Press Report: 1st – 15th September 2023

by | Sep 17, 2023 | Press Reports

Another busy press report for the beginning of September, with Quakers running a range of events and races, including the iconic Great North Run. Lots to celebrate with members taking part in races/new distances for the first time, PBs, ‘podium finishes’ and top 10 finishers. Well done everyone!

Photo: Ian and Simon at the Autumn Coast Road 5k, Redcar

2nd September: parkruns – Albert parkrun (Middlesbrough) and Hamsterley Forest

At Albert parkrun, Middlesbrough, Lou Trainor was 2nd lady finisher in 21:26, whilst at Hamsterley Forest, Dave Jones was 1st finisher in 21:19.

3rd September: Tholthorpe – 10k league race

The attractive course passes through local countryside and finishes on the Village Green by the duck pond.

Rob Gillham was first Quaker over the finish line in 44:23, followed by Lou Trainor (46:56), Brian McLaren (49:31), Graham Park (54:43), Darren Alderson (55:23), Helen Clark (58:21), Diane Lockhart (59:00) and Wendy Noble (1:02).

3rd September: Hardmoors Scaling Dam

Scaling Dam 10 is a 10 mile fully signed/taped/marshalled trail race held in the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors, starting and finishing at Scaling Dam Reservoir. The race is perfect for beginners as well as the more experienced. Food and refreshments are available at the half way checkpoint and also again at the race finish. The race has a 4hr cut off for the 10 mile route.

Anthony Corbett and April Corbett completed the route in 2:14.

3rd September: Cheltenham Half Marathon (10k also available)

This event starts and finishes at the incredible Cheltenham Racecourse and is a mostly flat route with great spectator support when running through the town centre.

Michael Oliver completed the route (6th of 10 half marathons this year) in 2:07.

3rd September: Middlesbrough 10k

This fairly flat course takes in local landmarks including the Transporter Bridge, Albert Park, Teesside University, MIMA and the Riverside Stadium.

There was a great turnout of Quakers with Michael Thompson first Quaker over the finish line in 44:44, followed by Shane Lester (45:50, PB), Jonathan Eccles (46:16, PB), Isaac Johnson-Caddell (46:40), David Whittle (46:58), Ian Hart (47:39), David Nalder (48:17), Ian Burgess (49:59), Daniel Orton (50:11), Stephen Ash (50:56), Fred Tennant (52:20), Caroline Litster (53:50), Jeff Marriott (53:58), Alex Looney (55:12, PB), Julie Whinn (55:59), Jo Meynell (56:35), Carmelita Coco (56:40), Melanie Newton (57:31), Paul Cockburn (58:15, PB), Helen Clarke (59:18), Grainne Duffy (59:45,PB) Stephen Moore (1:00:08), Bryan Dale (1:00:37), John Yeomans (1:00:52, PB), Zoe Robinson (1:02), Sally Singleton (1:08), Jade Gilbert (1:12), Fiona Dixon (1:12), Kylie Rushton (1:17) and Linda Harrington (1:27).

3rd September: Locomotion 10k (Darlington Trail Series)

Suitable for all abilities, this was race 3 and the final of the 10k series with this race starting in Middleton St George.

John Harrison and Heather McLean completed the race in 1:00 and 1:10 respectively.

6th September: Autumn Coast Road 5k, Redcar

This race was the final of the 2023 Coast Road race series organised by New Marske Harriers which takes place on the sea front at Redcar.

Ian Burgess completed the race in 23:11 and Simon Rek in 25:49.

6th September: Muddy Roads Newham Grange 5k

This trail offers a picturesque combination of terrain including a one mile loop around the farm before continuing through the scenic woodland area. It starts on tarmac and soon takes you to the trails.

First Quaker to cross the finish line was Dale Chapman in 21:22 and 3rd in age category (1st, 2nd and 3rd winners excluded from category table), followed by Lou Trainor (24:22 and 1st in age category), Sandra Cass (27:20 and 2nd in age category), Julie Whinn (28:37 and 1st in age category), Hannah Alderson (28:48), Sue Sparrow (29:04), John Whinn (29:40 and 2nd in age category) and Jeff Marriott (31:20).

