The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually in North East England each September. Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields. The run was devised by former Olympic 10,000 m bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster.
The first Great North Run was staged on 28 June 1981, when 12,000 runners participated. By 2011, the number of participants had risen to 54,000. For the first year it was advertised as a local fun run; nearly thirty years on it has become one of the biggest running events in the world, and the biggest in the UK. Only the Great Manchester Run and London Marathon come close to attracting similar numbers of athletes each year.
With another strong elite field once again in Newcastle, it was Mo Farah who managed to pull away with just a few hundred metres to go to win his 4th consecutive GNR in an incredible 1:00:06. Not to be outdone, Mary Ketany followed up her London Marathon win in April to record her 3rd consecutive win in Southshiels in an equally impressive 1:05:59.
QRC was out in force and all looked to have a really enjoyable day
The annual running of this race once again set off from Haworth on dry Sunday morning, with the option of the full marathon distance or the shorter half(???) entrants had plenty to aim for.
The route has plenty to offer everyone but this race is not for the faint hearted, taking in tarmac, grass, moorland and gravel tracks the route passes through many local villages and moorland including Haworth Moor, Ovenden Moor, Denholme, Cullingworth and Harden Moor to name but a few.
With checkpoints throughout the route and with full kit required to be carried runners need to be ready for anything thing.
5 QRCers took part this year with arguably Carl Heron having the performance of the day finishing the full 26 miles in 10th place overall.
In 1988 Mr David Rowlands, treasurer of St Wddyn’s Church at Llanwddyn made a centenary appeal to raise money towards church roof and other repairs.
He placed this appeal in the Advertiser newspaper where Mr Doug Morris of the Oswestry Olympians read the appeal and contacted David Rowlands offering to organise a half marathon for the appeal. The rest, as they say is history.
This year’s race was held on the rather wet Sunday afternoon of September 10th. 1387 runners set out on the race under the starting orders of GARY HUGGINS, friend of both race and community.
Leanne Alston was our only entrant and a big well done to you, Leanne finished in a speedy 1:49:44 coming home in 457th place.
A series of friendly races in the South Huddersfield area, this race the 4th of 5 races was run over at Shepley Cricket Club, a hilly road race with a kid’s fun run and family day afterwards. The route is a anti-clockwise route with a fast start and fast finish but a killer middle section.
With each race completed competitors are awarded a specially designed medal so that after all 5 races are completed the medals can be interlocked with each other.
The final race in the series is the scarcely named ‘Stairway to heaven’ taking place on the 30th September(12k mixed terrain).
3 QRCers ran Jo Lockwood, Steve Brook and Richard Brook, well done to you all.
A well established, fast, flat scenic 10K A friendly, club organised event, established over 12 years, well-supported by the local community and running clubs. This flat fast 10k run is in and around the beautiful coutryside and villages of Wetherby, run on traffic free roads with chip timing this really is a great race for a PB potential.
Hosted once again by Wetherby Runners AC this race attracted 1135 entrants with over 900 finishers.
An incredible day for all the runners in the 2017 UKFast City of Salford 10k! Over 3,500 runners joined forces on the streets of MediaCityUK to take on this flat road 10k, aswell as raising funds for some incredible causes, possibly getting that all important PB, and supported by their loved ones around the course.
Gary and Beverley Morrit and Sue Tozer entered showing off the Orange and green and did extremeley well with Gary storming home in 55:55, Sue Tozer in 58:21 followed by Beverley in 1:17:23.
Well done to you both and we hope you enjoyed the cobbles afterwards.
EvenSplits brand new 5K race series for Leeds is staged monthly at the Brownlee Centre Cycle Circuit. The series consists of six, monthly, 5K road races, the first of which was Wednesday 5th July 2017. Each event comprises two races: an A race for those who expect to run sub-22:30 and a B race for those who expect to run 22:30 or above.
Well done to Chris and Immy who took part in race 3, pitching themselves against sombre fast runners.
Chris finished in 6th place in a time of 16.30 followed be Immy in 14th in a time of 17.38(PB)
If you want to run a 10k personal best, then this is the race for you. It attracts runners from all over the north west of England and is run over relatively flat roads and paths around Birchwood in Warrington.
This race has been ranked in the top 100 UK road races by Runner’s World Magazine. The race boasts one of the most extensive prize lists that you will find, with over £2000 given away each year in prizes!
As always Steve Brook travelled far and wide to find a 10k and entered the orange and green into this Spectrum Striders RC event (how do you come across these races?).
Steve ran superbly and finished 473rd out of 969 runners in a time of 53:24 his quickest time this year. Well done Steve great running and we hope you enjoy your Parkrun in Copenhagen this weekend.
A big well done to Stacey and Alistair who took on this years classic Burnsall fell race, setting of from the centre of the village the runners sprint straight up the hill to the pinnacle and then back down again. The race covers just 2.4km/1.5mile, but it’s not that easy as there is 900ft of ascent to contend with, making it a tough fell race.
Sam Tosh from Rosendale Harriers stormed home to take the win in an impressive time of 14:28, with Alistair finishing in 21st place in 19:25, followed by Stacey in 98th place in a time 26:22 also taking the LV40 2nd place prize.