Last Wednesday was the YVAA race at Knavesmire. A flat and dry course proved to be a very fast paced 5.8 mile race starting from York Race Course. A strong turn out from Queensbury coupled with some great runs saw the club regain 3rd place in the 1st 4 to count competition. 13 QRC runners took part, Anna Smith, 3rd in category & Cathrine Robinson in the ladies race. Darren Midgley beat rival Allan Dodds of Roundhay Runners by one position to ensure the battle in the M35 category goes down to the last race with both tied on equal points going into the race at Spenborough. Peter Huges, Carl Heron & Mick Coe completed the first four. Phil Robinson & Karl Chamberlain were again close, with Phil just 12 seconds ahead of Karl. Graham Jowett was next in followed by an appearance from recently retired chairman of the club, Steve Jones. Andrew Tempest-Mitchell and Steve Wilby completed the team along with non-counting Chris Williams.
Great to have so many club runners out, especially on a Wednesday night and in particular to see Steve Jones in his now local race.
The revived West Yorkshire 5, put on jointly by Bradford-Airedale AC & West Yorkshire Fire Service was on Sunday. The race has been missing from the Calendar for the last 5 years but has a long history dating back 40 years. An undulating 5 mile course, starting & finishing at the Fire Service HQ in Birkenshaw. The wind proved to make the race very tactical at the front with runners jostling for position all the way to the 4 mile marker before Willy Smith of KCAC pulled away once the wind was behind him to take the victory. Chris Williams battled on for 3rd place just behind Peter Hopson of Bradford-Airedale who took 2nd. Martin Firth was following close behind and finished 10th overall.
Ben Clare was the only Queensbury Runner to brave the brutal Borrowdale Fell Race this weekend. Featuring a 17 mile route with 6500 feet of climbing, Ben finished in the middle of a very talented field in a time of 4:20:32. The race was won by Ricky Lightfoot of Ellenborough Athletic Club in 2:51:24.
Queensbury managed a magnificent 20th place out of 83 teams on the day. We finished just behind big clubs such as Halifax Harriers A and Valley Striders making us the highest placed Bradford-based club!
Congratulations to everyone who ran. Chris and Darren got us off to a terrific start and Peter and Martin kept us right up there. Ben ran a superb Leg 3 taking five teams on the hard climb to put us in 6th place. Phil and Karl were in the top half of the teams on Leg 4 and Lee and Graham were just outside the top half on the demanding climbs of Leg 5. Mick and Carl got caught up in a manic mass start on Leg 6. The first mile and half in the woods was frantic but we got ourselves into a good position and starting taking teams ahead of us on the roads and canals. I hope you all enjoyed your runs as much as I did. It was great to see everyone at the end for a pint in the sunshine.
Well done to Anna who ran in Leg 4 for Baildon and was only a few seconds behind Phil and Karl’s time.
A special thanks to Carl Heron, a fantastic team captain, who organised everything and everyone and was only 1 minute 41 seconds off with his predicted finishing time for the team.