Press Report: 16th – 30th June 2024

by | Jul 6, 2024 | Press Reports

Photo: Quakers at Harrogate 10k (Photo courtesy of Juliette)

During the 2nd half of June QRC members have completed a wide variety of events from parkrun to ultra distances and including the Cleveland Way relay event.

16th June: Cleveland Way Relay

Organised by NYMAC, the Cleveland Way Relay is on foot from Filey to Helmsley with a total of 109 miles. The event starts at 5am, with relay legs varying in distance from 3.5 to 8.5 miles, with some more undulating than others!  There is a mass start at 2pm at Clay Bank to ensure that all teams are able to finish in daylight, and more importantly, whilst the chippy is still open! The whole route is signposted, though participants generally recce the route beforehand, to get a good idea of their predicted time, and to reduce the chance of getting lost on the day.

Congratulations to our fabulous QRC team that took part in the Cleveland Way relay race (total finishing time was 20:41) and a big shout out to Mark, Wendy, Gill and Roy for their organisation and support across the day.

1Dave Murphy Filey Landing to Scarborough8.4 miles1:14
2Wendy Colling Scarborough to Cloughton Wyke5.8 miles1:12
3Gill Colling Cloughton Wyke to Ravenscar5.5 miles1:16
4Mel Newton & Stephen Ash Ravenscar to Robin Hood’s Bay3.6 miles1:02
5Mel Newton & Stephen AshRobin Hood’s Bay to Whitby7.1 miles1:55
6Rob Dent Whitby to Runswick8 miles1:13
7Sam OfflerRunswick to Skinningrove8.1 miles1:29
8Simon Rek Skinningrove to Slapewath8.5 miles1:39
9Lou Trainor Slapewath to Gribdale7.6 miles1:27
10Diane Lockhart Gribdale to Battersby Moor4.2 miles0:45
11Darren AldersonBattersby Moor to Clay Bank7.6 miles1:21
12Dave Jones Clay Bank to Carlton Bank3.5 miles0:42
13Rebecca Jones Carlton Bank to Osmotherley7.5 miles1:28
14John Yeomans Osmotherley to Sneck Yate8 miles1:50
15Roy McDougall Sneck Yate to Helmsley Road6.5 miles1:20
16Marc Ellis Helmsley Road to Helmsley7.1 miles0:48


16th June: Chopwell 10k (10k league)

Chopwell Woods is a popular venue for the Wild Deer runners with a completely new 10km route for 2024. This challenging and beautiful venue near Rowlands Gill offers a loop of trail and fabulous scenery and is described as a moderately hilly circular route, that is mostly off road.

In the 10k race, Scott Beaumont was first Quaker finisher in 13th place overall in 49:52, followed by Rob Gillham (50:54 and 2nd in age category), Phil Neale (53:12), Brian McLaren (54:10 and 3rd in age category), April Corbett (58:14 and 1st in age category), Emily Beaumont 58:37 and 3rd in age category), Alex Looney (59:31), Helen Clark (1:00), Anthony Corbett (1:03), Sharon Carr (1:11), Juliette McLaren (1:11), Wendy Noble (1:13), Karen Mavin (1:14) and David Porterfield (1:19).

A half marathon is also available – it is 2 laps (and a bit) of the 10k route.

16th 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.

Marc Ellis was first Quaker finisher in 17:45 (2nd in age category and club record), followed by Isaac Johnson-Caddell (19:56), Lou Trainor (20:57 and 2nd in age category), Simon Metcalfe (21:59), Diane Vaughan (22:03), Adam Charles (23:24) and Sarah Burrows (28:09).

19th June: Gateshead Sundowner 10k (5k also available)

This sundowner running event is set in the picturesque Derwent Country Park in Gateshead, offering mixed terrain routes catering to all abilities. The event offers runners the perfect opportunity to watch the sun go down as they race to the finish line.

Zoe Robinson completed the 10k route in 1:12.

20th June: Muddy Roads Lordstones 5k (Championship Race)

The Muddy Roads midweek Summer Trail Series continued with Race 3 over at Lordstones. This multi terrain course has a few up hills along the way with breath taking views.

Rob Gillham was 1st Quaker finisher in 24:05, followed by Lou Trainor (25:01 and 2nd in age category), Diane Lockhart (27:00 and 3rd in age category), John Harrison (28:30), Sue Sparrow (29:05 and 3rd in age category), Helen Clark (29:39), Wendy Colling (31:00), Gill Colling (33:07 and 3rd in age category), Julie Whinn (33:16), John Yeomans (33:52), Chris Clark (34:10), John Whinn (34:52), and Hannah Alderson (36:21).

22nd June: parkruns – Albert (Middlesbrough), Sedgefield, Clonakilty (Cork, Ireland) and Darlington South Park

At Albert parkrun, Rebecca Howard was 3rd lady finisher in 21:37, whilst at Sedgefield, Rob Dent was 10th finisher in 20:06 and Carys Samuel was 3rd lady finisher in 23:53. Meanwhile, at Clonakilty, Alex Looney was 2nd lady and 7th finisher overall in 24:32 and at Darlington South Park, Dawn Richardson was 1st lady finisher in 20:09.

22nd June Hardwolds 40

This 47 mile route follows the Hudson Way from Beverley to pick up the Wolds Way just outside of Goodmanham.  It continues through Londesborough, Millington, Thixendale and Wharram Percy, before leaving the Wolds Way near Settrington Beacon and descending into Settrington to pick up the Centenary Way to Malton to the race finish.

Emily Beaumont completed the event in 10:20 and Wendy Colling in 13:48.

