Quakers had to contend with plenty of inclines last week with just about every race featuring some very hilly courses.
The latest championship race, the James Herriot trail race took place at Castle Bolton, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. In some fairly blustery conditions, Brian Martin was first home for the club over the very undulating 14K distance in 1:04:04 (and first in his age category). He was followed in by Rob Dent (1:09:57), Michael Thompson (1:10:52), Dawn Richardson (1:11:16 and second in her age category), Billy Harris (1:17:34), Rob Gillham (1:23:42), David Ledgerwood (1:30:00), Richard Payne (1:31:55), Sandra Martin (1:36:14), Claire Norman (1:36:56), Danny Gordon (1:39:48), Paul Ryan (1:46:54), Gillian Harris (1:51:55) and Alan Prest (1:52:57).
Charlie Bogg and Dave Thompson were out on the fells for the Lakeland 100, also known as “The Ultra Tour of the Lake District”, a race which started and finished in Coniston and took in a circular route of the Lakeland Fells along the way. On a course which took in over 23,000 feet of climb, they completed the 100 mile distance in 37 hours 45 minutes.
Midweek had seen the Inclined to Madness fell race, which took place in the vicinity of Clay Bank. On a very hilly 6.2 mile route which took in over 1200 feet of climb, Darren Wright covered the course in 59:16 along with Nicola Wells (1:04:29), Mark Robinson (1:12:07), Ian Bond (1:12:34), Malcolm Hewitson (1:15:54) and Richard Payne (1:18:45).
At the Yorkshire Running Festival, held over some fairly undulating courses at Ryedale, Richard Hughes completed the half marathon event in 2:04:05, while over the 10K distance, Fred Tennant finished in 48:29 along with Diane Vaughan (49:55 and second in her age category), James Simpson (1:03:16), Dawn Johnston (1:08:24) and Sally Watson (1:15:40).
There was a rare Friday race up at South Shields, the Temple Park 5K where Michael Joyeux came home in second place, finishing the two-lap course in 15:46, with Adrian Colbourne in 20:28 and Diane Vaughan in 22:32 (and third in her age category).
The previous week had seen four runners taking part in the Durham City 5K, where Lewis Boshier finished in 26:45 along with Michelle Boshier (26:58), Anna Hardy (26:42) and Vicky Garlick (35:35).
Also taking place a week earlier was the latest round of the North East Masters Track & Field up at Monkton Stadium, which saw three club records set on the night. In the 100m, Dawn Richardson clocked 18.8s (CR), in the 400m, Lindsey Lester ran 1:14 with Dawn in 1:23 (CR) and in the 3000m, Dawn set a third record of the night finishing in 11:37 (CR). On the field, Lindsey also landed 3.94m in the long jump.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Dave Jones finished at South Park in 18:41 followed by James Atkinson (19:23), Dawn Richardson (20:27), David Todd (20:33), Adrian Cottam (20:48), Peter Commane (21:07), Fred Tennant (21:09), Louise Trainor (22:13), David Whittle (22:47), Darren Whiting (22:55), Stephen Moore (23:33), Peter Rowley (24:00), Julie Russell (24:12), Rob Gillham (24:23), Stuart Masterman (24:59), Abigail Willson (25:58), Julie Bell (26:46), Mark Trowles (27:09), Sue New (29:09), Alison Hardwick (29:28), Michelle Scruby (29:53), Janette Croft (29:58), Sally Singleton (30:02), Emma Joyeux (30:03), Paul Hutchinson (30:54), Gemma Marshall (31:06), Diane Lockhart (31:19), Dawn Johnston (31:58), Lucy Bendle (32:32), Michael King (33:38), Gary Read (33:57), Sarah Bayles (35:45), Linda Harrington (41:13), Rebecca Bowes (51:33) and Phill Johnston (51:33).
At Sedgefield, Adrian Colbourne and Mark Blewitt ran there in 22:06 and 27:47 respectively, Phil Clarke did the Catterick run in 24:17, Luke Minall finished at Hackworth in 21:33, while Jo Dickinson completed the Tees Barrage run in 30:03. At Hartlepool, David Ledgerwood ran there in 24:57, Lisa Alderson did the Fountains Abbey run in 36:19, while Anthony Corbett finished at Sunderland in 25:29. At Keswick, Tom and Claire Chapman ran there in 22:55 and 28:50 respectively, Rebecca Howard did the Fell Foot run at Newby Bridge in 23:47, while Helen Whiting finished at Penrith in 38:38. Further afield, Lee Morris ran at Ormskirk in 29:17, Darryn Wood did the run at Hillsborough in 31:57, Jez Smith finished the Hilly Fields run in the capital in 26:30, while in Northern Ireland, Iain Clyde completed the run at Stormont in 26:17.
For the second week in a row, the Quaker colours made an appearance in Canada, this time in Vancouver where Julie and John Whinn did the Richmond Park run in 26:16 and 28:00 respectively.