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The importance of keeping hydrated in the Freckleton Half Marathon

The Preston Inter Club race on Wednesday evening was the big local athletics event last week with 340 runners, another big turnout with 54 Wesham members, a new venue and revised course through Avenham Park. The first lap saw Rob Danson leading with Adam Sciacca and Andy Benson right on his shoulders but he pulled away to a decisive win over the 4 miles in 21:26.  24 seconds clear. Continue reading

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Catforth 10k was run on Sunday morning in blustery conditions but the rain of the previous day abated. David Taylor was Wesham’s first finisher in 4th place with a time of 36:08, a The good run. Garry Barnett was 7th and 1st M50 in 37:52. Steve Myerscough was 9th and 1st M40 in 39:21. Nicola Unsworth was 5th woman, 1st W45 and 24th overall with 46:17, with Roger Leadbeater 26th and 3rd M55 in 46:51 and Tracey Hulme 6th woman 1st W50 and 27th in 47:13. Sharon Cooper finished 7th woman, 1st W40 and 31st overall with 49:15 with Phil Leaver 33rd 2nd M60 in 49:25 having just returned from holiday. Ben Wrigley was 38th in 50:49 and Vicky Gore 11th woman 3rd W40 and 41st with 51:39. Dave Marsland finished 46th and 3rd M60 in 52:04 with Kerry Eccles 16th woman and 48th in 52:14. Robert Wallace was 56th with 54:04; James Danson 59th and 3rd M50 in 54:14; Debbie Myerscough was 25th woman 3rd W50 and 67th with 56:19; and Paul Carter 86th in 1:03:21 Continue reading

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Steve Waterhouse chasing hard down the side of Grasmere at a gallop

Wesham members finished off a busy week in the trail championships series at the Grasmere Gallop with a glorious club weekend in Ambleside and a good turnout at two trail distances taking in lake, woodland trails and hillside. Continue reading

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Steve Myerscough and Neil Tate in the Fishwick Five on Monday

The Fishwick 5-Mile was the latest in the Wesham Trail Championships on bank holiday Monday morning and David Taylor placed 5th with a time of 31:16 on the undulating course in and out of the Ribble valley towards the Tickled Trout. Steven Gore was 9th in 33:23 having got ahead of Steve Myerscough who came in 10th with 24:23, 2nd M40. Helen Lawrenson was in a close finish with Sarah Ridehalgh just losing 1st place by 2 seconds clocking 36:08. Jason Blagden was 20th in 37:05; Graham Brock 27th in 43:27; Alan Taylor 28th with 43:36; Paul Eccles 29th in 43:39. Dave Young was 1st M65 and 34th in 46:42; Kerry Eccles 10th woman and 2nd W55 in 48:48; Debbie Myerscough 11th and 2nd W50 in 49:11. Paul Carter was 41st in 50:58; Peter Cooke 43rd in 51:14; Julie Rooney 44th in 55:46.

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The leading group soon after the start of the Christleton 5k on Friday evening

Rob Danson ran the Christleton 5k one of the top races at the distance in the North West and he finished 3rd with a time of 14:56, another sub-15 minute clocking. Anne Mayers-Smith was 73rd woman and 12th W35 in 23:32, 364th overall. Molly Watson was 97th and 408th overall in 28:04 (chip time 27:40). Continue reading

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The big event last week was the second round of the Inter Club Grand Prix at Lytham from St Annes Promenade down to Fairhaven Lake and back, an accurate 5 miles, and it was a big event with over 400 runners, a new record. Wesham had a bumper 73 runners. Rob Danson was once again the winner, pulling away from the start with Preston’s Dave Rigby and new Wesham recruit Joe Monk so that the three made a clear lead group coming out on to the road up to the first mile mark. It was a tight run with Rob winning by 5 seconds in 25:23 and Joe dropping back over the second half retaining 3rd place with 26:43. James Mulvany was powering behind and finished 8th in 28:20 with David Taylor 11th in 29:04. Continue reading

