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Podium 5K………in 16 minutes

Chris Williams recorded an outstanding personal best in the Podium 5K race near Colne at the weekend. He clocked 16:00 minutes dead beating his previous pb by one second set last year at the John Carr 5K. Most of us mere mortals can only dream of running at a pace of 03.12 mins per km or 05.09 mins per mile; actually, only a few hundred people in the entire nation have run a quicker 5K than that in 2015. Chris was 11th in a race that featured many of the quickest runners in the north west (the winning time was 14:58). The slowest runner in the ‘A’ race completed the course in 17:19 which is still a fantastic time. Chris also triumphed over Jonathan Johnson (Harrogate Harriers) who beat him into second place in the West Yorkshire 5 mile road race last week. Well done to Chris. We look forward to a sub-16 minute run in the next race!DSC_4853The full results are here.

You can find out more about the Podium 5K here.

 

Saltburn 10K

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Mary on the Saltburn Trail

Mary Saunders, who recently joined the club, ran in the Saltburn 10K in North Yorkshire on Sat 15th August. Recent illness interfered with her training plans but she still managed a good time, finishing in 1:17.36 and in about 18th place overall (10th woman). Mary also raised £280 for the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association. Here is her report:

 

The race was really small – there was a trail marathon (probably longer than a marathon!), a trail half marathon (that was about 16 miles), as well as the trail 10K and participation was capped at 300 across all three races – this meant for a really nice relaxed atmosphere – I think there were maybe 40 runners tops in the 10K.

 

The race started, in glorious sunshine, on the main road outside the Leisure Centre and continued to, and then down, the wooded sides of the Skelton Beck clough (where we all got lost), down to the sea front, past the Ship Inn and up an evil set of quad destroying steps! Then it was about 3km of more gradual climbing following the Cleveland Way, right along the top of the cliffs, on the edge of the wheat fields. We made our way along the side of the railway, before crossing it (lovely cheery marshals), up a hill, through a cow field and then turned back for the descent, crossing the railway again and following a series of tracks back down to the bottom of the steps. We then retraced our steps back up the clough and along the road, finishing in the sports hall. In total it was 11.99km (surprise, surprise!) and about 775 feet of ascent. 

 

There were medals and t-shirts for all finishers, trophies for the top three in the main categories and a fine spread of home bakes and drinks etc laid on in the hall. The shower and changing facilities were all very fancy too! The race is now moving to February due to car parking etc so I think I will have to enter again to better my time….

 

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…….and enjoying cake with medal at the end.

West Yorkshire 5 mile road race

Well done to the eight runners who took part in the West Yorkshire 5, particularly those who also completed a Park Run the day before. Described by Maria Rhodes as ‘good, hard fun’, this is a local race organised by the West Yorkshire Fire Service and Bradford Airedale. Chris Williams earned a fine 2nd place to Jonathan Johnson (Harrogate Harriers). The women’s race was won by UK Net Runner, Hannah Oldroyd in 31.11.

Full results here.

 

Position Name Time
2 Chris Williams 28.21
29 Matt Thornton 35.56
36 Neil Windle 36.53
61 Ben Charlesworth 39.25
67 Maria Rhodes 40.11
99 Steve Brook 43.43
128 Charlotte Wilkinson 47.55
159 Andy Smith 55.07

 

Saltaire Shaker

 

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The 4th Saltaire Shaker took place on Sunday 26th July. There was a fantastic turnout from the club for the 15km race, mainly along the Leeds-Liverpool canal towpath but with a couple of detours along wooded paths.

 

Leading the team home was Matt Thornton in 1.09:34 (34th), followed by Neil Windle in 1.13:03 (53rd), Ben Charlesworth in 1.16:53 (77th), Glenn Thornton in 1.24:41 (114th), Daniel Moore in 1.31:53 (148th), Sharon Loughran in 1.36:24 (173rd), Dianne Simpson in 1.37:28 (175th) and Andy Smith in 1.39:32 (182nd). Mary Saunders, who has been training with the club, was 147th in 1.30:47. Well done to everyone for some great performances.

 

The race was won by Rob James in 54:48 who finished just ahead of some of Otley AC’s best runners. He is listed as unattached but he’s a class athlete who has competed internationally at the 110 metre hurdles in the past. The first female runner was Jennie Guard (Leeds City AC) who was 14th overall in 1.04:09.

