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Airedale Athletics Off-Road Summer Challenge

Continuing a great off-road season for Queensbury Chris Williams took 5th place overall on a twisting, hilly course at Over the Odda on 16 May. Lee Hipwell and Graham Jowett showed terrific form in the same race.

Graham Jowett at Over the Odda

Mick Coe represented the club strongly at the Austick Amble, covering the 8 mile 1,200ft course in 1:00:47 to take 41st place. Then on a windy day he took 3 minutes off his 2014 time at the Wharfedale Half Marathon, finishing in 1:49:47.  Matt Fielding also made the trip to the Dales and completed the same tough route in a time of 2:08:18. These are impressive results on very varied and demanding routes. Well done everyone.

Mick and Graham are placed fourth and fifth in the individual league.  The next events are Reservoir Bogs (Hebden Bridge, 20 June), the Baildon Canter (11 July) and Widdop (15 July).  Full points and the fixture list are here.

Airedale Athletics Off-Road Summer Challenge

With high Joker points scores from competitive runs at the Bluebell Trail Peter May and Graham Jowett are sixth and seventh in the individual league after three races.  Queensbury is fifth in the club league, close behind Skyrac. Full points details are here. Over The Odda scores still to come.

The next fixtures are the Austwick Amble, a bank holiday race in the Dales, on 25 May and the Wharfedale Off-Road Half Marathon, also over beautiful Dales scenery, on 6 June.  Very good luck if you are running.

Airedale Athletics Off-Road Summer Challenge


With the first two fixtures run Stacey Cleal is the leading individual runner for Queensbury after placing well in her category in the first Bunny Run at Haworth.  Declan Craven and Abbie Cleal both ran well in the same race against very competitive junior fields, while Mick Coe and Lee Hipwell showed good early season form at the Meanwood Valley Trail.

Runner Club  Points
Ian Hartman Baildon 1701
Gareth Holme Baildon 1680
Amy Francis Skyrac 983
Tracy Foy Saltaire 978
George Dey Skyrac 973
Kirstie Holmes Saltaire 929
Chris Dove Skyrac 913
Stacey Cleal Queensbury 912
Stuart Dunbar Saltaire 894
Neil Fairburn Baildon 893

As the summer starts Queensbury are fourth in the team league.  The full points listings at this stage are here.

Next come the Stainland Bluebell Trail (3 May), a tough Joker race offering double points, the shorter but very scenic Over the Odda (16 May) and a fell race in the Dales, the Austwick Amble on 25 May.Very good luck if you are planning to run!

Airedale Athletics Off-Road Challenge

Winter Challenge

At the end of the winter season Queensbury were second of the six Airedale Athletics clubs with only Baildon on a higher score.  Mick Coe, Peter Hughes and Lee Hipwell were all among the top ten individuals – great running on some really tough courses.


Emma Stoney Baildon 6332
Ian Hartman Baildon 6316
Rob Myers Baildon 5449
Kate Walter Baildon 5396
Jim Goddard Baildon 5073
Mick Coe Queensbury 5002
Linda Carey Baildon 4966
Peter Hughes Queensbury 4922
Neil Fairburn Baildon 4766
Lee Hipwell Queensbury 4323

You can download the full winter results here.

Summer Challenge

The fixtures are up for the summer season beginning this week with the first Bunny Run at Haworth.  These sprints are a brilliant way to start the spring and there is plenty to enjoy after the race.  Then a whole summer of offroad running to look forward to …


31/03/2015 Bunny Run 1
18/04/2015 Meanwood Valley Trail
03/05/2015 Bluebell Trail Joker
16/05/2015 Over the Odda
25/05/2015 Austwick Amble
06/06/2015 Wharfedale Off-Road Half Marathon Joker
20/06/2015 Reservoir Bogs
28/06/2015 Millennium Relay (team points)
11/07/2015 Baildon Canter
15/07/2015 Widdop Joker
19/07/2015 Holme Moss Joker
22/08/2015 Pendle 3 Peaks
30/08/2015 Tour of Norland Moor
13/09/2015 Yorkshireman Off-Road Half Marathon Joker
13/09/2015 Yorkshireman Off-Road Marathon Joker
20/09/2015 Beefy’s Nab


Heptonstall Fell Race 22 March


Conditions for the 15 mile Heptonstall fell race were bright and clear but the moorland was as trackless and tussocky as ever and the climb through the woods to the finish was just as steep.  Peter Hughes won a fiercely competitive V60 race, setting a new course record for the category.  Graham Jowett finished within half a minute of his 2014 time while Mick Coe and Phil Robinson both improved dramatically on their performances last year and Carl Heron set his fastest time yet over the course.

