There were plenty of headlines from the weekend including the start of the cross country season, first place finishes, bicentennial celebrations and one Quaker qualifying to run for the country.
The latter occurred at Chester where Brian Martin completed the marathon in 2:58:19, setting both a PB and breaking the club record for his age category. By also finishing first in the V60 age category on the day, he did enough to qualify to represent England at Masters group level in the event.
The first place finish happened closer to home at the Grewelthorpe 13K race near Ripon, where Alex Kiel not only won the multi-terrain race in 49:47, but also broke the previous course record by over three minutes.
There were three races on offer over at Kielder, which saw a Quaker taking part in each of them. In the marathon distance, Nicola Howe set a new PB by finishing in 4:32:34; in the half marathon, Paul Ryan finished in 2:27:29; while in the 10K event, Andy Whittam completed the run in 1:02:29.
For once, Dave Thompson was out on his own at the weekend; this time for the Round Ripon event, a 36 mile race taking in woodlands, fields, moorland and trails. He completed the distance in 7:29:28, and in doing so finished first in his age category.
The cross country season officially got underway at Thirsk with the traditional opener of the relay event, where runners each completed a 2 mile lap around the field. In the women’s event, made up of teams of three, Bev Snook, Gemma Hammond & Rebecca Howard finished in 53:17, followed by Juliette McLaren, Lisa JJ & Lindsey Lester (54:27), Sarah Watson, Sue New & Wendy Noble (54:31) and Sharon Carr, Michelle Dale & Charlie Johnson (1:05:13). In the men’s event, made up of teams of four, Michael Thompson, Rob Gillham, Graham Park & Marc Ellis went round in 57:56, along with Lewis Boshier, Ian Hammond, Ed Griffiths & Fred Tennant in 1:08:13, while Darren Wright, Andrew Vernon & Iain Clyde fielded a partial team to finish in 46:00.
The previous week had seen Darryn Wood take part in the Disneyland half marathon in Paris, completing the race held inside the amusement park itself in 2:14:37.
An honourable mention must also go to five of our ladies – Michelle Scruby, Sue Woodcock, Sarah Leach, Nicky Jordan, Linda Harrington for taking part in the Wineathlon event held up at Tudhoe on Saturday – a 6 mile trail run with “optional” wine tasting stations along the way!
In the Saturday morning parkruns, there was a large turnout at South Park for the 200th running of the event there. Kyle Cook finished in 17:53, followed by Dave Jones (17:54), David Todd (19:44), Marc Ellis (19:56), Andrew Vernon (20:04), Ian Bond (20:20), Billy Harris (20:22), Graham Park (21:09), Ed Griffiths (21:21), Mike Brown (21:27), Phil Rutter (21:44), David Whittle (21:55), Fred Tennant (22:25), Peter Commane (22:32), Michael Oliver (22:45), Lindsey Lester (22:45), Olly Moore (22:50), Phil Clarke (23:00), Peter Rowley (23:05), Iain Clyde (23:16), Rebecca Bowes (23:45), Danny Gordon (24:34), Lewis Boshier (24:43), Dale Chapman (24:44), David Mclachlan (24:46), Jeff Marriott (24:51), Neil Harrington (24:53), Michelle Boshier (25:06), Julie Whinn (25:10), Juliette Mclaren (25:26), Colin Smith (25:39), Sarah Watson (26:19), Sue New (26:43), Wendy Noble (26:49), Pamela Barrass (27:32), Gemma Hammond (27:35), Gill Colling (28:15), Hazel Commane (29:00), Sally Singleton (29:03), Lisa Jenkins (29:04), John Whinn (29:12), Lee Morris (29:42), Brian Mclaren (30:40), Sharon Carr (31:56), Lucy Bendle (32:27), Rachel Ryan (36:43), Adrian Dent (37:10) and Lena Rusa (44:15).
Elsewhere, Diane Adkins did the run at Sedgefield in 29:30, while Emily Beaumont ran at Tees Barrage in 33:47.