A handful of Quakers were out at the weekend, including some taking part in the first of this year’s spring marathons.
At Manchester, held on the flattest marathon route in the country, Steve Snook covered the 26.2 miles which started at Old Trafford in 3:48:01 along with Angela Clement (4:25:18), Jo Meynell (4:36:17) and Rebecca Dodd (4:39:57)
Flying the flag overseas was Michelle Dale who did the marathon in Rotterdam, completing the flat route around the Dutch city in a new personal best of 5:04:36.
Six Quakers travelled up to the Port of Blyth 10K, which also doubled up as the British Masters Road Championships. On a route from Blyth Quayside to Seaton Sluice and back, Michael Joyeux finished in eighth place overall in 32:40, finishing third in his age category and claiming the bronze medal, while Brian Martin very narrowly missed out on joining him on the podium, coming fourth in his age category in 38:14. Diane Vaughan finished in 45:37 along with Graham Park (48:06), Sandra Martin (51:06, PB) and Richard Hughes (53:56).
Also up in Northumberland, Chris Land did the Druridge Bay half marathon, completing the two lap route around the country park, including a section on the beach, in 2:13:26.
Two runners headed just down the road to Middlesbrough Sports Village for the Kieran Maxwell Memorial Open, held in honour of the late Darlington runner. Paul Roberts ran the 100m in 14.77s, the 200m in 27:04 (club record) and threw 17.46m in the javelin, while Dave Jones set a pair of club records by clocking 2:31.7 in the 800m and 5:01.87 in the 1500m.
Susan Rigg was the sole Quaker at the Hamsterley 10K, completing the off-road route around the forest in 1:14:28.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Michael Kiplin finished at South Park in 18:32) followed by Rob Dent (19:06), David Matthew (19:57), Neil Gooding (20:25), Ian Bond (20:37), Corey Horn (20:58), Fred Tennant (22:04), Rob Gillham (22:09), Stuart Hardcastle (22:13), Phil Clarke (22:33), Mike Watson (22:59), David Todd (23:13), Ian Hart (23:39), Viv Hardwick (24:09), Peter Rowley (24:10), Stuart Masterman (24:15), Darren Alderson (25:48), Hannah Alderson (26:03), Danny Gordon (26:10), Julie Bell (26:19), Lisa Alderson (26:33, PB), Richard Hughes (26:34), Martin Mcgregor (27:19), Helen Clarke (27:36), Sally Singleton (30:22), Michael King (30:31), Ashleigh Atkinson (31:37), Grainne Duffy (31:40), Alison Hardwick (32:17), Chris Land (33:19), Gary Read (34:57), Rachel Maddison (34:58), Lee Morris (35:15), Rachel Grayson (35:19), Paul Ryan (35:43), Lena Rusa (35:43), Sarah Bayles (36:25), Nicola Darling (41:22), Linda Gossage (42:36) and Andy Walker (45:26).
At Sedgefield, David Aiken finished in 21:03 along with Rebecca Howard (22:08), Phil Rutter (22:28), Wendy Colling (24:02), April Corbett (25:17), Julie Whinn (25:45), Anthony Corbett (26:04), Gill Colling (27:14), John Whinn (29:36), Gill Wallis (34:50) and Claire Norman (44:46). At Riverside, Andrew Vernon and David Ledgerwood ran there in 20:01 and 29:16 respectively, at Stewart Park Lewis Boshier finished in 25:37 along with Michelle Boshier (26:05) and Sally Watson (39:33), while at Tees Barrage, Emily Beaumont and Judith Russell did the run there in 25:43 and 36:46 respectively. Stephen Moore did the run at Albert Park in 46:00, Ginny Gannaway and Elizabeth Kennedy ran at Catterick in 25:18 and 26:26 respectively, Malcolm Hewitson completed the Durham run in 26:22, Gemma & Olly Marshall-Moore ran at Hartlepool in 52:23 and 52:24 respectively and Mark Blewitt did The Pastures run in 29:31. Further afield, Kathryn Plant ran at Coventry in 28:41 and Wendy Thompson did the Great Lines run at Medway in 37:31.