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Runners in the Ice Cream 10k in Garstang on Sunday were awarded with just that; an ice cream at the finish on a warm day.  Steve Abbott knew what he went there for and he was rewarded with a straight win, crossing the line in pole position with a time of 38:36 with a 9-second advantage over 2nd place. He was also first M40.

Paul Gregory finished off the Kendal 10k Series at Endmoor on Wednesday evening, the traditional tough finish to the 4-race programme. Paul finished 14th in 41:40 for the tough hilly circuit, 4th M40. Peter Bartlett placed 78th in 60:08 and was 3rd M70 with the age group winner clocking 48:00 with an incredible run.

Paul Lancashire finished 130th in the City of Manchester 10k last week in 42:43 with a good run. Paul Carter ran the Holme Howler obstacle race near Carnforth in Cumbria on Saturday and was the only Wesham runner, finishing 87th in 63:13 in a big race of 230 competitors but with a lot of challenges clambering up, down and through the various obstacles on the 6-mile route.

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Elliot Costello in focus: leathering along the canal in the 20 Barriers

It was a busy week locally for Wesham members and there were a good variety of events to choose from.

On Tuesday evening the Wesham Fell Running Championship continued with the 20 Barriers Race at Carnforth, a cross country event over stiles and through gates hence its name, no one counts if there are still twenty on the course!  On a barmy summer evening for running Paul Gregory excelled with finishing in 6th place with a time of 37:42 to come in 2nd M40. Steve Myerscough was 19th and 3rd M45 in 40:25, with Carmel Sullivan 5th woman and 1st W50 in 38th position overall with a time of 43:13. Elliot Costello finished 59th in 44:57 and Ian Hogg 72nd with 48:02. Ryan Azzopardi came in 78th in 48:37, Suzanne Leonard was 21st woman with both her and George Kennedy together in 86th and 87th places with 49:42. Debbie Myerscough was 63rd woman and 164th overall in 71:22.

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Endure 24

Another fantastic and successful weekend was witnessed as Wesham Road Runners along with family and friends turned out in force for this years Leeds Endure24 running event held in the beautiful grounds of Bramham Park. Such a good time was had by all at last years event that this year our runners more than doubled in numbers as we had 3 large mixed teams consisting of 8 runners in each, 1 XL mixed team of 9, Ugis running solo and Kirsty Holland and Laura Lawler in the ladies pairs.  Blessed once again with tropical weather it made perfect camping conditions. The race got under way at 12 noon Saturday in temperatures around 30 degrees which made running extremely hard but despite this all our runners battled round and got themselves in great positions early doors.

As evening feel relief came as although still quite humid conditions began to cool. The head torches went on, the tree lights lite and the tranquility of night running began. Dawn finally broke and by now everyone was starting to resemble something out of the walking dead but Kerry and Julie T were there on hand just as they had been the whole weekend and made sure everyone was fed and watered giving us the strength to get through the final few hours. As the finish time approached we once again was treated to a grandstand performance this year by Kay Twist who created a surge of emotions and an electric atmosphere as she sprinted home with seconds to spare to get another team member out before the cut off time.  All our runners preform exceptionally, each pushing themselves to their limits.

Ugis as a Solo competitor was magnificent clocking up 135 miles 27 laps of the undulating 5 mile trail course to secure 2nd place and received the loudest cheers by far at the presentation. 

In the large mixed category out of 100 teams The Whippets also Secured 2nd place which they’d held onto from the very start with 215 miles 43 laps. The Wildcats were 10th with 36 laps 180 miles and the wolverines 29th with 32 laps 160 mile. The Wasps were 2nd XL team with 27 laps 135  Kirsty and Laura finished 5th in the ladies pairs running 100 miles 50 each. 

Our Club continues to compete in such events, always showing a real desire to perform but also creating an unrivalled team spirit. 
A mammoth amount of effort was also made by so many to ensure our participation ran smoothly, beginning with Myself & Kerry sorting team entries. Then came the catering operation & a great deal of preparation from Kerry, supported at the event by Julie the two of them worked from morning till night catering for over 50 people and making sure the runners had food as and when the individual needed. Transportation of so much camping equipment etc was looked after by Tom & Emma & many others also made themselves available for loading/unloading & camp preparation. 

This type of event always brings lots of laughs, new friendships, a chance to meet other members who we don’t already necessarily know & also a chance to meet some of our partners, many of whom offered continual & very welcome support on the course. 

In summary, once again Wesham Road Runners went to Leeds as a team, continually supportive of each other & performed admirably. 

So fancy joining us for Leeds 2020?!

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The Wesham Whippets with team glory at the Endure 24

It was a very busy week for Wesham with the fourth round of the Inter-Club Grand Prix on Tuesday evening, Witton Park Trail Relays on Thursday evening and then the weekend Endure24 event where the club had 4 large teams and one solo member taking part.

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