CONDITIONS were perfect for running last weekend, though not many runners turned out.
In the Lea Town 10k there was a good quality but there were only 88 finishers.
Rob Danson put on a good performance for Wesham with third place but was disappointed not to get near his personal best in the ideal conditions , finishing with 34.54.
Alex Rowe was testing his legs as he builds up for some key targets next month and he finished fourth with 36.07, coming in first M55. Gary de Banke was first M50 in 10th place overall with 38.23; Duncan Carter was 14th with 39.56, third M45. Nigel Shepherd was delighted with a personal best of 40.19 for 18th place, second M50 as he comes off a season of tough runs.
Alan Hudson ran well for 21st place in 40.33 but had to make do with second M60 place as he lost out by 10 seconds on the age group win.
The Wesham men’s team beat Preston by just one point in the team category.
Dave Waywell was 40th and first M65 in 46.02 with Phil Leaver 41st in 46.08. Angela Colby was Wesham’s only lady runner as she finished fifth woman and 42nd, third W40 in 46.14. Doug Brown was first M75 and 77th overall in 55.59.
Wesham’s Alex Rowe has been selected to run for England again in the British & Irish Masters International Cross Country to be held in Belfast on November 10.
He will run in the M55 team. On the Fylde Sue Samme has been selected into the W40 team and Graham Webster for the M60s, which is a great success for the area. Steve Smith from Preston is also selected into the M50 team.
Troy Watson ran the Liverpool Marathon on Sunday and he finished 504th in 3.38.51, 50th M45.
In the Autumn Breaker 10k in Blackpool, Lee Barlow led the way for Wesham with a moderate 38.15 for 12th place in the race, and third M40.
George Kennedy was 25th and third M55 as he moved up an age group placing with 41.24; Helen Lawrenson was fourth woman and 28th overall in 41.34, first W40. Other results were: Nicola Unsworth, seventh woman, second W40, 53rd overall with 45.18; Brian Jones, 61st in 45.50, seventh M50; Alistair Morris, seventh M50 and 80th overall in 49.01.
New member Paul Gregory ran 1.07.17 in the Derwentwater 15km Trail Race, finishing 27th and is improving all the timet. He ran the Langdale half marathon and he came in 18th with 1.34.30.
There is some concern in athletics over the large increase in affiliation fees from May 2013.
The cost of road running and cross country rises to £10 a year, with full membership, including track and field at £20 and rising to £23 over the next three years.