Press Report: 1st – 15th April 2023

by | Apr 17, 2023 | Press Reports

Photo: Sue and Darren at South Park 20

A very busy start to the month with events from 5k up to 112 miles including parkruns, fun run, road runs, trail runs, Canicross, Ultras and a 3 day event as well as Championship and 10k league races.

1st April: parkrun – Darlington South Park and Hamsterley Forest

At Darlington South Park, Dawn Richardson was 1st lady home in 20:28 and Tricia Booth achieved a shiny new PB of 35:44, whilst over at Hamsterley Forest, Karen Mavin was 3rd lady home in 32:44.

1st April: Kielder Ultra Trails – 82k Osprey (also Falcon 32k and Goshawk 50k)

Starting at Kielder Castle, this event offers 99% off road and great variety in terms of scenery & terrain – a combination of woodland singletrack, forest roads, sections of the Lakeside Way multi-user trail & the blue graded mtb route. There are undulating/hilly circuits with the climbs and descents generally long & gradual (not steep or technical)

Michael Thompson completed the 82k event in 13:25 (4th in age category)

2nd April: Bramham Park 5k, 10k & Half Marathon

Bramham Park near Wetherby, just off the A1, was the perfect venue for these Trail Running events with running on well-established trail paths, taking in the wonderful views around the Estate.

In the 5k race, Karen Mavin finished in 33:47 (1st in age category) in the 10k, Martin Mavin finished in 50:58 (2nd in age category) whilst in the Half Marathon, Jo Meynell finished in 2:16.

2nd April: Nantwich 10k

This fast road closed 10k starts and finishes in Nantwich Town Square through picturesque Cheshire country lanes.

Adrian Colbourne completed the race in 59:30.

2nd April: South Park 20 (Championship)

Darlington Harriers & AC host this multi-lap event for runners generally looking to run a fast 20 mile race or prepare for a half/full marathon.  The course is predominantly the same course as the Darlington South Park parkrun, although removing the infamous ‘Squirrel Hill’.

Marc Ellis was 1st Quaker home in 8th place, 1st in age category and new club record in 2:12 followed by Dawn Richardson (4th lady home, 1st in age category and new club record in 2:24), Billy Harris (2:35, 2nd in age category), Phil Neale (2:45), Sue Woodcock (3:14), Darren Alderson (3:17, 3rd in age category) and Pip Rayner in 3:42.

5th April: Pie and Peas 5k trail (Trimdon Grange)

This Muddy Roads event is a beautiful scenic route with a mix of all terrain running down an old railway track then snaking through the beautiful woodland.

Gemma Eddy was first Quaker home in 29:07 (5th in age category), followed by Nigel Eddy in 31:01 (4th in age category).

7th April: Manchester to Liverpool Ultra

The M2L Ultra us a unique 50 miles event following the Trans-Penine Trail, the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey from Manchester to Liverpool. The course is well-marked with a 14 hour cut-off and is described as ‘ideal for both the seasoned ultra-runner looking for a personal best on the distance and also a great introduction into ultra-running for beginners.’

Chris Evans completed the event in 10:20.

7th April: Easter Coast Road 5 mile (Championship)

This fast and flat event, which was previously the Mermaid 10k, starts at Marske with runners turning back just after The Stray Café.

Michael Joyeux was first Quaker home in 2nd place overall in 27:10 followed by Dave Jones (31:08), James Atkinson (34:57), Chris Minto (35:56), Lou Trainor (35:59), Steve Snook (36:50), Rob Gillham (37:40), Viv Hardwick (39.16 and equalled club age category record), David Thompson (41:28), Emma Joyeux (43:15 and PB), Peter Rowley (44:27), Julie Whinn (45:38 and club age category record) and Helen Clark (46:37).

7th – 9th April: Pennine Journey North Ultra (52 miles also available)

This 112-mile (over 113!) Ultramarathon starts at the medieval village of Blanchland onto Hexham and Hadrian’s Wall. From the ruins of Thirlwall Castle, near Greenhead, the route heads South, initially along the River South Tyne to Alston, before climbing over the shoulder of Cross Fell, the highest point in England outside of Alfred Wainwright’s Lakeland Fells. The Eden valley is followed to its source before the route joins the Pennine Way and climbs over High Cup Nick towards Ettersgill, then continues north into Weardale, before returning to Blanchland.

Emily Beaumont was first lady to finish, completing the event (almost 14,500 ft of elevation) in 38:59.

8th April: parkrun – Darlington South Park, Heslington parkrun (York)

Dawn Richardson was 2nd lady home in 20:32 and congratulations to Diane Lockhart who celebrated her 100th parkrun milestone in 27:14 and Tricia Booth achieved another new PB of 35:01. Meanwhile, at Heslington parkrun, Helen Spaven completed 5 laps of the 1km tarmac cycle circuit, bagging herself a new PB of 25:14, shaving 22 seconds off her previous PB in September 2022.

