The Quaker runners in their black and white vests and colourful trainers! The Quaker runners in their black and white vests and colourful trainers!

Last week, the runners from the Quaker’s Running Club travelled up the back roads to Crook for the Clive Golledge Memorial Relays, which are held in memory of Crook’s late male captain. The event was a 2.2 mile relay where each team needed to contain a female and a veteran! The event was superbly organised around Crook’s home track and surrounding areas. The race began on the cinder track before heading across the tarmac onto some off road running! It was here that the course got significantly more interesting!

Crook have loads of fast runners and it’s no wonder if they’re training on the hills around their track!

The course took a slight upwards bend and continued climbing for a good 0.8 miles of steady ascent on gravel trails before rounding the green and going downhill through some single file paths. This was the lightening section of the course and the sight of many black and white blurs were seen as QRC runners sped down the hill. The course finished with a final section of tarmac before handing off to the next runner!

The event was superbly organised, marshalled and supported; Crook know how to put on a good event!

Following the race, it was off to the pub for a pie and pea supper! Signing off in proper Quaker style!

Races like these are what belonging to a running club is about. The involvement with local clubs and supporting each other. It was great seeing so many Quakers of all abilities, joining in and running together! With so many fantastic summer relay events, the club has the chance to mix it up and get some mingling done – especially in a sport where we’re often on our own in races.

Hopefully, there’ll be another list of people wanting to get stuck in and get up to Crook next year!

[P.S. One of the Quaker teams successfully defended their trophy!]