While a few Quakers headed down to the capital, several others were busy running in a double header championship race weekend.
Eleven runners travelled down to London for the iconic marathon, on a much cooler day than the race last year. First home over the 26.2 mile distance was Marc Ellis in 3:05:39 (PB) followed by Dawn Richardson (3:10:39 and breaking the club record for the distance), Louise Trainor (3:23:20), Dave Thompson (3:50:22), Dave Murphy (3:53:25, PB), Wendy Colling (3:56:08), Steve Snook (3:57:17), Sue Woodcock (4:33:57), David Ledgerwood (4:37:59), Jamie Pratt (4:46:45) and Michael Oliver (4:57:47).
The first of the weekend’s championship races took place on a very undulating route at Hamsterley Forest, which saw two Quakers come home in the top ten. Paul Dalton finished the 10K distance in fifth place overall in 39:51 (and second in his age category), with Brian martin in seventh place overall in 42:21 (and first in his age category). Next to finish were Rob Gillham (49:38), Simon Rek (50:56), Nicola Wells (52:03), Julie Russell (52:57 and second in her age category), Julie Whinn (57:05 and third in her age category), Kelly Smith (1:09:21) and Ian Scott (1:12:16). The resulting places of our first three men home meant they also picked up the team prize as well.
The second championship race, the Washington Trail 10K, was held up along the woodland trails by the banks of the River Wear. Andrew Dixon covered the route in 59:48 along with Chris Parsons (1:17:20), Helen Spaven (1:22:31), Susan Rigg (1:22:52), Karen Dove (1:24:27), and Fiona Dixon (1:24:38).
Peter Rowley was the sole Quaker at the Terry O’Gara Memorial 5K up at Wallsend, completing the fairly route around the park in 24:35.
Two runners headed overseas to Madrid for a series of races being held in the Spanish capital. On a fairly hot and hilly course, Richard Hughes completed the marathon distance in 4:59:14, while Diane Vaughan ran the half marathon event in 1:42:42.
There had been plenty of action midweek as well. The Neptune Relays were held over at Hardwick Park, where teams of four each completed a 1.7 mile route around the park. The quartet of Rob Gillham, Julie Russell, Rob Dent and Steve Howell finished in 44:06 along with Corey horn, Michael King, Adrian Colbourne & Emma Colbourne (47:58), Sue New, Emily Beaumont, Dave Jones & Graham Park (50:05), Michelle Boshier, Liz Kennedy, Ginny Gannaway & Nicola Wells (50:55) and Bex Stirland, Linda Harrington, Dave Whittle and Jeff Marriott (1:02:18).
The first race in this year Tees Trail Summer 5K series took place over at Preston Park. David Matthew completed the off-road route in 21:05 along with Stuart Hardcastle (23:50), Abbie Hull (26:45) and Gill Wallis (35:27).
Michael Joyeux was out on the track up at Monkton for the North East Counties 10,000m Championships, completing the 25 laps in fifth place overall in 33:01.
The last fortnight had also seen the opening two fixtures in this year’s NYSD track and field season, over at Middlesbrough, which saw several club records broken. In the first fixture, Dan Rowlands clocked 27.6s in the 200m (CR) along with Dave Jones (29.3s) and Paul Roberts (29.7s), in the 1500m, Dave ran 4:54, while in the javelin, Paul landed 15.28m. In the second fixture, Dan Rowlands clocked 13.49s in the 100m (CR) along with Gareth Kyle (14.05s), Dave Jones (14.57s, CR) and Paul Roberts (14.66s), in the 800m, Dave ran 2:29 (CR) along with Rebecca Dodd in 3:26 (CR), while in the 1500m steeplechase, Rebecca ran 11:17 (CR and claiming the silver medal by virtue of it being a championship race). On the field, Dan landed 5.04m in the long jump (CR) along with Paul (3.68m) and Rebecca (3.03m), with Rebecca also throwing 19.09m in the discus.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Mike Kipling finished at South Park in 19:15 followed by Rob Dent (19:24), Neil Gooding (19:59), David Matthew (20:03), Steve Howell (21:15), Stuart Hardcastle (21:56), David Whittle (22:15), Gary Read (24:16), Stuart Masterman (24:20), Peter Rowley (24:44), Fred Tennant (25:25), Elizabeth Kennedy (26:37), Danny Gordon (26:45), Rebecca Howard (26:58), David Aiken (26:58), Ashleigh Atkinson (27:19), Martin Mcgregor (28:21), Lisa Reeve (28:38), Brian Dixon (29:41), Chris Land (30:58), Alison Hardwick (32:19), Viv Hardwick (32:19), Jo Meynell (32:20), Paul Ryan (34:04), Dawn Johnston (34:15), Rachel Maddison (34:52), Linda Gossage (40:08) and Wendy Thompson (40:46).
At Sedgefield, Dave Jones finished in 19:07 followed by Darren Alderson (26:30), Lewis Boshier (26:44), Michelle Boshier (26:45), Richard Payne (29:58), Gill Wallis (35:33), Sally Watson (36:36) and Claire Norman (42:31), while at Tees Barrage, Ian Hart ran there in 24:20 with Hannah Alderson (27:36) and Michael Storey (30:42). At Hackworth, Mark Blewitt ran there in 29:23, Stephen Moore did the Albert Park run in 25:13, Adrian Cottam ran at Stewart Park in 19:57, Luke Minall completed the Newcastle run in 24:45, Rebecca Dodd ran at Durham in 31:25, while at Catterick, Phil Rutter and Gill Colling did the run there in 22:54 and 27:22 respectively.
Further afield, Helen Whiting did the Dalby Forest run in 28:37 and Kathryn Plant ran at Marlborough Common in 29:19. In the capital, Adrian Colbourne did the Southwark run in 21:07 along with Anthony Corbett (27:51), Mark Colling (27:51), April Corbett (27:52) and Sandra Cass (27:59), while David Stewart did the Bushy run in 32:48 and Lucia Minto ran at Crystal Palace in 23:16.
Flying the flag overseas was Katie Ward who did the run in Munich, Germany in 22:37.