Press Report: 1st – 15th March 2023

by | Mar 19, 2023 | Press Reports

Quakers at Lightwater Valley 10k

A busy start to March… this report celebrates members’ achievements at parkruns, 10k’s, Half Marathons, a 10 miler, Championship races, Cross Country, a 20 miler and a marathon abroad as well as a Run Every Day milestone!

4th March: parkrun – Darlington South Park and Fountains Abbey

At Darlington parkrun, Lou Trainor was 3rd lady home in 21:50 whilst John Cooke celebrated his 25th parkrun milestone in 32:58 and Sue Alexander celebrated her 25th milestone at Fountains Abbey in 42:36.

5th March: Cambridge Half Marathon

This race takes runners past a number of historic landmarks, into beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside and into the grounds of two iconic Colleges.

Chris Evans achieved a PB, completing the race in 1:43.

4th March: North Lincolnshire Half Marathon at Scunthorpe (Masters England Qualifying Event)

This course is flat and fast with runners starting from Scotter Road in Scunthorpe into the rural parts of Messingham, East Butterwick and Burringham before finishing at Quibell Park Stadium.

Marc Ellis completed the race in 1:20 and Dawn Richardson in 1:25 (1st in age category and Club Record for age category at Half Marathon distance)

5th March: Lightwater Valley 10k (Championship Race)

Established for well over a decade, this 10k is a picturesque road race with some challenging uphills and rewarding downhills on quiet country roads.

Rob Dent was 1st Quaker home in 41:19 (3rd in age category) followed by Phil Neal (42:38), Rob Gillham (49:02 and 2nd in age category), Viv Hardwick (50:15 and 1st in age category), Lesley Neal (55:50), Helen Clarke (58:19), Rachel Grayson (1:03), Tracy Fleming (1:05) and Mel Foster (1:07).

5th March: Eastbourne Half Marathon

This is a community event and aimed at runners of all abilities. Over the years over £140,000 has been donated to charities and local good causes.  The route is mainly flat with a hilly section at miles 2-3.  The race starts and finishes in Princes Park and incorporates fabulous views over the Eastbourne coastline.

Michael Oliver completed the race in 1:58.

5th March: Saturn Runs ‘N’ Roses event, Durham

Saturn Events offer flexible and themed running events where entrants can run any distance they want from one lap up to ultra distance. The medals, goody bag and aid table are brilliant! The Durham course starts from Durham Rowing Club and is along a beautiful stretch of the River Wear with views of the Cathedral.

Dave Jones completed the Half Marathon distance in 1:35, followed by Nigel Eddy in 2:29 whilst Rebecca Jones completed 8.9 miles in 1:33.

5th March: Cross Country at Whitby

This was the final cross country race of the season, setting off from Caedmon College in Whitby.

In the U17, U20, Senior and VET Women category, Lou Trainor finished the 2 lap, 6.2k race in 27:47 (1st in age category) whilst in the U20, Senior and  VET Men category, Martyn Farnsworth finished the 3 lap, 9.3k race in 42:20.

10th March: Palestine Marathon

The route takes runners through different views on Palestinian everyday life. It is a technical course with a few steep hills coupled with some fast sections in scenery like no other marathon. The race starts at the Church of Nativity in the centre of the Old City of Bethlehem, through Bethlehem, through two refugee camps – Al Aida and Ad Dheisheh – and along the Wall deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004, but still standing, which separates Palestinians from their land and each other (preventing their basic human right to freedom of movement).

Fred Tennant completed the event in 4:09.

11th March: Dentdale Run

This race is either 14.2 (Championship race) or 7.9 miles around the lanes of Dentdale in the Yorkshire Dales. It is an undulating course but runners are rewarded with beautiful scenery.

In the 14.2 mile race, Marc Ellis was first Quaker home in 1:32 (6th place overall and 1st in age category) followed by Rob Dent (1:42), Dave Jones (1:43), Phil Neal (1:53), Michael Thompson (1:54), Lou Trainor (1:54 and 2nd in age category), Rob Gillham (2:04), Viv Hardwick (2:08 and 1st in age category), Darren Alderson (2:20), Lesley Neal (2:22), Helen Clark (2:27), Gilly Cowton (2:32), Brian Cowton (2:39 and 3rd in age category),  Karen Thornberry (2:51) and Adele Brown (2:53).

Rachel Grayson completed the 7.9 mile race in 1:22.

11th March: Punk Panther Welcome Way, Otley (Half Marathon to Ultra distances) 

This trail race largely follows the Welcome Way, a circular trail through moorland landscapes, alongside rivers, canals and reservoirs, across farmland and through woodland. High points include Otley Chevin and Burley and Baildon moors.

Karen Dove completed the 20 mile race (21 miles) in 5:45.

12th March: Thirsk 10

The Thirsk 10 has been running for over 30 years and these days is a fast and flat course, ideal for achieving a PB.

Dave Whittle was first Quaker home in 1:17 followed by Ian Hart (1:18), Martin Mavin (1:19), David Thompson (1:24 and 3rd in age category and breaking club record by over 7 minutes), Ian Burgess (1:25), Daniel Orton (1:27), Karen Mavin (1:33), Julie Whinn (1:37), Bryan Dale (1:47), Margaret Enstone (1:52) and Kylie Rushton (2:14).

12th March: Carlisle Half Marathon (and 10k)

This course has runners starting from the main straight at the back of the East Stand at Brunton Park Football Stadium and into Rickerby Park before heading to Linstock & Crosby on Eden before turning back on what is an out and back route. The route takes in the sites of Carlisle including the Castle, Cathedral, Train Station, Cenotaph and Bitts and Rickerby Parks.

This is the third of Michael Oliver’s planned 10 half marathons this year and he completed the race in 2:00.

12th March: Chester 10k

This fast course starts from Nuns Road next to the iconic Chester Racecourse and heads north-west out of the City along wide roads allowing runners to rapidly settle into race pace, then passing close to the picturesque village of Mollington, before returning to the heart of Chester City centre passing the historic Victorian town hall and Medieval Cathedral, before finishing on Eastgate Street with a spectacular backdrop of the Eastgate Clock.

Dawn Richardson and Brian Martin represented England in this race and finished in 40:17 and 43:46 respectively.

Special mentions:

Running Every Day Achievement

Congratulations to Scott Beaumont who has celebrated his 3rd anniversary of running every day. Scott started his running streak on March 1st 2020 with a run in Prague before Covid came along. He even managed to run when he got Covid (53 laps of the garden) and, a week after he was allowed back out, ran his longest run to date – the Hardmoors 60 ultra (63 miles).