Press Report: 16th – 29th February 2024

by | Mar 2, 2024 | Press Reports

Photo: Alex at Canix Delamere Forest event (photo courtesy of Alex)

Another busy fortnight for QRC members with events taking part in parks and woods, on road, track, fells, moors and a runway as well as our Run and Talk event in Darlington town centre.

17th February: parkrun – Darlington South Park

At Darlington South Park, Dawn Richardson was 2nd female finisher in 19:57, whilst Carmelita Coco achieved a new PB of 25:47 (another 2 seconds off last week’s time) and Paul Cockburn finished in 26:43, shaving another 13 seconds off last week’s time to get his new PB.

17th and 18th February: Canix Delamere Forest

This 2 day Canicross event took place in Delamere Forest in Northwich and consists of a 5km run both days. The course starts from the Whitefields car park and twists and turns through the forest, on a mixture of hard pack trail, sandy forest floor, and technical single track.  It tests not only speed but also the dog control of those chasing podium places, whilst offering those who prefer a more sedate pace some interesting and enjoyable running.

Alex Mathers completed in the Veteran Male category and finished in 1st place each day, completing the routes in 17:11 and 18:43 and 1st place overall in 35:55.

18th February: Snake Lane 10 miles

This popular and well-established road race is a fairly flat and fast 10 miler which as the name suggests, has a winding stretch that snakes its way through the countryside at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Rob Gillham was first Quaker home in 1:11, followed by Diane Vaughan (1:15, 3rd in age category and club age category record), Lou Trainor (1:17), Ian Hart (1:20), Peter Cowan (1:31) and Julie Russell (1:38).

24th February: parkrun – Hartlepool, Darlington South Park

At Hartlepool, Dawn Richardson was 2nd female finisher in 19:48, whilst at Darlington South Park, Carys Samuel shaved another 8 seconds off her previous PB from December 23 to finish in 23:46;  Diane Lockhart finished in 24:28, also knocking 8 seconds off her previous PB from last month and Alex Looney achieved her first parkrun milestone of 25, completing the course in 24:53.

24th February: RAF Shawbury 10k

This 10k road race is organised annually by RAF Shawbury to raise money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) and takes place around the RAF Shawbury airfield in Shrewsbury.

Ed Griffiths completed the race in 44:54.

24th February: Inov-8 High Cup Nick Fell Race
This well-marked 15km fell race (1509 ft of elevation) on the edge of the Eden Valley, takes runners to the dramatic High Cup Nick landmark, before returning mostly along the Pennine Way into the scenic village of Dufton.

Abbie Hull completed the race in 1:53 followed by Scott and Emily Beaumont who ran the race together in 1:59/2:00.

24th February: LWDA South Penines 24

This 24 mile route with 3900 feet of ascent offers a fantastic foray into the Dark Peak and the South Pennine Moors. Runners (and walkers) encounter a variety of terrain from wild moorland to well graded footpaths and bridleways around numerous reservoirs and with stunning views of the area.

Dave Thompson completed the route in 6:51 after yet another mudfest with some of the route impossible to run.

25th February: North East Masters Athletics Association (NEMAA) Inter-Area Indoor Track & Field Challenge 2024

This event took place at Lee Valley Stadium in Edmonton, London

Viv Hardwick represented NEMAA and competed in the 60m (10:61, Pb, Club record and 3rd place), 200m (38:87, 3rd place), 400m (1:26, 2nd place), 800m (3:28, 6th place), 1500m (6:48, 6th place) and 4 x 200m relays (2:02).

Viv now has placings between 8th and 16th in the British ranking for these events. Well done Viv, we are very proud of you!

25th February: London Winter 10k

This race is officially the UK’s largest 10k road race. The route passes the city’s most recognisable landmarks including the National Gallery, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Gherkin, The London Eye and Big Ben. En route, there is live music and larger-than-life winter characters. The event raises vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

Diane Vaughan completed the race in 45:34 (3rd in age category).

25th February: Lilla’s Revenge

This is a ten mile trail running event on the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors, over part of the iconic Lyke Wake long-distance path. Along the way, runners visit Lilla Howe which is home to a cross of the same name which is believed to be the oldest one on the moors and are treated to views stretching out to the coast at Whitby onto Ravenscar, Scarborough Castle, and the Wolds all the way round towards Blakey Ridge right to the coast of East Cleveland.

Karen Dove completed the route in 2:52 (2nd in age category)

25th February: Derwent Reservoir 10 miles/5 miles

This is one of Wild Deer Events’ most popular events and runners can choose either 5 or 10 miles (separate courses, not laps) around this magnificent water on trails, woodland and some tarmac. Starting on top of the Dam Wall with some beautiful scenery, runners all finish down beside the Waterside Park.

Daniel Orton completed the 10mile race in 1:34.

25th February: Ormesby10

This More Than a Run 10k event takes place monthly on the last Sunday of the month in the grounds of Ormesby Hall. (No need to book – simply show up on the day) The run briefing is held at 8:55am in front of the mansion with the run starting at 9am.

Lou Trainor was 2nd lady finisher and 1st in age category in 52:31, followed by Diane Lockhart (59:50 and 2nd in age category) and April Corbett (1:02 and 1st in age category).

29th February: QRC Run and Talk Social Steady

Time to Talk Day is the nation’s biggest mental health conversation. Happening every year, it’s a day for friends, families, communities, and workplaces to come together to talk, listen and change lives.

Organised by our Mental Health Champions Diane Lockhart and Brian McLaren and assisted by Juliette McLaren, this year’s QRC’s Run and Talk was a fun steady with a difference, designed to highlight the benefits of running and talking.

Groups set off from the Quakers Public House, and followed clues on a map to find information before returning back to the pub for some refreshments.

Congratulations to ‘Darlo Dashers’ (James, Malcolm, Chris and Rob) who were closest to the correct answer. In 2nd place were ‘The Team With No Name’ and ‘Famous Five’ took 3rd place.

There was also a ‘guess how many’ sweet jar; Famous Five guessed there were 64 sweets which was closest to the actual 62. The team very kindly donated the prize to the raffle for the upcoming Quakers’ social event on 9th March, which is raising money for Darlington and South Durham MS Group.

Well done to everyone involved and thank you to The Quakers Pub for hosting us. A good time was had by all!

About – Time To Talk Day

Special mentions:

Congratulations and well done to QRC members that have achieved ‘unofficial’ parkrun milestones over the last fortnight!