Press Report: 16th – 31st July 2023

by | Aug 12, 2023 | Press Reports

Photo: Quakers at the Willow Miner Trail Race

The second half of July has seen Quakers taking part in road, trail and fell across all the distances from 1 mile to 100 (105!) miles.

16th Hamsterley Forest Half Marathon (10k also available)

With a mix of gradual and demanding climbs, along with some lengthy descents and rewarding views, this Half Marathon is the perfect summer’s event for those seeking a rewarding run.

Dave Thompson completed the Half Marathon route in 2:14.

16th July: Esk Valley Fell Club Viking Chase Four Peaks

This 8 mile fell race is an Annual fund-raiser for Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team. It has 1500ft of elevation and starts at Lordstones café, taking in the climbs of Carlton Moor, Cringle Moor, Cold Moor and Wainstones.

Andrew Vernon finished the route in 1:26 and Abbie Hull in 1:34.

16th July: Darlington Trail series 10k

This 10k trail run takes place in the picturesque South Park in Darlington.

Ian Burgess was first Quaker to finish in 53:37, followed by John Harrison (1:02) John Yeomans (1:04) Tracy Pickering (1:09) and Abbie Russell (1:11).

16th July: Greener Miles Stanhope Trail races – Half marathon (15 miles) and 10k (7 miles)

Both races start and finish in Stanhope in the Durham Dales and take in The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark – a stunning landscape of open heather moors, dramatic dales, upland rivers, woods and waterfalls.

In the Half Marathon Billy Harris finished the race in 2:20 (1st in age category) followed by Wendy Colling (3:06 and 2nd in age category).

In the 10k event, Sandra Cass and April Corbett ran together in 1:18 (3rd/4th in age category) followed by Anthony Corbett (1:21) and Sarah Bayles (1:47).

 17th July: Positivity Power 5K Run at South Park

After Viv Pow’s 3rd diagnosis of bowel cancer in 2021, her best friend Tracy Kirk committed to a series of running events to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Phil Neal was 1st Quaker home in 21:16 (4th place overall) followed by Rob Gillham (22:09), Ian Burgess (25:20), Lesley Neal (26:47), Alex Looney (27:06), Malcolm Hewitson (28:36), Jo Meynell (29:39), Tracey Fleming (30:57), David Porterfield (34:30), Sharon Carr (36:13), Sally Singleton (36:52), Michael King (37:36) and John Yeomans (52:17).

17th July: NEMAA Track and Field at Monkton (Match 4)

Viv Hardwick had another fantastic night at Monkton in Track and Field Events, setting Club Records in his age category for 200m with a time of 38.1 and the mile with a time of 7:08.3. He also broke his own Club Record for 800m with a time of 3:18.3 (previously 3:20.9). 1st in age category for all three events!

19th July: Summer Coast Road 5k – QRC Championship Race

This race is a fast ‘out and back’ 2 lap route along the coast of Redcar.

Michael Joyeux was first Quaker home in 9th place overall and 2nd in age category in 16:28, breaking the Club Record. (The record was previously held for nearly 15 years by Ian Archbold with 16:48). Michael was followed by Dawn Richardson (20:01 and 1st in age category) and Rob Gillham (21:22 PB).

20th July: Monthly mile – event 4 (South Park)

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

Michael Joyeux was first Quaker home in 3rd place overall in 5:11 (3rd in age category and club record) followed by Ian Burgess (6:39 and 1st in age category) and Stephen Howell (6:59 and 2nd in age category).

The next monthly mile event is on 31st August.

22nd July: parkruns – Darlington South Park and Durham

At Darlington parkrun, Michael Joyeux was 2nd finisher in 18:00 and Dawn Richardson was 1st lady in 20:02. Jonathan Eccles bagged himself a shiny new PB of 22:28, knocking 1 second off his PB from last month and Rachel Grayson knocked 10 seconds off her previous in March 2022, finishing in 28:58. Meanwhile, over at Durham parkrun, Rebecca Howard was first lady home in 21:35 and John Yeomans bagged himself a new PB of 27:21, shaving 34 seconds off his previous PB from last month.

22nd July: Sir Titis Summer Trot

This ‘Its Grim Up North’ event offers participants a range of distances from 5k to ultra along the flat and even Leeds and Liverpool canal towpath.

Brian and Sandra Martin completed the Half Marathon option in 1:46 and 2:15 respectively.

23rd July: Durham Coastal Half Marathon  

This race was previously hosted by the National Trust and is a very popular and challenging half marathon. Set on the scenic Durham Coastal Path, the course is entirely off road, it is challenging and scenic. It is characterised by gently undulating sections along the cliff top coastal path interspersed with challenging descents and ascents through a series of denes. There are many steps to tackle along the way (approx 320) and a section through the picturesque woodland of Hawthorn Dene nature reserve.

Helen Spaven completed the route in 2:42.

23rd July: Northumberland Super Fast 10k (5k and Half Marathon also available)

These events are organised in order to give runners the opportunity to set a new personal best on a fast and flat route at Ouston Airfield.

Jeff Marriott completed the 10k route in 57:24 (3rd in age category).

26th July: Willow Miner Trail Race (Championship Race)

This is a beautiful summer evening trail race in Durham across woodland, meadow and riverbank, passing the local landmarks of the Willow Miner and Willow Lady, of approximately 5.4 miles (8.7km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.

