It was a productive weekend for several Quakers as a multitude of PB’s fell by the wayside in the first big race of the year.
The Brass Monkey half marathon took place down in York, where the flat course and virtually ideal weather conditions meant half of our thirty runners managed to set new personal bests. First home for the club over the 13.1 mile distance was Michael Joyeux in 1:15:27, followed by Paul Dalton (1:16:14, PB and breaking his own club record for his age category), Rob Dent (1:26:53, PB), Marc Ellis (1:29:12, PB), Dave Jones (1:29:40, PB), Gary Read (1:32:49), Chris Minto (1:32:56, PB), Steve Snook (1:35:54), David Mclachlan (1:37:43), Diane Vaughan (1:38:15, PB), Andrew Walker (1:38:56, PB), Stephen Moore (1:40:05), Stephen Ash (1:42:11, PB), Richard Hughes (1:44:02), Michael Oliver (1:44:29, PB), Lindsey Lester (1:47:00, PB), Gavin Armstrong (1:49:21), Mel Newton (1:49:46, PB), Bridget Stewart (1:49:52), Michelle Boshier (1:50:55, PB), Julie Whinn (1:56:28), Pamela Barrass (2:00:01), Jeff Marriott (2:03:26), Matt Jackson (2:05:11), Gillian Harris (2:06:41), Wendy Noble (2:07:42, PB), Annette Chrisp (2:10:06), Michelle Scruby (2:21:19, PB), Simon Farley-Smith (2:26:10) and Sharon Carr (2:31:38, PB).
Two headed over to Cumbria for the Carlisle 10K, a mainly countryside route which also started and finished at the local racecourse. David Todd completed the distance in 42:50 along with Louise Trainor in 44:52.
Also running in Cumbria, this time on the snow-covered hills, were Andrew Lambe and Abbie Hull who ran the 10 mile trail race at Askham, which also took in the summit of Arthur’s Pike, in 1:53:55 and 2:12:43 respectively. The event which was held to raise money for the recent floods in the region, also saw the black and white vest even making an appearance on Look North when the pair were interviewed after the race.
The fourth race of the Stockton Winter 5K series took place at Ropner Park in Stockton where Graham Park completed the run in 21:29 along with Peter Rowley in 24:16.
The icy weather caused several of the parkruns to be cancelled, including the one at South Park, leaving very few left for runners to choose from. Of those which did go ahead, Nick Mason finished at Albert Park in 20:20 along with Stephen Moore (21:37) and Diane Adkins (31:00 in her 100th parkrun), while at Northallerton, Paul Roberts and Paul Ryan ran there in 24:38 and 29:42 respectively. At Tees Barrage, Andrew Vernon completed the run in 25:17 along with Sarah Watson (25:19) and Mark Blewitt (27:18). Further afield, Brian and Sandra Martin did the Sheffield Hallam parkrun in 19:39 and 27:22 respectively.