Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Chris Hastwell in full flight in the Garstang 10k.

Saturday afternoon witnessed the fourth fixture in the current season on the Mid-Lancs Cross Country League in Towneley Park in Burnley.  Very low cloud and set-in heavy drizzle greeted early arrivals but by the time of the senior races this has abated and was left with the characteristic cold wind gusting across the parkland and playing fields now used for the course. Kath Hoyer was the only Wesham woman running in the 6km course over 1 small, 1 medium and 1 large lap, finishing 4th W55 and 75th in 26:01.

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Cross Country Report.

MID LANCS XC No 4 – Townley Park, Burnley.    12th January 2019

Now at the fourth Mid-Lancs fixture (where is the season going to?) and our numbers equaled that of the last fixture minus one woman!  While the League reported record numbers.  In stark contrast to the last League fixture in December at Hyndburn’s Wilsons Fields where steady heavy rain under leaden skies turned the course into a swimming pool here at Burnley today despite low cloud and early drizzle it eased off and was replaced by a gusting wind but it was warm enough, and the course was dry and firm, track runners conditions!

In the Women’s and Over-70s over 5.8 km with a short, medium and large lap only Kath Hoyer turned out; come on ladies, where are you!  Kath made a sterling effort and finished a fine 4th W55 and 75th with a time of 26:01. Anne Mayers-Smith was there at the event but circumstances meant she could not race.

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Stuart Clayton, who ran his first cross country at the Lancashire Championships.

The main action for the first week of 2019 was at the Lancashire County Cross Country Championships in Blackburn’s Witton Park. In the Senior Women’s race over a 3-lap 8km course Anne Mayers-Smith finished 41st overall and 6th W40 in 30:44 on a largely dry course in excellent running conditions. Rob Danson earned himself another Lancashire County vest for the Inter-Counties event in March finishing in 3rd place with a time of 31:02 for the 4-lap 10km course, coming in just 27 seconds behind the winner. Gareth Booth running in his Horwich colours finished 39th and 2nd M45 in 34:11. Andrew Harling placed 87th in 38:10 and Phil Quibell in his Salford vest 100th in 39:42 to win the M60 category, a Lancashire gold medal. Mark Renshall made his cross-country debut with 41:31 for 127th place and 13th M45. Steve Myerscough finished 139th in 42:34 for 17th M45; Nigel Shepherd was 9th M60 in 155th place with 44:18; and John Collier 2nd M65 and 157th in 44:31, just losing the County Gold medal to Lytham’s Terry Hellings by 5 seconds. Stuart Clayton another cross-country debutant was 171st with 46:30, 16th M50, and Martin Bates 14th M60 in 48:19 and 175th place overall. Ben Wrigley finished 184th with 50:09 and Phil Leaver battling breathing problems to place with 61:20. The Wesham men finished 10th Senior Men’s team and 8th Masters.

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Nigel Shepherd in Lytham Hall on New Year’s day

Wesham Road Runners celebrated the New Year after a successful 12 months saw teams contest the Northern Road Relays; forays to the Lake District for the Grasmere Gallop; international parties to Benidorm and Palma; and take a team to the prestigious Endure24 event in Leeds for the first time. Alan Taylor and supporting crew completed the Three Peaks and cycle challenge to raise over £3000 for cancer charities. There were many individual successes with many new members and many out to set new personal best performances and take on new challenges. The club has run another two Couch to 5k programs and benefited from many success and new recruits, and 2019 is set to be another good year for the club with many team events and the continuing club championships on road, cross country, trail and fell.

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