While a handful of runners headed off-road, the biggest turnout of black and white vests was to be found overseas.

A smiling Hannah Alderson coming into the finish at Acklam

Several Quakers headed to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands for a variety of races being held there, in some hot and hilly conditions. In the half marathon, Brian Martin finished in 1:31:09 (and second in his age category) along with David Todd (1:48:48), Louise Trainor (1:49:20), Julie Russell (1:59:39), Sandra Martin (2:10:37) and Susan Rigg (2:57:57), while in the 10K race, Mike Kipling ran 43:27 followed by Chris Minto (44:44), Steven Major (50:39), Graham Park (51:24), Wendy Noble (1:03:43), Sarah Watson (1:03:43), Laura Girard (1:19:05), Leigh Hindle (1:23:51) and Naomi Dixon (1:25:46).

The latest cross country fixture took place, for the second time this season, at a fairly muddy Acklam. In the women’s race, which included the over 65 men, Dawn Richardson completed the 5.8K distance in second place overall in 22:45 along with Viv Hardwick (27:55), Claire Chapman (31:01), Hannah Alderson (32:47), Karen Garfield (33:52), Danny Gordon (35:21), Alison Hardwick (39:25) and Rachel Grayson (41:35). In the men’s race, which covered 10K, Corey Horn finished in 46:39 followed by Michael Thompson (47:21), Tom Chapman (48:26) and Andrew Dixon (56:58).

The final Hardmoors trail series of the year was held over at Roseberry Topping. In the marathon distance, Wendy Colling finished in 6:59:18, while in the half marathon race, Michelle Boshier ran in 5:13:50 along with Sally Watson (5:13:51) and Karen Dove (5:26:14). In the 10K event Phil Rutter came home in 1:29:15 followed by Angela Clement (1:46:52) and Gill Colling (2:05:00).

Annette Clarke, Charlie Bogg and Dave Thomspon were out on the hills again for the Regular Irregular, a 23 mile route around the hills and valleys near Holmfirth and Huddersfield, completing the distance which included 4,000ft of ascent together in 5 hours 51 minutes.

Nigel Eddy was the sole Quaker at the third race in the Tees Trail Winter 5K series at Kirkleatham, finishing the off-road route in 27:37.

Midweek had seen Diane Vaughan head over to Middlesbrough Sports Village for the 5K race there, completing the closed road course in 22:28 (and second in her age category).

In the Saturday morning parkruns, Dave Jones finished at South Park in 19:08 followed by David Aiken (19:16), Dawn Richardson (20:09), Andrew Dixon (22:08), Rob Gillham (22:29), Gareth Kyle (23:20), Viv Hardwick (23:39), David Whittle (24:06), Paul Roberts (24:29), Stuart Masterman (24:48), Peter Rowley (25:03), Lisa Bowerbank (26:32), Julie Bell (26:32), Ian Hart (26:42), Helen Clarke (26:43), Danny Gordon (27:52), Bryan Dale (28:13), Jo Meynell (28:44), Mark Trowles (29:34), Anneli Mackenzie Brown (30:18), Alison Hardwick (30:57),  Tracey Plaskitt (31:00), Michael King (32:06), Kathryn Gray (36:16), Dawn Raper (40:54), Wendy Thompson (41:00) and Andy Walker (44:47).

At Sedgefield, Katherine Hackett ran there in 21:46 along with Phil Rutter (22:32), Wendy Colling (25:13), Julie Whinn (26:46), Jeff Marriott (27:02), Gill Colling (28:20) and Richard Payne (28:38) while at Tees Barrage, Mike Watson finished in 23:53 along with Emily Beaumont (24:56) and Helen Spaven (31:19). Michelle Dale did the Northallerton run in 36:50, Kathryn Plant ran at Jubilee in 30:02, David Ledgerwood finished at Riverside in 33:19, Rebecca Howard ran at York in 21:25 and Michael Thompson finished at Albert Park in 21:08. Further afield, Tom Chapman ran at Keswick in 48:21 and David Stewart did the Bushy run in 29:14.