’s Williamson Park Emma Lund ran 23:15 for W35 64.30%, her best run since August. In Blackpool’s Stanley Park Helen Lawrenson was the third fastest female in a time of 21:36 for an W45 grade of 76.70%. Stephen Browne ran 22:16 for M50 67.89; George Kennedy 23:32 for M60 68.82% with Suzanne Leonard also 23:31 with a new W45 personal best and a grade of 69.60%. Rob Wallace ran 23:38 for 54.58% and Dave Marsland 24:33 for M60 67.07%. Andrew Moore clocked 26:17 with M55 59.48%. Steve Littler had the fastest time of the day at Fleetwood Promenade with 17:02 a little short of his personal best with M45 83.27% Peter Cruse ran 20:22 for M55 76.10%.