Press Report: 1st – 15th May 2023

by | May 19, 2023 | Press Reports

Photo: Daniel (Half marathon) and Kylie (10k) at Sunderland

QRC members have taken part in a range of events across all the disciplines during the first half of May including road, trail, fell, 5k, 10, half, marathon and ultra with lots of great achievements and PBs.

3rd May: Gibside National Trust 5k (10k also available)

This wild deer race took place at Gibside, The National Trust Estate, which is a fabulous place to run with 720 acres where Roe Deer, otters and Red Kites live. The Georgian Landscape has some outstanding statues, monuments, a walled garden and outstanding views of the Derwent Valley.

John Harrison finished the race in 31:23 and 2nd in age category and Mandy Harrison in 37:36 and 2nd in age category.

3rd May: Lord’s Seat Fell Race

Starting at Whinlatter and raising money for Keswick Lions (charity), this is an undulating course, along forest trails, out onto open fell over the summits of Barf and Lord’s Seat and returning along forest trails. Organisers describe it as ‘an ideal race for those wanting to try moving from trail to fell racing’.

Tom Chapman completed the 8km (430m of ascent) race in 46:52.

6th May: parkrun – Darlington, South Park and Etna parkrun (Italy)

Congratulations to Viv Hardwick who broke the Club Record for parkrun in his age category in 23:45 at Darlington. (Viv held the previous record of 24:01 in February). At Etna parkrun, Carmelita Coco was 2nd lady home, completing the trail route around the old Mont Rossi crater with views of the sea of Catania in 30:57.

7th May: Great Birmingham Run

This Half Marathon was back with a new route. Participants assemble on Broad Street, with Centenary Square as an impressive backdrop and run through the Jewellery Quarter, then weave through the streets, passing Grand Central, St Martin’s Church and Digbeth, before crossing the finish line at Smithfield where other medal winners once stood at the Commonwealth Games.

David Ledgerwood completed the race in 2:16.

7th May: Sunderland Half Marathon and 10k

This is one of the norths largest running events that races through the city and along the sea front, with two of its famous bridges providing a stunning backdrop. Organisers suggest that, ‘No matter if you’re a first-timer or an experienced runner, the course and atmosphere are conducive to fast times as well as a lot of fun’.

Robert Kirby was first Quaker home in 2:00 followed by Daniel Orton (2:01) and Gemma Eddy (2:08, PB by 12 minutes!) whilst Kylie Rushton ran the 10k in 1:18.

7th May: Hardmoors Wainstones

The Marathon route (28.5 miles, 5600ft elevation) heads out from Chop Gate and passes through checkpoints at Square Corner and Scugdale, up (then down) Carlton Bank, over the summit of Gringle Moor, up and over Wainstones to the next checkpoint at Clay Bank and heading back to Chop Gate.

Emily Beaumont completed the route in 6:28.

The Half Marathon route (16.5 miles, 3630ft elevation) heads out from Chop Gate, passing through Scugdale, up (then down) Carlton Bank, over the summit of Gringle Moor, up and over Wainstones to the next checkpoint at Clay Bank and heading back to Chop Gate.

Rebecca Jones completed the route in 4:19 and Karen Dove in 6:11.

The 10k route (9.5 miles, 1600ft elevation) heads out from Chop Gate and through the checkpoint at Clay Bank before heading back to Chop Gate.

Dave Jones finished in 3rd place in 1:30.

10th May: Locke Park Pie and Peas (Championship Race)

This Redcar based 5 mile race is organised by New Marske Harriers and uses 5 laps of a 1 mile loop.

Marc Ellis was first Quaker home in 4th place overall in 29:06, followed by Dave Jones (33:16), Phil Neal (34:20), Rob Gillham (36:48), Martin Mavin (37:05), Viv Hardwick (39:45), Helen Clark (44:44 PB), Julie Whinn (45:48) and Karen Mavin (46:56).

13th May: parkrun – Darlington South Park

Congratulations to Lisa Bowerbank on her new PB of 24:07, shaving 8 seconds off her previous PB in February and to Sally Singleton who broke the club record for parkrun in her age category, completing her run in 32:56 (previously 33:00, held by Sally).

