The biggest turnout of black and white at the weekend was to be found on the doorstep at South Park as Quakers held the first ever “club takeover” of the parkrun.
It was the first time since the event started in 2012 that members of one running club have undertaken all the volunteer roles. Of the 36 Quakers who turned up to run on the day, Peter Commane completed the course in 18:53, followed by Michael Kay (19:32), Ewan Henderson (20:15), Chris Minto (20:30), Andrew Vernon (20:58), Brian Martin (21:09), Graham Park (21:16), Stephen Moore (21:20), Peter Rowley (23:10), Danny Gordon (24:15), Andrew Dixon (24:22), Richard Payne (24:41), Mark Blewitt (24:52), David Mclachlan (25:10), Paul Jefferies (25:22), James Simpson (25:27), Sarah Watson (25:30), David Brown (26:20), Wendy Noble (27:00), Paul Hutchinson (27:44), Paul Ryan (28:08), Michelle Scruby (28:25), Joanne Dewar (28:35), Paul Roberts (28:46), Andy Whittam (28:50), Hazel Commane (28:57), Sally Singleton (29:15), Lucy Bendle (30:49), Gillian Harris (33:35), Fiona Dixon (33:36), Lisa Burton (34:22), Darren Wright (35:53), Gary Read (36:49), Ian Readman (38:43) and Michael King (41:52).
Four runners headed north for the Blyth Valley 10K, where Nick Mason finished the race in 38:26 (PB), along with Richard Hughes (45:12), Diane Vaughan (45:48) and Alan Prest (1:07:54).
Down in Sheffield, where the organisers fortunately didn’t run out of water this year, Neil Harrington completed the 13.1 mile distance in 1:55:53, followed by Julien Deckard (2:05:52), Lena Rusa (2:06:36) and Juelz Lee-Deckard (2:15:44).
Meanwhile David Todd and Louise Trainor headed off across the continent to run the half marathon in Poznan, Poland, the pair finishing in 1:28:49 and 1:35:37 respectively.
In other parkruns, Jeff Marriott completed the run at Sedgefield in 28:31, while Anthony Corbett travelled to Penrith to do the run there in 26:00. Flying the Quaker flag overseas were David Todd and Louise Trainor who completed the parkrun in Poznan, Poland in 21:13 and 23:38 respectively.
The hand of friendship – in a scene almost reminiscent of the first London Marathon, Ewan Henderson and Dale Chapman cross the line together at South Park