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Running on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily


It was a very quiet week on the athletics scene and only a few races and Wesham members out competing.

Alan Taylor takes off on his Three Peaks +Cycle Challenge this week spread over 10- days with 14,000ft of climbing on the three mountains and a further 11,200ft of hills over the 470-mile bike ride from Fort William in Scotland to Llanberis in North Wales, raising money for Rosemere Cancer, Mummy’s Star and Bowel Cancer in memory of Ben Ashworth and Graham Vickers. Continue reading

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Wesham members are greatly saddened this week by the loss of former club chairman Graham Vickers who sadly passed away at the weekend aged 60 after 5 years battling throat cancer. This follows the loss of long standing member, treasurer and 10k race director Les Ward. Continue reading

Alan Taylor’s Three peaks + Cycle Challenge.


Alex Rowe, Alan Taylor, John Collier and Chris Moss ready for the off in the Three Peaks Challenge



Groundwork professional and road race organiser extraordinaire Alan Taylor of Fulwood, Preston and long-time member of Wesham Road Runners is about to embark on a Three Peaks +Cycle challenge supported by Pete Marquis Contractors and Builders Supplies West Coast to raise funds for Rosemere Cancer, Mummy’s Star and Bowel Cancer and celebrate his 50 years, and in memory of Ben Ashworth and Graham Vickers. Ben did the Challenge himself in 2015 with Alan but subsequently lost his battle against cancer. Graham Vickers, long term member and past chairman of Wesham Road Runners, sadly passed away last weekend just prior to his 61st birthday. Starting with an ascent of Ben Nevis from Fort William next week in the company of John Rudd, Chris Moss, John Collier and Alex Rowe Alan and his team will then cycle for three days to Ambleside and ascend Scafell from Wasdale Head. A further days cycling will see a rest night at home in Preston before continuing another two days cycling to Llanberis for the final day up to the summit of Snowdon. The distance cycled will be 440 miles, with some 14,000ft of climbing up and over the moors, with a further 11,180 climb on the three mountains. Donations can be given at at ThreePeaksCycle2.

Details of Graham Vicker’s Funeral

We have now received the details for Graham Vickers funeral which will be held on Friday 17th August at 11.00am at St. Teresa’s Church Queensway Penwortham PR1 0DS where everyone is welcome to pay their respects. It will be followed by a private burial at a different location for family and invited friends only.

There will be a celebration of Graham’s life for you to chat and catch up afterwards at St Teresa’s club which is next door to the church where again everyone is welcome.

Further details have been emailed to members.

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Kath Hoyer climbs the main ascent from Worsthorne in glorious sunshine



It was a quieter week locally for athletics as the holiday season continued in full swing but Wesham members as usual managed to find enough to keep them active after the excitement of the Inter Club race last week.

Paul Hetherington continued his quest for a 10-mile best and he headed a Wesham squad in the Lancaster Riverside Run, 10 miles from the Waterside up the Lune Valley towards Caton, then back again and across the river to the Trimpell triangle to return to the waterfront. He finished 7th overall and 1st M45 in 62:22 in hot and humid conditions. Carl Groome finished 23rd and 3rd M45 in 68:14. James Danson was 104th with 86:27 and Maureen Danson 26th woman and 126th in 91:48. Kerry Eccles came in 32nd woman and 134th in 93:46 5th W55. Continue reading

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Cath O’Reilly, Joy Hetherington and Emma Wright in the Wesham Inter Club



The Wesham Open Team finished 2nd behind Preston, with Rob Danson 1st in 22:52; Steve Waterhouse 16th 26:13; Ugis Datavs 17th in 26:16; David Taylor 23rd with 26:23; Tessa Robinson 32nd and 2nd woman in 27:06; Paul Hetherington 33rd with 27:09; Lee Barlow 35th in 27:24;  Steve Abbott was 40th in 27:59; Carl Groome 48th in 28:31; and Jason Barlow 49th with 28:33. The Women came in 3rd team behind Lytham and Blackpool, with Tessa Robinson 2nd; Helen Lawrenson 7th (94th in 31:24); Sue Coulthurst 11th (119th 32:35); Tracey Hulme 19th (146th 33:58); and Bernadette Dickinson 34th (189th 37:37). Continue reading

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Steve Waterhouse leads a chasing pack in Monday’s Inter Club Grand Prix at Salwick



It was Wesham’s turn to host their round of the Inter-Club Grand Prix on Monday, and the 4.6-mile course performed well in the hot and muggy conditions. Coming back to fitness Rob Danson was the stand-out winner, clocking a scorching 22:52 for the undulating course while backing off his pace. He looks set to take the overall win again having missed just 2 of the races due to injury. Tessa Robinson was 2nd woman in 27:06 with Helen Lawrenson 7th in 31:24. The Wesham team were 2nd overall with the women 3rd despite a good squad. The Wesham masters were 2nd with the M50s 4th and M60s 3rd.  There will be a full report and results next week. Continue reading

Trail Championship

The results, points scored and current standings for the Trail Championship after Witton parkun are now online.
8 of us tackled the undulating course around the trails of Witton Country Park in Blackburn.
The next race on the Trail Championship is Beetham Sports on Saturday 28th July at 15:30.
You can enter on the day and it’s only £3.
The race is 5.8 miles and has 928ft of climbing.
The venue is Beetham Sports Field, Beetham, Nr Milnthorpe, Cumbria LA7 7AR

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 Descending out of the mist on Snowdon

The Wesham Road Running Championship continued at the closing race in the Kendal 10k Series at Endmoor on Wednesday evening. Paul Gregory led the Wesham team through the severely undulating course finishing 6th in the race in a time of 42:32 to place 2nd M40. Carl Groome was one place behind in 6th with 43:30 taking the 1st M45 slot. Helen Lawrenson finished 4th woman and 2nd W45 in 47:57 15th overall with Phil Leaver 1st M60 in 21st place in 51:10 in his final race in this age category. Kath Hoyer was 11th woman and 2nd W55 in 53:14 in 27th place with Kay Twist 16th and 33rd in 57:08, 5th W45. Antionette Holton was 19th woman and 38th in 61:51 and Dave Waywell 39th in 62:30. Sue Rigby came in 40th with 70:48. Continue reading