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West Yorkshire Winter League – Queensbury reaches new heights

 

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               Queensbury runners form an orderly queue led by Ben Clare just after the start 

Thirty-nine club members ran in the 3rd cross-country race in the West Yorkshire Winter League series on Sunday 31st January. In short we emerged as the overall winners on the day for the very first time in our history! There were many outstanding performances. Chris Williams, in his first race in the series, was 2nd overall to the regular winner of the men’s event (Ben Mounsey, Stainland). Tom Collinge has competed in every race so far and he managed his best performance taking 3rd place from Julian Hood (Skipton). New member, Alistair Galt, proved his ability crossing the line in 26th place. There then followed a remarkable sequence of finishers, including our top veteran runners: Andy Dovernor (32nd), Mick Coe (33), Martin Firth (36), Ben Clare (40), Peter Hughes (42). This ensured a fantastic first place in the men’s event on the day by 40 points over Baildon in 2nd place. A further 21 men completed the course. The women’s team finished 4th on the day with excellent performances by Anna Smith (13th), Jo Horan (16th albeit carrying an injury), Stacey Cleal (17th), Lynne Robinson (26th), Maria Rhodes (37th), Zoe Hipwell (48th), Julie Hepworth (54th), Rachel Kendall (65th), Dianne Simpson (78th) and Sharan Loughran (83rd). The combined efforts of the men and women meant that Queensbury was placed 1st overall on the day, a single point ahead of Stainland Lions in 2nd place and eight points ahead of Baildon Runners.

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Chris Williams sprints for the line in 2nd place while Tom Collinge secures 3rd place in the background.

 

Queensbury was invited to join the West Yorkshire Winter League in the 2012-13 season. At the time the men formed a small but strong team and they finished the season in the 4th place. However, in our inaugural season there was no women’s team at all. It was not until the 2013-14 season when Anna and Jo started representing the club. By the end of the 2014-15 season the women, now joined by Stacey and Zoe, were placed 7th out of ten teams. This season, with one race to go, the women are 4th out of eleven teams in the same position as the men’s team. Given the competitive nature of the WYWL this is a remarkable leap forward for the club.

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1st F50, Anna Smith, finishes strongly

The achievements at the club have drawn admiration from others throughout the season. The team spirit is exceptional and we celebrate every runner’s achievement. Thanks to those who put on an excellent race at Temple Newsam and to the WYWL organisers for their hard work. Thanks also to Graham Cecil Halstead for the excellent photos.

 

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Some of the team before the race. Thanks to Bev Morritt for the photo.

 

WYWL Results: Temple Newsam

 

2nd Mopen Williams Chris M 2
3rd Mopen Collinge Tom M 3
Galt Alistair M 25
5th M45 Dovernor Andy M45 32
3rd M50 Coe Mick M50 33
1st M55 Firth Martin M55 36
Clare Ben M 40
1st M60 Hughes Peter M60 42
Hunt David M 53
Brook Richard M40 68
Heron Carl M50 69
Fielding Matt M35 70
Newberry Richard M 75
Thornton Matt M 76
Rhodes Graham M50 89
Robinson Philip M50 93
1st F50 Smith Anna F50 13
3rd F45 Cleal Stacey F45 17
Gibbons Peter M50 128
Hipwell Lee M40 138
Robinson Lynne F 26
3rd M65 Jowett Graham M65 153
Rushworth Chris M50 157
Lindsay-Yule Anthony M 161
Windle Neil M40 168
Hipwell Zoe F35 48
Thornton Glenn M60 181
Hepworth Julie F40 54
4th M65 Thomas Simon M65 185
Jack Darren M 188
Kendall Rachel F 65
David Hepworth M45 193
Hanson Chris M35 199
Simpson Dianne F50 78
Smith Andrew M45 201
Loughran Sharan F45 83
Morritt Gary M50 205
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Stacey Cleal, 3rd F45
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Rachel Kendall
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Andy Dovernor, 5th M45, just edges Mick Coe, 3rd M50



WYWL Race 1@Dewsbury (13th December 2015)

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A club record of 31 runners turned out for the 1st race in the West Yorkshire Cross Country League on Sunday 13th December. The first fixture at Stainland was postponed due to torrential rain in the days before and the skies opened again on the day before the Dewsbury race. The course was very muddy with some tough climbs and tricky descents. Congratulations to everyone who took part. Many runners were participating in the WYWL for the first time. The support for everyone was fantastic with many of those who had already crossed the line stayed on to cheer on the rest of the team as they rushed for the line.

