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Ironmen

Congratulations to Phil Robinson & Karl Chamberlain on becoming Ironmen. Both completed the gruelling Ironman event in Bolton on Sunday 20th July. For those unfamiliar with the event, it is a triathlon style event taken to the extreme, with it comprising a 2.4 mile open water swim, which was in Pennington Flash, near Leigh, a quick transition onto the bike to begin the 112m loop around Bolton and Greater Manchester followed by a marathon (26.2 miles) which took place around Bolton’s Reebok stadium and the town centre. Large crowds watched including a few friends from Queensbury.

Karl was first out of the water after the swim, taking 1:17:21, Phil 5 minutes adrift in 1:22:31. The first man out of the water took just less than 47 minutes, showing the quality of the elite competitors in the race. Karl’s first transition (7mins 40 secs) was marginally quicker than Phil’s (8:23) extending his lead by a few seconds. Once the bike ride was underway, Phil started closing the gap between the two and around 70km into the ride Phil went past Karl. Both keeping a good average pace for the entire 180km ride, they finished 35 minutes apart, Karl in 7hrs 21 seconds taking his total race time to 8:25:22 and Phil in 6:17:54 taking his total race time to 7:48:48. Another transition and the marathon began. Karl began clawing back the gap Phil had opened up on the bike, and with each time split closed the gap a little more. somewhere around 35km into the 42km run Karl finally caught Phil. Both carried on a consistent pace and finished the race with less than 20 minutes from a full days racing separating them. Karl came in at 12 hours 50 minutes 56 seconds and Phil at 13 hours 8 minutes and 45 seconds. Fantastic effort and achievement from both. Surely worthy of the hard training and commitment both have shown in the 4-5 months since they registered for the event.

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Full results: www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/emea/ironman/uk/results.aspx?rd=20140720#axzz38D4S1IdG

Baildon Carnival Canter

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Stacey and Abbie Cleal were Queensbury’s representatives at the Carnival Canter, a 3.5 mile course on the open moor involving rough terrain, a sharp climb and a fast descent to the finish.  Stacey and Abbie turned in excellent performances to finish within half a minute of each other in 37th and 38th places, gaining valuable points in the off-road league.  Full results and more photographs are at links from the Baildon Runners home page.

Edinburgh Marathon

Well done to Craig Richardson ran a PB in the Edinburgh Marathon, he reports:

“I woke up on Sunday morning 25/5/14 and looked out of my hotel window, the weather was not what you can call the best for running a marathon, wet and cloudy.

After a breakfast of porridge and banana I set off for the start, a short bus ride saw me join the thousands of other runners competing in the marathon.

 

I must admit that on the way to the start my mind was not on the race and I felt a little disinterested, but once at the start the atmosphere changed everything, I was now looking forward to the race.

At 9:55 the race got underway to what was now clearing skies and no rain. The marathon course makes its way out of the city centre to the coast at Leith, then it follows the coast to the 17 mile point where it loops around the grounds of Gosforth House to join the coast road again and finish at Mussleborough.

I crossed the start line and felt in good form, as the miles passed I felt good. We hit the coast and there was a slight head on crosswind but nothing too hard to deal with. The 10K marker came and went and so did the half way, still felt good, making use of the water and energy stations really helped make sure I kept hydrated and carbs topped up.

I had a finish target of 3hrs 30mins which worked out at 8mins per mile, as we went through the 18 mile mark the sun came out and gave us perfect running conditions. A quick check of my watch gave me the info I wanted, still on for the 3:30:00.

Coming back down the coast towards Cockensie and Prestonpans the crosswind I was hoping would give us a slight push had dropped completely. Now coming up to 23 miles and I noticed my pace had dropped slightly and negative thoughts started to enter my head, but a quick telling off of myself soon got them out of my head.

Approaching the outskirts of Mussleborough and the crowds started to build, at one point the road became very narrow due to the amount of people watching.

Running past the race course we took a left turn and there was the finish line in site, this gave me an extra boost of energy and I headed for the line picking up more pace as I went.

I crossed the line with a time of 3:33:27 a new PB, knocking 5 mins of my previous PB (London 2012) and knocking 11 mins off my previous Edinburgh Marathon time in 2011.

The Edinburgh Marathon is really well organised with a great atmosphere, the locals come out in force to cheer you on. I would recommend Edinburgh to anyone looking for a PB or running a first marathon.”

Full Bronte & Warfedale Off Road Half

Thursday saw the Full Bronte race, up in Haworth, it’s an undulating 5 mile road race, with two laps around Penistone Hill. Chris Williams’ fine form continued with a 2nd place, beaten by a strong late burst from Will Smith of host club Keighley & Craven. It was a tactical race with a good group of 6 or 7 runners vying to keep out of the strong wind hitting the front of the group, it wasn’t until the last 3/4 of a mile when the attacks started with Will Smith running clear of the group, Chris tried to hold onto him but had to settle for second. Carl Heron was next back for Queensbury in 37th (34:40) and Peter May finished 53rd (36:08) from 133 club runners.

Excellent photos can be found on the Woodentops site, click here

Full Results: http://www.kcac.co.uk/events/fullbronte/14_full_bronte.html

 

Carl Heron was back racing on Saturday in the Warfedale Off Road Half Marathon. Finishing this undulating off road half in 1:51:45 and coming home in 60th position. Mick Coe was hot on Carl’s heels, finishing just over a minute behind in 69th, 1:52:57 from over 350 runners.

