Press Report: 16th – 31st August 2023

by | Sep 2, 2023 | Press Reports

Photo: QRC members at the Tom Wall NYMAC Relays at Stewart Park, Middlesbrough  

The 2nd half of August was busy with members taking part in a variety of races and events including a good turn out of members at Quakers’ very own Mowden Meander Trail Handicap Race and the Tom Wall NYMAC Relays at Middlesbrough.

16th August: Sessay Swift 6k

This flat, fast, one lap road race starts and finishes in the village of Sessay near Thirsk.

Melissa Hird completed the race in 33:29.

19th August: parkruns – Darlington South Park

At Darlington South Park, Dawn Richardson was 8th finisher and 1st lady in 20:12 and Jonathan Eccles achieved his 25th parkrun milestone in 22:36 whilst Rachel Grayson bagged herself a new PB of 28:23, shaving 35 seconds off her PB from last month!

20th August: Scorton Feast 10k – 10k league

This multi terrain flat course is a 10k around the setting of Scorton lakes with proceeds going to charities.

Rob Dent was 1st Quaker home in 42:24, finishing in 9th place overall and 2nd in age category, followed by Dave Jones in 10th place overall (42:32, 3rd in age category), James Atkinson (47:42), David Whittle (49:09, 2nd in age category), Katherine Hackett (48:25, 2nd in age category), Dave Murphy (49:11, 3rd in age category), Ian Hart (49:56), David Nalder (50:14), April Corbett (54:27, 1st in age category), Graham Park (55:05), Darren Alderson (57:37), Anthony Corbett (59:21), Diane Lockhart (1:00), John Harrison (1:02), John Yeomans (1:09), Ian Burgess (1:12) and David Porterfield (1:14).

20th August: Lambton Castle trail – Championship Race

This event offers 15 mile, 10 mile, 5 mile and Family 1 mile races on mixed terrain – the courses are moderately undulating with trails, paths, woodland tracks, fields and some brief spells on the roads in the private grounds of the Lambton Estate, Chester-le-Street.

In the 10 mile race, Phil Neal was first Quaker home in 1:23, followed by Rob Gillham (1:24), Lou Trainor (1:28, 2nd lady overall and 1st in age category), Martin Mavin (1:34, 2nd in age category), Helen Clark (1:47), Lesley Neal (1:52) and Karen Mavin (2:01).

In the 5 mile race, Zoe Robinson completed her first trail race in (1:02).

20th August:  Durham Dalton Park 5 miler (10 miles also available)

This route takes place on a multi terrain course features a blend of trail and tarmac and finishes next to the Dalton Park Retail Centre (in the nature reserve).

In the 5 mile race, Michael Joyeux finished overall in 2nd place (just 3 seconds behind the winner) in 27:52 (1st in age category and breaking the 26 year old club record!).

20th August: Othnesbery’s Revenge

This race is a terrific route of 10 miles that takes runners up and down Roseberry Topping three times and over the North Yorkshire moors.

Hayley Addison finished the race in 2:44.

20th August: Run for Louis 5k (South Park)

This event takes place in South Park and raises funds for ‘Run for Louis’, a charity that support families through miscarriage, still birth and child loss.

Lin Gossage finished the race in 41:23 and Linda Harrington in 43:16.

24th August: Quaker Trail Mowden Meander (Handicap Race)

42 Quakers took part in this trail handicap event organised by the QRC Race Development Committee and ably supported by volunteer marshals. Competitors started the route at Staindrop Drive/Edgecombe Drive, completing 2 laps of the course, totalling just under 5 miles. Handicaps ranged from 0 to 15 minutes, with groups setting off at timed intervals.

Dave Jones was 1st runner to finish in 31:52, followed by Rob Dent (32:03) and Dale Chapman (33:41). March Ellis was fastest in 29:38 and Dawn Richardson was 1st lady in 32:16.

Net time results: Marc Ellis (29:38), Dave Jones (31:52), Rob Dent (32:03), Dawn Richardson (32:16), Dale Chapman (33:41), Rob Gillham (35:24), Lou Trainor (36:05), Shane Lester (36:07), Jonathan Eccles (37:38), Chris Dowling (37:55), Brian McLaren (38:52), Deborah Berry (39:23), Dan Orton (40:48), Abbie Hull (41:24), Steve Howell (41:56), Ian Clyde (43:16), Darren Alderson (43:34), Malcolm Hewitson (45:04), John Harrison (45:15), Jeff Marriott (46:04), Gilly Cowton (46:23), Phil Thornberry (46:58), Juliette McLaren (47:20), John Winn (47:48), Stephen Moore (48:03), Neil Wetherall (48:42), Pam Barras (50:21), Adele Brown (51:13), Matt Jackson (51:48), Karen Thornberry (51:57), Jane Dowling (53:31), Zoe Robinson (53:31), Lisa Jenkins (53:54), Sharon Carr (55:46), Steve McGourty (55:46), Joanne Beadle (59:32), Berni Gibson (59:32) and Kylie Rushton (59:47).

