The world’s biggest half marathon, two championship races and a club record falling were just some of the highlights from the past seven days.
The biggest turnout was just up the road for this year’s Great North Run, which saw several of the club’s runners raising money for charity, and one even being interviewed for the TV coverage. The first of the 43 Quakers to finish the 13.1 mile route from Newcastle to South Shields was Michael Joyeux in 1:14:16 (PB), followed by Michael Parry (1:21:58), Paul Dalton (1:22:08), Dave Jones (1:25:08, PB), Peter Commane (1:27:17), Billy Harris (1:35:44), Daniel Orton (1:37:06), Darren Wright (1:38:17, PB), Gary Read (1:47:41), Rebecca Howard (1:51:39), Paul Pomfret (1:52:15), Michael Oliver (1:52:48), Bridget Stewart (1:53:33), Gavin Armstrong (1:55:08), Lindsey Lester (1:55:42), Andrew Dixon (2:05:29), James Simpson (2:05:55), Sue Woodcock (2:08:07), Michelle Boshier (2:08:16), Lewis Boshier (2:08:16), Olly Moore (2:09:07), Ian Young (2:11:29), Paul Ryan (2:23:30), Carol Penney (2:23:41), Gemma Marshall (2:26:10), Lisa Johnstone (2:26:21), Michelle Scruby (2:27:31), Siobhan Eldred (2:32:39), Steven Johnston (2:34:22), Michelle Dale (2:34:25), Lee Morris (2:35:31), David Ledgerwood (2:35:32), Gillian Harris (2:36:50), Hannah Robinson (2:42:19), Sharon Carr (2:43:47), Kaye Boyce (2:43:48), Tristen Coad (2:54:43), Chrissie Moore (2:58:08), Sarah Kane (2:58:28), Michael King (3:02:53), Linda Harrington (3:05:01, PB), Neil Harrington (3:05:01) and Lisa Alderson (3:08:30). The previous day had also seen the Great North 5K run, which saw James Simpson finish in 40:30.
Also taking place at the same time was the Vale of York half marathon, where runners started and finished the race on an airfield. Dawn Richardson finished in 1:29:05 (and second in her age category), along with Mark Robinson (1:29:21), Kyle Cook (1:31:48), Chris Minto (1:33:30), Diane Vaughan (1:42:31 and third in her age category) and Anna Hardy (2:04:02).
Midweek had seen two more club championship events taking place. The first one, and the shortest one of them all, the Quaker Mile was held down at Eastbourne. Alex Kiel completed the four laps of the track in 4:41 followed by Paul Dalton (5:03), Marc Ellis (5:12), Mark Robinson (5:29), Ian Readman (5:35), Chris Minto (5:37), Ewan Henderson (5:39), Gary Read (5:48), Graham Park (6:08), Phil Rutter (6:14), Phil Clarke (6:44), Lewis Boshier (6:58), Rob Gillham (7:09), Jeff Marriott (7:25), Julie Whinn (7:32), David Ledgerwood (7:41), Lee Morris (7:51), Michelle Boshier (8:21), John Whinn (8:21), Lisa Jenkins (8:28) and Sally Singleton (8:39).
The second one, the Autumn Coast Road 5K, took place two days later on the coast at Marske, which saw Quakers taking three of the top ten places. Alex Kiel finished second overall in 15:48 along with Michael Joyeux (16:11, fifth place), Paul Dalton (17:18, eighth place), Brian Martin (18:28), Dawn Richardson (19:27), Phil Rutter (20:50), Rob Gillham (23:16), Jeff Marriott (24:14), Simon Rek (24:32), Clare Stradling (24:41), Julie Whinn (24:55, PB and breaking the club record for her age category), Danny Gordon (24:56), Ian Hammond (25:47) and Gill Colling (26:53).
Off road, the trio of Annette Clarke, Charlie Bogg and Dave Thompson were found running the Yorkshireman, a marathon distance event starting and finishing in Haworth, West Yorkshire. On a route which took in fields, moorland, bogs and trail, the trio finished together in 5 hours 42 minutes.
The previous week had seen the Coxhoe 10K trail race where Michael Joyeux finished second overall in 34:52 along with Peter Rowley in 52:31.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Andrew Vernon finished at South Park in 20:20, followed by Daniel Orton (21:10), David Whittle (21:36), Sarah Watson (24:55), Steven Major (25:33), Neil Harrington (25:34), David Ledgerwood (25:35), Danny Gordon (25:44), Diane Adkins (26:45), Lewis Boshier (27:10), Gary Read (27:17), Brian Dixon (27:24), Sally Singleton (28:23), Isabelle Bell (32:15), Jan Waite (36:15), Linda Harrington (39:35), Paul Ryan (41:50) and Michael King (50:20).
At Hackworth, Rob Dent finished there in 20:12 along with Adrian Dent in 39:59, while at Sedgefield, Dave Thompson and Emily Beaumont ran there in 25:04 and 34:33 respectively. At York, Phil Rutter did the run there in 21:09 with Gill Colling in 27:24, while Stephen Moore completed Albert Park in 23:40.