The most talked about athletics event last week was the London Marathon with 40,000 runners and a stellar cast at the sharp end. David Taylor may have found the warm conditions a little too challenging as his 5km splits slowed by up to 2 minutes in the second half but he finished well under the 3 hour mark with 2:58:38 for 951st place, with halfway in 1:26:38. Continue reading
Maureen Danson takes it cool in the Curlys 5k Trail run
With a mixed bag of weather last week it was quiet for athletics with perhaps action holding off in preparation for this weekend’s London Marathon.
In the third and final race of the Curlys 5km Trail series on Wednesday evening Lee Barlow finished 5th overall in 20:16 placing 2nd M45. Steven Gore was 9th in 20:54 and Paul Gregory 10th with 21:03. Gemma Owen finished 8th woman and 42nd overall in 24:20 in 2nd W35 place. Martin Bates was 61st in 26:20 finishing 4th M60. Sharon Cooper came straight off her train home from Manchester at Horwich Parkway and just made it to the start to run 27:48 for 6th F40. Mark Dobson finished 77th in 28:50; Vicky Gore finished 80th and 7th W40 in 29:13, 50 secs faster this week; Maureen Danson was 87th in 29:37; Rob Danson Snr came in 91st with 30:01; and Kerry Eccles finished 101st in 31:49 for 4th W55. In the overall series results from all three races Steven Gore placed 6th with a combined time of 1:04:16 Vicky Gore finished 16th woman and 2nd W45 with 1:29:01 for 56th place overall. Continue reading
The event of the week was the first Inter Club race for 2018 in Blackpool’s Stanley Park but there was a challenge with the weather with a cold and wet evening.
Undeterred Wesham’s Rob Danson was untouchable form the start as he ripped up the course and won in 19:54 over the measured 4-mile 2-lap circuit. The Wesham men had a great front squad as Steve Swarbrick took 5th place with 21:37; Steve Littler 7th and 1st M40 (3rd master overall) timed at 21:55, and David Taylor coming in 16th with 22:59. Lee Barlow ran strongly to finish 21st and 7th Over-40 in 23:10 passing and holding off Steve Waterhouse 27th and 10th O-40 in 23:22. Continue reading
The results of the first Summer Handicap race held on Monday 9th April are now available on our Handicap Race Page.
There may have been Easter bunnies out over the weekend but spring was not in the air with another cold snap coming in from the north west. However there was plenty of athletics action and Wesham members were out in numbers.
Good Friday saw the top quality Salford 10k take to its two laps of the streets and Rob Danson was 6th in a fast 31:06. David Taylor finished 67th in 35:43; Lee Barlow was close behind in 84th and 8th M45 in 36:24. Alex Rowe completed his first 10k in 18 months of knee problems finishing 180th and 5th M60 in 39:54. Tanya Barlow was 99th woman and 16th W45 in 50:31, placing 419th overall. Continue reading
On Monday 23 April we will be holding our annual Predictor Race.
Similar to the monthly Handicap Races you will register on the night and as you do you will write down the time you think it will take you to complete the course. You will then set off, en masse, without any timing or distance devices – no watch, garmin, pedometer, fitbit, MP3, sundial or anything else that fits the description. The person closest to their predicted time will be declared the winner. Last year we had joint winners, Martin Bates and Peter Bartlett, both were just 10 secs out, but 5 mins 30 secs apart with their finishing times.
You can set yourself whatever pace you wish, flat out racing pace or gentle recovery jog.
The race will be over 4 miles but under the Summer Handicap distance of 4.9.
There is a Trophy up for grabs, and maybe more than one prize!!
Finally, yes I know it is the day after the London Marathon, it is on the same day as last year when 43 Members completed the race with approx. 10 others volunteering as Marshalls. For this year I will need a similar number.
If anyone would like some more information please get in touch.
The opening Interclub fixture of the 2018 season is at Stanley Park, Blackpool, on Wednesday 4th April at 7pm. Full details about the series can be found on our interclub page. You must wear a vest or race tshirt in order to run at any interclub event. You can buy these from our club shop. To represent Wesham Road Runners you must be a member. Both first and second claim memberships are available online.
Congratulations to our couch 2 5k runners who completed Lytham parkrun this morning. Results are online on the parkrun website.
Wesham had a great day at the races on Sunday at the Northern Athletics Women’s 6-Stage and Men’s 12-Stage Road Relays, held for the first time in Birkenhead Park, the first publicly funded town park, developed to improve poor health conditions brought on by the industrial revolution and provided the inspiration for New York’s famous Central Park. Continue reading
The Trail Race Championship has been updated online following the Warrington Trail 5 Mile. The next race is the Rivington 10 Trail Challenge on 8th April.