30th December – Alex’s Newspaper Report

Wesham team members at the Longridge 7 race recently

As the year draws to a close Wesham members reflect on another successful 12 months for the club. The year started with the second half of the cross country season, and in the Lancashire County Championships in January john Collier won the M65 bronze and Rob Danson qualified for the Lancashire team in the Inter-Counties in March. The Northern Championships were local in Witton Park and the English National at Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire with 15 members competing. These events go to Sedgefield in North Yorkshire and to Telford in 2024. In the Mid Lancs League the Senior Men and the M40s were each demoted to Division 2 but the M60 team won silver medals and the Ladies won bronze. In the 2023/24 season after three fixtures the Senior men are third in Division 2 and 2nd in the M40 Division 2, and the Senior Women are also third in Division 2. Wesham submitted two Senior Men’s and a Senior Womern’s team in the Northern 12-Stage and 6-Stage Road
Relays returning to Redcar on a wet and windy day, but the club had a successful day out and all ran well. There was a successful season with the popular Inter Club race series with seven clubs each hosting a fixture, where Wesham finished 3rd overall with the women placing 6th; with men and women scoring together the Veterans were 4th, the Over-50s were 5th, and the Over-60s 3rd, with the Women Over-40s placing 3rd.  Wesham fielded 8 runners in the Large Team category of the Endure24 in Bramham Park in Leeds and two pairs and two individuals in the 24-hour relay of 8km stages, with the team finishing 4th with 34 laps credited. Rob Danson had an elite bib in the Great Manchester Run where he notched up 32:05 for 34th place. Mick Edge had qualified for the GB team for the World Triathlon Multisport Championships in Ibiza and he has qualified again for 2024. The club successfully ran its Summer 10k in May and the winter 10k in November, both events sold out and very popular. The club ran its club championships for road running, Trail and Fell, Cross Country, Age Related and Most Improved athlete, the trophies and awards presented at the annual dinner dance event held on the evening of the Wesham 10k.

The Worden Park Boxing Day 10k is a popular race to get out and about the day after Christmas and it has a long history as the run to do in Lancashire to finish off the year. On Tuesday this year Steve Abbott finished 21st and 3rd M45 in 38:48. Martin Bates was 82nd and 2nd M65 in 48:13. There were 322 finishers this year from far and wide over the multi loop course in and around the park.

There were 27 Wesham members running a parkrun on Saturday morning, with Adam Wilding running the 3rd fastest time at Lytham Hall for 17:32 and an age graded performance of 74.14%, with Mark Belfield 4th quickest in 18:28 for an M40 graded 74.46%. Will Parkinson clocked 20:49 for M35 63.33% with Ian Nichols Hogg on 23:53 for n age graded 54.43%. Michelle Tickle 6th fastest woman with a time of 24:26 for W45 67.80%. Agness Woods ran 25:35 for W55 70.75%; Bev Wilding recorded 26:39 for W60 73.86%; Clare Belfield was on 30:41 with W40 50.52%; and Jo McCaffery ran 35:30 for W45 45.16%. In the Blackpool run in Stanley Park Finlay McCalman returned 28:26 for M55 55.92% with Michelle Pitt and Tracy Clare running 53:54 and 53:56 for W40 28.76% and 27.56% respectively. Daniel Bolton ran the Preston parkrun in 17:30 for an age graded 73.71% for the 8th fastest time in this popular run with Steve Myerscough clocking 20:06 for M50 73.38% and Nigel Shepherd finishing on 21:44 for M65 77.15%. Andrew Moore was the only Wesham member in a small turnout on Fleetwood Promenade with a thick layer of windblown sand on the course, and he ran 27:34 for M60 59.19%. In the South Manchester parkrun in Platt Fields Tracey Hulme ran 28:50 for a W60 age graded 67.28%, and on the Edge Hill campus in Ormskirk Chris Banks was second fastest in 17:47 for M35 76.19%. The Wesham parkrun tourists went to the Alexandra run in Manchester’s Moss Side and David Taylor was seventh fastest in 17:50 for M35 74.86%. Carl Groome ran 19:54 for M55 77.22% and Martin Bates clocked 23:31 for an M65 graded 72.64%. Vicky and Steven Gore ran 24:39 and 24:40 for W45 65.72% and M40 56.15%. Alona Versinina returned 25:18 for W35 59.29% and Sue Rigby ran 35:07 with a W50 47.75%. In the Riverside run in Chester-Le-Street Emma Brook ran 28:36 for a W40 53.79% with dad John Burns running 27:03 for M65 63.77%.

