A few Quakers turned out for the final event in the Hardmoors trail marathon series at the weekend. In the marathon event, which covered around 29 miles and included several arduous climbs including Roseberry Topping, Dave Thompson finished first for the club in 5:36:57 and also picked up the trophy for first over 60 veteran. Wendy Colling, Roy MacDougall and Sandra Cass completed the course together in 6:47:30, with Sandra receiving a trophy for finishing as third lady over the full series of marathons throughout the year. In the “10k” race covering around 8 miles, Mark Colling finished third in his age group with 1:24:32, with Diane Adkins finishing in 2:03:06.
In the North Eastern Counties Cross Country Championship races held at Temple Park in South Shields, Dean Newton put in a strong performance to finish fourth in the under 20 men category with 25:58. In the senior ladies race, Lucy Jefferies completed the 8.4k course in 35:50, followed by Nic Hollindale in 42:10. Michael Joyeux was first Quaker home in the senior men’s 12.4k race, recording 46:51, ahead of Brian Martin in 51:47 and Graham Park in 57:49. Mark Tallon completed the course in 58:23, and was followed by Dave McLachlan in 59:18, Rob McSherry in 59:34, Steve Snook in 60:24 and Daniel Crane in 70:02.
Local park runs were once again well attended by the club. Paul Dalton was first finisher at Darlington in 17:37 followed by Chris Minto in 21:13 and David Todd in 21:19. Also running at the South Park event were Ewan Henderson (21:23), Michael Oliver (21:46), Paul Roberts (21:58), Andrew Walker (22:33), Danny Gordon (23:38), Darryn Wood (24:45), Jeff Marriott (24:48), Matt Jackson (24:52), Tim Francis (25:01), Billy Harris (25:07), Michael Joyeux (25:58), Gillian Harris (26:10), Paul Hutchinson (26:14), Wendy Noble (27:32), Anneli Mackenzie Brown (27:40), Sally Singleton (30:09), Kristy Burkin (30:10) and Adrian Dent (34:49). At Durham, Stewart Park and Albert Park, Alan Prest (32:05), Anthony Corbett (25:07) and Stephen Moore (20:12) were the sole Quakers in attendance, whilst at Tees Barrage, Paul Dunn was first home for the club in 25:09, ahead of Abbie Hull (26:01), Paul Appleton (27:28), and Jeanette Appleton (29:22). At Sedgefield, Dave Thompson recorded 23:25, followed by Mark Colling in 24:20. John Whinn thought he’d timed he sprint finish to perfection to beat wife Julie, only to be pipped to the line by Richard Payne. Richard and John both finished in 26:31, with Julie recording 26:34. Also running for the club were Nicola Howe (29:46), Gill Colling (31:24) and Diane Adkins (32:05).