Press Report: 1st – 15th November 2023

by | Nov 18, 2023 | Press Reports

Photo: Ladies team and Brian at Fox Rush Cross Country (Photo shared by Marc Ellis)

Another fortnight of fabulous running by QRC members. Lots to celebrate – running near and far, personal bests, smashing age categories, competing in championship and league races, cross country and representing England, to name a few.

4th November – parkruns – Darlington South Park, Blackhill (Near Consett), Jubilee (Spennymoor), Silloth Promenade, Quakers Walk (Wiltshire)

At Darlington South Park, Dawn Richardson was first lady finisher in 19:54 and Zoe Robinson bagged herself another shiny new PB (her 6th since April) of 31:53, shaving over 2minutes off her previous PB from July 23.   At Blackhill, Helen Clark was 2nd lady finisher in 28:24; at Jubilee Sue Sparrow was first lady finisher in 27:19 and Carmelita Coco was 3rd lady finisher at Silloth Promenade in 27:29. Adrian Colbourne was 1st Quaker to complete Quakers Walk parkrun, finishing in 30:29 on their 9th event.

5th November: New York City Marathon

The route starts on the on the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge on Staten Island and takes runners through all five boroughs of New York City, through Brooklyn and then into Queens before entering Manhattan and finishing in Central Park.

David Ledgerwood completed the race in 5:18.

5th November: The Tommy Run  

The 10k course is along the beautiful sea front at Seaham on a mixture of paths, promenade and some trail paths. The start and finish are at the Tommy War Memorial statue, a First World War soldier by artist Ray Lonsdale, displayed close to Seaham war memorial, on Terrace Green by the seafront in Seaham, County Durham.

Jeff Marriott completed the run in 57:44 and Margaret Enstone in 1:21.

5th November: Gibside Fruit bowl

The course is a one lap on good tracks, paths and estate roads and is approximately 7 miles long, set within the magnificent grounds of the National Trust Gibside Estate.

Katherine Hackett finished the race in 1:05.

5th November: Guy Fawkes 10 miles – Championship Race

This is a hilly 10 mile run starting and finishing at Ripley Castle. Most of the course is on quiet country roads with a couple of sections on well surfaced bridleway.

Rob Gillham was first Quaker to finish in 1:17, followed by James Atkison (1:21), Emily Beaumont (1:29), Sandra Cass (1:35), Wendy Colling (1:36), Diane Sparrow (1:37) and Helen Clark (1:41).

5th November:  Fox Rush Farm Cross Country

Ladies and Vet 65 men ran 5.8km (2 laps) whilst Sen/Vet men ran (3 laps) at Fox Rush Farm Community Woodland at Redcar.

Abbie Hull was first Quaker Running first lady home in 29:50 followed by Diane Lockhart (34:01), Rachel Grayson (36:40), Gilly Cowton (38:46), Juliette McLaren (38:51), Helen Clarke (40:04), Sharon Carr (43:48), Jan Waite (1:00) and Lin Gossage (1:08, 2nd in age category).

In the U20, Senior and Vet men, Marc Ellis (36:12 and 2nd in age category) followed by Dave Jones (39:58), Rob Dent (40:05), Martyn Farnsworth (40:56), Phil Neal (42:37), David Whittle (43:32), Brian McLaren (44:16), Michael Thompson (44:17), Raymond Reed (49:50) and Darren Alderson (52:38).

In the over 65 Vet men Brian Cowton finished in 37:31.

5th November: Old Mother Shipton’s Shuffle – 10k, half marathon, marathon, ultra marathon available

Starting from the centre of Knaresborough this chip timed race climbs gently up through park land on to the old railway track between Knaresborough and Harrogate surrounded by beautiful countryside. This is great underfoot making for a fast out and back.

Helen Spaven completed the half marathon distance in 2:32.

