Most of last week’s action was to be found midweek, which saw three races taking place simultaneously, including the latest championship race.
That particular race took place over at Marske for the two-lap Summer Coast Road 5K. Michael Joyeux came home in second place overall in 15:39 (PB) followed by Rob Dent (18:43), Chris Minto (19:38), Dawn Richardson (20:05 and first in her age category), Gareth Kyle (20:26), Fred Tennant (20:44, PB), Brian Mclaren (21:00), Diane Vaughan (22:42), Rob Gillham (23:39), Bridget Stewart (24:41), Clare Stradling (25:05), Juliette Mclaren (25:34), Michelle Scruby (27:13) and Lee Morris (27:18).
Also taking place that night was the Durham City 10K, which saw Nicola Wells complete the undulating route in 45:35 (finishing second in her age category), along with David Matthew (45:03), Michael Ladyman (46:22), Michael Oliver (48:44), Steve Howell (48:49), David Thompson (49:27), Jamie Pratt (50:51), Julie Russell (51:43), Anthony Corbett (53:29), Stuart Masterman (59:00), Julie Bell (59:47), Jo Dickinson (1:05:03) and Helen Clarke (1:22:00).
The third race held that evening was the fourth race in the Summer 5K Trail Series, this time held at Acklam Grange. Gary Read finished the off-road route in 21:38 ahead of Michael Kipling (21:50), Steven Major (22:01), Dan Rowlands (22:41), Tom Chapman (24:00), Danny Gordon (30:20), Jeff Marriott (30:29), Nichola Jordan (35:40), Lisa Johnstone (35:48), Caroline Litster (35:49), Claire Hewitt (37:03) and Sally Watson (37:04).
The following night had seen six runners head over to Sedgefield for the Gerry Kearsley Summer Handicap race, covering a 6.5 miles route on the trails. Michael Kipling finished in an aggregate time of 1:02:02 followed by Steven Major (1:02:16), Paul Ryan (1:07:17), Gary Read (1:07:43), Paul Pomfret (1:07:43) and Alan Prest (1:15:38).
The only sight of Quakers running at the weekend was further north for the Northumberland Coastal run, a 14 mile route along the coast from Beadnell to Alnmouth. Michael Joyeux came home in third place overall in 1:15:41, with Katherine Hackett in 1:40:06 (and first in her age category), Andrew Walker in 1:54:17 and Michael Oliver in 1:58:46.
The previous week had seen Grainne Duffy take part in the Hexham half marathon, completing the fairly undulating route there in 2:40:35.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, there was a 1-2 at South Park which saw Christian Brown finish in 17:19, just ahead of Kyle Cook in 17:26. They were followed by Dave Jones (18:33 in his 100th parkrun), Dawn Richardson (19:55), Adrian Cottam (19:58), Ian Readman (20:04), Peter Commane (21:03), David Mclachlan (21:14), Ian Bond (21:31), Phil Rutter (21:32), Tom Chapman (21:53), Ed Griffiths (22:30), Fred Tennant (22:43), Paul Roberts (22:55), David Whittle (23:07), Gavin Armstrong (24:09), Lewis Boshier (25:27), Danny Gordon (25:31), Rebecca Bowes (25:52), Michelle Boshier (25:53), Stuart Masterman (25:55), Christopher Parsons (26:46), Mark Trowles (27:21), Julie Bell (27:31), Brian Dixon (27:34), Tracey Plaskitt (27:39), Claire Chapman (28:16), Alison Hardwick (29:12), Jes Smith (30:12), Fiona Dixon (31:01), Sally Singleton (31:31), Michael King (33:38 in his 200th parkrun), Paul Ryan (33:40), Helen Gregory (33:45), Gary Read (34:40), Lisa Johnstone (38:13), Rachel Ryan (40:49) and Kelly Smith (45:59).
At Catterick, Diane Vaughan finished in 22:35 along with Phil Clarke (23:56), Julie Whinn (25:31), Darren Alderson (27:17), Jo Dickinson (28:27), Janette Croft (31:09) and Lisa Alderson (34:29), while at Sedgefield, Olly Moore ran there in 26:40 with Wendy Colling (27:01) and Jeff Marriott (27:31). At the Rising Sun run, Mike Brown and Caroline Moses ran there in 21:25 and 27:42 respectively, Stephen Moore did the run at Albert Park in 24:08 and Emily Beaumont ran at Tees Barrage in 31:29. At Redcar, Sarah Wilson did the run there in 26:16, Darryn Wood ran at Druridge Bay in 31:01, while Peter Rowley completed the Fell Foot run at Newby Bridge in 24:58. Further afield, Rebecca Howard finished at Oxford in 22:25, while in Belfast, Iain Clyde did the Victoria Park run in 24:41.
Flying the flag overseas was Stuart Burkin, who completed the Frédéric Back run in Montreal, Canada, in 24:34.