Glorious spring conditions in Rylands Park for Steve Swarbrick in the Mid Lancs cross country
Rob Danson flew the Wesham colours in the Armagh International 5k in Northern Ireland on Thursday evening. Only open to athletes who can run under 16 minutes for the 5k Rob ran a new personal best time of 14:39 to finish 48th amongst the highest class of field with runners primarily from Ireland but also from England and Scotland. Continue reading
Happy faces in Lancaster at the Valentines 10k on the river front
It was a quiet week for athletics with an unusual lull in racing activity and with very unsettled and wintry weather Wesham members did not seem keen to venture out.
Kath Hoyer ran the Valentines 10k in Lancaster on Sunday from the George and Dragon, and she finished 83rd in 49:55, 22nd woman and 1st W55. Vicky Gore was 115th in 54:05, and Dave Waywell 132nd in 56:20, 1st M70. Continue reading
The Blackburn Winter Warmer get underway on the track with Alan Hudson in the mix
The Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k was the event for Wesham members this week, with 9 men and 6 women running in the next event in the club championship series for 2018. Lee Barlow ran well on the hilly course to finish 36th in 39:20, 9th M45. Paul Hetherington was 43rd with 39:53, 3rd M40. Steven Gore finished 65th in 41:32 just edging ahead of Carl Groome who came in 68th in 41:54. Helen Lawrenson finished 3rd woman and 1st W45 in 43:40, 91st overall. Gemma Owen was 19th woman and 2nd W35 in 47:37, 167th overall. Kath Hoyer placed 4th W55 in 49:56, 27th woman and in 216th place overall. Kerry Eccles was 5th W55 and 48th woman with 52:47, 280th overall, and Tanya Barlow was 63rd woman, 13th W45 and 337th overall. Vicky Gore finished 71st woman, 21st W40 and 352nd in 55:47. Andrew Harling placed 90th in 43:36; Alan Hudson on the road to recovery was 4th M65 in 50:29, 226th overall. Paul Carter finished 314th in 54:17, 43rd M45 and Rob Danson Snr was 351st in 55:40, 35th M50. Dave Waywell was 5th M70 and 414th in 58:13. Continue reading
Rob Danson gets a head start in the St Annes 10-Miler on Sunday
Rob Danson was a clear winner in the 2nd St Annes 10-Miler road race on Sunday in blustery conditions along the seafront to the end of Lytham Green. He covered the out-and-back course in an excellent time of 52:59. Second in for Weshan was Lee Barlow, 29th in 1:05:31, 7th M40, with Steve Myerscough 33rd in 1:06:18, 9th M40. Carl Groome was 41st in 1:08:18, 11th M40. Helen Lawrenson was 11th woman and 3rd W40 in 1:12:43, 73rd overall, Gemma Owen was 20th and 114th overall in 1:19:18, and Kerry Eccles finished 32nd and 153rd in 1:24:44, 7th W50. Troy Watson was 82nd in 1:14:04; Simon Denye 100th with 1:17:18; Rob Wallace 120th in 1:20:28; Stephen Browne 128th with 1:21:21; Ryan Azzopardi 141st in 1:23:20; Dave Young won the M70 category in 1:27:24 in 174th place overall; Rob Danson Snr came in 187th in 1:28:50 with Ben Wrigley 198th in 1:29:42. Anne Berry was 54th woman and 204th in 1:30:25; Pauline Eccleston 66th and 226th with 1:33:24; Kay Twist 69th and 232nd in 1:34:07; and Sue Rigby 108th in 1:44:27, 305th overall. Continue reading
Challenging conditions in the Inskip Half Marathon
The Inskip Half Marathon was run on Sunday and the runners set off into half an hour of blizzards and driving snow. This didn’t put off the 351 runners though, and there was still a good quality race to be had. Steve Littler made a great comeback to finish 3rd M45 in 1:16:39 and 13th place overall. David Taylor finished 26th in 1:21:43 with Steve Myerscough 65th in 1:28:00. Paul Gregory was close behind in 67th place with 1:28:18. Gemma Owen finished 3rd W35 and 33rd woman in 1:44:34, placing 179th overall. Fran Hodskinson was 83rd woman and 290th overall in 2:00:50, with Heather Buckel 108th and 324th in 2:12:01 with Stephanie Blakeley 112th and 331st with 2:14:35. Peter Cruse was 96th in 1:31:45 finishing 5th M55 overall. Troy Watson returned to action with 1:45:41 with Simon Denye a tentative 209th in 1:48:19 having picked up a niggle. Rob Wallace finished 210th in 1:48:20; Ben Wrigley 216th with 1:48:48; Dave Young was 1st M70 and 286th with an excellent 2:00:18. Paul Carter finished 327th in 2:12:37. Running as pacemakers James Mulvany provided 1:30 pace, Lee Barlow 1:45 and Steven Gore 1:50 Continue reading
James Mulvany strides out in the Mid Lancs in Townley Park Burnley
January swung into dull action for athletic with more cross country and the first local road races of the year.
