The Adidas Thunder Run in Staffordshire lived up to its name
over the 27th and 28th July as a violent electrical storm
raged for several hours during the event.
Starting at noon on Saturday, teams ranging from soloists to squads of
eight set off in brilliant sunshine and searing heat to try and complete as
many hilly 10k laps as they could within 24 hours before the thunder and
lightning commenced at around 6pm heralding the torrential rain which lasted
until the early hours of Sunday morning, turning the course into a quagmire. In the solo categories, Corinne Murray
completed 10 laps, Michelle Boshier 7 laps, Julie Whinn 5 laps and John Whinn 4
laps. In the female pair group, Wendy
Colling teamed up with former Quaker Clare Apps to run 17 laps and take second
place, only missing out on first place by the narrowest of margins. In the teams of five, Anthony Corbett, Dave
Curtis, Andrew Lambe, Michael Joyeux and Mark Colling completed 19 laps whilst
April Corbett, Diane Adkins, Nicola Howe, Mel Newton and Sandra Cass racked up
13. In the eight member group, Chris
Jakeman, Ingrid Gunning, Dean Newton, Paul Keedy, Chris Minto, Rob Dent and
Gemma Marshall completed 24 laps with Emma Whitworth, Sandra Martin, Brian
Martin, Gillian Harris, Leigh Padgett, Steve Padgett, Mark Robinson and
Charlotte Jones completed 17 and Emma Woods, Darryn Woods, Ali Reah, Rob
Gillham, Jeff Marriott, Caroline Ridley-Marriott and Stephen Moore managed 11
laps. In total, the teams completed
1,270 km between them.
Also at the weekend, Annette
Clarke took part in an Ironman Triathlon in Switzerland where she completed a
2.4 mile open water swim in 1:58:39, followed by a 112 mile cycle ride in
7:52:49 and finally a full 26.2 mile marathon in 5:10:32. At the same time, usual running partners Dave
Thompson and Charlie Bogg completed the Lakeland 50 – a 50 mile race with over
10,000 feet of ascent – in 14:19, knocking almost three hours off their
previous best time set in 2008.
hosted the latest in the Tees Trail 5k series last week. Lucy Jefferies
won the ladies race in 21:35 whilst Darren Stockdale was first Quaker male
as he finished in 22:03. Nic Hollindale recorded 23:12, ahead of Diane
Vaughan in 25:06.
Darren Stockdale was first Quaker home at the James Herriott
trail race, finishing in 75:34, with Lucy Jefferies following in 80:00. Paul Jefferies was next home over the
undulating course in 85:02 with Michael Robinson recording 90:10 and Alan Prest
Despite facing 24 hours of running starting later in the
day, several Quakers thought it would be a good idea to take in an early
morning park run at “Conkers” near Burton upon Trent. Michael Joyeux was first to complete the
pleasant 5k trail route in 20:04, followed by Brian Martin in 21:27, Mark
Colling in 29:40, Anthony Corbett in 30:04, Wendy Colling and April Corbett in
30:06, Sandra Martin and Gillian Harris in 30:07, Emma Whitworth in 31:38, Mark
Robinson in 31:39 and Diane Adkins in 32:48.
In local park runs, Lucy Jefferies completed the Sedgefield
course for the first time, finishing as the leading lady in 21:34. At Tees Barrage, Paul and Jeanette Appleton completed
the 5k course in 26:10 and 32:51 respectively.
At Darlington, Hazel Commane was first Quaker to complete the 3 lap
course in 26:03, followed by Michael king in 28:34, Sally Singleton in 30:51,
Adrian Dent in 32:53, Grainne Duffy in 34:47 and Jill Wallis in 34:54.
Quakers on tour – 2013 Thunder Run