Press Report: 1st – 15th February 2024

by | Feb 15, 2024 | Press Reports

Photo: A fabulous turnout of QRC parkrun tourists at Fountains Abbey (photo courtesy of Diane)

Races during the first half of February included parkruns home and abroad, cross country, fell, road and trail races with distances up to 24 miles as well as a potential new parkrun route in Cockermouth!

3rd February: parkrun – Darlington South Park

Dawn Richardson was first lady home at Darlington South Park in 20:01.

4th February: NYSD Cross Country at Whitby

 This was the second to last cross country race of the season, setting off from Caedmon College in Whitby.

In the U17, U20, Senior and VET Women category, Lou Trainor finished the 2 lap, 6.2k race in 29:52, followed by Abbie Hull (32:09), Carys Samuel (33:26) and Diane Lockhart (34:06) whilst in the U20, Senior and VET Men category, James Atkinson finished the 3 lap, 9.3k race in 44:40, followed by  Raymond Reed in 52:45.

4th 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.

Marc Ellis was first Quaker home in 15th place overall and first in age category in 36:17, followed by Ian Burgess (49:39), Rachel Grayson (55:39, shaving over a minute off her previous PB), Darren Alderson (55:49) and Sharon Carr (1:02 and PB by almost 3 minutes).

4th February: Cockermouth Greenway 5K

This is race 2 of a new race on a traffic free 5k route in Cockermouth. Almost 150 runners, walkers and buggy pushers took to Cockermouth Greenway 5K to test a potential parkrun. (Fingers crossed!)

Team Chapman completed the race with Tom finishing in 21:55 and 2nd in age category and Claire finishing in 24:32 and 1st in age category.

4th February: Cod Beck Canter (Esk Valley)

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

Helen Clark completed the route in 2:07.

4th February: Hardmoors Saltburn 10k and Half Marathon (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 10k route in 1:05 and Karen Dove completed the Half Marathon in 4:00.

10th February: parkrun – Darlington South Park

At Darlington South Park, Jane Dowling bagged herself a shiny new PB of 28:30, shaving 8 seconds off her previous PB in September 23.

10th 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 distance also takes in the Knaresborough Round.

Karen Dove completed the 20 mile event in 6:09.

10th February: LWDA Anglezarke Amble (24 miles or 16 miles)

The ‘Amble’ takes in much of the finest scenery in the West Pennine Moors and although the cotton towns on either side are relics of industrial past, they are only seen from a distance. The start of the event passes through Lever Park and its Japanese gardens and on to Winter Hill (1500ft of elevation) before a long descent, passes south of the village of Belmont to where, after a mile or so, it reaches the checkpoint where the two routes split.

The short route heads left along a track overlooking Belmont Reservoir, whereas the long route crosses open moorland. The route continues through Turton and Entwistle Reservoir, before making the long, but gradual ascent along tracks to Darwen Moors, followed by a short descent to Roddlesworth Woods, where the long and short routes converge. From White Coppice, Anglezarke Reservoir is to the right, then Yarrow Reservoir to the left and finally the Upper Rivington Reservoir before the end of the walk in Rivington.

Dave Thompson completed the 24 mile route in 6:50 in tough conditions including streams and knee high bogs.

11th February: Run Newcastle Valentines Half Marathon (5k, 10k and relay also available)

The Run Newcastle Valentines Half Marathon takes place in the open surroundings of Newcastle’s Town Moor.  The traffic-free fast and flat Half Marathon is just over 4 laps on mainly tarmac paths around the Moor.

Helen Clark completed the race in 2:07 and 1st in age category.

Special mentions

Definitely a parkrun theme to this press report…

Well done to QRC parkrun tourists who ran at Fountains Abbey. The next outing will be at Riverside (Chester-le-Street) on 9th March.

Congratulations and well done to Paul Roberts who has completed his 50th parkrun milestone.

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

Congratulations and well done to Dave Jones on receiving his award for 3rd placed male in the Hardmoors 10k series 2023.