The Asda Foundation Leeds 10K course has something to offer, regardless of age or ability.
Seasoned runners can take advantage of the super-flat and fast route to compete for their personal best, whilst new runners can embrace the incredible atmosphere to achieve their own goal, whether that’s just getting round, or supporting a good cause.
With a truly electric city centre start and finish, and great support around the route, there are few events to rival the Leeds 10K.
A race that always attracts the top local runners aiming for that top Runbritain ranking the 1st 14 finishers all came in at sub 35 pace.
Not to be outdone Queensbury had 5 runners in the mix with Andrew Patterson leading them home.
Andrew Patterson 43:33
Jonathon Mason 43:39
James Kilkenny 45:28
Phil Lickley 48:05
Tracey Stewart 59:34
Aqwesome running by you all and congrats to any of you who got the all important PB.
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.