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An ugly looking bunch at the Gin Pit coal face, at least they’re smiling (except Paul!)

The Mid-Lancs Cross Country League season opened where it left off, at the new venue at Glaxo in Ulverston but the conditions on this second weekend in October could not have been different from the previous occasion on the first weekend in March. The dry and biting conditions in the spring were replaced with a torrential drenching now in the autumn and on the same course it was awash with mud and slippery conditions especially on the several switch-back sections up and down the banks surrounding the cricket field. Continue reading

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Tanya Shaw and Jo Mcaffery with light refreshment at the Chester Marathon

There were three Wesham runners in the Chester Marathon on Sunday which also included the England Athletics vs Celtic Nations Masters International and the British Masters Championships on a fresh but fine day with a cold frosty start but that was warmer and windier by lunchtime. With a 9-am start Lee Mangan was away and he finished 1924th overall; 1509th male and 309th M40 in a time of 4:22:59 (chip time 4:19:30) having passed through 20k (12.4 miles) in 1:58:32 and keeping to a fairly even pace. Tanya Shaw and Jo McCaffery finished together as 551st and 552nd women in 4:41:00, and 2245th and 2246th overall. They placed 114th and 115th W40s in a great shared experience. Continue reading

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Lee Nixon in full flight in Pilling warming up for the Preston 10k the next day

There were over 30 athletic events in the North last week as the busy month of September closed and there was plenty of variety to choose from. For the Wesham team there was a good showing in the final Pilling 10k for 2018 with Dave Bennett of Ellesmere Port winning in 32:24. Continue reading

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Thomas Crabtree puts in a good run on the fast opening stage

Steve Littler returned to winning ways in Wesham colours in the Macclesfield Half Marathon in windy conditions and over an undulating course on Sunday crossing the line with a time of 1:16:18 also turning in 1st M45. He had a 1:31 lead over second placed Matthew Devlin of no fixed abode.

The big draw of the weekend was Sunday’s Northern Athletics Women’s 4-Stage and Mens’ 6-Stage Road Relays held for the third year at Sportcity in Manchester in bright sunny conditions, although there was a stiff and chill wind at times and a late rain shower turned into a downpour for 5 minutes with hail, such were the varying conditions throughout the afternoon. Continue reading

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Wesham team in the sun; remember the summer?

There were a lot of races on over the weekend in the North West at a busy point in the athletics calendar but Fylde runners were not tempted afield. The Yarrow River Splash 10k Trail Race was the big draw for Wesham members as the club Trail Championship continues and approaches the final standings for the year. Continue reading

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The big event of the week was the concluding race of the Inter Club Grand Prix, bringing to a close the 7-race series for this year that began back in April in Blackpool. Rob Danson was back in top form for Wesham with a stamp of authority to blaze round the revised 4.5-mile course in Leyland’s Worden Park in 22:22 nearly two minutes clear of the chasing pack. Continue reading

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Can’t not include a quality picture of Rob Danson in fine form in the Trafford 10k

There was a quality field in the re-scheduled Trafford 10k with the first three finishers running under 30 minutes, and Rob Danson placed 11th with a time of 30:50 to show that he is back in full action. Rob went on to take the final Inter-Club race in Leyland’s Worden Park on Wednesday by storm and won by a big margin, sure to take the 2018 series overall win. Gareth Booth finished 3rd for Wesham and despite a good team with Steve Littler and Ugis Datavs and a great run from David Taylor the team slipped down the rankings. Full results next week. Continue reading

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A sunny morning for Carmel Sullivan on Saturday in Pilling

Carmel Sullivan came in 4th woman and 27th overall in the fourth Pilling 10k on Saturday morning in 46:45 in the fast 6-miler Over Wyre, winning the W50 category. Alan Hudson also returned to winning ways to take the M65 title in 49:39 following an operation to cure breathing difficulties, finishing 32nd overall.

Wesham had three runners in the last of the Harrock Hill series on Wednesday evening. Paul Gregory completed the 5.3-mile and 900ft of climb in 42:01 to gain 45th place and 10th M40. Elliot Costello finished 102nd with a good run in a time of 47:42, and Nigel Shepherd was 4th M60 and 105th overall in 48:11. Continue reading

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Running on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily


It was a very quiet week on the athletics scene and only a few races and Wesham members out competing.

Alan Taylor takes off on his Three Peaks +Cycle Challenge this week spread over 10- days with 14,000ft of climbing on the three mountains and a further 11,200ft of hills over the 470-mile bike ride from Fort William in Scotland to Llanberis in North Wales, raising money for Rosemere Cancer, Mummy’s Star and Bowel Cancer in memory of Ben Ashworth and Graham Vickers. Continue reading

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Wesham members are greatly saddened this week by the loss of former club chairman Graham Vickers who sadly passed away at the weekend aged 60 after 5 years battling throat cancer. This follows the loss of long standing member, treasurer and 10k race director Les Ward. Continue reading