With race 4 only open to runners who’ve run the 1st 3 races, last Wednesday’s race was the 3rd and final race open to new entrants. Once again Tom Collinge and Steve Brook took on the scenic route around Hollingworth lake.
Tom managed a very good 3rd place, keeping with the 1st 2 runners up to 3k running at 14min/5k pace but unable to keep up the frantic pace he was left on his own battling against the elements, still managing to come home in 3rd in a super quick 16:20. .
Steve Brook once again showed that age has no barrier roaring home in 25:29 (2ndMV70).
The annual Bluebell hosted by Stainland, enjoyed by many with it’s infamous Trooper Lane climb at 4 miles, then once Trooper has zapped your energy every other hill no matter how small seems to feel just as tough.
At the 3/4 point of Trooper there was a chance for our runners to get some support from the QRC fanzone where David Hepworth shouted at them at over 200db. (I’m certain I could still hear him later that night) A much needed water station at the top, before the steady ascent up to Beacon Hill over looking Halifax. From here it’s around the moors up and down before exiting at Southawram Cricket Club and heading back through the bluebell laden woods into Elland, along the canal bank and taking a refreshing dip in the river, up the banking and back into Heath Rugby Club where the finishing line awaits.
All our guys ran really well, but with Tom feeling the burn after his efforts midweek it was not to be his day this year, although 15th is still more than most could hope for.
A couple of age category wins for Simon Brady (MV50) and Pete May (MV60) certainly helped to boost morale, with Simon left wondering what could have been had he started running at an earlier age.
Well done guys, fab performances supporting a local race.
The Leeds Half Marathon – which this year celebrates its 33rd anniversary – is firmly established as one of the highlights on Leeds’s sporting calendar thanks to its challenging course, enthusiastic crowds and fantastic atmosphere.
Around 9,000 sign up for this annual event raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities and good causes across Yorkshire and beyond.
The route starts in The Headrow alongside Victoria Gardens, heads out of the city centre, takes in a section of the Ring Road and returns via Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road before finishing in Cookridge Street alongside Millennium Square.
Well done to the 6 QRC runners who took part, with stand out performances from Carl Heron (1:27:18) and Wasim Hussain in his 1st half marathon distance race (1:42:37).
A 5km, 2 lap undulating race around Heaton Park, taking in the entire park and passing the iconic and beautiful Heaton hall.
‘Stormin’ Steve Brook has been at it again, this time over in Manchester. Steve powered round this scenic 10k in a fantastic 50:43 and 35th out of 131 runners, quite possibly his fastest 10k of the season if not in years.
A fast tour of Coiner’s country on paths, tracks & moorland, taking in Erringden Moor, Stoodley Pike & Bell House Moor. The route offers spectacular views of Cragg Vale & passes by the old coiners cottages of Bell House & Keelam.
This race, the 2nd in the winter off road series featured more than 6.7 miles with over 1000ft of climbing, congrats to all who ran especially to Queensbury’s runners.
A sunny Sunday morning wasn’t necessarily what the runners wanted, but for the spectators it was no doubt a glorious mornings racing.
This years annual event took place on PECO turf over in Beckett Park, Leeds featuring the cream of the crop from our WYWL teams verses the equivalent of the PECO series. 6 teams of 3 runners made up the WYWL teams with male and female teams throughout the different age categories
The course of 2.7 miles with only 216ft of ascent meant some fast times were surely to be had, with Ton Collinge our only participant, running a blinding 2.7 mile in a mere 15:46 the quickest leg of the day. But even this could not prevent PECO from taking the honours with a 5_1 win.