8th September: Great North 5k

This is a fast and flat 5k around the Quayside.

Simon Mulholland completed the route in 21:41 and Diane Vaughan in 24:05.

9th September: parkruns – Jubilee (Spennymoor), Wynyard Woodland & South Park Darlington

At Jubilee parkrun, David Nalder finished in 9th place in 24:23 and at Wynyard Woodland, April Corbett was 2nd lady finisher in 25:05. At Darlington South Park, Marc Ellis was 3rd finisher and 3rd male in 17:39 and Rob Dent finished in 10th place and 10th male in 19:45, whilst Jonathan Eccles knocked a second off his previous PB in July, finishing in 22:27.

9th September: Punk Panther – Reservoir Dogs

Punk Panther’s Reservoir Dogs takes in beautiful waterside vistas as it passes by seven delightful reservoirs. The route takes in Lindley Wood, Swinsty, Fewston and Thruscross reservoirs, before going on to John O’Gaunt, Beaver Dyke and Scargill reservoirs.

The event offered a variety of distances and Karen Dove, Michelle Dale and Lisa Jenkins completed the 20 mile route in 6:26.

9th September: The One 10

A new race for 2023 – organised by Derwent Athletics Club, this 10 mile race is named after their iconic ‘The One’ whisky. The route starts and ends at the Lakes Distillery, taking in the scenic Lake countryside.

Claire Chapman completed the route in 1:29 and Tom Chapman was tail sweeper, finishing in 2:18.

10th September: Great North Run

Following an iconic city-to-coast route, the Great North Run starts in Newcastle City Centre, before heading over the Tyne Bridge just before the 2-mile mark. Entering Gateshead, runners pass the Gateshead International Stadium, before continuing on towards the coast, making a final turn at the 12-mile point and running along the seafront for the final stretch.

The traditional race finish in South Shields, the free in-run pint, music en-route, post-race fish and chips, ‘that’ view as runners reach the final mile and fantastic local support were back! Well done to everyone that took part, whether it was for a fast time, first time or raising lots money for charity… hope the crazy weather didn’t spoil it for you!

Dave Jones was first Quaker to cross the finish line in 1:26 followed by Rob Gillham (1:39), Adrian Gooding (1:40, PB), Simon Metcalfe (1:45), Phil Neal (1:46), Brian McLaren (1:51), James Atkinson (1:53), Carys Samuel (1:56), Simon Mulholland (2:00), Adam Charles (2:02), Susan Sparrow (2:05), Louise Priestman (2:07, PB), Phil Rutter (2:08), Sandra Cass (2:10), Michael Oliver (2:11), Melissa Hird (2:11), Alex Looney (2:11), Juliette McLaren (2:13), Daniel Orton (2:15), Carmel Colebrooke (2:16), Chris Evans (2:20), Helen Clarke (2:24), Emma Bland (2:29), Paul Cockburn (2:30), Carmelita Coco (2:30), Nigel Eddy (2:39), David Ledgerwood (2:40), Pauline Stainsby (2:43), Kathryn Gray (2:46), David Porterfield (2:47),  Linda Burrell (2:52), Paul Ryan (2:57),  Kylie Rushton (3:03), Jade Gilbert (3:04), Rachel Hird (3:04 PB) and Michael King (3:07).

10th September: Vale of York Half Marathon and 10k

This event is described as ‘for the novice runner, a perfect introduction to a longer distance and for the more seasoned racer, it remains a genuine PB opportunity.

In the Half Marathon distance, Brian Martin finished in 1:41 (2nd in age category) and Sandra Martin in 2:01, whilst John Harrison ran the 10k, bagging himself a new PB of 57:00, knocking over 3 minutes off his previous PB.

13th September: Darlington Trail Series – Baydale Beck 5k

This was the last event of the Darlington Trail Winter Series.

Ian Burgess was first Quaker to cross the finish line in 25:17, followed by Barbra Barker in 28:36, Shane Lester (31:08), Jeff Marriott (32:21) and Linda Harrington (46:48).