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Andrew Harling sprints for the line at the Wesham Inter Club.

Wesham hosted their July Monthly Handicap last Monday with eighteen members taking part. On overall time Ryan Azzopardi was the first to reach the end of the 4.9 undulating miles round Treales on a warm evening in a time of 40:25. Lee Barlow was second in running 41:44 with Nigel Shepherd third with 44:41. Kay Twist was the first woman finisher in fourth place overall at 44:56 with Louise Lord next in 45:07. Rob Wallace was 6th in 45:35; Robert Danson next in 46:43; Stephen Twist 8th with 46:43; Alan Hudson 9th recording 47:23 just ahead of fellow M70 Dave Young in 47:46; Mick Edge 11th in 47:34; Carmel Sullivan third woman in 47:49; Peter Rooney 13th with 48:11; Andy Moore 48:44; Tanya Shaw fourth woman at 48:45; Chris Hastwell 49:03; Steve Myerscough slower than usual in 49:09; and Peter Bartlett 52:44. On Net time Lee Barlow had the fastest time at 30:44; Chris Hastwell 33:03; Steve Myerscough 33:09; Nigel Shepherd 34:41; Carmel Sullivan fastest woman with 34:49; Mick Edge 36:34; Alan Hudson 37:23; Ryan Azzopardi 37:25; Peter Rooney 38:11; Rob Wallace 38:35; Stephen Twist 40:20; Kay Twist second woman at 40:56; Robert Danson 41:43; Tanya Shaw third woman on 41:45; Dave Young 42:26; Louise Lord 45:07; Andy Moore 45:44; Peter Bartlett 52:44.

There has been great excitement this week with the return today of parkrun, with local events in Blackpool, Lytham Hall and Fleetwood set to have returned at 9am for the Saturday morning free timed 5km runs. All parkruns on the Fylde and neighbouring areas have permission from their respective landowners to resume the weekly runs. There are still several venues in the UK without permission, and sadly some have been refused any permission to restart, with the Cuerden Valley event now closed and looking for a new venue.

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Wesham group in 2018 in a heatwave at the Trawden 7 race

Mass running returned to the North West with 2535 finishers in the Wilmslow Summer 10k at the weekend and Wesham’s Paul Lancashire was there to finish 311th in 42:19 in a high quality race. There were 227 finishers under 40 minutes with the top 6 inside 32 minutes. The winning male took 30:07 and the leading woman 32:38.

In the Blackpool Summer 10k along the Bispham seafront Lee Barlow returned to racing with a performance of 38:16 to place 11th overall and 2nd M45. Martin Bates was 52nd in 45:39 and placing 4th M60, with Peter Rooney 77th in 50:10 showing his training regime paying off. There were 261 runners pounding the concrete in this race.

Martin Bates had made a trio of runs, starting with the Blackpool & Fylde Handicap run on Wednesday evening where he clocked 29:18 for the 3.72 miles, followed by a test running of the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun on Saturday morning where he ran 22:18 for the 5km out-and-back from the Marine Hall past Rossall Point and back to rank 11th from those assembled. He completed his trio run the next day in the Blackpool Summer 10k further along the Fylde promenade. All of the local parkruns to the Fylde now have landowner permission to re-commence the free weekly Saturday morning 5km runs on 24th July.

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Wesham at the Leeds Endure24 2021; Elliot just finished his fifth lap

Wesham excelled in their third year in the Endure 24 event in Bramham Hall Park north-east of Leeds, having also taken part in last year’s virtual event taking in individual efforts on home turf in the Fylde. The club were entered in a mixed variety of the categories available, pitching up from Friday with the 24-hour relay event starting from 10:45 on Saturday with wave starts and chip timed to run though to midday on the Sunday over a 5-mile (8km) parkland route through woodland and open fields on an undulating circuit, not too testing but with a couple of challenges. The weather though went through every seasonal variant, including a ferocious storm right overhead that caused the organisers stop the event for several hours during the night. With an enforced good night’s sleep, the teams kept on moving and resumed refreshed. There was a solo attempt by Mark Renshall, who had to withdraw at dusk after seven laps with too many niggles after 9:00:22 of running. Perhaps the two male pairs were the most impressive; the two Marks Belfield and Holton, dubbed “WRR – On Your Marks” finished top of their category with 28 laps completed in a total time of 22:28:35. Mark Holton ran his fastest lap on his first, in 39:02, and Mark Belfield on his 6th run in 38:49. The pair ran 14 laps each and we belting out 39 or 40 minutes circuits up until the storm broke round 10:30pm on Saturday taking a break and resuming in the small hours. Andrew Harling and Paul Hetherington ran as the “Freckletons Fearless”, and they were second in the category with 23 laps completed in 18:31:34. Andrew Harling’s fastest lap was his second of his 11 at 34:24 and Paul Hetherington’s his opening effort of 23:26 with 12 completed. They were neck and neck with the Marks and came off course in the storm at the same time. Kirsty Holland and Lee Lawrenson formed a mixed pair named “Cirque du Sore Legs” and ranked 22nd in this category racking up 10 laps completed in 21:17:41. They both kicked off with their fastest laps, Lee at 46:05 and Kirsty with 54:59. Kirsty logged most of the night stages with a break for the storm, Lee had to shelter off the course to resume in the morning and the pair retired after 9am after a sterling effort. The other Wesham teams were in the Mixed Teams with 8 runners apiece, and the Wesham whippets were the stars in this category taking the top rank with 38 laps in 24:56:12. Alek Walker ran 6 laps with his fastest at 31:30 (his first run); David Taylor 5 laps with 30:08 on his first effort; Garry Barnett 4 laps with 32:00 on his opening lap; Helen Lawrenson 4 runs with 39:08 her best (first lap); James Green 4 circuits with his opening run 33:23; Neil Gregson 5 laps his best 32:41; Tom Crabtree 5 runs with 30:11; and Ugis Datavs 5 laps his best his third at 30:20. The Wesham Wildcats placed 29th with 25 laps in 25:01:18, comprising Anne Berry (48:48, 3 laps); Antoinette Holton (45:31; 3 laps); Dawn Biggs (49:04; 3 laps); Elliot Costello (38:55; 5 laps); Ethan Wilson (36:33, 4 laps); James Birchall (47:12; 3 laps); Leah Birchall (1:05:31; 2 laps), and Sue Coulthurst (40:17; 2 laps); the Wesham Wolverines were 38th with 23 laps in 24:36:45; Carl Groome ran 3 laps, fastest 37:08; Emma Davies 3 laps (49:29); John Collier 4 laps (38:30 on his second run); Louise Lord 3 laps (45:53); Martin Allison 3 laps (40:23); Ryan Azzopardi 3 laps (41:08); Sharlan Butcher 3 laps (48:46); and Sue Rigby took the glory leg on the anchor stage at 1:06:48 having taken ill on site on the Friday night.

