Quakers were scattered far and wide once again last weekend, with races ranging from one extreme to another.
The latest 10K league race took place at a sunny Mulgrave Castle, near Whitby. Held on a very undulating multi-terrain course, which may well cause some members to have nightmares over it, Mark Robinson was first home for the club in 47:27, followed by Rob Gillham (50:27), Paul Keedy (51:13), Gary Read (52:19), Chris Minto (53:15), Steve McAllister (58:25), Neil Harrington (58:53), Jeff Marriott (1:00:27), Darryn Wood (1:03:20), Steven Johnston (1:04:35) and Nigel Walker (1:07:50)
The previous day had also seen the Allendale Fair 10K race. First home for the club on the race with “no hills, only bumps” (of which there were plenty) was Michael Joyeux in 39:41. Next to finish was Colin Wild in 44:05, along with Anthony Corbett (52:21), Wendy Colling (52:42 and second in her age category), April Corbett (53:34), Mark Colling (56:05), Andrea Jackson (1:01:24), Julie Whinn (1:01:32), John Whinn (1:01:50), Gill Colling (1:09:13) and Emma Whitworth (1:09:14).
At Middlesbrough, the Riverside 5K race took place on a very flat course which allowed a few members to achieve some new personal bests. First to finish for the club was Michael Joyeux in 16:06 (PB), followed by Paul Dalton (16:54, PB), Rob Dent (19:29), Stephen Moore (19:34, PB), Steven Snook (20:09), Richard Hughes (20:51), Diane Vaughan (21:20), Paul Roberts (21:14), Peter Rowley (22:46), Stephen Ash (23:00), Jessica Campbell (23:46), Matthew Hall (24:23), Ian Young (27:41) and Joanne Dewar (28:06).
Over in the Lake District, Darren Stockdale completed the Great Trail Challenge, a 22K race in Keswick in 2:13:58.
In Kirby Stephen, a few Quakers took part in the Yomp Challenge, based on the Yomp during the Falklands War. Over the full 23 mile, distance Annette Clarke was first to finish in 4:52:16, followed by Charlie Bogg (4:52:21), Abbie Hull (5:02:50), Anthony Corbett (5:49:39), April Corbett (5:49:42), Sandra Cass (5:49:44) and Nicola Howe (5:49:49), while Dave Thompson completed the 11.5 miles of the half yomp in 2:22:51.
The previous week had also seen Dave Thompson complete the LDWA’s flagship event, the Valleys 100 miler, a circular route from Pontypool in South Wales. Despite some extremely muddy conditions, he finished in a time of 29 hours 57 minutes.
A rather bizarre sight would have greeted people up on the fells where two runners took part in a “Wedding Race”, a 7mile run from Lord Stones in frocks and bow ties. Mark Colling completed the run in 1:48:32 along with Wendy Colling in 1:49:57.
There was one Quaker for whom one 10K race in a day just wasn’t enough though. Daz Wood took part in the GB Relay World Record attempt, doing not one leg but two. He covered Hatton Golf Club to Redcar (6.5 miles, 1:10) and Billingham Fire Station to Seaton Pier (6.3 miles, 1:11).
In the Saturday morning Parkruns Brian Martin was first home at South Park in 19:22, followed by Michael Kay (19:49), Mark Robinson (19:53), David Todd (20:35), David Mclachlan (21:25), Richard Hughes (21:35), Peter Rowley (22:51), Danny Gordon (24:00), Lesley Miller (24:46), Sue Woodcock (25:05), Timothy Francis (25:08), David Hood (25:58), Gary Read (26:21), Lewis Boshier (27:09), Michelle Boshier (27:12), Sally Singleton (28:18), Duncan O’neil (28:58), Michael King (29:57), Rob Gillham (30:24), Ally Sanderson (30:25), Lucy Bendle (32:25) and Adrian Dent (36:48).
At Sedgefield, Paul Roberts finished in 23:29 along with Dave Thompson (24:34) and Diane Adkins (32:08) while at Tees Barrage, Ian Stephenson completed the course there in 25:13, along with Paul Appleton (25:21) and Jeanette Appleton (28:37). Stephen Moore was the sole Quaker at Albert Park finishing in 19:47 while Alan Prest ran at Durham in 30:53.
Daz Wood on one of his GB Relay legs, with a baton that appears to be doubling up as a toolbox.