A fairly quiet bank holiday weekend saw most runners heading off road in search of some points, with a fair few also winning prizes too.
The latest championship race took place just up the road in the grounds around Auckland Castle and saw two Quakers finishing in the top ten. Over the undulating 5.2 mile distance, Brian Martin finished in ninth place in 36:40 (and first in his age category), coming in just ahead of Marc Ellis in tenth place in 36:44 (and third in his age category). Next to finish were Rob Dent (39:13), Billy Harris (44:00), Lucia Minto (45:25 and third in her age category), Ty Hankinson (45:49), Rob Gillham (46:44), Peter Rowley (48:27), Andrew Dixon (49:57), Phil Clarke (50:07), Jeff Marriott (52:40), Sandra Martin (53:13), Claire Chapman (54:17), Lisa Jenkins (1:01:04), Michelle Dale (1:01:39), Caroline Litster (1:04:08), Michelle Scruby (1:04:08) and Alan Prest (1:05:37).
At the Gilberdyke 10 mile race which took place to the west of Hull, David Todd came home in 1:11:05 with Louise Trainor just behind in 1:11:24, to finish first in her age category.
North of the border, Gary Read took part in the half marathon up at Aberdeen, completing the run along the Scottish coast in 1:35:24.
Eight headed over to the coast for this year’s Smugglers Trod, a 25 mile race which started and finished at Robin Hood’s Bay. Dave Thompson completed the route in 5:29 followed by Abbie Hull & Malcolm Hewitson in 6:17, Katherine Hackett, Sandra Cass & Wendy Colling in 6:26 and Gill Colling & Phil Rutter in 8:47.
Midweek had seen the fifth race in the Tees Trail Summer 5K Series, this time over at Pinchinthorpe, near Guisborough. David Matthew completed the run through the woods in 20:08 followed by Gary Read (20:29), Neal Harper (21:30), Dan Rowlands (21:38), Richard Payne (25:24), Lewis Boshier (25:56), Michelle Boshier (25:59), Danny Gordon (28:56), Claire Hewitt (37:00) and Sally Watson (37:01).
Also taking place the same evening, near Thirsk, was the Sessay Swift 6K race which saw Louise Trainer come home as the second female overall in 24:32, with Alan Prest finishing in 41:21 (and third in his age category).
The previous week had seen Paul Ryan racing in San Francisco again, this time twice in one evening. In race held in the San Pedro Park, he completed the 2 mile run in 20:51, followed shortly by the 10K in 1:18:44.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Michael Joyeux was first across the line at South Park in 17:26 followed by James Atkinson (18:45), Ian Bond (20:12), Luke Minall (20:16), Steven Major (20:17), Adrian Cottam (21:53), Nick Wadd (22:13), Dale Chapman (22:15), Darren Whiting (22:48), David Whittle (22:49), Stuart Burkin (23:29), Michael Johnston (23:45), Rob Gillham (24:21), Nicola Wells (24:21), Stuart Masterman (24:32), Abigail Willson (25:26), Sue Woodcock (25:55), Julie Bell (26:22), Mark Trowles (29:09), Sally Singleton (29:09), Alison Hardwick (30:09), Michelle Scruby (30:11), Gillian Harris (30:19), Michael King (32:09), Kelly Smith (33:44), Lucy Bendle (34:41) and Terri Hankinson (38:10).
At Sedgefield, Adrian Colbourne finished in 21:45 along with Richard Payne (25:36), Lewis Boshier (25:44), Michelle Boshier (25:45), Olly Moore (26:48), Jeff Marriott (27:00), John Whinn (29:38), Julie Whinn (35:14) and Sally Watson (36:37). At Albert Park, Stephen Moore finished in 28:00, David Ledgwerood ran at Newcastle in 26:03, Kristian Malcolm did the Tees Barrage run in 25:34, Phill Johnston completed the Hackworth run in 30:53, and Darryn Wood ran at Dalby Forest in 31:20.
Further afield, Simon Moore did the run at Northampton in 23:23, Rebecca Howard finished the Bedgebury Pinetum run near Tunbridge Wells in 24:12, while north of the border, Gary Read did the Stonehaven run at Aberdeen in 22:36.