With the 63rd running of the 3 Peaks Fell Race staged last Saturday, nearly 900 runners were on the start line for this punishing race starting in Horton, taking in Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough with a total ascent of over 5278 feet and 23.3 miles of rough moorland, all the competitors will have been relieved that all their training will finally pay off. Not our Ben Clare, with just 2 clubs runs and a 13 miler this year Ben set off with the masses.
Climbing Pen-y-ghent in a mere 39:41, Ben had reached the 1st checkpoint (CP), heading on to High Birkwith (CP 2) and reaching Ribblehead (CP 3) in an astonshing 1:41:25 (total time), from here the race headed up Whernside (CP 4) 2:51:06, then onto the Hill Inn (CP 5) and up to the summit of Ingleborough (CP 6) in an astonishing 46:34, arriving back in Horton for the finish in an incredible Total time of 4:23:03. By his own admission whilst sinking a few beers on Sunday, Ben freely admitted that perhaps a bit more training may have helped and after realising that last years time was out of reach decided to ditch the watch and relax.
Well done Ben, excellent performance and goes to show what a legend you are.
Just a quick mention about one of Steve Brook’s random races that he recently took part in The Cowm Resevoir 5km. Run from the Cock and Magpie pub in Whitworth, Rochdale. Steve finished in 77th place in a time of 27:15, 2nd in age category although this was a bit slower than the 1st race where Steve finished in 66th place in a time of 26:47, Steve is showing some great consistancy.
When the ballot entry ‘you’re in’ or ‘no you’re nots’ went out last October, I can imagine everybody who was successful in the ballot was very happy and probably thought not too much more about it, which is understandable considering that the event was still 7 months away, swiftly moving on to April and 8 of our members were towing the start line with some of the worlds best distance runners.
The 37th running of the event saw a record breaking 39,487 runners cross the finishing line on the Mall, watched by thousands road side and probably into the millions worldwide on TV.
Some amazing times were ran by the Elites with the winner of the womens race Mary Keitany finishing in 2:17:01 her 3rd win at London and with Daniel Wanjiru holding off Kenenisa Bekele the Kenyans certainly came to party. Britain’s David Weir won his 7th London title making him the most successful elite athlete in the events history.
Anyway back to QRC and our guys and girls did us proud with some fantastic times, although anybody completing a marathon should not only be judged on times but also congratulated on their achievements in training building up to the event, as well as their achievements on race day. A massive WELL DONE to you all, you all ran fantastic and should be proud of yourselves.
Matt Thornton 3:41:41
Craig Richardson 3:53:21
Anthony Lindsay-Yule 4:06:04
Craig Bingham 4:07:55
Phillip Lockley 4:15:13
Gill Jago 4:35:28
Leanne Alston 4:37:41
Richard Kent 4:52:53
In case any of you want to break some world records in the future here are a few you could have a go at
Dressed as a fast food item 2:59:35
Dressed as a Mr Potato Head 3:24:19
Dressed as a fruit (chilli pepper) 3:41:25
Carrying a household appliance (tumble dryer) 5:58:37
And one for Daniel Moore dressed as a Star Wars character (storm trooper) 4:59:12
Last Sunday saw the start of the YVAA series, with the 1st race held over in Honley hosted by the Homfirth Harriers, all races in the series are a mixture of track, road amd farm land with a similar distance to the Winter League races they’re neither too short or too long.
With the Honley course having over 900ft of climbing in the first 3-4 miles it certainly was going to be a tough 1st half, but sure enough our guys showed true character and recorded some great times, but more inportantly in this race set up, gained valuable points towards the end of season awards.
As good as it is to part of a team these races encourage runners to race against each other and also other runners from other clubs of your own age group. So come on QRC lets give this series a go, it’s only £5 each race.
Stacey Cleal – 6th with 128pts
Imran Asghar – 3rd with 188pts
Andrew Stott – 10th with 153pts
Mick Coe – 6th with 182pts
Carl Heron – 3rd with 174pts
Peter May – 14th with 109pts
Well done all of you, full results can be found on the YVAA website.
Beverley Morrit, Jo Bottomley, Lucy Yeomans and Lizzie Wharton all travelled over to Bury to take part in this 6km obstacle course, the race was packed full mud, water and inflatables and I’m sure the girls had a wonderful time and as the photo’s show they certainly looked to have had a right good day out.
The Bolton 10k is one of the largest and longest established 10km running events in the North West of England. Hosted by Bolton United Harriers & Athletic Club, it attracts a good mix of Club-class competitors whilst also being suitable for social runners, beginners and charity fundraisers.
The challenging course incorporates the undulating roads around and within Leverhulme Park and offering a Grandstand start and finish, which proves a hit with runners and spectators alike…
2 of us headed over to Bolton on London Marathon day and came back pleased.
4 of us made the short trip to Pennistone Hill in Haworth for the last in the race series of Bunny Runs. It turned out to be the driest and warmest of the 3 so the surface was good going with hardly any mud apart from the steep climb.
Joe Baxter from Pudsey yet again came away with his 2nd win of the series in 15:30 (he’s yet to start drinking).
Steve and Richard Brook both made the short trip to Hollingworth Lake on Easter Monday for a speedy 5km race. The route starts from the Rugby Club Car Park and goes down hill on Rake Wood Road. This then flattens out for probably the fastest first mile in a 5km. It’s a very smooth road surface and has little traffic. When you hit the Wine Press Restaurant you turn left on the road following the wall on Lake Bank Road. Then passing the Rowing club entrance on the path you turn into the Lake path. Here you do a full circuit of the lake, the road is a combination of compacted path and tarmac and is very good running surface. The Finish is in the Car Park of the Club. It’s a very flat, fast and virtual traffic free course. Certainly one for a PB!
With the winner managing a steady 16:42, they would both have to put in a good performance. Richard was 1st back in 30th in a time of 20:05 with his dad Steve finishing in 139th in a time of 27:11, fast running from both of you and I’m sure that sub 20 is out there this year Rocky.
Mike Peel and Anna Smith both travelled over to Ackworth on Easter Monday, obviously to run off their Easter Eggs. The 13.1 mile course is an undulating but scenic one lap rural route. It is run on generally quiet country roads and lanes other than for a short section (0.3 mile) of the A628, a 0.86 mile outward section and 1.5 mile return section of the A639. With partial road closures, the race runs along the edge of High and Low Ackworth, through the small historic village of Wentbridge (both outward and return sections), the fringe of Darrington and the hamlet of Hundhill. There’s a bit of a hill in Wentbridge on the outward loop and for the last stretch up Sandy Gate Lane!
Both ran very well in what turned out to be a sunny day