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Good conditions for the Mid Lancs Cross Country League in Blackpool

It was the start of a wild week and Sunday saw the cancellation of many events across the country, with the Mad Dog 10k in Southport and the British Masters 10-Mile Championships at Lytchett Manor near Poole in Dorset two of the casualties. The Tatton Park 10k in Cheshire managed to go ahead on a revised course but the Muddy Boots near Ripon in Yorkshire was canned. The Windy Hill Fell Race in Littleborough attracted 322 runners over 9 miles with 1281ft ascent.

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Alan Hudson digs in at the Winter Warmer 10k in Blackburn’s Witton Park

Unpredictable winter added an extra element to running last week but this did not deter Wesham members who managed to anticipate the coming spring on what is perhaps the traditional start of the athletics year for sure. The traditional “twin peaks” of later winter athletics in the Alsager 6 mile in Cheshire and the Dewsbury 10k in Yorkshire attracted the usual high quality and in-depth competitors although few from the Preston and Fylde region, but nearer to home there was plenty of action for our local teams.

The Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k from Witton Park sems to have adopted a multiple lap course in the park itself rather than its historic loop up and around Billinge Hill and through Pleasington but there was still a challenge to be had looking at the finishing times. First home for Wesham was Steve Littler in 6th place overall a good time of 34:51 placing him 1st M45. Garry Barnett finished 40th and 4th M50 in 40:21 with Ian Garrod 7th M55 and 88th overall with 43:16. Helen Lawrenson was 14th woman and 2nd W50 with 46:05 in 142nd place overall and Mick Edge finished 183rd in 47:59.  Alan Hudson placed 2nd M70 and finished 210th overall in 49:09; Kath Hoyer was 3rd W60 and 43rd woman with 50:50 for 250th overall; and Lucy Neighbour was 73rd woman and 7th W40 in 54:47 in 352nd place.  Finlay McCalman was 407th in 57:07, 31st M55, and Elizabeth Johnson finished 117th woman and 442nd overall in 58:32. This was the latest round of the Wesham road running club championship for 2020.

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A great team effort from Wesham runners

Last week was a busy one for athletes in the Fylde area after a quiet week a fortnight ago with the Northern cross country championships in Yorkshire and the popular St Anne’s 10 on home ground.

The Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships were staged for the first time at a new venue at Camp Hill in Kirklington Bedale just north of Ripon in Yorkshire, which was a very spacious estate with a largely flat course through varied parkland with woodland and field which was very muddy in parts and made for a very challenging run for the hundreds of runners assembled. Wesham had just two ladies running un the Senior Women’s race over 2 laps giving a distance of 9km. Helen Lawrenson finished 190th in 39:49, with Anne Mayers-Smith 252nd with 44:00. The Senior Men ran 3 laps of 12.5km, a more sapping prospect, where David Taylor put in a fine performance to finish 198th in 52:12. Andrew Harling ran well for 255th place in 54:36. John Collier was next in for the team with 1:06:10 for 504th place and Martin Bates was 535th in 1:09:29. Ben Wrigley finished 578th in 1:20:36 having started strongly. Peter Bartlett bravely set off with bold intentions but unfortunately the tough conditions and twice the distance of a Mid Lancs League course he had to withdraw after two laps.

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A strong start from Simon Denye and Steve Littler at the Inskip Half

The main event of the week was the Inskip Half Marathon from Redwood Park home of the Blackpool Dog Show and taking in a mostly flat single loop through Elswick and Wharles along largely country lanes. Despite a chilly start weather conditions were good, changing into a seasonal foggy day.

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Tom Crabtree, Andrew Harling and Chris Hastwell in good position in the Mid Lancs at Burnley

It was the first busy week for athletics with a Mid Lancs cross country fixture on Saturday and the Garstang 10k on Sunday, both very popular events and a great start to the new year.

The Mid Lancs was the fourth fixture out of the six in the 2019/20 year played in Townley Park in Burnley, and Wesham carried on the good support with 16 men and 8 women.  In the Senior Women’s race over a short, medium and large lap of 5.8km Wesham’s leading lady was Helen Lawrenson with a strong run to finish 5th W45 and 36th in 24:44. Kay Twist came through well to place 17th W45 and 78th in 27:15. Anne Mayers-Smith finished strongly as 31st W35 and 85th with 27:34. Kath Hoyer was 5th W55 and 94th in 28:02. Maureen Danson was 32nd W45 and 133rd with 30:48; Clare Belfield 56th W35 and 150th in 32:45; Sally Deacon 40th W45 and 153rd in 33:01; and Tanya Barlow 48th W45 and 173rd in 36:43. The Senior Women’s team were 18th and a ‘B’ team 36th; the W35 team were 8th with the best result a 3rd place for the W45 team. In the accompanying M70 race Dave Young finished 6th in 31:53 with Peter Bartlett battling off a hamstring pull to come in 7th with 32:15. The M70 team were 3rd this time after a win at both two previous fixtures in Liverpool and Hyndburn. They have all to play for to stay on top for the rest of the season.

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Silver medallist Gary Pendlebury floats over the mud in the Lancashire Championships

The Lancashire Cross Country Championships were held again in Witton Park in Blackburn on Saturday in warm conditions with a spell of drizzle that cleared up later on. Wesham kick started the new year with a reasonable team and individual performance. In the women’s 6.8km 3-lap race Kath Hoyer was 63rd overall and 3rd W60 in 34:14 earning her a Lancashire bronze medal. Anne Mayers-Smith was 56th and 14th W40 in 35:01 and Lucy Neighbour finished 77th and 21st W40 in 39:48. The three Wesham women placed 8th team. Steve Swarbrick was 40th in the Senior Men’s 4-lap 9.8km race and 6th M40 in 38:04 although he is listed under his first claim club Bowland Fell Runners. David Taylor placed 44th with a great run in 38:37 and Mark Holton was 8th M40 and 54th in 39:41. Tom Crabtree and Chris Hastwell had a great battle to finish 61st and 62nd in 40:00 and 40:08, with Andrew Harling just 3 seconds behind in 40:11 in 64th place. Garry Barnett had a good run in his first cross country for a few years coming in 100th with 43:47 for 7th M50. Steve Myerscough then finished 112th in 45:03, 13th M45. Then came two more Lancashire medals, with Gary Pendlebury gaining an M60 silver is second place with 46:32, 121st overall, and John Collier secured the M65 bronze medal with 47:58 (128th overall). Stuart Clayton finished 134th in 50:10, 13th M50, and Martin Bates was close behind in 136th for 7th M60 in 51:41. The Wesham men’s team finished 10th, and the masters’ team were 7th (Holton, Barnett, Myerscough and Pendlebury).

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