Littler looms large at prix

George Kennedy and Helen Lawrenson of Wesham Road Runners in the Coniston 14 on Saturday
George Kennedy and Helen Lawrenson of Wesham Road Runners in the Coniston 14 on Saturday
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WESHAM’S Steve Littler finished second in the first interclub grand prix race of the year, which took place at Blackpool’s Stanley Park.

Steve clocked 20mins, 14secs for the two lap four-mile course as he rounded off his training for tomorrow’s London Marathon.

Steve Myerscough was full of fire with abandoned marathon training in his legs and he crossed the line 21st with 23:19.

Right behind him, Alex Rowe made a late surge for 22nd in 23:20. Troy Watson was 27th with a great run, and has great prospects for the marathon in 23:36.

Joanna Goorney had some stiff competition in the ladies race, and she finished eighth with 25:23. Sarah Sherratt took a tumble at the start, and sadly had to withdraw from the race. Emma Lund was 14th in 27:08, and injury struck Carmel Sullivan 17th with 28:04.

Angela Colby ran 28:43 in 20th place, and Kath Hoyer was 24th with 29:36. Tracey Hulme was a great asset to the team in 25th place with 29:48, and Sharon Cooper 38th with 33:13. Sue Jones was 53rd in 37:14.

The veteran men Rowe, Watson, Hudson, Collier, Edge and Bates were third team, but the M50 and M60 teams won. Barry Peatfield was third M60 in 25:26 and Dave Waywell 8th with 29:42.

Other results: Graham Vickers 76th 25:49, Mark Midgley 78th 25:54, John Bertenshaw 82nd 26:07, Mark Belfield 98th 26:54, Darren Morris 99th 26:55, Lee Barlow 102nd 27:08, Nigel Shepherd 109th 27:33, Charles Colby 120th 28:12, Peter Bartlett 146th 29:57, Finlay McCalman 155th 31:41, Dave Young 163rd 32:15, Peter Cooke 165th 32:20, George Flanagan 181st 33:10, Norman Bateman 202nd 35:45, Dave Jones 206th 36:09 and Mike Walsh 207th 36:21.

The weekend turned very warm and performances were slowed in the popular Coniston 14 road race extended again to 16.8 miles by a flood damaged bridge.

Wesham’s top M60 Alan Hudson finished 21st in 1:53:00; Mick Edge was 41st and third M50 in 1:57:17, and John Bertenshaw eighth M50 and 72nd with 2:04:01. Sarah Sherratt was sixth woman, and third W35 with a great run in 2:04:14.

Other results were: Graham Vickers ran 2:11:54 for 136th place and Simon Eaton 2:15:36 in 170th place. Helen Lawrenson was 31st woman and eighth W40 in 2:20:10 with George Kennedy 220th on the same time.

Jenny Salt was 43rd woman in 2:22:54 and Nicola Unsworth 45th with 2:22:59; Shaun Turner 440th in 2:32:15 and Tracey Hulme 84th in 2:32:24; John Howorth 600th 2:40:50; Chris Moss 610th 2:41:10; Dave Young ran 2:45:01 for 679th place and Anne Docherty was 194th in 2:49:34.

Mike Walsh finished first M75 in 2:55:11 and Helen Jolly 220th with 2:56:40. George Flanagan was 879th in 2:58:33, Sue Jones 245th in 3:00:56, and Claire Hardman 313th in 3:40:46.

A Wesham squad took to the highlands of Scotland again for the Lochaber Marathon, where conditions were also very warm for the flat run along Loch Linnle.

Charlie Pass ran most of the race in fourth place, but a 200m detour into a railway yard, with a mile to go, cost him two places, and he finished with 2:50:56 and second M35. Lee Barlow ran a very strong personal best with 2:56:48 in 14th place. Alex Rowe ran 20 miles well, but then dropped to 16th place and first M50 with 2:57:40.

The Wesham men won the men’s team, having been second last year. Jason Barlow had been ill all week, but still ran 3:08:45 for 29th place and the 3rd M40 award.

Karl Lee ran well until 14 miles, but the heat was too much and he had to contend with 3:21:08 for his debut marathon.

Russell Mabbett was more pleased with his run in the Edale Skyline fell race two weeks ago, where he completed the 21 miles and 4,500ft of ascent in 3:42:45 in 96th place; at Lochaber he hung back for 3:56:32 and 178 place.

Alan Taylor improved his 2010 time with 3:59:23 in 196th place. Finlay McCalman was 325th in 4:44:10 and Paul Carter 369th in 5:31:41.