Press Report: 1st – 15th June 2024

by | Jun 17, 2024 | Press Reports

Photo: Sarah, Rebecca, Dave and Wendy at the White Horse 10k (photo courtesy of Wendy)

In the first half of June, QRC members have competed in a variety of events from 1 mile to 34 miles including road, trail, fell and track with races from the 10k and championship leagues thrown in for good measure, and of course, Viv’s Positivity Power 5k.

1st June: parkrun – Stretford and Darlington South Park

At Stretford parkrun, Elaine Cooper achieved a new PB of 29:31, shaving 24 seconds off her previous PB in March 24. At Darlington South Park, Dawn Richardson was 1st lady home in 20:18: Lou Trainor was 3rd lady finisher in 21:39 whilst Carmelita Coco achieved a PB of 25:27, knocking 5 seconds off last week’s PB.

1st June: Punk Panther Ultra Unique

This event offered variable loops from 1.5 to 11.5 miles around Swinsty Reservoir and moor which runners could choose from to make up their ultra distance.

Karen Dove had aimed for 32 miles, completed 33.83 and was then encouraged by the Punk Panther team to round up to 34 miles in 10:11.

2nd June: Morpeth 10k

The Morpeth 10k takes place in Morpeth, Northumberland and consists of 2 laps of a 5k out and back loop. It is a fast and flat route with PB potential and described as suitable for both beginners and experienced runners.

Diane Vaughan completed the route in 48:18 and 1st in her age group and Caroline Litster in 1:03.

2nd June: Grasmere Gallop Marathon

This is a beautiful, fully way marked trail route looping around Grasmere and neighbouring valleys with stunning views including Alcock Tarn, Rydal Hall, Loughrigg Tarn, Loughrigg summit, Rydal caves, Great Langdale valley, Stickle Tarn and Easedale Tarn. The route is a challenging one, with approximately 6252 feet of ascent; runners are rewarded with a great Lakeland day out, a locally made Langdale slate medal and of course, cake!

Rebecca Howard and David Aiken completed the event in 5:49 and 7:36 respectively.

3rd June: NEMAA 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 6:52:6 (1st in age category); in the 100m, he finished in 17.5 (2nd in age category and club record) and in the 800m, he finished in 3:26:2 (1st in age category).

Meeting 3 is on 1st July and you can find more information here: Track & Field fixtures, rules and timetable – NEMAA

5th June: Gibside Half Marathon (Championship Race)

This midweek Wild Deer event takes place at the Gibside Georgian Estate in Gateshead, England. Runners can choose to complete 1, 2, or 3 laps of the 4.4-mile route. The half marathon course consists of 3 laps around the Estate, offering a unique trail running experience.

Marc Ellis was first Quaker finisher in 2nd place overall and 1st in age category in 1:31, followed by Rob Dent (1:45 & 2nd in age category), Martyn Farnsworth (1:52), Rob Gillham (1:56) and Helen Clark (2:19).

6th 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.

Dave Jones completed the mile in 6:03, followed by Ian Burgess (6:25, 1st in age category & club record), Diane Vaughan (6:54 and 1st in age category) and Jeff Marriott (8:02 and 3rd in age category).

Event 3 is on Thursday 27th June.

8th June: parkruns – Albert (Middlesbrough), Hackworth (Shildon) The Cinder Track (Whitby), Thorp Perrow (Bedale) & Darlington South Park

At Albert parkrun John Yeomans earned himself a shiny new PB, shaving 28 seconds off his previous PB in July 23 to finish in 26:53; at Hackworth parkrun, Michael Thompson finished in 7th place overall in 23:15 and at The Cinder Track, Marc Ellis was 2nd finisher and 2nd male in 18:12. Meanwhile at Thorp Perrow, Carmelita Coco was 3rd lady finisher in 28:40 and closer to home, at Darlington South Park, Dawn Richardson was 1st lady home in 20:30; Lisa Bowerbank completed her 250th parkrun milestone in 24:09 and Chris Clark completed his 25th parkrun milestone in 27:42.

8th 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; it has approximately 4000ft of elevation – competitors must navigate themselves and complete the course within 10 hours. This year almost 450 entrants took part.

Emily and Scott Beaumont were first Quaker finishers in 5;35, followed by Helen Clark and Rob Gillham (5:36), Chris Evans (5:54), Malcolm Hewitson (5:58) and April and Anthony Corbett (6:26),

8th June: Ullswater Ultra and 20 (also 10 miler available)

The Montane Trail events start and finish at Jenkins Field in Glenridding. The Trail 20 has over 3000ft of elevation and follows the Ullswater Way anti-clockwise on a complete 21.5 mile lap of Ullswater. It follows the East side of the lake towards Howtown then heading downhill into Pooley Bridge; the route then heads South East above Watermillock, taking in more great views of Ullswater and past Gowbarrow and on to Aira Force before returning back to Glenridding.