 

First home for QRC was Tom Collinge in 9th. Tom comfortably in 4th place at the end of the final climb but he took a wrong turn in the woods and slipped a few places. It was still a fine run Tom! The male vets competed amongst themselves for the next QRC places. Mick Coe timed his move to perfection and just edged past Martin Firth and Peter Hughes. Jo Horan was the first female home for Queensbury coming home in 10th place. Anna Smith crossed the line soon after and Stacey Cleal came in in 23rd place.

 

The outstanding team performance on the day was the Female team (4th overall). The Male team was 6th, the Vets team 7th and the overall position at the end of the first race is 5th. There is much to look forward to at the second race in Idle on January 3rd.

 

The quality of the Queensbury veteran runners was again evident with four absolutely fantastic age-category wins (Anna Smith, Martin Firth, Peter Hughes and Graham Jowett). Jo Horan and Stacey Cleal were 3rd and 4th in their respective categories and Mick Coe was 5th in the exceptional M50 group.

 

Well done to all. A real credit to Queensbury Running Club and living proof of the great strides the club has made in the last year.

 

1st Male Mounsey (Stainland) Ben MOpen M
9th Male Collinge Tom Mopen M
1st Female Seager (Stainland) Tanya F40 F
39th Male Coe Mick M50 5th M50
41st Male Firth Martin M55 1st M55
42nd Male Hughes Peter M60 1st M60
50th Male Dovenor Andy M45 M
65th Male Fielding Matt M35 M
80th Male Robinson Philip M50 M
82nd Male Rhodes Graham M50 M
90th Male Thornton Matt Mopen M
93rd Male Newberry Richard Mopen M
10th Female Horan Joanne F35 3rd F35
12th Female Smith Anna F50 1st F50
131st Male Jowett Graham M65 1st M65
142nd Male Hipwell Lee M40 M
23rd Female Cleal Stacey F45 4th F45
147th Male Rushworth Chris M50 M
155th Male Lister Darren M40 M
39th Female Rhodes Maria F35 F
179th Male Brighouse-Johnson Chris MOpen M
51st Female Hipwell Zoe F35 F
186th Male David Hepworth M45 M
187th Male Moore Daniel Mopen M
56th Female Hepworth Julie F40 F
194th Male Thornton Glenn M60 M
196th Male Jack Darren Mopen M
197th Male Thomas Simon M65 M
69th Female Kendall Rachel Fopen F
73rd Female Loughran Sharan F45 F
74th Female Simpson Dianne F50 F
205th Male Smith Andrew M45 M
88th Female Robinson Jo Open M

Tour of Norland Moor

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Four QRC members joined a small cohort of 87 for the Tour of Norland Moor on Sunday. Congratulations to Stacey who was the 3rd placed female runner and 1st in the F45 category. All those long training runs are paying off. After a niggling injury, Mick had a good run and he was only 30 seconds behind last year’s time. Matt was not far behind and Mary, recovering from illness, came in just over the hour.

 

The men’s race was won by Rob James (Royton Road Runners) in 37.51. The women’s race was won by Stainland Lions’ Tanya Seager in 40.21. Tanya was placed 6th overall and is running so well that only the best male runners can beat her in her current form.

 

Position Name Time
22 Mick Coe 46.24 (2nd M50)
28 Matt Fielding 47.30
47 Stacey Cleal 53.03 (3rd Female and 1st F45)
73 Mary Saunders 62.32

 

The 10K Tour of Norland Moor fell/trail race is organized by Halifax Harriers and is a category BM race (according to the FRA, a category B race should average not less than 25 metres climb per kilometer and should not have more than 30% of the race distance on road; the M stands for Medium distance of 10-20 km).