Nigel Shepherd and Steve Abbott finished neck-and-neck in the Lostock 5km on Saturday morning placing 22nd and 23rd in 21:02 and 21:18. Nigel was first M60 and Steve fourth M40. There were 97 runners in this race.

Martin Bates finished 170th in the popular Harrogate 10k with nearly 800 runners on a challenging multi-terrain course in 49:55 placing 8th M60.

In keeping with their epic category winning effort in the Endure24 Mark Holton and Mark Belfield jointly topped the Wesham Strava training leader-board last week with 81.8 and 79.9 miles apiece in cumulative times of 13:04:32 and 11:23:37. Daniel Shaw came in third with 65.4 miles completed in 8:22:29 with Andrew Harling also a pairs runner in the 24-hour event was fourth with 64.1 miles in 8:52:02. Rob Danson finished on 57.6 miles for the week in 6:26:53 with Tom Crabtree sixth on 44.3 miles in 5:09:22. Chris Hastwell was seventh with 41.3 miles in 5:10:26; Alan Hudson eighth over 40.8 miles in 5:54:58; Robert Danson ninth with 38.3 miles in 5:49:10 and Mark Renshall tenth on 38.1 miles in 8:24:11 with Rob Wallace on a tie on distance with a time of 5:36:33. Tanya Shaw was on top mileage in the women’s leader-board with 33 miles in 4:50:57; Michelle Tickle was second recording 31 miles in 4:40:33; and Helen Lawrenson third over 29.4 miles with a time of 4:10:53. Kay Twist ranked fourth at 26.1 miles in 3:54:02; Lynn brown fifth with 25.2 miles in 6:25:59; and Antionette Holton sixth at 24.3 miles in 3:49:38. Mark Holton was Monarch of the Mountains at 5,282ft of elevation gain with Helen Greenhalgh second and women’s leader at 4,665ft over 19 miles in a time of 6:55:09. Mark Belfield was third with 4,286ft climbed and Andrew Harling fourth on 4,242ft. Mark Renshall placed fifth with 2,589ft; Alek Walker 2,328ft over 35.8 miles in 4:20:09; Ugis Datavs 2.214ft with 37 miles run in 4:09:45; Tom Crabtree 2,198ft across 44.3 miles; Daniel Shaw had 1,919ft climbed and David Taylor 1,889ft uphill over his 30.9 miles run in 3:24:58. Helen Lawrenson was second woman on 1,690ft climbed; Michelle Tickle third with 1,318ft elevation; Antionette Holton fourth with 1,080ft and Emma Davies fifth on 1,043ft for 14.5 miles in 2:37:48. Sue Coulthurst was also over 1000ft with 1,003 having run 19.5 miles in 3:00:23. David Taylor had the fastest average pace at 6:38 per mile with Rob Danson second at 6:43. Ugis Datavs was putting in the speedwork with an average for the week of 6:45; Garry Barnett was fourth on 6:46 for 30.7 miles in 3:27:44. Tom Crabtree had an average of 6:59; Thomas Farquhar 7:03 per mile for 27.6 miles in 3;14:35; James Green ran at 7:04 pace over 33.7 miles in 3:58:09; Jason Parkinson 7:11 over 5 miles in 35:55. Fastest woman last week was Emma Lund at 8:17 pace over 9.3 miles in 1:17:02; Helen Lawrenson ran at 8:32 per mile; Tanya Shaw 8:49 per mile; Kay Twist at 8:58 pace; and Michelle Tickle 9:03 per mile. Longest recorded effort came from Mark Holton at 78.2 miles for his Endure effort with Mark Renshall listing 35 miles for his. Helen Greenhalgh ran 19 miles in one go, with Rob Wallace 16 miles; Tanya Shaw and Dave Young 15 miles with Chris Hastwell 14.4 and Paul Lancashire 14.1. Lee Barlow ran a half marathon distance; Daniel Shaw and Alan Hudson 11.2 miles; Peter Rooney 11 miles; and Rob Danson, Troy Watson, Thomas Farquhar, Robert Danson and Sean Murray 10 miles apiece.

