While many runners stayed local in search of league and championship points, three runners had headed high up into the Alps.
The bank holiday weekend had seen the end of three runners exploits over in France. Annette Clarke, Charlie Bogg and Dave Thompson had headed over to Grenoble for the UT4M Trail des Alpes, a 105 mile route which took in the four massifs around the city and included 36,000 feet of climbing in total. Although Dave had to retire at the halfway point, Annette and Charlie made it to the end in a time of 50 hours 7 minutes.
As ever, there was a large turnout just down the road for the latest 10K league race, the Tees Pride at Middlesbrough. Dave Jones completed the one lap route in 38:24 followed by Corey Horn (41:19), Dawn Richardson (41:25 and first in her age category), David Matthew (41:40), Adrian Cottam (42:18), Andrew Vernon (42:43), Gareth Kyle (42:45), Steven Major (42:54), Luke Minall (43:25), Mike Brown (43:33), David Todd (44:42), Adrian Colbourne (46:27), Diane Vaughan (47:01 and third in her age category), Rob Gillham (48:05), Daniel Orton (48:19), Andrew Walker (49:42), Stephen Ash (51:41), Ian Hart (52:33), Jamie Pratt (52:41), Mike Watson (52:47), Michael Kipling (52:56), Juliette Mclaren (53:19), Andrew Dixon (53:58), Mark Robinson (54:26), Sue Woodcock (54:48), Mel Newton (56:25), Richard Hughes (56:29), Stephen Moore (56:57), Mark Blewitt (57:01), Gemma Hammond (57:23), Jo Dickinson (57:26), Kathryn Plant (57:31), Darren Alderson (57:40), Hannah Alderson (58:42), Ian Young (58:50), Andy Whittam (59:13), Jessica Campbell (59:28), Caroline Litster (59:39), Michelle Scruby (59:58), Lisa Reeve (1:00:16), Helen Clark (1:01:12), Tracey Plaskitt (1:01:15), Nikki Thompson (1:01:22), Neal Harper (1:01:38), David Whittle (1:01:46), Sally Singleton (1:01:56), Helen Whiting (1:01:57), Helen Clarke (1:02:11), Kelly Smith (1:02:28), Lisa Alderson (1:03:50), Caroline Brown (1:03:52), Lena Rusa (1:04:28), Rebecca Bowes (1:04:34), Lucy Bendle (1:05:05), Gillian Cowton (1:05:26), Gavin Armstrong (1:05:27), Mark Ladyman (1:06:11), Sarah Watson (1:06:47), Michaela Bourke (1:06:54), Terri Hankinson (1:07:01), Emily Beaumont (1:07:14), Bex Stirland (1:07:34), Alec Cinamon (1:09:25), Hayley Wooding (1:09:59), Colin Smith (1:10:11), Diane Lockhart (1:10:43), Clare Dixon (1:10:54), Charlotte Johnson (1:11:57), Miranda Kirby (1:13:50), Phill Johnston (1:18:23), Tristen Coad (1:18:59), Naomi Dixon (1:19:36), Dawn Johnston (1:19:36), Karen Dove (1:21:38), Lisa Johnstone (1:21:58), Helen Jervis (1:24:56) and Judith Russell (1:29:55).
Over in Lancaster, at the Golden Ball 20 mile race, Brian Martin finished in fifth place overall in 2:17:26 (PB, finishing first in his age category and also setting a new club record for the distance), followed by Billy Harris (2:58:17), Dave Murphy (2:59:26), Sandra Martin (3:21:24 and second in her age category), Gillian Harris (3:37:18) and Paul Ryan (3:49:41).
Six headed over to the Lake District for the Derwentwater Trail races, which started in Keswick. Paul Dalton completed the 15K distance in 1:15:19 along with Tom Chapman (1:28:30), Rebecca Howard (1:32:55), Iain Clyde (1:55:17) and Lisa Jenkins (2:24:03), while Claire Chapman took part in the 10K event, finishing in 1:05:25.
Ed Griffiths was the sole Quaker at the Wetherby 10K, completing the multi-terrain route which started and finished at the racecourse in 50:44.
There was plenty of action taking place during the week as well. On the bank holiday, Rob Gillham took part in the Reeth Show fell race, covering the 2mile route up and down the hill, which took in 700m of ascent in 27:37.
A similar race took place two days later, the Roseberry Topping fell run, involving a mad dash from the car park to the trig point at the top and back again. Simon Rek covered the 1.5 miles in 17:45 followed by Rob Dent (18:03), Phil Rutter (18:18), Rob Gillham (21:44) and Gill Colling (24:14).
At the 5 mile race at South Park on the Thursday, Christian Brown won the event, completing the 5 one-mile laps of the park in 28:05. Next across the line were Daniel Orton (36:12), John McGrath (41:28), Anna Hardy (43:37), Sandra Martin (43:37), Juliette McLaren (47:00), Tracey Plaskitt (48:51), Lena Rusa (54:27), Clare McGrath (54:29) and Wendy Thompson (1:00:31).
Taking place simultaneously over at Stewart Park were the Tom Wall Relays, where four runners each completed a one mile lap of the park. The team of Paul Dalton, Ian Readman, Mike Kipling & Marc Ellis finished in a time of 21:51 along with Gareth Kyle, Corey Horn, Rebecca Howard & Luke Minall in 23:34 and Andrew Dixon, Kathryn Plant, Jeff Marriot & Adrian Colbourne in 28:30.
Doing three events in one go, John McGrath headed down to near York for the Sundowner Half Ironman, completing the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle and 13.1 mile run in 6 hours 48 minutes.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Marc Ellis finished at South Park in 17:44 followed by Rob Dent (19:05), Corey Horn (20:23), Rob Gillham (23:52), Phil Clarke (24:04), Malcolm Hewitson (25:00), Danny Gordon (25:24), Shaune Eland (25:54), Ashleigh Atkinson (26:08), Stuart Masterman (26:13), Julie Bell (26:32), Nikki Thompson (26:46), Gareth Kyle (26:51), Luke Minall (27:03), Elizabeth Kennedy (27:22), Michael King (27:39), Mark Trowles (27:42), Paul Hutchinson (28:27), Lewis Boshier (28:31), Lisa Alderson (28:34, PB), Michael Johnston (28:46), Andy Whittam (28:52), Thomas Gannaway (29:11), Jo Meynell (29:23), Chris Land (29:27), Ginny Gannaway (30:28), Lee Morris (31:17), Sue New (31:22), Michael Joyeux (32:15), Emma Joyeux (32:16), Mark Robinson (32:17), Rachel Grayson (34:06), Barbra Barker (35:01), Gemma Marshall-Moore (35:07), Olly Marshall-Moore (35:07) and Lucy Bendle (35:21).
At Sedgefield, Dave Thompson finished in 24:08 along with Richard Payne (26:51), Michael Kipling (27:25), Adrian Colbourne (27:26), Sarah Wilson (31:18) and Gill Wallis (33:15), while at Gibside, Phil Rutter and Gill Colling ran there in 24:18 and 29:32 respectively. At Albert Park, Helen Whiting finished in 28:00, Stephen Moore ran at Albert Park in 25:57, Abbie Hull and Peter Rowley did the Catterick run in 25:26 and 25:56 respectively, Grainne Duffy ran at Druridge Bay in 28:53, Stuart Hardcastle completed the Northallerton run in 23:13, while Anthony Corbett finished at New Earswick in 25:13.