Thursday saw the Full Bronte race, up in Haworth, it’s an undulating 5 mile road race, with two laps around Penistone Hill. Chris Williams’ fine form continued with a 2nd place, beaten by a strong late burst from Will Smith of host club Keighley & Craven. It was a tactical race with a good group of 6 or 7 runners vying to keep out of the strong wind hitting the front of the group, it wasn’t until the last 3/4 of a mile when the attacks started with Will Smith running clear of the group, Chris tried to hold onto him but had to settle for second. Carl Heron was next back for Queensbury in 37th (34:40) and Peter May finished 53rd (36:08) from 133 club runners.
Excellent photos can be found on the Woodentops site, click here
Full Results: http://www.kcac.co.uk/events/fullbronte/14_full_bronte.html
Carl Heron was back racing on Saturday in the Warfedale Off Road Half Marathon. Finishing this undulating off road half in 1:51:45 and coming home in 60th position. Mick Coe was hot on Carl’s heels, finishing just over a minute behind in 69th, 1:52:57 from over 350 runners.
Full Results: http://results.sportident.co.uk/home/event.html?eventid=0c745fb4-ff4a-48ed-b340-eff45a7671d5&mobile=false
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.
Full Results: http://www.horsforthharriers.co.uk/results/ProvisionalResultv1.htm
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.
Full Results: http://www.ilkleyharriers.co.uk/trail/2014%20Ilkley%20Trail%20Race%20results.xlsx
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.
Full Results: http://www.yvaa.org/2014/14GP3-Kirkstall.htm
Darren & Richard have all run the full series of three races this year whilst Steve Wilby also got the first two races in but unfortunately missed the 3rd due to injury. It’s a fast, flat route around Esholt hosted by Saltaire Striders. Perfect conditions on the evening of the second race helped many runners product new PB’s or certainly there best time of the series. Richard’s best time of the series and new PB was 20:12, Steve Wilby’s was 25:29, Darren Midgelys was 17:06 and also a new PB and Chris Williams, who only ran the 2nd race was 16:01. Cumatively Darren finished 19th & Richard 90th.
Full Results: http://johncarr5k.org.uk/site/johncarr/john-carr-results-archive/
Chris Williams & Darren Midgely also both ran the Sowerby Scorcher on Saturday. A 10k multi terrain race with approx 600ft of climbing. First place for Chris & third for Darren looked very well for Queensbury Running Club at the presentation afterwards.
Full Results: http://www.ukresults.net/2014/sowerby.html
Queensbury’s second attempt in one of the biggest races in the fell running calendar. Over 1000 runner’s were involved in the 30th edition of the Calderdale Way Relay. After an excellent display last year, finishing 20th in 7 hours 28 mins 19 seconds, the club had a tall order to meet and was hit with a number of injuries in the final week. Team captain, Carl Heron, had a real job on to fit together a team capable of navigating the 52 mile unflagged route. Actually been able to fill these positions showed how much the club has improved its strength & depth over the last 12 months. Some final tweeks made as late as Saturday, including Martin Firth been set of for a double leg (1 & 3) the team was finalised. An overall time of 7:41:34, just 13 minutes down on the previous year, in much tougher conditions (muddy, wet & windy) showed how well the club pulled together.
The full results can be downloaded here: http://www.halifaxharriers.co.uk/file/CWR2014Printrev1.xls
Below: Andy & Anna on leg 5 pulling up local favourite Crooked Lane
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.
Full Results: http://www.stainlandlions.com/Club_Races/2014/BluebellTrail/BluebellResults2014.pdf
Carl ran in the Bergen half-marathon in Norway on Saturday 26th April in a time of 1.31:42. The course involves some tough climbs into the hills above the beautiful city.
Anna Smith travelled to Horton-in Ribblesdale for the 60th Three Peaks fell race. There was a tremendous atmosphere from the time registration opened with spot on organisation at race HQ and all the way round the course. Light rain cleared as 782 starters headed up Pen-y-Ghent and there were clear skies and sun from then on. A breeze helped runners on the steep ascent of Whernside but became a headwind adding to the difficulties of the long rocky stretch from Ingleborough back to Horton. Loose stone and slippery mud combined with gradients, about a mile of road, a boggy section heading into Whernside and limestone outcrops made the terrain tough on the feet but there was a great atmosphere all the way round and just over the finish line was a marquee with friendly faces, great live music and a hot meal. Anna was 584 of 704 finishers in 5:07:40.
Full Results: http://live.sportident.co.uk/home/event/coursecontrolsummary/resultsatcontrol.html?eventid=38d99033-1890-4df7-bca4-49c5e4a8e016&mobile=false&controlnumber=1000
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.
Full Results: http://www.skyrac.co.uk/results-19th-guiseley-gallop-sunday-20th-april-2014/
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.
Full Results Triathlon Final Results
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
Firsty, congatulations to Martin & Jo on the Manchester Marathon. Martin put in an incredible performance to win his age category, finishing in 2:55:10 by the gun. Jo broke the 4 hour barrier and finished in an excellent 3:56:03. Great runs from the pair of you!
Full Results: http://www.racetecresults.com/Results.aspx?CId=38&RId=645
The Baildon Boundary Way, popular off road half marathon, was also on the same day. Carl Heron ran for Queensbury, finishing 34th 1:40:51. Graham Jowett, also on the back of a tough run at Heptonstall finished in 1:59:20.
Full Results: http://baildonrunners.co.uk/#/bbw-2014-runners-results/4583897191
Harewood House 10k, also on the Sunday was run by Andy Stott. Finishing 70th from 1000+ in 45:28 for this undulating 10k trail race.
Full results: https://www.raceplus.co.uk/raceplus-index.php?content=1&race=47515&show_type=All&event_id=HH1014&event_id=HH1014