There were nine Wesham parkrunners on Christmas Day at the special Southport run in Hesketh Park where David Taylor was ninth fastest in 17:48 for M35 75.00%. Michelle Tickle was seventh fastest woman in 22:50 for a W45 graded 72.55% with Steven Gore running 22:51 for M40 60.61%. Alona Versinina clocked 25:52 for W35 57.99% and Vicky Gore ran 26:18 with a W45 61.60% grade. Andy Moore came in on 27:54 for M60 58.48%; Elliot Costello 28:37 45.31%; Carl Groome returned 30:57 for M55 49.65%; Sue Rigby ran 38:46 with W50 43.25%; and Tracy Clare and Michelle Pitt ran together in 54:55 for age graded 27.07% and W40 28.22%.

21st December – Alex’s Newspaper Report

Wesham members at the Lytham Hall parkrun

As the festive period approaches there were few athletics events on near to the Fylde area and there were no Wesham members out competing but there was a reasonable show at several parkruns. A social run was organised on Wednesday evening which is usually the club structured training night, this week there was a festive theme followed by a chip butty supper at the club’s base at Kirkham and Wesham Cricket Club. Members are looking forward to the next events, the Trail and Ales New Years Eve Fell Race, the Ribble Valley 10k, and the Lancashire County cross country championships early in the new year. Wesham Road Runners wish all their members and friends and families a very Happy Christmas.

There was a big turnout from Wesham members at the Lytham Hall parkrun on Saturday morning for the 9am 5km timed run, as the club turned out to support those completing their graduation from the latest couch to 5k programme run by the club. Adam Wilding ran the second fastest time of the morning in 17:23 for an age graded performance of 74.78%.  Daniel Bolton was third fastest with 18:07 for an age graded 71.21%, and last week’s fastest at the Blackpool parkrun Jamie Houghton took over a minute of his time to record 19:01 in his second parkrun for an age graded 67.84%. Eighth fastest was Carl Groome in a time of 20:04 for an M55 age graded 76.58. Steve Myerscough ran 20:56 for M50 70.46% with Lee Barlow on 21:22 for M50 70.12%. Stuart Grice clocked 22:31 with an M35 59.29%; Anthony Leach 23:01 for M60 70.89% and Ian Nichols Hogg clocked 23:29 for 55.36%. Jonathan Lawson returned 23:48 for an M55 65.13%; Michelle Tickle ran 24:51 for W45 66.67%; Finlay McCalman 26:19 with M55 60.42%; Alona Versinina 26:21 and a W35 56.93% with Bev Wilding running 26:34 for W60 74.09%. Helen Schofield recorded 29:11 for W50 57.45%; Elliot Costello 29:42 with an age graded 43.66%; Kirsty Holland clocked 31:48 for 46.86%; Jo McCaffery ran 35:48 for W45 44.79%; Nicola Carter 38:06 and W40 40.68% with Andy Moore at 38:07 with M60 42.81%. Kerry Eccles clocked in on 39:37 for W60 48.97%; Tony Sharrocks ran 40:30 for M60 39.96%; Anne Berry and Martin Allison ran 44:15 and 44:16 for W60 44.48% and M40 30.84% respectively; Sue Rigby returned 56:25 for W50 29.72% with Tracy Clare also 56:25 for 26.29%. In the Blackpool parkrun in Stanley Park Chris Haines ran 23:14 for M35 58.32% and Rob Wallace came in with 23:19 for an age graded 55.47% while in the Preston run in Avenham Park Nigel Shepherd ran 21:30 for M65 77.98%. Alan Hudson ran the Fleetwood Promenade run in 25:53 for an M70 age graded 71.99%. David Taylor ran the fourth fastest time of the day in Southport’s Hesketh Park with 17:46 for M35 75.14%, while Steven Gore produced the fifth fastest time of 18:35 for an M40 74.53%. Vicky Gore ran 24:36 for a W45 percentage of 65.85%. Martin Bates ran the Stretford run in Longford Park in a time of 23:35 for M65 72.44%; and Emma Brook completed her home run at Riverside in Chester-Le-Street in 27:47 for W40 55.37%. In the Rheinpark parkrun a riverside park on the Rhine in Cologne Emma Wright recorded 27:23 for a W45 age graded 58.55%.

