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Wesham at the Garstang 10k.

It was a week with something for everyone last weekend, although there were quite a few events across the north of England there were only really two options locally, the Lancashire County Cross County Championship on Saturday and the Garstang 10k on Sunday, both of which attracted significant numbers of Wesham members.

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Wesham new year training group on Preston industrial estate

The Wesham club is currently on holiday with the first club meeting of the year on Monday, with the fifth winter handicap to enjoy as well.

Missed out of last week’s report as she was incorrectly credited with running for Blackpool, Michelle Tickle ran the Boxing Day 10k in Leyland, placing 17th woman and 3rd W45 in 49:01 (48:50 chip time) to finish 78th in the run. This was her first race since being ill last year with coronavirus and having been set back. She has come back in top form after cutting her teeth and getting back to speed through a series of Saturday morning parkruns. This time last year she was in fine form and following the Wesham “Move Every Day” challenge in January she completed 253.4 miles in February by running the equivalent of three lengths of Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway in the Wesham Virtual Hadrian’s Wall Challenge. Then in March she followed this up with the 192-mile out and back of Wesham’s Virtual West Highland Way, Milngavie to Fort William, completing this with another three stages (some 35 miles) of a third trip ending (conceptually) in Inverarnan at the north end of Loch Lomond.

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Ribble Valley 10k and Rob Danson heading the chasing pack

It was a good Christmas for Wesham members notwithstanding the impending doom of Omicron, with a long weekend due to the offset bank holidays. Tom Crabtree and Emma Davies who tied the knot two days before Christmas set a joyous tone for the end of a very difficult year with more yet to come. It was understandably quiet for athletics but there was Christmas Day action with a few local parkruns, and 10k runs on Boxing Day and the Monday bank holiday.

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Wesham Christmas social run at the summit of Nicky Nook in the sun

There were no athletics events in the Fylde area, with the nearest action in Hurst Green near Clitheroe at the popular Turkey Trot which saw 257 competitors and a few clubs present in large numbers, but no Wesham entrants. Instead, there was a group having a social festive training run from Scorton up and over Nicky Nook and its environs.

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Wesham men model new kit for 2022

Another quiet week with some wintry weather and festive preparations nevertheless didn’t put off eight Wesham members from the Longridge 7 road race on Sunday despite a cool overcast day with heavy fog masking the summit of the fell at the notorious Jeffrey Hill. Alek Walker ran the fastest time for Wesham, with 46:15 for 13th place. Chris Haines finished 31st in 50:30 and Steve Myerscough was 35th with 51:16 for 6th M45. Damian Ings placed 61st in 55:45 for 12th M45. Ian Blundell finished 100th with 60:50. Peter Rooney was 4th M60 in 61:09 and Louise Lord 31st woman and 8th W45 in 1:04:56 for 128th overall. Lisa Minns was 37th woman and 3rd W55 in 1:05:17 just 2 seconds off 2nd place, and 134th overall.

Paul Lancashire ran the Tatton Yule Yomp in Cheshire and he finished 119th in 52:27. His chip time of 52:19 gave him 135th place. He was 16th M35.

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Martin Bates takes in sun and sand in the Lanzarote International Running Festival

It was a quiet week for athletics last week as the Christmas season starts to get in action, but there were a handful of Wesham members running in the Myerscough 10-Mile race. Steve Myerscough was the first Wesham finisher in 40th place in a time of 68:48, placing 13th M45. Paul Lancashire was 46th in 69:23, and martin Bates 6th M60 and 85th overall in 1:16:25 after his recent week in the Lanzarote Challenge. Helen Lawrenson finished 48th woman and 10th W50 in 1:31:04, 167th overall. Dawn Biggs was 49th running with Helen for 11th W50 and 168th overall with the same time 1:31:04, and she achieved her Wesham Silver Standard with this performance. She took 90 seconds off her recent 10-mile personal best from the Preston 10.

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