Alex’s Newspaper Report.

The second fixture in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League held at Hyndburn on Saturday in very muddy and wet conditions, although the early rain held off and the wind dropped slightly to warm up conditions. Peter Bartlett in the Vet 70 Men race over two laps of 6km finished 4th in 38:04. Dave Young placed 5th with 38:38 and the pair won the M70 team competition. In the Women’s race over the same course Wesham had 10 ladies running and Helen Lawrenson led the way to finish 59th and 11th W45 in 32:17. Kay Twist made her cross country debut and picked one of the toughest and muddiest courses in the League but she finished a fine 98th and 26th W45 in 35:34. Louisa Denye ran well and she was 110th and 27th W35 with 37:33. Maureen Danson similarly had a good run placing 118th and 30th W45 in 38:18. Antionette Holton had her first appearance and came in 130th with a great effort in39:39, 33rd W35. Clare Belfield was 132nd in 40:02, 34th W35, and Emma Davies also running her first cross country was 136th with 40:31. Sally Deacon finished 138th in 40:54, 37th W45; Tanya Barlow was 147th and 43rd W45 with 43:17; and Julie Rooney 159th and 47th W45 in 49:49. The “A” team of Lawrenson, Twist and Denye were 27th overall and 13th W35 team, with the Open “B” team (Danson, Holton, Belfield) 32nd overall; and the W45s (Lawrenson, Twist, Danson) were 11th.

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Lee Nixon running well

There were some good autumn fixtures on this week and Wesham members were out and about. The most popular event was the highly scenic and undulating Derwentwater 10-mile road race from Keswick. Helen Lawrenson was 13th woman and 4th W45 in 1:17:14, 127th overall in this popular run in stunning surroundings. Jen Salt was 59th woman and 6th W40 in 1:27:20, 247th overall. Sharon Cooper finished 63rd and 15th W45 in 1:28:21, 254th overall with a new personal best time. Sharlan Butcher and Dawn Biggs both took 9 minutes off their previous best running together with Emma Wright, with the trio coming in 382nd, 383rd and 385th in 1:46:15, 1:46:15 and 1:46:23, 138th, 139th and 141st women. Tom Crabtree finished 25th in 1:03:59, also a new best time. Stuart Clayton was 125th in 1:17:04, 11th M50, and Peter Bartlett placed 7th M70 in 1:40:53, 354th overall. James Birchall finished 417th in 1:57:14.

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Rob Danson tackles the flood around Stannah in the Fairclough 5

The Fairclough 5 race at Stannah in Thornton was the big event of the week. Rob Danson put in a strong performance with part of the course flooded on a wet day and he won the race convincingly in 26:35 for the undulating 5 miles with a leading margin on 27 seconds. Neil Gregson was 9th in 32:09 and Charles Colby out for a quick freshen up after the previous evening’s night run was 25th in 36:12. Stuart Topping finished 27th in 37:15 and Rob Wallace was 29th in 37:16 with Stephen Browne 30th with 37:20. Kay Twist was 7th woman 1st W50 in 39:32, 41st overall. James Danson finished 43rd in 40:14, and Dave Young was 2nd M70 in 62nd place overall with 43:10, with Maureen Danson 17th woman and 3rd W50 in 43:16, 63rd overall. Lucy Neighbour was 19th woman and 65th in 43:36; Stephen Twist 67th in 44:14; Sharlan Butcher 23rd woman and 70th with 44:57, and Peter Cooke finished 84th in 48:31.

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Ugis Datavs heads into the sun in Preston’s Avenham Park in the re-scheduled 10k

Out of 332 finishers there were 175 men and 157 women in Sunday’s Green Drive Five race in Lytham, a very encouraging gender distribution. And hosting the Lancashire 5-Mile Championships there was a 105 to 104 ratio which shows the attraction to this hugely popular event. There were 37 Wesham members running, 16 of them women, with David Taylor the first finisher in 10th place with a time of 28:11 for a new personal best performance. Tom Crabtree finished 22nd in 29:46, and Simon Denye was 27th and 3rd M45 in 30:22.

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