This week in 2008 Blackburn hosted their Celebration 5k Run through the city centre from the Town Hall, a series of races including an open and an elite race. Wesham’s Steve Littler went in the elite class and finished an admirable 12th in a top quality race, clocking 15:16 on the high street. The race featured 7 runners finishing under 15 minutes, with the winning time 14:08 by Blackpool’s Anthony Ford. The Rosemere 10k in Catforth from the Village Hall attracted 14 Wesham runners with 5 ladies in the pack over a new one-lap course along the quiet country lanes of rural Fylde. Janice Copeland was 3rd W55 and 32nd woman in 55:40; Pauline Weller was 36th and 6th W50 with 56:21; Jennie Thompson (W60) was 43rd and 5th Over-55 in 57:19; Sue Jones 48th with 58:17; and Pauline Mills 51st and 6th W55 in 58:57. Steve Myerscough finished a fine 3rd overall with a swift 36:15; Nigel Shepherd came in 31st with 41:58; Stephen Wilkinson was 3rd M55 and 77th overall in 46:46; Shaun Turner 79th in 47:09; John Howorth 4th M55 and 81st overall with 47:35; Peter Cooke 85th in 47:59; Barry Edwards 103rd in 51:07; Norman Bateman 118th with 52:52:14; and Ken Munro 125th with 53:19. Alex Rowe was the first Wesham finisher in the second running of the St Anne’s Carnival 5k Road race from the doomed swimming baths to Fairhaven Lake and back on a fine but blustery morning. Rowe ran 16:55 for 4th place and 1st M50. Lee Barlow was next in for Wesham with 17:51 for 7th place, with Peter Cruse 15th and 1st M45 with 18:47. The trio formed the runners up men’s team behind Blackpool. Michaela Dempsey was the leading Wesham woman, with a fine 21:13 to place 10th woman and 1st W40. Julie Cruse was 11th with 21:31 but the ladies were short of a team. Russell Mabbett was on fine form in the early stages of marathon preparation, running 20:57 for 40th place. Phil Leaver finished 48th with 21:53; Dave Young’s magic number was 60 as he finished 3rd M60 and 60th overall in a time of 23:02; Reg Chapman was 61st and 4th M60 just a second behind in 23:03; and Peter Earnshaw was 99th with 27:45. The Haigh Hall race series has been reduced to a 4-miler and is now run entirely inside the Country Park although the Wigan Rugby Club still provides the facilities. Peter Cruse continued his recent racing spree with another outing to clock 25:16 over the hilly course to finish 6th M45 and 24th overall in a quality field. Michaela Dempsey was 6th woman and 3rd W40 in 28:27, 60th overall. Sarah Sherratt was 3rd W35 and 10th woman in 29:07, 63rd overall. George Kennedy ran in the JP Morgan relay in Battersea Park in London over a 3.5-mile circuit over paths and grass, running 21:48 for his stage in his team. Kath Hoyer finished 7th lady and 2nd W45 with a time of 54:04 in Saturday’s Oakworth Haul Fell Race in Keighley, a 6-mile out-and-back race from the Gala field with 650’ climb onto the hills. Derek Buckley finished 66th in the tough Wasdale Fell race, a long-distance event over 21 miles with 9000’ of climbing, in a time of 5:25:06, finishing 4th M50 in a field of 125 runners. Dave Preston took on the hilly Eccup 10 Mile race in Leeds in hot conditions. He finished 231st and 35th M50 in this popular race in a time of 1:19:30.

