The Quakers were able to find a variety of races to take part in over the Christmas period. At the seasonal 8 mile Loftus Poultry Run, Dean Newton put in a strong performance over the hilly course to finish in 7th place with 46:13, followed by Colin Wild in 58:12 and Peter Rowley in 65:44.
Dave Thompson and Annette Clarke completed the Tour De Helvellyn in 9:50, knocking over an hour off their previous best time around the 38 mile route, despite challenging conditions.
In the Jolly Holly Jog 10k trail race, Colin Wild finished first for the club in 43:31, followed by Paul Roberts in 49:43, Bridget Stewart in 58:34 and Clare Westwood in 62:47. Matt Jackson was the sole Quaker at the Saltwell 10k, finishing in 54:09, with Alan Prest completing the Morpeth 11k race in 69:28.
In local fell races, Mark Tallon was first Quaker home at Clay Bank East, recording 52:29, ahead of Darren Stockdale in 54:03 and Abbie Hull in 56:58. At the Captain Cooks race on New Year’s Day, Lucy Jefferies was first home for the club in 46:04, followed by Rob Dent (46:05), Katherine Hackett (47:07), Mark Tallon (48:17), Darren Stockdale (48:19), Ian Bond (50:52) and Abbie Hull (60:01).
In the Hardmoors 30 mile race, also on New Year’s Day, Dave Thompson finished second in his age group with 6:12:14 with Roy MacDougall completing the course in 7:22:00 battling torrential rain and strong winds. In the 15 mile version, Nick Mason was first home for the Quakers in 2:17:28 whilst Corinne Murray was second lady overall in 2:33:50. Anthony Corbett finished in 2:57:28, followed by Wendy Colling in 3:26:40, April Corbett in 3:26:49, Sandra Cass in 3:26:55 and Mark Colling in 3:29:55.
At the Stockton 5k Trail Race at Wynyard, Lucy Jefferies was first lady overall in 19:09, ahead of Steven Moore in 19:39, Ty Hankinson in 21:56, Danny Gordon in 23:00, Darryn Wood in 23:47, Matt Jackson in 24:51 Diane Adkins in 29:32. At the Old Monks 6, Peter Rowley was first home for the club in 44:18 ahead of Richie Payne in 47:43, whilst Dave Thompson, Annette Clarke and Charlie Bogg completed the 23 mile Filey Flyer in 4:23.
Runners from the Quakers completed over 100 individual Park Runs in the last two weeks of 2013. Many club members ran on Christmas and New Year’s Day to make sure they burnt off a few calories before enjoying the festivities. The 4th January saw the official start of the year for Park Runs, with Ty Hankinson completing the Durham event in 24:12, Colin Wild the Hackworth course in 22:18, and Stephen Moore the Albert Park venue in 20:29. At Tees Barrage, Paul Dunn finished in 25:16, closely followed by Anthony Corbett in 25:17. Paul and Jeanette Appleton finished in 25:36 and 29:27 respectively. At Sedgefield, Wendy Colling finished in 25:30, whilst Mark Colling and Richie Payne ran the route together in 27:02. Gill Colling recorded 30:08 and was followed by Jill Wallis in 34:52. At Darlington, Paul Dalton was first finisher in 17:44, and was followed by Nick Mason (19:50), Dave McLachlan (20:55), Chris Minto (21:27), Ian Readman (21:30), Michael Oliver (21:32), Nick Wadd (21:37), Paul Roberts (21:57), Peter Rowley (22:41), Rob Gillham (23:54), Danny Gordon (24:02), Tim Francis (24:40), John Brant (25:08), Steve McAllister (25:10), Jeff Marriott (25:51), Michael King (28:55), Sally Singleton (29:47), Emma Whitworth (31:58), Gillian Harris (31:59) and Michael Joyeux who completed his 100th Park Run in 32:01.