Fine and reasonably warm weather prevailed this year for the Spen 20, in stark contrast to last years conditions! Martin First continued his excellent marathon preparations with a 1st place V55 finish in 2:09:37. Karl Chamberlain in 2:41:22 and Phil Robinson in 2 :47:40 both showing their extra training is paying off already. Craig Richardson was the 4th team member back in 3:01:38
Full Results: http://spenac.co.uk/Spen%2020%20Results%202014.pdf
Pete Hughes went over to Marsden to do the Ian Roberts Fell Race, finishing the 6.4mile / 853ft course in 57:42 (35th place).
Full Results: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=2243
Well done to everyone who ran in the series over winter. Some excellent individual performances but more importantly a great showing from the whole club at each event. The final race was at Stainland on a tough and technical route. It resulted with our best ladies finish of the season so well done to the girls on constantly improving their scores this year.
Overall we finished
Ladies: 9th (despite being one lady short of a full team!)
Individually, Martin Firth took 1st place V50 for the series, Pete Hughes 1st place V55, Anna Smith 1st F50 & Graham Jowett 3rd M60 so some nice awards to collect, well done!
Hopefully everyone who ran all five races received their WYWL buff and the presentation doo which I think everyone knows about is on the 21st March in Baildon. Arrangements for transport being made!
You can download the full results here: http://wymedia.co.uk/wywl/Results/WYWL%20Results%202013-14_NEW%207.3.14.xls
Clear and calm conditions prevailed on Saturday for the Ovenden Fell Race. A local fell race, starting at Ogden Reservoir. Eight runners from Queensbury took part and some much appreciated support from others out and about on the route! Chris Williams was first back for the club in 6th place, despite getting lost in the last mile on a well known local route! Confusion was caused due to some flags been incorrectly placed resulting in part of the field taking a slightly confusing detour. Ben Clare, also caught up in the confusion towards the end finished in an excellent 16th spot, Pete Hughes 24th and within the same minute Mick Coe 31st, our next four runners were all grouped within a few places including Graham Jowett 73rd, Anna Smith 74th, Andrew Stott marking his debut in a Queensbury Vest 76th and Lee Hipwell 80th.
There are two excellent photo galleries on the Woodentops webiste, have a look here: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=home&subtopic=morephotos
Full Results are on the FRA website: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=2238
[important]Don’t forget the final XC is at Stainland this Sunday! [/important]
Widely regarded as one of the toughest fell races in the calendar, especially locally, Anna Smith was the only member of Queensbury to brave the tough conditions and get around the 21 mile route featuring 4000 feet of ascent. Gale force winds and knee deep, strength sapping bogs and tussocks for the duration as well! Full details of the race can be found on the Calder Valley website as well as full results: http://www.cvfr.co.uk/races/wadsworth-trog/
Some excellent photos by Woodentops be found here: https://plus.google.com/photos/110439573756197443848/albums/5978100642586947249?banner=pwa
The Liversedge Half Marathon, organised by Roberttown Road Runners, is a very popular, well-organized and friendly local run. On 9th February 2014 the race celebrated its 19th year and, once again, drew runners from a wide catchment well beyond West Yorkshire. The course is demanding with a few tough climbs and drags. In 2013 there was snow and freezing conditions; this year some high winds and rain greeted the runners although most of the clouds had emptied by the time the race started.
Queensbury runners had a good day despite the conditions. Jo Horan showed what a fine runner she is with an excellent time of 1.48:39. Richard Brook was consistent finishing within 30 seconds of his 2013 time in 1.43:53. Peter May, returning to running after a lay off, made it around in 1.53:36; he will get much faster as the year progresses. Only four of the five registered QRC runners made it to the start line. Unfortunately Martin Firth (first M50 in the race in 2013; now M55) was unwell and decided not to run. Martin is on great form though and he is likely be among the highest-ranked M55 road runners in the country in 2014. Carl Heron decided to run despite straining a calf muscle in a desperate attempt to extract his leg from the slimy mud at Pudsey in the Yorkshire Vets race the previous Sunday. He managed to get around in 1.34:08, slower by two and a half minutes from his 2013 time (I was in pain throughout though…..honest).
The support from Peter Hughes, on Bradford Road at 6 miles and then at the top of the climb from Clifton at around 10 miles was very welcome as was Steve Brook’s presence at the end. The next best club to our own, Stainland Lions, had runners who put in fine performances too as well as shouting out support along the way.
The men’s race was won for the second time in a row by Holmfirth’s Matthew Pierson beating his 2013 time by four seconds! Scott Harrington (Otley) and Andrew Fuller (Shepshed) followed next almost exactly a minute apart from each other. The women’s race was won by Myra Jones (Valley Striders) with unattached runners Helen Waugh and Chloe Wood in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The new YVAA season kicked off at Pudsey on Sunday. The downpour on Saturday made for very wet & boggy conditions in Blackcarr Woods. Queensbury fielded a strong mens team and finished second on the day in the first 4 to count competition behind hosts Pudsey. Darren (9th – 3rd in category), Pete Hughes (15th – 1st in category), Mick Coe (17th – 3rd in category) & Carl Heron (29th) being the first four back, follwed by Graham Jowett (64th – 3rd in category) & Steve Wilby (109th).
[important]Next race in series is Honley on 30th March[/important]
A great turn out in wet & muddy conditions by the club at Temple Newsam on Sunday. Some great runs too have moved us up the current standings.
Mens team is 5th, just 34 points behind Dewsbury!
Ladies team is still lacking one runner but only 36 points behind Idle it may not be too late to catch them!
Overall we are 8th from 10 and hampered by our size, if only it was on % of members turning out ! 🙂
The VETS team has moved into an impressive 3rd place, trailing only Pudsey & Stainland
[important]The 5th & Final Race is at Stainland on March 2nd at 10AM[/important]
There’s some great local events coming up in the next couple of months. Have a look and see if you fancy them, links with further info provided:
Ovenden Fell Race : February 22nd
Register in the Causeway Foot pub for this great fell race. Starts at 11:30. Category BM. 8.1 Miles over the moors, around the windmills. Challenging terrain but no problems navigating this one. Full Kit will be required. For full info have a look here: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3203
Great Northern Trail Triathlon : April 20th
A new event, run from Queensbury Swimming Pool. Includes a cycle and run along the Great Northern Trail. Ideal for people looking to try Triathlon for the first time. Full details found here: http://www.bradford.gov.uk/bmdc/leisure_and_culture/sports_and_leisure/triathlon
The 31st Stanbury Splash was run on Sunday in near perfect, if muddy conditions. Some good times were put in by Queensbury Chris, Ben, Pete, Mick, Carl, Lee and Andy – on his first fell race! Full results and plenty of good photos can be found on the Woodentops website here: http://www.woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=stanbury