This had been a big week for Wesham in 2017 Wesham had a very successful evening in the fourth round of the Inter Club Grand Prix on Tuesday evening, hosted by Thornton at Anchorsholme. They won the Open, M40 and W40 team categories and were 2nd in the Ladies, M50s and M60s teams. Individually Rob Danson was dominant from the gun with another win and opened up a lead of 1 min 25secs to cross the line first with a time of 25:43 for the undulating 5-mile course along the cliff top to Ginn Square and back along the Promenade. James Mulvany was 9th in 28:37 with David Taylor 11th with an excellent run of 28:54. Steve Waterhouse was 14th in 29:18 with Lee Barlow running well for 19th in 29:43. Paul Gregory was next with 30:14 for 28th; Gary Barnett 31st in 30:31; Steve Myerscough 34th in 30:42; Les Cornwall 35th with 30:50 and Jason Barlow 38th in 31:01. Carmel Sullivan was 5th woman and 70th overall in 33:00; Helen Lawrenson 6th in 33:28, 78th overall; Nicola Unsworth 11th and 105th in 35:27; Tracey Hulme 18th and 142nd in 37:33 and Jenny Salt 22nd and 151st completing the ladies’ team with 38:00. The same ladies made up the winning W40 team while the M40s comprised Waterhouse 4th; Lee Barlow 7th, Barnett 11th, Myerscough 14th, Jason Barlow 16th and Paul Hetherington, 18th and 41st overall in 31:16. The M50 team was Barnett 4th, Peter Cruse 6th and 56th overall in 32:07; Carmel Sullivan 19th and John Collier 11th and 72nd in 33:05. The M60 team were Collier 3rd, John Bertenshaw 4th and 86th in 33:59 and Alan Hudson 6th and 97th with 34:55. Numbers continued high with 316 runners and Wesham had 57 members competing with 15 women. The second big event of the week for Wesham as the Witton Trail Relays on Thursday evening with Wesham fielding 18 3-man teams, a total of 56 club members taking part. The Men’s A team were first to finish in 32nd place overall in a total time of 55:14 for the total distance of 11km and 450m climb up Billinge Hill and down, with David Taylor, Lee Barlow and Steven Gore. The Men’s B team (Jason Barlow, Steve Myerscough and Mark Bellfield were 39th in 56:39, with the Men’s D team (Simon Eaton, Nigel Shepherd and Jason Blagden) beating the C team (Steven Gore, Simon Denye and John Collier) in 59:09 over 1:00:29 in 55th and 62nd places. The women’s A team (Helen Lawrenson, Sue Coulthurst and Carmel Sullivan) were 10th female and 6th senior ladies, 72nd overall in 1:01:49 also winning the Female Veteran team, with the B team (Nicola Unsworth, Sarah Sherratt and Tracey Hulme) 15th and 86th with 1:05:32. The women’s D team were 116th in 1:12:25 (Vicky Gore, Kath Hoyer and Sharon Cooper). Men’s G team 79th in 1:04:28 (Garry Barnett, Alan Taylor, Stuart Topping); Men’s E 89th in 1:06:45 (George Kennedy, Rob Danson Snr, Carl Groome); Men’s H 94th 1:07:43 (Martin Bates, Alan Glasgow, Russell Mabbett); Mixed M 104th in 1:09:38 (Elliott Costello, Vicky Birkett, Helen Lawrenson); Men’s K 107th in 1:10:36 (Phil Leaver, Peter Bartlett, Roger Leadbeater); Men’s L 108th in 1:10:56 (Ryan Azzopardi, Ben Wrigley, Lee Nixon); Men’s I 125th in 1:17:03 (Chris Moss, Finlay McCalman, Rob Wallace); Men’s F 131st 1:18:51 (Paul Hetherington, Graham Vickers, Michael Kearney); Ladies E 136th 1:23:26 (Tanya Barlow, Debbie Myerscough, Anne Berry); and Ladies F 140th 1:32:04 (Sue Rigby, Julie Rooney, Caz Wadsworth). David Taylor ran the fastest stage in 16:57 with Garry Barnett 18:13 and Steve Myerscough 18:15. Helen Lawrenson ran 20:23 with Sue Coulthurst 20:26 and Sarah Sherratt 20:51 for the 3.65km loop (150m climb each). There was a good show of Wesham members at the Trawden 7 Trail Race on Sunday, in the club trail championship. Garry Barnett was the fastest in 37th place with 48:14; Paul Hetherington was 50th in 49:51 and Steven Gore 67th with 51:35. Helen Lawrenson was 13th woman and 132nd in 55:52, 2nd W45 while Kath Hoyer was 31st and 3rd W55 in 1:01:44, 179th overall. Jen Salt was 46th and 207th in 1:05:41. Alan Taylor was 198th with 1:04:17; Dave Young 5th M65 and 217th in 1:06:57; Vicky Gore was 58th and 230th overall in 1:08:44; Anne Berry 66th and 243rd in 1:10:48; Caz Wadworth 81st and 265th in 1:15:26; Dave Waywell 3rd M70 and 267th with 1:15:41 and Debbie Myerscough 86th and 275th in 1:17:01. Steve Myerscough ran 18:19 in the second Catforth 5k on Saturday to finish 8th, with Paul Gregory hot on his heels in 9th place with 18:34. Peter Cruse was 11th in 19:21, 1st M50, and Jason Blagden 14th in 19:46. Stuart Topping was 20th with 20:26 and Elliott Costello 21st in 20:48. Nicola Unsworth was 4th woman and 1st W45 in 21:40; George Kennedy 25th in 21:48, 2nd M55; Paul Eccles 29th with 24:23; Pauline Eccleston 6th woman and 30th in 25:21. Ugis Datavs ran the Ultimate Trails 110km event from Ambleside coming in 66th in 17:32:15 despite going badly off course at one stage and adding on quite a bit of distance. Simon Eaton ran the 55km distance and he finished 78th in 8:11:12. There were three Wesham members in the second Harrock Hill race on Wednesday evening; Steve Myerscough was 50th in 43:21 for the 5.5 miles and 900ft climb; with Caz Wadsworth and Debbie Myerscough running together 166th and 167th in 71:03. Graham Vickers ran the Lostock Hall 5k on Saturday in 26:21 for 117th place. Carl Groome ran 20:08 in this week’s Lytham Hall parkrun for an age graded performance of 72.10%. John Bertenshaw had an M60 performance of 80.05% with a time of 20:13, a new personal best, and Ben Wrigley M35 55.51% in 23:54. Phil Leaver clocked 24:45 for M60 66.04% with Peter Rooney 25:05 for M55 62.86%. Kay Twist ran 26:33 for W45 61.02%; Finlay McCalman 27:40 with M50 54.64%; Stephen Twist 27:51 for M50 52.96%; Julie Rooney 29:09 with W40 53.57%; and Debbie Bell W40 53.48% with 29:25. In the Preston run Nigel Shepherd recorded 20:45 for M55 76.63% with Robert Brown 25:40 for M55 61.95% and Lynn Brown 35:39 for W55 50.77%. At Pendle parkrun tourists David Taylor ran the day’s fastest time of 18:24 for 70.29%; Steven Gore M35 62.19% with 21:20; Megan Gore JW10 44.10% with 38:42 and Vicky Gore 38:43. Helen Lawrenson ran the Blackpool run in 21:10, the fastest women’s time of the day for W45 76.54%; Chris Pike 25:00 for M40 55.40% and Kerry Eccles W55 64.81% with 27:34.

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Rob Wallace, Tanya Shaw and Stuart Topping at the Southport races on Sunday

It was a busier week for Wesham members with some races on and members taking part in a variety of challenges.  This weekend sees three teams of eight taking part in the Endure24 relay from midday Saturday to noon Sunday in Bramham Park east of Leeds. This will be the fourth year Wesham have taken part in this event having finished second team twice. This year it is more of a challenge with a staggered start and distanced handover at the end of each 8km stage. Wesham also have a pair taking on the 24-hour challenge again.

Rob Danson ran in the Leeds Midsummer Night 10,000m Classic Middleton Grove on Thursday evening incorporating the Northern Athletics Championships and he finished 14th in the Senior Men’s B race in 31:40.82. With 21 finishers the finish times varied from 31:11.87 to 32:51.28 showing the quality taking part. The A Race was won in 28:54.39 with the final runner clocking 31:33.66. the entry qualification for men was 34 minutes, and there were four men’s races and one women’s.

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Tom Crabtree back in action in the Father’s Day 10k in Lancaster

There was some competition last week for Wesham members as athletics start to open up with the easing of restrictions. There were also continuing cancellations with the popular Hawkshead 10k on Wednesday evening the latest in the Kendal AC series, although they have a revised Endmoor 10k scheduled in August, over a month after the series has concluded in past years.

Local racing returned on Sunday with the Father’s Day 10k in Lancaster run from the quayside along the riverside cycle path and over the river towards Morecambe and back with three separate waves starts. There were four Wesham members taking part, with Tom Crabtree the first to the finish in 36:41 for 18th place. Steve Abbott placed 24th with a time of 39:15 and 5th M40. Three seconds behind Neil Gregson came in 25th in 39:18. Helen Dutton finished 125th in 58:40, 7th W35 and 38th woman.

