Press Report: 1st – 15th February 2023

by | Feb 18, 2023 | Press Reports

Quakers on tour at Northallerton parkrun

Here is a round up of events and races for the first half of February…

4th February: NEMAA Open Cross Country Championships at Croft Circuit

Michael Thompson ran the 8k (4 laps) race in 44:02.

4th February: parkrun – Darlington South Park & Hackworth, Penrith & Hackworth (Shildon)

Dawn Richardson was first lady home at Darlington South Park in 21:11 whilst at Penrith David Aiken was 3rd runner home in 19:25 and Rebecca Howard was 2nd lady home in 21:35.

Congratulations to Sandra Cass who celebrated her 100th parkrun milestone at Hackworth in 30:10.

5th February: Cross Country at Richmond Old Racecourse

This event takes place on Low Moor which is high above Richmond and on a good day affords runners a fantastic views North over the Aske estate towards Aycliffe, East over Teesside, and South across Wensleydale, Pen Hill and beyond.

In the U17, U20, Senior and VET women category (6k, 3 small loops) Lou Trainor was first Quaker home in 31:54 (3rd in age category, followed by Helen Spaven (41:40) and Karen Dove (50:46) whilst in the U20, Senior and VET men’s category (1 small and 3 large laps), Marc Ellis was the first Quaker home in 38:31 (1st in age category) followed by Martyn Farnsworth (46:07), David Whittle (47:28), David Todd (50:16) and Chris Evans (51:27).

5th February: Muddy Boots 10k (Ripon)

This is a multi-terrain course over undulating farmland and through picturesque countryside incorporating a mixture of road, footpaths and trails.

Ian Burgess completed the race in 55:27.

5th February: Cross Border 10k

Competitors run across the Scottish border in this point to point 10k from Carlisle to Gretna in Scotland. With plenty of fantastic scenery, this flat course is perfect for runners looking to secure a new PB.

Phil Neal completed the race in 43:59, followed by Lesley Neal (56:09), Diane Lockhart (57:57), Tracey Fleming (1:03) and Mel Foster (1:04).

5th February: Dewsbury 10k

This is a flat, fast out and back route along Bradford Road towards Batley with the start and finish located on the Dewsbury ring road adjacent to the Railway viaduct.

Ed Griffiths finished the race in 41:55, knocking over a minute off his previous 10k PB.

5th February: Cod Beck Canter (Esk Valley)

This new 10.3 mile route included steep climbs, narrow heather paths, Cleveland Way paving slabs and steps, quick descents, mature woodland and open moorland.

Abbie Hull was first Quaker home in 1:45, followed by Simon Rek (1:55) and Helen Clark (2:12).

5th February: Hardmoors Saltburn 10k (Half Marathon and Marathon also available)

This route starts from Saltburn Learning campus and heads through the woods and Valley Gardens towards The Ship Inn, up the steps and onto the cliff tops. Runners pass by the charm bracelet and pass over the railway line before heading uphill, passing farms and heading back to the Ship Inn and retracing earlier steps to the finish.

Dave Jones completed the race in 1:00 (2nd in age category) and Sally Watson in 1:50.

5th February: Grizedale Marathon (Half Marathon also available)

The Grizedale Trail 13 & 26 take place from Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre, near Hawkshead in the Lake District. The half marathon course is the first 13 miles of the marathon route and takes place on good forest tracks. The route is ‘undulating’ but runners are rewarded with some great views of Coniston and surrounding areas. Grizedale Visitor Centre is the finish for the half marathon, but the full marathon distance runners will continue to complete an Eastern loop towards Windermere. The terrain is varied, with some road sections.

Emily and Scott Beaumont completed the 26.7 miles and 4236 ft of elevation in 5:15 (Emily 4th in age category).

11th February: parkrun – Darlington South Park, Jubilee (Spennymoor)

At Darlington South Park, Lisa Bowerbank achieved a new PB of 24:15 whilst at Jubilee (Spennymoor) Rebecca Devine was 3rd lady home in 27:17.

A special mention for Quakers on Tour who ran at Northallerton parkrun this time.

11th February: Punk Panther Harrogate Hustle

This event offers 34, 20 mile and half marathon distances around Harrogate and Knaresborough. Organisers say that is particularly suitable for first timers at all distances as they start near the Great Yorkshire Showground encircling the spa town of Harrogate at a radius of 3-4 miles, mostly on attractive country paths and passing through the spectacular Nidd Gorge. The Ultra also takes in the Knaresborough Round.

Karen Dove completed the 20 mile race in 5:59.