Press Report: 1st – 15th April 2024

by | Apr 21, 2024 | Press Reports

Photo: QRC members taking part at The (Very) Muddy Roads Pie and Peas 5k at Trimdon (photo courtesy of Muddy Roads)

A very busy start to the month with events at home and abroad from 5k up to 52 miles including parkruns, fun run, road runs, trail runs, Canicross and Ultras as well as Championship and 10k league races.

3rd 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. This year it was particularly muddy, making for a great challenge for participants.

Marc Ellis was first Quaker home, finishing in 3rd place overall and 1st in age category in an incredible 21:17, followed by Rob Dent (22:29), Martyn Farnsworth (23:57), Rob Gillham (26:02), Dave Murphy (26:52 and 3rd in age category), Brian McLaren (26:54), Carys Samuel (28:03 and 3rd in age category), Simon Rek (29:57), Wendy Colling (31:33), Alex Looney (32:24), Sandra Cass (32:45), Darren Alderson (33:24), Helen Clark (34:01), Juliette McLaren (35:22), Julie Whinn (36:22 and 2nd in age category), Gill Colling (38:28 and 3rd in age category) and John Whinn (39:36).

3rd April: 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 27:14, followed by Barbra Barker (29:11) and Jeff Marriott (31:03).

6th April: parkrun – Albert (Middlesbrough) and Darlington South Park

At Albert parkrun, Peter Cowan achieved another PB, shaving another 25 seconds off his previous PB from last week, to finish in 24:33.

At Darlington South, Park Rob Dent was 10th finisher in 19:47 and we had 2 members achieving PBs – Martin Farnsworth knocked another 9 seconds off his previous PB from December 23 to finish in 20:02, and not far behind him, Isaac Johnson-Caddell, shaved 1 second off his January 24 PB to finish in 20:08. Meanwhile, Dawn Richardson was 1st lady finisher in 20:11; Carys Samuel achieved her 50th parkrun milestone in 24:03 and Tony Smith celebrated his 25th parkrun milestone in 30:23.

6th April: Dalesrunner20

Reeth and Arkengarthdale Moor. The DR20 is an exciting introduction to the DalesRunner Series, with testing ascents, spectacular ridge-running and fast technical descents. This is a fully marked route featuring rarely visited twists and turns, plus magnificent views of the northern Dales – a favourite with local runners. This isn’t your average trail race and it shouldn’t be underestimated just because of the modest distance!

Hayley Addison completed the route in 2:39 as well as David Thompson in 3:01 (1st in age category).

6th – 7th April: Hardwolds 50 (LDWA)

Organised by the East Yorkshire LDWA group, The Hardwolds 50 is a 52 mile challenge event (run or walk) in the Yorkshire Wolds, an area of hills in Yorkshire, with fabulous views that show case the very best of Lancashire.  The event starts at Driffield Showground and includes iconic features such as Ribble Valley (a picturesque valley with rolling hills), Pendle Hill (perhaps the most famous hill in the county) Hodder Valley and Bowland Fells (a rugged and beautiful area).

Marc Colling and Ray McDougall completed the event in 16:15.

7th April: Southampton Half Marathon (also 5k, 10k and Marathon)

All distances start and finish in the centrally located Southampton Guildhall Square. The route begins in the city centre, before a chance to run past the ABP Southampton docks, then over the famous Itchen Bridge, with its glorious views across the Southampton Waters, The Solent and the New Forest. Following a section by the shoreline at Weston Shore, the route takes runners inside the legendary St Mary’s Football Stadium, home to Southampton Football Club. Passing over Northam Bridge with riverside views once again, through the beautiful Riverside Park, before crossing into Portswood and running through Southampton Common (home to the UK’s second largest parkrun!). Runners take in the atmosphere as they head back into the city centre and finish under the towering clock of the Southampton Guildhall.

Michael Oliver finished the race in 2:06, this was his 3rd half marathon (of 10) for this year’s Quakers UK Tour and his 80th half marathon completed, so far!

