Despite it being a quiet week in the racing calendar,
several Quakers took advantage of the lull to set 5k personal best times in
At Redcar, the Summer Coast Road 5k race was attended by 11
Quakers in perfect running conditions.
Dean Newton finished first in his age group as he set a new pb of 16:26,
followed by Michael Joyeux in 17:02 and Nick Wadd in 18:45. Nick Mason made a great recovery after taking
a nasty fall to finish in 18:47, whilst Chris Minto set a new personal best of
19:56 as he dipped under the 20 minute barrier for the first time. Nic Hollindale was close behind as she finished
third in her age group with 20:04, closely followed by Louise Trainor in
20:20. Diane Vaughan finished second in
her age group with 21:32 with Jeff Marriott recording 22:20. Anthony Corbett set a personal best time of
22:33 over the distance whilst April Corbett knocked well over a minute of her
previous best 5k time to record 24:47.
In the scheduled local park runs on Saturday, Mark Colling
and Julie Remmer completed the Sedgefield event in 26:41 and 34:03, with two
laps around the picturesque Hardwick Park.
At Albert Park, Stephen Moore completed his 186th park run in
20:17, whilst at Tees Barrage Paul Appleton recorded 25:18, followed by John
Brant in 26:01 and Jeanette Appleton in 30:53 over a course run around the Tees
Barrage International White Water Centre.
At Durham, Alan Prest completed the multi-terrain route in 29:37. At Darlington, 21 Quakers completed the 3 lap
circuit of the South Park, Peter Commane finishing third overall in 18:14,
ahead of Nick Wadd in 19:03 and David Todd in 19:26. Brian Martin recorded 19:32, followed by
Chris Minto in 20:59 and Andrew Knox in 21:25.
Ewan Henderson set a new personal best time of 21:42, with Darryn Wood
and Jeff Marriott close behind in 22:45 and 22:51. Peter Rowley completed hi s 89th
park run in 23:04 with Michael Watson setting a time of 24:13, ahead of Rob
Marquiss in 24:50 and Paul Hutchinson in 26:41.
Also completing the run were Aiden Robertson (26:45), Gillian Harris
(27:42), Michael King (28:23), Hazel Commane (28:34), Sally Singleton (31:16),
Adrian Dent (33:04), Grainne Duffy (33:17) and Jill Wallis (33:19).
Saturday, April Corbett, Abbie Hull, Wendy Colling, Diane Adkins, Sandra Cass,
Anthony Corbett and Michael Joyeux, attempted the task of completing as many of
the north east park run routes are possible. Starting at 5am in Whitley Bay, seven Quakers
started off with the scenic route around by the sea. They then headed
south to Newcastle and completed 5km around the Town Moor- before heading to
Gateshead for another 5km around Saltwell Park. Diane departed before the
remaining Quakers attended their “scheduled” park run at Chester-le-Street. Finishing in third place overall was Michael
Joyeux in 17:56, followed by Anthony Corbett in 25:06, Wendy Colling in 25:29,
Abbie Hull in 26:24, April Corbett in 26:35 and Sandra Cass in 28:36. The Quakers then headed to Hardwick Park
where they were joined by Mark Colling for another 5km and then back to
Darlington for a jaunt around the South Park.
At these points, Sandra and Abbie left the group having completed five
and six park runs respectively. Finally,
the remaining 4 runners ventured into Cleveland for to navigate around the Tees
Barrage route, where Michael called it a day after seven runs and the remaining
3 made their way around the Albert Park course. April, Anthony and Wendy all finishing eight
5km runs in one day.
Quakers on tour: Anthony Corbett, April Corbett, Sandra Cass, Wendy Colling, Abbie Hull and Michael Joyeux setting off on park run number 5 at Hardwick Park.