One of the quieter running weeks did at least see three Quakers coming home from an event with some bling!
On Saturday, Monkton Stadium played host to the British Masters and NEMAA 5K/10K and Pentathlon Championships. In the 10K event, Brian Martin and Dawn Richardson both took gold medals, finishing first in their age categories after running the distance in 38:59 and 41:11 respectively. In the pentathlon (comprising the shot put, long jump, 200m, javelin and 800m), Lindsey Lester finished in second place overall to take the silver medal.
Closer to home, the South Park 10 mile race took place, held on a course almost identical to that of the parkrun, and which also saw two Quakers finishing in the top ten. Kyle Cook came home in sixth place in 1:04:04 just ahead of Dave Jones in seventh place in 1:04:08. Next to cross the line were Ed Griffiths (1:19:16), Michael Oliver (1:23:16), Peter Rowley (1:23:39), Rebecca Bowes (1:30:34), Danny Gordon (1:32:38), Darren Alderson (1:36:36), Diane Lockhart (1:41:50) and Gary Read (1:48:38).
Four headed over to the Sedgefield Serpentine, held on a 6.5 mile trail route near the village. Rob Dent finished the fairly muddy distance in 46:35 along with Rob Gillham (54:52), Anna Hardy (1:04:22) and Alan Prest (1:19:22).
The final regular Hardmoors event of the year, the 60 mile event took place on a route which started at Guisborough and headed south along the coast down to Filey. Emily Beaumont and Michelle Boshier finished together in 17 hours 35 minutes to simultaneously achieve the Hardmoors Grand Slam (30/55/60/110). Jamie Norman wasn’t far behind in 18 hours 15 minutes, while Roy MacDougall, Wendy Colling and Mark Colling all finished together in 18 hours 31 minutes.
A special mention from last week’s Great North Run goes to Rachel Harrington, who ran the race in memory of Neil (including wearing his vest for the occasion), finishing her first attempt over the distance in 3:05:25.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Kyle Cook finished at South Park in 17:16 followed by James Atkinson (19:16), David Whittle (22:18), Paul Roberts (23:06), Rob Gillham (23:17), Mark Trowles (23:58), Stuart Masterman (25:51), Hayden Thompson (26:01), Rebecca Bowes (26:07), Dave Jones (26:07), Julie Bell (26:43), Chris Land (28:34), Gillian Harris (28:53), Brian Dixon (29:01), Lee Morris (29:02), Sally Singleton (29:26), Emma Joyeux (32:29) and Michael King (33:10).
At Hackworth, Alex Kiel was first across the line there in 16:41 followed by Steven Major (21:35), Gary Read (22:46), Dan Rowlands (23:10), Darren Whiting (23:32), Luke Minall (24:13), Fred Tennant (25:13), Paul Pomfret (26:00), Jamie Pratt (26:09), Emily Teasdale (26:59), Gill Colling (28:10) and Anna Hardy (28:14). Stephen Moore ran at Albert Park in 24:18, Ty Hankinson did the run at Catterick in 22:58, David Ledgerwood finished at Hartlepool in 24:42 while at Sedgefield, Katherine Hackett and Gill Wallis ran there in 21:44 and 35:04 respectively. At the inaugural Flatts Lane run, Nick Wadd finished in 24:29 along with Gemma Marshall (36:06) and Olly Moore (36:07), at Fountains Abbey, Darryn Wood ran there in 34:50, while Peter Rowley did the Woodhouse Moor run at Leeds in 24:04. Further afield, Malcolm Hewitson ran at Blackpool in 24:27, Louise Trainor did the Highbury Fields run in London in 21:05, while Stuart Burkin completed the Eastbourne run in 23:25.
Overseas once again was Jez Smith who did the Lac De Divonne run in France in 23:26.