Press Report: 1st -15th January 2023

by | Jan 21, 2023 | Press Reports

Simon Rek, Abbie Hull and Malcolm Hewitson at the Commondale Clart Fell Race

There was a good selection of events for members to choose from during the first half of January including parkrun, road runs, fell races, trail races and cross country with distances from 5k to 33 miles.

1st January: Captain Cook’s Fell Race (Esk Valley Winter series)

This 5 mile race starts at Great Ayton and heads past Little Ayton and up to the Captain Cook’s monument, over Little Ayton Moor and back towards Great Ayton.

Abbie Hull completed the race in 48:18 (4th in age category) followed by Simon Rek (52:21) and Malcolm Hewitson (58:57).

2nd January: North Lakes Half Marathon (and 10k)

This undulating road race is set in the base of the Lorton Valley and is suitable for runners of all abilities, with monies raised for Bloodbikes Cumbria this year.

Tom and Claire Chapman completed the half marathon in 1:40 and 1:54 respectively.

7th January: parkrun – Hamsterley Forest

At Hamsterley Forest, Lou Trainor was 1st lady home in 25:29 and Abbie Hull was 3rd lady home in 26:50.

7th January: Kielder Winter 10

Based from Kielder Castle visitor centre, the Kielder 10 mile trail run is open to all abilities of runners and incorporates a great blend of terrain, from the secluded Archer Cleugh Burn to the more popular Lakeside Way multi user trail.

Julie Russell completed the run in 1:56.

7th January: Yorkshire trail runs – Harewood House – 10k and Half marathon (5k also available)

In the 10k route, Ed Griffiths was first Quaker home in 51:56, followed by Sue Sparrow (1:04), Hannah Alderson (1:08), Ruth Hawkins (1:08), Emma Campbell-Critchley (1:09), Helen Clarke (1:11) and Tracey Flemming (1.25). Meanwhile, Phil and Lesley Neal ran the half marathon route in 2:26.

7th January: Hardmoors 30 (Hardmoors 15 also available)

The Hardmoors 30 is a 33 mile mile loop from Robin Hood’s Bay with runners passing through check points at Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay, Ravenscar Beacon, Cloughton Wyke and Ravenscar.

Hayley Addison finished the race in 6:43, followed by Scott and Emily Beaumont (7:21) and Wendy Colling (7:41).

8th January: Temple Newham 10 miler

This 10 and a bit mile race includes on and off road running on the Temple Newsam estate in Leeds.

Shelley Allan completed the race in 2:09.

8th January: Loftus Poultry Run

The run is approximately 8 miles and covers country lanes, bridleways, footpaths and muddy farmer’s fields. The course is generally ascending for the first half of the race, with a steep climb at approximately half-way to the Boulby mast. It is then an exhilarating downhill run down to the finish.  

David Todd and Lou Trainor were first Quakers home in 1:03 (Lou 2nd in age Category) followed by Katherine Hackett (1:04), Nick Wadd (1:08), Nigel Eddy (1:18) and Gemma Eddy (1:20).

8th January: Central Lancashire New Year Half Marathon

This flat(ish) route runs through picturesque countryside and villages near Preston.

Fred Tennant and Michael Oliver ran in freezing sleet, wind and rain in 1:38 (3rd in age category) and 1:58 respectively.

8th January: Commondale Clart Fell Race

This 9km fell race is a circuit starting and finishing in Commondale, next to the pub. It starts with a long, steep climb on road out of Commondale, followed by a long drag up and across the moors, before a fantastic gradual descent on tracks, sharp left turn on a little wooden bridge and then across and down through heather to a stream, then back to road into Commondale for a short, steep downhill finish.

Abbie Hull completed the route in 52:31, followed by Simon Rek in 56:58 and Malcolm Hewitson in 60:49.

8th January: Lakeland Paws 5 mile/3 mile Canicross event

This event is a 5 mile course at Whinlatter forest with 1200ft of ascent. It reaches the summit of Seat How, is a mix of forest roads and narrower walking trails but has stunning scenery across the whole course. It’s based in England’s only mountain forest. Alex suggests that ‘if runners are looking for a standard flat Canicross course… this isn’t it!’

Alex Mathers set a new course record, finishing first in the 5 mile route in 37:45 and Karen Mavin finished the 3 mile route in 47:26.

14th January: parkruns – Stewart parkrun (Middlesbrough)

At Stewart parkrun Lou Trainor was first lady home in 24:04.

14th January: Greener Miles Hamsterley Forest Winter Trail Races – Half marathon, 10k and 10k Canicross

All 3 routes follow the trails and tracks of the forest park – it is undulating with spectacular views of the valley and forest. The race is described as being ideal for trail novices and experienced trail runners.

In the 10k, Sue Sparrow was first Quaker home and 3rd in age category in 1:03, followed by Sarah Bayles (1:25) whilst in the half marathon route, Simon Mulholland was first Quaker home in 2:09, followed by Scott Beaumont (2:11), Abbie Hull (2:15) and Wendy Colling (2:33). In the 10k Canicross event, Alex Mathers finished first in 40:22, followed by Emily Beaumont (56:55) and Karen Mavin (61:13).

15th January: Brass Monkey Half Marathon

This race starts and finishes at York Racecourse and is a flat and fast course that heads southwards through Bishopthorpe, Acaster Selby, Appleton Roebuck and back through Bishopthorpe to finish behind the racecourse grandstands.

Marc Ellis was 1st Quaker home in 1:22, followed by Fred Tennant (1:35, PB), Brian Martin (1:38, 2nd in age category and England qualifier), Dave Murphy (1:40), David Whittle (1:41), Stephen Ash (1:44), James Atkinson (1:54), Diane Sparrow (1:54, PB), Raymond Reed (1:59, PB), Daniel Orton (2:00), Mel Newton (2:06), Gary Read (2:09), Julie Whinn (2:09), Helen Spaven (2.15, PB), Diane Lockhart (2:30) and Adele Brown (2:30).

15th January: Gerry Kearsley Memorial Trophy

This event is the Sedgefield Harriers Winter Handicap, a 6 miles scenic multi-terrain run. It is run in January and July on trails around Fishburn and Bishop Middleham.  It is free to enter and you can enter on the day. Handicapping is based on 10k times and the name of the winner is engraved on the Gerry Kearsley Handicap shield. Registration is on the day only and there is no entry fee.

Ian Burgess completed the race in 52:26.

15th January: NYDS Cross Country at Ormesby Hall

In the U17, U20, SEN & VET WOMEN race Lou Trainor and Abbie Hull completed 2 large laps (6.2k total) of the mainly wooded paths and grass in 33:10 and 33:13 respectively, whilst the U20, SEN & VET MEN completed 3 large laps of the same route (9.6k route in total). Rob Dent finished in 46:47, followed by Martyn Farnsworth (49:07), Michael Thompson (49:29), David Todd (53:55) and Chris Evans (56:54).

Special mentions…    

QRC parkrun on tour

On 7th January Quakers on Tour headed over to hilly Hamsterley Forest, with several members trying the route for the first time and Malcom Hewitson celebrated his 300th park run. Next month, on 7th February, members are very welcome to meet up for the Northallerton parkrun.