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Pictures courtesy of Woodentops.org.uk

Full race pictures on Woodentops at: https://plus.google.com/photos/110439573756197443848/albums

Parkrun Results: 30/05/2015

Name Course Time Position
Declan Craven Bradford 23:36 49th
Stacey Cleal Bradford 28:46 191st
Abbie Cleal Bradford 28:55 192nd
Stephen Brook Clermont Waterfront 27:05 40th
Neil Windle Halifax 22:25 10th
Dianne Simpson Horton Park 29:28 62nd
Maria Rhodes Horton Park 30:17 67th
Bronte Simpson Horton Park 30:39 75th
Andrew Smith Horton Park 30:43 76th
Martin John Firth Horton Park 34:04 97th
Gurjit Kaur Horton Park 35:19 100th
Vikki Bean Horton Park 44:49 114th
Michael Coe Oakwell Hall 20:16 6th
Hannah Coe Oakwell Hall 26:09 36th
Karol Whettlock Sewerby 33:48 124th
Curtis Brennan Warrington 19:55 10th

This week saw an impressive 16 Queensbury RC runners participate at a total of 7 different courses, including the inaugural run at Horton Park.

The club even has representation across the pond, as Stephen Brook ran a Parkrun in Orlando, Florida. Where was my invite, might I ask?!

Keep up the good work everyone!

Over the Odda

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Last weekend saw the third iteration of the Over the Odda 10k in Hawksworth, a race which is increasing in popularity year-on-year. The race is part of the Airedale Athletics Off-Road Summer Challenge and takes in some of the stunning views to be had over the Aire and Wharf valleys.

Name Time Position
Chris Williams 42:32 5th
Lee Hipwell 55:03 78th
Graham Jowett 55:14 80th

Congratulations to all runners, especially Chris for coming 5th out of a field of 236 runners and to Graham for coming first in his age category.

John Carr 5k #3

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Yesterday evening saw the third and final race of the John Carr series (all together now: “awwwwwwh!”), but cry not fellow runners, for there are only about 349 days until we can revisit our favourite waste water treatment works to compete in the 2016 edition. Queensbury Running Club had a truly fantastic turnout to the event, so to all those who took part: thank you for doing our club proud!

Runner Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Average Overall Position
Chris Williams 15:42 16:02 16:08 15:57 2nd
Marc Wright 19:02 19:01 19:22 19:08 44th
Declan Craven 19:23 20:18 19:50 19:50 56th
Peter May 20:11 20:20 20:39 20:23 64th
Richard Brook 20:25 20:35 20:38 20:33 68th
Stuart Leader 20:10 20:07 22:09 20:49 75th
Stephen Brook 26:51 27:07 26:26 26:48 154th
Dianne Simpson 27:34 27:29 27:39 27:34 164th
Sharan Loughran 27:57 27:50 27:49 27:52 166th
Bronte Simpson 28:41 27:27 27:34 27:54 167th
Andrew Smith 31:37 31:06 29:26 30:43 182nd
Tom Collinge 16:18 17:07 16:43
Stacey Cleal 23:12 22:50 23:01
Abbie Cleal 25:45 24:46 25:16
Stephen Wilby 25:26 25:32 25:29
Vikki Bean 33:55 34:32 34:14
Neil Windle 21:22 21:22
Shelley Ferneyhough 27:42 27:42

To the runners who took part, a special congratulations goes out to:

  • Chris Williams: For setting the fastest time (15:42) in the club for this series and for coming 2nd overall in the series and for being 1st overall in his category (MO) in the series.
  • Andy Smith and Sharan Loughran: For improving their times over all 3 runs.
  • Bronte Simpson: For being the 1st  in her category (FJ) in the 1st race and 1st overall in her category in the series.
  • Abbie Cleal: For being the 1st in her category (FJ) in the 2nd and 3rd races.

Keep up the good work everyone.

Calderdale Way Relay

Sunday morning. It’s that time of the week when it’s practically the law to take an extra hour or two in bed. When one finally does rise for the day, the next custom is to source a bacon sandwich, chased down with a freshly brewed coffee.

A hardy bunch of Queensbury runners had some very different ideas indeed. At the unearthly time of 05:00, the first of 12 QRC competitors crawled out of bed and sacrificed their Sunday morning ritual to race their way across some of the finest countryside in the land. The event? The Calderdale Way Relay kindly hosted by the Halifax Harriers. There are 6 legs in total, with a cumulative distance of over 50 miles. Each leg is run in pairs and competitors must follow strict safety requirements which define the equipment that is to be carried (compass, map and gloves, for example).

Carl Heron took it in his stride to organise QRC’s involvement in the relay, and after some chopping  and changing of the original teams due to injuries and other commitments, the final victims competitors were selected. Carl and Peter May were the first pair to represent the club in a total of 6 legs. So how did we get on?

