July press report: 1st July – 15th July 2022

by | Jul 17, 2022 | Press Reports

Michael Oliver and Daniel Orton ~ Ilkley Half Marathon 


Another busy fortnight for Quakers…

2nd July: parkruns, Darlington and Hartlepool

There was plenty to celebrate down at Darlington parkrun as Ed Griffiths shaved 5 seconds off his previous time for a PB (19:34), Abbie Hull shaved 1 second off to finish in 22:24 and Lisa Bowerbank crossed the line in 24:32. Meanwhile, Rob Gillham completed his 250th parkrun, 244 of which have been at Darlington.

Over at Hartlepool, both Phil and Lesley Neal bagged themselves PBs in 20:02 and 26:02 respectively.

2nd July: Punk Panther Otley High Views 20

This event had various distances to choose from. Starting in the historic market town of Otley, it takes in the highest points around the town with runners enjoying uninterrupted views around Wharfedale with highlights including Literal Otley Chevin, Lindley Moor, Rombalds (Ilkley) Moor and Beamsley Beacon. Karen Dove chose the 20 mile option with just shy of 4,000 feet of elevation, completing it in 7:23.

2nd & 3rd July: Leeds Endure 24, Bramham Park  

This is a 24 hour race against the clock to see how many 8km laps can be completed before time runs out. Competitors can enter as a solo runner or as a part of a relay team. Quaker Solo runners included Billy Harris, Wendy Colling, Phil Rutter, Gill Colling and Mark Colling.

Billy completed 23 laps taking the club record (115 miles) in 23:34, finishing in 4th place. Wendy completed 16 laps (80 miles and club record) in 22:15; Phil completed 14 laps (70 miles) in 22:26; Gill completed 12 laps (60 miles and club record) in 18:57 and Mark completed 10 laps (50 miles) in 23:33.

3rd July: Saunders Marathon

The Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon is a navigation race with a variety of courses in the West Lake District area. Teams of 2 can choose from 6 courses and they need to be competent in the use of map and compass in the mountains. The start location remains a secret until a month before the event.

Emma Good (and son) completed Bedafell which is 28k and 2150m of elevation in 6:46 whilst Karen Mavin (and friend) completed the Wansfell Class, 27k and 2200m of elevation in 3:35, taking 4th place in the VET category.

3rd July: International Masters Road events at Tenby, Wales

The Festival of Sport at Tenby had an international buzz with National Age Group teams from England and Wales competing in 5k, 10k and a Half Marathon events. Up to eight athletes were selected in each distance and all three races were held on challenging courses!

Diane Vaughan raced in the 5k, finishing in 22:00 and taking the club record. Brian Martin completed the 10k distance in 40:58, 1st in his age group for England and 3rd overall in his age group and Michael Joyeaux completed the half marathon in 1:23.

England won overall. Well done all of you, we are very proud!

3rd July: Great North 10k

This year the Great North 10k route started in front of the Baltic and took runners on a journey along the River Tyne, past Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside’s iconic landmarks, before returning to the Baltic to cross the finish line. Ian Burgess completed the run in 49:35 with Daniel Orton close behind in 51:40.

6th July: Bridges of the Tyne 5 miles

Starting and finishing on the historic Quayside, this race is a fast, mainly flat out and back 5 mile course along the quayside, passing 7 of the river’s iconic bridges.

Diane Vaughan finished the race in 37:52, taking the club record followed by David Ledgerwood in 45:57 and Richard Hughes in 55:26.

6th July: Esk Valley Summer fell series: Commondale Beacon

This 8 mile fell race heads East from Commondale before heading South towards Danby, skirting the fell and through Danby Park and running parallel to the railway track, back towards Commondale.

Abbey Hull was the only Quaker taking part, finishing in 1:14, achieving 2nd in her age category.

9th July: parkruns, Darlington and Flatts Lane

Dawn Richardson was 1st finisher in 19:38; Shaun Eland bagged a PB (23:37), shaving off another 18 seconds from his very recently achieved PB and Ian Hammond celebrated his 50th parkrun, all of which were ran at Darlington.

Meanwhile, over at Flatts Lane, Dave Jones was 1st finisher, completing the undulating 2 lap course which heads out along the old railway line before heading through the woods in the Woodland Country Park, in 20:51.

9th July: Lyke Wake Challenge

QRC’s very own race! The Lyke Wake Challenge starts from near Osmotherley (Sheepwash car park, top of Cod Beck reservoir) and finishes in Ravenscar village in the Raven Hall Hotel grounds. This year 68 out of 77 starters finished and we had 5 Quakers completing the challenge.

The Challenge is held on a handicap basis, based on previous run times over the Lyke Wake route and/or participant’s own estimates. Parts of the route are severe and remote with runners carrying mandatory kit. The route is not marked and must be completed in 12 hours, passing through all 7 checkpoints – this year, participants set off between 4am and 10am, experiencing very hot weather conditions.

Scott Beaumont was first Quaker home and 4th finisher in 8:37; Claire Chapman and Rebecca Bowes completed the challenge together in 10:18, whilst Stephen Ash and Mel Newton finished in 12:04 and 12:08 respectively.

10th July: Ilkley half marathon

The Ilkley Half Marathon is organised by Ilkley Round Table to raise funds for local good causes. The course is a fully road closed event in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. It was another hot one with Daniel Orton finishing in 2:08 and Michael Oliver, completing number 8 of his 12 half marathons in 2:18.

10th – 11th July: RED ‘Poo’ 24 hr relay

This virtual event took place between 10th July midnight on Saturday to midnight on Sunday 11th July to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK with Karen Dove and Emily Beaumont completing a half hour relay slot each.

13th July: Pitstop 10k and 5k

Pitstop provides a unique opportunity to run around the very popular Croft venue, finishing on the Pitstop straight on this historic race circuit. A flat and fast course that is ideal for runners chasing their PB.

In the 5k race, Brian Martin finished in 20:21 and not only achieved 1st in his age category but also broke the club record. Robert Bateman also completed the 5k in 40:41 whilst in the 10k race, Dave Jones finished in 38:49, followed by Phil Neale (43:04) Ed Griffiths (43:24 PB) Rob Gillham (45:10) Scott Beaumont (45:12) Martin Mavin (46:11 PB) Ian Burgess (48:27 PB) Darren Alderson (51:37 PB) Lesley Neal (52:49) Diane Sparrow (54:13) Helen Clark (54:31) Emily Beaumont (55:49) Karen Mavin (58:58 PB) and Helen Spaven (59:28).

15th July: Durham City Run Festival – 10k and 5k

The 5k and 10k races start simultaneously in the ancient market square and chase through the narrow cobbled streets and along the beautiful River Wear with the imposing 900 year old Cathedral always beckoning.

In the 10k Shaune Eland was 1st Quaker home in 49:43, followed by Stuart Masterman (55:18), Rebecca Dodd (55:27 PB), Melissa Hird (56:11), Anthony Corbett (58:23), Julie Bell (59:19) and Nicole Westmarland (1:22).


Diane Vaughan ran the 5k race at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on a very hot 21st June, finishing the course in 22:03 and taking 3rd place in her age category.

Well done everyone!