22nd June: NEMAA Track & Field Championships at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow

Congratulations to Viv Hardwick on his achievements at the North East Masters track and field events at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow.

In the 100m, Viv finished in 17.85 (Silver and 2nd in age category); in the 200m, he finished in 38.05 (PB, Club record and 2nd in age category) and in the 3000m, 14:48 (and 1st in age category).

23rd June: Crackpots Trail run (11k) (Championship race)

This is a 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 takes in quiet country roads, off-road trails, scenic moorland and a few rivers within Nidderdale AONB.

Marc Ellis was 1st Quaker home in 2nd place overall and 1st in age category in 45:46, followed by Martyn Farnsworth (54:48), Lou Trainor (57:09 and 1st in age category), Rob Gillham (59:05 and 2nd in age category), Brian Martin (59:40 and 3rd in age category), Dave Murphy (59:42 and 2nd in age category), Diane Lockhart (1:03), Sue Sparrow (1:07), Darren Alderson (1:08), Sandra Martin (1:15), Lesley and Phil Neal (1:16), John Yeomans (1:230 and Sharon Carr (1:24).

23rd June: Summer Coast 5 mile

Formerly the Everyone Active 10km, this ‘there and back’ run takes place along the sea front of Redcar.

Isaac Johnson finished the race in 35:51(PB) followed by Diane Vaughan (37:04 and breaking her own club record) and Ian Burgess (43:26).

23rd June: Tees Trailtastic

This inaugural event started at the TCR Hub in Barnard Castle and was aimed at those that wanted an adventure, rather than a race. The 9 mile circular course took runners along sections of the Teesdale Way, heading out to Lartington and back. The route was all off road and followed rolling terrain with mostly gentle inclines and descents through fields and woods.

John Harrison completed the route in 1:37, followed by Hannah Alderson, Helen Clark and Ruth Hawkins in 2:07 and Michelle Dale and Lisa Jenkins in 2:10.

26th June: Darlington Trail Series – West Park Trail 5k

This route starts behind the White Heifer pub and goes up to West Park for 4 laps before returning back to the pub.

Ian Burgess finished the race in 27:59 followed by Jeff Marriott (28:39), Barbra Barker (32:12) and Berni Gibson (36:29).

27th 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.

Dave Jones finished in 6:01, followed by Ian Burgess (6:40 and 1st in age category), Carys Samuel (6:41, 2nd in age category and club record) Diane Vaughan (7:22 and 2nd in age category), and Jeff Marriott (8:16).

The next event will take place on 28th July.

29th June: parkrun – The Pastures (Alnwick)

At The Pastures, Martyn Farnsworth finished in 7th place overall (and 7th male) in 21:15.

29th June: LDWA Durham Dales Challenge

The Durham Dales Challenge offer a 50k (30 miles) or 14 mile option. Setting off from Wolsingham, the 30 mile route heads through Middleton-in-Teesdale via Hamsterley Forest and returns via Hudeshope Beck, Bollihope and the River Wear whilst the 14 mile route traverses Pikestone Fell and returns via Bollihope and the River Wear.

Lisa Jenkins and Michelle Dale completed the short route of 14 miles in 3:51.

29th June: Darlington Community Carnival  

Representatives from Darlington Running Clubs usually take the opportunity to meet together at the Darlington Community Carnival to celebrate and combine the Darlington running community.

Many thanks to Lin Gossage, Karen Dove, Berni Gibson, Caroline Maychell, Jan Waite, Sally Singleton, Ian Burgess, Lee Morris, Kylie Rushton and Dan Orton who represented QRC.

News report to follow.

30th June: Harrogate 10k

This is an undulating, multi-terrain course in the beautiful Crimple Valley. It is on approximately 70% tarmac road and is suitable for all ability levels.

Marc Ellis was first Quaker finisher in 10th place overall and 1st in age category in 38:37, followed by James Atkinson (43:36), Isaac Johnson-Caddell (45:18), Scott Beaumont (46:37), Dave Murphy (47:08), Brian McLaren (47:44), Rob Gillham (48:42), Phil Neal (49:23), Ian Burgess (52:11 and 1st in age category), April Corbett (54:19 and 2nd in age category), Emily Beaumont (54:55), Helen Clark (58:37), Anthony Corbett (58:31), Alex Looney (59:01), John Yeomans (1:02), Sarah Burrows (1:05), Wendy Noble (1:07), Sharon Carr (1:08) and David Porterfield (1:16).

Special Mentions

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

Well done to Heather McLean on the challenges she has taken part in to raise money for MacMillan. Heather completed the Yorkshire Marathon last October, London Marathon in April and took on the very challenging 70 mile Ultra ‘Race the Wall’. Unfortunately, the weather was not at all kind, being very wet, windy and cold and Heather was unable to go on from the Newburn checkpoint but still completed a massive 63 of the 70 challenging miles. To put this race into context. 245 females started the event with 45 retiring at various checkpoints along the way. Heather has raised £2245 for MacMillan so far – well done!

Congratulations to Emily Beaumont who became the second member and first female member of the Hardmoors 3000 mile club during the Hardwolds 40 event.

Well done to our parkrun tourists who completed the route at Sedgefield. The next parkrun tourism will be on 27th July at Chopwell Wood.

The course description…

A figure of eight loop around the north section of the wood, completing both loops in an anticlockwise direction. The route follows the main trail paths, taking in good stretches of the old railway line plus a couple of inclines. The course is all on well compacted stone tracks suitable for normal running trainers. The course can be completed with buggy as long as it’s suitable for rough terrain. The start area is away from the main car park, so please allow for a 5-minute walk.