Press Report: 1st – 15th March 2024

by | Mar 15, 2024 | Press Reports

Photo: Rob and Dave at Tokyo Marathon

A busy start to March… this report celebrates members’ achievements at events near and far, from 5k to Ultra Marathon including parkruns, 10k’s, Half Marathons, a 10 miler, 20 miler, Marathon, Ultras (32 and 50 milers) and Championship races, Cross Country and Canicross, as well as a Masters Qualifying event.

2nd March: parkruns – Darlington South Park and Jubilee (Spennymoor)

Congratulations to Katrina Cockburn who completed her 50th parkrun milestone in 38:40 at Darlington South Park, whilst at Jubilee parkrun, April Corbett was 3rd lady finisher in 26:00.

2nd March: Tokyo Marathon

The Tokyo Marathon is a flat and fast course that allows runners to achieve great times, often setting personal bests (PB) as they navigate through the streets of Tokyo. Right from the start, the course heads downhill, and for the rest of the way, there are no major hills to overcome.

The race begins at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, a notable landmark in Shinjuku. From there, the course heads towards Suidobashi, an area known for the Tokyo Dome, and the adjacent amusement complex, Tokyo Dome City. When runners get to Sudacho, they begin the first ‘out and back’ section. After covering about 10km they turn around at Ueno-hirokoji. The first out-and-back portion concludes when runners reach Sudacho again. Participants then pass through Kanda, an area famous for its traditional style, rich history and vibrant atmosphere. The route then leads to Nihombashi, an iconic bridge. This juncture is regarded as the starting point of the second out-and-back section, which has 2-3 additional out-and-back segments within itself before circling back to Nihombashi. Runners then proceed towards Asakusa, starting their third out-and-back segment at Kuramae 1-Chome before turning back at Kaminarimon Gate, the outer gate of Senso-ji Temple, one of Tokyo’s oldest and most significant Buddhist temples.

Rob Gillham and Dave Murphy were amongst the 37,500 runners, with Rob completing the route in 3.29 (PB by about 26 minutes) which hopefully will give him a ‘good for age’ qualifying time for the 2025 Boston Marathon, and Dave finished in 3:36 (PB).

2nd March: Chester Ultra 50

The Chester Ultra 50 mile has a fantastic mix of trail running, with the race initially joining canal towpath before heading through the ancient woodland of Delamere Forest and the natural beautiful landscape of the Sandstone Trail to Fordsham and Helsby Hill.

Chris Evans completed the event in 13:22.

3rd March: Leicester 10k (Masters England Qualifying Event)

This is a city centre start and finish, with runners setting off from Jubilee Square before heading into the city centre and into the beautiful greenery of Victoria Park.  The scenic landscape of the park then weaves runners through the University of Leicester before passing many of the city’s landmarks including the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery and Leicester Cathedral. Participants then head back towards the city centre for the electric finish line on Jubilee Square.

Marc Ellis finished in 36:51 whilst Dawn Richardson finished in 39:58 (2nd in age category and 12th lady finisher of almost 1000 ladies). Dawn will now go forward to represent England.

3rd March: Middlesbrough Half Marathon

This inaugral event started in Centre Square, outside the Town Hall and MIMA gallery. The road closed course heads out through Albert Park, passing the home of Middlesbrough FC at Riverside Stadium, before looping around the docks to finish back in Centre Square.

Chris Dowling was 1st Quaker home in 1:36, followed by Michael Thompson (1:39), Brian Martin (1:39 and 1st in age category), Diane Vaughan (1:40 and 3rd in age category), Isaac Johnson-Caddell (1:41 PB), Deborah Berry (1:43 PB), Stephen Ash (1:45), David Nalder (1:49 PB), David Thompson (1:50 and 3rd in age category), Lisa Bowerbank (1:52 PB), Daniel Orton (1:52), Alex Looney (1:53 PB), Ian Burgess (1:53), Helen Spaven (1:57 PB), Michael Oliver (1:58), Ray Reed (2:01), Carmelita Coco (2:01 PB), Angela Clement (2:03), Paul Cockburn (2:03 PB), Jane Dowling (2:04), Caroline Litster (2:05), Sandra Martin (2:05), Sarah Burrows (2:23 PB), Jo Meynell (2:06), Keziah Morley (2:12), Sharon Carr (2:25 PB), Lucy Bendle (2:34) and Zoe Robinson (2:36).