13th – 14th May: The Lap – Windermere Spring Ultra (Clockwise 2023)

Just keep the big lake on your right! This beautiful 47 mile fully signposted ultra, on some of the most stunning and runnable trails in The Lake District. Open to both runners and walkers, it takes in all the best viewpoints, competitors have 24 hours to circumnavigate England’s largest and most iconic lake. It is described as ‘the perfect entry level ultra’; it is fully marked and has generous cut-offs – 24 hours to circumnavigate England’s largest and most iconic lake. The route is predominantly on tracks, trail and single track, with some steeper fell paths and the occasional short sections of quiet country road.

Claire Chapman supported her friend to complete the course in 16:21.

14th May: Leeds Marathon

The Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon will see over 10,000 participants take on a brand new route through Leeds that starts and finishes at Headingley Stadium. Taking in some of Leeds’ most scenic countryside and outer suburbs, the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon will be a fitting tribute to the city that launched Rob’s career and which he calls home.

Billy Harris was first Quaker home in 3:29 (5th in age category) followed by Phil Neal (1st Marathon, 3:45), Simon Mulholland (1st Marathon, 3:50), David Whittle (4:00, PB), Fred Tennant (4:01), Chris Evans (4:20), Diane Sparrow (1st Marathon, 4:31), Sue Sparrow (1st Marathon, 4:34), Wendy Colling (4:38), Darren Alderson and Sue Woodcock (4:49), Leslie Neal (1st Marathon, 5:08), Emma Bland (5:04), Grainne Duffy (5:14), Helen Spaven (5:19, PB), Pip Rayner (1st Marathon, 5:24), Gillian Harris (5:30), Karen Thornberry (1st Marathon, 5:57), Gilly and Brian Cowton (1st Marathon, 6:02) and Adele Brown (1st Marathon, 6:21).

14st May: Leeds Half Marathon

Starting and finishing at the home of the Leeds Rhinos, Headingley Stadium, the 2023 Leeds Half Marathon route will take runners on a journey around Woodhouse Moor before travelling up through Headingley, Adel and into Bramhope before returning back to Headingley for a stadium finish.

Sandra Martin was first Quaker home in (2:08) followed by Wendy Noble (2:20) and Sarah Watson (2:43).

14th May: Ravenscar 10k (Half Marathon also available)

This event is organised by Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue to raise funds. Starting from Ravenscar Village Hall, overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay, the route descends the coastal path along the sea cliffs with panoramic views down the coast line towards Scarborough. On reaching Petard point, runners run through Staintondale via open fields, woodland and the disused railway line until Cloughton Wyke, then back to Ravenscar along the coastal footpath of Hayburn Wyke (killer downhill and uphill!).

Mel Foster completed the 10k route in 1:14.

14th May: The Fox and Hounds Chase (Esk Valley)

This 9.3 mile (1920ft elevation) event starts at The Yorkshire Cycle Hub, heading alongside Round Hill, along Jack Sledge Road, passing Crosby Intake Plantation towards Danby High Moor then North passing several farms, before heading East along Cornforth’s Lane, Burtree Lane, Church Way, Stonebeck Gate Lane back towards the Cycle Hub.

Abbie Hull completed the event in 1:50 and 3rd in age category.

14th May: Wild Deer Derwent Reservoir

These events take place at Derwent Reservoir on the Northumberland & Durham border. The 5k & 10k Trail Runs are suitable for all fitness levels and those that are new to trail running. Most of the running is on firm trails and footpaths with a little on grass and woodland.

In the 5k event, Mandy Harrison finished in 39:53 and Janet Stables in 41:01 whilst in the 10k event, John Harrison finished in 58:09 (2nd in age category).

15th May: NEMAA Track and Field League 2023

Congratulations and well done to Viv Hardwick for competing in the Track and Field Match 1 at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow and  setting 3 Club Records. 100m – 2nd in age group with a time of 17.6; 400m – 1st in age group with a time of 1:30.5 and 3000m – 1st in age group with a time of 13:42.3

Information about further track and field events can be found here:  Track & Field – Quakers Running Club

Special Mentions:

parkrun Tourism

Well done to QRC parkrun tourists who ran the 3 laps of mainly hard stone surface on parkland and woodland paths at Fountains Abbey on 6th May.

The next parkrun tourism is on 3rd June at Cindertrack, Whitby.

parkrun Volunteer milestone

Congratulations to Peter Rowley who has completed his 50th parkrun volunteer milestone.