The weekend saw the regular cross country season come to a close, with the final race of the season just down the road.
The old racecourse ground at Richmond was the venue, with the conditions just windy as ever. In the women’s event, which also included the over 65 men, and covered 5K over two laps, Louise Trainor finished in 23:20 along with Julie Russell (26:01), Hannah Alderson (28:11), Sandra Martin (29:05), Bev Snook (29:24), Kathryn Plant (30:21), Danny Gordon (30:35) and Rachel Grayson (36:02). In the men’s race, which covered 9.6K over four laps, Nick Watson came home in 38:56 followed by Dave Jones (39:53), Marc Ellis (40:13), Corey Horn (42:11), Michael Kipling (43:28), Andrew Vernon (44:14), Tom Chapman (46:31), David Todd (47:16), Graham Park (48:32), David Whittle (49:15), Iain Clyde (51:03) and Lloyd Ashby (53:32).
Ty Hankinson was the sole Quaker at the Valentine’s 10K up at Newcastle, completing the two-lap route around the Town Moor in 48:51.
Down near Norwich, Dave Thompson completed the Winter Poppyline race, a 50 mile route held over a multi-terrain course which included the beach, finishing in 10 hours 31 minutes.
Over in the Lake District, Emma Bland took part in the Silverdale Circuit, a 21 mile route overlooking Morecambe Bay and taking in a climb up to Arnside Knott, completing the distance in 5:00:55.
The previous week had seen two runners head to Spain for the Barcelona half marathon. Diane Vaughan completed the 13.1 miles around the city in 1:42:12 along with Richard Hughes in 1:57:00.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Michael Joyeux was first across the line at South Park in 16:33 followed by Michael Kipling (18:30), Dave Jones (18:34), Billy Harris (20:03), David Matthew (20:09), James Atkinson (20:20), Andrew Walsh (20:57), David Whittle (22:31), Gareth Kyle (22:47), Stuart Masterman (24:14), Peter Rowley (24:27), Julie Russell (25:26), Andrew Vernon (26:05), Richard Hughes (26:20), Julie Whinn (26:22), Darren Alderson (26:53), Elizabeth Kennedy (27:03), Julie Bell (27:05), Danny Gordon (27:30), Lisa Bowerbank (27:44), Mark Trowles (28:02), Ginny Gannaway (28:22), Ashleigh Atkinson (29:18), John Mcgrath (29:27), Ian Hamond (30:25), Dan Rowlands (30:41), Chris Land (31:04), Diane Lockhart (31:56), Phill Johnston (32:49), Ally Sanderson (32:56), Mark Johnston (33:00), Nicola Darling (37:19), Sarah Watson (39:15), Linda Gossage (42:22), Claire Norman (43:34), Andy Walker (45:57), Alec Cinamon (53:29) and Emma Joyeux (53:31).
At Sedgefield, Adrian Colbourne finished in 21:57 along with Andrew Dixon (23:12), Malcolm Hewitson (26:19), Mark Blewitt (30:06), Tracey Plaskitt (31:32) and Lee Morris (32:24) while at Catterick, Lewis Boshier finished in 27:12 with Michelle Boshier in 27:15 and Sally Watson in 39:34. At Tees Barrage, Paul Dalton and Lucy Bendle ran there in 18:27 and 31:17 respectively, Michelle Scruby did the Redcar run in 28:20, Corey Horn finished at Albert Park in 19:54, David Ledgerwood completed the Hackworth run in 29:51, while Phil Rutter and Gill Colling ran the Cotsford Fields run in 23:58 and 28:12 respectively.
Further afield, Rebecca Howard did the Bedgebury Pinetum run in 22:38, Stuart Hardcastle ran at Wepre in 24:39, Lucia Minto did the Strathclyde run in 24:02, while in the capital, David Stewart ran at Bushy in 33:41 and Rebecca Dodd did the Victoria Dock run in 24:21.