In a week where most runners headed off-road, there was the sight of not one, but two Quakers winning races.
The first of those came midweek at the Elvet Striders Clamber, a 5.2 mile trail race near Durham, where Michael Joyeux was the first runner to finish the hilly route in 30:54. He was followed in by Anthony Corbett (46:19), Diane Vaughan (46:52 and first in her age category), Richard Hughes (47:13), Mark Colling (49:31), Wendy Colling (49:31 and third in her age category), April Corbett (50:10), Anna Hardy (51:17), Sandra Cass (52:56) and Emily Beaumont (1:06:24).
The second one occurred up at Hamsterley Forest in the 10K race there, where Alex Kiel crossed the line first in 37:26 (over two minutes ahead of the second placed finisher), with Richard Payne also finishing in 56:56.
The latest club championship race took place over in Wensleydale, the James Herriott Country 14K Trail Run, which started and finished at Castle Bolton. Michael Joyeux was first home for the club in 55:41 (and in fourth place overall), followed by Paul Dalton (1:01:03), Brian Martin (1:02:22 and second in his age category), Michael Thompson (1:08:44), Gary Read (1:09:23), Billy Harris (1:10:45), Steven Major (1:11:22), Rob Gilham (1:21:40), Simon Rek (1:22:38), Phil Clarke (1:24:52), Danny Gordon (1:28:34), Sandra Martin (1:33:14), Anna Hardy (1:35:28), Michelle Boshier (1:35:28), Paul Ryan (1:40:26), Gillian Harris (1:43:21) and Alan Prest (1:50:59).
The only race actually taking place on tarmac was the 5K one up at South Shields, a rare run on a Friday, where Diane Vaughan and Richard Hughes finished in 22:39 and 23:16 respectively.
Four headed over to the Lake District at the weekend for the Lakeland 50, a 50 mile race which took in 3,100 metres of climb and finished at Coniston. Annette Clarke, Charlie Bogg and Dave Thompson all came in together in 13 hours 43 minutes, while Emily Beaumont completed the route in 16 hours 17 minutes.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Dave Jones finished at South Park in 18:01, followed by Daniel Orton (19:58), Louise Trainor (20:57), Nick Wadd (21:35), Adrian Gooding (21:45), Steven Major (21:59), Peter Rowley (23:17), Gary Read (23:30), Rebecca Bowes (24:04), Gavin Armstrong (24:39), Lewis Boshier (25:45), Michelle Boshier (25:47), David Ptak (25:54), Andrew Dixon (27:05), Wendy Noble (28:15), Sally Singleton (28:43), Andy Whittam (29:33), Michelle Scruby (30:26), Jan Waite (34:18), Sonia Talbot (34:45), Michelle Dale (34:46), Paul Ryan (35:19), Rachel Ryan (35:20), Chrissie Moore (37:04), Adrian Dent (37:59) and Michael King (46:35).
Over at Sedgefield, Marc Ellis finished in 17:44, along with Kyle Cook (19:29), Lindsey Lester (24:28), Darren Alderson (27:10), Diane Adkins (29:40), Gill Wallis (33:12), Sharon Carr (34:02) and Lisa Alderson (38:37) while at Tees Barrage, Ian Readman completed the run there in 20:13, followed by Ian Bond (21:44), Andrew Vernon (23:35) and Sarah Watson (26:54). At Hartlepool, Mark Robinson and Chris Minto finished there in 18:54 and 19:59 respectively, Stephen Moore did the run at Albert Park in 23:01, while Paul Dalton completed the run at Riverside in 18:01. Phil Rutter and Gill Colling took part in Northallerton’s first anniversary run finishing in 21:50 and 29:26 respectively, while David Ledgerwood headed up to Newcastle to run the Rising Sun parkrun in 26:00.