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***Beginners’ Group training cancelled for 15/01/2015 ***

Good evening all …sorry but will to have to cancel our groups’ sessions this evening.The promised bad weather has arrived, and is forecasted to worsen…as if the strong bitterly cold winds aren’t bad enough, it’s also sleeting, hailing and snowing.. your health and safety dictate my decision. I know what it’s like out there..just run home from Bradford city centre….not very pleasant, and getting worse. My apologies…Martin

Happy New Year…

It’s the end of an excellent year for the club…by far one of it’s biggest in terms of numbers. The new beginners group has been made an absolute success by everyone involved, all the new runners, the club members helping out with training runs and supervision and not least Martin’s commitment and enthusiasm. There’s been some great individual performances in various races throughout the year mixed in with excellent team performances in relays at both the Calderdale Way back in May and more recently the Gathering Winter Fools have shown the club’s growth in numbers and quality. Great turn outs and results for Yorkshire Vets race all year long and in the WYWL X-Country series which has just begun again (Next Fixture 4th Jan at Stainland).

The years finished with the Auld Lang Syne fell race up on the Bronte Moors which Anna Smith ran in and will begin again tomorrow with the Giants Tooth fell race around Ogden Reservoir which will no doubt be run by a number of our members.

Well done to everyone and good luck with your goals for 2015


I’ll leave you with a short clip I took of the Auld Lang Syne Fell Race from this morning….


Pre-Xmas Success!!!!!…and Post-Xmas Training!!

We had 4 representatives at the Bradford Airedale club’s 4 mile road handicap race, last Sunday December 21- Dianne and Brontë Simpson, Maria Rhodes, and myself (Martin). The handicapper based our staggered setting off times on this year’s race form, so, in theory, we should all have crossed the finish line together! Well..the event was won …by DIANNE!!!!!! Huge congratulations to her!!..Maria came 3rd, brilliantly holding me off at the finish (legally!) – I was 4th – and Brontë came in very strongly not many metres at all behind me in 6th – had she been aware of me closing her down, I’m certain she would have held me off!!!! This was great day for our club, and spoke volumes for our Beginners’ Group – the event reflected the superb progression we see, week in week out, within it. Well done Brontë, Maria and Dianne!…you did us proud!

AND….today, Boxing Day, we had ELEVEN of our Beginners Group come along for training!!…maybe to escape the kitchen/husband/kids??!!….NO!!!!…NEVER!!!! …to end the year on a high note  with some serious training! Our main group ran a summer favourite…down to Keelham Corner, down Thornton Road, Great North Trail (did anyone come across the ghost of “Fair Becca”, whilst crossing Thornton Viaduct!!?), and the delightfully rural, if somewhat notoriously hilly, Pit Lane! Our novice group (who have improved out of all sight since summer ended) ran down Pit Lane onto Thornton Viaduct, then did the route in reverse up to the clubhouse…some action pics are on our Facebook page, “Queensbury Running Club Beginners’ Group”…please visit and “like” if you have not done so already!


Merry Christmas!!

A Quick Catch Up…

Many races having taking place recently, a brief summary of Queensbury RC’s latest sucesses:

The first West Yorkshire Winter League was help on a tough, hilly course in Mirfield. Some excellent performances from Jo Choran who was 12th lady overall in a very competitive field, and from Andy Dovoner & Diane Simpson on the début in the series.

Full Results:

The Gathering Winter Fools Relay was held last Saturday in icy conditions. Queensbury ‘Rams’ took the 1st place mixed team and 6th overall on the 35 mile off road loop starting and finishing in Keighley. Queensbury ‘Ewes’ provided a second entry, the first time the club has managed to enter two teams into a relay.

Full Results:


Pete Hughesm after running leg 1 on Saturday in the GWF Relay, went on to race in the Mytholmroyd Fell Race and celebrated turning 60 with a win for category! There’ll’ be a lot of relived V55’s celebrating his 60th birthday for him!

Full Results:


[important]Excellent photos of the GWF Relay Leg 1 and of Mytholmroyd Fell Race are available on the Woodentops Webiste:[/important]

Pete & Mick on leg 1 of the GWF Relay - Thanks to Woodentops for the photo.
Pete & Mick on leg 1 of the GWF Relay – Thanks to Woodentops for the photo.

Xmas Arrangements!

Congratulations to all our runners who took part in the West Yorkshire Winter League off-road “mudbath” at Mirfield, and in the Reindeer Run in Saltaire (hope it was snow-free!). Just wish to point out that we are having to cancel training this coming Thursday, December 11th, as 26 of us will be at a  Xmas meal and disco at Sandal’s Farm. We shall resume on Thursday December 18th, and then re-convene, for those who wish to, on Boxing day morning, meeting at 10.00am.Thanks, Martin.

..after the Xmas party comes the exercise!!

Looking ahead, slightly, Jo Bottomley has come up with a great idea for burning off those excess Xmas Day calories (and a chance to escape from the family for a while!!) …a Boxing Day morning training run , from the clubhouse (to replace our Thursday evening run falling on Xmas Day). Possibly 10/10-30am? Gives everyone a lie in & chance for the excesses of Christmas Day to settle, we’d still be done for lunchtime so everyone can go to Boxing Day teas still . Jo was also thinking that for routes we all choose the “favourites” from the year? As it’ll be daylight it would give us chance to revisit some of the summer favourites that we can’t do at the minute. We will have the football facilities all to ourselves – I have the necessary keys (including the one for the car park gate lock) ! If you are not on facebook, just let Martin know your thoughts/ideas next time you attend training. The run is open to EVERYONE at Queensbury Running Club (and anyone else who wishes to come along!), and we will operate our usual range of ability groups.

WYWL X-Country

The West Yorkshire Winter League X-Country is almost upon us. All club members can take part in these races for free as the club covers the cost of entry. The races are inclusive of all abilities and a good way to improve your speed, strength and confidence. Please find the following details regarding the first race and out it in your calendar for Sunday 7th December.

Venue: Hopton Mills Cricket Club
Date: Sunday 7/12/14 Time: 10:00am
Address: 18 Woodbottom, Mirfield, WF14 8HG
Parking: Ample parking is available within the mill complex although please travel together if possible.
Course: 4.2 hilly miles with 2 main hills.
Shoes: Trail or fell shoes are required for this course, spikes are not suitable.
Facilities: The cricket club will be open at the start/finish.
Pie & peas £2
Toilets and showers available.