Mick Edge took on the Lakesman Half Ironman in Keswick on Sunday, in perfect conditions, with a good opening swim but then 61 miles on the bike after taking a wrong turn added on 5 miles. His knee started hurting so he had to walk part of the run but persevered to finish the event in style. He started with the 1.9km swim in 32:36 finishing 55th. Completed the 92.9km bike stage in 3:16:33, coming in 275th fastest and 235th overall. Then he ran 3:02:43 for the half marathon running stage to give an overall time of 6:59:42 for 398th place having spent 7:50 in the two transitions.

Anne Mayers-Smith ran the opening Sale Sizzler 5km event in Manchester’s Wythenshawe Park, running 24:38 for 81st woman, 393rd overall and 12th W40, in a high-quality event won in 14:09 with seven runners under 15 minutes.

Helen Greenhalgh topped the Wesham Strava training leader-board last week with a single tremendous ultra-distance effort of 69.5 miles in a time of 23:43:59, also topping the elevation gain ranks with 4,347ft of climb. Daniel Shaw was second on the list at 64.5 miles run in 8:25:22 with Rob Danson third with 62.4 miles in 6:57:02. Ugis Datavs recorded 60.4 miles in 7:30:59 and Mark Belfield 48 miles in 5:49:36. With Mark Holton sixth on 40.8 miles in 5:33:53 Helen Lawrenson was seventh overall and second woman with 40.3 miles and a cumulative time of 6:20:50. Lynn Brown was third woman with 34.6 miles in a time of 8:50:58 with Tanya Shaw fourth running 30 miles in 4:18:30. Sue Coulthurst clocked 27.2 miles in 4:15:14 and Michelle Tickle 25.5 miles in 3:48:18. Rob Wallace notched up 39.4 miles in 5:40:49; Alan Hudson 38.3 miles in 5:27:28; and Steve Myerscough 37.9 miles in 5:42:22. Paul Eccles was second on the Monarch of the Mountains leader-board with 3,570ft over 13.1 miles in 1:57:02; and Rob Danson third at 1,891ft climbed. Daniel Shaw was fourth with 1,831ft ascent over 64.5 miles; Helen Lawrenson second woman and fifth overall with 1,499ft; James Mulvany sixth with 1,430 (31.1 miles in 4:01:02); Paul Lancashire seventh summiting 1,404ft over 18.4 miles in 2:29:39; Mark Belfield 1,328ft in 48 miles; Chris Hastwell 1,179ft (35 miles in 4:26:35); and Martin Bates 1,100ft across 17.2 miles in 2:50:00.  Michelle Tickle was third woman with 1,086ft; Lynn Brown fourth at 984ft; and Sue Coulthurst 805ft for fifth. Rob Danson had the fastest paced runs last week at an average speed of 6:41 per mile, with James Green second at 6:45 pace for 15.2 miles in 1:42:36. Garry Barnett was next speediest at 6:49 per mile over 10.1 miles in 1:08:51, and Andrew Harling 6:53 pace for 22 miles in 2:31:26. Tanya Shaw was the fastest woman at 8:37 pace with Michelle Tickle second with 8:57 per mile. Kay Twist was third on 9:05 pace and Anne Mayers fifth at 9:07 over 4.6 miles in 41:56. Second longest individual run behind Helen Greenhalgh was Keith Wilding with 30.6 miles in 7:14:31, and Ugis Datavs with 21.7 miles.

In 2010 eleven years ago the Sotos 10k in Fleetwood reached premier status in the Fylde in its third year on Sunday as it attracted its best field and provided a real showdown between the local clubs. The Wesham men were narrowly pipped to the men’s team victory by Blackpool in blisteringly hot conditions. Charlie Pass was in sizzling form but had to ease off on the day for 4th place in 24:21. M50 winner Alex Rowe made progress through the first half of the race tracking team mate Jason Barlow along the sea wall after the midpoint, just overhauling him over the final 200m to finish 6th with 35:26, with the latter 7th in 35:31. Lee Barlow was 15th in 37:00, while Troy Watson finished 29th in 39:46. Joanna Goorney had a superb run, finishing 2nd woman and 32nd overall in 40:13, also the first W40. Carmel Sullivan was 3rd woman and 2nd W40 in 41:49, 42nd overall. Sarah Sherratt clinched the women’s team for the Wesham ladies once again with 44:22 in 7th place, 3rd W35 and 60th overall. John Oliver was 51st in 42:34; Russell Mabbett 61st in 44:23 after his run the previous day in the South Lakes Half Marathon; Nigel Shepherd 68th in 45:03; Charles Colby 69th with 45:06; Michaela Dempsey 71st and 8th woman in 45:16, Graham Vickers 75th in 45:37; Chris Moss 78th in 46:13; Peter Bartlett 1st M60 and 82nd with 46:37; Alistair Morris 100th in 47:52; Helen Lawrenson 15th and 102nd with 47:56; Jonathan Lawson 104th in 47:58; Angela Colby 17th and 112th in 48:37; Kath  Hoyer 22nd, 2nd W50 and 127th in 49:19; Nicola Unsworth 23rd and 129th with 49:39; Barry Edwards 130th in 49:44; Stephen Wilkinson 134th in 50:08; Paul Carter 146th in50:48; Finlay McCalman 164th with 53:27; Dave Young 170th in 54:01; Peter Cooke 178th in 55:12; Anne Docherty 44th and 181st with 55:32, 3rd W50; Sharon Cooper 51st and 200th in 58:23; Dave Jones 209th in 58:47; Norman Bateman 5th M70 and 215th in 59:23; John Whiteman 230th with 60:31; Billy Newhill 283rd in 71:18. Charlie Pass was delighted with a clear win in Wednesday night’s Hawkshead 10k road race around Esthwaite Water on a glorious summers evening, gaining over a minute on the second placed runner with 34:17. Alex Rowe had a battle for 3rd place and won out over the final half mile to gain a 7 second advantage with 36:10 at the line over the undulating route, winning the M50 age category. With Simon Eaton 28th in 41:06 the Wesham men won the team for the third year in a row. Chris Moss was 58th and delighted with the result of 46:15, with Peter Bartlett surprised at 4th M60 but pleased with the time of 47:11 for 60th place. Jenny Salt well deserved her time of 47:21 in 62nd for a great run. At the Mid Lancs Track and Field League at Litherland on Saturday Alex Rowe and Peter Gleaves were Wesham’s representatives. In the 800m Rowe ran 2:21.3 for 8th place, 4th in Division 2 and Gleaves 12th and 6th with 2:32.5. Rowe was 6th and 2nd in the 1500m with 4:44.8 and Gleaves 11th and 5th in 5:25.8. They rounded off with the 3000m, Rowe 3rd with 10:01.1 and Gleaves 8th in 11:43.7, his debut at the distance. Richard Davies finished 12th in the second Harrock Hill Race, 1st m50 in 37:22, a fine result. Sarah Sherratt was 47th and 7th woman in 42:07. Carmel Sullivan was 61st and 10th woman, 4th W40 in 43:17. Graham Vickers was 72nd with 45:24; Michaela Dempsey was 76th, 15th woman and 7th W40 in 46:17. Steve Myerscough finished 11th in the Lancaster 5km series on Saturday evening, running 17:45. Kath Hoyer was 2nd lady in the Comptons Cross Fell Race on Saturday afternoon, running 88:54 for the 9 miles and 900ft ascent. Over an out and back route with a loop at the top conditions were very hot. Dave Waywell took on the half fell distance over an out and back course but managed to go wrong on the return increasing the 4.2-mile distance to 5.2 but still finished 2nd in 47:35. John Howorth finished 50th in the Lancaster Keep On Ticking 5km race in 28:41, 3rd M55. The race featured a big inter-school presence. In the Friday night Chorley Park series race over 5km of trails Sarah Sherratt was 2nd woman and 18th in 21:50. Graham Vickers was 20th in 22:00, and Michaela Dempsey 3rd woman and 23rd with 23:07.