9th December – Alex’s Newspaper Report

Steve Myerscough who ran the Myerscough 10-Mile race last weekend

It was a quieter week last week for athletics locally and there were several cancellations due to the sudden cold snap and snow and ice. However, this did not stop some Wesham members getting out for a run.

There were fewer races on with the festive season approaching but locally the Myerscough 10 took place despite the very wintry conditions further north. Three Wesham members took part with Steve Myerscough with his matching name finishing 31st and 5th M50 in a time of 1:05:34 on the course described as “fantastically flat” out through Inskip Moss Side and loop back via the main road. Finlay McCalman placed 147th and 11th M55 in 1:27:34; and Paul Carter was 213th in 1:45:54 for 29th M50.

The Blackburn 10k is a new event with its start and finish at Ewood Park football ground and taking in a city centre route and was very popular with over 100 runners. Ian Nichols Hogg finished 188th in 45:12 with his chip time at 44:46. There was a very small turnout of Wesham members at parkrun on Saturday morning as many events in the North West were cancelled due to the cold and icy conditions. Lytham Hall was already cancelled because of an event. Fleetwood Promenade was the only parkrun in the Fylde with Blackpool also cancelled, and the neighbouring events in Preston, Lancaster and Morecambe also called off. Carl Groome finished third fastest at the Fleetwood run in a time of 20:19 for an M50 age graded performance of 74.98%. Sue Rigby ran 37:56 for a W50 graded 44.20%. In the Cheadle Hulme parkrun south west of Stockport Steven Gore ran the fifth fastest time of the day with 21:43 for an M40 age graded 63.78%. Vicky Gore recorded 29:28 for a W45 54.98%. At the Crosby parkrun just north of Liverpool Emma Wright clocked 27:53 for W45 57.50%. Martin Bates was in Poland for the parkrun in Gdynia just north of Gdansk on the Baltic coast with a run along the Feliks Nowowiejski Seaside Boulevard. He clocked 25:41 for an M65 graded 66.52

2nd December – Alex’s Newspaper Report

Wesham men at the Liverpool Cross Challenge in Sefton Park on Saturday

Saturday morning saw the 37th staging of the Wesham 10k from Lea Town on its single circuit around Salwick and the event was sold out at 350 entries. There were 17 Wesham members running with many others helping out with marshalling and registration and some others heading for the Mid Lancs cross country in the afternoon. The first Wesham member to finish was Adam Wilding in a fine 2nd place in a time of 34:33. Lee Nixon ran a personal best time to place 11th in 38:45 and 4th M40. Steve Myerscough came in 14th in 39:04 for 3rd M50 to make up the winning team. Alek Walker finished 19th in 39:39; Paul Lancashire was 63rd in 45:08, and Tony Leach placed 72nd in 46:11 to come 4th M60. Jonathan Lawson was just behind in 87th place with 47:56 with Martin Bates close in 88th and a time of 48:01 for 2nd M65. Emma Lund was Wesham’s first lady and 13th woman in 90th place overall in 48:07. Finlay McCalman finished 135th in 51:24; and Alan Hudson was 2nd M70 and 141st overall in 51:56. Peter Rooney ran 52:32 for 151st place overall and 6th M65. Catherine Nicholls finished 172nd in 54:20 for 4th W50, with Paul Carter 207th in 57:29. Antionette Holton ran with Clare Belfield and the pair finished 231st and 232nd both recording 59:10. Emma Brook was 244th with a time of exactly 1:00:00. There were 285 runners completed the race.

