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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 …
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.
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!
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
Sorry, my dear Beginners’ running family!!…training’s off tonight. Just had the pleasure of running home from the city centre….too risky, unless you have metal portable ice grips to put on your trainers’ soles! Being caught in these heavy haily snowy showers is no fun, either!..I now know from experience!!. Missing you all.. 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 .http://www.wymedia.co.uk/wywl/ EVERYONE is welcome to come along and have a go at it, whatever your standard..it’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
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