The Quakers annual presentation evening took place last Saturday, with a variety of awards up for grabs. Dean Newton was rewarded for a very successful year by winning the Athlete of the Year award as well as picking up the Club Championship trophy. Michael Joyeux received the Senior Male award, with Lucy Jefferies taking the Senior Female title. In the Veteran category, Brian Martin and Katherine Hackett won the Male and Female shields respectively, whilst Dave Thompson was awarded the Chairman’s Award to recognise his achievements at all distances, as well as his services to the club over a number of years. Julie Whinn received the Hilary Joyeux Memorial Award whilst Rob Dent and Sandra Cass were presented with the awards for most improved male and female. Jeanette Durham won the Harry Manuel Award for being the most improved beginner, whilst Brian Martin received the Catastrophe Award for missing the start of a marathon as he was chatting to the bus driver. The 2014 10k Leagues were won by (from League 1 to League 14) Dean Newton, Stephen Moore, Rob Dent, Chris Minto, Peter Rowley, Jeff Marriott, John Brant, Steven Johnston, Nigel Walker, Clare Stradling, Colin Smith, Rob Marquiss, Alan Prest and Adrian Dent. The male and female 10k Handicap Awards went to Rob Marquiss and Clare Stradling, with Anthony and April Corbett taking the runner up trophies. Special Achievement Awards were presented to Sandra Cass, Anthony Corbett, Wendy Colling, Leigh-Marie Padgett, Lewis Boshier and Mark Dean, whilst Karen Newton received a Special Merit Award for her role as the Quakers roving photographer.
The following morning saw Quakers lining up at the first race in the 2014 Club Championship – the Ann Johnson Absent Friends Trail Race. Michael Joyeux finished in second place overall with 31:34, with Andrew Henderson the next Quaker home in 33:00, ahead of Brian Martin in 34:44. Stephen Moore celebrated his birthday by recording 39:25, and was followed by Gary Read in 45:38 and Danny Gordon in 45:48. Also completing the muddy 5 mile course were Clare Westwood (53:04), Alan Prest (58:46), Sandra Martin (60:03) and Emma Whitworth (60:07).
Catterick Garrison played host to a 10k race is support of Help for Heroes, with Paul Dalton first home for the club in 37:41. Stephen Deighton was next home for the Quakers in 45:28, followed by Michael Oliver in 47:19 and Paul Roberts in 47:48. Karen Ives was the first Quaker lady in 54:57, ahead of Sarah Deighton in 59:25 and Wendy Noble in 59:53.
In the first event of the 2014 Hardmoors trail marathon series, Annette Clarke was first Quaker home in the 27.3 mile “marathon”, finishing in 5:04:20 to win the trophy for first veteran female. Dave Thompson was next, recording 5:33:52, followed by Wendy Colling in 5:53:39. Sandra Cass, April Corbett and Anthony Corbett completed the race together, finishing the hilly, muddy course in 6:34:40. Glyn Casswell was the only Quaker in the half marathon event, recording 2:34:17, whilst Mark Colling and Diane Adkins ran the 7 mile “10k” route in 1:01:11 and 1:23:14 respectively.
Abbie Hull was the sole representative at the Commondale Clart, finishing the 5.2 mile fell race in 55:48.
In parkruns on Saturday morning, the Darlington event was completed by Michael Joyeux (18:39), Michael Kay (19:52), Dale Chapman (20:27), Ewan Henderson (21:58), Rob Gillham (22:17), Peter Rowley (22:22), Nick Wadd (22:59), Dave McLachlan (23:00), Dave Whittle (23:23), Paul Roberts (23:34), Abbie Hull (24:12), Matt Jackson (24:33), Ingrid Gunning (24:50), Timothy Francis (25:00), Jeff Marriott (25:14), Martin Rowell (25:57), Gillian Harris (26:18), Darryn Wood (27:01), Sally Singleton (29:12), Michael King (30:38), Gemma Louise Marshall (31:51), Grainne Duffy (32:37), Hazel Commane (34:02), Emma Whitworth (34:03), Peter Commane (34:03) and Gary Read (37:56). Stephen Moore completed the Albert Park course in 20:02, whilst Ty Hankinson travelled to Ashton Court to record 24:35). At Sedgefield, Dave Thompson completed the 2 lap course around Hardwick Park in 22:54, ahead of April Corbett and Mark Colling in 26:03, Anthony Corbett in 26:55, Nicola Howe in 27:13 and Jill Wallis in 47:56. At Tees Barrage, John Brant finished the 5k run in 26:25, ahead of Paul and Jeanette Appleton in 27:39 and 29:13 respectively.