Wesham runners return to school

James Mulvany in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League
James Mulvany in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League
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The fifth round of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League saw Wesham return to the Rossall School venue for a second year at this interesting new venue between Cleveleys and Fleetwood.

The Wesham squad was down in numbers and also helped out with marshals and officials.

The senior women ran a 6K course of one large lap and two smaller ones and Wesham just had enough runners for a team.

Jenn Thompson came through to finish 47th in 29:49, Kath Hoyer was 52nd with a time of 30:02, while Kerry Eccles finished 96th in 34:52.

Dave Waywell won the men’s V70 in style, running 33:12 over the 6K course and coming in 82nd in the race combined with the senior women.

The Wesham women finished as sixth senior team in division two and retained fourth place overall in that section.

In the senior men’s 10K race of three large laps, James Mulvany ran well to finish 29th in 38:39.

He was backed up well by David Taylor with one of his best cross country performances seeing him 38th in 39:33.

Steve Myerscough was 106th in 44:40, Lee Barlow 109th in 45:03 and John Collier 133rd in 46:46.

Simon Eaton was a welcome addition, finishing 139th in 47:29, while Martin Bates rounded off the Wesham men in 153rd with 48:39.

The senior men finished third in division two and are clear of relegation in fifth.

Elsewhere it was a quiet weekend in the local athletics calendar.

Alan Taylor was first home in the Caldervale Muddy Shoes cross country event on Sunday, completing the five-mile course in a time of 46:39.

It was a navigational course with a map provided but his lifelong knowledge of the area helped and he stuck rigidly to the course.

Steven Gore ran the 11-mile route and finished in a time of 1:42.45 for 17th place and 11th male as some very good women also took part.

Garry Barnett ran the Sunday staging of the Valentines 10K in Lancaster.

A good run saw him finish in seventh place overall in 37:30, which also saw as the first M50.

The Lytham Hall parkrun saw Phil Leaver finish in 23:30, Ben Wrigley 24:30 and Debbie Bell 30:35.

At Preston, Steve Myerscough ran 19:27 and Robert Brown 25:23, while Steven Gore (20:15), Megan Gore (34:23) and Vicky Gore (34:24) took part at Chester.

However, the big event for Wesham was the second parkrun at Blackpool, led in by Jason Blagden (20:28).

He finished ahead of Helen Lawrenson (20:51), David Taylor (21:08), Carl Groome (21:12), Simon Denye (21:25), Martin Bates (21:31), Jonathan Lawson (23:27), Alan Glasgow (23:53), Steve Thompson (24:32), Dave Young (26:07), Tanya Barlow (26:16), Sharon Cooper (27:18), Nicola Unsworth (27:22), Diane Blagden (28:09, Finlay McCalman (28:14), Paul Carter (29:53), George Kennedy (29:56), Graham Cunliffe (29:58), Lee Barlow (30:00) and Sue Rigby (34:41).