Claire Chapman completed the route in 4:51, followed by Lisa Jenkins in 7:07.

The ‘new this year’ ultra route has approximately 4600ft of elevation, is 33.5 miles long, follows the Ullswater Way and includes 2 additional loops, Lowther and Dalemain.

Hayley Addison completed the route in 7:48.

(The Trail 10 starts at Pooley Bridge starts from Pooley Bridge and runs the final 10 miles of the route back to Glenridding)

8th June: Northumberland Coast Challenge

Organised by Shepherd’s Walks, 3 distances are offered – 15, 26 and 37 miles, and it is a linear walk/run. After registering at Druridge Bay Country Park entrants are transported to their allotted starting point, depending on the length of walk they have booked onto. The Northumberland coast is known for its stunning beaches, picturesque villages, historical sites and its iconic castles including Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle and Warkworth Castle. The 15 mile route is from Boulmer to Druridge Bay Country Park, the 26 mile route is from Beadnell to Druridge Bay Country Park and the 37 mile route from Budle Bay to Druridge Bay Country Park.

Well done to all Quakers that took part. (There are no official results for this event)

9th June: Race for Life

There was a sea of pink in Darlington South Park as approximately 700 people took part in the Race for Life, the annual fundraiser for Cancer Research UK which is expected to raise £49,00, 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.

9th June: White Horse – 10k  (Marathon and 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 (which is actually over 7 miles) Dave Jones finished 8th overall and 1st in age category in 1:03, followed by Rebecca Jones (1:17 and 2nd in age category), and Sarah Watson and Wendy Noble (1:42).

9th June: Blaydon Race

Blaydon race takes place annually on 9th June and follows the (approximately) 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. Just short of 5,000 runners took part this year, their 42nd event.

Rob Gillham was first Quaker home in 40:50 followed by Lou Trainor (41:37), Brian McLaren (42:07), Steve Snook (43:30), Diane Vaughan (44:20), Diane Sparrow (53:21), David Ledgerwood (55:47), Melissa Hird (56:31), John Yeomans (58:59) and Juliette McLaren (59:40). 

9th June: Hull 10K

The Hull 10K features a fast and flat route inclusive for all. Taking in many of the city’s iconic landmarks, including Hull Marina, Hull Minster and the city centre, runners of all abilities take part in this fun and varied route.

Dani Walker completed the route in 44:56, earning herself a shiny new PB, shaving 3 and a half minutes off her Darlington time last year.

10th June: Viv’s Positivity Power 5k

The Viv’s Positivity Fun Run/Walk took place in South Park, Darlington, in memory of the late cancer campaigner, Viv Pow. Despite the rainy weather, 350 runners participated in the 5k run, completing three laps of the park. Viv, who dedicated the last twelve years of her life to fundraising for Cancer Research and spreading awareness, inspired many with her positivity. Her husband, Jeff Pow, expressed awe at the turnout, emphasizing Viv’s impact on people’s lives. Tracy Kirk, Viv’s best friend, delivered an emotional speech, celebrating Viv’s strength and determination. The event was a heartfelt tribute to a remarkable individual who touched countless hearts.

There was a great turn out from QRC members – taking part, marshalling and supporting. Well done everyone.

11th June: Kirkby Fleetham Feast

This well-marked and easy to navigate 10km trail run goes through the fields, farms and forestry areas around Kirkby Fleetham. The course is mostly flat and suitable for beginners. Runners set off on this circular route from the village hall and all funds raised from this event support the Kirkby Fleetham Feast and local school.

Emma Bland completed the course in 1:01 and Claire Norman in 1:06.

15th June: parkrun – Sedgefield, Stewart (Middlesbrough) & Wynyard Woodland

At Sedgefield, April Corbett completed her 250th parkrun milestone in 27:12, whilst at Stewart (Middlesbrough) Rebecca Howard was 2nd lady finisher in 23:13 and at Wynyard Woodland, Dave Murphy was 10th finisher in 21:37, achieving a new PB of 21:37, shaving a massive 1 minute and 27 seconds off his previous PB in November 23.

15th 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 and Helen Clark completed the 20 mile option together in 6:59.

Special Mentions:

It was a double celebration for Lin Gossage who has completed an incredible 25 Race for Life events and her 100th parkrun volunteer milestone – both in the same weekend! Well done Lin!

Well done to members that took part in the QRC tourism at Sedgefield. The next one will be at Chopwell on 27th July. Information about the Chopwell course is below:

A figure of eight loop around the north section of the wood, completing both loops in an anticlockwise direction. The route follows the main trail paths, taking in good stretches of the old railway line plus a couple of inclines. The course is all on well compacted stone tracks suitable for normal running trainers. The course can be completed with buggy as long as it’s suitable for rough terrain. The start area is away from the main car park, so please allow for a 5-minute walk.