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Emma Brook celebrates her run in the famous Blaydon Race in Newcastle

It was a very full week of athletics fixtures last week, but Wesham members largely kept away, perhaps due to the very high temperatures. Noticeable perhaps that the main event of the week was Tuesday evening in the Paddy’s Pole Fell Race, the next date in the Wesham Off-Road Championships. Tom Crabtree was the first Wesham finisher in 23rd place over the 3.7 miles and 1102ft of climb, in a time of 33:45. Carl Groome came in 47th in 37:48 placing 6th M50. Steve Myerscough completed the course in 54th position in 38:23 for 6th M45, with Mick Edge 7th M60 and 86th overall in 43:26. Ian Nichols Hogg finished 89th in 44:41; Kirsty Holland ran well to place 14th female and 108th overall in 53:58. Ryan Azzopardi was 110th in 54:19; Sally Deacon 16th woman and 114th in 56:09 finishing 3rd W55. Debbie Myerscough was 20th and 117th overall in 1:16:20, and together the Wesham ladies were third team.

Rob Danson won the latest round of the Inter Club Grand Prix between the seven local clubs to take the Wesham team to third place. Full report and results next week.

Emma Brook returned to run in the famous and historic Blaydon Races for the six miles along the Scotswood Road out of Newcastle on Friday evening, where she finished 835th woman and 2495th overall in 57:35 (chip time 54:05).

The second Astley Park Trail Race in this year’s series took place on Wednesday and Ian Nichols Hogg was competing on a second night, finishing 46th in 27:19. Carmel Sullivan was 9th female and 54th overall, 2nd W50, in 27:54.

On Monday evening the third Wesham Summer Handicap took place with David Taylor running the fastest time of 29:25 for the 4.9 miles of undulating country roads with a handicap of 26:00. Alek Walker was second fastest with the same handicap to run 30:01, and Carmel Sullivan was third fastest and first woman in 36:31 with a 20-minute handicap. Nigel Shepherd was 4th in 36:35; Ian Nicholls Hogg 5th with 36:39, and Jonathan Lawson first to the finish line with a point-to-point time of 40:32 on scratch. Alona Versinina clocked 41:05 (14:00 handicap); Kirsty Holland 42:18 on scratch and second to finish; Ryan Azzopardi 42:46 (14:00); Peter Rooney 42:49 (15:00); James Danson 43:12 (13:00); Andy Wilkinson 43:13 (17:00); Andy Moore 45:29 (13:00); Vron Walker 45:56 (11:00); Finlay McCalman 45:56 (11:00); Julie Paton 47:02 913:00); Sharlan Butcher 47:03 (13:00); Dawn Biggs 47:32 (13:00); James Birchall 51:26 912:00; and Michelle Pitt 58:02 on scratch.

There were fewer Wesham members running a parkrun at 9am on Saturday morning, but there were six event venues visited. The Wesham parkrun tourists were in Keighley for the Cliffe Castle run, where Steven Gore ran the third fastest time of the morning with 21:52 for an M40 age graded performance of 63.34%. Carl Groome ran the fifth fastest time of 22:15 for M50 68.46% with Alona Versinina clocking 26:43 for a W35 grade of 56.14%. Vicky Gore recorded 28:11 for W45 57.48%, and Andy Moore ran 30:24 for M60 53.23%. Sue Rigby posted 35:12 for a W45 graded 47.06%, and Michelle Pitt ran 38:45 for W40 40.00%. At the Lytham Hall run Jonathan Lawson was quickest Wesham member with 22:57 for M55 66.96%; Ian Nichols Hogg ran 23:25 for 55.37%; Michelle Tickle returned 24:24 for a W45 grade of 67.90%; Agness Woods ran 25:45 for W55 70.29%; John Burns 25:54 for M65 66.60%; and Kirsty Holland ran 26:28 for her age graded 56.30%. Steve Myerscough was back on Fleetwood Promenade to run the third fastest time of 19:06 for M45 76.61%, with Alan Hudson clocking 25:50 for M75 71.03%. In Stanley Park in Blackpool Mark Holton had the fifth fastest time of 20:33 for an M45 grade of 69.02% and a new personal best time for this course. Rob Wallace ran 25:39 for an age graded 50.42%. Nigel Shepherd was running his home event in Avenham Park in Preston, and he ran 23:27 for an M60 71.50%. Heading towards Merseyside in the Knowsley parkrun near St Helens Ryan Azzopardi clocked 26:19 for M40 53.07% and a place as a first timer here.

