History of WRR

Timeline

1981
March 29

First London Marathon

The first London Marathon inspired a new generation to start running.
May 1

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.
June 1

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.
1985
January 2

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.
January 28

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.
1988
May 23

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.
1999
January 1

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.
2001
January 1

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.
2003
January 1

Progression….

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.
2009
November 28

25th Anniversary

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.
2012
January 2

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!
2017
February 1

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.

 

 

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Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Dawn and Sharlan collect medals in the Preston 10-Mile,
Open race, Northern and Lancashire team medals

The Preston 10-Mile on Sunday was the event of the area, with a fine open race incorporating the Lancashire and the Northern Athletics Championships. Wesham had a small but effective team present, with Ugis Datavs taking 30th place in 59:04 for 7th M40. Alek Walker finished 41st in 63:05, 8th M35. John Collier placed 2nd M65 in 75:54, 87th overall with a great run. The Men were third Northern Team behind Salford and Preston, but 4th Lancashire with Ribble Valley placing third. Peter Rooney was 117th and 7th M60 in 1:23:25. For the women, Sharlan Butcher and Antoinette Holton finished together in 24th and 25th places in 1:31:13, 8th W45 and 5th W35, and 146th and 147th overall. Dawn Biggs was 27th scorching round to take 4 minutesoff her personal best in 1:32:37, 6th W50 and 150th. The three ladies won the 2nd women’s team silver medals. The women were also the only Northern Athletics and Lancashire ladies’ team and so won both of those categories, gold medals apiece! Emma Wright placed 39th in 1:45:29, 173rd overall and 3rd W40.

On Sunday morning Louise Lord ran the Stanley Park 10k in 55:28 to finish in 46th place, and Finlay McCalman 55:51 for 48th. No Wesham members ran the Saturday version of the race.

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