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Helen Lawrenson with a new 5km personal best in Lancaster (this is Preston I know!)

The end of September is traditionally a busy weekend for athletics as the autumn season gets underway before the winter weather sets in and there were Wesham members spread across several events.

James Mulvany finished 2nd in the final Pilling 10k of the year on Saturday morning clocking 36:29 in tandem with brother Richard. Paul Gregory finished 19th in 40:40 and Alan Hudson 31st in 44:19. Roger Leadbeater came in 35th in 45:03 with Tracey Hulme 8th woman in 46:10 for 41st place. Kath Hoyer was 10th woman and 1st W55 in 48:34, 48th overall, with Dave Young 57th and 6th M65 in 50:19. Dave Waywell finished 79th in 57:18 placing 3rd M70 with some strong opposition. Continue reading

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Ryan Azzopardi climbing up Avenham Park in the Run Preston 10k

Rob Danson ran a big new personal best in the Berlin Marathon to break the 2:30 margin. With 2:38:37 he took 8:21 off his previous best from the 2015 London Marathon. He finished 89th in the German capital with a good even time split with a marginal slowing in the 5k leading up to the 40k mark. Carmel Sullivan finished 12th W50 with a time of 3:17:35 having taken 3:43 to cross the start line, with her best performance since 2010 with her personal best at 3:11:17. She was 295th woman, overall position not given. Continue reading

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Paul Hetherington makes a splash in the Yarrow river at full charge

The big event for Wesham members this week was the Yarrow River Splash 10k Trail Run in the yarrow Country Park south of Chorley. Won by Gareth Booth of Horwich in 42:18 this was a challenging and testing course.
Lee Barlow and Paul Gregory were neck and neck throughout the race, with Barlow coming in 23 seconds clear in 45:04 for 4th place and 2nd M45, and Gregory 5th in 45:27. Continue reading

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It was a big week for Wesham and the local clubs with the final of the Inter Club Grand Prix on Wednesday evening and the Lancashire Road Relays in Blackpool’s Stanley Park on Saturday.

Red Rose hosted the final Inter Club race of the year as usual in Worden Park in Leyland. Rob Danson was straightaway the leader for Wesham with already a big lead after 400m and he won the 4-mile 3-lap course in 22:50 with a 1min 39sec advantage. James Mulvany was 8th in 25:55 with Lee Barlow making a big finish with 26:16 for 13th place. David Taylor came in 21st in 26:47 with Steve Myerscough and Garry Barnett together in 26th and 27th with 27:12 and 27:13. Mark Belfield finished 36th in 27:43; Paul Gregory 43rd with 28:02; Arran Galvin 56th in 28:53; and Carl Groome bringing in Stuart Topping as the pair finished 62nd and 63rd in 29:04 and 29:05. A gallant effort but the Wesham men secured 2nd team and 2nd for the series, a good result.

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Carl Groome in a world of his own in the Lakeland Trails

Wesham had a good turnout at the Garstang Half Marathon on Sunday over a testing course from Bowgreave up and around Grizedale.

Garry Barnett was the fastest club member finishing 16th and 2nd M50 in 1:27:28 on a wet and windy day. Peter Cruse was 25th and 2nd M55 in 1:29:40 with a good run, and Steven Gore 37th in 1:34:01. Mark Renshall came in 70th in 1:42:18; Nicola Unsworth was 5th woman and 2nd W45 in a time of 1:47:43 in 82nd place overall. Martin Bates was 88th and 4th M60 in 1:51:10; Lee Nixon finished 94th with 1:53:55; Dave Young was 2nd M65 and 99th with 1:55:17. Sharon Cooper came in 116th and 5th W40 in 1:59:28; Finlay McCalman 140th in 2:08:18; John Howorth 144th and 3rd M65 with 2:10:53; and Paul Carter 168th in 2:30:38.

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 There was a scarcity of races last week and thus local runners were treated to a week of rest or training.

John Bertenshaw ran in the final Sale Sizzler 5k race in the 2017 series, and he finished 188th in a top class field with a time of 19:52, a great performance from him to place 3rd M60.

Catherine Carrdus was the only runner from Lytham, and she finished 7th woman and 1st W45 in 18:33, 119th overall.

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Chairman’s Report Summer 2017

As the summer months come to an end and mid-week racing is nearing its completion, we can only look back with pride.

The Interclub
We have fought every step of the way to make it a battle with Preston, we go to the final fixture just 1 point behind, and yes, we are the massive underdogs but we can dream, and the spirit we have shown this season is remarkable. It truly has been one of the biggest team efforts our club has produced. We have one more fight to take on – by pulling together one more time, let David take on Goliath! Let’s find that Holy Grail! Continue reading

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Rob Danson revelled in the sixth race in the Inter Club Grand Prix series in Chorley’s Astley Park, recognised as the toughest course in the series with a small loop on multi-terrain through the trees with two large laps with an out-of-the-park challenge up the hill of Southport Road. He stormed away from the start and had a big lead into the second mile of the 4.7 mile distance, lapping half of the field as he strode to the finish 85 seconds clear to clock 25:03 for the win. Continue reading

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