Press Report: 16th – 31st May 2024

by | Jun 3, 2024 | Press Reports

Photo: QRC Members at Angel View, Gateshead (photo courtesy of Simon)

The 2nd half of May has been very busy with QRC members competing in a variety of events from 1 mile right up to 110 miles and including all the disciplines of road, track, trail, fell and Canicross! There has been lots to celebrate including parkrun milestones, PBs, a first marathon, club records and top 3 placings in age categories.

17th – 19th May: Keswick Mountain Festival

The Keswick Mountain Festival is an outdoor event held annually in May or June. Advertised as the UK’s #1 mountain festival, it offers a diverse range of sporting and outdoor activities for both spectators and participants.  Trail runs ranged from 5k to 50k.

Chris Evans completed the 10k event, graded as ‘moderate and suitable for all levels of runners’, in 1:09.

18th May: parkrun – Oaklands (Birmingham), Darlington, South Park & Fulwell Quarry (Sunderland)

At Oaklands parkrun, Diane Lockhart was 3rd lady finisher in 24:54 whilst at Darlington South Park, Graham Park achieved his 50th parkrun milestone in 27:10.

6 Quakers made it over to the inaugural Fulwell Quarry parkrun – a two lap undulating course on a multi terrain trail around the perimeter of fields adjacent to the nature reserve, with a sharp turn on each lap.

18th May Punk Panther Otley Views

These events offer ‘The best views over Lower Wharfedale’. With distances from Half-Marathon to Ultra Marathon, this event takes in the highest points around Otley so runners can enjoy uninterrupted views around Wharfedale. Highlights include Otley Chevin, Baildon Moor, Rombalds (Ilkley) Moor and Beamsley Beacon.

Karen Dove completed the 20 mile route in 7:34 and Michelle Dale completed the Half Marathon in 5:06.

18th May: The Old County Tops Fell Race

The Old County Tops Fell Race covers 37 miles and involves around 10,000 feet of ascent – the exact distance and amount of ascent are dependent on the route you choose! The Race starts in Great Langdale and takes in the tops of Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Coniston before returning to Great Langdale.

Tom Chapman finished the event in 11:32.

18th – 19th May: Hardmoors 110

The Hardmoors 110 Ultramarathon starts from Filey and competitors have a time limit of 36 hours to complete the 110 mile single stage trail race, following the stunning Cleveland Heritage coastline visiting the seaside resort of Scarborough, the old smuggling town of Robin Hood’s Bay, Dracula’s Whitby, Staithes, Runswick Bay and Saltburn, before passing through the beautiful Cleveland Hills and the North York Moors, before finishing in the market town of Helmsley.

Emily Beaumont completed the event, for the 5th time, in 33:45. (59% of the runners finished)

19th May: Burton Leonard 10k (10k league)

This is a popular undulating circular route that starts and finishes in Burton Leonard, encompassing the tracks, woods and fields of the Mountgarret Estate.

Marc Ellis finished in 7th place overall and 1st in age category in 39:57, followed by Rob Dent (44:44), James Atkinson (46:27), Phil Neal (46:55), Rob Gillham (47:15), Ian Burgess (52:01), David Nalder (54:11 and 3rd in age category), Alex Looney (56:15), April Corbett (57:19 and 3rd in age category), Helen Clark (58:40), Anthony Corbett (1:00), Carmelita Coco (1:00), John Yeomans (1:11), Sharon Carr (1:12) and Lucy Bendle (1:12).

19th May: Chester Half Marathon (10k also available)

The Chester Half Marathon offers one of the flattest routes in many years, with a spectacular City Centre finish. Participants run past some of Chester’s historic landmarks – the route starts at Chester Racecourse, heading up Watergate Street, through the Walls and the historic centre of Chester. Runners will leave the city through the Garden Quarter before heading out into the countryside on Parkgate Road. Just after Little Mollington Hall, they turn onto the Roman road into the picturesque villages of Mollington and Lea by Backford. The route then continues up Parkgate Road and turns left to loop round part of Saughall village, before returning on Parkgate Road, to run in to the finish outside the Town Hall and Cathedral via the Garden Quarter.

Ed Griffiths and Michael Oliver completed the route in 1:41 and 2:14 respectively.

19th May: Run to Infinity (Saturn)

This is a 7 hour 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 lap. A full lap is 4.37 miles (7km).  The course is around the beautiful River Wear with views of Durham Cathedral. It is fully signed so no navigational experience is required. The course is mainly well made paths and tarmac.

Heather McLean completed the 50k in 6:21 whilst Nigel Eddy ran the Half Marathon distance in 2:23.

19th May: Pier to Pier

This is one of the most scenic runs in the North East along the coastline from South Shields to Sunderland following the coastal paths. The run starts besides the Pier at South Shields and after roughly a mile along the sandy beach the race moves to The Leas, here runners can choose any route apart from the road or footpath down to Souter Lighthouse.

