Northern XC Pontefract

Rob Danson in the front pack

Northern Cross Country Championships – Pontefract. 27 January 2019
The Northern Cross Country Championships took place at Pontefract, by the racecourse. Conditions were good, the slight breeze, even temperature and lack of mud ensured a fast race. The course is deceptive as it appears fairly flat, though there are long gradual inclines which become more apparent the further you get into the race.
Once again Anne Mayers Smith was the sole flag bearer for the Wesham ladies so she takes all the plaudits. In contrast the men had eight athletes competing over the 3-lap 12.1km course. Wesham lined up in the pen next to Sale Harriers which fired Rob off to a fast start. In only his second cross country race of the season Rob finished 9 th , eleven seconds behind Lancashire Champion Daniel Bebbington and only four seconds behind perennial Mid-Lancs winner James Douglas. Dave Taylor was next home for Wesham followed by Mark Bellfield, Mark Renshall and John Collier. Ben Wrigley continued his improved form to close out the team, finishing just ahead of the doughty Martin Bates. Peter Bartlett had been struggling with a knee problem but courageously elected to run and complete the Wesham squad. Thanks to all those who competed.

Full results and latest standings in our cross country championship are now online

233 Anne Mayers-Smith 39:46

9 Rob Danson 39:28
237 Dave Taylor 46:51
334 Mark Belfield 49:14
498 Mark Renshall 53:46
589 John Collier 57:40
633 Ben Wrigley 1:01:08
639 Martin Bates 1:01:24
699 Peter Bartlett 1:15:19

Wesham were 37 th team and the only Fylde coast club to be represented.

Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Steve Littler up at the front with a good grainy mob in tow.

Mid January is a period for half marathon races as runners kick off their spring marathon training before digging into the long distance mileage, with many already having been preparing in the run up to Christmas and the New Year, a period that also allows some relaxed training. The Inskip Half marathon was rewarded with 217 runners and after the bitter driving sleet of 2018 the weather was gorgeous for the duration with no wind and a warming sun.

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Alex’s Newspaper Report.

Chris Hastwell in full flight in the Garstang 10k.

Saturday afternoon witnessed the fourth fixture in the current season on the Mid-Lancs Cross Country League in Towneley Park in Burnley.  Very low cloud and set-in heavy drizzle greeted early arrivals but by the time of the senior races this has abated and was left with the characteristic cold wind gusting across the parkland and playing fields now used for the course. Kath Hoyer was the only Wesham woman running in the 6km course over 1 small, 1 medium and 1 large lap, finishing 4th W55 and 75th in 26:01.

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Cross Country Report.

MID LANCS XC No 4 – Townley Park, Burnley.    12th January 2019

Now at the fourth Mid-Lancs fixture (where is the season going to?) and our numbers equaled that of the last fixture minus one woman!  While the League reported record numbers.  In stark contrast to the last League fixture in December at Hyndburn’s Wilsons Fields where steady heavy rain under leaden skies turned the course into a swimming pool here at Burnley today despite low cloud and early drizzle it eased off and was replaced by a gusting wind but it was warm enough, and the course was dry and firm, track runners conditions!

In the Women’s and Over-70s over 5.8 km with a short, medium and large lap only Kath Hoyer turned out; come on ladies, where are you!  Kath made a sterling effort and finished a fine 4th W55 and 75th with a time of 26:01. Anne Mayers-Smith was there at the event but circumstances meant she could not race.

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