All posts by Neil Windle

IRONMAN-Zurich Switzerland 30th July 2017

Following on from Lee Hipwell’s success in Bolton 2 years ago, Our very own treasurer Andy Dovernor travelled to Switzerland to take on the mighty IRONMAN. Set in the heart of one of Europe’s most beautiful countries, the course showcases Zurich’s picturesque lake and countryside. 

This race offered a symmetrical one-loop swim course in the crystal clear water of Lake Zurich. After the 3.8k swim portion, a spectacular bike course led athletes through the city centre and then out of town along the lake shore; 30km later on the bike they wouldn’t have thought there was a city even close by. For the next hour, athletes rode along grazing lands, past small villages, and over the rolling countryside of Zurich. The two climbs, “The Beast” and “Heartbreak Hill,” were lined with spectators cheering and ringing cow bells, after the 180.2km ride athletes were faced with a Marathon finish, a four-loop run course took athletes through downtown Zurich. They ran down the world-famous Bahnhofstrasse and through beautiful alleys. After passing the town’s landmarks and the historic buildings, they ran back along the shores of Lake Zurich.

With some pretty tough races for people to enter these days an IRONMAN certainly has to be up there as one of toughest. Andy raced magnificently finishing the entire race in 12:16:24.

Well done Andy what an inspiration you are to us all, absolutely outstanding performance.


Roundhay Parkrun 29th July 2017

Bright sunshine greeted us when we arrived in Roundhay, quite a difference from the last few days. A good turn out from QRC saw 16 of us meeting at the starting point where we were given a warm welcome by all at Roundhay Parkrun, what a friendly bunch they were.

After the usual formalities were finished by the RD and with a quick 3-2-1-GO we were off, up the lane, left at the mansion, across the top of the park before a left turn down the hill passed the cricket pavilion (where Steve Brook must have been taking tips from the immaculately cut cricket square) then down to the Lakeside cafe, left and up the hill and back to the start line and onto the 2nd lap.

A fantastic m mornings racing and hopefully not too long before our next away Parkrun, where hopefully more of you will join in the fun. Well done to all who came, we were FAB!!


Pretty Muddy ‘Race for life’ Halifax 22 July 2017

Pretty Muddy® isn’t like any other fundraising event.

It’s a muddy obstacle course that women of any ability can climb over, crawl under, and charge through and that’s exactly what 4 of our runners did. Held at Saville Park last Saturday Jo, Bev, Lizzie, Sue and Bev’s friend Helen all teamed up to have what looks like great fun. Well done girls and all for a great cause too.

Arthur James ShakERR 23rd July 2017

After the success of the inaugural race last year the Arthur James ShakERR returned for a second outing. The route which starts next to the picturesque Roberts Park is a 12.8 km (approx. 8 miles) loop, multi terrain, following sections of the Leeds – Liverpool canal towpath but with an undulating woodland section.  

Several of are members raced, with all producing some good times.

60th Peter May 1:01:52

97th Micheal Peel 1:07:41

101st Darren Jack 1:08:04

102nd Christopher Johnson 1:08:04

107th Leanne Altson 1:08:53

114th Craig Bingham 1:09:27

130th Glenn Thornton 1:11:42

168th Rachel Kendall 1:15:54

169th Jodie Ansell 1:16:08

175th Joanna Robinson 1:16:44

200th Joanne Fortune 1:20:40

234th Emma King 1:28:40

261st Helen Gibbons 1:50:39



Bingley Show 10k 22nd July 2017

Last Saturday saw the annual Bingley Show incorporating the 10k race. A scenic trail /fell race of approx 10k on public footpaths around Bingley and St Ives Estate, and with over 1100ft of climbing a pretty tough race.

Richard Brook was our only entrant finishing 46th in a time of 55:35.

Well done Rocky I hope you didn’t finish with the stragglers this year.

Rocky leading them all out

Nostell Priory 10k 19th July 2017

A 10k race held in the grounds of Nostell Priory, a National Trust property located in Wragby 5 miles from Wakefield. Organised by the Ackworth Road Runners, the race starts and finishes in front of the house the 2 lap, chip timed course is along tarmac driveways, well surfaced paths and grass tracks. 

Well done to Mick Coe who ran with his sister, finishing 36th place in a time of 41:26 and 6th in age cat.

Mick Coe

Widdup Fell Race 19th July 2017

This classic high moorland route follows good and interesting paths with a few tussocks and chest high bracken thrown in! The route is partially marked throughout but can catch the less observant runners out in mist!!!

Well done to Lee Shaw who took on this tough race last night, with 1200ft of climbing over 7 miles it sounds a toughy.

With the winner coming home in 52:13 this surely proves what a tough race it is. Lee managed a respectable 1:02:40 finishing in 27thplace.

Well done mate


Toss O Coin 10k 16th July 2017

A series of friendly races in the South Huddersfield area, this race the 3rd of 5 races was run over 6 miles of road and trails, described by our only entrant Jo Lockwood as ‘fecking hilly’.

With each race completed competitors are awarded a specially designed medal so that after all 5 races are completed the medals can be interlocked with each other.

The next race in the series is the Shepley 10k(road) on the 10th September with the final race the scarcely named ‘Stairway to heaven’ taking place on the 30th September(12k mixed terrain).

Well done to Joanne who finished in a 31st place in swift 52:41 and 6th female.

Awesome stuff.

VITALITY HEALTH 10K 9th July 2017

Challenge 10k Route Description

The run course at Chatsworth House is a ‘runner’s paradise’. There is a gentle incline at the start that moves into a steep section for 200m, however once you get to the top of the hill, the hard work is absolutely worthwhile. At the summit you’ll complete two 4km loops of the parkland before descending towards the finish for your very own rock star moment. The views over the River Derwent and the surrounding estate and valley that make up this area of the Peak District will make this the best run you’ll do in 2017.

Well done to Penny and Hannah Cliffe for taking part, unfortunately Lucy of ‘Lucy’s lovelies fame’ had to pull out through illness (hope you’re feeling better). 

Hannah and Penny both finished in 1:23:59 well done ladies but more importantly did you meet the lovely Jessica?

Leeds 10km 9th July 2017

Thousands of runners have been pounding the streets of Leeds in one of the region’s biggest 10K runs.

Since its launch 10 years ago, the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K has raised over £4m for good causes.

Organised by Run For All, the event is part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, who founded the charity road race shortly before her death.

A hot and sunny day greated the runners in Leeds and with temperatures soaring the opportunity for a PB would be hard to come by. Starting on Vicar Lane and on towards the train station before heading out onto  Kirkstall Rd, then turning back at 5k and finishing on the Headrow, a great race for a great charity. Well done to all that raced and well done for avoiding every cameraman on route.

Philip Lickey 49:28

Sharon Elliot 53:39

Rob Glover 55:14

Shelley Berry 58:50

Sonya Tetley 59:47

Rachel Kendall 1:00:09

Caroline Gill 1:02:44

Ruth Tomkins 1:24:58

Emma Wright 1:31:12

Awesome stuff to you all.