Press Report: 16th – 30th September 2023

by | Oct 1, 2023 | Press Reports

Photo: QRC members at Snape 10k (10k league race)

Lots to celebrate again – a busy second half of September saw more variation in races from a mile to 65 (ish) miles with races home and abroad with championship and 10k league races thrown in for good measure…

16th September: park runs – Sedgefield, Hackworth (Shildon) & Darlington South Park

At Sedgefield Dave Jones was 8th finisher and 8th male, finishing in 20:45, whilst at Hackworth (Shildon) Michael Thompson was 9th finisher and 8th male in 22:49.

At Darlington South Park, Jonathan Eccles bagged himself another new PB (5th one this year!) shaving another 11 seconds off his time last week, to finish in 22:16; Sally Singleton broke the club record in her age category, finishing in 32:47 and Tracey Fleming achieved her 100th parkrun milestone, finishing in 30:56.

16th September: Hardmoors 60

The Hardmoors 60 is a 63 mile race on the coast from Guisborough to Filey. The route follows the second half of the Hardmoors 110, along the beautiful Cleveland Coast, through Saltburn, Runswick Bay, Staithes, Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar, Scarborough and into the finish location, the seaside resort of Filey.

Emily Beaumont completed the route in her fastest time so far – 15:38.

17th September: Belfast City Half Marathon

The Belfast City Half Marathon is the largest Half Marathon event in Northern Ireland (about 5,000 entrants) and has seen a massive growth, selling out for 4 years in a row. This really flat race starts on the Ormeau Embankment, not too far from the City Centre and takes in the South, East, North and West of Belfast, including a new section in the East of the city. The route is well supported by crowds cheering runners on as they pass through housing estates, industrial estates and parks. Mind out for the little pedestrian bridge over Con Water as you leave Victoria Park, though – it bounces as runners pound over it!

Grainne Duffy completed the route, the first time ever in her home town, in 2:13 and loved hearing her name shouted properly!

17th September: Sedgefield Serpentine (6.5 miles) – Championship Race

Organised by Sedgefield Harriers Club, this is a scenic off-road route of approximately 10k on beautiful paths and trails around Hardwick Park & Bishop Middleham.

Dave Jones was 1st Quaker to complete the race in 46:33, followed by Rob Dent (47:03), Phil Neal (51:11), Rob Gillham (51:24), David Nalder (55:37, 1st in age category), Martin Mavin (58:15), Helen Clark (1:03), Karen Mavin (1:12), Mel Foster (1:15) and Viv Hardwick (1:23).

17th September: Northumberland Coastal Run

This year the route went back to its original format with runners heading directly to Alnmouth from the beautiful beach at Beadnell.

Andrew Walker completed the race in 2:45.

 23rd September: parkruns – Fountains Abbey & Darlington South Park

At Fountains Abbey, Dawn Richardson was 2nd lady finisher in 20:32. At Darlington South Park, Isaac Johnson-Caddell achieved a shiny new PB of 21:53, shaving 26 seconds off his previous PB in July this year and Helen Spaven achieved her 5th PB this year, knocking another 28 seconds off last month’s PB, finishing in 24:14. Congratulations also to Lee Morris who celebrated his 10 year anniversary of running parkrun.

23rd September: Wensleydale September Saunter

This circular route of 13.6 miles starts and finishes in Leyburn with proceeds in aid of charities. This year the event raised over £1,500 for local charities and good causes.

Scott Beaumont was 1st Quaker home in 2:25, followed by Helen Cark and Emily Beaumont in 3:00, Sandra Cass, Gill Colling and Wendy Colling (3:05), Sarah Watson (4:05) and Julie Bell (4:40).

23rd September: Norfolk Coastal Half Marathon (Marathon also available)

The 2023 Norfolk Coastal Marathon follows a beautiful stretch of the North Norfolk coastline. The Half Marathon starts at Burnham Overy Staithe and finishes at Morston Quay.

