It was a quiet weekend for Fylde athletes with no local competition and little on further afield as this month has five full weekends, unusual for a month and created a spare weekend in the athletics calendar.
There was a Power of 5k on a floodlit Friday evening round the cycle track at the Salt Ayre centre, creating an exciting evening of competition. Out of the 62 competitors there were new male and female course records of 14:11 and 16:59, and 53 competitors under 20 minutes.
In the first race in the Pilling 10k Spring Season on Saturday afternoon at 2pm, the winning times were 32:12 (male) and 41:45 (female) for race 1 of the series of 5, with a field of 45 runners.
This week was dominated by the main action for Wesham being the fourth fixture of the Mid Lancs cross country season at Blackpool’s Lawsons Ground, where the club were assisting with setting up the course and officiating as well as fielding two quality teams of runners. In fine weather after a cold start to the day Wesham had nine ladies running in the Senior Women’s 6km three lap course with Kay Twist leading the way and finishing 64th and 8th W50 in 30:16. Suzanne Leonard was 9th W50 and 72nd overall with 30:54 and Anne Mayers-Smith 10th W40 and 84th in 32:35. The ladies placed 21st team and. Sharon Cooper was close behind in 86th place and 14th W45 timed at 32:45. Julie Paton was 93rd and 15th W45 in 33:56 to close in the “B” team in 25th place. Louise Lord was 97th and 16th W45 with 34:18; Lucy Neighbour 99th and 12th W40 in 34:25; Claire Belfield 102nd and 15th W36 with 35:09; and Jo McCaffery 109th in 36:49 for 14th W40. The women overall were 12th W35s team and 5th in the W45s. Dave Young placed 4th and 3rd M70 in the accompanying Over-70 race over the same course, and Peter Bartlett 9th overall and 6th M70 in 40:17, with the pair finishing 3rd M70 team with stiff competition from Clayton-le-Moors and Kendal AC. The Wesham M70s look set to win the series but must turn out at the next fixtures.
It was a week with something for everyone last weekend, although there were quite a few events across the north of England there were only really two options locally, the Lancashire County Cross County Championship on Saturday and the Garstang 10k on Sunday, both of which attracted significant numbers of Wesham members.
The Wesham club is currently on holiday with the first club meeting of the year on Monday, with the fifth winter handicap to enjoy as well.
Missed out of last week’s report as she was incorrectly credited with running for Blackpool, Michelle Tickle ran the Boxing Day 10k in Leyland, placing 17th woman and 3rd W45 in 49:01 (48:50 chip time) to finish 78th in the run. This was her first race since being ill last year with coronavirus and having been set back. She has come back in top form after cutting her teeth and getting back to speed through a series of Saturday morning parkruns. This time last year she was in fine form and following the Wesham “Move Every Day” challenge in January she completed 253.4 miles in February by running the equivalent of three lengths of Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway in the Wesham Virtual Hadrian’s Wall Challenge. Then in March she followed this up with the 192-mile out and back of Wesham’s Virtual West Highland Way, Milngavie to Fort William, completing this with another three stages (some 35 miles) of a third trip ending (conceptually) in Inverarnan at the north end of Loch Lomond.