Our very own Tom ‘Tom’ Collinge took the trip to Harewood House yesterday to take on some of the regions top runners.
An off road 12km race featuring 2 laps of the grounds of Harewood House was waiting for Tom, with a start time of 3pm he had plenty of time to recover from his one pint the night before (that’s commitment) at our ROTS award night.
A top class field put Tom in a position that most of us feel every weekend, but that is no mean feat as Tom finished in a very respectable 45:46 placed 110th from a field of 1100 runners, just showing the calibre of some of the athletes in attendance.
Well done Tom you are an inspiration to us all and remarkable asset for our club and long may it continue. BOOM!!!!
Here we have another one of Steve Brook’s random races that he seems very good at finding out about. Nevertheless Steve ran superbly on an undulating course over in Blackburn. This was the 5th annual running of the event featuring cycle tracks, the old railway and a canal towpath, with all monies raised going towards the hospice.
Steve finished in 215th place in a time 53:13, but more importantly this puts him 20th MV70 in the country for a 10k according to the latest run britain rankings.
Firstly a massive thank you to all the marshall’s who stood out in the freezing cold last Sunday, I hope you all survived the snowy conditions, with out you all the race could not have gone ahead. Big cheer to our neighbours the Puma’s
With a start time of 10am it was into Shelf Park for the placing of the security flag, meaning we could now leave our bags in the middle of field in the safe knowledge that our QRC banner would protect our valuables, after the usual team photo’s it was time to head the start point.
Off we went with one and a half laps of the football pitch to thin the crowds, we exited the Park and into the woods, down the steps and up the hill, with a last minute route change due to over night frost we exited left and onto Green Lane, reaching Village Sreet runners took the track leading to Judy Woods, unfortunately at this point Jo Horan came a cropper with a badly twisted ankle, luckily for her there was no shortage of male runners queuing up to offer their assistance, with the bragging rights going to a runner from Todmorden, who also was covered in blood, many thanks to him we hope you’re both OK, best wishes also to Terri who pulled out injured at the halfway point.
Back into Judy Woods at the Kissing Gate, slushy mud, steps and water were waiting for all as we descended the steep hill before gazing up at the climb back into Shelf Park.
With Adrian Holiday(Crossgates) taking the victory, our own Tom Collinge had a superb race finishing 3rd ahead of Gavin Mulholland. Alistair Gate also having fine run finishing in 8th, a fantastic performance from both. Well done to who braved the snow from QRC and lets put in another good turn out at Skipton on the 11th February.
Brief results Men 3rd, Female 7th.
Full results can be found on the WYWL facebook page under the files tab.
The race starts in the quarry at the bottom of Penistone Hill and circuits the upper reaches of Ponden Clough and Stanbury Moor. The Wharfedale Harriers website describes the route as follows: ‘Starting from the quarry bottom on Penistone, turn right onto the road and then left onto the Bronte Way track. Just past the ruins of Middle Intake Farm it turns right through a gate and down through the fields to cross Sladen Beck, the first of many times for wet feet. It’s then an inevitably muddy climb, back up the other side to reach the track continuing from Back Lane. Turn left, uphill, on a good track, to Upper Heights Farm where the route branches right on a narrow footpath to circuit Ponden Clough and passing by Ponden Kirk. On a clear day there are magnificent views down the Clough, but on a misty day it can be quite bleak. After circuiting the Clough, with several more beck crossings and even more wet feet, you will meet back with the outgoing course, when you will retake the route back towards the start. Careful as you descend back to cross Sladen Beck as it can be hard to stay upright, then climb back through the fields. Just after you pass Middle Intake farm, bear right off the track and onto the path to take the shortest way back to the finish line on the cricket pitch.’
Alistair Gate and Stacey Cleal took on the Splash covering 6.7 miles and over 1200ft of climbing with Stacey seeking those all important points towards the AA winter off road series competition.
The race is based at York Racecourse,
the route is fast and flat, heading southwards through Bishopthorpe, Acaster Selby, Appleton Roebuck and back through Bishopthorpe to finish behind the Racecourse grandstands.
With the entries opening at 6am in the weeks before race date, this really is a race for the serious runner and with all 1500 places sold by 6.30am you certainly had to be quick.
Luckily for QRC we have Chris Williams, Richard Brook and Simon Thomas who don’t like to lie in so they made their way up to York for the day.
If you went down to the woods last Sunday you’d be in for a big surprise!!! Yes, it was back… The TNT returned last Sunday for its third year. This event has become an established part of the running calendar in Leeds. Hosted by St Theresas Athletic Club (STAC) entrants were invited to join them for 10 miles of beautiful off road terrain that visits parts of the Temple Newsam estate you wouldn’t know existed. It was muddy so it was the perfect opportunity to try out those new trail shoes that Santa brought you.
Craig Bingham was our only entrant finishing in 286th in a time of 1:28:42.
With our race rescheduled for the 4th March, it was over to the South Leeds Lakers inaugural event for the 2nd race of the season of this years WYWL, and what a fantastic race they put on. With a last minute change to the route due to the icy roads around the woods, the race became pretty much a 2 lap affair with an initial loop of the start field to thin the runners out, not overly hilly but still with long shallow inclines the route proved a hit with all involved. Well done to the Lakers.
What a turn out for Queensbury with over 30 members turning up ready to race to give us our best appearence of recent times, with some impressive performances throughout the field, not only with Chris and Tom leading the club home but also some fine running further down the field to name but a few Alistair, Pete H, Pete M, Lynne, Ben, Richard and Jo Horan, who in her owns words ran a blinder, not forgetting the guys and gals further down the field who without them the club would not finish as high up the results table as we do as a club.
WELL DONE TO YOU ALL AND LETS GET READY FOR SOME PUMA BASHING.
The annual pilgrimage to Ogden Water to try and rid the demons of the night before. So with our £3 paid to the organisers and with Ogden car park filled with the smell of stale beer and most entrants having the breath of a large dog, 153 of us set off for 2.7 miles of gut wrenching pain.
QRC must love this race as we had our best turn out for some time with 14 of us turning up to race/walk the course.
The 24th Auld Lang Syne fell race once again took place on New Years Eve, a tough (cat B short length) fell race starting and finishing at Pennistone Hill in Haworth, a route taking runners from the Quarry up the lane towards Bronte Waterfalls before taking a right turn down the hill and up the other side, on to the trig point and back covering just shy of 6 miles with over 900ft of ascent.
This race and many like it have been organised by Dave + Eileen aka (woodentopsFR) for over 30 years and with this been their last race before retirement it seemed only fitting that Alistair Brownlee made an appearance in race he has won 4 times previoulsy, to race along side the hardy bunch that braved the cold winds.
With a top class field amongst the runners Alistair (Bingley) managed to seal the win ahead of 2nd place Carl Bell (Keswick) and 3rd place Max Wharton (CVFR).
QRC were well represented with Tom Collinge 1st home for us in 18th place.
After a successful first outing the Northowram Pumas once again hosted the Coley Canter last Saturday the 30th December 2017.
For those wanting to blow away the Christmas cobwebs and stretch their running legs, early entry was needed as this revived classic sells out quick.
127 runners finished the tough course which started from the Puma’s base in Northawram, featuring 8 miles of glorious mud and puddles, coupled with hills and over 1000ft of climbing and with a stream crossing which had turned into full blown raging river due to the recent weather and melting snow.
A fantastic race, definitely one to recommend for next year, excellent marshalling by all the volunteers who stood out in the cold and rain for what must have seemed an eternity. Well done the Puma’s.
3 QRCers made the long trip and we all thoroughly enjoyed the race.