The course covers 5.4 miles of beautiful trail through woodland and nature reserve, those returning to the race can witness how the woodland trust has grown and matured since the inception of the event. After a winding start through Houghall woods, the course drops into the undulating section of the Durham Woodland Trust, climbing up to views over the River Wear and Croxdale Woods before descending to wildflower meadows and around to the Willow Lady. A single-track section along the bank of the River Wear leads to a climb up towards the Willow Miner, before traversing back to Houghall Woods and the finish. The route will be fully marked and marshalled so no navigational experience is required.

Marc Ellis finished the race in 9th place overall in 35:45 (2nd in age category) followed by Rob Dent (41:59), Lou Trainor (44:59, 2nd in age category), Rob Gillham (46:58) and Helen Clark (56:47).

26th July: Darlington Trails Riverside 5k  

Ian Burgess completed the race along the River Skerne at Haughton in 24:42, followed by Jeff Marriot in 28:14.

28th – 30th July: Montane Lakeland 100

This ‘Ultra Tour of the Lake District’ bills itself as the most spectacular long distance trail race to have ever taken place within the UK. The 100 (105) mile route takes in all the Lakeland fells and features around 6300m of ascent – beginning and ending at John Ruskin School in Coniston Competitors initially head south before completing a clockwise circuit taking in the Dunnerdale fells, Eskdale, Wasdale and Buttermere before arriving in Keswick. From here, runners proceed to Matterdale and continue over to Haweswater before returning via Kentmere, Ambleside and Elterwater to the finish at Coniston. The route avoids the popular tourist summits of the area, instead weaving runners through the Lake Districts stunning valleys, picturesque fells and places few runners have the chance to tread. This event is very challenging – 379 runners completed and 237 retired along the way.

Billy Harris finished 1st in his age category with a time of 32:32:57. There were 34 in this category, only 9 finished with 25 retiring at various checkpoints. Emily Beaumont completed the route in 38:40:26. There were 60 in this category with 33 reaching the finish with Emily in 23rd place, 27 retiring. (Wendy Colling completed approximately 82 miles of the route in 36:16:26 before retiring. There were 32 in the age category with 17 retiring).

Montane Lakeland 50

Its sister race, the Lakeland 50, has 9728ft of climb and takes place over the same weekend, covering the second half of the full course. The route starts from the Northern end of Ullswater within the grand Dalemain Estate before following the Eastern shore line as far as Howtown. A quick climb and descent followed by a trek along the banks of Haweswater sees runners at Mardale Head. The route from here visits Long Sleddale, Kentmere, Ambleside, Langdale and Tilberthwaite before the final climb and descent to the finish at Coniston. There were 1263 finishers and 114 who retired.

Scott Beaumont completed the route in 13:50:02 and was 128th in his age group of 268 who finished and 15 retired. David Thompson completed in 14:28:47 coming 2nd in his age group with 5 finishing and 3 retiring. Mark Colling completed in 19:15:22 and was 199th in the age category of 229 finishers with 27 retiring.

29th July: parkruns: Darlington South Park and Penrith

At Darlington South Park, Marc Ellis finished in 6th place overall in 18:34 whilst at Penrith David Aiken was 5th finisher overall in 19:37 and Rebecca Howard was 1st lady home in 21:53.

30th July: Cotherstone 10k (5k and children’s fun run also available)

This 2 lap race raised funds for Great North Air Ambulance Service and Pancreatic Cancer. Starting at Doe Park Caravan site and personally timed by runners, Dawn Richardson finished in 1st place overall and Barbra Barker also completed it.

31st July: James Herriot 14k

This trail race takes place over moorland tracks and paths near Castle Bolton in Wensleydale by kind permission of Lord Bolton.

Alexander Mathers was first Quaker home and 3rd in age category 1:06, followed by Michael Thompson (1:20:18), Ian Bond (1:20:41) and Simon Rek (1:30).

31st July: NEMAA (North East Masters Athletics Association)

Viv Hardwick was 1st in his age category in the 3000m with a time of 14:24.4, 2nd in age category for 100m with a time of 18.7 and 2nd in age category for 400m with a time of 1:32.5.

 Special mentions:

parkrun volunteer milestones

Congratulations and well done to Helen Spaven, Sally Singleton and Malcolm Hewitson who have now volunteered at 50 parkruns.

parkrun tourism

Well done to those who took part in the QRC tourism at Durham parkrun on 22nd July. The next one will be at Whitley Bay on 12th August followed by Hartlepool on 16th September.

16th July: Tom’s Darlo Dash

Well done to Dave Murphy, Sue Woodcock and Diane Lockhart who completed Tom’s Darlo Dash route. Starting the circular loop at Piercebridge, with Darren Alderson accompanying them for some of the route, they ran through Cleasby, Neasham, Middleton St George, Sadberge, Brafferton, Heighington and Walworth Gate, before finishing at Piercebridge. It was tough going with some of the route unmaintained and very high nettles. They took a couple of wrong turns and ended on 38 miles (instead of 36).

The route was resurrected by Tom Chapman before he moved over to the Lakes, with the idea that the full route could be broken down into sections and also that runners/walkers would never be far from civilisation, whether it be a pub or a shop.