was a busy week for athletics but quiet for Wesham members. In the Catforth 10k
on Sunday Chris Hastwell finished 7th in 38:39 with a great run on a
fine sunny if a little windy morning. Steve Abbott was 9th in 39:55 finishing
3rd M40. Steve Myerscough came
in 14th and 1st M45 with 41:56. Peter Cruse was 3rd
M55 and 22nd overall in 43:34, with Finlay McCalman 70th in
51:52. Sharlan Butcher placed 30th woman and 99th in 60:09.
was a select few in the Marsden 10 Mile Trail race on Sunday across the
Yorkshire moors, the latest fixture in the Wesham Trail Running Championship.
Paul Gregory took it all in his stride and finished 8th and 2nd
M40 in 1:14:46, with two severe climbs over the moorland circuit. Steven Gore
found it challenging but he came in 18th in 1:19:59 with a good
performance for 4th M35. Elliot Costello finished well in 68th
place in a time of 1:28:47.
The Wesham squad were away over the weekend for their annual trip to Ambleside for the Grasmere Gallop. In the 10km trail race along the shores of the lake James Mulvany finished an excellent 2nd place and 1st M40 in 39:09 with winner a little way ahead in 37:45. Jason Barlow ran well for 16th place and 5th M50 in 44:47. Ryan Azzopardi was 49th in 53:32, and Alan Taylor finished 266th in 20:32 having had a late night. There were 289 finishers in the 10k.
The second Wesham Summer 10k was a resounding success with 387 finishers and 50 runners breaking the 40 minutes mark. There was a tremendous battle at the head of the field as Wesham’s Rob Danson was challenged by Blackburn ace Ben Fish, but Danson pulled away over the second 5km and won by 6 seconds in a fine 31:11. Simon Denye had a great run finishing second for Wesham and 12th overall in 35:38 placing 1st M45. Coming in 22nd and 23rd Paul Gregory and Steve Abbott clocked 37:13 and 37:20 to take 3rd and 4th M40 positions, and Thomas Crabtree was 26th in 37:34. Garry Barnett was 2nd M50 and 29th with 37:51. Chris Hastwell finished 36th with 38:42 and Jason Barlow in his first outing as an M50 finished 4th and 47th overall in 39:44. The leading woman’s time was a swift 36:26, Carla Davies with her Red Rose vest on, but mention must go to 6th placed Jo Armitage who ran a Guinness World record for pushing a single buggy round the course in 42:37 (42:32 chip time).
The next round of the Wesham Trail Running Championships was at Wholan Nook with 13 members completing the 5-mile course. Paul Gregory was the first finisher in 36th place with a time of 34:34 to finish 9th M40. Steven Gore was 41st with 35:20 with Mark Renshall 58th in 36:23, 8th M45. Paul Lancashire placed 72nd in 37:26 and Steve Myerscough was 14th M45 with 38:47 in 96th position. Elliot Costello finished 103rd in 39:18 with Kath Hoyer 20th woman and 2nd W55 in 42:48, 149th overall. Martin Allison placed 158th in 43:24; Vicky Gore was 47th woman in 47:51, 8th W40 and 216th overall. Dave Young was 2nd M70 and 247th overall with 50:34 and Jo McCaffery 75th woman in 51:45, 17th W40 and 258th overall. Dave Waywell finished 4th M70 and 279th overall in 56:11.