Arenig Fawr fell race has been run since 2005 by Yiannis Tridimas and his wife Cathy, although this year Bowland have taken over the organising of the race.
Starting in a disused quarry to the north of Arenig Fawr in the Snowdonia National Park, competitors on this AM course have about 1.5Km of flagged paths around the quarry before hitting a scree slope that is a roughly 50% gradient for 200 metres. It only gets worse. This leaves 11Km of completely unmarked scree fields, insane slope gradients, bogs, streams, boulder fields, and generally hellish fell torture that is difficult to race on for the uninitiated. Only on the final descent did something vaguely resembling a reasonable gradient reappear. Apparently like electricity and vowels the concept of footpaths have not reached some parts of Wales. Some say Arenig Fawr is harder than the Yorkshire 3 Peaks despite only being 8 miles in length! A small field 30 runners completed the route this year, with Alistair completing the route in 2 hours, 1 minute and 47 seconds and 11th place. Jos Naylor also made a surprise appearance (but you knew that already)
The 2019 UKFast City of Manchester 10k race starts and finishes at the impressive Etihad Stadium, with hundreds of well-wishers cheering you on as you run out from the Regional Athletics Track and out onto closed roads in the area. The UKFast City of Manchester 10k route will bring you back into the complex before finishing back on the track, having raced this event before I can vouch for the great route and friendly atmosphere.
Well done to Gillian Jago on another impressive run, Gillian managed to finish 12th in her age category in a time of 52:29.
Afetr having it’s home at Northawram for the last 2 years this years burner made it’s way to Crow Wood park. A scenic multi terrain route whilst mainly road the route also took runners through some beautiful woodland and still give them some stunning views over the valley also taking them past the famous Wainhouse Tower.
What a result for Queensbury RC with our guys finishing 1st, 2nd, 4th and 44th.
Starting in the hilltop village of Heptonstall, the route plunges deep into a neighbouring valley before finding its way to the top of a nearby peak. It then returns in similar fashion. So yes, that does mean you finish with an almighty uphill struggle.There’s a right mix of terrain. Cobbles to start with then some grassy fields, muddy slopes, rocky bridleway and open moorland, some of it pathless.
Featuring over 1600 feet of climbing over 5.9 miles make this category ‘A’ fell race one of toughest locally.
Well done to andy Smith and Ben Clare for taking it on.
So you think you have it bad running for an hour or so, then not running until 2 days later, spare a thought for 2 QRC’ers who thought it would be fun to do as many 5 mile laps in 24 hours as they could.
Vicky Trudgil and Lee Shaw showed up at Branham Park, Leeds for this event which is growing in popularity year on year, the race starts at 12pm on the Saturday and runners can enter as a team of upto 8 or run in pairs or solo.
1st up we had Lee who with a couple of pals from other clubs racked up 195 miles between them with what started as a 5 but soon dropped to 4, with Lee managing to complete 45 of their miles.
Vicky who clearly has no friends (jokes yeah) entered as a solo and had a family weekend and racked up just under 35 miles over the 24hrs, ‘absolutely fantastic’ said Gary Barlow, a brilliant achievement Vicky congrats from us all.
Well done to both and f you fancy a shot at it next year have a chat with Vicky or Julie H. as they are trying to put a QRC team together, I believe boys maybe allowed too.
A popular summers evening 10km road race around the moorland roads of Greetland, Halifax. Chip Timed again this year and also incorporating the Yorkshire Vets Championship.
Just 6 of us made the trip to Greetland, with entries down for Queensbury this year it was left to Paul Greenwood to lead us home finishing in a speedy 36:37. Also it was great to see one of our newer members Kevin Murray getting involved in the local races and as always Steve Brook shouting at us from the sidelines.
From leaving Dean Clough runners have their 1st climb within 100 metres up to Shroggs Road, before steadily climbing to the bottom of Brackenbed Lane, up they went again turning right at the top, then left and onto Moor End Road, which again is a tough climb to the top, following Moor End Road until turning right onto Clough Lane and the sprint through Mixenden, out of Mixy up Mill Lane taking a left onto White Gate, left at the top and slight downhill before a quick right at the bottom and up Rocks Lane, it is roughly here at the 6/7mile mark that Ned Hell Rd awaits them, ready to dish out some more punishment, then passing the Ragalds, onto Roper Lane, left onto Swales Moor Road, right onto Claremont Rd, down Mill Lane and back to Dean Clough.
Martin Firth and Joanna Lockwood were our only runners this year, but they did superbly on such a tough course with Martin storming the Marathon in an incredible 3:27:52 and 2nd place overall with Joanna finishing as 3rd lady in super quick 1:56:16 (Strava) in the half distance and a PB by 7 seconds