Press report: 16th – 30th September 2022

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QRC members at Matfen 10k (Championship race)

Press report: 16th – 30th September 2022

Lots to celebrate again – a busy second half of September saw more variation in races from parkrun to 100 (ish) miles with championship and 10k league races thrown in for good measure…

17th September: parkruns – Darlington

At Darlington South Park, Ian Burgess secured a shiny new PB of 21:50, Sue Sparrow knocked over a minute off to earn her PB of 23:36 and David Porterfield ran his PB in 28:48.

Meanwhile, Danny Gordon celebrated his 200th park run, 189 of them at Darlington and Andy Walker his 100th parkrun, 74 of them at Darlington.

17th September: South Park 20 – Championship race

This 20 mile flat and fast multi lap event uses predominantly the same course as parkrun, omitting ‘Squirrel Hill’.  10 QRC members were amongst the small field of 35 finishers.

Michael Kipling was first Quaker home in 2:31, followed by Katherine Hackett (3rd lady home and 2nd in age category in 2:48), Dan Rowlands (2:50), Gary Read (3:11), Sue Woodcock (3:14 and 1st in age category), Helen Clark (3:20 and 3rd in age category), Darren Alderson (3:34 and 1st in age category), Viv Hardwick (3:37, 1st in age category and club record), Rachel Read (3:56) and Fiona Dixon in 4:11 and 3rd in age category.

18th September: Sedgefield Serpentine 10k

Organised by Sedgefield Harriers Club and supported by Muddy Roads, this is a scenic off-road route of approximately 10k on beautiful paths and trails around Hardwick Park & Bishop Middleham.

Rob Dent finished the race in 45:43 and Ian Hart in 56:25.

18th September: Matfen 10k – Championship race

This popular 10k course runs through the beautiful country roads in Matfen Village, before looping around the outskirts and finishing near Matfen Hall.

Marc Ellis was first Quaker home in 37:03 (1st in age category and 6th place overall) followed by Rob Gillham (45:46 and 3rd in age category), Brian McLaren (47:37), Emily Beaumont (56:04) and Helen Clark (1:00).

18th September: Hardmoors 60

The Hardmoors 60 is a 63 mile race on the coast from Guisborough to Filey. The route goes along the beautiful Cleveland Coast, through Saltburn, Runswick Bay, Staithes, Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar, Scarborough and into the finish at Filey.

Hayley Addison completed the race in 15:01.

18th September: Lincoln City Half Marathon

Starting and finishing near to the Boultham Park area, the route encompasses many of the great areas of the city, bringing together the historic north and the diverse south of the city. It highlights beautiful green spaces, recognised landmarks, riverside culture and hidden residential streets.

Michael Oliver completed the race – his 10th (out of 12) half marathon – in 1:57.

18th September: Cumbria Way Ultra

The Cumbria Way Ultra is a 73 mile trail ultra race which passes through the varied terrain of the beautiful Lake District, with over 10,000 feet of ascent. The route follows the iconic trail which was first devised in the 1970s by local members of the Ramblers. The Cumbria Way Ultra provides a crossing of the Lake District National Park, following tracks and paths along valleys and over passes in the midst of stunning and varied scenery. It passes Coniston Water, Tarn Hows and Dungeon Ghyll and crosses Stake Pass to Borrowdale, Derwent Water and Keswick. The route continues to Caldbeck passing Skiddaw House and over High Pike, the highest point on the trail. It then follows the Caldew valley to Carlisle.

Claire Chapman completed the race in 19:31.

24th September: parkruns – Darlington South Park

At Darlington South Park Helen Spaven achieved a PB in 25:36 whilst Wendy Thompson completed her 100th parkrun in 48:21.

24th September: Lakeland Trails – Cartmel

Starting and finishing at Cartmel Racecourse, runners take on their off-road journey through some of the most scenic and varied countryside in the Lake District, along waymarked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, giving panoramic views of Morecambe Bay and the surrounding peaks.

Philip and Lesley Neal completed the 10k route in 53:53 and 1:18 respectively.

24th September: Snape 10k – 10k league race

This 10k race is multi terrain in the historic village of Snape with some roads through Bedale.

Darren Wright was first home in 41:40, followed by Rob Dent (41:48), Ed Griffiths (44:41), Rob Gillham (45:29), Ian Burgess (50:37 and 2nd in age category), Darren Alderson (53:46), Ross Edmond (58:28) and Diane Lockhart (59:04).

24th September: Punk Panther – Reservoir Dogs

Celebrating their 50th event, Punk Panther’s Reservoir Dogs takes in beautiful waterside vistas as it passes by seven delightful reservoirs. The route takes in Lindley Wood, Swinsty, Fewston and Thruscross reservoirs, before going on to John O’Gaunt, Beaver Dyke and Scargill reservoirs.

The event offered a variety of distances and Karen Dove completed the 20 mile route in 5:41.

24th September: Wensleydale September Saunter

This circular route of 13.6 miles starts and finishes in Leyburn with proceeds in aid of charities.

Sandra Cass, Anthony Corbett and Aril Corbett walked the route in 3:30 whilst Abbie Hull ran the route in 2:14 and Rebecca Jones in 2:36.

24th & 25th September: Pilgrims ultra 100 miles

Following the route along the full length of St Oswald’s Way, runners are immersed in the beauty of Northumberland, with mile after mile of sandy beaches, with ancient castles as their backdrop. The route takes in the best of the borderlands as runners head through pretty valleys and over wild rugged hills, offering 7000 feet of elevation.

Helen Clark and Emily Beaumont ran together in 31:26, with Helen completing her longest distance to date.

25th September: Wild Deer Raby Castle

These races offer mixed terrain with some rough trails, firm paths, grass paths and woodland and allow runners to experience the Castle and grounds in all its glory.

Susan Sparrow completed the 10 mile route in 1:34, whilst running the 5 mile course were: Steve Howell (41:18), Julie Russell (46:40), Helen Clarke (50:27), Ruth Hawkins (50:33), Hannah Alderson (50:43) and Linda Harrington (1:11).

25th September: Berlin marathon

This is advertised as ‘one of the world’s greatest marathons’. The route runs through the former East and West Berlin and is completely flat and traffic free.

Dave Murphy completed the race in 3:47 and David Ledgerwood in 4:57.

(Dave and David were in good company! This was also a great race for Eliud Kipchoge who crowned the 48th edition of the Berlin marathon with an incredible world record of 2:01:09 hours. The 37-year-old Kenyan improved his own best time by exactly half a minute! It also looks like Tigist Assefa is going to be one to watch. Her second marathon; 3rd fastest women’s marathon of all time and broke the course record by minutes)

25th September: Great Bristol Run 10k

The Great Bristol 10k is one of Britain’s biggest 10k events. This stunning route guides runners under the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, through the famous Avon Gorge and finishes at the historic Harbourside.

Brian Martin finished in 39:53 (Bronze for England) and Diane Vaughan in 44:56 (PB and club record)

25th September: Locomotion Charity Run

Celebrating North East Engineering history, the Locomotion Charity Run has a choice of 2 routes (10 miles or 5 miles) along the original railway route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway. The route has approximately 2 miles of road with the remainder being either park or track. Proceeds to the Great North Air Ambulance.

David Thompson completed the 10 mile route in 1:31, breaking the club record.

Special mentions:

Well done to Malcolm Hewitson, Caroline Maychell and Lyn Gossard for showing the Quakers’ spirit by supporting youngsters, marshalling at the Schools’ cross country event at Eastbourne Sports Complex on 29th September.