The Mid Lancs Cross Country League continued with its fourth fixture in Townley Park Burnley. In the Senior Ladies 6km shorter this year featuring only one small, one medium and one large lap Kath Hoyer finished 4th W55 and 68th in 26:18 with a good effort. Jenn Thompson was 27th W35 and 88th overall in 27:55; Kerry Eccles 11th W55 and 105th in 28:54; and Anne Berry was 14th W55 and 125th in 30:42. This gave the Wesham women’s team 24th place; 13th in the W35s; 7th W45 and 4th W55 team. This placed them 4th in Division 2 overall; 17th W35; 13th W45 and 6th W55 teams. Dave Waywell was 6th M70 over the same 6km course in 30:16. The Senior men’s 10km 3-lap course saw 8 Wesham members running; James Mulvany was 34th with a strong run in 36:06; David Taylor was 48th in 36:57 after his early morning parkrun warm-up; Steve Myerscough finished 97th and 25th M40 in 40:28; John Collier cam in 7th M60 and 151st in 43:06; Martin Bates was 17th M60 and 198th in 46:56; Ben Wrigley worked strongly to gain 209th place in 48:26; Dave Marsland was 20th M60 and 214th in 49:08; and Russell Mabbett finished 54th M50 and 222nd in 51:40. The Wesham men were 18th team; 13th M40; 12th M50; and 3rd M60 team. They are standing 3rd overall in the Division 2 standings; 2nd in M40 Division 2; 14th M50s; and 6th M60 team. Continue reading
The Wesham ladies at the Lancashire Cross Country Championships
The New Year kicked off with the Lancashire Country Cross Country Championships held once again in Blackburn’s Witton Park, now its traditional home but also one of the best venues remaining n the county. Wesham had fewer entrants this year than in previous years but the women in particular turned out a few runners. On the 3-lap 8km course Sarah Sherratt ran very well finishing 4th W45 and 37th overall in 32:39, a good performance with three ascents of the famous ‘saucer’, the testing hill climb halfway round each lap. Running in tandem Emma Lund made a great return to finish 38th in 32:42. Kath Hoyer won the Lancashire W55 gold medal with a time of 34:32, an excellent run giving her 49th position overall. Jenn Thompson finished 54th and 10th W35 in 36:32, completing the Wesham women’s team in 10th place and the veterans’ team 6th. The senior men’s race was over 4 laps of 10km, and Steve Myerscough finished 104th in 41:58, 15th M40. Martin Bates came in 8th M60 in 50:37 in 149th place overall. Ben Wrigley finished 152nd in 55:13. The conditional were cool and bright and favourable for running. Continue reading
Giving it all over the last 0.2km, Rob Danson clocks 30:25in the Ribble Valley 10k
There were two local races to see out 2017 but not many Wesham members were tempted to run this time around. Rob Danson however saw out the year in fine style with a superb new personal best performance at the Ribble Valley 10k. Setting off with purpose he settled into the lead group which featured some of the best athletes in the region including Jonathan Brownlee world class triathlete and approached the finish with a big effort to gain 6th place in 30:25, 36 seconds faster than his previous best last April in Salford. This was also 47 seconds faster than his best time in 2016. This gave him 4th place in the Northern Athletics 10km Championships staged within the race. His racing profile for 2017 shows his rapid rate of improvement at all distances from 5km to the marathon, and virtually all of his results were rewarded with a first place. Continue reading
Robin demonstrates how to track the perpetrators in the Rudolph Red Nose Race
There was only one race in the Fylde area in the week leading up to Christmas and that was at the De Vere in Blackpool, the traditional Rudolph red Nose 5-Mile around the Herons Reach path and Marton Mere, starting and finishing at the zoo car park.
There was the usual good turnout with 222 runners mostly dressed in festive outfits. Rob Danson dressed as Batman’s henchman Robin toyed with Thomas Griffith from St Helens all round the course before edging ahead by a second to win in 28:34. Continue reading
Doug Brown in the Hurst Green Turkey Trot leading M80
It was a quiet week for athletics with only just over a week to go to the Christmas festivities. The weather took a turn overnight Friday with much black ice first thing on Saturday morning making going treacherous in parts. As the year draws to a close it is time for reflection over the previous 12 months and it has been a successful year for Wesham despite the resignation of several key members. There will be a full review in next week’s year end column. Continue reading