Alex’s Newspaper Report

Will Parkinson strides into stage 9 of the Northern Road Relays on Saturday

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.

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Handicap Race Monday 10th January 2022

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)