There were three Queensbury members running for Airedale Athletics in the Leeds Country Way Relay and Anna Smith was running second claim for Baildon in their mixed team. The race is a 65 mile loop around Leeds, consisting of 6 pairs of runners doing legs between 9.5 & 12 miles each. Much like the Calderdale way relay, only flatter! Overall Airedale finished 3rd, 7 minutes behind eventual winners Valley Striders in a battle between Valley, Airedale & Abbey Runners which lasted throughout the day. Here’s a brief summary of Airedale’s race from team captain Will Kerr
A solid start from Quentin Lewis and Simon Pass on leg one put us in 2nd just a minute behind Valley and arguablly there best pairing on the relay. We were also a minute clear of the next team.
Onto leg 2 with Marcin and Gerard. Unfortunately we slipped back to 6th and lost some time but still had a good chance of recovering.
Leg 3 saw Martin Firth and Pete Hughes take over and had possibly the best performance of the day as they were 2nd quickest on there leg overall and just missed out on the leg trophy by 14 seconds!! They also put Airedale back into 3rd. Martin and Pete would probably admit that over 5k, the majority of our team, if not ALL, could beat these guys over the distance. However, when it comes to the off road relays, despite there ages, they show that they have the experience and knowledge of how to pace a race.
So me and Matt Nowell took over on leg 4, about 5 minutes behind Valleys pairing of Gwilym Thomas and Paul Kaiser and 2 minutes behind Abbeys pairing which included Matt John. At Golden acre we were still in 3rd but had closed the gap to within 1 minute 41 behind Valley and 43 seconds behind Abbey. The P&B pairing of Colin Walker and Neil Armitage then rocked up in 4th, 12 minutes behind us. We knew that the winning team would come from one of the teams currently hosting the top 3 positions!!
Chris Dove and Martin Fillingham made a good start on leg 5 and by 5 miles had got within 100m of 2nd and the leaders werent to far in front of that. Unfortunately i think it was a step to far as the pace then slowed down a little.
Pete Hopson and Chris Williams took over on leg 6 and with 2 miles to go and had put us in 2nd and just 2mins 30 behind Valley. They were also odds on favourites to scoop the fastest leg trophy. Unfortunately, one wrong turn later saw us finish 3rd and roughly 7 minutes back on Valley.
Good running by all. Better luck next year! (my new motto!)
More fabulous, enthusiastic, energetic and determined running from our marvelous Beginners’ Group, last Thursday 28 August!…a case of “Pit Lane Re-visited”!…hopefully a little easier to ascend than 6 weeks ago!! Our Beginners’ section headed off towards Keelham Farm Shop, turned down delightful Deep Lane, along the flat Malt Kiln Lane to a welcome resting point, before a “gentle” jaunt up Pit Lane to the clubhouse! The Intermediates had a lovely downhill run to Keelham Corner, then down Thornton Road, taking, at Thornton Primary School, a right turn along a particularly scenic part of the Great North Trail, before facing the testing ascent of Headley Lane and Pit Lane! From the looks on everyone’s faces, that was a demanding finish!! ..but, remember, in running, you get out what you put in, even if a week or two later!! Well done to everyone!…and congratulations to Stacey Cleal on her first, and extremely successful, run out with our regular club members!!
Fellrunners enjoyed the Bingley YVAA race on 12 August with its combination of hills, mud and steep downhill finish. The next week’s event at West Park, Leeds was a faster run for many on parkland with short woodland sections. Darren Midgley made a welcome return from injury to cross the line in 7th place while Peter Hughes was13th and first M55. Zoe Hipwell, Stacey Cleal and Anna Smith moved Queensbury into 13th place of 21 in the All to Count women’s team event and were joined by Abbie Cleal for the West Park race. After a strong showing by Kirkstall at West Park and with one fixture to go, the men’s team have run strongly all season to stand 5th in the All to Count table and 4th, just 36 points behind Horsforth, in the First 4 to Count.
