It was a very full week of athletics fixtures last week, but Wesham members largely kept away, perhaps due to the very high temperatures. Noticeable perhaps that the main event of the week was Tuesday evening in the Paddy’s Pole Fell Race, the next date in the Wesham Off-Road Championships. Tom Crabtree was the first Wesham finisher in 23rd place over the 3.7 miles and 1102ft of climb, in a time of 33:45. Carl Groome came in 47th in 37:48 placing 6th M50. Steve Myerscough completed the course in 54th position in 38:23 for 6th M45, with Mick Edge 7th M60 and 86th overall in 43:26. Ian Nichols Hogg finished 89th in 44:41; Kirsty Holland ran well to place 14th female and 108th overall in 53:58. Ryan Azzopardi was 110th in 54:19; Sally Deacon 16th woman and 114th in 56:09 finishing 3rd W55. Debbie Myerscough was 20th and 117th overall in 1:16:20, and together the Wesham ladies were third team.Continue reading
It was a day at the races for Wesham with three teams entered in the Northern Athletics 12- and 6-Stage Road Relays for men and women respectively, held on the coast road in Redcar. Wesham were last here 18 months ago for the 6- and 4-Stage relays in barmy late summer weather but last Saturday it was damp and windy with a strong swell on the sea just adjacent to the race route. The day kicked off with junior 5km Northern Championships, and then the senior men were off on 4 alternate long stages of 9.6km and 8 short stages of 5.2km. Dan Bolton was off to a great start with 34:53 for the opening long stage, returning 41st on the out and back two laps. Elliot Costello was on Stage 2 with 21:16 for the first short stage, and David Taylor 35:12 on Stage 3. Steve Myerscough retained 40th place with 18:37, followed by Rob Danson with the fastest long stage of 31:07, 50th fastest long stage of the day out of 182. Stuart Grice ran 20:48; Adam Wilding second fastest for the team in 32:07 (long stage) taking the team to 32nd, with Chris Haines 19:35; Will Parkinson 20:11; Mark Bellfield an excellent 17:52; James Remnant 21:46; and Peter Rooney 25:25 to give the team 34th place in cumulative time of 4:58:51, and although 3:17 short of qualification for the English national road relays in two weeks’ time only 30 seconds separated the four teams that just missed out.55:34. Wesham’s men’s “B” team was incomplete but not lacking in commitment and enthusiasm as Stephen Twist (47:50); Andy Moore (25:56); John Collier (35:31); Dave young (26:18); James Danson (51;29) and Andrew Wilkinson (34:21) brought the team 43rd place at halfway. The Senior Women set off five minutes after the men on two long and four short stages with Kay Twist first off completing 45:51 for 35th place, backed up by Debbie Myerscough (33:08); Michelle Pitt (33:22); Kirsty Holland 54:03 (long stage); Claire Belfield (28:270 and Bev wilding (27:46), bringing the team in 35th in 3:42:37. There was an abundance of North East clubs competing, Wesham and Blackburn were the only Lancashire clubs present with a handful of Merseyside and Manchester clubs.Continue reading
Race results and standings for the latest Mid-Lancs Cross Country Meeting at Blackpool are now available to view here.
Well done to all who took part!
The next cross country meeting is at Leigh Sports Village on 12th February – more information to follow.
The next Mid-Lancs cross country takes place this coming Saturday at Lawson’s Ground, Blackpool.
The course is flat and well drained and so is an ideal opportunity for any new comers to try cross country.
Spikes or trail shoes may be worn.
The Ladies race is 6k starting at 1.30pm
The Men’s race is 9.8k starting at 2.15pm
Happy New Running Year to you all. On our first Monday Club Night of 2022, we will be holding the next race of our 2021 – 2022 Handicap Race Series.
As Monday night Club runs are starting at 6.30 so will the Handicap Races. Registration will be at the Club from 6.10 pm, with the start being as soon as possible after 6.30 pm, on Preston Street. Please follow the link for the start times of those who have taken part in previous races – Winter Handicap Start Times (January 2022)
The 2022 Road Championship races have now been confirmed. Be sure to get signed up before the races are sold out – Road Race Championship