Not even the snow could stop Quakers last week as most runners headed just down the road to the North Eastern Cross Country Championships.
Hardwick Park at Sedgefield played host to this year’s event, which saw runners from across the North East tackling a very cold and muddy course. In the men’s event which covered 12K over four laps of the park, Michael Joyeux was first home for the club in the falling snow in 47:34, followed by Paul Dalton (50:40), Brian Martin (51:58), Darren Wright (55:57), Andrew Vernon (56:18), Michael Thompson (56:40), Rob Dent (58:09), Mark Robinson (58:38), Steve Snook (1:00:29), Paul Roberts (1:01:25), Phil Rutter (1:01:39), Gary Read (1:02:19), Rob Gillham (1:03:29), James Simpson (1:06:14) and Jeff Marriott (1:16:17). Conditions had worsened by the time of the women’s race, which saw Sarah Watson complete the 8.3K distance in 45:52 along with Michelle Boshier in 51:25.
The previous week had seen five runners tackle the Frostbite 30 mile race, which started at Pateley Bridge and took place around the Ribblesdale Valley. In some very wet and boggy conditions due to the recent bad weather, Annette Clarke and Charlie Bogg completed the route in 9 hours 8 minutes, with Roy MacDougall, Mark Colling and Wendy Colling all finishing together in 9 hours 45 minutes.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Marc Ellis finished at South Park in 19:02 followed by Dave Jones (19:32), Nick Mason (20:39), Ewan Henderson (20:55), Nick Wadd (20:59), Peter Commane (22:34), Iain Clyde (22:37), Peter Rowley (24:01), Andrew Dixon (24:15), Danny Gordon (24:20), Gemma Marshall (26:00), Fin Fox (26:20), Duncan O’neil (27:02), Joanne Dewar (27:36 and setting a new club record for her age category), Paul Rossington (27:39), Lisa Johnstone (27:43), Sally Singleton (27:45), Lee Morris (27:55), Alec Cinamon (28:17), Michelle Scruby (31:54), Michael King (32:46), Jan Waite (35:02), Adrian Dent (36:53) and Paul Roberts (37:43).
At Sedgefield, Anthony Corbett finished in 29:10 along with Diane Adkins (32:57) and Jill Wallis (34:34), while at Durham, David Ledgerwood and Alan Prest ran there in 28:07 and 33:33 respectively. Paul Dalton was the first finisher at Stewart Park in 17:52, while Lena Rusa completed the Tees Barrage run in 36:55. Down in Northallerton, Gary Read completed the run in 22:49 along with Lewis Boshier (29:00) and Michelle Boshier (29:01) while at Sheffield, Dawn Richardson did the run at Hillsborough in 21:01.
Steve Snook running his way through the mud and snow at Sedgefield