While most Quakers were running in the mud yet again, others were busy winning medals and setting club records.
The latest cross country event took place over at the Summerhill Country Park at Hartlepool. In the women’s event, which also included the over 65 men, Louise Trainor finished the fairly muddy and hilly 4.6K route in 20:10 along with Danny Gordon (26:09), Gill Colling (27:26), Gemma Marshall (30:57) and Nicola Arkley (33:30). In the men’s race, which covered 8.9K over three laps, Marc Ellis finished in 36:53 (and second in his age category), followed by Brian Martin (39:47 and first in his age category for the second time that day), Darren Wright (40:22), Michael Thompson (41:52), Rob Dent (41:58), David Todd (44:04), Phil Rutter (44:56), Graham Park (46:19), Ed Griffiths (46:55), Paul Roberts (51:59), Darren Alderson (53:18), Olly Moore (54:05), David Ledgerwood (56:03), Mark Trowles (58:45), Lee Morris (1:08:02) and Gary Read (1:08:03).
Also running cross country on the Saturday were Dawn Richardson and Louise Trainor who headed up to Wallsend for the North East Masters Cross Country Championship. Dawn finished the 3.5 mile route in second place overall in 23:28 to take the gold medal for her age category, with Louise coming home in 25:32 and fourth in her age category.
Down at the Dewsbury 10K race, Alex Kiel finished the out and back route there in 32:45 (PB) along with Paul Dalton (36:33), Brian Martin (37:48, finishing first in his age category and setting a new club record it as well), Diane Vaughan (45:35), Richard Hughes (51:01) and Diane Adkins (55:05). The first three runners home also did enough to claim the male team prize on the day as well.
Midweek had seen Ian Bond head up to South Shields for February’s Monthly Mile event, finishing the race in 6:04.
Three headed off road for the first of this year’s Mini Mountain Marathon at Borrowdale, where runners have a certain amount of time to gain points for each checkpoint reached, with penalties for any late arrivals. Emma Bland completed the event in 3:30:16 along with Abbie Hull (3:42:18) and Andrew Lambe (4:00:06).
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Kyle Cook was first across the line at a record-attended South Park in 17:22 (PB), followed by Dave Jones (19:09), Marc Ellis (19:54), Daniel Orton (20:03), David Todd (20:26), Billy Harris (20:40), Katherine Hackett (21:11), Phil Rutter (21:26), Ed Griffiths (21:27), David Mclachlan (21:46), Graham Park (21:55), Fred Tennant (22:19), Rebecca Howard (22:28), Dan Rowlands (22:34), Michael Oliver (22:50), Ty Hankinson (22:52), David Whittle (22:58), Peter Rowley (23:37), Olly Moore (23:45), Nigel Eddy (23:56), Phil Clarke (24:13), Darren Alderson (24:21, PB), Stuart Masterman (24:30), Rob Gillham (24:38), Paul Roberts (24:40), Gavin Armstrong (24:44), Danny Gordon (24:55), Elizabeth Kennedy (25:06), Abigail Willson (26:40), Gemma Hammond (27:47), Michelle Scruby (28:05), Andy Whittam (28:24), Hannah Robinson (29:35), Angela Clement (29:36), Mark Trowles (29:52), Grainne Duffy (30:11), Michael King (31:19), Kim Hall (32:23), Sharon Carr (33:41), Lisa Alderson (33:46), Paul Ryan (33:53), Adrian Gooding (34:51), Sally Watson (36:48), Fin Fox (47:18) and Jan Waite (54:52).
At Sedgefield, Mike Brown finished in 20:49 along with Michael Thompson (21:39), Nicola Howe (28:10), Caroline Moses (30:40) and Emily Beaumont (31:02, PB). Michael Ladyman ran at Hackworth in 21:44, while Nicola Wells did the run at Northallerton in 24:42. Further north, Anthony Corbett finished at Blackhill in 27:22, while Darryn Wood completed the run at Newcastle in 37:09.