Katherine Hackett ran the event in 1:51, 2nd in age category.

24th September: Wild Deer Raby Castle

These races offer mixed terrain with some rough trails, firm paths, grass paths and woodland and allow runners to experience the Castle and grounds in all its glory.

Ian Burgess was first Quaker over the 5 mile finish line in 41:47 (1st in age category) followed by Steve Howell (42:36, 2nd in age category), Alex Looney (44:38) and John Harrison (46:32).

Darren Alderson was first Quaker to finish the 10 mile route in 1:38 (2nd in age category) followed by Julie Whinn (1:45, 2nd in age category) and Barbra Barker (1:46).

Helen Clark was first Quaker to finish the 15 mile route in 2:36 (3rd in age category) followed by Heather McLean in 2:49.

24th September: Redcar Running Festival

Organised by New Marske Harriers AC, the Redcar Running Festival offers half marathon, 10k and 5k races using a 10.5km out and back loop on the coast road between Redcar and Marske.

In the Half Marathon Michael Thompson was first Quaker to finish in 1:42, followed by Daniel Orton (1:54), Jeff Marriott (2:03), Sue Sparrow (2:04) and Wendy Noble (2:21).

In the Zetland 10k Simon Metcalfe was first Quaker over the finish line in 44:10 followed by Jonathan Eccles (46:34), Adam Charles (48:19), Carmelita Coco (58:05) and Sarah Burrows (1:00).

In the Redcar Beacon 5k race, Diane Vaughan finished in 24:00 followed by Jan Waite (40:37) and Lin Gossage who broke the Club Record in her age category, finishing in 42:26.

24th September: Berlin Marathon

Rated as one of the 6 Masters, Berlin Marathon has 40,000 runners with crowds described as “superb” and “phenomenal”. The race through one of Europe’s most vibrant capitals is a joy for both participants and spectators alike and is also where the current marathon world record (2:01:09) was set by Eliud Kipchoge.

The route is a 26-mile loop that starts and finishes at the monument, the Brandenburg Gate. Runners pass the Reichstag and other various famous buildings and monuments including Fernsehturm (Berlin Television Tower), Rathaus Schoenberg (in front of which JFK gave his speech proclaiming “Ich bin ein Berliner”) and the Konzerthaus Berlin. The course turns west then northwards passing the Ku’damm shopping boulevard to Olivaer Platz. Runners continue up the Kurfuerstendamm, where the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is visible and the course turns into the Tauentzienstrasse, past Berlin’s premier department store KaDeWe on Wittenbergplatz. After Nollendorfplatz, runners carry on towards Potsdamer Strasse and then Potsdamer Platz, crossing the line of the Berlin Wall then into the Leipziger Strasse, before the Spreeinsel. Here runners can see the ruins of Erich Honecker’s Palast der Republik as well as the ex-GDR State Council Building before arriving at Unter den Linden, Berlin’s monumental boulevard. From there runners see the end in sight and make their final efforts towards the finish line at the Brandenburg Gate.

Brian Martin completed the race in 3:58 and Sandra Martin in 4:35.

24th September: RAF Spadeadam Half Marathon and 10 mile Bergen Challenge

Trail Outlaws joined forces with RAF Spadeadam and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) to give runners the opportunity to take part in a trail half marathon and 10 mile bergen challenge (with a 35lb pack) at the historic RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria.

The course is around the historic base that was part of the UK’s missile project during the cold war and offers stunning views, winding its way around and through Spadeadam Forest with views over to the Lake District and Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall.

Helen Spaven completed a slightly extended Half Marathon route (14.5 miles) in 2:41.

24th September: Coxhoe Trail Run 10k

A scenic route full of interest and undulating over old railway lines and quarry paths between Coxhoe and Kelloe in County Durham. The route starts at public byway (Coxhoe Hall), entering the path leading to Old Kelloe Way and following the sign posted Limestone LinX route (loop shaped), ending back near the starting point.

