THE third race in the Durham Fell Challenge Series, the four-mile Chapelfell fell race at St. John's Chapel, Weardale, organised by the Darlington-based Quakers Running Club, saw Michael Mallon, of Crook, lead the 39 finishers home recording a time for the out and back course of 35:08. Mallon also took the first over 40 veterans' prize home. In second place was the host club's Steve Lumb in 35:24 with clubmate Ken Maynard only a few strides behind in 35:32 for third place.

The women's race was won by Dawn Richardson, of the Quakers, who finished in 25th place overall with 46:00. Second was Gill Mennim, of NFR, with 48:43, and Jenny Howarth, of Quakers, was third with 53:57.

With three races remaining in the series the Quakers' Andy Henderson leads the senior men's table on 143 points, nine ahead of Elvet's Geoff Watson on 134 points and Martin Harbisher, of Crook, is third with 133 points.

The over 40 vets table currently stands the same as the latest race result with Mallon first with 148 points, Lumb second on 144 and Maynard third on 141 points.

Andrew Laybourne, of Evenwood, leads the over 50 vets table on 148 points with Mike Horan, of Quakers, second with 135 points and Evenwood's Alan Dickinson third with 128 points. Bill Johnson, of Quakers, leads the over 60 vets table with 99 points, Joe Garbarino, of NFR, is second with 50 points and Alan Purvis, of Elvet, is third on 49 points.

The senior ladies table is led by Dawn Richardson on 40pts. Clubmate Sally Rouse is second on 39pts, and Quakers' Andrea Tucker is third with 34 pts. Gill Mennim leads the lady vets table with 58 points with Keswick pair, Debbie Thompson on 20 points and Stella Lewsley third on 19 points.

Other local results from Chapelfell were: 4th Paul Dunn (Elvet) 36:23; 5th Graham Bradshaw (Crook) 38:18, 6th Andy Henderson (Quakers) 39:41, 7th Ray Partridge 39:43, 8th Stuart Ferguson (both Crook) 40:14, 9th Danny Small 40:30, 10th Carl Bedford (both Quakers) 41:03, 11th Tony Hindmarch (Evenwood) 41:15; 13th Andrew Laybourn (Evenwood) 42:01, 15th Jeff Thurlbeck (Quakers) 42:19; 16th Geoff Watson (Elvet) 42:22; 17th Mike Shaw (Mandale) 42:49; 19th Neil Douthwaite (Evenwood) 43:03; 20th Brian Bosher 43:40; 21st Dave England 44:47; 23rd Wayne Bramley (all Quakers) 45:11; 24th Neil Dyson (Mandale) 45:34; 26th Keith Richardson 46:01; 29th Steve Smedley 49:17; 31st Jenny Haworth 53:57; 32nd Alan Prest 56:17; 33rd Steve Carter 57:08; 34th Mike Horan (all Quakers) 57:47; 35th Austin Marshall (Teesdale) 61:34; 36th Donna Douthwaite 61:48; 37th Kenneth Sams (both Evenwood) 61:49; 38th Grainne Archbold (Quakers) 64:24; 39th Alan Dickinson (Evenwood) 71:18.

In the junior race Luke Kelton, of Quakers, had an excellent run to finish in 13:52, nearly one and a half minutes clear of Mandale's Paul McNally who recorded 15:24. Third was Neil Robinson (Quakers) 15:37. Other places: 4th Benn Henderson (Morpeth) 16:37; 5th Chris Maynard (Quakers) 17:00; 6th Stephen Lewis 17:14; 7th Kristia Shaw (both Mandale) 17:16; 8th Gemma Bramley (Quakers) 20:55 (first girl); 9th Sam Ferguson (Crook) 26:38.

On the roads, the seniors have been performing well. At the Summer Coast Road 5km at Marske, husband and wife Dave and Julie Giblin both recorded personal best times for the distance. Dave finished 41st with 19:32 and Julie was 76th in 23:38. Others from the club were: 17th Carl Bedford 17.43; 27th Wayne Bramley 18.38; 31st Danny Orton 18.50; 40th Peter Smith 19.24; 51st Mick Mullen 20.28; 79th Mike Horan 24.07; 83rd Lawrence Gannon 24.54 and, making a rare appearance, 88th Denis Twigg 31:05.

The Ripon Midsummer 10km race saw Ian Scott take the first over 45 veterans prize being the first 'Quaker' to finish in10th position overall with a time of 36:25. Others were, Mick Brunskill (11th) 36:40. Peter Smith (53rd) 41:16. Dawn Richardson (54th) 41:18. Dave Giblin (55th) 41:24. Julie Giblin (162nd) 49:39. Emma Taylor (180th) 51:17. T. Smith (215th) 55:15 and Jes Smith (216th) 55:17. In the accompanying fun run, Marc Smith was 9th with 8:52. Julia Orr finished 11th overall to win the girls' race in 9:04. Neil Chalmers was 13th in 9:59 followed by David Scott 28th in 11:33 and Craig Chalmers ran 11:43 for 29th place.

With the date of the annual Darlington 10km road race being brought forward, Quakers Running Club are staging a 10km road race and fun run at Hamsterley Forest on Sunday, August 27, with ALL of the proceeds going to the Butterwick Hospice.

Entry Forms for all Quaker events and more information about the club can be obtained from Simpsons Sports, Post House Wynd, Darlington, or from The Race Organiser, 18 Arkle Crescent. Darlington DL1 5AW.

Other future events to be organised by the club are: Sunday, July 23, Monks Moor Fell Race (Middleton-in-Teesdale) 13.5 mile, 11am. Tuesday, August 8, Wild Goose Chase (Preston-le-Skerne, near, Newton Aycliffe) 7km, 7.15pm.

More Quakers Running club news next week.