The fourth running of Stockport`s showpiece event, the Stockport Hatters Half Marathon, was another resounding success.
The weather was kind to the organisers, Stockport County Supporters Cooperative, which was good with well over 400 signed up to run.
On the day 332 turned out and the overwhelming feed back indicated that this fabulous road/trail race had lost none of its sparkle and appeal.
Keith Hayes was there showing off the orange and green of Queensbury romping round in a quick 2:01:04 taking well over 5 minutes off his previous PB, just another 65 seconds needed Keith for that sub 2 hour.
The Leeds Country Way Relay is an annual race which has been organised by Kippax Harriers, since the race was first established in 1990. It is held around the end of August or the beginning of September and comprises of 6 pairs of runners in each team, with each pair running a leg (section) around the actual LCW route.
An approximate total of 64 miles are covered, in a total time of around 7 hours, starting and finishing at Garforth Leisure Centre.
Chris Williams captained a team for this event, looking for a good finish amongst some of the areas best running clubs, and they didn’t disappoint coming home in 9th place overall from 58 teams and a total time of all 6 legs of 8:07:50.
Leg 1 – Alistair+Gary 1:25:03 Pos. 16th
Leg 2 – Chris+Tom 1:17:15 Pos. 4th
Leg 3 – Andy D+Emmot 1:14:22 Pos. 9th
Leg 4 – Ben+Richard N 1:35:58 Pos. 15th
Leg 5 – Carl H.+Simon 1:15:29 Pos. 9th
Leg 6 – Pete H+Paul G 1:19:43 Pos. 13th
Well done guys a solid team effort putting QRC on the map.
The Podium 5k over in Barrowford on bank holiday Monday saw Queensbury’s Tom Collinge take on some of the countries fastest runners, Tom ran a blinder finishing in 20th place with a super quick official time of 16:00 minutes, although finish line photo’s suggest 15:59.
Well done Tom great work, I’m sure the long awaited sub 16 is on its way.
In this popular village fete racers have the choice of the 10 mile road race or the 3 mile classic fell race, Amy Mckechnie one of our newest members took on the 10 miler.
Amy, a former member of Keighley&Craven and ex Yorkshire junior has tried her hand at everything from 5k’s to Marathon’s and road to X-Country, including a 2nd place finish in the 3 peaks fell race. With the upcoming WYWL season on the horizon which hopefully Amy will take part in, she will add some strength to our growing female team and hopefully gain the ladies some valuable team points.
Anyway back to the race and Amy stormed round the picturesque route in a cool 1:07:02 finishing 16th as 2nd lady home.
Hosted by the Dumfries Harriers the Doonhamer 10k started and finished in the beautifully refurbished Dock Park, beside the River Nith in Dumfries. The race traced the pathways alongside the river and crossed the river several times using the Buccleuch Street, Suspension and Kirkpatrick MacMillan Bridge.
Steve Brook once again showed his commitment to racing in the orange and green. Steve had his best run this year finishing 63rd in a time of 49:47, fantastic running by Stormin and just goes to show what can be achieved with hard work in training.