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Maureen Danson takes it cool in the Curlys 5k Trail run

 

With a mixed bag of weather last week it was quiet for athletics with perhaps action holding off in preparation for this weekend’s London Marathon.

 

In the third and final race of the Curlys 5km Trail series on Wednesday evening Lee Barlow finished 5th overall in 20:16 placing 2nd M45. Steven Gore was 9th in 20:54 and Paul Gregory 10th with 21:03.  Gemma Owen finished 8th woman and 42nd overall in 24:20 in 2nd W35 place. Martin Bates was 61st in 26:20 finishing 4th M60. Sharon Cooper came straight off her train home from Manchester at Horwich Parkway and just made it to the start to run 27:48 for 6th F40.  Mark Dobson finished 77th in 28:50; Vicky Gore finished 80th and 7th W40 in 29:13, 50 secs faster this week; Maureen Danson was 87th in 29:37; Rob Danson Snr came in 91st with 30:01; and Kerry Eccles finished 101st in 31:49 for 4th W55. In the overall series results from all three races Steven Gore placed 6th with a combined time of 1:04:16 Vicky Gore finished 16th woman and 2nd W45 with 1:29:01 for 56th place overall. Continue reading

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The event of the week was the first Inter Club race for 2018 in Blackpool’s Stanley Park but there was a challenge with the weather with a cold and wet evening.

Undeterred Wesham’s Rob Danson was untouchable form the start as he ripped up the course and won in 19:54 over the measured 4-mile 2-lap circuit. The Wesham men had a great front squad as Steve Swarbrick took 5th place with 21:37; Steve Littler 7th and 1st M40 (3rd master overall) timed at 21:55, and David Taylor coming in 16th with 22:59. Lee Barlow ran strongly to finish 21st and 7th Over-40 in 23:10 passing and holding off Steve Waterhouse 27th and 10th O-40 in 23:22. Continue reading

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There may have been Easter bunnies out over the weekend but spring was not in the air with another cold snap coming in from the north west. However there was plenty of athletics action and Wesham members were out in numbers.

 

Good Friday saw the top quality Salford 10k take to its two laps of the streets and Rob Danson was 6th in a fast 31:06. David Taylor finished 67th in 35:43; Lee Barlow was close behind in 84th and 8th M45 in 36:24. Alex Rowe completed his first 10k in 18 months of knee problems finishing 180th and 5th M60 in 39:54. Tanya Barlow was 99th woman and 16th W45 in 50:31, placing 419th overall. Continue reading

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Wesham had a great day at the races on Sunday at the Northern Athletics Women’s 6-Stage and Men’s 12-Stage Road Relays, held for the first time in Birkenhead Park, the first publicly funded town park, developed to improve poor health conditions brought on by the industrial revolution and provided the inspiration for New York’s famous Central Park. Continue reading

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Andrew Harling braves the Mini Beast from the East along Bispham cliff top.

The “Mini Beast from the East” put paid to several more local races than its elder did two weeks ago, with the cancellation of the Wilmslow and Wigan Half Marathons and the Thirsk 10 in Yorkshire. The Lincoln 10k, selection race for the England Athletics Masters Age Group team was also called off, leaving only Chichester with a result for the selection after cancellation of the Trafford 10k three weeks ago. The Sweatshop 10-mile race in Bispham went ahead successfully despite weather warnings but the conditions were fine on the Fylde coast if cold and threatening snow. However, the numbers competing was depleted as competitors from the east could either not travel or chose not to risk it. However, there was no reason to call the race off and there was a good local contingent, sporting a fine array of woolly hats and buffs with the winning times (56:21 for the men and 68:23) perhaps affected by the cold conditions. Continue reading

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Steven Gore and Paul Gregory on the ascent in the Roddlesworth Roller

 

The Mother’s Day 10k in Lancaster was 24 hours early, taking place on Saturday, but it did at least give runners the chance of a race and a celebration in the same weekend. David Taylor was the first Wesham finisher in a very good 7th place with a time of 37:42. Helen Lawrenson was 4th woman and 2nd W45 in 34th place overall with 43:28 just losing out to former team-mate Nicola Unsworth who had an excellent run. Emma Lund finished 10th woman and 55th overall in 47:05. It was fresh and damp but the earlier rain was clearing away, with the course starting alongside the River Lune and then heading out to Morecambe and back. Continue reading

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John Collier gives it everything in the Mid Lancs in Ulverston

The Mid Lancs Cross Country League season drew to a close at the new venue at Glaxo in Ulverston under the shadow of the Hoad at the end of a week of extreme weather. There was no snow or ice anywhere in the Lakes Peninsular region and apart from a stiff cold easterly wind it was a bright afternoon with sunshine and a real hint of spring. Continue reading

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Gemma Owen running well again

There was more athletics action as Wesham members took to the road as the cold weather started to bite. Lee Barlow ran the Lostock 6 Mile race on the outskirts of Horwich on Sunday morning and he clocked 35:50 for 13th place and 2nd Over-40. Sion Denye made a strong return to racing with 36:24 for 16th place overall, 5th Over-40. Helen Lawrenson was 6th woman and 1st W45 in 41:22, 67th overall. Martin Bates was 129th and 9th M60 in 45:57; Maureen Danson was 223rd and 12th Over-45 in 51:17; Tanya Barlow finished 234th and 13th Over-45 in 51:45 and W45 James Robert Danson 246th with 52:30. Continue reading

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Glorious spring conditions in Rylands Park for Steve Swarbrick in the Mid Lancs cross country

 

 

 

Rob Danson flew the Wesham colours in the Armagh International 5k in Northern Ireland on Thursday evening. Only open to athletes who can run under 16 minutes for the 5k Rob ran a new personal best time of 14:39 to finish 48th amongst the highest class of field with runners primarily from Ireland but also from England and Scotland. Continue reading

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Happy faces in Lancaster at the Valentines 10k on the river front

 

It was a quiet week for athletics with an unusual lull in racing activity and with very unsettled and wintry weather Wesham members did not seem keen to venture out.

Kath Hoyer ran the Valentines 10k in Lancaster on Sunday from the George and Dragon, and she finished 83rd in 49:55, 22nd woman and 1st W55. Vicky Gore was 115th in 54:05, and Dave Waywell 132nd in 56:20, 1st M70. Continue reading