 7th April: Sheffield Half Marathon

A major event in the UK’s running calendar, Sheffield Half Marathon is one of the best attended Half Marathons in the country, attracting thousands of runners of all abilities to the city’s streets each year and raising many thousands of pounds for great causes. It’s also one of the most scenic- with a route that starts and finishes in the city centre, but takes runners all the way out to the boundary of the Peak District National Park (so yes, it’s hilly!), and back again.

Julie Russell completed the race in 2:52.

7th 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. Over 25,000 runners completed the race.

Marc Ellis completed the race in 1:20, 39th place overall, 2nd in age category and 1st finisher for Tommy’s charity, followed by Diane Lockhart (2:01 & PB), Julie Whinn (2:15) and Sharon Carr (2:26).

10th April: Children with Cancer 5k

Open to all ages and abilities, this 5km fun run took place in South Park, providing an opportunity to get together, raise money and awareness of the charity.

Ian Bond was first Quaker to finish in 6th place overall in 21:57, followed by David Nalder (24:21), Ian Burgess (27:45), Barbra Barker (28:56) and Tricia Booth (44:25).

13th April: parkruns – Darlington South Park, Thorp Perrow & Hartlepool  

At Darlington South Park, Isaac Johnson-Caddell finished in 9th place overall, whilst bagging himself a shiny new PB of 19:59, shaving another 9 seconds off his previous PB from last week.

Meanwhile, over at Thorp Perrow, 12 of our parkrun tourists were first timers. Rob Dent finished in 5th position overall in 21:42, Lou Trainor was 2nd lady finisher in 25:41 and Simon Metcalfe celebrated his 50th parkrun milestone in 27:31.

Over at Hartlepool, Dawn Richardson was 10th finisher overall and first lady in 20:16.

13th 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. The event raised over £5500, divided between Yorkshire Air Ambulance and other local charities.

Darren Alderson was 1st Quaker home for the short route in 2:10, followed by Malcolm Hewitson (2:15), Dave Thompson (1:43), Lisa Jenkins and Michelle Dale (3:04) and Sarah Bayles (3:38).

In the long route Abbie Hull finished in 4:28, followed by Rebecca Jones (4:35), Emily Beaumont (4:51), Wendy Colling and Sandra Cass (5:16) and Julie Bell (6:09).

14th April: Manchester Marathon

The UK’s flattest major marathon, the Manchester Marathon is one of the UK’s premier running events, famous for its fast and friendly route.

Scott Beaumont was first Quaker home in 3:51, followed by Sue Sparrow (3:55 & PB by almost 39 minutes!), Keziah Morley (4:49), Gilly Cowton (4:57 & PB by 65 minutes!), Brian Cowton (5:27 & PB by 35 minutes!) and Phil Thornberry (5:47).

Adele Brown and her friend completed the 2 leg relay, covering the marathon distance between them, in a total time of 5:01.

14th April: Barcelona Salomon 10k (5k also available)

Starting and finishing at the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, this race is described as ‘hilly’ and with ‘mixed’ course surface, offering the opportunity to explore corners of the city that are not typically accessible. Participants can enjoy the surroundings while tackling slopes, hundreds of stairs, and various emblematic points along the race route through the less urban side of the city.

Simon Rek completed the race in 1:02.

14th April: Consett Canicross Born2B Wild!

This event was the final in the 2023/24 Trail Series. Participants of all abilities are invited to immerse themselves in nature and enjoy approximately 5km of rugged and unspoiled forest trails through the beautiful Hamsterley Forest, where they’ll encounter mud, hills and obstacles with technical running surfaces and potential tripping hazards.

Helen Clark completed the route in 28:52.

Special Mentions:

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

parkrun Tourism

There was as good turn-out of Quaker parkrun tourists who ran the very muddy one lap course at Thorp Perrow on the 13th April. The next one will take place at Cotsford Fields on 4th May.