3rd March: Canicross – Lakeland Paws at Dodd

This is the 2nd series of Canicross races in Lakeland forests; this one is set in Dodd Wood and offers a fully marked course across Bassenthwaite lake to the Northern Fells with 8k and 5k options.

Barbra Barker completed the 5k route in 38:51.

3rd March: NYSD Cross Country at Richmond Old Racecourse

This event is the last race on the Cross Country calendar. It takes place on Low Moor which is high above Richmond and on a good day affords runners a fantastic views North over the Aske estate towards Aycliffe, East over Teesside, and South across Wensleydale, Pen Hill and beyond.

In the U17, U20, Senior and VET women category (6k, 3 small loops) Lou Trainor finished the route in 31:53 followed by Abbie Hull (32:46) and Lin Gossage (1:07) whilst in the U20, Senior and VET men’s category (1 small and 3 large laps), Martyn Farnsworth finished in 44:02.

6th March: Baydale Beck 5k

This was the first of the Darlington Trail Series 5k series. The event is open to any level of offers a mix of terrain from tarmac to woodland and is described as ‘mainly flat and fast with a few cheeky inclines’.

Ian Burgess completed the route in 27:14, followed by Jeff Marriott in 32:08.

9th March: parkruns – Cotsford Fields and Hackworth (Shildon)

Congratulations to Mary MacIvor who completed her 50th parkrun milestone in 38:40 at Cotsford Fields whilst at Hackworth, April Corbett was 3rd lady finisher in 25:52.

9th 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 6:23 whilst Michelle Dale and Lisa Jenkins completed the Half marathon (14 miles) in 4:04.

9th March: Haworth Hobble

This event consists of 32 miles traversing gritstone moors around Haworth, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge with 4,400 ft of ascent/descent. 11 hours is allocated with cut offs at each checkpoint; there is expectation that runners have all the skills required for navigating and looking after themselves on remote moors in potentially very wintry conditions. It is a tough race that is expected to go ahead in almost all conditions.

During the race there are 6 well stocked feed stations with all the basics of chocolate bars, bananas, melon, orange, jelly babies as well as water, squash and Cola. Feed stations 3, 4 and 5 have additional options including tea, coffee, soup, OXO as well as hot dogs, donuts, chip butties and other surprises. The race is well known for having great feed stations with exceptional volunteers. After the race freshly cooked hot pizza and cake are available.

This 32 mile route sold out in 4 days. Mark 1st October 2024 on your calendar if you want to do this one next year! Entrants are invited to their recce runs in December, January and February.

David Aiken and Rebecca Howard ran as a mixed pair team, finishing in 7th place overall in 6:54.

9th March: Dentdale Run (Championship Race)

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 1st Quaker home in 1:31 (8th place overall and 1st in age and 5 year category) followed by Rob Dent (1:45), Martyn Farnsworth (1:46 and 1st in 5 year category), Lou Trainor (1:58), Claire Chapman (2:04), Emily Beaumont (2:06), Helen Clark (2:19) and Wendy Colling (2:19).

10th March: Croft Motor Circuit Event

This is a unique opportunity to choose from a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, 20mile or marathon and enjoy a smooth traffic free tarmac motor racing circuit!

Darren Wright completed the marathon distance in 3:25:44 finishing in 6th place overall and 2nd in age category.

In the Half Marathon distance Daniel Orton finished in 1:58 and Fiona Dixon in 2:57 (2nd in age category).

In the 10k event, Phil Neal finished in 43:43 and 2nd in age category, followed by Carys Samuel (49:13 and 3rd in age category), Alex Looney (53:52), Carmelita Coco (54:31, PB and 2nd in age category),

Lesley Neal (54:40), Paul Cockburn (55:47 PB), Sarah Burrows (58:00 and 3rd in age category and PB), Wendy Noble (1:02), Sharon Carr (1:03) and Lucy Bendle (1:08).

Special mentions:

parkrun Tourism

Well done to QRC parkrun tourists who ran the (almost) 3 full laps at Riverside parkrun at Chester-le-Street on 9th March.  The next parkrun tourism is on 13th April at Thorp Perrow.

Congratulations and well done to QRC members that have achieved ‘unofficial’ parkrun milestones over the last fortnight!