For most Quakers last weekend, it was a case of either running abroad or taking part in the first cross country event of the season.
This year’s club trip headed to Reims in northern France, where runners had a choice of three races to pick from. In the marathon event, David Todd completed the 26.2 miles around the vineyards in 3:29:13, while April Corbett, Sandra Cass and Mark Colling all went round together in 4:46:17. The majority of runners went for the half marathon option which saw Marc Ellis finish in 1:23:21 followed by Brian Martin (1:28:05 and first in his age category), Katherine Hackett (1:31:02 and third in her age category), Louise Trainor (1:31:16, PB), Rob Dent (1:37:43), David Whittle (1:47:24), Billy Harris (1:48:16), Anna Hardy (1:51:24, PB), Jeff Marriott (1:52:24), Ty Hankinson (1:59:59), David Ledgerwood (2:02:54), Sandra Martin (2:04:31), Kevin Simpson (2:33:08) and Gillian Harris (2:33:09). In the 10K race which went off later in the day, Kyle Cook finished in 35:49 along with Anthony Corbett (56:20), Christine Crathorne (1:00:34), Jeremy Smith (1:02:54), Sharon Carr (1:13:28) & Alex Simpson, Caroline Ridley-Marriott and Mike Horan who all went round together in 1:24:12.
The first main cross country race of the season took place over at Acklam. In the women’s race, which covered 5.8K over two laps, Lucia Minto finished in 26:28 along with Claire Chapman (29:29), Lisa Jenkins (33:16) and Lisa Reeve (33:20). In the men’s race which covered 9.6K over four laps, Michael Joyeux came home in second place in 34:20 followed by Darren Wright (42:36), Peter Commane (44:02), Adrian Colbourne (44:25), Adrian Cottam (45:13), Luke Minall (45:16), Tom Chapman (48:59), Fred Tennant (50:38), Lee Coles (51:11), Iain Clyde (51:57), Stephen Moore (54:42), Mark Trowles (55:52), Andrew Dixon (57:47) and Lee Morris (1:05:23).
In the Lake District, Rebecca Howard doubled up for the weekend; completing the Hellvellyn Trail Challenge 15K on the Saturday in 1:21:25 where she was also the first female finisher, then the next day finishing the Ullswater 14K trail race in 1:47:19.
Emma Bland was also in the region for the Lakeland Four Passes, which started and finished at Borrowdale, near Derwentwater. On a 19 mile route with 5,300 feet of climb, she covered the distance in 6:43.
Alan Prest was the sole Quaker at the Shaun Lee Johnstone Memorial race near Boroughbridge, completing the multi-terrain 10 mile race in 2:00:52.
At the Turnpike Trot 10K and Rabbit Run 5K races held in the North Yorkshire Moors, Caroline Litster and Karen Dove completed the former in 1:12:42 and 1:17:47 respectively, while in the latter, Lewis and Michelle Boshier finished together in 34:02, with Richard Hughes in 35:22 and Sally Watson in 39:00.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Dave Jones finished at South Park in 19:48 followed by Ed Griffiths (21:11), Adrian Colbourne (21:15), Adrian Cottam (21:18), Dan Rowlands (21:43), Tom Chapman (21:48), Gary Read (22:11), Steve Howell (22:28), Stephen Moore (23:01), Fred Tennant (23:32), Andrew Dixon (24:01), Julie Russell (24:31), Mark Trowles (25:54), Julie Bell (26:10), Claire Chapman (26:25), Brian Dixon (26:40), Stuart Masterman (27:18), Lee Morris (28:42), Margaret Hunter (29:11), Sally Singleton (29:13), Amy Woodcock (29:16), Alison Hardwick (29:24), Emma King (30:03), Michelle Dale (31:22) and Michael King (35:27).
At Sedgefield, Darren Alderson finished in 26:54 along with Jo Dickinson (29:43), Lucy Bendle (32:50) and Lisa Alderson (34:59), while at Tees Barrage, Lucia Minto ran there in 24:29 with Emily Beaumont (32:01) and Karen Dove (34:09). At Whitley Bay, Phil Rutter and Gill Colling ran there in 23:23 and 29:09 respectively, while Phil Clarke did the run at Catterick in 24:14. Further afield, Steven Johnston did the Haigh Woodland run near Wigan in 27:28, Darryn Wood ran at Lancaster in 35:10, while in Edinburgh, Olly Moore did the Portobello run in 27:53.