All posts by Peter May

Over the Odda

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Last weekend saw the third iteration of the Over the Odda 10k in Hawksworth, a race which is increasing in popularity year-on-year. The race is part of the Airedale Athletics Off-Road Summer Challenge and takes in some of the stunning views to be had over the Aire and Wharf valleys.

Name Time Position
Chris Williams 42:32 5th
Lee Hipwell 55:03 78th
Graham Jowett 55:14 80th

Congratulations to all runners, especially Chris for coming 5th out of a field of 236 runners and to Graham for coming first in his age category.

John Carr 5k #3

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Yesterday evening saw the third and final race of the John Carr series (all together now: “awwwwwwh!”), but cry not fellow runners, for there are only about 349 days until we can revisit our favourite waste water treatment works to compete in the 2016 edition. Queensbury Running Club had a truly fantastic turnout to the event, so to all those who took part: thank you for doing our club proud!

Runner Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Average Overall Position
Chris Williams 15:42 16:02 16:08 15:57 2nd
Marc Wright 19:02 19:01 19:22 19:08 44th
Declan Craven 19:23 20:18 19:50 19:50 56th
Peter May 20:11 20:20 20:39 20:23 64th
Richard Brook 20:25 20:35 20:38 20:33 68th
Stuart Leader 20:10 20:07 22:09 20:49 75th
Stephen Brook 26:51 27:07 26:26 26:48 154th
Dianne Simpson 27:34 27:29 27:39 27:34 164th
Sharan Loughran 27:57 27:50 27:49 27:52 166th
Bronte Simpson 28:41 27:27 27:34 27:54 167th
Andrew Smith 31:37 31:06 29:26 30:43 182nd
Tom Collinge 16:18 17:07 16:43
Stacey Cleal 23:12 22:50 23:01
Abbie Cleal 25:45 24:46 25:16
Stephen Wilby 25:26 25:32 25:29
Vikki Bean 33:55 34:32 34:14
Neil Windle 21:22 21:22
Shelley Ferneyhough 27:42 27:42

To the runners who took part, a special congratulations goes out to:

  • Chris Williams: For setting the fastest time (15:42) in the club for this series and for coming 2nd overall in the series and for being 1st overall in his category (MO) in the series.
  • Andy Smith and Sharan Loughran: For improving their times over all 3 runs.
  • Bronte Simpson: For being the 1st  in her category (FJ) in the 1st race and 1st overall in her category in the series.
  • Abbie Cleal: For being the 1st in her category (FJ) in the 2nd and 3rd races.

Keep up the good work everyone.

Calderdale Way Relay

Sunday morning. It’s that time of the week when it’s practically the law to take an extra hour or two in bed. When one finally does rise for the day, the next custom is to source a bacon sandwich, chased down with a freshly brewed coffee.

A hardy bunch of Queensbury runners had some very different ideas indeed. At the unearthly time of 05:00, the first of 12 QRC competitors crawled out of bed and sacrificed their Sunday morning ritual to race their way across some of the finest countryside in the land. The event? The Calderdale Way Relay kindly hosted by the Halifax Harriers. There are 6 legs in total, with a cumulative distance of over 50 miles. Each leg is run in pairs and competitors must follow strict safety requirements which define the equipment that is to be carried (compass, map and gloves, for example).

Carl Heron took it in his stride to organise QRC’s involvement in the relay, and after some chopping  and changing of the original teams due to injuries and other commitments, the final victims competitors were selected. Carl and Peter May were the first pair to represent the club in a total of 6 legs. So how did we get on?