Six years ago in 2015 the Wesham men made a stand at the Hawkshead 10k on Wednesday evening but were outnumbered by the Howgill Harriers. Karl lee made a good start with determination and was in with the lead three until halfway, fading on the big hill just after 4 miles but holding on to 4th place in 35:46 as winner Phil Waite came storming through from way back in the field. Lee Barlow ran well and came in 10th with 37:07 placing 2nd M40. Alex Rowe faded badly in the second half and finished 20th in 38:17, 2nd M50, with Peter Cruse running very well and running 38:38 in 24th place and 3rd M50. Steve Myerscough was 27th in 38:54 with Garry Barnett 28th in 39:14, both placing 6th and 7th M40s. Simon Eaton was 53rd in 42:16, 18th M40. Chris Moss was 94th in 46:12 and Phil Leaver 95th and 2nd M60 in 46:15. Alan Taylor placed 123rd with 49:25; Peter Bartlett was 137th and 8th M60 with 51:05; Debbie Myerscough had a great run, 40th woman in 154th place overall with 54:45. The Inter Club Fell series continued with the Great Hill Race on Saturday. Following heavy persistent rain with the fell totally obscured it lifted just before the race. Alex Rowe ran well on the easily graded slopes finishing 4th in 40:33, 1st M55. The course was out and back with a loop at the top; a fast downhill start but with a sting in the tail climb back up to the finish. Steve Myerscough was 20th in 43:30, 4th M40; Nigel Shepherd 60th and 3rd M55, and Debbie Myerscough throwing away all bounds coming in 14th woman and 80th overall in 59:33. Sadly Wesham were one short in the Inter Club in all categories, 3 short of a ladies team and not represented at M60. Wesham had a big contingent in the Freckleton Half Marathon on Sunday afternoon, with Rob Danson placing 4th in 1:12:04 as he moved up in standard and systematically progressing his performance. Steve Waterhouse was 13th in 1:20:15, a nice solid run, and David Taylor ran well in 27th place with 1:24:04. Catherine Carrdus finished 4th woman in 1:31:56, a good run placing her 1st W40. Carmel Sullivan was 24th woman and 4th W45 in 1:43:28. Diane Blagden was 88th in 2:02:58, 17th W45. Garry Barnett was 34th with 1:25:54 and Peter Cruse was in action with 1:27:45 for 44th place and 4th M50. It was good to see Paul Gregory running and placing 67th in 1:29:43; and Paul Hetherington 67th in 1:30:45. Especially gratifying for Les Cornwall, who returned to action and placed 71st in 1:31:21. Troy Watson was 9th in the first of this year’s Pilling 10k series on Saturday evening, in good conditions following the terrible weather earlier in the afternoon. He clocked 38:22 for the flat 6.2 miles. Ryan heaps was 10th in 38:44, a great result, and Alan Taylor was 23rd with 48:50. Sarah Heaps was 12th woman and 33rd in 52:19. George Kennedy was 130th in the second Jubilee 5 race at Rivington, clocking 36:13 for the 5 miles, placing 9th M55 in the race. Nicola Unsworth was just one second behind finishing 14th woman and 2nd W40 in a time of 36:14. Sharon Cooper was 37th woman in 39:19, coming in 192nd overall and 7th W40. The Wesham women made up a team placing 10th with Sara Ward 60th in 43:07 on the undulating course, 10th W45 and 245th overall in this large popular race. David Taylor has achieved his 50 runs in parkrun, and in his 51st on Saturday he ran 18:58 for an age graded performance of 68.01%. Nigel Shepherd clocked 21:42 for M55 72.04% just hours before the Great Hill run, and Martin Bates M55 62.98% with a time of 25:02. Kerry Longley ran 36:46 as a first timer, a W45 43.20%; and Gemma Owen 47:00 for W35 31.81%. Alex Rowe ran 18:34 at Pennington Flash for M55 84.92%.

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Anne Berry finishes the Ladybower Trail Marathon on Friday

Numbers are starting to swell at Wesham training nights on a Monday and for the structured training sessions on Wednesdays, despite still another five weeks to go until the hoped-for end of restrictions, although extreme caution will still be required. Good weather has helped over the past couple of weeks with a good opportunity for a social drink after training on the veranda outside the Kirkham and Wesham Cricket Club, Wesham’s base.

