The past week saw another club championship race on the calendar, a Quaker vest crossing a finish line in first place and another eleven club records being set.
The weekend had seen the latest club championship race, the Pier to Pier run, a 7.5 mile route along the coast from South Shields to Roker. First home for the club was Brian Martin in 44:44 (and finishing third in his age category), followed by Marc Ellis (45:23), Jill Clapp (50:16), Billy Harris (50:30), Steve Snook (52:33), Rob Gillham (53:11), Robert Kirby (1:02:07), Sandra Martin (1:04:04), Julie Whinn (1:05:08), Bev Snook (1:08:14), Paul Ryan (1:09:21), Gillian Harris (1:13:47), Alan Prest (1:18:47), Sharon Carr (1:26:57) and Adrian Dent (1:32:54).
The third of the Hardmoors Trail series took place at Osmotherley, where parts of all races covered some of the Cleveland Way. In the marathon distance, Phil Rutter finished in 5:22:32 (and first in his age category), with Michelle Boshier and Emily Beaumont coming home together in 9:20:55. In the half marathon event, Michael Joyeux made it three wins out of three, crossing the line first in 2:01:40. Jamie Norman finished in 3:10:31, with Claire Norman and Gill Colling both going round in 4:10:03.
The fourth event of the NYSD Track and Field series took place early in the week at Eastbourne, which once again saw several club records being set on the night. In the 200 metres, Ian Bond ran 29.8s (CR), Gary Read (31.3s), Ian Readman (31.4s, CR), Stephen Johnston (33.0s), Colin Smith (33.3s, CR) and Rob Dent (34.6). In the 800 metres, Ian Readman finished in 2:32.5 (CR), Rob Dent in 2:36.8 (CR) and Graham Park (2:39.4) while the mile race saw Ian Readman run 5:49.6 with Rob Dent in 5:53.5 (CR). Out on the field, Ian Bond threw 19.40m in the discus (CR) along with Paul Roberts (15.15m), Stephen Johnston (14.04m) and Gary Read (13.53m, CR). In the triple jump, Ian Bond landed 9.24m (CR) with Gary Read jumping 7.57m.
A day earlier had also seen Colin Smith set two more club records at the North East Masters track event held up at Jarrow, running the 100m in 15.9s and the 400m in 83.4s.
The second race in the Stockton Summer 5K Trail series took place midweek at the Lordstones near Carlton Bank, where some marshalling difficulties on the night meant the front runners all ended up going the wrong way. Despite the detour, Michael Joyeux finished second overall in 21:19, followed by Jill Clapp (26:29), Gary Read (26:35), Lee Morris (31:01), Tracey Plaiskitt (31:15), Hannah Robinson (31:35), Sharon Carr (41:28) and Lisa Alderson (41:34).
At the Great Manchester Run, the largest 10K race in the country, Michael Oliver completed the route around the city centre in 47:12.
Over in Cumbria, Peter Rowley was the sole Quaker at the Brathay Windermere half marathon in Ambleside, completing the out and back route in 1:55:11.
In the Yorkshire Dales, at the Charlesworth Chase fell race at Appletreewick, Rebecca Howard covered the 5.2 mile route, which took in 1,200 feet of climb, in 1:06:04.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Rob Dent finished at South Park in 19:14 followed by Dave Jones (19:21), Dale Chapman (19:54), Daniel Orton (20:14, PB), Ty Hankinson (21:22), Nick Wadd (21:40), David Mclachlan (21:45), Rob Gillham (23:04), David Whittle (23:06), Lewis Boshier (25:06), Gary Read (25:08), Sue Woodcock (25:13), Jeff Marriott (25:19), Anna Hardy (25:19), Neil Harrington (25:21), Colin Smith (25:35), Michelle Boshier (26:33), Rebecca Bowes (26:33), Darren Alderson (27:06), Alec Cinamon (27:58), Gemma Hammond (28:53), Sally Singleton (29:26), Lisa Johnstone (29:27), Lucy Bendle (30:25), Darren Wright (30:42), Michelle Dale (31:01), Isabelle Bell (31:13), Paul Ryan (32:05), Sarah Bayles (33:07), Fiona Dixon (33:15), Michael King (34:10), Rachel Ryan (34:28), Jan Waite (35:24), Lisa Alderson (35:40) and Linda Harrington (37:29).
At Sedgefield, Dave Thompson completed the run there in 24:01 along with Mark Blewitt (26:07), Gill Wallis (35:17) and Emily Beaumont (41:09). Paul Dalton was first across the line at Sunderland in 17:57, while at Albert Park Stephen Moore finished in 23:01.