Press Report: 1st – 15th July 2023

by | Jul 16, 2023 | Press Reports

Photo: Quakers at Croft 10k and 5k

1st July: parkrun – Darlington South Park & Cotsford Fields

At Darlington South Park, Adrian Gooding knocked 18 seconds of his PB from back in August 2016, to finish in 20:53 whilst Sally Singleton achieved her 250th parkrun milestone, 216 of which have been at South Park, finishing in 33:09. Over at Cotsford Fields, Carmelita Coco was 3rd lady home in 28:14.

2nd July: Great North 10k

This route starts in front of the Baltic and takes runners on a journey along the River Tyne, past Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside’s iconic landmarks, before returning to the Baltic to cross the finish line.

Simon Metcalfe was first Quaker home in 43:33, followed by Dan Orton (51:36), Anna Harris (52:20), Jeff Marriott (54:28), Alex Looney (56:20), Hannah Alderson (59:05), Helen Clarke (59:31), Nicola Arkley (1:09, PB), Clare Stephenson (1:15) and Kylie Rushton (1:17, PB).

2nd July: Harrogate 10k

This is an undulating, multi-terrain course in the beautiful Crimple Valley. It is on approximately 70% tarmac road and is suitable for all ability levels.

Ian Burgess completed the race in 52:30.

2nd July: Coquet Half Marathon (Rothbury)

This is a beautiful course situated on the roads up and down the Coquet Valley, starting and finishing in the town of Rothbury. The hilly nature of the run increases the scenic views.

Michael Oliver completed his 5th (of 10) Half Marathon race this year in 2:13 and 3rd in age category.

2nd July: Lakeland Paws Canicross 5 mile event

This is a new series of Canicross races, held at Whinlatter Forest which take place on the first Sunday of every month. Runners and their dogs enjoy stunning scenery and a fully marked course on forest roads and trails, all events follow the same course with the same format. There are two-course options, 5 miles or 3 miles which is ideal either for beginners, with the ability to swap between courses on the day.

Alex Mathers finished the 5 mile race in 2nd place overall in 38:07.

2nd July: Hanging Stone Leap (24 miles or 13 miles)

The 24 mile challenge starts and finishes at Guisborough Rugby Club. The course is self-navigated and takes in just over 3,000 feet of ascent including Captain Cooks Monument and Roseberry Topping with fabulous views across the moors and coastline.

Dave Thompson completed the event in 5:02.

4th July: Lambfoot Loop (10k)

This year, Derwent Athletic Club celebrate its 50th Anniversary. To celebrate their golden jubilee, they have commissioned a series of 4 medals for the 4 races they hold throughout the year. Runners competing in all four races will receive medals that can be placed together to make a larger circular medal. The Lambfoot Loop is the 3rd race.

The Lambfoot Loop is an undulating 10K road race that starts and finishes at Cockermouth School.

Tom Chapman finished the race in 40:16 and Claire Chapman finished the race in 50:09 (4th in age category and PB).

5th July: Pitstop 10k (10k League) and 5k (Championship Race)

There was an excellent turnout of Quakers at this event. Pitstop provides a unique opportunity to run around the very popular Croft venue, finishing on the Pitstop straight on this historic race circuit. A flat and fast course that is ideal for runners chasing their PB.

In the 5k race, Marc Ellis was first Quaker home in 2nd place overall, finishing in 17:26 (PB) followed by Phil Neal (19:59), Rob Gillham (21:49), Martin Mavin (22:11), Lou Trainor (22:28), Ian Burgess (23:42), Viv Hardwick (24:11), Lesley Neal (26:43), Helen Clark (27:41), Tracey Fleming (30:16), Mel Foster (30:42) and Sharon Carr (38:14 PB).

In the 10k race, Michael Joyeux was first Quaker home in 3rd place overall in 34:41 and breaking the cub record, followed by Simon Metcalfe (42:39, PB), Rob Gillham (44:49), Michael Thompson (45:34), Ed Griffiths (45:38), David Whittle (46:19), Adam Charles (47:04, PB), Deborah Berry (47:51), Carys Samuel (52:30), Darren Alderson (53:10), Helen Spaven (53:48, PB), Diane Lockhart (55:23, PB), Carmelita Coco (55:31) Graham Park (56:19), Alex Looney (56:32), Heather McLean (56:46), Paul Cockburn (57:17), John Yeomans (58:20, PB), Karen Mavin (59:02), Helen Clark (1:00), Wendy Noble (1:01), David Porterfield (1:12) and Ross Edmond (1:17).

4th July: NEMAA track and field Monkton Stadium, Jarrow

Viv Hardwick ran the 3000m race, coming first in his age category with a time of 14:7.2 and despite the windy conditions went on to break the Club Record for 400m in a time of 1:30.0 (prev. record Viv 1:30.5) also 1st in age. Viv was also 1st in age for 100m in 17.8.

