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Wesham ladies in the evening sun


The third round of the 2018 Inter Club Grand Prix was hosted by Preston Harriers at a new venue but utilising a revised course through Avenham and Miller Parks with a 4.1-mile 2-lapper with a new finish to the monument below the ex-North Western Hotel. Wesham had a good number of members competing but missing some key team members. Gareth Booth made an impressive debut, finishing 3rd overall in 22:44 and 2nd M45, just over a minute behind winner Dave Rigby. Steve Swarbrick had a great run to come in 7th in 23:08, 3rd M45. Third in for Wesham was David Taylor in 16th place with 23:52, with Steve Abbott 21st in 24:37, 1st M40 but 7th Over-40. Tessa Robinson was first woman in 25:06, placing 31st overall and 11th for the Open Masters category. Lee Barlow was close behind in 33rd place with 25:19, 12th in the Masters. Mark Belfield finished 37th in 25:34 and Paul Gregory 42nd with 26:04; Thomas Crabtree came in 54th in 26:43 and Carl Groome 64th in 27:21. Mark Renshall was 69th in 27:42; Matty Chamberlain 71st with 27:51; Matthew Atherton 76th in 28:07; Neil Gregson 78th with 28:13; Lee Nixon 79th in 28:16; and John Collier 83rd and 4th M60 in 28:28. The men’s team finished 2nd, a great result.  Helen Lawrenson finished 6th woman in 28:36 and 2nd in the Women’s Masters;  Kay Twist was 41st and 29th with 34:10; Maureen Danson 47th and 23rd with 34:52; Kerry Eccles 58th and 29th in 36:14; Pauline Eccleston 59th and 30th with 36:17; Anne Berry 77th and 45th in 38:24; and Tanya Barlow and Louisa Denye 84th and 85th (50th and 51st) in 39:07 and 39:09. The Wesham Ladies despite a good start placed 6th team, with the Masters finishing 4th. For the Men’s Masters categories, the Open Masters (Booth, Swarbrick, Abbott, Robinson, Barlow and Groome) were 2nd, a good result again, with the M50s 5th (Collier, Nigel Shepherd (90th overall; 21st in 28:37), Richard Davies (118th and 28th in 29:52), Stephen Browne (130th and 32nd with 30:38)) 5th; the M60s finishing 3rd with Collier, Shepherd and Phil Leaver (148th and 12th in 31:41). Continue reading

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It was a quiet week in athletics locally but nationally it was busiest with the County Schools Championships throughout the country. The latest round of the Inter-Club Grand Prix at Preston this Wednesday evening saw the Wesham men finish 2nd team but the other categories did not fare so well with the women lacking some key players. Gareth Booth finished 3rd overall in a fast race over the revised 4.1 mile course through Avenham Park and Steve Swarbrick was well placed in the Top 10 ably backed up by David Taylor and Steve Abbott. Tessa Robinson won the women’s race and Helen Lawrenson was well up. There will be full results and report next week. Continue reading

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John Collier may be on the beach but on his way to M60 glory after 17km of trails


The big event of the week for Wesham was their now annual weekend trip to Ambleside for the Grasmere Gallop. With a torrential thunderstorm clearing at Friday tea time the weather was set fair for the next few days and the team of 16 had a wonderful two days of warm seasonal conditions. After a muggy night Saturday dawned moist and cloudy, perfect for running, and the team had entrants in the 10km and 17km trail races. Elliott Costello finished 28th in the 10k race in 49:10, just overtaking and sprinting ahead in the closing stages from Nigel Shepherd who won the M60 first place in a time of 49:45 for 29th place overall. Ryan Azzopardi was next in the 10k finishing 139th with 1:03:58. Finlay McCalman placed 168th in 1:06:37; then Alan Taylor came in 245th in 1:15:48 and finally Chris Moss was 254th with 1:17:44. In the 17k course with the extra loop round Loughrigg Paul Hetherington finished 6th and 3rd M40 in 1:15:55 with Paul Gregory within shouting distance in 7th place in 1:16:28. Jason Barlow was 15th with 1:20:14, finishing 8th M40. John Collier took the second trophy of the day for Wesham with an M60 win in 1:27:52, 33rd overall in the 17k. The weekend was rounded off with a banquet for all 16 that evening, and a party of 9 climbed Scarfell from Wasdale Head the following day in glorious sunshine for a fine outing.   








Nigel Shepherd on his way to 1st MV60 in the 10k race. Continue reading

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Paul Gregory attacks the Autswick Amble on another unseasonably hot Bank Holiday.

The first Wesham Summer 10k attracted 220 runners on a warm sultry Wednesday evening last week. Won in an impressive 31:23 by Ben Fish accompanied by a strong contingent from his club Blackburn Harriers. The first Wesham finisher was in-form Lee Barlow in 18th place with a time of 36:37. Ladies winner was Tessa Robinson in 37:59 running in Wesham colours with Mark Belfield 32nd in 39:18. Paul Gregory came in 42nd with 40:18 and Jason Barlow 45th in 40:45 in the oppressive conditions. Andrew Harling finished 50th in 41:05 and Carl Groome was 53rd in 41:36. Thomas Crabtree was close behind in 55th position with 42:09 and Simon Denye was 60th in 42:42. Neil Whipp came in 70th with 43:26 and Lee Nixon was 74th in 43:44. Leigh Doughty finished 80th in 44:59 with Rob Wallace 83rd in 45:55. Martin Bates was 87th in 46:10; Ben Wrigley 91st with 47:03; Dave Marsland 98th in 48:01; Sharon Cooper 100th with 49:04; Thomas Farquhar 105th in 49:26; Robert Brown 123rd in 51:49; Dave Young 124th in 51:51; Continue reading

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Thursday evening saw a drop in temperature but the heat was on at the second of this year’s Inter Club Grand Prix series, hosted by Lytham on St Annes seafront and afterwards at the Fylde Rugby Club.

