Plenty of points were on offer once again, in a weekend which also saw one Quaker coming home with a medal.
Saturday saw the championship and league race at Snape, where Quakers accounted for over a quarter of the field, as well as taking four of the top ten placings. Paul Dalton finished the multi-terrain 10K route in fifth place in 38:40 followed by Darren Wright (40:00, in sixth place), Michael Kipling (40:32, in seventh place), Rob Dent (40:38, in eighth place), David Matthew (41:39), Andrew Vernon (42:00), Steve Major (42:51), Mike Brown (43:24), Edward Griffiths (46:35), Rob Gillham (47:25), Phil Clarke (47:27 and first in his age category), Graham Park (48:09), Juliette Mclaren (52:14), Brian Mclaren (52:14), Jamie Pratt (53:22), Julie Whinn (54:24), Darren Alderson (54:53), Jo Dickinson (58:53), Helen Clark (58:55), Nikki Thompson (59:02), Helen Whiting (59:11), Emily Beaumont (59:46), Lisa Alderson (1:02:20), Sarah Watson (1:03:59), Caroline Brown (1:04:55), Phill Johnston (1:07:37), Dawn Johnston (1:07:39) and Gill Wallis (1:12:00).
The second of the weekend’s championship races took place at Thirsk, which saw the traditional opener for the cross country season of the team relays, where each runner covered a two mile leg of the fields. In the women’s event, the team of Diane Lockhart, Janette Croft and Emma Joyeux finished in 56:32, with Sharon Carr, Alison Hardwick and Rebecca Stirland in 1:06:09. In the men’s event, the quartet of Dave Jones, Rob Dent, Paul Dalton, Marc Ellis came home in 48:46, with Adrian Colbourne, Adrian Cottam, Viv Hardwick and Graham Park in 58:48 & Lloyd Ashby, Corey Horn, Rob Gillham and Steven Moore in 1:01:34.
Two Quakers travelled north of the border for the Loch Ness marathon. On a route which went alongside the waterway and ended in Inverness, Dave Murphy finished the 26.2 miles in 4:13:37 along with David Ledgerwood in 4:32:59 (PB).
Wendy Thompson headed over to Northern Ireland for the half marathon taking place in Belfast, completing the 13.1 miles around the city centre in 2:58:47.
On the track, Michael Joyeux claimed a silver medal in the North East Masters 10,000M Championships at Monkton, finishing the race in second place overall in a new club record of 32:56.
Out on the fells, Charlie Bogg and Dave Thompson took part in One Foot in the Gargrave, a 23 mile route near Skipton, the pair finishing together in 4 hours 45 minutes.
Also on the hills, Malcolm Hewitson ran in the inaugural 4 Tops Challenge, completing the 12 mile route which took in Highcliffe, Captain Cook’s Little Roseberry and Roseberry topping in 2 hours 14 minutes.
Over in the Lake District, at the Coniston Trail Races, Rebecca Howard completed the 15K off-road distance by the lake in 2:08:26, with Philippa Rayner finishing the 10K route in 1:25:13.
Up at Coxhoe, Stuart Hardcastle took part in the 10K trail race there, completing the undulating route in 50:24.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Dave Jones finished at South Park in 18:33 followed by Adrian Cottam (19:39), Corey Horn (20:22), David Todd (20:58), Michael Storey (21:02), Stuart Hardcastle (22:29), Ian Hart (22:44), Darren Whiting (23:01), Ty Hankinson (23:06), Mike Watson (23:17), Nikki Thompson (23:31), David Whittle (24:09), Shaune Eland (24:16), Mark Trowles (25:05), Stuart Masterman (25:17), Ashleigh Atkinson (25:24), Danny Gordon (25:25), Elizabeth Kennedy (26:09), Janette Croft (26:14), Gavin Armstrong (26:16), Julie Bell (27:15), Michael King (27:25), Anthony Rochester (28:58), Helen Clarke (29:05), Diane Lockhart (29:45), Matt Jackson (30:52), Alec Cinamon (31:49), Rachel Grayson (35:22), Victoria Holmes (36:18), Gill Laverick (37:22), Gemma Marshall-Moore (37:23) and Olly Marshall-Moore (37:23).
At Sedgefield, Ian Bond finished in 20:55 along with Adrian Colbourne (21:30), Mark Blewitt (28:35) and Sally Watson (43:18), while at Northallerton, Paul Dalton was first across the line in 19:19 followed by Helen Clark (28:46) and Emily Beaumont (29:23). At Tees Barrage, Marc Ellis finished in 18:51 followed by Anthony Corbett (27:05), Naomi Dixon (37:09) and Sharon Carr (37:27), Stephen Moore ran at Albert Park in 23:44, while at Stewart Park, Sarah Wilson finished in 27:24. Gemma Hammond did the Gibside run in 27:49, Peter Rowley ran at Newby Bridge in 25:50, while at Blackpool, Michelle Scruby finished in 29:35.