The Bunny Run series is almost complete for this year, just the relay to go next Tuesday, it’s team of 3 and entry on the night if anybody wants to organise a team together for 3x 1.5 mile lap. Steve Wilby was the only Queensbury runner to complete the series this year, getting his best time in near peffect conditions in the final run. Still awaiting full results but Chris Williams, Richard Brook and Anna Smith also ran in the third race. Ben Clare did the first two races as well.
Results will appear here: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=bunny&subtopic=home
Andrew Tempest-Mitchell continues his recovery back to full fitness, putting in a good run at the Blackpool half marathon, finishing in 2:01:48
Full Results: http://www.racetecresults.com/Results.aspx?CId=61&RId=94
The Wardle Skyline fell race proved to be problematic in terms of navigation with several of the front runners getting lost. Chris Williams for fortunate enough to spot someone with a map out and and snook in for a nice 3rd place. Mike Fanning of Borrowdale, after showing some top navigational skills, went on to claim a deserved win.
Full Results not yet available
The Heptonstall Fell Race, a Queensbury favourite, the 15 miler takes in over 3000 feet of climbing around some of the areas finest spots. The race got off to a tricky start for some, with problems navigating the woods early on. Last years winner, Adam Osbourne of Leeds City AC returned to the race and set a new course record, an amazing 1:54:10, well clear of the two persuing Horwich Harriers who completed the top three. Pete Hughes put in an excellent performance to take 13 minutes from his time last year and finish in 2:25:16, his best time yet! Ben Clare was following closely behind in 2:26:26, also taking 10 minutes from last years race. Carl Heron was next 2:41:02, Mick Coe 2:47:20, Anna Smith was in just under 3 hours to take her category first place and followed by Phil Robinson 2:59:40. Graham Jowett completed the Queensbury line up and added to the honours list with a 1st V60 in 3:03:08.
Full Results: http://heptonstallfellrace.wordpress.com/results-2014/
Excellent photos as always on the Woodentops website: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=home&subtopic=morephotos
The second race in the YVAA season at Honley. The previous days Heptonstall race telling on the turnout. Carl Heron was the only one to battle through both races and finished well on the day at Honley finishing 39th. Darren Midgely put in a cracking perfoamcne to take 8th place in 43:10 on the hilly route. Andy Stott was 46t and Peter May 56th to add to the points in the first four to count table. Andy Mitchell and Steve Wilby cane in within seconds of each other to add the last of the points to Queensburys total for the day.
Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/2014/14GP2-Honley.htm
Keighly’s BigK 10k was also on Mother’s Sunday, with Helen Collins recording a new PB for the distance on a far from perfect pb course, 1:00:44. Finishing in the top half of the 1,200 competitors. Local runner Will Smith of KCAC took the honours in 34:27.
Photos also on the Woodentops site.
Full Results: http://go.trumin.com/online/result.ctrl?cmd=soloLaps&event=280002549&locale=&clazz=
Fine and reasonably warm weather prevailed this year for the Spen 20, in stark contrast to last years conditions! Martin First continued his excellent marathon preparations with a 1st place V55 finish in 2:09:37. Karl Chamberlain in 2:41:22 and Phil Robinson in 2 :47:40 both showing their extra training is paying off already. Craig Richardson was the 4th team member back in 3:01:38
Full Results: http://spenac.co.uk/Spen%2020%20Results%202014.pdf
Pete Hughes went over to Marsden to do the Ian Roberts Fell Race, finishing the 6.4mile / 853ft course in 57:42 (35th place).
Full Results: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=2243
Clear and calm conditions prevailed on Saturday for the Ovenden Fell Race. A local fell race, starting at Ogden Reservoir. Eight runners from Queensbury took part and some much appreciated support from others out and about on the route! Chris Williams was first back for the club in 6th place, despite getting lost in the last mile on a well known local route! Confusion was caused due to some flags been incorrectly placed resulting in part of the field taking a slightly confusing detour. Ben Clare, also caught up in the confusion towards the end finished in an excellent 16th spot, Pete Hughes 24th and within the same minute Mick Coe 31st, our next four runners were all grouped within a few places including Graham Jowett 73rd, Anna Smith 74th, Andrew Stott marking his debut in a Queensbury Vest 76th and Lee Hipwell 80th.
There are two excellent photo galleries on the Woodentops webiste, have a look here: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=home&subtopic=morephotos
Full Results are on the FRA website: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=2238
[important]Don’t forget the final XC is at Stainland this Sunday! [/important]
Widely regarded as one of the toughest fell races in the calendar, especially locally, Anna Smith was the only member of Queensbury to brave the tough conditions and get around the 21 mile route featuring 4000 feet of ascent. Gale force winds and knee deep, strength sapping bogs and tussocks for the duration as well! Full details of the race can be found on the Calder Valley website as well as full results: http://www.cvfr.co.uk/races/wadsworth-trog/
Some excellent photos by Woodentops be found here: https://plus.google.com/photos/110439573756197443848/albums/5978100642586947249?banner=pwa
There’s some great local events coming up in the next couple of months. Have a look and see if you fancy them, links with further info provided:
Ovenden Fell Race : February 22nd
Register in the Causeway Foot pub for this great fell race. Starts at 11:30. Category BM. 8.1 Miles over the moors, around the windmills. Challenging terrain but no problems navigating this one. Full Kit will be required. For full info have a look here: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3203
Great Northern Trail Triathlon : April 20th
A new event, run from Queensbury Swimming Pool. Includes a cycle and run along the Great Northern Trail. Ideal for people looking to try Triathlon for the first time. Full details found here: http://www.bradford.gov.uk/bmdc/leisure_and_culture/sports_and_leisure/triathlon
The full results are now available here: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=2194
Well done to Pete, Darren, Steve, Carl, Steve, Anna & Graham and thanks to the organisers & marshals for managing to get the race on!
Have a look for Ben Clare keeping us entertained around 8 minutes and Alistair Brownlee is in there somewhere!
A busy Christmas period saw plenty of action for Queensbury Runners. Steve Wilby & Peter Hughes ran in the Hot Toddy on the 29th December. Full results can be found here: http://www.todharriers.co.uk/hot_toddy/hottoddy2013res.htm
Then there was the Auld Lang Syne fell race on New Years Eve, a popular Woodentops event that attracts a lot of big names. In the end it was won by Tom Addison from Helm Hill, although Alistar Brownlee used it as a training run joining in at the back of pack and working his way up before casually stopping for a chat with some spectators before the finish, after having caught 90% of the runners, Ben Clare included. Full results can be found here: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/assets/results/13ALS2.pdf
The Giant’s Tooth was on New Years Day and has always been popular amongst QRC Runners as it’s a very local race for us, starting from the Causeway Foot and of course the first race of 2014! Still awaiting full results but Peter Hughes won his age Category as did Anna Smith. Darren Midgely was 12th and 3rd V40. Full results to follow….
Ben Clare & Anna Smith ran in ‘The Stoop’ fell race. A popular Woodentops race held a the end of December, some very windy conditions made this short but brutal fell race even tougher. Full results: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/assets/results/13stoop.pdf
The Chevin Chase on a boxing day was again won by Jonny Brownlee.Fine weather, large crowds and a good, undulating route made for an excellent race. Ben Clare, Chris Williams & Darren Midgely all ran in what was a very competitive field. Full results can be found here: http://www.sportstimingsolutions.co.uk/running_results_master.php?recordID=The Chevin Chase 2013
Many people have asked about the The Giants Tooth fell race, annually held on New Years Day from the Causeway Foot. It is apparently on but I haven’t seen anything official regarding the race only by word of mouth.