Quakers were scattered far and wide last weekend as several of them went further afield for their racing fix.
Four runners headed over to Manchester to take part in the marathon event there. On one of the flattest courses of its kind for the distance in this country, Neil Harrington completed the 26.2 mile route in 3:56:52, along with Gavin Armstrong (4:20:32, PB), Jeff Marriott (4:23:00) and Gemma Marshall (4:50:48, PB).
Down at the Sheffield half marathon, Paul Dalton completed the fairly undulating distance in and around the city centre in 1:22:34, followed by Stephen Moore (1:53:09) and Paul Ryan (2:16:03).
Several runners were out on the hills for the second event of the Hardmoors Trail series, the White Horse race, where all three events took place around Sutton Bank and the chalk horse itself. In the marathon distance, Michael King completed the demanding route in 4:50:34, with Mark and Wendy Colling both finishing together in 6:40:18. In the half marathon event, Michael Joyeux crossed the line first in 1:55:57 for his second win of the year in the series. He was followed in by Jamie Norman (3:09:06) and April Corbett, Sandra Cass & Nicola Howe who all came home together in 3:37:28. Meanwhile in the 10K race, Gill Colling and Diane Adkins both finished in 1:55:46 with Claire Norman just behind in 1:57:33.
Also out on the hills, the Coledale Horseshoe fell race took place over in the Lake District. Covering 8.5 miles and taking in 3,000 feet of climb, Brian Martin completed the route in 1:38:14 along with Billy Harris (1:47:49) and Andrew Lambe (2:18:49).
Nearer to home, the seventh and final race in the Stockton Winter 5K trail series took place just down the road at Preston Park. Daniel Orton was first to finish for the club in 21:29 followed by Gary Read (21:34), Peter Rowley (25:11 and second in his age category), Danny Gordon (28:14, first in his age category and also winning the overall series prize for it too), Lewis Boshier (29:00), Michelle Boshier (29:05) and Richard Payne (38:31).
The previous week had seen Michael Thompson head north of the border for the Glasgow to Edinburgh Ultra Marathon. On a route which took in the length of the Forth and Clyde canal which links the two cities, he completed the 55 mile-long distance in 10:03:11.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Michael Parry finished at South Park in 18:18, followed by Kyle Cook (18:59), Dave Jones (19:26), Marc Ellis (19:48), Katherine Hackett (20:27), Steve Snook (20:35), Daniel Orton (20:43), Phil Rutter (21:08), David Todd (21:20), Louise Trainor (22:08), David Whittle (22:24), Iain Clyde (22:28), Peter Rowley (23:09), Dale Chapman (23:51), Nick Wadd (23:57), Gary Read (24:42), Colin Smith (25:11), David Ptak (25:31), Gemma Hammond (26:33), Julie Whinn (27:10), Jeff Marriott (28:12), Lee Morris (28:37), Sally Singleton (29:01), Gemma Marshall (29:41), Tristen Coad (29:49), John Whinn (29:56), Michelle Scruby (31:05), Michael King (32:11), Chrissie Moore (33:25) and Jan Waite (36:06).
At Sedgefield, Ty Hankinson did the run there in 23:14, along with Sarah Wilson (27:52), Mark Colling (29:28) and Anthony Corbett (29:29), while Stephen Moore ran at Albert Park in 22:10. At Fountains Abbey, Andrew Vernon completed the run there in 21:16, as did Sarah Watson (24:12) and Hazel Commane (29:09), while Emily Beaumont headed to Tees Barrage, finishing there in 45:36.