Leg Distance Runners Time
#1 #2 Cumulative Leg Club Record
1 10.55 mi Carl Heron Peter May 1:36:06 1:36:06 1:24:26
2 8.46 mi Michael Coe Peter Hughes 2:45:06 1:09:00 1:08:43
3 4.80 mi Andy Davernor Stuart Leader 3:31:09 0:46:03 0:43:14
4 9.36 mi Ben Clare Chris Williams 4:50:44 1:19:35 1:15:56
5 7.55 mi Darren Midgley Andrew Stott 5:57:05 1:06:21 1:06:21
6 10.50 mi Richard Brook Matt Thornton 7:24:22 1:27:17 1:21:40

After a fantastic day of racing, the club finished in 27th position with a total time of 7:24:22. This is a new club record by 3 minutes and 53 seconds; a time which was set in 2013. A big well done to all competitors and in particular to Darren and Andy who set a new club record for leg 5 and also to Matt Thornton, for which this event was his first foray into racing. Now is a very exciting time for the club, which seems to be developing in leaps and bounds and we can only wait with baited breath until the next opportunity to compete in this fantastic event comes around in 2016.

Watch this space for the addition of some photos of the club, or if you manage to shoot some photos yourself that you’d like to send across, please send these in an email to peter.may@peter-may.co.uk.

Leeds Half Marathon

Runner Chip Time
Declan Craven 1:34:20
Richard Brook 1:45:25
Nic Anness 1:53:49
Maria Rhodes 1:53:58
Nicola Jagger 2:17:13
Jo Robinson 2:49:34

Apologies for the delay in penning this post; I have been trying to find out who ran the Leeds Half Marathon last week and there are now so many runners at the club, this task is getting increasingly difficult! If I have missed anyone, please email me and I will add your result to the post. Thanks.

The race was graced with pleasant conditions for a change. It was sunny and warm on the morning of the race and thousands of runners were on the start line or way behind it, depending on their starting pen. All competitors received a chip time which only started once they had passed the start line and ceased to tick away only once the finish line was reached. A big well done to all who made it round the deceptively undulating course. Queensbury had six runners taking part and all six completed the run so a big well done to you all.

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John Carr 5k #2

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Abbie Cleal: First Female Junior

It was 5 AM and a blanket of tranquility rested gently over the city of Bradford. Dawn broke whilst most slept, unaware of its resident birds beginning to sing their songs with the most sedulous care; the birds themselves, in turn, blissfully unaware that the forthcoming day would be host to the second John Carr 5k race. Had they known, they would have fallen straight off their perches.

As the day progressed and the event drew ever closer, many competitors would be beginning to experience the onset of pre-race nerves: a racing heart, sweating, the shakes… The explosive start to the first race of the series would have done nothing to help, nor would the flashbacks of a stiff headwind. PBs were however plentiful and aspirations were consequently set high for the following two runs.

But wait: #ConeTooClose! It has transpired that the course of the first race was shy of the full 5 km and the halfway-cone was to be set a few paces further out to compensate, extending the course by 100 metres by my reckoning, which is an additional 20 seconds of running at a 20:00 5k pace. With the calmer conditions but a longer course, how would the Queensbury runners fare?

 

Runner Race 1 Race 2 Comparison
Time Position Time Position Time Position
Chris Williams 15:42 4th 16:02 7th + 20 s + 3
Marc Wright 19:02 97th 19:01 83rd − 1 s − 14
Stuart Leader 20:10 149th 20:07 121st − 3 s − 28
Declan Craven 19:23 115th 20:18 127th + 55 s + 12
Peter May 20:11 152nd 20:20 129th + 9 s − 23
Richard Brook 20:25 161st 20:35 140th + 10 s − 21
Stacey Cleal 23:12 236th
Stephen Wilby 25:26 309th 25:32 292nd + 6 s − 17
Abbie Cleal 25:45 301st
Stephen Brook 26:51 329th 27:07 327th + 16 s − 2
Bronte Simpson 28:41 356th 27:27 332nd − 74 s − 24
Dianne Simpson 27:34 341st 27:29 334th − 5 s − 7
Sharan Loughran 27:57 346th 27:50 340th − 7 s − 6
Andrew Smith 31:37 368th 31:06 365th − 31 s − 3
Vikki Bean 33:55 375th 34:32 373rd + 37 s − 2
Tom Collinge 16:18 16th
Shelley Ferneyhough 27:42 344th

Fantastically well, it seems. Congratulations to all and especially to Abbie Cleal for being the first female junior pass the finish line. Many thanks to the Saltaire Striders for organising the event. The third and final race will take place on next Wednesday 20th May. As always, please advise of any missing or incorrect results at peter.may@peter-may.co.uk.