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A good Wesham turnout at the Rivington 10 Mile trail Challenge at the weekend

The Manchester Marathon drew 30,000 runners to the streets, and they were joined by Wesham’s Sharlan Butcher and Dawn Biggs. They finished 15173rd and 15176th with the same chip time of 4:57:26. They finished 3636th and 3648th in the women’s results. Stuart Clayton finished 5350th in 3:40:03.

In the Three Bridges 10k in Lancaster on Sunday from the Salt Aire athletics track, Chris Haines finished 10th in 39:26 with a good run up to the Lune Aqueduct with its climb of 50 steps to the height of 61ft. Stuart Topping placed 37th with 45:55, James Remnant was 42nd in 46:16; and Peter Rooney 87th in 52:40.

Tom Crabtree won the Rivington 10 Mile Trail Challenge on Sunday in 1:13:43, by a 5-second advantage over second place. Alek Walker finished 3rd in a great team result for Wesham completing the course in 1:14:13. Steve Myerscough was 12th in 1:21:56 placing 2nd M45 with. Ian Nichols Hogg coming in 45th in 1:33:54. Kay Twist lead the Wesham ladies finishing 13th woman and 65th overall in 1:40:31 placing 2nd W50. Jo McCaffery was 30th woman and 98th in 1:50:40, 8th W45, with Anne Berry 116th overall in 1:58:49 and 2nd W60. Finlay McCalman finished 121st in 2:04:21; Alistair Morris was 128th in 2:07:29, 4th M60; and Kirsty Holland placed 130th in 2:09:04.

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The Wesham team at the Inter Club race on Wednesday in Stanley Park Blackpool

There was a good turnout for Wesham at the first Inter Club fixture hosted by Blackpool in Stanley Park on their two-lap 4-mile course on Wednesday evening in damp and cool conditions. There was a renewal of rivalries at the front with Rob Danson being challenged by Luke Minns of Blackpool from the start. Danson suffered a rare defeat by 12 seconds at the finish to come in second in 20:22. Adam Wilding finished 8th in 21:20 with  David Taylor 16th in 22:34 and Dan Bolton 21st in 22:52. The Wesham team was completed with Alek Walker 27th in 23:27; Mark Belfield 28th with 23:29; Tom Crabtree 36th in 24:00; Steve Myerscough 40th with 24:05; Lee Nixon 70th in 25:29; and Chris Haines 77th with 25:43. The team was third behind Blackpool and Preston, the best result for Wesham on this evening despite a good turnout of members. For the women Kay Twist finished 27th (163rd overall) in 29:40; Sue Coulthurst was 30th (172nd) with 30:06; Michelle Tickle 35th (186th) in 30:41; Lisa Minns 50th (223rd) with 32:18; and Natalie Middlemas 53rd (321st) in 32:37, with the team placing 6th and this same team 4th in the lady veterans, a good result  The Wesham overall veterans team came in 5th, with Belfield 9th; Myerscough 14th; Nixon 30th; Carl Groome 40th (90th overall in 26:32); Lee Barlow 42nd (94th in 26:44); and Damian Ings 56th (110th in 27:18). The vet-50s were 5th with Groome 14th; Barlow 16th; Nigel Shepherd 26th (120th overall in 27:39); and Phil Quibell 47th (158th in 29:33). The vet-60 team was also fifth with Shepherd 4th; Quibell 10th; and Alan Hudson 23rd (242nd in 33:12). Altogether, Wesham had 18 women and 41 men running, with 370 in the race from the seven clubs.

