The Preston 10-Mile on Sunday was the event of the area, with a fine open race incorporating the Lancashire and the Northern Athletics Championships. Wesham had a small but effective team present, with Ugis Datavs taking 30th place in 59:04 for 7th M40. Alek Walker finished 41st in 63:05, 8th M35. John Collier placed 2nd M65 in 75:54, 87th overall with a great run. The Men were third Northern Team behind Salford and Preston, but 4th Lancashire with Ribble Valley placing third. Peter Rooney was 117th and 7th M60 in 1:23:25. For the women, Sharlan Butcher and Antoinette Holton finished together in 24th and 25th places in 1:31:13, 8th W45 and 5th W35, and 146th and 147th overall. Dawn Biggs was 27th scorching round to take 4 minutesoff her personal best in 1:32:37, 6th W50 and 150th. The three ladies won the 2nd women’s team silver medals. The women were also the only Northern Athletics and Lancashire ladies’ team and so won both of those categories, gold medals apiece! Emma Wright placed 39th in 1:45:29, 173rd overall and 3rd W40.
On Sunday morning Louise Lord ran the Stanley Park 10k in 55:28 to finish in 46th place, and Finlay McCalman 55:51 for 48th. No Wesham members ran the Saturday version of the race.
It was a quieter week last week with fewer races on, but there was enough to challenge those who wanted to venture out and not get waylaid by early Christmas shopping.
Finlay McCalman ran the Windmill Remembrance 10k in Lytham, finishing 590th in a popular race with a time of 58:56 (57:18 chip time). There were just over 1300 runners in this race.
John MacDougall ran the 38th Authentic Athens Marathon and clocked a very impressive performance with 2:51:42 at the finish line for 42nd place and 6th M45 out of 4051 finishers. Most impressive was his regular pace, with his time per kilometre around the 4:04 pace with a finishing sprint well under 4 minutes. His halfway time was 1:25:51.
Adam Wilding continued his current rich vein of form with 3rd place in the latest Pilling 10k on Saturday, running 35:49 over the village and country course. Alan Hudson was 22nd and 1st M70 in 47:51 just behind friend of Wesham Les Hill (M60) from Dumfries. Kay Twist was 5th woman and first W50 in 50:17, 29th overall. Stephen Twist was 31st 4th M55 in 51:11.
Wesham members were taking part in more local events last week and some further afield as the variety of challenges grows again. Entries for the Wesham 10k in two weeks’ time are filling up with the 450 number reached. Plans are also underway for next July’s Endure 24 run in Leeds Bramham Hall as deferrals can now take up their entries ahead of the main entries.
In last week’s action Dave Young ran the Derwentwater 10-mile road race and he finished 156th in 1:37:57 placing 3rd M70, an excellent result. Liz Sharrocks ran the popular and high-quality Reading Half Marathon (winning times 1:02:14 and 1:13:29 for the women!), clocking 2:33:46 for 4583rd place with a chip time of 2:16:17. Her age category and gender position were not known.
Martin Bates won a Northern Masters Bronze medal in the 5km Championships incorporated in the British Masters event in Barrowford on Sunday. He finished 11th in the M65+ heat in 21:23, 10th M65 in the British championships, on a windy day on 4.6 laps of the Steven Burke Cycle Hub track north of Nelson.
Suzanne Leonard came in 7th woman and 41st overall in the Spring 10k rearranged from April in Fleetwood, in a time of 49:17 for 1st W50.
In the Helvellyn Trail Challenge 15k on Saturday Andrew Wilkinson finished 14th (155th overall in the combined results) in 1:38:19. Helen Greenhalgh was 409th in 2:23:34. Sharon Cooper placed 571st in 1:43:15 on a blustery day.
Action returned to its best in two years as Wesham saw 32 members, 9 women and 23 men run in the Green Drive 5, back after its pandemic sojourn. Not only quantity but also quality. Rob danson was back on form, not his fastest performance, but he was in an interesting competition with Preston’s Daniel Bebbington and Blackpool’s Luke Minns, that saw him spit the pair by 19 and 11 seconds to come in 2nd in 25 minutes exactly. He was ably backed up by David Taylor who finished 10th in 28:21 and rising star Adam Wilding following in his father’s footsteps with 28:25 for 11th place. This secured Wesham both the open team win in the main race and the Lancashire gold team medals in the associated County Championships. Rob Danson took the Lancashire individual silver medal. There were some age category awards with John Collier 3rd M65 in 36:22 (80th overall) in a close race with former member John Bertenshaw over the closing stages. Alan Hudson was 1st M70 and 99th overall in 37:51. Dave Young was 3rd M70 in 42:45, 151st overall, and Peter Bartlett was 5th M70 in 50:24, 226th overall. Chris Hastwell 26th in 30:27 (4th M35); and Alekzander Walker 28th with 30:47 (5th M35) closed in the men’s masters’ team as the Lancashire victors taking the gold medals.
Three Wesham members took on the final Ultra Tour of Edinburgh delayed for a couple of years, with a crack-of-dawn start on Sunday in Waverley setting out along the Royal Mile for a 35-mile, 57km run. On a circuitous loop, the course went out to through Holyrood Park over the iconic Arthur’s Seat and out into the suburbs though Craigmillar Castle and over Blackford Hill and then picking up a range of hill and country estates before heading north to Newhaven and Leith along a network of old railway tracks before heading south again to the finish at the Royal Commonwealth Pool. Julie Paton took on a great challenge in the Tour of Edinburgh on Sunday, a 35-mile, 57km figure-of-eight of the city from Holyrood Park. She was well within the cut-off times at each of the three pit stops, recording 1hr 45min at 10 mile/16km, 3hr 45min at 18.6 miles/30km, and 5hr 15min at 26 miles/42km, finishing with 7:17:29, 2hrs 42mins inside the final timeout. Paul Lancashire clocked 6:38:14; Helen Lawrenson 6:52:09; Julie Paton
Nearer home there were two Wesham members in the Knutsford 10k in Cheshire, with Lee Barlow finishing 67th with a time of 38:49, coming in 11th M45. Martin Bates accompanied him, placing 4th M60 in 44:27 in 193rd place overall.