4 of us made the short trip to Pennistone Hill in Haworth for the last in the race series of Bunny Runs. It turned out to be the driest and warmest of the 3 so the surface was good going with hardly any mud apart from the steep climb.
Joe Baxter from Pudsey yet again came away with his 2nd win of the series in 15:30 (he’s yet to start drinking).
Steve and Richard Brook both made the short trip to Hollingworth Lake on Easter Monday for a speedy 5km race. The route starts from the Rugby Club Car Park and goes down hill on Rake Wood Road. This then flattens out for probably the fastest first mile in a 5km. It’s a very smooth road surface and has little traffic. When you hit the Wine Press Restaurant you turn left on the road following the wall on Lake Bank Road. Then passing the Rowing club entrance on the path you turn into the Lake path. Here you do a full circuit of the lake, the road is a combination of compacted path and tarmac and is very good running surface. The Finish is in the Car Park of the Club. It’s a very flat, fast and virtual traffic free course. Certainly one for a PB!
With the winner managing a steady 16:42, they would both have to put in a good performance. Richard was 1st back in 30th in a time of 20:05 with his dad Steve finishing in 139th in a time of 27:11, fast running from both of you and I’m sure that sub 20 is out there this year Rocky.
Mike Peel and Anna Smith both travelled over to Ackworth on Easter Monday, obviously to run off their Easter Eggs. The 13.1 mile course is an undulating but scenic one lap rural route. It is run on generally quiet country roads and lanes other than for a short section (0.3 mile) of the A628, a 0.86 mile outward section and 1.5 mile return section of the A639. With partial road closures, the race runs along the edge of High and Low Ackworth, through the small historic village of Wentbridge (both outward and return sections), the fringe of Darrington and the hamlet of Hundhill. There’s a bit of a hill in Wentbridge on the outward loop and for the last stretch up Sandy Gate Lane!
Both ran very well in what turned out to be a sunny day
On Sunday 3 of our Members travelled over to Guiseley for the annual multi terrain 10k race organised by Skyrac, a scenic undulating trail race along paths, tracks and canal side. With the winner finishing in a swift 35:39 the pace was quick for an off road race.
1st home for QRC was Carl Heron in 49th, in a time of 43:38 and 4th in his age category followed by Peter May in 142nd, in a time of 49:41 and 13th in his age category and 407th Stephen Wilby in 1:03:00 14th in his age category.
What a difference a week makes, last week in York it was a blistering 22c, in Salford on Good Friday it was raining with light winds, that didn’t stop 5 of us heading into town for the Salford 10k race, a race described as flat and fast with a potential for a PB, we certainly took their advice and gave it our all. Unfortunately, with David pulling out at last minute due to illness, it was left to Lynne, Richard Brook, Steve Brook and myself to show off the QRC colours, luckily for us though this also meant we had a kit man (every cloud…). With this race been organised by the Salford Harriers it meant only 1 thing, there was to be some top athletes entering and we were not disappointed with the eventual winner finishing in a swift 30:49 plus with the 1st 50 finishers running sub 35 mins the race certainly lived up to its billing.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find a photo of Richard but he also claimed a PB of 40:46
After a recent trip away to discover and learn more about Fell running Matt Fielding entered himself into the Inaugural Hebden Bridge Mini Mountain Marathon, obviously to put what he had learnt to the test.
The event is a 3 hour running score event over some of West Yorkshire’s finest countryside and moorland. With Orienteering/Nav/Score event experience preferred and with full FRA kit requirement & checks on the day, Matt certainly was going to be tested on what turned out to be a scorcher of a day.
Matt’s navigation went well apart from a few mistakes giving him barbed wire fences and walls to negotiate, Matt found Wandsworth moor slow going due to tussocks and bogs, his last climb up Spring Woods slowed him down a fair bit, thus costing him penalty points for exceeding the 3 hour time limit. Unfortunately there are no official results listed online but Matt assure’s me that he will be the 1st to enter next years event.
The QRC fun bus left HQ at 7.15am minus 1 passenger due to an alarm malfunction (yes I drove there) causing me to sleep in, I was soon up and on my way. it certainly was to be a hot one as the clouds disappeared leaving bright sunshine, ideal for the spectators but not the best conditions for running. After collecting our numbers and milling about for roughly 50 minutes it was time for the 9.30am start. Race day instructions were quickly disposed of by the organisers and we were on our way. After a quick scenic 1st mile up and down the runway it was out onto the closed roads surrounding the Gliding Centre and into some beautiful villages where the locals gave us fantastic support. There was no shortage of water on route with adequate water stations every 3 miles or so which certainly helped keep everybody hydrated in the soaring temperatures.
All of us did extremely well considering the heat and we were all relieved to cross the finishing line which can be summed up with the picture of the day of our Jo Bottomley.
Well done to everybody you were all fab and a special thank you to the organisers and marshals who made this race a success.
Results as follows:-
41st Immy Asghar 1:03:38
134th Neil Windle 1:11:38
234th Michael Peel 1:17:52
348th Joanna Lockwood 1:22:56
448th Leanne Alston 1:27:36
493rd Rachel Kendall 1:29:34
523rd Gary Morritt 1:30:36
607th Dianne Simpson 1:34:38
667th Joanna Robinson 1:36:44
688th Craig Smith 1:37:32
720th Michelle Greenwood 1:38:40
727th Sue Tozer 1:38:39
740th Jo Bottomley 1:39:39
865th Jodie Ansell 1:48:07
920th Elspeth Whittaker 1:52:53
934th Tracey Roper 1:53:29
947th Maria Keating 1:54:46
998th Sam Lawton 2:08:31
1001st Helen Gibbons 2:09:16
On Sunday Simon Thomas took part in the 12th running of the Skipton Triathlon, this race is the 1st of the season – a pool based sprint triathlon and the perfect introduction to the sport made famous by the Brownlee brothers! Ideal for competitors of all ages and abilities.
The race itself consisted of a 400 metre swim, 22 km circuit of the Skipton area finishing with a 2 lap 5 km run around Aireville Park.
Simon finished in 332nd place, 10th in his age category in an overall time of 1:33:40
Individual splits were Swim 12:44, Bike 50:12, Run 26:52.
A huge well done to one of our runners Steve (Mctavish Gapchenko) Searle who completed the Brighton Marathon last Sunday, Steve by his own admission hit the wall at 17 miles and struggled through the last 8 miles but still managed a remarkable time of 3:55:34 averaging 8:53/mile.