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This time last year …

The start of a new month heralds a stage of the monthly Wesham handicap, now being run virtually over the summer course of 4.9 miles, with many members choosing to run the actual course from Dowbridge though Treales on a circuit. There is now the possibility to run in groups of six. Stuart Topping ran the fastest time and headed both actual and net time rankings, with 45:08 on a handicap of 10 minutes giving him a net time of 35:08. Pauline Eccleston was second with 46:19 on scratch, and Robert Danson 47:34 with a handicap of 5 minutes and a net time 42:34. Paul Eccles was 4th in the handicap with a 12 minute handicap to clock 47:40 and second on net time with 35:40. Jo McCaffery was 5th with 48:00 (2 mins and 46:00). Nigel shepherd was 3rd on net time with 38:12 (10-minute handicap to 50:12), and Alan Hudson 4th in 40:53 (50:53 handicap tine). Peter Rooney was 5th in 40:54 with an 8-minute handicap and Robert Danson was 6th. Andrew Moore was 7th in 45L:04 (51:04); jo McCaffery 8th; Pauline Eccleston 9th; Kerry Eccles 10th in 46:33 (48:33); Phil Leaver 11th in 46:41 (49:41); Claire-Marie Axcell 49:11 (51:11); Liz Sharrocks 49:19 (52:19); Peter Cooke and Finlay McCalman 51:33 both on scratch; Julie Rooney 53:14; and Dave Young 59:06 (64:06).

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John Collier and Carl Groome complete the last lap of the Endure24-hour relay in Bramham Park in 2018

Last week’s Wesham challenge was to see how far members could now run in the time it took to run their first 5km. Stuart Topping ran 3.63 miles in 25:19; Dawn Biggs 3.41 miles in 30:55; Clare Belfield recorded 3.51 miles in 31:00. Dave Young clocked 3.59 miles in 31:03; Robert Danson 3.77 miles in 31:51 on the same Catforth course. Emma Wright ran 3.72 miles in 36:16; Alek Walker 3.95 miles in 25:22; and Liz Sharrocks topped the ranks with 4.04 miles in 40:03. This week’s running challenge is a timed mile, which will be an interesting comparison with the same challenge staged in the second week of lockdown back in March.

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The importance of keeping hydrated in the Freckleton Half Marathon

Wesham had their biggest ever entry in the British Masters Road Relays with 58 members in the team, albeit in a virtual 5km stage relay rather than the physical event in Birmingham’s Sutton park.  On a 6-stage run the Wesham M35 a team came 62nd with a combined time of 1:52:19, with Andrew Harling 413th overall in 17:34; Mark Holton 500th with 17:48; Alek Walker 584th in 18:00; Steve Abbott 712th in 18:21; Neil Gregson 904th with 18:51; and Paul Eccles 1907th in 21:45. The M45 team over 4 stages placed 7th in 1:08:22 with Steve Littler 97th in 16:11; Steve Swarbrick 271st in 17:01; Lee Barlow 408th with 17:33; and Simon Denye 431st in 17:37. The ‘B’ team were 90th with 1:24:19 with Garry Barnett 1109th in 19:24; Jason Parkinson 1492nd with 20:31; Stuart Topping 1895th in 21:42; and Mark Renshall 2208th with 22:42. The M55 team finished 65th with a 3-stage relay in 1:10:19 with Nigel Shepherd 1651st in 20:57; Anthony Leach 2615th with 24:27; and Robert Danson 2710th in 24:55. Wesham’s M65s were 16th team in 1:12:54 with John Burns 2341st in 23:08; Alan Hudson 2476th with 23:46; and Dave Young 2855th in 26:00. The W35s ran a 4-stage and came in 81st team in 1:42:44 where Tara Fisher was 2062nd in 22:08; Tanya Shaw 2592nd with 24:19; Julie Kinsey 3039th in 27:44; and Clare Belfield 3093rd in 28:33. The ‘B’ team were 91st in 2:03:52 with Emma Brook 3115th in 28:53; Julie Paton 3147th with 29:21; Claire Axcell 3168th in 29:43; and Nicola Carter 3266th in 35:55. On a 3-stage race the W45 team were 58th in 1:09:47 with Helen Lawrenson 1980th in 21:56; Sue Coulthurst 2208th with 22:42; and Kay Twist 2754th in 25:09. The ‘B’ team of Sharon Cooper 2812th in 25:39; Dawn Biggs 3003rd in 27:20; and Sharlan Butcher were 96th in 1:20:32. And the ‘C’ team of Pauline Eccleston 3029th in 27:38; Sally Deacon 3060th in 28:06; and Julie Rooney 3204th with 30:51 were 105th in 1:26:35. The W55 team completed the squad 31st in 1:19:42 with Tracey Hulme 2777th in 25:21; Anne Berry 2981st in 27:08; and Kerry Eccles 2992nd in 27:13. Just running out of teams Martin Allison finished 2402nd in 23:27; Stephen Twist was 2855th in 26:00; Peter Rooney 2720th in 24:58; Phil Leaver 3085th with 28:27; and Liz Sharrocks 3115th in 28:53.

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One Virtual NHS Endure24 lap of honour squad in Kirkham

Last week’s challenge for Wesham members was the June Handicap over the summer 4.9 course. Members have to run the same course each month for consistency, with those local having the option to run the actual course around Treales, with date and time being totally open during the week.  On net positions, being actual time run, Ugis Datavs recorded the fastest time with 28:11 on a 20-minute handicap. David Taylor was second with 28:44 on 19 minutes, and Alek Walker 3rd with 30:04 (18 mins). Suzanne Leonard was fastest woman with 39:00 and an 11-minute handicap; Tanya Shaw 2nd with 40:41 (6 minutes) and Dawn Biggs 3rd in 44:40 (2 minutes). On elapsed time Phil Leaver was first across the virtual finish line in 46:28 (1-minute handicap) equal with John Burns on an 8-minute time lag. Dawn Biggs was 3rd in 46:40 just ahead of Tanya Shaw on 46:41 with 2- and 6-minute handicaps apiece. Nigel Shepherd was 5th with 47:26; David Taylor 6th with 47:44 and Lee Barlow 7th in 47:53. The remaining net time were Neil Gregson 31:12; Lee Barlow 35:53; Nigel Shepherd 36:26; Rob Wallace 37:51; John Burns 38:28; Peter Rooney 40:54; Andrew Moore 42:20; Dave Young 43:03; Robert Danson 43:18; Sharlan Butcher 44:49; Stephen Twist 45:25; Phil Leaver 45:28; Louise Lord 45:38; Jo McCaffery 46:18; James Birchall 48:11; Pauline Eccleston 49:05; Julie Rooney 51:29.

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Outdoor action in 2019; Andrew in Bowley Hill and Steven at the Marsden 10

This will be an active week for Wesham, as they field a team in the Virtual NHS Endure24 this weekend, a 24-hour relay with a member each doing an hour’s running between midday Saturday to Sunday and a series of group runs for a final lap of honour. Also started this Wednesday Wesham have 55 runners in the British Masters Virtual 5km Road relays with final entries and runs on Saturday 20th June.

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Great picture from 2009 of the Wesham group at Caldervale, a bit earlier in the year.

Wesham remain very much an active athletics club despite the current pandemic and cancellation of all competitive events, with the club having a weekly live session on Facebook, video training sessions and staging weekly virtual running challenges and the monthly club handicap running in a virtual context. The club were very saddened to learn of the passing of Blackpool’s David Wood last week, a very popular local with many running achievements to his name and a portfolio of the best photographs of Fylde and Preston area athletics. A lovely man taken before his time, he will be sorely missed.

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