Press Report: 1st – 15th June 2023

by | Jun 18, 2023 | Press Reports

1st – 15th June 2023

David and Rebecca at the Lakeland Trails Coniston Marathon

In the first half of June, QRC members have competed in a variety of events including road, trail, fell and track with races from the 10k and championship leagues thrown in for good measure.

1st June: Angel View Run (Championship Race)

The Angel View Race takes place around the Angel of the North, with the finish line taking in the iconic structure. The race consists of 2 laps on a range of different terrain.

Rob Gillham completed the race in 45:09 and Helen Clark in 55:08.

1st June: Kiplin Hall 10k

The Kiplin Hall & Gardens Midweek Evening 10k Trail Race route consisted of two 5k (approx.) loops, taking in the formal gardens, woodland trail, grassland and lakeside paths.

David Nalder was first Quaker home in 48:32 followed by Daniel Orton (50:38), April Corbett (52:40), Anthony Corbett (54:23), Helen Spaven (58:22), Melissa Hird (1:02) and Pauline Stainsby (1:04).

1st June: Monthly mile event 2 (South Park)

Organised by Darlington Harriers, this event is part of a series of 6 that take place in South Park.

Ian Bond was first Quaker to finish in 6:17 (2nd in age category and set club record) followed by Dawn Richardson (6:19, 1st in age category and new club record) and Ian Burgess (6:37, 1st in age category and set club record).

Event 3 is on Thursday 29th June.

3rd June: parkrun – Darlington South Park and Hamsterley Forest

At Darlington South Park, Dawn Richardson was 1st lady home in 19:53. Sandra Cass was 3rd lady finisher on her first time at Hamsterley Forest in 28:16.

4th June: Derby Ramathon

The Ramathon, sometimes known as the Derby Half Marathon, helps raise money for cancer and children’s charities. The race starts and finishes at Iron Gate in the city centre. From there, runners follow a route through the city centre including the historic Market Place. They continue along London Road and Shardlow Road, to the Elvaston Castle Country Park, before returning towards the city centre. Runners pass Derby County’s Pride Park stadium on the way to the finish line.

This was Michael Oliver’s 4th half marathon (of 10 planned this year). He finished the race in 1:59.

5th June: Track and Field – Meeting 2

Viv Hardwick competed in 3 of the track and field events which were held at the Monkton Stadium, Jarrow. In the 1500m, Viv finished in 6:47 (1st in age category and club record). In the 100m, he finished in 17.8 (2nd in age category) and in the 800m, he finished in 3:20:9 (1st in age category and club record).

Meeting 3 is on 3rd July and you can find more information here: Track & Field fixtures, rules and timetable – NEMAA

7th June: Whorlton Run Fell Race

This 11km (330m elevation) race starts and finishes at the Black Horse Pub in Swainby. Runners head North, cross the bridge and head in a Westerly direction towards Back Lane. They then take a Southerly direction to Coalmire Lane, leave the road and ascend through the old quarry area, following the outside of the wood, before heading downhill to the main track and into the wood. (This downhill mile is worth timing for a PB apparently!)  Next runners head across the pasture to the Ford in Scugdale Beck and follow the farm road before leaving the Cleveland Way, across rough pasture to progress down to Whorlton.

Abbie Hull completed the race in 1:02 and 2nd in age category.

9th June: Blaydon Race

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. Runners take their starting position on the Quayside in front of the Law Courts and the route follows the Quayside along to Newcastle Business Park and continue until the route meets Scotswood Road.

Rob Gillham was 1st Quaker home in 41:11, followed by James Atkinson (42:00), Brian McLaren (42:54), Fred Tennant (43:26), Steve Howell (47: 58), Raymond Reed (48:17), Sue Sparrow (49:28), Gemma Eddy (51:05), Nigel Eddy (51:40), Melissa Hird (53:34), Helen Clarke (54:39), David Ledgerwood (55:11), Pamela Barrass (56:23), Hannah Alderson (57:06), Pip Rayner (57:44), Adele Brown (58:10), Karen Thornberry (59:53) and David Porterfield (1:03).

10th June: parkrun – Darlington South Park

At Darlington South Park, Marc Ellis was 3rd finisher in 17:42, smashing his own club record for age category, shaving off 14 seconds.

Congratulations to our Beginners’ group who graduated at parkrun.

10th June: Punk Panther Ripon Stinger

Starting and finishing in the historic city of Ripon with its great cathedral this race mainly follows the Ripon Rowel route, visiting wooded valleys and historic sites such as Fountains Abbey and Studley Water gardens. It also takes in the tranquil River Skell’s Valley of the Seven Bridges. Other great views are the beautiful St Margaret’s Church and Hackfall Woods.

