Press Report: 16th – 30th April 2023

by | May 3, 2023 | Press Reports

Photo: Fred Tennant at Manchester Marathon

The back end of the month saw Quakers running in a variety of events including parkrun, road, trail, fell, marathon, Ultra marathon, championship and 10k league races.  Lots of members have done really well – there have been lots of PBs and placing in ages categories.

16th April: Manchester Marathon

The UK’s flattest major marathon, the Manchester Marathon is one of the UK’s premier running events, famous for its fast and friendly route.

Fred Tennant finished the race in 3:34, achieving a new PB by over 3 and a half minutes.

16th April: Vale of York 10 (Championship) (also half marathon and 5 miles)

Ten miles long, the race takes off from a runway to glide around some fast, flat, traffic-free closed roads, West of York, East of Leeds. For 2023 the Vale of York 5M was introduced (at the same time on the same course)

In the 10 mile race Rebecca Howard finished in 1:11 (3rd in age category) followed by Phil Neal (1:13), Lou Trainor (1:15), Brian Martin (1:17 and 3rd in age category), David Nalder (1:18), Sandra Martin (1:31), Daniel Orton (1:32) and Helen Spaven, (1:32) Lesley Neal (1:35) and Julie Whinn (1:37). In the 5 mile race Kylie Rushton finished in 1:06.

16th April: Heartbeat Hobble (Esk Valley)

Part of the Dave Parry/Let’s run Winter series, organised by Scarborough AC, this is a moderately hilly circular running route, starting/finishing in Goathland Village, Whitby. It is approximately 6.8 miles long and has 720ft of elevation.

Abbie Hull finished in 1:02 and 3rd in age category.

16th April: Swainby Sweep Trail Race (16 miles/7 miles)

These circular trail races, start and finish at Swainby Village Hall and take runners around the North York Moors, from Swainby village via Scarth Wood Moor, Oak Dale, Osmotherley Moor Uplands and sections of the Cleveland Way.

In the 16 mile event Stephen Ash finished in 3:43 and Mel Newton in 3:47 whilst in the 7 mile event Hayley Addison was 4th lady and 1st in age category in 1:01 followed by and Chris Land in 1:38.

17th April: Boston Marathon

This race receives almost 30,000 entries from more than a hundred countries. The historic course starts in Hopkinton and follows Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick and Wellesley to join Route 16. It continues along Route 16 through Newton Lower Falls onto Commonwealth Avenue before Newton Hills, Chestnut Hill Avenue and Cleveland Circle then Beacon Street, Brookline, Kenmore Square, under Massachusetts Avenue to the finish near Boston Public Library.

Dave Murphy ran on a Good For Age place and finished in 3:52.

19th April: Muddy Roads Middridge 5k (Championship Race)

This brand new event kicked off the Muddy Roads Summer series. Starting at the Bay Horse pub, it had a mix of all terrain and the undulating course challenged runners, providing some scenic views. These races are very friendly, so if you’re new to trail running, they are a great option to start with.

Marc Ellis was 1st Quaker home, 4th overall and 1st in his age category in 19:28, followed by Dave Jones (21:12), Rob Dent (21:20), Phil Neal (23:10), Lou Trainor (24:12, 4th lady and 1st in age category), Rob Gillham (25:51), Viv Hardwick (26:20 and 1st in age category), Martin Mavin (26:22), Gemma Eddy (27:14 and 1st in age category), April Corbett (29:20), Helen Clark (29:55), Diane Lockhart (29:56), John Harrison (29:57), Sandra Cass (30:15), Julie Whinn (30:43 and 3rd in age category), Karen Mavin (31:17), John Whinn (32:21), Lisa Jenkins (34:29), David Porterfield (36:07), Mandy Harrison (41:06) and Alison Hardwick (47:01).

22nd April: parkrun – Darlington South Park, Sedgefield, Tokoinranta (Helsinki) and Hamsterley Forest

At Darlington South Park there were double celebrations as Bryan Dale and Gillian Harris celebrated their 100th parkrun milestone. Bryan finished in 28:52 and 96 of his parkruns have been at Darlington South Park, whilst Gillian finished in 1:01 as tail runner and 91 of her parkruns have been at Darlington. At Sedgefield, Lou Trainor was 3rd lady home in 24:38; at Tokoinranta, Helsinki, Rob Dent finished in 2nd place in 20:40 and at Hamsterley Forest, Martin Mavin was 3rd male (4th place) in 26:48.

