A packed week of running action saw Quakers setting not only personal bests but a whopping eleven club records too.
The biggest race of the week was down in the capital as ten runners headed south to compete in this year’s London Marathon. First to finish the iconic 26.2 mile race was Paul Dalton in 3:06:42, followed by Marc Ellis (3:13:18, PB), Diane Vaughan (3:46:34, PB), Bridget Stewart (3:56:01), Michael Oliver (4:14:11, PB), Anthony Corbett (4:14:31), Sandra Cass (4:14:56, PB), Richard Hughes (4:21:57), Danny Gordon (4:44:48 and setting a new club record for his age category), and Sharon Carr (6:06:30, in her debut over the distance).
Closer to home, the second of this year’s 10K league races took place at Fountains Abbey, near Ripon. First home over the undulating multi-terrain route was Rob Dent in 41:25, just ahead of Dave Jones in 41:30 (and third in his age category). Next to finish was Dale Chapman (42:52) along with Gary Read (43:33), Ty Hankinson (46:49), Rob Gillham (50:54), Lindsey Lester (51:25), Sam Joblin (53:49), Andrew Dixon (54:00), Anna Hardy (56:27), Tracey Plaskitt (56:43), David Brown (57:55), Rebecca Bowes (58:17), Lucy Bendle (1:06:59), Isabelle Bell (1:11:02) and Euan Bell (1:12:09).
The region’s other 10K race at the weekend was held up at Hamsterley Forest. Kyle Cook completed the out and back route through the forest in 38:35 (PB) followed by Daniel Orton (41:33), Rob Gillham (46:52) and Robert Kirby (51:59).
The week had started with the first of this year’s NYSD track and field series, held at Eastbourne, which saw no less than ten club records (CR) being set on the night. In the men’s 1500 metres, Michael Joyeux went round the track in 4:46 (PB), along with Ian Readman (5:16, CR), Gary Read (5:21, CR) and Brian Martin (5:35, CR). In the women’s event Rebecca Howard finished in 6:08 (CR), just ahead of Lindsay Lester in 6:09 (CR). In the men’s 200 metres, Gary Read ran 31:30 (CR) while in the women’s event, Lindsay Lester finished in 33:10 (CR), with Rebecca Howard in 38:70. There was also the rare sight of three Quakers out in the field too. In the javelin, Paul Roberts and Rob Dent threw 21.51m and 9.24m respectively, while Gary Read landed 7.97m in the triple jump; all three setting club records.
Further north, Peter Rowley was the sole Quaker at the Terry O’Gara Memorial 5K race at Wallsend, completing the run there in 23:45.
For those who fancied heading off road, there were two trail races on offer down at Reeth. In the 20K event Darren Wright finished in 1:48:03 along with David Todd (1:54:24) and Claire Westwood (2:17:49), while in the 10K race, Lewis and Michelle Boshier went round together in 1:05:47.
The previous week had seen five runners out on the hills for the Guisborough Moors fell race, a 12.4 mile route, which took in over 2,700 feet of climb, including Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s Monument. William Miller finished the very hilly distance in 1:53:17 followed by Darren Wright (2:03:03), Rob Dent (2:06:53), Paul Roberts (2:19:26) and Gary Read (2:26:54).
Also running a week earlier were two runners who headed further afield for a 10K. In Lancaster, Peter Rowley completed the Three Bridges race there in 48:49 (also coming first in his age category) while Carol Penney ran in the City of Lincoln 10K in 1:00:53.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Michael Joyeux was first across the line at South Park in 16:19, followed by Dave Jones (18:58), Brian Martin (19:00), Dawn Richardson (19:07), Peter Commane (19:14), Alistair Johnson (20:21), Phil Rutter (20:30), David Todd (20:57), Phil Clarke (21:10), Ty Hankinson (21:57), David Whittle (22:32), Gary Read (24:50), Colin Smith (25:12), Sandra Martin (25:56), Jeff Marriott (26:15), Mark Blewitt (26:28), Gemma Hammond (26:51), Gemma Marshall (28:11), Gill Colling (28:21), Gavin Armstrong (28:40), Paul Ryan (28:58), Lee Morris (29:02), Lisa Johnstone (29:04), Hazel Commane (32:01), Chrissie Moore (33:28), Jan Waite (34:51) and Rachel Ryan (37:27).
At the Gibside run, Andrew Vernon finished in 22:43 with Sarah Watson in 25:50, Emily Beaumont ran at Sedgefield in 41:49, while at Albert Park, Stephen Moore and Diane Adkins did the run there in 22:20 and 27:28 respectively.