Rob Danson missed out on the Wesham 10k but he made up for it with a great run in the Wilmslow Festive 10k on Sunday in a strong race with 3716 runners. He finished 20th in a time of 32:12 with an excellent comeback run. This was a top-quality race with the winning times of 29:59 for the men and 33:31 for the first woman. 

It was the second fixture of the Mid Lancs Cross Country on Saturday afternoon incorporated into the Liverpool Cross Challenge in Sefton Park. The senior Women ran the extra distance of 8.1km over one small lap and two long laps. For Wesham Kay Twist finished 88th and 11th W60 in a time of 42:34 to place 296th in the Cross Challenge. Lisa Minns was 107th and 9th W55 in 44:16, placing 329th overall. Anne Mayers-Smith completed the course but had missed the start and was exclude from the results. In the Senior Men’s race over three long laps of 9.8km Tom Bamber finished 43rd and 6th M40 in 35:48 to place 221st in the cross Challenge. Adam Wilding had run the Wesham 10k earlier in the day but completed the double in 64th place in 37:05, 259th overall. Mark Belfield finished 95th and 13th M40 with 38:26 (304th) and Carl Groome was 176th and 17th M50 in 42:38 (459th). Will Parkinson completed the course in 200th place in 43:57 (507th). Phil Quibell won his age category to rank 1st M65 in 229th position in 45:40 with John Collier 3rd M65 and 264th in 50:51. James Danson was 277th and 31st M55 in 54:18.  295 in the Mid Lancs. Wesham men 20th team, 13th M40, 12th M50 and unfortunately no M60 team. 

Nigel Shepherd ran the Benidorm 10k on Saturday evening to finish 259th in 44:49. Mick Edge placed 236th in 44:19 and Lee Barlow was 233rd in 44:11. Daren Morris finished 681st in 63:38.

There were few Wesham members running a parkrun this week due to the Wesham 10k and the Mid Lancs Cross Country but some did try a double with some of the events. In Lytham Hall parkrun Carl Groome clocked the third fastest run on the morning with 20:20 for an M50 age graded performance of 74.92%. Agness Woods recorded 25:45 for a W55 age graded 70.29%. Steve Abbott ran the Preston parkrun in 18:51 for the 7th fastest time and an M45 age grade of 75.77%. In Blackpool’s Stanley Park Ian Nichols Hogg ran 24:08 for 53.87%, and on Fleetwood Promenade Vicky and Steven Gore returned 25:00 each for W45 64.80% and M40 55.40% respectively. Alona Versinina took part in the Worden Park run in Leyland as a First Timer and ran 26:08 for W35 57.40%. In the Croxteth Hall run Michelle Tickle was 5th fastest woman in 23:23 for W45 70.85%, and furthest afield Elizabeth Sharrocks recorded 31:46 in the Maidenhead parkrun for W60 62.85%, and Tony Sharrocks ran 44:15 for an M60 36.57%.

25th November – Alex’s Newspaper Report

Adam Wilding and Peter Rooney at the Preston 10 on Sunday

The Preston 10-Mile race in Longton proved as popular as ever with a full entry and 275 runners on the day. It once again hosted he Lancashire 10-Mile Road Championships and incorporated a new 5-mile race. There was a good turnout from local clubs and Wesham had seven members running. Adam Wilding was to the fore, and he finished 17th in a time of 56:44. Former Wesham member Ugis Datavs was 29th in 59:43. There was a good quality at the front with the winner clocking under 50 minutes in 49:53 32 runners under the hour. Nigel Shepherd was after his M65 Diamond Standard for the Wesham ratings and he got this easily with 1:12:10 to finish 114th and 2nd M65. John Collier came in 188th and 3rd M70 in his new age category in his first road race for some time to clock 1:20:55. Peter Rooney was 232nd and 7th M65 in 1:29:38. Sharlan Butcher placed 56th woman and 248th overall in 1:35:37 for 7th W50 with Dawn Biggs 57th and 129th in 1:36:02, 10th W55. Christine Fare finished 67th woman and 264th overall in 1:47:27 for 11th W50. Wesham finished 4th team in the Lancashire Championships behind Red Rose, Blackburn Harriers, and Preston. The Wesham Men Veterans were 5th team with the ladies finishing 3rd team, and the lady veterans were 2nd in a great result.