At the Tour of Norland Moor on 24 August (6.5m, 800ft ascent) Graham Jowett and Joanne Horan both improved on their times from last year, Jo by the impressive margin of three and a half minutes to finish sixth lady and second in her category. Peter Hughes finished 11th overall taking 2nd M55 and missing the category win to Thornton Taylor of Rossendale by just 8 seconds, with Mick Coe and Richard Brook also in the thick of the race to finish 27th and 43rd.
Queensbury RC was well represented in the Crow Hill Reverse fell race at Mytholmroyd on Tuesday evening. Taking on a course with steep climbs and an experienced field from top fellrunning clubs Stacey Cleal, Abbie Cleal and Zoe Hipwell all ran extremely competitively and posted excellent results. Great work, and it’s great news for the future.
Thursday August 7th saw another super night of running by all the incredibly enthusiastic and talented members of our group!!..We welcomed FIVE newcomers this evening!!..our fame appears to be spreading far and wide!! The pleasure the Intermediates had of running DOWN Soil Hill was perhaps tempered by the long haul back up through Bradshaw to the clubhouse!! Well done!! ..AND well done to our Beginners section, who had the double pleasure of ascending Perseverance Lane plus half of the hill out of Bradshaw!..and a “gentle” stroll down scenic Taylor Lane!! Our groups are all amazingly inspirational runners, and a credit to the sport of running and to our club!!
Crossgates & Knavesmire Yorkshire Vets races have taken place over the last week. Some excellent results for Queensbury and big turnouts have helped keep Queensbury high in the tables, both as individuals and as a club. Possibly most impressive is that Queensbury are 4th place in the mens All To Count table, when competing much larger clubs. Queensbury are also holding onto 3rd spot in the First 4 To Count table, just holding off Horsforth Harriers. Full results for the two races can be found on the YVAA website: http://www.yvaa.org/
Anybody in the Beginners and Intermediate groups are more than welcome to come and join in the YVAA Series and run for and score points for Queensbury. You need to register on the YVAA website where you will be given a number that you keep for each race. Everyone who runs for Queensbury scores important points for the club and they are really good, well organised races.
Team picture from Peter May
The club night out will still take place on Friday 1st August at 7pm BUT by popular demand the initial meeting place has been altered to the Jacobs Well pub for a variety of reasons including it being nearer to the bus stops for those traveling by public transport.
Sorry for the late change but it was only agreed between those attending the Yorkshire Veterans race at Crossgates on Wednesday evening.
BRADFORD PARK RUN
It’s great to see so many Queensbury RC runners taking part in the Bradford Park run these days. Congratulations to Diane McDonnell, Jo Robinson, Diane Simpson, Bronte Simpson, Abbie Cleal, Stacey Cleal, Andy Tempest-Mitchell, Peter May and Chris Williams who all completed the course on Saturday 26th July. Chris was the race winner in 17.24 finishing over a minute quicker than the second placed runner, and only three seconds outside his park run personal best.
The second Saltaire Shaker took place on Sunday 27th July. The 15 km route is mostly flat along the canal and river with a detour up a hill and into the woods. It was warm and sunny especially on the outward section with a welcome breeze on the return section to Roberts Park.
Martin Firth had a great run coming home in 9th position (1st M55) and getting under an hour in an excellent time of 59.27. Carl Heron knocked a minute off his time last year finishing 18th in 64.27. Declan Craven who has been training with us was 32nd in 69.05. Richard Brook took two minutes from his 2013 time finishing in 35th in 70.38. Congratulations to club newcomer Simon Thomas who was 3rd M60 in 89.29 in 102nd place. If there was a team prize then Queensbury would have shared it with Kirkstall Harriers!
The men’s race was won by Scott Harrington (Otley AC) in 53.39; the first lady home was unattached runner Sophie Garrad in 68.23.
There are some great photos of the race on the Woodentops.org.uk page at http://woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=home&subtopic=morephotos. Thanks to Dave and Eileen Woodhead for capturing all this.