Match 4 will take place on 17th July.

8th July: parkrun – Flatts Lane, Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire Waterpark

At Flatts Lane, Dave Jones finished in 3rd place in 23:02 and Rachel Grayson smashed her PB from May 23, running in 27:46 at Fountains Abbey. Meanwhile, at North Yorkshire Waterpark, Marc Ellis was 3rd finisher in 18:28.

8th July: Lyke Wake Challenge

QRC’s very own race! The Lyke Wake Challenge starts from near Osmotherley (Sheepwash car park, top of Cod Beck reservoir) and finishes in Ravenscar village in the Raven Hall Hotel grounds.

The Challenge is held on a handicap basis, based on previous run times over the Lyke Wake route and/or participant’s own estimates. Parts of the route are severe and remote with runners carrying mandatory kit. The route is not marked and must be completed in 12 hours, passing through all 7 checkpoints – this year, participants set off between 4am and 9.30am, experiencing very mixed weather conditions. This year 41 out of 56 starters finished within the allocated time and 3 Quakers completed the challenge.

Emily Beaumont finished in 9:21, followed by Claire Chapman (9:22, PB and 53rd crossing!) and Martin Mavin (9:54).

8th July: Swinner Swagger

This route is the second half of the DR30 route with a 10 mile loop ascending Swinner Gill in all its glory. Entrants run a loop through Hartlakes to Keld, over Swinner Gill with a great long descent towards Gunnerside and following the river Swale back to the finish line. The route consists of grassy paths, shooters track and a couple of short road sections.

Alex Mathers finished in 3rd place in 1:25 (2nd in age category).

9th July: Hollybank Eccup 10 miler

The course takes in rural closed roads and a scenic route around Eccup reservoir making this Leeds’ most popular 10 mile road race and a sell-out most years.

Daniel Orton finished the race in 1:29 and Kylie Rushton in 2:12 (PB).

12th July: Stamfordham 10k

The Stamfordham 10k race is a captivating rural run that loops through the picturesque neighbourhoods of Dalton and Dissington. This idyllic route is on a largely flat course with some steady inclines and a downhill 1k to the finish.

Ian Burgess finished the race in 50:43 (3rd in age category).

13th July: Muddy Roads – Pine Forest 5k

This was the 4th of the 6 Muddy Road series of races, taking place over at Flatts Lane.

Dale Chapman was first Quaker home in 23:24, followed by Lou Trainor (25:02 and 2nd in age category), April Corbett (28:21) and Sandra Cass (29:14).

14th July: Durham City Run Festival – 10k (Championship Race) and 5k

The 5k and 10k races start simultaneously in the ancient market square and chase through the narrow cobbled streets and along the beautiful River Wear with the imposing 900 year old Cathedral always beckoning.

Results to follow.

15th July: parkrun – Darlington South Park, Fell Foot parkrun (Newby Bridge) & Cotsford Fields

At Darlington South Park, Dawn Richardson was 2nd lady home in 20:32 and Billy Harris celebrated his 50th parkrun milestone, running with his Grandson in 27:47. Meanwhile at Felt Foot parkrun, Marc Ellis finished in 3rd place overall, 2nd male, in 18:53 and at Cotsford Fields, Rebecca Dodds was 3rd lady home in 27:49.

15th July: Bishop Wilton Beast (9 miles)

This was a new summer cross country race for 2023 with runners able to enjoy the Wolds at the best possible time of year! The race starts and finishes in the Bishop Wilton Show showground in the Yorkshire Wolds with stunning views over the Vale of York and beyond.  The course contains steep climbs, lovely descents and the “Beast!” a short, but steep hill which runners go down it before they have to go back up it! This is a good challenge for the experienced runner, but also a great introduction to running off road too.  It is fully marshalled and sign posted; no navigation skills are required and there is no cut off time, runners can take all day if they like.

Katherine Hackett was first Quaker to finish in 1:31, followed by Wendy Colling (1:39), Emma Bland (1:43), Claire Norman (1:53) and Janet Bowlby (2:02).

Special Mentions:

Congratulations to Viv Hardwick who has been selected to be part of the North-East Masters team for the Inter Counties challenge (Track and Field) at Nuneaton on 6th August. Viv thought he might be invited to take part in 1 event but has been invited to run in all 4! 100m, 400m, 800m and 1,500m.

Good luck Viv, your fellow Quakers will be with you in spirit!

9th July: Rainbow Rush

Taking place at Blackwell Meadows, participants ran, jogged, walked and toddled their way around the 5k family friendly route which raised vital funds for St Teresa’s Hospice in Darlington.

Well done to everyone that took part.