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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Wesham ladies in the evening sun

 

The third round of the 2018 Inter Club Grand Prix was hosted by Preston Harriers at a new venue but utilising a revised course through Avenham and Miller Parks with a 4.1-mile 2-lapper with a new finish to the monument below the ex-North Western Hotel. Wesham had a good number of members competing but missing some key team members. Gareth Booth made an impressive debut, finishing 3rd overall in 22:44 and 2nd M45, just over a minute behind winner Dave Rigby. Steve Swarbrick had a great run to come in 7th in 23:08, 3rd M45. Third in for Wesham was David Taylor in 16th place with 23:52, with Steve Abbott 21st in 24:37, 1st M40 but 7th Over-40. Tessa Robinson was first woman in 25:06, placing 31st overall and 11th for the Open Masters category. Lee Barlow was close behind in 33rd place with 25:19, 12th in the Masters. Mark Belfield finished 37th in 25:34 and Paul Gregory 42nd with 26:04; Thomas Crabtree came in 54th in 26:43 and Carl Groome 64th in 27:21. Mark Renshall was 69th in 27:42; Matty Chamberlain 71st with 27:51; Matthew Atherton 76th in 28:07; Neil Gregson 78th with 28:13; Lee Nixon 79th in 28:16; and John Collier 83rd and 4th M60 in 28:28. The men’s team finished 2nd, a great result.  Helen Lawrenson finished 6th woman in 28:36 and 2nd in the Women’s Masters;  Kay Twist was 41st and 29th with 34:10; Maureen Danson 47th and 23rd with 34:52; Kerry Eccles 58th and 29th in 36:14; Pauline Eccleston 59th and 30th with 36:17; Anne Berry 77th and 45th in 38:24; and Tanya Barlow and Louisa Denye 84th and 85th (50th and 51st) in 39:07 and 39:09. The Wesham Ladies despite a good start placed 6th team, with the Masters finishing 4th. For the Men’s Masters categories, the Open Masters (Booth, Swarbrick, Abbott, Robinson, Barlow and Groome) were 2nd, a good result again, with the M50s 5th (Collier, Nigel Shepherd (90th overall; 21st in 28:37), Richard Davies (118th and 28th in 29:52), Stephen Browne (130th and 32nd with 30:38)) 5th; the M60s finishing 3rd with Collier, Shepherd and Phil Leaver (148th and 12th in 31:41). Continue reading

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