Some fine performances in this week’s Park Runs including two sub-20 minute times, seven category wins and two personal bests. Thanks also to the volunteers, including several QRC runners, who helped make it all happen. Email Carl for any omissions.
A total of 108 runners took part.
1st M40 and Personal Best!
A total of 387 runners took part.
Horton Park parkrun
A total of 52 runners took part.
1st M25 and in the 10kg extra weight in rucksack category
West Vale (21st July) and Knavesmire (5th August) Results
Congratulations to those who have competed in one or both of the last two YVAA races. Great running from Stacey Cleal with identical times over the tricky and hilly West Vale course and the flat tarmac and tracks of the Knavesmire course. A fine 2nd and 4th place in her age group respectively. Mick Coe had a great run at West Vale on the kind of course he thrives on. He travelled to Knavesmire with a sore knee and decided to pull out just after the start. Carl, Andy and Graham ran both races. Graham was placed 4th in his age group in both races and just outside the prizes. Chris Rushworth was unlucky too. In the Knavesmire race a marshal went AWOL and he took a wrong turn along with several others. QRC life member and former club chair, Steve Jones, joined us in York too. The final race of the Grand Prix series takes place at Spenborough on November 8th.
The 4th Saltaire Shaker took place on Sunday 26th July. There was a fantastic turnout from the club for the 15km race, mainly along the Leeds-Liverpool canal towpath but with a couple of detours along wooded paths.
Leading the team home was Matt Thornton in 1.09:34 (34th), followed by Neil Windle in 1.13:03 (53rd), Ben Charlesworth in 1.16:53 (77th), Glenn Thornton in 1.24:41 (114th), Daniel Moore in 1.31:53 (148th), Sharon Loughran in 1.36:24 (173rd), Dianne Simpson in 1.37:28 (175th) and Andy Smith in 1.39:32 (182nd). Mary Saunders, who has been training with the club, was 147th in 1.30:47. Well done to everyone for some great performances.
The race was won by Rob James in 54:48 who finished just ahead of some of Otley AC’s best runners. He is listed as unattached but he’s a class athlete who has competed internationally at the 110 metre hurdles in the past. The first female runner was Jennie Guard (Leeds City AC) who was 14th overall in 1.04:09.
Carl represented the club in Germany at the weekend joining 550 runners in the Lubeck 10K. The centre of Lubeck is a World Heritage Site and the amazing sights on a sunny day were very welcome. The organisers describe the course as undulating but in Queensbury we would call it flat. Carl was 31st overall and 2nd M50 in 38.43 beating his personal best set several years ago at the (flat) Bradford 10K. Great fun, a silver medal and certificate presented on stage and free beer – it took a few moments to realise that it was alcohol-free……
It’s great to see so many Queensbury RC runners taking part in the Bradford Park run these days. Congratulations to Diane McDonnell, Jo Robinson, Diane Simpson, Bronte Simpson, Abbie Cleal, Stacey Cleal, Andy Tempest-Mitchell, Peter May and Chris Williams who all completed the course on Saturday 26th July. Chris was the race winner in 17.24 finishing over a minute quicker than the second placed runner, and only three seconds outside his park run personal best.
The second Saltaire Shaker took place on Sunday 27th July. The 15 km route is mostly flat along the canal and river with a detour up a hill and into the woods. It was warm and sunny especially on the outward section with a welcome breeze on the return section to Roberts Park.
Martin Firth had a great run coming home in 9th position (1st M55) and getting under an hour in an excellent time of 59.27. Carl Heron knocked a minute off his time last year finishing 18th in 64.27. Declan Craven who has been training with us was 32nd in 69.05. Richard Brook took two minutes from his 2013 time finishing in 35th in 70.38. Congratulations to club newcomer Simon Thomas who was 3rd M60 in 89.29 in 102nd place. If there was a team prize then Queensbury would have shared it with Kirkstall Harriers!
The men’s race was won by Scott Harrington (Otley AC) in 53.39; the first lady home was unattached runner Sophie Garrad in 68.23.
The Liversedge Half Marathon, organised by Roberttown Road Runners, is a very popular, well-organized and friendly local run. On 9th February 2014 the race celebrated its 19th year and, once again, drew runners from a wide catchment well beyond West Yorkshire. The course is demanding with a few tough climbs and drags. In 2013 there was snow and freezing conditions; this year some high winds and rain greeted the runners although most of the clouds had emptied by the time the race started.
