Wesham pair tackle a full English event

David Taylor competing in the English Cross Country Championships
David Taylor competing in the English Cross Country Championships
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Wesham had two men running in the English Cross Country Championships in Nottingham on Saturday, over an undulating 12K course in Wollaton Park.

David Taylor finished 593rd in a time of 50:16 in a close bunch with a dozen finishers within a few seconds.

John Collier clocked a time of 59:49 to finish 1,297th in a big field of nearly 1,800 runners.

There were three Wesham runners in the Lostock 6 road race from the Barnstormers on Lostock Lane.

Martin Bates finished as third M60 and 68th overall in 41:01 over the undulating course.

Nigel Shepherd was the firsst M55 in 72nd place overall with 41:16.

Helen Lawrenson was close behind, coming in first W45, sixth woman and 77th overall in 41:41.

Paul Hetherington ran the Montane Trial 10 Daleman on Sunday and finished eighth in 45:58, as well as second M40.

Wesham had a few runners in the Stanley Park 10K which was split across Saturday and Sunday.

James Mulvany won the Saturday race in 34:50, with Sean Murray 65th in 46:03 on a day when there were 312 runners.

In the Sunday race Carmel Sullivan was the first Wesham finisher as second woman, first W50 and 31st overall in a time of 42:08.

Alan Hudson was just pipped to the post by nine seconds for lead M65 and finished 42nd overall with 43:42.

Nicola Unsworth was seventh woman, first W45 and 49th overall with 44:22 in a field of 356 runners.

Carl Groome was the fastest Wesham runner at the Lytham Hall parkrun on Saturday morning in damp conditions, running 20:30.

Phil Leaver recorded a time of 23:27, Fran Hodskinson 26:12, Diane Blagden 26:19 and Graham Cunliffe 26:24.

Debbie Bell finished in a time of 32:07, leading in Clive Berry (32:38) and Sue Rigby (32:42).

In the Preston parkrun Rob Danson was on good form to run the fastest time of the day with 15:57 with Steve Myerscough, back on home ground, posting a time of 20:08.

Nigel Shepherd ran 21:00, Robert Brown 25:06, Paul Carter 28:15 and James Danson 28:37.

Martin Bates ran the Worsley Woods parkrun in 21:50.

In the fifth Phoenix run in Runcorn, parkrun tourists Vicky Gore ran 26:39, Megan Gore 31:58 and Steven Gore 31:59.