Press Report: 16th – 30th November 2023

by | Dec 3, 2023 | Press Reports

Photo: Quakers at Ravenstonedale 10k (10k league)

Fewer races to report than usual, though QRC members have still managed to compete in events home and abroad, from parkrun to ultra (80 miler) across road, trail and cross country.

18th November: parkruns – Darlington South Park, Elder Park (Glasgow) and Zielony Jar (Poland)

At Darlington South Park, Marc Ellis was 3rd finisher overall in 18:14; Diane Lockhart bagged herself yet another shiny new PB, shaving 39 seconds off her previous PB from just last month, finishing in 25:49 and Richard Hughes celebrated his 50th parkrun milestone with a time of 35:31. Meanwhile, at Elder Park, Rob Dent was 5th finisher, completing the course in 19:30 and at Zielony Jar, Sue Sparrow was 2nd lady, finishing in 28:39.

19th November: Wild Deer Slaley Hall and Forest Half Marathon) and 10K Trail Runs (Championship Races)

The Half Marathon route slightly changed this year with one big then one small lap around the enchanting Slaley Forest and the 10K, one big lap of the beautiful Slaley Hall grounds.

In the 10k, Dave Jones finished 8th overall in 47:36, followed by Phil Neal (50:43), Rob Gillham (52:46), April Corbett (1:02), Anthony Corbett (1:05), Helen Clark (1:07) and Barbra Barker (1:10).

In the Half Marathon, Lou Trainor finished in 1:59 (3rd in age category) followed by Lesley Neal (2:27) and Karen Mavin (2:52).

25th November: parkrun – Darlington South Park. Edinburgh

At Darlington South Park, Dawn Richardson was 1st lady home in 20:23 and we had 2 members bagging themselves shiny new PBs. Isaac Johnson Caddell finished in 21:37, shaving 16 seconds off his previous PB from September 23 and Dave Murphy knocked 7 seconds off his previous PB in November 18, finishing in 23:04.

Meanwhile at Edinburgh, Ruth Hawkins who celebrated her 100th parkrun milestone, finishing in 28:25.

25th November: Ravenstonedale 10K Road Race – 10k league

An undulating 10k road race from the picturesque village of Ravenstonedale, Kirby Stephen. The route has a small loop and a larger loop which are both run anti-clockwise.

Marc Ellis was first Quaker home in 4th place overall and 1st in age category in 37:26 followed by David Aiken (40:28), Rob Dent (41:31), Rob Gillham (43:53), James Atkinson (44:18), Rebecca Howard (44:24, 2nd lady and 2nd in age category), Christopher Dowling (45:38), Michael Thompson (48:10), Katherine Hackett (48:21), Lou Trainor (49:23 and 3rd in age category), April Corbett (53:40), Graham Park (54:25), Diane Lockhart (54:44 PB), David Thompson (55:29 and 3rd in age category), Wendy Colling (55:32), Rachel Grayson (56:57 PB), Helen Clark (57:07), Helen Spaven (57:43), Anthony Corbett (58:20), Carmelita Coco (59:00), Paul Cockburn (1:02), Ross Edmond (1:02), Wendy Noble (1:03), Claire Norman (1:04), Jane Dowling (1:05), Sharon Carr (1:05 PB) and Richard Payne (1:05).

Marc Ellis, David Aiken and Rob Dent were the Men’s team winners and James Atkinson, Chris Dowling, Anthony Corbett and Diane Lockhart won spot prizes too!

25th – 26th November: Hardwolds 80

The Hardwolds 80 route follows the Wolds Way from Hessle to Filey passing through chalk landscapes with dry valleys and stunning wildlife alongside market Towns and ancient villages such as Brantingham, Londesborough, Thixendale and the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy, before arriving at the seaside resort of Filey.

Emily Beaumont completed the event in 20:16. On the day only 20 ladies finished and Emily was 5th.

26th November: Run Northumberland BIG 10 Miler

The North East’s largest 10 miler, following the 2021 move, this year’s event will also be on the route around the village of Matfen. For those of you who know our Matfen 10k, the route will be familiar but avoids the hills of the 10k route. The 2 lap undulating course finishes on the village by-pass near the start area.

Ian Burgess completed the race in 1:20 (2nd in age category)

26th November: NYSD XC at Summerhill, Hartlepool

Although the weather stayed fine all day, it was bitterly cold and not at all like its name, Summerhill. The course was quite muddy in places, following the recent rain and that also meant the water crossing was deeper than usual, so cold and wet feet on each lap. This was a smaller than usual turn out for QRC, with many members having taken part in the hilly Ravenstonedale 10k the day before. Conditions were tough and very slippy up and down the hills, so a massive well done to our 3 amigos, Ray, Lou and Lin (as well as Marc who supported on the day).

Raymond Reed was our sole representative in the Senior Men’s race; he ran strong to finish 121st on a tough 3 lap course in 52:16.

Lou Trainor finished 35th in 35.12 and a special ‘shout out’ to Lin Gossage who braved the elements and gave it her all to complete 1 full lap before making the right call to retire, having not long returned from a long time out, due to injury.

27th November: Barcelona 10k and 5k

This year was the 100th Anniversary of the 10km which was a circular route and had a mass start of 17,000 runners across the two distances.

Diane Vaughan was over the moon to finish the race in 45:47, having only recently come back from injury. There were approximately 11,000 runners and Diane was 5th in her age group and 156th female. Meanwhile, Richard Hughes ran the 5k in 32:00, which stopped half way across the city and was able to enjoy a coffee close to their accommodation, a short Metro hop away, whilst waiting for Diane to finish.

Diane recommends the race saying, ‘The Spanish do seem to organise a big race well’. Sarnies, fruit and a drink at the end, as well as a great t-shirt and other bits for a bargain price of €20 for the 10k.

Special mentions:

Well done to Sally Singleton who broke her own age category record at Darlington parkrun on 18.11.23.

Congratulations to Billy Harris who has secured a ‘Good for Age’ place at the London Marathon 2024.

2023 10k league…

Ravenstonedale was the last of the 10k league races. Congratulations and well done to Dave Jones, Rob Dent, Rob Gillham, Dave Whittle, April Corbett, Graham Park, Helen Spaven, Wendy Noble and Lee Morris who were the winners of their league.

A big thank you to Rob Dent for all the admin work and organisation associated with the competition.