Full results here.



Airedale Athletics Off-Road Winter Challenge update

Lee Hipwell headed to Lancashire on 7th March tackling tough gradients and navigation at the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round to finish in 1:45:13.  He moves into 7th individual place adding to Queensbury’s margin over Saltaire for second team place.

There is a choice of fixtures for the last weekend of the season: Heptonstall (offering Joker points) or the shorter race at Rivock Edge. Links to more information are on the Fixtures tab.

The first of the year’s evening races is the first fixture for the Summer Challenge – the Bunny Run in Haworth on 31 March. Good luck if you are planning to run!

Winter Challenge points and fixtures

Summer Challenge fixtures

New Halifax parkrun a huge success!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!…on a wonderful turnout in today’s parkruns!! We helped to swell the numbers at Lister Park, Bradford, to over 500, and at the first ever Shroggs Park parkrun, Halifax, to almost 300 –  far exceeding what the organisers hoped for!!!! The results for our club and running group members were….at Lister park – Declan Craven 19.40 (brilliant 9th!); Abbie Cleal 26.37; Maria Rhodes 34.35, and sons Preston 34.20 and Dexter 34.21 (plus their friend Alex 34.18!); Stacey Cleal 40.54 (pushing grandson Oscar along!), and Holly Cleal 42.30 (her PB by 18 seconds!).

..and now to Shroggs Park (where everyone ran a PB on this course !!) :-Tom Collinge 17.30 and a super 2nd!; Martin Firth 19.50; Craig Phillips 22.14; Craig Richardson 22.47; Matt Thornton 24.47; Claire Baggley 27.24; Dianne Simpson 30.08 (her 2nd best time anywhere!!); Brontë Simpson 31.07; Glenn Thornton 31.29; Gary Morritt 32.19; Katie Brook 32.58; Steve Brook 32.59; Kathryn Webb 34.32 (her PB anywhere by 15 seconds!!); Sharan Loughran (joined us last Thursday!!) 34.46; Caroline Whelan 38.16; Bev Morritt 40.08; Jessica Hipwell 40.09; Lynn Hill 40.26; Zoë Hipwell and son Samuel both 41.13, and Andy Smith 45.22!!

And well done to Lee Hipwell on his race up and down what looks like a mountain, somewhere in deepest Lancashire!!

Well done everyone!!…this was another momentous day for our club and our running groups!!..Martin


Good evening all..from very snowy Queensbury!! Having just been for an 8 mile “run”, and checked tomorrow’s forecast, I’m having to cancel our Beginners’ Groups training sessions due tomorrow evening (Thursday 22 Jan) Once again, it’s down to health and safety considerations – the pavements are almost impossible to run on in many places, and side roads still have ice beneath this fresh snow (same with many pavements too).Tomorrow will barely be above freezing, so no thaw is in immediate prospect!

On Sunday, It’s the 3rd race (of 5) in the West Yorkshire Winter League – a multi-terrain 4.7 mile course around Cliffe Castle, Keighley, starting at 10am, with parking at nearby UKA Academy (former Greenhead Grammar School)..details are on this site . EVERYONE is welcome to come along and have a go at it, whatever your’s free! Club members finishing positions count for our club, whereas non-members (who would run as “guests”, therefore no need to wear a club vest) would not count….but would get useful experience!There’s food and drinks on sale afterwards at the academy, and a decent raffle.Take care! Martin

***Beginners’ Group training cancelled for 15/01/2015 ***

Good evening all …sorry but will to have to cancel our groups’ sessions this evening.The promised bad weather has arrived, and is forecasted to worsen…as if the strong bitterly cold winds aren’t bad enough, it’s also sleeting, hailing and snowing.. your health and safety dictate my decision. I know what it’s like out there..just run home from Bradford city centre….not very pleasant, and getting worse. My apologies…Martin