Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Sally Deacon with a cheery wave and a reminder of the arrival of spring

The fifth and penultimate fixture of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League took place at Leigh on Saturday, slightly out of the county boundaries but hosted by Leigh Harriers affiliated for extra competition. In the Senior Women’s 6.8km course Kath Hoyer Wesham’s only female runner, finished as 4th W55 and 73rd overall in 25:44. In the incorporated M70 race Peter Bartlett performed well to finish 4th in 30:25. Dave Waywell was 5th in 31:22 and the pair just beat Chorley AC to the M70 team glory with the same points but winning by countback. In the Senior Men’s 10km race Rob Danson was back in action and flew away from the field to win in 32:02 with a 21-second lead from second placed Luke Minns of Blackpool.

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Thumbs up to February!  As the days draw out and the snow drops are blooming

The Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k on Sunday was blessed with good weather although there was still a good deal of snow lying around, and the race organisers Blackburn Road Runners had done an excellent job of gritting the course and sweeping all lanes of the athletic track used for the start and finish clear of snow. And they were well prepared for the 700+ competitors, a very good turnout for this hilly and countryfied course with its awesome initial climb up the notorious Bunser Lane.

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Tanya Shaw and Jo McCaffery with Paul Carter with lots of other runners

The big action of the week was the Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships at Pontefact Racecourse on Saturday where conditions were bright and dry with a firm course. Wesham had a good entry, and in the Senior Women’s 8k race Anne Mayers-Smith finished 233rd in 39:46. The Senior men ran over 12k and right to the fore was Wesham’s Rob Danson who had a stormer of a run to finish 9th overall contesting the lead at one point, finishing in a time of 39:28 just 1:24 behind the race winner Emile Cairess of Leeds City. This will give Rob serious street cred in the Inter-Counties in March and is the best-ever performance by a Wesham athlete. David Taylor had a good run finishing 237th in 46:51; Mark Bellfield was 334th in 49:14; Mark Renshall a good run finishing 498th with 53:46; John Collier 589th in 57:40; Ben Wrigley 633rd with 1:01:08 and Martin Bates 639th in 1:01:24. Peter Bartlett finished 699th in 1:15:19.  The team placed 37th overall. There were 4 Lancashire clubs fielding a Men’s team and 3 clubs with a Women’s team.

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Steve Littler up at the front with a good grainy mob in tow.

Mid January is a period for half marathon races as runners kick off their spring marathon training before digging into the long distance mileage, with many already having been preparing in the run up to Christmas and the New Year, a period that also allows some relaxed training. The Inskip Half marathon was rewarded with 217 runners and after the bitter driving sleet of 2018 the weather was gorgeous for the duration with no wind and a warming sun.

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