Press Report: 1st – 15th October 2023

by | Oct 17, 2023 | Press Reports

Photo: QRC members at Richmond 10k (Photo taken by Lucy Metcalfe)

Another busy fortnight for racing with members taking part in events across all the disciplines and lots to celebrate including an excellent turn out for the Club Trip in Amsterdam.

1st October: Jarrow 10k

This road closed race is flat, fast and holds great PB potential. Runners can follow in the footsteps of the 1500m World Champion, and world Record Holder, and all time running legend Steve Cram, by joining us in this event which starts and finishes on Monkton Athletics Track.

Daniel Orton was first Quaker  to cross the finish line in 48:57, followed by John Yeomans (59:27), Jeff Marriott (54:03) and Kylie Rushton (1:18).

1st October: Matfen 10k – Championship Race

This popular 10k course runs through the beautiful country roads in Matfen Village, before looping around the outskirts and finishing near Matfen Hall.

Dave Jones was first Quaker to finish in 8th place overall and 1st in age category in 43:05, followed by Rob Gillham (45:58, 2nd in age category), Martin Mavin (50:22), Viv Hardwick (55:31, 1st in age category) and Helen Clark (57:29, 3rd in age category).

1st October: Penshaw 10k (5k also available)

The Penshaw 10K is set on the trails surrounding Penshaw Monument and the River Wear. The route is described as undulating, with organisers saying, ‘some that have actually taken part in the race, go as far to say that this course is brutal for a 10k!’

Gemma Eddy completed the 10k race in 1:35.

1st October: Lakeland Paws Canicross

This 5 mile event took place at Whinlatter Forest.

Alex Mathers completed the event in 35:18 in 3rd place and Barbra Barker finished in 57:07.

1st October: Great Scottish Run Half Marathon (10k also available)

This race takes runners on a stunning route past the city’s most famous landmarks, along the River Clyde and through some of Glasgow’s greenest spaces.

Michael Oliver completed his 8th (out of 10) Half Marathon Tour in 2:01.

1st October: NYSD Cross Country, Acorn Centre, Acklam Grange, Middlesbrough

The first of the cross country races started and finished at the Acorn Centre at Acklam Grange School, Middlesbrough.

U17, U20, Senior/Vet ladies, under 17 men and Vet men over 65 completed a 3.9 mile long route.

Abbie Hull finished in 27:52 followed by Diane Lockhart (33:24), Rachel Grayson (33:58), Sharon Carr (40:38), Janet Waite (55:56) and Lin Gossage (59:14).

U20, Senior/Vet men completed a 6.2 mile route.

Marc Ellis was first Quaker home in 40:17 followed by Martyn Farnsworth (47:38), Dave Whittle (48:05), Raymond Reed (57:51) and Darren Alderson (58:56).

7th October: Round Ripon Ultra

This is a 35 mile circular route which starts and finishes in the North Yorkshire village of Studley Roger. The undulating route follows the northern section of the Ripon Rowel and takes in varied terrain including the trail, woodland and moorland of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The race finishes with a downhill run through Studley Royal deer park and back into Studley Roger.

Lisa Jenkins completed the route in 10:28.

7th October: Round Rotherham Run

This year was the 40th anniversary of Rowbotham’s Round Rotherham Trail Event; it is fairly flat and virtually all runnable on good paths and tracks. It starts and finishes at Manvers Waterfront Boat Club near Rotherham and the route is a mixture of old industrial areas being claimed by woodland, river and canal banks and quiet farmland.

David Thompson completed the route in 11:44, 1st in age category and breaking his own club record.

8th October: Richmond 10k

This race starts and finishes in the Batts Riverside Park area and is all on roads apart from a very short section on grass in the Batts. Runners pass the River Swale waterfalls before crossing the river at Green Bridge and climbing Sleegill. Runners follow a shoer circuit round Catterick Garrison then return into Richmond and circling Richmond Castle on Castle Walk before enjoying a fast downhill finish.

Dave Jones was first Quaker home in 44:20, followed by Simon Metcalfe (45:28), Phil Neale (46:26), Rob Gillham (47:08), James Atkinson (47:43), David Whittle (48:40, 2nd in age category), Alex Looney (52:27, PB), Stephen Ash (54:16), Sandra Cass (54:48), April Corbett (54:57), Helen Clark (55:09), Wendy Colling (55:25), Ian Burgess (55:43), Helen Spaven (56:23), Graham Park (56:24), Darren Alderson (57:29), Stuart Masterman (57:43), Anthony Corbett (58:16), Julie Bell (58:59, 3rd in age category), Diane Lockhart (59:30), John Harrison (59:31), Lesley Neal (59:51), Julie Whinn (1:01), Stephen Moore (1:01), Mel Newton (1:01), Barbra Barker (1:01), Diane Sparrow (1:01), Pamela Barras (1:06) and Ian Young (1:08).

8th October: Kielder Half Marathon (10k and Marathon also available)

The Half Marathon route starts on Kielder Water’s spectacular dam providing an inspirational backdrop for those taking part. The route then heads in to the forest on the North Shore along the forestry road and winds away from the dam for approximately 3 miles to eventually turn and join the Lakeside Way then back across the dam and on to Leaplish Visitor Park and the finish line.

Nichola Thornborough completed the route in 2:19.

8th October: Turnpike Trot 10k

Starting from the Danby Visitor Centre, this race is staged in the beautiful North York Moors amongst some of the most stunning scenery in the UK.

Karen Dove completed the race in 1:30.

