This week saw 10 Queensbury RC runners participate at 2 courses.
This week also saw Bradford parkrun host the annual tribute run in memory of Arthur James. Arthur was well known for his dedication to raising funds for charitable causes and this altruism is continuing in his honour. An impressive 414 runners turned up and a total of £295.04 was raised for Alzheimer’s Research UK. The full story can be read here.
Well done to all that took part. If you ran the Parkrun but aren’t included in these results, please ensure your Running Club is set to Queensbury RC on your Parkrun athlete profile.
Queensbury runners were off to a blistering start at the first of three 5k races in the John Carr series hosted by Saltaire Striders. We were well represented and PBs were being achieved left, right and centre in the fast-paced course around the Yorkshire Water estate in Esholt, which boasts just 79 feet of climbing.
Runners were encouraged by a stiff tailwind off the start line, but were victim to its full force in the final kilometer or two to the finish. Conditions next week may see participants shed the odd second to hopefully achieve a fresh round of personal bests.
The next race will take place on Wednesday 13th May on the same course. A very well done to all and if anyone has been missed off the results list, please accept my apologies and email your result through to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three Queensbury runners ran the infamous Bluebell Trail. The conditions cleared up for the start of the race but in the days leading up to the race, it had rained enough for the organisers to divert the course away from the river crossing at the very end and instead go further on the canal and back on the road, making the distance 11.3 mi instead of 10.3 mi. The route was heavy going but overall a superb race organised by the Stainland Lions.
Peter May finished in 1:31:03 in 38th position.
Andrew Stott finished in 1:39:02 in 83rd position.
Graham Jowett finished in 1:46:04 in 136th position.
The annual Horsforth 10k, with it’s new start time was run this weekend, October 5th. The field was down slightly, probably due to the change in start time, now kicking off at 3pm but there were still 335 taking part with six Queensbury Runners involved , new members Bronte (1:09:38) & Diane Simpson (1:04:24) ran the course for the first time, and proved they are proper Queensbury Runners complaining at the lack of hills in the route which has a 2 mile stretch along the canal!! Zoe Hipwell (54:15) wasn’t too far behind husband Lee (50:21). Darren Midgely improved from his last outing in this race and was 2nd V40 in 37:38 and Chris Williams ran 35:27 for 5th place.
A classic offroad half marathon and marathon on our doorstep: Oxenhope moor for the half, on to Wainstalls, Denholme and Harden for the full, with both routes starting at Haworth and finishing up the steep cobbles from Haworth Station. Lining up on 14 September for this year’s races were Chris Rushworth, Peter May, Mick Coe, Anna Smith and Carl Heron. There was very welcome support around the course from Graham Jowett, Phil Robinson, Karl Chamberlain and Peter Hughes. Many thanks to Graham for the photos.
In spite of an easterly breeze over Oxenhope conditions were good and the half marathon was a fast race seeing Stainland’s Tanya Seager set a new female record with a 7th place overall finish. The winner of the men’s race, Ben Mounsey (Calder Valley), was just outside his own 2009 record. The only Queensbury runner in the half, Mick Coe, had another strong run to finish 23rd of 244 in 2:03:33.
Carl Heron continued an excellent series of performances over the full marathon route and kept a good pace in the final miles to finish 27th in 4:07:28, improving on his 2013 time by nearly three minutes. Running impressively over the course for the first time were Peter May (4:24:04) and Chris Rushworth (4:48:03) while Anna Smith tok more than 20 minutes off her 2013 time to finish in 4:40:50. Thanks to Keighley and Craven for organising another great race. Full results here.
Last Thursday was the Apperly Bridge Canter, a new route, starting and finishing in the same place as the old one, due to works on the canal. Much more interesting than the last, with barely a flat stretch to mention in the 8.3k. Local teacher and Thames Hare & Hounds runner Phillip Tedd won in 28:35, followed by Queensbury’s Chris Williams in 2nd place with Leeds City’s Peter Branney 3rd. Ben Clare, still contending with injury niggles put in a fine performance and finished 58th in 35:19 and Richard Brook was 97th in 37:09 from 375 club runners.
Bank Holiday Monday was the Ilkley Trail Race. Queensbury’s Anna Smith was our only runner in this one, and took her category 1st place. Anna reports:
There was no shade from the bank holiday sun for runners in the Ilkley Trail Race circling the moor above Middleton Woods, but thankfully the 6.9m route passed a well-positioned water station twice. Once back under the trees there were tree roots, mud and two-at-a-time steps on the downhill chase home. The organisation and holiday atmosphere were great; thank you to Darren and others for the very welcome support. Anna Smith finished in 56:07 and was delighted to win the F50 category.
Kirkstall Vets race was the first in a flurry of mid-week races coming up over the summer months. Eight runners took part from Queensbury with Darren Midgely continuing his fine run of form with a 5th place finish. Pete Hughes came in to take his category win in 15th place, Mick Coe 31st and Carl Heron 43rd completed the mens first 4 to count team, putting Queensbury an impressive 3rd place and only 4 points off Stainland in 2nd, Pudsey are a clear 1st place. Andrew Stott closely followed in 48th, Peter May 61st, Graham Jowett 96th and Steve Wilby 129th completed the outfit for Queensbury. The next race in the series is Meanwood on June 24th.
The annual haul up Trooper Lane, under taken in the Bluebell Trail Race was on Sunday. Seven Queensbury Runners took part in this well organised, scenic 10 mile race hosted by Stainland Lions. Mick Coe was first back for Queensbury, 1:23:53, finishing 64th from an entry of almost 500. Richard Brook was next in 1:26:31, being chased by Phil Robinson who was next just 1 place and only 12 seconds behind, Andrew Stott was next in 1:28:20, Jo then in 1:32:56, Graham was next in 1:33:12, and Steve Jones, making his way over from York for one of his favourite races, 1:46:22.
Pete Hughes and Andy Stott ran in the Guiseley Gallop on Easter Sunday. Pete Hughes took the honours with a 1st place V55 in 42:12, Andy Stott completed the undulating 10k in 48:23 as did Steve Wilby in 1:00:33. Overall winner was Tom Adams of Ilkley, showing his international class with almost a 2 minute lead over Otleys in form Scott Harrington.
The Great Northern Trail Triathlon, a new & local event was also run on Easter Sunday. An 800m swim in Queensbury pool, followed by a tricky decent on the bike down the notorious, pot holed Station Road at the start of a 15k bike ride along the Great Northern Trail, Thornton Road & Cragg Road and finished with a fast 5km run along the Great Northern Trail & back.
Chris Williams made this his first triathlon and was well supported by many of the club, out watching on the trail. Chris finished 5th overall in a time of 1:03:49, especially pleased with the time considering a mechanical problem on Station Road, one of many for the day, with a number of unfortunate punctures. Andy Dovernor, who has run with Queensbury before but is a member of Wakefield Triathlon club finished 3rd in 01:00:48. First lady, Angela Hannon, was an impressive 8th overall, finishing in 01:34:08.