Alex’s Newspaper Report.



Wesham members are greatly saddened this week by the loss of former club chairman Graham Vickers who sadly passed away at the weekend aged 60 after 5 years battling throat cancer. This follows the loss of long standing member, treasurer and 10k race director Les Ward. Continue reading

Alan Taylor’s Three peaks + Cycle Challenge.


Alex Rowe, Alan Taylor, John Collier and Chris Moss ready for the off in the Three Peaks Challenge



Groundwork professional and road race organiser extraordinaire Alan Taylor of Fulwood, Preston and long-time member of Wesham Road Runners is about to embark on a Three Peaks +Cycle challenge supported by Pete Marquis Contractors and Builders Supplies West Coast to raise funds for Rosemere Cancer, Mummy’s Star and Bowel Cancer and celebrate his 50 years, and in memory of Ben Ashworth and Graham Vickers. Ben did the Challenge himself in 2015 with Alan but subsequently lost his battle against cancer. Graham Vickers, long term member and past chairman of Wesham Road Runners, sadly passed away last weekend just prior to his 61st birthday. Starting with an ascent of Ben Nevis from Fort William next week in the company of John Rudd, Chris Moss, John Collier and Alex Rowe Alan and his team will then cycle for three days to Ambleside and ascend Scafell from Wasdale Head. A further days cycling will see a rest night at home in Preston before continuing another two days cycling to Llanberis for the final day up to the summit of Snowdon. The distance cycled will be 440 miles, with some 14,000ft of climbing up and over the moors, with a further 11,180 climb on the three mountains. Donations can be given at at ThreePeaksCycle2.

Alex’s Newspaper Report.



Kath Hoyer climbs the main ascent from Worsthorne in glorious sunshine



It was a quieter week locally for athletics as the holiday season continued in full swing but Wesham members as usual managed to find enough to keep them active after the excitement of the Inter Club race last week.

Paul Hetherington continued his quest for a 10-mile best and he headed a Wesham squad in the Lancaster Riverside Run, 10 miles from the Waterside up the Lune Valley towards Caton, then back again and across the river to the Trimpell triangle to return to the waterfront. He finished 7th overall and 1st M45 in 62:22 in hot and humid conditions. Carl Groome finished 23rd and 3rd M45 in 68:14. James Danson was 104th with 86:27 and Maureen Danson 26th woman and 126th in 91:48. Kerry Eccles came in 32nd woman and 134th in 93:46 5th W55. Continue reading

Alex’s Newspaper report.






Cath O’Reilly, Joy Hetherington and Emma Wright in the Wesham Inter Club



The Wesham Open Team finished 2nd behind Preston, with Rob Danson 1st in 22:52; Steve Waterhouse 16th 26:13; Ugis Datavs 17th in 26:16; David Taylor 23rd with 26:23; Tessa Robinson 32nd and 2nd woman in 27:06; Paul Hetherington 33rd with 27:09; Lee Barlow 35th in 27:24;  Steve Abbott was 40th in 27:59; Carl Groome 48th in 28:31; and Jason Barlow 49th with 28:33. The Women came in 3rd team behind Lytham and Blackpool, with Tessa Robinson 2nd; Helen Lawrenson 7th (94th in 31:24); Sue Coulthurst 11th (119th 32:35); Tracey Hulme 19th (146th 33:58); and Bernadette Dickinson 34th (189th 37:37). Continue reading

Alex’s Newspaper Report.



Steve Waterhouse leads a chasing pack in Monday’s Inter Club Grand Prix at Salwick



It was Wesham’s turn to host their round of the Inter-Club Grand Prix on Monday, and the 4.6-mile course performed well in the hot and muggy conditions. Coming back to fitness Rob Danson was the stand-out winner, clocking a scorching 22:52 for the undulating course while backing off his pace. He looks set to take the overall win again having missed just 2 of the races due to injury. Tessa Robinson was 2nd woman in 27:06 with Helen Lawrenson 7th in 31:24. The Wesham team were 2nd overall with the women 3rd despite a good squad. The Wesham masters were 2nd with the M50s 4th and M60s 3rd.  There will be a full report and results next week. Continue reading

Alex’s Newspaper Report.

 Descending out of the mist on Snowdon

The Wesham Road Running Championship continued at the closing race in the Kendal 10k Series at Endmoor on Wednesday evening. Paul Gregory led the Wesham team through the severely undulating course finishing 6th in the race in a time of 42:32 to place 2nd M40. Carl Groome was one place behind in 6th with 43:30 taking the 1st M45 slot. Helen Lawrenson finished 4th woman and 2nd W45 in 47:57 15th overall with Phil Leaver 1st M60 in 21st place in 51:10 in his final race in this age category. Kath Hoyer was 11th woman and 2nd W55 in 53:14 in 27th place with Kay Twist 16th and 33rd in 57:08, 5th W45. Antionette Holton was 19th woman and 38th in 61:51 and Dave Waywell 39th in 62:30. Sue Rigby came in 40th with 70:48. Continue reading

Alex’s Newspaper Report.





A Wesham quartet bask in the Lancashire heatwave


It was a week of outdoor action with races on all though the week as the hot weather continued not the weekend. In the second Catforth Canter 5km this year on Saturday evening Paul Gregory finished 7th in 18:22 placing 3rd M40. Paul Hetherington was 8th and 4th M40 in 18:31, with Andrew Harling 11th in 19:37.  Richard Davies came in 18th in 21:31 and was the 1st M55. Martin Allinson was 23rd with 22:33; Phil Leaver 28th and 2nd M60 in 23:57; Kay Twist placed 5th woman and was 1st W45 in 24:49 (30th overall); Maureen Danson was 7th woman and 1st W50 in 24:49; James Danson finished 35th in 25:54; Kerry Eccles was 9th woman and 1st W55 in 26:24. Continue reading

Alex’s newspaper Report.


John Collier and Carl Groome complete the Endure24-hour relay in Bramham Park last weekend



The Thornton-Cleveleys Inter Club Grand Prix race on Tuesday was the big action for the local athletics clubs last week, over a measured 5-mile circular course along the Bispham cliff tops and back along the Lower Promenade extending to Gynn Square at the southern end and to Anchorsholme in the north. Wesham had a big turnout of 51 runners, with Rob Danson at the front once again after two months off with injury leading the team to an overall victory in the Open category, clocking a swift 26:08 in the warm conditions. Continue reading

Athletics Report 30th June.

Elliot in the forest at Whinlatter.

The weather was again very warm and seasonal most of the week and good to get out running with many events taking place locally and further afield. The Wesham Trail Running Championships continued in the Sabden 6 Mile Trail Race on Wednesday evening; Paul Gregory finished 35th; with a time of 43:27. Steven Gore finished 53rd in 45:09; Elliott Costello was 94th with 49:30; Ryan Azzopardi placed 19th in 59:20; James Danson was 182nd with 62:50. Vicky Gore finished 47th woman in 63:15, 10th W40 and 184th overall. Continue reading

Alex’s Newspaper Report.





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