Martin Bates ran in the David Staff Memorial Fell Race over 6km and 305 metres of climb from the Sunnyhurst Woods up and over Darwen Tower twice. He finished 55th in 53:06 placing 14th Over-60.

Agness Woods ran in the Morecambe Festival of Running Half Moon Bay 5km on Sunday and she finished 10th and 5th female in 27:28, coming in as 1st W55.

Wesham members were spread far and wide on Saturday morning with the cancellation of the Lytham Hall parkrun, with attendances at 12 separate events. The biggest showing was at the neighbouring Blackpool parkrun in Stanley Park with quite a few puddles from the recent days of rain. Chris Haines ran the 6th fastest time of the day with 20:12 for an M35 age graded performance of 66.58%. Lee Barlow ran 22:15 for an M50 graded 66.82% and Rob Wallace came in with 25:51 for an age graded 50.03%. Agness Woods timed in at 27:25 for W55 66.02%, and Martin Allison clocked 32:21 for M40 42.19%. Liz Sharrocks returned 32:38 for a W60 61.18% with Jo McCaffery in at 35:40 for W45 44.95%. Tony Sharrocks recorded 42:51 for M60 37.77%, and Dave Young suffering long covid walked 52:24 for M75 36.80%. The Wesham parkrun tourists were at the Thorp Perrow event in the village of Snape between Masham and Leeming Bar in North Yorkshire. David Taylor produced the fourth fastest time of the day with 20:23 for an M35 graded 65.49%, guiding Steven Gore to the fifth fastest time of 20:42 and M40 66.91%. Carl Groome returned 22:37 for an M50 grade of 67.35% with Andy Moore on 31:11 for M60 51.90%. Peter Rooney ran 31:30 for M65 53.23%, while Sue Rigby clocked 45:46 with Julie Rooney in 45:47 for W50 36.64% and W45 36.18% respectively. In the Preston parkrun Steve Myerscough recorded 20:18 for M50 72.66% and James Danson ran 27:13 for M55 58.42%. Nigel Shepherd saved himself for the Preston 10 race the following day and had an easy 29:15 for M65 57.32%. Vicky Gore ran the Southport parkrun inn Victoria Park and she returned 26:00 for a W45 graded 62.31%. Michelle Pitt went to the Sale Water Park event, and she was rewarded with 38:29 W40 40.28%. Martin Bates ran in the Stretford parkrun for a time of 23:49 and a M65 grade of 71.73%. Michelle Tickle took a debut in Knowsley Park, and she ran 25:14 for W45 65.65% to place 3rd fastest female. Daniel Bolton was in Gunnersbury parkrun near Kew in West London for his third run there and second fastest of the day to record a new personal best time of 17:18 with an age graded 74.57% PB 3rd time. Emma Brook ran her home parkrun at Riverside in Chester-Le-Street and she recorded 27:46 for W40 55.10%, her second best performance, and at the Darlington South Park run Tracey Hulme ran 25:56 for W60 74.81%. There were a couple of Wesham members abroad, with Alona Versinina in Jersey for the run at Les Quennevais where she recorded 25:07 as a First Timer for W35 59.72%, and in The Hague at the Zuiderpark run Emma Wright clocked 27:27 for W45 58.41%.

