Some excellent runs by club members in the Liversedge Half Marathon.
Martin Firth led the club home in 22nd place overall and 1st place in his category, Peter May was next, leading home four Queensbury runners, all closely grouped together, with some achieving PB’s for the distance, Andrew Stott, Richard Brook and Jo Choran all finishing within 4 minutes of each other.
Well done to everyone who ran at the WYWL in Temple Newsam. The Vets team is currently in second place overall. A nice mention in the T&A about how well the club is doing in the competition, read here:
The Giants Tooth was run on New Years day, a local 3 mile fell race run from the Causeway Foot at Ogden. Queensbury had plenty of runners there with Pete Hughes back first to claim the V60 position.
Full Results: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=2709
The following week was the 2nd XC at Stainland. Another tough route of approx 4.5 undulating and quite technical miles. The results proved to be as difficult as the course with a record turnout and an error with the ‘lollipop’ sticks. The electronic system helped to patch up the results in the end after a lot of work from the team. We are doing very well in the competition and the Stainland race saw a record number of runners for Queensbury. We hope to continue this in the next race, see the following details provided by WYWL.
WYWL event 3 – Craven Energy Cross Country – 25th January 2015
Course: 4.7 miles, undulating, fields and woodland track. There is a bit of hardcore and some Tarmac paths to cross so unfortunately not suitable for spikes.
Venue: is UAK (formerly Greenhead school). There are showers, toilets, changing room, car park.
There will be pie and peas and hot drinks and cakes for sale after.
Postcode is BD20 6EB (or google UAK Keighley).
Course is in the park next to the school.
Finally, the Stanbury Splash, which actually turned into the The Stoop due to the snow, ice and all round bad conditions the race in renowned for was run on Sunday. Just two Queensbury Runners braved the conditions, all out action man Lee Hipwell ran well and finished in 49 mins 34 seconds and Ben Clare put in a great performance after taking some time out for work commitments and finished 44th in 41:53.
Many races having taking place recently, a brief summary of Queensbury RC’s latest sucesses:
The first West Yorkshire Winter League was help on a tough, hilly course in Mirfield. Some excellent performances from Jo Choran who was 12th lady overall in a very competitive field, and from Andy Dovoner & Diane Simpson on the début in the series.
The Gathering Winter Fools Relay was held last Saturday in icy conditions. Queensbury ‘Rams’ took the 1st place mixed team and 6th overall on the 35 mile off road loop starting and finishing in Keighley. Queensbury ‘Ewes’ provided a second entry, the first time the club has managed to enter two teams into a relay.
Pete Hughesm after running leg 1 on Saturday in the GWF Relay, went on to race in the Mytholmroyd Fell Race and celebrated turning 60 with a win for category! There’ll’ be a lot of relived V55’s celebrating his 60th birthday for him!
The ups and downs of this 16.8m 4800′ route get tougher and steeper as the race goes on but the spot-on organisation was clear from the first. We arrived in Barley to find bunches of numbered tags set out ready in meticulous order, maps, previous times, tea, coffee, T shirts and more. As the race wore on jokes gradually gave way to a different kind of comradeship as runners paused to help others who fell or stopped, and friendly marshalls waited hours to collect the numbered tags at checkpoints. The descents are precipitous but mossy and muddy, and sap strength from the legs. Route-finding was a challenge in the mist although not being able to see down did prevent dizziness on the scrambles to the top.
Several runners from local clubs travelled to Pendle this year and had excellent races. It was Anna’s second shot and her finish time of 3:49:10 was good enough for 2nd F50 (overall second place in the women’s race also being F50, an incredible 3:01:48 by Deborah Gowans of Accrington). Full results here.
Saturday was Bingley Harriers famous Harriers V. Cyclists race, a 6 mile fell race up over Baildon Moor contested by both runners and cyclists. The course is evenly balanced for both as the cyclists have a tough time getting the bikes up the big, muddy hills but then have to take advantage on the rideable and downhill sections…. easier said than done as Ben Clare, one of our runners found out by competing on his bike this year. Just staying on the bike proved difficult, never mind racing it down hill and then hauling it back up the next climb! Excellent runs from Chris Williams, Martin Firth & Mick Coe and a top ride from Ben on the bike made it a good show for the club. Nice to have the support out on the course too from other club members and family
Leeds Abbey Dash 10k was run on Sunday. The race attracts the top road runners from all over the North of England as well as thousands of club and fun runners. Famous for being a flat and fast course, the race is a great one from targeting a PB. Richard Brook continued his show of good form finishing in 42:36, also excellent performance from Maria Rhodes in her first 10k – 53:49. Darren Jack also ran for Queensbury, finishing in 58:49.
The YVAA season drew to a close on remembrance Sunday at Spenborough. A big turnout from the club and some excellent performances. Club chairman Peter Hughes cemented his V55 series win. Stacey Cleal finished strongly after joining the club mid season and getting the last three races in. Anna Smith was 5th lady overall and Darren Midgley 8th.
The West Yorkshire Winter League starts on December 7th at Dewsbury. Full race details will be posted shortly. For those new to the club and not familiar with the competition, it is a series of 5 off road races of approximately 5-6 miles each. All full club members can run in these races for free and score points for the club. No pre registration is needed so it is just a case of turning up on the day and running. Off road shoes are definitely recommended as the races do get muddy! Prizes are broken down into categories between men, women, teams and split by ages so the races are competitive but well spirited and a great way to get involved with the club.
Esk Valley Fell Club host some great races on the North Yorkshire Moors. The Gisborough Three Tops fell race was put on by them this weekend and is a race which has become a favourite within the club, not least for its accent and descent of Roseberry Topping. Mick, Pete, Anna & Chris Rushworth all made the trip up to take part this time around with both Pete and Anna winning their age categories meaning they brought back a boot full of wine too! Perhaps this is why it’s become a favourite!
The Withins Skyline Fell Race, first of the Airedale Athletics Winter League races also took part on Sunday from Penistone Hill, Haworth. Fine conditions prevailed for this 6.5 mile race over the moors. Chris Williams was first back for Queensbury in 9th place overall, Pete Hughes followed in 53rd in a time of 53:53! Mick Coe was next along with Anna Smith (2nd LV50) and Chris Rushworth, who amazingly managed to get around the wet and slippy moors in his road shoes! The are some excellent photos as always on the Woodentops website