Robert Kirby completed the race in 1:04 and Nicole Westmarland in 1:28.

20th May: NEMAA Track and Field League 2024

Congratulations and well done to Viv Hardwick who competed in the NEMAA track and field Match 1 at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow. Viv completed the 100m in 17.4 and 2nd in age category and the 3000m in 14.33.3 and 1st in age category.

Information about further track and field events can be found here:  Track & Field – Quakers Running Club

23rd May: Saltburn 5k

The 2nd of the Muddy Roads series, this midweek race starts near the beach huts on the promenade and features a mix of trail and grass, undulating with flat and downhill stretches, taking runners through Hazel Grove woods and along the cliff tops.

Rob Gillham was first Quaker home in 25:10, followed by Lou Trainor (25:29 and 1st in age category), Dave Murphy (25:48 and 2nd in age category), Diane Lockhart (27:57), Stuart Masterman (29:54), Sue Sparrow (29:57 and 3rd in age category), Chris Clark (30:21), Simon Rek (30:24), Wendy Colling (30:34), Helen Clark (31:01), Rebecca Dodd (31:44), Nigel Eddy (32:32), John Yeomans (33:12), Hannah Alderson (33:54), Julie Whinn (33:58), Gill Colling (34:27), John Whinn (35:22), Julie Bell (35:40) and Matt Jackson (38:37).

23rd May: Stately Trails: Constable Burton (5k and 10k)

At Constable Burton you will find a beautiful Grade I listed Georgian house set amongst extensive formal and woodland gardens in the heart of Wensleydale. Runners are offered the opportunity to race a 5km or 10km on stunning trails through this exclusive estate!

Abbie Hull completed the 10k race in 1:06 (3rd lady finisher and 1st in age category) followed by April Corbett (1:02) and Anthony Corbett (1:06).

25th May: parkrun – Sedgefield, Hartlepool, Wynyard Woodland and Darlington South Park

Lots of parkrun celebrations this week…

At Sedgefield, Chris Clark earned himself a shiny new PB, shaving 28 seconds off his previous PB, to finish in 27:20 and Phil Rutter completed his 250th parkrun milestone in 27:16.

At Hartlepool, Carmelita Coco also earned herself a shiny new PB, shaving 5 seconds off her previous PB, to finish in 25:32.

At Wynyard Woodland, Rob Dent finished in 8th place overall in 20:25.

At Darlington South Park, Lou Trainor was 2nd lady finisher in 21:47 and Jo Meynell completed her 250th parkrun milestone in 32:56.

25th May: Grimreaper Event

The Grim Reaper events are held at the stunning Grimsthorpe Castle Estate in South Lincolnshire. A range of distances are offered, including 10 mile day, 10 mile night, 40 miles, 70 miles (relay also available) and 100 miles (relay also available).

Gillian Harris (and Rover) completed the 10 mile day route in 3:18.

Also, a mention for Billy Harris, who set out to run the 100 mile event (10 x 10 mile laps) and completed 61 miles in an incredible 11:28. Of the 30 athletes that started this distance, only 8 finished.

25th – 27th May: LWDA Speyside 100

The start and finish of the event was at Boat of Garten Community Hall. The route goes through Nethy Bridge and Grantown on Spey to the village of Cromdale. From there, participants go up over the ridge of the Cromdale Hills to drop down to Ballcorach, before going south to Tomintoul. They then join a spur of the Speyside Way northwards and traverse Carn Daimh to reach Glenlivet, passing the first of many Speyside distilleries. Some small lanes and tracks take them to the breakfast point at Dufftown.  From here, the Speyside Way goes through Aberlour, Tamdhu and Advie back to Cromdale, from where they reverse their outward route to the finish.

Dave Thompson completed the event in 31:44, breaking the club record in his age category by a massive 2 hours and 41 minutes.

26th May: Northallerton 10k (Championship Race)

This loop starts on Northallerton high street and takes runners out of the town into some of the most stunning country road views in North Yorkshire. The route is predominantly on country roads that are safe and well marshalled.

Marc Ellis was first Quaker home in 11th place overall in 36:48 and 1st in age category, followed by James Atkinson (42:34), Scott Beaumont (43:10), Rob Gillham (43:30 & 3rd in age category), Phil Neale (43:55), Dave Jones (44:07), Dave Murphy (45:33 PB), Brian McLaren (47:17), Ian Burgess (47:50), Carys Samuel (49:22), Chris Evans (50:21), Graham Looney (50:31 PB), Alex Looney (51:11 PB), Diane Lockhart (51:24 PB), Neil Chalmers (51:50), David Nalder (52:11 and 3rd in age category), Peter Cowan (54:41 PB), Darren Alderson (54:51), Helen Clark (55:38),  Carmelita Coco (54:50), Rebecca Jones (56:18), Ross Edmond (57:51), Julie Whinn (58:09), Helen Clarke (59:14), John Yeomans (59:23 PB), Jo Meynell (59:26), Melissa Hird (59:46), Bryan Dale (1:01), Karen Mavin (1:02), Wendy Noble (1:04), Sharon Carr (1:04), Juliette McLaren (1:07), Lucy Bendle (1:08), Lisa Quinney (1:09) and Berni Gibson (1:13).

26th May: 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 you 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.

April Corbett finished in 57:09 (2nd in age category) followed by Sandra Cass in 57:13 (3rd in age category) and Anthony Corbett (1:00).

26th May: Great Manchester Run (10k and Half Marathon)

The AJ Bell Great Manchester Run is the city’s original and best-loved running event. With a 10K or a half marathon distance to choose from, and in true Mancunian style, it’s a party from start to finish, with a high-energy soundtrack, live music and entertainment zones at every turn – plus, some of the loudest and most enthusiastic local support seen in the UK.

In the 10k event, Diane Vaughan finished in 46:29 whilst in the Half Marathon event, Daniel Orton finished in 1:59 and David Ledgerwood in 2:05.

26th May: Edinburgh Marathon

Starting on Potterrow with the picturesque backdrop of The University of Edinburgh’s McEwan Hall, this city centre route takes runners past many iconic sights of the city, including Greyfriars Kirkyard, into the city’s old town, and crossing over the Royal Mile, with St Giles Cathedral on the right and the iconic Edinburgh Castle on the left, before heading down the Mound into New Town. The route then goes through Princes Street Gardens then turns back up to the historic Royal Mile, heading past the Scottish Parliament building where runners can you can look up and take in the spectacular Arthurs Seat & Salisbury Crags, as well as the Palace of Holyrood, before departing the Royal Park and heading East towards the coast, taking in the sea air of Portobello promenade and on to Musselburgh, before heading further East on the flat to Gosford House and turning and heading back along the coast for the finish line. With a descent of almost 90 metres to near sea level, this flat course is up there with one of the fastest marathon routes in the world!

Simon Mulholland completed the race in 3:51, followed by Adam Charles completing his first marathon in 4:47.

26th May: Edinburgh Half Marathon

Fast & flat, the Edinburgh Half Marathon is one of the largest half marathons in the UK – it follows the Marathon course and is ideal for a first half marathon or a PB.

Isaac Johnson earned himself a PB, completing the race in 1:35, followed by Rachel Grayson (2:19) and Kathyrn Gray (2:25)

27th – 29th May: Canix Fur Nations Canicross Event

Alexander Mathers ran with Team England in this end of season event which took place at Glamis Castle in Scotland. It was a tough couple of days (finishing in 20:14 and 19:13) and earning a 3rd place, just missing out on 2nd place and winning Scotland by one second!

29th May: Darlington Trail Series – South Park 5k

The latest in the 5k trail series, Ian Burgess completed the route in 22:53, followed by Stuart Masterman (25:17), Barbra Barker (26:04), Jeff Marriott (28:27), Julie Bell (29:32) and Berni Gibson (34:28).

30th May: NYMAC Relays

The course is a certified measured one mile course and uses almost the first mile of the Stewart Park parkrun course. The course is well signed and marshalled and is a massed start with all categories starting together, just outside the Captain Cook Museum.

Dave Murphy, Carys Samuel, Ian Burgess and Marc Ellis represented Quakers in a ‘Mixed Team’ with an overall finish time of 25:30.

Dave bagged himself a new milestone PB of 6:31, knocking 25 seconds off his previous PB of 6:56! Carys ran in 6:46, setting a new Club Record in her age category. Ian completed his mile in 6:42 and Marc in 5:31.

30th May: Angel View Run

The Angel View Race is a 5.5 mile trail race that takes place around the Angel of the North, with the finish line taking in the iconic structure. The race consists of 2 laps on a range of different terrain.

Rob Dent was first Quaker finisher in 41:01 and 3rd in age category, followed by Rob Gillham (43:22 and 3rd in age category), Lou Trainor (46:11 and 3rd in age category), Simon Rek (52:54) and Helen Clark (54:30).

Special Mentions:

Congratulations and well done to QRC members that have achieved ‘unofficial’ parkrun milestones over the last fortnight!

Congratulations (and condolences) to Claire Chapman who completed a double crossing of the Lyke Wake Challenge (approximately 80 miles) taking her total number of crossings to 57!

Congratulations and well done to Lou Trainor who has achieved an amazing 80.95% age grading at Darlington parkrun, moving from 10th to 6th place on the Quakers all-time list.