Brian Martin was the first Quaker home at the hilly, but scenic Haweswater half marathon last weekend, finishing in 1:27:35 to pick up the prize for the fastest over 55 veteran. Mark Robinson was close behind in 1:27:41, whilst Katherine Hackett was second lady overall in 1:28:46. Mark Tallon had a good run to record 1:35:15, as did Corinne Murray with 1:39:01 and Peter Rowley with 1:46:54. Mark Colling (1:50:47) narrowly beat Wendy Colling (1:50:53), with Anthony and April Corbett recording 1:55:34 and 1:56:34 respectively. Sandra Cass and Sandra Martin made up the Quaker turnout, finishing in 2:00:53 and 2:11:45.
In the NYSD Road Relays at Croft Circuit, the ladies team finished in 7th place with Lindsey Lester (14:49), Bev Snook (16:24) and Louise Trainor each completing a 3.5k lap. For the men’s team, Chris Minto (13:31), Paul Dalton (11:17), Michael Kay (12.50) and Graham Park (13.23) finished in 11th place, whilst Paul Roberts (13:58) and Darryn Wood (15:30) competed in a mixed Darlington team to finish in 15th place.
The previous week, Nick Watson and Abbie Hull travelled to Dufton in Cumbria to take part in the High Cup Nick fell race, finishing the 15k route covering 1,500 feet of ascent in 1:24:44 and 1:48:47 respectively.
In parkruns, Darlington saw the 3 lap course completed by Carl Bedford (19:50), Michael Kay (20:18), Dale Chapman (21:11), Zoe Rothery (23:04), Gary Read (23:56), Lesley Miller (24:28), Michael Baker (25:11), Wendy Noble (26:32), Ian Hammond (27:22), Lewis Boshier (27:53), Darryn Wood (28:30), Aiden Robertson (28:32), Nigel Walker (28:37), Michael King (28:51), Lindsey Lester 30:20), Ingrid Gunning (30:25), Dawn Harris (31:53), Grainne Duffy (32:46), Sara Kingdon (35:47) and Michelle Boshier (46:15). At Durham, Alan Prest recorded 31:41, whilst at Ripon’s inaugural Parkrun, Anthony Corbett finished in 25:52. Paul Roberts and Colin Wild were closely matched at Hackworth, completing the 5k route in 22:23 and 22:27 respectively, whilst at Albert Park, Paul Dalton (17:15), Stephen Moore (19:57) and Ty Hankinson (22:23) completed the flat and fast course. At Sedgefield, Michael Joyeux was first finisher overall in 17:29, followed by fellow Quakers Mark Colling (24:34), Wendy Colling (24:50), Rob Marquiss (27:31), Gill Colling (setting a new 5k pb of 29:13), Diane Gardner (30:28), Diane Adkins (30:33), Lorraine Batts (36:58) and Jill Wallis (40:47). John Brant, Paul Appleton and Jeanette Appleton ran the Tees Barrage route in 26:00, 26:45 and 28:31 respectively, whilst further afield, Timothy Francis took part in the Southampton event, finishing in 25:09.