Running club based at Kirkham & Wesham Cricket Club
History of WRR
First London Marathon
The first London Marathon inspired a new generation to start running.
3 Friends From Lancashire Fire Brigade Get Together
John Baldwin, John Whiteman & Bob Bamber, members of Lancashire County Fire Brigade, start running & meet at the LAnd Ends pub afterwards for a drink and a chat.
Mike Carter Joins the Trio
Mike Carter (headmaster of St. Joseph’s R.C. School, Wesham) joins the group and suggests meeting on Monday evenings to go for a run. They used the schools facilities afterwards before heading to the Four Lane Ends pub.
Running Clubs Emerge
During the next few years local running clubs emerged and Mike suggested organising a meeting to see if anyone around Kirkham & Wesham would be interested in forming a club. An advert was placed in the Kirkham and Wesham Advertiser.
Wesham RR Formed
A meeting was held at the Four Lane Ends pub. 36 people attended & Wesham RR was formed. The running club had begun! Mike ‘Captain’ Carter became chairman & over the next few years the club welcomed over 200 members.
All Change at the Drinking ‘Stations’
The club changed venues for meeting and drinking between 1984 and 2000. From the School to the Community Centre in 1984 and from the Lane Ends to the Royal Oak in 1988.
Ribby Hall here we…. came & went!
During the 90’s charges increased at the Community Centre & a new venue was sought. In 1999 WRR moved to Ribby Hall for meeting and drinking, but, just a couple of years later it was decided WRR needed a more tailored venue.
Back to School
WRR moved to Carr Hill High School in 2001, which provided changing facilities & a running track – perfect!. The drinks station also moved to the Stanley Arms. Other clubs started to emerge & numbers steadily reduced to around 100.
Numbers remained steady during 2003/4 at around 120 members and from 2005 the club entered more Regional & National events, with a number of club members gaining individual honours in both men’s and women’s categories.
The drinks station moved to the Lane Ends pub, where a supply of butties became the norm. In 2009 WRR celebrated its 25th Anniversay by giving a special technical T-Shirt to all 466 Wesham 10k finishers.
Anyone for Cricket?
Between 2009 and 2011 membership remained constant at around 130 members, with an increase in female membership. Due to increasing fees the club had to look for an alternative venue. In 2012 Kirkham & Wesham Cricket Club to the rescue!
New Era of Competition & Design
2017 has seen a new era of competition with the introduction of the Trail Race Championship by Steven Gore and 2 new trophies in memory of Brenda Earnshaw and Derek Emmens, who were both long valued and respected club members.
UPDATE ON COVID-19. Updated 23rd July Following advice from England Athletics we are now able to hold our Monday Club Evening as well as Wednesday Structured Sessions. Whilst numbers for each structured session will be capped at 12, there will … Continue reading →
This week, a tentative restart of some athletic activity in the North West, with a series of Podium 5k races on Saturday evening an Barrowfold near Nelson giving the two fastest 5k road men’s time in the UK and the fifth fastest women’s time, and the first fell running event since March at the Lowther Castle run over an approximate half marathon distance. There were three Wesham members running at Lowther, there was a staggered start every 5 minutes from 10am with groups of six runners at a time. Steve Littler ran well starting at 12:10, and finishing with the 8th fastest time in 1:32:02, 2nd M40 and 12 minutes behind the winning time. He had the 4th fastest time over the final 5k split. Steve Swarbrick, with his Bowland identity came in 17th in 1:39:05, 4th M40. Carmel Sullivan starting at 12:05 pm finished 18th woman and 101st overall in 2:06:27, placing 4th W50. Anne Berry had an earlier start at 11:15, returning 60th woman and 12th W50 with 2:43:25, 207th overall. The course featured two summits with a river crossing in-between and there were three checkpoints on the course with a steady run back to the finish in front of the castle.