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.
We are pleased to announce that after many months of lockdown, we are looking to slowly welcome back some club activity. With effect from Monday 29th March, we will introduce our Monday club night activity. This will be subject to … Continue reading →
The final three days of March brought much colder and windier weather and saw out Wesham’s final virtual Challenge of the West Highland Way with the final miles bringing the total for the month on this endeavour to a staggering 4985.36 miles between 49 members. The basic challenge was the 96 miles from Milngavie in north-east Glasgow to Fort William across moderate moorland largely snaking between the big peaks, but three of these completed the return leg and all or most of a third lap back to the finish. Steve Myerscough completed 311.96 miles in total, taking him through Fort William for a second time and back to Kingshouse at the start of Stage 6. Nigel Shepherd was most of the way to Fort William for his second visit having just passed Steve Myerscough who had just descended from the Devil’s Staircase into Altnafeadh having run 270.79 miles. Michelle Tickle had just left Inveroran on Stage 5 and had ascended onto Rannoch Moor the most desolate section of the whole route. Finishing on the last day of the month Emma Wright, Helen Lawrenson, Sharlan Butcher, Emma Davies, Tony Leach and Phil Leaver were resting up in Fort William while Sue Hopcroft, Sue Coulthurst, Anne Berry, They joined Martin Allison, Helen Greenhalgh, James Green, Kerry Eccles, John Burns, Peter Rooney, Tanya Shaw, Paul Eccles, Karen Cook, Stephen Twist, Liz Beth, Emma Louise, Dave Young, Troy Watson, Neil Tate, Pauline Eccleston, Chris Moss, Robert Danson and Peter Cooke who had all completed between the 19th and 30th of March at the hallowed finish line beside Loch Eil in the shadow of Ben Nevis and the encircling mountains with a dusting of snow still visible. Tom Crabtree, Stuart Clayton, Martin Bates and James Green had all gone on to run some extra miles and were spread across the return stages having made a significant dent on the route back to Mingavie.