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A strong start from Simon Denye and Steve Littler at the Inskip Half

The main event of the week was the Inskip Half Marathon from Redwood Park home of the Blackpool Dog Show and taking in a mostly flat single loop through Elswick and Wharles along largely country lanes. Despite a chilly start weather conditions were good, changing into a seasonal foggy day.

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Tom Crabtree, Andrew Harling and Chris Hastwell in good position in the Mid Lancs at Burnley

It was the first busy week for athletics with a Mid Lancs cross country fixture on Saturday and the Garstang 10k on Sunday, both very popular events and a great start to the new year.

The Mid Lancs was the fourth fixture out of the six in the 2019/20 year played in Townley Park in Burnley, and Wesham carried on the good support with 16 men and 8 women.  In the Senior Women’s race over a short, medium and large lap of 5.8km Wesham’s leading lady was Helen Lawrenson with a strong run to finish 5th W45 and 36th in 24:44. Kay Twist came through well to place 17th W45 and 78th in 27:15. Anne Mayers-Smith finished strongly as 31st W35 and 85th with 27:34. Kath Hoyer was 5th W55 and 94th in 28:02. Maureen Danson was 32nd W45 and 133rd with 30:48; Clare Belfield 56th W35 and 150th in 32:45; Sally Deacon 40th W45 and 153rd in 33:01; and Tanya Barlow 48th W45 and 173rd in 36:43. The Senior Women’s team were 18th and a ‘B’ team 36th; the W35 team were 8th with the best result a 3rd place for the W45 team. In the accompanying M70 race Dave Young finished 6th in 31:53 with Peter Bartlett battling off a hamstring pull to come in 7th with 32:15. The M70 team were 3rd this time after a win at both two previous fixtures in Liverpool and Hyndburn. They have all to play for to stay on top for the rest of the season.

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Silver medallist Gary Pendlebury floats over the mud in the Lancashire Championships

The Lancashire Cross Country Championships were held again in Witton Park in Blackburn on Saturday in warm conditions with a spell of drizzle that cleared up later on. Wesham kick started the new year with a reasonable team and individual performance. In the women’s 6.8km 3-lap race Kath Hoyer was 63rd overall and 3rd W60 in 34:14 earning her a Lancashire bronze medal. Anne Mayers-Smith was 56th and 14th W40 in 35:01 and Lucy Neighbour finished 77th and 21st W40 in 39:48. The three Wesham women placed 8th team. Steve Swarbrick was 40th in the Senior Men’s 4-lap 9.8km race and 6th M40 in 38:04 although he is listed under his first claim club Bowland Fell Runners. David Taylor placed 44th with a great run in 38:37 and Mark Holton was 8th M40 and 54th in 39:41. Tom Crabtree and Chris Hastwell had a great battle to finish 61st and 62nd in 40:00 and 40:08, with Andrew Harling just 3 seconds behind in 40:11 in 64th place. Garry Barnett had a good run in his first cross country for a few years coming in 100th with 43:47 for 7th M50. Steve Myerscough then finished 112th in 45:03, 13th M45. Then came two more Lancashire medals, with Gary Pendlebury gaining an M60 silver is second place with 46:32, 121st overall, and John Collier secured the M65 bronze medal with 47:58 (128th overall). Stuart Clayton finished 134th in 50:10, 13th M50, and Martin Bates was close behind in 136th for 7th M60 in 51:41. The Wesham men’s team finished 10th, and the masters’ team were 7th (Holton, Barnett, Myerscough and Pendlebury).

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There were several events to run off the Christmas festivities, and Wesham members saw out the year in various events with the Boxing Day 10k in Leyland being the most popular locally. With many Santas and elves still prevalent David Taylor finished 9th in 36:48. Steve Abbott was 15th in 38:06 running in bib number 1 and placing 4th M40. Chris Hastwell was 18th in 38:45 and 4th M35. Neil Harrison placed 20th with 39:07; and Alek Walker 27th 40:01 with Lee Nixon 28th in 40:16. Stuart Clayton was 59th and 5th M50 in 44:36. Helen Lawrenson finished 9th woman and 1st W50 in 44:59, 65th overall and Michelle Tickle was 12th woman, 4th W45 in 46:20, 81st overall. Sharon Cooper placed 188th with 53:17; Ben Wrigley was 269th in 57:36; and Claire Axcell 326th in 61:10.

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