Alex’s Newspaper Report

The importance of keeping hydrated in the Freckleton Half Marathon

The Preston Inter Club race on Wednesday evening was the big local athletics event last week with 340 runners, another big turnout with 54 Wesham members, a new venue and revised course through Avenham Park. The first lap saw Rob Danson leading with Adam Sciacca and Andy Benson right on his shoulders but he pulled away to a decisive win over the 4 miles in 21:26. ย 24 seconds clear. David Taylor ran strongly on a warm evening to finish 11th in 24:15 with Steve Waterhouse 15th in 24:41. Ugis Datavs was 19th in 25:05 and Paul Gregory 27th in 25:34 with Lee Barlow 29th in 25:48. Garry Barnett was 32nd and 4th M50 in 26:00; Les Cornwall 40th with 26:23 and Jason Barlow 42nd in 26:27. The Wesham team finished 2nd with Paul Hetherington 46th in 26:34. Carmel Sullivan was 6th woman and 4th Over-40 in 28:19, Nicola Unsworth was 11th and 8th O-40 in 29:40, Tracey Hulme was 21st and 12th with 32:20, Vicky Gore 49th and 26th in 35:59, and Kerry Eccles 50th and 27th in 36:04. The Wesham ladies were 6th team overall and 3rd Over-40. The Wesham M40s of Waterhouse, Barlow, Barnett, Barlow, Hertherington and Simon Denye 53rd overall and 22nd finished 2nd team, with the M50s Barnett, Peter Cruse 6th in 27:12, Nigel Shepherd 12th with 28:10 and Carmel Sullivan were 2nd team. The M60 team (John Collier 2nd in 28:21, John Bertenshaw 4th with 29:03 and Alan Hudson 5th in 29:22) won their team category. Wesham are 2nd overall all the team categories except the women where they are 4th having won overall last year.


Rob Danson was leading the Freckleton Half Marathon through halfway with a clear lead but it was the hottest day of the year with temperatures up towards 30 degrees, and he dropped out in the second half. David Taylor persevered and he finished a creditable 11th with 1:24:46. Garry Barnett was 1st M50 and 17th overall in 1:26:29, with Paul Gregory 20th with 1:27:46, 3rd M45 and Paul Hetherington 28th and 3rd M40 with 1:29:20. Carl Groome finished 66th in 1:39:48, with Michael Rawcliffe 87th in 1:43:00. Helen Lawrenson finished 9th woman and 3rd W45 in 1:45:40, 101st overall, with Mick Goode 141st in 1:50:13. Dave Young was 2nd M65 and 255th overall in 2:06:50; Peter Bartlett 3rd M65 and 275th overall in 2:09:56; Pauline Eccleston was 81st woman and 18th W45 in 2:18:00; Alistair Morris 325th with 2:19:11; Paul Carter 349th in 2:24:10; Victoria Birkett 200th woman in 2:26:24; Anne Berry 102nd with 2:26:53; Julie Rooney 365th in 2:26:53; Sue Rigby 135th with 2:26:53; Caz Wadsworth 136th in 2:41:51; and Michael Kearney 427th with 2:59:44.


Despite the Inter Club run on Wednesday evening the lure of the Hawkshead 10k was strong and this is the best of the Kendal 10k Series. Steve Myerscough was camping in the area with his family and he finished 17th in 39:29 over the undulating route around Esthwaite Water. Simon Eaton was 51st in 44:54 with Jen Salt 18th woman, 8th W40 and 94th overall, in 49:37. Peter Bartlett was 117th and 10th M60 in 53:03; Russell Mabbett 146th in 57:22 and Chris Moss 157th in 59:54; Paul Carter 160th in 63:01 with Debbie Myerscough 161st with 63:33, 60th woman and 17th W50. It was quite a challenging run on a hot evening with a bumper turnout of 169 competitors.


James Mulvany finished 7th in the latest Pilling 10k in the series on Saturday morning from Hambleton, with a time of 36:41, placing 3rd M35. Alan Hudson ran the Lancaster 5km on Saturday evening, the second in the 2017 series, finishing 1st M65 and 32nd overall in 21:08. Sean Murphy was 37th with 22:37. It was a warm evening and both were a little short of their seasonโ€™s bests. Alan Taylor ran the Fatherโ€™s Day 10k in Lancaster on Sunday morning as temperatures were warming up for the day; he ran 53:17 to finish 39th. Mark Dobson ran the Forton 5k finishing 37th in 27:11.


There was a good turnout at Lytham Hall parkrun due to the cancellation of Preston and Blackpool runs. Mark Belfield ran 20:08 for an M35 age-graded performance of 65.48%. Simon Denye close behind in 20:12 for M40 69.14%, with Helen Lawrenson taking the fastest womanโ€™s time of the day with 20:34 for W45 78.77% giving her the 4th fastest W45 time on this course. Phil Leaver ran 23:58 for M60 68.71% with Robert Brown 24:40 for M55 64.46%; Michaela Dempsey 25:41 for W50 66.06%; Rob Wallace 26:35 for 48.53%; Finlay McCalman 28:14 with M50 53.54%; Kay Twist 28:22 (W45 57.11%); Stephen Twist 29:10 (M50 50.57%); Debbie Bell 29:43 (W40 52.94%); and Lynn Brown 37:06 with W55 48.79%. David Taylor ran 19:11 at the Burnley parkrun for 67.42%. Vicky Gore clocked 25:27 for W40 60.45% with Graham Cunliffe 29:01 (M60 55.77%). Megan Gore ran 34:59 for JW10 48.79% with Stephen Gore 35:05. George Kennedy was visiting home ground in Glasgow and ran 23:55 in the Tolcross parkrun, M55 66.48%. John Bertenshaw ran 23:05 at Cuerden Valley for M60 70.11%. On holiday in the area Steve Myerscough ran Fell Foot parkrun in 20:12 for M40 69.14% while Debbie Myerscough clocked 30:40 for W50 56.79%.