Press Report: 16th – 30th June 2023

by | Jul 1, 2023 | Press Reports

Photo: Tom at Lakeland 5 Passes

During the 2nd half of June QRC members have completed a wide variety of events from 1 mile to ultra distances and including community and charity fundraising events.

17th June: parkrun – Darlington South Park, Hackworth, Shildon & Wynyard Woodland

At Darlington South Park Dawn Richardson was first lady home in 20:08, meanwhile Helen Spaven set out for sub 25 mins and shaved off another 15 seconds to achieve her 3rd PB of the year – 24:46. Meanwhile, at Hackworth (Shildon) Dave Jones was 4th runner to finish in 21:12 and at Wynyard Woodland, Hayden Thompson achieved a PB of 24:32, shaving off 29 seconds.

17th June: LDWA Durham Dales Challenge

The Durham Dales Challenge offered a 50k (30 miles) or 14 mile option. Setting off from Wolsingham, the 30 mile route went through Middleton-in-Teesdale via Hamsterley Forest and returned via Hudeshope Beck, Bollihope and the River Wear whilst the 14 mile route went to Sunnyside Edge, Bollihope and the River Wear.

Sarah Bayles completed the 30 mile route in 10:06 whilst Lisa Jenkins and Michelle Dale completed the short route of 14 miles in 3:59.

18th June: Crackpots Trail run (11k)

A brand new trail run for runners of all abilities with a mixed terrain route starting from the village of Kirkby Malzeard, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. The undulating (and sometimes hilly) route has been put together, tried and tested by local trail running vets and takes in quiet country roads, off-road trails, scenic moorland and a few rivers within Nidderdale AONB.

Lou Trainor was 1st Quaker home  in 57:20 and 1st in age category followed by April Corbett (1:07 and 2nd in age category), Sandra Cass (1:09), Anthony Corbett (1:12), Mel Foster (1:21) and Tracey Fleming (1:30).

18th June: Trail Outlaws Penshaw Half Marathon

The Penshaw Half Marathon starts at the foot of Penshaw Hill and the route takes in beautiful trails along the North and South side of the River Wear, with great views along the river and its broad range of wildlife and wildfowl, before the fabulous finish on Penshaw Monument itself.

Karen Dove was our only Quaker taking part and finished in 3:29.

18th June: Leeds 10k

Over the last 15 years the Leeds 10K has grown to become one of the highlights of the city’s events calendar, and is a hugely popular, inclusive and supported race for participants of all abilities. A new route for this year, the race starts outside the Parkinson Steps and finishes on The Headrow, taking in many of the city’s historic landmarks.

Heather Mclean was first Quaker home in 55:25, followed by Caroline Litster (57:05) and Carol Penney (1:18).

24th June: Darlington Community Carnival

Representatives from several Darlington Running Clubs came together at the Darlington Community Carnival to celebrate and combine the Darlington running community.

Many thanks to Lin Gossage, Karen Dove, Ruth Middleton, Carys Samuel, Margaret Enstone, Ruth Hawkins, Kylie Rushton and Dan Orton who represented QRC.

24th June: Lakeland 5 Passes (32 miles) South Manchester LWDA event 

Starting in the village of Grasmere, this event (with 10,000ft of elevation) climbs steadily before the short, sharp ascent to the summit of Loughrigg. After passing through Ambleside and by Stock Ghyll waterfalls, the steep climb up Wansfell is followed by the fast descent down Nanny Lane into Troutbeck. Garburn Pass is the first of the five passes, then once through Kentmere the never ending slog up Gatescarth Pass awaits. When runners reach the top, there’s no respite as the exposed summit of Harter Fell is the final destination and high point of the race. They then descend to cross Nan Bield Pass before heading over the fell side to the summit of Thorneythwaite Beacon. Next there is a scree descent to Thresthwaite Mouth and the technical scramble up Stoney Cove Pike follow before the long descent to St Ravens Crag & the penultimate pass of five, Kirkstone Pass. There is one final tough ascent to the summit of Red Screes before taking Scandale Pass down, finally picking up the suitably titled Coffin Route past Rydal to the finish back at Grasmere. There is a 14 hour cut off for this event and organisers suggest that entrants should have a high level of fitness and ideally will have completed an ultra or mountain event previously.

Tom Chapman completed the event in 8:04.

24th June: Yakman

In aid of St Teresa’s Hospice, this 24 hour event asked participants to run 10km every 3 hours.

Hayley Addison completed 8 x 10k laps and Grainne Duffy completed 5 x 10k laps.

24th – 25th June: Endure24 Leeds

The UK’s biggest 24 hour trail relay race, runners experience 8km of scenic beauty as they leave their tents behind and cross the start line. Along the course they catch sights of landmarks like the Lead Lads Temple, Roundhouse, and the historic Bramham Park Estate. Bramham Park boasts a stunning landscape and provides a festival atmosphere.

Heather McLean completed 7 laps (35 miles).

25th June: Chopwell Woods 10k

This challenging and beautiful venue near Rowlands Gill offers a loop of the forest with some testing trails and fabulous scenery.

Lisa Quinney and Lucy Bendle completed the route in 1:18.

28th June: Darlington Trail Series – Baydale Beck 5k

This was event 4 in the Darlington Trail series.

Gemma Eddy was first Quaker home in 26:43, followed by Ian Burgess (26:52), Julie Russell (28:30), Diane Lockhart (29:15) Jeff Marriott (30:02) and Linda Harrington (45:13).

29th June: Monthly Mile event 3 (South Park)

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

Ian Bond was first Quaker home in 6:28 (1st in age category), followed by Ian Burgess (6:38 and 1st in age category) and Caryl Samuel (7:00 and set club record).

The next Monthly Mile event will take place on 28th July.

30th June: Ali Brownlee 5K

This 5K event celebrates the “Voice of the Boro”, Ali Brownlee. This much-loved radio broadcaster is remembered for his passionate commentary of Middlesbrough F.C. from 1982 to 2016, as well as his amazing community fundraising work. The route starts at finishes at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.

Lou Trainor was 1st Quaker home in 21:44 (3rd in age category), followed by David Whittle (22:27, Michelle Scruby (32:21) and Sally Watson (36:32).

Special Mentions:

Congratulations and well done to Lin Gossage and Jo Meynell who have both now volunteered at 50 parkruns.