All posts by Neil Windle

Sharpaw Metric Marathon 16th Sept 2018

A longer route providing a great stepping stone from half marathon to full marathon. An undulating course, with almost 800m of total ascent. The race starts by climbing to the summit of Skipton’s iconic hill of Sharphaw then heading into the Dales eventually climbing your next summit of Weets Top near Malham. From here you will head back down with Sharphaw in view again. Mixed terrain, footpaths, tracks, boggy fields and open moor this route provides interest mile after mile for new and experienced runners. 

Well done to Andy Smith for braving the elements and having a great race finishing in 4:12:34

English Half Marathon Festival 14th Sept 2018

The Half Marathon starts on Winmarleigh Street with the Town Hall and Golden Gates as a backdrop. The route travels over Bridge Foot before the Half Marathon takes in aspects of the previous route in South Warrington. The route then heads back into the town centre, taking in landmarks such as The Halliwell Jones Stadium, The Guardians (or skittles) at Market Gate, The River of Life on Bridge Street and The Cultural Quarter, before heading back up Winmarleigh Street and finishing through the Golden Gates at the Town Hall. 

Gillian Jago made a weekend of it running a 5km race on the Friday night finishing in 26:23 and following that up with a Half Marathon on Sunday finishing in 2:02:47.

Well done Gillian, a great acquisition for Queensbury and keep up the great running.

Stainland Trail 10k 16th Sept 2018

The 6th annual Stainland Trail Race, a 10km multi-terrain race through the stunning West Yorkshire countryside.
Starting and finishing at the Stainland Recreation Ground, the race runs through Fall Spring Wood, Milner Wood, Beestonley Wood, Whittle Wood, Firth House Wood, Crow Wood and beautiful rural roads and trails around Stainland Dean.

4 of you made the way over to race and with some social media chatter in the days leading up to the event all eyes were on the course record with our Tom C. hoping to snatch victory, but a wrong turn in the woods left Tom with too much time to make up and handed victory to the eventual winner Nathan Edmondson from Ilkley, but Tom still managaed to finish a fantastic 2nd place just 64 seconds behind.

2nd Tom collinge 42:11

30th Stacey Cleal 55:44 (3rd female)

124th Anna Sabey 1:21:35

125th Amanda Drury-Berry 1:21:36

Well done to all 4 of you , great running.

Stacey on her way to 3rd female

Yorkshireman off road Half+Full Marathon 9th Sept 2018

The annual running of this race once again set off from Haworth on a damp Sunday morning, with the option of the full marathon distance or the shorter half(???) entrants had plenty to aim for.

The route has plenty to offer everyone but this race is not for the faint hearted, taking in tarmac, grass, moorland and gravel tracks the route passes through many local villages and moorland including Haworth Moor, Ovenden Moor, Denholme, Cullingworth and Harden Moor to name but a few. 

With checkpoints throughout the route and with full kit required to be carried runners need to be ready for anything thing.

All our runners ran well,  with some fab times. 

Ful Marathon

10th Carl Heron 3;50:07 1stMV50

16th Lee Hipwell/Darren Barnes 5:21:16 (ran as a pair)


4th Chris Williams 1:47;39

26th Gary Rowling 1:59:50

71st Stacey Cleal 2:11:08

111th Marc Wright 2:28:32

113th Chris King 2;29:29

160th Zoe Hipwell 2:42:32

178th Lee Beavers 2:48:21

213th Andy Smith 3:11:21

Awesome running by all of you. Well done. 

Zoe, Stacey and Andy


Vale of York Half 9th Sept 2018

The Vale of York Half Marathon: the fast, flat, PB-loving half marathon in aid of Sue Ryder just got better.

This year the race will started on a real (but not live!) runway. The Sherburn Aero Club are closed the airfield to traffic to let runners taxi to the start and take off (with clearance from Air Traffic Control) on 13.1 flat miles on scenic closed roads south of York.

For the novice runner this is a perfect introduction to a longer distance. For the more seasoned racer it is a genuine PB opportunity. And for those training for an autumn marathon it fits perfectly into your training schedule. 

In the 5th year of running the race over 1500 runners made their way to York and with decent if not a bit too hot running conditions all ran superbly, especially the 7 QRCers led home by Simon Brady.

Simon Brady 1:48:22 PB

Jo Horan 1:33:46 PB

Leanne Alston 1:44:10 PB

Peter Wood 2:19:36

Sharon Elliott 2:33:57

Dave Elliott 2:37:57

Kirsty Russell 2:34:16

Sorry if I’ve missed your PB off, well done to you all.

Leanne, Sharon and Dave


Shepley 10k 9th Sept 2018

A series of friendly races in the South Huddersfield area, this race the 4th of 5 races was run over at Shepley Cricket Club, a hilly road race with a kid’s fun run and family day afterwards. The route is a anti-clockwise route with a fast start and fast finish but a killer middle section. 

With each race completed competitors are awarded a specially designed medal so that after all 5 races are completed the medals can be interlocked with each other. 

Joanna Lockwood and Steve Brook made the short trip to Huddersfield, with both having strong races.

 30th Joanna 50:06 and 1st FV40

48th Steve brook 52:57 

The last event in the series is on the 29th September at 11am, aptly named ‘The stairway to heaven’ 

Well done to you both

Great North Run 9th Sept 2018

The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually in North East England each September. Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields. The run was devised by former Olympic 10,000 m bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster.

The first Great North Run was staged on 28 June 1981, when 12,000 runners participated. By 2011, the number of participants had risen to 54,000. For the first year it was advertised as a local fun run; nearly thirty years on it has become one of the biggest running events in the world, and the biggest in the UK. Only the Great Manchester Run and London Marathon come close to attracting similar numbers of athletes each year.

A strong elite field could not keep the pace with Sir Mo Farah as he opened up a gap at 11 mile from the Kiwi Jake Robertson going onto win for the 5th time in 59:27, with the Kiwi also claiming a sub 60 finishing in 59:58. In the womens race, London marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot took the honours with a PB of 67:43 to claim her 2nd win in 3 years. David Weir once again took 1st place in the wheelchairs with a course record and claiming his 7th win.

Back to the orange and green and there were plenty of QRCers out in the masses and well done to all of them, great running at a great event. Unfortunatly for Wasim illness ruined his chances of a PB and our best wishes go out to him. 

Phil Lickley 1:54:11

Craig Smith 1:57:01

Chris Johnson 2:10:38

Joanna Robinson 2:10:38

Garrie Wilder 2:27:52

Wasim Hussain 2:28:53

Claire Marshall Swales 2:32:06

Shelley Ferneyhough 2:34:28

Claire Gearie 2:39:11

Louise Foxhall 2:44:31

Jodie Ansell 3:02:27

Louise Hayton 3:03:50

Helen Gibbons 3:16:50




Stockport Hatters Half Marathon 2nd Sept 2018

The  fourth running of Stockport`s showpiece event, the Stockport Hatters Half Marathon, was another resounding success.

The weather was kind to the organisers, Stockport County Supporters Cooperative, which was good with well over 400 signed up to run.

On the day 332 turned out and the overwhelming feed back indicated that this fabulous road/trail race had lost none of its sparkle and appeal.

Keith Hayes was there showing off the orange and green of Queensbury romping round in a quick 2:01:04 taking well over 5 minutes off his previous PB, just another 65 seconds needed Keith for that sub 2 hour. 

Well done mate.