If you went down to the woods last Sunday you’d be in for a big surprise!!! Yes, it was back… The TNT returned last Sunday for its third year. This event has become an established part of the running calendar in Leeds. Hosted by St Theresas Athletic Club (STAC) entrants were invited to join them for 10 miles of beautiful off road terrain that visits parts of the Temple Newsam estate you wouldn’t know existed. It was muddy so it was the perfect opportunity to try out those new trail shoes that Santa brought you.
Craig Bingham was our only entrant finishing in 286th in a time of 1:28:42.
With our race rescheduled for the 4th March, it was over to the South Leeds Lakers inaugural event for the 2nd race of the season of this years WYWL, and what a fantastic race they put on. With a last minute change to the route due to the icy roads around the woods, the race became pretty much a 2 lap affair with an initial loop of the start field to thin the runners out, not overly hilly but still with long shallow inclines the route proved a hit with all involved. Well done to the Lakers.
What a turn out for Queensbury with over 30 members turning up ready to race to give us our best appearence of recent times, with some impressive performances throughout the field, not only with Chris and Tom leading the club home but also some fine running further down the field to name but a few Alistair, Pete H, Pete M, Lynne, Ben, Richard and Jo Horan, who in her owns words ran a blinder, not forgetting the guys and gals further down the field who without them the club would not finish as high up the results table as we do as a club.
WELL DONE TO YOU ALL AND LETS GET READY FOR SOME PUMA BASHING.
The annual pilgrimage to Ogden Water to try and rid the demons of the night before. So with our £3 paid to the organisers and with Ogden car park filled with the smell of stale beer and most entrants having the breath of a large dog, 153 of us set off for 2.7 miles of gut wrenching pain.
QRC must love this race as we had our best turn out for some time with 14 of us turning up to race/walk the course.
The 24th Auld Lang Syne fell race once again took place on New Years Eve, a tough (cat B short length) fell race starting and finishing at Pennistone Hill in Haworth, a route taking runners from the Quarry up the lane towards Bronte Waterfalls before taking a right turn down the hill and up the other side, on to the trig point and back covering just shy of 6 miles with over 900ft of ascent.
This race and many like it have been organised by Dave + Eileen aka (woodentopsFR) for over 30 years and with this been their last race before retirement it seemed only fitting that Alistair Brownlee made an appearance in race he has won 4 times previoulsy, to race along side the hardy bunch that braved the cold winds.
With a top class field amongst the runners Alistair (Bingley) managed to seal the win ahead of 2nd place Carl Bell (Keswick) and 3rd place Max Wharton (CVFR).
QRC were well represented with Tom Collinge 1st home for us in 18th place.
After a successful first outing the Northowram Pumas once again hosted the Coley Canter last Saturday the 30th December 2017.
For those wanting to blow away the Christmas cobwebs and stretch their running legs, early entry was needed as this revived classic sells out quick.
127 runners finished the tough course which started from the Puma’s base in Northawram, featuring 8 miles of glorious mud and puddles, coupled with hills and over 1000ft of climbing and with a stream crossing which had turned into full blown raging river due to the recent weather and melting snow.
A fantastic race, definitely one to recommend for next year, excellent marshalling by all the volunteers who stood out in the cold and rain for what must have seemed an eternity. Well done the Puma’s.
3 QRCers made the long trip and we all thoroughly enjoyed the race.
BARNSLEY AC & WARD GREEN WMC
PRESENT THE ‘LEW WHITEHEAD MEMORIAL WARD GREEN SIX’
Starting and finishing art Glenn Lane Community Centre this 2 lap road race attracted over 180 runners with Stephen Brook our only entrant. Stephen ran and finished well coming home in 51:08 placing 118th.
The Gathering Winter Fools Relay is an informal social run which uses public paths and roads from Keighley in a circular route. teams of 8 runners take on 4 legs with low level change points invariably outside a pub!
Starting and finishing at UAK Keighley, taking in local villages such as Laycock, Kildwick, Silsden, East Morton, Bingley and Harden Moor.
Queensbury had a fantastic showing with 3 teams entering, making a total of 24 QRCers pounding the local road and moorland.
Queensbury A Queensbury Mixed Queensbury Nutcrackers
David + Chris W Mick + Gillian Craig + Leanne
Pete + Simon Jo + Andy S Julie + Micheal
Rocky + Carl Anna + Chris R Darren + Zoe
Ben + Andy D Richard + Stacey Jo Fortune + Glenn
All 3 teams did really well, especially Queensbury ‘A’ finishing Leg 1 in 1st place albeit due to an nasty injury to another runner, but nonetheless great running guys. Full results and leg splits can be found by clicking on the following link http://www.kcac.co.uk/club-races/gwf/
Wind, rain and mud were the order of the day on Penistone hill with a healthy (or unhealthy) amount of ice
making any fast roady sections a potential bone breaking hazard. The Stoop’s mandatory kit of a Santa hat can
sometimes be a little bit annoying, flopping around as you run, but on Sunday I’m sure it did add an extra layer of warmth in the icy
head winds on route.
Well done to Ben Clare our only entrant for taking on the penultimate race of the Woodentops era with Dave and Eileen heading into retirement after the forthcoming Auld Lang Syne on new Years Eve.
Ben completed the 8km m250m assent course in 56th place in a time of 40:14.
A challenging rural course of approximately 6 miles starting from the Pie Hall (did someone mention PIE!!!), Denby Dale. The course is what race organisers would describe as ‘ undulating’ ; not a PB course but really good fun !
229 competitors ran the 2017 edition of the Travellers 6 on a damp December morning. The race was won by Scott Hinchcliffe of Penistone Footpath Runners in a record time of 33:07. First lady home was Fiona Davies from Rotherham Harriers in 38.34.
The Men’s team prize went to Penistone, narrowly beating Denby Dale with Holmfirth Harriers just pipping Wakefield Tri for the ladies team prize.
Well done to Andy Dovernor, Richard and Steve Brook for taking on this race over in Wakefield.