Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Paul Gregory toughs it out and likes to take on a challenge

Rob Danson had a Good Friday run in the Salford 10k finishing 4th in a race that was surprisingly not that fast. Danson clocked 31:33 and the winning time was only 31:03. The finishing times were close packed up to 34 minutes (27 runners across the line), and Wesham’s Steve Littler placed 10th with 32:49 for 1st M45 and second master overall. Simon Denye ran excellently for 71st place in 36:21, 8th M45; Lee Barlow was 105th in 38:01, 14th M45; Chris Hastwell 116th in 38:26; Thomas Crabtree was 159th in 40:26; Stuart Clayton 272nd with 45:18; Martin Allison 339th in 49:25; James Danson (Rob senior) finished 362nd in 50:27; Peter Rooney 391st 51:42 and 14th M60; Jo McCaffery 452nd and 113th woman in 55:14, 15th W40; Kerry Eccles finished 441st in 54:39, 110th woman and 7th W55, a great result. Colin Smy was 458th in 55:26.

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Club chair in full action at the start of a busy week

The mid-week racing season is in full swing with summer standard time and the second race in the 5-mile Curleys Trail Races took place on Wednesday evening out back of Horwich, and Lee Barlow finished 9th over the undulating course on the foothills of the West Lancashire Moors in 20:14, placing 2nd M45. Steven Gore performed well to finish 16th in 20:46 Paul Lancashire was 36th in 21:58 and Elliot Costello 63rd just a week after his marathon finishing in 23:34. Helen Lawrenson came in 8th woman and 2nd W45 and 65th in 23:54. Stuart Clayton ran 24:43 for 81st place and Martin Alison was 104th in 26:12,. Kay Twist finished 29th woman and 133d in 28:41 and Vicky Gore was 33rd 2nd woman and 138th in 29:30. Jo McCaffery finished 35th and 141st in 29:46 and Tanya Shaw 45th and 156th in 31:21.

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Team buddies; pace Steven and Elliot definitely upright after a best performance marathon

Rob Danson started off the 2019 Inter Club Grand Prix with another win, leading Wesham to overall team glory with a great start to this year’s series of seven races. Rob was away from the start after a heavy downpour dampened conditions and he toyed with Preston’s Dave Rigby round the first 2-mile lap before pulling away on the second lap by 19 seconds to win the 4-miler in 20:02, a good pace for a twisty course. Steve Littler was on great form and he finished 4th in 20:56 to place first masters runner and certainly first M45. Steve Swarbrick was second masters and 10th overall in 21:52 with David Taylor and ultra-distance master Ugis Datavs neck and neck in 19th and 20th with 22:30 and 22:39 respectively. Steve Abbott was close behind in 22nd in 22:52 and Simon Denye running well 26th with 23:00. Lee Barlow finished 28th in 23:15; Paul Gregory 32nd with a great run in 23:19; and closing in the winning team Thomas Crabtree in 37th place with 23:32.

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  Anticipation at the start of the first round of this year’s Inter Club season in Stanley Park

Wesham were triumphant in the first round of the 2019 Inter Club Grand Prix race in Stanley Park on a chilly Wednesday evening with an excellent turnout from the men, also winning the Over-40 and Over-60 age categories. Full results in next week’s Gazette!

Seven Wesham members tackled the challenging Coniston 14 race in the South Lakes, a very historic race of 13.875 miles around the lake clockwise from the John Ruskin School now in its 36th year. Simon Denye was the first finisher in 46th place with a time of 1:10:25 for 12th M45. Paul Hetherington made a welcome return and he ran 1:33:38 for 16th M45 and 71st overall. Jason Parkinson finished 217th in 1:44:20 and 36th M45. Helen Lawrenson was 47th woman and 8th W45 in 1:48:38, 283rd overall. Martin Bates finished 8th M60 and 346th in 1:51:33 and Stephen Browne 404th with a time of 1:54:25. Debbie Myerscough had a tremendous run returning from a long injury with 2:30:19 to place 33rd W55, 399th woman and 1389th in this big popular race.

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