Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Wesham men model new kit for 2022

Another quiet week with some wintry weather and festive preparations nevertheless didn’t put off eight Wesham members from the Longridge 7 road race on Sunday despite a cool overcast day with heavy fog masking the summit of the fell at the notorious Jeffrey Hill. Alek Walker ran the fastest time for Wesham, with 46:15 for 13th place. Chris Haines finished 31st in 50:30 and Steve Myerscough was 35th with 51:16 for 6th M45. Damian Ings placed 61st in 55:45 for 12th M45. Ian Blundell finished 100th with 60:50. Peter Rooney was 4th M60 in 61:09 and Louise Lord 31st woman and 8th W45 in 1:04:56 for 128th overall. Lisa Minns was 37th woman and 3rd W55 in 1:05:17 just 2 seconds off 2nd place, and 134th overall.

Paul Lancashire ran the Tatton Yule Yomp in Cheshire and he finished 119th in 52:27. His chip time of 52:19 gave him 135th place. He was 16th M35.

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Martin Bates takes in sun and sand in the Lanzarote International Running Festival

It was a quiet week for athletics last week as the Christmas season starts to get in action, but there were a handful of Wesham members running in the Myerscough 10-Mile race. Steve Myerscough was the first Wesham finisher in 40th place in a time of 68:48, placing 13th M45. Paul Lancashire was 46th in 69:23, and martin Bates 6th M60 and 85th overall in 1:16:25 after his recent week in the Lanzarote Challenge. Helen Lawrenson finished 48th woman and 10th W50 in 1:31:04, 167th overall. Dawn Biggs was 49th running with Helen for 11th W50 and 168th overall with the same time 1:31:04, and she achieved her Wesham Silver Standard with this performance. She took 90 seconds off her recent 10-mile personal best from the Preston 10.

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Steve Myerscough, Andy Yelland and Mark Willett; the “Cottam Boys”

Saturday saw the triumphant return of the Wesham 10k on a breezy morning after a night of gales that had brought down a tree across the course, demanding the services of a hastily acquired chainsaw. The morning itself was bright if chilly but the nature of the course gave some shelter from the wind. There was a keen race at the front, with Joseph Moores of Salford AC moving ahead to win in 31:50 and lead his team to overall victory. Second was Luke Minns on Blackpool just four seconds behind in 31:54. Wesham’s Rob Danson, running well but not currently in key training, came in third with 32:42. John McDougall showed his value to the Wesham team placing 6th. Adam Wilding closed in the men’s team second behind Salford and ahead of third placed Blackpool, as he came in 10th in 35:59. In the women’s race Alice Bernstein of Ramsbottom RC was first back and first W35 in 41:42, with a thrilling tie for second in 43:18 between W45 Julia Hartley of Accrington AC and a stunning performance by W60 Sue Burns (unattached). Equally impressive was fourth placed and second W60 Gwen Kinloch of Burnden RR with 43:52. The Wesham team was below par with the away trips to Benidorm and Lanzarote, but Becky Ingam headed the team in 24th place (155th overall) in 49:49, with Natalie Middlemas 39th in 53:47 and Kirsty Holland 42nd with 54:18 to bring the women’s team in 8th place with Accrington ladies, Swinton and Blackburn RR taking the top three places. Vicky Gore finished 45th in 55:08; Sharlan Butcher 53rd in 56:12; training partner Dawn Biggs 56th with 56:21; Emma Wright 73rd in 58:40; Liz Sharrocks 84th with 59:55; and Wendy Hebblethwaite 104th in 63:39. In the Wesham men’s race Tom Crabtree finished 13th in 36:52, Ugis Datavs 18th with 37:42, Chris Hastwell 24th in 38:04; Alek Walker 31st with 39:00, and James Green 34th in 39:35. Steve Myerscough was disappointed with his 42:33 for 66th place, but behind him Paul Lancashire came in 100th in 45:22; Rob Wallace 139th in 48:46; Alan Hudson 141st in 48:53; Peter Rooney 151st in 49:14; Ian Nichols Hogg 162nd in 50:25; Andrew Wilkinson 200th 53;40; Martin Allison 201st 53:41; Finlay McCalman 203rd 53:44; Elliot Costello 212th 54:18; Lee Lawrenson 216th 54:23; Andrew Moore 229th 55:13; Paul Carter 247th 56:33; Colin Smy 255th 57:16; and Stephen Twist 294th 59:56

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Dawn and Sharlan collect medals in the Preston 10-Mile,
Open race, Northern and Lancashire team medals

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.

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