The Race to the Stones is a 100K fully supported run/walk, all the way from Oxfordshire to the neolithic monument in Avebury. You can break it into two days with an overnight stop at the basecamp, or the more extreme can take it on in one go!
Also available was a 50km route on either the Saturday or Sunday with the course open from 7.30am until 10pm each day.
Time for a history lesson.
Field of Dreams’
One of the true highlights – fondly coined the ‘field of dreams’ by participants, and when you get there you’ll see why. This is a crop field that surprises us every year by blooming with different colours. After weaving your way through the woodlands, this is a breath-taking sight to come out to. It’s definitely one of those moments to stop to take in the incredible view. A firm favourite and a great photo opportunity.
The White Horse at Uffington
The White Horse is a highly stylized prehistoric hill figure, 110m long formed from deep trenches filled with crushed white chalk. The figure is believed to date to the Iron Age or the late Bronze Age based on the similarity of the horse’s design to comparable figures in Celtic art. It was confirmed following an excavation where deposits of fine silt removed from the horse’s ‘beak’ were scientifically dated to the late Bronze Age.
Avebury Stone Circle
Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Ridgeway. This is the largest stone circle in Europe and one of the largest in the world. The immense task of constructing this site spanned about 500 years, starting around 2500BC. The irregularly shaped stones come from Marlborough Downs, a few miles from where they were set up in the henge, and were transported here with great effort though it’s still unclear why.
Well done to Jennifer Luwaji who took part representing Queensbury, what an awesome achievement Jen and the club is really proud of your 50km effort, it certainly looks like a tough event.
The Skirfare Half is a tough 14 mile trail race starting and finishing by the river Skirfare near the village of Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales. With 3 hard climbs and equally hard descents it is a real test of fitness and stamina.
In a field of 94 runners Vikki Bean finished 80th in 3:38:52 and Andrew Smith finished 84th in 3:42:11.
Well done to you both, awesome stuff and thanks to Andy for the report.
The tough, off-road run around Greenfield and once again raised funds for the club’s teams.
Hosted by Saddleworth Rangers the senior race started and finished on Churchill Playing Fields, with the 8.5km route taking runners up towards Pots and Pans, then to Shaw Rocks and over to Alderman’s Hill.
Will done to Lee Shaw for finishing 9th in a race of 8.5km with over 1400 feet of climbing.
Queensbury’s man of the moment Andy D travelled to Romania to take part in this middle distance triathlon, not entering and racing for QRC or Wakey Tri club Andy was racing for the GBR team in the 50-54 age category, a fantastic achievement and honour. I’m sure you’ll all agree this is brilliant for Andy and both his clubs.
I remember months ago when it was cold and wet when we would turn up for the winter league races and Andy would cycle there and back, we would all call him mad and have a chuckle with him, but it goes to show what dedication you need in your sport to gain that GBR jersey.
Anyway enough blubbing, the race was a 1.9km swim, 83km bike with a 20km run to finished in 57th place overall but more impressive was him finishing 7th in his age category and 5th Brit over the line.
Andy’s times were
Swim 40:43, Bike 2:18: 36, Run 1:32:37 (4th fastest run)
The Asda Foundation Leeds 10K course has something to offer, regardless of age or ability.
Seasoned runners can take advantage of the super-flat and fast route to compete for their personal best, whilst new runners can embrace the incredible atmosphere to achieve their own goal, whether that’s just getting round, or supporting a good cause.
With a truly electric city centre start and finish, and great support around the route, there are few events to rival the Leeds 10K.
A race that always attracts the top local runners aiming for that top Runbritain ranking the 1st 14 finishers all came in at sub 35 pace.
Not to be outdone Queensbury had 5 runners in the mix with Andrew Patterson leading them home.
Andrew Patterson 43:33
Jonathon Mason 43:39
James Kilkenny 45:28
Phil Lickley 48:05
Tracey Stewart 59:34
Aqwesome running by you all and congrats to any of you who got the all important PB.
Arenig Fawr fell race has been run since 2005 by Yiannis Tridimas and his wife Cathy, although this year Bowland have taken over the organising of the race.
Starting in a disused quarry to the north of Arenig Fawr in the Snowdonia National Park, competitors on this AM course have about 1.5Km of flagged paths around the quarry before hitting a scree slope that is a roughly 50% gradient for 200 metres. It only gets worse. This leaves 11Km of completely unmarked scree fields, insane slope gradients, bogs, streams, boulder fields, and generally hellish fell torture that is difficult to race on for the uninitiated. Only on the final descent did something vaguely resembling a reasonable gradient reappear. Apparently like electricity and vowels the concept of footpaths have not reached some parts of Wales. Some say Arenig Fawr is harder than the Yorkshire 3 Peaks despite only being 8 miles in length! A small field 30 runners completed the route this year, with Alistair completing the route in 2 hours, 1 minute and 47 seconds and 11th place. Jos Naylor also made a surprise appearance (but you knew that already)