Wendy Colling completed the race in 58:06 and Mark Colling in 1:06.

24th September: Keswick Half Marathon

Keswick Half Marathon is said to be one of the most scenic half marathons in the country. The challenging course takes runners around Derwentwater with an extra loop into the Newlands valley.

Robert Kirby finished the race in 2:10.

24th September: Battle of Broom House (5k)

This was the first race of the Consett Canicross Trail Series, which took place at Broom House Farm, near Sacriston.

Alex Mathers was 1st male finisher in 20:43.

24th September: Montreal Marathon (Half-Marathon, 10k and 5k also available)

The first major world-class marathon in Canada and the largest running event in Québec for the past 30 editions, the Marathon Beneva de Montréal unites all levels of running enthusiasts as well as the public looking for an unforgettable urban experience, all while showcasing the beauty and diversity of Montréal.

The race starts at Espace 67 in Parc Jean-Drapeau and runners receive a welcome fit for a hero at the iconic Esplanade at the Olympic Park. Between these two iconic sites, participants run from riverbank to riverbank across Montréal.

David Thompson completed the race in 4:21, 3rd in age category and club record.

28th September: Monthly Mile – event 6

Organised by Darlington Harriers, this event was the last of the series that took place in South Park.

Dave Jones was first Quaker to finish in 5:47 followed by Ian Burgess (6:36, 1st in age category, club record) and Diane Vaughan (7:24, 1st in age category).

28th September: QRC Treasure Hunt – Run/Talk Social Run

There was a fabulous turn out of almost 50 Quakers taking on the Treasure Hunt and supporting the raffle for Darlington and Durham MS Society, which is the Quakers’ chosen charity for 2023.

The winning team of the Treasure hunt were:

  • Rob’s Rocket Runners – Rob, Helen, Stephen, Simon, Lucy, John and Steve

Well done and thank you to Diane, Brian and Juliette for organising the event and to Lisa Alderson for organising the fabulous raffle which raised approximately £140.

29th September – 1st October: 7 Valleys Ultra (other distances available)

This 110km challenge has almost 4000m of elevation and incorporates 7 valleys of the 13 Valleys route. The event starts at Waterhead and finishes in Keswick, with a loop of the central valleys.

Claire Chapman completed the event in 21:57.

30th September: parkruns – Darlington & Rutland Water

At Darlington South Park, Dawn Richardson was 1st lady finisher in 19:43; Carmelita Coco achieved a new PB of 26:16, shaving 50 seconds off her PB from last month and Paul Ryan completed his 250th parkrun in 37:06.

At Rutland Water, Alex Looney achieved a new PB of 24:04 with an incredible 2minutes 29 seconds shaved off from July 23.

30th September: Snape 10k – 10k league race and 5k

These races are multi terrain in the historic village of Snape with some roads through Bedale.

In the 10k event, Rob Dent finished in 6th place overall in 40:46, followed by Darren Wright (42:42), Rob Gillham (44:18), Dave Whittle (45:45, 1st in age category), Simon Metcalfe (46:19), Jonathan Eccles (46:42, 2nd in age category), Dave Murphy (48:36, 3rd in age category), Ian Burgess (49:11), Abbie Hull (49:48, 3rd lady, 1st in age category), Emily Beaumont (51:34, 2nd in age category), April Corbett (53:48), Darren Alderson (55:00), Helen Clark (57:34), Julie Whinn (57:57, 1st in age category), Anthony Corbett (58:43), Wendy Noble (1:02), David Porterfield (1:10), Karen Dove and Fiona Dixon (1:20).

In the 5k event, Lucy Metcalfe finished in 43:29.

Special mentions:

Well done to our parkrun tourists who took part at Hartlepool this month. The next one will be at Wynyard Woodland on 7th October.

Thank you and well done to Diane and Team McLaren (Bri and Juliette) for organising the treasure hunt on 28th September. This was a great opportunity for members to get to meet and run with other runners. #timetotalk