Alex’s newspaper Report.

  Thomas Crabtree on the right track at the Bolton Trotter’s 5

The final Mid Lancs cross country league fixture effectively drew a close to the 2018/19 season with just the Inter-Counties in Prestwold and the British Masters in Belfast to finish off this weekend. The Wesham men had a final triumphant run of glory at Cuerden Valley country park last Saturday with the women having all but deserted with promise of a more concerted effort next season. Kath Hoyer has proved faithful all season and finished here 7th W55 and 64th overall with a good run in a time of 29:02 for the 5.5km course over a medium and a long lap. On the same course the Wesham M70 men were victorious in the team competition ensuring an overall win for the season with Dave Young 6th in 32:42; Peter Bartlett 7th with 32:54, and Dave Waywell 9th in 35:12. In the Senior Men’s 10km 3-lap course Steve Swarbrick made a return after a bad winter of illness to finish an excellent 19th place and 2nd M40 in 38:57, last season’s veteran winner. David Taylor ran 39:17 not far behind n 26th place with Andrew Harling finishing 43rd in 40:17. Mark Bellfield was 47th in 40:53 and Phil Quibell placed 2nd M60 behind Barrow’s Bob Atkinson in 98th place overall in 43:48. Steve Myerscough came in 141st in 47:08 with new man Luke Robinson making his debut in 143rd place with a time of 47:15. Nigel Shepherd finished 149th and 7th M60 in 47:58. Martin Bates was 192nd and 15th M60 in 53:05, with Ben Wrigley finishing 207th having fallen early on and taken some ground to recover with a time of 55:43. The Wesham men were 8th team and 8th M40s, with the M50s also 8th. The M60 team won their category, also winning the League overall. The M50s finish 9th; M40s 5th in Division 2; and the Senior Men 5th in Division 2, just above relegation. The women failed to register any teams, with the Senior Women relegated to Division 3.

Chris Hastwell ran the Accrington 10k on Sunday, completing the 6.2 miles in 39:19 for 9th place, a great result. Lee Nixon finished 38th in 42:54, 8th M35, and Ben Wrigley was 21st and 206th in 52:37 after his tough outing at the cross country the previous day.

Wesham had 7 runners in the Trotters 5-mile trail race in Bolton. Thomas Crabtree was first finisher for Wesham in 21st place with a time of 32:20. Paul Gregory was 26th in 32:56, 6th M40. Helen Lawrenson finished 12th woman and 3rd M45 in 37:46. Kath Hoyer followed up her Mid Lancs cross country run the previous day  with 15th place here and 1st W55 in 39:32, 96th overall. Sharon Cooper was 21st and 121st in 41:49; Vicky Gore 39th and 159th with 44:13; and Kerry Eccles 52nd and 200th in 47:43, 8th W55.

Arran Galvin lead the way for Wesham at last Saturday’s Lytham Hall parkrun, completing the 2-lap woodland course in 19:21 for an age graded performance percentage of 69.51%. Regular parkrunner Jonathan Lawson finished with 21:39 for and M50 age grade of 68.67%. Ben Wrigley began a busy weekend with a 22:19 clocking to record M35 60.27%. Ironman Ian Garrod clocked 22:58 for M55 68.07% and Sharon Cooper notched up the first chapter of a weekend double with 24:03 for W45 66.04%. Stephen Twist ran 24:59 for M50 59.97%;Martin Allison 25:07 for an M35 grade of 52.49%; Finlay McCalman clocked 25:52 with M50 58.89%; Tanya Shaw ran 26:20 for a new personal best time with a W40 grade 58.86%; Colin Smy ran his debut here with 26:46 for M35 50.62%; Graham Cunliffe ran 26:50 for an M60 60.81%; Keith Wilding recorded 28:21 for M60 57.08%; Phil Leaver waiting now for breathing tests ran 29:28 with an M65 grade of 56.90%; and Nicola Carter ran 31:28 for W35 47.83%. In the South Manchester run in Platts Field Tracey Hulme recorded 24:34 for W55 73.68%. Steve Abbott ran the Preston parkrun in a swift 18:06 for an M40 grade of 76.52% and this week’s Wesham best with a new personal best performance. David Taylor clocked 20:40 with 69.90% with Steve Myerscough running a great 20:50 for M45 68.08%. The parkrun tourists visited Roundhay Park in Leeds for the first time, adding to the Wesham total inaugurated last June before the Endure24, where Megan Gore completed her 145th run with 36:55 for a JW11 performance of 44.11%. Vicky (213th run) and Steven Gore (207th) also ran 36:55 in support. In the Blackpool parkrun Dave Marsland ran 22:34 for an M60 age grading of 72.97%. Stephen Browne clocked 22:53 with M50 66:06%; Suzanne Leonard ran 23:53 for W45 68.53% with George Kennedy also 23:53 for M60 67.78%. Andrew Moore clocked 31:32 for M55 49.58%. Along Fleetwood Promenade Peter Cruse ran the 5th fastest time of the day with a brisk 20:59 for M55 73.87%. Martin Bates ran 23:25 for M60 69.68%; Emma Lund was a First Timer in Fleetwood and ran 24:10 for W35 61.86%; Robert Brown clocked 25:33 for M60 63.34%; Brian Jones ran 29:10 for M55 53.60%; and Mark Renshall had an easy run to warm up for the cross country with 34:38 for M45 40.56%.