With the biggest half marathon in the country just up the road, it was no surprise that most runners headed up to Newcastle for this year’s Great North Run, although one headed as far as Eastern Europe in search of one.
The first of the thirty-seven Quakers to finish the 13.1 mile route to South Shields was Paul Dalton in 1:19:13, followed by Nick Mason (1:25:35), Chris Minto (1:34:30, PB), Dale Chapman (1:37:57), Gary Read (1:38:48), Darren Wright (1:43:39), Sharon Carbert (1:44:00), Michael Kay (1:44:10), Bridget Stewart (1:46:15, PB), Michael Oliver (1:51:14), Matthew Hall (1:52:11), Rebecca Bowes (1:58:29, PB), Gavin Armstrong (1:58:43), Helen Brown (2:03:06), Andrew Dixon (2:07:48), Kevin Scott (2:10:00), Ian Young (2:10:28), Pamela Barrass (2:13:08), Lyn Hatch (2:13:30), Paul Ryan (2:14:39), Joanne Todd (2:16:16), Caroline Litster (2:16:59), Steven Johnston (2:24:56), Andy Whittam (2:26:19), Fin Fox (2:26:45), Terri Deighton (2:27:17), Carol Penney (2:28:10), Michelle Scruby (2:32:34), Nichola Jordan (2:36:42), Rebecca Howard (2:38:57), Michael King (2:54:21), Stephen Ash (2:56:31), Fiona Dixon (3:03:00), Neil Harrington (3:18:42), Linda Harrington (3:18:43), Martin Rowell (3:22:24) and George Prince (4:07:58). The previous day had also seen the Great North 5K race which Diane Adkins completed in 32:00.
Flying the Quaker flag overseas was Katherine Hackett, who completed the half marathon in Budapest, Hungary in 1:35:55.
Midweek had seen the seventh and final event in the Stockton Summer 5K trail series, this time at Cowpen Bewley. First home over the two-lap course was Rob Dent in 20:09 (finishing second overall for the series in his age category), followed by Dale Chapman (22:59), Ewan Henderson (23:04), Phil Clarke (23:21), Gary Read (23:30), Simon Farley-Smith (25:32), Anthony Corbett (26:09), Danny Gordon (27:20), Lewis Boshier (28:23), Michelle Boshier (28:28), Matt Jackson (28:30), Wendy Noble (28:49), Lee Morris (29:19), Alec Cinamon (30:29) and Gill Wallis (32:39). Although not running on the night Diane Adkins had also done enough to finish third overall for the series in her age category.
The previous week had seen the Hardmoors Princess event, a 31 mile circular route which took in Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar and Cloughton. Mark Colling, Wendy Colling and Anthony Corbett all completed the run together; the trio finishing in 6 hours 59 minutes.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Dawn Richardson completed the run at South Park in 20:51, followed by Phil Rutter (20:52), Paul Roberts (22:24), Ty Hankinson (22:35), Peter Commane (23:10), Simon Farley-Smith (23:32), Zoe Rothery (23:46), Iain Clyde (23:50), Sally Singleton (27:25, PB), Paula Roberts (27:39, PB), Lee Morris (27:41), Mark Trowles (27:45), Sarah Watson (28:21), Wendy Noble (28:23), Gemma Marshall (28:36), Gary Read (28:40), Matt Jackson (29:23), Lena Rusa (30:01), Duncan O’neil (31:47), Michael King (35:20) and Emma Joyeux (37:00).
At Sedgefield, Richard Payne and Mark Colling did the run there together in 26:46, Stephen Moore ran at Albert Park in 22:30, while Peter Rowley completed the Northallerton run in 25:56.
Lewis Boshier clearly enjoying the fact he’s beating mum Michelle at the Cowpen Bewley trail race!