With the absence of Rob Danson due to knee injury Wesham were below strength and Salford’s David Rigby running for Preston was awarded a win. The leading Wesham men came together in a bunch with on-fire Lee Barlow finishing 11th and 3rd M40 in 28:58 for the 5-mile out-and-back route to Fairhaven Lake. He headed Ugis Datavs 12th in 28:59 and David Taylor 13th with 29:04. Steve Waterhouse finished 20th in 29:24, 6th M40, and Stephen Abbott was 24th and 8th M40 in 29:42. Paul Gregory came in 44th in 31:04, with Phil Quibell 58th and 2nd M60 in 31:41. Andrew Harling placed 62nd in 32:07; Simon Denye 65th and 24th M40 in 32:18; and Neil Gregson 80th with 33:08. The Senior Men finished 4th team with a lot of strong competition this year and a below-strength squad. The Wesham women finished 6th team in a shock result, with Helen Lawrenson 13th and 6th W40 in 33:57; Sue Coulthurst 19th and 8th W40 in 35:35; Sue Cooper a great run in 34th place and 15th W40 (38:28); Maureen Danson 51st in 40:41 and Kay Twist 52nd in 40:53. The same ladies team took 3rd W40 team. The Men Veterans (Barlow; Waterhouse; Abbott; Quibell; Denye and Carl Groome (40th in 33:29) fared better with 2nd team. The M50s (Quibell; Alex Rowe 16th in 33:52 (92nd); John Collier 21st and 107th overall in 34:04 and Peter Cruse 26th with 34:27 (117th) were 3rd team. The M60 team of Quibell 2nd; Rowe 5th; and Collier 8th won the M60 team. Continue reading

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Team Wesham at the Brun Valley 10k trail race.

It was a quieter week as athletes and spectators alike recovered from the London Marathon and other 26.2 races in the spring calendar.

A handful of Wesham members travelled to the Brun Valley Trail 10k in Thompson Park in Burnley on Sunday. Steven Gore was the first Wesham finisher in 15th place with a time of 43:49 for the 10km. Kath Hoyer finished 12th woman and 2nd W55 in 52:15, 64th overall. Vicky Gore was 31st woman and 8th W40 in 58:02, in 11th place overall. Dave Waywell came in 1st M70 and 150th overall in 61:30. Anne Berry was 68th woman and 7th W55 in 62:18 for 166th place overall. Continue reading

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The most talked about athletics event last week was the London Marathon with 40,000 runners and a stellar cast at the sharp end. David Taylor may have found the warm conditions a little too challenging as his 5km splits slowed by up to 2 minutes in the second half but he finished well under the 3 hour mark with 2:58:38 for 951st place, with halfway in 1:26:38.  Continue reading

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Maureen Danson takes it cool in the Curlys 5k Trail run


With a mixed bag of weather last week it was quiet for athletics with perhaps action holding off in preparation for this weekend’s London Marathon.


In the third and final race of the Curlys 5km Trail series on Wednesday evening Lee Barlow finished 5th overall in 20:16 placing 2nd M45. Steven Gore was 9th in 20:54 and Paul Gregory 10th with 21:03.  Gemma Owen finished 8th woman and 42nd overall in 24:20 in 2nd W35 place. Martin Bates was 61st in 26:20 finishing 4th M60. Sharon Cooper came straight off her train home from Manchester at Horwich Parkway and just made it to the start to run 27:48 for 6th F40.  Mark Dobson finished 77th in 28:50; Vicky Gore finished 80th and 7th W40 in 29:13, 50 secs faster this week; Maureen Danson was 87th in 29:37; Rob Danson Snr came in 91st with 30:01; and Kerry Eccles finished 101st in 31:49 for 4th W55. In the overall series results from all three races Steven Gore placed 6th with a combined time of 1:04:16 Vicky Gore finished 16th woman and 2nd W45 with 1:29:01 for 56th place overall. Continue reading

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The event of the week was the first Inter Club race for 2018 in Blackpool’s Stanley Park but there was a challenge with the weather with a cold and wet evening.

Undeterred Wesham’s Rob Danson was untouchable form the start as he ripped up the course and won in 19:54 over the measured 4-mile 2-lap circuit. The Wesham men had a great front squad as Steve Swarbrick took 5th place with 21:37; Steve Littler 7th and 1st M40 (3rd master overall) timed at 21:55, and David Taylor coming in 16th with 22:59. Lee Barlow ran strongly to finish 21st and 7th Over-40 in 23:10 passing and holding off Steve Waterhouse 27th and 10th O-40 in 23:22. Continue reading

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There may have been Easter bunnies out over the weekend but spring was not in the air with another cold snap coming in from the north west. However there was plenty of athletics action and Wesham members were out in numbers.


Good Friday saw the top quality Salford 10k take to its two laps of the streets and Rob Danson was 6th in a fast 31:06. David Taylor finished 67th in 35:43; Lee Barlow was close behind in 84th and 8th M45 in 36:24. Alex Rowe completed his first 10k in 18 months of knee problems finishing 180th and 5th M60 in 39:54. Tanya Barlow was 99th woman and 16th W45 in 50:31, placing 419th overall. Continue reading