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Leeds 5km Series Races 3+4 25th April+23rd May 2018

The EvenSplits Leeds 5K race series is staged monthly at the Brownlee Centre Cycle Circuit in Leeds. The series consists of ten, monthly, 5K road races. Each event comprises two races: an A race for those who expect to run sub-22:30 and a B race for those who expect to run 22:30 or above. 

In race 3 we had 2 members running.

51st Andy Stott 19:38

166th Steve Brook 25:17

In race 4 only ‘Stormin’ made it over to compete

149th Steve Brook 25:49

Well done guys and better late than never from me.

Hollingworth Lake Race 4 23rd May 2018

The 4th and final race of this 5k race series, saw Tom Collinge finish in 2nd place in a super quick 16.30, also finishing as 1st male senior, following 4 good races with times of 16:31, 16:02, 16:20, 16:29.

On Wednesday the series moves onto the handicap race for those who have entered 3 or more races in the series. 

Tom will have another chance at taking the win but it will be a tough task with his start time 28 minutes behind the 1st runner out, plus with the added pressure of knowing that chasing him down and last out will be Gareth Raven (Sale) starting 18 seconds behind Tom.

Good luck pal. 


Calderdale Way Relay 20th may 2018

Dry, warm weather greeted 4 of our runners as they made their way to Heath Rugby Club for an 8am start of this years Calderdale Way Relay, the race in it’s 34th year is Britain’s biggest club run off road event attracting teams from as far as Sale and Denby Dale.

The race itself is 50 mile circular route of Calderdale with a total ascent of over 8500ft, teams are made up of 12 runners covering the whole distance split into 6 legs, with each leg run in pairs. The race starts at Clay House Park, West Vale at 8am and with strict cut off times for each leg any team finishing with the baton 6-7 hours later have done extremely well. 

A good turn out for the race meant we could enter enter 2 teams, 24 of us spread across the route. Leg 1 starts in West Vale and finishes  in Crag Vale, leg 2 via Stoodley Pike and into Todmorden, leg 3 boasts are steep 1 mile climb to start with before heading over to Black Shaw Head, leg 4 heads to Wainstalls passing to leg 5 runners who set off towards Shelf, from here it’s left to the leg 6 runners with a 10.5 mile sprint back into West Vale for the glory finish. 

With the winning team completing the course in just over 6 hours Calder Valley Fell Runners were awarded 1st place with some magnificent leg times.

QRC A produced a good performance finishing in 22nd place in a time of 7:30:32, excellent work guys. In 68th came QRC B Mixed with an overall time of 9:22:17. 

With some great running from all involved it truly is a great race to be part of. Well done to Emmot and Chris Rushworth for stepping in at the last minute and well done to all for taking part, especially if this was your 1st time at the event. Roll on next year, where hopefully we can get more teams involved. 

Full results by clicking the link below

  • Lee, Pete, Stacey and Wasim
    Carl, Lee, Chris and Peter

    Rocky looking good



Rock+Roll Liverpool Marathon 20th May 2018

The Liverpool Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon attracted more than 20,000 runners to the event this year.

The participants hit the city streets for Sunday’s full and half marathons, a one mile fun run and also for Saturday’s 5K race, many international runners also joined those from Merseyside and around the UK who had signed up to pound the streets.

The routes took in Liverpool ’s world famous waterfront, Chinatown, Sefton Park and Merseyside’s two Premier League football grounds (obviously Anfield didn’t create too much excitement). 

9 of our members took part in the Half Marathon, along with their 2 friends Sue Tozer and Emma louise King. They obviously made a great day of it and looked to have had a great time judging by some of the photo’s.

Well done to you all a great team effort and a BIG shot out to all you 1st timers.


Michelle Greenwood 2:20:19

Diane Simpson 2:39:45

Sam Lawton 2:40:55

Tracey Roper 2:47:18

Lynn Hill 2:54:41

Craig Smith 2:54:53

Helen Gibbons 2:57:03

Ruth Tomkins 3:15:52

Jo Punt 3:15:53







Worden Park 10k 20th May 2018

The race route is an accurately measured 10km, consisting of 2 laps that start and finish in Worden Park.

‘Sotormin’Steve Brook once again went to the dark side, he must like it in Lancahsire and produced another great performance finishing 81st with a time of 52:16 and 1st MV70. 

