All posts by Neil Windle

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.


Leeds Country Way Relay 2nd Sept 2018

The Leeds Country Way Relay is an annual race which has been organised by Kippax Harriers, since the race was first established in 1990. It is held around the end of August or the beginning of September and comprises of 6 pairs of runners in each team, with each pair running a leg (section) around the actual LCW route.

An approximate total of 64 miles are covered, in a total time of around 7 hours, starting and finishing at Garforth Leisure Centre.

Chris Williams captained a team for this event,  looking for a good finish amongst some of the areas best running clubs, and they didn’t disappoint coming home in 9th place overall from 58 teams and a total time of all 6 legs of 8:07:50.

Leg 1 – Alistair+Gary 1:25:03 Pos. 16th

Leg 2 – Chris+Tom 1:17:15 Pos. 4th

Leg 3 – Andy D+Emmot 1:14:22 Pos. 9th

Leg 4 – Ben+Richard N 1:35:58 Pos. 15th

Leg 5 – Carl H.+Simon 1:15:29 Pos. 9th

Leg 6 – Pete H+Paul G 1:19:43 Pos. 13th

Well done guys a solid team effort putting QRC on the map.

Tholthorpe 10k 2nd Sept 2018

Tholthorpe 10K, a North Yorkshire championship race, starting and finishing in the pretty village of Tholthorpe featuring a flat, fast course with all proceeds donated to the village hall. 

Steve Brook once again took the Corsa out for a drive and made his way to York and romped round a quick time of 52:14 finishing 211 and landing himself 2nd MV70.

Well done Steve

Podium 5k 27th Aug 2018

The Podium 5k over in Barrowford on bank holiday Monday saw Queensbury’s Tom Collinge take on some of the countries fastest runners, Tom ran a blinder finishing in 20th place with a super quick official time of 16:00 minutes, although finish line photo’s suggest 15:59. 

Well done Tom great work, I’m sure the long awaited sub 16 is on its way. 

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