If you want an introduction to off road running/fell running, there could be no better race to enter than the Bunny Runs in Haworth. These races, organised by Woodentops offer you the chance to test yourselves on gravel tracks and muddy climbs, at 4.8km long with just 100m of climbing they are well within reach of most abilities, don’t get me wrong they are not as easy as you may imagine given that the field consists of anybody aged 12 upwards and all are good club runners but as a short distance race and a relatively small amount of climbing, what have you got to lose.
The series consists of 3 races Starting at Dimples Lane Quarry on 3 consecutive Tuesday’s with the 1st race last night 4th April, the next on the 11th at 7.15pm and the 3rd the 18th at 7.30pm. Race HQ is the Old Sun Hotel, Haworth, 10mins from the start, where you need to register, pay your £2.50 race fee, where you will receive your race number and a cream egg.
With prize giving back race HQ afterwards along with free soup and bread you surely can’t get better value for money, plus you’ll get the chance to witness the sweet throwing in the pub, just try not to get hit by an Easter Egg.
4 of us entered last night
18th Tom Collinge 17:07
101st Richard brook 21:32
115th Neil Windle 22:15
251st Stephen Wilby 30.33
Just to help you decide if you think you may be out of your depth the last runner back, finished in 38:52
QRC did a pretty good job of trying take over the day as over 25 of us took part in the Overgate races from Trinity School on Sunday, it all kicked off at 9.30am but for some of our runners it started earlier with the usual photo session.
So as races go, the 10km is a race of 2 halves, the 1st 5km is an uphill slog through Bradshaw, up to the Ragalds, taking a left to climb yet again up the aptly named Perseverance Road. As the road flattens out, the 5km marker comes into sight which means only one thing it’s all downhill (yippee!!!) where you can really let go and make up for lost time. Not really a PB course but still very enjoyable and well organised.
Well done to all who took part and in particular to any of you who are just starting out with your racing.
A huge congratulations goes out to Joanne Horan who today completed her 1st Marathon in a super fast time of 3:29:29, finishing 1788th overall and 25th in her age category. A fantastic run Jo and a huge WELL DONE from all at QRC (although we all knew deep down that you would smash it anyway).
Maybe now we’ll see you back up at the club on a Thursday again.
Starting at Baildon Cricket and Rugby club this half marathon takes you through Esholt (it was here I caught a glimpse of Jonnie Brownlee as I went past him), into the water works and out along a woodland path before heading back onto the canal and into Saltaire, after what seemed an eternity we swung a right over a foot bridge crossing the river Aire and on to the 2nd drinks station. At 8 miles things started to get serious as we negotiated a steep muddy climb back up to the top of the moor and onto the 3rd water station, we then took a left along some boggy paths. At 11 miles we came across the sandy gallops of Harvey Smith fame, down a gravel track leading us back the main road, from here we had our last short climb followed by a short 60 metre sprint finish. The hardest climb of all for was trying to get out of the shower block, a 3 foot high tiled wall and no steps.
All 7 of us had great runs and luckily for us the rain stayed away.
If you thought it was wet and windy in Bradford yesterday, spare a thought for 3 of our runners Ben Clare, Mick Coe and Chris Williams who decided the best way to spend a morning in the rain was to compete in a fell race around Heptonstall in the upper Calder Valley. Taking in mixture of steep sided wooded valleys, upland pasture and pathless moorland. The race is classed as Cat B, 15.4 miles long with 3170 feet of climbing, navigational skills required, with a course only partially marked and full kit required as is the norm in fell races. Basically meaning ‘TOUGH AS’
All 3 runners did exceptionally well just to complete this gruelling race considering the conditions with Chris Williams leading the trio home in 2:32:52 (67th), closely followed by Ben in 2:34:50 (73rd) followed by Mick in 2:44:48 (111th).
Seeking something a little longer than the Bradford 10k, 2 of our members headed over to Thirsk for the annual running of a 10 mile road race hosted by the Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers, a race which has been running for over 30 years. A fast, flat course finishing in front of the main grandstand at Thirsk race course, the potential for a PB would be an attractive selling point.
David Hunt and Lynne Robinson arguably 2 of our most on form club members in recent months both ran fantastically well and did the club proud finishing 24th in 58.22 and 121st in 67.05 (3rd in Cat) respectively.
Storm Stella didn’t stop 21 QRCers from putting on their trainers for the annual running of the Epilepsy Bradford 10k, described as fast and flat, ideal for beginners and PBers alike the route headed out from Centenary Square along Canal Road, then back into the city finishing back in Centenary Square.
Well done to all those who ran and particulary anybody who achieved that PB.
20th Immy Asghar 37.55
55th Simon Brady 40.40
89th Richard Brook 42.00 (fuelled by Guiness)
125th Neil Windle 43.17
159th Mike Peel 44.05
193rd Richard Newbury 45.15
375th Peter May 48.57
434th Rachel Kendall 50.02
501st Patrick Long 50.54
573rd Simon Thomas 52.20
639th Shelley Ferneyhough 53.34
640th Zoe Hipwell 53.34
675th Stephen Brook 54.26
857th Diane Simpson 56.50
939th Chris Johnson 58.37
992nd Craig Smith 59.12
1032nd Sam Lawton 59.45
1085th Elspeth |Whittaker 60.34
1563rd Jonathon Knox 73.22
1611th Joanne Punt 77.36
1692nd Penny Cliffe 94.33
Also Thanks to all who marshalled and supported the club
On a cold blustery Sunday, 7 of our members braved the elements and travelled over to Todmorden for a 10k race. After a quick change in the bar and a team talk from the ever inspirational Peter Hughes (where it was decided we were to amble round) we headed out to the start in Centre Vale Park. The race started with 2 laps of the park followed by an incredibly steep climb up to Sourhall with a total ascent of 718ft within the 1st 4.5km. What followed can only be described as music to my ears with the 2nd half of the race downhill to Bacup Road and back along Rochdale Road, where we then headed back into the town centre passing the market and back into the park for a sprint finish. A fantastic race, very well organised and marshalled by Todmorden Harriers.