6th November: Quaker mile – Championship race

This timed event is run by Quakers Running Club with runners completed 4 laps of Eastbourne track. Well done to the 14 Quakers who took part: Marc Ellis (5:29 and club record), Dave Jones (5:47), Phil Neal (5:49), Simon Metcalfe (6:02), David Whittle (6:28), Dave Murphy (6:38), Ian Burgess (6:49), Viv Hardwick (7:06 and club record), Helen Spaven (7:07), Ray Reed (7:29), Darren Alderson (7:33), Lesley Neal (7:52), Paul Roberts (8:41) and Lucy Metcalfe (12:22).

11th November: parkrun – Darlington South Park

At Darlington South Park, Helen Spaven bagged herself yet another PB, shaving off 38 seconds from September 23, finishing in 23:36. Alex Looney also achieved a PB, her 3rd this year, shaving off a massive 2 mins and 44 seconds from July 23 to finish in 23:55.

11th November: Newton Road Runners 10k

This race is held in memory of a Newton Road Runner. The route starts at Westburn Hall in Cambuslang and follows the Clyde path for an out and back. The well-maintained tarmac path allows for a fast run with no roads to cross or traffic to contend with. There are a couple of small hills, but the route is predominately flat.

David Ledgerwood spent the day with his Glasgow running family and completed the race in 58:19.

11th November: Hardmoors Goathland 10k/Half Marathon/Marathon

Supposedly the most runnable course of the Hardmoors race series and usually very boggy and muddy, these circular races start and finish from Goathland Village Hall,

Hayley Addison completed the half marathon route in 3:27 and Karen Dove in 5:32 whilst Dave Jones completed the 10k in 1:09 (3rd in age category).

11th November: Masters Cross Country at Tollcross Park, Glasgow

The 34th British and Irish Masters Cross Country International Championship took place in Tollcross Park, Glasgow, Scotland. For these championships, each home nation’s country hosts the event every five years. Over the years, the nations have built up strong relationships with each other. Athletes qualified for their countries after running in their own home nation’s events. Each year the ability of Masters athletes seems to increase; it is extremely competitive, so wearing the national singlet makes it that bit more special.

The host nation, Scotland, were strong this year with Ireland and England also pushing hard to take the overall title by accumulating the most points possible to win. England won the overall title with a score of 72 points. Last year’s winners, Ireland, came second with 63 points ahead of Scotland’s 62 points by a single point.

Congratulations to Dawn Richardson who competed in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country Internationals at Tollcross Park, representing EMAAT England. Dawn finished 6th in her age category and was in the team placed 1st in age.

12th November: Alton Towers Half Marathon (also 5k and 10k)

This event takes place amongst the rides within the Alton Towers estate.

Michael Oliver completed the race in 2:06.

12th November: Run Bolton Abbey (10k, 10 miles, half marathon and 2.3mile fun run)

This is a popular trail running event where hundreds of runners take part in various distances in the stunning scenery of Bolton Abbey Estate, raising much-needed funds for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. This is a unique opportunity to run on parts of the estate not usually accessible to the public.

Adrian Gooding completed the half marathon in 1:59 (2nd in age category).

12th November: Heaton Harriers Memorial 10k (10k league race)

The Heaton Harriers Memorial Road Race takes place on a traffic free course on footpaths around Newcastle’s Town Moor.

Phil Neal completed the race in 41:38 (PB) followed by Rob Gillham (43:27), Diane Vaughan (46:11), Lou Trainor (48:44), April Corbett (52:03), Darren Alderson (52:16), Graham Park (52:49), Helen Clark (56:18), Carmelita Coco (57:39), Pamela Barrass (58:50), Paul Cockburn (1:00), Ian Young (1:02) and David Porterfield (1:08 & PB).

Special mentions

Congratulations and well done to Patricia Booth who has now completed 100 parkrun volunteer stints.

Well done to our Parkrun tourists who ticked Blackhill off their list, the next one will be on 9th December at Hamsterley Forest.

Congratulations and well done to Michael Oliver who has completed his personal target of 10 Half Marathon races this year.