Most Quakers headed north last week, except for those who were busy setting new club records on the track.
The latest of the NYSD Track and Field series took place at Eastbourne early in the week, and as has been common so far this year, more club records were set on the night. In the 200m, Lindsey Lester and Colin Smith both broke their own records, finishing in 31.1s and 31.7s respectively. The pair also did the same in the 400m, where Ian Readman clocked 68.0s, along with Lindsey Lester (71.5s), Rob Dent (72.5s) and Colin Smith (72.8s). In the 3000m, Rob Dent broke the existing club record, crossing the line in 11.02, with Louise Trainor setting a new one for her age category in 12.25. Out in the field, Ian Readman threw 25.89m in the javelin to set a new club record, with Paul Roberts (18.24m), Rob Dent (9.81m, breaking his own club record) and Lindsey Lester (9.13m, setting a new record for her age category).
The previous week had seen Colin Smith head up to Jarrow once again for the North East Masters track events. He broke his own club record for the 100m, clocking 15.0s, before running the 200m in 31.8s and the 400m in 1:14.
A quintet travelled up to Gateshead for the Great North 10K race, where runners got to finish in the athletics stadium itself. Paul Dalton completed the distance in 37:26, along with Dave Jones (38:50, PB), Lisa Johnstone (1:01:01), Linda Harrington (1:18:31) and Neil Harrington (1:18:33).
Off road, three headed to Hamsterley Forest for the 11 mile race being held there. Michael Parry completed the undulating trail route in 1:13:00 (finishing in fifth place overall), along with Daniel Orton (1:25:39) and Hannah Robinson (2:11:07).
The previous week had seen Simon Rek taking part in the Whorlton Fell Run, near Swainby, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. Covering 6.2 miles and 1400 feet of climb, he finished the race in 1:05:23.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Marc Ellis finished at South Park in 18:03, followed by Dave Jones (18:29), David Mclachlan (20:39), Nick Wadd (20:58), Louise Trainor (21:12), Graham Park (21:14), Lewis Boshier (22:38, PB), Gary Read (22:38), Danny Gordon (24:06), Neil Harrington (24:23), Rebecca Bowes (24:41), Colin Smith (24:42), Gavin Armstrong (25:28), Michelle Boshier (25:29), David Ledgerwood (25:36), Darren Alderson (25:37), Sue New (27:15), Michelle Scruby (27:27, PB), Paul Ryan (27:46), Lee Morris (27:50), Gill Colling (27:54), Gemma Hammond (28:40), Neal Harper (28:55), Lisa Jenkins (28:55), Gemma Marshall (29:00), Lisa Johnstone (29:33), Sharon Carr (31:58) and Steven Johnston (36:27).
At Sedgefield, Andrew Vernon finished in 21:07, along with Anthony Corbett (24:51), April Corbett (25:07), Diane Adkins (28:01) and Gill Wallis (32:55). Jan Waite did the run at Hackworth in 35:13, Stephen Moore ran at Albert Park in 23:17, Emily Beaumont finished at Tees Barrage in 39:50, while Rebecca Howard travelled to Fountains Abbey, to run there in 25:22.