Full Results: http://results.sportident.co.uk/home/event.html?eventid=0c745fb4-ff4a-48ed-b340-eff45a7671d5&mobile=false

 

 

John Carr 5k Series 2014

Darren & Richard have all run the full series of three races this year whilst Steve Wilby also got the first two races in but unfortunately missed the 3rd due to injury. It’s a fast, flat route around Esholt hosted by Saltaire Striders. Perfect conditions on the evening of the second race helped many runners product new PB’s or certainly there best time of the series. Richard’s best time of the series and new PB was 20:12, Steve Wilby’s was 25:29, Darren Midgelys was 17:06 and also a new PB and Chris Williams, who only ran the 2nd race was 16:01. Cumatively Darren finished 19th & Richard 90th.

 

Full Results: http://johncarr5k.org.uk/site/johncarr/john-carr-results-archive/

 

Chris Williams & Darren Midgely also both ran the Sowerby Scorcher on Saturday. A 10k multi terrain race with approx 600ft of climbing. First place for Chris & third for Darren looked very well for Queensbury Running Club at the presentation afterwards.

Full Results: http://www.ukresults.net/2014/sowerby.html

Calderdale Way Relay 2014

Queensbury’s second attempt in one of the biggest races in the fell running calendar. Over 1000 runner’s were involved in the 30th edition of the Calderdale Way Relay. After an excellent display last year, finishing 20th in 7 hours 28 mins 19 seconds, the club had a tall order to meet and was hit with a number of injuries in the final week. Team captain, Carl Heron, had a real job on to fit together a team capable of navigating the 52 mile unflagged route. Actually been able to fill these positions showed how much the club has improved its strength & depth over the last 12 months. Some final tweeks made as late as Saturday, including Martin Firth been set of for a double leg (1 & 3) the team was finalised. An overall time of 7:41:34, just 13 minutes down on the previous year, in much tougher conditions (muddy, wet & windy) showed how well the club pulled together.

The full results can be downloaded here: http://www.halifaxharriers.co.uk/file/CWR2014Printrev1.xls

Below: Andy & Anna on leg 5 pulling up local favourite Crooked Lane

 

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Bluebell Trail Race Results

The annual haul up Trooper Lane, under taken in the Bluebell Trail Race was on Sunday. Seven Queensbury Runners took part in this well organised, scenic 10 mile race hosted by Stainland Lions. Mick Coe was first back for Queensbury, 1:23:53, finishing 64th from an entry of almost 500. Richard Brook was next in 1:26:31, being chased by Phil Robinson who was next just 1 place and only 12 seconds behind, Andrew Stott was next in 1:28:20, Jo then in 1:32:56, Graham was next in 1:33:12, and Steve Jones, making his way over from York for one of his favourite races, 1:46:22.

Full Results: http://www.stainlandlions.com/Club_Races/2014/BluebellTrail/BluebellResults2014.pdf

Three Peaks Race

Anna Smith travelled to Horton-in Ribblesdale for the 60th Three Peaks fell race.  There was a tremendous atmosphere from the time registration opened with spot on organisation at race HQ and all the way round the course.  Light rain cleared as 782 starters headed up Pen-y-Ghent and there were clear skies and sun from then on.  A breeze helped runners on the steep ascent of Whernside but became a headwind adding to the difficulties of the long rocky stretch from Ingleborough back to Horton. Loose stone and slippery mud combined with gradients, about a mile of road, a boggy section heading into Whernside and limestone outcrops made the terrain tough on the feet but there was a great atmosphere all the way round and just over the finish line was a marquee with friendly faces, great live music and a hot meal. Anna was 584 of 704 finishers in 5:07:40.

 

Full Results: http://live.sportident.co.uk/home/event/coursecontrolsummary/resultsatcontrol.html?eventid=38d99033-1890-4df7-bca4-49c5e4a8e016&mobile=false&controlnumber=1000

Weekend Report

The Heptonstall Fell Race, a Queensbury favourite, the 15 miler takes in over 3000 feet of climbing around some of the areas finest spots. The race got off to a tricky start for some, with problems navigating the woods early on. Last years winner, Adam Osbourne of Leeds City AC returned to the race and set a new course record, an amazing 1:54:10, well clear of the two persuing Horwich Harriers who completed the top three. Pete Hughes put in an excellent performance to take 13 minutes from his time last year and finish in 2:25:16, his best time yet! Ben Clare was following closely behind in 2:26:26, also taking 10 minutes from last years race. Carl Heron was next 2:41:02, Mick Coe 2:47:20, Anna Smith was in just under 3 hours to take her category first place and followed by Phil Robinson 2:59:40. Graham Jowett completed the Queensbury line up and added to the honours list with a 1st V60 in 3:03:08.

Full Results: http://heptonstallfellrace.wordpress.com/results-2014/

 

Excellent photos as always on the Woodentops website: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=home&subtopic=morephotos

 

The second race in the YVAA season at Honley. The previous days Heptonstall race telling on the turnout. Carl Heron was the only one to battle through both races and finished well on the day at Honley finishing 39th. Darren Midgely put in a cracking perfoamcne to take 8th place in 43:10 on the hilly route. Andy Stott was 46t and Peter May 56th to add to the points in the first four to count table. Andy Mitchell and Steve Wilby cane in within seconds of each other to add the last of the points to Queensburys total for the day.

Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/2014/14GP2-Honley.htm

 

Keighly’s BigK 10k was also on Mother’s Sunday, with Helen Collins recording a new PB for the distance on a far from perfect pb course, 1:00:44. Finishing in the top half of the 1,200 competitors. Local runner Will Smith of KCAC took the honours in 34:27.

Photos also on the Woodentops site.

Full Results: http://go.trumin.com/online/result.ctrl?cmd=soloLaps&event=280002549&locale=&clazz=