23rd April: Guisbrough Hills (Esk Valley)

This was the final event of the BL category Dave Parry Lets Run Winter Fell Race Series 2022/23 and the opening event in the North East Fell Race Championships 2023. Runners were supporting the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team and their members along with the fell community were on course to provide the marshalling.

Starting from Guisborough, Abbie Hull completed the 20km (over 2,400ft ascent) event in 2:07 (2nd in age category).

23rd April: Sand Dancer 10k

This is a multi-terrain race with stunning views that takes place long the scenic tops of the South Shields coastline and finishing on the track at Gypsies Green.

Sandra Cass completed the route in 55:52 and Janet Bowlby in 1:00.

23rd April: Hamsterley Forest (10k league)

This route is made up of woodland paths and beautiful forest trails, with runners rewarded with magnificent views across the forest and North Pennine Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Dave Jones was first Quaker home and 3rd overall, 1dt in age category in 43:23 followed by James Atkinson (48:45), David Whittle (50:55 and 1st in age category), Martin Mavin (52:00 and 2nd in age category), Rob Gillham (54:47 and 2nd in age category), Ian Burgess (58:55 and 1st in age category), Graham Park (1:01), Helen Clark (1:02 and 2nd in age category), Rebecca Jones (1:03), Karen Mavin (1:04 and 1st in age category), Wendy Noble (1:10 and 3rd in age category) and Lee Morris (1:15).

23rd April: London Marathon

The world-famous London Marathon route has remained largely unchanged since the inaugural race in 1981 and encompasses many of the capital’s most mesmerising landmarks, old and new.

Lisa Bowerbank was first Quaker home in 4:06 followed by Sue Woodcock (4:19) Michael Oliver completing his 11th time, raising money for British Heart Foundation in 5:04) and Fiona Dixon (5:24).

23rd April: Ormesby10

This 10k event takes place monthly on the 4th 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. The route takes you up through the farmland and woods, down the drive and through the Pennyman Woods. The terrain consists of tarmac and gravel driveways, field margins and woodland trails.

Lou Trainor completed the very muddy course in 57:06 followed by Michelle Dale and Lisa Jenkins in 1:21.

23rd April: Nearly But Not Quite The London Marathon (Durham)

This Saturn Running event is an 8 hour Time Challenge event which allows you full control over the distance you want to run. The minimum distance is 5km, which is part of a full lap. A full lap is 4.37 miles (7km) and you can run as many or as few of these laps as you wish in the time limit. The course is along a beautiful stretch of the River Wear with views of the Cathedral. It is fully signed so no navigational experience is required. This year competitors received a unique Angel of The North medal.

Helen Spaven completed 17.5 miles in 3:26.

26th April: It’s Ok to Talk (Harriers)

The Darlington Samaritans branch continued through the pandemic to offer support by telephone and email, as part of a network to offer 24/7 cover.  As their usual fundraising has been curtailed, they rely on donations and grants to keep them going. This race was a perfect opportunity to say thank you whilst supporting mental health by getting active around the beautiful South Park.

Carmel Colebrook was first Quaker home in 22:42 (1st lady and 7th place overall) followed by Brian Martin (10th place overall in 23:43), Melissa Hird (27:09), Sandra Martin (28:10), Rebecca Jones (28:53), Emma Bland (31:05), Grainne Duffy (31:06), Tricia Booth (34:21), Sally Singleton (37:24) and Sue Alexander (53:24).

26th April: Keswick Round the Houses

This 4.5 mile mid-week race started at Moot Hall in the Town Centre with a route that weaved through the streets of Keswick.

Tom and Claire Chapman completed the race in 32:58 and 36:25 respectively.

26th April: Spring Coast Road 5k

This race takes place along the sea front at Redcar.

Michael Joyeux finished in 6th place overall and 2nd in age category in 16:36, followed by Dave Jones (19:30) and Rob Gillham (23:05).

27th April: Monthly mile event 1

Organised by Darlington Harriers, this event is part of a series of 6 that take place in South Park.

Dave Jones was first Quaker home in 5:47, 1st in age category and set club record, followed by Ian Burgess (6:44 and 1st in age category) and Hayley Addison (7:11, 1st in age category and set club record).