Karen Dove completed the 20 mile option in 7:18.

10th June: Greensand Country Ultra (50k)

This single loop 50km ultra marathon through Bedfordshire’s finest countryside. It starts from the Shuttleworth Estate on private trails with runners completing an anti-clockwise loop passing through Old Warden, Haynes, Clophill, Chicksands, Shefford and Broom. The terrain and surrounding is varied and undulating throughout.

Tom Chapman finished in 9th place in 5:01 (2nd in age category) and Claire Chapman finished in 6:59 (2nd in age category).

10th 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, conditions underfoot were very dry after a prolonged spell with no rain. The temperature was in the mid-twenties with little breeze, making it one of the toughest marathons in recent years.

Abbie Hull was our first finisher in 4:41, followed by Dawn Richardson and Katherine Hackett (5:45), Helen Clark, Emily and Scott Beaumont (6:39) and Malcolm Hewitson in 6:56, celebrating his 10th time of running the event.

11th June: Lakeland Trails Coniston Marathon (15k and 10k also available)

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. The event takes takes 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.

David Aiken and Rebecca Howard completed the event in 5:16, with David achieving a marathon PB.

11th June: Hull Half Marathon

Runners follow a predominantly flat course starting and finishing in Alfred Gelder Street. The route takes them past many significant local sites including The Deep, Humber Dock Marina, Hull City Hall and the University of Hull.

Ian Burgess finished the race in 2:05.

11th June: Burton Leonard 10k (10k league)

This popular undulating circular route starts and finishes in Burton Leonard and encompasses the beautiful Mountgarret Estate.

Rob Gillham was first Quaker home in 48:59, followed by Martin Mavin (50:25), David Nalder (54:23, 2nd in age category), Dave Murphy (55:10), Emily Beaumont (57:32, 3rd in age category), April Corbett (59:43, 1st in age category), Helen Spaven (1:02), Heather Mclean (1:03), Helen Clark (1:03), Darren Alderson (1:04), Diane Lockhart (1:04) and Karen Mavin (1:09).

11th June: Race for Life

There was a sea of pink in Darlington South Park as almost 1000 people took part in the Race for Life. This annual fundraiser for Cancer Research UK is expected to raise in excess of £55,000, which will go to scientists trying to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Well done to QRC members who took part and also to the army of QRC volunteers (and family members) who helped to ensure the event ran safely and encouraged runners, joggers and walkers to complete the 5k route.

A big thank you to Lee for co-ordinating the QRC volunteers.

 11th June: Summer Coast 5 mile

Formerly the Everyone Active 10km, this ‘there and back’ run takes place along the sea front of Redcar.

Jeff Marriott finished the race in 44:02.

11th June: White Horse – 10k and Marathon (Half Marathon also available)

The White Horse races at Sutton Bank near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, are part of the Hardmoors 26.2 Series, which is a series of 7 challenging Trail Marathons based in various beautiful locations in the North York Moors and on the Cleveland Heritage Coastline. The circular routes start and finish at Sutton Bank Visitor Centre

In the 10k race, Dave Jones finished 5th overall and 2nd in age category in 1:05 and Sally Watson finished in 2:00.

In the Marathon, Hayley Addison finished in 6:12 and Wendy Colling in 7:03.

14th June: Muddy Roads Lordstones 5k (Championship Race)

The Muddy Roads midweek Summer Trail Series continued with Race 3 over at Lordstones. This multi terrain course has a few up hills along the way with breath taking views.

Marc Ellis was first Quaker home in 7th place overall and 1st in age category in 19:37, followed by Dave Jones (22:33), Lou Trainor (24:36, 1st in age category), Dale Chapman (25:03), Rob Gillham (25:26), Dave Murphy (26:04), Martin Mavin (26:14), Sandra Cass (29:03), Gemma Eddy (29:24), Helen Clark (29:54), John Yeomans (32:19) and Julie Whinn (33:08, 1st in age category).

14th June: Otley 10 mile

The Otley 10 is a fixture of the summer Yorkshire running scene with a very friendly, but competitive atmosphere. The race starts and ends at Otley Cricket Club with a grandstand finish, barbecue and prize giving. The race attracts beginners and serious runners.

Heather McLean finished the race in 1:39.

Special Mentions:

Well done to those taking part in the QRC tourism at the Cindertrack, Whitby. The next one will be at Durham on 22nd July.