Press Report: 1st – 15th May 2024

by | May 17, 2024 | Press Reports

Photo: QRC members at Kirbymoorside 10k (Photo courtesy of John Yeomans)

Another busy fortnight! 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.

1st May: Darlington Trail Series 5k at Cummins

This race was the 3rd in the Darlington Trails Series and is described as a fast and flat course ideal for both PB chasers or new runners.

Ian Burgess finished the race in 23:21, followed by John Harrison (25:34), Barbra Barker (26:50), Jeff Marriott (29:21) and Berni Gibson (34:49).

1st 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.

Sue Alexander finished the 5k race in 49:50

4th May: parkrun – Cotsford Fields and Darlington, South Park

There was a good turnout of parkrun tourists at Cotsford Fields; about half of the participants were QRC members and a good time was had by all – photographs off their fabulous Star Wars outfits were shared by Cotsford Fields and parkrun UK. The force was with Rob Dent who finished in 1st place in 20:16, followed by Ian Hart in 24:52 (8th finisher overall), Lou Trainor (25:37, 9th finisher overall and 3rd lady finisher) and Lisa Bowerbank (25:45 and 10th finisher overall).

At Darlington South Park, Shane Lester completed his 25th parkrun milestone in 26:33.

4th May: Ultra Marathon Steel City 30 (Steel City 60 and relay option also available)

This is a stunning trail event round Sheffield, extending through South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and the Peak District. The route is challenging. Sheffield is built on 7 hills with a third of the City being located within the Peak District.

The 30 route is the second half of the 60, which takes place on the same day and offers a challenging distance and terrain with 3,900 ft of elevation and the reward of some amazing views round the Peak District and North Sheffield boundary.

Dave Thompson completed the route in 7:30 and 1st in age category; he praised the personal service and described the support at the start, finish and checkpoints as ‘first class’.

5th May: Sheriff 10k (Scorton Lancs)

This is a hilly & scenic route that raises funds for Scorton CE School.

Deborah Berry completed the route un 47:39 and was 1st in age category.

5th May: Newcastle-Gateshead Marathon and Half Marathon (10k also available)

This road closed course takes in the famous landmarks of Gateshead including Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Sage Gateshead, BALTIC, Tyne Bridge, Swing Bridge and finishing in the iconic Gateshead International Stadium and finishing by running around the track and crossing the finish line cheered home by family and friends.

In the Marathon race, Brian Martin finished in 3:47 (2nd in age group) followed by Michael Thompson  (4:09) and Daniel Orton (4:48).

In the Half Marathon race, John Dunne finished in 1:43, followed by Caroline Litster (2:08), Sandra Martin (2:11), Lucy Bendle (2:32) and Fiona Dixon (2:54).

5th May: Kirbymoorside 10k (Championship Race)

This undulating road race is staged annually to raise money for Kirkbymoorside and Gilamoor Primary Schools.

Marc Ellis finished in 6th place overall and 1st in age category in 37:36, followed by Scott Beaumont (41:43 and PB by 1 min 10 seconds), Rob Gillham (45:16), Phil Neale (45:55), Dave Murphy (46:50), Ian Burgess (51:19), Emily Beaumont (52:26), Alex Looney (53:20), Diane Lockhart (53:33 and PB by 1 min 11 seconds), Helen Clark (56:56), Rachel Grayson (57:34), Lesley Neale (1:02), John Yeomans (1:05), Karen Mavin (1:07), Wendy Noble (1:08) and Sharon Carr (1:09).

5th May: Melmerby 10k (10k league) 

Starting in the village of Melmerby, the undulating route takes runners through quiet and scenic picturesque villages before returning back to Melmerby.

Ian Hart completed the route in 48:05 and 3rd in age category followed by David Nalder (49:20 and 2nd in age category).

5th May: Its Grim Up North Dandelions at Dawn

This is a lapped event around the trails of Temple Newsam in Leeds, West Yorkshire with distances from 6.7 miles up to Ultra Marathon.

Sandra Cass completed the Half Marathon distance in 2:14 and 2nd in age category.

5th May:  Morecambe Half Marathon (5k also available)

The Morecambe Half Marathon is mainly traffic free and mostly flat and fast, taking in the views across Morecambe Bay and Hest Bank. The race starts from Trimpell Sports and Social Club. (In 2023 the race was called the Coronation Half Marathon).

Michael Oliver completed the route in 2:08.

5th 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.

Wendy Colling completed the route in 7:05.

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.

Hayley Addison completed the route in 3:44 and 3rd in age category.

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 8th place overall and 1st in age category in 1:37.

8th 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.

Rob Gillham was first Quaker finisher in 35:46, followed by Steve Snook (37:08) and Helen Clark (43:46).

11th May: parkrun – Hackworth (Shildon) & Darlington South Park

At Hackworth, Michael Thompson finished in 10th place overall (and 10th male) in 23:57; whilst at Darlington South Park, Zoe Robinson bagged herself another shiny new PB of 29:36 (her 6th in the last year) shaving 30 seconds off her previous time a fortnight ago.

11th – 12th May: The Lap – Windermere Spring Ultra (Anti-Clockwise route)

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. 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 completed the event in 13:02 (over 3 hours faster than last year!).

12th May: Durham Trail 10 and 5k

The Trail Outlaws Durham Trails 10 offers runners a fabulous opportunity to run some beautiful trails in Durham City and the areas surrounding the city. The 10 mile route starts in Durham City before heading down along the rivers Wear Dale Way, through the local woods of Shincliffe and Croxdale, before returning to the City via some great trails and finishing with the spectacular climb up to the top of Whinney Hill where runners will get an uninterrupted view of Durham Cathedral from one of the highest vantage points within the city itself.

Rob Gillham completed the event in 1:29, followed by Martyn Farnsworth (1:34) and Simon Rek (1:52).

In the 5k race, Rob Dent finished in 3rd place overall and 2nd in age category in 25:01 followed by Helen Clark (31:45, 10th place overall and 1st in age category) and Mandy Harrison (48:13 and 1st in age category)

Ormesby Hall evening 5k

This was the first event of the Summer Night Series. Runners were treated to lots of mud and extra big puddles!

Matt Jackson finished in 32:234 1st in age category) at the Ormesby Hall evening 5k with a time of 32:23.

12th May: Raby Castle 10k and 5k

These races are hosted by Teesdale AC within the spectacular scenery offered by Raby Castle and its surrounding 200 acre estate.

In the 10k event, James Atkinson was first Quaker to finish in 44:19, followed by Phil Neale (47:00), Adrian Gooding (47:09 and 2nd in age category), Carys Samuel (52:46), Abbie Jones (53:22 and 2nd in age category), David Nalder (53:56 and 2nd in age group), Ian Burgess (55:09), Anna Harris (56:15), Robert Kirby (57:20) and Bryan Dale (1:08 and 3rd in age category).

In the 5k event, Berni Gibson finished in 37:44 and 1st in age category.

12th May: Leeds Marathon

The Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon saw participants taking in some of Leeds’ most scenic countryside and outer suburbs.

Emma Bland completed the race in 4:50, followed by Sal New (5:14).

 15th May: Darlington Trail series – Baydale Beck 10k

This fast and flat course starts from the layby next to the Baydale Beck pub and is ideal for both PB chasers or new runners.

Ian Burgess completed the race in 57:40 followed by Barbra Barker (1:03).

Special Mentions:

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

parkrun Tourism

Well done to QRC parkrun tourists who ran the 2 1/3  laps of Cotsford fields on trail paths on 4th May.  The next parkrun tourism is on 22nd June at Sedgefield.