Tom Chapman at Tour de Helvellyn
Poor weather conditions resulted in cancelled and postponed races during the second half of December, so just a few to report…
17th December: Tour de Helvellyn
The route is a tough circuit around Helvellyn starting and finishing at Askham on the edge of the Lakes. The distance is 38 miles with around 2000m of ascent and descent. The terrain is tough mountain trail, so fell running and navigational skills are essential and the event is strictly limited to experienced and competent entrants.
On the day, bad weather conditions meant the route was changed to a 27 miler and Tom Chapman completed the route in 6:41.
24th December: parkrun – Darlington South Park
Congratulations to Fred Tennant who ran his 100th parkrun in 21:58 and to Dawn Richardson who was 3rd lady home in 20:54, both at Darlington South Park.
25th December: parkrun – Darlington South Park
At Darlington South Park Marc Ellis was 4th finisher in 18:28 and Dawn Richardson was first lady home in 20:12. Congratulations to Hannah Alderson who reached her 100th parkrun milestone in 28:18.
27th December: Jolly Holly Jog 10K
This is a one-lap, scenic, multi-terrain undulating course of approximately 10k that is run mainly on footpaths through the magnificent Studley Royal deer park.
Phil Neal was 1st Quaker home in 49:43, followed by David Todd (50:31), Lou Trainor (51:32), Wendy Colling (58:11), Julie Whinn (1:03), Rachel Grayson (1:09), Nicola Thornborough (1:09), Mark Blewitt (1:14) and Michelle Dale, Paul Ryan and Lisa Jenkins in 1:25.
27th December: Guisborough Woods (Esk Valley Winter Fell series)
This 5.5 mile 3 lap race starts at the edge of Guisborough Woods, running up Belman Bank and past the disused quarry, with 1230ft of elevation.
Abbie Hull completed the race in 1:01 (2nd in age category).
31st December: parkrun – Hillsborough & Darlington South Park
At Hillsborough, Dawn Richardson was 4th lady home in 20:10 and Pip Rayner achieved her 25th parkrun milestone at Darlington South Park in 28:56.
Congratulations to Hayley Addison for finishing 2nd lady in the Hardmoors Grand Slam. This ‘4 Rings Series’ consists of running all four Hardmoors races of the series. From each race, points are awarded by race placing e.g. 11th place will be 11 points. Hayley completed the Hardmoors 30, 55 and 110 and 60, finishing just one point behind the first lady.
Quakers’ Championship 2022
The championship calendar has now come to the end of the year and what a cracking year of running the Quakers had. 75 Quakers took part in at least one of the 24 Championship races across the year, ranging from 5k to half marathons on a multitude of different terrains, in all weathers. Well done to all the Quakers who took part!
Marc Ellis finished in 1st place, Rob Gillham in 2nd and Viv Hardwick in 3rd; 1st lady was Helen Clark.