18th November – Alex’s Newspaper Report

Daniel Shaw on the pace on Sunday in the Lytham Windmill Remembrance Day 10k

There were six Wesham members in the Windmill Remembrance Day 10k on a circuit from Lytham Green near the Windmill along the front to King William and back. Daniel shaw finished 10th in a time of 37:53 in wet and blustery conditions along the Promenade to place 4th M35. Lee Nixon was 19th in 39:31 and 3rd M40. Andy McDonald was 272nd in 51:51 and 32nd M55 with James Danson 332nd in 53:31 for 35th M55. Sharon Cooper secured 80th place in the women’s result with 53:49 for 346th overall and 9th W50. Agness Woods placed 9th W55 in 54:33, 92nd woman and 375th overall. Helen Dutton finished 188th woman in 59:07 for 586th position and 29th W40. There were 1352 finishers in this very popular event.

Last week 23 members ran the Wesham Monthly handicap for November around the 4-mile 2-lap circuit around Dowbridge. Adam Wilding had the fastest time in 23:45 with an 11-minute handicap. Chris Haines was second in 25:28 with the same handicap. Third placed was Carl Groome in 26:59 and Mick Edge ran 27:08 with a 9-minute handicap. Bradd Flatt clocked 27:28 and Nigel Shepherd was sixth in 29:11. Alona Versinina was the fastest woman with a time of 33:36, with Agnes Woods second in 33:53. Kirsty Holland placed third with 35:10. Rob Wallace was seventh fastest overall in 30:19 with James Danson running 35:15. John Burns recorded 35:23; Tanya Shaw 36:04; Sharlane Butcher 36:39; Julie Paton 36:46; Dawn Biggs ran 36:55; Andy Moore 36:56; Tom Nicholson 37:04; Natalie Mulrooney 37:06; Catherine Nicholls was on 38:16; Matt Holton 38:21; Antoinette Holton 39:05 and Claire Bellfield returned 39:13.

This week it was the 8th anniversary of the Lytham Hall parkrun (although being celebrated a fortnight early), and the 500th run at the Preston run in Avenham Park. There were 24 Wesham members running on Saturday morning, and most were content with the three events in the Fylde. At Lytham Hall Carl Groome ran the fifth fastest time of the day with a time of 20:04 for an M50 age graded performance of 75.91%. Agness Woods recorded her time 25:39 with a W55 graded 70.57%. Peter Rooney clocked 26:18 for M65 63.75% and Andy Moore 28:59 for M60 55.84%. Pauline Eccleston and Anne Berry ran together for times of 29:47 and 29:48 with a W50 58.48% and W60 66.05% respectively. Jo McCaffery returned 31:42 for W45 50.58%. In the Blackpool parkrun in Stanley Park Daniel Bolton scored the fastest time of the day with 18:00 for his age graded 71.67%. Jonathan Lawson ran 22:23 for M55 69.25%; Lee Barlow came in at 23:08 with an M50 graded 64.27%; and Rob Wallace ran 26:10 for 49.43%. It was perfect conditions for a run on Fleetwood Promenade with bright skies, crystal clear vision across Morecambe Bay and no wind, enough to attract Steve Myerscough from Preston for the sixth fastest time of 19:19 and M50 76.36% in his new age category. Vicky and Steven Gore clocked 25:08 and 25:09 for W45 64.46% and M40 55.07% respectively. Alan Hudson was just behind in 25:18 with his M70 73.65%, and Kirsty Holland clocked 37:41 for a 39.54% age grade. In the Preston parkrun Nigel Shepherd ran 21:39 for an M65 77.44% and Michelle Tickle clocked 24:09 for W45 68.60%. Starting and finishing in Victoria Park Ryan Azzopardi ran the Warrington event and recorded 25:48 for M40 54.13%, and in Longford Park in Stretford Tracey Hulme returned 29:26 for a W60 65.91% grade. Martin Bates ran the Alexandra parkrun in 25:39 for M65 66.60%, and in the Alderford Lake run in Whitchurch Emma Wright returned 30:24 for W45 52.74%. Mark Renshall was at the York Racecourse run and he clocked 23:47 for an M50 graded 62.02%. Emma Brook notched another run at the Riverside event in Chester-Le-Street for a time of 27:58 and a W40 age graded 54.71%.