8th October: Chester Marathon        

This sell out event is the 6th largest marathon in the UK, multi-award winning and 3x time winner of the UK’s Best Marathon. The route takes runners past all Chester’s iconic landmarks (Roman Walls, Cathedral, Medieval Rows, Eastgate Clock, Amphitheatre) before heading out to the stunning Cheshire and North Wales countryside and villages; returning alongside the River Dee for a finish on Castle Drive.

Tom Chapman finished the race in 3:22 (PB).

 8th October: Royal Parks Half Marathon

This stunning course threads its way through the beauty and majesty of four Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens and past iconic landmarks including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the Royal Albert Hall. Although there are some gentle undulations it’s a generally flat course, making it fantastic for both beginners and experienced runners.

David Porterfield completed the event in 2:53.

14th October: parkruns – Darlington South Park & Hamsterley Forest

At Darlington South Park, Dave Jones was 10th finisher overall in 19:35 and Julie Bell bagged herself a shiny new PB of 25:23, shaving 14 seconds off her previous PB from May 2015!

At Hamsterley Forest, Martin Mavin finished in 8th place overall in 27:13.

14th October: Lakeland Trails – Helvellyn 15k and 10k

These races offer spectacular autumn trails that skirt the foothills of the Helvellyn range. The courses follow ancient pack horse and mining trails around Glenridding Valley, visiting Lanty’s Tarn, before a loop in the Grisedale Valley.

Nigel Eddy ran the 10k route in 1:04.

15th October: Yorkshire Marathon

The Yorkshire Marathon is described as ‘the jewel in the White Rose County’s sporting crown’ and ‘is now such a global draw that spectators come from across the world to be part of the experience and to add their support.’ This popular and picturesque run, with fantastic PB potential, takes participants past some of York’s historic sites and along scenic country lanes, making it an attractive prospect for runners of all abilities.

Dawn Richardson was first Quaker home in 3:08, 2nd in age category and club record, followed by Ray Reed (4:40), Heather Mclean (5:01), Lucy Bendle (5:20) and Lisa Quinney (5:43).

15th October: Yorkshire 10 mile

Taking place on the same day as the full Yorkshire Marathon, the Yorkshire 10 Mile shares many of the highlights, but with the added bonus of only being 10 miles!

The race begins in the heart of York and passes many of the its historic landmarks, including the world-famous York Minster and the medieval City Walls. The race also heads out into the idyllic Yorkshire countryside where runners are treated to scenic surroundings and quaint country roads.

Deborah Berry was first Quaker home in 1:17 followed by Peter Cowan (1:38), Bryan Dale and Shane Lester (1:47) and Fiona Dixon (1:59).

15th October: Yorkshire Coast Scarborough 10k (5k also available)

The mainly flat course starts at the Scarborough SPA – it routes round South Bay, past the harbour, round the headland and into North Bay. Runners pass through the Open-Air Theatre and then out to the Sea Life Centre. It is then along the coast road back to the SPA.

Ian Burgess was first Quaker home in 52:07, followed by John Yeomans (59:24, PB), Rebecca Dodd (1:01), Michael King (1:12) and Michelle Allan (1:15).

15th October: Amsterdam – QRC Club Trip 2023

Marathon: The TCS Amsterdam Marathon is a World Athletics Platinum Label Road Race that, for years, has had one of the fastest courses in the world. In the ranking of fastest marathon cities, Amsterdam is in fourth place. Highlights of the course are the start and finish in the Olympic Stadium, the passage under the Rijksmuseum, the kilometres alongside the Amstel and the round through the Vondelpark.

Marc Ellis finished the race in 2:57, PB and breaking the club record followed by Scott Beaumont (3:29, first road marathon), Emily Beaumont (3:53, PB) and Helen Clark (4:32 first road marathon).

Half Marathon: The Mizuno Half Marathon consists of one loop, most of which passes through the attractive centre of Amsterdam. The course starts at the Stadionweg and goes through Churchilllaan, Rijnstraat and the Utrechtse Bridge over the Amstel River then through Watergraafsmeer and Zeeburg. The rest of the course is the same as that of the full marathon.

Rob Dent was first Quaker home in 1:31, followed by Phil Neal (1:42, PB), Billy Harris (1:42), Daniel Orton (1:51), Jeff Marriott (1:58), Caroline Lister (1:59, PB), Darren Alderson (2:00), Diane Lockhart (2:03, PB), Julie Russell (2:04), Helen Spaven (2:04, PB), Gill Colling (2:09), Anthony Corbett (2:09), April Corbett (2:09), David Ledgerwood (2:09), Wendy Noble (2:10), Gilly Cowton (2:12), Phil Thornberry (2:14, PB), Wendy Colling (2:15), John Winn (2:18), Brian Cowton (2:23), Marc Colling (2:24), Ruth Middleton (2:24, PB), Adele Brown (2:25), Ross Edmond (2:27), Karen Thornberry (2:28), Mel Foster (2:29), Lesley Neal (2:29), Sharon Carr (2:30, PB) Gillian Harris (2:34), Michelle Scruby (2:49) and Kylie Rushton (3:08).

16th October: Bath Half Marathon

This 2 lap course route is a ‘big city’ race starting and finishing in Bath City Centre. Fast and flat, it has potential for runners to set a new personal best.

Michael Oliver completed the race, his 9th Half Marathon of 10 this year, in 2:01.


Special Mentions:

Congratulations and well done to Rob Gillham who has now completed his 100th parkrun volunteer stint.

Well done to QRC parkrun tourists who ticked Wynyard Woodland off their list on 7th October. The next outing will be at Blackhill parkrun, near Consett, on 4th November.

Congratulations and well done to Ian Burgess who completed all 6 races in the monthly mile series at South Park. Ian finished first in age category with an average race time of 6:37.