Dry, warm weather greeted 4 of our runners as they made their way to Heath Rugby Club for an 8am start of this years Calderdale Way Relay, the race in it’s 34th year is Britain’s biggest club run off road event attracting teams from as far as Sale and Denby Dale.
The race itself is 50 mile circular route of Calderdale with a total ascent of over 8500ft, teams are made up of 12 runners covering the whole distance split into 6 legs, with each leg run in pairs. The race starts at Clay House Park, West Vale at 8am and with strict cut off times for each leg any team finishing with the baton 6-7 hours later have done extremely well.
A good turn out for the race meant we could enter enter 2 teams, 24 of us spread across the route. Leg 1 starts in West Vale and finishes in Crag Vale, leg 2 via Stoodley Pike and into Todmorden, leg 3 boasts are steep 1 mile climb to start with before heading over to Black Shaw Head, leg 4 heads to Wainstalls passing to leg 5 runners who set off towards Shelf, from here it’s left to the leg 6 runners with a 10.5 mile sprint back into West Vale for the glory finish.
With the winning team completing the course in just over 6 hours Calder Valley Fell Runners were awarded 1st place with some magnificent leg times.
QRC A produced a good performance finishing in 22nd place in a time of 7:30:32, excellent work guys. In 68th came QRC B Mixed with an overall time of 9:22:17.
With some great running from all involved it truly is a great race to be part of. Well done to Emmot and Chris Rushworth for stepping in at the last minute and well done to all for taking part, especially if this was your 1st time at the event. Roll on next year, where hopefully we can get more teams involved.
The participants hit the city streets for Sunday’s full and half marathons, a one mile fun run and also for Saturday’s 5K race, many international runners also joined those from Merseyside and around the UK who had signed up to pound the streets.
The routes took in Liverpool ’s world famous waterfront, Chinatown, Sefton Park and Merseyside’s two Premier League football grounds (obviously Anfield didn’t create too much excitement).
9 of our members took part in the Half Marathon, along with their 2 friends Sue Tozer and Emma louise King. They obviously made a great day of it and looked to have had a great time judging by some of the photo’s.
Well done to you all a great team effort and a BIG shot out to all you 1st timers.
Voted the UK’s most scenic marathon by readers of Runners World, it’s bigger, better and as beautiful as ever. 500 runners ran this breathtakingly beautiful course, amidst a carnival atmosphere, in the grounds of Brathay Hall, Ambleside with its stunning views over England’s largest lake.
A big shout out to all 4 of you who ran the 26.2 very hilly miles, awesome stuff a magnificent achievement and we’re glad all your hard work has paid off.
Enjoying a 10k morning run through the breath-taking countryside above the Pennine village of Sowerby was Joanne Lockwood. The circular route follows quiet country roads, bridleways and paths with panoramic views over the Calderdale and Ryburn Valleys. Approx. 40% of the route is ‘off road’ on tracks and paths.
A big well done to Jo who finished in 34th place with a time of 52:43 a pretty quick time considering the hilly course.
With race 4 only open to runners who’ve run the 1st 3 races, last Wednesday’s race was the 3rd and final race open to new entrants. Once again Tom Collinge and Steve Brook took on the scenic route around Hollingworth lake.
Tom managed a very good 3rd place, keeping with the 1st 2 runners up to 3k running at 14min/5k pace but unable to keep up the frantic pace he was left on his own battling against the elements, still managing to come home in 3rd in a super quick 16:20. .
Steve Brook once again showed that age has no barrier roaring home in 25:29 (2ndMV70).
The annual Bluebell hosted by Stainland, enjoyed by many with it’s infamous Trooper Lane climb at 4 miles, then once Trooper has zapped your energy every other hill no matter how small seems to feel just as tough.
At the 3/4 point of Trooper there was a chance for our runners to get some support from the QRC fanzone where David Hepworth shouted at them at over 200db. (I’m certain I could still hear him later that night) A much needed water station at the top, before the steady ascent up to Beacon Hill over looking Halifax. From here it’s around the moors up and down before exiting at Southawram Cricket Club and heading back through the bluebell laden woods into Elland, along the canal bank and taking a refreshing dip in the river, up the banking and back into Heath Rugby Club where the finishing line awaits.
All our guys ran really well, but with Tom feeling the burn after his efforts midweek it was not to be his day this year, although 15th is still more than most could hope for.
A couple of age category wins for Simon Brady (MV50) and Pete May (MV60) certainly helped to boost morale, with Simon left wondering what could have been had he started running at an earlier age.
Well done guys, fab performances supporting a local race.
The Leeds Half Marathon – which this year celebrates its 33rd anniversary – is firmly established as one of the highlights on Leeds’s sporting calendar thanks to its challenging course, enthusiastic crowds and fantastic atmosphere.
Around 9,000 sign up for this annual event raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities and good causes across Yorkshire and beyond.
The route starts in The Headrow alongside Victoria Gardens, heads out of the city centre, takes in a section of the Ring Road and returns via Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road before finishing in Cookridge Street alongside Millennium Square.
Well done to the 6 QRC runners who took part, with stand out performances from Carl Heron (1:27:18) and Wasim Hussain in his 1st half marathon distance race (1:42:37).
A 5km, 2 lap undulating race around Heaton Park, taking in the entire park and passing the iconic and beautiful Heaton hall.
‘Stormin’ Steve Brook has been at it again, this time over in Manchester. Steve powered round this scenic 10k in a fantastic 50:43 and 35th out of 131 runners, quite possibly his fastest 10k of the season if not in years.