The London Marathon was the event at the fore of most runners’ minds this week and Wesham had six members running. One of the big successes of Wesham over the last couple of years Julie Rooney completed this year’s course in 4:51:47 to finish 8192nd woman and 25962nd overall out of the 40000 participants. Elliot Costello ran a good first half clocking 1:51:16 but started to struggle at 35k and finished with 4:20:11, a brave effort giving him 13216th place and 18074th overall. Gemma Owen was 3725th woman with 4:07:06 having reached halfway 7 minutes behind Elliot but she kept going, just slowing over her 4th 10k split. Nicola Unsworth kept her pace strong throughout and finished 1200th woman with 3:35:57, 7400th overall. Stuart Topping came in 4668th male and 5251st overall in 3:24:28 with a good paced effort, and Peter Cruse was the fleetest of foot coming in 3207th and 260th M50 in 3:13:05 running consistently over the distance tiring slightly towards the finish.
Rob Danson placed 2nd in the prestigious Salford 10k on Good Friday in a close race just 12 seconds behind first place and heading a group of chasers. Rob ran a new personal best time of 31:01 around the largely flat 2-lap course around Lower Kersal. David Taylor finished 63rd with 35:35, a great run, with Lee Barlow 90th in 37:00, a chip time of 36:57. Helen Lawrenson was 29th woman with a good run recording 42:00 (41:51 chip time) for 193rd place overall.
Paul Gregory was the first Wesham finisher in the Good Friday Caldervale 10 Mile race over its hilly single lap course clocking a time of 1:04:43 for 6th place. Steve Myerscough was 11th and 4th M40 in 1:08:19. Jason Blagden was 28th in 1:13:27; Jenn Salt was 18th woman and 77th in 1:23:40; Chris Moss 110th in 1:32:08; Diane Blagden 44th woman and 129th in 1:38:38; John Howorth 133rd in 1:39:15