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Leeds Country Way Relay

There were three Queensbury members running for Airedale Athletics in the Leeds Country Way Relay and Anna Smith was running second claim for Baildon in their mixed team. The race is a 65 mile loop around Leeds, consisting of 6 pairs of runners doing legs between 9.5 & 12 miles each. Much like the Calderdale way relay, only flatter! Overall Airedale finished 3rd, 7 minutes behind eventual winners Valley Striders in a battle between Valley, Airedale & Abbey Runners which lasted throughout the day. Here’s a brief summary of Airedale’s race from team captain Will Kerr

A solid start from Quentin Lewis and Simon Pass on leg one put us in 2nd just a minute behind Valley and arguablly there best pairing on the relay. We were also a minute clear of the next team.
Onto leg 2 with Marcin and Gerard. Unfortunately we slipped back to 6th and lost some time but still had a good chance of recovering.
Leg 3 saw Martin Firth and Pete Hughes take over and had possibly the best performance of the day as they were 2nd quickest on there leg overall and just missed out on the leg trophy by 14 seconds!! They also put Airedale back into 3rd. Martin and Pete would probably admit that over 5k, the majority of our team, if not ALL, could beat these guys over the distance. However, when it comes to the off road relays, despite there ages, they show that they have the experience and knowledge of how to pace a race.
So me and Matt Nowell took over on leg 4, about 5 minutes behind Valleys pairing of Gwilym Thomas and Paul Kaiser and 2 minutes behind Abbeys pairing which included Matt John. At Golden acre we were still in 3rd but had closed the gap to within 1 minute 41 behind Valley and 43 seconds behind Abbey.  The P&B pairing of Colin Walker and Neil Armitage then rocked up in 4th, 12 minutes behind us. We knew that the winning team would come from one of the teams currently hosting the top 3 positions!!
Chris Dove and Martin Fillingham made a good start on leg 5 and by 5 miles had got within 100m of 2nd and the leaders werent to far in front of that. Unfortunately i think it was a step to far as the pace then slowed down a little.
Pete Hopson and Chris Williams took over on leg 6 and with 2 miles to go and had put us in 2nd and just 2mins 30 behind Valley. They were also odds on favourites to scoop the fastest leg trophy. Unfortunately, one wrong turn later saw us finish 3rd and roughly 7 minutes back on Valley.
Good running by all. Better luck next year! (my new motto!)


Crossgates & Knavesmire Yorkshire Vets races have taken place over the last week. Some excellent results for Queensbury and big turnouts have helped keep Queensbury high in the tables, both as individuals and as a club. Possibly most impressive is that Queensbury are 4th place in the mens All To Count table, when competing much larger clubs. Queensbury are also holding onto 3rd spot in the First 4 To Count table, just holding off Horsforth Harriers. Full results for the two races can be found on the YVAA website:

Anybody in the Beginners and Intermediate groups are more than welcome to come and join in the YVAA Series and run for and score points for Queensbury. You need to register on the YVAA website where you will be given a number that you keep for each race. Everyone who runs for Queensbury scores important points for the club and they are really good, well organised races.


Team picture from Peter May




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.

Karl ironman

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Full results:

Yorkshire Vets

Two evening races over the last two weeks, firstly at Meanwood on June 24th…

Anna Smith was 5th lady overall and narrowly missed out on a category win, taken by Sharon Williams of Abbey runners, just 31 seconds in front of Anna. Darren Midgely was 1st man back for Queensbury in 7th, followed by Pete Hughes who won his V55 category, Mick Coe was next and then Pete May and Andy Stott who were separated by just two other runners. Chris Rushworth was involved with his first vets race for Queensbury finishing in front of Graham Jowett who took 2nd in his V60 category.

Full Results:

Stainland put on the next vets race on  9/7/14, following a course familiar to many of our runners from the WYWL XC series, a technical and undulating route. Anna Smith put in a great performace to finish 3rd lady overall and bag herself a category win. Darren Midgely was 6th overall, followed by Pete Hughes who narrowly missed out on another category win, pipped by Marc Crabtree of Halifax Harriers, next was Mick Coe, closely followed by Pete May and then Chris Rushworth completing the team for Queensbury.

Full Results:

Queensbury remain 3rd in the Mens 1st 4 to count table, and 6th in the overall table.

Otley 10 & Borrowdale Trail Race

Carl Heron was racing for the 3rd time in a week at the Otley 10, an undulating 10 miler finishiing 81st 1:09:42. The winner was Nathaniel Williams in 55:34, with 8 runners breaking the 1 hour mark highlighting what a quality field the race attracts.

Full Results:

Anna Smith was the only Queensbury runner in the Borrowdale Trail race. A 21km trail race. Anna came out on top of a close run battle to win her age category, narrowly beating Henrietta Bolton Carter of Tweed Triathlon Club, in 2:09:41.