18th May – Alex’s Newspaper Report

In the sun on Blackpool Promenade for the 10k run the Wesham team on Sunday morning

The main event in the athletics calendar on the Fylde last week was the second match in the Inter Club series, hosted by Lytham St Annes Road Runners from the beach huts on the seafront. Ex-Wesham member Rob Danson in his first season for new club Preston Harriers returned to winning ways with a time of 25:28 for the 5 miles to embark on his challenge to retain his 7-year crown and take them to the already-expected team win, while for the sky-blue team it was Adam Wilding leading the way to finish 5th with 26:53. Tom Bamber followed in with 27:41 for 10th place with Jamie Houghton 17th in 28:39. David Taylor ran 28:50 for 20th place with Dan Bolton 29th in 29:24. Alek Walker came in 40th with 30:25 and Steve Myerscough finished 47th in 30:54 with Chris Haines right behind in 48th for 30:57. Tom Crabtree finished 60th in 31:36 with Will Parkinson 61st in 31:40. Sue Coulthurst was the first Wesham finisher for the ladies coming in 15th woman and 136th overall in 35:35 for 3rd female veteran. Carmel Sullivan was 22nd and 6th vet in 36:26 for 156th overall with Natalie Mulrooney 29th and 179th for 37:47. Lisa Minns finished 47th and 244th in 41:34, with Bev Wilding 68th and 281st in 43:20. Helen Bailey clocked 43:41 for 72nd (288th); Kirsty Holland 43:46 for 73rd (289th); Olivia Cooper 82nd with 44:52 (302nd); Dawn Biggs 45:06 in 83rd (305th); and Lucy Smethurst 95th in 47:40 (329th). Three was the magic number for the Wesham teams this night, as in the Open category, Overall Veterans, Vet-50s and 60s and the Ladies Vets they finished 3rd.  The Ladies overall team were 6th against stiff competition. The Vets team was Bamber (2nd); Walker (16th); Myerscough (19th); Dan Eyre (36th and 78th overall in 32:31); Carl Groome (47th and 92nd in 33:23); and Stuart Mulrooney (48th and 94th with 33:42). The vet-50 team were Myerscough 4th; Groome 16th; Jason Barlow 18th (173rd in 34:16); and Mick Edge 22nd (126th in 35:15. The Vet-60s were Edge 8th; Nigel Shepherd 10th (132nd with 35:24); and Tony Leach 18th (173rd in 37:30).

Dan Bolton finished 4th in the Tatton Park 10k on Sunday in 36:44, and in the Blacksticks Blue 10k a hilly loop from Inglewhite up and around Beacon Fell Tom Bamber finished in an excellent 3rd place in 36:42 for 1st M40. Chris Banks was 38th in 43:10.

The Blackpool 10k took place on Sunday morning in very warm conditions and was enjoyed by Chris Haines who finished 18th in 39:36 for 4th M36 place. Lee Barlow came in 86th with 46:10 for 11th M46. Carmel Sullivan clocked 47:13 in 101st place for 1st W55 and 13th woman. Mick Edge was 109th in 47:41 coming in 7th M61. Ian Garrod placed 110th with his time of 47:47 for 8th M56 and Rob Wallace was 114th in 47:51. Mark Renshall was 130th in 48:25, 16th M46; Elliott Costello placed 136th in 48:45; Finlay McCalman was 256th in 53:11 (chip time 52:43) for  27th M56; Ryan Azzopardi was 261st 53:22 and Lisa Minns finished 274th in 53:44 for 5th W56 and 33rd woman. Alan Hudson was given 6th M66+ in 328th place overall in 55:14 (chip time 54:43); James Danson was 370th in 55:59; with Sharon Cooper 407th and 68th woman in 57:02 (chip time 56:42) and 11th W46. Stephen and Kay Twist were dressed up as baseball shoes and were 414th and 415th in 57:10, Kay was 12th W46. Gary Moore placed 598th with 60:52; Andy Moore finished 623rd in 61:37; and Sean Murray returned to action in 720th place for 63:52. Michelle Pitt was 1329th and 538th woman in 1;22:31.

Andrew Wilkinson finished The Lap from Ambleside, a 47-mile ultra run on the trails in the hills around Windermere, coming in 913th in 14:04:57.

John Naylor and former Wesham member Simon Eaton are running the Brathay 10 in 10 this week, running the 26.2 miles on a circuit of Windermere once a day for 10 days, culminating on the last day this Saturday in the actual Windermere Marathon itself. Full results will be available next week. John has completed 115 marathons between 2012 and 2019 a series of 7in7 and others up to 10in10 events, with 52 of these completed in under 4 hours. Simon has completed over 15 marathons and several ultras including the Lakeland 50 six times. He spends a lot of time in the Lake District and loves running the fells and trails.

There were 26 Wesham members running a 5km parkrun on Saturday morning at 9am.  Tracey Hulme was running the South Manchester event in Platt Fields where e she clocked 35:33 for a W60 age graded percentage of 54.57%. In Preston’s Avenham and Miller parks Nigel Shepherd ran a good 21:55 for an M65 graded 77.26% and Steve Myerscough returned 22:19 for M50 66.09%. At Wilson’s Fields in Hyndburn David Taylor had the second fastest time of the day with 19:00 for an age graded 70.26%. Ryan Azzopardi was in Runcorn for the Phoenix parkrun which he completed in 26:59 for M40 52.13% as a First Timer. The Wesham Tourists went to Halifax for the event in Shroggs Park on Lee Mount again as First Timers where Carl Groome ran the sixth fastest time of 21:02 for an M55 graded 73.06%. Vicky Gore ran a good 24:47 for W45 66.04% with Elliot Costello on 28:56 for an age grade of 44.82%. Andy Moore recorded 30:02 for M60 54.33% with Sue Rigby and Steven Gore running 37:31 for a W50 grade of 44.69% and an M40 36.92%. Tracy Clare returned 39:22 for 37.76% and Michelle Pitt ran 39:30 for a W40 39.54%. Mike and Helen Eyre were in North Wales in the castle gardens for the Penrhyn run where thy ran 26:15 and 31:31 for M60 61.65% and W55 59.86%. Back on home soil at the Lytham Hall parkrun Ian Nichols Hogg recorded 22:01 for an SM30 grade of 59.05%, with Finlay McCalman running 28:20 for M60 56.59% and Mary Lois Cortes ran 38:34 for W35 39.02%. up the road in Stanley Park in Blackpool Jamie Houghton ran the fastest time of 18:10 for 71.01%, and along Fleetwood Promenade George Kennedy clocked 23:36 for an M65 71.75%. On Morecambe Prom Dan Eyre had 19:36 for M45 72.87%, Stuart Mulrooney ran 20:14 for M40 67.96% and Bradley Flatt ran up 20:36 for SM30 62.78%. At the Clarence parkrun in Bury on his home patch Martin Bates ran 27:48 for M65 61.45%, and in Worden Park in Leyland there were two Wesham members with Tom Nicholson running 26:14 for 49.43% and Colin Gibson on 33:01 for an M65 graded 51.74%.