Leg Distance Runners Time
#1 #2 Cumulative Leg Club Record
1 10.55 mi Carl Heron Peter May 1:36:06 1:36:06 1:24:26
2 8.46 mi Michael Coe Peter Hughes 2:45:06 1:09:00 1:08:43
3 4.80 mi Andy Davernor Stuart Leader 3:31:09 0:46:03 0:43:14
4 9.36 mi Ben Clare Chris Williams 4:50:44 1:19:35 1:15:56
5 7.55 mi Darren Midgley Andrew Stott 5:57:05 1:06:21 1:06:21
6 10.50 mi Richard Brook Matt Thornton 7:24:22 1:27:17 1:21:40

After a fantastic day of racing, the club finished in 27th position with a total time of 7:24:22. This is a new club record by 3 minutes and 53 seconds; a time which was set in 2013. A big well done to all competitors and in particular to Darren and Andy who set a new club record for leg 5 and also to Matt Thornton, for which this event was his first foray into racing. Now is a very exciting time for the club, which seems to be developing in leaps and bounds and we can only wait with baited breath until the next opportunity to compete in this fantastic event comes around in 2016.

Watch this space for the addition of some photos of the club, or if you manage to shoot some photos yourself that you’d like to send across, please send these in an email to peter.may@peter-may.co.uk.

Parkrun Results: 16/05/2015

This week saw 9 Queensbury RC runners participate at 3 different courses. There were also a number of club members stepping in as volunteers at the Shroggs Park course in Halifax, with Martin Firth at the helm as race director. The event coincided with the one-year anniversary of the beginner’s group at QRC and baked treats were  in plentiful supply at the park.

Name Course Time Position
Andrew Tempest-Mitchell Bradford 26:00 107th
Gurjit Kaur Bradford 33:56 305th
Michelle Baird Bradford 39:51 377th
Matthew Fielding Halifax 21:40 10th
Neil Windle Halifax 24:20 27th
Sharan Loughran Halifax 29:54 62nd
Stephen Brook Halifax 29:56 63rd
Helen Neale Halifax 58:48 110th
Curtis Brennan Woodhouse Moor 20:16 44th

Well done to all that took part and particularly to those that dedicated their Saturday morning to volunteering.

Leeds Half Marathon

Runner Chip Time
Declan Craven 1:34:20
Richard Brook 1:45:25
Nic Anness 1:53:49
Maria Rhodes 1:53:58
Nicola Jagger 2:17:13
Jo Robinson 2:49:34

Apologies for the delay in penning this post; I have been trying to find out who ran the Leeds Half Marathon last week and there are now so many runners at the club, this task is getting increasingly difficult! If I have missed anyone, please email me and I will add your result to the post. Thanks.

The race was graced with pleasant conditions for a change. It was sunny and warm on the morning of the race and thousands of runners were on the start line or way behind it, depending on their starting pen. All competitors received a chip time which only started once they had passed the start line and ceased to tick away only once the finish line was reached. A big well done to all who made it round the deceptively undulating course. Queensbury had six runners taking part and all six completed the run so a big well done to you all.

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John Carr 5k #2

Abbie Cleal at the John Carr #2
Abbie Cleal: First Female Junior

It was 5 AM and a blanket of tranquility rested gently over the city of Bradford. Dawn broke whilst most slept, unaware of its resident birds beginning to sing their songs with the most sedulous care; the birds themselves, in turn, blissfully unaware that the forthcoming day would be host to the second John Carr 5k race. Had they known, they would have fallen straight off their perches.

As the day progressed and the event drew ever closer, many competitors would be beginning to experience the onset of pre-race nerves: a racing heart, sweating, the shakes… The explosive start to the first race of the series would have done nothing to help, nor would the flashbacks of a stiff headwind. PBs were however plentiful and aspirations were consequently set high for the following two runs.

But wait: #ConeTooClose! It has transpired that the course of the first race was shy of the full 5 km and the halfway-cone was to be set a few paces further out to compensate, extending the course by 100 metres by my reckoning, which is an additional 20 seconds of running at a 20:00 5k pace. With the calmer conditions but a longer course, how would the Queensbury runners fare?

