A packed week of running saw Quakers all over the country, with two championship races among the many on the calendar.
The latest of the spring marathons took place down on the coast at Brighton. Michael Oliver completed the 26.2 mile route in 4:40:50 along with Jamie Pratt in 4:55:33.
The first of the week’s championship races took place over at Marske, the Spring Coast Road 5K. Over the two-lap route along the seafront, Michael Joyeux finished in fifth place overall in 16:20 followed by Paul Dalton (17:58), Dave Jones (18:24), Rob Dent (18:48), Brian Martin (18:53 and first in his age category), Darren Wright (19:06), Neil Gooding (19:32), Michael Kipling (19:43), Corey Horn (20:00), Chris Minto (20:11), Louise Trainor (21:02), Rob Gillham (21:54), Andrew Dixon (22:06, PB), Phil Clarke (22:11 and third in his age category), Simon Rek (22:42), Gary Read (23:13), Julie Whinn (24:17, PB, finishing third in her age category and breaking her own club record), Emma Colbourne (24:36), Sandra Martin (25:09, PB and third in her age category), Caroline Litster (25:34), David Ledgerwood (27:30), Sally Singleton (30:08 and third in her age category), Bex Stirland (30:33), Nicky Jordan (30:33) and Rachel Maddison (32:50).
The second championship race was the Guisborough Moors fell race, a 12 mile route taking in parts of the Cleveland Way, including climbs up Captain Cook’s and Roseberry Topping. Andrew Vernon completed the distance in 1:57:01 along with Rob Gillham (2:17:40) and Ian Scott (2:58:41).
Two headed down to Sheffield for the half marathon taking place in the city. Paul Davies completed the undulating route in 1:41:40 along with Lee Morris in 2:28:14.
At the Vale of York 10 mile race, which started and finished at the airfield, Diane Vaughan came home in 1:13:51, finishing third in her age category and breaking the club record for the distance. Next in were Andrew Dixon (1:18:38, PB), Viv Hardwick (1:21:58), Helen Spaven (1:40:06), Tina Corah (1:42:55), Tracey Plaskitt (1:43:03) and Alison Hardwick (1:48:50).
Rebecca Howard was the sole Quaker at the Hawkeshead trail race in the Lake District, completing the 16K route around Lake Windermere in 2:25:44.
Another race taking place on the coast was the Marina 5 mile at Hartlepool. Paul Dalton finished the out and back route in 30:02 along with Ian Young (41:23), Judith Russell (58:49) and Sharon Carr (58:50).
At the Swainby Sweep trail race held on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, Claire and Tom Chapman covered the 16 mile distance in 2:48:02 along with Stephen Ash (3:23:31) and Mel Newton (3:25:04).
Three runners headed up to Durham for the latest of the Saturn Runners events. In the 50K distance, Emily Beaumont finished in 5:38:45, while in the 7 hour timed event, Billy Harris covered a total of 45.9 miles, while Gillian Harris covered 29.5 miles.
Midweek had seen the first of the Darlington Trail Series races at Middleton St George, held on the old Darlington to Stockton Railway line. Stuart Hardcastle covered the two lap route in 24:25 along with Julie Russell (24:58), Ashleigh Atkinson (29:02), David Murphy (29:47), Lisa Reeve (30:46), Jeff Marriott (31:22) and Gill Wallis (35:46).
Six runners headed over to Stockton for the duathlon event, comprising a run/bike/run. In the sprint event, Michael Joyeux finished in 1:04:58 along with Paul Roberts (1:18:52), Jeff Marriott (1:25:31) and Alec Cinamon (1:47:52), while in the standard relay event, Marc Ellis and Darren wright finished in 2:24:12.
In the Saturday morning parkruns, Dave Jones finished at South Park in 18:21 followed by Michael Kipling (18:54), Rob Dent (19:19), James Atkinson (19:57), David Matthew (20:05), Louise Trainor (22:00), David Todd (22:27), Phil Clarke (22:40), David Mclachlan (22:51), Andrew Vernon (23:19), Rob Gillham (23:51), Stuart Masterman (24:06), Peter Rowley (24:08), Ginny Gannaway (24:13), Ed Griffiths (24:35), Tom Chapman (24:36), Lisa Bowerbank (26:50), Matt Jackson (26:56), Julie Bell (26:57), Gary Read (27:08), Gill Colling (27:12), Danny Gordon (27:19), Mary Macivor (28:33), Tracey Plaskitt (30:23), Jo Meynell (30:38), Paul Ryan (31:03), Lisa Alderson (31:03), Wendy Noble (32:03), Sue New (32:19), Ally Sanderson (32:31), Chris Land (32:52), Rachel Maddison (34:50), Judith Russell (35:15), Rachel Grayson (35:24), Naomi Dixon (40:08), Linda Gossage (41:14) and Andy Walker (43:19).
At Hackworth, Gareth Kyle finished in 20:12 along with Michael Thompson (21:51), Olly Marshall-Moore (55:01) and Gemma Marshall-Moore (55:05). At Sedgefield, Helen Spaven and Claire Norman ran there in 29:45 and 44:12 respectively, Helen Clark did the Tees Barrage run in 36:50, Stephen Moore ran at Albert Park in 24:45, Sally Watson did the Heartlands run in 34:57, while at Catterick, Mike Watson and Hannah Alderson ran there in 22:52 and 25:42 respectively. Further afield, Stuart Hardcastle did the Wepre run in 24:36, David Stewart ran at Bushy Park in 33:16, while Lucia Minto did the Glasgow Victoria Park run in 24:29.
Flying the flag overseas was Anne-Michelle Whitley who did the Knysna run in South Africa in 44:33.