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Conditions for the 15 mile Heptonstall fell race were bright and clear but the moorland was as trackless and tussocky as ever and the climb through the woods to the finish was just as steep. Peter Hughes won a fiercely competitive V60 race, setting a new course record for the category. Graham Jowett finished within half a minute of his 2014 time while Mick Coe and Phil Robinson both improved dramatically on their performances last year and Carl Heron set his fastest time yet over the course.
The Giants Tooth was run on New Years day, a local 3 mile fell race run from the Causeway Foot at Ogden. Queensbury had plenty of runners there with Pete Hughes back first to claim the V60 position.
Full Results: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=2709
The following week was the 2nd XC at Stainland. Another tough route of approx 4.5 undulating and quite technical miles. The results proved to be as difficult as the course with a record turnout and an error with the ‘lollipop’ sticks. The electronic system helped to patch up the results in the end after a lot of work from the team. We are doing very well in the competition and the Stainland race saw a record number of runners for Queensbury. We hope to continue this in the next race, see the following details provided by WYWL.
WYWL event 3 – Craven Energy Cross Country – 25th January 2015
Course: 4.7 miles, undulating, fields and woodland track. There is a bit of hardcore and some Tarmac paths to cross so unfortunately not suitable for spikes.
Venue: is UAK (formerly Greenhead school). There are showers, toilets, changing room, car park.
There will be pie and peas and hot drinks and cakes for sale after.
Postcode is BD20 6EB (or google UAK Keighley).
Course is in the park next to the school.
Finally, the Stanbury Splash, which actually turned into the The Stoop due to the snow, ice and all round bad conditions the race in renowned for was run on Sunday. Just two Queensbury Runners braved the conditions, all out action man Lee Hipwell ran well and finished in 49 mins 34 seconds and Ben Clare put in a great performance after taking some time out for work commitments and finished 44th in 41:53.
It’s the end of an excellent year for the club…by far one of it’s biggest in terms of numbers. The new beginners group has been made an absolute success by everyone involved, all the new runners, the club members helping out with training runs and supervision and not least Martin’s commitment and enthusiasm. There’s been some great individual performances in various races throughout the year mixed in with excellent team performances in relays at both the Calderdale Way back in May and more recently the Gathering Winter Fools have shown the club’s growth in numbers and quality. Great turn outs and results for Yorkshire Vets race all year long and in the WYWL X-Country series which has just begun again (Next Fixture 4th Jan at Stainland).
The years finished with the Auld Lang Syne fell race up on the Bronte Moors which Anna Smith ran in and will begin again tomorrow with the Giants Tooth fell race around Ogden Reservoir which will no doubt be run by a number of our members.
Well done to everyone and good luck with your goals for 2015
I’ll leave you with a short clip I took of the Auld Lang Syne Fell Race from this morning….
Many races having taking place recently, a brief summary of Queensbury RC’s latest sucesses:
The first West Yorkshire Winter League was help on a tough, hilly course in Mirfield. Some excellent performances from Jo Choran who was 12th lady overall in a very competitive field, and from Andy Dovoner & Diane Simpson on the début in the series.
The Gathering Winter Fools Relay was held last Saturday in icy conditions. Queensbury ‘Rams’ took the 1st place mixed team and 6th overall on the 35 mile off road loop starting and finishing in Keighley. Queensbury ‘Ewes’ provided a second entry, the first time the club has managed to enter two teams into a relay.
Pete Hughesm after running leg 1 on Saturday in the GWF Relay, went on to race in the Mytholmroyd Fell Race and celebrated turning 60 with a win for category! There’ll’ be a lot of relived V55’s celebrating his 60th birthday for him!
The ups and downs of this 16.8m 4800′ route get tougher and steeper as the race goes on but the spot-on organisation was clear from the first. We arrived in Barley to find bunches of numbered tags set out ready in meticulous order, maps, previous times, tea, coffee, T shirts and more. As the race wore on jokes gradually gave way to a different kind of comradeship as runners paused to help others who fell or stopped, and friendly marshalls waited hours to collect the numbered tags at checkpoints. The descents are precipitous but mossy and muddy, and sap strength from the legs. Route-finding was a challenge in the mist although not being able to see down did prevent dizziness on the scrambles to the top.
Several runners from local clubs travelled to Pendle this year and had excellent races. It was Anna’s second shot and her finish time of 3:49:10 was good enough for 2nd F50 (overall second place in the women’s race also being F50, an incredible 3:01:48 by Deborah Gowans of Accrington). Full results here.
Queensbury also had a good day at Beefy’s Nab, a short fast fell race from Oxenhope with a steep descent over rough ground. Declan Craven ran hard to the summit of Nab Hill, reaching it in third place overall. Losing time after a wrong turn on the descent he finished 12th in the excellent time of 25:52 to take the M23 prize. The F23 prize went to Abbie Cleal, Anna Smith won the overall women’s race and Lee Hipwell, Stacey Cleal and Zoe Hipwell all ran well on the challenging course. A terrific local route.
Fellrunners enjoyed the Bingley YVAA race on 12 August with its combination of hills, mud and steep downhill finish. The next week’s event at West Park, Leeds was a faster run for many on parkland with short woodland sections. Darren Midgley made a welcome return from injury to cross the line in 7th place while Peter Hughes was13th and first M55. Zoe Hipwell, Stacey Cleal and Anna Smith moved Queensbury into 13th place of 21 in the All to Count women’s team event and were joined by Abbie Cleal for the West Park race. After a strong showing by Kirkstall at West Park and with one fixture to go, the men’s team have run strongly all season to stand 5th in the All to Count table and 4th, just 36 points behind Horsforth, in the First 4 to Count.
At the Tour of Norland Moor on 24 August (6.5m, 800ft ascent) Graham Jowett and Joanne Horan both improved on their times from last year, Jo by the impressive margin of three and a half minutes to finish sixth lady and second in her category. Peter Hughes finished 11th overall taking 2nd M55 and missing the category win to Thornton Taylor of Rossendale by just 8 seconds, with Mick Coe and Richard Brook also in the thick of the race to finish 27th and 43rd.
Queensbury RC was well represented in the Crow Hill Reverse fell race at Mytholmroyd on Tuesday evening. Taking on a course with steep climbs and an experienced field from top fellrunning clubs Stacey Cleal, Abbie Cleal and Zoe Hipwell all ran extremely competitively and posted excellent results. Great work, and it’s great news for the future.
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.
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.