With several races on the calendar last week, Quakers were spoilt for choice as to which one to do, with the result that one member even ended up doing two on the same day.
The big race in the region was the Sunderland Half Marathon where Michael Joyeux put in an impressive performance to finish seventh overall in 1:14:29 (PB). Next home for the club was Nick Mason in 1:30:39, followed by Gary Read (1:37:52, PB), Stephen Moore (1:40:39), Paul Roberts (1:42:52), Michael Watson (1:50:02), Paul Hutchinson (2:02:51), Alec Cinamon (2:09:13) and Anneli Mackenzie Brown (2:10:54).
As well as the half marathon, a 10K race also took place, which served as the latest league race. As with the longer distance, a Quaker finished seventh overall with Paul Dalton coming home in 36:02. He was followed by Rob Gillham (42:21), Paul Keedy (44:45), Diane Vaughan (46:38), Richard Hughes (47:24), Jessica Campbell (50:47), Darryn Wood (55:04) and Alan Prest (1:04:25).
Over in the Lake District, Rebecca Howard was first home for the club at the Keswick Half Marathon in a new PB of 1:50:02. She was joined by Robert Kirby (2:04:01), Emma Bland (2:21:06), Janet Scott (2:24:26), Anne Bartram (2:25:13) and Kevin Bartram (2:27:20).
Down in Kirkbymoorside Rob Gillham was the sole Quaker in attendance there, taking advantage of the afternoon start to complete his second 10K race of the day in 44:09.
Off road, some Quakers ventured onto the hills to complete the Reeth 20K trail race. Mark Tallon was first home in 1:49:33 along with Darren Stockdale (1:56:07), Abbie Hull (2:09:33) and Nicola Howe & Sandra Cass who finished together in 2:24:32.
Further afield Dave Thompson and Annette Clarke tackled the Great Lakeland Three Day Event in the Lake District, to which runners were only given the route the night before. Covering 64 miles and taking in 16,000 feet of climbing in total, they completed the route in 18 hours and 40 minutes.
Eight Quakers ran round the clock at the Endurun 24 event held at High Gosforth Park, Newcastle Racecourse, which involved teams attempting to run as many 10k laps as possible in 24 hours. Jill Wallis, Gill Colling, Grainne Duffy, Diane Adkins and Claire Norman ran as a team and recorded 19 laps; Anthony Corbett ran solo and managed 13 laps, while April Corbett and Wendy Colling did 20 laps as a pair.
Midweek at Redcar, several runners braved a distinctly chilly and windy seafront at the Spring Coast Road 5K. First home was Paul Dalton in 17:23, then Rob Dent and Brian Martin who both recorded 19:27. Next was Dale Chapman in 19:52, followed by Nick Mason (19:54), Dawn Richardson (19:59), Mark Robinson (20:53), Gary Read (20:53, PB), Chris Minto (21:27), Richard Hughes (22:11), Diane Vaughan (22:15), Mark Colling (22:29), Marta Rybarczyk (22:30), Neil Harrington (22:45), Wendy Colling (23:19), Simon Rek (23:52), April Corbett (24:03, PB), Daniel Gordon (24:13), Jeff Marriott (24:51), Julie Whinn (25:34), Sandra Cass (25:36), Emma Whitworth (27:10, PB) and Diane Adkins (29:02).
In the Saturday morning Parkruns, Chris Jakeman was first home at South Park in 19:21 followed by Brian Martin (19:28), Dale Chapman (19:29), Michael Kay (19:34), Mark Robinson (19:46), Rob Gillham (20:14), Ewan Henderson (20:23), David Todd (21:37), Michael Oliver (21:38), Graham Park (22:15), Peter Rowley (22:29), Steve Mcallister (22:39), Zoe Rothery (23:54), Ian Stephenson (24:14), Ingrid Gunning (24:39), Nicolette Hollindale (24:51), Jeff Marriott (24:55), Nigel Walker (25:45), Julie Whinn (25:57), David Hood (26:21), Lewis Boshier (27:06), Michelle Boshier (27:07), Sally Singleton (28:25), Michael King (29:26), Gillian Harris (30:30), Sandra Martin (30:34), Gary Read (30:48) and Lucy Bendle (31:31).
Elsewhere in the region, Neil Harrington completed Albert Park in 22:16 (PB); Paul Roberts ran 22:07 at Sedgefield, while at Tess Barrage Paul and Jeanette Appleton finished in 24:29 and 27:40 respectively. Further afield at Whitley Bay, Mark Colling finished in 26:57 along with Wendy Colling (27:15) and Diane Adkins (30:55), while Abbie Hull completed the Keswick run in 24:47.
A cheery looking Neil Harrington at Redcar, despite the somewhat Baltic conditions!