Photo: David Whittle at South Park Road Relays
17th March: Dark Skies Kielder 10 (also 14 miles and Marathon)
This is a 10 mile night run starting and finishing at Hawkhirst and running an anti-clockwise loop of the infamous Bull Crag.
Nigel and Gemma Eddy completed the route in 1:55 and 1:56 respectively.
19th March: Alnwick Half Marathon (and 10k)
This Wild Deer moderately hilly, circular and mostly off road, mixed terrain event is held in a magnificent venue with races starting and finishing with the backdrop of the Castle and River Aln and taking in the best parts of Hulne Park.
Brian and Gilly Cowton completed the half marathon route in 2:23.
19th March: Spring Canal Canter
The It’s Grim Up North’s 2 day Running Festival offered distances between 5k and 32 miles.
On Day 2, in the Half Marathon distance, Katherine Hackett finished in 10th place and was 1st lady home in 1:45 on the fast and flat canal side course and in the 20 mile event Dawn Richardson finished in 10th place, 1st in age category and 2nd lady home in 2:28.
25th March: parkrun – Darlington South Park
Dawn Richardson was 2nd lady home in 20:47, Diane Lockhart bagged herself a new PB of 27:17 and Katrina Cockburn achieved her 25th parkrun milestone in 38:18.
25th March: Hardmoors 55
The Hardmoors 55 is a 55 mile Ultramarathon running from Guisborough to Helmsley. The 55 mile race takes competitors through the North York Moors and the Cleveland Hills via Roseberry Topping, Kildale, Clay Bank, Osmotherley, Sneck Yate and the White Horse with over 2000 metres of ascent within a time limit of 16 hours.
Emily and Scott Beaumont completed the event in 12:35.
25th March: Coniston 14
Described as ‘probably the most beautiful road race in Britain’, this 14 mile race takes runners around Coniston Water.
Paul Davies completed the route in 1:45.
26th March: Ormesby10
This 10k event takes place monthly on the last 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.
April Corbett and Sandra Cass completed the route in 59:39.
26th March: Blubberhouses Moor
This event, organised by Nidderdale LDWA is 24 miles long with a cut off of 9.5 hours taking in Bland Hill, Swinsty Reservoir, Fewston Reservoir, Thruscross Reservoir, Rocking Hall, Bolton Abbey, Beamsley Beacon, Round Hill, Ellarcarr Pike, Timble and Bland Hill.
Abbie Hull completed the route in 4:37 followed by Rebecca Howard and David Aiken in 4:38, Martin Mavin in 4:54 and David Thompson in 5:49.
26th March: NYSD Cross Country at South Park
The road relays at South Park was the last event of the Cross Country season and we had 6 speedy runners representing Quakers, each running 2 laps of the parkrun route.
Marc Ellis ran his leg in 11:18, Dave Jones 12:20, David Whittle 14:24, Ian Burgess 14:28, Chris Evans 14:32 and Rob Gillham 14:45.
29th March: Darlington Trail Series: Locomotion 5k
This fast and flat ‘there and back’ course starts and finishes near Sainsburys in Middleton St George and is described as ideal for both pb chasers or new runners.
Ian Burgess was 1st Quaker home in 29:12, followed by Gemma Eddy (29:15), John Harrison (29:56), Shane Lester (31:02), Michael Oliver (31:41), Nigel Eddy (32:12) and Mandy Harrison (41:40).
Well done to QRC parkrun tourists who ran the 3 laps of mainly hard stone surface on parkland and woodland paths at Millfield (Easingwold) course on 18th March.
The next parkrun tourism is on 22nd April at Sedgefield (Hardwick Park, TS21 2DN) (remember to take a spare copy of your bar code to avoid car parking charges).
parkrun Volunteer Milestone
Congratulations to David Stewart who has achieved his 100th parkrun volunteer milestone.