24th August: Monthly mile – Event 5 (South Park)

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

Ian Burgess completed the race in 6:37 (1st in age category) followed by Carys Samuel (6:44) and Diane Vaughan (7:38, 3rd in age category).

26th August: parkruns – Darlington, Dietenbach (Germany) & Edinburgh

At Darlington, Dawn Richardson was 2nd lady home in 19:49 and Diane Lockhart bagged herself a new PB of 26:37, shaving 10 seconds of her previous PB in May 23. At Dietenbach, Rebecca Howard was 1st lady in 22:47 and at Edinburgh Rachel Grayson bagged herself a new PB of 26:26, smashing last week’s Darlington parkrun PB by just under 2 minutes!

26th August: Grand Tour of Skiddaw

The Grand Tour of Skiddaw is an approximately 44 mile fully waymarked ultra trail race taking in the beautiful scenery of the Northern Lake District. The route is almost entirely run on public footpaths and bridleways, taking in a climb up the mighty Skiddaw at the approximate halfway point giving a total of 7136 feet of ascent.

Tom Chapman completed the route in 10:39 (1st in age category).

26th August: LDWA Smugglers Trod

This ‘Walk’ was the 34th that has taken place each August Bank Holiday Saturday. Starting at Fylingthorpe Village Hall, Robin Hoods Bay, the route covers moorland & pasture footpaths, mainly coastal scenery, with modest undulations. There are two routes, the longer is 25 miles and a shorter version is 17 miles.

In is his trail race debut, Shane Lester finished the short route in 7th place in 3:46, followed by Michelle Dale and Lisa Jenkins in 5:50 whilst David Thompson and Sarah Bayles completed the long route in 5:54 and 9:12 respectively.

27th August: Fleetwood Half Marathon

This flat event runs along Fleetwood’s Outer Promenade and Esplanade with great views over Morecambe Bay.

David Ledgerwood completed the race in 2:08.

27th August: Saturn – The Time Turner and GNR Training Run, Durham

This is a 7hr Time Challenge event which allows runners full control over the distance they want to run. The minimum distance is 5km, which is part of a full lap. A full lap is 4.37 miles (7km) and runners can complete as many or as few of these laps as they wish. The organisers give out distance pins for all runners who do a half-marathon, mega half marathon, marathon, 50km or Ultra in the time limit which can be attached to the medal ribbon. Saturn events have really friendly organisers and their aid table has a great selection of snacks!

The course is along a beautiful stretch of the River Wear with views of the Cathedral. It is fully signed so no navigational experience is required.

Scott Beaumont completed 17.5 miles (4 laps) in 2:34 and Emily Beaumont completed the same distance in 2:57.

27th August: More than a Run Ormesby 10k

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.

Ruth Hawkins ran the event, but unfortunately timings aren’t available due to a problem with the timing equipment.

27th August: Stanhope 10 miler

This run takes place in the heart of the Durham Dales with a hilly start out of Stanhope, heading towards Bollihope and moving onto Hill End before returning back to the Stanhope showfield. Money raised is donated to Quinn’s retreat for those bereaved by suicide.

Rob Gillham was first Quaker home in 9th place overall in 1:18, followed by Helen Clark (1:45), Heather Mclean (1:57) and Karen Dove and Fiona Dixon (2:26).

31st August: Tom Wall NYMAC Relays at Stewart Park, Middlesbrough

Teams of 4 compete with each team member running one mile in and around the paths of Stewart Park (almost the first mile of the parkrun course). The course is well signed and marshalled.

Team 1 for the M200 consisted of Dave Jones (5:44), Rob Dent (5:46), Rob Gillham (6:27) and Marc Ellis (5:22) finished in 23:19, just missing out on 3rd place by just 1 second!

Team 2 for the M200 consisted of Ian Burgess (6:49), Phil Neal (6:10), David Nalder (7:24) and Dale Chapman (5:53) finished in 26:16.

The F Open team consisted of Diane Lockhart (7:43), Louise Priestman (7:30), Carys Samuel (6:54) and Abbie Hull (6:55) finished in 29:02.

The F160 team consisted of Lou Trainor (6:32), Diane Vaughan (7:21), Lesley Neal (7:36) and Carmelita Coco (8:06) finished in 29:35.

The mixed team consisted of John Winn (8:07), Julie Whinn (8:13), Sue Woodcock (7:44) and Darren Alderson (7:50) finished in 31:54.

Team 3 for the M200 consisted of Stephen Moore (8:23), John Yeoman (8:07), Paul Cockburn (7:44) and Jeff Marriott (8:06) finished in 32:20.

Special Mentions…

Muddy Roads announced the category winners for the midweek 5k summer series. To qualify runners had to complete 4 of the first 5 events. (Any runners in overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd were excluded from the category tables).

Well done to Lou Trainor and Sandra Cass who were 1st and 2nd in their age category and Dale Chapman who was 3rd in the male senior category.