Anne Berry ran the Ladybower Trail Marathon on Friday in the Peak District in the Derwent Valley. Following the reservoir bank for most of the course on good trails the race features some elevation at the northern end and some fast downhill running. This was Anne’s first marathon and one of the most spectacular in the country on a fine summer day. Quite a challenge to take on for a debut at the 26.2-mile distance.

Sharlan Butcher, Emma Wright and Dawn Biggs are running a virtual Lands End to John O’Groats and last week reached the halfway milepost with a physical run through the actual landmark in Windermere.

The planned resumption of parkrun on 26th June has had to be put back to 24th July with the delay of the lifting of the pandemic restrictions. The good news is that there are now a suitable majority of landowners that have now granted approval for the runs to recommence, although there will be some shock losses. The Lytham Hall venue hosted a trial run of its new route to a selected few last week on a straighter less restricted two and a half lap course to offer greater covid compliant environment.

Last week’s Wesham Strava training leader-board showed Rob Danson back at the top again with a weekly total mileage of 64.8 completed in a total running time of 7:13:05. Mark Holton rose to second place with 61.2 miles in 9:11:49 and Mark Belfield third on 60 miles exactly matching the previous week and an improved time of 7:30:00. Daniel Shaw came in fourth at 56.9 miles in 7:33:06 and Ugis Datavs upped his coverage to come in fifth on 49 miles in 6:03:25. Julie Paton headed up the women’s list covering 34 miles in 5:54:44 with Tanya Shaw second with 32.5 miles in a time of 4:44:23. Michelle Tickle was third on 31.5 miles in 4:37:12 and Helen Lawrenson fourth at 23.9 miles in 3:33:07. Kay Twist was next in fifth woman over 23.8 miles in 3:35:23 with Lynn Brown just behind with 22.5 miles in 5:35:37. Andrew Harling was sixth overall with 48.7 miles in 5:43:20; Neil Gregson seventh at 43.6 miles (5:27:44); Rob Wallace eighth with 41.4 miles (5:40:10); Alan Hudson ninth on 40.4 miles for the 72-year-old (5:45:25); and Chris Hastwell 38.2 miles in 4:54:47. On the hills Paul Eccles had 4,039ft of climbing to take the Monarch of the Mountains for the week over 17.8 miles in 2:39:54. Nigel Shepherd came in second at 3,521ft over 26.4 miles in 5:03:36, and Rob Danson with 2,987ft elevation gain. Michelle Tickle topped the women’s elevation leader-board and was 8th overall with 1,400ft climbed with Julie Paton second and 9th overall running uphill for 1,378ft. Helen Lawrenson was third with 1,132ft; Tanya Shaw fourth with 709ft elevated and Sue Coulthurst fifth summiting 616ft over 21.8 miles in 3:25:39. Daniel Shaw was fourth overall on 2,953ft over his 56.9 miles, and Paul Lancashire fifth with 2,002ft for 21.7 miles in 3:04:04. James Mulvany was sixth with 1,545ft; Mark Belfield seventh at 1,496ft; Richard Davies 10th overall on 1,276ft across 5.9 miles in 1:13:57; Steve Myerscough 1,171ft over 35.5 miles in 4:57:37; and Martin Bates 13th at 1,050ft in 2:46:19 over 17 miles. On average pace Alek Walker topped the rankings with Rob Danson both on 6:41 per mile, Alek clocking 10 miles in 1:06:50. David Taylor was third at 6:56 per mile over 20.2 miles in 2:20:03, with Garry Barnett fourth at 6:58 pace for 25.3 miles in 2:56:15. Andrew Harling was fifth on 7:03 a mile and Chris Haines sixth on 7:05 pace for 5.7 miles in 40:22. Tess Robinson was fastest woman last week at 7:28 per mile for 5.4 miles in 40:19 with Emma Lund second on 8:05 per mile over 6.5 miles in 52:33. Tanya Shaw was third on 8:45 pace; Michelle Tickle fourth with 8:48 per mile; and Helen Lawrenson fifth with 8:55 pace. Longest runs of the week were a long marathon of 26.6 miles for Mark Holton and 22 miles for Mark Belfield; 15.7 and 15.5 for Daniel Shaw and Ugis Datavs, and 14 miles each for Chris Hastwell and Tom Crabtree (33.1 miles in 4:13:46). Tanya Shaw ran a 13.5-miler; Sue Coulthurst 8.2 miles; Kay Twist, Claire Marie and Helen Lawrenson 8 miles each, and Wendy Hebblethwaite and Lynn Brown 6.5 miles.

