All posts by Neil Windle

Heptenstall Festival Fell Race 7th July 2018

The race is described as: Starting in the hilltop village of Heptonstall, the route plunges deep into a neighbouring valley before finding its way to the top of a nearby peak. It then returns in similar fashion. So yes, that does mean you finish with an almighty uphill struggle. There’s a right mix of terrain. Cobbles to start with then some grassy fields, muddy slopes, rocky bridleway and open moorland, some of it pathless. Look up occasionally and you’ll get some great views.

Well done to Andy Smith for taking on this tough 6 miler with over 1600 feet of climbing. Andy finished in a very respectable 1:44:05 placing 103rd.

Well done fella.

What’s so funny?

Helen Windsor 10k 4th July 2018

It was a hot summer night and the thighs were burning,                              There was sweat dripping over my head,                                                        And when I listened to my heart I heard all my blood pumping,               I feel the shooting pains running through my trembling knees.

Maybe that was just me, but hey ho……

Well what a night, prizes galore for QRC in Halifax Harriers 10k race around the roads of Greetland and Norland. This 10k incorporated the YVAA Championship vets race, which meant am online entry was required to qualify for their prizes and luckily for QRC all our prize winners did. 

A fantastic performance from all of our  runners last night, with a few taking away some good trophies as well as a few cash prizes.

14th Lee Shaw 39:36 (3rd M YVAA)

22nd Paul Greenwood 41:02

46th Jo Horan 43:54 (1st F35 + 1st F35 YVAA)

49th Graham Rhodes 44:29

52nd Wasim Hussain 44:49

56th Stacey Cleal 45:08 (1st F50)

78th Richard Brook 47:25

95th Joanna Lockwood 48:40 (3rd F40 + 3rd F40 YVAA)

126th Julie Hepworth 51:32

130th Neil Windle 51:58

152nd Stephen Brook 55:11 (2nd M70 + 2nd MV70 YVAA)

163rd Glenn Thornton 56:58

183rd Darren Naylor 1:01:38

198th David Hepworth 1:05:16

Also Jo, Stacey and Jo were the 3rd place female team. 

AWESOME stuff and remember ‘Teamwork makes the Dreamwork’

Ladybower Marathon 30th June 2018

The Ladybower Trail Marathon is set in the idyllic beauty spot of the Peak District national park, the course is surrounded by the elevated fells set within the Derwent Valley. Described by fellow runners as one of the most scenic trail marathons in the Peak District this one is not to be missed.

A super fast course with very runnable hard packed trails, but runners are advised not to get too comfortable. With the organisers throwing in a couple of climbs which take you high up onto the Derwent edges, followed by some great technical descending!!!!

With the hot sunny conditions all competitors will have been thoroughly overjoyed to see feed stations every 5 miles.

Heading over representing Queensbury was our very own man machine Simon Brady who despite the tough, hot and dry conditions ran a magnificent race finishing in a good 9th place in a super quick time of 3:37:07, Well done Simon a brilliant run, keep up the fab running.

Simon and his new pal for 10miles.


Eccup 10 1st July 2018

Now in its 25th year, the Hollybank Eccup 10 was back with it’s charitable partner, Hollybank Trust! The course took in rural closed roads and a scenic route around Eccup reservoir making this Leeds most popular 10 mile road race and a sell out for the last 2 years! 

A fantastic challenging undulating race. Well done to you all fabulous running by everybody especially in the heat, a great turnout for the club, you’re all awesome.

Graham Rhodes 1:12:47

Julie Hepworth 1:24:08

Craig Bingham 1:30:12

David Hepworth 1:51:17

Dianne Simpson 1:53:09

Sharon Elliott 2:00:44

Dave Elliott 2:00:44

Angela Waddington 2:17:21

Helen Gibbons 2:22:28

Jo Punt 2:31:47


Withernsea 5 mile 1st July 2018

A well established 5 mile race. With a seafront start and finish and friendly atmosphere the race is ideal for both the newcomer to racing and seasoned athlete. The fast and flat course is ideal for setting a new PB.

You’ll never guess who made the long trip over to race this 5 miler.? Yes! once again ‘Stormin’ Steve Brook kept us all alive with his knowledge of all national races with this beauty all in aid of improving his RunBritain score. 

Steve ran well and came home in 101st place in a blistering hot 40:59(tbc) but was in the wrong age category.

Well done anyway Steve, that’s super quick


Halifax Full+Half Marathon 1st July 2018

From leaving Dean Clough runners have their 1st climb within 100 metres up to Shroggs Road, before steadily climbing to the bottom of Brackenbed Lane, up they went again turning right at the top, then left and onto Moor End Road, which again is a tough climb to the top, following Moor End Road until turning right onto Clough Lane and the sprint through Mixenden, out of Mixy up Mill Lane taking a left onto White Gate, left at the top and slight downhill before a quick right at the bottom and up Rocks Lane, it is roughly here at the 6/7mile mark that Ned Hell Rd awaits them, ready to dish out some more punishment, then passing the Ragalds, onto Roper Lane, left onto Swales Moor Road, right onto Claremont Rd, down Mill Lane and back to Dean Clough. 

Some fantastic running on the day provided some fantastic results with the ever impressive Jo Horan finishing as 1st female and also 2nd place overall, just 16 seconds behind the eventual winner, fab running Jo you really are running well.

Wasim finishing in 13th, Joanna Lockwood 18th, Keith Hayes 59th and Andy Smith 81st, over in the Marathon Martin Firth romped home to 5th place.

Great running by you all in tough conditions, with arguably the performances of the day coming from Jo Horan+Martin. 


5th martin Firth 3:37:54

Half Marathon

2nd Jo Horan 1:40:53

13th Wasim Hussain 1:52:36

18th Joanna Lockwood 1:56:27

59th Keith Hayes 2:25:04

81st Andy Smith 2:53:32