On what was a fairly quiet week for races in the region, most of the main running action was to be found north of the border.
In Edinburgh there was a host of distances on offer over the weekend. In the 10K event, Michael Joyeux finished an impressive fifth overall in a time of 34:54, while Brian Martin (1:28:19), Dave McLachlan (1:34:32), Billy Harris (1:59:00) and Julie Remmer (2:38:21) all completed the half marathon distance. Those who decided to go for the full 26.2 miles of the marathon were Graeme Stanton (4:10:08), Clare Stradling (4:36:01), Rob Marquiss (4:39:27), Emma Bland (4:50:34), Sandra Martin (4:51:06), Gillian Harris (4:57:36) and Emma Whitworth (5:00:33).
Meanwhile, two Quakers headed over to Dumfries and Galloway for the rather hilly Kirkcudbright Half Marathon. On a fairly windy day Paul Roberts completed the course in 1:46:23, as did Wendy Noble, who despite carrying an injury, set a new PB of 2:11:49.
Over in Cumbria, Darren Stockdale, Katherine Hackett and Mark Tallon ran the trail half marathon at Howgills, the three all completing the course together in 2:38:00, while Annette Clarke and Charlie Bogg finished the trail marathon together in 5:24:51.
The latest round of the Hardmoors event took place over the bank holiday weekend. Roy McDougall completed 80 miles before injury forced him to withdraw, while Mark Colling, Wendy Colling, Anthony Corbett and April Corbett ran the 110 mile distance as a relay, completing the course in 22 hours and 42 minutes.
The sole 10K race of the weekend was down at Melmerby, near Ripon. Paul Dalton finished eighth overall in 36:08, along with Peter Rowley (48:07) and Alan Prest (1:01:09).
Midweek had seen another team relay event in the region, this time at Stewart Park, Middlesbrough. Quakers fielded eight teams at the event which saw four runners each complete a one mile lap. The first team to finish for the club comprised Michael Joyeux, Ian Readman, Michael Parry and Chris Jakeman who finished in an overall time of 21:21. They were followed by Stephen Moore, Paul Keedy, Chris Minto & Mark Robinson (24:22), Mark Colling, Brian Martin, Neil Harrington & Gary Read (25:15), Darryn Wood, Matt Jackson, Paul Hutchinson & Aiden Robinson (28:20), Dawn Richardson, Julie Whinn, Wendy Colling & Julie Jefferies (28:36), Sandra Martin, Emily Mann, Joanne Todd & Gill Colling (32:13), Linda Harrington, Jeff Marriott, Lewis Boshier & James Simpson (33:25) and Emma Whitworth, Sarah Watson, Michelle Boshier & Elaine Cooper (34:56).
On the fells, three runners were brave enough to tackle the Ossy Oiks race, covering 5.3 miles but with a total climb of over 1,800 feet. Michael Joyeux finished in 47:20, along with Ian Bond (52:15) and Abbie Hull (58:53)
In the Saturday morning Parkruns, Rob Dent was first home at South Park in 19:23, followed by Michael Oliver (21:06), Katie Barker (22:02), Zoe Rothery (22:43), Gary Read (23:04), Peter Rowley (23:09), Lesley Miller (24:30), John Brant (24:39), Bridget Stewart (24:47), Sue Woodcock (25:16), David Hood (25:22), Colin Smith (25:54), Steven Johnston (26:43), Anneli Mackenzie Brown (27:13), Gill Colling (27:48), Duncan O’neil (28:10), Sally Singleton (28:26), Lewis Boshier (29:09), Lucy Bendle (29:36), Michael King (30:05) and Adrian Dent (37:34).
At Tees Barrage, Paul and Jeanette Appleton completed the course there in 24:54 and 28:32 respectively, Stephen Moore ran at Albert Park in 20:42 and Sandra Cass ran at Sedgefield in 30:04.
Chris Minto setting off on his relay leg at Stewart Park