The full results can be found here.

Updated Airedale Athletics points are here.  As the season enters its final month Mick has a narrow lead in the individual points table with Lee Hipwell and Matt Fielding also among the first ten runners. Many congratulations.

 

Park Run results (29th August 2015)

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One more to go Karol!

Fourteen park runners took part in four local runs on Saturday. Two fine personal bests by Rocky Brook and Simon Thomas at Halifax. Karol Whettlock completed her 99th park run and Stacey Cleal chalked up her 129th. For those of us still to reach double figures those are remarkable achievements.

 

Halifax parkrun

View full results for Halifax parkrun event #25

 

Gender Position Name Run Time
9 Richard BROOK 21:00 (PB!)
29 Simon THOMAS 25:59 (PB!)
6 Claire BAGGLEY 26:07
13 Zoe HIPWELL 28:40
16 Sharan LOUGHRAN 29:47
41 Karol WHETTLOCK 48:06

 

Bradford parkrun

View full results for Bradford parkrun event #273

 

Gender Position Name Run Time
8 Stacey CLEAL 25:46
11 Abbie CLEAL 26:07
116 Stephen BROOK 26:25

 

Oakwell Hall parkrun

View full results for Oakwell Hall parkrun event #57

 

Gender Position Name Run Time
49 Stephen WILBY 27:45

 

Horton Park parkrun

A total of 45 runners took part.

View full results for Horton Park parkrun event #14

 

Gender Position Name Run Time
2 Martin John FIRTH 19:40
4 Andrew STOTT 20:57
10 Philip LICKLEY 24:22
22 Rob GLOVER 28:24

 

 

Park Run results (22nd August 2015)

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Fourteen runners turned out for Saturday’s park run at six different locations including Steve Searle and Richard Brook who surfaced at Sewerby in East Yorkshire. The QRC Parkrunners of the week are Chris Hanson who recorded a PB at Oakwell Hall in 25.33 and Andy Dovernor who is getting quicker every week with a fantastic 19.00 at Halifax. Well done to all who ran and thanks to all the volunteers too!

 

Halifax parkrun

View full results for Halifax parkrun event #24

 

Gender Position Name Time
2 Andrew DOVERNOR 19:00
8 Julie HEPWORTH 28:39
15 Bronte SIMPSON 30:36
31 Simon THOMAS 27:06
33 Lucy REYNOLDS 37:02
37 Rob GLOVER 28:17
37 Tamara SWAN 41:05

 

Bradford parkrun

View full results for Bradford parkrun event #272

 

Gender Position Name Time
26 Abbie CLEAL 27:45
33 Stacey CLEAL 28:15
107 Andrew TEMPEST-MITCHELL 27:33

 

Sewerby parkrun

View full results for Sewerby parkrun event #197

 

Gender Position Name Time
9 Steve SEARLE 20:39
15 Richard BROOK 21:41

 

Skipton parkrun

View full results for Skipton parkrun event #105

 

Gender Position Name Time
38 Stephen BROOK 25:16

 

Oakwell Hall parkrun

View full results for Oakwell Hall parkrun event #56

 

Gender Position Name Time
31 Chris HANSON 00:25:33

 

Horton Park parkrun

View full results for Horton Park parkrun event #13

 

Gender Position Name Run Time
3 Andrew STOTT 00:20:52

 

 

Podium 5K………in 16 minutes

Chris Williams recorded an outstanding personal best in the Podium 5K race near Colne at the weekend. He clocked 16:00 minutes dead beating his previous pb by one second set last year at the John Carr 5K. Most of us mere mortals can only dream of running at a pace of 03.12 mins per km or 05.09 mins per mile; actually, only a few hundred people in the entire nation have run a quicker 5K than that in 2015. Chris was 11th in a race that featured many of the quickest runners in the north west (the winning time was 14:58). The slowest runner in the ‘A’ race completed the course in 17:19 which is still a fantastic time. Chris also triumphed over Jonathan Johnson (Harrogate Harriers) who beat him into second place in the West Yorkshire 5 mile road race last week. Well done to Chris. We look forward to a sub-16 minute run in the next race!DSC_4853The full results are here.

