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.
big action of the week was the Longridge Christmas Pudding 7 Mile road race up
and down Jeffrey Hill, 4 miles undulating uphill with the wind followed by 3
miles downhill against very blustery conditions. Wesham members had a good
turnout being one of the fixtures in their new road race championship for 2020.
David Taylor was the first Wesham finisher in 6th place with a time
of 44:42. Garry Barnett was 3rd M50 and 18th in 47:35.
Neil Harrison finished 21st in 48:32, and Neil Gregson was 28th
with 49:16. Chris Haines placed 30th in 50:00, Sue Coulthurst was 3rd
woman and 50th overall in 52:39 with a great run, and Stuart Clayton
was 66th with 54:10. Helen Lawrenson was 7th woman and 69th
in 54:28. Ian Garrod took an outing on the roads finishing 112th in
58:48. Stephen Browne was 120th in 59:24; Sharon Cooper was 128th
in 60:13; Ian Nichols Hogg 141st in 61:11 with James Danson 142nd
in 61:19. Peter Rooney was 169th in 62:35; Alex Beaumont 201st
in 1:04:49; Tanya Shaw paced by Stuart Topping 203rd in 1:05:03; and
Maureen Danson 227th in 1:06:21.