While a few Quakers headed north for the last cross country event of the year, four runners took the black and white vest overseas.
This year’s North East Cross Country Championships took place at a fairly windy course up at Wrekenton. In the men’s race, covering 12K over four laps, Michael Joyeux finished the undulating route in 45:22 followed by Paul Dalton (52:15), Rob Dent (58:06), David Todd (1:06:03), Brian McLaren (1:06:10), Graham Park (1:07:23), Fred Tennant (1:09:32), Lloyd Ashby (1:13:41), John McGrath (1:14:07) and Darren Alderson (1:17:31). In the women’s race, covering 8K over three laps, Dawn Richardson just missed out on a top ten finish, completing the course in 34:27 along with Louise Trainor (40:25), Juliette McLaren (47:19), Emma Joyeux (57:09) and Sue New (57:09).
Rebecca Howard travelled over to Cumbria for the Langdale Christmas Pudding 10K, completing the undulating out and back route in 45:36.
Emily Beaumont travelled south for the Leeds and Liverpool Christmas Cracker, completing the marathon distance which took in parts of the canal between the two cities, in 5:22:17.
The final Hardmoors trail series of the year also took place, the Roseberry event, featuring races taking in a circular route from Guisborough. In the half marathon distance, David Ledgerwood finished in 3:47:45 along with Lisa Jenkins (5:04:02), Michelle Dale (5:04:04) and Karen Dove (5:23:34). In the 10K event, Anna Harris went round in 1:40:52, along with Michelle Boshier (1:58:08), Anna Hardy (1:58:09) and Nicky Jordan (2:24:40).
Four flew the flag overseas in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands where there were a variety of races on offer in the heat. In the half marathon, Marc Ellis finished in 1:26:08 (and second in his age category) along with Gareth Kyle in 1:46:34. In the 10K race, Leigh Hindle completed the distance in 1:23:44 with Sharon Carr in 1:29:08.
The previous week had seen Peter Rowley head over to Cumbria for the Ulverston Xmas Pudding 10K, completing the fairly flat route in 52:33.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Dave Jones finished at South Park in 18:15 followed by Michael Kipling (19:13), Neil Gooding (20:27), Adrian Colbourne (20:52), Andrew Vernon (21:07), David Mclachlan (21:55), Adrian Cottam (22:07), Phil Rutter (22:32), Shaune Eland (24:17), Peter Rowley (24:37), Gary Read (24:40), Iain Clyde (24:53), Stuart Masterman (25:03), David Whittle (25:32), Danny Gordon (26:04), Ashleigh Atkinson (26:20), Richard Hughes (26:38), Julie Bell (27:17), Michael King (27:56), Gill Colling (28:00), Chris Land (28:11), Jo Meynell (28:56), Phill Johnston (29:57), Sally Singleton (30:17), Paul Ryan (31:22), Lee Morris (31:28), Tristen Coad (34:11), Naomi Dixon (37:35), Katrina Cockburn (41:56) and Andy Walker (45:50).
At Sedgefield, Dave Thompson finished in 23:33 along with Malcolm Hewitson (25:54), Mark Blewitt (29:22) and Gill Wallis (33:50), while at Stewart Park, Mike Watson ran there in 24:21 followed by Ian Hart (24:25), Hannah Alderson (26:46), Helen Whiting (29:00) and Anne-Michelle Whitley (29:01). Rebecca Dodd did the Tees Barrage run in 27:37, Phil Clarke ran at Catterick in 24:59, Anthony Corbett finished at Northallerton in 27:06, while David Ledgerwood did the Prudhoe run in 25:32. Further afield, Stuart Hardcastle did the Wepre run in 24:21, Lucia Minto ran at Glasgow Tollcross in 26:52 and David Stewart completed the Bushy Park run in 32:16.