All posts by Neil Windle

WYWL Queensbury 4th March 2018

Firstly I think we’d all agree that having had the misfortune of having to cancel the 1st event due to the bad weather and then possibly cancelling the rearranged fixture for the same reason would have been unthinkable, but thanks to Dan Moor and his team of Glenn, Bev and Jo, we were able to go ahead with what was a fantastically organised mornings racing, to all who helped clear the car park the day before, also to Mick Coe, who managed to tape off the entire grounds of Littlwemoor Park by himself, to all the marshals who braved the cold for 3 hours, Andy Smith for tail running for us and to all who baked, you managed to raise a fantastic £80 for the club. 

To everybody involved in the raffle in particular to our new sponsors Walker Singleton for providing the hamper, won by Sally Caton of Stainland Lions (is there anything they don’t win).

On to the racing, and didn’t we do well? After a pre race jog on the spot courtesy of David Hepworth followed by a 3,2,1 GO, the race was under way, a few laps of Littlemoor before runners made their way out towards Shelf/Northawram then back into the park, it was Tom who led the way for Queensbury closely followed by Alistair. 

The tough snowy on course conditions kept all runners happy, many of them offering a ‘thank you marshall’ as they shot passed, which made all the difference to us all, although Pete Hughes didn’t look too pleased when I told him to put some effort in.

All the credit though on this occasion, goes to the hard work put in by all the volunteers that helped to get the race going. 

WELL DONE ALL

Results for the series briefly below, full results can be found on the WYWL facebook page in the files section.

Ladies 

Shelley Ferneyhough – 2nd F35

Men

Tom Collinge – 2nd Male

Alistair Gait – 4th Male

Andy Dovernor – 3rd M45

Pete Hughes – 1st M60

Mark Crabtree – 2nd M55

Carl Heron – 3rd M55

Mick Coe – 3rd M50 

Simon Thomas – 2nd M65

Glenn Thornton – 3rd M65

WELL DONE ALL, WHAT A GREAT SERIES

Dan ‘the man’

WYWL Stainland 25th Feb 2018

The penultimate race of the season down at Stainland last Sunday saw Tom Collinge storm to a well deserved victory, finishing 1st place ahead of Micheal Maylon of Baildon proving that hard work and commitment to training really does pay off, huge congrats to Tom but like any true sportsman I’m sure he was more interested in the overall team performance.

There were other noticeable strong runs too with Alistair Gait coming home in 4th place(2nd QRC) his best finish of the season so far, followed by Mick Coe who romped home in 25th place (3rd QRC) managing to overtake 4 other QRCers in the last half mile (I’m sure this won’t be the last we’ll here about this).

With Simon Brady, Mark Crabtree, Andy Dovenor and Pete Hughes next in, closely followed by Carl Heron there must have been some good racing banter between them all, most probably from Pete H who will say he was taking it easy. All this enabling the mens team to take joint 2nd place with Stainland, a great result for us, unfortunately the ladies didn’t fair too well finishing 10th, but with only Stacey, Jo and Zoe running they did a fantastic job on the day.

All in all a great mornings racing with Stainland Lions organising  another superb event. It’s now onto Queensbury for the final race of the series this coming Sunday with promises of the best ever raffle prizes in the history of raffle prizes.

Full results can be found on the WYWL facebook page under the files tab.

Huddersfield 10k 25th Feb 2018

‘Stormin’ Steve Brook was at it again in this tough, undulating 10k course run from Huddersfield Rugby Union Club in Lockwood. Whilst the majority of you  were taking it easy at the WYWL over in Stainland, Steve was flashing the Orange and Green on a route classed as undulating (Yorkshire style). 

Steve finished well, coming home in 255th place in a time of 54:09 also finishing as 1st MV70 aswell as beating a lot of younger athletes along the way. 

WELL DONE ‘STORMIN’ KEEP IT UP.

 

Harewood House Half Marathon 25th Feb 2018

A big well done to Keith Hayes, who completed his 1st half marathon in the Queensbury colours. Keith only joined the club in December with the intention of improving his speed over the distance, but certainly picked a toughy with this half.

Keith still managed a respectable 623rd place in a time of 2:22:49, this on a tough course with over 850ft of climbing. 

I’m sure on a flat course through the summer you’ll smash that time Keith. 

WELL DONE MATE

 

Liversedge Half 18th Feb 2018

The fab four. Peter, Julie, Jo and Rocky

With ideal running conditions 4 QRCers took on this undulating half marathon, with a  start time of 11am all entrants had a nice relaxed build up to the race. 

