Press Report: 16th – 31st January 2024

by | Feb 2, 2024 | Press Reports

Photo: Claire and Tom on their Lyke Wake (photo courtesy of Tom)

Races during the second half of January included parkruns, road and trail races as well as a Marathon in sunnier climes and a Winter Lyke Wake crossing.

20th January: parkruns – Darlington South Park & Hartlepool

At Darlington South Park, Marc Ellis was 3rd finisher and 3rd male, in 17:54 and Diane Lockhart shaved another 23 seconds off her Dec 23 PB, finishing in 24:36.

At Hartlepool Dawn Richardson was 2nd lady and 10th finisher overall in 20:45,

20th January: Newcastle 10k

This road closed course take in the famous landmarks of the Newcastle Quayside passing the Swing Bridge and under High Level Bridge, Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, King Edward VII Bridge & Redheugh Bridge, before returning the same way. This is an extremely fast, flat course that boasts real PB potential, whilst being accessible to beginners.

Isaac Johnson-Caddell completed the race in 44:44, bagging himself a new PB, knocking almost 2 minutes off his Middlesbrough 10k time in September 23.

21st January: Brass Monkey Half Marathon

This race starts and finishes at York Racecourse and is a flat and fast course that heads southwards through Bishopthorpe, Acaster Selby, Appleton Roebuck and back through Bishopthorpe to finish behind the racecourse grandstands.

Darren Wright was first Quaker home in 1:28, followed by Rob Gillham (1:32 & PB), Brian Martin (1:41), Steven Snook (1:43), Diane Vaughan (1:43 & club record for age category), Lou Trainor (1:44), James Atkinson (1:45), Stephen Ash (1:55), Adam Charles (1:56), Raymond Reed (1:57 & PB), Helen Spaven (1:57 & PB), Sandra Martin (2:03), Keziah Morley (2:05), Mel Newton (2:08), Julie Russell (2:14), Dale Chapman (2:17), Phil Thornberry (2:17 & PB), Adele Brown (2:28) and Zoe Robinson (2:33).

21st January: Funchal Marathon (Madeira)

This race starts at Rua do Gorgulho and is in 3 phases. The first phase heads towards Funchal, with a turning point in front of the Madeira Congress Center – runners complete 4 laps of this part. Next, the route heads through Avenida Infante towards Praça da Autonomia. The final phase has 2 laps before finishing in front of Empresa de Eletricidade da Madeira.

Dave Thompson finished in 4:17 (2nd in age category and club record).

27th January: parkrun – Darlington, Hartlepool, Jubilee (Spennymoor)

At Darlington, Lee Morris celebrated his 250th parkrun milestone and at Hartlepool, Dawn Richardson was first lady and 5th finisher overall in 20:17. Meanwhile over at Jubilee, Michael Thompson was 7th male and 8th finisher overall in 24:27.

27th January: Croft Circuit 5k

This fast and flat 5k race consists of one and a half laps of Croft circuit.

Steve Snook and Ian Burgess completed the race in 22:48 and 23:46 respectively.

28th January: Ormesby 10k

This 10k event takes place monthly on the 3rd 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.

Lou Trainor was 3rd lady finisher and 1st in age category, finishing the course in 53:31.

28th January: Druridge Bay Beach Trail Runs (10k, Half Marathon and Canicross)

Starting at Druridge Bay Country Park and with some running on paths, trails and the beach itself, it’s a great test for all levels of runners. With fabulous views and a flat course, this event is Wild Deer’s most popular trail run in the North-East.

In the Half Marathon, Emily Beaumont and Helen Clark finished in 2:10, followed by Heather McLean in 2:27.

28th January: St Teresa’s Santa Run

Postponed from 3rd December, this race starts at West Park Academy and is a family favourite festive fun run! There are various options including the Santa Sprint, Reindeer Run or Elf Amble, raising money for St Teresa’s Hospice.

Well done to all Quakers that took part.


Special mentions…

Congratulations to Andy Walker who completed his 100th parkrun volunteer stint.

Commiserations to Tom and Claire Chapman who completed yet another Lyke Wake crossing on 20th January in lovely Winter conditions. This was Claire’s 55th crossing!