In 2006 it was a scorcher all round as Wesham runners competed in the hottest weekend of the year so far. Performances were affected though with gale force winds throughout the area. A Wesham team took part in the 210-mile Welsh Castles Relay, travelling the length of Wales from Caernarfon to Cardiff. The best positions were achieved on Saturday, with Trevor Rayner 4th on Stage 2 (1:08:42) and Andy Yelland on stage 4 (1:01:45). Alan Glasgow was 8th on Stage 1 (1:04:14) and Julian Mawson 9th on Stage 3 (1:17:59). Runners faced gale-force winds as they negotiated through Snowdonia, with conditions easing as the relay route passed over the hills into Powys. The team achieved 6th spot on the first day recording 11:59:35 for 110 miles. On Sunday with some of the most gruelling stages through the Brecon Beacons but with the weather starting off cooler the best positions were achieved by Barry Peatfield (11th on Stage 13) and George Kennedy (11th on Stage 17), with Charlie Pass and Russell Mabbett both 12th on Stages 14 and 15 past the remote Drovers Arms between Builth Wells and Brecon. The team arrived 11th in the grounds of Cardiff Castle on Sunday afternoon with a finish time of 24:16:43. Other runners: Phil Leaver (22nd); Joanna Goorney (25th); Paul Dunkerley (18th); John Bertenshaw (10th); Paul Carter (33rd); Alex Rowe (11th); Alan Taylor (47th); Dave Young (51st); Barry Norman (14th); Peter Cooke (33rd); Martin Bates (28th); Karl Lee (26th). Back in the North West Peter Cruse was the first Vet-40 in the Bendrigg 10k on Saturday in 39:26 in blistering and windy conditions, and went on to finish 19th and 3rd M40 in the 7-mile Grasmere Gallop the following day. Dave Waywell was the 1st Over-60 in the Bendrigg race in 40:30 with Kath Hoyer 3rd lady overall and 1st W45 in 47:45 on the testing course. Simon Eaton was second home for Wesham at Grasmere in 55:28 on the multi terrain course, finishing 59th. John Howorth finished 132nd in 1:03:41; Derek Goodenough was 4th Over-60 and 169th overall with 1:08:12; John Whiteman was 236th (8th Over-60) in 1:16:09; and Mike Owen finished 246th in 1:17:47. Stephen Wilkinson and John Howorth ran the Chorley 4 Night Series on Wednesday, finishing 135 and 148th respectively with 29:08 and 30:45. Wesham had some high scoring finishers in the Stanley Park 10k on Sunday, with Keith Wilding 4th and 2nd M45 in 36:11, with Chas Linkison 7th in 37:37. Peter Waywell and Lee Barlow came in tgether in 11th and 12th with 40:05 and 40:07, and Graham Ingham was 18th in 41:28. Peter Gleaves was delighted to win the M40 category with 41:39 for 20th. Chris Wilding was 25th in 43:46; Paul Gardner 27th in 44:19; and Chris Moss 44th in 50:27. Ken Munro was 60th and 3rd M60 in 50:27. Mandy Ingham won the W35 age category with 52:03 for 18th lady, and Pauline Mills was the leading W55 in 53:36 (23rd woman). Derek Buckley took in the tough Ennerdale Fell Race over a gruelling 24-mile course with over 6000’ 0f climb. Despite good preparation Derek struggled in the conditions and finished 146th in 5:48:33. Martin Bates finished 70th in the Paddy’s Pole Fell race in 41:42.

Three years ago in 2018 It was a quiet week in athletics locally but nationally it was busiest with the County Schools Championships throughout the country. The latest round of the Inter-Club Grand Prix at Preston this Wednesday evening saw the Wesham men finish 2nd team but the other categories did not fare so well with the women lacking some key players. Gareth Booth finished 3rd overall in a fast race over the revised 4.1-mile course through Avenham Park and Steve Swarbrick was well placed in the Top 10 ably backed up by David Taylor and Steve Abbott. Tessa Robinson won the women’s race and Helen Lawrenson was well up. There will be full results and report next week. There were four Wesham runners in the Catforth 10k, which this year doubled its numbers on a wonderful hot sunny day on Sunday. Run over 2 laps of the three-times-a-year 5k route this was a fast and flattish cource rewarded with a fast winning time; 32:44 by Nick Jones of Warrington. Wesham’s Steve Abbott finished 11th in a good 38:21 to finish 2nd M40, winning the age category prize cascaded down from overall winner Jones. The heat did take its toll on some runners, and Ben Wrigley was well down with 50:06 for 65th position. Similarly, Sharon Cooper was reduced to a walk for a time at the halfway point but persevered and finished 78th in 53:13, 15th woman and 3rd W40. Pauline Eccleston was 23rd woman in 56:58, 5th W45 and 94th overall. Paul Gregory ran the opening Badger Run 10k of this year in Cuerden Valley Country Park, finishing 8th in 40:53 for the undulating figure-of-eight course. Anne Berry came in 28th woman and 5th W55 in 60:08, 113th overall. There were 157 runners in total. Steven Gore ran in the Race the Train from Bury to Rawtenstall on the East Lancashire Railway, covering the 9.5 miles in 1:21:01 to reach 32nd place. Elliot Costello finished 169th in 1:38:26. Alistair Morris, demon of the off-road terrain placed 346th in 2:05:40. John Burns ran the historic and iconic Blaydon race in Newcastle over 5.6 miles from the city centre along the Scotswood Road to Shibdon. He finished 605th out of the 4351 runners in 40:24, placing 14th M60. Tessa Robinson ran the fastest women’s time in this week’s Lytham Hall parkrun, recording 18:27 for a W35 age-graded performance of 82.02%. Matty Chamberlain ran a new personal best time of 20:43 for M45 68.46% with Jonathan Lawson clocking 21:56 for M50 67.25%. Jason Blagden ran 22:50 for M45 62.55% with Graham Cunliffe a good run for 24:40 and M60 65.61%. Robert Brown ran 25:03 for M60 64.01% and Stephen Twist 26:23 with M50 56.35%. Elizabeth Johnson ran 27:19 and had 55.40% for a W35. Finlay McCalman ran 27:32 and M50 55.33%; Julie Rooney 30:04 for W40 52.33%; Kerry Eccles 30:05 and W55 60.17%; and Lynn Brown 33:57 for W55 54.05%. Chris Pike ran 25:50 in the St Helens parkrun for M40 54.06%; the Gores travelled to Rothwell in Leeds with Steven running 19:53 for M35 67.14%; Megan Gore 33:19 for JW11 49.92% and Vicky Gore 33:28. Ann Knowles ran the Long Eaton run in Nottingham in 33:14 for W45 48.75%. David Taylor ran the Keswick run in 18:06, a 2-minute improvement on his run 2 years previously in 2016 for 71.64% completing 166 parkruns. Peter Cruse ran the Lancaster run in Williamson Park in 23:14 for M55 66.14%. Carl Groome was the first Wesham finisher in the Blackpool run in a time of 20:22 for an M45 grade of 71.85%; Nigel Shepherd clocked 20:59 for M60 76.41%; Dave Marsland 22:33 for M60 72.36%; Stephen Browne 23:03 for M50 65.00%; George Kennedy 23:51 for M60 67.23%; Dave Young 27:51 with M70 63.32%; and Sue Rigby 54:22 for W40 28.94%.