11th May – Alex’s Newspaper Report

Celebration for the Wesham team in the Wray Caton Fell Race on Tuesday

The next date in the Wesham Fell and Trail Running Championship was the Wray Caton Fell Race on Tuesday evening, an event in the Wray Scarecrow celebration week, a 6.8-milerun with 1100ft of climb from the village to the top of Caton Moor and down again. Tom Crabtree was the fastest for Wesham coning in 14th in 52:15 with Alek Walker after his hide in 15th place with 52:33 to take 3rd M40. Steve Myerscough was 40th in 58:35 for 7th M50 with Dan Hounslea 46th with 59:49. Ian Nichols Hogg was 50th in 60:54; Mick Edge 64th and 6th M60 in 1:06:17 and Ryan Azzopardi after an argument with a knee-deep section of bog on the top finished 88th in 1:22:14 and 9th M40 with a sterling effort.

There were no Wesham runners in the first of this year’s Astley Park 5k Trail Series nor in the Kendal 10k on Wednesday evening or the Paul Jarvis Memorial Mile in Ulverston. And there are no results yet from Friday night’s Power of 5km at Lancaster.

Andrew Wilkinson ran the Pennine Barrier 50-Mile trail race with 2593m of ascent from Malham in Yorkshire taking in the Yorkshire Three Peaks as well as a wonderful vista of the Yorkshire Dales. He finished in 419th place in an overall time of 17:12:24 for in a tremendous achievement finishing 27th M55.

Martin Bates ran the Staveley Lakeland Trail Runs taking on the 10km where he finished 214th in 1:31:02 and 12th Over-60. Sharon Cooper and Jen Salt ran the Trail Half Marathon Race to place 60th and 61st in 3:09:36.

Vicky Gore ran the Chorley 10k on Sunday in 51:28 to finish 255th and 3rd W45, 23rd Female, in a very popular race with the first 30 runners inside the 40-minute mark.

Mick Edge finished 20th and 2nd M60 in 46:09. Carmel Sullivan was 3rd woman and 1st W55 in 47:06.

It is the Brathay 10in10 this week leading up to the Windermere Marathon on Sunday and Wesham’s John Naylor joins former member Simon Eaton in the mammoth effort over the 26.2-mile circuit culminating with the actual Marathon event.

In the South Manchester parkrun John Naylor ran 29:05 as a First Timer in a time of 29:05 for an M40 age graded percentage of 48.02%. In Avenham and Miller Parks in Preston David Taylor clocked 18:54 for the 5th fastest time of the morning for an M35 70.63% age grade. Steve Myerscough ran 20:35 for M50 71.66% with Nigel Shepherd on 21:56 for M65 77.20%. Vicky Gore returned 25:03 for W45 65.34% and Tom Nicholson with 27:03 and 47.94% age graded. Jo McCaffery ran 28:36 for W45 56.06%, Andy Moore 28:46 with an M60 graded 65.72% and Martin Allison on 38:46 with M40 35.21%. Dan Bolton ran the Watergrove parkrun from Wardle north of Rochdale, possibly the most challenging run in the Northwest, heading up onto the South Pennine Moors, in 19:59 for the 4th fastest time for a 65.55% performance. At Lytham Hall there were five Wesham members with Ian Nichols Hogg leading the way with the 7th fastest time of the morning in 21:40 for a rounded 60.00% age grade. Mark Holton was on 23:20 for M45 60.79% with Mary Lois Cortes clocking 39:02 for W35 38.56%. Phil Leaver walked a swift 43:50 for M70 40.23% and Alona Versinina was tail walking in 59:56 (W35 25.11%). In the Blackpool event in Stanley Park Adam Wilding was well away for the speediest time of 17:21 for an age graded 74.93% with Will Parkinson 7th fastest in 20:51 with a great run for M35 63.23%. Rob Wallace ran 23:56 with 54.18%; and Bev Wilding ran 30:43 for W60 64.08%. In the Monsal Trail run in Bakewell along the old Midland Railway London-Manchester mainline Carl Groome ran 21:33 for an M55 graded 71.31% with Sue Rigby on 43:11 for W50 38.83%. At Great Dunmow Dourden Pavilion alongside the River Chelmer east of Bishop’s Stortford Lisa Minns clocked 27:47 for W55 67.91% while at the Myrtle run in Bingley Mike Eyre returned 26:05 for M60 62.04% with Helen Eyre running 32:50 for W55 57.46%. Running around the Edgbaston Reservoir in Birmingham Emma Brook recorded 28:10 for W40 54.62%