A typically quiet January weekend saw most Quakers heading south as the first big race of the year took place.
Several runners headed down to York for the Brass Monkey half marathon, where the flat course meant ideal conditions for those after new personal bests. First home for the club, over the 13.1 mile distance around the countryside was Michael Joyeux who finished in sixth place overall in 1:11:05 (PB). He was followed in by Dave Jones (1:27:07), Darren Wright (1:27:25, PB), Katherine Hackett (1:31:06), Luke Minall (1:34:22, PB), Brian Mclaren (1:39:11), Tom Chapman (1:41:02), Diane Vaughan (1:41:05), Andrew Walker (1:43:36), Stephen Ash (1:47:09), Sue Woodcock (1:49:52), David Ledgerwood (1:53:39, PB), Michael Oliver (1:53:40), Adrian Colbourne (1:57:41), Claire Chapman (1:59:53), Rob Gillham (2:00:42), Richard Hughes (2:00:42), Juliette Mclaren (2:02:41), Pamela Barrass (2:03:13), Mel Newton (2:06:25), Jo Dickinson (2:06:29), Barbra Barker (2:06:29), Michelle Dale (2:13:15), Paul Ryan (2:20:31), Lisa Jenkins (2:20:33), Emma Joyeux (2:27:01), Lena Rusa (2:27:01) and Steven Johnston (2:47:23).
Three travelled further south to Leeds for the Temple Newsam 10 mile race, held in the grounds of the estate itself. Anna Hardy completed the multi-terrain distance in 1:38:24 along with Rebecca Howard in 1:52:05 and Philippa Rayner in 1:58:07.
Over on the moors near Guisborough saw the Commondale Clart fell race held over a 5.2 mile route which took in 700 feet of climb. Ian Bond completed the muddy route in 46:10 followed by Andrew Vernon (53:37), Malcolm Hewitson (56:16) and Anthony Corbett (59.15).
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Marc Ellis finished at South Park in 17:55 followed by Rob Dent (19:46), Adrian Cottam (19:50), Phil Rutter (22:19), Claire Mckinty (22:39), Steven Major (22:45), Dave Murphy (23:39), Ed Griffiths (25:08), Rebecca Howard (25:52), Danny Gordon (25:54), Gary Read (26:01), Ian Hart (26:13), Angela Clement (27:48), Mark Trowles (27:56), Nicola Wells (28:05), Julie Bell (28:07), John Whinn (28:44), Hannah Alderson (29:06), Brian Dixon (29:13), Mark Blewitt (29:24), Matt Jackson (29:32), Hayden Thompson (29:51), Julie Russell (30:10), Alison Hardwick (30:11), Michelle Scruby (30:36), Kelly Smith (31:08), Louise Etherington (31:35), Paul Ryan (33:02), Lucy Bendle (34:13), Mark Johnston (34:37), Ally Sanderson (34:40), Stacey Thompson (35:06), Peter Cowan (35:44), Michael King (35:47), Rachel Grayson (35:57), Jo Dickinson (36:56), Dawn Johnston (38:36), Phill Johnston (38:36), Gemma Marshall (41:40), Helen Cowan (41:58), Judith Russell (42:30) and Stacey Holmes (47:08).
At Sedgefield, Amy Foster finished in 19:21 along with Paul Dalton (20:15), Adrian Colbourne (21:52), Jeff Marriott (26:36), Andrew Vernon (28:01), Darren Alderson (28:01), John Mcgrath (29:49), Richard Payne (30:07), Clare Mcgrath (31:20) and Lisa Alderson (31:46). Stephen Moore and David Ledgerwood ran at Albert Park in 23:16 and 24:47 respectively, Siobhan Waddell did the Newcastle run in 28:51, Abbie Hull ran at Catterick in 26:27 and Emily Beaumont ran at Tees Barrage in 31:28. Christopher Parsons and Fiona Dixon ran at Stewart Park in 29:50 and 34:14, while at Northallerton, Malcolm and Carolyn Hewitson finished there in 25:50. Anthony Corbett did the Heslington run in 25:30, Gill Wallis ran at Penrith in 35:50, Claire Chapman finished at Keswick in 27:16, while down in the capital Gareth Kyle did the Mile End run in 21:46.