Several Quakers headed down south to the capital at the weekend to join over 35,000 other runners in this year’s London Marathon, with the nice weather and fairly flat course giving a great chance for some PB’s. First home on the 26.2 mile course was Nick Mason in 3:03:57, followed by Wayne Bramley in 3:11:57 and Stephen Moore in 3:19:08 (PB). Katherine Hackett was first female home in 3:21:52 (PB), with Dave Thompson just behind in 3:22:38. Next was Corinne Murray in 3:38:47 along with Wendy Colling (3:48:49), Ingrid Gunning (3:51:58), Diane Vaughan (3:52:19), Bridget Stewart (4:26:38), Richard Hughes (4:27:49), Joanne Todd (4:29:10), Anthony Corbett (4:30:13), Daz Wood (4:46:07, PB) and Jackie Nicholls (4:50:55).
Closer to home Peter Rowley was the sole Quaker at the South Shields 10km race, completing the course there in 48:32.
Off road, half a dozen Quakers ventured into the Dales to complete the Wensleydale Wander, which gave runners the chance to complete either a 12 or 23 mile route. On a fairly cold and windy day, Andrew Lambe completed the short course in 1:50:25 with Abbie Hull just behind (and the first female finisher) in 1:52:42, while Julie Whinn and Diane Adkins both finished together in 2:46:50. Over the longer distance Nicola Howe and Sandra Cass also crossed the line together in 4:44:00.
In the Saturday morning Parkruns, Paul Dalton was the first finisher at South Park in 17:18, followed by Dale Chapman (19:24), Rob Dent (19:45), Mark Robinson (19:47), Rob Gillham (20:19, PB), Richard Coulson (20:27), Ewan Henderson (20:43), Gary Read (21:12), Peter Rowley (21:56), Zoe Rothery (23:13), Steve Mcallister (23:39), Timothy Francis (24:25), John Brant (24:28), Lesley Miller (24:33), David Hood (27:04), Michael Robinson (27:52), Gill Colling (28:00), Sally Singleton (28:45), Michael King (29:40), Sandra Martin (30:10), Gillian Harris (30:11), Grainne Duffy (30:38), Will Todd (30:56), David Todd (30:56), Michelle Boshier (39:40) and Lewis Boshier (39:41).
Over at Sedgefield Paul Roberts finished in 22:04, followed by Lucy Jefferies (27:58) and Jill Wallis (43:53), while at Tees Barrage Neil Harrington completed the course in 23:44 along with Paul Appleton (25:08) and Jeanette Appleton (28:36).
“Please no photographs!!” – Wayne Bramley on his way to a good for age time at London.