Press report 1st – 15th June 2022

by | Jul 3, 2022 | Press Reports

It has been an incredibly busy first half to June, with Quakers taking part in events over a variety of distances and terrains.

1st June: Alnwick Castle 10k trail

The Wild Deer Alnwick Castle trail was the first race of June. This 10k trail race started outside the Castle by the River Aln and took in a fabulous lap around Hulne Park, the private estate of the Duke of Northumberland. Kathryn Plant was our only Quaker taking part, travelling midweek and completing it in 1:06.

4th June: Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon

The Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon (13.2 mile trail race) was completed by Abbie Hull (2:15) and Malcolm Hewitson (2:41) who took the opportunity to enjoy a great day out in some of Wharfedale’s finest scenery with over 2,000 feet of ascents, following well established footpaths, including the Dalesway and Mastiles Lane and taking in the fabulous views from Scott Gate, Mastiles and Boss Moor.

6th June: Viv’s positivity run – South Park

A ‘POSITIVITY’ fun run took place in South Park to celebrate the life of a popular former police officer, Viv Pow, who is undergoing treatment for inoperable cancer. The event was organised to help raise money for Cancer Research UK, as well as promoting community spirit and positivity. Rob Gillham (22.46) was our first Quaker home in 9th place followed by Ian Burgess (22:14), Dan Rowlands (24:20), Rebecca Jones (27:52), Melissa Hird (28:16), Susan Sparrow (28:36), Jo Meynell (30:10), Martin McGregor (34:45), Sally Singleton (35:53), Rachel Hird (36:59) and Robert Bateman (48:32).

9th June: Blaydon

Blaydon race takes place annually on 9th June and follows the 5.7 mile route of horse race goers in the well-known Geordie Ridley folk song. There was a fantastic turn out of Quakers running in this sell-out race. Dawn Richardson was first Quaker home and 1st in her age category in 39:01 in the run from Newcastle to Blaydon,  followed by Rob Gillham (45:07), Diane Vaughan (46:26), Gary Read (48:46), Brian McLaren (49:37), Dave Murphy (50:21), Steven Major (50:50), Robert Kirby (55:32), Juliette McLaren (59:24), Caroline Litster (59:49), Melissa Hird (1:02), Hannah Alderson (1:04), David Ledgerwood (1:05), Paul Ryan (1:10), Richard Hughes (1:12:11), Andy Whittam (1:12:48), Peter Millar (1:13:07) and Rachel Read (1:13:58)

11th June: Swaledale marathon

The annual Swaledale Marathon passes through some of Swaledale’s finest scenery. The 24 mile course is a fell run/challenge walk event and competitors must navigate themselves and complete the course within 10 hours. This year, a very challenging westerly wind made it tough going on parts of the route, but 5 plucky Quakers completed the race well within the cut off. Abbie Hull was first Quaker home in 4:39 followed by Sandra Cass and Anthony Corbett (5:39), Malcolm Hewitson (5:42) and Julie Bell (8:42)

Saturday 11th June: Lakeland Trails in Coniston

Chris Land was our sole Quaker completing the 15k Trail Challenge in 2:12, following footpaths and bridleways taking in panoramic views of Coniston Water and the surrounding peaks of the Old Man, Swirl How, Wetherlam and Dow Crags. Meanwhile, Philip and Lesley Neal completed their first race at The Lakeland Trails weekend, completing the 10k Trail run in 56:56 and 1:16 respectively.

Sunday 12th June: Lakeland Trails

Racing at the Lakeland Trails weekend continued. Described as the Runners’ World magazine as ‘the most scenic trail Marathon in Britain’, the Lakeland Trails Marathon takes in a complete circuit of Coniston Water taking in the  idyllic beauty of Tarn Hows and the elevated Beacon Tarn with panoramic views of Lake Coniston and surrounding peaks of the Old Man, Swirl How, Wetherlam and Dow Crags. Rebecca Howard was our only Quaker taking part and finished in a very impressive 4:20, taking the prize for 2nd lady. Meanwhile, Philip and Lesley Neale completed their 2nd Lakeland race of the weekend, the Mini marathon 10k, which utilises the old Torver Trail route which started and finished from Land’s Point in Coniston. Philip took 3rd place in 57:42, followed by Lesley in 1:12.

Sunday 12th June: Hull 10k

It was a fine day for racing at the Hull Half Marathon and 10k which were back in the city after a two year absence. Phil Rutter (1:51) and Ian Burgess (1:52) completed the Half Marathon whilst Gill Colling completed the 10k in 1:01.

Sunday 12th June: Doncaster Half Marathon

With a start line on Bawtry Road and a finish on the World Class UCI cycling track, Michael Oliver completed this ‘must do’ Half Marathon in 2:02.

Sunday 12th June: Burton Leonard (10k) – QRC 10k League Race

One of our QRC 10k league races, this popular undulating circular route started and finished in Burton Leonard and encompassed the beautiful Mountgarret Estate. Darren Wright was first Quaker home in 44:37 and 2nd in his age category, followed by Martin Mavin (49:47), Rob Gillham (52:05), Darren Alderson (58:32), Helen Clarke (1:00), Ross Edmond (1:01:12), Diane Lockhart (1:01:24), Karen Mavin (1:05) and Bex Stirland (1:22).

Sunday 12th June: Cleveland Way Relays

12 QRC members completed the entire Cleveland Way, starting at Filey at 5am with legs varying between 3.5 and 8.5 miles. Running in mixed weather conditions, several members ran 2 of these very challenging sections.  A massive well done to all of our runners and also a big thank you to Mark C, Wendy C and Sarah B who organised the event and supported runners on the day.

  1. Michelle Dale
  2. Wendy Colling
  3. Dave Murphy
  4. Dave Murphy
  5. Marc Ellis
  6. Marc Ellis
  7. Lou Trainor
  8. Jamie Norman
  9. Claire Norman
  10. Stephen Ash
  11. Mel Newton
  12. Dave Jones
  13. Rebecca Jones
  14. Lou Trainor
  15. Wendy Colling
  16. Rob Dent


12th June: Bamburgh 10k 2022

This picturesque, rolling course started and finished just outside of the village, with great views of the historic North East landmark, Bamburgh Castle. Sole Quaker, Rachel Grayson, completed the race in 1:01.

15th June: Lordstones 5k – QRC Championship Race

The Muddy Roads midweek Summer Trail Series continued with Race 3 over at Lordstones. A QRC Championship race, this multi terrain course had a few up hills along the way with breath taking views.  Rob Gilham fought hard to be first Quaker home and taking 50 points with his finish time of  25:48, with Simon Rek 3 seconds behind him in 25:51. They were followed by Viv Hardwick (26:44), Helen Clark (30:08), Kathryn Plant (32:58), Michelle Dale (39:25) and Alison Hardwick (46:18)