8th April: Isel Cross

This 5.5 mile race starts at Cockermouth School with the first 3 miles on undulating road. The course then climbs on uneven track through Setmurthy Woods, returning downhill to the school via fields.

Tom Chapman completed the race in 41:39.

8th April: Fur Nations Canicross

The CaniX Fur Nations Cup began in 2016 as a competition between the UK home nations and has steadily grown in popularity year on year.   This event (two 5km races) took place at Pembrey in Wales and Alex Mathers, represented England, finishing in 39:10 (19:52 and 19:18) in 3rd place in the Male masters category.

9th April: Easter 5k fun run (South Park)

Congratulations to Quakers that took part in the Easter Fun Run in aid of St Teresa’s Hospice.

9th April: North Tyneside 10k

One of the most scenic running events in the UK – the route takes in a working Fish Quay, the River Tyne, English Heritage property Tynemouth Priory and Castle and a long stretch of coastline before finishing at St. Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay.

Rob Gillham completed the race in 48:19.

9th April: London Landmarks Half Marathon

This race starts by The Strand, and has fabulous views of London’s most iconic landmarks including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Gherkin, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye before finishing by Downing Street

Helen Clark completed the route in 2:10.

10th April: Dalton Park 10k (10k league)

These races offer an adventurous route on trail tracks as well as tarmac paths. The start of the race sees participants run through the mall before going around the edge of the car park and up to an unused road behind the centre returning back to Dalton Park for a fast finish.

Dave Whittle was first Quaker home in 48:47 (1st in age category) followed by Lou Trainor (49:54 and 1st in age category), Brian Martin (50:38 and 1st in age category), Rob Gillham (52:25 and 2nd in age category), Wendy Colling (55:01 and 1st in age category), Sandra Martin (59:39 and 2nd in age category), Helen Clark (1:03), Jeff Marriott (1:05 and 3rd in age category), Lee Morris (1:14) and David Porterfield (1:15).

12th April: Darlington Trail Run 5k – West Park

This was Run number 2 of the series, taking part at West Park.

Ian Burgess completed the route in 26:12, Helen Spaven (28:07), Diane Lockhart (28:32), John Harrison (28:38), Mandy Harrison (40;05) and Janet Stables (40:08).

13th April: Helmsley 10k multi-terrain challenge

This is a multi-terrain race partly on road and partly on forestry track, footpaths and fields, fundraising for Helmsley Sports Club which supports the local community with a range of sports and activities.

April Corbett completed the event in 55:31 followed by Sandra Cass in 55:56 (3rd in age category) and Janet Bowlby in 1:04.

15th April: parkrun – Darlington South Park

Lou Trainor was 4th lady home in 22:11 and Tricia Booth achieved her 3rd PB in 3 weeks (34:15).

15th April: Skipton Skedaddle (Punk Panther) (Half marathon, 20 miles, 33miles, 50 miles)

Setting off from the beautiful market Town of Skipton, this new route takes in parts of the Dales High Way, River Aire Ultra and Pennine Way.

Karen Dove completed the 20 mile race in 8:19.

15th April: Wensleydale Wander (12 or 23 mile options)

This circular LWDA event (suitable for walkers and runners) starts in Grove Square, Leyburn and finishes at Wensleydale School. Both challenges go along Love Lane to The Shawl and into Warren Wood towards Redmire. The shorter route follows the river to Wensley Bridge towards Gel Pool over Middleham Bridge to the junction before joining the longer route back to Leyburn, meanwhile the longer route continues through fields to Back Lane, towards West Witton. Participants follow Green Gate to High Lane towards Penhill, along Common Hill on to The Low Gallops and past Ever Bank before heading through West Field Lane and East Whitton towards Spennithorne and across Ulshaw Bridge following the river bank, back towards Leyburn and the finish at Wensleydale School.

Darren Alderson was 1st Quaker home for the short route in 2:08, followed by Janet Bowlby and Claire Norman (2:59), Lisa Jenkins and Michelle Dale (3:02) and Marc Colling, Sandra Cass, Anthony Corbett, Gill Colling, April Corbett, Roy McDougall, Katherine Hackett and Phil Rutter who finished in a group in 4:01.

In the long route Wendy Colling was 1st Quaker home in 4:38 followed by Malcolm Hewitson (4:48), Scott Beaumont (4:49), Emily Beaumont (5:19), Sarah Bayles (7:04) and Julie Bell (7:45).

15th April: NAV4 Lakes 40

The 40 mile route is a stunning mix of lakeland ridge lines, good runnable trails and some stiff climbs and descents. Starting from Askham, the route takes in the summits of Loadpot, High Street, Helvellyn and Place Fell, giving a figure eight route with Patterdale in the centre. With around ten thousand feet of ascent and descent, the event is aimed solely at those with good mountain ultra running and hill skills.

Tom Chapman completed the race in 10:08.

Special Mentions:

Congratulations, or should that be commiserations? to Claire Chapman who completed her 50th Lyke Wake crossing on 10th April!

If anyone is feeling inspired, entries for this year (8th July 2023) are now open:

SiEntries – Lyke Wake Challenge