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 19th October 2020 We continue to hold our Monday Club Evening and also make available the opportunity for members to take part in a social run on a Wednesday evening. There will be no limit on attendees on … Continue reading →
In a week that saw increased levels of pandemic in the North West region and higher levels of lockdown imposed again it was a further withdrawal of athletic activity, against a backdrop of some fine global performances and the publication of the first issue of Athletics Weekly since March, albeit as a monthly edition. In Valencia Ethiopan Letesenbet Gidey broke the women’s 5,000m world record in 14:06:62 and Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei set a new men’s world 10,000m mark with 26:11:00. Days later world 1500m and 10,000m champion Sifan Hussan beat Paula Radcliffe’s 18-year-old 10,000m record and set a new European record with 29:36.67 in torrential conditions in Hengelo. Nearer home a new British record was set for the 68-mile Bob Graham Round in the Lake District as Ambleside man George Foster set the second-fastest time ever with 13hrs 44mins.