A week which featured plenty of runners going for points also saw a dozen club records being set on the track as well.
The latest 10K league race took place just up the road at Aycliffe, which saw a large turnout of the black and white. First home over the three lap course was Paul Dalton in 39:09 followed by Dave Jones (39:14), Michael Kipling (42:17), Neil Gooding (42:24), Andrew Vernon (42:53), Corey Horn (43:27), Adrian Cottam (43:50), Mike Brown (44:29), Adrian Colbourne (44:30), Steven Major (45:20), Phil Clarke (47:42), Rob Gillham (48:15), Julie Russell (49:39), Graham Park (51:18), Mark Robinson (51:28), Sue Woodcock (53:12), Juliette McLaren (53:14), Michael Johnston (53:44), Mark Blewitt (54:46), Darren Alderson (55:04), Ian Young (56:29), Helen Spaven (57:04), Kathryn Plant (57:23), Stephen Jordan (58:54), Michelle Scruby (1:00:19), Steven Johnston (1:00:24), Sally Singleton (1:00:27), Jo Dickinson (1:00:49), Helen Whiting (1:01:10), Nikki Thompson (1:01:10), Chris Land (1:02:00), Caroline Litster (1:02:17), Lucy Bendle (1:03:16), Lisa Alderson (1:04:09, PB), Rebecca Stirland (1:04:09), Philippa Rayner (1:04:25), Dawn Johnston (1:11:02), Marjorie Carney (1:17:47), Naomi Dixon (1:17:48) and Stacey Holmes (1:26:01).
Andrew Dixon was the sole Quaker to tackle the Pieces of 8 Half Marathon up at Penshaw, which finished up at the monument itself. On a distance which took in a trail route along both sides of the River Wear, he finished in 2:37:06.
Over in Lancashire, Michael Joyeux took part in the British Masters 5K Road Championships in Horwich, finishing in third place overall in 15:40, to also take second place for his age category as well.
John McGrath took in three events in one day at the Lakesman Ironman, completing the traditional distances of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile cycle followed by a marathon in 15 hours 44 minutes.
The start of the week had seen Lindsey Lester head up to Monkton for the latest North East Masters track and field meet, setting club records in all three events she contested. In the 100m, she clocked 14.4s (PB), in the 400m, 1:13.8, and also throwing 9.12m in the javelin.
The next day had also seen the NYSD track and field meet over at Middlesbrough. In the 100m, Lindsey Lester clocked 14.64s, Rebecca Dodd 16.25s (CR) and Nicola Arkley 20.19s (CR), while in the 3000m, Fred Tennant set a new club record finishing in 12:29. Out on the field, Rebecca threw 6.66m in the shot put, Nicola 6.46m and Lindsey 5.96m; all three ladies setting new club records in the process. In the hammer, Nicola threw 13.50m (CR) with Rebecca landing 7.82m, while in the long jump, Fred jumped 3.83m, with Rebecca 2.69m (CR) and Nicola 2.39m (CR).
Midweek had also seen the first of the club’s summer trail handicap series, the Mowden Meander, around the Baydale Beck and Coniscliffe Grange. 48 runners took part in the two-lap course which saw Rob Dent finishing first over the 5 mile distance.
The previous week had seen several runners heading out over the Yorkshire Dales for the Swaledale marathon. Lucia Minto was the first Quaker home in 4:24 followed by Malcolm Hewitson (5:06), Jamie Norman (5:18), Abbie Hull (5:27), Michelle Boshier and Emily Beaumont (5:48), Gillian and Billy Harris (6:06), Claire Norman (7:27) and Michelle Dale (7:31).
Also running the previous week was Peter Rowley, who ran in the Edgeworth Reservoir Challenge, finishing the undulating 10K trail distance in 59:18.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Dave Jones finished at South Park in 19:07 followed by Rob Dent (19:10), Chris Minto (20:14), Dawn Richardson (20:33), David Mclachlan (22:00), Phil Clarke (22:35), Nikki Thompson (23:29), Rob Gillham (23:36), Peter Rowley (24:24), Peter Commane (25:12), Luke Minall (25:41), Danny Gordon (25:47), Julie Whinn (25:50), Lisa Reeve (25:54), Janette Croft (26:40), Nick Wadd (26:51), Stuart Masterman (28:06), Michael King (30:01), Sarah Watson (30:06), Wendy Noble (30:09), Ally Sanderson (30:39), Diane Lockhart (32:09), Lucy Bendle (32:17), Gemma Marshall (33:39), Olly Moore (33:39), Carol Penney (35:23), Lee Morris (35:29) and Gill Laverick (44:59).
There was a big turnout at the Northallerton run where Dan Rowlands finished in 22:08 along with Ian Hart (24:05), Michael Kipling (24:21), Steven Major (24:27), Malcolm Hewitson (24:59), Jamie Pratt (25:36), Lewis Boshier (25:37), Mark Blewitt (26:53), Helen Clark (27:01), Hannah Alderson (28:42), Helen Clarke (28:42), David Ledgerwood (29:02), Mike Watson (29:03), Grainne Duffy (29:05), Emily Beaumont (32:57), Karen Dove (34:34), Gary Read (35:19), Rachel Maddison (35:20), Gillian Cowton (36:42), Dawn Johnston (36:44) and Phill Johnston (44:42). At Sedgefield, Lucia Minto ran there in 22:59 along with Wendy Colling (25:54), Jeff Marriott (27:13) and Mark Colling (29:54), at Catterick, Abbie Hull finished in 24:53 followed by Lisa Jenkins (31:58) and Michelle Dale (32:13), while Rebecca Dodd did the Durham run in 30:23. At Albert Park, Stephen Moore finished in 24:53, Helen Whiting did the Stewart Park run in 29:42, while Paul Dalton ran at Hackworth in 19:49.
Further afield, Claire and John McGrath ran at Keswick in 31:22 and 31:23 respectively, Stuart Hardcastle did the Wepre run near Chester in 25:28, Elizabeth Kennedy did the Peckham Rye run in London in 27:34, while at the Wimpole Estate run near Cambridge, Tom and Claire Chapman finished in 22:47 and 28:40 respectively. Phil Rutter and Gill Colling completed the country’s most southerly run, on the island of Jersey in 22:13 and 28:25.