Wesham’s Danson sees out 2017 in fine style

Wesham runner Rob Danson
Wesham runner Rob Danson

There were two local races to see out 2017 but not many Wesham members were tempted to run this time around.

Rob Danson, however, saw out the year in fine style with a PB at the Ribble Valley 10K.

Setting off with purpose he settled into the lead group which included world class traithlete Jonny Brownlee.

A big effort saw Danson finish sixth overall in 30:25, 36 seconds faster than his previous best, and gave him fourth place in the Northern Athletics 10K Championships staged within the race.

Boxing Day’s traditional 10K in Leyland’s Worden Park was as popular as ever with 444 runners.

Ben Wrigley finished in 53:26 (52:30 chip time), Dave Young 53:47 (52:51) and Paul Carter 57:14 (56:14).

Runners had many chances to do a parkrun with some venues offering events on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Christmas Day in Preston saw David Taylor run 18:31, Carl Groome 20:13, Nigel Shepherd 22:01, Robert Brown 25:01, Vicky Gore 26:43, Steven Gore 26:44, Sue Rigby 31:00, Debbie Bell 32:31 and Lynn Brown 32:48.

Saturday’s runs included David Taylor’s time of 18:02 at Lytham Hall, Jon McLeod’s 27:06 at Carlisle and Jenn Thompson’s 26:45 at Southport.

New Year’s Day saw Blackpool’s run take place at 8:30am and Lytham Hall’s starting at 10am.

At Blackpool, Carl Groome ran 20:36, Stuart Topping 21:02, Gemma Owen 23:54, Robert Brown 24:51, Rob Wallace 26:26, Dave Young 27:00, George Kennedy 27:00, Finlay McCalman 29:06, Dave Marsland 29:13, Kim McGuire 31:01 and Lynn Brown 31:55.

At Lytham Hall Carl Groome ran 20:22, Dave Marsland 23:05, Robert Brown 24:25, Rob Wallace 24:30, Dave Young 26:01, Andrew Moore 27:33, Ben Wrigley 27:40, Finlay McCalman 29:00, Debbie Bell 30:49, Sharlan Butcher 31:15, Sue Rigby 31:32 and Lynn Brown 32:58.