Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Rob Danson in action for Lancashire at the Inter-Counties XC

Rob Danson was selected for the Inter-Counties Cross Country in Prestwold Hall in Loughborough after his excellent performance in the Lancashire Championships on 6th January. He finished 6th in the Lancashire Senior Men’s team and placed 70th overall in 35:34 for the 6 miles. Lancashire won the 9-man team.

Steve Littler was 2nd behind Nick Leigh of Horwich with 1:23:18 just 8 seconds adrift in the 14-mile Dentdale run in the Howgills. Many-time winner of this race this result also won him the M45 age category. Steve Myerscoough in marathon training and recovering from injury finished 48th and 12th M45 in 1:46:31. There were 283 runners in this race.

Simon Denye finished 210th in the top quality Trafford 10k, running 38:54 for 9th M45. Despite the difficult wet and windy conditions, the first 4 finishers still broke 30 minutes on this fast single loop course near Carrington. In a new race at New Longton south west of Preston there were three Wesham finishers. Lee Nixon was an excellent 23rd with 41:49. Finlay McCalman finished 101st and 10th M50 with a rounded 54:00. Lucy Neighbour was 34th woman and 10th W35 in 56:40 and 122nd overall.

In the now historic Roddlesworth Roller trail run around the reservoirs south of Abbey Village on a 9km (5.6 mile loop) Garry Barnett finished 26th and 3rd M50 in 39:30. Kath Hoyer was 14th woman and 2nd W55 in 48:17 and Dave Waywell placed 4th M70 after last year’s 2nd with 58:59, 16 seconds faster than 2018. Debbie Myercough warmed up for the trails and fells with 64:29 for 81st female position and 233rd overall, 12th W55.

Conditions were wet and windy for parkrunning last Saturday morning, but Wesham members were able to get out as usual either to their local park or further afield. There was just one member out in Avenham Park in Preston, Robert Brown, who ran 26:40 for an M60 age graded performance of 60.69%. Some way down south in Winchester Martin Allison clocked 24:29 with an M35 grade of 53.85% and Jo McCaffery 29:40 for W40 51.85%. At Sherwood Pines north east of Mansfield Darren Gray recorded 27:19 for an M40 grade of 50.34% and Ann Knowles ran 36:39 for W45 44.66%. Back at home at Lytham Hall Jonathan Lawson was the fastest Wesham member of the day with 22:05 for an M50 grade of 67.32%. Ben Wrigley ran a good 22:16 just 10 seconds short of his best for M35 60.40% and Sharon Cooper clocked 23:46 for W45 66.83%. Colin Smy ran 26:37 with M35 50.91%; Graham Cunliffe kicked off a double 5km with 26:53 for M60 60.69%; and James Birchall ran 27:17 for 47.40% and Emma Davies 27:28 for 53.88%. Keith Wilding ran 30:17 pace-making 30:17 with an M60 grade 53.44%; John Sharples 30:21 on his 3rd parkrun with M60 54.75% and Phil Leaver 30:23 with M65 55.18%. In the Lancaster parkrun in Williamson Park Carl Groome ran 24:01 on his return from injury for M50 61;42% and Sue Rigby 36:52 with W45 43.08%. In Blackpool’s Stanley Park Helen Lawrenson ran the fastest women’s time of the day with 22:16 for W45 74.40%. Dave Marsland had an M60 performance of 71.39% with a time of 23:04; James Mulvany popped back to his home grounds and ran with his son to clock a swift 24:12 for M40 56.82%. Finlay McCalman ran 26:08 for M50 58.29% and Tanya Barlow 28:07 for W45 57.62%. Along Fleetwood Promenade Peter Cruse was 9th fastest of the day with 24:44 for M55 62.67% and Suzanne Leonard 11th with 24:48 for W45 65.99. George Kennedy also clocked 24:48 with an M60 grade 65.26%. Further afield again the parkrun tourists visited the inaugural run at Centre Vale in Todmorden. David Taylor was 2nd fastest of the morning with a good 18:41 for a graded performance of 69.58%. Vicky Gore ran 27:56 for W40 55.91%; and Steven Gore 27:57 (M35 47.76%).