Queensbury runners had a good day despite the conditions. Jo Horan showed what a fine runner she is with an excellent time of 1.48:39. Richard Brook was consistent finishing within 30 seconds of his 2013 time in 1.43:53. Peter May, returning to running after a lay off, made it around in 1.53:36; he will get much faster as the year progresses. Only four of the five registered QRC runners made it to the start line. Unfortunately Martin Firth (first M50 in the race in 2013; now M55) was unwell and decided not to run. Martin is on great form though and he is likely be among the highest-ranked M55 road runners in the country in 2014. Carl Heron decided to run despite straining a calf muscle in a desperate attempt to extract his leg from the slimy mud at Pudsey in the Yorkshire Vets race the previous Sunday. He managed to get around in 1.34:08, slower by two and a half minutes from his 2013 time (I was in pain throughout though…..honest).
The support from Peter Hughes, on Bradford Road at 6 miles and then at the top of the climb from Clifton at around 10 miles was very welcome as was Steve Brook’s presence at the end. The next best club to our own, Stainland Lions, had runners who put in fine performances too as well as shouting out support along the way.
The men’s race was won for the second time in a row by Holmfirth’s Matthew Pierson beating his 2013 time by four seconds! Scott Harrington (Otley) and Andrew Fuller (Shepshed) followed next almost exactly a minute apart from each other. The women’s race was won by Myra Jones (Valley Striders) with unattached runners Helen Waugh and Chloe Wood in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The inaugural Saltaire Shaker took place on a sunny and breezy 4th August. The race was organized by Otley Chevin Flyers who also host a free weekly 3 mile trail run in the Otley Chevin Forest Park (http://www.runsunday.com).
The unusual distance of 15 km, a flat, off-road course and picturesque location drew a good mix of club and unattached runners. The course took in a long stretch of the canal out and back with a loop in the woods. Seasoned off-roaders may have found it rather non-technical. The start time of 10.30 also meant that the towpath was shared with healthy numbers of walkers, cyclists and other runners. This proved only a minor issue for me at least and the absence of climbs, apart from the haul in the woods, was welcome (I may get booted out of QRC for such heresy).
The race was won by Mike Jefferies in 56.22, a top-class athlete who has won several competitive races this year including the Humber Bridge Half Marathon and the Otley 10. Baildon’s Steve Watkins came in second in 57.10 and some way ahead of Franco Pardini running for Leeds club Valley Striders who was third in 59.11. The ladies race was won by Idle AC runner Donna Edmondson-Booker in 64.45.
Thanks to the organizers and marshals and to Steve Brook and Phil Robinson for turning out to support the runners. There was a charity contribution (Yorkshire Air Ambulance) in the race fee and the results were posted and emailed out later in the day.
The Eccup 10 Mile Road Race, organised by Abbey Runners, took place on Sunday 7th July in blazing sunshine. More than 750 runners and several litres of sun cream hit the road in a highly competitive race which incorporates both the YCAA and the YVAA 10 Mile Championships for Men and Women. Shade was hard to find and quite a few runners either dropped out or fell back in temperatures well about 20°C. Otley AC had a fine day in the sun with Matt John winning the men’s race in 55.07 (he was 28th in the 2013 London Marathon) followed home in second place by team mate Scott Harrington in 56.40. Unsurprisingly Otley won the men’s team prize. In third place winning the 1st M50 prize was Carl Thackery (alas not Carl Heron) of Hallamshire Harriers. If you don’t know this guy’s credentials then, amongst many career highlights, he was 20th in the 1987 World Cross Country championships and third at the World half-marathon in 1993 in a time of 61.13! The first lady was Pauline Munro (Wetherby) in a terrific ninth position overall in 59.43.
Carl Heron, QRC’s only entry, finished in 69.23 in 87th place. Other notable performances from Bradford-based runners were Quentin Lewis (Baildon, 6th in 58.59) and Donna Edmondson-Booker (Idle, 1st F35 in 66.54). All in all it was one of those days when you felt really pleased to get around without succumbing to the heat.