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Will Parkinson strides into stage 9 of the Northern Road Relays on Saturday

It was a day at the races for Wesham with three teams entered in the Northern Athletics 12- and 6-Stage Road Relays for men and women respectively, held on the coast road in Redcar. Wesham were last here 18 months ago for the 6- and 4-Stage relays in barmy late summer weather but last Saturday it  was damp and windy with a strong swell on the sea just adjacent to the race route. The day kicked off with junior 5km Northern Championships, and then the senior men were off on 4 alternate long stages of 9.6km and 8 short stages of 5.2km. Dan Bolton was off to a great start with 34:53 for the opening long stage, returning 41st on the out and back two laps. Elliot Costello was on Stage 2 with 21:16 for the first short stage, and David Taylor 35:12 on Stage 3. Steve Myerscough retained 40th place with 18:37, followed by Rob Danson with the fastest long stage of 31:07, 50th fastest long stage of the day out of 182. Stuart Grice ran 20:48; Adam Wilding second fastest for the team in 32:07 (long stage) taking the team to 32nd, with Chris Haines 19:35; Will Parkinson 20:11; Mark Bellfield an excellent 17:52; James Remnant 21:46; and Peter Rooney 25:25 to give the team 34th place in  cumulative time of 4:58:51, and although 3:17 short of qualification for the English national road relays in two weeks’ time only 30 seconds separated the four teams that just missed out.55:34. Wesham’s men’s “B” team was incomplete but not lacking in commitment and enthusiasm as Stephen Twist (47:50); Andy Moore (25:56); John Collier (35:31); Dave young (26:18); James Danson (51;29) and Andrew Wilkinson (34:21) brought the team 43rd place at halfway. The Senior Women set off five minutes after the men on two long and four short stages with Kay Twist first off completing 45:51 for 35th place, backed up by Debbie Myerscough (33:08); Michelle Pitt (33:22); Kirsty Holland 54:03 (long stage); Claire Belfield (28:270 and Bev wilding (27:46), bringing the team in 35th in 3:42:37. There was an abundance of North East clubs competing, Wesham and Blackburn were the only Lancashire clubs present with a handful of Merseyside and Manchester clubs.

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Wesham parkrun tourists at Watergrove in Rochdale

There were a number of races last week as there were signs of spring in the air. The club fell and trail running championship continued with the Trotters Trail Five Mile race through the Smithills Country Park on the northern outskirts of Bolton.

Stuart Mulrooney ran the 46:41 for 5th M40 in 34th place in the 10k of the Oulton Park running grand prix.

Trotters Trail Run 5 miles in the Smithills country park in the north of Bolton with a run up to a two-lap circuit of the high ground, and descent back to the finish. Steve Myerscough was out in front finishing 26th in 33:20 for 6th M45. Mick Edge ran well for 54th place in 35:52 for 7th M60. Carmel Sullivan was 18th woman and 80th overall in 37:31 to place 2nd W55. Ian Nichols Hogg was 91st in 38:21 with Kay Twist 21st woman and 94th in 38:31 finishing 3rd W50. Sally Deacon was 207th in 52:31; and Kirsty Holland ran with Debbie Myerscough marking her return to running for 237th and 238th places with respective times of 1:04:01 and 1:04:14.

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Julie Paton and Anne Berry complete the Leighton Hall Trail Half Marathon

There were a good number of athletics events on last week but there were only a few Wesham members out taking part. With the start of spring in the air preparations are being made for this year’s Inter Club series with the first fixture hosted by Blackpool in Stanley Park on Wednesday 5th April.

The Mother’s Day 10k was staged a day early on on Saturday in Lancaster on the old railway track to the Morecambe triangle and Mick Edge finished 24th in 43:05 to come in 1st M60. Carmel Sullivan was 4th woman and 31st overall in 44:35 to claim 1st W55. Both Mick and Carmel ran their best times this year so far.

Julie Paton and Anne Berry ran the Leighton Hall AONB Trail Half Marathon with 1971ft ascent on a figure of eight route around Silverdale and the flanks of Arnside Knot on a good day for running on Saturday. Julie finished 76th and 22nd woman in 2:54:58, 11th W40. Anne was 81st overall and 26th woman in 2:56:22, placing 2nd W60.

Paul Carter travelled to warmer climes last week and completed the Cyprus Marathon, running 5:39:37 for 264th place. He has now run well over 30 marathons and still revelling the experience.

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