Stairway To Heaven is a challenging, hilly course towards Ramsden reservoir and the forested paths around Hade Edge. Climb from the reservoirs of Holmbridge to Elysium farm and down to Holme Styes before climbing back up and home. Approx 12km (8 miles). The event HQ is Holmbridge Church Hall.
Racing for QRC was Joanna Lockwood finishing well in 28th place, 3rd female and as 1st FV40.
Cragg15 is a community group that formed to continue the impact and enjoyment from the Tour de France racing through Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale in July 2014. Since its formation, numerous events on the longest continuous climb in England have been considered, but to recreate the TdF experience – and more importantly – create the opportunity for some iconic and safe events – a road closure was needed. Last year, after years of planning, the application for a road closure was granted, and on Sunday 24th September 2017 there was the very first ‘Cragg Challenge’ – a festival of running and cycling that was the core of a marvellous day for the participants and the whole community.
This year will build on the success of the inaugural Cragg Challenge with records from last year set be challenged anew. Whether it’s a personal record or the School Relay world record of 43 min and 9 secs, there is something to give you a goal for this year.
Andy Smith ran for Queensbury and choose to run the 10 mile finishing a respectable 52nd in a time of 1:40:25.
Last Sunday 6 of our fastest runners took the opportunity to race against the Norths finest athletes in Manchester at the Sportcity Stadium.
The 6.5km road route led runners out of the athletic stadium and around the Etihad Stadium (boooo!) and the surrounding area, 2 laps each with 6 runners to a team.
Racing against tough fast competition was never going to be easy, but our lads did a fantastic job finishing 71st out of 127 teams with a total time of 2:26:05, and just to prove how fierce the competition was, the winners Lincoln Wellington AC finished with a time of 2:00:15.
A longer route providing a great stepping stone from half marathon to full marathon. An undulating course, with almost 800m of total ascent. The race starts by climbing to the summit of Skipton’s iconic hill of Sharphaw then heading into the Dales eventually climbing your next summit of Weets Top near Malham. From here you will head back down with Sharphaw in view again. Mixed terrain, footpaths, tracks, boggy fields and open moor this route provides interest mile after mile for new and experienced runners.
Well done to Andy Smith for braving the elements and having a great race finishing in 4:12:34
The Half Marathon starts on Winmarleigh Street with the Town Hall and Golden Gates as a backdrop. The route travels over Bridge Foot before the Half Marathon takes in aspects of the previous route in South Warrington. The route then heads back into the town centre, taking in landmarks such as The Halliwell Jones Stadium, The Guardians (or skittles) at Market Gate, The River of Life on Bridge Street and The Cultural Quarter, before heading back up Winmarleigh Street and finishing through the Golden Gates at the Town Hall.
Gillian Jago made a weekend of it running a 5km race on the Friday night finishing in 26:23 and following that up with a Half Marathon on Sunday finishing in 2:02:47.
Well done Gillian, a great acquisition for Queensbury and keep up the great running.
The 6th annual Stainland Trail Race, a 10km multi-terrain race through the stunning West Yorkshire countryside.
Starting and finishing at the Stainland Recreation Ground, the race runs through Fall Spring Wood, Milner Wood, Beestonley Wood, Whittle Wood, Firth House Wood, Crow Wood and beautiful rural roads and trails around Stainland Dean.
4 of you made the way over to race and with some social media chatter in the days leading up to the event all eyes were on the course record with our Tom C. hoping to snatch victory, but a wrong turn in the woods left Tom with too much time to make up and handed victory to the eventual winner Nathan Edmondson from Ilkley, but Tom still managaed to finish a fantastic 2nd place just 64 seconds behind.
The annual running of this race once again set off from Haworth on a damp Sunday morning, with the option of the full marathon distance or the shorter half(???) entrants had plenty to aim for.
The route has plenty to offer everyone but this race is not for the faint hearted, taking in tarmac, grass, moorland and gravel tracks the route passes through many local villages and moorland including Haworth Moor, Ovenden Moor, Denholme, Cullingworth and Harden Moor to name but a few.
With checkpoints throughout the route and with full kit required to be carried runners need to be ready for anything thing.
All our runners ran well, with some fab times.
10th Carl Heron 3;50:07 1stMV50
16th Lee Hipwell/Darren Barnes 5:21:16 (ran as a pair)