With high Joker points scores from competitive runs at the Bluebell Trail Peter May and Graham Jowett are sixth and seventh in the individual league after three races. Queensbury is fifth in the club league, close behind Skyrac. Full points details are here. Over The Odda scores still to come.
The next fixtures are the Austwick Amble, a bank holiday race in the Dales, on 25 May and the Wharfedale Off-Road Half Marathon, also over beautiful Dales scenery, on 6 June. Very good luck if you are running.
With the first two fixtures run Stacey Cleal is the leading individual runner for Queensbury after placing well in her category in the first Bunny Run at Haworth. Declan Craven and Abbie Cleal both ran well in the same race against very competitive junior fields, while Mick Coe and Lee Hipwell showed good early season form at the Meanwood Valley Trail.
As the summer starts Queensbury are fourth in the team league. The full points listings at this stage are here.
Next come the Stainland Bluebell Trail (3 May), a tough Joker race offering double points, the shorter but very scenic Over the Odda (16 May) and a fell race in the Dales, the Austwick Amble on 25 May.Very good luck if you are planning to run!
At the end of the winter season Queensbury were second of the six Airedale Athletics clubs with only Baildon on a higher score. Mick Coe, Peter Hughes and Lee Hipwell were all among the top ten individuals – great running on some really tough courses.
The fixtures are up for the summer season beginning this week with the first Bunny Run at Haworth. These sprints are a brilliant way to start the spring and there is plenty to enjoy after the race. Then a whole summer of offroad running to look forward to …
Lee Hipwell headed to Lancashire on 7th March tackling tough gradients and navigation at the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round to finish in 1:45:13. He moves into 7th individual place adding to Queensbury’s margin over Saltaire for second team place.
There is a choice of fixtures for the last weekend of the season: Heptonstall (offering Joker points) or the shorter race at Rivock Edge. Links to more information are on the Fixtures tab.
The first of the year’s evening races is the first fixture for the Summer Challenge – the Bunny Run in Haworth on 31 March. Good luck if you are planning to run!
Last Sunday’s Woodland Challenge attracted a field of 285 (including a competitor who had cycled from Manchester) and the front runners set a devastating pace. The course was twisty and fast. Representing Queensbury Mick Coe (44:01) and Graham Jowett (52:39) finished well up the field and they both battled out close finishes in the final yards. The Woodland Challenge was the first fixture in the Airedale Athletics Off-Road Winter Challenge, where Graham’s points give him the lead in the individual challenge. Mick is the second individual and Queensbury is second in the club league.
Queensbury RC contributed 4 runners to the Airedale Athletics Mens team for the Leeds Country Way on Sunday. A 70 mile, 6 legged race around Leeds, run in pairs. Chris Williams ran with Andy Bedford of Saltaire Striders on leg 3, a 9.8 mile route from Scotchman Lane in Morely through to Thornbury, Anna Smith was also running this leg with Ian Ferris of Baildon Runners in a mixed team. Both pairs picked up the fastest times of the leg in the mens and the mixed team races.
Peter Hughes & Darren Midgely ran leg 5 together, just over 10 miles from Golden Acre Park to Thorner Lane in Scarcroft, taking an impressive 3rd place on the leg and Martin Firth ran with Peter Hopson of Bradford Airedale on the anchor leg, taking over from Pete & Darren at Thorner Lane and making the 9.7 mile run back to the start at Garforth Sports Centre who got the 2nd fastest time on their leg as well!
Overall the Airedale team finished 2nd from 49 teams, just over 9 minutes behind winners Valley Striders, a slow start due to an injury of an Airedale runner on leg 1 saw an 18 minute deficit open up, which was gradually shut down over the rest of the course, with 3 fastest legs, one 2nd fastest and one 3rd fastest all going to Airedale, but was unfortunately too much to overturn completely. Pudsey & Bramley finished 3rd and an impressive 4th place overall for the 1st place mixed team Pudsey Pacers.