Press Report: 16th – 30th April 2024

by | May 2, 2024 | Press Reports

Photo: QRC members at Hamsterley Forest 10k

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, including QRC records.

20th April: parkruns – Wynyard Woodland, & Albert

Over 200 runners turned up to celebrate Wynyard Woodland’s 1 year anniversary. Rebecca Devine celebrated her 250th parkrun milestone there, finishing in 26:38.

At his first Albert parkrun, Steve McGourty achieved a PB, shaving almost 1 minute off his previous PB in December 23 to finish in 28:40.

21st April: Leeds Running Festival – 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon

Starting and finishing inside the beautiful Roundhay Park, the course heads out onto paths within the park for a lapped 5k, 10k or Half Marathon route that takes in the beautiful parkland, lakes, woodland and gardens owned by Leeds City Council.

Margaret Enstone completed the 10k race in 1:14.

21st April: London Marathon

The world-famous London Marathon route has remained largely unchanged since the inaugural race in 1981. Starting in the South of Greenwich, the largely flat course heads East before folding back towards the centre of London, encompassing many of the Capital’s most mesmerising landmarks, old and new, finishing in The Mall.

Billy Harris was first Quaker finisher in 3:27, followed by David Thompson (4:12 and club record age category), Martyn Farnsworth (3:36), Emma Campbell-Critchley (4:17), Michael Oliver (4:56 and raising over £4000 for the charity ‘Children with Cancer’), Heather McLean (4:44 and PB, knocking 17 minutes off her previous PB) and Richard Hughes (6:47).

21st 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. Over 200 runners took part this year.

Marc Ellis was first Quaker home in 39:27, 2nd place overall and 1st in age category) followed by Isaac Johnson-Caddell (45:49, 10th place overall and 3rd in age category), Dave Jones (46:41 and 3rd in age category), James Atkinson (47:10), Scott Beaumont (48:25), Rob Gillham (48:47 and 1st in age category), Lou Trainor (50:12 and 1st in age category), Dave Murphy (50:42 and 2nd in age category) Phil Neal (50:46), Ian Burgess (55:12 and 3rd in age category), Graham Looney (55:41), Emily Beaumont (56:58 and 1st in age category), Diane Lockhart (57:08 and 2nd in age category), Alex Looney (57:37), Helen Clark (1:00), Nicola Thornborough (1:04), Karen Mavin (1:06), John Yeomans (1:12 and 3rd in age category), Lisa Quinney (1:19), Lucy Bendle (1:19 and 1st in age category),

Congratulations to both the QRC Men (Marc, Dave & Isaac) and Ladies (Lou, Diane & Emily) who won the team events.

24th April: Spring Coast Road 5k

This fast and flat race takes place along the sea front at Redcar.

Rob Gillham and Helen Clark achieved new PBs.  Rob shaved 4 seconds off to finish the race in 21:14 and Helen knocked 28 seconds off to finish in 26:01.

25th April: Muddy Roads Middridge 5k (Championship Race)

This event kicks off the Muddy Roads Summer series. Starting at Middridge Village Hall and finishing at the Bay Horse Pub, it has a mix of all terrain and the undulating course challenges runners, providing some scenic views. These races are very friendly and suitable for those new to trail running. It was great to see a good turn out from local running clubs including QRC!

Rob Gillham was first Quaker finisher in 23:29 followed by Dave Murphy 24:09 and 2nd in age category, Lou Trainor (24:26 and 1st in age category), Diane Lockhart (27:21), Sue Sparrow (28:16), Wendy Colling (29:09), John Harrison (29:19), Sandra Cass (29:52), Julie Whinn (31:03), Hannah Alderson (31:04), Juliette McLaren (31:36), John Whinn (32:29), Gill Golling (32: 47), John Yeomans (33:52), Lisa Jenkins (34:31) and Matt Jackson (35:40).

Well done to our 2 club teams – QRC Team 1 (John, Rob, Diane and Lou) are currently in 2nd place and QRC Team 2 (Dave, John, Gill and Wendy) are currently in 4th place.

25th April: Cockfield Chase

Cockfield Chase is designed as a beginners’ fell race, organised by Durham Fell Runners and licensed by the Fell Runners Association (FRA). All runners are welcome (age 14+), whatever their ability or experience, as long as they think you can safely get around the 7km off road route. It’s half race, half social run. The first lap is a group run to see the route – 3.5km, starting at 7pm. The second lap is the race – 3.5km, starting immediately as the first runners finish the first loop. No map is required and runners are shown the route on the night.

David Aiken completed the lap in 17:06.

25th April: Monthly Mile

The monthly mile takes place in Darlington’s South Park.

Dave Jones finished in 10th place overall and 3rd in age group in 6:23, followed by Ian Burgess (6:33 and 1st in age group), Carys Samuel (6:43 and 3rd in age category) and Jeff Marriott (8:24 and 3rd in age category).

27th April: parkruns – Darlington South Park, Hartlepool and Sedgefield

At Darlington South Park parkrun, Marc Ellis was 2nd male finisher and 2nd place overall in 17:46 and Zoe Robinson bagged herself a new PB of 30:06, shaving almost a minute off her previous PB in December 23.

Meanwhile, over at Hartlepool, Dawn Richardson was first lady finisher in 19:48 and at Sedgefield, Chris Clark shaved 23 seconds off his previous PB in March 23, to finish in 29:34.

28th 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 runners 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. This time, the route had to be changed due to conditions, meaning the course was longer.

 Jeff Marriott completed the run in 52:22 and 1st in age category.

28th April: East Yorkshire 10K (Half Marathon also available)

Starting and finishing in the event village which is directly opposite the impressive Burton Constable Hall, this fast and flat route promises to delight runners. The courses follow a road closed loop around West Newton and New Ellerby along flat country lanes, just 8 miles from Hull city centre.

Carys Samuel completed the 10k race in 48:34, 2nd in age category and PB!

28th 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.

Rob Dent was first Quaker finisher in 33:07, followed by Rob Gillham (35:47), Darren Alderson (42:54), Helen Clark (44:44 and PB) and Simon Rek (44:53).

28th April: Howgills Trail Marathon (Half Marathon also available)

The races start on the field next to Stonehall Lane in Sedbergh, with runners going through the field before a left turn then an immediate right to head up into the fells. Both distances climb up Winder, up Arant Haw and over to The Calf whereupon the two routes separate. The routes climb very sharply within the first section of the course, and this accounts for the majority of the 4452 ft of course elevation. The descents on the route tend to be grassy and very slippy when wet, therefore an aggressive tread is recommended to help runners stay on their feet. From The Calf, the Trail 13 route drops down Cautley Spout, England’s highest cascade waterfall whilst the Trail 26 route stretches out over the Howgill Fells and down into Bowderdale before reaching Ravenstonedale. Runners then head around Harter Fell before meeting back up with the Trail 13 route at Cross Keys near Cautley Spout. On the Trail 13 route the descent down Cautley Spout is ‘extremely steep’. There is a clear footpath, but the gradient is very severe. Runners are advised to take their time on this descent. The two routes then follow the river back over to Sedbergh and Stonehall Lane.

Claire and Tom Chapman completed the route in 5:53.

Special mentions:

Well done to Lin Gossage and Jan Waite who represented QRC at the Samaritans’ Virtual London Marathon that took place on treadmills at Sainsbury’s on 21st April.

Congratulations to Karen Dove who completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks on 27th April with her work colleagues, raising money for The Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust.