Brian and Juliette McLaren at the Yorkshire Coast Scarborough 10k
Another fortnight of fantastic running by Quakers members – lots to celebrate including PBs, trying out new races/events, qualifying for England and eating for England!
16th October: Lakeland Ullswater Trail Race 14k and 10k
This race starts with a half hour cruise aboard the Ullswater Steamer Raven which takes runners to the start in Howtown. Running alongside the eastern shore of Ullswater and around the spectacular view point of Silver Crag, the dramatic course gives panoramic views of Helvellyn and the surrounding peaks, finishing in Jenkins Field next to the Ullswater Pier. Much of the course passes through ancient woodland with tricky underfoot conditions.
Chris Land completed the 14k route in 2:10, whilst Phil and Lesley Neal completed the 10k route in 1:31. Well done to Lesley for completing the Lakeland’s dirty double!
16th October: Bath Half Marathon
This was the 40th anniversary of the Bath Half Marathon. The 2 lap course route is a ‘big city’ race starting and finishing in Bath City Centre. Fast and flat, it has potential for runners to set a new personal best.
Marc Ellis completed the race in 1:26.
16th October: Yorkshire Coast Scarborough 10k
The mainly flat course starts at the Scarborough SPA – it routes round South Bay, past the harbour, round the headland and into North Bay. Runners pass through the Open-Air Theatre and then out to the Sea Life Centre. It is then along the coast road back to the SPA.
Brian McLaren was first Quaker home in 47:39, followed by Ian Burgess (47:47, PB and 2nd in age category), Ian Hart (51:43), Helen Spaven (56:03, PB), Juliette McLaren (1:01) and Michael King (1:11)
16th October: Yorkshire 10 mile
Taking place on the same day as the full Yorkshire Marathon, the Yorkshire 10 Mile shares many of the highlights, but with the added bonus of only being 10 miles!
The race begins in the heart of York and passes many of the its historic landmarks, including the world-famous York Minster and the medieval City Walls. The race also heads out into the idyllic Yorkshire countryside where runners are treated to scenic surroundings and quaint country roads.
Daniel Orton was first Quaker home in 1:25 followed by Brian Cowton and Gilly Cowton (1:36), Paul Taylor (1:40), Bryan Dale (1:40, PB and 5th in age category), Emily Baker (1:47) and Adele Brown (1:52, PB).
16th October: Yorkshire Marathon
The Yorkshire Marathon is described as ‘the jewel in the White Rose County’s sporting crown’ and ‘is now such a global draw that spectators come from across the world to be part of the experience and to add their support.’ This popular and picturesque run, with fantastic PB potential, takes participants past some of York’s historic sites and along scenic country lanes, making it an attractive prospect for runners of all abilities.
Michael Kipling was first Quaker home in 2:59 (PB) followed by Shane Lester (3:38), Dan Rowlands (4:02 PB), Chris Evans (4:07 – 1st road marathon), Gary Read (4:32), Caroline Litster (4:44 PB) and Rachel Read (5:34 PB).
16th October: Oxford Half Marathon:
Starting at Broad Street near Trinity College, participants are treated to plenty of Oxford’s architecture and live entertainment. Runners pass the River Cherwell and Lady Margaret Hall before finishing on Park Road.
Michael Oliver completed his 11th half marathon this year in 1:59.
16th October: Hamsterley Forest Running Festival – various distances
These courses take runners through the beautiful Hamsterley Forest with amazing scenery. All races follow a 6.2 mile lapped course.
Louise Priestman completed the 10k course in 59:30, followed by Julie Russell in 59:50 and David Porterfield in 1:10.
16th & 17th October: Canix event at Dalby Forest (cross country with a dog)
Alex Mathers competed the two 5k courses in a combined time of 37:46 (1st in category).
19th October: Darlington Trail Series – West Park Night Run
The final run of the Darlington Trail Series 2022, starting from the White Heifer That Travelled pub. Simon Mulholland was first Quaker home in 23:35 followed by Ian Burgess (26:17), Nigel Eddy (30:20) and Ruth Hawkins (31:59).
23rd October: Northumberland Castles Half Marathon – Championship race
The course consists of a loop of closed roads between the Bamburgh/North Sunderland – slightly undulating with lots of flat sections in the beautiful Northumberland countryside, with some views out to the Farne Islands and Holy Island and the North Sea.
Rob Gillham finished the race in 1:41 (2nd in age category) and Helen Clark in 2:04.
23rd October: Forest Runner 5k and 10k – Hamsterley Forest
Runners were able to explore the stunning forest at Hamsterley with waymarked running trails passing art pieces and beautiful views out over the valley.
Forestry England say that the profits from Forest Runner sales help them grow, shape and care for the local forest, now and for future generations.
Kathryn Plant completed the 10k route in 1:05.
23rd October: 23 Oct – Whixley – 10k league
A multi-terrain run with 95% of the route off road across fields, tracks and bridal ways around Whixley and the surrounding areas.
Rob Dent completed the route in 42:33 (and 3rd in age category) and Darren Alderson in 56:27.
23rd October: Leeds Abbey Dash 10k
This event takes place between Leeds city centre and Kirkstall Abbey and back on a flat course perfect for runners of all ages and levels, with a fun atmosphere that makes for a memorable day.
Brian Martin was 1st Quaker home in 40:03 (2nd in age category and qualifying for England 10k in Chester), followed by Dawn Richardson (40:23 and 2nd in age category and also qualifying for England), Sandra Martin (55:00), Melissa Hird (54:22, PB) and Helen Spaven (54:31, PB).
23rd October: Marathon du Malton
Inspired by the Marathon Du Medoc in France’s wine region, the Marathon Du Malton is a ‘Gourmet 10k Wineathlon’. Starting and finishing in Malton’s pretty Market Place, this unique 10k course offers contestants the chance to nibble & sip their way around the treat laden course. With a programme of live music, food, drink & fun aimed at spectators as much as racers, families are encouraged to cheer on the participants and enjoy a day of laughs and live entertainment.
Nigel Eddy ran this very muddy and wet run and feasted on sausage rolls, kebabs, Yorkshire pudding with gravy, macarons, white, rose & cider, brownies, gin & a liquor with half a beer on the finish straight, crossing the finish line in 1:04.
29th October: parkruns – Albert (Middlesbrough) and Darlington South Park
At Albert parkrun Dawn Richardson celebrated her 100th parkrun and was 2nd lady home in 19:46, whilst at Darlington South Park Abbie Hull bagged herself another PB of 21:38 and Tracey Plaskitt completed her 50th parkrun in 36:56.