All posts by Neil Windle

Auld Lang Syne 31st Dec 2017

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.

18th Tom Collinge 49:11

61st David Hunt 53:29

98th Ben Clare 57:36

125th Lynne Robinson 59:44

265th Anna Smith 72:01



Coley Canter 30th Dec 2017

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.

14th Mick Coe 1:09:48

53rd Stacey Cleal 1:23:46

77th Neil Windle 1:32:36

Ward Green Six 24th Dec 2017


Starting and finishing art Glenn Lane Community Centre this 2 lap road race attracted over 180 runners with Stephen Brook our only entrant. Stephen ran and finished well coming home in 51:08 placing 118th. 



GWF Relays 16th Dec 2017

The Gathering Winter Fools Relay is an informal social run which uses public paths and roads from Keighley in a circular route. teams of 8 runners take on 4 legs with low level change points invariably outside a pub!
 Starting and finishing at UAK Keighley, taking in local villages such as Laycock, Kildwick, Silsden, East Morton, Bingley and Harden Moor.
Queensbury had a fantastic showing with 3 teams entering, making a total of 24 QRCers pounding the local road and moorland.
Queensbury A        Queensbury Mixed     Queensbury Nutcrackers
David + Chris W    Mick + Gillian                 Craig + Leanne
Pete + Simon           Jo + Andy S                      Julie + Micheal
Rocky + Carl            Anna + Chris R               Darren + Zoe
Ben + Andy D          Richard + Stacey           Jo Fortune + Glenn


All 3 teams did really well, especially Queensbury ‘A’ finishing Leg 1 in 1st place albeit due to an nasty injury to another runner, but nonetheless great running guys. Full results and leg splits can be found by clicking on the following link

Overall results

4th Queensbury A

24th Queensbury Mixed

34th Queensbury Nutcrackers




The 29th Stoop, Haworth 17th Dec 2017

Wind, rain and mud were the order of the day on Penistone hill with a healthy (or unhealthy) amount of ice
making any fast roady sections a potential bone breaking hazard. The Stoop’s mandatory kit of a Santa hat can
sometimes be a little bit annoying, flopping around as you run, but on Sunday I’m sure it did add an extra layer of warmth in the icy
head winds on route. 

Well done to Ben Clare our only entrant for taking on the penultimate race of the Woodentops era with Dave and Eileen heading into retirement after the forthcoming Auld Lang Syne on new Years Eve.

Ben completed the 8km m250m assent course in 56th place in a time of 40:14.


Denby Dale Travellers 6. 17th Dec 2017

A challenging rural course of approximately 6 miles starting from the Pie Hall (did someone mention PIE!!!), Denby Dale. The course is what race organisers would describe as ‘ undulating’ ; not a PB course but really good fun !

229 competitors ran the 2017 edition of the Travellers 6 on a damp December morning. The race was won by Scott Hinchcliffe of Penistone Footpath Runners in a record time of 33:07. First lady home was Fiona Davies from Rotherham Harriers in 38.34.

The Men’s team prize went to Penistone, narrowly beating Denby Dale with Holmfirth Harriers just pipping Wakefield Tri for the ladies team prize.

Well done to Andy Dovernor, Richard and Steve Brook for taking on this race over in Wakefield.

13th Andy D. 39:25
44th Rocky 43:47
193rd Steve 60:22


Epilepsy Action Reindeer Stampede 3rd Dec 2017

Now in its 8th year, the Epilepsy Action Reindeer Stampede is a 5km festive, family fun run raising money to help more people to live a happier and healthier life with epilepsy. Following a successful first year in our new home, this year’s run will again take place in Lister Park in central Bradford.

A great way to kick off the festive season, the event is suitable for the whole family, with a mini-stampede for children under 8 years of age.

Several of our members went to join in the fun helping to raise money for this worthwhile charity. 

QRC and their families

Wadsworth Trog 3rd Dec 2017

A local classic taking in all the best terrain of the full Trog, without the full distance. Plenty of varied tough terrain. And perhaps a bit of mud!!!!

At 9.3 miles this fell race is half the distance of its big brother but still a tough course with over 1400ft of climbing, luckily for us we had Stacey Cleal running for QRC and she did us proud roaring home in 84th place in a time of 1:49:14 and 11th female. 


Hopefully we’ll see you back next weekend for the Queensbury WYWL fixture