Race Series (27th April, 1st June, 29th June, 20th July and 31st August)

29th April: parkrun – Darlington South Park

At Darlington South Park, Helen Spaven shaved 30 seconds off her time, achieving a PB of 25:06 and Peter Cowan shaved 19 seconds off his time, achieving a PB of 26:54.

29th and 30th April: Cow Shed Backyard Ultra (Stocksfield, Northumberland) 

This Greener Miles ‘last man standing’ event started at noon on Saturday 29th with participants running the 4.16 miles lap every hour on the hour until only one person remains upright… everyone else is a DNF!

Billy Harris finished the event in 3rd place, completing 104 miles (25 laps) in 24:54 and Darren Wright completed 46 miles (11 laps) in 10.54.

30th April: Accrington 10k

The Ron Hill Accrington 10K celebrates the legendary runner and pioneer, Ron Hill who was born in Accrington. The event takes participants through central Accrington and includes an exciting fast descent in the final 1.5 miles.

Marc Ellis finished the race in 3rd place and 1st in age category in 37:22.

30th April: Gateshead half marathon (10k also available)

This road closed course takes in the famous landmarks of Gateshead including Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Sage Gateshead, BALTIC, Tyne Bridge, Swing Bridge and finishing in the iconic Gateshead International Stadium and finishing by running around the track and crossing the finish line cheered home by family and friends.

In the Half Marathon race, Sue Sparrow finished in 1:56, followed by Helen Spaven 2:13(PB) knocking just over 2 mins off her previous PB.

30th April: Hartlepool Marina 5 mile road race (Championship Race)

This is a fast, flat ‘out and back’ course starting at Hartlepool Historic Quay and going out along Seaton promenade.

Phil Neal was first Quaker home in 34:08, followed by David Whittle (36:05, PB by over 2 minutes and 3rd in age category), Rob Gillham (37:17), Viv Hardwick (39:05, 2nd in age category and club record), Ray Reed (41:44), Helen Clark (45:28, PB by over 1 minute), Pamela Barras (47:26), Ian Young (49:34 and 5th in age category, Angela Reed (58:47) and Alison Hardwick (1:11 and 4th in age category).

30th April: Kirbymoorside 10k (Championship Race)

This event was finally back after Covid and raises funds for two local schools.

Dave Jones was first Quaker home in 41:48 followed by Phil Neal (45:48), James Atkinson (47:14) Rob Gillham (48:53), Diane Lockhart (58:58), Helen Clark (59:06) and Rachel Grayson (1:02).

30th April: Melmerby 10k (10k league)  

Starting in the village of Melmerby, the undulating route takes runners through quiet and scenic picturesque villages before returning back to Melmerby.

Katherine Hackett was first Quaker home finishing in 45:00, 3rd in age category followed by Lou Trainor (45:24, 2nd in age category), Brian Martin (45:34, 4th in age category), Ian Hart (46:30, PB and 5th in age category) knocking almost 2 minutes off his previous time, Darren Alderson knocked 10 seconds off his previous PB to finish in 51:36, April Corbett (53:39), Sandra Martin (55:16), Graham Park (56:54), Helen Clarke (57:06), Ross Edmond (57:19), David Porterfield (PB) knocking off 6 and half minutes to finish in 1:08 and Sue New (1:11).

30th April: Washington Trail 10k

This Trail Outlaws race winds its way around James Steel Park and picks its way around some beautiful woodland trails along the banks of the River Wear. Runners are advised to keep their eyes peeled for the beautiful birds from the Washington Wildfowl Wetland Centre along the way and the resident otter family around Cox Green.

Gemma Eddy finished the route in 1:08 and Mandy Harrison in 1:41.

Special mentions:

Congratulations to Abbie Hull who was 9th lady overall (out of 232 competitors) and 2nd in her age category in the Dave Parry/Let’s Run Winter Fell Race Series 2022-23. Good luck for the upcoming season, Abbie!

parkrun Tourism

Despite the rainy weather, there was as good turn-out of Quaker parkrun tourists who ran over at Sedgefield on the 22nd April. The next one will take place at Fountains Abbey on 5th May.

Quakers’ Volunteer takeover at parkrun

On 29th April, QRC provided all the volunteers at Darlington South Park parkrun.  It was a great morning with some having more fun than others (not mentioning anyone hopping, skipping and jumping at the back!) Well done to everyone involved.

You can read a report written by Andy Walker here: 29th April 2023: Quakers’ Volunteer Takeover at Darlington parkrun – Quakers Running Club