Our latest away day took place at Temple Newsham with 10 of us making the journey over, set in the beautiful grounds of the estate we were ushered to the start line ready for the 2 lap course which started uphill and across in front of the house.
This Parkrun also coincided with a St. Therasa’s takeover plus the added confusion of the Daffodil Marathon, who’s arrowed signposts somewhat confused our very able secretary into leading half the field down a dead end track (nice one Andy D) but nonetheless we had a great morning out.
Well done to all that attended last Saturday and we look forward to seeing you more of you at our next away day on the 28th April.
The latest Leeds 5k race series finally got under way after the 1st race was postponed due to bad weather, a series of 10 races at the Brownlee Centre.
Well done to Steve Brook and Jacqueline Stack who took part in race 1 both finishing well in 26:28 + 29:22 respectively.
Race 2 saw 3 QRCers turning up with Andy Stott finishing in a fine 19:52, Steve Brook beating his 1st race time by 18 seconds in a nifty 26:10, can he go sub 26 in race 3? With Jacqueline Stack in at 29.39.
With their marathon training in full swing 5 QRC memebers travelled over to the Spenborough Princess Stadium to find out we’re they’re at with with their training.
This undulating course featuring over 464m of climbing takes in the towns and villages of Cleckheaton, Scholes, Clifton over Hartshead Moor and back into Liversedge. Simon Brady led the team home in a remarkable 36th place managing 2:21:20 and 3rd MV50. It’s going to be close for that sub 3 hour marathon but good luck.
Carl Heron who as always was showing the youngsters how it’s done. Giving the lucky bermuda’s a break today he still managed a fantastic 2:22:10 coming home in 40th place, also 1st MV55.
Leanne Alston taking on all sorts of long distance races this year, she showed just how far she has come in the last year managing a PB of over 20 minutes, coming in 138th in just over the 3 hour mark of 3:02:48.
Julie Hepworth who is training for the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon wasn’t far behind finishing 149th in 3:09:59.
Last but no means least Phil Robinson slowly getting back into running after a long time out managing 3:41:12 over 50 minutes off his PB.
A big well done to you all and we hope your future plans go well and you smash your respective challenges.
The Keighley Big10K is a challenging 10K at the start of the running season that follows a circular route through the paths, parks and roads of Keighley. This event is held in aid of Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.
Tom Adams of Ilkley Harriers led everyone home in a course record time of 32:20, impressive running on this tough hilly course.
Not to be out done Wasim Hussain and Jo Lockwood made the long dull trek through Denholme to take part, both running incredibly well with Wasim in 88th place 45:49 and Jo finishing 142nd in 49:17.
Well done to you both and keep up the good running.
A tough up and down 10k. The race starts in Centre Vale Park Todmorden. The hilly course climbs to Sourhall, before going down Bacup Road then back through Todmorden town centre to the finish at the park.
The accurately measured 10km course consists of two laps of tarmac park road on Centre Vale Park, followed by a single hilly lap of rural and town centre roads finishing back on the park road.
The high point of the course is just before half way on Todmorden Edge, before the long descent down to Bacup Road and back into town along Rochdale Road. Total climbing is 219m.
Well done Pete, Lee and Steve for some impressive racing.
Firstly I think we’d all agree that having had the misfortune of having to cancel the 1st event due to the bad weather and then possibly cancelling the rearranged fixture for the same reason would have been unthinkable, but thanks to Dan Moor and his team of Glenn, Bev and Jo, we were able to go ahead with what was a fantastically organised mornings racing, to all who helped clear the car park the day before, also to Mick Coe, who managed to tape off the entire grounds of Littlwemoor Park by himself, to all the marshals who braved the cold for 3 hours, Andy Smith for tail running for us and to all who baked, you managed to raise a fantastic £80 for the club.
To everybody involved in the raffle in particular to our new sponsors Walker Singleton for providing the hamper, won by Sally Caton of Stainland Lions (is there anything they don’t win).
On to the racing, and didn’t we do well? After a pre race jog on the spot courtesy of David Hepworth followed by a 3,2,1 GO, the race was under way, a few laps of Littlemoor before runners made their way out towards Shelf/Northawram then back into the park, it was Tom who led the way for Queensbury closely followed by Alistair.
The tough snowy on course conditions kept all runners happy, many of them offering a ‘thank you marshall’ as they shot passed, which made all the difference to us all, although Pete Hughes didn’t look too pleased when I told him to put some effort in.
All the credit though on this occasion, goes to the hard work put in by all the volunteers that helped to get the race going.
WELL DONE ALL
Results for the series briefly below, full results can be found on the WYWL facebook page in the files section.
The penultimate race of the season down at Stainland last Sunday saw Tom Collinge storm to a well deserved victory, finishing 1st place ahead of Micheal Maylon of Baildon proving that hard work and commitment to training really does pay off, huge congrats to Tom but like any true sportsman I’m sure he was more interested in the overall team performance.
There were other noticeable strong runs too with Alistair Gait coming home in 4th place(2nd QRC) his best finish of the season so far, followed by Mick Coe who romped home in 25th place (3rd QRC) managing to overtake 4 other QRCers in the last half mile (I’m sure this won’t be the last we’ll here about this).
With Simon Brady, Mark Crabtree, Andy Dovenor and Pete Hughes next in, closely followed by Carl Heron there must have been some good racing banter between them all, most probably from Pete H who will say he was taking it easy. All this enabling the mens team to take joint 2nd place with Stainland, a great result for us, unfortunately the ladies didn’t fair too well finishing 10th, but with only Stacey, Jo and Zoe running they did a fantastic job on the day.
All in all a great mornings racing with Stainland Lions organising another superb event. It’s now onto Queensbury for the final race of the series this coming Sunday with promises of the best ever raffle prizes in the history of raffle prizes.
Full results can be found on the WYWL facebook page under the files tab.
‘Stormin’ Steve Brook was at it again in this tough, undulating 10k course run from Huddersfield Rugby Union Club in Lockwood. Whilst the majority of you were taking it easy at the WYWL over in Stainland, Steve was flashing the Orange and Green on a route classed as undulating (Yorkshire style).
Steve finished well, coming home in 255th place in a time of 54:09 also finishing as 1st MV70 aswell as beating a lot of younger athletes along the way.
A big well done to Keith Hayes, who completed his 1st half marathon in the Queensbury colours. Keith only joined the club in December with the intention of improving his speed over the distance, but certainly picked a toughy with this half.
Keith still managed a respectable 623rd place in a time of 2:22:49, this on a tough course with over 850ft of climbing.
I’m sure on a flat course through the summer you’ll smash that time Keith.
With ideal running conditions 4 QRCers took on this undulating half marathon, with a start time of 11am all entrants had a nice relaxed build up to the race.
The race run by Roberttown Road Runners is run annually in mid February and is also on the list for my proposed winter club champs starting in October. Runners leave the picturesque village green of Roberttown heading towards Liversedge before turning left and onto the main road crossing over the M62, then heading down to Balliff Bridge, before climbing back into Clifton and onto the long ascent back to the main road over the M62 taking a right and following the last 3 miles on country lanes and back in the village green.
With Peter and Richard pretty much neck and neck, it was Peter who managed to open up a gap on the climbs to finish 1st for QRC.