 

Runner Race 1 Race 2 Comparison
Time Position Time Position Time Position
Chris Williams 15:42 4th 16:02 7th + 20 s + 3
Marc Wright 19:02 97th 19:01 83rd − 1 s − 14
Stuart Leader 20:10 149th 20:07 121st − 3 s − 28
Declan Craven 19:23 115th 20:18 127th + 55 s + 12
Peter May 20:11 152nd 20:20 129th + 9 s − 23
Richard Brook 20:25 161st 20:35 140th + 10 s − 21
Stacey Cleal 23:12 236th
Stephen Wilby 25:26 309th 25:32 292nd + 6 s − 17
Abbie Cleal 25:45 301st
Stephen Brook 26:51 329th 27:07 327th + 16 s − 2
Bronte Simpson 28:41 356th 27:27 332nd − 74 s − 24
Dianne Simpson 27:34 341st 27:29 334th − 5 s − 7
Sharan Loughran 27:57 346th 27:50 340th − 7 s − 6
Andrew Smith 31:37 368th 31:06 365th − 31 s − 3
Vikki Bean 33:55 375th 34:32 373rd + 37 s − 2
Tom Collinge 16:18 16th
Shelley Ferneyhough 27:42 344th

Fantastically well, it seems. Congratulations to all and especially to Abbie Cleal for being the first female junior pass the finish line. Many thanks to the Saltaire Striders for organising the event. The third and final race will take place on next Wednesday 20th May. As always, please advise of any missing or incorrect results at peter.may@peter-may.co.uk.

Parkrun Results: 09/05/2015

This week saw 10 Queensbury RC runners participate at 2 courses.

Name Course Time Position
Peter May Bradford 21:27 17th
Andrew Tempest-Mitchell Bradford 26:39 104th
Abbie Cleal Bradford 28:32 155th
Stacey Cleal Bradford 28:32 156th
Michelle Baird Bradford 39:54 363rd
Carrie Baker Bradford 48:20 403rd
Glenn Thornton Halifax 28:32 39th
Stephen Brook Halifax 30:04 51st
Sharan Loughran Halifax 30:33 55th
Michelle Greenwood Halifax 31:08 56th
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In memory of Arthur James

This week also saw Bradford parkrun host the annual tribute run in memory of Arthur James. Arthur was well known for his dedication to raising funds for charitable causes and this altruism is continuing in his honour. An impressive 414 runners turned up and a total of £295.04 was raised for Alzheimer’s Research UK. The full story can be read here.

Well done to all that took part. If you ran the Parkrun but aren’t included in these results, please ensure your Running Club is set to Queensbury RC on your Parkrun athlete profile.

John Carr 5k #1

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Runner Time Position
Chris Williams 15:42 4th
Tom Collinge 16:18 16th
Marc Wright 19:02 97th
Declan Craven 19:23 115th
Stuart Leader 20:10 149th
Peter May 20:11 152nd
Richard Brook 20:25 161st
Stephen Wilby 25:26 309th
Stephen Brook 26:51 329th
Dianne Simpson 27:34 341st
Shelley Ferneyhough 27:42 344th
Sharan Loughran 27:57 346th
Bronte Simpson 28:41 356th
Andrew Smith 31:37 368th
Vikki Bean 33:55 375th

Queensbury runners were off to a blistering start at the first of three 5k races in the John Carr series hosted by Saltaire Striders. We were well represented and PBs were being achieved left, right and centre in the fast-paced course around the Yorkshire Water estate in Esholt, which boasts just 79 feet of climbing.

Runners were encouraged by a stiff tailwind off the start line, but were victim to its full force in the final kilometer or two to the finish. Conditions next week may see participants shed the odd second to hopefully achieve a fresh round of personal bests.

The next race will take place on Wednesday 13th May on the same course. A very well done to all and if anyone has been missed off the results list, please accept my apologies and email your result through to peter.may@peter-may.co.uk.

The Bluebell Trail Race 11.3 miles

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Three Queensbury runners ran the infamous Bluebell Trail. The conditions cleared up for the start of the race but in the days leading up to the race, it had rained enough for the organisers to divert the course away from the river crossing at the very end and instead go further on the canal and back on the road, making the distance 11.3 mi instead of 10.3 mi. The route was heavy going but overall a superb race organised by the Stainland Lions.

  • Peter May finished in 1:31:03 in 38th position.
  • Andrew Stott finished in 1:39:02 in 83rd position.
  • Graham Jowett finished in 1:46:04 in 136th position.

Well done to all three.