Chairman’s Report May 2017

Spring has finally arrived, and that can only mean one thing, London Marathon! All the hard work through those dark cold winter days paid dividends for so many. Wesham, once again had a fab turnout and a great weekend. I’m so glad that many of our members experienced it for the first time. Julie Rooney had the run of the day, smashing her PB, Stuart Topping was also rewarded with a PB. Elliot made the start line this year and can be proud of his achievements, the club was also represented by Nicola, Gemma, Pete Cruse and myself. The support team for the weekend included Kerry, The Dansons, Ryan, Mick & Carmel, Nicola’s husband Andrew, just to name a few, each and every one of them motivated Team Wesham on the course. They were amazing. The only disappointment was that Sally Deacon, who had tried so hard to be fit, was unable to shake off the injury she has been plagued with for over the last couple of years, and was not able to join us.

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Team picture at the Wigan Trail Race

The third round in Wesham’s new club trail championship took place within the Wigan Trail 10k on Sunday within the Amberswood park on a variety of paths and trails over two varying laps. There was a very strong turnout of 16 men and 13 women, lead by David Taylor who finished 5th overall in 37:05. Paul Hetherington was 11th in 39:13, 2nd M40; Steve Myerscough 18th in 40:27, 4th M40; Nigel Shepherd 26th in 42:02, 2nd M55; Jason Blagden 33rd in 42:54; Mark Renshall 34th in 42:58; John Collier 35th and 1st M60 43:07. Tracey Hulme was 10th woman and 2nd W50 in 47:59; 76th; Kath Hoyer 13th and 1st W55 in 49:09, 87th; Sharon Cooper 18th and 4th W40 50:16, 103rd; Kerry Eccles 24th; 2nd W55 in 51:39; 116th; Vicky Gore 33rd in 52:59; 129th; Fran Hodskinson 37th in 53:32; Diane Blagden 48th and 4th W50 54:49; Debbie Myerscough 52nd; 5th W50 in 56:17. Roger Leadbeater was 81st in 48:41; Chris Moss 97th with 50:06; Alan Taylor 105th (50:28); Dave Young 132nd (53:11; 2nd M65); James Danson 152nd (54:41); Dave Waywell 161st and 1st M70 in 55:25; Graham Brook 178th (57:10); Peter Cooke 208th (1:02:26); Clive Berry 210 (1:02:28). Pauline Eccleston finished 58th woman (181st) in 57:38; Maureen Danson 63rd (188th; 59:38); Jayne Hurst 79th and Julie Rooney 80th (1:03:12); and Caz Wadsworth 88th (1:05:56). Continue reading

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The Wesham team enjoy bank holiday sun in Avenham Park

Rob Danson rewrote his performance record book with a superb new 5k best performance of 14:42 in the Mid Cheshire 5k at Kingsley on Friday night amid a stellar cast, finishing 18th in the race. Carmel Sullivan ran 20:31 for a great performance finishing 270th; 45th woman and 1st W50. Anne Mayers-Smith was 86th woman and 12th W35 in 23:50, 381st overall.

Missed out of last week’s report Lee Barlow had run the London Marathon the previous week. Hopeful of running under three hours his early pace was on target but he had to slow in the second half but he still ran a very respectable 3:06:31 for 317th M45, 2481st male and 2603rd overall. Sharon Cooper ran well and finished 3876th woman and 15363rd in 4:08:55. Continue reading

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The London Marathon was the event at the fore of most runners’ minds this week and Wesham had six members running. One of the big successes of Wesham over the last couple of years Julie Rooney completed this year’s course in 4:51:47 to finish 8192nd woman and 25962nd overall out of the 40000 participants. Elliot Costello ran a good first half clocking 1:51:16 but started to struggle at 35k and finished with 4:20:11, a brave effort giving him 13216th place and 18074th overall. Gemma Owen was 3725th woman with 4:07:06 having reached halfway 7 minutes behind Elliot but she kept going, just slowing over her 4th 10k split. Nicola Unsworth kept her pace strong throughout and finished 1200th woman with 3:35:57, 7400th overall. Stuart Topping came in 4668th male and 5251st overall in 3:24:28 with a good paced effort, and Peter Cruse was the fleetest of foot coming in 3207th and 260th M50 in 3:13:05 running consistently over the distance tiring slightly towards the finish.

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