Quakers made good use of the long weekend, with plenty of races taking place over Easter, despite the miserable weather.
Good Friday saw the traditional trip to the coast for the Mermaid 10K, where once again Quakers took up a sixth of the entire field. In a race which doubled up as both a league and championship event, Michael Joyeux finished in fourth place in 33:08 and was followed home by Marc Ellis (37:14), Darren Wright (39:48), Neil Gooding (40:09), Rob Dent (41:10), Michael Kipling (41:43), Steven Major (43:02), Chris Minto (44:01), Brian McLaren (44:23), David McLachlan (44:50), Steven Snook (44:56), Ed Griffiths (44:58), Adrian Colbourne (46:57), Rob Gillham (47:02), Andrew Dixon (47:27), Josephine Wardle (49:22), David Ledgerwood (50:37), Gary Read (51:18), Peter Rowley (51:30 and third in his age category), Julie Whinn (52:00 and third in her age category), Ian Hart (52:08), Christopher Bennett (52:10), Mark Blewitt (52:27), Mark Robinson (52:51), Darren Alderson (54:06), Mike Watson (55:31), Juliette McLaren (55:34), Andy Whittam (57:31), Tracey Plaskitt (57:33), Jo Dickinson (57:57), Helen Clarke (59:17), Lisa Reeve (59:22), John Whinn (59:29), Lena Rusa (59:38), Helen Whiting (1:01:19), Sally Singleton (1:03:12 and second in her age category), Hannah Alderson (1:03:13), Nicola Herraghty (1:04:53), Chris Land (1:05:37), Lisa Alderson (1:05:40, PB), Amy Norton (1:06:30), Clare Dixon (1:12:31), Tristen Coad (1:12:31) and Stacey Holmes (1:22:11).
Three also ran the North Tyneside 10K which took place on Easter Sunday. Rob Gillham completed the course from North Shields to Whitley Bay in 48:48 along with David Ledgerwood in 56:11 and Anna Hardy in 56:13.
For the second week in a row, some Quakers were found running around an airfield, this time at Elvington near York. Over a fairly flat 5 mile route, John Mcgrath finished in 47:59 along with Susan Rigg in 50:00.
Annette Clarke, Charlie Bogg and Dave Thompson were out on the hills for the Lakes Mountains race, which had to be reduced from its original 42 mile distance down to 27 due to ice on the part of the route near Helvellyn. On a course which still took in 6300 feet of climb, the trio finished together in 7 hours 26 minutes.
North of the border, Michael Thompson took part in the G2E Ultra, a 54 mile event along the canal towpaths from Glasgow to Edinburgh, completing the route in 9 hours 53 minutes.
Midweek had seen two 5K races being held. At South Park, the Children with Cancer race took place over a course identical to that of the parkrun. Rebecca Howard completed the three laps in 22:38 followed by Steven Major (23:16), Iain Clyde (23:41), John McGrath (24:04), Viv Hardwick (25:33), Michael Johnston (26:54), Rob Gillham (30:15), Kay Bell (33:17), Tom Chapman (34:02) and Wendy Thompson (37:59).
Taking place simultaneously was the first race in the Darlington Trail Series, the Rocket 5K. Held over the old railway line near Middleton St George, Peter Commane finished in second place in 22:52 along with Steve Howell (26:11), Julie Russell (27:04), Helen Clark (30:00), Emily Beaumont (31:29) and Neal Harper (32:32).
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Dave Jones finished at South Park in 19:23 followed by Andrew Vernon (21:31), Ed Griffiths (21:46), David Whittle (23:00), Steve Howell (23:29), Julie Russell (24:17), Phil Clarke (24:20), Rob Gillham (24:40), Peter Rowley (25:47), Ian Hart (25:52), Paul Roberts (27:08), Clare Apps (27:16), David Ledgerwood (27:22 in his 100th parkrun), Stuart Burkin (27:36), Paul Reid (27:44), Nikki Thompson (27:45), Julie Bell (28:19), Elizabeth Kennedy (28:23), Ginny Gannaway (29:21), Helen Spaven (29:36), Darren Alderson (29:53), Chris Land (31:30), Helen Whiting (31:49), Philippa Rayner (31:51), Jo Dickinson (31:53), Alec Cinamon (31:53), Sarah Watson (32:01), Adrian Cottam (32:05), Michael King (32:06), Sally Singleton (32:07), Phill Johnston (32:07), Gemma Marshall (32:47), Lisa Alderson (33:22), Billy Harris (33:24), Lisa Reeve (33:49), Gillian Harris (33:56), Stacey Thompson (35:15), Andy Walker (35:48), Naomi Dixon (37:33), Ian Hamond (37:49), Emma Joyeux (40:42), Lena Rusa (40:43), Suzanne Jenkinson (42:12) and Wendy Thompson (48:57).
At Sedgefield, Wendy Colling finished in 26:50 along with John Mcgrath (29:07) and Gill Wallis (35:39), while at Stewart Park, Gareth Kyle and Mark Trowles ran there in 21:46 and 26:22 respectively. At Keswick, Tom Chapman completed the run in 22:32 along with Rebecca Howard (27:17) and Claire Chapman (27:43), Angela Clement did the Plym Valley run in Plymouth in 30:38, Ty and Terri Hankinson completed the Eastville run in Bristol in 24:08 and 37:18 respectively, while at the Gorleston Cliffs run at Great Yarmouth, Malcolm and Carolyn Hewitson ran there in 24:35 and 36:18 respectively.