It was the final fixture in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League on Saturday in Towneley Park in Burnley and there was a smaller turnout perhaps due to the Inter Counties in Loughborough but there were still some fine performances to round off the season, reduced to 5 fixtures for the League. In the Senior Women’s 6km with a small, medium and large lap round the playing fields in front of the hall Carmel Sullivan had a great run to finish 14th overall in 24:35, placing 2nd W55. Kay Twist rounded off her season to win the Wesham club championship to come in 38th and 12th W50 in 26:19. Alona Versinina was 5th W35 and 61st in 29:45 and Julie Paton finished 74th and 9th W45 in 31:19. The Wesham ladies had just enough to finish teams in all their age categories, with the Senior team 11th, and W35s and W45s both 8th. Wesham have no M70s running this year having won medals in previous years, but the Senior Men did well in their 9.8km 3-lap course. Adam Wilding finished an excellent 12th in 34:56 having held his ground well over the three laps, with firm ground despite the snow of the previous three days. David Taylor finished 28th in 36:54, with next placed Carl Groome 78th in 41:47, 5th M50. Steve Myerscough placed 83rd in 42:14 for 11th M45 and Will Parkinson 87th with 42:43. Mick Edge ran well for 101st place in 44:23 and 9th M60; Lee Barlow battled on having a troublesome Achilles to finish 108th and 8th M50 in 45:11 having been well up on the first lap. Tony Leach placed 113th and 10th M60 in 46:05 with Nigel Shepherd 123rd with 48:10, 13th M60; Stephen Twist 125th in 48:23; and James Danson 128th in 42:49, 16th and 17th M55s. the Men’s team were 8th overall; 8th M40s; 5th M50s and 2nd M60 team. Overall for the season, the Wesham women have placed 3rd in Division 4, an excellent result for them this year, with a “B” team qualified as well. The W35s are 12th team and W45s 9th. The Senior Men finished 6th in Division 1 so will be relegated next season; the “B” team place 3rd in Division 3. The M40 team are 6th in Division 1 so also relegated, the M50 team are also 6th, and the M60 team come in second in silver medal position, so a good result.Continue reading
There were a number of races last week as there were signs of spring in the air. The club fell and trail running championship continued with the Trotters Trail Five Mile race through the Smithills Country Park on the northern outskirts of Bolton.Continue reading
The focus of the week for the Wesham team was the English National Cross Country Championship, at a new venue at Bolesworth Castle just south east of Chester. On a wide expanse of parkland under a ridge the ground was gently inclined giving a fast run down the course and long gruelling steady climbs in the opposite direction. Compensating for this the ground was soft and firm with no mud so it was fast running all round. In the Senior Women’s 8km over two laps Kay Twist was on good form and she finished 437th in 42:30. She was followed in 635th place by Alona Versinina clocking 47:49. Clare Belfield was 723rd in 54:24 with Sue Rigby 755th in 63:35. The Wesham Ladies team finished 88th out of 773 runners. The Senior Men’s was two longer laps with a different course to the women and taking 12km in distance. Adam Wilding fared well and held his ground for 331st place in a top quality and very fast race clocking 42:59, around 6 minutes behind the leaders. David Taylor was second in for Wesham in 616th place in a time of 46:52 with Tom Crabtree 720th in 48:14. Mark Belfield finished 773rd in 49:02 with a gutsy run and Lee Barlow striding out for 975th place to clock 52:04. Will Parkinson completed
the Wesham Men’s team in 64th place with his run in 1120th position with his time 54:28. Carl Groome came in 1175th in 55:34 with Mick Edge 1244th in 57:33. Nigel Shepherd was 1305th in exactly 1:00:00; Wesham Men’s Captain John Collier was 1353rd in 61:27 suffering a painful ankle over the final mile, and Andrew Wilkinson was 1367th in 61:56. There were 1473 runners and 99 teams; and Wesham were second of only two Lancashire clubs in both the Men’s and Women’s events fielding full teamsContinue reading
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Race results and standings for the latest Mid-Lancs Cross Country Meeting at Blackpool are now available to view here.
Well done to all who took part!
The next cross country meeting is at Leigh Sports Village on 12th February – more information to follow.
The next Mid-Lancs cross country takes place this coming Saturday at Lawson’s Ground, Blackpool.
The course is flat and well drained and so is an ideal opportunity for any new comers to try cross country.
Spikes or trail shoes may be worn.
The Ladies race is 6k starting at 1.30pm
The Men’s race is 9.8k starting at 2.15pm