The Berlin marathon is one of the largest and most popular road races in the world. In 2016, the race had 46,950 entrants (41,283 runners, 5,445 inline skaters, 185 hand bikers, 37 wheel-chairers) from 122 countries,
The most marathon world records for men and women have been set at the Berlin course, which is known for its flat profile, even surface, cheering spectators, and frequently mild autumn temperatures, last Sunday’s race was a damp affair meaning ideal running conditions.
This course was where Dennis Kimettoran ran a 2:02:57 three years ago. Only now the field included former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang (2:03:23, Berlin 2013), 5,000 and 10,000-metre world-record holder Kenenisa Bekele, and the incomparable Eliud Kipchoge. Kipchoge scored a commanding victory in the in 2016 Rio Olympic Marathon and then ran that astonishing 2:00:25 this May in Nike’s Breaking2 time-trial in Monza, Italy.
Not to be outdone by the elites, Queensbury’s own speed queen Lynne ‘the rocket’ Robinson stormed to a marathon PB in swift a 3:16:05.
55th ANNUAL 3 PEAKS CYCLO-CROSS
Sunday 24th September 2017
The 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross is staged in the Yorkshire Dales National Park every year at the end of September. Starting and finishing at Helwith Bridge, 2 miles south of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, the 38 miles race of which 34 are rideable (20 cross and 18 road) along with over 5000 feet of climbing, makes this the toughest and biggest Cyclo-Cross event in the UK! What else can be said? Great spectacle. Unique event – well worth a visit even if you don’t take part! Excellent range of prizes.
Ben Clare once again stepped up to the challenge and beat last years time by over a minute, (must be all the hard training Ben), with several checkpoints and cut off points throughout the 38 miles there was to be no mucking about.
Ben finished in speedy 4:29:14 well done from all at QRC.
A 10km multi-terrain race through the stunning West Yorkshire countryside. Starting and finishing at Stainland Recreation Ground, the race runs through woods and beautiful rural roads and trails around Stainland Dean. 144 club runners entered so the pace was always going to be quick.
The 4 QRCers who entered all did marvellous and came away with 1st+2nd female overall, with Joanne coming home as 1st FV40. Well to you all, keep it up.
Well done to Darren Jack who took part in his 1st half marathon down in Warrington at the English Half Marathon event. Darren finished in 2:02:48 and well done to Gillian Jago for helping Darren achieve his dream.
The race started at 9am in Winmarleigh Street and the route took the runners across Bridgefoot and east along Knutsford Road, before heading south through Grappenhall and Appleton Thorn.
The second half of the course returned to the town centre via Lumb Brook Road and Knutsford Road, then passing through the town centre and finished by running up Winmarleigh Street to the Golden Gates.
Once again well done Darren and I’m sure it wont be your last.
Descibed by the organisers as the friendliest and most beautiful Ultra marathon in the North of England. This was their 4th year running this event and it has become one of the most talked about ultras of the year
It is extremely popular with runners, cyclists and walkers alike. The route, a looped circuit of the Ladybower and Derwent reservoirs. 1 x 5 mile and 3 x 15 mile. The route was well marshalled and signed. The rest is a mixture of trail, track and a small section of country road (hardly used). Although the elevation of the route was mainly flat, there were some undulations.
Advertised as a 50 + 20 miler the actual distance of each of the routes was 50.9 miles and 20.7 miles respectively.
Well done to our very own super women Julie Hepworth and and Laeane Alston who stormed around the course in super quick times, no messing around from 2 of our on form runners, well done ladies you’re both going great keep it up.
A 7 mile multi-terrain, mostly flat course which started and finished within the spectacular grounds of Kirkstall Abbey. The route took in riverside paths and the canal towpath as well as road and the grounds of the Abbey. In support of Wheatfields and in memory of Stephen Blades and Paul Reynard. This year the course was made 7 miles and chip timed.
Well done to Immy our only entrant who finished in 7th place in a time of 44:04.
The Vale of York Half Marathon was back for 2017: a fast and flat half marathon in aid of Sue Ryder. The race starts on the race track and ends by the runway in Sherburn-in-Elmet and takes in scenic closed roads along the way. A perfect introduction to the longer distance for the novice runner and for the more experienced racer it is a genuine PB opportunity.
Well done to all who took part especially the 7 QRCers who made the journey upto York.
Immy Asghar 1:24:16
Graham Rhodes 1:33:35 PB??????
Simon Brady 1:35:11
Richard Newberry 1:37:10 PB????
Joanne Horan 1:40:03
Ben Charlesworth 1:51:37
Joanne Fortune 2:10:18
Julie Hepworth 2:10:19 ???
Charlotte Charlesworth 2:21:01
GREAT RUNNING BY YOU ALL AND WELL DONE ON ANY PB’S
The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually in North East England each September. Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields. The run was devised by former Olympic 10,000 m bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster.
The first Great North Run was staged on 28 June 1981, when 12,000 runners participated. By 2011, the number of participants had risen to 54,000. For the first year it was advertised as a local fun run; nearly thirty years on it has become one of the biggest running events in the world, and the biggest in the UK. Only the Great Manchester Run and London Marathon come close to attracting similar numbers of athletes each year.
With another strong elite field once again in Newcastle, it was Mo Farah who managed to pull away with just a few hundred metres to go to win his 4th consecutive GNR in an incredible 1:00:06. Not to be outdone, Mary Ketany followed up her London Marathon win in April to record her 3rd consecutive win in Southshiels in an equally impressive 1:05:59.
QRC was out in force and all looked to have a really enjoyable day