Well done Chairman Stormin. Great running. 

Sorry no photo’s

Windemere Marathon 20th May 2018

The 12th ASICS Windermere Marathon.

Voted the UK’s most scenic marathon by readers of Runners World, it’s bigger, better and as beautiful as ever. 500 runners ran this breathtakingly beautiful course, amidst a carnival atmosphere, in the grounds of Brathay Hall, Ambleside with its stunning views over England’s largest lake. 

A big shout out to all 4 of you who ran the 26.2 very hilly miles, awesome stuff a magnificent achievement and we’re glad all your hard work has paid off.

Julie Hepworth 4:11:18

Leanne Alston 4:12:35

Glenn Thornton 5:27:07

Jo-Jo Fortune 5:54:52


Sowerby Scorcher 19th May 2018

Enjoying a 10k morning run through the breath-taking countryside above the Pennine village of Sowerby was Joanne Lockwood. The circular route follows quiet country roads, bridleways and paths with panoramic views over the Calderdale and Ryburn Valleys. Approx. 40% of the route is ‘off road’ on tracks and paths. 

A big well done to Jo who finished in 34th place with a time of 52:43 a pretty quick time considering the hilly course.

Well done Jo

Hollingworth Lake 5k Race 3, 16th May 2018

With race 4 only open to runners who’ve run the 1st 3 races, last Wednesday’s race was the 3rd and final race open to new entrants. Once again Tom Collinge and Steve Brook took on the scenic route around Hollingworth lake.

Tom managed a very good 3rd place, keeping with the 1st 2 runners up to 3k running at 14min/5k pace but unable to keep up the frantic pace he was left on his own battling against the elements, still managing to come home in 3rd in a super quick 16:20. .

Steve Brook once again showed that age has no barrier roaring home in 25:29 (2ndMV70).

Well done guys. AWESOME!!!!!

Feeling the burn

Bluebell Trail 13th May 2018

The annual Bluebell hosted by Stainland, enjoyed by many with it’s infamous Trooper Lane climb at 4 miles, then once Trooper has zapped your energy every other hill no matter how small seems to feel just as tough.

At the 3/4 point of Trooper there was a chance for our runners to get some support from the QRC fanzone where David Hepworth shouted at them at over 200db. (I’m certain I could still hear him later that night) A much needed water station at the top, before the steady ascent up to Beacon Hill over looking Halifax. From here it’s around the moors up and down before exiting at Southawram Cricket Club and heading back through the bluebell laden woods into Elland, along the canal bank and taking a refreshing dip in the river, up the banking and back into Heath Rugby Club where the finishing line awaits.

All our guys ran really well, but with Tom feeling the burn after his efforts midweek it was not to be his day this year, although 15th is still more than most could hope for.

A couple of age category wins for Simon Brady (MV50) and Pete May (MV60) certainly helped to boost morale, with Simon left wondering what could have been had he started running at an earlier age. 

Well done guys, fab performances supporting a local race.

15th Tom Collinge 1:22:27

26th Simon Brady 1:24:38 (1st MV50)

63rd Pete May 1:31:27 (1st MV60)

181st Joanne Lockwood 1:47:41

262nd Darren Jack 1:58:21



Leeds Half 13th May 2018

The Leeds Half Marathon – which this year celebrates its 33rd anniversary – is firmly established as one of the highlights on Leeds’s sporting calendar thanks to its challenging course, enthusiastic crowds and fantastic atmosphere.

Around 9,000 sign up for this annual event raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities and good causes across Yorkshire and beyond.

The route starts in The Headrow alongside Victoria Gardens, heads out of the city centre, takes in a section of the Ring Road and returns via Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road before finishing in Cookridge Street alongside Millennium Square. 

Well done to the 6 QRC runners who took part, with stand out performances from Carl Heron (1:27:18) and Wasim Hussain in his 1st half marathon distance race (1:42:37).

60th Chris Williams 1:24:08

118th Carl Heron 1:27:18 (3rd in age category)

511th Marc Wright 1:37:31

859 Wasim Hussain 1:42:37

1014th Jo Horan 1:44:37

4316th Keith Hayes 2:08:38

Chris struggling