The weekend saw several Quakers heading to foreign shores to contest a variety of distances.
This year’s club trip headed over to Etten-Leur in the Netherlands, where runners had a choice of four races, though for the first time in years, no-one attempted the marathon distance. In the half marathon, Marc Ellis covered the flat 13.1 mile route in 1:20:33 (PB) followed by Brian Martin (1:26:23), Rob Dent (1:30:02), Billy Harris (1:37:08), Fred Tennant (1:37:15, PB), David Mclachlan (1:40:49), Ty Hankinson (1:46:19), Graham Park (1:46:31), Stuart Hardcastle (1:48:15), Mark Colling (1:50:58), Wendy Colling (1:51:00), Gillian Harris (1:51:50, PB), Emma Colbourne (1:54:39, PB), Sandra Martin (1:55:48, PB), Julie Russell (1:57:25), David Ledgerwood (1:59:25), Julie Whinn (1:59:41), Anthony Corbett (2:01:13), April Corbett (2:01:14), John McGovern (2:01:30), Jamie Pratt (2:02:23) and Sue New (2:21:07). In the 10K race, Corey Horn came home in 40:29 along with Chris Minto (42:30), Louise Trainor (46:42), Jeff Marriott (59:22), Wendy Noble (1:01:02), Damian Wynne (1:01:03), Kevin Simpson (1:10:16) and Sharon Carr (1:13:40), while in the 5K event, John Whinn finished in 30:42 followed by Mike Horan (38:46), Terri Hankinson (38:44) and Alexandra Simpson (38:46).
Over in Ireland, Anna Hardy completed the Dublin marathon, finishing the 26.2 miles around the city in a new personal best of 4:11:39.
Meanwhile down on the south coast, Katherine Hackett took part in the Beachy Head marathon in East Sussex, completing the coastal run there in 4:44:04.
Two headed down to Wistow, near York, for the 10K race being held there. Michael Joyeux narrowly missed out on the win, finishing a close second in 32:54, while Emma Joyeux covered the fairly flat route in 59:24.
At the Fryup Thriller night race, held around Glaisdale Moor, Helen Clark completed the 6.2 mile distance in 1:22:24 along with Emily Beaumont (1:24:47) and Karen Dove (2:01:34).
Helen and Karen then doubled up for the weekend, heading to Worksop in Nottinghamshire for the half marathon race there; the pair finishing in 2:09:21 and 2:48:46 respectively.
Malcolm Hewitson was the sole Quaker at the Gormire Gamble fell race near Sutton Bank, completing the 6.2 mile race, which took in 1100 feet of climb, in 1:03:27.
Midweek had seen the final race in the Darlington Trail 5K series, this time a night race over at West Park. Neil Gooding finished the multi-lap route in fifth place overall in 19:49 along with Julie Russell (26:33), Steve Howell (26:34), Helen Clark (27:19), Nikki Thompson (28:02), Emily Beaumont (29:35), Paul Hutchinson (30:28) and Lisa Reeve (31:18).
In the snowy Saturday morning parkruns, Dave Jones finished at South Park in 19:01 followed by Neil Gooding (20:24), Adrian Cottam (20:31), James Atkinson (20:50), Michael Joyeux (22:01), Nikki Thompson (23:30), Phil Clarke (23:44), Ed Griffiths (23:58), David Whittle (24:19), Shaune Eland (24:24), Rob Gillham (24:27), Peter Rowley (24:37), Stuart Masterman (24:44), Malcolm Hewitson (24:48), Gareth Kyle (24:51), Ashleigh Atkinson (25:33), Ian Hart (25:55), Mark Trowles (26:37), Elizabeth Kennedy (26:55), Chris Land (27:38), Julie Bell (27:53), Michael King (28:05), Jo Meynell (28:31), Michelle Scruby (29:44), Diane Lockhart (30:05), Paul Howell (30:47), Sally Singleton (30:56), Phill Johnston (32:15), Christopher Parsons (32:29), Mark Johnston (32:38), Emily Beaumont (33:56), Michelle Dale (34:01), Gary Read (34:02 in his 250th parkrun), Rachel Maddison (34:02 in her 100th parkrun), Paul Ryan (34:06), Rachel Grayson (34:33) and Lisa Johnstone (36:42).
At Sedgefield, Andrew Vernon finished in 20:14 along with Phil Rutter (23:37), Dave Thompson (25:07), Sandra Cass (26:51), Gill Colling (27:57) and Sarah Watson (33:29). At Hackworth, Tom and Claire Chapman ran there in 23:12 and 27:06 respectively, Stephen Moore did the Albert Park run in 23:19, Rebecca Dodd ran at Fountains Abbey in 30:52, while further afield, Gary Birchall did the Bangor Penrhyn run in 37:25, and Rebecca Howard did the Bedgebury Pinetum run in Kent in 22:34.