Photo: QRC parkrun tourists were very excited to see the big man himself, at Hamsterley Forest parkrun (Photo taken by Helen C)
It has been a very quiet start to December due to the Winter weather making it difficult to travel and to run and many races postponed or cancelled.
3rd December: Dalton Park Winter 10K (5K also available)
These races offer an adventurous route on trail tracks as well as tarmac paths. Participants run through the mall before going around the edge of the car park and up to an unused road behind the centre before returning back to Dalton Park for a fast finish.
In the 10k distance, Lou Trainor was 3rd lady finisher and 2nd in age category, completing the race in 49:21.
2nd December: parkruns – Cotsford Fields, Bushy and Conkers (Leicestershire)
Icy and snowy weather conditions resulted in all North East parkruns, with the exception of Cotsford Fields, being cancelled. Well done to Rebecca Dodds and Sue Sparrow who managed to get their parkrun fix at Cotsford Fields; David Stewart who ran at Bushy and David Porterfield who ran at Conkers.
9th December: parkruns – Darlington South Park, & Hamsterley Forest
At Darlington South Park, Isaac Johnson Caddell bagged himself his 4th PB this year, shaving off another 26 seconds from his previous PB from just a fortnight ago, finishing in 21:11. Carys Samuel also bagged herself a new PB of 23:54, shaving 9 seconds off her previous PB from September this year.
Meanwhile, over at Hamsterley Forest, our QRC parkrun tourists had much to celebrate! Rob Dent finished in 4th place overall and was 3rd male in 23:11. Well done to our ladies who were the first 5 lady finishers with Lou Trainor (1st lady) finishing in 26:47, Diane Lockhart (28:14 & 2nd lady), Emily Beaumont (28:20 and 3rd lady), April Corbett (29:04) and Wendy Colling (29:47).
A little birdy tells me that our chairman was 2nd male finisher and 2nd place overall too! #DFYBC
9th December: North Eastern Counties Annual Cross Country Championships
This year was the 117th race which took part at Temple Park, South Shields.
Sole Quaker, Michael Thompson, completed the 11k race in 1:08.
10th December: Hardmoors Roseberry Trail Marathon (30 miles) half Marathon (14.5 miles) and 10k (8.5 miles)
The routes cover very exposed areas. The Trail Marathon climbs to the highest part of the North York Moors and stays at this height for several miles. Wind chill and exposure to the elements at this time of year are very high! All routes are circular, starting from Guisborough, taking in the Tees Link and High Cliffe Nab and the half and marathon routes also include the Roseberry Topping summit and Captain Cook’s monument.
Adrian Gooding completed the half marathon route in 2:57 followed by Rebecca Dodd in 4:20, whilst Wendy Colling completed the full marathon route in 7:53 and Dave Jones finished the 10k in 9th place overall in 1:26, followed by Anna Harris in 1:48 (2nd in age category).
Congratulations and well done to Dave Jones who completed all 6 races in the Hardmoors 10k series and finished in 3rd place overall.
Championship Final Update 2023
74 Quakers took part this year, across 22 races covering a range from 5K to Half Marathon, across roads, trail and track.
In 1st place with 500 points was Marc Ellis, with Dave Jones in 2nd place with 491 points and Rob Gillham in 3rd place with 487 points. 1st lady with 471 points was Lou Trainor.
Special mentions to Viv Hardwick, Phil Neal and Helen Clark, whose amazing efforts kept the winners on their toes and a big thank you to Juliette McLaren for all the admin work and organisation associated with the competition.