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Conditions were perfect for running up and down the Blackpool Promenade and the Golden Mile in this year’s 10k Fun Run and Steve Littler stamped his authority on proceedings finishing 2nd in 33:23 as just 13 seconds separated the leading three finishers. Simon Denye put down the hammers to cross the line 6th in 35:32 with Thomas Crabtree and Chris Hastwell running in 4 seconds apart in 38:03 and 38:07. Arran Galvin finished 33rd in 39:39 and Lee Nixon 75th with 42:27. Sean Murray was 84th in 42:56 and Thomas Farquhar 108th with 43:50 coming in with Rob Wallace 109th and Elliot Costello 110th in 43:53 and 43:55. Alan Hudson was 143rd in 45:08 Sara Ward finished 236th in 47:43 and Ryan Azzopardi 265th in 48:20 and Dave Marsland 268th in 48:22 and Ben Wrigley 269th with 48:23. Sharon Cooper was 272nd in 48:30 with George Kennedy 283rd and Suzanne Leonard 284th in 48:47. James Danson was 286th in 48:49 with Stuart Topping providing the pace at 48:49 in 287th place. Peter Rooney was 290th in 48:51 with Kath Hoyer 307th in 49:19. Fran Hodskinson was 489th in 53:28 and Stephen Twist 616th in 55:08 and Kay Twist 619th with 55:10. Dave Young was 651st in 55:41; Peter Bartlett 684th in 56:08 Emma Davies 693rd in 56:17; Sharlan Butcher 783rd in 58:09; James Birchall 908th in 60:02; Dave Waywell 973rd in 60:54.

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David Taylor and Steve Abbott battled it out again in this week’s Inter Club in Lytham.

There were 72 Wesham members took part in the Lytham Inter Club race on Wednesday evening in blustery and cool conditions. The course had to revised to accommodate the sea defence works ruling out a circuit of Fairhaven Lake, but Wesham’s Rob Danson chewed up the new hairpin turns to complete the 4.6 miles in 23:03, toying with Preston’s Andy Benson in the opening two miles to pull away from him on the return along the lake shore from Granny’s Bay, opening up a minute lead. Steve Swarbrick was second back for Wesham in 25:48 in 9th place and 3rd Masters Over-40. Simon Denye was 12th and 5th Over-40 with a strong run clocking 26:20. Ugis Datavs finished 16th with 26:30 with David Taylor 18th in 26:39. Steve Abbott was 19th in 26:55, 8th Over-40 and Paul Gregory finished 29th and 12th Over-40 in 27:28. Mark Belfield finished 37th in 27:36 with Andrew Harling 40th in 27:42 and Thomas Crabtree 41st with 27:49. Collectively the Wesham Senior team placed 2nd behind Preston with a great performance.

For the women, Helen Lawrenson was 10th in 32:09, 127th overall, and Anne Mayers-Smith finished 17th in 33:39, 164th. Sue Coulthurst ran well for 20th place, 170th in 33:58 with Suzanne Leonard 24th and 191st overall in 34:40 and Sharon Cooper 36th and 222nd in 36:18. The Wesham women were 3rd team behind Lytham and Blackpool. The same team were 3rd Women Masters team in the same rank with Lytham and Blackpool.

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Steve Littler underlined his spectacular return to form with an excellent run in the London Marathon on Sunday, placing 5th M45 and 110th overall in 2:31:28, having passed halfway in 1:14:25. In chilly conditions following the storm of Friday and Saturday David Taylor improved his marathon best to 2:51:52 to cross the line in 1226th place passing the half marathon mark in 1:24:22. Mark Renshall came in 5307th in 3:23:20 for 749th M45, and Thomas Farquhar finished 7707th in 3:34:30 (halfway in 1:43:01). Steve Myerscough finished 12747th and 1557th M45 in 3:54:15 (1:38:48) and Ben Wrigley ran 4:08:00 for 16866th place (1:56:16 halfway).

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Paul Gregory toughs it out and likes to take on a challenge

Rob Danson had a Good Friday run in the Salford 10k finishing 4th in a race that was surprisingly not that fast. Danson clocked 31:33 and the winning time was only 31:03. The finishing times were close packed up to 34 minutes (27 runners across the line), and Wesham’s Steve Littler placed 10th with 32:49 for 1st M45 and second master overall. Simon Denye ran excellently for 71st place in 36:21, 8th M45; Lee Barlow was 105th in 38:01, 14th M45; Chris Hastwell 116th in 38:26; Thomas Crabtree was 159th in 40:26; Stuart Clayton 272nd with 45:18; Martin Allison 339th in 49:25; James Danson (Rob senior) finished 362nd in 50:27; Peter Rooney 391st 51:42 and 14th M60; Jo McCaffery 452nd and 113th woman in 55:14, 15th W40; Kerry Eccles finished 441st in 54:39, 110th woman and 7th W55, a great result. Colin Smy was 458th in 55:26.

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