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.

Simon Denye on his way to 2nd place at the Longridge Pudding Race.

The third Mid-Lancs cross country fixture at Hyndburn Wilsons Fields turned out to be a real challenge with horrendous weather conditions and problems on the course with the markings and Marshalls, resulting in various course problems up to the Senior Mens’ race which went ahead to plan. Wesham’s first action was in the combined Senior Women and Men Over-70 race supposedly held over a medium and a large lap. Setting off 20 minutes late, Anne Mayers-Smith finished 49th in 29:10 over an approximate 8km course placing 16th W35. Carmel Sullivan made a return to cross country after a 3-year layoff with injury, coming in 31st in 27:38 and 7th W45.

In the M70+ race Dave Young finished 2nd in 35:37 and Peter Bartlett was 5th with 1:04:15 having been sent wrong near the finish getting mixed up with lapping Senior Men. Peter’s finish ensured the M70+ team victory for Wesham.

The Senior Men were more successful with Alex Rowe filling a marshaling slot. David Taylor was first Wesham runner to complete the course coming home in 42nd place in 41:06 with a great run. Andrew Harling provided great backup finishing 46th in 41:36. Phil Quibell was 3rd M60 and 78th overall in 43:52. Nigel Shepherd finished 5th and 158th in 49:37 and John Collier was close behind to clinch the M60 team win in 7th place, 165th overall with 50:34 in a hard-fought finish with fellow M60s Graham Webster and Terry Hellings of Lytham St Annes. Steve Myerscough finished 176th and 54th M40 in 51:21, a brav effort as he steadily returns from injury. Ben Wrigley was 216th in 57:45. The Mens’ team is listed as 14th; the M35s 13th; and the M50s 5th, but this may be wrong as Wesham’s Garry Barnett who did not run is listed in 198th place with54:37.

On Sunday the big race for Wesham was the Longridge Christmas Pudding 7-miler up Longridge Fell and over the infamous Jeffrey Hill, a much better day with favourable weather conditions. Simon Denye had a superb run representing many weeks of preparation and return to racing fitness, coming across the finish line in 42:22 holding the chasing third placed runner by 5 seconds. Paul Gregory placed 9th in 43:30 and Stuart Clayton finished 73rd in 53:53. Helen Lawrenson was 81st with 54:36 and Stephen Brownie was 97th in 56:38. Next in Alan Hudson finished 115th in 58:04, and Sara Ward 152nd with 60%19. David Millar finished 180th in 61:58 and Robert Danson was 185th with a good run in 62:26. Vicky Gore was 210th in 64:59; Maureen Danson 218th in 65:29; Paul Carter 223rd with 65:54; Peter Rooney was 225th in 65:48 (the results are in chip time order); Louis’s Denye 269th in 68:47; John Howorth 313rd with 1:13:23; Sally Deacon 331st in 1:14:21; Debbie Myerscough 367th in 1:17:36; Antoinette Holton 371st in 1:20:42; Julie Rooney Diane Blagden 376th and 377th in 1:21:36; there were 411 runners in all.

The weekend saw the annual double-headed Langdale Xmas 10k, split over two days to accommodate the popularity of this race from the New Dungeon Ghyll down the valley to Elterwater and return. On the Saturday Peter Cruse was the leading Wesham runner finishing 75th in 45:54. Chas Colby crossed the line 227th with 52:40, and Angela Colby 305th with 55:56.

The Lytham Hall parkrun was cancelled on Saturday morning due to high winds at the end of a breezy week. Most of Wesham’s runners managed to find their way to neighbouring runs, with David Taylor warming up for the afternoon’s Mid Lancs Cross country with a measured 20:12 for an age graded performance of 64.36. Robert Brown ran 26:07 for M60 61.97%. Elizabeth Johnson recorded 26:11 with a W35 58.05%. Tracey Hulme completed the South Manchester parkrun in Platt Fields in 24:14 for a W55 age grade of 74.69%. Martin Bates was running in the Bolton run in Leverhulme Park and he completed the undulating 5km in 26:04 for M60 62.60%. Emma Wright was in the Wyre Forest and ran 32:02 for W40 48.02%. Emma Lund ran the Lancaster parkrun in Williamson Park in 23:41 for W35 63.12%. At the Blackpool parkrun in Stanley Park Helen Lawrenson ran 23.09 with a W45 grade of 71.56%; Stuart Topping 22:18 with an M45 64.57%;   Finlay McCalman M50 52.92% with his time of 28:47; and Kerry Eccles ran 30:47 for W55 59.77%. In the Fleetwood Promenade run George Kennedy and Suzanne Leonard ran 25:32 in tandem to record age grades of M60 63.38% and W45 64.10%. The Wesham parkrun tourists were at Potternewton Park in North East Leeds over 3 laps with Vicky and Steven Gore running 27:43 for W40 55.92% and M35 48.17%.

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