You can find out more about the Podium 5K here.

 

Saltburn 10K

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Mary on the Saltburn Trail

Mary Saunders, who recently joined the club, ran in the Saltburn 10K in North Yorkshire on Sat 15th August. Recent illness interfered with her training plans but she still managed a good time, finishing in 1:17.36 and in about 18th place overall (10th woman). Mary also raised £280 for the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association. Here is her report:

 

The race was really small – there was a trail marathon (probably longer than a marathon!), a trail half marathon (that was about 16 miles), as well as the trail 10K and participation was capped at 300 across all three races – this meant for a really nice relaxed atmosphere – I think there were maybe 40 runners tops in the 10K.

 

The race started, in glorious sunshine, on the main road outside the Leisure Centre and continued to, and then down, the wooded sides of the Skelton Beck clough (where we all got lost), down to the sea front, past the Ship Inn and up an evil set of quad destroying steps! Then it was about 3km of more gradual climbing following the Cleveland Way, right along the top of the cliffs, on the edge of the wheat fields. We made our way along the side of the railway, before crossing it (lovely cheery marshals), up a hill, through a cow field and then turned back for the descent, crossing the railway again and following a series of tracks back down to the bottom of the steps. We then retraced our steps back up the clough and along the road, finishing in the sports hall. In total it was 11.99km (surprise, surprise!) and about 775 feet of ascent. 

 

There were medals and t-shirts for all finishers, trophies for the top three in the main categories and a fine spread of home bakes and drinks etc laid on in the hall. The shower and changing facilities were all very fancy too! The race is now moving to February due to car parking etc so I think I will have to enter again to better my time….

 

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…….and enjoying cake with medal at the end.

Park Run results (15th August 2015)

imagesWell done to the 13 runners who turned out for the Park Run at the weekend. Three more personal bests to report. Thanks again to the volunteers who made it all possible.

Halifax parkrun

A total of 103 runners took part.

View full results for Halifax parkrun event #23

 

Gender Position Name Time
3 Andrew DOVERNOR 19:08 1st M45-49 and personal best!
11 Matt THORNTON 21:10 3rd M30-34
18 Neil WINDLE 22:18 2nd M40-44
29 Simon THOMAS 26:38 1st M65-69
41 Richard BROOK 31:03
34 Lucy REYNOLDS 34:38 Personal best!

 

Bradford parkrun

A total of 441 runners took part.

View full results for Bradford parkrun event #271

 

Gender Position Name Time
10 Stacey CLEAL 24:08
11 Maria RHODES 24:10 Personal best!
107 Declan CRAVEN 26:04
21 Abbie CLEAL 26:04

 

Oakwell Hall parkrun

A total of 110 runners took part.

View full results for Oakwell Hall parkrun event #55

 

Gender Position Name Time
36 Stephen WILBY 28:07 2nd M60-64

 

Horton Park parkrun

A total of 62 runners took part.

View full results for Horton Park parkrun event #12

 

Gender Position Name Time
8 Steve SEARLE 20:28 3rd M25-29
9 Andrew STOTT 20:50 1st M40-44

West Yorkshire 5 mile road race

Well done to the eight runners who took part in the West Yorkshire 5, particularly those who also completed a Park Run the day before. Described by Maria Rhodes as ‘good, hard fun’, this is a local race organised by the West Yorkshire Fire Service and Bradford Airedale. Chris Williams earned a fine 2nd place to Jonathan Johnson (Harrogate Harriers). The women’s race was won by UK Net Runner, Hannah Oldroyd in 31.11.

Full results here.

 

Position Name Time
2 Chris Williams 28.21
29 Matt Thornton 35.56
36 Neil Windle 36.53
61 Ben Charlesworth 39.25
67 Maria Rhodes 40.11
99 Steve Brook 43.43
128 Charlotte Wilkinson 47.55
159 Andy Smith 55.07