Most Quakers headed out into the Yorkshire Dales at the weekend as the first of this year’s club championship races took place.
At the Dentdale run, held over a very undulating 14.2 mile route starting and finishing in the village of Dent, Marc Ellis finished in 1:29:03, just ahead of Paul Dalton in 1:29:14, with Brian Martin coming home in 1:32:40 to finish first in his age category. The resulting places of the three of them also meant they took home the men’s team prize on the day. Next to finish were Katherine Hackett (1:40:16 and first in her age category), Rob Dent (1:40:28), Michael Thompson (1:42:54), Billy Harris (1:45:41), Ewan Henderson (1:55:37), Andrew Walker (1:57:56), Rob Gillham (1:58:59), Michael Oliver (2:01:22), Jamie Pratt (2:05:44), Darren Alderson (2:07:20), April Corbett (2:12:08), Sandra Martin (2:15:38), Julie Whinn (2:16:22), Anthony Corbett (2:17:45), Anna Hardy (2:19:48), David Ledgerwood (2:20:06), Gillian Harris (2:36:35) and Alan Prest (2:58:47). Steven Major was the sole runner to complete the newly introduced 7.9 mile distance, finishing in 1:01:39, despite a late fall on the cobbles right at the end of the race!
Over at the Spen 20 mile race, held around Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, Sandra Cass finished the route there in 3:34:54.
Meanwhile in Lancashire, Peter Rowley took part in the Roddlesworth Roller, an undulating, multi-terrain race covering 9K, completing the distance in 49:10.
The previous week had seen a quartet heading down to Staffordshire for the Millennium Way race, which covered a 41 mile route from Newport to Burton-on-Trent. Anthony Corbett, April Corbett, Mark Colling and Wendy Colling all completed the route together in 10 hours 47 minutes.
Also running a week earlier were Michelle Boshier and Rebecca Howard who did the Glaisdale Rigg fell race. On an 8.5 mile route which took in over 1800 feet of climb, the pair finished together in 1:53:53.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Gary Read finished at South Park in 18:41 followed by Dave Jones (18:45), Rebecca Howard (21:48), Ed Griffiths (22:20), Iain Clyde (22:23), Michael Joyeux (22:41), Stuart Masterman (24:35), Dale Chapman (26:42), Rebecca Bowes (27:00), Julie Bell (27:13), Michelle Scruby (27:30), Mark Blewitt (27:34), Gavin Armstrong (27:51), Michael King (28:10), Lee Morris (29:23), Charlie Johnson (30:33), Grainne Duffy (31:13), Craig Fenton (31:45), Sally Watson (35:25), Gemma Marshall (36:20), Linda Harrington (39:49), Fred Tennant (39:49), Jan Waite (40:24) and Adrian Dent (42:20).
At Hackworth, Alex Kiel was first across the line there in 16:16 (and setting a new course record in the process), with Mike Brown finishing in 28:16 and Caroline Moses in 28:17. At Tees Barrage, Brian Mclaren finished in 22:30 along with Lewis Boshier (27:06), Michelle Boshier (27:07), Juliette Mclaren (27:29), Emily Beaumont (34:38) and Karen Dove (34:39), while Dave Thompson and Richard Payne finished at Sedgefield in 23:48 and 26:01 respectively.
At Albert Park, Louise Trainor ran there in 20:37 along with Stephen Moore (22:25) and Diane Adkins (26:46), Sarah Wilson did the run at Redcar in 26:24, Darryn Wood finished at Blackhill in 34:09 while Adrian Colbourne completed the run at Riverside in 25:43. Further afield Peter Rowley did the Fell Foot run at Newby Bridge in 25:13.