The race run by Roberttown Road Runners is run annually in mid February and is also on the list for my proposed winter club champs starting in October. Runners leave the picturesque village green of Roberttown heading towards Liversedge before turning left and onto the main road crossing over the M62, then heading down to Balliff Bridge, before climbing back into Clifton and onto the long ascent back to the main road over the M62 taking a right and following the last 3 miles on country lanes and back in the village green. 

With Peter and Richard pretty much neck and neck, it was Peter who managed to open up a gap on the climbs to finish 1st for QRC. 

Well done to you all, great stuff guys n gals.

66th Peter May 1:33:29

72nd Richard Brook 1:34:09

241st Joanna Lockwood 1:51:03 (course PB)

255th Julie Hepworth 1:52:41 (course PB)

Pistol Pete
Rocket Rocky
Go on Jo!! Give it some welly

Great finishing Julie

WYWL Skipton 11th Feb 2018

This event starting at 10.30 was delayed due Steve Bower allowing a 1 minute silence followed by a 1 minute applause in memory of Gary Morritt who sadly passed away the previous weekend.

Even though running round in circles didn’t appeal to some, the majority turned up in Skipton and were given 3 laps of pure mud filled fun. The front runners would have had a good 1st lap but after that everybody was slipping all over, added to that a couple of short steep climbs some even took to crawling, but more importantly the racing was still good with some good performances throughout the Queensbury team. Well done all. 

With Chris, Tom and Alistair finishing in the top 8, hopes of a 1st place finish for the men were dashed as Baildon took the honours, but nonetheless QRC on the day took 2nd place overall, just piping Stainland, our best result of the season so far, well done to everybody.

Full results can be found on the WYWL facebook page under the files tab.

Dewsbury 10k 4th Feb 2018

Our only entrant over in Dewsbury last Sunday saw Wasim Hussain storm round the course for a blistering PB of 46:31. The course which has good PB potential is an out and back flat course heading out of the town towards Batley and back.

Wasim one of our newer members is running really well and picking up some good speed and it shouldn’t be long before we see him moving up to the next group so he can improve even further. 

Well done Wasim and you can also wear your finishers T-shirt with pride.

Blackburn Witten Park 10k 4th February 2018

Steve Brook once again didn’t fail in finding another 10k race to enter. Having stormed round Meltham in 56 minutes the week before, Steve finished another toughy in 52:54 placing 285th but more importantly following up 1st place at Meltham he finished as 2nd MV70 from 7 runners. 

Well done ‘stormin’ Steve, keep it up and you never know, there maybe more awards to come. 

‘stormin Steve

Meltham Tough 10k 28th Jan 2018

Starting from Meltham Community Sports Centre this race described as ‘Tough’ in its title certainly lived up to its name, with a field of 330ish runners toeing the start line we were soon off and out of the sport centre grounds, at approximately 100 metres came the 1st of many uphill sections, taking us up to the main road.

A kilometre in and things started to get real serious, as the leaders sped off into the distance us mere age groupers were left to tackle the next 2 miles of climb taking us past Blackmoorfoot Resevoir and on towards the golf club. After a few more steady ascents and descents in a headwind that left everybody looking for the wide guy  in an attempt to get some drafting in, it was onto the final downhill 1.5 km back into Meltham and back to the Sports Centre.

Run of the day goes to Steve Brook for his 1st place in the MV70

A great race, well organised by MelthamAC and great support from all the marshalls on the course.

Surprising how quickly you forget the pain of running uphill, so I’d like you all to experience it, so next year this race will included in my proposed Winter Club Champs Season. How lucky you are !!

119th Neil Windle 49:59

133rd Wasim Hussain 50:45

193rd Darren Jack 55:30

206th Steve Brook 56:14 and !st MV70

Well done guys great stuff

‘Storming ‘ Steve Brook

 

North of England XC Champs 27th Jan 2018

Our very own Tom ‘Tom’ Collinge took the trip to Harewood House yesterday to take on some of the regions top runners. 

An off road 12km race featuring 2 laps of the grounds of Harewood House was waiting for Tom, with a start time of 3pm he had plenty of time to recover from his one pint the night before (that’s commitment) at our ROTS award night.

A top class field put Tom in a position that most of us feel every weekend, but that is no mean feat as Tom finished in a very respectable 45:46 placed 110th from a field of 1100 runners, just showing the calibre of some of the athletes in attendance.

Well done Tom you are an inspiration to us all and remarkable asset for our club and long may it continue. BOOM!!!! 

Tom on fire