Quakers certainly made up for losing the previous week to the weather, with runners taking part in a multitude of races over the weekend, both here and abroad.
The latest club championship race took place on our doorstep, the South Park 20, which covered 20 one-mile laps of the park, almost identical to that of the parkrun. Fred Tennant completed the dizzying distance in 2:28:16 along with Gary Read (2:54:30), Bridget Stewart (3:05:09 and breaking the club record for her age category), Jamie Pratt (3:07:35), Sue Woodcock (3:14:05), Darren Alderson (3:29:56), Gillian Harris (3:49:27), Lena Rusa (3:49:27), Paul Ryan (3:59:07) and Emma Joyeux (3:59:11).
This year’s 10K league series got underway at the inaugural Dishforth Dash, which took place along parts of the runway of the recently decommissioned airfield. Paul Dalton finished the flat route in 38:48 followed by Andrew Vernon (43:35), Rebecca Howard (43:45, PB), Adrian Cottam (45:23), Brian McLaren (46:17), Mike Brown (46:25), Rob Gillham (47:24), Ty Hankinson (48:39), Phil Clarke (48:44), David Ledgerwood (50:58), Juliette McLaren (54:54), Sarah Watson (55:57), Jo Dickinson (57:40), Tracey Plaskitt (57:42), Michelle Dale (1:09:54), Lisa Alderson (1:09:54) and Terri Hankinson (1:13:24).
The rescheduled Lightwater Valley 10K also took place at the weekend, On a route around the grounds of the theme park, Helen Spaven finished in 1:07:41 along with Lisa Jenkins & Michelle Dale in 1:21:47
There was plenty of action taking place off-road as well, with a large turnout at the Kielder Dark Skies marathon. In a race which went off just as the sun was setting, Rebecca Bowes completed the 26.2 miles in 5:07:06 along with Michelle Boshier (5:14:35), Anna Hardy (5:14:36), Emily Beaumont (5:25:55), Anthony Corbett (5:43:00), Wendy Colling (5:43:01), April Corbett (5:43:03), Mark Colling (6:02:33), Roy Macdougall (6:02:34), Karen Dove (6:58:09) and Fiona Dixon (6:58:16).
Annette Clarke, Charlie Bogg and Dave Thompson were out on the hills for the Cleveland Survivor, organised by the Cleveland Mountain Rescue. On a staggered start which began at Great Ayton, and where runners were just given the grid references of the checkpoints they had to navigate to, they completed the 31 mile route, which took in 3500 feet of climb in 8 hours 2 minutes.
Over in the Lake District, Adrian Colbourne was the sole Quaker at the Conistion 14 mile race, completing the hilly route which circled the lake itself, in 1:45:04.
Elsewhere in the country, Michael Oliver completed the half marathon in Liverpool in 1:45:09, while down at the London Landmarks half marathon, Gillian Cowton finished in 2:15:25 (PB) along with Dawn Johnston (2:44:03) and Phill Johnston (2:44:04).
Overseas, Simon Rek flew the black and white colours in Poland, completing the half marathon event in the capital Warsaw in 1:45:03 (PB).
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Neil Gooding finished at South Park in 19:07 followed by James Atkinson (19:33), Rob Dent (19:36), Michael Kipling (19:53), Dave Jones (20:09), Steven Major (20:55), Ed Griffiths (21:44), Fred Tennant (22:47), David Whittle (22:55), Rob Gillham (23:29), Stephen Moore (24:24), Ian Hart (24:29), Mark Trowles (24:52), Julie Whinn (25:49), Peter Rowley (25:56), Danny Gordon (26:05), Nikki Thompson (26:16), Stuart Burkin (26:33), Gary Read (26:34), Ginny Gannaway (27:42), Elizabeth Kennedy (27:42), Julie Bourne (28:55), Anthony Corbett (28:55), Lisa Reeve (29:05), Richard Payne (29:07), Alison Hardwick (29:28), Gill Colling (29:28), Janette Croft (30:56), Barbra Barker (31:00), Michelle Scruby (31:33), Jo Dickinson (31:45), Helen Carver (31:49), Michael King (32:24), Thomas Gannaway (33:06), Sue Leather (33:46), Ally Sanderson (34:21), Linda Grant (34:23), Rachel Grayson (34:28), Andy Walker (35:51), David Ledgerwood (36:39), Gillian Harris (36:51), Carolyn Cairns (37:16), Sue New (37:25), Paul Dalton (37:55), Naomi Dixon (37:56), Wendy Thompson (38:10), Stacey Holmes (39:47), Suzanne Jenkinson (42:42), Roy Macdougall (42:43), Sharon Carr (42:46), Judith Russell (42:47), Sarah Bayles (42:47) and Lee Morris (42:51).
At Sedgefield, Steve Howell ran there in 23:26 along with Malcolm Hewitson (24:28), Jeff Marriott (26:57), Mark Blewitt (28:22) and Carolyn Hewitson (37:01). At Fountains Abbey, Julie Bell and Stuart Masterman finished in 29:49 and 29:57 respectively, Phil Clarke did the Catterick run in 24:06, while Emily Beaumont ran at Tees Barrage in 34:16. At Stewart Park, Helen Whiting finished in 34:03, Sally Watson did the Hackworth run in 35:28, while Brian Dixon did the Mount Edgcumbe run at Plymouth in 32:38.