In a week when most runners headed out onto the fells, one race saw the black and white vest crossing the finish line first.
Ropner Park in Stockton played host to the “What a Wheeze” Christmas Cracker 5K, a run which raised over £1,000 for Asthma UK. Paul Dalton won the race in 17:12, coming in almost a minute clear of the next runner. Also completing the run around the park course were Peter Rowley (24:43), Juelz Lee-Deckard (25:05), Clare Stradling (25:39), George Prince (30:20), Julien Deckard (31:20) and Diane Adkins (32:59).
At the Eskdale Eureka fell race in the North Yorkshire Moors, which covered 8 miles and took in 1,500 feet of climb, Michael Joyeux was first home for the club in 1:11:38, followed by Mark Robinson and Chris Minto who finished together in 1:24:37, Andrew Vernon (1:28:36), Paul Roberts (1:29:38), Gary Read (1:48:14), Sarah Watson (1:48:50), Gavin Armstrong (1:49:09) and Andrew Lambe (1:49:58)
An honourable mention must also go to those runners who donned their festive outfits for the annual Santa Run held around West Park, despite the wind and rain.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Paul Dalton finished at a windy South Park in 19:42 followed by Dave Jones (19:43), Michael Joyeux (19:57), Ewan Henderson (21:32), Nick Mason (21:34), David Whittle (22:46), Sarah Watson (23:57), Gavin Armstrong (23:58), Peter Rowley (24:39), Gary Read (24:52), Matt Jackson (26:05), Duncan O’neil (26:59), Alec Cinamon (29:05), Sally Singleton (29:10), Gill Colling (30:39), Diane Adkins (31:40), Lee Morris (32:38) and Jan Waite (33:45).
Over at Albert Park, Paul Roberts completed his 100th parkrun in 21:37 along with Stephen Moore (22:28), David Ledgerwood (27:20) and James Simpson (27:20). At Sedgefield, Jill Wallis finished the run there in 35:53 while Lena Rusa did the run at Tees Barrage run in 30:02.
MIchael Joyeux takes Quakers youngest member, son Oliver, for his first outing round South Park!