Photo: Helen, Fiona and Karen at Greener Miles Hamsterley Forest Winter Trail Races (Photo courtesy of Karen)
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: parkruns – Darlington South Park
At Darlington South Park, Dawn Richardson was 3rd lady finisher in 20:19, Michelle Dale completed her 100th parkrun milestone in 38:38 and Lee Morris completed his 100th parkrun volunteer stint.
1st January: Punk Panther North Leeds Greenway Trail Race & Ultramarathon
With a number of distances from half-marathon to ultras, this trail race (formerly the Urban Legend) sets itself apart thanks to its city-centre setting. The North Leeds Greenway is a little-known trail that unites the parks and public green spaces around Leeds. Despite taking runners close to the heart of this Northern Powerhouse, the race remains substantially off-road with much of the return route along the Meanwood Valley Trail, making it easy to forget runners are so close to the city.
Karen Dove completed the 20 mile event in 7:27.
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.
Malcolm Hewitson completed the race in 57:59.
1st January: Nine Standards Fell race
This 8 mile event is an out and back on the hills of Kirkby Stephen – it has 1801ft of elevation and starts in the market square at Kirkby Stephen.
Alex Mathers completed the route in 1:09.
1st January: LDWA Hangover Hike (Dewsbury)
The LDWA Hangover Hike is based at Dewsbury, just a short distance off the M1 and offers three distances – 21,17 and 10 miles. Starting and finishing at a pub, the event also offered the usual selection of goodies at 3 checkpoints.
David Thompson completed the 21 mile version in 5.22.
6th January: parkrun – Darlington South Park & Albert (Middlesbrough)
Darlington parkrun were celebrating their 500th event and amongst the 500 participants, there was a brilliant turn out of registered QRC members. David Aiken was 10th finisher overall in 19:06, Dawn Richardson was 1st lady finisher in 19:59 and Rebecca Howard was 3rd lady finisher in 21:12. Meanwhile, Isaac Johnson Caddell achieved another new PB of 20:09, knocking another 31 seconds off his previous PB on 16th December 23; Ian Bond celebrated his 100th parkrun milestone in 27:50 and Jane Dowling celebrated her 50th in 31:05. Congratulations to Diane Sparrow who completed her 100th parkrun volunteer stint.
At Albert parkrun, Carmelita Coco bagged herself a new PB of 25:43, knocking 29 seconds off her previous PB from April 23.
6th January: Hardmoors 30
The Hardmoors 30 is a 33 mile circular loop from Robin Hood’s Bay with runners passing through check points at Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay, Ravenscar Beacon, Cloughton Wyke and Ravenscar. This year there was a diversion in place due to landslips, with the new route following the rail trail from Ravenscar to Robin Hood’s Bay instead of following the Cleveland Way Coastal path and descending into Robin Hoods Bay to then rejoin the Cleveland Way and follow the original race route through the streets of Robin Hoods Bay to the race finish.
Wendy Colling completed the route in 8:04, followed by Rebecca Dodd (9:02).
6th January: Hardmoors 15
The Hardmoors 15 is a circular route that starts and finishes at Robin Hood’s Bay with checkpoints at Hawsker Road crossing and in Whitby.
Karen Dove completed the route in 4:58.
7th January: Lakeland Paws Whinlatter Tails South 10k and 5k 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.
In the 10k race, Alex Mathers finished in 3rd place male overall and 1st in age category in 42:24.
7th January: NYDS Cross Country at Ormesby Hall
The course was run in the opposite direction to last year, starting at the top end of the field near the road that goes up to the car park. This year the course was very tough going because of the recent rain; the field was completely water logged and the woods were the muddiest they have ever been for that course.
In the U17, U20, SEN & VET WOMEN race of 2 large laps (6.2k total) of the mainly wooded paths and grass, Lou Trainor finished in 34:53, followed by Abbie Hull (37:35), Carys Samuel (37:58) Diane Lockart (39:12) and Rachel Grayson (45:22).
The U20, SEN & VET MEN completed 3 large laps of the same route (9.6k route in total). Martyn Farnsworth finished in 50:06 and Raymond Reed in 1:04
8th January: Its Grim Up North – Sir Titus Pie and Pickle Plod
This event runs along the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Flat and even underfoot and with seven distances to choose from, this event is perfect for beginners as well as experienced runners looking to push themselves.
Heather McLean completed the 10 mile distance in 1:57.
7th January: North Tyneside Trail 12K
The North Tyneside 12km is a fantastic trail run starting at the War Memorial in Whitley Bay and ending at the running track at Churchill Playing Fields. The run takes in the beautiful beach at Whitley Bay, the clifftops and coastal paths winding their way along to Seaton Sluice, through the trails and mud of Holywell Dene, along the Waggonways and ends with a lap of the running track at Churchill Fields.
There are no results for this race, well done to Quakers that ran it.
13th January: parkruns – Hackworth (Shildon) & Hartlepool
At Hackworth Dave Jones was 4th finisher overall (and 4th male), in 21:52 and at Hartlepool Dawn Richardson was 3rd lady and 10th finisher overall in 19:39.
13th 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.
Heather McLean finished the 10k route in 1:14 whilst in the Half Marathon, Billy Harris finished in 2:28, followed by Karen Dove and Fiona Dixon in 4:16.
Meanwhile, Helen Clark competed in the 10k Canicross event, finishing in 1:00.
QRC parkrun on tour
On 6th January Quakers on Tour headed over to Albert parkrun. Next month, on February 3rd, members are very welcome to meet up for the Fountains Abbey parkrun.
Hardmoors Triple Ring and Slams
The Hardmoors Superslam consists of 5 challenging ultra races based in various beautiful locations in the North Yorkshire moors and on the Cleveland Heritage Coastline.
The Triple Ring is similar to the Grand Slam except entrants must complete 3 Hardmoors Ultra Races, (not 4) to qualify. The sting in the tail is that one of them must either be the Hardmoors 110 or the Hardmoors 200 (for 2024). After that it is your choice if you run the Hardmoors 30, Hardwolds 40*, Hardmoors 55, Hardmoors 60, Hardwolds 80 as long as 2 are chosen.
Hannah Bryan was 2nd female finisher on the Triple Ring. She completed the Hardmoors 30, Hardmoors 55 and Hardmoors 110 races. Although Hannah wasn’t registered with QRC until October 2023, we would still want to acknowledge her fantastic achievement.